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Monday, March 28, 2011

Marsha Gordon, 58

Marsha “Mia” Gans Gordon of Fairfield passed away on March 26 at Yale-New Haven Hospital after a long illness. She was 58.

Ms. Gordon was born in Bridgeport, a daughter of Ingrid Heidenheimer Gans of Bridgeport and the late Charles Gans, and was a registered nurse, having been associated with Hall-Brooke Hospital of Westport and St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her loving children, Jason Gordon of New York, N.Y., Jenna Gordon of Stratford, her devoted brother Richard Gans and his wife Shelley of Woodbridge, and nieces, Aliza and Sarah Gans. She was also pre-deceased by a sister, Janice Ellen Gans.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 28, at 2 p.m. from The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home 88 Beach Road, Fairfield, with Ms. Gordon’s first cousin, Rabbi David Steinhardt of Congregation B’nai Torah of Boca Raton, Fla. officiating.

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Bleifeld Recalled as Artist, Teacher, Friend

By James Lomuscio

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Stanley Bleifeld: died of head injury. Helen Klisser During / WN photo
While still in shock over his untimely death, friends and family celebrated the artistic legacy of noted figurative sculptor Stanley Bleifeld at his Weston home today.

Bleifeld, who at 86 appeared youthful and spry, died at Norwalk Hospital early Saturday from a brain hemorrhage following a fall Monday at his Weston studio, according to his wife, Nicky.

Bleifeld had played sets of tennis two days after the fall, unaware of how serious the head injury was. Close friend Bob January, an artist, said Bleifeld seemed more concerned about pain in his lower back from the fall.

“I’m so torn up right now, I don’t know what to say,” said January. “He was my best friend.”

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Noted Sculptor Stanley Bleifeld Dies at 86

UPDATE Noted sculptor Stanley Bleifeld of Weston, whose well known works are on display in Washington, D.C. as well as the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., died early today at Norwalk Hospital. He was 86. WestportNow.com Image
The “Lone Sailor” by Bleifeld is in Washington, D.C. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo
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Stanley Bleifeld: Weston resident since 1950. Helen Klisser During / WN photo

His wife, Naomi (Nicky), said he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage following a head injury received from a fall four days earlier at his Weston studio.

Locally, Bleifeld designed the medal that is used for the annual Westport Arts Awards given to celebrate members of the artistic community. He himself was recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Visual Arts at a 2005 ceremony in Westport Town Hall.

Born Aug. 28, 1924 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he has lived and worked in Weston since 1950. Part of each year he has spent at a home and studio in Pietrasanta, Italy where he recently completed a large bronze for the Town Hall. 

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Filomena A. Papagno, 98

Filomena A. Papagno, wife of the late Anthony Papagno and a native of Westport passed away March 25 at the Notre Dame Convalescent home in Norwalk. She was 98.

Mrs. Papagno was born June 26, 1912 in Westport, daughter of the late Giuseppe and Amelia (Venezia) Renzulli and has been a lifelong Resident. She is a life member of the Carholic Daughters of America, Court Assumption.

Survivors include three daughters, Marie Gilbertie and her husband Salvatore of Easton, CarolAnn McClatchie and her husband David of Westport. Jane M. Pronovost and her husband John of Vassalboro, Me., andd Encouch, Texas. 11 grandchildren, Salvatore and Thomas Gilbertie, Catherine Knipper, Celeste Vodola, Eric, Christopher, Matthew and Gretchen Brunner, Laura McClatchie, Alisa and Rene Pronovost, 21 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Papagno was also predeceased by 11 brothers and five sisters.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral Monday, March 28 at 9:30 a.m. from the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, and 10 a.m. in Assumption Church 98 Riverside Ave., for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the funeral home on Sunday, March 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Assumption Church or Notre Dame Convalescent Home, 76 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT 06851.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thomas L. Lomas, 58

Thomas L. Lomas of Lyme, Conn., and Kasilof, Alaska, died in an accident in Old Lyme on March 22. He was 58.WestportNow.com Image
Thomas Lomas: Staples grad. Contributed photo

He was born on May 12, 1952, in Norwalk, the son of the late Harold and Dorothy (Lynch) Lomas.

Tom graduated from Staples High School in Westport and the University of New Hampshire where he received his bachelor of science degree in forestry in 1971.

Because of his love of the unspoiled natural beauty of lower Connectitcut River Valley, Tom decided to settle in Lyme and begin his career as an arborist. A gifted athlete, accomplished sportsman, and bush pilot, he lived a life full of great adventure

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

John R. Tedesco, 77

John R. Tedesco, a native of Westport and husband of the late Frances Zuvich Tedesco, passed away on March 22 at Bridgeport Hospital. He was 77.WestportNow.com Image
John R. Tedesco: Westport native. Contributed photo

Born May 1, 1933 he was the son of the late Donald J. and Margaret McDermott Tedesco and has been a lifelong resident Westport.

Prior to retiring, he was employed as a supervisor of the Credit and Collections Department of National CSS and then D&B Computing Services in Wilton. Most recently, he served as a traffic agent with the Westport Police Department.

John is also a former member of Westport PAL and a former member and past president and coach of the Westport Little League. He was an avid fisherman and loved golf.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mina Mastrogiovanni

Mina Mastrogiovanni of Westport, wife of Nicholas Mastrogiovanni, passed away on March 15 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport.

In addition to her husband, Mina is survived by one daughter, Heidi Mastrogiovanni, and her husband, Tom Bishel, of Los Angeles.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport. There will be a brunch immediately after the service at the Circle Diner in Fairfield. 

Contributions in memory of Mina may be made to Forgotten Animals of Los Angeles Rescue League (http://www.forgottenanimalsofla.org) or to Beagles and Buddies (http://www.beaglesandbuddies.com).  Condolences for the family may be left at http://www.hardingfuneral.com

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Jean Tyrrell Hiestand, 83

Jean Tyrrell Hiestand, formerly of Westport and Weston, died March 21 at Wilton Meadows. She was 83.

Born Dec. 27, 1927, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of Leo and Frances Tyrrell in Brooklyn.

She is survived by a daughter Laurie Hiestand of Hampton, and a son Robert Hiestand and granddaughter Alison Hiestand, both of Wilton. She was predeceased by her husband, Ed A. Hiestand Jr., and a son, Ed A. Hiestand III.

Family services will be held in Pennsylvania in the spring.

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Sudia Gray Winstead Patalano, 90

Sudia Gray Winstead Patalano, 90, of Norwalk and formerly of Westport resident, the wife of Philip Vincent Patalano, died March 14 in Norwalk Hospital.

Born July 19, 1920, in Rocky Mount, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Fannie Whitley Winstead. She was married in July 1944 and had been a longtime resident of Westport before moving to Norwalk in 1976. She was an avid reader, bird watcher and nature lover.

Survivors, in addition to her husband of 66 years, include two sons, Bruce Winstead Patalano of Wheeling W.Va. and Philip James Patalano and his wife Martha of Sao Tome Principe, Africa; a daughter Paula Maria Patalano of Fairfield; five grandchildren, Steven, Philip and Jason Patalano and Danielle and Kyle deBouver, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Benjamin Harrison Patalano; two brothers, Harrison and Glenwood Winstead, and two sisters, Ruby Winstead Beasley and Madeline Winstead Kelley.

Services were private. Memorial contributions may be made to http://www.healingandhopethroughscience.org.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Frank Parise, 86

Frank Parise of Westport, beloved husband for 69 years of Frances (Kirik) Parise, passed away at home on March 11. He was 86.WestportNow.com Image
Frank Parise: Westporter since 1947. Contributed photo

Born on April 30, 1924 in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late Santo and Concetta (Lasalvici) Parise. He was a World War II veteran and was to ship overseas when unexpectedly he was sent on assignment to Wright-Patterson AFB as a specialist operations machinist.

He married his childhood sweetheart prior to entering the military, and after the war they moved to Westport in 1947 where they have lived ever since.

After the war Frank started working for Bond Rubber in Derby as a tool and die maker and machinist.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Beatrice N. Smith, 90

Beatrice Noehren Smith, a Westport resident more than 50 years, passed away on March 14 in Clearwater, Fla. She was 90.WestportNow.com Image
Betty Smith: Westporter for 50 years. Contributed photo

A graduate of Swarthmore College, she received her MA in social work from the University of Buffalo. She and her husband Warren moved to Westport in 1954.

She was a supportive wife, mother, and community social worker, working for various community organizations. They included the Fairfield Child Guidance Center, Norwalk Hospital, the Town of Westport Social Services Department, along with volunteering for the Red Cross, Mercy Learning Center, and mentoring in the Westport schools. 

She served as president of PEO and was an active member of the Westport/Weston Methodist Church.

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Eric E. Goldschmidt, 22

(Editor’s note: The family today provided the following obituary for Eric Goldschmidt, whose death was first reported March 10 by WestportNow.)

Eric Ernst Goldschmidt of Westport, passed away March 9 surrounded by his family after battling cancer for 18 years. He was 22.WestportNow.com Image
Eric Goldschmidt: battled cancer 18 years. Contributed photo

Eric was born in Dusseldorf, Germany and was a 2007 Staples High School graduate. During his four years at Staples, Eric was actively involved in Toquet Hall as a member of the Executive Committee, including responsible for booking many musical performances.

Until just recently he was studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore where he was actively involved in college life and the City of Baltimore.

His passions were in photography, the Red Sox and an eclectic taste of music and movies. He loved all animals, but was especially fond of his dog Lucy. His laugh, friendship, sense of humor, as well as his good nature will be missed by all who knew him.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Natalie Hillman, 85

Natalie Hillman of Norwalk, wife of the late John K. Hillman, passed away March 11 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 85.WestportNow.com Image
Natalie Hillman: veteran of Memorial Day parades. Contributed photo

A longtime member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399, Ladies Auxiliary in Westport, she proudly marched in many of the Westport Memorial Day parades. Mrs. Hillman was also a member of Assumption Church and the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Assumption

Born in New Haven, on Dec. 22, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Lucy (Raiano) Acunto and has been a resident of Norwalk for 48 years.

She attended Columbia University and prior to retiring was employed as an executive assistant at ConDeisel in Old Greenwich. She was also a licensed Realtor for almost 50 years.

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Ruth S. Carusone, 70

Ruth Stannard Carusone, a lifetime resident of Westport and other area communities, died March 2 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 70.

She was the daughter of the late Elmer (Hank) and Helen Minnerly Stannard of Wilton. She had worked at Boyd’s; as a dental assistant in Wilton; as an assistant teacher for special educational needs in Westport where she received state-level recognition, and finally as a dental assistant in Norwalk.

She loved tag sales, cats, friends and family.

Survivors include two sons and their families, Joe, Maria, Daniela and Joseph of Hewitt, N.J., and Jeff, Debbie, Carina and Bryce of Redding, and a brother Elmer Stannard, sister-in-law Pat and their daughter Debbie Cowic.

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Lulu Veno Rodgriquez, 87

Lulu Veno Rodgriquez of Fairfield, the wife of the late Ramon Rodriquez, died March 9 in Bridgeport Hospital. She was 87.

Born in Westport, she was the daughter of the late Frank Sr. and Erminia Veno, and a longtime Fairfield resident.

She was the founder and owner with her husband of the Artist’s Pub Steak and Seafood Restaurant in Westport from 1969-79 and then established Ramons Restaurant in Southbury, which the couple operated from 1979-82.

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