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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Deborah A. Bulakites, 55

Deborah A. Bulakites of Westport passed away April 4 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 55.

Born Oct. 9, 1955 in Memphis, Tenn., she was daughter of William Bulakites and the late Gertrude Gillis Bulakites. She graduated from Staples High School in 1974 and was a Westport resident for most of her life.

In addition to her father William, she is survived by her step-mother Ottilie, both of Wallingford; her uncle Eugene Bulakites of Shelton; and by two cousins, Laura Barton of Stratford, and Barbara Ferris and her husband Craig of Shelton.

Additionally, she is survived by her two step-sisters, Sidnie Crawford and her husband Dan of Lincoln, Neb., and Deborah White and her husband Gary Spenik of Alameda, Calif., and by many more cousins in Vermont.

A private graveside service will be held in Assumption Cemetery in Westport. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American
Diabetes Association (

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Monday, April 04, 2011

Thomas A. Deyo, 66

Thomas Anthony Deyo of Bridgeport passed away on April 1 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was Image
Thomas Deyo: one-time Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born Oct. 27, 1944 in Bridgeport, he was a son of the late George P. Deyo Sr. and Concetta Romano Deyo Ferraro. A graduate of Notre Dame High School, he resided in Westport for a time before returning to Bridgeport.

Thomas was a former employee of Altieri Bakery in Bridgeport before going on to CBT Bank and becoming the assistant vice president. He worked a various local banks and also taught catechism at St. Luke Church in Westport.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, George J. Deyo Jr.; stepfather, Dominick J. Ferraro; and best friend, James Taaffe. Survivors include a brother, Peter Deyo and his wife, Joann; sister-in-law, Annette Deyo; and many loving nieces and nephews.

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Saturday, April 02, 2011

Frances Parise, 88

Frances Parise of Westport, the beloved wife for 69 years of the late Frank Parise who died March 11, 2011, passed away in her home on March 31. She was Image
Frances Parise: Westporter since 1947. Contributed photo

Born Dec. 19, 1922, in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Pazdan) Kirik. Frances graduated from Harding High School and worked at Manning, Maxwell and Moore, Inc., of Bridgeport as part of the war effort.

She married her childhood sweetheart and after the war they moved to Westport in 1947 where they had lived ever since.

Frances was the quintessential homemaker, mother and wife. Surrounded by her ever growing brood of children, she could be found in the kitchen cooking, in the backyard gardening, or at the grocery store shopping.

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Augusta Butcher Brennan

Augusta Butcher Brennan, formerly of Coral Gables, Fla.,, beloved wife of 61 years of the recently deceased Frank G. Brennan, passed away March 28 in Wallingford, Conn.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of the late Isaiah and Augusta Butcher, she had previously lived with her husband for many years in Westport and Weston.

Prior to her marriage, she was one of the first female credit investigators for the then Chase National Bank. Irrepressibly restless, Augusta loved traveling over the years and witnessed many of the century’s historic events as they happened.

Home over the years included Havana, Santo Domingo, Buenos Aires, Budapest, and San Jose, Costa Rica, in addition to New York, Miami, and Connecticut.

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Friday, April 01, 2011

Kathryn Teaze Clark, 83

Kathryn Teaze Clark of Naples, Fla., and formerly of Weston and Westport, died March 28. She was 83.

Born in Bloomfield, N.J., she was the daughter of Kathryn Dodd and Moses Hay Teaze. She grew up in Bloomfield and in Westport, where her family spent summers.

She attended the Kimberley School in Montclair, N.J., and was a graduate of the Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and Finch Junior College in New York City, where she studied piano. She married John Craig Clark of Youngstown, Ohio, in 1950.

She lived many years in Weston, later moved to Madison, and had been a Naples resident since 1985. She was an avid reader and pianist, as well as a supporter of the American Red Cross and donor to its blood drives.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Service for Stanley Bleifeld Set for April 15 Image
Stanley Bleifeld: died of head injury. Helen Klisser During / WN photo
A memorial service for noted sculptor Stanley Bleifeld of Weston will be held Friday, April 15, at 2 p.m. at Westport’s Unitarian Church, a family friend said today.

Bleifeld, 86, died Saturday following a fall four days earlier at his home. (See WestportNow March 26, 2011)

Some of his sculpture will be on view in the reception area of the church at 10 Lyons Plains Road.

Bleifeld’s well known works are on display in Washington, D.C., the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and numerous other U.S. locations as well as in Scotland and in Italy, where he spent part of every year.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Irma D. Trau, 95

Former Westport resident Irma D. Trau died March 25 at The Greens in Wilton. She was 95.

Mrs. Trau was born Sept. 18, 1915, in New York City, to William and Josephine Denker. She graduated from Adelphi University was a proud member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. She worked for Pepperidge Farm until her retirement.

She is survived by her two children, Joan I. Seaman of Wilton, and David S. Trau of Monroe. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Joseph L. Seaman also of Wilton and his three children, Joseph, Abigail and Lindsay, and Debra L. Westerback of Fairfield and her three children, Christopher, Kelly and Madison, and Robert Trau and David Trau of Monroe.

Her interests included family, traveling, swimming and reading. She devoted much of her time and energy to her family members, and she cared for her mother until she passed away at the age of 91.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Patricia M. Major

Patricia McEvily Major, of Weston died March 28 at her home. She had suffered a prolonged illness with Parkinson’s disease. Image
Patricia Major: longtime Weston resident. Contributed photo

Born in 1929 in the Bronx, N.Y., she was the daughter of Ann and Arthur McEvily. Her husband, William G. Major, predeceased her.

An interior designer, Pat also worked closely with her husband in his real estate development and consulting company. She led a vibrant and busy life and never failed to smile.

A devoted mother and grandmother, she placed family before all other interests. She enjoyed tennis, gardening, entertaining, and was an accomplished cook.  Her Sunday dinners were renowned and her grace and style were ever present. Pat will always be remembered as the quintessential “Lady.”

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Monday, March 28, 2011

George E. Allis, 87

George E. Allis of Hummelstown, Pa., formerly of Westport, passed away March 26 in the Harrisburg (Pa.) Hospital. He was Image
George Allis: former Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born July 14, 1923 in Meriden, a son of the late Eugene and Constance (Perros) Allis.

Mr. Allis graduated from Meriden High School and received a B.S. degree in commerce and journalism from Rider University in New Jersey. He was self-employed in the field of corporate finance and leasing.

He was a World War II European theater Army veteran where he was twice-wounded and awarded the Purple Heart, a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Hummelstown, as well as Meriden Lodge No. 77 F&AM in Meriden, the New York Athletic Club, the Manhattan Club, the UConn Club, Ocean View (DE) VFW Post 7234, the DAV; and the Purple Heart Club.

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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

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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. Image
The “Lone Sailor” by Bleifeld is in Washington, D.C. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo Image
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 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 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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