Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Shirley Yvonne Huston Young, 84
Shirley Yvonne Huston Young, a Westport resident many years, died Oct. 18 in Wilton. She was 84.
Born on June 9, 1926, in Schenectady, N.Y., she was the daughter of Orrin R. and Blanche Gallant Huston of Scotia, N.Y.
She graduated Scotia High School in 1944, became a visiting nurse, married her husband, Richard Allen Young, in 1950.
In 1969, the family moved to Westport where she resided until 2000, then retired to Wallingford. She eventually moved to Wilton in 2006.
Joseph C. Sibigtroth, 94
Joseph Clarence Sibigtroth passed away on Oct. 22 in Westport. He was 94.
Joseph C. Sibigtroth: World War II vet. Contributed photo
Born on Nov. 29, 1915 to Joseph and Alma Sibigtroth in Mendota, Ill., he was the second oldest of eight children, the others being Art, Helen, Ruth, George, Bernice, Don, and Bob.
He received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Illinois in 1939 and 1940, respectively. He married Marjorie Ward in 1941 and had two children, Alan and Joan.
From 1942 to 1946, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a lieutenant in the southwest Pacific.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Joseph Stein, Librettist of “Fiddler,” Dies at 98
UPDATE Joseph Stein (r), the veteran musical librettist who penned the books to such shows as “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Zorba,” died Sunday. He was 98 and had recently been hospitalized at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan after a fall. Stein visited the Westport Country Playhouse in 2007 (picture) when it held a benefit gala to honor composer John Kander (c), a partner in the musical theater songwriting team with the late lyricist Fred Ebb. The pair are best known for “Cabaret,” “Chicago,” and the song “New York, New York.” At left is Stein’s wife Elisa. Stein wrote the book to Kander and Ebb’s musical take on Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth,” called “All About Us,” which had a production in Westport in 2007. The late Eartha Kitt, a Weston resident, appeared as The Fortune Teller. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Domenica “Mimma” Romeo, 69
Domenica “Mimma” Romeo of Westport, beloved wife of Orlando Romeo, passed away on Tuesday, Oct.19 at Yale-New Haven Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was 69.
Domenica “Mimma” Romeo: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
Domenica was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy on Feb. 12, 1941, and is the daughter of the late Andrea and Maria (Tegano) Galimi. She has resided in Westport for many years, working as a seamstress and homemaker.
She was a loving mother and grandmother, known to her grandchildren as ‘Nonna’.
In addition to her husband of 47 years, she is survived by two sons, Carlo Romeo and his wife Katie of Fairfield, Andrew Romeo and his wife Luisa of Norwalk, two daughters, Maria Palmer and her husband Richard of Stamford, Julia Desroches and her husband Ron of Hamden, one sister, Maria ‘Tita’ Bellantoni and her husband John of Cos Cob, one brother, Ignazio Galimi and his wife Pina of Stamford, two sister-in-laws, Ada Galimi of Italy and Grazia Galimi of Norwalk, and 10 cherished grandchildren. She was predeceased by two brothers, Francesco and Antonio Galimi.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Ilse Barwick, 84
Ilse Von Lasser Zollheimb Barwick died Oct. 12 in Norwalk. She was 84.
Ilse Barwick: 30-year Westport resident. Contributed photo
She was born Dec. 24, 1925 in Austria, daughter of the late Eric and Elizabeth (Ferrous) Von Lasser Zollheimb. Her childhood and early education in Vienna was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II with the Russian advance in 1945.
The family was forced to flee and settled in the vicinity of Innsbruck, where she completed her studies at the local university.
After a brief period of employment with the U.S. Information Service in Innsbruck, she left for marriage to Aristide Hubrich in Zambia, Africa. They subsequently moved to London where two daughters were born.
Robert L. Weinstein, 76
Robert Lewis Weinstein of Weston passed away on Wednesday Oct. 13 at his home surrounded by his family after a serious illness. He was 76.
Mr. Weinstein was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of the late Annette and Charles Weinstein.
Mr. Weinstein graduated from Hofstra University in 1956 with a degree in business. He was a member of the ROTC and spent six months on active duty stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground and then another six years in the Army Reserves, moving up to the rank of captain before being discharged.
Throughout his life, he adored history and anything to do with the military.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Edward S. Anastasia, 86
Edward S. Anastasia, 86, of Hollywood, Fla., formerly of Westport, and husband of the late Lucille (Michaud) Anastasia, died Saturday, Oct. 9 in Florida.
Edward S. Anastasia: retired firefighter. Contributed photo
Mr. Anastasia was born in Westport on June 18, 1924, son of the late Placido and Carrie (Capasse) Anastasia and had resided in Westport for 77 years prior to moving to Hollywood full time.
Ed joined the Westport Fire Department July 1, 1957 and retired June 30, 1984, serving for 27 years. He is a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post No. 399. He was also a life member of Saugatuck Hose Co. No. 4.
During his earlier years, Ed was very active in sports playing baseball and fast pitch softball. He played fast pitch softball many teams including, the Arrow restaurant, Norwalk Eagles and Castro Convertible and was inducted into the Connecticut Amateur Softball Fast Pitch Hall of Fame.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Judyth A. Gutoff, 75
Judyth A. Gutoff, a former Westport resident and wife, mother and sister, died Oct. 7 in New York City after a brief illness. She was 75.
Born on Jan. 25, 1935, she was the daughter of Helen and Ernst Mayer, joining elder brother Donald.
She grew up on Central Park West and attended Ethical Culture and Fieldston schools. In 1954, she was the Ohio State University homecoming queen at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Judyth married Edward Bernstein, and they were the parents of Lynn, Neal and Gail. The family lived in Westport for 23 years.
Calling Hours Saturday for Kathy Kincaid
Kathy Kincaid: active volunteer. Contributed photoCalling hours will be Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for well known Westporter Kathy Kincaid who died Monday, Oct. 5 in Corfu, Greece, after a brief illness.
The family said in an obituary made available today that the calling hours will be at Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations can be made to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, 777 Summer St., Suite 400, Stamford, CT 06901 attn: Rachelle Kucera Mehra, or online at www.dvccct.org.
Donations can also be made to Builders Beyond Borders, 8 Willard Road, Norwalk, CT 06851 or online at www.buildersbeyondborders.org.
Jeffrey J. Schaefer, 62
Jeffrey John Schaefer, a lifelong Westport resident and 1966 graduate of Staples High School, died on Oct. 9 at his home following a long illness. He was 62.
Jeffrey J. Schaefer: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo
Jeff’s parents were Jack and Ann Schaefer. He attended junior college in Florida, and he graduated from Hobart welding school in Ohio. He married Susan Beverly Mahn of Westport in 1976.
In the 1970s, Jeff was a co-owner of Fairfield County Estate Liquidators, where his interest in and knowledge of antiques helped make it a successful business. In 1979 he joined his father in John Schaefer Builders Inc., which he then owned until 2001.
From 2001 to 2007, Jeff worked for Hobbs, Inc. of New Canaan, as an assistant construction superintendent and then service representative in the Renovations & Estate Services Group.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Beatrice Z. Grossman, 89
Beatrice Zallen Grossman, wife of the late Dr. Bertram H. Grossman of Westport, died Oct. 9 at her home. She was 89.
Born Sept. 28, 1921 in Worcester, Mass., Bea (as she was known) was the daughter of the late Sadie and Morris Zallen. After graduating from Beth Israel Nursing School in Boston, she worked as a clinical instructor as well as a private nurse at several hospitals in New York City, California and Massachusetts.
Bea was also a nurse in the U.S. Army and traveled to Germany after World War II with Project Hope, a nonprofit organization delivering health, education and medical supplies where needed.
While working in Massachusetts, Bea met her future husband, Bertram Grossman, and they married in 1958. Bea continued her nursing career and helped support her husband Bert during his time in medical school.
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Stephen J. Wegiel, Sr., 93
Stephen J. Wegiel, Sr., 93 of Westport, formerly of Eustis, Fla. and Norwich, Conn., died on Oct. 6 at Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness.
He was the son of Walter E. and Mary (Bubon) Wegiel and was born on Feb. 2, 1917, in Bondsville, Mass. He was the last of his family having been predeceased by siblings Helen, Albert, John, Stanley, Anthony, Edward, Irene, Peter, Michael, Celia, Theresa and Andrew.
Mr. Wegiel attended Belchertown High School and served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant commanding Battery C, 430th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion from April 1942 to October 1945.
He landed on Omaha Beach on June 10, 1944, and fought in Normandy, central Europe, northern France and Germany having earned the European African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, four Bronze Battle Stars and Good Conduct Medal.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Kristena Geysel, 63
Kristena Geysel of Westport passed away Thursday, Oct. 7 after a battle with cancer. She was 63.
Kristena Geysel: creative ad writer Contributed photo
She lived a happy, interesting and wonderful life. She was blessed with children she adored, family and friends she cherished, and a career as a creative writer in the advertising field which she found challenging and rewarding.
Kristena is a 1968 graduate of the University of Oregon.
Kristena is survived by her son, Benjamin Geysel of Westport, daughter, Gabriella Geysel and future son in-law, Eric Schwager of Norwalk and her sister, Kay Yriarte of Eugene, Ore.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Kathy Kincaid, Longtime Westporter, Dies at 65
Kathy Kincaid: active volunteer. Contributed photoUPDATE Longtime Westporter Kathy Kincaid, who was active in many community organizations and an expert on information security skills, has died during a trip to Greece, family friends said today. She was 65.
They said she became ill last week while traveling on a cruise with her sister Susan and brother-in-law John Shuck and was hospitalized.
A note sent to Westport Woman’s Club members today said: “It is with great sadness that we inform you that club member Kathy Kincaid died suddenly yesterday while on a cruise in the Greek Islands with her sister and brother in law.
“As soon we know the details of the funeral we will let you know.”
Monday, October 04, 2010
Olga Lavaty, 96
Olga Lavaty of Westport, wife of the late Frank Lavaty, died Sept. 30 at home. She was 96.
Olga Lavaty: Westporter since 1950. Contributed photo
She was born on Aug. 26, 1914, in New York and had been a Westport resident since 1950. She liked to play the piano, cards, reading and, in particular, bowling.
She is survived by three children, Geoff Lavaty and his wife Ebba of Wilton, Judy Strauss and her husband Jeff of Westport, and Jane Cooke and her husband Don of Westport; and a brother, Ed Martin of Southport.
A private family gathering will take place.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport