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Obituaries

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Joseph “Joe” M. DeLuca, 78

Joseph “Joe” M. DeLuca, 78, a longtime resident of Westport, died Oct. 17, 2009, at his daughter’s home in The Woodlands, Texas, after a brief illness.

He was the husband of Leonora “Lee” DeLuca. A son of the late Frank and Anna DeLuca, he grew up near the water and would later lobster off the Long Island Sound on his boat, affectionately named “Morely.” He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his love of family and friends, and his wonderful laugh.

Besides his wife of 55 years, he is survived by two daughters, Donna Zimowski and Barbara Vlaha; sons-in-law, Fred Zimowski and Rick Vlaha; five grandchildren, Joseph, Claire and Emma Zimowski, Grace and Christopher Vlaha; and a brother, Franny. His son, Danny, and sister, Ann “Chippie” Bennett, predeceased him.

A memorial mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, at St. Luke Church in Westport.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Robert E. Bosch, 83

Robert E. Bosch, a longtime Westport resident, husband of Jean Carter Bosch, father of three sons and a daughter, died Saturday at the Carolton nursing home in Fairfield. He was 83.  WestportNow.com Image
Robert E. Bosch: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born Feb. 22, 1926 in Buffalo, N.Y. to Carl and Elizabeth Babson Bosch, he was a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in engineering.

Prior to college, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corp and was stationed in Germany immediately after World War II.

He was a longtime member and past commander of the Saugatuck Power Squadron where he taught engine maintenance, weather, boating safety, and navigation courses.

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Jerry Davidoff, former Board of Ed, RTM Member Dies at 83

Jerry Davidoff, a former chair of the Westport Board of Education and Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member, died Saturday at the Connecticut Hospice unit at Norwalk Hospital of complications from encephalitis, a virus of the brain. He was 83.WestportNow.com Image
Jerry and Denny Davidoff in a 2006 photo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Uua.org photo

Davidoff, an attorney by profession, was a champion of civil liberties and a nationally active lay leader in the Unitarian Universalist faith movement. He and his wife Denise lived in Westport from 1959 to the late 1990s when they moved to Norwalk.

Born July 1, 1926, in New York City, the son of a physician,  Davidoff was raised in the Sunnyside section of Queens, N.Y., and educated at Little Red School House in Greenwich Village, Bronx High School of Science, the Horace Mann School in New York City, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Yale Law School.

While practicing law in New York City from 1950 to 1958, Davidoff met and in 1955 married the former Denise Ellen Taft of Brooklyn, N.Y., who later owned an advertising agency based in Fairfield and later in Westport.

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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Westport Businessman Samuel J. Heyman Dies at 70

UPDATE Samuel J. Heyman, a Westporter whose real estate holdings include Westport’s Compo Acres shopping center as well as shopping centers, hotels and office buildings in Connecticut and elsewhere in the Northeast, died Saturday in New York City. He was 70.WestportNow.com Image
Samuel J. Heyman: real estate investor and corporate raider. Bruce Ando photo

The New York Times reported his wife, Ronnie, said he died after complications from open heart surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Heyman, whose residences include a waterfront estate in Westport’s Greens Farms section as well as homes in New York City and Florida, was also an attorney, hedge fund owner, art collector, and corporate raider. He is perhaps best known for his 1983 takeover of the chemical giant GAF for about $5 billion. He was its chairman at his death.

Born March 1, 1939 in Danbury to Annette and Lazarus Heyman, he attended the private preparatory Wooster School in Danbury and graduated from Yale University in 1960 magna cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He played tennis for the Yale varsity and was ranked sixth in New England.

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Charlotte Giardina, 88

Charlotte Giardina, 88, of Westport, wife of Dr. David D. Giardina passed away Tuesday at Norwalk Hospital in the company of her family.WestportNow.com Image
Charlotte Giardina: longtime Westporter. Contgributed photo

Mrs. Giardina was born March 19, 1921 in New Haven, daughter of the late Charles and Matilda (Buonacore) Mantiglia and has been a resident of Westport for 54 years.

She was a member of the Westport Woman’s Club and the Westport Senior Center. Mrs. Giardina is a former member and past president of the PTA at Assumption School and a member of the Shorehaven Golf Club for 59 years, where she was a member of the Nine Holers group and played bridge.

She enjoyed the theater, opera, music and socializing with her many friends. A superb cook, Charlotte’s passion in life was her family and spending time with her grandchildren. She has been a member of Assumption Church for 54 years.

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Monday, November 02, 2009

Lifelong Westporter Sherman R. Betts Dies at 89

Sherman R. Betts, a lifelong Westporter active in many local causes, died Saturday. He was 89.WestportNow.com Image
Sherman R. Betts: active in many local causes. Contributed photo

Husband of the late Helen Starbuck Betts, he was born March 7, 1920 in Norwalk, son of the late Arthur S. and Gertrude (Fable) Betts.

Prior to retiring in 1975, Sherman was employed as the business manager for the Westport Board of Education.

He is a former member and past president of the Westport Rotary Club, served as the Westport Town Treasurer from 1952 thru 1959, former member and past president of the Young Republicans Club, and a former member of the vestry at Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

David Dizbrow Squires, 86

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David Dizbrow Squires: lived in Norwalk and Westport. Contributed photo
David Dizbrow Squires, known to many as “Diz,” passed away Oct.  8 in Phoenix, Ariz,, with his family nearby. He was 86.

Born at home in Norwalk on New Year’s Day 1923, he spent most of his life in Norwalk and Westport.

He graduated from Norwalk High in 1940, next attending UConn, where he swam on the swim team coached by his brother John, and, graduated with a B.A..

His lifelong love of trains and railroading suited him well in the Army, where he served with the 728th Railway Battalion in the United States, France, Belgium, England and Germany, responsible for moving troops and supplies throughout Europe.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Richard E. Eldh, Sr., 81

Richard E. Eldh, Sr. of Westport died Tuesday at Norwalk Hospital. He was 81.WestportNow.com Image
Richard E. Eldh, Sr. : longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Better known to all as Dick, he will be remembered by family and friends for his unending devotion to and volunteerism for the Town of Westport during his 35 years living here with his wife, Cheryl, and their four children.

Eldh was known for his disarming personality and charm, his thoughtful comments and opinions, his great listening skills and his unwavering commitment to get the job done and get it done right.

His indelible mark is evident all over town, as a charter member, former president and long-time member of the Charitable Giving Committee of the Sunrise Rotary; a member of the Public Site and Building Commission; and a member of the Westport Weston Y’s Men, where he actively participated in the Hoot Owls and Investment Club, to name a few.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

James H. Awad, 79

James H. Awad, 79, of Westport, husband of Vera Nolan Awad, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Norwalk Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Awad was born Oct. 20, 1929 in Ashland, Mass., son of the late Joseph and Rose Awad, and has been a longtime resident of Westport.

Prior to retiring in 1988, Mr. Awad was employed by IBM for 33 years as a director of marketing for office products in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

He is a 1952 graduate of Boston College and a member of the Westport Y’s Men. Mr. Awad was also an avid golfer and gardener and a former volunteer fundraiser for CT 06880.Save the Children.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Longtime Westporter Orvis C. Yingling Dies at 90

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Orvis C. Yingling: longtime Westporter. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Orvis C. Yingling, a resident of Westport for 46 years, died today at age 90.

Yingling had been in declining health for some time.

A graduate of Princeton University and Westminister College, Yingling was a World War II veteran. He was also the senior member of the Westport Rotary Club.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret; and his three children, Mimi Morse of Washington, D.C., Martine Klofas of Los Gatos, Calif., and John Yingling of Rocky River, Ohio.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Nancy J. O’Donnell, 74

Nancy Joan O’Donnell, 74, a longtime resident of Westport and wife of John J. O’Donnell Jr. passed away on Oct. 9 with her husband by her side following a long courageous battle with cancer.WestportNow.com Image
Nancy O’Donnell: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Nancy was born Oct.. 14, 1934, in Newport, R.I., daughter of the late Frank and Beatrice (Clarke) Peirce and has been a resident of Stuart, Fla. for the past three years. Before moving to Florida, she had resided in Westport for more than 40 years.

Following graduation from Bay State College, she was employed as a stewardess for Northeast Airlines during which time she met her husband John.

Over the years she enjoyed working with customers as a retail associate at two long-standing Westport establishments: Carol Reed Ski Shop and most recently Sport Mart, formerly on Main Street in downtown Westport. 

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Friday, October 09, 2009

Nancy Scott Peach, 61

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Nancy Scott Peach: teaching naturalist. Contributed photo
Nancy Scott Peach of Nevada City, Calif. died Friday of colon cancer.

She was born in New York City on Sept. 18, 1948 to freelance writer, George H. Waltz, Jr. and Helen Scott Waltz and grew up in Westport. 

She was an active Girl Scout earning the rank of Curved Bar, the highest rank in scouting at the time.  She was a graduate of Staples High School where she played in the band and sang in the choir and in the Orphenians.

She earned her BS at Castleton State College in Vermont in 1973.  After teaching skiing in Vermont for two seasons, she returned to live in Westport. 

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Richard Kent Mervine, 56

Richard Kent Mervine, 56, of Westport, formerly of Norwalk, passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, at Norwalk Hospital.  The cause was lung cancer.

Mr. Mervine was born in Bronxville, N.Y. and grew up in Westport after moving here with his family in 1964. He graduated Staples High School in 1971 and attended Wesleyan University.

Building on one of his life’s passions, he studied photography at Sarah Lawrence College. As a professional photographer, he specialized in portraiture, but his fine-art work focused heavily on large-format landscapes.

He is survived by his father and mother, William B. and June (Miller) Mervine of Westport, his sister, Cheryl Mervine of New York City, his aunts, Virginia (Capalbo) Mervine of St. Augustine, Fla.,, Emily (Shaw) McDonough of Vero Beach, Fla., and several cousins.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Westporter Heidi Armitage Dies at 43

Westporter Heidi Armitage, wife, mother, daughter, sister and great friend to all who knew her, especially those in the Coleytown Elementary School community, died peacefully Wednesday at home surrounded by her loving family. She was 43 and had fought a six-month battle with breast cancer.WestportNow.com Image
Heidi Armitage: Had “unique ability to light up any room she walked into.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Heidi’s father Bob said his daughter, born Nov. 19, 1965 in Toronto, Canada, always had the “unique ability to light up any room she walked into.”

She lit up the room when she first met her husband, Adam, 23 years ago at camp. In her 20s, she lit up the world as she traveled its length and breadth, looking for—and finding—adventure. And she lit up Westport, her home since December 2000, in her 30s and beyond.

With a twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face, Heidi lived life to the fullest. She always saw the good in everyone and everything, and she sparkled with fun wherever she went.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Carole J. Picard

Carole J. Picard, of Milford, formerly of Westport, and wife of William Smith, passed away Monday, Sept. 28 at Connecticut Hospice, Branford.

Carole was born in Norwalk, daughter of the late Thomas and Bertha (Bogdansky) Cotroneo and had resided in Westport for many years before moving to Milford 30 years ago.

She was the co-owner of the Finishing Touch Gift Shop in Fairfield for many years.

Survivors in addition to her husband include one Aunt, several cousins and many devoted friends.

Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. in Willowbrook Cemetery, 395 Main St.

The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorial contributions in memory of Carole may be made to Conn Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford CT 06405. 

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