Saturday, April 05, 2014
Mary A. Bertasi, 72
Mary Allen Bertasi of Westport and Palm Beach, Fla. died April 2. She was 72.
Mary Bertasi:community volunteer. Contributed photo
Born in Bridgeport, to the late Walter and Catherine Allen, she graduated from Central High School, studied nursing at St. Vincent’s, and married her high school sweetheart, Ronald Bertasi.
She held local leadership and board positions at organizations including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Park City Hospital, numerous PTAs, mothers’ groups, and other charitable organizations. Mary and Ron were members over the years at Sun Haven Beach Club, Black Rock Yacht Club, and remain members at the Patterson Club and Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club.
In addition to her husband of 53 years, she is survived by their five children, Kelly Bertasi Cason, Richard Bertasi, Ronald Bertasi II, Jamie Bertasi Zerber, and Courtney Bertasi Bridger; their 16 grandchildren, Brian Cason, Nicholas Bertasi, Reilly Bertasi, Dirk Cason, Margaret Bertasi, Elizabeth Bertasi, Devon Cason, Meredith Bertasi, Chris Bertasi, Ron Bertasi, Katie Cason, Remy Zerber, Tristan Zerber, Scarlett Zerber, Sawyer Bridger, and Jack Bridger. She is also survived by her brother, Thomas Allen, and was pre-deceased by her sister Betty Allen McGrath.
Friday, April 04, 2014
Katherine M. “Kay” Mondul, 92
Katherine M. “Kay” Mondul of Rockford, Ill., a former Westport resident, died April 2 at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center in Rockford. She was 92.
She was born Sept. 3, 1921, in Westport, the daughter of John and Mary Capetanidis. She was a 1939 graduate of Staples High School. She married David D. Mondul in Miami, Fla. on Feb, 20, 1954. He died on May 27, 2005.
She was employed as a secretary at Rock Valley College for 18 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.
She and her husband were longtime members and volunteers at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center where they were the recipients of the Starr of Excellence Award in 2002. They were the only non-performing recipients of that award.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
David L. Thorpe, 76
David Leroy Thorpe of Vero Beach, Fla.,a former commodore at Westport’s Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club, died March 31, after battling prostate cancer. He was 76.
He was born in Southport amd attended Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania where he received a B.A. in political science. Upon graduation, he joined the Eveready Battery Products Division of Union Carbide Corporation as a sales and marketing executive in upstate New York where he rapidly advanced through successive management positions requiring multiple relocations, including a two-year assignment with the family in Geneva, Switzerland.
Toward the end of his 26-year career at Union Carbide, Dave became corporate vice president of marketing during which time he oversaw the creation and launch of the well-known energizer bunny advertising campaign which is still widely used today.
Upon his retirement from Union Carbide in 1984, he and four other partners formed Interim Management Corporation (IMCOR) a highly specialized interim management executive search firm based in Stamford. Over the next 10 years, he played a key role in growing the firm to 36 principals with offices in six states. The firm was sold in 2000 and he and his wife retired to Vero Beach.
Stanley L. Englebardt, 88
Stanley L. Englebardt of Westport, a former roving editor for Reader’s Digest and a prolific writer, died March 31 after a brief illness. He was 88.
Stanley L. Englebardt: interviewed in 2010 on PBS. PBS.com photo
A Westport resident for more than 55 years, Englebardt authored more than 800 magazine articles, many for Reader’s Digest but others for The New York Times, Family Circle, Women’s Journal, Popular Science, Mechanix Illustrated, Argosy, and many more.
Englebardt’s expertise in the medical and science fields led to his most successful writing.
His nine nonfiction books included “How to Get in Shape for Sports” (1976), “The Nibbling Diet: the Natural Way to Lose Weight and Keep it Off” (1978), “Kids and Alcohol: the Deadliest Drug” (1975), “How to Avoid a Heart Attack” (1974), “Miracle Chip: the Microelectronic Revolution” (1979), and “Strategic Defenses” (1966).
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Richard G. Helmig, 73
Richard Garrett Helmig of Wilton, a longtime sailor at Westport’s Cedar Point Yacht Club, died at his home on March 31. He was 73.
Gary Helmig: avid sailor. Contributed photo
Gary, as he was always called, was born on Sept. 21, 1940 in Dayton, Ohio and was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received a Master’s degree in finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
After 25 years, he retired from IBM as director of business evaluation for the Data Processing Group. He joined Soundview Technology Group as managing director of research, retiring in 2004. He was married for almost 51 years to his wife, Nancy Quinn Helmig.
His passion was sailing. As a child he learned to sail on his parents’ sailboat that they raced on Lake Erie. At MIT, he was on the sailing team for all four years. He purchased his first boat in 1981 and joined Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport.
Ralph I. Reis, 86
Ralph I. Reis of Sarasota, Fla., a former Westport resident, died March 31. He was 86.
Services will be held Friday, April 4 at 3 p.m. at Toale Brothers Colonial Chapel, 40 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota.
Naomi W. Drabkin, 81
Naomi Weiss Drabkin, a resident of Westport for 43 years, died April 1 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 81.
Born in Norwich, a daughter of the late Harry and Mildred Drabkin, she maintained her practice of psychiatry in Westport and New York City for many years.
She attended Norwich Free Academy, Jackson College, received her Bachelor’s Degree from City College of New York, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, attended Columbia University, received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she was appointed clinical professor of psychiatry.
She was a former medical director at the New Haven Veterans Hospital psychiatric unit.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Elma E. Fay, 96
Elma Ernst Fay of New Canaan, a former Westport resident, died March 27 at Norwalk Hospital after a long illness. She was 96.
Born March 1, 1918 in Quincy, Ill. to the late Charles and Anna Ernst, she and her late husband, Edward R. Fay lived in Westport for many years.
She was a graduate of Quincy College. During World War II, she joined the American Red Cross and served in Europe from 1943-45 as leader of Clubmobile Group K. She wrote a memoir about her war experiences, “Through a Donut Hole.”
After the war, she pursued a career in nonprofit organizations both in New York City and Westport. Both she and her husband were active in many local civic organizations in Westport and Norwalk.
John L. Crawford, 78
John L. Crawford of Westport and Sarasota, Fla., died March 21. He was 78.
A native of New York City, he played basketball for Iowa State, the school’s first African-American basketball player, and was a key in the school’s 1955-58 rise to national prominence. He was inducted into Iowa State’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.
Upon his return to New York City, he served as a teacher and assistant principal. He was the founding principal of The Paul Robeson School, a middle school in the South Bronx, which he led for 27 years. He was the deputy superintendent of schools in the South Bronx for four years until he retired in 1999.
He was a well-known figure on the tennis courts in Westport as well as an avid fisherman.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Marcia Z. Lee, 66
Marcia Ziobro Lee of Westport died March 27. She was 66.
Born in Norwalk to the late Joseph and Mary Ziobro, she was a lifelong Westport resident.
Prior to her retirement, she was the executive assistant to the president of Air Express International and DHL Courier Services.
She is survived by her three sisters, Barbara Novak, Jody Elliott, Tracy Ellsworth and her younger brother, Joseph Ziobro as well as three nieces and nephews.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Dudley P. Cotton, Jr., 77
Dudley Page Cotton, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. and Bremen, Maine, a former Westport resident, died March 8 from complications following surgery. He was 77.
Dudley P. Cotton: Staples graduate. Contributed photo
Born in Damariscotta, Maine on Oct. 26, 1936, son of Dudley Page and Josephine Norris Cotton, his childhood was spent on his parents’ mink farm in Bremen, Maine, where he attended the one-room Medomak School. During the war years, he lived with his family aboard the “Seamaid,” a 62-foot yawl, in Portland Harbor. He graduated from Staples High School in Westport in 1955.
After two years’ service in the U.S. Naval Reserve, he attended the University of Arizona, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1965 as a member of the first class of the Department of Architecture when classes were held at an old Safeway store.
A few years later, he earned a Master’s degree in structural engineering. Holding registration for both architecture and engineering, he remained in Tucson for the remainder of his life, developing a successful engineering practice. He was hired by the University of Arizona to teach engineering to architectural students—a position he held for 30 years.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Saul M. Scherzer, 76
Saul M. Scherzer of Westport died March 24 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 76.
Saul Scherzer: consulting psychologist. Contributed photo
He was a consulting psychologist for more than 40 years working with corporations in the United States, Europe and Asia. He consulted to more than 25 chief executives and worked with major corporations, including General Electric, Black & Decker, Revlon, International Paper, Union Camp, Champion International, Citicorp, Halliburton, International Flavors & Fragrances, Dresser-Rand and others, involving mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other significant changing cultures.
He had been on the faculty of several New York-based universities, teaching organizational behavior courses for more than 15 years and had been an advisor to graduate students involved in organizational research. Prior to being a consultant, he was director of organization development for GE, director of management development for ITT, and a management consultant for Booz & Co.
He was an avid swimmer and was proud to have swum 25 times in Westport’s point-to-point annual event at Compo Beach. He was a competitive swimmer with the U.S. Masters Swimming Organization and was a swimming instructor for adults at the Westport Weston Family Y.
Richard J. Walkoff, 86
Richard J. Walkoff of Westport died March 26. He was 86.
Richard J. Walkoff: Norwalk pharmacist. Contributed photo
Husband of Gloria Samowitz Walkoff of Westport, he was born in Norwalk April 21, 1927, the son of the late Harry and Pauline Landstein Walkoff.
He was was a graduate of Norwalk High School Class of 1945. He served in the army during World War II and graduated from the Columbia University School of Pharmacy. He became a registered pharmacist and was the owner of Richard’s Pharmacy in Norwalk for more than 40 years.
Under his high school yearbook picture it read: “Richard is going to be a pharmacist one day and we know his store will be a busy one.” After his family, his greatest devotion was to his pharmacy and customers, his family said.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Ira S. Garey, 81
Ira S. Garey, a former Westport resident, died March 10 at Casa de La Luz Hospice in Tucson, Ariz. He was 81.
Ira S. Garey: former Seventeen Magazine publisher. Contributed photo
He served with the U.S. Army in Korea followed by a distinguished career in publishing, which included publisher of Seventeen Magazine.
He lived with wife Carol and their children in Westport for more than 30 years before moving to Tucson in 2002.
A talented chef and gracious host, he and Carol presided over many dinner parties with family and friends. He was an avid athlete, coach, and devoted fan of the Yankees, Giants, Knicks, and in later years University of Arizona athletics.
Adelia S. Mann, 88
Adelia Smith Mann, formerly of Westport, died March 20 at her daughter’s home in Southport. She was 88.
The wife of the late Paul Mann and mother of Erica and Robert, she is survived by her daughter Erica, her son-in-law Harold and her brother Merwin Smith and his wife Bunny. Adelia will also be greatly missed by her companion, Ben Wertheimer and his extended family in Atlanta.
She worked in retail her entire life, including the family fur business and many years with the Movado Watch Company.
Services will be held on Sunday, March 30, at noon at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield. Donations can be made in her name to VITAS Hospice: 99 Hawley Lane, Suite 1204, Stratford, CT 06614.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport