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Monday, May 30, 2016

Paul R. Yoder, Jr., 89

Paul R. Yoder, Jr., of Norwalk died May 26 at his home. He was 89. Image
Paul Yoder: opto-mechanical engineer. Contributed photo

A former longtime resident of Wilton, he was the husband of the late S. Elizabeth Yoder (Betty Yoder) for 58 years.

He was predeceased by his wife, his sister Miriam Y. Brumbaugh (Gene) of Pensacola, Fla. He is survived by his four children David L. Yoder (Evelyn) of Monroe; Martha A. Yoder of Newtown Square, Pa.; Carol S. Yoder, of Norwalk, and Alan D. Yoder (April Anne) of Norwalk, both longtime former employees of Westport Emergency Medical Service; his five grandchildren, Jill M. Yoder of Norwalk, Emily Y. Reed (Stefan) of Boston, Rachel T. Yoder (Dan Usen) of Cranston, R.I.; Sarah Beth Y. Romanik (David) of Ardmore, Pa., and Devan R. Yoder of Norwalk, and his two great-grandchildren Cecilia A. Romanik of Ardmore, Pa., and Myers C. Reed of Boston.

Born Feb. 6, 1927, he was a prominent opto-mechanical engineer who designed optical components and instruments used by the U.S. military, NASA, the .U.S government for spy satellite intelligence gathering during the Cold War (the now declassified KH-9 Hexagon spy satellite project), and the medical community for laser eye surgery.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Hugh B. Sweeny, Jr. , 101

Hugh B. Sweeny, Jr. “Jim"of Redding a former Westport resident, died May 21 following a very brief illness. He was 101.

He was born Sept. 24, 1914 in Plainfield, N.J. He later resided in Fanwood, N.J., where he served on the Town Council, and after 1975 in Westport.

He graduated from Princeton in 1935 and served as a field artillery officer in the Army from 1940 to 1945, reaching the rank of lt. colonel while in Germany.

In his long career as national program director for Junior Achievement in New York, he helped thousands of teenagers to learn the fundamentals of American business, a number of whom kept in touch with him until his death. He directed the annual summer conference that grew from 60 in 1949 to 3,000 in 1977 under his guidance.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

John J. Saviano III, 62

John J. Saviano of Norwalk, husband of the late Marlene (Calitri) Saviano, died May 26. He was 62. Image
John J. Saviano: Staples grad.Contributed photo

He was born in Norwalk on Feb. 27, 1954, the son of Hazel (Lewis) Saviano, and the late John J. Saviano. 

He was a 1973 graduate of Staples High School in Westport and worked for many years as a groundskeeper at Stauffer Chemical. He was a lover of nature.

In addition to his mother, Hazel, he is survived by three sisters, Marie Saviano Richards and her husband Robert, Melinda Saviano Bonin and her husband Glen, and Cheryl Saviano Petrone and her husband Thomas, his sister in-law, Debra S. Saviano, and several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his brother, Lawrence S. Saviano.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Robert I. Ganeles, 83

Robert I. Ganeles of Westport died May 24. He was 83.

Born in Far Rockaway, N.Y. in 1933, he attended HILI yeshiva, Far Rockaway High School and was a biochemistry major at Brooklyn College. He excelled at Baylor School of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed his internship, residency and fellowship in psychiatry and was board certified in psychiatry and neurology.

He was a pioneer in the field of psychopharmacology. He was on staff at North Shore University Hospital for over 50 years, and served as the president of the medical board, supervising over 1,500 physicians, and was the first from any minor service.

He was known as the “physician’s psychiatrist” and taught through Cornell University for decades. Over his career, he was credited with saving thousands of lives. He served honorably as a captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1964.

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Andrew J. Veno, Jr., 57

Andrew J. Veno, Jr. of Westport, the son of Marie Veno and the late Andrew J. Veno, Sr., died May 25. He was 57. Image
Andy Veno, Jr.: took over father’s business. Contributed photo

Born in Norwalk, he was a graduate of Staples High School. He was the owner of Andrew Veno Excavating Company for over 25 years, a family business that he took over from his father.

He liked to build things and was a perfectionist in everything he did. He also liked to cook at all of his family’s parties and picnics. He will be remembered as a very kind hearted and giving person.

He was a member of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department, a member of Westport P.A.L., and a founder of Stubby’s Softball team.

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William V. Pietsch, 92

The Rev. Dr. William Vincent Pietsch died May 19 in New Hampshire. He was 92.

In 1963, he became the associate minister of the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan. He then became a licensed individual, marriage, and family therapist with an office for many years in Westport.

In 1988, he married the Rev. Dr. Louise Parsons Weld. They retired in New Hampshire, where he died after a long illness.

He is survived by his wife, his son James, daughter Patricia, and three grandchildren

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Klaus Soennichsen, 69

Klaus “Sandy” Soennichsen of Westport died May 22. He was 69.

Born in Bavaria, Germany in 1947, he immigrated to the United States in 1950.

He grew up in Weston and graduated from Staples High School in 1965. After joining the Air Force during the Vietnam War, he later finished his college degree at AIC before eventually settling in Westport in 1979.

Since retiring as a high stakes supervisor at Foxwoods Casino, he enjoyed spending any time he could with his family, and having coffee with his friends at Oscar’s in Westport. 

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Nancy Lou Mickune, 78

Nancy Lou (Pardon/Paul) Mickune of Westport, wife of Dermott Mickune, died May 22. She was 78.

She enjoyed anything that involved her faith, family and her friends. She was active in many groups within Assumption Church and was a past president of the Women’s Guild.  She loved spending summers at Hidden Acres with Derm and their many lifelong friends there.

Survivors in addition to her husband include six children; Kyle Mickune-Santos, Kim Sparano, Lisa Wheaton, Kevin Mickune, Sean Mickune and Nancy Mickune, 12 grandchildren: Brooke VanDeusen, Mike Calise, Christy Calise-Hall, Raelyn Santos, Keanna Santos, Johnny Sparano, Jamie Sparano, Sierra Santos, Morgan Columbo, Mack Columbo, Maddie Mickune, Katie Mickune and six great-grandchildren: Austin, Madison, Wyatt, Trae, Oliver and Niyah.

Viewing hours will be held on Wednesday, May 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Harding Funeral Home 210 Post Road East. Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Thursday May 26 at 10:30 a.m. in Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., for a Mass of Christian Burial.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Etta Mae Mikhael, 100

Etta Mae Mikhael of Southbury, formerly of Westport, died May 9. She was 100.

Before moving to Southbury, she was a resident of Westport for 64 years and active in various community affairs.

She was a member of the Bahá’í Faith,and served on many national and international committees pertaining to Bahá’í Faith life.

She was a former member of the Westport Woman’s Club, the Westport Community Theatre, and was for many years a volunteer at Norwalk Hospital.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Nicholas Mastrogiovanni, 86

Nicholas (Nick) Mastrogiovanni of Westport died April 10 in California. He was 86.

The husband of the late Philomena (Lorenz) Mastrogiovanni was a Westport resident for more than 50 years.

He was born Sept. 22, 1929 in New York City and was the son of the late Vito and Francesca (L’Abbate) Mastrogiovanni. 

He worked as an engineer for many years at Norden Systems and was a member of the Norden Retirees Club.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Stanley Roth, 85

Stanley Roth of Westport died May 1 after a brief illness. He was 85. Image
Stanley Roth: Navy veteran. Contributed photo

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his white hair, white mustache, and silver Jeep, he was recognized and known by most Westport residents for his ability to talk to anyone and everyone.

He served in the both the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War as a seaman on a destroyer and as a sonar technician on a submarine.

Professionally, he co-founded Townsley Ltd., a clothing import company which had him traveling extensively in the Orient for many years. Wherever he traveled, he made many friends, all of whom sorely miss him.

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Celebration of Life Gathering for Naiad Einsel

The family of Naiad Einsel announced that there will be a celebration of life gathering for the late Westport artist on Sunday, June 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place.

EInsel died April 3 at age 88. See obituary here.

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Catherine R. McAleenan, 89

Catherine Rita Keehan McAleenan of New Bern, N.C., formerly of Westport, widow of former Westport and Weston police officer Joseph A. McAleenan, died May 17 at home. She was 89. Image
Catherine McAleenan: wife of former police officer. Contributed photo

Born in Westport on Jan. 21, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Isabel (Remlin) Keehan. She had been a lifelong resident of Westport until 1994 when she and her husband retired to New Bern. Joseph McAleenan, who rose through the Westport police ranks to lieutenant before serving 15 years as Weston police chief, died in September 2014 at age 86. (See WestportNow Sept. 15, 2014)

She was an accomplished bridge player and quilter and also enjoyed playing golf with “Mac” and their friends.  Prior to retiring to North Carolina, her main focus was raising her family, after a successful career at Burndy Corp. in Norwalk. 

Survivors include two daughters, Sheila Baker and her husband Jim of Bolivia, N.C. formerly of Fairfield, Kathleen Lucas and her husband John of Trumbull, one son, Shaun McAleenan, and his wife, Bonnie, of Loveland, Ohio, eight grandchildren, and three grandchildren-in-law, James and Kristen (Walsh) Baker, Matthew and Katelin (Koebbe) Baker, Ryan and Kelly Lucas and William, Glenn and Erin McAleenan and Shannon (McAleenan) and Ken Rutz and three great-grandchildren, James H. Baker IV, Madeline, and Jack Rutz.  She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Austin, her parents, and one sister, Mary Jane (Keehan) Hanley, and one brother, Edward Keehan.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Family, Friends to Celebrate Leon Tec’s Life Image
Leon Tec: was doctor in Israeli War of Independence.  Phyllis Groner for

Though it has been more than three years since he died (see WestportNow Jan. 19, 2013), noted Westport psychiatrist Leon Tec, who gained worldwide recognition with his best selling book “The Fear of Success,” will be memorialized next month in Westport.

The event will take place on Sunday, June 5 at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Church at 10 Lyons Plains Road.

Friends say the event designed to celebrate the life of Tec, a 53-year- Westport resident, is open to the public.

Born in Poland in 1919, Tec escaped during World War II to Palestine.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Harry P. Engel, 83

Harry P. Engel, husband of Nancy A. Engel and 38-year resident of Westport, died May 13 in Westport. He was 83.

He was born July 3, 1932 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, the son of the late Ernst and Sabina (Knorr) Engel. He graduated from the University of Durham Medical School, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England and completed his residencies at Boston City Hospital and Bridgeport Hospital and his Fellowship at National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London.

He was board certified in neurological surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, member of the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the New England Neurosurgical Society, the Connecticut State Medical Society, the New Haven County Medical Association, and president of the Milford Medical Society.

He retired in 2008 from neurosurgical practice but remained on staff at Milford Hospital. He was a senior aviation medical examiner and an instrument-rated single engine pilot.

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