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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
John L. Vezendy, Jr., 77
John Laszlo Vezendy, Jr.of Westport died April 8 at Regional Hospice in Danbury after battling cancer. He was 77.
He was born July 19, 1939 in Berwick, Pennsylvania to John and Mary Luciw Vezendy. He graduated with a B.F.A. in interior design from Pratt Institute in 1961.
Living in New York City, he was self-employed as an interior designer, specializing in clock design. He was a member of the American Society of Interior Designers.
In 1975 he relocated to Westport, where he lived until the time of his death.
Mary Wiehl, 92
Mary Lee Wiehl of Westport and Vero Beach, Florida died April 8. She was 92.
Mary Wiehl: art enthusiast. Contributed photo
She was born in New York City Aug. 28, 1924, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Vance Hewitt. She attended Mrs. Roosevelt’s Todhunter School, graduating from the Chapin School and Vassar College, class of 1945-4.
She worked as a researcher for Life magazine, then as a lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Junior Museum. She married Ernest Wiehl of Fairfield in 1948.
She was active in the Girl Scouts, YWCA and American Red Cross. She had a keen interest in 19th and early 20th century American prints.
Albert J. Scialo, 87
Albert Sciao: Westport resident. Contributed photo
Albert James Scialo of Westport died April 9. He was 87.
Born in New York City, on Dec. 6, 1929, he was a son of the late Salvatore and Dorothy Pantano Scialo.
He is survived by his daughter, Tara Scialo-Schuld and her husband John and their children Jake and Jenna and two step daughters, Tammy Edwards and her husband Richard and their children, Ashley and Richard, Jr. and Tricia Haviland and her son Clark. He was predeceased by his brother, Vincent Scialo.
All funeral services and burial will be held privately.
Saturday, April 08, 2017
Ruth L. List, 92
Ruth Lane List of Woodbridge, a former Westport resident, died April 7 at Griffin Hospital in Derby. She was 92.
Ruth List: 1941 Staples grad.. Contributed photo
The wife of the late John P. List was born at home in Westport Sept. 8, 1924, daughter of the late Ralph and Florence (Dunnigan) Lane where she lived for 66 years prior to moving.
She was a 1941 graduate of Staples High School where she played the piano for the various music productions.
Following Staples, she graduated from Junior College of Connecticut with an associate’s degree and prior to retiring was employed as a dental hygienist in the Westport area for many years.
Friday, April 07, 2017
Michael V. Buddy, 76
Michael Vincent Buddy of Greenwich, a former Westport resident and award-winning television director with CBS News and ABC News, died April 3 at Greenwich Hospital. He was 76.
He was born in New York City on April 21, 1940 to the late Edward Carr and Juliette Adams Buddy. He was raised in Westport, joined the Marine Corps in 1957, and was honorably discharged in 1960.
In 1962, he began his career in television in the mailroom at CBS News and from there rose through the ranks to become associate director of the “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.”
In 1978, he began a 20-year career at ABC News, first as director of “ABC World News Tonight,” and later as director of “This Week with David Brinkley,” “20/20.” and “Good Morning America.”
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Barbara L. Bacharach, 80
Barbara L. (Lawrence) Bacharach of Farmington, a former Westport resident, died April 1 at Brookdale of Farmington. She was 80.
Barbara L. Bacharach: nurse, flight attendant. Contributed photo
She was born July 10, 1936 in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Fredrick and Dorothy (Dougherty) Lawrence. She was raised and went to school in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania. She then went on to college and received her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing.
After graduation, she worked as a nurse and flight attendant for TWA. She met and married Andrew and they moved to Westport., where she raised her two sons and continued to nurse part time in longterm care facilities and hospitals in Fairfield County.
She retired to Sarasota, Florida, where she lived for 22 years before moving back to Connecticut and settling in Bristol.
Joan Harrop, 86
Joan Barbara (Huston) Harrop of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, a former Westport resident, died April 6 in Kutztown Manor Nursing Home. She was 86.
Joan Harrop: Former Westporter. Contributed photo
Born in Portland, Maine, she was a daughter of the late Robert D. and Ethel I. (Lancey) Huston. She was a 1949 graduate of Deering High School, Portland. In 1953, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology from the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.
She worked in Hartford in the administrative office of Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, before she was married. She lived with her family in Rosemont, along Philadelphia’s Main Line, and later in Westport, where she was active with the Westport Woman’s Club and Westport Historical Society.
After her children graduated high school, she relocated to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she worked as a restaurant hostess and tour guide for group bus trips throughout New England.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Marie F. McHugh, 84
Marie F. McHugh (nee Gallagher), a Westport resident for 45 years, died March 25. She was 84.
The widow of James J. was born Sept 3, 1932, graduated from St. John’s University, and worked for Eastern Airlines in New York City and Washington, D.C.
She is survived by her children, John, James, Anne, Peter and Paul; her grandchildren, Sarah, Peter, Sam, David, Kate, Marie, and Jane; her sisters, Nan Jones and Patricia Hay; and her cousins, Patricia Duffy, Loretta Frohnhoefer, and Ann Marie Duffy. She was predeceased by her sister Eileen Butler.
A reception for family and friends is planned. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
John M. Lupton III, 69
John Mather Lupton III of Washington, D.C., a former resident of Westport and Weston, died March 30 following a battle with cancer. He was 69.
John M. Lupton III: Staples ‘66 president. Contributed photo
He was founder of PCa Blue, a prostate cancer awareness organization, a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, and former executive director of the Westport Historical Society.
The son of John and Mavis Lupton, he was born June 24, 1947 in Connecticut. His father was a Connecticut state senator. He attended Weston public schools, and then Staples High School in Westport, where he was elected president of the class of 1966.
Known as Johno to his friends, he remained “class president for life,” helping to organize reunions and raising funds for gifts to the school.
Sunday, April 02, 2017
William G. Turner, Jr., 88
William Gabriel Turner, Jr. of Westport, died March 27 at home after a long struggle with the maladies of age. He was 88.
William G. Turner, Jr: former IBM, Sperry executive. Contributed photo
He was born in Queens, New York, the son of William G. Turner and Olive E. Gueckel. After early schooling in Queens, he studied at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute where he earned a B.S. in electrical engineering.
He began his career at IBM but was soon drafted since IBM did not believe in requesting deferment for critical skills.
His service career consisted of work in the U.S. Army Signal Corps Engineering Division.
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Claude H. Bradley Jr, 85
Claude (Rex) Harrison Bradley Jr. of Roanoke, Virginia died March 25 after a long illness. He was 85.
He was born in Danbury on June 26, 1931, son of Claude H. and Pauline Ada (Scharfenberg) Bradley Sr.
He was employed with the Home Oil Company, Norwalk for 29 years. Previously, he was known as “Doc” a combat medic in the Korean conflict. He was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association and VFW. He volunteered for the Saugatuck Hose Co. 4 in Westport,
After retiring, he moved with his wife Margaret to Roanoke.
Friday, March 31, 2017
Barry Blau, 89, Direct Marketing Entrepreneur
Barry Blau of Westport, who started a business in his basement that became one of the world’s largest direct marketing firms, died March 28 in Norwalk Hospital after a short illness. He was 89.
Barry Blau: led No. 1 direct marketing firm. Contributed photo
A native of the Bronx, he preserved traces of the borough’s beloved melodious accent throughout his long life.
He was a member of the first graduating class of the elite Bronx High School of Science, later making grueling interborough subway rides to attend Brooklyn College, where he met his future wife at a Trotskyite gathering.
He began his career as a copy boy at Time Inc., working alongside Henry Grunwald, who became the magazine publisher’s editor-in-chief. Barry, however, soon forsook journalism for advertising to feed his growing family.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
James P. McCabe, 92
James P. McCabe of Westport died March 1 at home. He was 92.
The husband of Eileen (Hartmann) McCabe, he was born Jan. 14, 1925, the son of the late James and Maria (Haverty) McCabe.
He was a World War II veteran who proudly served for three years in the U.S. Navy on the USS Blakely, a destroyer escort, in the North Atlantic and the Pacific.
He served as president of Local 1101 of the Communications Workers of America.
Ann Marie Fanning, 67
Ann Marie (Hufnagel) Fanning, a longtime Westport resident, died March 29 at home. She was 67.
The wife of Jack Fanning was born in New York City to the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Murphy) Hufnagel.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Michael Fanning of Cambridge, Massachusetts; her brother, Joseph Hufnagel and his wife, Barbara, of Bethel; her brother, William Hufnagel, and his wife, Joan, of Montclair, Virginia; her sister, Marybeth Errico and her husband, Rich, of Valley Stream, New York; her sister, Susan Hufnagel, of Edgewater, New Jsersey, and her sister, Cathy Hufnagel, of New York City; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Tom Fanning.
Friends may greet her family on Sunday, April 2 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 3 at 10 a.m. at Assumption Church in Westport. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Erwine T. Buckenmaier, Jr., 83
Erwine Theodore Buckenmaier, Jr., known as “Ted,” a 47-year Westport resident, died March 24 at home after fighting sarcoma for almost a year. He was 83.
Ted Buckenmaier, Jr: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
Born in Oceanside, New York on Sept. 4, 1933, he was the son of Erwine T. Buckenmaier, Sr. and Helen (Haas) Buckenmaier.
“Teddy” was the adored younger brother of sisters Rosanne and Carol. He exceled in sports and academics, graduating as valedictorian from Baldwin High School in Baldwin, New York.
He then went on to study engineering with a ROTC scholarship to Cornell University, graduating with a B.S. Ch. E. in 1956.