Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Mildred O. Van Sack, 94
Mildred O. Van Sack, a former Staples High School teacher formerly of Trumbull and Fairfield, died Oct. 19 at Good Shepherd Hospice Center in Port Jefferson, N.Y. She was 94.
She and her late husband Lawrence met at age 12 while attending Bassick Junior High School in 1931. Their storybook union spanned 70 years, including 60 years of marriage that ended with his death in 2001.
Like many of her generation, she had incredible emotional fortitude, her family said. She was fiercely independent, active, and always ready to laugh.
She was born in Bridgeport, daughter of the late George and Helma Verrelle. She and her family resided in the tight-knit community of Country Road in Fairfield, where friendships and hijinks were never in short supply. An excellent cook, she was the consummate entertainer, known for her love of parties and holiday gatherings.
Cornelius H. Kelleher, 91
Cornelius Hayes “Neil” Kelleher of South Hadley, Mass., a former Westport resident, died Oct. 13. He was 91.
He was born Dec. 15, 1921, in Waterbury and lived briefly in nearby Naugatuck. From 1930 he grew up in the Saugatuck section of Westport, where he graduated from Staples High School.
He attended St. Michael’s College in Vermont and enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942, training as a radio operator and aerial gunner. After 30 combat missions over Germany as a T/Sgt. in the 8th Air Force, 388th Bomb Group B-17s, he volunteered for advanced radio school.
After graduating and awaiting assignment to the Pacific, the war ended. An honorable discharge followed in October 1945.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Clifford S. Ely, Jr., 89
Clifford Seth Ely, Jr., 89, husband of Trinette Haase Ely of Norwalk, died Oct. 18, at Wilton Meadows, Wilton.
Born Feb. 24, 1924 in Norwalk, he was the son of the late Clifford and Helen MacKenzie Ely. He attended Norwalk High School before enlisting in the U.S. Navy where he served in the Central Pacific as a rated signalman.
He later opened his own retail paint and wallpaper store in Westport and retired in 1987 as the manager of The Paint Bucket.
In retirement he moved to Denton, then Easton, Md. where he was the founder of the Bay Country Chorus barbershop chorus. He had been an active member of Grace Episcopal Church in Norwalk and a Past-Grand of Our Brother’s Lodge #10, I.O.O.F. of Norwalk.
Joseph M. Matis, 80
Joseph M. Matis of Westport, husband of Bertha (Stahursky) Matis, died Oct. 19 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 80.
Born in Southport, he was a Westport resident for 49 years.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and was employed at Westport Bowling Lanes for more than 20 years. In his earlier years he enjoyed fishing, bowling and golf.
He was also an avid gardener and a fan of the UConn Women’s basketball team. He will be fondly remembered as a hardworking, yet soft spoken man with a big heart who always thought of others before himself, his family said.
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld, 59
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld of Weston, a veteran journalist and cycling enthusiast whose rides often took him on the roads of Westport, died Oct. 20 in a cycling accident in Bethel. He was 59.
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld: veteran journalist and cycling enthusiast. Contributed photo
The husband of Kayte Steinert-Threlkeld, he was born in New Jersey on June 20, 1954, the son of the late Aubrey and Elizabeth Morgan Threlkeld. He was the editorial director of B2B Publishing at New York-based IBT Media, a global digital news organization.
He was a lifelong journalist involved in investigating and explaining how technology is used to achieve business goals.
He had a wide range of interests in various sectors of the economy, exploring and explaining the intersection of information technology with corporate performance in capital markets (at Securities Technology Monitor and Securities Industry News), in television (at Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable) and technology itself (at metropolitan daily newspapers as well as Interactive Week, Baseline and ZDNet).
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Robert C. Jacino, 82
Robert Charles Jacino of Stamford, a former Westport resident, died Oct 16 in Stamford. He was 82.
He was also a former resident of Darien, Groton, and Lake Bluff, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Sarah, his brother Willie, and his sister Marie.
He was born on Sept. 2, 1931 in Brooklyn, N.Y., a first-generation American from Italian immigrant parents. He was the first in his family to go to college, and earned his Bachelors of Science in chemical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
He was later one of the first Italian Americans to attend Yale University, earning a Master’s of Science degree. He worked as a chemical engineer at Pfizer, Inc. in Groton, and then as director of international operations at Abbott Labs.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
John M. Gudzik, 60
John M. Gudzik of Fairfield, a former Westport resident and retired employee of the Town of Westport Highway Department, died Oct. 18. He was 60.
Born in Norwalk to the late John P. and Regina (Zygmant) Gudzik, he was raised in Westport prior to moving to Fairfield.
In addition to his wife of almost 30 years, Nancy (Green) Gudzik, he is survived by his loving son, John M. Gudzik, Jr. of Fairfield; and his siblings, Judith Wanat and her husband, William of Southport, Patricia Jepsen and her husband, Mark of Farmington, Kathy Scheflen and her husband, Ken of North Carolina, and Michael Gudzik and his wife, Carol of Fairfield.
His family will greet his friends at a memorial gathering on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 3-8 p.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield. Interment will be private. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.shaughnesseybanks.com.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Dana F. Kennedy, 95
The Rev. Dana F. Kennedy: led Christ & Holy Trinity Church for 29 years. Contributed photo
UPDATE (adds Westport memorial service) The Rev. Dana Forrest Kennedy, rector emeritus of Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church, died Oct. 16 in Keene, N.H. He was 95.
He became rector of Christ & Holy Trinity Church in 1961 and held the position for 29 years.
Under his leadership, the parish acquired and added a church building and three houses adjacent to the historic Trinity Memorial Church, thus establishing three acres in the heart of downtown Westport for the exercise of the church ministry.
He also raised $2 million in endowments before he retired in 1989.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Anna F. Lisanti, 57
Anna Fariello Lisanti of Westport, wife of Anthony Lisanti, died Oct. 11 in Yale New Haven Hospital. She was 57.
Anna Lisanti: earned degree in clnical social work. Contributed photo
A graduate of Mercy College, and Columbia University, she earned a Master’s Degree in clinical social work.
She enjoyed reading and learning and treasured simple pleasures such as admiring fresh roses and feeling the warmth of the sunlight while taking contemplative walks on the beach, her family said.
In addition to her husband of 35 years, she is survived by her daughters Mariangela Lisanti of Princeton, N.J., Antonella Lisanti of Westport, her father, Antonio Fariello of Grumo Appula, Italy, and many friends. She was predeceased by her infant son, Francesco Lisanti, and mother, Angela Fazio Fariello.
Marie B. Frost, 94
Marie B. Frost of Westport died Oct. 14. She was 94.
Born Aug. 8, 1919 in Morristown, N.J., she was the daughter of Barbara Brewster Taylor and Dr. Inglis F. Frost and the granddaughter of William Brewster, of Brewster Carriages.
She spent her earlier years growing up in New York and later years in Southport. She shared her mother’s love of horses and carriages and enjoyed beagling, being an honorary member of the Fairfield County Hunt Club.
Throughout her life she traveled extensively, especially to England, and was employed by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and J. Walter Thompson, Toronto, Canada.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Pat Strausser, 78
Pat Strausser, who maintained homes in Westport and Florida, died Oct. 9 at her Jupiter, Fla. home. She was 78.
Born Jan. 17, 1935, in Staten Island, N.Y., she moved to Westport in 1964, where she and her husband of 56 years, Jay, raised their family.
She is survived by her husband, son Jay, Jr., wife Lisa and their two children; son Scott, wife Robyn and their three children; son Christopher, wife Lisa and their three children; and son Eric, wife Jennifer, and their two children.
A celebration of her life will be held in Westport in summer 2014.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Michael D. Bromley, 60
Michael David Bromley of Westport, a former Stamford resident, died Oct. 10 at home. He was 60.
Born Aug. 5, 1953, in Queens, N.Y., he was a son of Adele and Irwin Bromley of Jupiter, Fla. and the husband of Susan Gunn Bromley of Westport.
He loved his family and practicing law, his family said. During the years when he was in general practice in Stamford and more recently as assistant secretary and general counsel at the University of Bridgeport, he was always generous with his time and available to help a friend or a client.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by his daughters, Sara Bromley of Stamford and Melissa Bromley of Durham, N.C.; his son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Elizabeth Bromley of Stamford; and his two brothers, Alan Bromley and his wife Cynthia of Holden, Maine, Hank Bromley and Hank’s wife, Susan of Savannah, Ga., and his beloved cat, Rascal.
Nancy N. Dailey, 74
Nancy N. Dailey of Wilton, a former Westport resident, died at home on Oct. 9. She was 74.
Born in Summit, N.J. on July 25, 1939, she was the daughter of the late John and Carolyn (Gibby) Nordahl.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Smith College, Northampton, Mass. in 1961. Prior to moving to Wilton 20 years ago, she was a resident of Westport for 30 years.
She was a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Wilton and loved reading, dancing, cross stitch and exercise. She was an accomplished computer programmer and loved her work.
Rose J. Eletto, 89
Rose J. (Ancona) Eletto, formerly of Norwalk and a resident of Westport for 50 years, died Oct. 9. She was 89.
She was born May 17, 1924 in Danbury to the late Josephine and Gaitano Ancona. She was a member of the U.S. Nursing Corp where she served proudly during World War II.
She later graduated from the Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing program. She was employed by Norwalk Hospital where she worked in the Special Care Neonatal Unit for many years prior to her retirement.
She was predeceased by her husband Michael P. Eletto. She is survived by three daughters, JoAnn Iannacone and her husband Salvatore, Marie Russo and her husband Dennis, and Jean Treglia and her husband Michael all of Fairfield; her five grandchildren, Allison Marie and Mikki Rose Iannacone, Michael A. Russo, and Gina Marie and Michelle Ann Treglia.
Sunday, October 06, 2013
Grover C. Mills, 72
Grover C. Mills, a longtime Westport and Weston resident, died Sept. 30 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 72.
Mills and his sister Gail were born March 23, 1941, at Norwalk Hospital. They were the twin children of Larry and Elizabeth Mills of Westport.
After attending Staples High School, he graduated from the University of Bridgeport, married Carol (Kerrie) Eannello and headed to Chile to serve in the Peace Corps. Returning to Westport and after a brief interval teaching, Mills began his building career.
He was an avid sailor, mountain climber and runner. A music lover, he played guitar, piano and saxaphone.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport