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Saturday, May 30, 2015
Arthur W. Ruff, 92
Arthur W. Ruff of Gilbert, Ariz., a former Westport resident, died May 15 due to a stroke. He was 92.
Born in Westport in 1923, he moved with his parents and sisters to San Diego in 1941. He served in World War II as a navigator in the Army Air Corps flying out of England on 30 missions over Europe, for which he was awarded the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Accompanied by his then wife, Olive, and with the support of the GI Bill, he received bachelor’s degrees in geology and mining engineering and in years later, a doctorate in mining engineering from Colorado School of Mines, and a master’s in geology from the University of Arizona.
His interest in seeing the world took him to management positions in mining in Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Liberia, and Nigeria. When he relocated back to the United States in 1995 he maintained his keen interest as an amateur herpetologist by creating and patenting a computer program for identifying snakes.
Doris ‘Bunni’ Singer, 82
Doris “Bunni” Singer of University Park, Fla., formerly o f Westport and Weston, and New York City, died May 22, at Tarpon Point Nursing Home, Sarasota. She was 82.
The following was written on the day of her death by her son Barry, with an addendum by her son Tim.
‘My mother Bunni Singer, age 82, died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, May 22, 2015, in Sarasota, Florida, after a long struggle with respiratory illness. To all of us who knew her, she was a most amazing and remarkable woman.
Bunni was loving, devoted, and inspirational as mother to Tim and me, as grandmother to Benn and Chloe, as mother in-law to Betsy and Augusta, and as wife and life partner to Gary. She was an intensely loyal friend to many, and a friendly and interested ‘second mom’ to many friends of ours. She was intelligent, creative, inventive, a passionate believer in justice and human rights, and a great lover of nature.
Friday, May 29, 2015
A Gold’s Delicatessen Tribute
Customers at Gold’s Delicatessen, 421 Post Road East, today were greeted at the cash register with a photo of Kenneth F. Spigarolo, Sr. of Fairfield, manager of the iconic eatery for 40 years before his retirement, who died Tuesday at age 91. Gold’s opened in 1958 and Spigarolo started there in 1962. Current owner Jim Eclk is behind the counter.(See obituary here) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Stephanie R. Healy, 90
Stephanie R. Healy of Fall River, Mass., a former Wilton resident for more than 50 years and wife of the late Harold M. Healy, died May 26 at home. She was 90.
Born in Norwalk on Oct. 31, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Cazimir and Aniela C. Rozkewicz.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Healy and his wife Eve of Fairfield, Timothy Healy and his wife Alison of Huntington, one daughter, Ellen Boscia and her fiancé, Kevin Sullivan of Portsmouth, R.I., five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband Harold, she was predeceased by one son, Dennis R. Healy, two brothers, Roger Rozkewicz and Edward Roy, and one sister, Helen Weisner.
All services will be private. Condolences for the Healy family may be left online at http://www.hardingfuneral.com. Contributions in her memory in lieu of flowers may be made to a charity of your choice.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Margaret L. Quinlan, 90
Margaret L. (Lane) Quinlan of Bridgeport, a former Westport resident, died May 28 at the Watermark in Bridgeport after a short illness. She was 90.
Born in Norwalk on Nov. 6, 1924, she was the daughter of the late John and Theresa Lane.
She attended local schools in Norwalk and graduated from Norwalk High School and Central Connecticut State University. She resided in Westport for more than 50 years before moving to the Watermark at 3030 Park Ave., Bridgeport.
Survivors include her four children Mary Ryan of Atlanta, Ga., Robert Quinlan and his wife Carol of Fairfield, Joan Quinlan of Brookline, Mass., and James Quinlan and his wife Donna of Trumbull. She is survived by 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, as well as a brother William Lane of Norwalk. She was predeceased b her husband of54 years, Robert F. Quinlan
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Kenneth F. Spigarolo, Sr., 91
Kenneth Francis Spigarolo, Sr. of Fairfield, manager of Gold’s Delicatessen in Westport for 40 years before his retirement, died May 26. He was 91.
Kenneth F. Spigarolo, Sr.: managed Gold’s Delicatessen. Contributed photo
He graduated from Ludlowe High School, and attended Kansas State University before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. While in the Army, he ran the largest PX in Kassel, Germany, where he met and married the love of his life, Hildegard Becker.
He came home to manage his family’s business, Spigarolo’s Market in Bridgeport. Later, he would manage Gold’s Delicatessen in Westport for more than 40 years before his retirement.
An original fan of the UConn Women’s Basketball, he enjoyed watching the team rocket to success throughout the years. He was a lifetime member of Germania Schwaben Club where he and his wife loved to dance and socialize.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Harold L. Mindell, 89
Harold Leo Mindell of West Hartford, a project engineer who supervised construction of Westport’s Bedford Middle School and renovations to Coleytown Middle School, died May 26. He was 89.
He was born on Aug. 5, 1925 in Hartford to Max and Helen (Wohl) Mindell. He was a 1943 graduate of Weaver High School and was drafted into the army at the age of 18. After basic training he was assigned to the 86th (Black Hawk) Infantry Division in Camp Livingston, Louisiana where he became a first scout and sniper in a rifle platoon.
He earned expert badges in carbine and Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) and sharpshooter in rifle. He was deployed to France and subsequently to Germany where he engaged in combat from Cologne to Austria.
After the war, he was sent to the Philippines and returned to the United States in April,1946. He graduated from the University of Michigan, College of Engineering and became a partner in the Hartford consulting engineering firm, Dubin Mindell Bloom Associates.
Anita Marie D. Anastasia, 84
Anita Marie Davis Anastasia of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died April 27 at home. She was 84.
Born Aug. 28, 1930 in Norwalk, she was the wife of the late Anthony J. Anastasia and the daughter of Arthur Davis, a former Norwalk police offficer, and Ann Elizabeth O’Connor Davis.
She attended St. Mary’s School, Center Junior High School and graduated Norwalk High School. She also attended writing courses at Fairfield University and Westport Continuing Education.
After her marriage, she moved to Westport where she lived most of her life. She worked designing the page layout for Brooks Community Newspapers.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Bruce W. Boland, 63
Bruce Ward Boland of Westport died May 17. He was 63.
Born Feb. 13, 1952, he grew up in Glen Ridge, N.J. as the son of John J. and Jean Ward Boland.
In addition to his father, John J., he is survived by his daughter, Kelly E. Reilly Boland, and four siblings, J. Jay Boland, Susan Boland Sullivan, Bob T. Boland, and Melissa Boland Turner. His mother, Jean, and sister, Debbie, predeceased him in 2013.
Services and interment will be private.
Patricia H. Gordon, 74
Patricia Hill Gordon of Red Hook, N.Y., a former Westport resident, died May 19 after a long illness. She was 74.
Born in 1941 in Greenbelt, Md., she grew up in Westport. Her father, Lawrence Hill, was a noted publisher and her mother, Gertrude Hill founded a successful imported home goods business.
She was a highly talented and accomplished artist. She earned her M.F.A. from State University of New York at Albany in 1982, and her paintings, sculptures, painted furniture, cement works, and, most recently, pottery were widely exhibited throughout the Hudson Valley.
She was active in the Summergroup artists collective in Poughkeepsie in the 1980s and was one of the founding members of the Tivoli Artists Coop in Tivoli in the 1990s.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Margaret S. McAndrews, 90
Margaret Stier McAnrews of Needham, Mass., a former Westport resident, died May 16. She was 90.
She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 8, 1925, and graduated from Mount St. Joseph College in 1947. She married Jack McAndrews, a career DuPont executive, in 1952. She and Jack raised their family over the next 28 years, moving frequently until settling in Westport for 15 years.
They retired to Pebble Beach, Calif., which they enjoyed greatly until Jack died in 1999. Margaret was active in the Catholic Church and volunteered for her children’s schools and local charities. She enjoyed reading, the opera, politics and her children’s and grandchildren’s activities.
She and Jack gifted the John and Margaret McAndrews Professor of Mathematics position at the University of Notre Dame, a history scholarship at St. Norbert College and a scholarship at Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Mary B. Walker, 86
Mary B. Walker of Danbury, formerly of Westport and Ridgefield, died May 19 at home. She was 86.
Born in Westport on June 19, 1928, she was a daughter of Edward and Pearl (Payne) Burkey. She attended Westport schools and graduated from Staples High School in 1946 followed by secretarial training at Merrill’s Business School in South Norwalk.
She first worked for Tristam & Fuller Department Store in Norwalk, and then for Sherwood Insurance of Westport. She was head clerk with the Connecticut State Police for 25 years prior to her retirement. She was first assigned to Troop A, formerly of Ridgefield and later with Troop G of Westport.
An avid reader, she loved crossword puzzles, square dancing and enjoyed hosting social gatherings in her home. After retiring she volunteered at the Fairfield County Soil and Water District, for RSVP and for the travel committee at a local AARP. She also enjoyed playing Bunco with the Red Hats.
Christine O. Allen, 95
Christine Owen Allen of Westport died May 15 at Wilton Meadows in Wilton. She was 95.
She was the wife of the late Malcolm C. Allen, Sr. and the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hugh Owen of Taunton, Mass.
She had been a resident of Westport since 1948 when her husband was transferred from Boston to the Manhattan office of the former American Can Co., where he worked after graduation from MIT for 33 years.
She was a member of the Saugatuck Congregational Church and a deacon of that church. She also served as head of the altar flower committee for several years and sat on numerous committees and boards.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Elizabeth A. Godfrey, 96
Elizabeth A. Godfrey of Westport died May 19 in Masonicare in Newtown. She was 96.
Born July 26, 1918 in Westport, she was the daughter of the late James E. and Kathleen Godfrey and has been a lifelong resident.
She was a 1936 graduate of Staples High School and went on to receive her RN degree from Stamford Hospital School of Nursing.
During World War II, she served as a second lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. Following the war, she was employed as nursing supervisor at Norwalk Hospital and then for Dr. Neil Lebhar in his office.
Lyndon H. ‘Red’ Ratcliffe, 87
Red Ratcliffe—known to absolutely no one by his given name, Lyndon Hanes Ratcliffe—of Westport died May 12. He was 87, having celebrated his birthday five days earlier.
He was a fly fisherman to the core. He loved to fish Connecticut’s Farmington River where his love affair with fishing began more thqn 85 years ago. He loved to fish the Miramachi, the Restigouche, the York, the Big Horn, the Columbia; he loved any river you could name.
He loved trying to outwit the wily trout found at the Limestone Trout Club in Canaan, Connecticut. He believed that once caught, a fish should be released to live to fight another day.
When he wasn’t fishing he was talking about fishing; tying flies; honing his equipment to perfection, advising friends which fly to use at which river at which time and slipping them a few samples that he had tied himself.