Tuesday, March 25, 2014
M. Frances Milkavich, 94
M. Frances Milkavich, born Morfenia Frances Capetanidis, a former Westport resident, died March 20 at Grandview Care Center in Sun City West, Ariz. She was 94.
M. Frances Milkavich: 1937 Staples graduate. Contributed photo
Born on Sept. 26, 1919 in Bridgeport to John and Mary Capetanidis, she was the widow of Joseph G. Milkavich, her husband of 64 years.
She attended Westport schools and graduated from Staples High School in 1937. She received two bachelor’s degrees, one from Central Connecticut State College in commercial education (1943) and another from Danbury State College (1956) in elementary education; a Masters Degree from Danbury State College (1959); a sixth year Certificate from Fairfield University(1967) and 15 more credits toward a teacher’s reading certificate from the University of Bridgeport.
She was was an educator for more than 30 years, including 26 years in the Norwalk School district. She was a life member of the National Teachers Association, Connecticut Educational Association, Associated Retired Teachers of Connecticut and AARP National Association of Retired Teachers Branch.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Betty E. Ohlin, 84
Betty E. Ohlin of Harrisville, R.I. a former teacher in the Westport schools, died March 21 in Overlook Nursing Home, Pascoag, R.I. She was 84.
Betty Ohlin: former Westport teacher. Contributed photo
Born in Fairfield, she was the daughter of the late Paul E. and Ruth A. (Nelson) Ohlin. She started as a teacher in Westport and then moved on to be a professor at Rhode Island College, retiring in 1991.
A graduate of New Milford (Conn.) High School, she received a BA from Bethel College, St. Paul, Minn., her Masters from SUI, Iowa City, Iowa and doctoral studies from Pennsylvania State.
She is survived by three sisters, Phyllis Gammons of Southport, Doryce Smelter of Shelton, Gail Osborne of Oakham, Mass., and 19 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother Paul E. Ohlin Jr., and two sisters, Pearl Juris and Ruth Steeves.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Gail Barzilay, 69
Gail Barzilay, a Westport resident for more than 30 years, died March 7 at home. She was 69.
Gail Barzilay: 30-year Westporter. Contributed photo
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Shirley Yorinks, both of Brooklyn.
She spent her first several years in Brooklyn, and then lived on Long Island, N.Y. until graduating Hofstra University with a degree in English. Upon graduation, she moved to Manhattan.
In New York City, as a fiercely independent young woman, she pursued a career in publishing, working for Look magazine and Simon and Schuster among other publishers.
Mary N. Cranner, 79
Mary Nero Cranner, known as “Venie,” a former Westport resident, died March 18 in Louisiana. She was 79.
She was born Oct. 25, 1934 in San Bernardo, Calabria, Italy to Francesco and Vincenzina Costanzo Nero and came to the United States as a young girl.
Part of a large Italian family, she grew up in Danbury and was graduated from Danbury High School in 1952.
After high school, she went to nursing school at the New York Foundling Hospital.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Lori A. Traczyk, 43
Lori A. (Brown) Traczyk of Westport died March 15. She was 43.
Lori Traczyk: worked in public relations. Contributed photo
Born Feb. 6, 1971, she attended schools in Chapel Hill, N.C., and most recently was a senior vice president with Richard Rubenstein Public Relations, Inc., in New York.
An announcement by the firm last August said she had returned to the company after a public relations career spanning more than 20 years, the majority of which was focused in luxury lifestyle, travel and tourism, real estate and entertainment, including prior affiliation with Rubenstein Public Relations.
She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Brown of Chapel Hill, N.C. She is survived by her husband, Frank, two children, Thomas 5, and Pernille 3, mother, Gloria of Chapel Hill, brothers, Thomas, of Chapel Hill; Curtis of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Craig of Palatine, Ill, Also, by nieces and a nephew.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
William F. Abbott, Jr.
William F. Abbott, Jr., (Bill), a Westport resident for more than 50 years, died March 18.
William F. Abbott: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
Born in Salem, Mass., he was immensely proud of his Mayflower heritage dating back through many generations of the James family to Elder William Brewster, the fourth signer of the Mayflower compact.
A graduate of Salem High School, 1943, and Phillips Academy, Andover, 1944. he dominated in many athletic pursuits, especially in baseball, where he earned a contract to play with the Boston Red Sox farm team.
Although a wonderful prospect, he instead enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving as quartermaster 3rd. class. Upon honorable discharge, he attended and graduated from Duke University, class of 1950.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Dorothea (Dottie) Hazard, a former teacher in the Westport school system, died March 17.
A Weston resident for 47 years, she taught in the Westport Hillspoint and Greens Farms Elementary schools.
She grew up in southern California and graduated from the University of Redlands. There she met a fellow student from New Jersey and future husband, Richard (Dick) Hazard, a budding, and eventually career chemical engineer for Texaco.
He brought her back East where they lived together for 55 years until his death in 1998.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Alexandra C. (Thompson) Kirkpatrick, 67
Alexandra C. (Thompson) Kirkpatrick of Salem, Mass., a former Westport resident, died March 15 following a long illness. She was 67.
Alexander Kirkpatrick: Staples graduate. Contributed photo
She lived in Boxford, Mass. for 20 years before moving to Salem in 1996.
Born in New York City, she was the daughter of Ivor Thompson of Woodstock, Conn. and the late Sarah C. (Healy) Thompson. She was raised in Woodstock and Westport and graduated from Staples High School.
She went on to receive a diploma RN from Grace-New Haven School of Nursing, a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology from the University of Buffalo and her Master’s Degree in social work from Boston College in 1980, She later achieved the LICSW credential and counselor certification in the Lynn Public Schools.
Jean Mayer, 84
Jean Mayer of Naples, Fla., a former Westport resident, died March 16. She was 84.
Born in Chicago, she lived in Michigan until the age of 18. She then moved to Westport, where she met her late husband, Tom, and raised three children.
She spent many, many years raising money for her favorite charity, The American Cancer Society . She loved to golf, travel, play cards, read, go to the beach and do The New York Times crossword puzzle.
She moved permanently to Naples in 1995 and had an amazing group of friends in the Fox Fire Community. Her sense of humor was infectious as well as her positive outlook on life.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Edith Davidson, 90
Edith Davidson, a Westport resident for more than 50 years, died March 12 in Palm Beach, Fla. She was 90.
Edith Davidson: well-known Realtor. Contributed photo
Born in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 8, 1923, she was the daughter of Abraham and Clara (Koplin) Elving.
She graduated William Penn High School, Philadelphia, Class of 1941. Afterwards, she attended Temple University at night and during the day worked in the offices of Warner Brothers.
With the outbreak of World War II, she also volunteered as a hostess in a Philadelphia USO where, in 1945, she met future husband Martin M. Davidson, a Marine Corps captain, recuperating from injuries sustained at Iwo Jima.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
James H. Ford Jr., 80
James Henry Lee Ford, Jr., a former Westport resident, died March 10. He was 80.
He was born March 1, 1934 in Hollywood, Calif. to James Henry Lee Ford and Elizabeth Mary Cooke Ford. He enjoyed a life that allowed him to travel and live in this country and around the world, his family said.
Fishing, perhaps his most favored pastime, was followed by traveling and reading. He enjoyed music, art, good food and wine, particularly as gateways to learning about new cultures, people and their landscapes.
He appreciated his time with his Ecumenical Bible Study group of 19 years and his work with students at Bridgeport Public School, Cesar Botaglia, for 10 years.
Harry Susla, 84
Harry Susla of South Chatham, Mass. and Pawley’s Island, S.C., formerly of Westport and Weston, died Feb. 21 at the home of his daughter in Williamsburg Va., after a battle with leukemia. He was 84.
The son of Michael and Mary Susla, he was born in Torrington. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force and graduate of Michigan State University.
He was a retired vice president of sales for the Latchford Glass Corp. and Vitro Packaging. An avid golfer, he served on the board of directors and was a past president of the Redding Country Club, where he was a member for more than 40 years.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy and three children, Scott, David and Stacy and four grandchildren, Lindsay, Ryan, Jack and Trevor.
A private memorial service is planned. Donations in Harry’s memory may be made to the Hospice House of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188, http://www.williamsburghospice.org
Dexter A. Picozzi, 93
Dexter A. Picozzi of Redding died March 8. He was 93.
Born in Providence, R.I. on July 9, 1920 to Anthony and Antonetta Conte Picozzi, he went on to graduate summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island in 1942. First in his class of 219 engineering students, he was accepted to MIT graduate school, but World War II intervened. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served as an aviation electronics technician.
During his military tenure he met his wife, Dorothy, at a USO dance. Married in 1948, they spent their years ins uburban Boston and Fairfield County raising a family until died in 1992.
He also had one brother, Raymond, an author and department chair in the theater program at Rhode Island College, who died in 2011.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Ann M. Ducey, 89
Ann Elizabeth Ducey, nee McMickle, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 16 at Genesis Healthcare of Milford, Mass. She was 89.
She was the wife of the late Thomas H. Ducey (1912-1970), and was predeceased by a stepson, Frederick T. Ducey (1938-1991), as well as her daughter-in-law, Robin Dawes Ducey (1946-2012).
She was born in 1924 in Middletown N.Y., one of seven siblings. She graduated from Middletown High School in 1942.
While working for Chatham Manufacturing in Manhattan, she met Tom Ducey, widower and father of two, Frederick and Michael (b.1942), sales manager at Dundee Mills, and shortly afterward they began their married life in Manhasset, N.Y. and Cape Cod.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Lorenzo Santoro, 66
Lorenzo Santoro of Stratford and longtime Norwalk resident died March 8 at the Veteran’s Hospital in West Haven. He was 66.
He was born on Sept. 5, 1947 in Cantanzaro, Calabria, Italy, the son of Carlotta Bertuccio Santoro of Stratford and the late Domenic F. Santoro. He worked as a hair dresser in Greenwich and Westport for several years and retired as a carpenter with Carpenter’s Local 210.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Vietnam War. He loved being with his family and enjoyed traveling to Europe, his family said.
In addition to his mother Lorenzo is survived by his siblings Angelo Santoro of Italy, Tina Granata of Norwalk, Teresa Mallozzi of Westport, Nicola Santoro of Shelton and Francesca Tuccinardi of Monroe. Also surviving are 10 nieces and nephews, 10 great nieces and nephews and many aunts, uncles and cousins in Italy. In addition to his father Lorenzo is predeceased by his brother, Dominick Santoro, Jr.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport