Friday, January 31, 2014
Della Maia Thomson, 89
Della Maria Thomson (nee Noble), a former Westport resident, died Jan. 28 at Toronto East General Hospital. She was 89.
She will always be remembered as an artist and free spirit, her family said. She loved to travel with her husband Alan and for many years lived in Westport, only to return to Jackson’s Point, Ontario upon retirement to live by the water once again.
She was the wife of the late Alan Glendenning Thomson (2009), mother of Carole Lee Henrikson (Bruce), Melissa Bennett (Jeff), Melanie Clark (Tim) and Julie Thomson (Philip Mancuso). She was the grandmother of Mara, Alana, Davin, Vanessa, Katrina, Cole, Leanna, Dylan, Isabel, Lindsey, Jason and Lauren and two great-grandchildren Kaitlyn and Ryan.
She is remembered by her brother John (Margaret) and many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. Predeceased by her father, Dr. Charles T. Noble, her mother, Margaret Elizabeth Stewart, sisters Martha, Ann, Elizabeth, Nora, Mary, and brother, Stewart. If you wish to make a donation in memory of Della, please consider the Alzheimer Society.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Robert H. Hirsch, 88
Robert Henry Hirsch of Sarasota, Fla., a former Westport resident who owned the Brooks Hirsch clothing stores in Fairfield County, died Jan. 27. He was 88.
He was born to the late Clarence and Ruth Hirsch, May 29, 1925, in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated from Pembroke Country Day School in 1941 and received a B.S. degree in engineering from the University of California Berkeley in 1944, graduating early to serve in the Navy in World War II. He married the late Pamela Hirsch in 1987, and they lived together in Westport and New York City before relocating to Sarasota in 1992.
He was a businessman and owned a chain of women’s clothing stores in Fairfield County, Brooks Hirsch until he retired in 1992. The Westport Brooks Hirsch was located at 403 Post Road East, now home to Olympia Sports.
He was passionate about making a difference in the lives of his customers, employees and their families. He also served on the board of Westport Bank & Trust Co. and Fairfield University. He was active with several local charities and foundations including The Nature Center of Westport and The Van Wezel Center of Sarasota.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Katherine M. Cianciullo, 86
Katherine M. Cianciullo of Westport died on Jan. 25 in Branford of complications from a long-term illness. She was 86.
She was the daughter of the late Pasqual Fratino and Rose Valiante. She was the wife of Nicholas Cianciullo for 60 years and mother to John Cianciullo of Westport and daughter Patt Cianciullo of Atlanta, Ga.
She was predeceased by her older brother John Fratino and is survived by her sister Phyllis Ragosa of Port St Lucie, Fla. She is also survived by daughter-in-law Maggie Lopez as well as many nieces and nephews including grandnieces and grandnephews from both the Fratino and Cianciullo families.
Hours of visitation for friends and family will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave., Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. at St Luke Catholic Church, 84 Long Lots Road, Westport. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery on Greens Farm Road. In lieu of flowers, donations made in Katherine’s memory may be made to St Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT, 06880.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Benjamin M. Cardozo, 99
Benjamin M. Cardozo of Westport and New York City died Jan. 19 at his Westport home. He was 99.
A lawyer, a World War II veteran, and a philanthropist, he was born in Manhattan in 1915.
He graduated from Dartmouth College, Class of 1937, and NYU Law School. He served with the Moreland Commission, with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Europe, and with the Justice Department in Washington, D.C.
He practiced law for more than 60 years at his family law firm, Cardozo & Cardozo, formerly Cardozo & Nathan.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
William H. Estey, 86
William H. Estey of Westport died Jan. 18 in Bridgeport Hospital. He was 86.
Born Jan. 28, 1927 in Canton, Mass., he was the son of the late Elijah and Elizabeth (MacInulty) Estey. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and has been a resident of Westport for 63 years.
Survivors in addition to his wife, Catherine (Kinnane) Estey of 35 years, include one son; Andrew W. Estey of Stamford, one brother; Edward Estey of Halbrook, Mass., one sister; Sandra Ambrose of Hudson, Mass., and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be announced at a later date. Memorial contribution in lieu of flowers may be made to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission 1088 Fairfield Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06606.
Frederick C. Jayne, 79
Frederick C. Jayne of Palm City, Fla., a Staples High School graduate formerly of Wilton, died Jan. 31 after battling cancer. He was 79.
Following his graduation from Staples High School in Westport, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1980, he moved from Wilton, where he was in the excavation business, to Stuart, Fla., and was the owner of Coastal Marine there until 2007 when he passed the reins of the business to his son David.
He is survived by his wife Patricia Courtney Jayne, sons Eric, of Lakeland, Fla., and David and his wife Kip of Palm City, and grandchildren Hunter, Dillon, Zachary, and Luke Jayne and Matthew and Kristen Campbell.
Services will be held at Forest Hills Funeral Home on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice 1201 S.E Indian St., Stuart, FL. 34997, or Saint Judes Children’s Hospital at shop.stjude.org
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Helen I. Luedke, 78
Helen Isabel (Hartz) Luedke, III, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 9, at Capitol Lakes Retirement Community in Madison, Wisc. following a long struggle with Parkinson Disease. She was 78.
Helen Luedke: active in Woman’s Club, Historical Society. Contributed photo
She was born on Oct. 21, 1935 in Stevens Point Wisc., graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1954, and married William Raboin. The couple moved to Danville, Ill., and parented three children. She began her career with General Electric at that time. The marriage was dissolved and she moved her family to Connecticut.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Sacred Heart University and Master’s Degree in business from Columbia University. She was the manager of employee relations at the General Electric headquarters in Fairfield.
In 1986, she married William T. Luedke, III, another GE executive, and they retired from the company. She spent her retirement years with Bill entertaining in their homes, traveling and relaxing on Sanibel Island, Fla.
Richard S. Ziperman, 48
Richard Scott Ziperman of Coppell, Texas, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 18 in Dallas, Texas after a 15-month battle with gastric cancer. He was 48.
Richard S. Ziperman: Staples grad. Contributed photo
He was born May 26, 1965 in Plainview, N.Y. and grew up in New York, California, England and Connecticut. After graduating from Staples High School in Westport, he attended Syracuse University where he earned a degree in business administration.
He then began a successful 26-year career with Massachusetts Financial Services in Boston, which eventually led him to Texas. On April 5, 1997, he married Susan Dreyer in New Braunfels, Texas and they had two daughters.
He embraced life and was passionate about many things—his family, his work, his friends, and his hobbies including fishing, shooting and World War II history, his family said.
Thomas Nicholas, Sr., 86
Thomas Nicholas Sr., of Centerville, Mass., formerly of Trumbull and a former manager of an auto dealership in Westport, died Jan. 17 at home after a long illness. He was 86.
Thomas Nicholas Sr.: managed Westport auto dealership. Contributed photo
He was born on Sept. 14, 1927 in Korce, Albania to the late Naum and Polikseni Shtika Nicholas. Following his father, he and his mother immigrated to Bridgeport in 1930. After attending public schools and playing football at Harding High, class of 1945, where he was named to the All-State team. He attended Brown University on a football scholarship and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, graduating in 1949.
He became a Master Mason in 1951. Wanting to remain in the area to assist his widowed mother and younger sisters, he became an assistant football coach at UB for a time. He then went on to work for GMAC, a manager of an auto dealership in Westport, and then to Borden Dairy Co. On Jan. 15, 1956, he married Marion Dionis, with whom he had three children. They made their home in Trumbull, where Marion was the children’s librarian at Trumbull Library. She died in 1998.
In 2007, he moved to Centerville to live with his daughter Susanne and her family.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Dagne A. Klavins, 77
Dagne Angersbach Klavins, an employee at Max’s Art Supplies in Westport for more than two decades, died Jan. 10 in Marana, Ariz. after a long struggle with a lung infection. She was 77.
Dagne A. Klavins: longtime employee at Max’s Art supplies. Contributed photo
She was born in Daugavpils, Latvia on Aug. 9, 1936 and came to the United States in 1949 with her mother and brother. She studied art at John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis and also at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. She was an accomplished artist and illustrator.
She also was a longtime employee at Max’s Art Supplies in Westport, working there from about 1982 to 2005.
She is survived by husband, Uldis Klavins, of 56 years and son, Artis, as well as her brother George Angersbach, cousin Gerhard Angersbach in New Jersey, and cousin Kurt Angersbach in North Carolina. A memorial celebration of her life will be held at Max’s Art Supplies on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Patricia R. McNall, 56
Patricia Raymond McNall of Ridgway, Colo., a former Westport resident, died Dec. 25 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, succumbing to injuries incurred in a horse riding accident on Nov. 15. She was 56.
Patricia McNall: grew up in Westport. Contributed photo
McNall was born March 22, 1957, to Charles and Joan Raymond in Hackensack, N.J. Her mother predeceased her.
She grew up in Westport, where she enjoyed many activities on the water. She held the Connecticut State Salt Water Striper record as a teenager and loved to catch and tag sharks. She was one of the nation’s first women windsurfing pioneers and was slated to attend the Olympics before a windsurfing accident broke her knee.
She married Scott McNall and had one son, Matthew. After divorcing in 1992, she moved to Telluride and worked in the County Assessor’s Office until retiring to Ridgway in 2006.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Anya S. Larkin, 68
Anya Seymour Larkin, a former Westport resident and internationally recognized designer and founder of Anya Larkin Ltd., died Dec. 29 after a struggle with cancer. She was 68.
Anya Larkin: works featured in Louvre. Contributed photo
A rare combination of artist and entrepreneur who single-handedly built a global business, she occupies an important place in the modern design era.
Her unique, hand pressed wall coverings, many composed of silver and gold leaf, are housed in the permanent collections of the Louvre’s Decorative Arts Museum in Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and have been frequently featured in publications and installations worldwide.
Born Ann Seymour Larkin, she grew up in Westport, attending the Thomas School in Rowayton, Briarcliff College, and the Silvermine College of Art, where she received the Dean’s Award for the highest academic record in her graduating class. For many years she resided in New York City and Stonington, Conn.
Suzann Beckett Nash Brainerd, 88
Suzann Beckett Nash Brainerd of Las Vegas, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 24 from complications of heart disease. She was 88.
She was born in 1925 in Los Angeles and graduated from USC in 1947. She spent most of her adult life in Westport, and the final years of her life as a resident of Las Vegas.
She was very active in Tres Dias of Fairfield County as well as other church functions and was the first women’s rector for Episcopal Cursillo of Connecticut . She enjoyed the company of others and volunteered where she was able. She would always have a kind word and a smile, not only for those she knew, but strangers as well. She had the knack of making others feel cared about, her family said.
She was predeceased by her two husbands: Edward C. Nash, Jr., and John C. Brainerd; and two sons: Reed W. Nash and Andrew D. Nash. She is survived by her son, Lloyd W. Nash (Kristan) of Westport, and her daughter, Jill Nash von Schmidt (Christian) of Las Vegas, four grandchildren: Leah (David Engert), Daniel (Nicole), Timothy (Belkis) of Westport and Elsa of Las Vegas also five great-grandchildren: Lucas, Graham, Annabel, Aelyn and Gavin.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Joseph L. DeFelice, 80
Joseph L. DeFelice of Westport, husband of Lorraine (Klarmann) DeFelice, died Jan. 13, at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven. He was 80.
Joseph L. DeFelice: lifelong area resident. Contributed photo
Born in Stamford to the late Daniel and Josephine (Pia) DeFelice, he was a lifelong area resident.
He was a design engineer and retired from FAG Bearings Corp. (Norma Hoffman) in 1994. He was also a U.S. Army veteran. A a true outdoorsman and handy in many fashions, he was a talented carpenter and enjoyed woodworking and restoration projects. He also was instrumental in the construction and finishing of the family’s beloved cabin in the Catskills.
He was a great athlete and played basketball and softball for the company team. He was an avid golfer and even shot a hole in one, and he loved to fish, whether in salt or fresh water. He was also a gamer in pheasant hunting and trained his dogs to participate with him.
Margaret F. Ellsworth, 61
Margaret Fogel Ellsworth of Bridgeport, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 13 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport after a battling breast cancer and leukemia. She was 61.
Margaret F. Ellsworth: grew up in Westport. Contributed photo
She had lived with her husband of 22 years, Michael Ellsworth, in the North End of Bridgeport for the past eight years.
Maggie, as she was known to her friends, was born in New York City on April 28, 1952, to Benjamin and Helen Fogel, and raised in Westport. She graduated from Staples High School and attended Syracuse University and the University of Arizona, where she studied nursing and child development.
A talented chef, she worked in a number of French restaurants, including the Palace, a five-star restaurant in Manhattan; the Homestead in Greenwich; and Chez Pierre in Westport.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport