Friday, December 26, 2014
Lavinia G. Savastano, 87
Lavinia G. “Vinnie” Savastano of Branford, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 25 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. She was 87.
She was born in Westport on July 4, 1927, daughter of the late Nicholas and Lena Valiente Dorsey. She worked as a local and long distance operator for SNET for almost 30 years until retiring.
She is survived by her children, Jay (Diane) Savastano, Ginger (Wayne) Sokolosky, Jeff (Stephanie) Savastano and Robert (Christina) Savastano; grandchildren, Nina (AJ Gagliardi), Eric, Grant, Taylor, and Austin; her brother Louis Dorsey and her sister, Patricia (Larry) Wood. She was predeceased by a sister, Josephine Young.
Funeral from the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main St., Branford, Monday, Dec. 29 at 10:30 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary Church at 11 a.m.. Friends may call Sunday, Dec. 28 from 4 – 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave,. FL. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Aaron Schechter, 88
Aaron Schechter of New York, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 22. He was 88.
Aaron Schechter: He did it his way. Photo from YouTube.com
Born March 19, 1926 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he had a wonderful life with no regrets, his family said, and quoted Frank Sinatra, “I did it my way.”
He was an entertainment CPA, “hand holder,” and most importantly a genuinely nice man for his career of 65-plus years.
His wife, Elaine, served as his right hand through it all. They had an unshakeable bond that later generations hope to emulate.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Memorial Service Set for Harriet E. (Betty) Jennings
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Harriet E. (Betty) Jennings (Nov. 7, 1923 – July 23, 2014) will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at 2 p.m. at her beloved Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East.
All are invited to a gathering in Hoskins Hall at the church immediately following the service.
Ms. Jennings was 90 years old and the longest living member of Saugatuck Church serving as Deacon Emeritus and an active volunteer both at the church and with the American Red Cross.
A private service of interment was held at Evergreen Cemetery earlier this summer. Memorial contributions in memory of Ms. Jennings may be made to the Saugatuck Congregational Rebuild Fund, at 245 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880 or the American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter, 20 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06032.
Morrie A. Sigel, 69
Morrie A. Sigel of Westport died Dec. 20 after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 69.
Born in Duluth, Minn. on April 9, 1945, he attended the University of Minnesota then moved to New York to start a career in banking, shipping and real estate finance.
For the past 20 years he worked from home and was blessed with the ability to spend quality time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lisa Bevilacqua, and two daughters, Halli, 20, and Ariana, 23, of Los Angeles. He is also survived by two brothers and their wives, Dr. Melvin Sigel and Robert Sigel of Minneapolis, as well as his in-laws, and many nieces and nephews.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Michael W. Goodman, 68
Michael William Goodman of Westport died Dec. 18 at home. He was 68.
He was born in New York City on Aug. 11, 1946 to William Wolf Goodman and June Karelsen Goodman who established residence in Danbury soon after his birth. He grew up in Danbury, lived in Redding for many years and, for the past 15 years, in Westport.
He was president of Shepard’s Inc., a specialized transportation, logistics, and asset management company headquartered in Bethel.
He graduated from Danbury High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo. Upon graduation, he joined his father, William Goodman, in the management of Shepard’s.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Stanley Rosoff, 88
Stanley Rosoff of Bridgeport, former owner of Security Resources in Westport, has died. He was 88.
He was born in New Bedford Mass. to Samuel and Phoebe Rosoff. He moved to Bridgeport when he was 5, attending Madison Elementary school and Central High School.
He attended the University of Connecticut for one semester while also serving in the U.S. Army Reserve. He joined the Army and was a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1943, serving in the Pacific and Korea.
He returned to the University of Connecticut and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked at Raybestos, Pitney Bowes, Gibson and Remington Rand before opening his own business, Security Resources in Westport. He retired in 1995.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Carolyn Bloom, 75
Carolyn Bloom of Westport died Dec. 16 at the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was 75.
Carolyn Bloom: 38-year Westport resident. Contributed photo
She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she grew up in Flatbush and attended Midwood High School. Upon graduation, she worked at Columbia Pictures in New York City where she met her future husband, David.
After a year-long courtship, they married and continued to live in Brooklyn. After the birth of their two children, Michael and Rhonda, the family moved to Merrick, L.I. where they resided for almost 10 years.
She raised her children and became involved in an array of community, charitable and business activities, which included running various businesses from her home and becoming the president of the Merrick Chapter of Women’s American Ort.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Clare M. Keneally, 61
Clare M. Keneally of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 23. She was 61.
Born Aug. 12, 1953, she was the fourth of five children of Rita M. Keneally, (nee Lynch) and Joseph V. Keneally. She worked for 25 years as a nurse in the intensive care and coronary care units at Norwalk Hospital.
A childhood spent at Compo Beach in Westport kindled a deep affection for the New England coast. She vacationed all along the ocean shore and expanded her travels to both coasts of Canada as well as the U.S Southwest, other U.S. areas and Europe.
One of her most cherished places to visit was close to home at the Keneally Christmas Tree Farm in Easton. She loved the peace and beauty amidst thousands of Christmas trees in one of the most tranquil corners of Fairfield County.
Remembering Richard C. Hottelet, CBS News
By Gordon Joseloff
Richard C. Hottelet, my personal link to the legendary group of CBS News correspondents who covered World War II under Edward R. Murrow, died today at his Wilton home. He was 97.
Hottelet was the last survivor of the group that became known as the “Murrow Boys. He joined CBS in London in 1944 and retired in 1985.
I first met him in the late 1970s. He was covering the United Nations for CBS but did an hourly network radio newscast daily before heading over to his U.N. office. I often wrote his hourly newscast for him.
I had joined CBS News a short time earlier after working for United Press International in outposts that included London and Moscow. Hottelet had worked for UPI’s predecessor, United Press, in London, Moscow, Berlin, and Washington.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Ethel A. McMahon, 82
Ethel Ann (Groark) McMahon died Dec. 8. She was 82.
A longtime resident of Westport, she most recently resided in Massachusetts and California to be close her children and grandchildren.
She was born in Bridgeport on Nov. 14, 1932, the daughter of the late Dr. Owen and Ethel Groark of Fairfield. Her father was born in New Haven and was chief of radiology at Bridgeport Hospital. Her mother, Ethel Donovan, was born in Bridgeport.
She attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich and was graduated from Lauralton Hall in Milford and Immaculata College, Washington, D.C. She met her husband, Frank, while he was at Georgetown University and she a student at Immaculata.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Martha H. Swenn, 86
Martha H. Swenn of Fairfield, a former Westport resident and former co-owner of Marvel’s Bakery in Westport, died Dec. 12 at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield. She was 86.
Born in Boswil, Switzerland on Jan. 20, 1928, she has been a resident of both Westport and Fairfield for 66 years.
She was a member of Saint Anthony’s of Padua Roman Catholic Church and Saint Nicholas of Tolentine, Atlantic City, NJ.
Best known to many as “The Gingerbread Lady,” she was the former co-owner of Marvel’s Bakery in Westport. Her gingerbread houses, chocolates, cakes, and other sweet treats brought happiness to family and friends.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Anne W. Nakshian, 81
Anne Whelan Nakshian of Attleboro, Mass., a former Westport resident, died Dec. 11 at home. She was 81.
Born Dec. 24, 1932 in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late William M. and Mildred L. (Love) Whelan.
She grew up in the New York/Connecticut area and was a 1950 graduate of Staples High School in Westport. She later lived in Worcester for 10 years before moving to Attleboro in 1968.
She received a BA in Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1955 and later received her MSW from Simmons College.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Publisher, Preservationist Sidney Kramer Dies at 99
By James Lomuscio
UPDATE (adds Marpe comments) Westporter Sidney Kramer, a literary lion who seem to roar loudest when it came to preserving the environment and character of his hometown, died early today at home, just six weeks shy of his 100th birthday, friends said.
Sidney Kramer speaking at wife’s funeral in 2011. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An attorney, literary agent and co-founder of Bantam Books, as well as the prime mover of the local preservation group Save Westport Now (SWN), he had stopped eating and over the last few days refused to take water, said Connie Greenfield, a close friend for 30 years and SWN board member.
“He was very weak and very thin,” said Greenfield, noting that Kramer would have turned 100 on Jan. 21. “He just faded away.”
Kramer, his wife Esther and two children, moved to Westport in 1950. The family is best known for owning the iconic, 200-year-old converted sea captain’s house painted fluorescent pink on the corner of Main Street and Parker Harding Plaza.
Margaret E. Troll, 87
Margaret Eleanor Troll of Westport died Dec. 7 at Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. She was 87.
Born on May 14, 1927, she was daughter of the late William Vornkahl Jr. and Alice Gerrish Vornkahl. She was a lifelong resident of Westport. She was the wife of the late Maurice (Mike) Horn and the late Stephen L. Troll.
She graduated from Staples High School in 1944. She worked at the Westport Bank & Trust Co. and the Norwalk Savings Society.
She and her husband enjoyed many years traveling in their Holiday Rambler RV. They visited 49 states with their trailer and flew to Hawaii. She was a board member and treasurer of the Saugatuck Cooperative for many years.
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Kevin Brawley, 59
Kevin Brawley, a popular Westport restaurateur, died Dec. 7 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was 59.
Kevin Brawley: co-owned Tavern on Main, Dunville’s. Facebook.com photo
One of his restaurants, Tavern on Main, became a landmark in downtown Westport where he managed the front of the house.
He began his career as a busboy at Mario’s Place in Saugatuck, learning the business while still in high school. He moved up to maitre d’ status and, with his colleague Danny Horelick in 1980, opened Dunville’s on Riverside Avenue.
After selling his share of Dunville’s to his manager, Steve Carpentieri in 1993, he and partner Jocko Saltus opened Tavern on Main at the former site of the old time favorite, Chez Pierre restaurant. Brawley sold Tavern on Main in 2006.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport