WestportNow publishes obituaries without charge. Funeral homes or individuals may submit obituaries to . Photos in jpeg format may be submitted to the same address. Obituaries should indicate full name of deceased, date and place of death, age, and connection to Westport. Please provide a name, telephone number, and email address for verification. WestportNow reserves the right to edit obituaries to conform to our editorial style.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Paul Emmett, 62
Paul Emmett: 1970 Staples grad. Contributed photo
Paul Emmett of Palm Beach, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Feb. 10 of complications from cancer. He was 62.
He grew up in Westport where his mother, Martha, who died Feb. 7 at age 87, was an author, newspaper editor, and reporter, and his father, Jay, commuted to New York and later became president of Warner Communications, Inc.
A 1970 graduate of Staples High School, he served 25 years as president of New York-based Restaurant Associates’ sports and entertainment division, and president of its Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse chain.
He moved to Florida in 1999, and led Duffy’s Sports Grill’s expansion to almost 30 restaurants.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Beverly Travers, 88
Beverly Travers of Wilton, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 9 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 88.
She was born in Akron, Ohio, on Nov. 24, 1926, the daughter of Thelma Elcan and George Benton Herring. She graduated from George Peabody College for Teachers in 1948, and then moved to New York City, finding employment at Outdoor Life magazine as an editorial assistant.
At Outdoor Life she met her future husband, the novelist Robert Travers. They married in 1952. Their son John was born while they lived in New Orleans before settling in Westport. Robert Travers’ daughter from a previous marriage was Mary Travers of the folk singing trio, Peter, Paul and Mary. The couple also provided a home for several foster children.
Beverly Travers was a longtime member of the Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport, and enjoyed singing in the choir.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Mary E. Banner, 84
Mary Elizabeth Banner of California, a former Westport resident died Jan. 18. She was 84.
She and her twin sister Ruth were born in New York City on Nov. 13, 1930 to Edward Stanley Banner and Dorothy Elizabeth ( Mauversley ) Banner.
They moved to Westport when they were in grade school and graduated from Staples High School. She married Donald Hartquist of Tennessee, and they had a daughter who died at birth. She later moved to California to be with her sister Ruth and her family.
She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Richard Banner and her nephew Kevin Deel. She is survived by her twin sister Ruth of California, nephew Christopher Deel and wife Joan, Brandon their son of California.
Monday, February 09, 2015
Martha W. Emmett, 87
Martha Wiley Emmett, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 7 in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was 87.
Born in Rochester, N.Y. on June 6, 1927, to the Rev. John and Evelyn Wiley, she had an older brother John (Rusty) and younger sister, Elizabeth who predeceased her.
She proudly traced her family lineage back to the Winslow and Folger Pilgrim families. A graduate of San Diego High School and Colby-Sawyer College, she also received a Masters degree from Sarah Lawrence College.
She had a varied career. She was a factory riveter and Red Cross driver in World War II, a United Airlines flight attendant, and a newspaper editor/reporter in Westport, where she raised her family.
Helen Dana, 92
Helen Dana: raised two daughters in Westport. Contributed photo
Helen Dana of Westport died Jan. 25 at St. Joseph Manor in Trumbull. She was 92.
She graduated from Hunter College in New York City and worked at the Museum of Modern Art where she met her husband, Sam Dana. They moved to Westport and raised two daughters. She was an avid reader, artist and loved the theater.
She is survived by daughters Deirdre Kashetta, husband Bill Kashetta of Westport, and Hope Dana of Dallas; three grandchildren, David Kashetta of Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Daniel Kashetta of Westport, and Emmeline Gibbs of Dallas; two great-grandchildren Harrison and Morgan Kashetta of Cold Spring Harbor.
A private memorial will be held.
Paul Hush, 87
Paul Hush: Greens Farms Bookstore owner. Contributed photo
Paul Hush of Orleans, Mass., former owner of The Greens Farms Bookstore, later known as The Greens Farms Store, in Westport, died Feb. 3 at home. He was 87.
He grew up in the Midwest. He was the valedictorian of his high school class in Cincinnati and went on to get an MBA at Cornell.
In the late 1940s, he served in the U.S. Army in the Aleutians. He considered the high point of his life his meeting with Joanne Stewart, who soon became his wife of almost 60 years.
He had a successful international career, for 20 years, with Time Inc. and traveled around the world negotiating publishing deals.
Sunday, February 08, 2015
Shuchen Hwang, 101
Shuchen Hwang of Westport, wife of the late Ta-Ping Hwang, died Feb. 8 at home. She was 101.
She was born in China and had been a local area resident since 1978.
She is survived by her three children: Wen Chen Wong, Nan Jay Hwang, Rei Chung Hwang and their spouses. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
Services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. in the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave., Norwalk. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, 223 Richards Ave., Norwalk.
Saturday, February 07, 2015
Horace B. Lanute, 77
Horace B. Lanute of Fairfield, a retired Westport firefighter, died Feb.7. He was 77.
Born in Billerica, Mass., he was the son of the late Horace B. Lanute and Stella M. Lanute of Westport. He was a life-long area resident. He attended Staples High School and the University of Connecticut School of Agriculture and Dairy Production.
He served the Town of Westport as a firefighter for 37 years. In addition, to satisfy his love of the great outdoors, he operated a successful landscaping business for many years.
A talented athlete throughout his youth and avid baseball fan, he found enjoyment in continuing to play baseball in the Danbury and Stamford twilight leagues.
Friday, February 06, 2015
Barbara B. Renzulli, 78
Barbara B. Renzulli, wife of Donald J. Renzulli Sr. and longtime resident of Weston, died Feb. 5 in St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport. She was 78.
She was born Sept.1, 1936 in Norwalk, the daughter of the late William and Theresa (Charriot) Bruno.
Survivors in addition to her husband Donald of 57 years include two sons; Donald J. Renzulli Jr. and his wife Beth of Weston, Daniel Renzulli of Fairfield, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home 210 Post Road East, Westport. Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m., meeting directly at St. Francis of Assisi, 35 Norfield Road, Weston for a Mass of Christian Burial Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, 73 Greens Farms Road, Westport.
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Melvin M. Shaw, 90
Melvin Madison Shaw of Westport died Jan. 27 at home after a long illness. He was 90.
Born March 11, 1924 to Samuel and Ida (Hohmann) Schwartz, he grew up in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., the oldest of three brothers.
A financial executive for Toshoku America, Inc., he worked in their Manhattan office for 20 years, retiring in 1997.
Previously, he was employed by Haskell & Sells, Colgate-Palmolive, Arco Electronics, and Schaefer Brewing Company in various financial capacities and by Loral Corporation where he was controller and chief financial officer.
Gene D. Pelletier, 74
Gene Pelletier: made his mark on Westport sports. Contributed photo
Gene D. Pelletier of Byfield, Mass., a former Westport resident, died Jan. 26 at Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport, Mass. He was 74.
He grew up in Minneapolis. Always a fighter in adversity, he was stricken at age 10 with osteomyelitis, a bone cancer in his left leg and it was feared he might not be able to walk, let alone run.
After many operations to save his leg and several years wearing a brace, he went on to become one of the top sprinters in Minnesota. He won many records in the 100- and 220-yard dashes and anchored the high school state champion 880-yard relay team.
At the University of Minnesota, he was an M Club letterman in track, was an aspiring football player, pledged Beta Theta Pi and studied in the U of M College of Education.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Claire L. Mileto, 91
Claire Louise Mileto of Palm Harbor, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Jan. 27. She was 91.
She married in 1948 the late John A. Mileto of New Rochelle, N.Y. and together raised five children in Connecticut.
She graduated summa cum laude in bilingual studies from the College of New Rochelle in 1945. She worked for several years as a bilingual secretary in Manhattan.
Over the course of her life, she and her family resided in Westport, Southport and Fairfield Beach. She later retired to Palm Harbor in 1991.
William E. Alvarez, Sr., 88
William E. “Bill” Alvarez, Sr. of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 29 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 88.
He was born in Westport on April 9, 1926, the son of the late Victor and Lillian Judd Alvarez. He attended Westport schools and served his country during World War II as a member of the Seabees in the U.S. Navy.
He worked for most of his life as a body and fender technician for Westfair Ford and Leo’s Body Shop, and for the past 16 years he worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
He enjoyed playing cards, fishing and boating at Candlewood Lake and loved spending his time with his grandchildren.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Annamay Bradley, 80
Annamay Bradley of Westport died Jan. 30 in Bridgeport Hospital. She was 80.
Born July 1, 1934 in Stamford, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Lena (Bennette) Mastromatteo Troncone. She worked in the Westport school system in the cafeteria department for many years until she retired.
Survivors include her brother Salvatore Mastromatteo and her daughters, Claudia Bradley of Stratford, Tammy Guarente and her husband Vincent of Beacon Falls, two grandchildren, Angela Guarente and her partner Joe Darrah of Beacon Falls, and Joe Guarente and his wife Megan of Englewood, Fla., and one great grandchild, Michaela Darrah of Beacon Falls.
The Bradley family will receive friends on Wednesday Feb. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. in Annamay’s home, 1655 Post Road East, unit 23. Contributions in her memory in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 333 Seventh Ave., 17th floor, New York, NY 10001. The Harding Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Elaine S. Horelik, 87
Elaine Horelik: 1944 Staples graduate. Contributed photo
Elaine S. Horelik of Westport died Jan. 28 at home. She was 87.
A lifelong resident of Westport, she was one of eight children and graduated from Staples High School in 1944. “Lanie,” as she was known to friends, was an avid golfer and longtime member of the Longshore Women’s Golf Association.
She is survived by her daughter Claudia Amen and her husband Robert; her son Daniel Horelik and his wife Janet; grandchildren Robert Jr., Marc, Christopher, Peter, and Caroline Amen and Jacqueline, Jennifer, Jocelyn and Daniel Jr. Horelik; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. meeting directly at St. Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road for a Mass of Christian Burial.