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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Norma A. Untermeyer, 83

Norma “Nikki” A. Untermeyer, a longtime Westport resident, died April 13, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 83.

Born Aug. 27, 1930 in New York, N.Y. to the late Max and Sara Anchin, she grew up with brother Edward in Mount Vernon, N.Y.

It was not until she attended Connecticut College for Women in New London that she got her first introduction to the state that would become her home for the rest of her life.

Upon graduation from college, she married Laurence Starr Untermeyer, son of poet and anthologist Louis Untermeyer. After 10 years of living in Westchester County, New York, the couple moved to Westport.

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Judith V. Manchester, 73

Judith Vaill Manchester of Winsted, a former Westport resident, died April 12 at home after battling ovarian cancer. She was 73. Image
Judith Manchester: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born Oct. 1, 1940, she was the daughter of Evelyn (Weatherhead) and Theodore Vaill. She was the wife of George E. Manchester, also of Winsted.

She grew up in Winsted and attended local schools. She graduated from Gilbert High School in 1958 and St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in New York in 1961.

After retiring from various nursing employment, she went back to school and earned a B.S. in professional arts from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine. She volunteered as a nurse for the American Red Cross Blood Bank for many years in Westport.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

FBI Director Honors Fellow Westporter Susan Wynkoop Image
FBI Director James B. Comey, a Westport resident, headed FBI dignitaries today at an overflow funeral service for Susan Walton Wynkoop of Westport at the Southport Congregational Church. Wynkoop, one of the first women to be hired as an FBI special agent and president of the Westport Historical Society until January, died Monday of pancreatic cancer at age 60. Comey presented Wynkoop’s husband, Morgan “Dutch” Wynkoop. and daughter, Katherine, with a flag flown Wednesday over the FBI J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. in her honor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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Several dozen persons today attended a Westport Town Hall memorial service for David Royce, longtime town activist, who died Friday at age 82. Son Zachary (r) eulogized his father as a highly intelligent and loving father who was challenged by poor social skills. Among speakers were former Westport First Selectmen Gordon Joseloff and Martha Hauhuth as well as former Police Chief Ron Malone. Malone said he arrested Royce at a 1987 town meeting when he failed to yield the microphone (he said Royce had tipped him off in advance and charges were later dismissed) and then more recently stood with him many Saturdays at a downtown weekly peace vigil. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Mary A. MacDonald, 90

Mary Agnes (Kirby) MacDonald of Westport died April 8 at home. She was 90. Image
Mary MacDonald: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born on June 16, 1923 in Dorchester, Mass., she was the third daughter and fourth child to Walter and Bridget (Henson) Kirby, who preceded her in death.

A keen student with a bright mind and a trailblazer, she obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree from the Portia Law School during World War II. After a stint with the IRS, on Jan. 31, 1948 she married the late John E. MacDonald.

Together they loved, laughed and journeyed through life raising their nine children, her family said.

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Ruth E. Glendinning, 89

Ruth Ellen Glendinning of Southport, a former Westport resident, died March 12. She was 89. Image
Ruth Glendinning: Earthplace and Aspectuck Land Trust volunteer.  Contributed photo

The daughter of the late Henry and Vey W. Langmack, she was born Dec. 9, 1924 in Santa Barbara, Calif., where she graduated valedictorian from high school and attended the University of California at Santa Barbara for which she played tennis.

In 1945, she married Ralph O. Glendinning at Santa Barbara. They moved to Princeton, N.J., where their first child was born in 1946. Their other two children were born in Cincinnati, where she attended the University of Cincinnati.

In 1960, the family moved to Westport, where she continued graduate psychology studies at Fairfield University and became active in civic organizations while raising her children. She moved to Southport in 1977.

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Moredecai W. Grossman, 87

Mordecai William Grossman, of Westport, better known as Bill, died March 25. He was 87. Image
Bill Grossman: active in broadcasting, real estate:  Contributed photo

Born in Boston to Helen (nee Kaplan) and Rabbi Benjamin Grossman, he was an active graduate of the Boston Latin School, Harvard (Class of 1949 Phi Beta Kappa) and Hebrew Teachers College.

Following a successful career in the entertainment industry as a principal owner of Lynne Broadcasting, he became a major syndicator of real estate in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and other areas, founding Nutmeg Real Estate Services based in Westport during 1976.

Shortly thereafter, foreseeing a need to provide liquidity to real estate investors and much needed energy projects, he set up Nutmeg Financial Services. During the 1980s, as chairman and president, Nutmeg became one of the leading finance companies in the United States sponsoring many other major worthy projects.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Susan W. Wynkoop, 60, former WHS President, FBI Agent

UPDATE (adds family-supplied obituary) Susan Walton Wynkoop of Westport, former president of the Westport Historical Society (WHS) and one of the first women to be hired as an FBI special agent, died April 7 of pancreatic cancer. She was 60. Image
Susan Walton Wynkoop welcomed Westport’s Little League World Series team to the Westport Historical Society last September and showed off a paper signed by team members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Wynkoop stepped down from her WHS post in January after a two-year term.

She was born May 26, 1953, in Huddleston, Va. to Margaret Saunders Walton and the late Wyatt Henry Walton, Jr. She was a graduate of Stanton River High School and Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va, where she majored in sociology.

After a brief career in banking, she joined the FBI in 1979 where she remained until 1990.

She worked in Charlotte, N.C., Miami, and New York, where she was assigned to the Joint Bank Robbery Task Force. One of her first cases was the October 1981 $1.6 million Brink’s robbery in Nanuet, N.Y. in which two police officers were killed. It was also in New York that she met her future husband, Morgan “Dutch” Wynkoop.

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Town Activist David Royce Dies at 82

UPDATE (adds details, memorial service) David Royce, whose letters to the editor, actions, and Town Hall speeches brought him notoriety as an activist—some said gadfly—for much of his more than four decades in Westport, died April 4 in Greenwich Hospital after a two-year battle with lymphoma. He was 82. Image
David Royce at a familiar location: the Town Hall auditorium podium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

His wife, Nina, said the illness had become more aggressive in recent months.

But that did not stop him from writing a letter to the Westport News two weeks ago. In it, he pinpointed what he said was the exact location of the missing Malaysian airliner and asked: “Now would someone tell me why every airliner in the world isn’t fitted with that (off-the-shelf) pop-out floater signal beacon in its tail? How dumb not to.”

For the past nine years, Royce was a familiar figure at the Saturday morning peace vigils on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center, usually holding a large sign saying “No More War” or “Get Out.”

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David Royce, longtime activist for various causes in Westport—including taking part in weekly peace vigils in Westport’s center—died Friday in Greenwich Hospital after a two-year battle with lymphoma, according to his wife, Nina. He was 82. An inveterate letter writer to local newspapers, Royce, a Harvard graduate, in 1982 picketed outside the Westport News office to protest what he said was its refusal to print his letter taking exception to an editorial on revaluation. In 1987, he was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge when he refused to relinquish the microphone at a session of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM). The charge was later dismissed. Royce said he took pride in a 1974 campaign he launched to have the newly shuttered Bedford Elementary School converted to a new Town Hall. He was initially rebuffed, but Town Hall opened there in 1978. He told a 2008 RTM meeting: “I was here before most of you and I’ll be here after most of you leave. I love Westport. In fact, the reason you are sitting here tonight instead of in a brick box by the river is because a long time ago I alone fought for the use of this former school instead of a new building as our Town Hall.” file photo

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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Mary A. Bertasi, 72

Mary Allen Bertasi of Westport and Palm Beach, Fla. died April 2. She was 72. Image
Mary Bertasi:community volunteer. Contributed photo

Born in Bridgeport, to the late Walter and Catherine Allen, she graduated from Central High School, studied nursing at St. Vincent’s, and married her high school sweetheart, Ronald Bertasi.

She held local leadership and board positions at organizations including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Park City Hospital, numerous PTAs, mothers’ groups, and other charitable organizations. Mary and Ron were members over the years at Sun Haven Beach Club, Black Rock Yacht Club, and remain members at the Patterson Club and Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club.

In addition to her husband of 53 years, she is survived by their five children, Kelly Bertasi Cason, Richard Bertasi, Ronald Bertasi II, Jamie Bertasi Zerber, and Courtney Bertasi Bridger; their 16 grandchildren, Brian Cason, Nicholas Bertasi, Reilly Bertasi, Dirk Cason, Margaret Bertasi, Elizabeth Bertasi, Devon Cason, Meredith Bertasi, Chris Bertasi, Ron Bertasi, Katie Cason, Remy Zerber, Tristan Zerber, Scarlett Zerber, Sawyer Bridger, and Jack Bridger. She is also survived by her brother, Thomas Allen, and was pre-deceased by her sister Betty Allen McGrath.

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Katherine M. “Kay” Mondul, 92

Katherine M. “Kay” Mondul of Rockford, Ill., a former Westport resident, died April 2 at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center in Rockford. She was 92.

She was born Sept. 3, 1921, in Westport, the daughter of John and Mary Capetanidis. She was a 1939 graduate of Staples High School. She married David D. Mondul in Miami, Fla. on Feb, 20, 1954. He died on May 27, 2005.

She was employed as a secretary at Rock Valley College for 18 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

She and her husband were longtime members and volunteers at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center where they were the recipients of the Starr of Excellence Award in 2002. They were the only non-performing recipients of that award.

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

David L. Thorpe, 76

David Leroy Thorpe of Vero Beach, Fla.,a former commodore at Westport’s Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club, died March 31, after battling prostate cancer. He was 76.

He was born in Southport amd attended Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania where he received a B.A. in political science. Upon graduation, he joined the Eveready Battery Products Division of Union Carbide Corporation as a sales and marketing executive in upstate New York where he rapidly advanced through successive management positions requiring multiple relocations, including a two-year assignment with the family in Geneva, Switzerland.

Toward the end of his 26-year career at Union Carbide, Dave became corporate vice president of marketing during which time he oversaw the creation and launch of the well-known energizer bunny advertising campaign which is still widely used today.

Upon his retirement from Union Carbide in 1984, he and four other partners formed Interim Management Corporation (IMCOR) a highly specialized interim management executive search firm based in Stamford. Over the next 10 years, he played a key role in growing the firm to 36 principals with offices in six states. The firm was sold in 2000 and he and his wife retired to Vero Beach.

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Stanley L. Englebardt, 88

Stanley L. Englebardt of Westport, a former roving editor for Reader’s Digest and a prolific writer, died March 31 after a brief illness. He was 88. Image
Stanley L. Englebardt: interviewed in 2010 on PBS. photo

A Westport resident for more than 55 years, Englebardt authored more than 800 magazine articles, many for Reader’s Digest but others for The New York Times, Family Circle, Women’s Journal, Popular Science, Mechanix Illustrated, Argosy, and many more.

Englebardt’s expertise in the medical and science fields led to his most successful writing.

His nine nonfiction books included “How to Get in Shape for Sports” (1976), “The Nibbling Diet: the Natural Way to Lose Weight and Keep it Off” (1978), “Kids and Alcohol: the Deadliest Drug” (1975), “How to Avoid a Heart Attack” (1974), “Miracle Chip: the Microelectronic Revolution” (1979), and “Strategic Defenses” (1966).

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Richard G. Helmig, 73

Richard Garrett Helmig of Wilton, a longtime sailor at Westport’s Cedar Point Yacht Club, died at his home on March 31. He was 73. Image
Gary Helmig: avid sailor. Contributed photo

Gary, as he was always called, was born on Sept. 21, 1940 in Dayton, Ohio and was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received a Master’s degree in finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

After 25 years, he retired from IBM as director of business evaluation for the Data Processing Group. He joined Soundview Technology Group as managing director of research, retiring in 2004. He was married for almost 51 years to his wife, Nancy Quinn Helmig.

His passion was sailing. As a child he learned to sail on his parents’ sailboat that they raced on Lake Erie. At MIT, he was on the sailing team for all four years. He purchased his first boat in 1981 and joined Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport.

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