Wednesday, August 10, 2011
By James Lomuscio
Facing 20 years in prison, a former Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member died of a stroke a few days before he was to be sentenced June 14, his attorney confirmed today.
Ralph Hymans: Death confirmed by attorney. File photo
And now the case against 87-year-old Ralph Hymans, who had pleaded guilty to more than $300,000 in mail fraud, will likely be dismissed as soon as his daughter and co-defendant Julie Hymans, 40, files a death certificate.
“The government will dismiss the case because you have to follow it all the way through, and you can’t sentence a dead person,” said Terence Ward, Hymans’ attorney and federal public defender in the U.S. District Court in Hartford.
Ward represented Hymans’ when he pleaded guilty March 24 before Judge Mark R. Kravitz in U.S. District Court in New Haven. (See WestportNow March 24, 2011)
Donald Thomas Calcaterra of Bethel, husband of Shirley Calcaterra , died Aug. 9 after an eight-month battle with lung cancer. He was 77.
Born April 1, 1934 in Locust Point, N.Y. the son of Thomas and Jeanne (Sambuco) Calcaterra, he grew up in Mount Vernon and attended schools in Westchester County.
He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958 with a tour in Stuttgart, Germany as Motor Sergeant with the 168th Combat Engineers.
He moved to Norwalk in 1966 with his wife and three daughters. They lived in Wilton from 1974 to 2001 and as “empty nesters”, decided to move to Bethel to be closer to their grandchildren and their families.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Nancy C. Marshall, wife of Harry Marshall of Ashford, Conn., died Aug. 4. She was 57.
She was the daughter of the late Lt. Andrew Chapo of Westport and Hobe Sound, Fla., and Jeannette C. Smith of Gettysburg, Pa. She was a 1972 graduate of Staples High School, went on to study at Paier College of Art in Hamden, and Catherine Gibbs School.
She had a career in graphic arts, and later devoted herself to fine arts, achieving recognition in Lyme Art Association, the Connecticut Pastel Society, and was an elected member of Connecticut Plein Air Society.
She is survived by her husband, Harry, mother and stepfather Jeannette and Walter Smith, her brother Andrew Chapo of Kensington, sister Jennifer Cather of Cross Junction, Va., aunt Linda Perman of Fort Collins, Colo., and several nieces and nephews.
Saturday, August 06, 2011
David J. McClatchie of Westport, husband of Carol (Papagno) McClatchie died Aug. 4 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 72.
Born March 12, 1939, in Syracuse, N.Y., he was the son of the late William J. and Ellen (Spurling) McClatchie; and had been a resident of Westport for 24 years. He was the president and owner of Comprehensive Planning Associates, LTD, located in Westport.
He received both his undergraduate and MBA degreses from the University of Bridgeport. He also held a degree as a Certified Financial Planner, was a member of FPA, NATP, and the Navy League. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and member of the Assumption parish in Westport.
Survivors in addition to his wife, include three sons, Eric R. Brunner and his wife Mary of Gorham, ME; Christopher M. Brunner of Bridgeport; and Matthew G. Brunner and his wife Kelly of Westbrook, Maine; two daughters, Laura E. McClatchie of Easton; Gretchen M. Brunner of Bridgeport; three sisters, Joyce Jones of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; Janet Quinn of Sedona, Ariz.; Judith Jones of Newark, Del.; and 10 grandchildren, Amanda, Danielle, Anthony, Ashley, Christopher, Alexis, Rebecca, Aria, David and Dominic and several nieces and nephews.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
John W. Rumely Sr. of Westport, husband of the late Marjorie (Micklas) Rumely, died Aug. 1 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 85.
Born Sept. 27, 1925 in LaPorte, Ind. the son of the late Leo and Harriet (Winn) Rumely, he has been a resident of Westport for 55 years. He is a retired employee of Gleisner Coach Works.
A graduate of Bryant College, he is a member of St. Luke Parish, the Westport Y’s Men, and a former member of both the Cedar Point Yacht Club and the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club.
Survivors include one son, John W. Rumely Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., one sister, Patricia Rumely of New Jersey, five grandchildren, one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by one daughter Gail R. Hanlon, two sisters and one brother.
Monday, August 01, 2011
Rita M. Greene of Milford and formerly of Westport died July 29 at Milford Hospital. She was 88.
Born Jan. 17, 1923 in Albion, R.I., she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Anne (Champagne) Duquette and has been a resident of Milford for seven years.
Prior to moving to Milford in 2004 she had resided in Westport for 57 years. She is a former parishioner of Assumption Church, the Children of Mary and the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Assumption.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Carl Greene Sr. and his wife Carol of Huntersville, N.C. and Mark Thomas Greene of Milford; three sisters, Edna Decker and Claire Faucher both of Westport, Jacqueline Goodrow of Brookfield, three brothers, Gerald Duquette of Westport, Carl Duquette of Bradenton, Fla., and Louis Duquette of Old Saybrook; three grandchildren, Martha Ekroth, Lisa Brown, and Robert Carl Greene Jr.; and five great grandchildren, Amber Ekroth, Jacob Ekroth, Ashley Brown, Charlotte Brown and Dylan Brown. She was predeceased her husband, Arthur C. Greene, and two sisters, Marion Hall and Marguerite Ference.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
William Harry Suttenfield, a former Westport resident, died July 15 in Keene, N.H. He was 90.
Born June 30, 1921 in Charlotte, N.C. he was “a renaissance man, known for his deft musical talent, entrepreneurial spirit, and dedication to his family,” his family said.
He celebrated his 90th birthday in New Hampshire a week before breaking his hip. He died from pneumonia following surgery, his family said.
At age 12, he began his first career as a professional musician. He spent his youth playing alto saxophone and later clarinet in dance bands throughout the South.
Jill Williams of Weston died July 16 after battling cancer. She was 65.
Born near Coventry, England, she came to the United States with her family in 1974 and was a resident of Westport and Weston for 30 years.
“She was an avid tennis and bridge player, had a deep love of literature and the arts, was passionate about gardening, nature and travel, and was a wonderful cook,” her family said.
“She embraced life for its simple pleasures, had an incredible sense of humor, and faced challenges with determination and an unwavering positive attitude. Always, she maintained a strong sense of faith and devotion.”
Sunday, July 24, 2011
UPDATE Donald “Jocko” Saltus III, a longtime Westport restaurateur whose properties included Mansion Clam House and Tavern on Main, died today in Stonington, Conn. after a brief illness, his brother Matt said. He was 53.
Jocko Saltus: well known on Westport restaurant scene. Contributed photo
“Everybody knew him as Jocko, and he was very colorful, gregarious and had a great sense of humor,” Matt, 47, said. “He loved his restaurants, he loved his customers, and he loved the challenges of opening new restaurants.”
Saltus was best known for his ownership of Mansion Clam House and Tavern on Main in Westport.
“His biggest love was the Mansion, which he opened in 1987 and sold in 2005,” said Matt about the Mansion Clam House, a town mainstay overlooking the Saugatuck River since the 1950s that Saltus bought and to which he added his own touch.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Michael John Morris, a former Westport resident who was co-chairman of Reader’s Digest Young Families, died July 16 in Norwalk. He was 69.
Born May 5, 1942, in North Acton, West London, he lived in Maidenhead, England, and Westport before settling in Norwalk.
He was co-chairman of Reader’s Digest Young Families, co-owned several national and international children’s publishing companies, and had received awards for children’s books over a 40-year span.
For more than 25 years, he was a lay reader at his church and was a member of various church committees. In later years, he also served as co-warden of the church.
Joan V. Raymond of Westport died July 13 in the Rosenthal Hospice in Stamford. She was 82.
Born and raised in New York City, she attended Julia Richmond High School and went on to graduate from Russell Sage College as a registered dietician. After completing an internship at Alemedia County Hospital in California, she returned to New York City and worked at New York Hospital until she married.
She helped raise funds for the American Cancer Society and volunteered at the Westport Nature Center.
She is survived by two children, Charlie and Patty, and three grandchildren, Matt, Alex and Kailey.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sue Witty Bienen of Westport died July 16. She was 78.
Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Mitchell and Pearl Witty Bienen. She graduated from Fieldston High School in Manhattan and attended Vassar College.
“She was a loving and compassionate mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, wife, companion and friend,” her family said.“She loved gardening and the beauty of nature. She particularly enjoyed doting on her grandchildren.
“She bravely battled her disease for more than 30 years and never let it interfere with her enjoyment of life. She displayed amazing courage and dignity throughout her struggle.”
Jane A. Denke of Westport. wife of Frank J. Denke, died July 14. She was 70.
Jane Denke: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo
The daughter of the late John and Mary (Anastasia) Ricca, she was born in Norwalk March 1, 1941 and has been a lifelong resident of Westport. She loved to read, cook and spend time with her family and loved ones.
Survivors in addition to her husband of 51 years, include her goddaughter Patty McCormick and her husband Mike, her godson Thomas McCormick, sister in laws Marylee Rotella and her husband Angelo of Westport, Pam Fortner and her husband Mark of New Hampshire, Phyllis Denke and Janet Denke, all of Westport, brother in-law Donald Denke of Bridgeport, along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews..
Family and friends are invited to attend a mass of Christian burial on July 20 at 10 a.m., meeting directly at Assumption Church 98 Riverside Ave. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, 73 Greens Farms Road.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Joseph I. Kesselman of Westport died July 12. He was 86.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Leo and Jane Kesselman. A graduate of the Townsend-Harris School of New York City, and Columbia College, he received a law degree from the Columbia School of Law.
He was a navigator in the U.S. Air Force during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. He was a member of the New York State and federal bar associations and an executive with Pan Am, Kinney, Federal Pacific Electric and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
He also was a director on the board of several Fortune 500 companies and held a European board position with Perrot Duval Holding Corp.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Edward W. Schwarz of Westport, an expert on trading interest futures and active in community affairs, died July 12. He was 82.
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, he emigrated to the United States in 1940 with his parents, Eugene and Annie Schwarz. He attended Erasmus High School and graduated with a BS in engineering from Lafayette College. He was a veteran of the Korean War.
His professional career included IBM branch manager in Detroit, Mich., president of Citizens’ Mortgage Corp. and senior vice president of Index Futures Corp. He wrote a book on trading interest futures and promoted the concept throughout the country for the Chicago Board of Trade.
His books were used as texts at universities, and he was a speaker at industry conferences. He also worked as a consultant in the financial industry, and was a member of the New York Futures Exchange, a part of the New York Stock Exchange.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Joseph W. Christiano of Bridgeport, former owner and operator of the Corner Spirit Shop at the corner of Post Road West and Wilton Road in Westport, died July 8 in Stratford. He was 75.
The Corner Spirit Shop for many years was at Westport’s Post Road West and Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Fred Cantor photo
Born in Bridgeport on Jan. 14, 1936, he was a son of the late Joseph and Carmella Piccirillo Christiano and was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was the former owner and operator of the Corner Spirit Shop in Westport and was a retired school teacher from the Town of Monroe with 19 years of dedicated service.
His family said he was a loving father and grandfather who had a great sense of humor and will be deeply missed.
Saturday, July 09, 2011
John F. Lafferty of Westport and Florida died July 6 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. He was 71.
Born Aug. 21, 1939 in Providence, R.I., he has been a resident of Westport for 30 years. Prior to retiring in July 2008, he had held senior positions as an investment banker for Neuberger and Berman, J. P. Morgan, US Trust and Bank of America.
He grew up in Providence, where his family has strong roots, and attended Classical High School, graduating in 1958. He went on to Providence College where he later sat on the board of trustees. He received an MBA from Dartmouth College and taught economics at the University of Michigan while pursuing his doctoral studies.
Teaching was a passion that was shared by his mother, father, sister, wife, and daughter who were all highly respected teachers as well. His family said he was the second person in U.S. history to hold both a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Angelo J. DeFeo of Eustis, Fla.,, formerly of Westport, died June 25. He was 95.
Born in Westport to Rose and Napoleon DeFeo, he served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945, serving four years in the southwest Pacific Islands and received six war metals.
After the war he worked for Raybestos in Stratford for 35 years.
Angelo was preceded in death by his two wives, his brothers, Sam, Joe, John, Sal and Fred and sisters, Mary Romano and Helen DeFeo. He is remembered by his two nephews, William Romano, Jr. of Florida and Richard Romano of Norwalk.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Kathleen Renzulli Schaefer of Fairfield, wife of the late Charles Schaefer, died July 3 at Bridgeport Hospital. She was 61.
Born in Stamford and raised in Westport, she had been a Fairfield resident for the last 40 years. She was a graduate of Staples High School and a member of the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandi A. Schaefer-Padgett of Fairfield; her mother, Adeline Renzulli of Westport; two sisters: Mary Ellen Kuhn of Westport and Nancy Atwood of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband she was predeceased by her father, Arthur Renzulli and a sister Sharon Klick.
Friends may gather on Friday, July 8 at 10 a.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield, to join in the funeral procession to Lawncroft Cemetery, Fairfield for an 11 a.m. graveside service.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Gladys Ingeborg Mahn, a former Westport resident, died July 1 at Brookdale Senior Living in Wilton after a long illness. She was 87.
Gladys I. Mahn: 36-year Westport resident. Contributed photo
Born Oct. 24, 1923 in Fairfield, she was the daughter of Clara Linnea Nero and Adolf Werner Tranberg.
She was the valedictorian of her Roger Ludlow High School class in Fairfield and went on to work as secretary to the treasurer of Dictaphone Corp. in Bridgeport for seven years.
She then was the bookkeeper for her husband’s business in Westport, and later retired from Trendex Inc. in Westport. She had been a Westport resident for 36 years.
Dorothy Berger Samose, a Westport resident for more than 60 years, died June 29 at her home in the Coleytown area. She was 91.
Born in Texarkana, Texas, on May 29, 1920, she was the daughter of Alice Moss Snyder and Frank Snyder. She grew up in San Antonio and New York City, where her father was a professional baseball player with the New York Giants.
After graduating from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, she moved to New York City where she was a model with the John Robert Powers Modeling Agency. There, she met and married her husband, Morton Berger, a photographer.
With their children, they moved to Westport in 1949, where she has lived ever since. In 1975, having been a widow for 13 years, she married Morton Samose of Westport.
Friday, July 01, 2011
William O. Bendtzen of Westport, husband of Stella T. Bendtzen (deceased), died June 25. He was 74.
His funeral will be on Sunday, July 3 at 3:30 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 126 Newtown Ave., Norwalk.
Dr. John W. Mulcahy, Ph.D., LL.D., D.H.L., of Westport, Dana Professor of Educational Leadership at the School of Education and senior professor in the School of Business at the University of Bridgeport, died June 29 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 65.
Born in Bronxville, N.Y., the son of the late John A. and Naomi Mulcahy, he had been a Westport resident for more than 30 years.
Mulcahy received his B.S. from Fordham University; M.S & M.B.A. from Iona College; Ph.D., Fordham; LL.D (h.c.) Johnson & Wales; and the D.H.L. (h.c.) Iona College.
His career in higher education spanned more than 44 years. He taught at the Naval War College and joined the University of Bridgeport in 1980 as Dean of the College and Graduate Schools of Business and Public Management.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Gary Steven Ozar, husband of Chery Ozar, died June 29 at his home in Westport. He was 64.
Born May 26, 1947 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of Chester and Sophie Ozarowski. He had a great love for his immediate and extended family. Gary was known for his crazy one of a kind sense of humor, his family said.
Survivors in addition to his wife include three sons, Jesse, Evan and Daniel two nieces, Brett and Sofia, two nephews Corey and Keith and one brother, Bruce Ozar and his wife Randy.
A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at his home, 229 Bayberry Lane, on Saturday, July 2 from 1 to 6 p.m. The Harding Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Catherine Farrington Gallagher, 57, of Westport, died June 26 at home.
Born Sept. 8, 1953, in Forest Hills, N.Y., she attended Forest Hills High School; received a BA in elementary education in 1975 from Emerson College in Boston and a master’s in applied linguistics from Columbia University School of Education in 1984.
She began her career in 1975 as a teacher in local schools in Monrovia, Liberia, following her future husband, Steve Glovinsky, who worked there for the United Nations. They were married in June 1979 and moved to Westport in 1993.
She also had taught at schools in Nepal, U.S. Virgin Islands and Ghana. Returning to the United States in 1987, she was one of the original educational sales representatives, kindergarten through sixth grade, for Wright Group Publishing.
Raymond E. Bowne of Westport died June 14 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 83.
Born Nov. 5, 1927, he was the son of the late Harry and Grace (Bassett) Bowne and had been a lifelong resident of Westport.
A U.S. Army veteran, he served in Korea from 1946 to 1947, obtaining the rank of tech corporal and working as a mechanic with the military police.
He was an employee of the Westport Board of Education for almost 25 years, beginning in the 1960s and was a volunteer firefighter with Vigilant Engine Co. No. 3.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Susan Dorothy Allen, a graduate of Staples High School, died June 24 at home in Kingston, N.Y. She was 53.
Born in New York City on May 29, 1958 and raised in Westport, she was the associate director of the Medical Center at SUNY New Paltz.
A 1976 Staples High School graduate, she graduated magna cum laude from Vassar College with a bachelor of science in biology (departmental honors).
In the 1980s, she completed her medical training at the University of Connecticut Medical School, Kingston Hospital, and Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Ariz.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Dr. Embree F. Jarvis, (“Doc”) died in his home in Rochester, N.Y. on June 20. He was 90.
Born in 1921 to Francis and Marion Jarvis in Yonkers, N.Y, as a child, his fondest times were sailing in Long Island Sound off Westport.
He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his DDS, served in the Army during World War II, and then settled in Westport where he practiced dentistry for 49 years at 44 Elm St.
He was predeceased by his former wife, Katherine Danneman. He is survived by their three children; Peter W. Jarvis of Jacksonville, Fla., the Rev. David F. Jarvis (Cameron Fadjo) of Riverdale, N.Y., and Kelly Boardman (Edward) of Saint Johns, Fla., his wife, Mary Jane, and step-children Heidi Zimmer-Meyer (Paul Meyer) of Rochester, Eric Zimmer (Irene) of Safety Harbor, Fla., and Roger Zimmer (Lu Oliveira) of Norwalk. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Charles “Charlie” M. Muller of Westport died June 17 in New York. He was 50 and had been a Westport resident for 35 years.
Born March 18, 1961 in Bronx, N.Y., he attended schools in the Bronx and Westport and was a 1979 graduate of Staples High School.
He was the dedicated and beloved son of Carl Muller of Westport and the late Margaret Boos, of San Antonio, Texas. He was predeceased by his stepmother, Alice Muller, also of Westport. Charlie is survived by a sister, Carla Kee of Arizona. He is also survived by a step sister, Linda Zarrelli and her husband Chip of Fairfield. He will be sadly missed by his loving nieces and nephews; Joseph, Lawrence, Laureen, Carla, Margaret, Christine, Lee, Charlie and several other nieces and nephews.
He was also a devoted friend to his lifelong friends Allen and Vinny, along with their families. An avid fan of the Mets and Jets, he enjoyed watching all sports on TV.
John “Jack” P. List of Woodbridge, formerly of Westport and husband of Ruth (Lane) List, died June 19 at Griffin Hospital in Derby. He was 88.
John List: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
Born May 3, 1923, he was the son of the late Hans and Lucille (Prendergast) List. Prior to moving to Woodbridge, he was a 55–year resident of Westport where he was a 1942 graduate of Staples High School.
He then went on to the U.S. Navy, serving in Hawaii. He was vice president and treasurer of Trendex Inc. for many years.
He served on the board of directors at the Westport YMCA and was a longtime member of the Westport Kiwanis Club and the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399.