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Obituaries

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Harry Zeimer, 88

Harry Zeimer, 88, of Westport, husband of the late Isabell Colon Zeimer, passed away Monday, June 29 in Norwalk Hospital

Mr. Zeimer was born in New York City, Oct. 16, 1920, son of the late Max and Kate (Karnel) Zeimer and has been a resident of Westport for the past four years.

Prior to moving to Westport, Mr. Zeimer had been a longtime resident of Bronxville, N.Y.  Before retiring, Mr. Zeimer was employed as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of the Westport Center for Senior Activities and the Knights of Pythians. 

Survivors include four grandchildren, Melisa C. Didio and her husband Mark of Westport, Marysol Donaldson and her husband Frank of Westport, Andrew Castro and his wife Lynne of Beechwood, N.J., and Keith Castro of Yonkers, N.Y.; eight great grandchildren, Isabella, Mark, McKenzie and Mia Didio, Liam and Gavin Donaldson, and Nicholas and Andrew Castro. Mr. Zeimer was also predeceased by one son, Andres Castro.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Andrew B. Chapo, 83

Andrew “Ande” B. Chapo of Johnson City, Tenn., a former Westport police officer wounded in a July 4, 1961 shootout, died June 13. He was 83.

He was born March 12, 1926, in Riley, W.Va.,, the son of Andrew Chapo and Mary Lusckay. He grew up in the coal mining region of western Pennsylvania, and later moved to Norwalk.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1943, served in the Atlantic and Pacific as a gunner in the armed guard on board the USS Thomas Meagher, and was honorably discharged.

After the war, he returned to Connecticut and worked for several machine shops and the Pedersen Golf Company, before beginning his career as a police officer in Westport.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Michael Charles Katz, 69

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Michael Charles Katz, a lifelong Westporter who was the founder of numerous successful biotechnology firms involved in medical research, died Thursday after a prolonged illness. He was 69.

With his love of fancy cars and cowboy hats, Katz was a familiar figure on the streets, beaches and waterways of Westport where he seemed to know and care for virtually everyone he met. 

Many will remember him in his convertible with the top down sporting his cowboy hat.

He was an avid car collector from the instant he got his driver’s license at 16, starting off with Austin Healeys and other sports cars, including the ‘Flame,’ before embracing a series of Cadillac convertibles until his young children needed room in the back seat. 

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

John A. Miley, 53

John A. Miley died unexpectedly at his home in Wilmington, N.C at the age of 53. He was the beloved father of Michael, Matthew, and Christopher Miley all of Westport, and Caroline Miley of Wilmington, N.C. 

In addition, he leaves behind his loving parents, John and Virginia Miley of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., two sisters, Debra Neptune of Bethel, Conn., and Virginia Dwyer of Michigan, and two brother-in-laws, Richard Neptune and John Dwyer, along with beloved nieces Lindsay Neptune, Paige Dwyer, and nephew, Sean Dwyer.

Mr. Miley was born in New York City on Nov. 24, 1955. He graduated from Yorktown High School and went on to Boston College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting.

Mr. Miley served as an executive vice president and chief financial officer of American Media Operations Inc. and American Media Inc., a subsidiary of American Media Operations Inc. from October 1999 to December 2004. He served as principal accounting officer of American Media Operations Inc.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Hundreds Pay Tribute to Dorothy Bryce

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Westport’s Unitarian Church was overflowing today for a memorial service for actress Dorothy Bryce, a longtime Westport resident who died May 21 at the age of 85. (See WestportNow May 21, 2009) Daughter-in-law Jodi Stevens Bryce, wife of son Scott Bryce of Westport, sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” one of Dorthoy Bryce’s favorites, at the close of the service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Overflow Crowd for Dorothy Bryce Memorial

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There was an overflow crowd today at a memorial service for actress Dorothy Bryce of Westport who died May 21 at athe age of 85. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sons Offer Tributes

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The three sons of Dorothy Bryce offered tributes to their mother at today’s memorial service at the Unitarian Church in Westport—(l-r) Scott, David,  and Philip.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Actress Dorothy Bryce Dies at 85

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Dorothy Bryce: actress was active in many local causes. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Dorothy M. Bryce, an actress who with her late husband Ed, graced the stages of Broadway and local theater for more than 50 years, died today at her Westport home. She was 85.

Bryce, who was active in the Saugatuck Congregational Church as well as many local causes, including the Westport Historical Society, had appeared on soap operas such as “The Guiding Light” and “The Doctors.”

Three years ago she appeared in “Glacier Bay,” an independent short film shot locally in Fairfield County. A tender yet often shockingly funny portrait of two combative seniors, the film explored the enduring nature of love and relationships.

Bryce won a Best Actress award for her performance at the prestigious Breckenridge Film Festival.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Dorothy Marie Nolan Sherman, 94

Dorothy Marie Nolan Sherman, 94, of Weston died May 8, 2009.WestportNow.com Image
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She was born to the late Elizabeth S. Nolan and Michael A. Nolan Aug. 22, 1914 in Yonkers, N.Y.  She graduated from Yonkers High School and received a B.A. in English from Barnard College in 1935. She married Alden O. Sherman in 1943.

Dorothy worked for 55 years alongside her husband, Alden, in their highly successful aerospace manufacturing company, Alden O. Sherman Co., Inc. in Norwalk. She organized and managed the business part of the corporation, and he ran the technical portion.

She was active in the Barnard College Club of Fairfield County for 60 years and was personally responsible for funding scholarships over time, never forgetting the scholarship that enabled her to attend Barnard during the depression. 

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Margaret “Pat” Addison Rankin, 91

Margaret “Pat” Addison Rankin, 91, passed away on April 29, 2009. She demonstrated that love, dignity and independence are much stronger than the physical and mental challenges she faced.

A Westport resident for the past year, Pat was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Jan. 20, 1918, and brought up in St. Albans, Queens, N;Y. by Wallace and Emma Addison. G. Craig Rankin, her beloved husband of 64 years, predeceases her.

She is survived by three children: Bruce Rankin of Cincinnati, Ohio, Doug Rankin of Greenwich, Nancy Rankin McMillan of Westport, and their spouses, six grandchildren and one great-grandson. Her sister, Elizabeth Roccio of Santa Monica, Calif., also survives.
In her 20s, Pat worked in New York City as a secretary for Continental Insurance Company and sang in the Rockefeller Center choir.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Yueli Liu “Lucy” Yang, 42

Yueli Liu “Lucy” Yang of Westport passed away on Monday, April 27, 2009 in Norwalk Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 42.

She was the beloved wife of Ken Yang for more than 20 years, and mother to three children: son Michigan Yang, 19, daughter Janice Yang, 16, and son Joseph Yang, 14, all of Westport.

Born in Tian Jin, China, she was the daughter of En Yu Liu and the late Jun Fen Guo. She was deeply loved by her brother WenHao Liu, sister Yue Ling Liu, and father and mother-in law, Jin Sheng Yang and Xiu Zhen Wang.

Having emigrated from China in 1990, shortly after the birth of her first son Michigan, she joined her husband in Kentucky.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Joseph M. DeMace, 79

Joseph Michael DeMace, 79, of the Saugatuck section of Westport, passed away Friday, April 24, 2009, at Bridgeport Hospital. He was 79.

Mr. DeMace was born in Saugatuck, March 8, 1930, son of the late Pasquale and Josephine (D’Amico) DeMace and had been a lifelong Westport resident.

Prior to retiring in 2008, he was employed as the cook at Mario’s Place in Westport for 30 years.

He attended all Westport schools and was a volunteer with the Saugatuck Engine and Hose Company No. 4. Mr. DeMace received several awards while serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Frances C. McGrath, 88

Frances C. McGrath, 88, of Westport, aunt of Mary T. Bagnulo, passed away Tuesday, April 21 at Norwalk Hospital.

Ms. McGrath was born in Lynn, Mass., Dec. 26, 1920, daughter of the late Edward and Emma (Mooney) McGrath.

Formerly of Key Biscayne, Fla., she has resided in Westport with her niece Mary T. Bagnulo and her husband Ed for the past five years.

Prior to retiring, she was a professor of social work at the University of Miami School of Medicine and professor at Barry University Graduate School of Social Work and retained the title of professor emeritus at both universities.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Betty Kriewald Piza, 85

Betty Kriewald Piza, 85, of Ridgefield, wife of the late Joseph J. Piza, passed away Sunday April 19, at Bridgeport Health Care.

Mrs. Piza was born July 9, 1923, in Westport, daughter of the late Felix and Frances (Malinek) Kriewald. She was a 1941 graduate of Staples High School.

Mrs. Piza moved to Weston and resided there until 1952 when she moved to Preston in 1965 and has been a resident of Ridgefield since 1997.

Survivors include one son, Edward J. Pysa and his wife Natalie of Ridgefield; two daughters, Janet Robertson and her husband Michael of Placentia, Calif.,  and Judy Masella and her husband Ronald of Hamden; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

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Longtime Westporter Pearl Wakeman Dies at 90

UPDATE Pearl Wakeman, who together with her late husband Isaac “Ike” Wakeman sold 38 acres of prime farmland to the Town of Westport in 1970 that is now used as playing fields, died Sunday at her 121-year-old Cross Highway farmhouse on the property. She was 90.
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Isaac “Ike “Wakeman and his wife Pearl are pictured in this 1995 family photo. Isaac Wakeman died in 2000 at the age of 88. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Courtesy of Wakeman family

She had been a resident of Westport for 73 years and with her husband operated the Wakeman’s Farm, now known as Wakeman Park.

Isaac Wakeman died May 7, 2000, at the age of 88 after having sold the land to the town in 1970 for $200,000. He retained lifetime use of 2.2 acres of the property containing the farmhouse for himself and his wife.

The deal became the subject of much controversy 20 years later when the town sought to build playing fields on the property. Wakeman maintained he had a “handshake” deal to keep the land as open space. The town said otherwise and prevailed.

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