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Obituaries

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Charles Lindbergh Cuseo, 80

Charles Lindbergh Cuseo, 80, of Richmond, Va.,  formerly of Westport, died peacefully on Feb. 9, 2009, at the Johnston-Willis Hospital, Richmond.WestportNow.com Image
Charles L. Cuseo: last of the 12 Cuseo brothers. Contributd photo

Born Jan. 30, 1929, in Fairfield, Charles Cuseo was the last surviving brother of the famous 12 Cuseo brothers of Westport who left their footprint in the written historical pages of our community.

Charles is survived by his wife of 57 years, Josephine Cuseo; daughter, Dr. Lisa Cuseo-Ott; son-in-law, Thierry Ott; and grandchildren, Matthieu and Gabrielle Ott; in addition to several nieces, nephews and in-laws in Connecticut and throughout the United States.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lucy Cuseo; and siblings, Joseph Cuseo, Michael Cuseo, Frank Cuseo, William Cuseo, Nicholas Cuseo, Albert Cuseo, Angelo Cuseo, Anthony Cuseo, George Cuseo, James Cuseo, Robert Cuseo and Mildred Karen.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Emanuel J. Gallo, 88

Emanuel J. Gallo, 88, of Westport, husband of the late Ruth (Fish) Gallo, passed away Friday, March 13, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Fla.
Mr. Gallo was born in New York City on Aug. 23, 1920,, son of the late Alphonso and Frances (Lazzara) Gallo, and was a resident of Westport for 52 years.

Prior to retiring in the 1980s, Mr. Gallo was employed as director of engineering for more than 30 years with Diamond International Corporation. He received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, and Masters degrees in mechanical and industrial engineering from Columbia University.
 
Mr. Gallo was a former trustee of the Saugatuck Congregational Church, and during the 1990s, he volunteered as the engineering consultant for the renovations at the church.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Helen C. Corrigan, 85

Mrs. Helen C. Corrigan, 85, of Westport, wife of the late Bruce J. Corrigan, Sr., passed away Thursday, March 12, at Norwalk Hospital after a courageous 10-year battle with cancer.

Mrs. Corrigan was born April 1, 1923, in New York City daughter of the late Arthur and Helen (Delany) Cunnion and has been a resident of Westport for 57 years. She was an outstanding, loving and phenomenal mother and grandmother.

Survivors include four sons, Bruce J. Corrigan, Jr. of Fairfield, Arthur M. Corrigan of Elburn, Ill., Peter J. Corrigan of Fairfield, and John D. Corrigan of Westport; three daughters, Elspeth Moore of Stockholm, N.J., Dorothy M. Corrigan of Milford, and Mary M. Tienken of Westport; one brother, Robert Cunnion of Brookhaven, Pa., four sisters, Sister Dorothy Cunnion, SHCJ of Rye, N.Y., Patsy Smith of New York City, Claire O’Neil of Glastonbury, Muffin Cunnion of New York City, and 12 grandchildren, Bret, Megan, Brian, Erin, Wendy, Kristin, Michael, Patrick, Jason, Dani, Mark and Kelly.

Friends are invited to meet directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave. for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, Greens Farms. There will be no calling hours.

The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Corrigan may be made to the Norwalk Hospital Foundation, 34 Maple St., Norwalk, CT 06856. 

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Anthony J. Anastasia, 82

Anthony Joseph Anastasia, 82, of Westport, husband of Anita (Davis) Anastasia, passed away Thursday morning in Norwalk Hospital.

Mr. Anastasia was born in Westport, Sept. 23, 1926, son of the late Placido and Carrie (Capasse) Anastasia and has been a lifelong resident.

Prior to retiring in 1978, Mr. Anastasia was employed as a firefighter for the Town of Westport for 25 years.  He was also employed by the duPond family in Southport as a grounds keeper for 45 years.

He was a member of Saugatuck Hose Volunteer Fire Dept., the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399 and worked as a volunteer for the Westport Son’s of Italy setting up Festival Italiano and the Westport PAL.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Mary Whelan Warburg, 100

Mary Whelan Warburg, widow of Edward M. M. Warburg, a noted philanthropist and benefactor of the arts, passed away peacefully late Sunday night at Norwalk Hospital following a brief illness. She was 100.

A longtime resident of Westport and Wilton and known to her nearest and dearest as GrandMary and Aunt Mary, she devoted her life to philanthropic work focused on human services, education and civil rights.

Mrs. Warburg served on the board of directors of The Hole In the Wall Gang Camp, Henry Street Settlement Houses, Association for Homemakers Service, the Institute for International Education, the Medger Evers Fund, the United Negro College Fund, and the Rockefeller Committee for International Affairs – the Founding of the United Nations in San Francisco.

She had recently celebrated her first century with all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her family said she lived an extraordinary life and will be remembered lovingly with a giggle and a smile.

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Monday, March 09, 2009

Harrison E. Bullock, 84

Harrison E. Bullock, 84, of Norwalk, husband of the late Mary (Little) Bullock, passed away Thursday, March 5 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport.WestportNow.com Image
Harrison E. Bullock: Y’s Men member. Contributed photo

Mr. Bullock was born Oct. 13, 1924, in Christopher, Ill., son of the late Quincy and Lula (Harrison) Bullock and had resided in Norwalk for 51 years.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Bullock was employed by R.T. Vanderbilt Chemical Company as a chemical engineer. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University where he received both his undergraduate and masters degrees and he also attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he studied meteorology.

Mr. Bullock is a 32nd degree member of the Masonic Order and the Scottish Rite. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and water sports. Mr. Bullock was a member of the Westport Y’s Men and the Westport Senior Center. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Force.

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Anthony “Tony” S. Beckwith, 70

Anthony “Tony” S. Beckwith, 70, of Westport, husband of Joy “Miss Joy” (McCarthy) Beckwith, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28 in Norwalk Hospital.

Mr. Beckwith was born June 7, 1938, in Jacksonville, Fla., son of the late James and June (Magor) Beckwith and had been a longtime resident of both Monroe, and Westport.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Beckwith had been employed as a manager for both the A&P and Grand Central Market food chains. He is a graduate of Admiral Farragut Military School in New Jersey and the Culinary Institute.

Mr. Beckwith was an avid fisherman and loved boats and motorcycles. He is a U.S. Navy veteran, where he served on both the USS Coates DE 685 and the USS Cassin Young DD 793.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Cole Dies at 75

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Playwright and screenwriter Tom Cole (l), whose 2003 Westport appearance with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and neighbor Arthur Miller was a sellout, has died at the age of 75. Cole lived in the Roxbury, Conn. house where Miller lived when he wrote “Death of a Salesman” and “The Crucible.” Miller died in 2005 at at the age of 89. Cole and Miller appeared in Westport as part of the Malloy Lecture in the Arts at Saugatuck Elementary School which was presented by the Westport Public Library in cooperation with the Westport Arts Center. WestportNow.com photo

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Thomas M. Pellicone, 64

Thomas M. Pellicone, 64, formerly of Westport, husband of the late Sandra (Grant) Pellicone, passed away suddenly at Broward General Hospital.

Tom was born in Norwalk, Aug. 5, 1944, son of the late Patrick and Pauline (Sylvester) Pellicone and had resided in Westport for 54 years prior to moving to Florida 10 years ago. He was the former owner of Star Electric and Security Systems in Westport.

Survivors include two sons, Patrick Pellicone and his wife Rebecca of Monroe, Michael Pellicone and his wife Danielle of Trumbull., four grandchildren, Nathaniel, Ethan, Jack and Ryan and one sister, Dale Murena of Wilton, and one aunt, Lucille Chacho of Westport.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial Saturday at 11 a.m. directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave.. Interment will be private. There will be no calling hours.

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Eleanor J. Lewis, 83

Eleanor J. Lewis, of Norwalk passed away peacefully on Feb. 18 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 83 and was a loving and devoted wife of Albert Lewis for 56 years.

Eleanor was born on July 17, 1925 in Westport, daughter of Ronald and Jenny Parker. She was a graduate of Staples High School class of 1943. She spent the early years of her marriage in Boothbay Harbor, Maine prior to moving to Norwalk.

While living in Maine, Eleanor was an active member of The Masonic Stars and the American Legion Auxiliary.

After moving to Norwalk, Eleanor was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in South Norwalk for over 50 years where she was president of the Women’‘s Club and taught Sunday school.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Leonard Rovins, Expert on Labor Law, Dies at 93

UPDATE Westporter Leonard Rovins, a nationally known expert on management labor law in the private and public sectors, died today at Norwalk Hospital from complications from emergency surgery. He was 93.WestportNow.com Image
Leonard Rovins: longtime Westporter was retired U.S. Army colonel. Contributed photo

Rovins, a former chair of the Westport Board of Education who, among other duties, served as Westport’s longtime labor negotiator, had been in deteriorating health for some time.

A retired U.S. Army colonel, Rovins was a founder of the labor committees of the New York State and County Bar Associations and was active in school labor law. 

“Westport has lost one of its hardest working, most respected public servants,” said First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff. “Len was a giant in his devotion to his profession, his community, his country, and of course his family.

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Former Westporter Alfred A. Knopf Jr. Dies at 90

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Alfred A. Knopf Jr.: “loved walking Main Street.” 1978 file photo
Alfred A. Knopf Jr., a noted publisher who lived in Westport for more than 40 years and raised his family here, died Saturday in Manhattan. He was 90.

His wife, Alice, said in an e-mail message to WestportNow: “Since we lived in Westport for 40-odd years and raised our three children there, I thought you might like to take notice of his passing.”

Knopf, known as Pat to his friends, was the only child of Alfred Knopf and Blanche Wolf Knopf, giants in the field of publishing.

He left his parents’ company, Alfred A. Knopf Inc., in 1959 to co-found Atheneum Publishers along with Simon Michael Bessie and Hiram Haydn.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Former Connecticut House Speaker Irving Stolberg Dies at 72

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Irving Stolberg (r), former Connecticut House speaker, has died after a long battle with leukemia. Stolberg, who was 72, is shown in Westport last June accepting an award from Bill Hass of the U.N. Association of Southwest Connecticut. Stolberg received the Ruth Streinkraus Cohen Award at the jUNe Day ceremony in recognition of his long support of the United Nations. Stolberg, who lived in New Haven, served as speaker in 1983-84 and 1987-88. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

George R. Kranick, 89

George R. Kranick a longtime resident of Westport, passed away peacefully at Norwalk Hospital on Feb. 11, 2009. He was 89.

Born in Beaverdale, Pa., he attended Rutgers University. A veteran of World War II,  he was a captain in the U.S. Army, serving in China, Burma and India.

His career was with Cal-Tex Oil Co. in New York, and he traveled extensively in the Middle East and Asia.

He is survived by his wife Shirley, son Chris, daughter Karen Howes and her husband Tom, granddaughter, Lilly and one sister Ann.

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Alan David Liberson, 71

Alan David Lieberson, a prominent figure in the Westport community for almost 40 years, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009 at home.

Born on Dec. 20, 1937 the son of Muriel and Dr. Abe Lieberson, Alan grew up in Bonxville, N.Y. 

He was valedictorian at Tuckahoe High School and attended Cornell University, where he graduated early to begin his medical studies at Yale University.

After his residency in Indiana and a tour in the Air Force, Alan came to Westport, a town he loved, in 1969.

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