Saturday, May 19, 2012
Anita Mesa of Westport, wife of Manuel Mesa, died May 17 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 94.
She was born June 12, 1918 in Colombia, South America daughter of the late Enrique and Jesuita Castaneda and has been a resident of Westport for 35 years. She has been a longtime member of Assumption Church, loved gardening, sewing and traveling.
Survivors include two sons, Oscar Mesa of Toranto, Canada and William Mesa of Westport, one daughter, Blanca C. Mesa of Colombia, 11 grandchildren, Blanca Elizabeth Mesa, David William Mesa, Beatriz Mesa Birt, Juan Alberto Mesa, Christian J. Mesa, Oscar Mauricio Mesa, Pablo Julian Mesa, Carlos Adolfo Mesa, Maria Cecilia Vadala, Carlos Mario Carmona and Roberto Jairo Carmona. 11 great grandchildren, Mia Mesa, Laura Mesa, Canilo Mesa, Laura Alessandra Mesa, Kenny Vadala, Jr. Natalie Vadala, Johana Carmona, Carlos Andres Carmona, Luisa Maria Carmona and Daniel Carmona and one great great grandchild, Santiago Carmona. Mrs. She was also predeceased by one son, Alberto C. Mesa.
Friends may attend a mass of Christians Burial Monday, May 21, at 11 a.m. meeting directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, May 20 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. If you wish to leave an on line condolence please go to http://www.hardingfuneral.com.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Laurie Baldwin Stevens, who grew up in Westport and was a longtime resident of Durham, died April 29 in Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. She was 60.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., she grew up in Westport the daughter of Robert B. Stevens of Columbia, S.C. and Doris (Liljenstein) Stevens of Westport.
She lived in Durham for 26 years, and was a member of the Durham Democratic Town Committee, P.A.L.S., Durham Garden Club, Durham Fair Association, and elected member of the Durham Board of Finance.
Along with her parents and husband Walter “Bob” Fulton, she is survived by a brother, Bradley Stevens, of Gainesville, Va. and two sisters, Susan von Schenk, of Columbia, S.C. and Wendy Stevens, of Brecksville, Ohio.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Wildes “Bill” Veazie, a former Westport resident who served as a selectman and member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died May 12 in Corvallis, Ore. He was 85.
He was born Oct. 27, 1926, to Charlotte and Wildes Walker Veazie of White Plains, N.Y. Following high school graduation in 1944, he served in World War II. He went into the Army ASTP program at St. Bonaventure College in Olean, N.Y. and then was sent to the European Theater where he served in Germany.
After returning from service he went to Montana State College and the NYU Graduate School of Business. In 1950 he married Helene Hurley in White Plains. They moved to Westport where they raised their three children.
He became a vice president of Crocker National Bank and opened a New York investment office on Wall Street for Crocker.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Donna Marie Belta of Orlando, Fla. and Westport, died May 11 after complications arising from diabetes. She was 60.
After growing up on her family farm in Westport, she moved to Orlando and devoted her life to the care and welfare of others. As a certified health care provider, she helped both the very young and very old live life to their full potential.
Her last patient, Nicholas Wise, was in her care for almost three decades as she first became his nurse and then his guardian and “mom.” He was her greatest joy. She counted many friends in her community as well as old friends from home.
She is survived by Nicholas Wise, her mother, Dina Belta, brothers James (Karen) and Gregory (Mary Ann) and sister Connie Von Zwehl (Vinny) all of Connecticut. Additionally, she is survived by her nieces Angela Belta (Danny Lopez), Laura Loffredo (John), Jessica Walsh (Rob), Caitlin Belta, and Kelsey Belta and her nephew James Belta, her great-nieces, Sophia and Elizabeth Lopez, Kaia Rose Loffredo and her great-nephew Connor Walsh. She is also survived by a large extended family and those who she considered her adopted family. She was predeceased by her father James S. Belta, and her grandparents, Concettina and Gregorio Belta and Grace and Giacinto Paoletti.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Mary “Susan” Brown Plato of Westport died April 1. She was 76.
She lived and worked in Westport for 40 years after living abroad in Europe and South America.
Born in Colchester, Vt. on Sept. 8, 1935, the daughter of the late Fredrick Inglis Brown and of the late Mary Lois Foster Brown, she was raised in Massachusetts and Austin, Texas. She graduated from Austin High School, class of 1953, and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.
She cherished her time growing up in Austin. She loved the lakes and loved her many friends, who she had kept up with through the years. In her last high school reunion book she identified Red Jackets, football games, dances, going to Mt. Bonnell on a tractor, water-skiing, and doing the “Bunny Hop” as her happiest memories.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Joseph J. Carelli (Pascarelli) of Bridgeport, brother of Westport Police Sgt. Jill Ruggiero, died May 10 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport after a short, hard-fought battle with cancer. He was 47.
Born on Feb. 7, 1965, in Norwalk, he was the son of Joseph J. Pascarelli and Jeannette Ruggiero Pascarelli. He attended Norwalk High School, Syracuse University, and Norwalk Community Technical College.
He was a self-employed master craftsmen throughout Fairfield County. He was a member of the Fairfield National Little League board of directors from 2001-2009, in addition to managing and coaching for that league. He also managed and coached teams with the Fairfield Babe Ruth and Wakeman Boys Lacrosse. He was an ardent supporter of the Fairfield Owls Travel Baseball Team.
His greatest role in life was as a father to his two boys, Taylor and Brian, and the time he spent coaching them and their many friends. They spent countless hours enjoying their common passions like golfing, the New York Yankees, the New York Giants, and things they loved to do most. The memories they have made together are truly priceless.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Chester “Chet” J. Kaye of Westport, husband of the late Barbara J. Kaye, died May 7 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 70.
Born in Detroit, he had been a Westport resident since 1983. He received his B.S. and Masters Degrees in finance from the University of Detroit and later received a Masters in education from the University of Bridgeport. His business career included positions at the ITT Corp. where he served as director of manufacturing cost controls, and served as CFO for Summagraphics.
He owned his own dry cleaning business in Stamford for 10 years, and following that, went on to teach business classes at West Haven High School. He was a volunteer for the Literacy Volunteers of America.
A dedicated and active parishioner of St. Anthony of Pauda Church in Fairfield, he served on the Finance Committee, was a member of the Holy Name Society, was a Eucharistic Minister and volunteered at the Annual Parish Picnic.
Monday, May 07, 2012
Clellia Louise “Chick” Webb, a former Westport resident, died April 29. She was 84.
She was born on June 13, 1927 in Summit Point, W.V., the daughter of the late Annie and William Burch. She moved to Hagerstown, Md. where she raised her oldest daughter and worked for many years at Fairchild Aircraft.
Later she lived and worked in Washington, D.C. for the Institute of Defense Analysis before moving north to Montclair, N.J. and then settling in Westport where she raised her two youngest daughters and worked for notable authors including Robert Penn Warren and Robin Moore. Her fingers typed many novels before she retired.
A Westport resident for 22 years, she and her husband retired to Wilmington, N.C. in 1994. When her husband Claude Anderson Webb died in 2003, they had been married almost 40 years.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Alexander Domonkos, a former artist with Famous Artist Schools in Westport, died April 27 at Griffin Hospital in Derby. He was 91.
Born on Dec. 6, 1920 in Bridgeport to Alexander and Ethel Domonkos, he attended local schools before entering the Yale School of Fine Arts. He interrupted his university education to serve as a navy pilot during World War II.
A recipient of two Distinguished Flying Crosses and four Air Medals, he flew a carrier-based dive bomber from the USS Bunker Hill and took part in the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, as well as in the first carrier strikes on Tokyo.
After the war, he returned to the Yale School of Fine Arts, from which he graduated with top honors. He then joined The Famous Artists School in Westport, where his colleagues included America’s top illustrators, painters and cartoonists, including such talents as Norman Rockwell, Doris Lee and Rube Goldberg.
Robert Albin Johnson of Fairfield, a French teacher at Westport’s Staples High School for three decades, died May 2 at Bridgeport Hospital. He was 74.
The eldest son of the late Myrtle J. (Ireland) and J. Albin Johnson, he was born May 4, 1937 in Attleboro, Mass.
He graduated from Dartmouth College, earned a Master’s Degree in French and education from Brown University where he met Arlene, his wife of 47 years, and later added a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Administration and Curriculum from Fairfield University.
At Dartmouth, he earned a regular commission in the U.S. Navy and served on a destroyer during the Berlin crisis and the earliest days of the Vietnam War. Upon release from the Navy, he accepted a reserve commission and for many years trained with the Naval Control of Shipping Organization, rising to the rank of commander and commanding officer of NCSO 5202 in Stamford and New Rochelle, N.Y. He retired from the Navy in 1982.
Saturday, May 05, 2012
Marie C. Robertino Scofield, a school bus monitor in Westport for the past 17 years, died May 2 at Norwalk Hospital after a short illness. She was 77.
Born in Stamford on May 7, 1934, she was a longtime resident of Norwak and worked for Clairol, Inc. in Stamford for 27 years.
For the past 17 years she worked for the Town of Westport as a bus monitor for the Westport school system and worked summers as a park attendant with Sherwood Island State Park. She was an avid billiard player for many years and a diehard Yankee and tennis fan. She truly enjoyed her leisure time and reading.
She was predeceased by her parents, Petrina Lella and Michael Robertino of Stamford. She is survived by her three sons, Daniel H. Scofield, Gary T. Scofield and Paul M. Scofield; and their wives Cindy, Pauline and Holly Scofield, her grandchildren, Maggie, Daniel, Victoria and Paul Scofield; her sisters Joan Robertino of Southbury, Rosemary R. Tracy of White River Junction, Vt., and Michael Robertino of Willington, Conn.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Gaspar Veloso, a postal clerk for many years in Saugatuck, Westport, and most recently in Weston, died April 11 in his Bridgeport home. He was 64.
Born in Bridgeport on Nov. 11, 1947, he was the son of the late Jose and Maria (Loureiro) DeAraujo Veloso, and was a graduate of Central High School and earned his Bachelor and Master’s degree from the University of Bridgeport.
A Vietnam Veteran, he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service, first in Westport and then Weston where he thoroughly enjoyed his work and colleagues. He loved gardening and photography, and was always glad to share his expertise.
Survivors include his stepmother, Teresa Veloso, sisters, Rosa Veloso Pope and husband Ted, and Maria da Gloria Riberio and husband Alvaro, one brother, Antonio Veloso and wife Mary Bartelt, nephews, Alvaro Ribeiro and wife Rebecca, Victor Riberio and wife Naomi DaPaz, Rui Riberio and Amanda Angrisano, and Andrew Veloso, nieces, Christina Veloso Pope and Sarah Veloso Pope, and other extended family. A funeral service was held in Bridgeport on April 14.
Geraldine Evelyn Mooney of Greenwich Woods Homes, a former Westport resident, died April 16 in Greenwich Hospital. She was 65.
She had resided at Sylvan Knoll in Stamford for more than 35 years. Born Jan. 24, 1947 in Norwalk Hopsital, she was the only daughter of the late Alexander and Edythe Scott Mooney.
She grew up in Weston, then Westport and became a hairdresser in Stamford. She became a born again Christian and was baptized at Bethany church in Stamford, and was a member the past 12 years at Calvary Baptist of Darien.
A Memorial service is planned for Saturday May 5, at 5 p.m. at Calvary Baptist on the Post Road across from the Darien train station. A light reception will follow. For more information, contact John Cardamone of Norwalk at (203)838-0100.
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Paul L. Hopkins III of Lake Placid, N.Y., a Staples High School graduate, died April 24 at Adirondack Medical Center following a long illness. He was 58.
Known to family and friends as “Hop,” he was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., the son of the late Paul L. Hopkins, Jr., of Pawley’s Island, S.C., and the late Mary Patricia Kendrick Chase, of Asheville, N.C. He was predeceased as well by a younger brother, Damian Peter Hopkins.
He grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1971. He went on to study theater at Lyndonville College in Lyndonville, Vt., graduating in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in the theater arts.
Following his graduation, he stayed on for a year working for the theater department. Soon thereafter he began his career in the restaurant business as part owner of the Georgetown Saloon, a popular establishment in Georgetown. He traveled the country extensively, living variously in Vail, Colo., San Francisco, Charleston, S.C., and finally Lake Placid, where he had spent much time as a young man.
Monday, April 30, 2012
UPDATE (add memorial service details) William (Bill) Minner Beyea of Weston died April 25 in Danbury Hospital after a brief illness. He was 79.
Born in New Rochelle, N.Y. on Jan. 3, 1933, he attended grade school and high school in Pleasantville, N.Y. and graduated from Colgate University in 1955.
He was an accomplished jazz musician, playing numerous reed and woodwind instruments throughout college and traveling to Europe with the Nassau Jazz Band.
For more than 10 years, he played clarinet and saxophone in the Finger Lake Five, a jazz and Dixieland band that opened for Billie Holiday at her final New York City performance, played to an audience of more than 24,000 at the 1958 New York Jazz Festival, performed on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and recorded a number of records.
Rose Riccio Gleason of Trumbull, a former Westport hairdresser, died April 29 at her home. She was 64.
Wife of Howard Gleason, she was born on April 8, 1948 in Castelfranco, Province of Miscano, Italy, a daughter of the late Matteo and Giovannina Riccio.
A graduate of the National Academy of Hair in Bridgeport, she was formerly employed by Act One of Westport, with 40 years of dedicated service. She truly enjoyed her trade and the many lasting friendships she gained through her work.
She was an avid gardener and traveler and thoroughly enjoyed her trips to the casino. Above all however, she was a devoted wife and loving mother who put the care and love of her family first.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Richard “Dick” Mason Whidden, a former Westporter, died at his home on April 21. He was 93.
Born in Boston, he spent his adult life living in Westport, New London/South Sutton, N.H., and Naples, Fla.
He was predeceased by his two wives; the mother of his children, Elizabeth “Bambi” Whidden, and Joanne Lawson Whidden.
He was educated at Roxbury Latin School in Boston and Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. where he was captain of the track team. He worked for most of his career at Dancer Fitzgerald Sample Advertising Agency in New York City.
Ahmad Fotovat Ahmadi of Shelton, former owner of Fovama Oriental Rug of Westport, died April 24 at Griffin Hospital in Derby. He was 85.
The husband of Effat Barghi was born in Tehran, Iran on March 25, 1927, the son of the late Abdoulali Fotovat Ahmadi and Robabeh Ettefagh.
He was the owner of Fovama Oriental Rug of Westport and Scarsdale, N.Y. for 20 years before his retirement in 1999. Prior to that he was a merchant in Iran.
His greatest love was his family and he also found great enjoyment walking, hiking and working.
Arlene Anderson Skutch, a Westport resident for 60 years, died April 25. She was 88. A longtime diabetic, she maintained her health and active lifestyle despite living with a serious disease, her family said.
She came from a diverse artistic background. Born and raised in Fostoria, Ohio, she began her adult life as a classically trained professional singer.
In 1945, she moved to New York City and began her stage career in Broadway musicals such as “Finian’s Rainbow,” “Bloomer Girl,” and “Of Thee I Sing.”
She married, had two children, Laura and Andrew, and moved to Westport where she bought and renovated a charming saltbox colonial house built in 1876.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Glenn Dale Meeker of Easton, a native Westporter and Staples High School graduate, died April 24. He was 85.
The husband of Shirley Bulkley Meeker was born in Westport on July 24, 1925 to the late Ralph and Reatha (Gosnell) Meeker. He was a graduate of Staples High School and served as a second lieutenant with the Army Air Corp during World War II flying B-17s.
After 33 years, he retired as an airline captain flying 747s for Pan American World Airways.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, his daughter, Leanne (Donald) Pettit of Elkhart, Ind., his son, Russell of Manchester, and grandchildren Sarah (Luke) Dudley of Writtle, England, Kathryn (Thomas Mann) Meeker of London, England and Jeffrey (fiance Megan Caldwell) Meeker of Middlebury. He was predeceased by his brother George Meeker and sister Myrtle Miller.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Jeannine M. Brady, a school nurse in Norwalk and wife of former Westport Deputy Schools Superintendent and Staples High School Principal John J. Brady, died April 25, at her Westport home after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 58.
She was born in 1954 in Worcester, Mass. to Alfred Gosselin and Beverley (Graton) Gosselin.
She is survived by her parents, three children, Christopher, his wife Andrea Villanti and their daughter Nora; Caitlin and her wife Marianne and Marissa; three siblings, Denise Healey of Worcester, Paul of Cambridge, Mass., and David of Lexington, Ky. and her husband of 38 years, John J. Brady, who recently retired as superintendent of schools for the Amity Regional School District.
John Brady joined the district after 10 years in a variety of roles in Westport, including a three-year stint as deputy superintendent. He was principal at Staples from July 2002 when he replaced Gloria Rakovic to October 2004.
Richard Miles Crain, DMD of Westport, died April 21 at.Norwalk Hospital. He was 61.
He was born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., a son of the late Samuel and Sheila Crain, and was a graduate of Syracuse University. He received his doctorate degree from Tufts University School of Dentistry, and post doctorate degree from the University of Illinois.
He practiced dentistry for more than 30 years in Larchmont, N.Y., and taught at New York University Dental School.
He had a passion for skiing, art, piano, trumpet, cooking, and ice cream entrepreneurship.
Thomas R. Long, Sr., a Westport resident for 50 years, died April 19 in Norwalk Hospital of heart failure. He was 81.
Son of Roy and Charlena Clough Long, he was born in Albany, Vt. on Dec. 22, 1930. He grew up in Albany on the family farm. Educated in a one-room schoolhouse with no running water or electricity, he completed grades 1– 8 in seven years and graduated Orleans, Vt. High School (with honors).
He served one year in the U.S. Navy. He was married for life to Elaine Miles in 1949 and recently celebrated their 62nd anniversary.
He is survived by Elaine, his sons Edward, Thomas Jr., Dana Long, his daughters-in-law Andree, Melinda, Jacqueline, grand-daughters Samantha, Emma, Amanda Long and Elizabeth Thompson.
Francis P. Bosco, Jr., of Hollywood, Fla., formerly of Westport, son of the late Margaret and Francis P. Bosco, Sr., died April 9 in Hospice by the Sea, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., after a long battle with cancer. He was 94.
He was born on July 5,1917, in White Plains, N.Y. and lived in Scarsdale, N.Y. until coming to Westport in 1928. After graduating from Scarsdale High School, where he was a “center” on the football team for four years, he attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Being tall and “rangy,” he tried out for crew instead of football, and was “stroke” of the freshman crew his first year, then stroked the varsity crew for his remaining three years. When on vacation, Frank, as he was called, was a familiar sight, quietly rowing from point to point at Compo Beach in his single “gig” which he kept at his parents’ house on Soundview Drive.
He served in World War II as a Medical Supply Officer in the Pacific Theater of the war, from the spring of 1941 through autumn of 1945.
Robert Goldman, who owned a house in Westport where he summered for more than 40 years, died April 22 after a long illness. He was 87.
He was a journalist, publisher, author, advertising executive, documentary film maker and avid tennis player and fan.
He was a graduate of the University of Michigan and an editor of The Michigan Daily and a writer for The Detroit Free Press, Reader’s Digest and The Saturday Evening Post.
He was a founder of Surgical Care Publications and directed more than 300 films/videos for the pharmaceutical industry.
Capt. David Lum Punzelt, a former Westport resident and most recently living in Castine, Maine, died April 20 at a Bangor, Maine hospital. He was 82.
He was born July 1, 1929, in Norwalk to Katharine (Smith) Punzelt and Philip Muller Punzelt. He grew up in Westport where he attended Staples High School.
He went on to graduate from New York State Maritime Academy, class of 1950. Upon graduation, he was employed as ship’s officer with U.S. Steamship Company, during which time he upgraded his Merchant Marine license and obtained his New York harbor pilot’s license.
His last ship with U.S. Lines was the SS United States, famous for being the fastest passenger ship of its time. In 1955, he elected to activate his Navy commission and made a 30-year career in the Navy.
Margaret D. “Maggie” Smith, a Staples High School graduate, died April 22 at her home in Watertown, N.Y. She was 61.
Born July 28, 1950, in Watertown, a daughter of John M. and Eunice Wardwell Maupin, she graduated from Staples High School in 1969.
She married Michael Smith of Watertown who died in 2005. She had attended Holy Family Church and Trinity Episcopal Church. She enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, walking, and her parakeets.
Surviving are a son and his wife, Steven and Jaslin Aubin, Naples, Fla.; two grandchildren, Ryan and Derek, Naples, Fla.; a sister, Sara Maupin, and partner, Barbara Wechsler, Seattle, Wash., a brother and his wife, Jim and Nora Petrich, Port Townsend, Wash.; a brother, John Maupin, Honolulu, Hawaii; two nieces, two nephews and many cousins.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Virginia Kanaga, a former Westport resident, died April 9 at her home in Northbrook, Ill. She was 93.
Born June 22, 1918, she and her husband Laurie were longtime residents of Westport, deeply involved in the community in the 1950s and 60s. Their children, Larry and Jill, were raised in Westport.
Together with neighbors and friends, they helped establish Westport’s Little League. She founded and chaired the first Holly Ball, which was open to every girl in the county.
She also served as chairman of the Staples Scholarship Committee and was active in the PTA and local charities.
Vincent “Vinny” Rudolph Georgetti of Easley, S.C. and formerly of Westport, died April 12 at his home. He was 80.
The husband of Patricia Fiorillo Georgetti was born in Bronx, N.Y. to the late Amleto Frank and Rose Zarcone Georgetti, He worked as a meat cutter in a major grocery store chain and was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pickens, S.C.
He was a former member of Assumption Parish in Westport as well as a member of the VFW post and the Westport PAL. He was a coach and umpire of the Babe Ruth Baseball League, and was an avid Yankee fan.
Survivors in addition to his wife are a son, Frank Georgetti (Patti) of Simpsonville, S.C.; four daughters, Lori J. Rothermich (John), Tricia A. Tutunjian (Rick), Janine M. Jones (Jason) all of Easley, S.C., and Vicki Lynn Rodriguez (Rafael) of Stratford; one brother Frank Georgetti Jr. of Florida; one sister, Vera Felix, of Bridgeport; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces an nephews.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Richard Nevin Webb of Westport, husband of Joan Frazier Webb, died at home on April 18. He was 80.
Born July 13, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late Leslie and Laura (Dietrich) Webb. He is predeceased by his first wife Barbara Payne Webb of Erie, Pa., and daughter Jennifer Webb, also of Erie.
He worked in multiple capacities for Esso Corp. in Campinas, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo Brazil, and Buenos Aries, Argentina. He was fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Later, he moved his family back to the United States and was with Continental Can Corp. of New York City and Stamford.