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Friday, June 11, 2010

TV News Visionary Robert Wussler Dies at 73

Robert J. Wussler, a visionary TV news and sports executive who presided over the CBS network at age 40 and later co-founded CNN with Ted Turner, died June 5 at his Westport home, his family announced today. He was Image
Robert J. Wussler: died at Westport home. File photo

Wussler, who had been ill for some time and lived with his son Rob in Westport’s Coleytown area, began his career at CBS as a mailroom clerk in 1957. He later attained the position of executive producer and director of special events in the news department.

He then rose to become head of CBS Sports and then president of the CBS Television Network in 1976, capping his 21-year stay at the network.

Wussler essentially invented the genre of pregame telecasts in the mid-‘70s with “The NFL Today” for which he hired Brent Musburger, Irv Cross, Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder and a former Miss America, Phyllis George.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thomas W. Curran Sr., 76

Thomas W. Curran Sr., 76, of Shelton, died June 9 at Gaylord Hospital in Image
Thomas W. Curran Sr.: Westport auto dealer. Contributed photo

Born Jan. 1, 1934, in Norwood, Mass., son of the late Thomas Curran and Alice Hurley Curran, he grew up in Walpole, Mass.

After he graduated from Walpole High, he attended the University of Detroit and then, in 1953, he joined the sales training program for the Cadillac Motor Car division of General Motors. In 1956, he married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Delaney, and they settled in Birmingham, Mich.

After several years at Cadillac, Curran became the assistant sales promotion manager. From there, he was transferred to the New York office as the district sales manager. In 1961 the family settled in Huntington, and has lived there ever since.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Louis J. Pappalardo, 78

Louis James Pappalardo, a 40-year resident of Westport before moving to Florida, died on June 9 after a lengthy and valiant battle with cancer. Image
Louis J. Pappalardo: 40-year Westporter. Contributed photo

Born on Nov. 16, 1931, in Elmsford, N.Y., he was the tenth of 11 children born to Georgiana and Louis Pappalardo.

He attended Elmsford schools where he met and eventually married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Bianco. They were married for 54 years.

Lou graduated from New York University and pursued a career in marketing research, first with Nowland, then Yankelovich and later became a partner of Trendex, in Westport.

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Daniel Siegel, 84

Daniel Siegel, a 57-year Westport resident, died June 9 at home. He was 84.

Born March 1926 in New York, N.Y. to Jesse and Dorothy Siegel, Dan lived in Westport since 1953 with his devoted wife Alice.

In addition to Alice, he is survived by his brother, Dr. Richard Siegel of Santa Rosa, Calif.; his sons Jeffrey of Trumbull, and Andrew of Newtown, along with their wives Mindy Siegel and Tracy Nashel; and grandchildren Jaclyn, Rebecca, Leah and Elliot.

Dan was the founder and chairman of Mica Corporation, a leading supplier of primers, coating and adhesives to the flexible packaging industry.

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Irwin Rothstein, 78

Irwin Rothstein, who was a 38-year Westport resident before his move to Trumbull in 2005, died June 3 at his home in Trumbull after a battle with esophageal cancer. He was 78.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., he was the son of the late Harry and Sonia Rothstein.

Known professionally as Irwin Ross, he was a pioneer in the packaging and tape industry. In 1977, he founded I.R. Industries, now located in Bethel. He was married for 42 years to the late Margit Rothstein.

He is survived by his son, Eric; a daughter, Holly; his sister, Zelda Hirsch of Deer Park, N.Y.; and grandchildren, Mitchell, Jack, Max and Hannah.

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Monday, June 07, 2010

Charlotte B. Winkler, 84

Charlotte Byer Winkler, a longtime Westporter, died June 7 at The Connecticut Hospice in Branford after a short illness. She was 84.

Originally from Staten Island, N.Y., she and her family moved to Westport from Queens in 1971 and lived here for 30 years.

She received a bachelor’s degree in 1946 from Barnard College, where she majored in chemistry. After raising three children, she assisted at the Bronx law office of her husband, Bertram Winkler, who died in 1996. Their marriage lasted 48 years.

Winkler was active in Barnard alumnae affairs and military veteran organizations.

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Friday, June 04, 2010

Anthony C. Luciano, 66

Anthony Carmine Luciano, 66, a life-long Westport resident, died at home Wednesday, June 2, after a fall. 

Mr. Luciano was born on July 11, 1943 to the late Restituta (Rita) Calise Luciano and Carmine Luciano. Mr. Luciano owned a family business in Westport with his parents that was sold in the 1980s. He loved life, family, and friends. Mr. Luciano was an avid traveler and a car and horse racing aficionado—never missing the summer races at Saratoga.

He is survived by three children, Annette Luciano Panther of Stratford, Anthony W. Luciano of Westport, and Donald A. Luciano of Los Angeles. He was a proud grandfather to Justin, Rita, and Brendan, who survive him. He is also survived by his companion Veronica Harper.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 8 at St. Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery, 73 Greens Farms Road. The family will receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, on Monday, June 7, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Josephine F. Deluga, 95

Josephine F. Deluga, 95, of Ridgefield Crossings, formerly of Westport, died May 28 at her home.

She was the wife of the late Robert Deluga and niece to Irene Weck of Ridgefield.

Deluga was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 12, 1915, a daughter of the late Vincent and Julia Koniuta. She attended New York schools and was a certified pediatric nurse.

For the past 15 years she was a resident of Ridgefield, where she made a home with her niece. Deluga was a member of St. Mary’s Church.

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Morris Willdorf, 96

Morris Willdorf of Stamford died peacefully on May 30 at the Rosenthal Hospice Residence. He was 96.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sarah and his daughter, Sonia Stoloff of Westport. Also surviving is his twin sister, Henrietta Baron, of Sacramento, Calif.

Morris was born on Sept. 19, 1913, in New York City. He was educated as an engineer and during World War II, he was employed by Federal Telephone and Telegraph and worked on the Manhattan Project, earning top security clearance.

In 1946, he became the owner of his family’s business - Moormend’s, a retail leather goods and photography establishment on Madison Avenue in Manhattan.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Martha Louise Godfrey MacDonald, 88

Martha Louise Godfrey MacDonald, died May 26 at the age of 88.

She was the daughter of Homer C. Godfrey and Helen Lewis Godfrey, and a life long resident of Fairfield and Westport.

She was a graduate of the Fannie A. Smith School, Fairfield High School and Smith College.

She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Richard Howitt MacDonald, and by their son, Peter Lewis MacDonald.

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Eileen J. Wilson, 81

Eileen J. Wilson, longtime Westport resident, actress, director and writer, died on May 24. She was 81.

She spent a lifetime involved in theater, where she excelled in acting, directing, designing, writing, producing, developing and managing companies.

She was born and raised in England, but spent most of her adult family life in the United States, living in Texas, Connecticut,and on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Wilson grew up in the north of England, in Gosforth, a suburb of Newcastle, as the youngest of three children. Her school years were marked by World War II, in which her brother served and her father was a member of the Home Guard.

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Rosemary Gaffney, 82

Rosemary Gaffney, wife of Dr. Robert Gaffney for nearly 41 years, died May 26 in Bridgeport Hospital, at the age of 82.

She was predeceased by her father, Michael, and her mother, Louise Bassaline.

She is survived by her brother, Peter; her nephews, Peter and Paul; her husband, Robert; as well as eight step-children, 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Gaffney was a 1945 graduate of Staples High School, Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. She received a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from the University of Bridgeport in 1963.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Diana Pasacreta-Rizzi, 79

Diana Pasacreta-Rizzi, a lifelong resident of Westport, died at Norwalk Hospital on Tuesday, May 25, following a long and courageous battle with kidney disease. She was 79.

Just as she always lived her life, she approached death with peaceful dignity surrounded by her lifelong loved ones.

Diana was a graduate of Saugatuck Elementary, Bedford Junior and Staples High School in Westport and was a respected graduate of the Norwalk Hospital School of Nursing.

She was married to the late James A Rizzi of Norwalk and they shared their lives for just shy of 50 years.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Martin H. Levey

Martin H. Levey (Marty Brayer) of Westport, husband of the late Bunny, died.

He is survived by his children, Robin Levey and Gail Levey Schorr; and his grandchildren, Nathaniel Schorr, Ethan Schorr and Max Kupperberg.

A service took place Monday at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway, Bronx, N.Y.

The family will observe the Shiva period at the home of Martin Levey in Westport.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Norma L. Magee, 78

Norma L. Magee, 78, of Wilton, formerly of Westport, wife of the late R. James Magee, passed away Monday, May 10 at Norwalk Hospital.

She was born July 7, 1931, in Los Angeles, daughter of the late Floyd and Kathalyn Buxton and has been a resident of Wilton for the past 18 years.

Prior to moving to Wilton in 1992, Magee had resided in Westport for 24 years. She was employed as a special education teacher aid from 1971 throuigh 1993 serving the last 10 years of her career at Staples High School.

Magee joined the staff at the Westport Public Library from 1993 through 1997.

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