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Obituaries

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

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
Dorothy Sherman: Active in United Way of Westport Weston.  Contributed photo

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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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Virginia Lewis Amato, 77

Mrs. Virginia Lewis Amato, 77, of Norwalk, wife of the late Antonio Amato Jr., passed away Wednesday, April 15, at Norwalk Hospital.

Mrs. Amato was born June 28, 1931, in Westport, daughter of the late Elmer and Hazel (Blake) Lewis and moved to Norwalk with her husband in 1977.

She was a Staples High School graduate, a member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399 Women’s Auxiliary, and loved to watch her grandchildren play sports.

Survivors include one son Anthony J. Amato III and his wife Noreen DePanfilis of Norwalk, and two grandchildren, Jenny Marie and Anthony J. Amato IV, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband of 55 years, Virginia was pre-deceased by three brothers, Raymond, William and Elmer Lewis.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Scott F. Thomas, 60

Scott F. Thomas, 60, of Westport, passed away Sunday April 12, 2009,at Norwalk Hospital.

Mr. Thomas was born Feb. 20, 1949, in Norwalk, son of the late Donald and Dorothy (O’Brien) Thomas.

Scott was raised in Westport and graduated Staples High School and then spent some time in California and Hawaii where he began his studies in horticulture.

After returning to Westport, he graduated from the University of Connecticut with an associates degree in Horticulture and established a very special relationship with his late brother Donnie and his mother.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Adult Film Star Marilyn Chambers, Ex-Westporter, Dies at 56

UPDATE Marilyn Chambers, the 1970 Westport Staples High School graduate then known as Marilyn Ann Briggs who won early fame as an Ivory Snow detergent model and later as an adult film star, died Sunday at her suburban Los Angeles home. She was 56.WestportNow.com Image
Marilyn Chambers poses with the Ivory Snow box in which she was depicted holding an infant. File photo

Chambers was found unresponsive at her residence, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County corner’s office. The cause of death is under investigation but foul play was not suspected and an autopsy is pending, he said.

The Associated Press quoted a family friend, Peggy McGinn, said as saying Chambers’ 17-year-old daughter found the actress’ body at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Canyon Country.

Chambers became a pop culture phenomenon when she gave up work as a model advertising Ivory Snow laundry detergent to star in the X-rated “Behind the Green Door” in 1972.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Aldo Paronich, 57

Aldo Paronich, 57, husband of Violetta (Licul) Paronich, and resident of Weston for 16 years, passed away Monday, April 6 at Norwalk Hospital.

Mr. Paronich was born on Aug. 23, 1951 in Istra, Croatia, son of John and Maria (Krnjat) Paronich. He immigrated to the United States in 1972, and in 1993, he and his family moved to Weston.

He was the co-owner of M and A Plumbing & Heating Corporation in Brooklyn, N.Y., a member of the St. Ann’s Club and an avid hunter and fisherman. He also loved soccer and cooking.

He is survived by: his wife of 35 years, one son, David and his wife Erica Seagran Paronich, one daughter, Ingrid Paronich and his parents and two brothers. 

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

James Corbett, 73

James Michael Corbett, 73, passed away peacefully on March 26 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where he resided for four years.

Born in New York City,  he was a longtime resident of Westport.

He was a successful builder and renowned for his design skills.  A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served his tour in Germany.  He was an avid skier and sailor who enjoyed outdoor life to the fullest.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ann (nee Heneghan) and children; Christine Kazazes, Carolyn Corcoran, Caitlin Kitlas and James Corbett.  He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and sister Loretta Hauprich.  He is pre-deceased by his parents, brother John and grandson Ian Kitlas.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Josephine Pagliaro Palmieri, 92

Mrs. Josephine Pagliaro Palmieri, 92, of Westport, wife of the late Philip (Filomeno) Palmieri, passed away Sunday, March 29, at home in the company of her family.WestportNow.com Image
Josephine Palmieri (l) celebrated her 91st birthday in November 2007 with sisters Maria Izzo (c), then 98, and Delores (Jenny) Izzo, then 94. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Palmieri Gai for WestportNow.com

Mrs. Palmieri was born in Cavallari, Italy, Oct. 4, 1916, daughter of the late Joseph and Elisabetta (Carusone) Pagliaro and has been a resident of Westport for 77 years.

She is the owner of Palmieri Nurseries in Westport. Mrs. Palmieri was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Assumption and Assumption Mature Adults.

Survivors include two sons, Carlo J. Palmieri and his wife Susan of Fairfield, and Francis J. Palmieri also of Fairfield; two daughters, Mary Palmieri Gai and her husband Andy of Westport, and Flo O’Brien and her husband Paul of Fairfield, one sister, Mary Izzo of Westport, one sister in-law, Maria Carusone of Westport, 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 32 nieces and nephews.

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