Saturday, March 26, 2011
UPDATE Noted sculptor Stanley Bleifeld of Weston, whose well known works are on display in Washington, D.C. as well as the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., died early today at Norwalk Hospital. He was 86.
The “Lone Sailor” by Bleifeld is in Washington, D.C. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo
Stanley Bleifeld: Weston resident since 1950. Helen Klisser During / WN photo
His wife, Naomi (Nicky), said he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage following a head injury received from a fall four days earlier at his Weston studio.
Locally, Bleifeld designed the medal that is used for the annual Westport Arts Awards given to celebrate members of the artistic community. He himself was recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Visual Arts at a 2005 ceremony in Westport Town Hall.
Born Aug. 28, 1924 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he has lived and worked in Weston since 1950. Part of each year he has spent at a home and studio in Pietrasanta, Italy where he recently completed a large bronze for the Town Hall.
Filomena A. Papagno, wife of the late Anthony Papagno and a native of Westport passed away March 25 at the Notre Dame Convalescent home in Norwalk. She was 98.
Mrs. Papagno was born June 26, 1912 in Westport, daughter of the late Giuseppe and Amelia (Venezia) Renzulli and has been a lifelong Resident. She is a life member of the Carholic Daughters of America, Court Assumption.
Survivors include three daughters, Marie Gilbertie and her husband Salvatore of Easton, CarolAnn McClatchie and her husband David of Westport. Jane M. Pronovost and her husband John of Vassalboro, Me., andd Encouch, Texas. 11 grandchildren, Salvatore and Thomas Gilbertie, Catherine Knipper, Celeste Vodola, Eric, Christopher, Matthew and Gretchen Brunner, Laura McClatchie, Alisa and Rene Pronovost, 21 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Papagno was also predeceased by 11 brothers and five sisters.
Friends are invited to attend the funeral Monday, March 28 at 9:30 a.m. from the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, and 10 a.m. in Assumption Church 98 Riverside Ave., for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the funeral home on Sunday, March 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Assumption Church or Notre Dame Convalescent Home, 76 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT 06851.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Thomas L. Lomas of Lyme, Conn., and Kasilof, Alaska, died in an accident in Old Lyme on March 22. He was 58.
Thomas Lomas: Staples grad. Contributed photo
He was born on May 12, 1952, in Norwalk, the son of the late Harold and Dorothy (Lynch) Lomas.
Tom graduated from Staples High School in Westport and the University of New Hampshire where he received his bachelor of science degree in forestry in 1971.
Because of his love of the unspoiled natural beauty of lower Connectitcut River Valley, Tom decided to settle in Lyme and begin his career as an arborist. A gifted athlete, accomplished sportsman, and bush pilot, he lived a life full of great adventure
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
John R. Tedesco, a native of Westport and husband of the late Frances Zuvich Tedesco, passed away on March 22 at Bridgeport Hospital. He was 77.
John R. Tedesco: Westport native. Contributed photo
Born May 1, 1933 he was the son of the late Donald J. and Margaret McDermott Tedesco and has been a lifelong resident Westport.
Prior to retiring, he was employed as a supervisor of the Credit and Collections Department of National CSS and then D&B Computing Services in Wilton. Most recently, he served as a traffic agent with the Westport Police Department.
John is also a former member of Westport PAL and a former member and past president and coach of the Westport Little League. He was an avid fisherman and loved golf.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Mina Mastrogiovanni of Westport, wife of Nicholas Mastrogiovanni, passed away on March 15 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport.
In addition to her husband, Mina is survived by one daughter, Heidi Mastrogiovanni, and her husband, Tom Bishel, of Los Angeles.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport. There will be a brunch immediately after the service at the Circle Diner in Fairfield.
Contributions in memory of Mina may be made to Forgotten Animals of Los Angeles Rescue League (http://www.forgottenanimalsofla.org) or to Beagles and Buddies (http://www.beaglesandbuddies.com). Condolences for the family may be left at http://www.hardingfuneral.com.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Jean Tyrrell Hiestand, formerly of Westport and Weston, died March 21 at Wilton Meadows. She was 83.
Born Dec. 27, 1927, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of Leo and Frances Tyrrell in Brooklyn.
She is survived by a daughter Laurie Hiestand of Hampton, and a son Robert Hiestand and granddaughter Alison Hiestand, both of Wilton. She was predeceased by her husband, Ed A. Hiestand Jr., and a son, Ed A. Hiestand III.
Family services will be held in Pennsylvania in the spring.
Sudia Gray Winstead Patalano, 90, of Norwalk and formerly of Westport resident, the wife of Philip Vincent Patalano, died March 14 in Norwalk Hospital.
Born July 19, 1920, in Rocky Mount, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Fannie Whitley Winstead. She was married in July 1944 and had been a longtime resident of Westport before moving to Norwalk in 1976. She was an avid reader, bird watcher and nature lover.
Survivors, in addition to her husband of 66 years, include two sons, Bruce Winstead Patalano of Wheeling W.Va. and Philip James Patalano and his wife Martha of Sao Tome Principe, Africa; a daughter Paula Maria Patalano of Fairfield; five grandchildren, Steven, Philip and Jason Patalano and Danielle and Kyle deBouver, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Benjamin Harrison Patalano; two brothers, Harrison and Glenwood Winstead, and two sisters, Ruby Winstead Beasley and Madeline Winstead Kelley.
Services were private. Memorial contributions may be made to http://www.healingandhopethroughscience.org.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Frank Parise of Westport, beloved husband for 69 years of Frances (Kirik) Parise, passed away at home on March 11. He was 86.
Frank Parise: Westporter since 1947. Contributed photo
Born on April 30, 1924 in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late Santo and Concetta (Lasalvici) Parise. He was a World War II veteran and was to ship overseas when unexpectedly he was sent on assignment to Wright-Patterson AFB as a specialist operations machinist.
He married his childhood sweetheart prior to entering the military, and after the war they moved to Westport in 1947 where they have lived ever since.
After the war Frank started working for Bond Rubber in Derby as a tool and die maker and machinist.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Beatrice Noehren Smith, a Westport resident more than 50 years, passed away on March 14 in Clearwater, Fla. She was 90.
Betty Smith: Westporter for 50 years. Contributed photo
A graduate of Swarthmore College, she received her MA in social work from the University of Buffalo. She and her husband Warren moved to Westport in 1954.
She was a supportive wife, mother, and community social worker, working for various community organizations. They included the Fairfield Child Guidance Center, Norwalk Hospital, the Town of Westport Social Services Department, along with volunteering for the Red Cross, Mercy Learning Center, and mentoring in the Westport schools.
She served as president of PEO and was an active member of the Westport/Weston Methodist Church.
(Editor’s note: The family today provided the following obituary for Eric Goldschmidt, whose death was first reported March 10 by WestportNow.)
Eric Ernst Goldschmidt of Westport, passed away March 9 surrounded by his family after battling cancer for 18 years. He was 22.
Eric Goldschmidt: battled cancer 18 years. Contributed photo
Eric was born in Dusseldorf, Germany and was a 2007 Staples High School graduate. During his four years at Staples, Eric was actively involved in Toquet Hall as a member of the Executive Committee, including responsible for booking many musical performances.
Until just recently he was studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore where he was actively involved in college life and the City of Baltimore.
His passions were in photography, the Red Sox and an eclectic taste of music and movies. He loved all animals, but was especially fond of his dog Lucy. His laugh, friendship, sense of humor, as well as his good nature will be missed by all who knew him.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Natalie Hillman of Norwalk, wife of the late John K. Hillman, passed away March 11 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 85.
Natalie Hillman: veteran of Memorial Day parades. Contributed photo
A longtime member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399, Ladies Auxiliary in Westport, she proudly marched in many of the Westport Memorial Day parades. Mrs. Hillman was also a member of Assumption Church and the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Assumption
Born in New Haven, on Dec. 22, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Lucy (Raiano) Acunto and has been a resident of Norwalk for 48 years.
She attended Columbia University and prior to retiring was employed as an executive assistant at ConDeisel in Old Greenwich. She was also a licensed Realtor for almost 50 years.
Ruth Stannard Carusone, a lifetime resident of Westport and other area communities, died March 2 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 70.
She was the daughter of the late Elmer (Hank) and Helen Minnerly Stannard of Wilton. She had worked at Boyd’s; as a dental assistant in Wilton; as an assistant teacher for special educational needs in Westport where she received state-level recognition, and finally as a dental assistant in Norwalk.
She loved tag sales, cats, friends and family.
Survivors include two sons and their families, Joe, Maria, Daniela and Joseph of Hewitt, N.J., and Jeff, Debbie, Carina and Bryce of Redding, and a brother Elmer Stannard, sister-in-law Pat and their daughter Debbie Cowic.
Lulu Veno Rodgriquez of Fairfield, the wife of the late Ramon Rodriquez, died March 9 in Bridgeport Hospital. She was 87.
Born in Westport, she was the daughter of the late Frank Sr. and Erminia Veno, and a longtime Fairfield resident.
She was the founder and owner with her husband of the Artist’s Pub Steak and Seafood Restaurant in Westport from 1969-79 and then established Ramons Restaurant in Southbury, which the couple operated from 1979-82.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Westporter Eric Goldschmidt, a 2007 Staples High School graduate and a WestportNow contributing photographer beginning as a teenager, died Wednesday in Branford, Conn. He was 22.
Eric Goldschmidt: succumbs to cancer. Contributed photo
A family friend said he had a lengthy battle with cancer. A full obituary will be published later.
Goldschmidt, who was proud of his dozen published WestportNow photo contributions – including a snow scene of the I-95 bridge in Saugatuck taken at the age of 16—was studying for a BFA degree at the Maryland Institute College of Arts in Baltimore.
He had received scholarship awards from the Staples Tuition Grants Committee and The Susan Fund.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Herb Kemp, one of the nation’s leading pioneers of multicultural marketing and advertising and former Westporter, has died at his home in Charleston, S.C., according to targetmarketnews.com. He was 69.
Herb Kemp: founded Westport consultancy. File photo
Kemp had more than 20 years of experience targeting the African-American consumer market for some of America’s largest Fortune 500 companies including Burger King, General Motors, Kodak, the U.S Army, Denny’s, Texaco, Anheuser Busch, KFC, Seagram’s, Toys “R” Us, Coors, Hardee’s, Ford Motors, AARP, 7UP, Alberto Culver, and AT&T.
For eight years, Kemp served as president of the UniWorld Group, Inc. and 11 years as executive vice president at the Chisholm-Mingo Group, Inc.—two of the largest and most respected minority-owned-and-operated advertising agencies targeting the African-American market.
His advertising agency experience also includes senior level management positions at J. Walter Thompson, and Ogilvy & Mather. Prior to transitioning to the agency business, he held executive client-side brand-management positions at Pfizer, General Foods, and Chesebrough-Ponds.
Monday, March 07, 2011
Jane Caroline Warren Koeller, a life-long Westport resident, died Feb. 26 at Connecticut Health of Southport. She was 86.
She was born on May 21, 1924 in Westport, the daughter of Selleck Byron Warren and Dorothy Lehn Warren. A fourth-generation Westporter, she graduated from Staples High School in 1942.
Upon graduation she attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing in New York City. During World War II, she joined the WAVES. She married Joseph Koeller in 1947.
From 1948 to 1951 she worked at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City in the Medical Records Department.
Elizabeth Heider Walker died on March 4, in Naples, Fla. She was 83.
Born July 18, 1927, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Carl Albert Sautter Heider and Irene Augusta Deuterman Heider.
Betty spent her early years in Prince Georges County, Maryland, and was a graduate of Hood College, Frederick, Md. After college she worked for Mademoiselle Magazine in New York before moving to Westport where she lived for more than 30 years.
In 1987, she moved to Naples with her husband, Robert W. Walker,who preceded her in death in 2006. In Naples, she was an active member of Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church where she served on the Vestry and was co-chairman of the Naples Antiques Show.
Friday, March 04, 2011
June E. Cotton, a former Westport resident who lived in Plantation, Fla. since 1971, died March 1. She was 88.
A graduate of Penn State, she was a past president of AAUW, member of Plantation Community Church, Plantation Historical Society, and Friends of the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library,
She served on the 25th and 50th anniversary committees for the city, was recognized as Woman of the Year by the organizations in which she participated and had served on their boards. Survived by daughter Carol, second cousin Skip Heath, and many loving friends.
Visitation will be March 6 3-5 p.m. at the T.M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held March 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Entombment at Hollywood Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to the Plantation Historical Society , or Friends of the Helen B. Hoffman Library.
Joseph F. Murray Jr., of Chapin, S.C., formerly of Westport, died Feb. 22. He was the husband of Jean Murray.
The son of the late Joseph and Joan Murray, he graduated from Staples High School in l968. He was a co-captain of the school’s l967 FCIAC champion football team and was named its outstanding player.
He was an outdoorsman, and as a young boy, spent time at the Westport Tackle Shop learning about fishing. He was a fly fisherman, hunter, and avid reader and collector of antiquarian books on the subjects.
His entire business career was spent in the outdoors-sporting industry, beginning at Southern Gun and Tackle in Miami and later becoming president and chief executive officer of Ellett Brothers in Chapin, S.C.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Joan Gail Starr of Westport died Feb. 25. She was 71.
The wife of Lee Starr, the couple had been married for 50 years. She was born in the Bronx, N.Y., the daughter of Charles and Jean Linett, and moved to Westport in 1978.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Jenny Starr; a son, Michael Starr, and two brothers, Ari Starr and Mark Starr.
Services were March 1 at Temple Beth El, Norwalk. Donations in her memory may be made to the Block Island Conservancy and Temple Beth El.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Edward W. Plaut of Westport, husband of Carol (Stern) Plaut, passed away Feb. 27. He was 86.
Mr. Plaut was born April 6, 1924 in New York City son of the late Ralph and Gertrude (Weill) Plaut and has been a resident of Westport for 57 years.
Prior to retiring, Mr. Plaut was employed in the insurance business for more than 40 years. He attended the University of Florida and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Following retirement, Mr. Plaut volunteered delivering meals for the Meals on Wheels program in Westport. He also served as mentor in the Bridgeport Public School System.
Angelina “Angie” Pirro of St. Josephs Manor in Trumbull, and wife of the late Andrew J. Pirro, passed away on Feb. 24 in Bridgeport Hospital. He was 85.
Mrs. Pirro was born on Sept, 23, 1925 and is the daughter of the late Nicholas and Anna (Vena) Santella. She is survived by one son, Michael N. Pirro of Norwalk and one daughter, Carol-Ann Gabriel and her husband Steven of East Norwalk. Angie will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Saturday, March 5 at 11 a.m. directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be private.
The Harding Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Contributions in memory of Mrs. Pirro may be made to the Assumption Church
Friday, February 25, 2011
Irving Bronitsky, a longtime Norwalk resident, died on Feb. 22 in Westport. He was 94.
A native of New London, he is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ann, of Norwalk; his three children, Phyllis Braunstein of Wilton, Iris Wallock of Avon, and Michael Bronitsky of Norwalk; three grandchildren and a great-grandson.
The family held a private graveside service on Feb. 23 in Norwalk.
Dominick J. Fiorenza of Westport, husband of Annette (Pagnotti) Fiorenza, passed away Feb. 23 in Norwalk Hospital with his wife and family at his side.
Dominick J. Fiorenza: longtime Westport resident. Contributed photo
Mr. Fiorenza was born in Scranton, Pa., son of Dominick J. and Jennie (Georgetti) Fiorenza and has been a longtime resident of Westport and member of Assumption Church.
Mr. Fiorenza graduated Sacred Heart University with a Bachelors Degree in both finance and marketing. He was an accomplished and talented musician, and for many years led a popular band called the Roulettes, playing many events and private parties.
Mr. Fiorenza was employed for many years at the Perkin-Elmer Corp. in the financial area. He was later chief financial officer/general manager of Reach Marketing in Westport and most recently worked for Benchmark Communities in sales and marketing.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Funeral services are set for Thursday for Harry W. Ackley of Southport, father of Westport Fire Chief Christopher Ackley. He died Friday at the age of 95.
Harry W. Ackley pictured with his son, Westport Fire Chief Christopher Ackley, at Ackley’s swearing in ceremony in 2005. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A Southport resident since 1950, Harry Ackley was a World War II veteran and former president of the Southport Volunteer Fire Department.
A plumber and steamfitter by trade, he was a member of the Master Plumber’s Association and worked for the General Electric Company and as a plumber locally for many years.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m., meeting directly at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield. Interment with Naval honors will follow at St. Michael Cemetery, Stratford. (See obituary here.)
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Harry W. Ackley of Southport, father of Westport Fire Chief Christopher Ackley and beloved husband of the late Rita (Neupert) Ackley, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on Feb. 18. He was 95.
Harry W. Ackley: father of Westport fire chief. Contributed photo
Harry, a member of our country’s “greatest generation,” was born in Bridgeport, the son of the late Claude and Lucy (Goss) Ackley. As a young man mornings were started by going down to the train tracks with a bucket to collect coal that train engineers would kick off the tops of the coal cart. This coal was used to provide heat for his house and for cooking before the family woke up.
He had been a Southport resident since 1950. Harry drove a bread truck for the A & P grocery store in Fairfield during the 1930s. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a steamfitter in a construction battalion in Sicily, Italy, Anzio and North Africa during World War II. He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a former president of the Southport Volunteer Fire Department.
He was an honorary member of the Theta Sigma Fraternity at the University of Bridgeport and was a former member of the Fairfield Rotary Club.
UPDATE (adds additional details, memorial service information) Max Wilk, author, playwright, film and television writer, and music impresario who produced Westport Arts Center jazz and live musical shows for almost 20 years, died Saturday at his Saugatuck Shores home in Westport, his son David said today. He was 90.
Max Wilk addresses a Westport Public Library audience in 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Many Westporters regarded Wilk as one of the town’s living treasures. He took delight in regaling his fellow residents with insider tales of show business and the musical world – whether it was a large audience or an acquaintance he met at the deli.
In 2008, he appeared at the Westport Public Library to promote an updated edition of his best known nonfiction work, “They’re Playing Our Song: Conversations With America’s Classic Songwriters”
When talking about the people he interviewed and had associations with over the years, he said, “I think I should have paid for the privilege of interviewing the people in my book.” He added: “Stephen Sondheim and I are the only two left who are in my original book.”
Monday, February 21, 2011
Nicholas Joseph DeMaria, 86, of Forrest Hills, N.Y. and formerly of Westport, passed away on Feb. 20 at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y.
Mr. DeMaria was born in Westport on March 18, 1924, son of the late Frank and Carrie (Zelembo) DeMaria. He attended Westport schools and later moved to New York and worked as a insurance underwriter until his retirement. He is a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include one brother, Samuel DeMaria, three sisters, Angie Macaluso, Jane Doucette and Gloria Licari, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by three brothers, Frank, Joseph and Jack DeMaria and one sister, Nette Reitano.
Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Thursday Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, Kings Highway, Westport. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Assumption Church.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
John Edward Searight (Ed), of Heritage Village in Southbury, formerly of Westport and Fairfield, died Feb. 16 of natural causes. He was 91.
Born Oct. 12, 1919 in Harrisburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Clarence Lee Searight and the late Amy Davidson Searight. He was raised in Harrisburg, Cincinnati, and Teaneck, N.J. where he graduated from high school.
An accomplished trumpet player, he trained in Manhattan and considered a career as a musician. His band was accompanied on occasion by Frank Sinatra.
In 1942, he graduated from Syracuse University where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from August 1942 to October 1945 as the commanding officer of the USS Andrews, PC606, in the South Pacific.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Beatrice Kalman, a longtime Westport resident who, with her late husband, ran the Compo Acres Luncheonette, died Feb. 12 in Lauderhill, Fla. She was 92.
Born Sept. 25, 1918, in Hartford, she was the widow of Morris Kalman, mother of David Kalman of Westport, and grandmother of Michael Kalman and Steven Kalman and grandmother of Lily and Abigail Kalman.
She and her husband Morris ran Compo Acres Luncheonette in Westport for more than 20 years. A mainstay and popular eating place, the luncheonette was a meeting place for many for breakfast, lunch and early dinner, enjoying Beatrice’s home-style cooking.
She was buried on Florida on Feb. 14.