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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Cecile B. Brody, 88
Cecile (Bergman) Brody of Westport, wife of Samuel M. Brody, died Aug. 19 at Norwalk Hospital after a month-long illness. She was 88.
Cecil Brody: ballet dancer, designer. Contributed photo
Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Henrietta and Benjamin Bergman.
She began her professional career during the 1940s as a dancer with the ballet ensemble of the New York City Center Opera Company while still a student of Professional Children’s School, also known as Broadway’s Little Red School House.
She also performed under the tutelage of George Balanchine, in Ballet Society, the forerunner of the New York City Ballet.
Federick E. Kellogg, 77
Federick E. Kellogg of Westport, a retired Westport police officer, died Aug. 15 at Connecticut Hospice, Branford. He was 77.
Born Dec. 3, 1936, he lived his early years in New Canaan, Norwalk, and Long Island. In 1950, he and his family moved to Westport where he enrolled at Staples High School, graduating in 1954.
Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1957 as a 2nd class petty officer stationed in Barcelona, Spain and Norfolk, Va.
In 1961, he began a distinguished career in law enforcement at the Westport Police Department, working in the patrol and marine division before retiring in 1996 as a sergeant and training officer.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Richard W. Cutler, 97
Richard W. Cutler of Milwaukee, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 17. He was 97.
Born in New Rochelle, N.Y. on March 9, 1917 to his parents Charles E. Cutler and Amelia M. Cutler, he grew up in Westport with his parents and two sisters, Janet C. Nichols and Barlow Cutler Wotton, all deceased.
On Oct. 18, 1947, in Milwaukee, he married his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Fitzgerald Cutler, who died May 18, 2008.
A summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, Class of 1938, and Yale Law School, Class of 1941, he joined so many of the “Greatest Generation” in serving his country during World War II. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force and the OSS and met his wife, Liz, at the Nuremberg Trials.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Sayard Stone, 94
Sayard Stone: founder of Connecticut Chamber Orchestra. Contributed photo
Sayard Stone of Westport, conductor, music director and founder of the Connecticut Chamber Orchestra, died Aug. 17 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 94.
He was an accomplished musician who performed until he reached the age of 90. Among his last appearances locally were at the Westport Library and the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in 2009.
Born June 23, 1920 in New Hampshire to Frank and Isabel Stone, he received his musical training at the Juilliard School of Music and the Tanglewood Music Festival.
He rose to fame as a conductor with various orchestras, including the Connecticut Chamber Orchestra, the Queens Symphony Orchestra, the Manhattan Opera Theatre and as musical director for the America’s Youth in Concert festival at Carnegie Hall.
Pamela J. Camarda, 57
Pamela Jean Burke Camarda, a life long resident of Westport, died Aug. 12 after a battle with cancer. She was 57.
Pamela Camarda: Westport Realtor. Contributed photo
She was a Realtor in Westport for the past 25 years, most recently working with William Raveis Real Estate.
Born Nov. 6, 1956, she was a 1974 Staples High School graduate. Prior to her successful career in real estate, she had a career in broadcasting, working for WTNH-TV (Connecticut’s ABC affiliate) and WKCI-FM (KC101).
She was known for her affinity for white, fluffy lap dogs of which she was the guardian of several throughout her lifetime. She was a life long animal lover, and believed strongly in animal rights.
Robert “Bob” “Lebo” Leibowitz, a former Westport resident, died July 14 in Rhode Island after a four and a half year year battle with pancreatic cancer.
A Westport resident from 1980 to 2002, he was an executive in the textile industry. He worked for Bennettsville Printing of New London after a 27-year stint as vice president of Cone Mills.
His cheerful disposition and eagerness to help others endeared him to one and all, his family said.
He is survived by his wife, Georgiana Zamel of Yonkers, N.Y., his daughter and son-in-law, Sarah & Mark McCullough, their daughters, Courtney and Morgan of Boca Raton, Fla.; his daughter-in-law, Brett Leibowitz, her sons, Nathaniel, Greyson and daughter, Hilary of Nantucket R.I.; his stepson, Christopher Zamel, his brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Pamela Leibowitz of Green Valley, Ariz., and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Robert “Robbie” Leibowitz.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Linda U. Howard, 73
Linda U. Howard, a former Westport resident who was an ad copywriter, novelist, humorist, and screenwriter, died July 14 in New Haven. She was 73.
Linda Spring Urbach was born Dec. 6, 1940, to Charles “Duke” and Pearl Spring Urbach, and grew up in Denver, Colo. and Chicago.
After graduating from the University of Colorado in 1962, she taught English for a year at Berlitz in Paris, then moved to New York City. A successful ad copywriter, she wrote the classic line, “My girdle is killing me,” for Playtex at Young & Rubicam, which won a Clio Award.
She met her second husband, Tucker Clark, Labor Day weekend 1975 at a 50s dance in Westhampton.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Suzanne L. Steinberg, 89
Suzanne Ruth Levin Steinberg of Wilton died Aug. 15. She was 89.
Suzanne Steinberg: Longtime Wilton resident. Contributed photo
A Wilton resident since 1946. she was born in Rochester, N.Y. to Dr. Lester Levin and Ethel Neiman Levin, A gifted pianist, she studied at the Eastman School of Music throughout her youth, earning a music degree there as she graduated from Monroe (N.Y.) High School.
She matriculated at Connecticut College for Women in 1942 and graduated with a B.A. in sociology in 1946, marrying her beau, Clifford, who had recently returned from active Army Air Corps service in World War II.
Sue raised her family in Wilton and was active in Planned Parenthood, the League of Woman Voters, Temple Israel of Westport’s Sisterhood, and a number of local community causes over the years.
Lois K. Moore, 80
Lois K. Moore, a lifelong Westport resident, died at home Aug. 14. She was 80.
Born in 1934 in Manhattan, she spent her early years in New York and Pasadena, Calif. At age 7, she and her parents relocated to Westport. A graduate of Staples High School, she continued her education at Stephens College, Columbia, Mo., then received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Connecticut at Storrs in 1955.
She was a friend to all creatures, great and small and spent her life devoted to the care and shelter of stray dogs and cats, her family said.
Her 20-plus years as a volunteer with Animals In Distress in Wilton were marked by loyalty and dedication to this cause.
Gina M. Coniglio, 56
Gina Mari Coniglio, 56, of Westport died Aug. 14 after a two and a half year fight with colon cancer. She was 56.
Gina Coniglio: website designer and pastry chef. Contributed photo
She was born in Topeka, Kan. on July 17, 1958, to Faith and Gioacchino Coniglio. After graduating from Topeka High School, she went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame, where she proudly played the flute and piccolo in the marching band.
She served seven years in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps, decommissioning as a lieutenant, and was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Brunswick, Maine; Guam Naval Base, and Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
A woman of many talents, she went on to earn a Masters Degree from Pratt Institute, School of Art and Design, and worked for many years in website design at Ogilvy Interactive Worldwide, culminating in a position as senior partner and director of information architecture and content strategy.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Raymond A. Meier, 83
Raymond Andrew Meier of Union Vale, N.Y., a native of Westport, died Aug. 12 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. He was 83.
Born June 23, 1931 in Westport, he was the son of the late Joseph Meier and Hedwig Elizabeth Grob. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
On Jan. 7, 1954, he married Gloria Schmieder. The couple recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary surrounded by family and friends.
In 1964, they moved from Ridgewood, Queens to Millbrook, N.Y. where Ray began a 27-year career at IBM East Fishkill.
Richard F. Duffy, 70
Richard F. Duffy of Davie, Fla., formerly of Ridgefield, a retired Westport firefighter, died Aug. 12 at Westside Hospital in Plantation, Fla. He was 70.
He was medically retired in 1980 due to injuries sustained in the line of duty after 13 years service.
He was raised and educated in Westport’s Greens Farms area. He enjoyed playing golf and was an outstanding baseball and softball player in the Westport area.
He graduated from Staples High School in 1962 and joined the Army Reserves. He was honorably discharged in 1969. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW Men’s Auxiliary.
John R. Casey, 48
John R. Casey of Westport died Aug. 5 at home after a brief battle with cancer. He was 48.
John R. Casey: insurance and finance executive. Contributed photo
He was born June 11, 1966 in Lawrence, Mass. He earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in economics from the University of Connecticut and had a very successful career in the finance and insurance industries.
He was a pioneer in his field. He had many notable accomplishments, including being the first and only person to conceptualize, engineer and execute a securitization of private equity while at AON Capital Partners.
His interests were varied, but the passion with which he pursued them was consistent. One of his earliest passions was cars. He loved cars and with his keen sense of humor had just received a custom license plate that said “goodbye,” (meant to those in the rearview mirror). He was eagerly looking forward to affixing it to his dream car, an orange Porsche 911 GT3.
Joseph E. Budner, 96
Joseph E. Budner, a lifelong resident of Westport, died Aug. 11 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 96.
Born on March 21, 1918 on South Compo Road in Westport, he was the son of the late John and Bertha (Ivanco) Budner. He spent his whole life in Westport and was an employee of Gault for more than 50 years.
Survivors include two sons James Budner of Westport, Thomas Budner and his wife Lois of Bethel, one daughter, Elizabeth Grull and her husband Eckard of Savoy, Mass., seven grandchildren, one great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to Joseph’s wife, the late Elizabeth Budner, and parents he was predeceased by one daughter, Mary Holly Budner, three brothers, John J. Budner; Stephen A. Budner and Paul Recu, and three sisters, Theresa Burkedal; Elizabeth Recu, and Bertha M. Budner.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Leonard Stafford, 83
Leonard Stafford: former Westporter. Contributed photo
Leonard “Bill” Stafford of Midland, Mich., a former Westport resident, died July 25. He was 83.
The son of the late Royce and Grace (Campbell) Stafford, he was a native of Woodbridge, N.J.
He graduated from Lehigh University and received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, then pursued a career with IBM, including assignments in Iran, Hong Kong and France. A long time resident of Westport, he recently lived in Midland.
He enjoyed gardening and bird watching in his retirement along with traveling with his family and friends.