Thursday, May 25, 2017
Ruth Sierra Shaw of Westport died May 23 at home. She was 75.
The wife of the late Melvin M. Shaw was born in Andes, Antioquia, Colombia on May 29, 1941. She was the daughter of the late Carlos Jose Sierra and Ines Garcia.
She attended the Institute of Art in Medellin and received her higher education in New York, receiving a degree in business administration from Baruch College and a degree in fine arts from Hunter College.
She came to the United States in 1971, first settling in Woodside, Queens. She married Mel Shaw in 1982 and was a devoted wife until his death in 2015.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Elizabeth “Betty” Stone Hoffman of Statesville, North Carolina, a former Westport resident, died May 6. She was 84.
She was born Oct. 18, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri. She spent much of her early years as a young girl and teenager in Southern California and Westport.
Her father, Hamilton Stone was a pioneer in the frozen food industry and a business partner with Hollywood legend, Bing Crosby. After World War II, the two teamed together to market Minute Maid Orange Juice to the west coast, Florida, and throughout the United States.
Betty was the first ever Little Miss Minute Maid. During that period of her life she met many celebrities and performers including Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Powell, Rita Hayworth, and Bob Hope.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Delmor (Del) B. Markoff of Westport died May 12 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 99.
He was born Jan. 22, 1918, the eldest of three sons of Catherine and William Markoff. He grew up in Chicago where he began his lifelong pursuit of learning.
After high school, he attended the University of Chicago, then earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Two years ago, the Harvard Business School honored him and a fellow 1939 class member as the school’s oldest living alumni.
He started work toward a law degree at Northwestern Law School, but was sidetracked by his military service in World War II.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Victoria (Tory, Vicky) Wallace of Westport and Waianae, Hawaii died May 7 in Honolulu. She was 54.
The daughter of Cynthia Wallace of Westport, she graduated Staples High School in 1981. She went on to Hawaii Pacific University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree cum laude, and master’s in social work with distinction.
A licensed social worker, her life was devoted to helping children in crisis. Throughout her 20-plus year career, she worked tirelessly and passionately in both Connecticut and Hawaii, always fighting hard for the welfare of disadvantaged kids.
She was also a member of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Richard F. Jendrock of Arlington, Massachusetts, husband of the late Marguerite (Harounyan) Jendrock, died May 9 in Winchester, Massachusetts. He was 92.
To grandsons Julian, 8, and Justin, 6, Jendrock of Westport he was known as their “Grandpa Richard.” They visited him several times a year and sometimes more often.
According to their father, Thomas, “Grandpa Richard was an integral part of their life, and they would talk about their visits in school to their teachers and fellow students.
“Justin even drew a portrait of him last year which almost everyone says bears a striking resemblance to him. The portrait actually will be on view at the wake next week.”
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Daniel C. Yance of Milford died May 3 at home. He was 46.
Born in Stamford on Aug. 11, 1970, he spent most of his childhood in Easton, graduating from Joel Barlow High School in 1988. He went on to earn both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in education from the University of Connecticut.
He was passionate about movies, and spent much of his early years working as a projectionist at the Fine Arts Theatre in Westport.
He also taught boating skills to campers at Westport’s Camp Mahackeno, where he met some of his dearest lifelong friends.
Monday, May 08, 2017
Lynda Diane Frazer of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died May 3. She was 75.
She grew up and attended schools in Westport. Her hobbies were watercolor painting and cross stitch. She loved vacationing in Maine with lifelong friends and Vermont with family
She is survived by her two sons Brian and Erik Bulakites; brother Gary Frazer and wife Gail of Pinehurst, North Carolina, sister Kathy Mitaly and husband John of Petersburg, New York and a number of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned for Friday, May 12 at 11 a.m. at Christ and Holy Trinity Church in Westport.
Saturday, May 06, 2017
George W. Underhill, Westport’s former tax collector and a two-term Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member, died May 5 at his home in Guilford. He was 79.
A 37-year Westport resident, he resigned from the RTM effective Feb. 1, 2013 and said he would move to a newly constructed home in Guilford.
“We’re staying within the State of Connecticut, but moving up the line, downsizing if you will,” Underhill told WestportNow at the time.
He was born Aug. 18, 1937 in Nashua, New Hampshire, the son of the late George and Dorothy (Carrier) Underhill. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Boston University and spent the majority of his business life in the banking industry
Friday, May 05, 2017
John George Petti, Jr. of Westport died May 3 at home just shy of his 90th birthday.
Born and raised in the Bronx, he was the star quarterback of his high school football team, before joining the Navy and serving as a medic during World War II.
After the war, he returned home to complete his education and attend New York University. At that time, a mutual friend introduced him to Inez, the love of his life. The couple married in 1949 and the romance continued for over 50 years, until her death in 2001.
He was an extremely devoted husband and father whose mission was to care and provide for his family. Born into a family of modest means, he set out to succeed in business and amply accomplished that goal.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Jay E. Disbrow, artist, illustrator, writer, speaker and author, died May 2 at Willow Springs in Brick, New Jersey. He was 91.
Born on March 16, 1926 in Neptune, New Jersey where he was also raised he most recently resided in Brick.
Jay was graduate of Famous Artists Schools in Westport in 1963 in commercial art and illustration. He was a comic book illustrator and writer of the 1950s and then went on to become a government technical illustrator for approximately 27 years.
Surviving are his wife Amelia Stumpf Disbrow; his son, Alex Disbrow; his daughter, Valerie Trigili and her husband Michael; his brother, Warren Disbrow; his niece Eleanor Prevete and nephew Warren Disbrow Jr. Funeral Services were private.
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Ruth Goldschmidt of Westport died April 29. She was 59.
She was born May 8, 1957 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She graduated from Boston College with a BSN in nursing, and from Fairfield University as an APRN with an MSN in family nursing.
As a young woman living in Boston, she loved to travel to Europe and used every opportunity and vacation days to do.
For some time she also lived in Panama, Germany, and Belgium
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
David Scot Dusenbury of Westport died May 1 in Bridgeport Hospital. He was 50.
The husband of Karen Dusenbury was born in Bronxville, New York, son of Joseph and Elaine Dusenbury.
He was raised in Eastchester, New York and graduated from Eastchester High School. He went on to obtain a B.A. in economics from the University of Massachusetts and MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
He was a dedicated and respected professional in the finance industry, where he built a career over almost three decades.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Stephen Liam Murphy of Burlington, Vermont, a former Westport resident, died April 1 after a short illness. He was 73.
The son of Dr. Donal G. and Katherine Creamer Murphy, he was born in La Jolla, California and grew up in Westport.
He was a 1962 graduate of Canterbury School in New Milford and attended Wesleyan University and Art Center College in Pasadena, California. He was married in 1986 to Deena Czernel Murphy of Norwalk.
Above all, he was a peerless father and husband. He had a great and loyal heart and was fiercely protective of those he loved.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Bette McHale Murray of Westport, wife of the late Gerald F. Murray, died April 22 at home. She was 86.
She was born Brigid Ann McHale Jan. 26, 1931 in Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, Ireland and emigrated to New York at age 19. Tough as nails and smart as a whip, she worked hard and placed her trust in God.
She was a warm, genuine, and happy soul who took pleasure in simple things. She loved tag sales, maps, talking on the phone, reading, the color pink, Googling, offering others helpful hints, and history.
She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald, and her son, Raymond. She is survived by her children Thomas L. Murray, Maureen Murray, Patricia Johnson, and Eileen Murray and her husband Zachary Djimas; her grandchildren Thomas G. Murray, Paige and Aidan Medley, Shannon and William Johnson, Devon and Dylan Murray; her sister, Julia Marley, and her sister-in-law, Dorothy Murray.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Octave (O. Jules) Romary, 86, of Fenton, Missouri, a former Westport resident, died April 18 at his home. He was 86.
Born Dec. 18, 1930, in Yonkers, New York, he was the only son of the late Jules and Alice (Neary) Romary.
He was a 1948 graduate of Charles E. Gorton High School in Yonkers, a 1952 graduate of Georgetown University, and in 1973 completed the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program, where he served as class president.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1956 as a 1st lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, including overseas duty during the Korean Conflict. He raised his family in Westport, and after 1993, had been a resident of Florida.
George L. Sterling of Westport died April 18 at home. He was 89.
Son of Bertha Everhart Sterling and Leon M. Sterling, he was born in Fargo, North Dakota on Dec. 1, 1927.
Honest and with the highest of integrities, he was a proud U.S. Marine who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University after he returned from his three years of service. The sound of the Marines’ Hymn would bring tears to his eyes.
A natural athlete, he excelled as a lifelong golfer, a collegiate hockey player, a fly fisherman, a skier and any other sport he was game to try. As a senior in high school, he and his family settled in Scarsdale, New York where he became a very loyal and enthusiastic fan of the New York Giants and the New York Rangers, even until his final days.
Julia Polizzio, a lifelong resident of Westport, died April 22. She was 92.
The wife of the late Frederick Polizzio was born in Westport on March 13, 1925 and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Maria (Giordano) Caprio.
Before her retirement, she worked for Diane Knitwear and was an active member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399 Woman’s Auxiliary. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her family was everything to her.
Survivors include one son, John Polizzio Sr. and his wife Ksenia Guseva of Westport, and two grandsons, John Polizzio Jr. and Mark Polizzio and his wife Andrea. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by one brother, Joseph A. Caprio Jr. and one sister, Mary Caruso.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Judith L. Dann of Danbury, formerly of Westport and Ridgefield, died April 9 at home. She was 82.
The wife of Jordan R. Dannn was born in Sacramento, California, a daughter of Francis and Eleanor (Maloney) Leserer. She was raised in California and as a teenager, moved with her family to Westport, where she graduated from Staples High School.
Following graduation, she entered and graduated from the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing where she was then employed as a registered nurse. She later was employed with the Norwalk Hospital where she was the nursing supervisor in the psychiatric department.
In Ridgefield, she was the proprietor of the former Country Cat. Also, she and her husband were mentors to many young persons who became successful in their life goals
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
William Jackson Boyd McGorry of Westport and Highland Beach, Florida, died April 13. He was 88.
Son of Mary Boyd and William McGorry, he was born in Astoria, Queens, New York on June 10, 1928.
He and wife Martha were residents of Westport from 1967 until Bill’s retirement in 1991. While residents of Highland Beach thereafter, they continued to spend summers in their Westport home.
Bill graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in economics and a minor in history. He put the former to use as a marketing professional and the latter to satisfy a lifelong interest—he was seldom without a history book.
Richard (Dick) Silveria of Westport and Hilton Head, South Carolina, died April 18 after a brief illness. He had just celebrated his 85th birthday.
The husband of the late Dora J. Silveria, he was born in Oakland, California. He started working in a local cannery while in high school and put himself through college, attending the University of California Berkeley where he majored in industrial engineering.
He spent the majority of his business life as an industrial engineer for IBM, concentrating in international manufacturing.
He split his time between Hilton Head Island and Westport. He was a life member of the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club, exploring his love for sailing and served on the board and as the commodore.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Anthony “Tony” P. Saponare, a lifelong Westport resident, died April 17 at home. He was 78.
Born in Norwalk on May 19, 1938, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna (Izzo) Saponare. He was a 1956 graduate of Staples High School.
He worked at Birchwood Country Club in Westport as a greens keeper for over 30 years.
He was an avid Yankee and Giants fan and knew every statistic there was to know in baseball trivia.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Harriet Hapke Kenney of Holmes Beach, Florida, a former Westport resident, died April 9. She was 89.
She attended Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury and graduated from New Haven Teachers College. Before retiring to Florida, she and her husband, Peter, made their home in Westport for 60 years.
They moved to Westport in 1951, where she began her career as a first grade teacher at Saugatuck Elementary School. While raising her family, she pursued her artistic and literary talents.
A lover of sailing on Long Island Sound, she authored the children’s book “Little Windjammer.” She also loved to paint and enjoyed her associations with other Westport artists.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Robert Carl Casperson of Danbury, a former Westport resident, died March 24 at Regional Hospice Center for Comfort Care and Healing in Danbury after a battle with cancer. He was 59.
He born in Greenwich on Dec. 3, 1957, to Grace Elizabeth “Betty” (Humphreys) and Roland Carl Casperson, later of Westport. He was the youngest child of a family of five siblings.
He was raised in Westport, where he graduated from Staples High School in 1975. He went on to pursue a liberal arts education at Sacred Heart University while beginning, in 1976, his lifelong career at MBI in Norwalk.
MBI turned out to be the center of his professional and personal life. In 1977, he met Linda Magini, a new addition to the MBI family, and they became lifelong soul mates.
Alice Ehrlich Jacqmin of Sugar Land, Texas, a former Westport resident, died April 5. She was 94.
She was born in Flandreau, South Dakota on Jan. 15, 1923 to Earl and Fae Ehrlich Wheeler. After graduating from Gallia Academy High School, Gallipolis, Ohio, in 1940, she attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for two years. Then, like many young woman during that period, she left college to help with our country’s war efforts.
In 1942, she was hired as a junior chemist at the General Chemical Defense Company Point Pleasant, West Virginia, TNT manufacturing plant. There she met her future husband, Harris John Jacqmin. They were married in Gallipolis, Ohio on Oct. 15, 1943.
The couple moved to Princeton, New Jersey, where Alice worked as a sales representative for Procter and Gamble. In 1947 Harris took a job with the Shell Oil Company. The sompany transferred the couple to several of their oil refineries including Shell Oil’s refinery in Deer Park, Texas.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
William Joseph Gluckman of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died March 20 at Wilton Meadows in Wilton. He was 67.
He was born April 26, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York. He arrived in Westport with his family in time to begin his education in the Westport school system.
He was a track star, winning the Connecticut state championship in the quarter mile before his graduation from Staples High School in 1967.
He received a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.S. in secondary education from University of Bridgeport. Subsequently, at Fairfield University, he received certification in Intermediate administration and in advanced study in school counseling.
Joan E. Lewis of Redding died April 6 after a brief illness. She was 86.
She was born Nov. 29, 1930 to English parents, James B. Murray and Ethele Murray in Merrick, Long Island, New York, and moved to nearby Garden City at the age of six.
After graduation from Garden City High School in 1948 she earned an Associate Degree in business at Scudder School in New York.
In 1954, she met Will Lewis, an officer aboard the USS Murray returning from a five-month goodwill tour of Europe. It was love at first sight, and with only two dates they were engaged.
John Nazzaro Sr., a lifelong resident of Westport, died April 4 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 82.
The husband of Josephine (Alexander) Nazzaro John was born in Norwalk on April 2, 1935 and was the son of the late James and Josephine (Chappa) Nazzaro.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran and served during the Korean conflict. He was an avid golfer who loved his home course of Longshore.
He was also an avid bowler and at the age of 65 bowled a 300 perfect game. He was part of the morning crew at the Coffee An’ doughnut shop in Westport.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
John Laszlo Vezendy, Jr.of Westport died April 8 at Regional Hospice in Danbury after battling cancer. He was 77.
He was born July 19, 1939 in Berwick, Pennsylvania to John and Mary Luciw Vezendy. He graduated with a B.F.A. in interior design from Pratt Institute in 1961.
Living in New York City, he was self-employed as an interior designer, specializing in clock design. He was a member of the American Society of Interior Designers.
In 1975 he relocated to Westport, where he lived until the time of his death.
Mary Lee Wiehl of Westport and Vero Beach, Florida died April 8. She was 92.
She was born in New York City Aug. 28, 1924, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Vance Hewitt. She attended Mrs. Roosevelt’s Todhunter School, graduating from the Chapin School and Vassar College, class of 1945-4.
She worked as a researcher for Life magazine, then as a lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Junior Museum. She married Ernest Wiehl of Fairfield in 1948.
She was active in the Girl Scouts, YWCA and American Red Cross. She had a keen interest in 19th and early 20th century American prints.
Albert James Scialo of Westport died April 9. He was 87.
Born in New York City, on Dec. 6, 1929, he was a son of the late Salvatore and Dorothy Pantano Scialo.
He is survived by his daughter, Tara Scialo-Schuld and her husband John and their children Jake and Jenna and two step daughters, Tammy Edwards and her husband Richard and their children, Ashley and Richard, Jr. and Tricia Haviland and her son Clark. He was predeceased by his brother, Vincent Scialo.
All funeral services and burial will be held privately.