Monday, March 20, 2023



Robert R. Bayus, 92

Survivors include his children, Cathleen B. Cicarelli of Milford, and Robert G Bayus and his fiancé, Shylene Nunez of Stratford, grandson, Thomas R Cicarelli of Milford, sister, Jeanne Hall and her husband Ed of Bridgeport, and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. meeting directly at Our Lady of Grace Church 497 Second Hill Lane Stratford. Interment will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Stratford.

At his family’s request, calling hours have been omitted.

Ernst Sealander, 88

While stationed in Japan, he met his wife Masako (divorced) before returning to the States and settling in Westport and starting a family.

Ernie spent his entire civilian career working for American Airlines and was proud of his 34-year record without incident. Ernie lived an active life and could often be found windsurfing at Old Mill Beach, on his daily run, or on his bike, which he rode everywhere. He would frequently stop to “chat” with friends and acquaintances, usually about politics, for hours on end.

After living in Westport for over 30 years, Ernie spent 10 years in the Fairfield Beach area before living most recently at The Watermark in Bridgeport. At The Watermark, Ernie enjoyed spending time with friends, playing water volleyball, and working out in the gym. He especially enjoyed spending time with Renee and her family.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at

Wilma A. Bieler, 79

She was a true supermom with a passion for Boston sports teams, cooking, gardening, and family celebrations. Her hard work, dedication, commitment to excellence, faith, and love inspired us all.

There will be a service on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. at Congregation Beth El, 109 East Ave., Norwalk, Burial will follow at Beth El Memorial Park, Norwalk. Memorial observance will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7 - 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities (, 21 Imperial Ave.,, Westport, CT 06880 or Congregation Beth El of Norwalk, 109 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851.

Eugene E. Cederbaum, 77

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 16, 1942, he spent his childhood in Great Neck, New York.

He was graduated from New York University, where he served as student body president, and received his juris doctor from the Columbia University School of Law.

He attended the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center at the University of Virginia, and then served for four years as a military lawyer, rising to the rank of captain. He and his wife, Carol, née Winograd, were married in 1968 and moved to Westport in 1973.

He practiced law privately and with the firms Nevas, Nevas and Rubin, Goldstein and Peck, and Wake, See, Dimes, Bryniczka, Day and Bloom.

He enjoyed tennis, photography, traveling and considered himself a master griller. He loved baseball and never forgave the Brooklyn Dodgers for moving to LA. He was never happier than when he was surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife Carol, their two children, Deborah Cederbaum Jones of Katonah, New York and Dr. Mark K. Cederbaum of Altamont, New York, and four grandchildren.

There will be a service on Monday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. at Temple Israel, Westport, and people are invited to the family home, 57 Partrick Road, on Monday and Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations in Gene’s memory can be made to Connecticut Legal Services (, Project Morry (, or the Amyloidosis Foundation (

Eileen Agnes McCabe, 91

Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Monday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m., meeting directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., for a Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment will be private. 

The family will receive friends and family on Sunday, Jan. 19 from 2 to 6 p.m.. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East.

Condolences for the family may be left online at

Edward T. Gargiulo, 87

Additionally, he was involved with the Westport Little League Baseball organization, serving multiple terms as League president and umpire in chief.

Most recently, he served on the Board of Directors for Cedar Hammock G&CC. He was an avid golfer and carded multiple holes in one during his lifetime.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

Memorial services will be held on Feb. 17 at 10 New Hope Ministries in Naples.

Donald J. Vadas, 84

Donald J. Vadas of Westport died Jan. 10 at Wilton Meadows. He was 84.

He was born in Norwalk on March 5, 1935, and was the son of Frank Vadas and Maysie Hodges Vadas. Don graduated from Norwalk High School in 1953 and proudly served in the U.S. Navy.

Donald is survived by his children; a daughter, Melissa Vadas Prevey (Mike) of RI and a son, Christopher Scott Vadas (Tanja) of Sandy Hook, his grandchildren; Alexander Prevey, Garrett Prevey, Morgan Vadas, Bradley Vadas, Kendra Gouveia and Cameron Gouveia, and two brothers; Robert Vadas and Frank Vadas. He was preceded in death by a son, Bradley Hodges Vadas, who was lost on 9/11 in NYC.

Donald will be remembered for his many passions. His love of animals, especially his beloved dogs, Gilligan and Ginger and his cat, Lovie was evident to all.

Mary Linnea (Landstedt) Vornkahl, 86

Mary Linnea (Landstedt) Vornkahl of Westport died Jan.11. She was 86. Image
Mary Vornkahl: met husband on blind date. Contributed photo

Born June 21, 1933 in Bakerstown, Pennsylvania, a small town farm girl, she met the love of her life in 1952 on a blind date at Camp Gordon in Georgia while visiting her brother. 

It was love at first sight. She was the devoted wife of William F. Vornkahl, III for over 65 years and selfless mother of WIlliam and Diane Vornkahl of Oxford, Susan and Rick Meineke of Ansonia, Ed Vornkahl of Westport and Diane and Joe Malone of Wallingford. 

She is also survived by her grandchildren Allison, Kelly, Billy, Jennifer, Karalyn, Brian and Jamie and her sister, Marlene Kroll of Bakerstown, Pennsylvania.

Karen J. Backus, 56

Karen J. Backus of Trumbull and longtime resident of Westport died Jan. 8 at home. She was 56. Image
Karen Backus:   worked for YMCA. Contributed photo

She was born in Stamford on June 13, 1963 and was the daughter of David and Sophie (Uzar) Bender. She graduated from Hadley-Luzerne High School in Lake Luzerne, New York and then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree from Cortland State College.

She worked for the YMCA for many years. She spent 30 years as a YMCA Profession Director, starting as an Aquatic Director at the Wilton Family YMCA in 1987 and was the former executive director of the Fairfield YMCA.

She spent eight years as a girls Youth Basketball Coach for the Westport Recreation Department. Karen was a avid competitive softball player as a member if the Slate Rock softball team winning 10 Town of Westport Coed Championships and two ASA Connecticut State Championships.

Trish McGuinn Lawrence, 59

Patricia McGuinn Lawrence died on Jan. 9 at her home in Westport following a seven-year battle with brain cancer. She was 59.

Patricia (Trish) McGuinn Lawrence
Patricia McGuinn Lawrence: bond trader. Contributed photo

Trish was born in Rye, New York on Jan. 9, 1961. She was the youngest of four children born to Edwin and Vera McGuinn. Trish grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1979. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in just three years, she enjoyed a successful career as a bond trader on Wall Street, serving as vice president of sales for Prudential Securities.

Trish is survived by her children George III, Harrison, Jacqueline, and Edwin.

A celebration will be held for friends and family at The Patterson Club, 1118 Cross Highway, Fairfield on Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.