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Carl Stitzer, 92

Carl Stitzer of Westport, a former Board of Finance chair, died Dec. 27 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 92.

He was born in Bronx, New York, a son of the late Morris and Anna Stitzer. Carl worked for The New York Times Magazine Group for many years.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was an avid tennis player, and continued playing even after his 90th birthday. He was a member of the Y’s Men.

He is survived by his children Alan Stitzer (Jill), David Stitzer, and Jan Harvey (Werner), his grandchildren Logan, Jason, Dylan, Chaim Shmuel, Yaakov Tzvi, Moshe Naftali, and Chana Shira, and his great-grandchildren Esther Bracha, Ahuva Yaffa Malka, Moshe Daniel, and Mordechai Binyomin. He was predeceased by his wife Rita Stitzer this past September, his brother Howard and his great-granddaughter Chava.

Rose Arcudi DiMartino, 94

Rose Arcudi DiMartino, a lifelong resident of Westport, (recently of Trumbull) died Dec. 24. She was 94.

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Rose Dimartino: educator. Contributed photo

She was born on June 7, 1925, in Westport, the daughter of the late Carmelo and Mary (Passafiume) Arcudi. She was married to Thomas G. DiMartino from Dec. 26, 1959 until his death on Aug. 19, 1997.

Rose was a teacher in the Westport Public Schools for 38 years, first as an elementary school French and Social Studies teacher then for the majority of her career as head teacher and administrator for English as a Second Language.

In addition to her skills as a teacher, Rose will be remembered by her students and their families for her dedication and support in helping them transition into US culture and for her annual International cookie parties, which brought families from around the world, then living in Westport, together to share their favorite traditional national treats.

Former Westporter Don Imus Dead at 79

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Former Westport resident and controversial radio talk host Don Imus died today in a hospital in College Station, Texas where he had been hospitalized since Christmas Eve. No cause of death was announced, but he had long complained of breathing problems and several years ago announced he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He and his wife Deidre had been Westport residents since 1997, living in a waterfront estate (above) on Beachside Avenue. They sold it in 2009 for $14.4 million. They both maintained a low profile here, but Imus did show up at the Westport Library twice when his wife promoted her books. Undated file photo

Vincent J. Rotondo Sr., Former Selectman, 91

Vincent J. Rotondo Sr., former Westport selectman and director of public works, died Dec. 20 in Stuart, Florida, where he had resided for 25 years. He was 91.

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Vincent J, Rotondo: selectman, public works director. Contributed photo

He served six years (1975-81) as (third) selectman, twice defeated by Democrat Jacqueline Heneage as the Republican candidate for first selectman.

Later, while still living in Westport, he served as Stamford’s commissioner of public works.

He was born in Bridgeport to the late John and Florence Rotondo.

Remembering Those Lost in 2019

By James Lomuscio

Many had long, accomplished lives, either in their homes, careers and/or volunteer activity that greatly gilded Westport’s quality of life.

Others the town lost in 2019 were taken too early, either at the starting gate of adulthood or barely at midlife. Yet all still made their mark on the town though taken too soon.

The following is a look at just some of those who died in 2019, leaving their own, distinctive legacies making the town a better place:

Richard A. Bennett, 73

After a long, courageous battle with leukemia, Richard Alan Bennett died Dec 14. He was 73.

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Richard Bennett: civil engineer. Contributed photo

Richard was born to Helen and Richard Lester in Philadelphia in 1946. He graduated from Drexel University in 1968. 

Lesley Anderson and Richard were happily married and made a beautiful home in Bridgeport. Richard was very proud of his children, Richard Luke and Carissa Marie, and loved spending time with his grandchildren, Menna, Richard Nelson, Getty Holt, and Alexander Alan. Golfing with his friends brought Richard great joy.

He was known for his integrity and ingenuity as a hard-working civil engineer. He built a successful firm in Westport and enjoyed strong relationships within the community.

Dolph LeMoult, 84

Dolph LeMoult, a resident of Guilford and formerly of Westport, died Nov. 25. He was 84.

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Dolph LeMoult: illustrator, author. Contributed photo

During his time in Guilford, he became known for his art exhibits at the Greene Gallery, his art classes at the Guilford Art Center, and his writing skills.

Born in Manhattan to Adolph LeMoult III and Fern Bailey LeMoult on Aug. 4, 1935, and raised in Larchmont, New York, he received his early art training at the University of Cincinnati and completed his studies at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League.

His early experience in the art field was as a designer, art director, and creative director for a number of advertising firms in New York City. In addition to his advertising and promotional career, Dolph attracted a sizable freelance clientele within major corporations.

Barbara N. DeMattia, 83

Barbara N. DeMattia of Westport died Dec. 17 in Norwalk Hospital. She was 83,

She was born in Norwalk on May 28, 1936 and was the daughter of the late Michael and Anna Nappa. She was a proud lifelong resident and fourth generation Westporter.

She attended Parson Art School and Silvermine Art School. She was an accomplished sculptor and oil painter. She was also a great interior decorator and avid gardener. She loved animals, especially her dog Bobbi.

Survivors include two daughters: Diana L. DeMattia and Linda J. DeMattia, three grandchildren: Emma Parnes, Louis Parnes and Daniel Landan.

Barbara Stephens, 84

Barbara Odell Stephens of Westport died at home on Dec. 14. She was 84.

For all who knew Barbara know that she was a force of nature, strong willed and loving Nana in Westport for 60 years. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Ronald and her parents Stephen and Dorothy Odell. She is survived by two sons, Chip Stephens of Westport and Kevin Stephens, wife Sandy of Danbury, and daughters Donna Stephens of Annapolis, Maryland, DeeDee Scanlin, husband Jim and Barbara’s brother Don Odell. 

Barbara was most proud to be a mother of four, grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of three to her family and friends. She was a dedicated volunteer of Girl and Boy Scouts, the Westport Republican Party and Christ & Holy Trinity Church.

Frances Maddock, 95

Frances Louise (Nevins) Maddock, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 9 at the Mountain View Community in Ossipee, New Hampshire. She was 95.

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Frances Maddock: Former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born on Dec. 17, 1923 in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of Richard and Louise (Schneider) Nevins. She was predeceased in February 2018 by Lawrence Richard Maddock, her husband of 74 years.

She graduated from Staples High School in Westport, where she met Larry, they became high school sweethearts and married in 1943.

As wife of a distinguished World War II veteran, Fran was active in the war effort. After their children were grown she enjoyed working at Westport Planning and Zoning.