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Ivan A. Barton Jr., 80

Ivan A. Barton Jr., a former Westport resident, died Oct. 23. He was 80. Image
Ivan Barton: former Wwastporter. Contributed photo

A Rockford, Michigan, native, Ivan was born July 3, 1939, a firecracker baby. It was there that he resided for decades with his wife, the late Sandra Liefbroer Barton, before moving to Surprise, Arizona, where they spent more than a dozen years with many new and cherished friends.

After his wife’s death, Ivan moved to Westport to be closer to family, and he will be fondly remembered by many adoring friends here as well.

Together, Ivan and Sandra moved homes 33 times, but this was Ivan’s final move back to her.

Giselle Hauser, 55

Giselle “Zellie” Marie McGuire Hauser of Fairfield, wife and best friend of Robbie Hauser, died Oct. 24 after a sudden and brief illness. She was 55. Image
Giselle Hauser: Staples grad. Contributed photo

Born in Wilmington, Delaware on Nov. 27, 1963, the daughter of the late George and Dorothy McGuire, she was raised in Westport and lived in Fairfield.

She graduated from Staples High School, class of 1981. She attended UCONN, where she earned a BA in communication science with a minor in marketing, as well as an MA in marketing communications ABD.

She was a valued office manager for Mann & Company CPAs in Shelton.

Peter H. Greenberg, 25

Peter Henry Greenberg of Westport died Oct 21. He was 25. Image
Peter H. Greenberg: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

A lifelong resident of Westport, he graduated from Staples High School, earned an AA from Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, and a BA from Manhattanville College in Westchester, New York.

He is survived by his parents, Jay and Susan Greenberg, sister Flora Greenberg, grandmother Edith Rosenbaum, and a large and loving extended family.

A funeral service will take place on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 12:45 p.m. at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, with interment following at Temple Israel Cemetery, 225 Richards Ave., Norwalk,

William M. Kiedaisch, 53

William Matthew Kiedaisch of Westport died Oct. 22 at home after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He would have celebrated his 54th birthday on Oct. 31. Image
William Kiedaisch: Pitney Bowes executive. Contributed photo

Bill grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois and moved to Westport when he was 12. He was the son of the late William Kiedaisch and Rosanne Vyhnal Kiedaisch who currently resides in Florida.

He graduated from Staples High School in 1984 and went on to Eastern Connecticut State University where he represented his class of 1988 as class president with a major in marketing and a minor in psychology.

He then got his MBA at Sacred Heart University while working full time and busy bringing up Nicholas (2 years) and Lindsay (newborn) at the time. 

Paul W. Van Orden, 92

Paul W. Van Orden of Westport died Oct. 19. He was 92. Image
Paul Van Orden: GE executive. Contributed photo

Born on May 3, 1927, to Paul Sr. and Margaret Despins Van Orden in Hancock, Michigan, Paul grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He attended Cuyahoga Falls High School where, at the age of 16, he first met the love of his life and future wife, Barbara Schneider.

Paul graduated from Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1948, majoring in English and earned his MBA from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.

Paul and Barbara were married over Christmas in 1950, with Paul heading back to graduate school at Northwestern and Barbara to finish her senior year at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Donald J. Sigovich, 68

Donald J. Sigovich of Westport died Oct. 18 after a very brief illness. He was 68. Image
Donald Sigovich: Staples grad. Contributed photo

He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Jan. 26, 1951. His parents and two brothers, Jack and David, settled in Weston, when Don was four years old.

Don attended public school and was a 1969 Staples High School graduate, where he played on the varsity soccer team.

The year 1969 was an adventurous one for Don. In May, just weeks before graduation, he and three friends made an impromptu road trip to California, leaving high school during their “free period” with only the clothes on their backs and $800 from Don’s college fund.

Carol Bloch, 83

Carol Bloch, a resident of Westport since 1972, died Oct. 12 in Norwalk Hospital. She was 83. Image
Carol Bloch: Westport resident since 1972. Contributed photo

Born in Boston in 1936, she was raised in Brookline, Massachusetts, as the younger daughter of the late Benjamin and Edith (Green) Shapiro. After graduation from Brookline High School, she entered Syracuse University transferring after her sophomore year to Boston University from which she received a B.A. in fine arts in 1957.

From 1957 to 1960, she was an administrative assistant at Children’s Hospital in Boston and then moved to New York City where she pursued an editorial and fashion publicity career, first with Haire Publishing Company and then with the National Cotton Council (now Cotton Incorporated).

She married Edward Bloch in 1967 and moved with him and their two daughters to Westport in 1972 following the relocation of Stauffer Chemical Company, where Bloch was a public relations executive, from New York City to Westport.

William Bangser Jr. 92.

William Bangser Jr. of Westport died Oct. 11. He was 92. Image
Bill Bangser Jr.: active in community affairs. Contributed photo

A Westport resident since 1961 active in community affairs, he was born in 1927, the son of William Bangser Sr. and Esther Maimin Bangser of Manhattan.

After high school, Bill served in the U.S. Navy and then earned degrees from MIT in both mechanical engineering and business administration.

He was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national honorary engineering society, and Pi Tau Sigma, the national honorary mechanical engineering society, and an active member of the MIT Educational Council for many years.

Virginia Cameron, 99

Virginia “Ginny” (Snyder) Cameron of Newville, Pennsylvania,  formerly a longtime resident of Westport, died Oct. 2 at Green Ridge Village. She was 99. Image
Virginia Cameron: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born on Aug. 30, 1920 in East Orange, New Jersey to the late George O. and Frances Virginia (Rooney) Snyder.

She was a 1943 graduate of Hofstra University, where she was a business major, a member of Wreath and Foil sorority, and played lacrosse and field hockey.

After graduation she supported the war effort working at Airborne Instruments Laboratory, and while there met her future husband, Donald Brown Cameron (MIT. ’41), who worked for Columbia University Division of War Research on the Magnetic Anomaly Detector, used to locate enemy submarines, from dirigibles flying over the Atlantic. They married in 1945.

Joan I. Lopez, 87

Joan I. Lopez,a longtime resident of Westport and Monroe, died Sept. 29. She was 87.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Clifton and Edith (Hoffman) Isennock.

Completing her education at Towson University and the Hospital for the Woman of Maryland, Joan went on to become a registered nurse.

She is survived by her children Rick Lopez, Ray Lopez, Jack Lopez, Tony Lopez and Mike Lopez, her grandchildren Carmen Lopez and Ray Lopez, Stefan Lopez, and Michelle Wenner and Chad Yerkes. She is also survived by her siblings Florance Buxbaum, Clifton Isennock and Linda Sparks. Joan is predeceased by her husband, J M Lopez.

A funeral service will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. at St. Peter Episcopal Church, 175 Old Tannery Road, Monroe. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joan’s honor to the American Kidney Fund at