Saturday, June 15, 2024



Gerard Raschella, 89

Gerard Philip Vincent Raschella of Westport died Oct. 6, his birthday, after a brief illness at Norwalk Hospital. He was 89.

Born in 1930 in Brooklyn, New York, he was raised in the Borough Park section by his parents, Vincent and Josephine and four siblings, Nick, Bruno, John and Carmine.

He attended Technical Aviation High School in Manhattan, soloing as a student pilot at age 15. He went on to study film and television at Columbia University.

A gifted singer, his talent came to the attention of Irving Berlin and other music industry professionals in the 1940s. However, he pursued a career in broadcasting.

Maria Carusone, 101

Maria Palmieri Carusone of Westport died Oct. 4 at home. She was 101.

She was predeceased by her husband Pietro Carusone in 2003 after 65 years of marriage.

She was born in the Province of Caserta, Fondola, Italy to the late Carlo and Vincenza Cenema Palmieri. She came to the United States in 1953 settling in Westport with her brothers and sisters.

She worked for the EDO Corporation for many years until her retirement in 1986.

Joseph J. Sargent, 91

Joseph James Sargent of Westport died Oct. 1. He was 91.

The husband of the late Teresa (Cacchio) Sargent was born Aug. 8, 1928 in Norwalk, son of the late Charles and Hazel (Riley) Sargent. He has been a resident of Westport for 70 years.

Known as Papa Joe to those closest to him, he was a devoted family man with a great sense of humor. He was also an avid Yankee fan and loved country music.

Prior to retiring, he worked as a carpenter, and later with the Public Works Department for the Town of Westport.

Maury Hill, Jr., 83

Maury Hill, Jr. of Westport died suddenly on Sept. 28 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 83. Image
Maury Hill: insurance industry executive. Contributed photo

He was born to the late Lela Cochran Hill and Maury Hill on April 17, 1936 in St. Louis, Missouri.

He attended high school at the John Burroughs School in St. Louis and graduated with a degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis in 1958. He served in the Air National Guard.

Maury worked for many years in the insurance industry where he helped people navigate the rules and opportunities for Medicare Health Insurance. Previously he worked with Investments and created original products for organizing bonds in the early days of the computer.

Frank T. Lusardo, 84

Frank T. Lusardo of Palm Coast, Florida, a former Westport business owner, died Sept. 28. He was 84. Image
Frank Lusardo: Former Home Gulf Service owner. Contributed photo

Husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and a “true character” to anyone who knew him, he was raised in Norwalk. He and his wife Ginny moved to Palm Coast in 1995.

Frank proudly served in the U.S. Navy Construction Battalions (Seabees). He was the owner of the Home Gulf Service Station in Westport for 25 years.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, son Michael and daughter Cheryl, brothers Fred, Roger, and Lonnie, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister Virginia.

Richard L. Roule, 87

Richard L. Roule of Westport died Sept. 18 due to complications from pneumonia, a few weeks after celebrating his 87th birthday.

A Westport resident for nearly 60 years, Richard was born and raised in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, to second generation Italian immigrants. He joined the U.S.Air Force at age 18, and was stationed at Burtonwood in northern England where he met and married the love of his life, Margaret Wilson.

After the birth of their first son, they relocated stateside, and over the years Richard brought his technical and communications prowess to organizations such as the US Army Signal Corps/School, STELMA, CBS Laboratories, American Banknote/Holographics, JDSU, Label Systems, and eventually his own consulting company.

He traveled the world, in times of peace and war, but was always happy to return to the sanctuary of his home and life with Margo and the boys.

Lois M. Anton, 92

Lois Miriam Anton of Delaware Township, New Jersey, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 22. She was 92. Image
Lois Anton: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was easy to like.  Born Aug. 25, 1927 in Pine River, Minnesota to David L. and Amelia (nee Lundman) Triggs, Lois was a generous spirit her entire life. Her father managed a lumber yard and for a time was mayor of P.R., her mother was trained as a school teacher.

A natural southpaw, Lois arrived to her first day of school with a note firmly pinned to her shirt advising the teacher not to force her to use her right hand. Lois remained decidedly left handed (but right minded) her whole life. She enjoyed bike riding and playing the flute in the Pine River High School band. And at just less than 5-foot-10, she lamented that the tallest boys always dated the shortest girls.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics (statistics) at the University of Minnesota where she met ‘the exotic looking’ Hector (Anton), a graduate student who in his prime stood just 5-foot-7.

Barbara M. Bates, 88

Barbara M. Bates, a longtime resident of Acworth, New Hampshire and a former resident of Westport, died Sept. 25. She was 88.

She was born in Wilton to her parents Arthur Green and Agnes (Green) Burns.

Barbara has been a resident of Acworth for more than 30 years and retired co-owner of Marlow’s Cafe, which she ran with the help of her husband, William E Bates Sr., and her daughter Darlene Bates Heinmiller and son Christopher Bates.

Before retiring to New Hampshire in the early 1990s, she lived in Westport for over 30 years, she raised nine children. She worked for many years at the Country Store on the corner of Newtown Turnpike and Wilton Road.

Eric Pleskow, Film Executive, 95

Noted film executive Eric Pleskow, who ran United Artists and co-founded and led Orion Pictures, died today in Westport. He was 95. Image
Eric Pleskow: led Viennale. File photo

The Austria native also has served as president of the Vienna International Film Festival since 1998. The Viennale announced his death.

Pleskow was involved in the making of Hollywood hits including “Platoon,” ‘‘Rocky” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Born on April 24, 1924, in Vienna, Pleskow and his family fled Europe via France days before the outbreak of World War II, eventually reaching the United States.

Jennifer Elgin, 52

Jennifer Elgin of Westport died Sept. 16 in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport. She was 52.

Daughter of Ernest Elgin and Julia Elgin, she was the mother of Stephen Elgin and Tj Elgin.

Jennifer and children moved to Westport with her father and mother over 23 years ago, She made sure her two boys were brought up the best they could be and for that they will always keep her in their minds and hearts.

For more information, Abbey Cremation Service, 511 Brook St, Rocky Hill, CT 06067, 1800-890-9000 or Denise Bahr at (203)260-6822.