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Josephine Rothermel, 90

Josephine “Jo” Rothermel, of Media, Pennsylvania, a former Westport resident, died June 18. She was 90. She was the wife of the late Richard L. Rothermel.

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Josephine Rothermel: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She received her nursing degree from Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania and was a caring, dedicated nurse to many throughout her career. She was known by all to be hard working and compassionate.

She is survived by her children: Cindy Edington, Kathy Daubenspeck, and David Rothermel, and grandsons: Ian Edington, Steven Rothermel and Scott Rothermel.

Kindhearted and loyal, she will be missed by her family and friends. A memorial service and burial will take place in her hometown of Fleetwood, Pennsylvania and will be a private family celebration of her life.

Celeste E. Soos, 91

Celeste E. Soos of Oxford, a former Westport resident and wife of the late Paul Soos, died June 19 at her home after a long and brave battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 91.

She was born in Westport on Sept. 23, 1926 and was the daughter of the late Roger and Domenica Renzulli.

A longtime resident of Westport, she was a full-time homemaker and mother and loved spending time with family and friends. She was a kind and gentle person loved by everyone who met her.

Survivors include one daughter: Patricia A. Soos of Oxford and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by one son: Paul R. Soos, four step brothers: Charles, Sal, William and Joseph Gillardi and three stepsisters: Angelina Decola, Mary Festa and Philomina Vishnosky.

Joan Purdy, 89

Joan Gilman Purdy of Westport and Miami died May 24 in Miami. The Westport real estate broker was 89.

She born Oct. 16, 1928 to the late Frances M. Purdy and the late Herbert McLean Purdy, of the Herbert McLean Purdy Management Corp.

She graduated from Barnard College and Harvard Graduate School, and was a member of the Episcopal Church.

Her only survivors are first cousins Sylvia Purdy Simpson and Nancy Purdy Searles, and 10 second cousins

Matthew Lantowski, Jr.,

Matthew Lantowski, Jr., of Westport died June 15 in Norwalk Hospital.

Matthew was born Dec. 29, 1957 in Bridgeport, the son of the late Matthew and Rose Maccharoli Lantowski. For many years, Matthew was a client at the Kennedy Center, Trumbull, and most recently Star Inc., Norwalk.

He was also a resident for 10 years at Clasp Homes in Westport.

Matthew was beloved by countless friends and family and lived and loved unconditionally bringing joy to whoever he met. He embraced both Catholicism and Judaism and would often accompany his brother Michael to both houses of worship to hear him work as an accompanist and choral director.

Anne Marie Revey, 95

Anne Marie Revey of Naples, Florida, a former Westport resident, died June 10. She was 95. She had been a Naples resident since 2003.

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Anne Marie Revey: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born Aug. 16, 1922 in Budapest, Hungary, the daughter of Armand and Gabriella (nee Reitter) Bonta.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara R. (Reggie) Swenson of Millville, Delaware; three grandchildren, Zach (Stacy Ross) Swenson, Kye Swenson and Kristeva Revey-Atkins; and her son-in-law, Peter Atkins of Weston. She was preceded in death by her husband, E. Lewis Revey in 2007 and a daughter, Patricia Revey-Atkins in 2011.

Services and burial will take place in Westport at a later date.

Perrin R. Delorey, 10

Perrin Ryan Delorey of Westport died June 11 in Albany Medical Center. He was 10.

Perrin was born in New York City on March 18, 2010, the son of James C. Delorey and Angela H. Ryan. He was a fourth grade student at Greens Farms Elementary School in Westport.

He thrived in the communities around him, including Cub Scouts Pack 39, the Cubs of Westport Little League, Darien youth hockey, Westport Parks and Recreation basketball, and Westport School of Music, where he studied piano. 

Survivors in addition to his parents include his paternal grandparents David R. Delorey and his wife Candace, of Beverly, Massachusetts, and Christine Taillon and her husband Michael, of Boxford, Massachusetts, his maternal grandparents Catherine N. Ryan and William C. Ryan, of Westport, his uncle Andrew J. Delorey and aunt Gia (Tropeano) Delorey, of Londonderry, New Hampshire, his aunt Kara (Ryan) Sullivan and uncle Michael G. Sullivan, of Westport, and aunt Francesca Ryan, of New York, New York, his five cousins, Quinton, Eres, and Odin Delorey, and Curtis and Philip Sullivan.

Ernest Atlas, 82

Ernest Atlas of Santa Fe, New Mexico, a former Westport resident and specialist in infectious diseases, died March 7 due to complications from gastric cancer surgery. He was 82.

He was an infectious disease specialist with the Norwalk Medical Group in Norwalk for over 30 years.

He was also on the staff as an associate professor at the Yale Medical School in New Haven, as well as chief of infectious diseases at Norwalk Hospital for 30-plus years, and later in semi-retirement at Vail Medical Center in Vail, Colorado.

He was an old-school physician, and many other doctors valued his professional standards and thorough consults, and being described as old school was the highest level of compliment to him. He committed very long hours to his patients, whether seeing them in the office, making house calls or being called in as a consult for difficult cases.

Rosario D. Salvo, 12

Rosario (Ross) D. Salvo of Newtown, son of Pasquale J. Salvo and Diane (Mueller) Salvo, died June 11 unexpectedly at Danbury Hospital. He was 12.

He was born March 6, 2006 in Norwalk and has been a lifelong resident of Newtown. He was a student at Reed School, where he just completed sixth grade.

Ross has been an Altar Server at ST Rose of Lima Church, a volunteer training assistant at Westport Volunteer EMS, where his parents have been longtime volunteers, and a member of Troop 770 Boy Scouts of America.

He has also been a karate brown belt with Schaolin Studios, a member of the Garden Club of Reed School, the Hoopsters Basketball, and the sixth grade chorus.

Dolores M. Mills, 88

Dolores M. Mills of Newtown, a former Westport resident, died June 9 in Danbury Hospital. She was 88.

The wife of the late Irving P. Mill was born in Bridgeport on Jan. 27, 1930,  the daughter of the late Ferdinand and Hazel (Parkington) Maresca. 

She was a longtime resident of Westport with her husband. She worked as a sales clerk in Bea’s Little Shop for many years in Westport.

She loved animals, especially Chihuahua’s. The past two years she led an active life at Lockwood Lodge at Masonicare in Newtown.

Domenico Cavalieri, 85

Domenico Cavalieri, a well known tailor in Westport for more than two decades, died May 18 in his hometown in Italy. He was 85.

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Domenico Cavalieri: former Westport tailor. Contributed photo

Born in Lamezia, Terme (Nicastro, Catanzaro) in Calabria, Italy, he was a son of the late Pasquale and Caterina Rondello Cavalieri.

He immigrated to the United States in 1957 and was a master tailor who owned his own business, Domenico the Tailor, in Westport from 1967 until his retirement in 1983 at age 50.

Shortly after his retirement, he moved back to his hometown in Italy.