Monday, May 27, 2024



Helen E. Downs, 97

Helen E. Downs of Westport died July 8 at the Jewish Home for Senior Services in Bridgeport. She was 97. Image
Helen E. Downs: native Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born in Westport the daughter of the late Carmen and Mildred (Masucio) Arciola and has been a lifelong Westport resident.

She was a graduate of Staples High School class of 1938. Prior to retiring, she was the office manager for Westport Livery.

Once retired, she became a devoted stay-at-home mom and helped care for her mother who died at the age of 88, and other members of her family in their time of need.

Miriam R. Wall, 89

Miriam R. (Oban) Wall, a longtime Westport resident, died July 9 following a joyful day spent with family and meeting her first great-granddaughter, Kelsey. She was 89. Image
Miriam Wall: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

The daughter of Nathan C. Oban and Geraldine (Elkins) Oban, she was born and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire, alongside her twin sister, Marie, brother, Clayton and sister, Loretta. 

A 1945 graduate of Nashua High School, she attended Rivier College and received an Associate Degree in administrative/secretarial studies in 1947. 

She worked for an insurance agency in Nashua before meeting the love of her life, Richard T. Wall, on Hampton Beach, New Hampshire in 1950. They were married on Oct. 27, 1951 and were devoted to each other for 51 years.

George P. Malisk, Jr. 87

George P. Malisk, Jr., of Aventura, Florida, a former Westport resident, died July 9. He was 87. Image
George Malisk, Jr.: 45-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

The husband of Alberta (Betty) C. Malisk was born June 14, 1930 in New Rochelle, New York, son of the late Alma and George P. Malisk, Sr.. He graduated from Greenwich High School in 1949, and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

He was owner and operator of HARCO Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Company in Westport for over 40 years. He and his wife, Betty, were married on Oct. 18, 1958 and lived in Westport 45 years before moving to Aventura 15 years ago.

It was while living in Florida that he discovered his passion for singing, and his trademark song was “Old Man River” while singing in the chorus at the Vi in Aventura. He worked hard, enjoyed life to its fullest, but his family always came first.

Eugene J. Delgrosso,  87

Eugene J. Delgrosso of Wallingford, a former Westport resident, died July 1 at Yale-New Haven Hospital after an extended illness. He was 87.

The husband of the late Mary (Marino) Delgrosso was born Dec. 14, 1929 in New York City, the son of the late Custer and Lillian (Zeoli) Delgrosso.

He was a graduate of Staples High School in Westport and received degrees from Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania.

He served two years in the U.S. Air Force and worked for several companies and governmental agencies.

William R. Black, 79

William Rolland Black of Williamsburg, Virginia, a former Westport resident, died June 22. He was 79.

Son of the late Harry and Jean Black, he graduated high school in Westport, class of 1957. He then went on to pursue his studies at Bridgeport Engineering Institute.

Alongside his academic pursuits, he served the U.S. Army and Naval Reserves. During his time of duty he was stationed in Italy.

After his military career, he became a traffic engineer in Norwalk. Not only was he a man of honor and duty, but a family man as well. He loved his family beyond description.

Katherine Welsh, 89

Katherine “Tootie” Welsh of Plattsburgh, New York, a former Westport resident, died July 5. She was 89. Image
“Tootie” Welsh: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born May 28, 1928 in Au Sable Forks, New York to the late Dr. Joseph W. Scott and Genevieve Scott. She graduated from Au Sable Forks High School and went on to attend Green Mountain College in Vermont.

“Live, Laugh, Love” was a quote she lived by. Growing up on the shores of Silver Lake and the town of Au Sable, she met her lifelong love, the late Harry K. Welsh, Sr.

Harry and Tootie shared the love of music, family and friends, creating many joyous memories together. Living in Westport for 25 years, they then returned to the North Country in 1978.

Maureen M. Gartlan, 72

Maureen Rose Mattson Gartlan of New Canaan, a former Westport resident, died July 5 in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She was 72. Image
Maureen Gartlan: former Westport resident. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Eugene Gartlan was born and raised in Sunnyside, New York, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Rose McNulty Mattson of Sunnyside. 

She attended Saint Theresa Catholic School in Woodside, followed by Saint Jean Baptist Catholic High School in Manhattan. The Mattson family was devoted members of Queen of Angels Church, where they enjoyed time with their neighborhood friends.

Maureen met her husband on a blind date at a dance at Saint Vincent Ferrer Church in Manhattan and were married in Queen of Angels in 1967.

E. ‘Mary Byrne, 87

E. “Mary” Byrne of Westport died July 4 at home following a long illness. She was 87.

The wife of 61 years of Anthony W. Byrne was born on Aug. 18, 1929 in Victoria, British Columbia to the late Stanley and Edith Gill. She was a Westport resident for more than 40 years.

She met Tony in Montreal in 1953 while working as a legal secretary. They married in 1955 in Victoria, British Columbia. 

She was an avid gardener, artist and enjoyed Ikebana flower arranging, which she had a teaching certificate.

Kenneth W. Osterberg, 83

Kenneth W. Osterberg of Niantic and formerly Fairfield, died July 1 at home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 83. Image
Kenneth W. Osterberg: co-owner of DeMattia Fuel. Contributed photo

The husband of Gloria DeMattia Osterberg for over 58 years was born April 26, 1934 in Fairfield. He was a lifelong Fairfield resident prior to moving to Niantic 14 years ago. 

He attended Roger Ludlowe High School, class of 1954 where he was a member of Ludlowe’s football team. He also was proud to have served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne. He was co-owner of DeMattia Fuel in Westport.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two sons, Kenneth Osterberg and his wife, Margie of Newington and Kurt Osterberg and his wife, Allison of Trumbull; five grandchildren, Joseph, Sarah, Ashley, Adam and Kyle Osterberg; his two sisters-in-law, Delores Carter of Essex and Fran Osterberg of Trumbull; his special, lifelong friend, Virginia Mullady of Niantic and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved dog, Duffy. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Charles and Jack Osterberg and his three sisters, Helen Vroom, Betty Sutay and Ruth Shutt.

Betty M. Bradshaw, 95

Betty Millington Bradshaw of Southport, a former Westport school system employee, died July 1 at the Carolton Chronic & Convalescent Hospital in Fairfield. She was 95. Image
Betty Bradshaw: former Westport educator. Contributed photo

She was born in Nottingham, England on Christmas Day 1921 to Thomas and Elsie Mary Blanche Millington.  She was the youngest of three children.

A graduate of Nottingham University, Cambridge University and Yale University, she was mentioned in “Who’s Who in America” for her work in the educational field.

She started her career as a teacher in Yorkshire, England.  Later, she taught U.S. history and English at Greens Farms Academy in Greens Farms. Then she became the librarian at Saugatuck Elementary School in Westport.