Stanley Rubinstein, of 3 Glen Hill Road, Glen Crest, Danbury, husband of Eleanor Grossman Rubinstein, died Sunday, April 11, 1999, at the age of 99 years young.
Married to Eleanor for 72 years, the "Ladies Man" earned his nickname after spending 47 years in business selling women's clothing here in Danbury first on Main Street for 37 years and then on White Street for another 10 years.
Stanley was born on February 5, 1900 in Mt. Olive, Illinois and spent most of his youth in Hannibal, Missouri. He settled in Danbury in 1920 and, together with his mother Fannie, opened "Stanley's."
He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army following WWI and was a former member of the Danbury Lions Club, Ridgewood Country Club, Chamber of Commerce and Masonic Lodge.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters: Mae Riefberg of Danbury and Rita Zwerdling of California; four grandchildren: Larry Riefberg of Danbury, Vivian Riefberg of Virginia and Gail Nelson and Linda Zwerdling of California. In addition, he is survived by five great-grandchildren: Rachel and Leah Riefberg of Danbury, Noah and Lyndsay Nelson of California and Jamie Ashford of Virginia.
At the time of his death, Stanley was a member of the United Jewish Center in Danbury. Funeral services will be held there on Tuesday morning at 11:00am. The Robert E. Shure Funeral Home of New Haven is in charge of the arrangements. A period of mourning will be observed at the home of Eleanor Rubinstein.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the United Jewish Center, 141 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury, CT 06810.
Jennie N. Kelly
Jennie N. Kelly, age 85, of Roxbury, CT, formerly of Putnam Lake, NY, died April 11, 1999 in Danbury, CT. Wife of the late Charles Kelly.
Mrs. Kelly was born August 21, 1913 to the late Walenty and Apolonia (Dyak) Wiktovowski. She attended schools in Freehold, NJ.
Mrs. Kelly married Charles Kelly on December 17, 1949 in West New York, NJ. She had been a seamstress for 20th Century Coat Co. in Union City, NJ for 20 years, retiring in 1970. Mrs. Kelly had lived with her daughter in Roxbury for the past nine months. She had lived in Putnam Lake for 30 years and West New York, NJ for all her life before that.
Mrs. Kelly is survived by a daughter, Patricia J. Berth of Roxbury, CT. Two sisters, Helen Lypen of New York City and Katherine Crowder of Ripley, TN. Four grandchildren, Peter, Arthur and Philip Retalis and Jennifer Berth. Three great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Katie and Zachary Retalis.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, 10AM at Sacred Heart Church, Putnam Lake. Interment Rose Hill Memorial Park, Putnam Valley, NY. There will be no calling hours.
Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster, NY will be in charge of arrangements.
Diane Mary Chontos
Diane Mary Chontos, 49, of Cambridge, MA formerly of Norwalk died Friday in Mass. General Hospital.
Born in Norwalk on Nov. 22, 1949 the daughter of James Chontos of Cheshire and the late Mary Tallon Chontos. She was a registered nurse in the oncology dept. of Mass. General Hospital where she worked for thirteen years, prior she worked at Norwalk Hospital. Diane was a graduate of Norwalk High School Class of 1967 and a graduate of Cabrillo College with a degree in nursing.
Survivors in addition to her father of Cheshire, include one sister Lee Ellen Chontos of Seymour, one brother Gary Chontos of Stuart, FL, one niece and nephew. Ms. Chontos was predeceased by a brother, Jon David Chontos.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00AM Wednesday at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Ave., Norwalk. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Collins Funeral Home 92 East Ave., Norwalk on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00PM.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to M.G.H. Development Office, 100 Charles River Plaza, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114-2792.
Mary B. Kus
Mary B. Kus, age 78, of 9 Arrowhead Lane, Sandy Hook and formerly of Simeon Road, Bethel, died Saturday April 10, 1999 at her home.
Mrs. Kus was born in Bathgate, Scotland July 14, 1920, a daughter of the late Walter and Janet Syme. She was a longtime resident of Newtown and for 30 years she was employed as a Psychiatric Aide at Fairfield Hills Hospital until her retirement in 1980. Following retirement, Mrs. Kus lived at the Augustana Homes in Bethel until moving back to Newtown six months ago.
She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth M. Peters of Sandy Hook and 3 grandsons, John, Greg and Jeff Peters, all of Sandy Hook.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 17, 1999 at 3:00 pm at the Newtown Christian Church. Cremation will take place at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.
Contributions may be made to the Newtown Christian Church, 210 Sugar Street, Newtown, CT 06470.
Arrangements by the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown.
James M. Olimpieri, 38, a resident of Brewster, NY, for the past 12 years, died suddenly April 12, 1999 at Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel.
Mr. Olimpieri was the husband of Margaret Mullaney Olimpieri. They were married in Bedford, N.Y. on May 24, 1986.
He was born in Gainsville, Fla., Nov. 1, 1960, a son of Shelby Youngblood Olimpieri of Monroe, Conn., and the late Carlo J. Olimpieri who died in 1992.
Before moving to Brewster, he had lived all of his life in Fairfield, Conn. He graduated from Fairfield Preparatory School in 1978. He attended Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., for two years and then attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, or two years.
He was employed as a salesman for Paychex in Stamford. For the past five years, he also owned North Salem Pool & Supply.
Mr. Olimpieri was a member of AYSO for the past three years. For six years, he was a ski instructor at Thunder Ridge in Patterson and was a coach for the North Salem Baseball and Basketball League.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Croton Falls.
Besides his wife and mother, survivors include his son and daughter, Jimmy and Jill Olimpieri, both living at home; a brother, Carl Olimpieri of Fairfield; and three sisters, Lori Kegyes of Monroe, Rhoda Kabel of Trumbull, and Carin O'Meara of Monroe. He was predeceased by a sister, Donna Olimpieri, in 1988.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated April 15 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church with the Rev. James Borstelmann officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Fairfield.
Calling hours are Tuesday 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster, N.Y.
Contributions may be made to the Olimpieri Children's Fund, c/o Joan DiMauro, 119 Vail's Lakeshore Dr., Brewster, NY 10509.
Dorothy Hartell, 100, wife of the late Andrew R. Hartell, died at the Pope John Paul II Center for Health Care on Friday, April 9, 1999.
She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., January 21, 1899, daughter of Isaac and Catherine Jackson. She had been a Danbury resident most of her life and was a retired employee of the Barden Corp., she retired in 1962. She had also been a longtime member of the United Methodist Church of Danbury, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the Gold Star Mothers and the Navy Mothers.
Mrs. Hartell is survived by two sons, Leonard Hartell of Brookfield and Charles Hartell of Tyler, Texas; she is also the beloved grandmother of Sharon Siegel of Bethel, Sandie Barry of Danbury, Jack Hartell of Florida, Judy Tskuada of Glastonbury, Joyce O'Neill of Newtown, M.J. Hartell of Weston, Gary Hartell of Willington, Cheryl Hartell of Lake Grove, N.Y. and Robert Hartell and Jeffrey Hartell. She is also survived by 18 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Hartell was predeceased by three sons, Frederick Hartell, Lee Ross Hartell (Medal of Honor soldier in the Korean War) and Andrew S. Hartell.
Funeral services will be held at the United Methodist Church of Danbury, on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Wooster Cemetery. Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In honor of Mrs. Hartell's love for children and volunteer service, contributions may be made to the Hanahoe Memorial Children's Clinic, 205 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810 or to the Pope John Paul Recreation Fund, 33 Lincoln Ave., Danbury, CT 06810.
Peter Casagrande Sr.
Peter L. Casagrande Sr., 87, of 406 Main Street, Ridgefield, died on Sunday evening at the Glen Hill Convalescent Center, Danbury.
Mr. Casagrande was born in Ridgefield, February 17, 1912, a son of Adolfo and Ulrica (Marcucci) Casagrande. A lifetime Ridgefield resident, he attended Ridgefield schools and was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran.
Mr. Casagrande was a retired U.S. Postal Service employee and had served as assistant postmaster at the Ridgefield Post Office. He retired in 1970 after 30 years of service.
Mr. Casagrande was a member of St. Mary's Church, Ridgefield.
He is survived by a son; Peter L. Casagrande Jr. of Ridgefield, two sisters; Yola K. Casagrande of Ridgefield and Columba Hodges of Hartford as well as two grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Ridgefield. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ridgefield.
Friends will be received in the Kane Funeral Home, 41 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Contributions in Mr. Casagrande's memory may be made to the Ridgefield Fire Department Ambulance Fund, 6 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877.
Dorothy V. Perkins
Dorothy V. Perkins, 72, wife of the late Calvin Perkins of Newtown, died Monday April 12, 1999 in the Bethel Healthcare Center.
Mrs. Perkins was born in Bangor, Maine, February 28, 1927 a daughter of the late Joseph and Angie Pooler. She had been a resident of Newtown since 1965 and was employed as an assembler at the DuPont-Sorvall Company until her retirement in 1982.
Mrs. Perkins is survived by two sons, Joseph Perkins of Newtown and Richard Perkins of Norwalk, one grandson, Adam Perkins of Norwalk and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday April 15, 1999 at 10 a.m. from the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown and at 10:30 a.m. in St. Rose Church for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be in St. Rose Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
H. Wallace Taylor
H. Wallace Taylor, 92, of Southbury, formerly of Danbury, died April 2, 1999, at Mediplex of Southbury. He was the husband of the late Dorothy Mae Cregin Taylor.
Mr. Taylor was born Sept. 13, 1906, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of Harry and Grace Cogan Taylor. He was an assistant vice president for the Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn, retiring in 1968 after 44 years of service. A former resident of Queens Village, N.Y., for 62 years, he also resided in Bangall, N.Y., and Clearwater, Fla., prior to moving to Danbury in 1984, and making his home at Glen Crest. In 1990, Mr. Taylor moved to Mediplex in Southbury.
Mr. Taylor is survived by a son, Neil W. Taylor and his wife Rae of Suisun, Calif.; two daughters, Carol Ostmark and her husband Jack of New Paltz, N.Y.; and Gail Spencer and her husband Donald of Southbury; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A gathering of friends will be held on Saturday, April 17, at the Hull Funeral Home, Sixty Division Street, Danbury, from 1 to 2 p.m. with the Rev. Don Baker, of the Congregational Church of Brookfield, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dialysis Unit of Danbury Hospital, 24 Hospital Ave., Danbury, CT 06810.
Charles Esposito Jr.
Charles (Charlie) Esposito, Jr., 70, of Spring Hill, Fla., passed away Thursday, April 8, 1999.
Born in Bridgeport, Conn., he lived in Huntington for 30 years.
Mr. Esposito Jr. was a retired sales engineer, retired from Westport Development & Manufacturing Co. of Orange. An Air Force veteran, he was captain of the 1946-47 football team at Central High School, a Little League coach in Huntington and an assistant Pop Warner coach in Monroe.
He is survived by his , Shirley North Esposito; a son, Charles Thomas and his wife, Kimberly of Durham; three daughters: Lisa and Gerald Kamas of Danbury, Joli and Jan Wankowicz of West Haven, and Aime and Frederick Kaesmann of Stratford; seven grandchildren, Jan and James Wankowicz; Frederick, Elizabeth and Stephanie Kaesmann; Charles Owen Esposito and Jerrilyn Woytach; and great-grandchildren Tyler, Emily, Sarah and Julia.
A Memorial Mass will be conducted Saturday, April 17 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Church in Huntington, Conn.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to either: Shelton American Little League Assoc.; Monroe Pop Warner Football or Bridgeport Hospice VNA Services.
Brewer Memorial Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Spring Hill Chapel, Spring Hill, Fla.
Gertrude L. Sabo
Gertrude L. Sabo, 80, wife of the late Paul M. Sabo, of 28 Juniper Ridge Drive, Danbury, died at the Danbury Hospital, on Monday.
She was born in Danbury, January 26, 1919, daughter of Frank and Kathleen (McCue) Henion. Mrs. Sabo was a lifetime Danbury resident and a graduate of Danbury schools. She was a retired employee of the Barden Corporation, having retired in 1986 after having worked there for 37 years. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Macaboy of Westbrook, Conn., and Paul Wilson of Danbury; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, Danbury, on Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery. Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Contributions may be made to the Hanahoe Memorial Children's Clinic, 205 Main St., Danbury CT 06810; or to the Dorothy Day Hospitality House, 11 Spring St., Danbury, CT 06810.
Willard Martin, age 81, of Brookfield, died at Danbury Hospital on Monday. He is the husband of the late Nancy Tokarchick Martin.
Born September 14, 1917, in Brisbin, Pa., a son of Thomas and Mary Philips Martin. Mr. Martin had been a resident of Brookfield for 27 years. He was employed by the U.S. military as a master mechanic for several years. Mr. Martin also worked for Kimberly-Clark Co. in New Milford for 36 years before retiring in 1982. A former member of the Sportsman Club of Brookfield, he enjoyed hunting, gardening and bowling.
Mr. Martin is survived by a son, Willard J. Martin of Brookfield, a daughter, Deborah Catlett, Oak Ridge, Tenn., and two grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held in Center Cemetery, New Milford, Friday at 10 a.m. Family will receive friends at the Colonial Funeral Home, 87 Park Lane Road, New Milford, Thursday evening from 6 until 8 p.m.