Jeanie "Jeanne" Blaisdell Freeman Boyer, 101, formerly of Riverside, died on April 14, 2011 at her home in Mayflower Place in West Yarmouth, Mass.
Boyer was born on Feb. 15, 1910 to Margaret and Frank Blaisdell in Bangor, Maine. She graduated from Bangor High School, then from Farmington State Normal School in Farmington, Maine.
She taught first grade in Old Town, Maine for four years, until her marriage in 1933 to Donald Matthews Freeman of Wells, Maine.
In 1938, Boyer joined First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich, where she served as an usher and was a member of many committees, including the Deaconess and Outreach. She remained a member even after her move to Massachusetts. She was also a member of the Greenwich Women's Club, the Greenwich Cotillion and the Old Greenwich Garden Club, where she served as president for a term.
Boyer was an avid reader, and loved to shop, her family said. She was known as "the ultimate bargain hunter." She was also a New Englander at heart, they said, a warm, gracious and refined woman who took pride in her family and home.
After her husband's death in 1960, she married Edward "Ted" Dayton Boyer of Stamford, in 1962. Her second husband predeceased her in 1985.
Boyer moved from her home in Riverside in 1999 to the retirement community at Mayflower Place.
She is survived by her three children: Donald Matthews Freeman, Jr. and his wife Phyllis of N. Chatham, Mass.; Jeffrey Craig Freeman of Darien; and Jeanie Freeman Small and her husband Edward of Belle Mead, N.J. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; Pamela, Laurie, Tripp, Craig, Randy, Juliana and Elizabeth; 15 great-grandchildren, two stepdaughters and 12 nieces and nephews. In addition to her two husbands, she was predeceased by her sisters Marion "Molly" Scott and Sarah "Sally" Carroll and two brothers, Cecil and Frank Blaisdell.
A memorial service was held on April 25 to celebrate Boyer's life at Mayflower Place. Burial was private at First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich. An additional memorial service will be held at First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich, on May 14 at 11 a.m.
Helen Pettersson Callachan, 84, a Greenwich native of Old Saybrook, died on April 17, 2011 at Hartford Hospital.
She was born on Jan. 8, 1927 in Greenwich to Helga and Erik Friti of Pettersson and graduated from Greenwich High School.
She was a gifted pianist, her family said, who studied with Jeanne Therrien and Joan Kretschmer. Later in life she studied organ with Lowell Lacey and served as the organist at Dingletown Community Church.
In 1951 she married Joseph Callachan, and remained devoted to him until his death in 2000.
For many years she was actively involved with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra and served as president of its Ladies Auxiliary Guild. She was also a member of the Garden Club of Old Greenwich. Her garden was admired by many, her family said, and her beautifully planted terrace was the location of many summer parties.
Callachan and her late husband were members of Burning Tree Country Club, and she enjoyed tennis, golf, skating and bowling.
In 2005, she moved to Old Saybrook to be closer to family, but her love of her native Greenwich remained, her family said. She wrote the following on a picture of Tod's Point: "My life has been spent enjoying the beauty of Greenwich, first as a child on the old Wertheim Estate in Cos Cob skating and cycling. Then three years were spent living at the Tod's Point Mansion with my family. It has provided me with a lifetime of the happiest memories anyone could ever have."
She will be remembered as a gracious hostess and a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, and will be missed for her kindness, generosity and love of life.
Callachan is survived by three daughters: Laurie Callachan Pilcher of Clinton, and Jane and Anne Callachan of Somerville, Mass. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Jim and Amanda Pilcher; two sons-in-law, Larry Pilcher and Eduardo Savid; a sister, Ester Pettersson Morrow; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at First Church of Christ Congregational in Clinton later this spring.
The family requests that donations in her memory be made to the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 35, Greenwich, CT 06836, First Church of Christ Congregational, 55 Church Rd., Clinton, CT 06413-2050 or the Greenwich Point Conservancy, P.O. Box 377, Greenwich, CT 06870.
Anthony John Campiformio, 70, a Greenwich native, died on April 9, 2011 after a long illness. He was the son of the late Patrick Campiformio and late Jennie Lello Campiformio of Greenwich.
After graduating from Greenwich High School in 1958, Campiformio served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an air navigator until his honorable discharge in 1962.
He went on to graduate from Iona College in 1966, where he was on his college golf team. He remained an avid golfer throughout his life, his family said.
Campiformio then started a sales career with Bunker Ramo Corporation, where he eventually rose to a senior sales management role. In 1988, he joined ILX Systems as its first head of global marketing and sales and was instrumental in its early success, his family said.
He will be remembered for his boundless love of life.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; many aunts, cousins, and a niece and nephew.
A celebration of his life will be held on May 5 at 6 p.m at the Tillman Chapel, 777 UN Plaza, New York, N.Y.
Joann D. Curcio, 71, of Cos Cob, died on April 22, 2011 with family and friends at her side. She was born on Dec. 24, 1939 in Stamford to Joseph and Frances Valenti DeFrancesco.
She was an inspiration to all through her courage, humor, intelligence and strength, her family said.
She is survived by her daughters Francine Mowka and her husband Frank, Michelle Adams and her husband Howard; and her adored grandchildren Brianna, Ashley, Alyssa, and Nicholas. Curcio is predeceased by her husband Anthony "Bucky" Curcio; and her brother Joseph DeFrancesco.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on April 27 at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside. Interment followed in St. Mary Cemetery in Greenwich.
To express condolences online, visit www.lacerenzafuneralhome.com.
Angelina M. Squillace Dadamo, 82, a lifelong resident of Greenwich, died on April 24, 2011 at the Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Home in Greenwich.
She was born May 29, 1928 to Frank and Catherine Gattuso Squillace. In her youth she worked for the war effort at Conde Nast, her family said.
Dadamo was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister, they said.
She is survived by her two sons, Richard and Michael; a daughter, Joyce Thompson; and three grandsons: Richard and wife Heather, Gregory and his wife Lindsay, and Morgan Thompson. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Aren and Gillian Thompson; three brothers: Paul, Jim and John and wife Catherine; his sisters Nellie, Minnie Mellor, and brother-in-law Aldo Dadamo of Utica, N.Y. She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Dadamo and her brother, Anthony Squillace.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on April 27 at St. Mary Church in Greenwich. Burial was private.
Dadamo's family requested that contributions be made to a favorite charity of one's choice.
Martin Deridder, 66, of Old Greenwich, died on Feb. 22, 2011, died in Vancouver, B.C.
Deridder was born in the Netherlands, and was an adventurous worldwide traveler, his family said.
He is survived by his three children: Mark, Karen, and Brian; two stepdaughters, Claire and Gail; as well as five grandchildren: Kelsey, Seth and Lucas of Medway, Mass., and Albert and Dylan of Vancouver. He is also survived by his family in the Netherlands.
A celebration to honor Deridder's life will be held on Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society, on the corner of Bedford and Forest Streets in Stamford.
Donations in Deridder's memory may be sent to the Unitarian Universalist Society.
Wendy L. Feighery
Wendy L. Feighery, 65, of Bethel and formerly of Old Greenwich, died on April 15, 2011.
She was born in Columbus, Ga. to Robert and Constance Leverich on Aug. 23, 1945.
Feighery's greatest joy in life was simple: spending time with her family. She will forever be remembered for her warm smile, unconditional love and willingness to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, her family said.
Feighery is survived by her three sons: Timothy Feighery and his wife Kim; Michael Feighery and his wife Sherri; Todd Feighery and his wife Erika; and five grandchildren: Ashley, Kaitlyn, Brianna, Jordan and Tyler. She is also survived by her four siblings: Robert Leverich and his wife Cheryl; Kathleen Leverich and her husband Walter Lorraine; Mary Leverich; Deborah McFadden and her husband Gary; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral mass was held at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Greenwich on April 26.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your personal charity in Feighery`s name.
Jessica May Fitzgerald, 100, a Greenwich resident, died on March 12, 2011 at Greenwich Hospital.
She was born in New York on July 24, 1910 to Harry and Margaret Houlahan. She grew up in Manhattan, where she attended George Washington High School and graduated from Hunter College at age 19. She went on to teach high school English and drama.
After World War II, Fitzgerald and her family lived in Illinois and Ohio, before settling in Greenwich in 1968.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Paul Fitzgerald of San Francisco.
She was predeceased by her husband, Paul F. Fitzgerald; and her son, Richard S. Fitzgerald. Funeral services were private.
Dorothy Virginia `Miller' Johannessen
Dorothy Virginia "Miller" Johannessen, 84, a former librarian at Greenwich Library, died peacefully on April 14, 2011 with her family by her side.
Johannessen was born on Feb. 21, 1927, in Indianapolis, Ind. and earned a masters of science degree from the College of New Rochelle.
She was a retired librarian who had been employed at Greenwich Library.
Johannessen loved traveling and boating with her family.
She leaves behind her husband of 59 years, Paul D. Johannessen, of Port Chester N.Y., and her two sons, Peter D. Johannessen of Arizona and John D. Johannessen and his wife Susan of New Milford. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Heather Croll of Bridgeport, James Johannessen of Southbury and Rachael Johannessen of New Milford, along with many great grandchildren and a stepsister, Lucille Jackson, of New York City.
Services will be held tomorrow, April 30 at 11 a.m. at the Fred D. Knapp and Son Funeral Home, 267 Greenwich Ave., in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.
James Burbank Knowles
James Burbank Knowles, 96, a World War II veteran, Bronze Star recipient and a longtime Greenwich resident more recently of South Londonderry, Vt., died peacefully on April 13, 2011 at the Equinox Terrace in Manchester, Vt.
Knowles was born in Pensacola, Fla. on Dec. 21, 1914 to J. Ellis Knowles and Marion Burbank Knowles.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Army as a major. He served on the Field Artillery Board at Fort Bragg, N.C. before serving in Military Intelligence in Southeast Asia. He was awarded a Bronze Star for bravery under fire.
He rejoined Union Carbide after the war, and worked there until 1962, when he became an investor and developer of small business operations.
For many years Knowles served on the vestry of Christ Church Greenwich and was elected to the board of trustees of the Episcopal Church Pension Fund (CPF) in 1959, where he served 32 years until 1991. For the last 11 of those years, he was the board's vice chairman, the highest position generally available to a layperson.
Knowles' CPF service included board positions with the key pension fund subsidiaries, the Church Insurance Company, the Church Life Insurance Corporation and Church Hymnal Incorporated. His wise counsel and local knowledge were critical in the Fund's successful establishment of Church Insurance of Vermont, his family said, through which most U.S. .Episcopal churches now are insured by a company headquartered in Bennington, Vt.
His greatest, long-lasting contribution to the well-being of clergy and lay employees was through his long tenure as chairman of the Investment Committee. Almost no other American pension plan has matched the investment success of CPF between the 80s and today, his family said. His pioneering work laid the groundwork for all of this success. His investment, management and leadership skills built an effective smoothly functioning investment team, they said. His infamous "gut feel" saved the fund from countless crises, most notably the substantial 1989 market decline.
Best known as an amateur golfer, Knowles was a Lifetime Emeritus member of the U.S. Senior Golf Association, winning the championship in 1971 and 1974. He was the club champion 10 times at the Round Hill Club in Greenwich, where he also served as president. He was also a member of Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, Vt. where he was club champion five times and senior champion three times.
In addition, Knowles was a longtime member of Pine Valley Golf Club in N.J. and the Royal and Ancient of St. Andrew's in Scotland, where he was bestowed Honorary Lifetime membership. He was one of the original founding board members of Mountain Valley Medical Clinic of Londonderry, Vt. and an original bondholder of the Stratton Corporation.
He and his family moved to Vermont in 1972.
He is survived by a son, James Burbank Knowles, Jr. of Stamford; and two daughters: The Rev. Marnie Keator of South Londonderry, Vt. and Nancy B. Knowles of Antrim, N.H.; nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Knowles was predeceased by wife of 72 years, Phoebe Whittemore Knapp; his daughter, Phoebe Baker Knowles and a son, John Ellis Knowles II.
A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow, April 30, at Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester, Vt.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to: Mountain Valley Medical Clinic, Londonderry, Vt. 05148. Funeral arrangements have been made by Brewster Funeral Service in Manchester.
Frank P. Massaro
Frank P. Massaro, 87, a World War II veteran and a lifelong resident of Greenwich, died on April 22, 2011 at the Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Home in Greenwich.
Massaro was born on August 23, 1923 to Luigi and Filomena Librandi Massaro. He served in the U.S. Army serving during World War II. He was a member of the AARP. He enjoyed being with his family and playing golf.
Massaro is survived by his sister, Eleanor Lizza; his two nieces, Sandra Alvarez and Geraldine Carrieri; and his five nephews: Michael Angelastro, Frank Angelastro, Peter Angelastro, Paul Alvarez, and Thomas Alvarez. He was predeceased by his wife, Frances Massaro, and his five sisters: Josephine Massaro, Mary Barone, Carmela Vaughn, Rose Carrieri, and Philomena Alvarez.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on April 26 at St. Roch Church. Interment followed in St. Mary Cemetery in Greenwich.
Funeral arrangements were made by Castiglione Funeral Home, Inc. in Greenwich.
Memorial contributions may be made in Massaro's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101.
Julia Hatch Rawak, 96, a former teacher at Cos Cob School, died peacefully at her home in Greenwich on April 22, 2011.
She was born on August 20, 1914, in Cartagena, Colombia to F.L. Mendez and Myrtle Kerslake Mendez. She came to America when she was a child and grew up in South Bend, Ind.
Rawak graduated from St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind. in 1936, where she earned her degree in journalism. She married Thomas E. Hatch of Garrett, Indiana in 1939, and they lived with their three children in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin before moving to Greenwich in 1958. She later married George Rawak in 1975, and they lived in Greenwich and Fort Lauderdale, Florida until his death in 2006.
While raising her family Rawak was a substitute teacher. After her children grew up she earned her master's degree in education from the University of Bridgeport and began to teach full-time. She taught fourth grade at Cos Cob School from 1962 until she retired in 1975.
Always a woman of indomitable strength, she had great passion regarding everything she did, her family said. Whether it was raising her children, teaching school, playing tennis, traveling the world or playing bridge it was invariably done with her whole heart and spirit, they said. The words, "not possible" or "I can't," were never part of her vocabulary.
Rawak is survived by her son Stephen and his wife Adele of Cos Cob; and her daughter Kathleen Barrett and her husband William of Ridgefield. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Scott Hatch of Annapolis and Stacey Baxendale of Riverside and great-grandchildren, Ellie and Kate Baxendale. Her eldest son, Thomas E. Hatch, Jr., predeceased her in 2008. She was the oldest of five children, Fernando Mendez, Alice Simpson, Mary Jane Mendez and Dr. F. Mendez, who also predeceased her.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated today, April 29 at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, 469 North Street, in Greenwich. Donations in Rawak's name can be made to Alumnae Memorial Scholarship Fund, St. Mary's College, 189D Le Mans Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556-5001. Funeral arrangements have been made by the Leo P. Gallagher Funeral Home in Greenwich.
Hubert J. Schlafly, Jr.
Hubert J. "Hub" J. Schlafly, Jr. 91, telecommunications pioneer of Stamford who was active in several Greenwich organizations, died peacefully on April 20, 2011, at Stamford Hospital after a brief illness. He had been a resident at Edgehill Retirement and Continuing Care Community in Stamford for the past four years.
He was born on Aug.14, 1919, in St. Louis, Mo., the only child of Hubert, Sr. and Mary Rose Parker Schlafly. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1941 with a degree in electrical engineering, he spent several years working for General Electric and the MIT Radiation Laboratory. In 1947, he was invited to join Twentieth Century Fox in New York City as director of television research.
A prolific inventor, Schlafly is best known for developing the teleprompter in collaboration with Irving Berlin Kahn and Fred Barton, Jr., a transparent device enabling speakers to read their lines while looking directly into a television camera. He also co-founded the TelePrompTer Corporation, which he led first as its executive vice president and later as its president. The teleprompter made its debut in 1950 on a soap opera called "The First Hundred Years," and in 1952 Herbert Hoover became the first politician to use it when he gave the keynote address to the Republican National Convention. As Hoover digressed from his prepared remarks to speak extemporaneously, the teleprompter properly stopped scrolling to await the completion of Hoover's ad-libbing. But then Hoover announced in front of the entire nation that the teleprompter needed to restart the scrolling so he could read what to say, and the secret was out. Before long everyone in television wanted to use this new technology.
In 1956, Schlafly was invited by the editors of a leading science fiction magazine, "Amazing Stories" (Ziff-Davis Publishing Company), to join over a dozen public figures including Sid Caesar, Salvador Dali and John Cameron Swayze to predict what the world would be like in 2001. He described and predicted the advent of computers, the Internet and cell phones, saying: "Systematic information storage will be in a form instantly available for response to remote inquiry. Communications will be highly refined, without the encumbrance of any wires to or between terminal devices. In fact, this advanced state of communications may substantially reduce our need for transportation."
He is the first person featured in Hannah Storm's book, "Notre Dame Inspirations," which features the most prominent alumni of that university. He also developed the first pay television system that permitted subscribers to order special programs delivered by coaxial cable. By the early 70s, TelePrompTer Corporation owned franchises in 140 markets and served approximately 1.4 million customers. Schlafly was designated a "Cable Television Pioneer" by the National Cable Television Association. He received the Sarnoff Citation for his patent of the TelePrompTer and many contributions to cable television, the Vanguard Award for Science and Technology from the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, and in 2008, he was inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame. After his acceptance speech at the Cable Television Hall of Fame at age 88, Schlafly revealed to the audience that it was the first time he had ever used a teleprompter to make a speech. Schlafly funded the "Hubert J. Schlafly Convergence Lab" at WNET, and he supported numerous charities, especially educational initiatives to help the poor.
He and his wife endowed a scholarship program for minority students in engineering at Notre Dame, where he served on the Engineering Advisory Council for over 30 years. He and his wife also endowed the Schlafly Electronic Circuits Laboratory at Notre Dame. He received the Notre Dame College of Engineering Honor Award for his overall contributions to electronic technology in the television industry.
In 1992, Schlafly was presented the "Notre Dame Man of the Year" award by the Notre Dame Club of Fairfield County. Schlafly was the past President of the Greenwich Rotary Club, a member of the Greenwich Retired Men's Association, a parishioner of Saint Mary Parish in Greenwich, a member of the Order of Malta, and a Knight of Saint Gregory the Great. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Leona "Lee" Martin Schlafly, who died in 2003. Schlafly is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins who knew and loved him as "Uncle Hub," and by many beloved friends.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on April 26 at Saint Mary Church in Greenwich. A graveside service was held on April 28 in Louisville, N. Y., where he will be laid to rest next to his wife Lee. Condolences may be expressed online at www.leopgallaghergreenwich.com
J. Clayton Stephenson
J. Clayton Stephenson, 78, former vice chairman of Union Carbide, died peacefully at home on April 24, 2011 in Greenwich.
He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1932 and grew up in Winnetka, Ill., where graduated from New Trier High School. He graduated from Yale University in 1954 and began a 35-year career with Union Carbide Corporation. For five of those years he was based in Geneva, Switzerland, where he managed the corporation's businesses in Europe. He retired in 1989 as chief financial officer and vice chairman of Union Carbide.
Soon after retiring Stephenson returned to Yale as an alumni student and was the principal sponsor of the Human Origins Exhibit at Yale's Peabody Museum. At his 50th reunion, he endowed a Professorial Chair in Anthropology.
A resident of Greenwich and Pine Plains, N.Y., he spent summers in Nantucket, Mass. where he was a member of the Nantucket Yacht Club and Sankaty Head Golf Club. He was also a member of the Round Hill Golf Club in Greenwich, a long-term member of the Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier, Pa. and a member, officer and director of the Clove Valley Rod and Gun Club.
Stephenson is survived by his wife Sarah "Sallye" Stephenson; a daughter, L. Parker Stephenson; a son, Robert Willard Stephenson; and two grandchildren, Henry Joseph Stephenson and Marguerite Renauld Stephenson
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Peabody Museum at Yale University, 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT 06520-8118.
Elizabeth "Liz" Moore Sweeney 85, died peacefully at home in her sleep on April 20, 2011 after a brief illness.
She was born on May 10, 1925 in Rochester, N.Y., the only child of William G. and Marcella Craven Moore.
Sweeney attended Rochester schools and graduated from Wells College in 1946. That same year, she married Dura Sweeney and they moved to Los Alamos, N. M., where their four children were born. Sweeney served there on the League of Women Voters board of directors.
When her husband joined IBM in 1953, the Sweeney family moved to Vestal, N.Y. and then to Salt Point, N.Y., where she was active in the Hyde Park PTA and Grace Episcopal Church/Millbrook, sang in the choir and was president of the Churchwomen. She moved to Stamford in 1964, where she served on the League of Woman Voters' Board as secretary and newsletter editor. She was president of the Trinity Episcopal Churchwomen, worked as a volunteer in elementary school libraries, and did a stint as a substitute school librarian.
In 1972 Sweeney moved to Dolphin Cove and became involved in St. Saviors' Episcopal Church in Old Greenwich. She was newsletter editor for many years, sang in the choir, was choir librarian and worked for seven years as parish secretary. She also served on the Dolphin Cove Club Board as club secretary and aesthetics chairman. She wrote a monthly neighborhood newsletter from December 1977 until last year. She was active in the Waterside Coalition and served as the first secretary to the steering committee.
Sweeney was an enthusiastic sailor and cruised up and down the coast and through the Caribbean Islands for many years, her family said.
She is survived by her four children: William, of Boulder, Colo.; John of Baltimore, Md. and Susan and Anne, both of Stamford. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Lisa Sweeney, Timothy Sweeney, Ellen Sweeney, and Christopher Sweeney. She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Dura, who died in 1999.
A memorial service and Eucharist will be held at St. Saviour's Episcopal Church, 350 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich at 10 a.m. on May 21.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Stamford YMCA 909 Washington Boulevard Stamford, CT 06901; and to St. Saviour's Church 350 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT 06870.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.leopgallagherstamford.com.