She was born on Aug. 9, 1939 to John Edward Alexander Kelly and Myrtle Brown Kelly in Port Chester, N.Y.
Armistead attended Greenwich public schools and graduated from Greenwich High School in 1957. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Virginia Union University and a master's degree from Fairfield University.
Armistead's teaching career began in 1967 at Roosevelt School in Stamford, where she was a typing teacher. She then taught for 39 years at Central Jr. High School and Greenwich High School in Greenwich. For the last 15 years, she taught business courses at the College of Westchester in White Plains, N.Y.
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Armistead of Greenwich; a brother, John Kelly, Jr. of Hampton, Va.; and two daughters, Stephanie and her husband George Geter-Pansy of Stamford; and Kelsey and her husband Will Richardson of Brooklyn, N.Y. She was predeceased by five brothers: James, William, George, Ronald and Douglas Kelly.
Family and friends may call in Castiglione Funeral Home, Inc., 134 Hamilton Ave. in Greenwich on Saturday, April 24 from 3 - 8 p.m
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Greenwich Women's Civic Club, c/o Mrs. J. Moye, 22 Decatur Street, Cos Cob, CT 06807-2128 and Kids in Crisis, One Salem Street, Cos Cob, CT 06807.
Marie House Arnoff
Marie "Peggy" House Arnoff, 84, former Greenwich resident, died on April 12, 2010 in Middlesex. Arnoff had been living at Essex Meadows in Essex for the past six years.
She went on to graduate from Vassar College in 1945 and then worked in New York as a publicist before joining the public relations department at Mark Cross.
During her college years she met Arthur Arnoff, her roommate's brother. They were married in 1947 and settled in Riverside, where they raised four children.
Arnoff was a trustee of the Greenwich Academy, a volunteer for Community Answers and The Greenwich Hospital.
She was also an avid reader, bridge player and golfer.
Arnoff is survived by her four children: Linda and her husband, Richard Mackay of Hanover, N.H.; Ellen and her husband, Andrew Sonis of Sherborn, Mass.; Peter Arnoff of Katonah, N.Y.; and Polly and her husband, Nathaniel Hyde of West Bath, Maine; and six grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years.
A memorial will be held in Sconset in July.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to either the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, PO Box 13, Nantucket, MA 02554 or the Siasconset Union Chapel Behold Campaign, PO Box 400, Sconset, MA 02564.
Arrangements were made by Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook.
Michael Ryan Caputo, who was born on March 29, 2010, passed away on April 5, 2010. He and was the son of Michael and Iriana Caputo of Greenwich.
A memorial Mass was held on April 17 at St. Roch's Church in Greenwich.
Alice Plimpton Enos, 93, a longtime resident of Greenwich died on April 17, 2010, at her home following a brief illness.
Enos was a former realtor with Newhall Associates as well as an active leader in a number of local charitable organizations, including The Greenwich Community Chest/United Way and the board of Nathaniel Witherell Home. She was also a lifelong member of the New York Junior League and member of the committee that laid the groundwork for development of the first children's television program in the mid-50s.
She and her husband of 61 years spent more than 50 summers at Ojibway of Keewaydin on Lake Temagami in Ontario, Canada.
Enos is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Alanson T. Enos IV and June G. Enos of Bedminster, N.J.; and three daughters and sons-in-law: Alice E. Stokes and John W. Stokes II of Southport; Martha E. van Nierop and Jan Hendrik van Nierop of Darien; and Jean E. Urban and George P. Urban of East Walpole, Mass. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Alanson Trask. Enos III in 2000.
A private graveside service for immediate family is scheduled in Norwood, Mass. where she was born.
A memorial service celebrating her life was held on April 22 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be sent to Keewaydin Foundation, 10 Keewaydin Road, Salisbury, VT 05769.
Jon Hahnfeldt, 62, Greenwich High School's swimming and diving coach and a Stamford resident, died on April 18, 2010 of a brain aneurysm.
Hahnfeldt was honored as the 2009 Connecticut Diving Coach of the Year. His Greenwich High School divers are the reigning Connecticut State Champions.
He was a high school and collegiate All American diver and winner of numerous state and national competitions.
Over the years he coached hundreds of diving champions.
Hahnfeldt is survived by his brothers Ed, Don, Fred, sister Suzan, and many close friends in his extended family in Connecticut.
A memorial service for Jon was held at the First Congregational Church of Greenwich in Old Greenwich on April 20.
Condolences may be sent to Suzan Hahnfeldt, 1396 Work Drive, Sigel, Pa. 15860.
Deirdre Jones Johnson, 81, of Greenwich, and Charlottesville, Va. died peacefully at her home in Charlottesville on April 12, 2010 with two of her children by her side.
She was a graduate of The Spence School and Vassar College.
She was a member of the Round Hill Club and the Field Club in Greenwich, the Colony Club in New York, The Onteora Club in Tannersville, N.Y., Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Va., and the Mill Reef Club in Antigua, West Indies.
Johnson will be remembered for her beauty, impeccable sense of style and sense of humor.
She is survived by her four children: Deirdre and Megan LeBoutillier, Katharine Lagedrost, and Henry Fairfax Ayres III; and six grandchildren: Elizabeth, Jennifer and Christopher Lagedrost; and Brennan, Andrew James and Molly Ayres.
A memorial service will be held on May 14 at Saint Barnabas Church in Greenwich followed by a reception at the Round Hill Club.
John DeLong Leinbach
John DeLong Leinbach, 96, a longtime Greenwich resident, prominent writer and World War II veteran, died peacefully on April 18, 2010 at his home in Greenwich.
He was born in New York City to the Rev. Dr. Paul S. and Helen DeLong Leinbach. His schooling included the Mercersburg Academy and Amherst College, along with some graduate studies at New York University.
Leinbach spent the war years as a frontline ambulance driver with the American Field Service, attached to the British Eighth Army. He lived through the battles for North Africa, ending in the surrender in Algeria, as well as the Battle for Cassino and the capture of Rome. Upon his return in 1946, he married the former Mary Amend Eimer, who had family ties to Greenwich. They settled in town and were in their 64th year of marriage.
Leinbach spent much of his business life in radio and television advertising at J. Walter Thompson agency as well as Compton, and Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn, and rose to vice president and copy chief.
Among his major accounts were Citibank, Schaefer Beer, DuPont, Lucky Strike, Minnesota Mining and General Electric, where he authored the General Electric exhibit at the World's Fair.
He also wrote for many then-well-known stars such as Don Ameche, Cliff Arquette, Bing Crosby, Mr. Wizard, and over several years for the still-well-known Ronald Reagan when he served as host of the General Electric Theater. In his agency life, Leinbach also had a large role in the Wendell Willkie campaign for President.
After retiring from advertising and television, Leinbach spent 15 years at the Seabury Press, a publishing arm of the Episcopal Church, where he created materials for promotions such as the "Every Member Canvass," edited books, and retired at the age of 70. He later wrote two books, My God Can Lick Your God and The Irish Dutchman.
Leinbach devoted his later years to community activities, serving as president of the Mead Counseling Center and Meals-on-Wheels. He joined the Second Congregational Church immediately after WWII, and served as a member of the church council and other committees, as senior deacon and twice as chairman of the annual drive.
During his later years he was the class secretary of 1935 at Amherst. The college honored him with a Distinguished Service Award in May 2009.
In addition to his wife, Leinbach is survived by three sons: John, Jr. of Torrance, Calif.; Robert of Greenwich; Thomas, senior pastor at the First Congregational Church in Harwich, Mass.; and a daughter, Martha Lotito of Lake Forest, Calif. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and four nieces. His two brothers, Joe and Harold, died during WWII.
A memorial celebration of Leinbach's life will be held at a later date. Burial was held in the family plot at Kensico Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Meals-on-Wheels or the Second Congregational Church in Greenwich.
Cecelia Ann Murphy
Cecelia Ann "Tele" Murphy, a longtime resident of Riverside, passed away on April 12, 2010.
Murphy was born on June 16, 1936 in Galesburg, Ill. to Rodger S. and Christine LeMatty. She was raised in Greensboro, NC and Pelham, N.Y., attended Emma Willard and received her nursing degree from Skidmore College.
She married her high school sweetheart, Dr. Joseph M. Murphy in 1958. In 1970, they moved to Riverside, where they raised four children.
Murphy was dedicated to community service, and worked as a leader of numerous volunteer efforts throughout her life. She was president of Riverside School PTA and served in the leadership of the Junior League of Pelham and Greenwich.
She dedicated considerable time and effort in support of the rights of citizens with developmental disabilities. Her lifelong commitment to this caused helped foster the growth and development of the Greenwich Association for Retarded Citizens (now Abilis).
Murphy was an avid golfer for much of her life at Innes Arden Golf Club, Bonita Bay Club and Winged Foot Golf Club. She also enjoyed her weekly bridge game with her close circle of friends.
She is survived by four children: Joseph Murphy and Bonnie Gilrane, both of Greenwich; Dr. Barbara Murphy of Nashville, Tenn.; and Edward Murphy of Washington, D.C.; and three grandchildren: Timothy and Ryan Gilrane and Michael Murphy. She was predeceased by her husband in 2003.
A memorial service will be held in July.
Donations would be welcomed in her memory to Abilis, 50 Glennville Street, Greenwich, CT 06831.
Mary Louise O'Reilly
Mary Louise O'Reilly, of Greenwich, 88, passed away on April 19, 2010 at Greenwich Woods.
O'Reilly was born on July 3, 1921 in Bryn Mawr, Pa. to Adam Francis Burrichter and Marie Josephine McCabe Burrichter.
For 38 years, she was a volunteer at Greenwich Hospital and for 15 years, she was a volunteer at the Greenwich Library with Community Answers.
Her family and friends will remember her most for her hospitality, independence, elegance and energetic spirit. O'Reilly loved to travel and enjoyed her time spent performing in musicals.
She is survived by two sons, Richard T. O'Reilly, Jr. and Brian F. O'Reilly and his wife, Lisa; and a sister, Sr. Regina F. Burrichter, R.S.M. She is also survived by her four grandsons: Richard T. O'Reilly III, Brendan P. O'Reilly, Ian T. O'Reilly, and Sean M. O'Reilly, as well as her two great-grandsons, Richard T. O'Reilly IV and Nollan M. O'Reilly. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard T. O'Reilly.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on April 22 at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Greenwich. Interment followed in St. Mary Cemetery in Greenwich.
Memorial donations may be made in her memory to Little Angels Child Development Center, C/O Sr. Regina F. Burrichter, R.S.M., 621 East 138th St., Bronx, NY 10454.
Charles W. Pennella, Sr.
Charles W. Pennella, Sr., 87, World War II veteran and a lifelong Greenwich resident, passed away on April 13, 2010 at Greenwich Hospital.
He was born on Sept. 7, 1922 to Peter and Concetta DiLeo Pennella. He was a CeeBee during World War II and served in the Allusia Islands and in the South Pacific Theater.
He worked for Electrolux for 45 years and then for 25 years he worked alongside his son Peter and his good friend John Mackey at Mackey's Service Station on Old Greenwich. He enjoyed gardening and watching golf in his spare time.
In addition to his wife, Irene, he is survived by his three children: Joanne Smardin and her husband Jon, Peter Pennella and his wife Jackie, and Charles W. Pennella, Jr. and his wife Charlene; a sister, Catherine Bria; his grandchildren: Kristine Koproski, Kimberly Feighery, Jill Mahan, Peter Pennella, Adam Smardin and Kim Belmont.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Irene Glinka Pennella; his great-grandchildren: Ashley and Kaitlyn Feighery; Jake, Ryan, and Brady Koproski; Peter (PJ) and Carter Pennella; and Abigail Smardin; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Charlene Pennella and a brother, William R. Pennella.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on April 17 at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside. Internment followed in St. Mary Cemetery in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: Greenwich Hospital, Nursing Education, Perryridge Road, Greenwich, CT 06830.
Joseph E. Perna, Jr.
Joseph E. Perna, Jr., 80, former Greenwich resident of Norwalk, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2010 surrounded by his daughters after a courageous one-year battle with cancer.
He was the husband for 38 years of the late Mary Ann Hughes Perna.
He is survived by five daughters and their husbands: Cindy and Jim Boyce of Cincinnati, Ohio, Betsy and Pete Smith of Wilton, Susan and Jonathan McConathy of Boston, Mass., Patty and Jim Lane of Wilton, and Diane and Gary DeBrizzi of Hamden; 14 grandchildren: Courtney, Callie and Katherine Boyce; Joseph, Margaret and Natalie Smith; Jake and Zane McConathy; Maddie, Jimmy and Carolyn Lane; and Nicholas, Ava and Hannah DeBrizzi. He is also survived by his two brothers and many loving nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on April 21 in St. Catherine's of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Avenue, Riverside. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat's memory to Greenwich Hospital Hospice c/o Libby Tracey, 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich, CT 06830 (203-863-3557).
Sylvia "Dotte" Powell Robbins, 96, died on April 10, 2010 at the Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Home in Greenwich. She was a resident of Hill House in Riverside.
Robbins was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 23, 1913 to Elena Resnick and Benjamin Powell. She was raised in the Bensonhurst neighborhood, graduated from New Utrecht High School, and attended Brooklyn College during the Great Depression.
She met her husband while he was campaigning for Peter V. Cacchione in Brooklyn, during the time of the Spanish Civil War. She was a fighter for what she believed was right. She worked for the antique house of Ginsburg and Levy on Madison Avenue in Manhattan before marrying and moving to Weehawken, N.J. with her husband, Saul Robbins, who predeceased her in 1962. Together they owned and operated the mail order business of Keepsake Shops, which they later moved to Long Branch, N.J..
Robbins is survived by her daughter, Elena Powell Abrahams and her husband Michael of Old Greenwich; and two grandsons, Saul Robin Abrahams of Denver, Colo. and David Powell Abrahams of San Francisco, Calif. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Carl Powell of Maryland.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Planned Parenthood, BarackObama.com, Natural Resources Defense Council, the Norwalk Youth Symphony or Hill House. A private memorial service is planned for April 24.
Barbara Ann Sheehey
Barbara Ann Smith Sheehey, 81, of Gainesville, Fla., passed away peacefully at E.T. York Hospice on 15 April 2010. She was born to Charles E. and Vera K. Smith in Hartford Connecticut. She was educated in schools there as well as Hillyer College, University of Bridgeport and Santa Monica College. She was an early member of the Mark Twain Masquers and worked at NBC Television Studios before her marriage to Edward L. Sheehey who predeceased her. She was chairman of the Drama Section of the Manor Club in Pelham Manor New York and a member of the RTM in Greenwich, Connecticut. She later worked at the Connecticut Newspapers Inc. in Stamford and Greenwich as well as the Los Angeles Times in California. She was a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, Gulf Coast Women's Club, the St. Andrew Bay Resource Management Association, the Gainesville Women's Club and the Garden Club of Gainesville, the National Audubon Society. She leaves seven children: Tara Ann Sheehey of Gainesville, Fla., Ned Sheehey of Brookfield, Conor Sheehey of Panama City, Fla., Michael Sheehey of Panama City, Fla., Alison Sheehey of Weldon, Calif., Margot Shay of Manassas, Va., and Richard Sheehey of Arlington, Va.; and three grandchildren, Alex Sheehey, Zach Sheehey and Brandon Snider. She also leaves two brothers, Profs, Wallace F. and Charles E. Smith and one sister, Marylou Melley and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service is being planned for a future date, internment will be in Mt. St. Benedict's Cemetery in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361.
Severina Tiskus a longtime Greenwich resident, died on April 17, 2010 peacefully in her sleep at The Wilton Meadows Nursing Home.
Tiskus was born in Kretinga Lithuania. After arriving in New York in 1949 with her late husband Julius and daughter Gina, she became a volunteer for The American Red Cross.
Tiskus survived by her daughter, Gina Tucci; her two grandchildren, Nicoletta Sesta Maria Tucci and Oscar Maximillian Tucci; and a great-granddaughter, Lily Guinevere. Funeral services were held at Church at St. Catherin's on April 21. The Castiglione Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations are to be to The Federation of Lithuanian Woman Orphanages c/o Laima Abba 2 Van Zant Street Norwalk CT 06855.The Tucci family would like to thank the entire staff at both Wilton Meadows and Norwalk Hospital.