Ellen Duncan Blanchard, 81, former Greenwich resident, died peacefully on Nov. 24, 2009 at The Arbors Community for Alzheimer's Care in Shelburne, Vt. .
On Oct. 17, 1947 she married Kimball Blanchard of Irvington, N.Y. and South Hero, Vt. and the couple settled in Greenwich in 1949, where they raised their four children.
They spent summers on Lake Champlain in South Hero, and in 1994 they moved to Burlington, Vt. to be closer to family.
Blanchard loved theater, film, music, and literature.
She was a dedicated volunteer in the Greenwich public school system who directed local musicals and tutored children with learning disabilities.
Blanchard also served on the Board of Education and championed creative teaching and learning.
Family and friends say she was happiest sharing deep conversation with family and friends of all ages and generations.
She was a mentor to many. Her door was always open and she delighted in surprise visits.
Family was the central focus of her life, they say. She was an extraordinary mother who raised her children with unconditional love and understanding.
She is survived by her husband, Kimball Blanchard of Burlington and South Hero; by her three children: Perry D. Blanchard of Charlotte, Vt. and South Hero; Maxine M. Blanchard of Burlington; Ellen K. Blanchard of Woods Hole, Mass.; and Erik C. Blanchard of Norwich, Vt.; and seven grandchildren: Kate, Daphne and Portia; Wesley and Renata; and Breton and Cooper.
She is also survived by her sister, Skipwith D. Ho of Wainscott, N.Y.; two sisters-in-law, Bet B. Bower of Southbury, and South Hero, and Marianne S. Blanchard of Key West, Fla. and South Hero; five nieces and nephews: Casey, Lee, Nina, Francesca, and Antonia; a nephew, Stephen; five great-nieces: Erin, Lily, Gussie, Julia, and Molly; four great-nephews: Cory, Robert, Robby, and Tyler; and a great niece and nephew, Will and Lucy.
A private celebration honoring Blanchard's life will be held next spring or summer.
The family wishies to extend its heartfelt thanks to everyone at The Arbors and at Armistead Caregiver Services who were involved with Ellen's care.
Jose Celso Buan
Jose Celso S. Buan, 82, Greenwich resident, died on Dec. 5, 2009.
He will be best remembered as a devoted husband, a protective father, a formidable character in family gatherings, a sportsman, a loving grandfather and great-grandfather, and a loyal friend.
Celso is survived by his wife, Annie; and their children and spouses: Ana, Alesandra and Christopher, Robert and Shirley, Reza, Mitzie and Noel; eight grandchildren: Joey, Ruschelle, Raisza, Gift, Christian, Jilian, Bryan and Denise; two great-grandchildren, Jusztene and Carlos; and a brother, Cenen Buan of Davao City, Philippines.
Mary L. Degrippo, 79, of Greenwich, passed away on Dec. 6, 2009 at Rosenthal Hospice in Stamford.
She was born in North Pelham, N.Y. to Pasquale and Barbara Graziano Carretto.
Degrippo grew up in Greenwich and attended Greenwich public schools. She graduated Greenwich High School Class of 1949.
She worked for Connecticut Natural Gas Corp. in the accounting department for 17 years.
Degrippo enjoyed cooking, bowling, bingo, and going to the movies. She belonged to both the St. Roch Seniors and Greenwich Seniors.
In her youth she was an avid fast-pitch softball player, and she continued to love and enjoy all sports.
Family and friends say Degrippo was a generous and caring woman, who enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Despite her recent illness, she remained strong and warmed those around her with her smile.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Thomas G. DeGrippo, Sr.; a son, Thomas G. DeGrippo, Jr. and daughter-in-law Jean DeGrippo; a daughter, Barbara J. Leonard and son-in-law Lee Leonard; and a daughter, Nancy Troy and her husband Thomas Troy.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Dec. 9 at St. Roch's Church in Greenwich. Internment followed in St. Mary's Cemetery.
James P. Grace
James P. Grace, 80, Korean War veteran and retired Greenwich police officer of Heritage Village in Southbury, Vt. died on Dec. 1, 2009 in Danbury Hospital.
Grace worked as a police officer for the Town of Greenwich until his retirement, and later worked at Putnam Trust in Greenwich.
He enjoyed doing volunteer work in both Greenwich and Southbury.
He was a resident of Heritage Village for 16 years and a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.
He leaves one son, James P. Grace III of Southbury; a daughter, Claire Grace Maguire of Mt. Kisco, N.Y.; a sister, Lorraine Albeke of Hallandale, Fla.; and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Clara P. Grace.
A private graveside service was held in St. Mary Cemetery in Greenwich. Arrangements were made by Carpino Funeral Home in Southbury.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association , CT Chapter, 279 New Britain Rd, Suite 5, Kensington, CT 06037.
Charlotte Ming Holtz, 16, passed away on Dec. 6, 2009. She would have been 17 on Dec. 21.
As a youngster, Holtz was a natural athlete who loved horseback riding and roaming the woods in North Salem with her brother Chester and sister Claire.
She had a special affinity for animals, particularly the horses she helped groom and feed at the stables near her North Salem home, and for her dog, Pierre. She later became a theater enthusiast and attended many Broadway plays.
Family and friends will remember Holtz for her warm and outgoing personality that attracted her many friends and kept her active in team sports and other school activities.
She also had creative talents, including photography and poetry.
In addition to her brother and sister, Holtz is survived by her parents, Marc and Melinda; as well as her grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.
A funeral service will be held today at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Sinai, 458 Lakeside Drive in Stamford. Interment will be private.
Michele Manna, 62, a resident of Old Greenwich, passed away on Dec. 2, 2009.
He was born in Cardile, Italy on October 23, 1947 to Nicola and Angela Mattia Manna.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Manna; two sons, Anthony and Michael Manna; and a daughter, Daiana Manna.
Funeral services will be private, at the request of the family.
Online condolences may be left at www.castiglionefh.com.
Joseph "Fobbie" Sast, 84, World War II veteran and Greenwich native, passed away on Dec. 2, 2009 at Greenwich Hospital.
Sast was born on Jan. 5, 1925 and served with the U.S. Air Force during World War II.
He was one of the founding members of the 9th District Veterans Association in Glenville and was also a volunteer firefighter with the Glenville Fire Dept.
Family and friends say he was a great entertainer who enjoyed singing and playing guitar.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Sast, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Dec. 7 at the Castiglione Funeral Home in Greenwich. Entombment followed at St. Mary Cemetery in Greenwich.
Online condolences may be left at www. castiglionefh.com.