Elizabeth Alexander of Greenwich passed away Feb. 3, 2011.
A HomeGoing service was held on Feb. 9 at First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to the First Baptist Church Scholarship Fund Lee's Funeral Home, 160 Fisher Av., White Plains, NY 10606.
Virginia H. Andrews, 93, a member of the Greenwich Baptist Church and a resident of Darien since 1943, passed away on Feb. 1, 2011 at Elam Park Baptist Home in Cheshire.
She is survived by one son, Greg Andrews and his wife, Sharon of Stamford. She was predeceased by her husband, Taylor G. Andrews and one son, Raymond H. Andrews.
A memorial service was held at Calvary Baptist Church on Feb. 7 in Darien. A private burial was held at Fairfield Memorial Park in Stamford.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 988 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.lawrencefuneralhome.com.
Elizabeth F. Balco
Elizabeth F. "Ellie" Balco, a longtime mathematics teacher in the Greenwich public schools and Greenwich Country Day School, died at her home in Placitas, N.M. on Jan.12, 2011.
Balco was born in 1940 in New York City, grew up in Danielson, and graduated from Brown University in 1961.
In a 45-year career as a middle and high school mathematics teacher, she taught at Central Junior High School from 1964 - 70, and at the Greenwich Country Day School from 1980 -- 93. She was chair of the Upper School mathematics department at GCDS from 1985 - 93.
Balco subsequently taught at Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque, N.M.
She is survived by her second husband, James Romero and three of his children; two children from her first marriage; and one grandchild.
Patricia Ann Russo Bellantoni, a longtime bus driver for the Town of Greenwich and former Greenwich resident, passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side at Midstate Medical Center on Jan.29, 2011.
Bellantoni was a longtime resident in Riverside. She was married to Vincent Bellantoni, who passed in 2000.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Feb. 7 at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside. Interment followed at St. Mary Cemetery in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Mid Sate Medical Center, 435 Lewis Avenue, Meriden, CT 06451.
Joseph R. Bobick Jr.
Joseph R. Bobick Jr., 78, a lifetime resident of Cos Cob, died Jan. 2, 2011 at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Fla. He was a winter resident of Hobe Sound, Fla. for 15 years.
Bobick was employed by Pepperidge Farm/Campbell Soup as an accountant for many years before his retirement.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Bobick; his son Robert and wife Kerry; a son-in-law, Dr. John Cracker; a brother, Thomas of Belverde, Texas; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Deborah Ann Cracker.
A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date in Connecticut.
Herbert Evers, 74, a resident of Greenwich and former president of HSBC Securities, passed away on Jan. 30, 2011 after an extended battle with Alzheimer's disease.
He was born in Hamburg, Germany on Jan.14, 1937 to Wilhelm and Anni Evers. After launching his career in international banking, Evers emigrated to New York in 1966. Following a successful career of over 40 years, he retired as the president of HSBC Securities.
He is survived by his wife, May Wan Evers; a sister, Heidi Naths; three children; and five grandchildren.
Memorial services were held on Feb. 6, 2011 at Christ Church in Greenwich.
To leave an online remembrance, visit the family's online guestbook at www.bosakfuneralhome.com.
John T. Flannery
John T. Flannery, 87, World War II veteran, Greenwich native and resident of Cheshire, passed away on Feb. 1, 2011 surrounded by family after a battle with cancer.
He was born in Greenwich to Elizabeth and John P. Flannery and was a graduate of Greenwich High School, Class of 1941.
Flannery joined the U.S. Navy in December 1941, and served four years during World War II.
After completing his associates degree at Norwalk Community College, Flannery entered private security, working for the State University of New York and Gleason Plant Security. He finished his working career at Pitney Bowes in Stamford, where he had been employed for 10 years.
In his retirement years, Flannery enjoyed traveling, winters in Florida and a game of horse shoes, his family said.
He is survived by his son, John Flannery and his wife, Virginia of Burlington; a daughter, Ann Murphy and her husband Robert of Pleasantville, N.Y.; two sisters, May McAndrews and Eileen Gove; and a brother, William Flannery, all of Greenwich. He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Mary Mohyde Flannery.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Feb. 5 at Saint Mary Church in Greenwich. In lieu of flowers, Flannery had requested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. For years he participated in the Farmington Relay for Life - and requests donation be made through https://secure3.convio.net/tacs/site/Donation2?idb=1616516511&df_id=1008595&FR_ID=30966&PROXY_ID=867068&1008595.donation=form1&PROXY_TYPE=22. Donations may also be made to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 1579 Straits Turnpike, Unit C, Middlebury, CT 06762.
Minnie K. Friedman, 105, a Greenwich resident honored for her volunteer work in numerous charities, passed away on Jan. 11, 2011 in Greenwich.
Friedman was born in 1905 and raised in Milwaukee. After the death of her mother when she was 14, Friedman quit school and went to work in order to help raise and support the education of her three younger brothers.
In 1922, at the age of 17, she embarked on her lifelong commitment to community service and charitable giving, when she founded Milwaukee's first Junior Hadassah group.
In 1934 she married dentist Harry Friedman. She spent her young adult years as a bookkeeper for a local law firm until her son Jerry was born in 1937.
She was passionate about making a difference in the lives of people less fortunate than herself, her family said, and her ability to accept and see the good in everyone was remarkable. Friedman was a devoted mother and wife, deeply involved in the lives of her large extended family and community, her family said. She took great pride in her close relationship with her three grandchildren: Dan, Rachael and Sarah.
When her husband died in 1975, Friedman dedicated her life to volunteering for numerous organizations in the community, including The Jewish Federation and Hadassah. She was widely recognized as a volunteer and was a recipient of numerous Jewish community awards.
As a senior citizen, she continued to impact the lives of others as a volunteer at the Jewish Community Home and Care Center, where she visited residents daily. At the age of 100, she was still volunteering: helping residents with meals, taking them for walks, listening to their stories and providing comfort at the end of life. She could still be found dancing and singing, her family said, and sharing her joyful spirit at every celebration. In 2005, Friedman moved to Connecticut to live closer to her son and daughter-in-law.
She will be remembered for her unstoppable energy, compassionate heart, effortless generosity and positive outlook on life that were contagious and inspired those around her.
Cherished mother of Gerald L. Friedman; and mother -in-law of Sheree A. Friedman and former daughter-in-law, Sandra M. Friedman. Dear grandmother of Rachael L. and Sarah B. Friedman, and Daniel B. Rand. Loving great-grandmother of Ava and Maya Murakami. Dear sister of the late Max, Michael and Harry Karl. Loving aunt of Robert and Kenneth Karl, Karyn (nee Karl) Schwade, Bonnie (nee Karl) Staffier, Terry Karl, Marlene (nee Orenstein) Bilsky, Alan Orenstein, Sheila (nee Friedman) Lucks and Mimi (nee Friedman) Habush. Also survived by many loving relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Harry W. Friedman.
A funeral service was held on Jan. 14 at the Jewish Home & Care Center Synagogue in Milwaukee. Burial followed at Spring Hill Cemetery in Milwaukee.
In lieu of lowers, memorial contributions made to the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation for the Chai Point Fund would be appreciated.
Jean Colgan Gartner
Jean Alice Colgan Gartner, a former Riverside resident, died peacefully in Santa Fe, N.M. on Feb. 5, 2011.
Gartner was born in Albany, N.Y. on Jan. 3, 1928 and resided in Riverside from 1964 - 82 with her late husband Ralph Louis Gartner. She moved to Santa Fe in 1982.
Gartner had a huge heart, her family said, and loved life, cherished her daughter and granddaughters, her friends, and especially her canine companions. She always had a friendly smile and warm greeting for every person and animal she met, they said.
She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Emerson Gartner, granddaughters Riley Emerson Ebel and Sage Colgan Ebel, all of Vail Colo.; her significant-other of 21 years, Harold David Cunningham of Santa Fe; Frank Cunningham of Portland Ore.; and Catherine Sloan Cunningham and David Cunningham, both of Santa Fe.
The family plans to gather in Santa Fe to celebrate her life at a later date.
They suggest donations in Gartner's memory to be made to the spay/neuter program of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society 100 Caja del Rio Santa Fe NM 87507 505-983-4909. http://sfhumanesociety.org/DonationsMembership.cfm.
Antonietta Gioa, a Greenwich resident, peacefully passed away from natural causes at Greenwich Hospital on Feb. 5, 2011.
She was born April 20, 1907 in Uboldo Italy. After her husband passed away in 1982, she came to live with her daughter, Piera lori in Greenwich.
She is survived by her daughter, Piera; her grandson Massimo lori; and great-grand daughter, Isabella lori.
All services will be held in Saronno, Italy.
Arrangements were made by the Leo P Gallagher and Son funeral home in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Family Centers Inc. 48 Arch Street, in Greenwich.
Florence C. Harris, 100, a resident of Greenwich for 50 years, died of natural causes at her home in New Canaan on Feb. 1, 2011. She was a resident of Greenwich with her late husband, William M. Harris Jr., from 1943 to 1993. While in Greenwich, Harris was a longtime volunteer for the Greenwich chapter of The American Red Cross and Meals on Wheels. She was also very active with The Women's Club of Greenwich.
She is survived by her son, John C. Harris of Sandwich, N.H.; her daughter, Ellen H. Byrne of South Salem, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son, William M. Harris 3rd.,who died in 1992
A private burial will be held at a later date. Hoyt Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements. For online condolences, visit www.hoytfuneralhome.com.
Victoria Lynn Lange passed away peacefully on Jan. 31, 2011 at home in Greenwich, with her husband at her side, after an 11-year battle with breast cancer.
Lange was born in Glendale, Calif. in 1956 to Richard and Phyllis Ponder Foes. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor of arts degree in economics. She enjoyed a successful career in the financial services industry at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company and Shearson Lehman Hutton in New York City before retiring to focus full-time on raising her family.
Lange moved to Greenwich in 1993, and she was an active member of The Second Congregational Church and its Chancel Choir, and volunteer at her children's schools.
She had a passion for the arts, her family said, which was exhibited through her pursuit of writing, painting, ballet, singing and literature. She also enjoyed cycling, yoga and gardening, they said, and in the past three years rekindled a childhood dream of owning her own horse, Truman.
She attacked her cancer head-on with her faith, spirit and determination to thrive, her family said. She will be remembered as a passionate and talented woman who lived fully, was a devoted friend and someone who dedicated herself fully to whatever she undertook.
She is survived by her husband, Paul David Lange; and her three children: Trent Goulard, Adrienne Lange and Russell Lange of Greenwich; and her three siblings: Juliane Swanson of Arroyo Grande, Calif., Paula Foes of Braintree, Mass., and Randall Foes of Victor, Idaho.
A memorial service was held on Feb. 5 at The Second Congregational Church in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Bennett Cancer Center in memory of Victoria Lynn Lange, c/o Stamford Hospital Foundation, 1351Washington Blvd, Suite 202, Stamford, CT 06902.
James J. Larkin
James Joseph "Jim" Larkin, 85, a World War II veteran, prominent communications executive and pioneer in the video training field, died on Feb. 8, 2011 from natural causes at Greenwich Woods Nursing Home in Greenwich, surrounded by his family. He was a longtime resident of Greenwich.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Nov. 2, 1925 to Joseph Francis Larkin and Ruth O'Brien Larkin.
Larkin moved to Chicago in 1933 and graduated from Fenwick High School, Oak Park, IL in 1942.
In 1943, he joined the U.S. Air Force and became a radio operator and mechanic in the 53rd Troop Carrier Wing in the European Theatre of Operations of World War II. He was based in England and France.
When he returned to the U.S., he enrolled in Columbia University on the G.I. bill in 1946 and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in government in 1950.
In 1951, Larkin joined B.O.A.C. (now British Airways), where he handled the relationships between the airline and movie studios. He created Enterprise Productions in 1954, and was the U.S. distributor of BBC preschool productions such as "Andy Pandy," "Merrily We Roll Along" and others.
Larkin moved his family from Manhattan to Larchmont, N.Y. in 1957. At that time, he wrote freelance articles for UPI, covering, among other stories, the trial of segregationist John Kasper in Clinton, Tenn.
He became involved with the nation of Nigeria, specifically sponsoring young students wishing to study in the U.S. and in 1960, he started James J. Larkin Associates, a firm that provided public relations to the newly independent country of Nigeria.
In 1965, Larkin was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a decision that brought him a tremendous amount of fulfillment and new friendships, his family said, with his fellow church members in Scarsdale, N.Y., where he was ordained a High Priest in 1973.
He joined Bonneville International Corporation in 1965 working at WRUL (later WNYW) radio. In 1966, he was promoted to V.P. Programming and Public Relations for Radio New York Worldwide.
Larkin moved his family to Greenwich in 1968 and from 1969-73, worked at Visual Information Systems (A Division of Republic Corporation) as the vice president of marketing, where he worked on the first market tests to distribute closed-circuit movies to hotel rooms.
This project, along with others, convinced him that visual media (video) would become an increasingly important part of business and he decided to strike out on his own.
In 1971, he launched Business Television Services (BTS) and for the next 40 years he produced hundreds of training programs for top national companies as well as the U.S. government.
A pioneer in the video training field, he won many creative awards over the years. He was executive producer for the syndicated television comedy show "Madhouse Brigade" (1978), executive producer, creator and writer for the off-Broadway musical "Romance Is" (1980), as well as an early reality TV show, "All Those Beautiful Girls" (1980).
Among his friends and business colleagues, he was considered an innovator, entrepreneur and thoughtful independent thinker and a man who was always willing to give help, advice and support to associates and even to those he hardly knew.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Eberlin Larkin of Greenwich and her children, Daniel Thomson and Kate Thomson Petrov; his sister, Nadine Patrice Martens of Glen Ellen, Ill., son Alex Larkin of Mission Viejo, Calif.; three daughters: Jenny Larkin of Greenwich, Cecilia Webber of Sandy, Utah, and Josephine Bennett of Macon, Ga..
He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as his former wife, Nola Larkin. He was predeceased in 2009 by his brother William "Bill" Larkin.
Services will be held tomorrow, Feb.12, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 111 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Reach the Children, P.O. Box 1208, Fairport, NY 14450.
Yu-Wen Lee (Joseph, Kung-Yuen) died on Jan. 29, 2011.
Yu-Wen Lee was born on Nov. 5, 1909 as Kung-Yuen Lee in Bao-Dee Sheng, Hebei Province, in northern China, the forth child of Mr. and Mrs. Lien-Ren Lee.
He was married to Ching-Hsin Liu on Aug. 1, 1939.
He graduated the top of his class from China Military Academy with advanced training in artillery from the Armed Forces University. The highlights of his military career include: leading the defeat of the warlords in Northern Expedition; participating in the Sino-Japanese War; and commanding in the Chinese Civil War under the leadership of then the General Chiang Kai-Shek.
He also taught military strategy in the Chinese Military Academy and wrote Chinese war history books on the Liao, Yuan and Jing periods. Following the Kuomintang retreat in 1948, he, his mother, his wife, and four children moved to Taiwan. He retired as a colonel in 1960 and joined the Sacred Heart High School in Taipei, Taiwan as the Dean for the Education Department where he also taught mathematics.
In October 1972, he emigrated to the U.S. with his wife and their youngest daughter, Elizabeth, to join the rest of their children who were studying on the East Coast.
Mr. and Mrs. Yu-Wen Lee moved to Greenwich in June 1998. He moved to Greenwich Woods Health Care Center in August 2007 after his wife of 67 years passed away in 2007.
He is survived by his four grown children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Lee will be cremated and laid to rest at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, town of Greenburg, Westchester Country, N.Y. with his wife and his mother's ashes.
Rocky Meli, 52, passed away on Feb. 6, 2011, in his home in Greenwich.
Meli was a real estate developer who was active in business and political circles in both New York and Connecticut. He is survived by several family members, including his four children: Adam, Laura, Rachael and James.
Funeral services took place on Feb. 9. Burial was private.
Phyllis H. Palmer, 85, passed away Feb. 1, 2011.
Palmer was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Stamford and Catherine Gibbs Secretarial School. She was a student at Greenwich Hospital Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II and later worked as a legal secretary for the law office of Judge Brinkerhoff for many years.
Palmer was a member of the Old Greenwich Lions Club, and Innis Arden Golf Club, where she served as Lady Day Chairman and successfully obtained a membership in the Hole in One Club.
She also enjoyed playing bridge, loved dancing, enjoyed sailing and was a member of Greenwich Cove Racing Association, her family said. She also enjoyed her time teaching art at Nathaniel Witherell.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Paul Palmer of Riverside; two sons, Tim and Richard Palmer of Riverside; and two grandchildren, Robert and Timothy Palmer. She is also survived by a brother, Bruce Huested of New York.
A memorial service will be held today, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich, 108 Sound Beach Avenue, in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation , 2139 Silas Dean Highway, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 or to Nathaniel Witherell, 70 Parsonage Road, Greenwich, CT 06830. Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 31 Arch St. is handling the arrangements.
Visit www.leopgallaghergreenwich.com to express online condolences
Carl Hubert Schaefer
Carl Hubert Schaefer, 101, a prominent engineer and business executive, passed away on Jan.31, 2011 at the Edgehill Assisted Living Facility in Stamford, where he had been a resident for the past 11 years. He moved to Greenwich in 1985.
He was born on Dec. 30, 1909 in Leverkusen, Germany to Theodore Schaefer and Wilhemina Frenger Schaefer.
Schaefer completed his education in economics and engineering in Cologne, Germany, and came to the U.S. with his parents in the early October 1929, just as The Third Reich started to consolidate political and economic power in Germany and the U.S. Depression began.
He first got a job as a restaurant waiter, but soon learned English and was able to pursue his professional career as an engineer and businessman.
His first professional job was with the Reynolds Metals Company in Newark, N.J., where he joined a research team working on applications for aluminum foil for cigarette packages.
Within a few years, he was named head of research for the company and pioneered applications for coating aluminum foil with lacquers which enabled the foils to be used in a variety of consumer applications.
With the outbreak of World War II, Schaefer, who by then had developed extensive expertise in lacquer coating method-ologies, was hired away from Reynolds to become chief technical and chief operating officer of Presto Recording Company, a firm which manufactured machines which made master records by cutting grooves in wax.
He adapted his lacquer coating techniques to creating lacquer-coated glass-based master recording blanks and designed equipment and a factory to make them. These blanks were used by the U.S. military for making recordings and pressing records which were distributed to troops and commanders in the European and Asian theaters. They were also used to prerecord radio programs for over-the-air broadcast.
When the war ended and aluminum became more available for civilian purposes, he developed a coating technology which allowed the substitution of aluminum for glass and the cutting grooves much closer together. This new technology gave rise to the 33 rpm record, replacing the 78 rpm record which had larger grooves spaced further apart.
The challenge in this adaptation was to develop an application methodology which would cover the microscopic imperfections in the surface of the aluminum without reflecting these imperfections thus allowing grooves to be spaced closer together for long-playing time and better fidelity. In 1948, he left Presto and started his own company, Transco Products Corp, in Linden, New Jersey.
Here he continued his development of lacquer coating technologies and designed and constructed new manufacturing equipment which improved quality and increased production of these recording blanks.
The recording industry benefited from the post-war economic boom and Transco became the principal supplier of recording blanks to all of the large record companies in the U.S. and to many large overseas customers as well.
Schaefer retired in 1969, just as new tape and wire recorder technologies began to replace records as the preferred recording media.
He is survived by two sons, C. Barry Schaefer of Greenwich, and Allen E. Schaefer of Glenville, Ill.; and a grandniece, Marlies Venute of McLean, Va.
He is also survived by two granddaughters, Sara Schaefer Munoz and Susan Schaefer, both of Greenwich, and a great-granddaughter, Sofia Schaefer Munoz, also of Greenwich. His wife of 62 years, Evelyn Conk Schaefer, passed away in July 1998.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at 11 a.m. in the Second Congregational Church, where Schaefer was a member. 136 East Putnam Ave., in Greenwich.
Fred D. Knapp & Son Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.