Jane Van Tassel Crowle, 81, an Old Greenwich resident and longtime employee at the Perrot Memorial Library, died on Feb. 18, 2010.
Crowle was born on Sept. 30, 1928 in Elizabeth , N.J. to Leland and Evelyn Van Tassel.
She was an executive administrative assistant at the Perrot Library for 38 years and also volunteered at the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich.
Crowle enjoyed many summers surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren by the pool in her backyard and on annual family vacations in Wellfleet, Cape Cod.
She is survived by her two daughters, Nancy Hall Curcio and her husband Sam, and Lynn Ann O'Gorman and her husband Paul; and two sons, W. Richard Crowle, Jr., and Bruce Allan Crowle and his wife Joanne. She is also survived by nine grandchildren: Kimberly O'Gorman Menges and her husband David; Mark O'Gorman and his wife Patti; Matthew O'Gorman and his wife Erin; Jason Hall and his wife Maureen; Kristin Hall; Daniel Hall and his wife Megan; Carrie Crowle Nolen and her husband Mike; Adam Crowle; and Samantha Crowle; eight great-grandchildren: Erin, Sean and Cara Menges, Maggie and Jack O'Gorman, Audrey Hall, Keller Hall and Caitlyn O'Gorman; and a brother, Lee Van Tassel of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years and best friend, Walter R. Crowle.
A memorial service was held on Feb. 22 at the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the First Congregational Church. Arrangements by the Castiglione Funeral Home, Inc. in Greenwich.
Pamela L. Dempsey
Pamela L. Demsey, 52, a former Greenwich resident, federal prosecutor and daughter of Barbara Rice Dempsey and the late William L. Dempsey, Jr. of Old Greenwich, died on Feb. 6, 2010 in Washington D.C., after a ten-year battle with leukemia, with her husband and daughters by her side.
Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Dempsey was a 1975 graduate of Greenwich High School and a cum laude graduate of Duke University. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Connecticut Law School, where she was an editor of the Connecticut Law Review.
Dempsey, a federal prosecutor for the Justice Department's Criminal Division and an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, was a national expert in forfeiture law who regularly advised government lawyers throughout the country on legal strategies related to forfeitures of businesses engaged in criminal activities. She began her legal career at Shipman and Goodwin in Hartford and later joined the U.S. Department of Justice as an assistant U.S. attorney in Manhattan under Rudolf Giuliani.
After moving to Washington, Dempsey rose to become Deputy Chief of Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering at the Justice Department, working under attorneys general Janet Reno, John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzalez and Eric Holder.
She continued to work during her illness, which included a bone marrow transplant and long periods of hospitalization at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center and George Washington University Hospital.
Dempsey was an active member of Temple Sinai in Washington, D.C., where she celebrated her adult Bat Mitzvah in 2008.
She is survived by her husband, Bruce J. Charendoff, a Washington attorney and Sabre Holdings government relations executive; two daughters, Sally Charendoff and Caroline Charendoff of Greensboro, N.C.; her mother, Barbara Dempsey of Old Greenwich; and two sisters, Allison Gruppo and her husband Stephen of Darien, and Charlotte Pendleton of Chatham, N.J.; and many additional relatives, friends and colleagues.
Funeral services were held at Temple Sinai in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 14. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Dr. Jonathan Gerber's Research Fund, c/o Anne Kennan Engleby, Department of Medicine, Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, One Charles Center, 100 N. Charles St., Suite 444, Baltimore, MD 21201.
Roselyn J. McFadden, 77, Greenwich native and longtime Greenwich High School employee, passed away on Feb. 18, 2010 at Stamford Hospital.
She was born on Feb. 29, 1932 to Nicholas and Catherine Cuneen Canavino.
For many years she worked as an administrative assistant at Greenwich High School. McFadden enjoyed tennis and bowling, and she was an avid gardener.
McFadden is survived by two sons, Brian McFadden and his wife, Mary Beth, and Michael McFadden; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Michael McFadden, in 1993.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Feb. 23 at St. Mary Church. Interment followed in St. Mary Cemetery in Greenwich.
Leo Sabin Nikora
Leo Sabin Nikora, 94, formerly of Greenwich and Torrington, died of natural causes in Greensboro, N.C. on Feb. 7, 2010.
Nikora was born March 10, 1915, in Milwaukee, Wis.
He is survived by his son, Leo Sabin Nikora III and daughter-in-law Beverley Nikora of Kihei, Hawaii; a daughter, Cleo Nikora Dimmick and son-in-law Gary Dimmick of Greensboro; and a son, Henry Louis Nikora and daughter-in-law Maureen Nikora of New Hartford. He also is survived by two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Cleo Wehrle Nikora, and one brother, Alexander Nikora. A memorial service will be held graveside at Wauwatosa Cemetery in Wisconsin, on May 22.
Chiara Cechet Drufovka Taylor, 62, passed away peacefully on Feb. 14, 2010 in Greenwich.
She was born in Trieste, Italy on July 6, 1947 to Mario and Marcella Cechet and emigrated to the U.S. in 1969.
Taylor's professional positions included private secretary to the late actor Anthony Quinn, secretary to a corporate president and vice president, and most recently legal secretary at a law firm on Park Avenue in New York City.
She leaves her two children, James Drufovka of Greenwich and Barbara Drufovka of Vermont; two grandchildren, Maya and Anya, also of Vermont; a sister, Fiorella Castello, a brother, Elvio Cechet, and several nieces and nephews, all of Trieste.
A memorial Mass will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donation on her behalf may be sent to Compassion International, a Christian charity which sponsors children in devastated areas of the world: Compassion.com, 800-336-7676.
Christine Henrikson Detmer, 97, of Greenwich, died on Feb. 21, 2010 at her home.
Detmer was an award-winning flower arranger and an animal and nature lover. She was especially fond of visiting Greenwich Point and taking in the views at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, N.Y. She was a member of the University Club, The Travel Club of Greenwich, Knollwood Garden Club, Indian Harbor Yacht Club, English Speaking Union, and The Woman's Club of Greenwich. A devout Christian, she was an active member of Christ Church Greenwich, St. Paul's, and Stanwich Congregational Church.
Detmer was born in Goteberg, Sweden. She immigrated to the United States in 1931 and married the late George H. Bretscher in 1932. She was a Powers model in New York City and appeared in the Saturday Evening Post and a fashion show screened at Radio City Music Hall. She married Jerome V. Detmer at the Metropolitan Club in New York City in 1937 and was the daughter-in-law of Julian Francis Detmer of Tarrytown, N.Y. She became a U.S. citizen in 1948.
Detmer was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome Vincent Detmer, a son, Jerome Henrikson Detmer, and her sister, Margit H. Jakobsson, of Malmo, Sweden. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert George and Ann Smith Bretscher, of Athens, Ga.; grandchildren, Susan Bretscher Crisler and husband Jon Brandt Crisler, Atlanta, Ga., Christine Bretscher Cooper and husband John David Cooper, Charlotte, N.C., Prentiss Bretscher Stidham and husband Thaddeus Jon Stidham, Knoxville, Tenn.; and great-grandchildren Wilson and Frances Crisler, Eli and Perrin Stidham, and Prentiss Ann Cooper. She also is survived by her niece, Lillemor Emland, of Malmo, Sweden.
A private committal service for family members took place on Feb. 25, 2010, in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, N.Y. A memorial service followed at Stanwich Congregational Church. Funeral arrangements were made by the Leo P. Gallagher Funeral Home in Greenwich.
Isabel C. Litchfield
Isabel Crouse Litchfield, 89, beloved mother and grandmother, died on Feb.14, 2010 of natural causes at her Greenwich home.
Litchfield was a soft-spoken and demure woman who was proud to have been a volunteer for the American Red Cross Blood Donor and Friendly Neighbor programs, as well as for the Meals-on-Wheels Association of America. She was also a volunteer for Greenwich Hospital and a member of the PTA for the Bedford Rippowam School (now the Rippowam Cisqua School). Litchfield was a member of the Bedford Garden Club and was a long-time member of the Bedford Golf & Tennis Club, followed by the Stanwich Club. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, gardening, golf and tennis. Her favorite saying was, "To thine own self be true."
Litchfield was born on Nov. 18, 1920 in Utica, N.Y. to Reginald E. and Harriet L. Crouse. She graduated from Utica Country Day School in 1938 and the Stuart School in Boston, Mass. in 1940. In 1949, Litchfield married Philip A. Litchfield and moved to Bedford, N.Y. After divorce, she moved to Greenwich in 1971.
Litchfield was predeceased by a brother, Henry P. Crouse. She is survived by a sister, Gale C. Gilbert of New Hartford, N.Y.; her sons, Christopher of Cos Cob and Eric of Darien; Eric's spouse, Marie; and granddaughters, Hannah and Hayley.
A memorial service was held on Feb. 25 at the Chapel at Christ Church, 245 East Putnam Ave. in Greenwich. Private graveside services followed at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Bedford, N.Y.with Rev. Terence Elsberry officiating at both services. Funeral arrangements were made with Fred D. Knapp Funeral Home in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: American Red Cross, 2025 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006; Donation Hotline: 800-733-2767, www.redcross.org; or, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 293, Bedford, NY 10506; 914-234-9636.
Eleanor M. Ward, 84, of Greenwich, died peacefully on Feb. 16, 2010.
Ward lived in Greenwich for 45 years. She was a former vice president and longtime member of the Greenwich Choral Society. She was also a longtime member of the 14th Twig of Rye, N.Y., as a buyer. In addition, she helped to operate the Gift Shop at The Rye Town Hilton for the benefit of United Hospital. Ward continued her retail career as a co-owner for 12 years of the "Greenwich Boutique" at Greenwich Woods. She was also a member and officer of the former Steamboat Gamblers Investment Club.
Ward was an active member at Second Congregational Church, Greenwich and served in a variety of leadership positions as well as being very involved with The Women's Fellowship. She loved all animals and will especially be missed by her feline best friends, Sophie and Penny.
Ward was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Robert K. Ward, and her parents, Jack and Susie DeMartin. She was born September 9, 1925 in New Haven, and grew up in Fairfield. She graduated from Green Mountain Junior College in 1945 and from Adelphi University in 1948 with a B.S. in Nursing. She met her husband of 54 years while working in the Emergency Room of United Hospital, Port Chester, NY.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan Ward Raposa and her husband, David of Tiverton, R.I.; her daughter, Sally Ward McGovern and her husband, Kenneth of Avon; and grandsons, Conor and Gavin McGovern. She also is survived by her brothers, Dr. John J. DeMartin and Dr. Robert E. DeMartin, both of Fairfield.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Second Congregational Church, 139 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Second Congregational Church, 139 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830; to Cat Assistance Inc., P.O. Box 539, Ardsley, N.Y. 10502; or to the charity of your choice.
Ann L. Mancuso (Bolek)
Ann L. Mancuso (Bolek), 58, of Greenwich, passed away on Feb. 21, 2010.
She was a native of Port Chester, N.Y. and will be remembered for her warm humor, her great spirit and her dedication to her family in good times and bad.
Mancuso is survived by her husband, Sal L. Mancuso, Jr.; her daughter, Amanda; her son, Dominic; a grandson, Dylan; and her siblings, Agnes Zerbo, Carol Esemplare, Michael Bolek, Paul Bolek, Bernadette Badillo, Mary O`Hara and Andrea Hoge. Her son, Sal L. Mancuso, III, and a sister, Michele Bolek predeceased her.
Calling hours are today from 4 to 8 p.m. The memorial service wil be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Feb. the 27, and both will be held at The Castiglione Funeral home in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations in Mancuso's memory to assist them with the medical expenses.
Ray Elizabeth Henry
Ray Elizabeth Henry passed away peacefully on Feb. 22 at Greenwich Hospital. She was born on June 7, 1918 in Philadelphia to Byron Sr. and Reba (Jago) Hacker. A graduate of Skidmore College and the Public Health Nurse for the Town of Greenwich, Ray was an avid gardener and a member of the Old Greenwich Garden Club. She was a volunteer with the American Red Cross and involved with the conception of the Compeer Program, both in Greenwich.
She was predeceased by her husband, Alvan L. Henry, Sr.; son, Alvan L. Henry, Jr.; a stepdaughter, Carol, Brother Byron Hacker, Jr.; and a sister, Dorothy Herman. She leaves to cherish her memories a son, Jonathan (Betsy); her daughters, Georganne Hansen of Old Greenwich, and Rebecca Dion (Ray) of Bellevue, Washington.
She is survived by her grandchildren: Eric Hansen of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Stacy Hansen Richardson of Annapolis, Md., Lisa Henry Smith of Stamford, and Jennifer Bullen of Marina Del Ray, Calif. She also has two great-grandchildren, Grace and Abigail Richardson. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Her family asks that donations be made to the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society and the National Institute of Mental Health.