Albert F. Ayres
Albert F. Ayres, World War II veteran, former Greenwich resident who lived in Stamford for more than 59 years, died on Jan. 5, 2011 surrounded by his family at the Richard Rosenthal Hospice Center in Stamford.
He spent his career in the soft drink industry. He worked first worked for Coca Cola, then became secretary and treasurer of the Canada Dry Bottling Company of Stamford and later retired as a senior financial analyst from the Pepsi Cola division of PepsiCo.
He enjoyed gardening, reading, and traveling abroad with his wife, and especially enjoyed attending the many activities of his grandchildren, who are involved in sports and artistic programs.
A member of the Senior Men's Club, Ayres volunteered his services at St. Leo Church and was a member of the National Association of Accountants. He was also a member of St. Leo's Seniors Living Socially organization.
Ayres was recently honored by being selected to attend the American Warrior "Day of Honor" in Washington, D.C., along with 102 WWII veterans who were thanked for their service to the U.S. during the war.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia Isabel Ayres of Stamford; and their three children: Melissa Elias and her husband, John, of Madison, N.J.; Pamela Vieser and her husband, Walter of Columbia, Md.; and Stephanie Dumas and her husband Jeffrey of Easton.
He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Christopher Elias, Rebecca Elias, Catherine Elias, Megan Collins, Jessica Vieser, Brittney Dumas, Leah Kate Dumas, Kyleigh Dumas; and three step-grandchildren: Lindsay, Kirsten and Bryan Vieser.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Jan. 10 at St. Leo Church, in Stamford. Interment followed at Spring Grove Cemetery, in Darien. The family would like to express its appreciation to Dr. Neil C. Klein for his support and friendship.
Mary Winefred Bohacs, 84, longtime Greenwich resident and active volunteer in the community, died on Jan. 4, 2011.
Bohacs was an active parishioner of St. Mary Parish, where she served as a scout leader and Eucharistic minister.
She delighted in her extended family and friends, never missing a party or gathering if she could help it, and all were made warmly welcome in her home, her family said.
Following her retirement from D.W. Rogers, where she kept her finger on the pulse of local births and baptisms, Bohacs volunteered with the Ladies Guild, Greenwich Red Cross, and worked at the polls for many elections-- in between time at the beach and on road trips with her family and friends that she loved so much.
Bohacs will be greatly missed by Julius, her husband of 56 years; and her four children: Kevin and his wife, Susan of Houston, Texas; Susan and her husband Gary and their son Alex of Naples, Fla.; and Kenneth and Nancy, both of Greenwich. She was predeceased by her brother, Robert Tuite.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Jan. 8 at St Mary Catholic Church in Greenwich. Interment followed at St. Mary Cemetery in Greenwich.
The family wishes to thank all of the people who helped her through her illness: Stacey Pottinger, Robert Dixon, Dr. Glasser, Dr. Brown, Dr. Murphy, and the staff and volunteers at Greenwich Hospital MSICU and Nathaniel Witherell Home, as well as her many friends and family members.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, 4 Horseneck Ln, Greenwich, CT 06830.
Mimi Shellenberger Graves, 66, a former Greenwich resident, died of heart failure on Dec. 30, 2010.
Her family and many friends will miss her very caring nature, her wonderful sense of humor and her zest for life.
She is survived by her son Wiley; four sisters: Francis, Jane, Sue and Ann; four nieces: Brie, Erica, Jamie and Sophie; and a nephew, Trevor.
A memorial service was held on Jan. 7 at the Round Hill Community Church in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the American Heart Association , 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492-1822.
To leave online condolences, visit www.cognetta.com.
Christopher T. Harris Jr.
Christopher T. Harris Jr., 18, of Greenwich died on Jan. 8, 2011 at his home.
He was born in Greenwich on March 2, 1992. He graduated from Greenwich High School in 2010 and was a freshman at the University of New Haven, where he was studying music engineering.
Harris was an avid music lover who wrote and performed. At Greenwich High School, he played football, rugby, and spent all his free time in Ms. Friedman's class recording music and writing beats.
He had a large circle of friends, a great sense of humor, and a love of life, his family said. You couldn't escape his engaging smile. Many recall seeing him at Mackey's Mobil, where he worked after school and weekends.
He is survived by his parents, Christopher Sr. and Karen Harris; his sister Emily and multiple aunts, uncles, and cousins.
His family will receive friends today from noon to 3 pm and from 5 to 9 pm at Leo P. Gallagher & Sons, 31 Arch Street in Greenwich. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the First Congregational Church, 108 Sound Beach Avenue, in Old Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Christopher Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit future music students.
Checks payable to Greenwich Scholarship Association (memo: Christopher Harris), c/o United Way of Greenwich, 1 Lafayette Court, Greenwich CT 06830.
Gary Kahn, 64, a regional business leader who helped to build a major accounting firm in Rockland County while participating in the growth of a successful real estate enterprise, died on Jan. 7, 2010 at White Plains Hospital from a brain tumor.
The growth of his practice forced him to leave teaching, and in 1979 he founded Gary Kahn & Co., offering clients an expanded array of services. The firm, known later as Kahn Hoffman and Hochman (KH&H) LLP grew to become the largest accounting firm in Rockland County serving clients throughout Rockland, Westchester, New York and New Jersey.
KH&H recently merged with Rosen Seymour Shapps Martin & Co. LLP of New York City.
Over the years, Kahn served as the managing partner and oversaw and supervised the growth of KH&H. He took special pride in his ability to focus on the needs of his clients setting a standard for the highest quality work and professionalism, his family said. This dedication to excellence became the foundation for the company's growth and success.
His desire to teach never abated and he served as the mentor for many young accountants who went on to have successful careers.
Kahn also helped to bring the practice into the field of litigation support when he became accredited as a business valuator and expert witness. He testified in over 200 cases in which he was called on to render an opinion on the value of closely held businesses, professional practices and various forms of marital assets.
Kahn also lent his passion and expertise to contribute to the phenomenal growth of Milbrook Properties, a New York based real estate enterprise. The company owns, develops and manages apartment houses and shopping malls in New York, New Jersey and Florida.
Kahn is survived by his wife Carol; three daughters: Alissa, Gabrielle and Isabella; his son Richard; two granddaughters, Julia and Olivia; and a grandson, Harris.
Stavroula Kulukundis, 72, of Greenwich passed away peacefully on Jan. 5, 2011 at Greenwich Hospital.
Stavroula was a member of the Church of the Archangels in Stamford, St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church in West Palm Beach, Fla. and the Ladies Philoptochos Society Church of the Archangels as well as the Milbrook Country Club of Greenwich, Phillips Point Club and Ibis Golf and Country Club, both of West Palm Beach.
Kulukundis was also an active club bridge player and an avid golfer.
She is survived by her husband, Elias Nicholas Kulukundis of Greenwich; and her four children: Nicholas Elias Kulukundis of London, England, Alexander Elias Kulukundis and his wife Kirsten, also of London; Alice Ann Strakes and her husband Michael of Canton, Ga.; and Natalie Ann Kulukundis of Pleasant Hill, Calif. She is also survived by a sister, Katie Antipas and her husband George of Stamford and a brother, Spyros K. Petropoulos and his wife Lena, of Ashton, Md.; and six grandchildren: Elias Alexander "Alexi" Kulukundis, Christopher Augustin Kulukundis, Theodore Kirk Kulukundis, Evan Michael Strakes, Kyra Emilie Strakes and Christina Marie Strakes.
A funeral service was celebrated at the Church of the Archangels in Stamford on Jan. 10. Interment followed at Putnam Cemetery in, Greenwich. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Church of the Archangels, 1527 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06905, St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, 110 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405 or to the Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich, CT 06830.
To leave online condolences, visit www.cognetta.com.
Michael Maguire, 51, a lifelong resident of Greenwich, passed away on Jan. 5, 2011.
Maguire was born on Nov. 20, 1959. He was a loving and caring person who will be missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his mother, Barbara Maguire of Greenwich and William Maguire of Harrison, N.Y.; two daughters, Erin Maguire of New York, N.Y. and Kelcey Maguire of Mount Kisco, N.Y.; and a son, Michael Maguire of Katonah, N.Y. He is also survived by a brother, Kevin Maguire of Greenwich; a sister, Kelly Cornell of Darien and her husband Jim; two nephews and his former wife, Claire Maguire. He was predeceased by his sister, Kathleen Maguire, and his first wife, Catherine Lloyd.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Jan. 10 at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Greenwich.
To send an online condolence visit www.leopgallaghergreenwich.com
Marguerite Claudia Mattison
Marguerite Claudia Belmonte Mattison, a Greenwich native, died on Jan. 7, 2011.
Mattison was born March 16, 1915 to Rocco Frank Belmonte and Emelia Martino Belmonte.
She lived her entire life in Greenwich and worked at several jobs, first when the Depression hit to help out her family and later in Greenwich public school cafeterias as a cook and finally at the Greenwich Hospital Coffee Shop on Saturdays well into her sixties. In her seventies, she contracted Alzheimer's disease and was part of the Greenwich Adult Day Care Program at Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Home.
In March 1996 she was admitted into Nathaniel Witherell as a permanent resident and resided there until her passing.
She is survived by two sons, Vincent E. Mattison, Jr. and his wife Hope of New Fairfield, and George S. Mattison of Cape Coral, Fla. She is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Elaine Raynor Mattison of North Carolina; one brother and sister-in-law, William and Marion Belmonte of Trumbull; four grandchildren: Gregg Mattison of Danbury, Brooke Mattison of Spartanburg, S.C., Michele C. Pues and her husband, Richard of Danbury, and Carrie J. Wauthier and her husband, Roland of Norwalk and eleven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Vincent E. Mattison in May 1979.
She was also predeceased by three brothers: Michael, Joseph and Robert Belmonte and two sisters, Josephine Stempel and Ellen Galleta.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Jan. 10 at Sacred Heart Church in Byram. Internment followed in St. Mary Cemetery in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Association , Connecticut Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067-2338.
Ssgt. Ralph Addison Meredith
Ssgt. Ralph "Bud" Addison Meredith, 93, a former Greenwich resident more recently of Fairfield, passed away on Jan. 4, 2011.
Before World War II, he worked in a CT CCC Camp. Stationed in Panama, he became a staff sergeant. Meredith is the last living person in his generation of both family and friends. He leaves behind two daughters, Beth Kanachovski of Bristol and her husband, Joseph, and Charlene Farley of Fairfield and her husband, James. He also leaves a stepdaughter, Sheila Goodwin of Bennington, Vt.;13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and two great-great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Lucy Mae Easma Ramsey-Meredith; his sister, Jean Sprague; his companion, Yolanda Varricchio of Stamford; and a stepdaughter, Geneva Fiddner.
A memorial service will be held tomorrow at 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church, Old Greenwich. Military burial will be held in the church cemetery at 12:30 p.m.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Rocky Hill Veterans Home and Hospital, 287 West St., Rocky Hill, CT 06067. DuPont Funeral Home, 25 Bellevue Ave., Bristol is assisting the family with arrangements.
To leave a condolence message in Mr. Meredith's guestbook, visit www.dupontfuneralhome.com.
Virginia O. Moran, 85, a resident of Greenwich Woods, died Jan. 8, 2011 of congestive heart failure.
Moran was born May 18, 1925 in New Haven to Catherine and Edward O'Neill. She was raised in New Haven and lived in Clinton with her family prior to moving to the New York suburbs in the mid-60s.
She managed the Hallmark Card Shop in B. Altman's department store for several years. She will be remembered as a loving daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother who was very personable and fun. "Nana" was a devoted grandmother who cherished time with her grandsons, especially attending all of their games throughout New England.
Moran enjoyed a large group of friends, reading, traveling and was a longtime member of Orienta Beach Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Robert.
She is survived by her son David and his wife Kem Moran of Greenwich and three grandsons: Brian and his wife Katie of New York City, Kyle of New York City and Mark of Greenwich.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 469 North Street, in Greenwich. Interment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery on North Street in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greenwich Woods Healthcare, 1165 King Street, Greenwich, CT 06831 for the care that she received while she was there.
Caroline Fritzche Smiles
Caroline "Baboo" Fretzsche Smiles, 77, a former Greenwich resident most recently of Delray, Fla., passed away peacefully on Jan. 8, 2011 in Fairfield.
Born on January 7, 1934 to Margaret O'Meara Fritzsche and Alfred Fritzsche, Smiles was raised in Darien. She attended Eden Hall of the Sacred Heart High School in Pennsylvania and Manhattanville College in New York.
She was predeceased by her husband, Christopher Smiles, Jr., with whom she enjoyed 50 years of marriage. The couple raised their five children in Greenwich before moving the family to Barrington R.I. and later retiring to Delray Beach, FL.
Smiles was a joyful, loving, and artistic woman who brought a fresh and whimsical perspective to every task, idea, or person she encountered, her family said.
She was an accomplished artist and applied her unique free-spirited style to a variety of media including stone sculpture, wire sculpture, jewelry design, and collage. She was committed to helping others and served as a long-term volunteer with Hospice, the Women's Center of Rhode Island and many other efforts.
Smiles lived a spiritual life guided by the mystery of the Holy Spirit and the power of prayer and forgiveness, her family said. Her faith, compassion, creativity, joy and energy brought happiness to all who knew her.
She is survived by her five children: Christopher Smiles of Boca Raton, Fla.; Michael Smiles of Noank, Bonnie Campbell of Fairfield, James Smiles of Greenwich, and Andrew Smiles of Washington, DC. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Sarah, Abigail, Julia, Christopher, William, Lindsey, Matthew, Georgia, Charlie, and Caroline.
Amemorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 300 North Benson Road, in Fairfield with the Rev. David DeVries officiating. Interment will be private in Hillside Cemetery, in Wilton.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Children's Storefront in New York City, www.thechildrensstorefront.org. For information or to sign an online guest register visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com.
Irene Makowsky Soubry
Irene Makowsky Soubry, a Greenwich resident, died on Dec. 31, 2010. She will be remembered as a tireless advocate for special needs individuals.
She is survived by her daughter, Clara Norris Soubry; two sisters, Helen Mendoza and Josette Campolong; two brothers, Jean-Jacques Makowsky and Dimitri Makowsky; her sister-in-law, Moira Esdaile; as well as many nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces. She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth Soubry.
A private service will be held in Camphill, Copake, N.Y. in the spring.