Dr. Jane Berman, Ph.D
Dr. Berman graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. and earned her Ph.D. in women's history from SUNY Buffalo. She remained dedicated to the advocacy of women throughout her career.
In 1981, Dr. Berman, affectionately called "the Berminator," joined the faculty at Greenwich Academy (GA), in Greenwich, where she taught European history and served as a student advisor in the Upper School. As a teacher and advisor, Dr. Berman had a unique classroom presence and a genuine interest in her students' lives, her family said. In the words of one of Dr. Berman's former students, "she changed my life and I will always be grateful to her," a comment that represents the sentiments of many--if not all--of her students, friends, colleagues, and family members, her family said. She became chair of the history department in fall of 2002.
Dr. Berman is survived by her husband of 37 years, Donald Berman, M.D.; a daughter, Carrie, of London, England; and a son, Eric, of in Rhode Island.
A service was held at Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford on March 9.
Dorothy S. Davis, 87, a former nurse at Greenwich Hospital, passed away peacefully on Feb. 24, 2011.
Born on Jan. 31, 1924 in Franklinton, N.C., she was the daughter of Anderson and Geneva Wilder Shaw Thompson. Davis was educated in Greenwich public schools, Freedman's Hospital (Howard University, Washington, DC), University of Bridgeport, the University of Connecticut and Emerson College. She was married to the late James Davis, Jr.
Davis retired from Greenwich Hospital and Clairol of Stamford, where she served as a registered nurse. She was affiliated with many civic and social organizations in Connecticut.
Davis is survived by one son, Joseph T. Campbell and his longtime companion, Rebecca Mann of Greenwich; two granddaughters, Amber Campbell and Allyson Gerwien; and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held on March 5 at Faith Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Stamford. Interment followed at Woodland Cemetery in Stamford.
In lieu of flowers, make donations to Annie M. Davis Scholarship Fund in memory of Dorothy S. Davis.
Dyne Sedgwick Jensen, 92, a Greenwich resident and former Miss New York previously of Palm Beach, Fla., died peacefully at home on March 4, 2011 surrounded by her family.
Jensen loved to sing and play the piano. She sang on several occasions at The Braille Club of Palm Beach, Fla. She also enjoyed organizing and attending parties. One of her greatest joys was making dining reservations, her family said.
Jensen loved traveling with her husband and family. She also attended and hosted many of the Byram Garden Club events. Her greatest joy, her family said, was spending time with her children, grandchildren, relatives and friends.
Jensen is survived by three children: Jeffrey Carl Jensen of Greenwich; Wendy Wylie and her husband, Scott of Greenwich; and Lori Barnes and her husband, Raymond of Greenwich. She is also survived by two grandchildren and two stepsons. She was predeceased by her husband, Carl N. Jensen and her sister, Ruby Sedgwick.
A memorial service will be held today, March 11, at 11 a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church at Lafayette Place in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. Fred D. Knapp & Son Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
The family would like to thank Dr. Nazanine Khairkhah for her excellent care and devotion provided to Jensen during her prolonged illness. The family would also like to thank all of the nurses and caregivers at Greenwich Nurses Registry, and Colleen, the care dog, that Jensen loved.
Eleanor Popkins Keene, 80, a Greenwich native, died in comfort and peace on Feb. 27, 2011 at Wingate at Silver Lake Nursing Home in Plymouth, Mass.
Keene graduated from Greenwich High School and worked locally for Fawcett Publishing, Cleworth Publishing, and UPS before becoming a full-time homemaker.
She moved with her husband, Ralph, to Duxbury Mass. in 1993. It was with great sadness that she left the beach at Tod's Point, her family said, but she remained in close contact with many good friends she had left behind.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Ralph P. Keene of Duxbury; her daughter Deborah and son-in-law Chris Toal of Framingham, Mass., and her son, R. Parker Keene and daughter-in-law Karen Keene of Simsbury. She was also the grandmother of Ryan Toal Hall, Jessica Toal, and Andrew Keene and great-grandmother of Margaret Mae Hall.
A memorial service will be held tomorrow, March 12, at 11 a.m. at MacDonald's Funeral Home, 1755 Ocean St., in Marshfield, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 326, Plymouth, MA 02360.
Albert F. Lefebvre, 70, of Greenwich, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family members on March 5, 2011.
He was born on Nov. 24, 1940, in Springfield, Mass. to Albert and Annette Lefebvre. He graduated from UMass Amherst with a master's degree in business.
First and foremost a loving husband and supportive father of five children, Lefebvre was also an avid golfer with a great long game, his family said.
During the winter, he enjoyed downhill skiing at his family home in Okemo, Vt. He also loved to attend the theater and the symphony. Over the years he was involved in various organizations, serving as president of Saint Catherine's Parish Council and on the board at Burning Tree Country Club.
Lefebvre spent more than 30 years with Penn Mutual in New York City and worked the last seven years with Met Life in Stamford. He won numerous awards for his sales, and was "Top of the Table" in the Million Dollar Round Table -- an honor granted only to the top 1,000 members from around the world for extraordinary levels of production.
He is survived by his two sons, Peter Lefebvre of Los Angeles and Jonathan and his wife Chalon of Greenwich; and three daughters: Antoinette and her husband Greg Cowles of Darien; Elizabeth and her husband Chris Cleary of Greenwich; and Christina Lefebvre of Greenwich and Okemo, Vt. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Toby, Lily and Charlotte Cowles; two sisters, Lorraine and Doris; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Carol, in 2007.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Saint Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside on March 9. Burial followed at St. Mary Cemetery in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Lefebvre's name may be made to the American Lung Association.
Joseph C. Mendel
Joseph C. "Buzz" Mendel, 70, corporate executive and entrepreneur, passed away at his home in Greenwich, on March 6, 2011 after a battle with prostate cancer with his wife of 35 years at his side.
Mendel was born in Atlanta, Ga. on Nov. 14, 1940 to Felix and Kathleen Allen Mendel.. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1963 with a bachelor of science degree in engineering and received his MBA from Harvard University in 1969. He maintained a lifelong connection to his alma mater and served on the College of Engineering Advisory Council.
In the 70s he worked for the White House and was later appointed to the management advisory committee (OAMAC) of the U.S. Department of Commerce by President George H.W. Bush. He was a partner in the management consultant firm of Booz Allen & Hamilton, and later served as director of corporate development at International Paper Company, and a Managing Director of Merrill Lynch & Company.
In addition, he served as chief financial officer of International Technology Corp; chairman and chief executive officer of Site-Blauvelt Engineers Inc.; and chairman of the board of trustees at Ensign Oil & Gas Inc.
His friends and family will greatly miss his courage, sense of humor, and energy.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Browne Mendel; his daughter, Ashley Mendel Fox and her husband Charles; twin grandchildren, Elizabeth Stewart Fox and Charles Browne Fox (born hours before their grandfather's passing on March 6, 2011), and two sisters, Gayle Mendel Peters and Kathleen Mendel Moore.
A funeral Mass will be held today, March 11, at the Church of St. Thomas More, 65 East 89th St, Manhattan at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to University of Notre Dame Haiti Program, 1 Galvin Hall, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556 or Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, Attn: Dr. Howard I. Scher's Cancer Research, 1275 York Ave, New York, NY 10065.
George Weiss, 67, a Norwalk resident and a dispatcher for Greenwich Taxi, passed away on March 3, 2011 at Norwalk Hospital.
He was born in Stamford on Dec. 20, 1943 to George and Josephine Rainte Weiss. He was an altar boy for St. Roch's Church when he was growing up and also worked at the Millbrook Club in Greenwich. Weiss recently was a dispatcher for Greenwich Taxi.
He is survived by his son, Michael Weiss and his daughter, Paula Weiss; three siblings: Charlie Weiss, Linda Weiss, and Richard Weiss; several nieces and nephews and his former wife, Annemarie Weiss. He was predeceased by a sister, Rosemarie Weiss.
Funeral services were held on March 9 at the Castiglione Funeral Home, Inc. in Greenwich. Burial was private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT 06897.