Jane Barkentin Bedell, 84, a former Greenwich resident and longtime GHS chemistry teacher of Bedford, Mass., died peacefully on March 2, 2010.
She was born on Dec. 4, 1925 to Theodore C. Banta and Lillian M. Reinhart and spent more than 50 years in Greenwich. She graduated from Greenwich High School, Class of 1943, and earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Mount Holyoke College.
After receiving a masters degree while raising three children, she taught chemistry for 19 years at Greenwich High School and was the girls' varsity tennis coach for a number of state championship years.
Bedell is survived by two daughters, Christine M. Culman of Half Moon Bay, Calif. and Kate N. Culman, MD of Calgary, Alberta, and five grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husbands, William Slater Barkentin and K. Robert Bedell and her son, Peter Banta Culman.
A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Greenwich on April 9 at 10:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jane's name to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.
Her daughters would like to recognize the wonderful loving care their mother received at Carleton-Willard Village, Ross-Worthen Center, Bedford, MA and from the Hospice of the North Shore.
Susan Smart Donnelly, a longtime resident of Greenwich, died peacefully on March 4, 2010, at Nathaniel Witherell Home in Greenwich after a short illness.
Smart worked for many years as a nurse at Greenwich Hospital in the newborn unit.
She also did some private duty care and worked for a pediatrician.
She is survived by a sister, Katherine S. Olson and her husband, Robert of New Milford, and several nephews and nieces. Smart was predeceased by her husband, Samuel Donnelly, and three siblings: Isabel Lockwood of Connecticut, and William Smart and Jean Slomka, both of New York.
A private memorial service will be held later this year.
Carol Ann Jurgenson Farn, 73, a longtime Riverside resident, died on March 13, 2010 in her daughter's home in Old Greenwich of complications related to her long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Born Dec. 21, 1936 in East Moline, Ill., she was the daughter Lyle and Eileen Jurgenson. She spent her youth in both Illinois and Indiana, where she was educated and began her career as an elementary school teacher.
Farn will be remembered for her dedication to not only her family and friends, but to many charitable organizations she supported, including First Congregational Church, Greenwich Arts Council, North Mianus School, the Eastern Middle School and Greenwich High School PTAs, Girl Scouts, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Meals on Wheels and Pathways.
She is also survived by her brother, Robert Jurgenson of Stuart, Florida. She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Gary Farn.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 23 at the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Congregational Church, 108 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT 06870 or the Alzheimer's Association , Connecticut Chapter, 279 New Britain Road, Suite 5, Kensington, CT 06037.
Michael Fidelibus, 71, a Greenwich resident, died on March 11, 2010.
He was born Aug. 8, 1938 in Port Chester to Michael and Theresa Fidelibus and educated in Port Chester.
Fidelibus worked as a house painter and had a love of history and sports.
On June 25, 1972, he married Laura Mazzone.
Family and friends will remember him for his compassion and sense of humor.
Fidelibus is survived by his wife, Laura; his brother Phil and his wife, Patty, all of Greenwich; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceaser by his parents.
A funeral was held on March 15 at Corpus Christi Church in Port Chester. Interment followed in St. Mary Cemetery in Rye Brook, N.Y.
David Harvey, 84, World War II veteran and a longtime resident of Greenwich, died peacefully on March 10, 2010 at Greenwich Hospital.
Harvey attended Yale University, and graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in art and architecture. He went on to become a Fulbright Scholar and studied in Germany.
Harvey served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and later served in the U.S. Air force Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1979.
His professional career spanned several decades with IBM as the art director for the business show department
He was predeceased by his wife, Alice Abel in 2006.
A funeral service was held on March 13 in the Fred D. Knapp & Son Funeral Home in Greenwich.
Interment followed in The Middle Patent Cemetery in Banksville, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation.
Icilda "Icy" Hender, 82, entered into eternal rest on Monday, March 15, 2010 at her home in Greenwich.
She was born in Kingston, Jamaica on March 22, 1927 and migrated to the United States in 1970.
Hender is survived by her two daughters, Fay Lewis-Chevannes and Hyacinth Henderson-McKenzie, her six grandchildren: Tamara Chevannes-Hall, Jessica Chevannes-McSears, Kevin Creary, Donald McKenzie, Jr., Natasha McKenzie, and LaKesha McKenzie, seven great-grandchildren, and other relatives. She was predeceased by her husband, Edgerton Henderson.
The family will receive friends at the Castiglione Funeral Home, 134 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830 today from 5 - 9 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 20 at 10 a.m. at Bethel AME Church, 42 Lake Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830. Interment will follow at Putnam Cemetery.
Gilda D. Jensen, 83, a lifetime Greenwich resident, passed away at Greenwich Hospital, January 27, 2010. She is survived by a son, A. Christen Jensen, a daughter, Elyse James, a sister, Teresa Gallick, three granddaughters, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur C. Jensen, and three sisters: Antoinette Fonte, Chancy D. Curry and Helen Parsons.
A memorial service was held on March 15 at Gallagher and Son in Greenwich.
Caroline Kendall Kortner, 39, Greenwich native of Stamford died peacefully following a lengthy illness on March 15, 2010. She was born on July 21, 1970 to Coleman Keith Kortner Sr. and Mary Helen Nipper Kortner.
Kortner was raised in Cos Cob, and was a graduate of Greenwich High School and attended the University of North Carolina upon her graduation. She will be remembered for her love of animals, especially her two cats.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her brother, Coleman Kortner, and his wife Kelly, and her niece Keeghan Kortner. She was prececeased by her father, her paternal grandparents, Alexander and Helen Kortner and her maternal grandparents, Dan and Emmaline Nipper.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to: P.A.W.S., Adopt-A-Dog, or an Animal/Rescue Shelter of choice. Arrangements are by the Castiglione Funeral Home, Inc.
Mary Alice Keating Lewis
Mary Alice Keating Lewis, 90, of South Pasadena, Fla., died Thursday, March 11, 2010 at her residence.
She was born in Stamford and was a graduate of Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y. She was a member of St. John's Vianney Catholic Church in St. Pete Beach, Fla., the Pasadena Tennis and Yacht Club and Innis Arden Golf Club in Greenwich.
She is survived by two daughters, Dr. Pamela Epperson, and Roxanne Gardner; five grandchildren: John, Jr., Robert and his wife Amy, Courtney, Kelly and Megan; a great- grandson, Braden; a niece, Patty Keating Doyle; and her longtime friend and companion, E.J. Hinkle. She was predeceased by her husband of 32 years, Robert Lee Lewis; her brother and sister-in-law, Judge John P. and Lola Keating; a nephew, John P. Keating, Jr.; and her aunt, Mary E. Kelly.
Services will be held at a later date in Connecticut.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to Suncoast Hospice 5771 Roosevelt Blvd. Clearwater, FL 33760 or the SPCA Tampa Bay 9099-130th Ave. No. Largo, FL 33773.
Online memorial and guest book at www.gunterfuneralhome.com. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home, St. Petersburg, FL 727-528-2880
Rita Longo, 82, of Greenwich, passed away on March 9, 2010 with her family by her side. Longo was born in the Bronx, N.Y. on Feb. 20, 1928 to Peter and Caroline Prisco.
Longo most enjoyed reading, cooking and helping people. She was a parishioner of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church.
Longo is survived by her daughter, Rita and husband Michael Migliaccio; her brother, Michael Prisco and sister-in-law, Josephine; her granddaughters Marisa and Gabrielle Migliaccio; and her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Louis A. Longo, Jr. in 2009.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on March 12 at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Greenwich. Entombment followed in Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y.
Memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Michael L. Weamer, CAE, Executive Vice President, American Heart Association , 122 East 42nd St., 18th Floor, New York, NY 10168. Voice: 212-878-5901, Fax: 212-878-5960.
Online condolences may be left at www.castiglionefh.com.
Phyllis Loparco, 90, passed away peacefully at Greenwich Hospital on March 9, 2010. She was born in Derby, March 19, 1919 and grew up in the Chickahominy section of Greenwich.
For more than a decade, Loparco was in charge of factories in Hong Kong and Manila, overseeing the manufacturing of a popular undergarment.
Longo also traveled extensively throughout the world and visited every year in Mexico at the home of her oldest niece.
In her retirement years, she undertook volunteer work at the local Hamilton Avenue School and also worked at the polls for the Town of Greenwich.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, Horace, Samuel, Dominick; and two sisters, Sadie Gerardi and Principia Conti.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on March 15 at St. Roch Church in Greenwich. Internment followed at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Donations in her memory may be made to Nathaniel Witherell, 70 Parsonage Rd., Greenwich, CT 06830.
Arles M. Mackall, JR., 72, passed away on Jan. 24, 2010, in Bedford, Pa., after a long illness.
He was born in Detroit , Mich. on Oct. 30, 1937, and his family moved to Greenwich, when he was seven years old. He attended the Greenwich Country Day School along with his brothers and sisters.
He graduated from Trinity College in Hartford in 1960. Before college, he attended St. Mark's School in Southborough , Mass., and graduated in 1956.
He moved to New York in 1965 and began a career as a commercial real estate broker with William White & Co.
Then in 1976, he left that firm and formed his own real estate brokerage company, specializing in commercial leases for the major office buildings in the mid-Manhattan market.
He married Winifred Baker in 1969 and moved back to Greenwich where their three children were born. They divorced in 1981, but continued to work together closely in raising their children.
He retired in 1999, moved to Bedford , Pa., and married Priscilla M. Defibaugh in 2006.
He is survived by his wife, Priscilla; three children: Bay, Charles and David; two grandchildren, Austin and Lily; five brothers and sisters: Margaret Cragin, Louis, Lucy Sachs, John and Joan; and seventeen nieces and nephews.
Flora A. Masson
Flora A. Masson, 98, a longtime resident of Greenwich, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2010.
Masson worked as a secretary for Consolidated Electric.
She was predeceased by her husband, William Mitchell Masson in 1965 and her sister, Alice R. Wareham in 1997.
A graveside service was held on March 17 at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye, N.Y.
Herbert Bingham Mead, 86, passed away peacefully on Feb. 25, 2010 at the Sky View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Croton-on-Hudson in New York.
A direct descendant of the founders of the Town of Greenwich, Mead was born in 1924 and raised in Greenwich, attending local schools. He was the son of the late Stanley Bingham Mead and Gertrude Wester Mead.
Mead lived in back country Greenwich for most of his life until moving to Wilton, and then Croton-on-Hudson in December 2008.
He was a World War II veteran who served as a radioman in the U.S. Marines 1st and 4th Marine Divisions from 1943 - 47, at Guadalcanal, Peleiu, the front lines in the Battle of Okinawa, and stationed for several years in Tianjin and Beijing, China after the Japanese surrender.
For many years, he was employed in the Clairol research division of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Corporation in Stamford, Connecticut. After his retirement, he founded a garden design and landscape business.
Mead was an active volunteer for more than 40 years in Greenwich's fire department services including serving as chief of the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department and the Amogerone Volunteer Fire Company, contributing his time and energies.
Surviving are his four children: Gail Mead Fletcher of Greenwich; Deborah Mead Danielsen of Fairfield; Jeffrey Bingham Mead of Honolulu, Hawaii; Tracy Ann Mead of Paris, France; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Christ Church Greenwich, 254 East Putnam Ave., followed by burial in the First Congregational Church Cemetery, Old Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in memory of Herbert Bingham Mead to Sky View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, 1280 Albany Post Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.
Peter Boles O'Brien passed away on March 3, 2010 at the age of 73.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Gayle; and their four children: Timothy W. O' Brien, Kerrie G. Ballentine, Laurie G. Heaney, and Peter B. O' Brien Jr.; ten grandchildren; and three brothers.
A private family service will be held in Albany, New York.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation to the Stanwich Congregational Church in Greenwich.
Maureen E. O'Shea, 56, a Greenwich resident for more than 30 years, died on March 13, 2010 at Greenwich Hospital following a battle with cancer.
She was born on May 27, 1953, in Flushing, N.Y. and was the daughter of Bernard and Norma O'Shea.
Shortly after O'Shea's birth, the family moved to Rye, where she spent her childhood. A 1971 graduate of Rye High School, O'Shea served as senior class president, captain of the synchronized swimming team and participated in many additional activities.
O'Shea attended Smith College, and left after her freshman year to marry David Moxhay, also of Rye, whom she later divorced. She completed her undergraduate studies at Manhattanville College, and then earned her masters in special education from Fairfield University.
O'Shea settled in Greenwich in 1976 and became a teacher at New Lebanon Elementary School. In 1985 she left teaching to join Unum, as an insurance sales representative, and eventually started Focus Consulting, her own employee benefits consulting firm in Greenwich.
In 1994 O'Shea became involved with the girls' youth lacrosse program at the Old Greenwich Riverside Community Center and expanded the program from a few dozen to several hundred participants.
The success of the program raised awareness for the need to provide more opportunities in lower Westchester and Fairfield counties for girls to play lacrosse.
The Fairchester Lacrosse Association (FCLA) was formed, which nurtures young girls from first through eighth grades who are interested in the sport of lacrosse.
O'Shea was also part of the group of coaches and parents who founded Greenwich Youth Lacrosse.
In 2001 O'Shea founded the club program Connecticut Lacrosse Futures for premier high school girls' lacrosse players from throughout lower New England and Westchester.
Over the years dozens of her CTLF players earned All-American and Academic All-American at both the high school and college levels, and several were selected for the women's national team.
O'Shea continued her passion for lacrosse as the varsity girls' lacrosse coach at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, and later Rye High School.
She was also an active member of the Greenwich Rotary Club for many years, and served for a time as the club's president.
O'Shea is survived by her son, Chris Moxhay; and five siblings: Brian O'Shea, Kevin O'Shea, Kathleen O'Shea, Stephen O'Shea and Sean O'Shea.
A celebration of O'Shea's life will be held on tomorrow at Westchester Country Club in Rye from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
A scholarship is being established in her memory, and in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Lacrosse Futures Scholarship Fund In Memory Of Maureen O'Shea, P.O. Box 5295, Greenwich, CT 06831.
Mary Louise Ruttkamp
Mary Louise O'Connor Ruttkamp, Greenwich native, died on March 12, 2010 at Greenwich Hospital.
She was born on Aug. 26, 1923 to William H. and Katherine O'Connor, and lived in town her whole life.
Her life revolved around her four children and her work for 25 years at the historic Clam Box restaurant where she was known as "Mary R" until it closed.
She is survived by her four children: Thomas and his wife Marsha Ruttkamp of Bellevue, Wash., Judith Ruttkamp of Greenwich, Richard and his wife Audrey of Cos Cob, and Debra Donovan and her husband Timothy of Enfield; four grandchildren: Lauren, Amy, Travis and Elizabeth; and five great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her sister, Patricia Flannery of Norwalk, and her niece, Sarah. Family and friends were received on March 16 in the Leo P. Gallagher Funeral Home. Burial was private.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mary's name to the ASPCA at 1-800-628-0028 or www.aspca.org.
"Safety Town" returns to Greenwich in June
Greenwich Red Cross will hold "Safety Town" from June 7 - 11 and June 14 -18. Each weeklong half-day session is a comprehensive safety education program introducing awareness and prevention skills for youngsters entering a Greenwich kindergarten program in Fall 2010. Originally brought to Greenwich by the Junior League of Greenwich, Safety Town is a program of the Greenwich Chapter of the American Red Cross and will be held at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center in Old Greenwich.
The morning sessions, which meet 9 - 11:30 a.m., are filling fast. Afternoon sessions meet 12:15 - 2:45 p.m.
The fee for this weeklong program is $180, and financial aid is available. Registration forms are available at www.greenwichredcross.org or can be picked up at the Chapter.
Completed registrations and payment can be mailed to or dropped off at the Greenwich Chapter, 99 Indian Field Road, Greenwich, CT 06830.