Roberta Rodney Buscher, former Greenwich resident of New Canaan, died on Feb. 14, 2010 with her children by her side.
Known simply as "Grammie" to many, she was born in New Brunswick , N.J. and was the youngest daughter of Edward and Estelle Rodney.
Buscher was a model for Miss America in New York City before her marriage, and her love of fashion and fitness continued throughout her lifetime.
She was also an avid fan of UConn women's basketball and the New York Giants. Family and friends will remember her for her love of coffee and chocolate, a warm, loving smile, grace and understated elegance, and love for her family.
She leaves her two daughters, Susan Oppenheimer of Monroe and Nancy McGann of Glastonbury; her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Michelle Buscher of New Canaan; her granchildren, Michael and Sarah Buscher, Kelly and Eden McGann, and Greg and Brooke Oppenheimer; and her three great-grandchildren: Grayden, Braveny and Breyer. She was predeceased by her sisters, Edwina Whitman and Dorothy Van Deursen, and by her husband of 58 years, John Edward Buscher.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 27 at the First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, her memory may be honored by contributions to The First Congregational Church, Women's Ministry, 108 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT 06870; the Greenwich Hospital Development Office at 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich, Ct 06830; or to the charity of one's choice.
Robert J. Canning
Robert J. Canning, 92, of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Greenwich, died in Florida on Feb. 24, 2010.
Canning was a graduate of the University of Michgan, where he was a member of Chi Phi Fraternity.
He was part of the corporate financial staff at General Electric Corporation 43 years.
Canning was a lifetime member of American Accounting Association, Financial Executives International, and American Collegiate Schools of Business. A member of Milbrook Club in Greenwich, Delray Dunes Golf and Country Club and Delray Beach Club.
He is survived by his wife, Rita Harmuth Canning; five children: Molly Mead of Simsbury; John Canning of Westport; Kathleen Canning Reilly of Hudson, Ohio; Constance Davis of Seattle, Wash.; and Robert G. Canning of Darien; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four step-children: Joseph T. Harmuth of Madison, David C. Harmuth of Southport, Holly Harmuth Clement of McLean, Va.; and William K. Harmuth of Andover, Mass.; and four step-grandchildren. Canning was predeceased by his wife, Mary Mooney Canning, in 1976.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Adopt-A-Family of Palm Beaches, 2200 N. Mango Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33409. Interment will be private.
Tucker Lowe Davis
Tucker Lowe Davis, 28, of Greenwich, passed away peacefully on Feb. 28, 2010, surrounded by his family and close friends.
Davis was born on Oct. 16, 1981 in New York City. He attended The Day School and Allen- Stevenson School. In 1994, Tucker and his family moved to Greenwich, where he attended Brunswick School and Greenwich High School and later graduated from the University of Colorado with a major in international affairs.
Davis was a member of the CU freestyle ski team and coached the Boulder High School Boys Varsity Hockey Team.
After his graduation from college, he worked for three years as an investment banker in New York City with Bank of America's Financial Institutions Group, following a summer in London as an underwriter of financial products at Lloyds.
Davis fought a battle against fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma since 2008.
He and his family and friends started the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation (www.fibrofoundation.org) to help fund research for a cure and raise awareness of this rare liver cancer. He wished to find a way forward for the young people affected by this disease, for which there is currently no known cure.
He had a gift for mathematics, logic and puzzles. Davis loved the great outdoors, winter and summer camping, cooking up a delicious meal, deep sea sail and bone fishing in the Florida Keys, as well as fly fishing in Colorado and Vermont, skiing in Alta, sky diving, hockey, the New York Rangers, the Grateful Dead and Phish, breakfast sandwiches at the Bellport Deli, and was always at the center of good times as the "Chief Entertainment Officer."
He leaves his parents, Marna and Chuck Davis; his brother, Tyler; his girlfriend, Alisha Sternenberger; his grandmother, Eleanor Olsen; his aunts and uncles, Kathy Davis and Gary Boynton, Jeff and Karen Davis, and Ken Olsen; several cousins, Courtney and Jon Guyette, Hillary and Doug Boardman, Jeffrey, Whitney, and Hayley Davis, Leif and Cabot Olsen, Gussie and Leighton Guyette and Millie and Freddie Boardman; along with his puppy, Aspen. Davis was predeceased by his grandparents, Phyllis Lowe Davis, Dudley Hale Davis, Clinton O. Olsen, and his aunt, Cheryl Davis Mead. He also leaves many friends, including his lifelong friend, Charles Beermann.
A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich, Saturday, March 27 at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, tax deductible donations may be made in Tucker's name for fibrolamellar research to the Stone Point Capital Foundation (for the benefit of the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation) at 20 Horseneck Lane, Greenwich, CT 06830.
Beatrice Hurta Dobrucky
Beatrice "Betty" Hurta Dobrucky, Greenwich native and registered nurse, passed away peacefully on Feb. 27, 2010.
She was a member of St Paul's Lutheran Church in Byram, where she served on the Altar Guild, and a member of the Sokol USA in Byram. Following the death of her husband of 49 years, Milan Dobrucky, she moved from Glenville, N.Y. back to her hometown of Greenwich and resided there for the past six years.
Dobrucky is survived by her cousin, Beatrice Walko and a niece, Kathy Kowalk. She was "Aunt Betty' to Matthew, Suzanne, and Jacqueline Sukala, and David and Stephen Walko. Dobrucky was predeceased by her parents, Anna and John Hurta and her husband, of 49 years, Milan Dobrucky of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
A memorial service for Dobrucky will be held during a Sunday morning service later this month at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Interment will take place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Schenectady, N.Y.
Arrangements were made by Castiglione Funeral Home in Greenwich.
Rena C. Hayes
Rena C. Hayes, 101, former Greenwich resident, died peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 24, 2010 at Brighton Gardens in Chevy Chase, Md.
Hayes lived in Chevy Chase for 12 years, after spending many years in Greenwich.
She is survived by three daughters: Dodie Anderson of San Diego, Calif., Pamela Sacks of Worcester, Mass., and Mary Hayes of Alhambra, Calif.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A son, Samuel Hayes, died in 2005.
Hayes was interred at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass. Services were private.
Robert Hamilton Ingalls Jr., 64, Vietnam veteran and a longtime resident of Greenwich, died on Feb. 21, 2010 at Greenwich Hospital.
He was born in New Jersey on Oct. 18, 1945 to Robert H. Ingalls and Helen Virginia Williams-Ingalls and spent most of his childhood living in England. He was a graduate from Brunswick School class of 1963, and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in American and British History from Yale University in 1967 and a law degree from Columbia University in 1972.
He served in the Vietnam War from 1969-70.
Ingalls started his law career at Dewey, Ballantine, Bushy, Palmer and Wood in downtown Manhattan. He then worked in private practice until his retirement. Family and friends will remember him as a kind and generous man who cherished his wife, loved to travel and served as "Coach Bob Ingalls," a volunteer for the Greenwich Cardinal Rugby Club.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Eileen P. Ingalls.
A memorial service was held on March 3 at The First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Cardinal Rugby Club, c/o 83 Summit Road, Riverside, CT 06878. Fred D. Knapp & Son Funeral Home of Greenwich is assisting with arrangements.
Ann M. Hicks
Ann M. Hicks, 74, an Old Greenwich resident and longtime Greenwich public school English teacher, died on Feb. 21, 2010, following a long illness.
She was born in New York City on Jan. 8, 1936 and lived in Greenwich from 1947 - 51, when her late father, David S. McLean, served as Assistant Superintendent of Schools. Hicks attended school in Old Greenwich, then moved to Radnor, Pa. when her father became superintendent of schools there.
She graduated from high school in Radnor 1954, then went on to earn a bachelor of arts degree from Wellesley College. She also earned a teaching certificate from Montclair State College in New Jersey and a MA degree as a reading specialist.
Hicks taught for eighteen years as an English teacher in Greenwich, first at Western, then Eastern and Central Middle Schools. She was a member of the Milbrook Club, Rocky Point Club and the Garden Club of Old Greenwich.
She traveled throughout the world with her husband and children.
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence E. Hicks, of Old Greenwich; two children, Catherine E. Johnson, of Redmond, Wash. and Dr. David L. Hicks, of Piedmont, Calif.; and five grandchildren.
A family service was held on Feb. 27 at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich, and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation.
Daniel E. Kiah, 69, U.S. Army veteran and former Riverside resident of Bethel, passed away in Venice, Fla., on Feb. 24, 2010.
He was born in Brewer, Maine on Feb. 6, 1941 to Kay and Clare Kiah, and was the third of four children. The family moved to Riverside in 1958 where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Donna Lanzarone, in 1965.
He was a graduate of St. Mary's High School in Greenwich and graduated from Pace University in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in business. He earned his MBA from the University of New Haven in 1996.
Kiah served in the U.S. Army in Killeen, Texas, from 1965 through 1967 and moved to Bethel in 1969.
He worked at Norden Systems from 1974 until he retired in January 2009. He had been a program manager in the Repairs Division for the past ten years.
Kiah was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Third Degree. He was also a former board member of Bethel Pop Warner and a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Ducks Unlimited.
He and his wife of 44 years, Donna, spent many years traveling the world with friends and family. He enjoyed golf, was an avid photographer and in recent years shared a love for rock climbing with his children.
Family and friends will most remember Kiah for his generosity and kind heart.
In addition to his wife, Kiah is survived two children, Kathy of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and Bill of Fort Collins, Colo. He is also survived by his brother, David of Newton, Mass.; a sister, Sister Annemarie, RSM of Portland, Maine and Donald of Palm Beach, Fla.; as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Peter's Church in Danbury on March 2. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Sisters of Mercy, 605 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME 04103 or The Danbury Animal Welfare Society, 147 Grassy Plain Street, Bethel, CT 06801.
William Widmann Klumpp
William Widmann Klumpp, 83, World War II veteran of Old Greenwich, passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2010.
Klumpp was born on March 19, 1926 to Otto Klumpp and Josephine Widmann Klumpp of Cos Cob.
Klumpp served with the Army Air force during World War II and was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant.
He was a graduate of University of Bridgeport , class of 1952, and retired from ITT Flygt, Trumbull, as an international sales representative in 1996 after 28 years of service.
He was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside.
In his retirement years, he spent his time volunteering as a Red Baron at Greenwich Hospital, was a member of the RMA, and served as a former chairman of the fire alarm committee for the Town of Greenwich. He also joined his wife at New Covenant House, where they worked side by side in its soup kitchen.
He was also an avid collector of Lionel "O" gauge trains and loved to set them up with his grandsons and great nephews during the holiday seasons. He was an avid Yankees fan and loved to travel with his wife during their retirement years.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret Craig Klumpp, of Old Greenwich; a son, William W. Klumpp, Jr of San Diego, Calif.; and two daughters, Patricia A. Klumpp also of San Diego, Calif., and Carolyn K. Schmaling and her husband, Scott of Monroe.
He is also survived by six grandchildren: Sgt. David S. Schmaling and his wife Ashley P. Schmaling of Monroe; Andrew C. Schmaling; Margaret M. Schmaling; Catherine A. Schmaling; Theresa E. Schmaling; and William C. Schmaling all of Monroe; his great-aunt, Sister Helen Klumpp, FMM of North Smithfield, RI and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Otto J. Klumpp of Hartsdale , N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Klumpp's name to the New Covenant House, 90 Fairfield Ave. PO Box 10883 , Stamford , CT 06904
Funeral services will be held today at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside at 11 a.m.
Alma W. Lally
Alma W. Lally, 79, a lifelong resident of Greenwich, passed away on March 2, 2010 at Greenwich Hospital, with her family at her side.
She was born in Greenwich to Joseph and Mary Manka on Dec. 3, 1930. For many years, she worked as a secretary, most recently at the Round Hill Country Club.
Lally was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and an active member of the choir. She was also a member of the Sokol Club, the Byram Veterans Women's Auxillary, and associated with the State Liners Jr. Drum and Bugle Corp.
Lally enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading and caring for her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, James E Lally Jr.; three children: Michael, Kevin, and Laura Lally; and three grandchildren: Allison, Shannon, and Erin Lally. She was predeceased by her brother, Joseph Manka and her stepfather, Oliver Bridge.
Funeral services will be held today at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 286 Delavan Ave., in Greenwich. Internment will follow in Greenwood Union Cemetery Rye, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to: Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund, 37 W. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830. Please leave on-line condolences at www.castiglionefh.com.
Susan Lawson, a former Greenwich resident of Lenox, Mass., died on Feb. 17, 2010. She was 94 years old.
Lawson was born in Vienna, Austria, on Dec. 3, 1915 to Desider and Mathilde Fehers. She came to the United States in September 1939 to escape Nazi persecution. Her fiance, Dr. H. Peter Hernried, preceded her to the U.S. in 1938, and they married five days after she arrived in New York City. For many years they lived in the Bronx, where her husband had established a medical practice.
After they divorced in 1956, Lawson worked in a hospital histology laboratory for a number of years until she made a career switch to banking.
In her most recent position, Lawson worked for Republic National Bank from its opening in New York City to her retirement in 1980. By then, she lived in Greenwich, she and her second husband, Henry P. Lawson, whom she married in 1969, and volunteered at the Bruce Museum and Greenwich Hospital.
In 1990 the couple moved to Kimball Farms in Lenox, Mass. to be closer to both music and cross country skiing. She is survived by her daughter, Vivian Schablin, of Riverside; a grandson, Paul Luongo; two great-grandchildren, Stella and Ike Luongo, of San Francisco, Calif.; a niece, Karen Feher Rosen of Cortlandt Manor, NY; and a stepdaughter, Karen Buck and her son, Eddie of Brooklyn, N.Y. She was predeceased by her parents, who perished at Auschwitz; her twin brother, Ernest Feher; and her husband Harry. Honoring her explicit instruction, there were no services. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to one's favorite charity.
Teresa Kelly O'Donnell
Teresa Kelly O'Donnell, 71, passed away peacefully on Feb. 28, 2010 in her home with family by her side.
She was born in Tullaghan, Co. Leitrim, Ireland, on June 19, 1938, the fifth child of Owen and Ann Kelly. She married Denis O'Donnell, and had three children: Denis, Sean and Ann Marie, and three grandchildren: Katherine, Megan and Matthew.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at Sacred Heart Church in Byram on March 4. Internment followed in St. Mary's Cemetery in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Teresa's name to St. Francis Bread Line, 135 W. 31st St. NY, NY 10001, (212) 736-8500. http://www.stfrancisnyc.org/lieu.asp Please leave online condolences at www.castiglionefh.com
Francis P. Roche Jr.
Francis P. Roche Jr., of Greenwich, died on Feb. 21, 2010 following a brief illness. He was 78 years old.
He was born in Yonkers, N.Y. and graduated from Iona Prep and Iona College. Roche pursued a career at Cheseborough Ponds, and was then owner of Gladhaven Club, a senior citizen's residence in Greenwich. Roche and his wife travelled throughout the world for many years and he was an avid sailor.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Roche, and three daughters: Dale Roche-Lebrec of Paris, France; Dona Roche-Tarry of London, England; and Susan Roche-Callahan of Greenwich;and six grandchildren: Caroline and Nicolas Vergne, Alexander and Thomas Tarry and Courtney and Patrick Callahan. He also leaves behind his sister, Carol Ferdinandson, of Yorktown.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Feb. 26 at St. Mary Church in Greenwich.
Lawrence Schmidt Jr.
Lawrence Schmidt Jr., 56, owner of Greenwich Pool Service for 25 years, passed away on Feb. 23, 2010, at the Stamford Hospital.
He was born in Queens, N.Y. to Ruth and Lawrence Schmidt on July 2, 1953 and lived in Stamford before moving to Greenwich 25 years ago.
He graduated from the St. Cecilia School and Stamford High School, where he was the All State Football pick for the 1971 team. He graduated from Gavilan Jr. College and was on the All American Jr. College Football Team.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Loughran Schmidt and two sons, Kevin and Kyle; his parents; a brother, Kenneth; his sisters, Karen, Gerrie, Mary, Ellen and Barbara; and his dog, Chelsea.
He was predeceased by his sister, Kathleen Ruszkowski and grandparents, Ruth and Frank Taylor and Gertrude and Julius Schmidt.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Feb. 27 at the Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Stamford. Interment followed at Queen of Peace Cemetery in Stamford.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his memory to the: Send a Kid Fishing Foundation, 14 Ramsey Road, Shirley, NY 11967 or, to the American Lighthouse Foundation, PO Box 565, Rockland, ME 04841.
Online remembrances may be left at www.bosakfuneralhome.com.
Antoinette Utlek, 86, of Greenwich died on Feb. 18, 2010 at Greenwich Hospital.
She was born in Glen Cove, N.Y. on July 10, 1923 to Raffaele and Maddalena Nuzzo. Utlek was a graduated valedictorain from the American Institute of Banking. She worked for many years in Banking at Port Chester-Rye Savings and later for Greater New York Savings Bank in their Port Chester Branch.
Utlek was a member of the Port Chester Banking Association. She married Sigmund Utlek in St. Rocco's Church in Glen Cove. on Dec. 7, 1947. He predeceased her in 1983.
Utlek is survived by two daughters, Diane L. Boaz and Lynn Utlek Scott Cummins.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on March 1 at St. Mary's Church, 178 Greenwich Ave. Greenwich. Interment will follow in St.. Mary's Cemetery.