Elsie L. Ashforth, 96, of Rye, N.Y. and Palm Beach, Fla. died on Oct. 30, 2010 of a sudden heart attack in Greenwich. She was the widow of James H. Madden and H. Adams Ashforth, Sr., both of Greenwich.
Born April 8, 1914 to Raymond D. and Beatrice Kobbe Little, Ashforth grew up in Europe and was privately educated there. Her father had served on a number of Davis Cup tennis teams for the United States in the 1900-1920 era.
She was a Powers model in the 1930s, and lent her first name to the female cow, wife to the bull Elmer, in a famous series of Borden Milk cartoon print commercials.
A talented artist, particularly in watercolor, she exhibited her work in New York and Connecticut, and only ceased painting in her eighties, when she published her memoirs. She was active to the end, her family said, and made many younger friends in her later years in Rye and Palm Beach.
Prior to his death, Mr. Ashforth was a real estate concern with properties on the East and West Coasts.
Ashforth is survived by her daughter, Christina L. Madden (Mrs. Charles S. Whitman III) of New York; her son Peter Madden of Glenville; and her granddaughter, Elizabeth Whitman of New York. Ashforth is also survived by three stepchildren: Mrs. Eldon Harvey, Jr. of Mystic, Alden Ashforth of New Orleans, and Marna A. Geoffroy of Los Angeles, Calif.; as well as 14 step-grandchildren, 30 step-great-grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her two husbands, she was predeceased by her son, Michael Madden, and a stepson, Henry A. Ashforth, Jr.
Services were held on Nov. 5.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road, Greenwich, Conn 06831.
Denise M. Begole, 87, died at her home in Old Greenwich on Nov. 3, 2010.
Martin was born Oct. 25, 1923 in Paris, France. After completing her Baccalaureate degree, she worked in the Paris office of the American Express Company as the travel coordinator for executives who received training in Paris before traveling to their permanent assignments elsewhere.
She first met Fred H. Begole when he arrived at her desk to pick up hotel reservation papers and the train tickets he would need to get to his post in Frankfurt, Germany. She married him in Frankfurt in 1950 and traveled with him as American Express assignments took them to Japan, New York City, and eventually back to Frankfurt in 1953.
She and her husband moved to the Greenwich area in 1962, and settled into the only house they ever owned, a Dutch Colonial in Old Greenwich in 1964.
She delighted in managing the myriad details involved with maintaining a home and raising two children. Reclusive and very private by nature, her family said, she spent many happy hours tending to her garden, reading extensively, and discussing life with close friends and relatives.
A memorial celebration of Begole's life will take place at a place and time to be announced in the future.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory to the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing at Greenwich Hospital or the Joslin Diabetic Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215 would be appreciated.
Frank Joseph Benvenuto
Frank Joseph Benvenuto, 86, of Stamford, passed away Nov. 4, 2010.
He was born in Greenwich on Sept. 4, 1924 to Rocco and Angelina Bruno Benvenuto. Frank served in the US Army during World War II and retired from the New York- New Haven Railroad after 35 years of service.
He is survived by a daughter, Gail Belasco of Port Richey, Fla.; a son, Mark Benvenuto of Stamford; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a sister, Rita Robustelli and her husband Albert of Cape Cod, Mass.; two brothers, Anthony Benvenuto and his wife Claudette of Riverside and Emil Benvenuto of Old Greenwich. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Benvenuto was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Marie Gale, in 1987.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Nov. 8 at the Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church in Stamford. Interment followed at the Woodland Cemetery in Stamford.
Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Richard L. Rosenthal Hospice Residence, 100 Shelburne Road, Stamford, CT 06902.
Online remembrances may be left in the family's online guestbook (www. bosakfuneralhome.com).
Antonio Cariglia, 85, of Monroe, formerly of Greenwich, the Bronx, N.Y. and Peschici, Italy, passed away on Nov. 7, 2010.
Cariglia came over from Italy in 1955. He was a sample tailor working for such companies as Anne Klein, Braetan and East Side Clothing Company. His passion was his family and he was a fan of World Cup soccer.
He was the husband of Antonia Cariglia, father of Enza Martino and her husband Kenny, and grandfather of Erica, Melissa and Matthew. He is survived by his sisters Olga and Merina of Italy. He was predeceased by his mother Vincenza, his father Nicholas, and two brothers, Michael and John.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Nov. 11 at St Jude's Roman Catholic Church in Monroe. Burial followed at St. John's Cemetery in Monroe.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association 2075 Silas Dean Highway Suite 100 Rocky Hill, CT 06067.
Jack John Covello, 62, a Greenwich native, passed away on Nov. 6, 2010.
He was born on Sept. 13, 1948 to Frank and Marion Covello and attended Greenwich public schools.
Covello was an avid golfer and won two town golf tournaments. He enjoyed playing all sports.
He is survived by his sister, Maureen Covello, his brother Mark Covello, and his companion, Lori Lorenzoni.
Funeral services will be held today at noon at the Castiglione Funeral Home, Inc., 134 Hamilton Ave., in Greenwich. Burial will be private.
Frances P. Hartell, 106, died on Nov. 2, 2010 at Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Home in Greenwich. She was a resident of Greenwich since 2003, first at The Mews and from 2006 at Nathaniel Witherell, where she was the oldest resident.
She was born in New York City on Oct. 25, 1904. Until well into her 80s, she worked in New York City at Bergdorf Goodman and Bonwit Teller designing lingerie.
Hartell fully embraced her life in Greenwich, and at Nathaniel Witherell was on the residents' board and the welcoming committee.
She was always ready with a humorous quip or observation, the Witherell staff said, which made her a favorite with everyone from other residents and Witherell staff to visiting dignitaries. She remained an active force in the life of Witherell until her death.
Hartell is survived by her daughter, Brenda Gude and her husband, John of Winnetka, Ill.; a granddaughter, Sarah Anderson and her husband Craig of Hartland, Wis. and their three children; and many nieces and nephews, including Susan and her husband Stephen, Elliott, Bruce Robertson and his wife Sharon and Judy Robertson. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Hartell, four sisters, and a brother.
Funeral arrangements were made by Castiglione Funeral Home. Burial was private.
Donations in her name may be made to The Nathaniel Witherell, 70 Parsonage Rd., Greenwich, CT 06830.
Dennis F. Harrigan
Dennis F. Harrigan, Judge Trial Referee, residing in Greenwich, passed away on Nov. 6, 2010.
Born in 1930 in Ossining, N.Y., Judge Harrigan grew up in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He received his bachelor of science degree from Fordham University in 1951 and his law degree from the Fordham University School of Law in 1955.
He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1955.
During his years in private practice, he also served Milford as City Attorney. In 1959, he was Judge of the Milford Town Court.
During his many years as a Superior Court Judge, Dennis served as Administrative Judge for the Waterbury Judicial District and, in Waterbury and Stamford, as Presiding Judge for family matters.
He was Presiding Judge for housing matters in the New Haven and Waterbury Judicial Districts. For the last 17 years, Harrigan presided over family matters in the Stamford Judicial District.
He was enthusiastic about politics, sports, travelling, and most especially his family. He will be remembered for his intellect, his humor, and his ability to overcome the immense adversities life dealt to him, his family said.
Harrigan is survived by his wife, Victoria Goss; his four children: Dennis F. Harrigan III, Thomas Harrigan and his wife Stephanie, Daniel Harrigan and his wife Alessandra and Mary Goss Harrigan; and five grandchildren.
A memorial celebration of his life will be held today at 1 p.m.at the Round Hill Community Church in Greenwich, followed by a reception at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the March of Dimes, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains , NY 10605 , or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Elizabeth Carbino Romeo, 94, of Old Greenwich passed away on Nov. 4, 2010 at the Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Home.
She was born in Greenwich on May 9, 1916 to Salvatore and Catherine Aiello Carbino. She loved baking and knitting and most importantly, spending time with her family. She is survived by her loving children, Katherine Nielsen, Sam Romeo and his wife Mary, Gloria Fiore and her husband Albert, Dominick Romeo Jr. and his wife Mary; and her daughter-in-law Gloria "Chicky" Romeo.
She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband Dominick Romeo, Sr. on August 1, 1969; a son, Joseph C. Romeo and three brothers: Frank, Joe, and Otto Carbino.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Nov. 8 at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside. Interment followed in St. Mary Cemetery in Greenwich.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to: Nathaniel Witherell Patient Care Fund, 70 Parsonage Rd., Greenwich, CT 06830.
Sandra Rubin, 63, Stamford native and longtime manager of the Greenwich Racquet Club, died on Nov. 3, 2010 of breast cancer, surrounded by her family.
She was the daughter of the late George and Irma Chafetz, graduated from Stamford High School, Class of 1965, and attended Chamberlain Junior College in Boston, Mass., where she met her husband.
Rubin worked for Ing-John Photography Studio for 30 years before managing the Greenwich Racquet Club for more than 10 years.
She will be remembered for her amazing strength, sense of humor, and love for her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Robert M. Rubin; her son, Michael Louis Rubin of Los Angeles, Calif.; and her daughter, Janet Syd Rubin of New York, N.Y.
She is also survived by her sister, Dr. Linda Chafetz and nephew, Ben Hedgepeth of San Francisco, Calif.; three cousins: William and Shirley Sklar, and Betty Tarr; and family friend, Marie McLaughlin.
Friends were invited to call on Nov. 6 at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory in Stamford.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center, 34 Shelburne Road, Stamford, CT 06904, and/or the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, 1266 East Main Street, Stamford, CT 06902. To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com.
Harriet Judson Van Ingen
Harriet Judson Van Ingen, 80, of Greenwich, died on Nov. 6, 2010, at home.
Born in Rochester, N.Y. on Dec. 29, 1929, she was the daughter of Charles Henry Judson and Gwendolyn Brewster Judson.
Van Ingen was a graduate of the Sewickley Academy, in Sewickley, Pa.
She was a member of the Junior League, The Vincent Club, The Greenwich Garden Club, The Greenwich Hospital Auxiliary, and The Christ Church Alter Guild. She was also a Community Answers volunteer.
She is survived by her four sons: Judson Van Ingen of Greenwich, Scribner Van Ingen, Terrell Van Ingen, and Langdon Van Ingen of Darien; and nine grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Herbert Terrell Van Ingen and her sister, Gwendolyn Sipe.
A memorial service will be held on Nov. 15 at Christ Church, 254 East Putnam Ave., in Greenwich at 11 a.m..
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and Greenwich Hospital Hospice.