Duff S. Allen, Jr.
Duff S. Allen, Jr., 80, longtime Greenwich resident, died on Oct. 20, 2009.
He was born on Dec. 8, 1928 in St. Louis, Mo. to Duff S. Allen, Sr. and Mildred Burns. Duff was a graduate of John Burroughs School, Princeton University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a Ph.D in organic chemistry.
He was employed by Lederle Laboratories in pharmaceutical research for more than 30 years.
After retiring to Falmouth, Mass., Duff devoted himself to his glass-collecting hobby and served on the board of the Sandwich Glass Museum, among other other activities in the glass-collecting community. He was co-manager of the Westchester Glass Show for many years and helped establish it as one of the premier glass events in the country.
Duff also had an enthusiasm for protecting the environment through his persistent efforts to certify vernal pools with the Falmouth Conservation Commission.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary "Molly" (Menzies) Allen; three children: Duff Allen of Woodstock, N.Y., Cori Allen of Palo Alto, Calif. and Tana Allen of St. John`s, Newfoundland; a sister, Rita Glastris of Mo.; a brother, Robert Allen of California; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Iris.
A memorial visitation with family and friends was held on Oct. 26 in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Falmouth, Mass. A private burial will follow at a later date.
Online condolences may be left at www.ccgfuneralhome.com.
Mary C. Chiapetta
Mary C. Chiapetta , 96, Greenwich native, passed away on Oct. 25, 2009 at the Greenwich Hospital.
Chiapetta was an avid reader who believed that people became well-educated by reading, and she promoted that belief to others. She also enjoyed cooking, gardening, knitting, sewing and crafts.
Chiapetta is survived by four children: Mary Anne Chiappetta; Patsy Chiappetta; Grace DeCarlo and her husband, Jim; and Frank Chiappetta and his wife, Barbara. She is also survived by ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Patsy "Duke" Chiappetta in 2002; and seven siblings: Anna Pucci, Mildred Turturino, Philomena Roberts, John Calabrese, William Calabrese, Arthur Calabrese, and Harold Calabrese.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Oct. 29 at St. Mary Church in Greenwich. Internment followed in St. Mary Cemetery in Greenwich.
Raymond J. Chute, Jr.
Raymond J. Chute, Jr., 92, World War II veteran and recipient of two Purple Hearts, passed away on Oct. 22, 2009 at The Edgehill Health Center in Stamford.
He was born in Greenwich on Nov. 28, 1916 to Raymond Sr. and Elizabeth Chute.
Chute served during World War II in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and was the recipient of one Purple Heart from the U.S. Navy and a second Purple Heart from the U.S. Marine Corps.
Chute worked for the Greenwich Special Police for 20 years and was a member of the Masonic Temple for 60 years. He worked for Cyanamid Corporation for many years, then started his own painting and wallpapering business.
Chute is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Gerardi; a granddaughter, Debora Schiano; a grandson, retired Greenwich police officer Joseph Gleason; and four great-grandchildren: LCPL Joseph Schiano, Nicole Schiano, Tyler Schiano and Nicklaus Gleason. He was predeceased by his wife, Anna Chute; two brothers, Edward Chute and Robert Chute; and two sisters, Jean Kasmarski and Louise Crowle.
Funeral services were held on Oct. 27 at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich. Internment followed in Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich.
Online condolences may be left at www.castiglionefh.com.
Peter G. DiLeo
Peter G. DiLeo, 56, a longtime Old Greenwich resident and Director of Communications and Racial Justice at the YWCA of Greenwich, died on Oct. 20, 2009 at the Rosenthal Hospice Residence in Stamford after a battle with cancer.
He was born in Hackensack, N.J. on Aug. 6, 1953 to John M. DiLeo and Ann R. Colello and earned an undergraduate degree in political science and psychology from George Washington University.
After college, DiLeo became a legislative research assistant in Washington, D.C., where he served on the U.S. Senate Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency and worked directly for Sen. Birch Bayh.
DiLeo then received a master`s degree in corporate and political communication from Fairfield University and master`s degree in marriage and family therapy from Bridgeport University. He was a licensed marriage and family therapist.
Prior to his position at the YWCA, he also worked for Magellan Health Services as the program coordinator for the employee assistance program that served more than 5,000 U.S. Postal Service employees and their family members. During his career he was also Internship Coordinator for the University of Connecticut and director of development and public information for Hospice Care, Inc. and executive director of recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, a non-profit organization that serves people with visual impairments.
DiLeo lived in Stamford before moving to Old Greenwich in 1994 and volunteered his time at numerous Stamford social service agencies. He also served on a number of board of directors, including Domestic Violence Services, The Connecticut Primary Care Association, The Volunteer Center of Southwestern Connecticut, Gateway Communities and Stamford Cares.
In his free time, DiLeo was an avid swimmer who regularly swam laps at the Italian Center of Stamford, where he was a member for more than 20 years. He was a voracious reader of historical fiction and in healthier days, his family said that he loved nothing more than walking with friends at Tod`s Point, riding his motorcycle, jumping the waves on the Jersey Shore and savoring a Kir Royale at the end of a hot summer afternoon while listening to Tom Waits.
Family and friends will remember the vibrancy of his voice, his laugh and the way he was able to bring a room full of people to life. He had a wonderfully balanced view of life and was one of a handful of people who truly knew the meaning of living each day to its fullest, they said.
He is survived by his former wife Meredith; his daughter Indea; two sisters, Kathleen Zorner of Venice, Fla. and Rita O`Brien of Paramus, N.J.; and two brothers, J. Richard DiLeo of Longwood, Fla. and Charles Colello of Vienna, Va. He also leaves several nieces and nephews: Brigitte, Heidi, Lisa, Christina, Debi, Jessica, Laura, Eric, Bill and Charlie. Services were private. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.cognetta.com.
Gordon Forsyth, Greenwich resident, passed away on Oct. 23, 2009.
He was born in 1921 in Elgin, Scotland to Gordon Stuart and Jessie Forsyth, and traveled to Connecticut as a young boy.
Forsyth earned his living tending the land, as his fathers did before him, and his horticulture career flourished during the time in Greenwich`s history of Gold Coast estates along Byram Shore Road. He designed, constructed, researched and planted formal, rose, fruit and vegetable gardens on the Milbank estate and his work included maintaining one of the largest art deco greenhouses in the Northeast.
He later opened his practice to English garden design on the neighboring Jennings estate.
Forsyth was a past president of the Fairfield Horticulture Society and recognized at the New York Flower Show. Friends recalled him as a true professional and a force to contend with in competition.
He hunted from Canada to Montana, fished Long Island Sound and enjoyed a round of golf or bridge.
Forsyth was the patriarch of the family and a respected member of his community. Family and friends will remember him as a man with integrity whose honesty was as strong as his handshake and his word.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Forsyth; three children: Mimi, Hope and Gordon; and five grandchildren.
A celebration of Forsyth`s life was held on Oct. 27 at Stanwich Congregational Church. Arrangements were entrusted to the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home in Greenwich.
The family requests that donations be directed to the caregivers at the Rosenthal Hospice in Stamford, which they said was a place of great comfort during the last months of his life.
Lawrence K. "Doc" Harreys
Lawrecne K. "Doc" Harreys, 72, Greenwich resident, died on Oct. 3, 2009 in Branford.
He was born on Jan. 12, 1937 in Patterson, N.J. to Charles and Claire Fisher Harreys, graduated from Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, N.J. and attended Lehigh University.
Harreys was a member of the Army National Guard and was employed for many years as a technician for Motorola Corp.
He is survived by his brother, John Harreys and his wife Barbara of Old Saybrook; a sister, Mary Kent Crabtree of Charlotte, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews: Douglas and Corrie Harreys of Essex, Alexandra Meinsen Harreys of Boston, Mass., Sidney Kent Harreys of Philadelphia, Pa., Charles William Harreys V and Corbett Corrigan Harreys of Essex, Bill and Elaine Crabtree of Wilmington, Del., Katherine and Dave Thames of Charlotte, N.C., and Ann Clark Crabtree. He was predeceased by his brother, Charles William Harreys.
A memorial Mass was held on Oct. 24 in St Mary Church in Greenwich.
Memorial contributions may be made to Greenwich Hospice, 2015 W. Main St. Stamford, CT 06902. Arrangements are with the Clancy Funeral Home, 43 Kirkham Ave., East Haven. www.clancyfuneralhome.com.
Armond "Pops" Heerman, 83, Korean War veteran and Old Greenwich resident, died on Oct. 19, 2009 at home with his family and friends by his side.
He was born on Nov. 13, 1925 in Medford, Mass. to Armond and Josephine Vanderbourt Heerman.
Heerman served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard.
He began his career in railroad transportation in 1953 as a clerk and rose to vice president at the Boston & Maine Railroad. He then served as vice president at Great Lakes Carbon Corporation from 1970-85.
After he retired, Heerman managed and volunteered for Call-A-Ride of Greenwich for 20 years.
He is survived by his daughter, Donna Thompson and her husband Glenn of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; a son, Jack Heerman and his wife Joann of Stamford; a sister, Josephine Kline of Medford. He is also survived by four granddaughters: Kara Secher of Reading, Mass. and Melissa, Natalie and Samantha Heerman of Stamford; a grandson, Jake Heerman of Stamford; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean Perrotti Heerman; a daughter, Marcia Heerman; and a brother, William Heerman.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Oct. 23 at First Congregational Church and interment followed at the church yard cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Call-A-Ride, 37 Lafayette Place, Greenwich, CT 06830.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.cognetta.com.
Frank Joseph Kalata, Sr., 66, World War II veteran and Greenwich native, died on Oct. 25, 2009 in Merritt Island, Fla.
Kalata was born on Oct. 28, 1923 and worked for Doran Brothers in Greenwich. He was a decorated serviceman in World War II.
Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home in Viera, FL is in charge of arrangements.
Bernice Norwood Napper, 92, former Riverside resident, passed away on Oct. 23, 2009 at the Green Tree Manor Nursing Home in Waterford, where she resided for eight years.
She was born in Stratford on Dec.10, 1916 to Rev. James and Rosa Braswell Norwood, grew up in South Norwalk and graduated from Norwalk High School in 1934. She went on to study at Howard University School of Music in Washington, D.C. in 1938, where she majored in music and voice.
After graduation, Napper settled in Riverside, where she performed vocal concerts throughout the state and in Washington, D.C. She was also very active in the local Republican Party and various local civil affairs.
Napper is survived by her daughter, Patricia Napper Knudsen of Copenhagen, Denmark; a son, Alver Woodward Napper, Jr. of Loudoville, N.Y.; her sister, Eleanora N. Clarke of Norwalk; and three nieces: S. Vanderklief of Stamford; Lynda C. Stack of Bridgeport; and Leigh D. Clarke of Norwalk. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Louise Gonzolez-Knudsen; a grandson, Eric Knudsen; three great granddaughters and a great- grandson. She was predeceased by her husband, Alver W. Napper, Sr.
A funeral service was held on Oct. 28 at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home with the Rev. Sultan Stack of St. Paul`s Baptist Church of Bridgeport officiating. Interment was private.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.cognetta.com.
Benjamin J. Servidio Jr.
Benjamin J. "Babe" Servidio Jr., U.S. Air Force veteran and Greenwich native of Stamford, died suddenly at home on Oct. 17, 2009. He was a resident of Stamford for more than 50 years.
The son Benjamin J. and Angelina D`Andrea Servidio, he was born on Nov. 25, 1932, attended North Mianus Elementary School and graduated from Greenwich High School.
Servidio worked for Conde Nast and Genovese, and retired from Clairol/Bristol Meyers.
He served in the Intelligence Corps. of the U.S. Air Force for more than three years.
A devout Christian Catholic, Servidio attended Mass at St. Benedict`s and St. Mary`s in Stamford. He was a longtime Eucharistic minister and member of Sacred Heart Church who participated in prayer meeting services at St. Thomas More in Darien and St. Mary`s in Stamford.
Servidio was also an active community member who enjoyed volunteering. He participated in many senior groups in the Stamford Greenwich area including the Over 60 Club in Stamford, the AARP on Newfield Ave. and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Springdale.
He was a longtime active member of the Improved Order of Redman, a national fraternal organization, served as an officer and longtime member of its Greenwich chapter, the Redman Home Association, and was a longtime member and officer of the Chickahominy Reunion Association, all organizations are involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors such as providing scholarships, trips for schoolchildren, and contributing donations to the Alzheimer`s Association.
He leaves his son Mark S. Servidio and his wife Tanya; a grandson, Michael Benjamin; two sisters, Rosie O`Donnell and her husband Harold and Joyce Summa and her husband Vito, all of Stamford; and three brothers: Joseph Servidio of Riverside; Robert Servidio and his wife Lynn, of Venice, Fla.; and Richard Servidio and his wife, Marie of Northport, Fla.
Servidio is also survived by his brother-in-law, Dr. Peter J. Buchetto and his wife, Catherine Haggquist Buchetto; his sister-in-law Vita and her husband, Daniel G. Chichester, Sr.; and his brother-in-law, Salvatore R. Buchetto and his wife, Toni, all of Stamford; several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, cousins; two uncles and five aunts.
Servidio was predeceased recently in May 2009 by his wife of 52 years, Rachell Buchetto Servidio. He was also predeceased by his sister, Dolores Abbott of Stamford; a brother Louis of Vermont; and a brother James of Greenwich.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Redman Home Association, P.O. Box 176, Greenwich, CT 06830: or to the Chickahominy Reunion Association, P.O. Box, 656 Greenwich, CT 06836: or the St. Jude Children`s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary`s Church, 566 Elm Street, in Stamford. Interment will be private. Lacerenza Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Condolences for the family may be left in the guestbook on the Greenwich Time obituary Web site.
John B. Smeriglio
John B. Smeriglio, 61, Vietnam War veteran and former Greenwich resident of Memphis, Tenn., died of natural causes on Oct. 18, 2009.
Smeriglio was born in Port Chester, N.Y. on April 18, 1948. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War.
Smeriglio was a longtime board member of the Greenwich YMCA, an avid golfer and longtime board member of the St. Andrew`s Golf Club in Hastings-on Hudson, NY, as well as, a past President of the Lake Club in Wilton, CT.
Smeriglio was predeceased by his mother, Camille Caputi Smeriglio of Riverside. He is survived by his two children, Stephanie Ellen Smeriglio of Greenwich; and John Zachary Smeriglio of Wilton; his father, James M. Smeriglio; and two sisters, Susan C. Morris and Elizabeth N. Smeriglio all of Riverside.
A private memorial service will be held prior to internment in St. Mary Cemetery.
Evelyn M. Tomchek
Evelyn M. Tomchek, 90, longtime Greenwich resident, died on Oc. 19, 2009.
She was born Dec. 26, 1918 and was the daughter of Edward and Antoinette O`Rourke.
Tomchek is survived by a daughter, Willa M. Nemetz of Windsor; three grandchildren: John and Tiffany Christy of Laurel Hill, Fla. and Jessica Tomchek of Sarasota, Fla.; three great-grandchildren: Clayton, Austin and Brenton Christy; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two husbands, William S. Nemetz and John M. Tomchek; her longtime companion Charles Sweatt; and two children; John M. Tomchek Jr. and Mary Ellen Topalis.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Oct. 26 at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Greenwich.
Charles F. Westerman, 85, a lifelong Greenwich resident and president of Wallauer Paint and Wallpaper Co., passed away in Florida on Oct. 17, 2009.
Westerman graduated from Greenwich High School and he joined the U.S. Navy, where he was a Seabee from 1943-5.
He worked at Wallauer Paint and Wallpaper Co. for 61 years.
He became a member of the John Jay Mason Lodge 653 in 1950 and a member of the Lions Club in 1951. He also joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1970 and attended meetings at the Greenwich Boat and Yacht Club, where he moored his boat.
Westerman loved boating with his family and friends. They will remember him as a kind and generous man who cherished his wife, two daughters and two granddaughters.
He leaves his wife of 59 years, Frances; his two daughters: Barbara and her husband Billy; and Cheryl and her husband Larry; and two granddaughters, Brooke and Lauren.
He also leaves his brothers Harold and Fred, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Philip in 1979.
A chapel service was held at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home on Oct. 27.
Donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society c/o Finance Dept. 1311 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains, New York 10605 or www.LLS.org/donate.
The family wants to thank Dr. M. Sung Lee and the superb staff at the Greenwich Bendheim Cancer Center for the love and support he received the last 2 1/2 years.
Robert C. Wilson, 64, a Greenwich High School teacher for eleven years and resident of Norwalk for over thirty years, died on Oct. 24, 2009 in his home.
He was born in Staten Island, N.Y., on Oct. 24, 1945 and graduated from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, NY. He received a bachelor`s degree in English from The Catholic University of America and an M.A.T., a non-thesis degree, in English from Wesleyan University. He also did graduate studies at Fordham, Fairfield, and Oxford universities.
Wilson began his career in 1969 at Xavier High School in Middletown, where he taught for five years. He went on to teach in the Brookfield public schools for 18 years, where he also served as department chairman as well as the district curriculum and staff development specialist for English.
He then taught at Greenwich High School for eleven years, where he was also the program administrator for English. For more than 20 years he was a consultant and a workshop presenter with the Connecticut Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a teacher-training initiative.
He was also one of its associate directors and an adjunct professor in English and Education at Fairfield University.
Over the years he held leadership positions in local, state, and national organizations. He was active in the community as a past chairman of the Rowayton Civic Association, a past chairman of the St. John Church Parish Council, and a current board member and vice-president of the English-Speaking Union`s Greenwich branch.
He also served as an ambulance driver with the former Rowayton Emergency Medical Services.
Professionally, he was a past president of the Connecticut Council of Teachers of English and was an elected board member of the Council on English Leadership of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Wilson enjoyed international travel and had friends around the world. Some of his other interests included photography and genealogy.
He retired in June 2006 after thirty-seven years as an educator.
Wilson is survived by his wife of thirty-eight years, Sarah "Sally" of Rowayton; his daughter Rebecca of Greenwich; and two sons, Brendan of San Francisco and Timothy and his wife Angela of Rowayton.
He is also survived by his brother, William Wilson and his family of Staten Island, N.Y. as well as two sisters: Sr. Patricia Wilson, SC, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Kathleen Buxton and her family of Toms River, N.J. He also leaves many friends and colleagues, especially his companion Hajime Ogawa.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Oct. 28 at Saint John Parish Church in Darien. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery in Norwalk.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Xaverian Brothers, 4409 Frederick Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21229 or to The Whittingham Cancer Center, Norwalk Hospital, 24 Stevens Street, Norwalk, CT 06850.
To send a condolence to the family, visit www.norwalkfh.com.