Obituaries from The Ridgefield Press

Ridgefield, Connecticut

For the year 2001

Last updated: Thursday, January 03, 2002

Alphabetical

Name index

(please see after this list for more descriptive links by date of death )

Acorn, Janet
Adler, Larry
Aldrich, Larry
Allen, William I.
Akerman, Roger
Ames, Margaret
Andres, Douglas
Antkiw, Joan
Autuori, Norma
Babbin, Jacqueline
Bacchiochi, Helen
Baker, Albert M.
Baker, James "Ed" 
Barone, Edith
Barraro, Gene
Baxter, Marion
Beetham, Stanley
Beltran, Mary Jane
Bergstraser, Eleanor Hilton
Bertalovitz, Dale
Bevacqua, Josephine
Bibb, Michael
Blessey, Margaret
Bliss, Lillian Bennett
Bloomer, Andrew Thomas
Boring, Mary Catherine
Brady, Anne Rose
Brizendine, Sharon
Brooks, Isabel F.
Brown, Alice Creagh
Brown, Eleanor Leal
Brown, William Jr.
Brunetti, Dante R.
Bryant, Fred
Bryant, Jo Ann
Burgoon, James A.
Bye, Arthur E.
Callahan, Harriet
Canavan, Marie
Caraway, Bettie
Carpenter, Amanda
Carter, Emeline Starr
Casagrande, Darlene
Casagrande, Rudy
Casey, Cornelius 'Neil'
Casey, William F.
Cassavechia, Norma
Cavallo, Vito A.
Chard, Howard
Ciulla, Evelyn
Coca, Imogene
Colabufo, Dominic
Crozier, Ronald D.
D'Arpa, Marie
Deegan, Barbara
DeFranco, Valerie
DeLuca, Leonora Roberti
DiPietro, Andrew
Dlugo, Helen Heibeck
Dyer, Ruth Kobler
Dzamko, Frances Nalley
Edwards, Barbara
Eisele, William
Emmons, John
Engelhardt, Francis
Esterheld, Betty
Evans, Anne Del Biondo
Everson, Samantha
Failla, Caroline Grace
Farra, Roy
Flagg, Darlene "Dee"
Flagg, Wilson "Bud"
Flaherty, Martin "Bud"
Ford, Doris Irene
Fortin, Albert
Fortin, Helen 'Nell'
Foyto, Susan Elizabeth
Fronzi, Evo
Frulla, John
Frulla, Mario "Mugsy"
Gager, Everett
Galluzzo, Stephen
Gleason, Edith
Greer, Alice
Gurrieri, Angelo
Gustafson, Harvey
Gustafson, Robert
Haley, Dennis
Hathaway, Carol
Hauspurg, Kristin
Hayes, Floyd
Heller, H. Joseph
Higley, Robert
Hilton, Eleanor (see Bergstraser)
Hoelscher, Louis
Honan, Dorothy
Hopkins, Irene
Howald, John V.
Hultberg, Margaret Anthony
Huntoon, David D.
Hyde, James 'Spense'
Jeannont, Bruce
Johnson, Barbara
Kabot, Jane Smith
Keefe, Michael
Keeler, Townsend
Keglovits, June
Kehoe, Eugene Joey
Kinnaird, Richard F.
Knight, Hanny
Kohut, Andrew
Kopins, Kevin
Kraus, Robert
Lantry, Margaret
Leach, George C.
Leff, Lillian
Lefferts, Lester
Leitner, David
Lenniger, Harold
Link, Randy
Litwin, Fred
Lowe, Jason
Luiz, Cidalia "Kate"
Lynch, Alice Rockwell
Maki, Kirsten
Maltas, R. Benjamin
Marinelli, Lena
Martin, Thomas R.
Marra, Richard C.
Marsili, Filomena
Maucere, Jane
McCaffrey, John
McDevitt, Paul R.
McKeon, Daniel M.
McKeown, Jeffrey Peter
McMahon, Sister Genevieve
McMaManus, Sister Frances
Menagh, Donald F.
Mennis, Jeanne
Mettin, Irmgard
Metz, Betty
Meury, Kenneth
Meyer, Rhona
Moylan, Francis P.
Morey, Katherine 
Mulvaney, Elizabeth
Nigh, the Rev. William
O'Dowd, Lottie Karwoski
Pambianchi, Otto
Pastorello, Irene
Pedersen, Charles Richard
Petrini, Julio
Phelan, Yolanda
Plisko, Dorothy
Polley, Scott
Polverari, Gino Bob
Powers, Sally
Principi, Primo
Purfield, Patricia
Ray, Natalie
Reed, Valeria
Rizy, Mary Gill
Rubin, Earl
Ruschmeyer, Patricia
Russell, Harry
Russell, Mary
Sachetti, Domenica
Sanger, Charles "Ben"
Servadio, Dr. Gildo Joseph
Silleck, Selina
Singleton, John
Squire, Elizabeth Daniels
Stauffer, Claire
Sweeney, Joseph
Tango, Ginny
Thies, Joy
Towne, Margaret McGlynn
Tutules, Lillian
Ugolyn, Tyler
Verna, Emily
Vitti, Nancy DiPietro
Vyas, Christopher
Warner, Frank E.
Webb, Delita B.
Wentzel, Joan C.
West, Kelly
Wilk, Frank
Williamson, John
Wogksch, Randall

Obituaries by date of death

Sister Genevieve McMahon, teacher, principal, congregation leader, Jan. 2

Mary Russell, 92, hat designer and Ridgefielder since 1937, helped many people, Jan. 5

 

Joseph Sweeney, 71, former school board member and administrator who fought waste, Jan. 8

 

Francis Engelhardt, 80, longtime Ridgefielder, Menís Club member, Jan. 9

Margaret McGlynn Towne, 84, native, secretary, mother of Vietnam victim, Jan. 10

Lillian Bennett Bliss, 84, a nurse and longtime Ridgefielder, ancestors were early settlers, Jan. 12

Julio Petrini, 75, postal worker who grew up and lived in Branchville, Jan. 12

Mary Catherine Bernard Boring, pioneer stewardess who helped agencies as a volunteer, Jan. 14

Eugene Barraro, 87, active Ridgefield Democrat, Jan. 21

John "Jack" Emmons, 90, longtime Ridgefielder who rode the Branchville train to school, Jan. 25

William I. Allen, 67, town watchdog who founded Independent Party, Jan. 27

Douglas Andres, 78, IBM manager and avid gardener, Jan. 27

Lena Marinelli, 84, retired seamstress and 51 year resident, Jan. 27

Nancy DiPietro Vitti, 48, worked at Ridgefield Pharmacy many years, Jan. 28

Lillian Leff, 85, model, homemaker, and manager, Jan. 28

John "Jack" Frulla, 81, native son who survived Pearl Harbor, Jan. 30

Bruce Jeannont, 53, broadcaster and teacher, Jan. 30

Harvey Gustafson, 81, artist and teacher who lived here 34 years, Jan. 31

Jo Ann Bryant, 71, champion equestrian, Feb. 2

Donald F. Menagh, 85, noted New York City labor lawyer, 45-year Ridgefielder, Feb. 7

Charles B. Sanger, 88, was artist for MGM film posters, Feb. 10

Michael Keefe, 47, former Air Force navigator who grew up here, Feb. 13

Irene Hopkins, 95, who volunteered many years for church, Feb. 14

Andrew J. DiPietro, 85, mason and homebuilder, Feb. 15

Mario "Mugsy" Frulla, 82, three-time fire chief and former policeman, Feb. 20

Eleanor Hilton Bergstraser, 68, former teacher, Feb. 20

Delita B. Webb, 77, a church and NAACP leader, Feb. 20

Margaret Lantry, 89, former Ridgefielder, worked for Perkin Elmer, Feb. 21

Elizabeth Daniels Squire, 74, mystery writer and former reporter, Feb. 25

Stanley Beetham, once ran for congress, husband of former Barbara Barnard, Feb. 25

Everett Gager, artist and designer who created Goldfish package, March 3

Natalie R. Ray, 79, Naval officer who helped break enemy codes, March 3

Claire Stauffer, 66, former Ridgefielder who remained active in Jesse Lee church, March 4

Mary Gill Rizy, 90, retired teacher, March 7

George C. Leach, 94, Hawaii native and TV repairman, March 8

Kristin Hauspurg, 23, former Ridgefielder, March 8

Carol Hathaway, 80, former Ridgefielder, March 8

Emeline Starr Carter, 97, member of prominent Ridgefield family, March 9

Barbara Ann Deegan, 69, a founder of Meals on Wheels, March 10

Leonora Roberti DeLuca, 81, lifelong Ridgefielder who brightened lives, March 12

Roger Akerman, 28, RHS Class of 1990, worked for Time Warner, March 15

Jeffrey Peter McKeown, 45, paper company executive, March 16

Dr. Gildo Joseph Servadio, 72, noted food scientist, Ridgefield native, March 16

David D. Huntoon, 75, cautious planner, friend of education, March 17

Evo Fronzi, 88, native of Italy, Morganti worker, March 18

Amanda Carpenter, five months old, March 19

Andrew Kohut, 100, retired electrician, March 21

Edith Gleason, 70, longtime town watchdog, March 23

Filomena Marsili, 68, operated restaurant and deli, March 26

Anne Del Biondo Evans, 76, crafter, golfer who hit first Dlhy Ridge hole-in-one, March 29

Albert Fortin, 80, American Legion leader, Ridgefielder in his youth, March 29

Alice Rockwell Lynch, 82, antiques dealer, aided unfortunate, cousin of Pat Nixon, March 31

Richard C. Marra, 72, active in Catholic Church, trained IBM managers, April 2

Scott Polley, 43, grew up here, active in Simsbury, April 7

R. Benjamin Maltas, 83, toolmaker, coach, played Santa from Frances Cleaners, April 10

Joan C. Wentzel, 69, former Ridgefielder, active in Bristol, April 12

Sharon Brizendine, 42, former model and emergency room nurse, April 16

Floyd G. Hayes, 83, retired railroad engineer, 55 year resident, April 21

Primo Principi, 80, mason, veteran, lifelong Ridgefielder, April 29

Eugene Joey Kehoe, 58, Vietnam veteran, former Ridgefielder, April 30

Hanny Knight, 70, real estate broker and active volunteer, May 1

Helen Bacchiochi, 87, businesswoman, home health aide, May 2

Dr. Stephen Galluzzo, 50, food scientist, May 3

Fred E. Litwin, 86, retired machinist, May 4

Doris Irene Ford, 81, active volunteer, May 5

Eleanor Leal Brown, 82, former Ridgefielder, May 13

William Eisele, 42, Georgetown Jeep service manager, RHS Class of 1977, May 15

John V. Howald, 66, Dupont lab technician, Army veteran, May 19

William Brown Jr., 77, TWA captain, ice boat racer, decoy carver, May 21

Alice Greer, 88, longtime Ridgefielder, OWLS member, May 21

Lottie Karwoski O'Dowd, 97, Blue Cross manager, early commuter, May 22

Jane Smith Kabot, 67, Smith graduate, former Ridgefielder, May 22

Dennis Haley, 39, RHS Class of 1980, trucker, outdoorsman, May 24

Margaret Anthony Hultberg, 45, RHS Class of 1973, university official, May 24

Harriet A. Callahan, 67, publisher and former Ridgefield, May 27

Katherine Angela Morey, 68, Woolworth bookkeeper, native of Ireland, May 28

Marie Canavan, 91, sales representative who loved family, May 28

Randall Wogksch, 44, grew up in Ridgefield, May 31

Imogene Coca, 92, pioneer TV comedienne, actress, who loved Ridgefield, June 2

Albert M. Baker, 66, conservationist, MRI engineer, longtime Ridgefielder, June 3

Christopher Vyas, 18, RHS junior, loved sports, overcame handicap, June 6

Randolph Link, 52, popular scout leader and coach, June 6

Paul R. McDevitt, 73, town official, political leader, jazz musician, June 7

Louis Hoelscher, 75, painting and wallpaper contractor, June 10

Thomas Ryan Martin, 36, chef, carpenter, lifelong Ridgefielder, June 11

Ruth Kobler Dyer, 79, sculptor, former Aldrich co-director, June 14

Irmgard Mettin, 88, governess, baby nurse, choir singer, June 16

Valeria Veola Reed, 87, pioneer woman pilot, teacher, missionary, June 19

Susan E. Foyto, 56, homemaker, worked at Home Video Outlet, June 21

Margaret Ames, 84, classics scholar, teacher, June 22

Valerie DeFranco, 62, homemaker who loved animals and flowers, June 23

Josephine Bevacqua, 100, longtime active Republican, June 24

William F. Casey, 69, plumbing contractor, native son, June 28

Janet Acorn, 78, worked at Community Center, July 1

Daniel Manning McKeon, 94, community leader, conservationist, for 64 years, July 11

Evelyn Ciulla, 82, artist and businesswoman, July 13

Irene Pastorello, 81, homemaker, native of Little Italy, July 13

Andrew "Tom" Bloomer, 56, mechanical designer, RHS 1963, July 23

Everson, Samantha, 31, mother of two, lifelong Ridgefielder, July 23

Kirsten Maki, 66, nurse, former Ridgefielder, July 23

Francis P. Moylan, 81, fire chief, first full-time fire marshal, July 24

Fred Bryant, longtime Republican Town Committee member, July 24

Gino Bob Polverari, 85, ran the Ridgefield water company, July 26

Dorothy Honan, 83, retired teacher, world traveler, July 31

Kevin Kopins, former Ridgefielder, Aug. 5

Robert Kraus, 76, noted cartoonist, author, illustrator, publisher, Aug. 7

Larry Adler, 87, harmonica virtuoso, here during Communist witch hunt, Aug. 7

Jason Lowe, 31, sales representative, avid golfer, Aug. 12

James "Ed" Baker, 64, retired Lazard Freres executive who enjoyed his Harley, Aug. 13

Anne Rose Brady, 72, homemaker, two-year Ridgefielder, Aug. 15

Martin "Bud" Flaherty, 70, former Pan American pilot, Aug. 17

Dr. Ronald D. Crozier, 71, international mining expert, Aug. 18

Yolanda Phelan, 79, 45-year Ridgefielder, active in Meals on Wheels, Aug. 19

Townsend Keeler, 83, retired nurseryman, former Ridgefielder, Aug. 21

Helen Heibeck Dlugo, 77, the ice cream lady from Georgetown, Aug. 26

Vito A. Cavallo, 89, retired butcher, active in taxpayers league, loved to dance, Sept. 3

Frances Nalley Dzamko, 86, Ridgefield native, longtime Danburian, Sept. 3

Selina Silleck, 88, teacher who headed Pratt Institute Department, Sept. 7

Sister Frances McManus, 100, longtime educator and nun,  Sept. 9

Earl Rubin, 66, early president of Temple Shearith Israel, Sept. 10

Wilson "Bud" Flagg and Darlene "Dee" Flagg, admiral and community leader, Flight 77 victims, Sept. 11

Barbara Edwards, 58, former Ridgefielder on Flight 77, Sept. 11

Robert Higley, 30, insurance executive, former Ridgefielder, at Trade Center, Sept. 11

Tyler Ugolyn, 23, athletic star, top student, devout Catholic, at Trade Center, Sept. 11

John Williamson, 46, New York City fire battalion chief, son of Ridgefielder, Sept. 11

H. Joseph Heller, 37, commodities broker, victim of Trade Center attack, Sept. 11

Kelly Ann West, 36, secretary who wrote a cookbook, Sept. 14

Joy Thies, 71, portrait and landscape artist, Sept. 20

Jeanne Mennis, 77, longtime Stamford resident and hospital volunteer, Sept. 20

John Singleton, 87, former Ridgefielder who had been a Glens Falls, N.Y., merchant, Sept. 21

Sally Powers, 59, retired teacher and school counselor, Sept. 25

Dante R. Brunetti, 77, haberdasher, longtime realtor, native, RHS '42, Sept. 26

The Rev. William Nigh, 52, former minister of First Congregational Church, Sept. 27

Domenica Sachetti, 91, native of Italy, adopted war orphan, Sept. 28

Marie D'Arpa, 95, longtime Ridgefielder, expert dressmaker, Sept. 29

Dale Bertalovitz, 60, was pastor here, Sept. 30

Joan Antkiw, 80, former operating room supervisor, Oct. 2

Emily C. Verna, 76, RHS '42, lived here many years, loved needlework, Oct. 2

Harold "Grumpy" Lenniger, 90, butcher who worked at Gristede's, West Lane Market, Oct. 4

Dominic Colabufo, 83, retired IBM elevator mechanic, Oct. 4

Jacqueline Babbin, 80, television and movie producer, Oct. 6

Frank E. Warner, 89, banker and civic leader for many years, Oct. 8

Cidalia "Kate" Luiz, 84, longtime Bridgeport resident, Oct. 11

Otto Pambianchi, 85, decorated World War II veteran, Oct. 12

Cornelius 'Neil' Casey, 72, town soccer pioneer, played in World Cup, Oct. 17

James A. Burgoon, 57, executive and veteran, Oct. 21

John Neil McCaffrey, 8, victim of leukemia who charmed everyone he met, Oct. 22

Margaret Blessey, 88, gardener and longtime Ridgefielder, Oct. 24

Kenneth Meury, 44, RHS '75, Subaru regional manager, Oct. 25

Charles Richard Pedersen, 78, attorney, American Can executive, Oct. 26

Larry Aldrich, 95, museum founder, championed artists & open space, Oct. 27

Patricia Ruschmeyer, 77, longtime Ridgefielder, Oct. 27

June Keglovits, 69, senior citizens columnist, active at Senior Center, Oct. 28

Mary E. "Betty" Esterheld, 80, active in community, early Kodak manager, Nov. 4

Roy Farra, 69, retired Eastern Airlines pilot, owned Villager Printers, Nov. 4

Dorothy Plisko, 78, 15-year Ridgefielder, Nov. 9

Lillian Tutules, 94, once taught in one-room Wyoming schoolhouse, Nov. 9

Betty 'Beulah' Pouliot Metz, 88, native of Vermont, Nov. 9

Norma Cassavechia, 77, was a cook in the schools here, Nov. 14

Alice Creagh Brown, 90, taught in one-room schoolhouse, lifelong Ridgefielder, Nov. 16

James 'Spence' Hyde, 36, native son, diver, died in Florida boating accident, Nov. 16

Howard Chard, 93, painter and boat builder, Nov. 20

Bettie Caraway, 72, office manager, active in church, Thrift Shop, Nov. 21

Ginny P. Tango, 42, Pitney Bowes manager, dancer, pianist, Nov. 22

Barbara Lee Johnson, 73, active in civic and church work, descendant of town founders, Nov. 22

Jane Maucere, 86, active in volunteer groups, longtime resident, Nov. 24

Frank Wilk, 83, taught at Farmingville School, Nov. 24

Arthur E. Bye, 82, internationally known landscape architect, Nov. 25

Mary Jane Beltran, 63, nursing professor, active Methodist, Nov. 27

Robert "Bob" Gustafson, 81, Press cartoonist and Red Sox fan, Nov. 28

Helen "Nell" Fortin, 89, active in Legion Auxiliary, native daughter, Nov. 28

Michael Hugh Bibb, 30, master's degree student, Dec. 1

Caroline Grace Failla, two months old, Dec. 4

Lester Lefferts, 81, draftsman, first parking officer, Dec. 8

Isabel F. Brooks, 73, registered nurse, Dec. 9

Patricia Purfield, 50, hospital volunteer, Dec. 11

Elizabeth "Betty" Mulvaney, 85, longtime teacher, Dec. 11

Richard Kinnaird, 88, optical expert, worked on space program, Dec. 11

David Leitner, 57, interior decorator, antiques expert, Dec. 16

Norma Autuori, 96, teacher and musician, Dec. 22

Rhona Mahler Stein Meyer, 50, insurance executive, Dec. 22

Henry "Harry" Russell, 75, businessman and church trustee, Dec. 23

Edith Barone, 97, former office manager who loved needlework, Dec. 24

Angelo Gurrieri, 44, property manager who was a poet and dancer, Dec. 26

Rudy and Darlene Cioffoletti Casagrande, victims of fire, Dec. 27

Marion S. Baxter, 70, 50-year-resident, former teacher, Dec. 28

 

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