James M. Bowman
James M. Bowman, 87, of Ocala, Fla., formerly a longtime resident of Norwalk, died Nov. 10, in Ocala. Born in Stamford, the son of the late James Garfield and Leona Bonville Bowman, he was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, having served in Europe as a radio operator in the 328th Fighter Control Squadron.
Bowman had retired from the South Norwalk branch of the U.S. Postal Service, with more than 20 years of service. He then began a second career with the City of Norwalk Parking Authority. He was a 55-year member of the American Legion, past Master and 50-year member of the St. John Masonic Lodge #6, in Norwalk and a member of the Shrine Club in Ocala.
Predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy Sarsen Bowman, and sister Mazie Haworth, he is survived by two loving daughters Linda Kardos and her husband Bill of Norwalk, and Judy Doubleday of Vernon Hills, Ill.; three grandchildren Bill Kardos Jr., and his wife Dawn of Naugatuck, Karleen Grimes and her husband Torrance of Wallingford, and Andrew James Doubleday of Vernon Hills, Ill.; two cherished great-grandchildren, Lillian Rene Kardos and Dante Grimes, as well as a niece Marge Mischak and her husband Bill of Virginia Beach, Va.; his current wife, Sharon, and his beloved dog, Skippy.All funeral services will be held privately.
Helen S. Haybeck, 90, of Norwalk, died Nov. 17, at the Norwalk Hospital. She was the wife of the late Bernard L. "Barney" Haybeck. She was born in Norwalk May 5, 1919, daughter of the late Stephen and Michalina Obuchowski Szerszen and has lived locally all of her life. She had worked as a seamstress for Amherst Knitware and several other local businesses. She loved travelling, photography and spending time with her family, and was a former member of the Girl Scouts of America. Haybeck is survived by her sister Evelyn of Norwalk and many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her sister Laura.
Memorial donations in her name may be made to a favorite charity.
Helen L. Dake Kongsted, 91, wife of the late Karl M. Kongsted of Norwalk, died Nov. 18, at Norwalk Hospital.
Born July 10, 1918, in Westport, she was the daughter of the late Franklyn and Alice Dake. She was a graduate of the Westport Public Schools, and held employment at various companies throughout her life, including Buehner & Warner and MBI. On Oct. 4, 1941, she married her "honey," and she took on her most important jobs of wife, mother, grandmother and friend. In her spare time, she had been a longtime member of the African Violet Society, and has given many hours to caring for friends and family, her pets, and many neighborhood animals.
She is survived by two daughters, Lynne Kruseski, of Norwalk, and Diane Adinolfi and her husband, Jack; five grandchildren, James Michael Walters and his wife Pilar, of Virginia Beach, Va.; Shari Walters and Lori Jo Walters, both of Florida; David Kruseski and his wife Mary, of Norwalk; and Tani Gonzalez and her husband, Ashley, of Norwalk, as well as eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, including her beloved Jeanne Ladd of Vermont.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to: Operation Smile, 6435 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509 (or www.operationsmile.org), or St. Jude Children''s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (or www.stjude.org)
Theresa J. Kron (Terry)
Theresa J. Kron (Terry) of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Potomac, Md. and Norwalk, died Nov.13. She was the loving wife of the late Morris Kron, loving mother of the late David J. Kron, daughter Florence (Roy), and son Marc (Marina). She is also survived by her grandchildren Michel and Michael Johnsen, and David and Brian Kron.
A memorial service will be held in Norwalk on Dec. 19.
Patricia K. Mayor, 58, of Norwalk, died Nov. 18, at Wilton Meadows. She was the wife of the late Frank M. Mayor, Jr. She was born in Bridgeport on May 26, 1951, daughter of the late James and Virginia Reck Dunsmore and had lived in Norwalk for most of her life. She was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and has been a teacher's aide for many years at the Rowayton School; a position she found truly rewarding dealing with children. She loved her family and loved to travel and will be missed by all those she cared for.
Mayor is survived by her four children; Jeannette Marie Mayor of Norwalk, James Allan Keyser of Bridgeport, Michael Reid Mayor of Stratford and Jennifer Loren Keyser of Guilford; her twin sister Mary Lou Smith of S. Salem, N.Y., and her nephew Kevin Ireland Smith of Lake Placid, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the American Lung Assoc., 45 Ash St., E.Hartford, CT, 06108.
Debra Holly McCrae-Staton,born on May 14, 1955 in Norwalk, died Nov. 12, after a lengthy illness.
She was married to Troy Staton of North Carolina.
In addition to her husband, she leaves to cherish her loving memories, her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Charlie McCrae, Norwalk; two daughters: Suzette McCrae, of Norwalk, and Latisha Staton of Bridgeport; six sisters: Dorothy Givens, Juanita Miller, Peggy McCrae, Juanita McCrae, and Dorothy McCrae, all of Norwalk, and Diane (Walter) Miller of Georgia; four brothers: Anthony McCrae, Melvin McCrae and Charles McCrae, all of Norwalk, and Ivory (Gloria) Boyd of South Carolina; six grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews relatives and friends. She was predeceased by two sisters, Barbara McCrae & Suzette McCrae.
Service of comfort entrusted to Downer Funeral Home, Norwalk.
Mary T. Pignataro, 91, of Norwalk, died Nov. 21. She was the wife of the late Stephen Pignataro, Sr. Born in Norwalk Jan. 31, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Placido and Marianne English Mangino and had lived locally all of her life. She was a former employee of Sperry-Rand, Burndy Corp., and T-Bar. She was very involved with St. Mary Church in Norwalk and was a member of the Women's Guild and Golden Age. She was also a member of the Columbiettes and ElderHouse. She adored her family and loved to crochet.
Survivors include a son, Stephen M. Pignataro, Jr. and his wife Marlene, a daughter, Patty Murphy, all of Norwalk; four grandchildren, Shawn Murphy and his wife Rene', Christopher Murphy and his wife Ree-ann, Christine Rysz and her husband Tom, and David S. Pignataro; a great granddaughter Ashley Rysz, and many nieces and nephews. Shewas also predeceased by her sister, Theresa DeLallo.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to ElderHouse, 7 Lewis St., Norwalk, 06851, or to St. Mary Church.