Bonnie Louise Logie Bieder
Bonnie Louise Logie Bieder (wife of Richard Bieder) born June 18, 1941 at Bridgeport Hospital, died Jan. 21, at their home in Bedford, New York surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband as well as their children, Erik Bieder and Julie Alleyne of Norwalk; her sister Linda McCarthy of Branford; her sister-in-law Joan Bieder of California; her grandchildren Evan, Brendan and Tyler Bieder and Alexandra and Joshua Hamel; her nieces Carey Brassell and Carol Logie; and her nephews Thomas and David Logie. She was predeceased by her parents, Tom and Lila Logie.
Bieder graduated from Bassick High School in Bridgeport in 1959. She graduated from Bates College in Maine, majoring in philosophy, in 1963. For many years she was a social worker with the Connecticut DCYS (in both its Bridgeport and Stamford offices) investigating and dealing with cases of abused children.
For the past 30 years she has been the owner of an art gallery, now called The Lionheart in Pound Ridge, N. Y., which also provides home decorating services including murals and faux finishes. She had a soft spot in her heart for all animals (big and small). In addition she was a very spiritual person exploring and learning many religions and meditative, as well as intellectual, practices.
She was a landscape painter who studied at Silvermine Guild Art Center in New Canaan. Her teacher was famed PBS landscape artist, David Dunlop. She furthered her studies with plein air painting done at sites in France made famous by such great artists as Renoir, Monet and Joseph Turner and in Italy. She was also a member of the board of trustees of Silvermine Guild Art Center. Last year she was the chair of the center's successful and highly regarded annual benefit, which raised significant funds to carry on the center's activities. Those activities include outreach into schools from neighboring communities. She will be missed by all who experienced her grace, her humor, her honesty, and her compassion.
The funeral will be private; however there will be a memorial celebration at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center -- 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan on Jan. 31, beginning at 1 p.m. after which those touched by Bonnie's love, beauty, and presence are invited to share their experiences. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Silvermine Guild Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Ave, New Canaan, CT 06840. The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, in Stamford is in charge of arrangements.
Clayton F. Buckley, 85, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., died Jan. 20.
Buckley (Buck as he was known to his friends) was born in Norwalk on April 16, 1924 to Alfred & Viola Benedict Buckley.
After returning from the war he served a four-year apprenticeship and became a journeyman sheet metal worker. While working at the trade, he found a desire to help his fellow workers in search of better working conditions. He was elected president of Sheet Metal Workers CT Local #39, based in Norwalk, and served in that post for nine years. He followed that by serving for 16 years as business agent/manager.
While in that position, he was appointed a vice president of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association in Washington, D.C. and served on the executive council from 1979 to 1982. In 1982 he was appointed international representative for the New England and New York City areas. This portion of his career was cut short in May 1986, when his health required him to take disability retirement at which time he and Terry moved across country to Arizona. He has been a cancer patient/survivor since January 1984.
Buck was a 40-year member of Norwalk, CT American Legion Post 12, and a longtime member in good standing of Old Well Lodge No. 108, A.F. & A.M.
As a year-round resident of Sun Lakes for 24 years, he enjoyed being a member of a golf five-some, fishing in the lakes and playing cards with his poker buddies at the clubhouse.
Buck is survived by his wife of 61 years, Terry; and his family in Connecticut; daughter Sue; son Ric; daughter- in-law Pam and grandchildren Tyler, Emily and Katy.
The family expresses gratitude to Hospice of the Valley for the comforting care their husband, father and grandfather received in the last six weeks of his life on earth. Should friends desire, donations may be made in his name to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014 and/or Sunshine Acres Children''s Home, 3405 N. Higley Road, Mesa, AZ 85215. A private service will be held in Connecticut at the convenience of the family.
Thomas R. "Tom" Corbo
Thomas R. "Tom" Corbo, 78, of Norwalk, died at his home after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Harriet Skinner Corbo. He was born in Norwalk on Sept. 26, 1931. He was a graduate of Norwalk High School and had served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army. He was a retired banker, having worked for many years at Connecticut National Bank and later with Gateway and other banks as they merged. He was actively involved with the Norwalk Biddy Basketball League, the Cranbury Community Athletic Assoc., Senior Babe Ruth League, Ridgefield Italian-American Club, Rotary, Laurel Athletic Club, Norwalk Old Timers Assoc., Norwalk High School Alumni Assoc., South Norwalk Boat Club and was a founder of the Kinlock Baseball Tournament. He was also head usher and very active with St. Philip Church. An avid sportsman, he also followed the Boston Celtics and Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the UCONN Huskies. Survivors include four sons, Thomas R. Corbo and his wife, Patty of Monroe; Timothy R. Corbo of Hollywood, Calif.; Todd R. Corbo and his wife, Linda of Fairfield and Mark R. Corbo of Norwalk; two daughters, Susan Corbo Ameer and her husband,v Charlie of Weston, and Sara Jane Corbo Veno and her husband, Steven of Ridgefield; his sister, Gloria Stone of Lewisboro, N.Y.; brother, Robert Corbo of Norwalk; 12 grandchildren, Stevie, Stephanie, Brendan, Michael, Adam, Kyle, T.J., Charles, Christopher, Kevin, Anna and Madison; and several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his mother, Grace Mezzo Anderson; step-father, Arvid J. Anderso; and brother, Leroy Corbo. Contributions in his name may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, 06492-1800 or The American Cancer Society , 333 7th Ave., 17th Floor, NY, NY, 10001.
Marie S. Festo , 94, a Stamford resident, died Jan. 21. She was born on Dec. 14, 1915 in Bayonne, N.J., the daughter of the late Giacinto and Carmella Valentino Schiavello. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred J. Festo Sr. She is survived by her beloved children, Fred J. Festo Jr. and his wife, Rita of Norwalk, George P. Festo of Norwalk, Joseph Festo and his wife, Beth of Florida, and Maria A. Bucci and her husband, Ralph of Stamford; her brothers, Bruno, Frank, Dominick; and sister, Jean; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her siblings, Nick, James, Lucy and Theresa. Festo was a member of Catholic Daughters for more than 50 years. She was devoted to her faith and family, and was a loyal New York Yankee fan. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Camillus Health Center, 494 Elm Street, Stamford, CT 06902.
Mae Bell Fludd, 68, of Norwalk, died Jan. 21 at Norwalk Hospital. She was born March 9, 1941 in Orangeburg County, S.C. to the late Freddie and Julia Mae Welfare Hanton. She was educated in the Elloree Public Schools in S.C. After graduating, she married Louis Fludd and relocated to Norwalk in 1962.
Fludd worked for many years as a certified nursing assistant at Westport Manor. She then worked as a direct support counselor for children with developmental needs at Lower Fairfield County Regional Center in Silvermine and then retired. She was a member in good standing at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Norwalk where she served as a deaconess and sang in the gospel choir for many years.
Fludd enjoyed fishing, flower gardening, cooking and baking cakes -- but most of all she loved caring for her family, which she cherished the most.
In addition to her husband Louis, she leaves to cherish her wonderful memory four sons Louis Jr. of Columbia, S.C.; Marvin and Kenny of Norwalk and Keith of Queens, N.Y.; four sisters and two brothers Flossie Taylor, Rosa Mae Preston, Sarah Bell Hanton, Freddie, Jr. and Jake Hanton all of Philadelphia, Penn.; and Maggie Hanton of Denmark, S.C.; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, many relatives and dear friends.
Barbara Kenworthy Garfield, 77, whose "in-scale" house designs added to the charm of the Rowayton section where she came to live in 1994, died Jan. 18 at home. The cause was cancer.
She had raised four children during more than three decades residence in Darien where she was a successful Realtor and designer of homes built by Arthur Olson & Associates. She later developed an "in scale" style which is found in her Rowayton homes.
Commenting on that style, Barbara once said: "It's the idea that the size of my homes must be `in-scale' with the community, with their surroundings, and that the interiors relate to the persons living within them. As a result, it's a place you want to be."
Builders would take her rough sketches and refine them to her satisfaction.
Shortly before her death, she recalled that her family had lived in a half dozen Darien homes, which she had remodeled and redecorated.
Her first home in Rowayton at 186 Rowayton Avenue was a historic structure, which she made even more attractive while maintaining its integrity. The downtown zoning code allowed for three more houses on the property which she designed in scale. This enclave of houses became Jo's Barn Way. She next took a historic building complex at 3 McKinley St. and did the same.
Still later came the conversion of a property at 188 Rowayton Ave. and the next door property at 190 Rowayton Ave., her last domicile. Meanwhile, she accepted the invitation of developer Peter Marsella of Greenwich to design four new homes and redesign an existing historic home at the corner of Rowayton Avenue and Witch Lane.
She often incorporated antique interior beam-structures and wood trim from old New England barns, as well as hardware and design highlights such as full length storm shutters from France. Her Rowayton homes have small footprints, but soaring ceiling heights and large windows highlighted by walls of white hand-troweled plaster. She used high end contemporary lighting and stainless steel appliances. The exteriors have French-inspired patios and landscaping incorporating small ponds or pools. These elements are common to all of her homes, each uniquely sited for light and privacy.
All this work has brought her recognition in such national publications as "Elle," "Traditional Home," "Renovation Style," "At Home," and "Connecticut Castles and Cottages."
She opened her houses for benefits and political gatherings and devoted considerable time to maintaining open spaces such as the Old School Field (aka Witch Park). She also rode herd on the annual Rowayton Shakespeare production and the development of Pinkney Park.
Her success in real estate and house design had been made imperative by divorce after a 35-year marriage to George H. Garfield, an investment manager and descendant of James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States. A statuesque blonde, she won more than one beauty contest at the University of Colorado where she took a bachelor's degree in 1954 with a major in music and anthropology.
She explained her marriage at 19: "I was an only child and wanted a large family in the worst way." The four Garfield children have produced six grandchildren.
She had come to Rowayton after living alone for eight years in a home on Beach Drive in Darien with a view of Long Island Sound.
"I've always been a walker, but in all those years there, I never encountered a single soul," she had said.
She found Rowayton much more inviting.
"I have really loved it here" she was known to say
She was born and raised in downtown Chicago. Her father, Cloyd Young Kenworthy, owner of a suburban automobile factory which produced the Kenworthy model of his design, had short-lived success in the World War I era. Her mother, Ethel Dorcas Kenworthy, was a successful professional in the advertising field working for Brown and Bigelow in Chicago.
Surviving are sons George H. Garfield, Jr., a real estate executive in Los Angeles, Calif., and Peter Stanton Garfield, an artist in New York City; two daughters, Susan Garfield Bowditch, a French teacher at a Denver, Colo., public high school, and Sarah Garfield Sparks, a potter and community activist in Encinitas, Calif., and six grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 20, at 2 p.m. in the Unitarian Church of Westport, 20 Lyons Plains Road, with a reception to follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Unitarian Church of Westport Music Fund, 20 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, Conn., 06840 or MasoniCare, 535 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk, 06851. FXF
John Joseph Guarnieri, 83, of Bonita Springs, died Jan. 23. Formerly of Norwalk, CT, he had been a Bonita resident since 1987. He was born March 24, 1926 in Norwalk, the son of John and Agnes (nee Malone) Guarnieri. He was a W.W. II veteran of the U.S. Navy. Guarnieri is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Theresa (nee Gurn); his sons, Thomas (Judy) Guarnieri of Haddon Heights, N.J., Kevin (Kelly) Guarnieri of Milford, and Timothy (Lauren) Guarnieri of Garden City, L.I., N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Guarnieri in 2006. Memorial contributions may be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105.
Donald LeDuc, 64, of Fairfield, died Jan. 19, after losing his long battle with Alzheimer's Dementia. Born in Norwalk, he was the son of the late George and Laura (Benoit) LeDuc. He was blessed to be supported by family and longtime friends throughout his struggle. He was a resident of CLASP Homes where he lived in Fairfield for the past 25 years. He was a fun loving guy who loved to socialize, was an avid fan of wrestling, and in his younger days, a terrific dancer.
Predeceased by his brother Roland, he is survived by three brothers, Leo Le Duc and his wife Diane of Sterling, Raymond Le Duc and his wife Anita of Norwalk and Rene Le Duc of Milford.
Memorial donations may be directed to: CLASP Homes 246 Post Rd East, Westport, CT 06880.
Joan W. LeMay, 86, died with her family by her side on Jan. 15, at Notre Dame Convalescent Home.
Born Feb. 26, 1923 in New York City and raised in New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Charles K. Willyoung and Elizabeth (Smith) Willyoung. She spent the majority of her life living on Long Island, N.Y., but moved to Norwalk, five years ago to live with her youngest daughter.
She was employed by the State of New York, as a caretaker for the mentally ill until her retirement in 1992. Prior to employment with New York State she was a full time mother to her seven children. She was an avid gardener, a lover of books, music and all the creative arts. She was a skilled artist in producing glass bead floral arrangements.
She was predeceased by her ex-husband Ernest G. LeMay, her son Ernest G. LeMay III and her brother David Willyoung.
Survivors include her children: David W. LeMay and his wife Patricia of Delaware, Ohio, Thomas C. LeMay of Fairfield, Iowa, Richard M. LeMay and his wife Sandra of Huntington, N.Y., Diana E. LeMay-Hamel of Kapaau, HI, Bonnie L. Rothchild and her husband Edward of Lake Grove, N.Y., Robin L. Knight and her husband Norman of Norwalk; 10 grandchildren: Andrew, Michael, Cynthia, Rachel, Ernest IV, Aimee', Rhiannon, Jaime, Eilene and Lindsay; eight great-grandchildren: Erik, Adriano, Tanner, Sutton, Jack, Grace, Emily and Jake and her brother Noel Willyoung and his wife Yvonne of Rancho Murieta, Calif.
There are no formal funeral services planned. A memorial service will be held at a future date. Contributions in her memory can be made to Notre Dame Convalescent Home, 76 West Rocks Rd., Norwalk, CT 06851 or to Waveny Care Center, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan, CT 06840
Thelma Ruth Lucas , 74, died at Stamford Hospital on Sunday, Jan. 17. She was born Aug. 14, 1935 in Spartanburg, S.C. to the late Wister Brown and Margie Walker-Brown. She was the wife of the late Alonzo Lucas Jr. of Stamford. Lucas completed her high school education in Oconee County, S.C. She later moved to Stamford and was self-employed for more than 20 years. Survivors include a daughter, Sheila Lucas of Stamford; and a son, Alonzo Lucas III of Norwalk. She is survived by four sisters, Peggy Brown, Margaret Davis, Ella Robinson and Barbara Jones, all of Spartanburg, S.C.; and a mother-in-law, Rebecca Lucas of Stamford.
Eleanor Devine McMahon of East Norwalk died at home Jan. 22. A longtime Norwalk resident, McMahon was born in Norwalk on April 6, 1924 to the late Eugene James and Helena Collins Devine. She graduated from Norwalk High School in 1941 and the College of St. Elizabeth in 1945 with a bachelors of arts in economics. Prior to her marriage to the late Attorney William Henry McMahon, III, who passed away in 1994, McMahon was employed by the Norwalk Town Clerk's Office.
McMahon is survived by her four sons; William Henry McMahon, IV of Framingham, Mass., Eugene James McMahon, and his wife Victoria of Barrington, R.I., Paul Burke McMahon and his wife Michelle of Acton, Mass. and Kevin Devine McMahon and his wife Mary Ellen of Southport.
She was the loving grandmother to eight grandchildren; Gloria McMahon, Grace McMahon, Mercedes McMahon, Wills McMahon, Rosemary McMahon, William McMahon, II, Jonathan McMahon and Liam McMahon.
In addition, McMahon is survived by her brother, William J. Devine of East Norwalk and three sisters; James C. Driscoll, Jr (Claire) of Southbury, Frank A. Mackinson, Jr (Alice) of Bound Brook, N.J. and Elaine D. Mullen of Norwalk. She was predeceased by her brother, Eugene J. Devine, Jr. She also leaves numerous nieces, nephews and cousins to cherish her memory.
McMahon was a longtime member and officer of the Fairfield Prep Bellarmine Guild and she was a founding member of the Fairfield County Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. In addition, she was a longtime member of the Shorehaven Golf Club where she played golf with the "Nine Hole Group" and enjoyed playing bridge with friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Thomas the Apostle Church 203 East Avenue East Norwalk, CT 06855 or the Carroll Center for the Blind 770 Centre Street Newton, MA 02458.
Joseph Poremba, 90, of Norwalk, died Jan. 21, 2010. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Jan. 17, 1920 to the late Nellie and Michael Poremba. He moved to Norwalk with his family in the 1930s and lived there until his death.
He attended the Norwalk schools and entered the military service at age 20. He was a member of the local National Guard Battery C, and later volunteered for the Airborne Infantry. He served in Europe with the 13th Airborne and was honorably discharged in 1945. He retired from Nash Engineering after more than 20 years of service.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Stanley Poremba and sisters Helen Palowski, Frances Matosko and Wanda Herring. He is survived by his sister Blanche Miklovich and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Nancy F. Salta
Nancy F. Salta, 88 of Norwalk, died peacefully with her family by her side on Jan. 20 at Notre Dame Convalescent Home. Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Angelina (Correnti) Gulla. A devout Catholic and loving family woman, she was loved and adored by her late husband, Salvatore T Salta for more than 66 years. She was also predeceased by daughter, Angela Salta, and her sister, Jennie Meli. She is survived by her daughter, Marie C. Besson; her son, Salvatore Salta, both of Norwalk; four grandchildren, Greg Besson and his wife, Emily of Norwalk, Stephanie Besson of Norwalk, Elliott Salta of Hamden and Anthony Salta of Norwalk. Memorial contributions may be made to Notre Dame Convalescent Home, 76 West Rocks Rd. Norwalk, CT 06851.
Anthony Vincent Scianna
Anthony Vincent Scianna, 96, of Norwalk, died Jan. 23, at the Norwalk Hospital. He was the husband of the late Rose Tuozzolo Scianna. Born in Bridgeport on July 8, 1913, he was the son of the late Girolamo and Rosa Scianna. He worked as an auto mechanic for 15 years before enlisting in the United States Navy during World War II. He served aboard the light cruiser USS Pasadena in the Western Pacific. His ship was active in numerous battles, including Iwo Jima and the Marshall islands. Returning home he continued to work as a mechanic in local garages, including Karsten's Chrysler-Plymouth and the infamous Edsel Dealership. He is survived by his only son Anthony J. Scianna and his wife Karen Leone Scianna, their two sons Lt. James Scianna of Alexandria, Va. and Adam Scianna of Norwalk, and many nieces and nephews.
The Magner Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Thomas F. Stack
Thomas F. Stack, 81, of Vineland and Tabernacle, N.J., died Jan.19, after a long battle with illness.
He grew up in Norwalk, where his father, Frank, was mayor and owned and operated the Stack Hats Company. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the 1st Calvary Division of the Armed Forces. He worked selling electrical supplies for Klaff's Inc. for many years. He survived his first wife, Marian Budin Stack after 32 years of marriage. He was married to his second wife, the late Virginia T. Cramer-Stack for 20 years. They resided in Vincentown, N.J..
Stack was predeceased by his sisters, Rosemary Stack McMahon (Donald) of Norwalk and Dorothea Stack Monahan (Thomas) of Seattle, Wash. He is survived by his brother, Patrick Stack and his wife Barbara of Brookfield; his stepson, Douglas A. Cramer and his wife Connie of Tabernacle, N.J.; his grandchildren, Stephen Cramer and Jessica (Michael) Halpin; and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the NJ Veterans Memorial Home, C/O Activities, Lois Ballurizo, 524 North West Blvd., Vineland, NJ.