CLASS of '57

Our classmates ... gone but not forgotten.

Obituaries of Recently Deceased Classmates.

2018 May 26 -- David William Kane of Cape Coral, FL passed away. No obituary was published.

2017 December 12 -- Nancy Jane Somers Vetare of Norwalk, CT passed away on December 7.
Below are extracts from the Stamford Advocate obituary of December 10.
Nancy Somers

Nancy Jane Vetare, 78, of Norwalk passed away on Thursday evening December 7th surrounded by her loving family. She was born on May 26, 1939 in Norwalk to the late John W. Somers and Edna Coombs Somers. She attended Norwalk High School, Class of 1957, and went on to enjoy working for both Perkin Elmer and International Healthcare. She was very involved in her church, always willing to help anyone in need. She enjoyed rooting for the New York Yankees, especially Derek Jeter whom she named her cat after. She treasured her time with neighborhood friends and trips to Vermont with her beloved husband. What she loved most of all was being surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and all her pets.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Vetare Sr., a retired Norwalk police officer, as well as her three sons and their families. A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Paul's on the Green in East Norwalk. The photo at left shows Nancy and Richard at our class' 45th reunion in 2002.

2017 August 29 -- Elizabeth Irene Mezzo DiNoi of Norwalk, CT.
Below are extracts from the Norwalk Hour obituary of August 31.
Betty Mezzo

Elizabeth "Betty" Irene DiNoi, age 77 of Norwalk, died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, August 29. She was the loving wife of the late Salvatore P. DiNoi. Betty was born in Norwalk on September 28, 1939, the daughter of the late William S. and Irene Wargo Mezzo and was a former Wilton resident. She attended Norwalk schools and worked for several years as a corporate secretary for GTE and Verizon. Elizabeth was a proud home owner who enjoyed working in her yard; gardening, cooking, sewing and shopping. She was a member of the Our Lady of Fatima Church Choir and was a New York Yankee and Giants fan. Most of all she enjoyed spending her time with her family, especially her two loving granddaughters, Ariel and Alexandra.

2017 August 16 -- Joan Kestenbaum Sundlof of Weston, CT.
Below is an adaptation of the September 29 obituary published in both the Norwalk Hour and Danbury News-Times.
Joan Kestenbaum

Joan Kestenbaum Sundlof, age 78 passed away on August 16th. Originally from Norwalk, CT she lived for the last 53 years in Weston, CT. She was the wife of the late Russell T. Sundlof and is survived by three sons, Russ, Stephan, and David Sundlof all of Connecticut and a brother, James Kestenbaum of Georgia. A celebration of life memorial service was held on September 30th at the Georgetown United Methodist Church.

The photo at left was taken at our recent NHS Class of '57 60th Reunion.

2016 December 8 -- Carol Lyublanovits Wrigley of Rowayton, CT.
Below are extracts from the Norwalk Hour obituary of December 12.

Carol Wrigley, age 77, of Rowayton, CT passed away at her home on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Carol was born on October 28, 1939, and was a 60 year resident of Rowayton. She was the wife for 50 years of the late Richard Wrigley and the daughter of the late Adolph and Rose Lyublanovits, of Norwalk, CT.

Carol was a graduate of Norwalk High School, Class of 1957, and of the University of Bridgeport. She served as a Dental Hygienist in Norwalk, CT for 45 years. She was a past board member of the Rowayton Library, a once active member of the Rowayton Paddle Tennis Association and Rowayton Tennis Association, a mentor at the Lend-A-Hand Program at Roton Middle School, and was a current member of the Rowayton Yacht Club at Hickory Bluff. She is survived by her three sons and three grandchildren. A memorial service was held for Carol on December 17 at the United Church of Rowayton, followed by a church reception for family and friends.

2015 November 12 -- Jacqueline A. Bilodeau Leone of Norwalk, CT.
Below are extracts from the Norwalk Hour obituary of November 14.
Jackie Bilodeau

Jacqueline A. Leone passed away on November 12, 2015 after a courageous battle with Ovarian Cancer. Jackie was born on July 26, 1939 in Berlin, NH to Ovila and Agnes Bilodeau, who are pre-deceased along with her son David. She is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, and tireless caretaker, Dominick (Mickey) Leone; their daughter Michele Leone-Stumpf; her loving grandchildren Troy and Abigail and her sister Dolores Pappolla-Ballister. Jackie was an independent insurance agent and worked for several local agencies and took great pride in helping her clients. After retiring, she spent many happy years with her husband as a seasonal Florida resident in Hobe Sound. In CT, many happy hours were spent at the Norwalk Senior Center where she met many wonderful friends and took many great trips. She was a volunteer with RSVP for many years and loved golf, Mahjongg, playing cards, gardening, cooking for family dinners and trips to the casino! She also loved playing Bocce at the St. Ann’s Club. She was a huge METS fan! In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Whittingham Cancer Center or the Norwalk Senior Center.

2015 September 17 -- Lois A. Wilkens Malaspina, of Litchfield, CT.
Below are extracts from the Norwalk Hour obituary of September 23.

Mrs. Lois A. (Wilkins) Malaspina, 75, died on Thursday, September 17 at her home. She was the widow of Anthony Malaspina. Lois was born November 26, 1939 in Norwalk, daughter of the late Wesley T. and Helen K. (Chahey) Wilkins. Raised in Norwalk, she attended local schools and was a graduate of Norwalk High School. She lived most of her life in Waterbury and Litchfield and had a lifelong interest in collecting antiques, especially oriental. She is survived by one sister and several nieces and nephews.

2015 June 23 -- Francis "Frank" Tucci of Tampa, FL.
Below are extracts from the Tampa Bay Times obituary of June 28.
Frank Tucci

Francis Tucci, 75, a native of Norwalk, CT, died in Tampa on June 23, 2015. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne, and a successful businessman. He was beloved by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Sharon; son Frank and daughter Melissa and two brothers; also 26 grand and great-grandchildren. Funeral services [were] in Brandon on June 30. Donations to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation will be appreciated.

2015 May 26 -- Jeannine Marie D'Amico Scianna, of Belleville FL.
Below are extracts from the Florida Today (Titusville) obituary of May 27.

Jeannine Marie Scianna passed away on May 26th, 2015 after a 2 year struggle with ovarian cancer. Jeannine was born on June 27, 1939 in Norwalk, Connecticut to Sarah Tatto D'Amico and Joseph D'Amico. She was well loved by family and friends and is survived by her husband of 51 years, John Scianna and her 3 children, Kathleen Schiffer, John Scianna, Jr. and Michael Scianna (Shelly).

Jeannine was a Florida resident for 50 years. She taught in public schools for 31 years of which 28 years were in the Brevard County School District. She made many friends through her teaching years, and was a credit to her profession and very civic minded. She enjoyed music, gardening, and always endeavored to give back to the community she lived in.

2015 April 17 -- Ralph Tirella of Oxford, CT.
Below are extracts from the Norwalk Hour obituary of April 19.
Ralph Tirella

Formerly of Norwalk and Wilton. Ralph C. Tirella Sr, age 76, of Oxford, beloved husband of Nancy (McGarry) Tirella for 57 years, died on Friday April 17, 2015 at St. Vincent’s MC, Bridgeport. Born in Norwalk, the son of the late Carmine and Lauretta (DePalma) Tirella, he attended Norwalk and Wilton schools and worked for Hocon Gas for over 40 years, retiring as VP of Sales. He enjoyed weight training in his youth as well as hunting and fishing. In addition to his loving wife, Ralph is survived by their children; Ralph (Lorraine) Tirella Jr, Elaine (Bruce) Miner, and Patrick (Michelle) Tirella.

Though he didn't graduate with us, Ralph went to elementary and Nathan Hale Junior High schools with many of our classmates and is remembered by them. This "honorable mention" obituary is included at the request of classmate Erik Fiedler.

2015 March 25 -- Betty Jean Harding Longley of North Conway, NH and The Villages, FL.
Below are extracts from the Norwalk Hour obituary of April 9.
Betty Longley

Betty Jean Harding Longley, 75, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The daughter of the late Jack and Natalie (Mitchell) Harding, Betty was born in Newport, VT on June 11, 1939. She was the beloved widow of John C. Longley. She graduated from Norwalk High School in 1957 and from the University of Vermont in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Her career included many different aspects of the field of nursing. Betty and John lived most of their married lives in Rowayton, CT and retired to North Conway, NH and also to The Villages, FL. She was very active in the churches in Rowayton and North Conway and sang in the choirs of both churches. She was an active member in each of the communities in which she lived, and loved music, reading, crossword puzzles and hunting for the best bargains at tag sales. She is survived by her loving sons Mathew J. Longley and Mitchell A. Longley, and her sister Gloria H. Kiss. She is also survived her beloved grandchildren Johnny and William Longley and Catherine Fagan. As a church member, she has a special connection to the United Church of Rowayton, and now joining her husband and parents in the peaceful Memorial Garden on the church grounds.

2014 December 6 -- Rene LeDuc of Milford, CT.
Below are extracts from the obituary in the December 9 issue of the Connecticut Post.
Rene LeDuc with the guys in 2014
Rene (in front) with classmates at our 75th birthday party.
MILFORD - Rene J. LeDuc, 75 of Milford, died on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer, at Milford Hospital. Born in Norwalk, the son of the late George and Laura (Benoit) LeDuc, he had served in the US Army from 1957-59 in the 503rd Battlegroup, 11th Airborne Division. After his military service, Rene went on to become a successful entrepreneur of many businesses in CT. He loved football and the outdoors and had a passion for the water, especially boating and clamming. Rene spent the last two winters residing in Englewood, FL where he became an avid fisherman.

He will be remembered for his tenacity, perchant for making deals and making people laugh. His amazing clam chowder will be remembered by many. He is survived by his former wife, three children and five cherished grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

2014 November 25 -- Sandy Kellogg died in Wilton, CT.
Below are excerpts from the recent obituary written by his children for the Wilton Bulletin.
Sandy Kellogg in 2012 WILTON - The skies over Wilton are now dimmed with the sudden and unexpected extinguishing of one of its brightest lights, Sanford Macomber Kellogg. A Connecticut Yankee through-and-through, Sandy Kellogg was born in Norwalk on April 9, 1939 and spent his formative years in the Kellogg family home in Rowayton, fishing and boating on Long Island Sound. This home, whose doors were open to all who passed by, set the standard for all that would follow. Sandy met the love of his life, Susan, while still a young teenager. A 50th wedding anniversary was soon to be celebrated. For the next decades, Sandy embraced Wilton as both his home and his extended family. He was a fixture of the Wilton community, Principal of Kellogg Brothers, which recently celebrated its 80th anniversary. An architect of the old school, Sandy did not simply draw homes for his clients as much as he breathed life into the idea of them. This personal touch ensured that his authentic colonial designs fit with harmony into the historic and rural settings of Wilton.

Sandy was resolute and passionate in all things regarding his country, his home, and his family. He was fiercely proud of his service as a combat engineer in Korea. He was involved with all facets of the town of Wilton. He served on and chaired many town boards and councils; coached teams and mentored not only his own four children but also a broad extended family of their friends and acquaintances. He was a half-century ahead of the issue of immigration reform, having long ago assisted a number of Korean families to come to the United States to realize the American Dream. Sandy loved the outdoors, spending winter weekends on the slopes of Okemo Mountain and summers on his beloved Temperance Island. He never missed a sunset or the chance to salute it with a mighty blast of his evening cannon. “Pops” loved his Susu, their four children, and adored his eleven grandchildren. He always began each day saying, “How lucky am I.” Sandy whole-heartedly embraced life and has left a lasting legacy of loyalty, integrity, and character.

2014 October 27 -- Don Cheh died in Danbury, CT.
Below are excerpts from the obituary in the October 31 Norwalk Hour.
Don Cheh SOUTHBURY - Donald Joseph Cheh, 76, of Southbury, CT, formerly a 42-year resident of Bethel, passed away at Danbury Hospital on Monday, October 27, 2014. He was born in Norwalk, the son of the late Joseph and Sonia Dutka Cheh. Don is survived by his high school sweetheart, Maryellen, whom he married in 1961. He leaves behind two sons Kevin and Keith, and four grandchildren.

Don grew up in Rowayton and Norwalk. He was a member of the Rowayton Fire Department and worked for 42 years with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, #208, where he served on the Executive Board and the Negotiating Committee. With Don's love of the outdoors and sports, you would be hard pressed to find him without a fishing pole in his hand, working in his garden, coaching or watching a sporting event, especially those of his grandchildren. He was a member of the Newtown Fish and Game Club, the South Norwalk Boat Club and was also a founding member of the Candlewood Valley Pop Warner football in Bethel.

Moving to Heritage Village in 2003, he loved his retirement years there. He was an active member of Sacred Heart Church in Southbury. Without question, Don's priority in life was his family. He was an awesome husband, father, and grandfather! Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to REACH Newtown which serves over 100 children through their mentoring program for youth at risk.

2014 April 23 -- Jack Gilcrist died in Nokomis, FL on April 23.
Below is the obituary from the April 27 Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Jack Gilchrist in 2012 NOKOMIS - John P. Gilchrist, 75, of Nokomis, FL passed away unexpectedly April 23, 2014. John a.k.a. Jack was born March 14, 1939 in Norwalk, CT to the late Lillian (Singlewald) and John Gilchrist. Growing up he enjoyed many sports. Jack graduated from Norwalk High School. He went on to graduate from Central Connecticut State University and completed advanced degrees at Fairfield University. Jack worked as a school educator and Principal for 35+ years in the Stamford school district. Over the years, he enjoyed white water rafting, camping and traveling with his family, and golfing. He was also an enthusiastic sports fan. Go Giants! Jack and Cindy retired to Southwest Florida about 10 years ago from CT and have been enjoying retired life. They traveled with friends to Vegas and on cruises, and enjoyed vacations with their children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy of 52 years; children Keith (Michele) and Heather (Bill Herman); grandchildren Tai, Cody, and Jack Herman and Madison and Reghan Gilchrist; Jack is also survived by his brother Robert Gilchrist (Jane) and Carole Gilchrist (Drew Hamilton). As well as brother-in-law Richard Jones (Jane) and many nieces, nephews and good friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be on Saturday April 26th from 3-5. Memorial Donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

2014 April 5 -- Janet Ellen Clune died in Orland, CA.
Below is the obituary from the April 9 edition of the Norwalk Hour.

Janet Ellen Clune, wife of the late Donald Schwartz, passed away on Saturday, April 5th, at home in Orland, California. Born March 7, 1939 in Norwalk, CT, she was the daughter of the late Edward “Pete” and Genevieve Clune. Janet was a graduate of Norwalk High School, Class of ‘57 and Norwalk Hospital School of Nursing in 1960.

Janet is survived by Brandy, her loyal companion and caregiver; sons Donald and Douglas; two grandchildren; sister-in-law Helen and many nieces, nephews and good friends. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her loving brother, Ed Clune. May you rest in peace, Jan, and may the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen.

Full List of Classmates Known to be Deceased.

Albanesi, Victor
Allison, Priscilla G.
Anderson, Arthur
Andre, Lee
Aulis, Harold C.
Babbit, Edmund C.
Bagley, William
Bailas, Audrey J.
Biasetti, Marie T.
Bilodeau, Jacqueline A.
Boesing, Carole
Brady, Kathleen M.
Buck, Keith T.
Calka, Theodore
Canevari, Louis T.
Cardillo, Mario
Carson, Amanda L.
Charriot, William B.
Cheh, Donald J.
Clune, Janet Ellen
Coleman, Carol
Corrente, Richard
Court, Elizabeth
Csengery, Ronald J.
Cundari, Mary G.
D'Amico, Jeannine M.
Darden, Fred W.
DeLuca, Roger M.
DeNike, Patricia A.
Dreifuss, Marian
Eatman, Gerald
Ely, Richard
Felter, Al
Field, Beverly
Fogliano, Joseph E.
Foley, Patricia
Forcier, Armand
Foyto, Sandra
Fray, Vic
Garfield, Annette L.
Gilbertie, Samual
Gilchrist, John P.
Gradia, RoseMarie
Greco, Rudoph L.
Hadden, John
Harding, Betty Jean
Hendrick, Bob
Hodges, John L.
Horvath, Richard A.
Johnson, Shirley
Kaestner, Herbert J.
Kane David W.
Kellogg, Sanford M.
Kestenbaum, Joan
Kurtzman, Carol J.
LeDuc, Rene J.
Linnehan, Charles
Loftus, Donald
Loftus, Mabel L.
Lyles, Betty Jean
Lyons, Timothy
Lyublanovits, Carol
Martin, Ann
McBrinn, William
Mezzo, Elizabeth I.
Michaels, George
Mossop, Robert
Muccio, Joan
Olsen, Neil
O'Marra, Martin
O'Reilly, John Patrick
O'Sullivan, Patricia
Peburn, Joseph
Rattray, Susan
Ricci, Anita L.
Rodofili, Consetta
Russell, Patricia
Russo, Robert
Safranek, Michael C.
Sciaudone, William S.
Slapin, Ken
Smith, Jimmy
Somers, Nancy J.
Somma, Lawrence A.
Sowle, Melvin L.
Spears, David
Stein, Mary
Stolz, Patricia
Stoughton, Linda M.
Stroffolino, William
Swaim, David E.
Thompson, Robert J.
Ticar, Frank M.
Tucci, Francis
Tuozzolo, Vito J.
Wargo, Rev. Louis G.
Whitaker, Ross
Wilkens, Lois A.
Wilker, Jay H.
Williams, May
Wirth, Carol A.
Wrigley, Richard A.
Yobbagy, June C.

The above list includes a few classmates who didn't actually graduate with us in 1957.

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