Andrew Francis Schlater, a resident of Rowayton, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2016 in Norwalk. Born on June 10, 1989 in Stamford, he was the son of Frank and Nancy Schlater. He was a graduate of The Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, Mass. Born and raised in Rowayton, Andrew worked for several local businesses including Rowayton Pizza, Rowayton Market and the WinePort of Darien. He also worked for Reynolds’ Farms and Gilbertie’s Nurseries where he developed his passion for organic gardening, growing unusual and heirloom tomatoes.
Graham, Harry Anthony, passed away on July 31, 2016, he was 93. He was a long time resident of Darien. Harry was born on July 25, 1923 in Stamford. He proudly served his country during World War II, as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps. Harry then went on to work for the metering department of Northeast Utilities.
Lynn Alden Wanger Reilly of Shannondell at Valley Forge in Audubon, Pa., age 85, passed away suddenly at Paoli Hospital in Paoli, Pa., on July 26, 2016. Born in Philadelphia as the second of the three children of Willard and Hulda (Frazier) Wanger, Lynn was raised in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., and Ocean City, N.J.
She graduated from Lower Merion High School in 1949 and subsequently from Temple School of Dentistry in Philadelphia with certification as a dental hygienist. She met Charles E. Reilly Jr. of Bala as a young girl summering in Ocean City, started dating him at age 16, and married him at age 21, following him to Germany on his tour of active duty. Lynn’s interest in family history was triggered by her descent from John Alden and Priscilla Mullins of the Mayflower, and she followed in the footsteps of her mother, Hulda Yaeger Frazier, and great-grandmother, Anna Maria Redfield, and became a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She remained a member of the Jeptha Abbot Chapter in Ardmore even after her relocation to Connecticut, where she worked with the Darien Public Schools and was a volunteer for Children’s Aid Society.
Patricia Ann Bazley Barber of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, passed away at home on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the age of 86. She was born on Oct. 14, 1929 in Plainfield, New Jersey, the daughter of the late Dorothy Cary Bazley Barnhurst and John Duncan Bazley. She lived in Plainfield, New Jersey for 13 years before moving to Ogdensburg, New York on the St. Lawrence River, where she loved to ice skate with her friends.
Actress and singer Gloria DeHaven, 91, died Saturday in Las Vegas, according to numerous news accounts. The actress, who at one time was a Darien resident, performed in Hollywood musicals in the 1940s and ’50s, and later in the television shows “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” and “Ryan’s Hope.” DeHaven was born Feb. 8, 1925 in Los Angeles. She came from a show-business family: Her parents, Flora Parker and Carter DeHaven, were popular vaudeville and stage performers, and her brother, Carter DeHaven Jr., would later become a producer.
George P. Brooks, Sr., 81, of Goffstown, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Bel-Air Nursing Home, Goffstown. Born in New Canaan, George was the son of the late John and Mary Jane (Carter) Brooks. Raised and educated in New Canaan. An honorably discharged veteran, George proudly served his country in the United States Army. Following his military service, he managed and operated a Texaco service station and garage in Darien.
William F. Hickey, Jr., 87, of Fairfield, who served in many local and state public offices and was a president of Woodway Country Club, passed away on Thursday, July 21 surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born in Stamford on May 28, 1929 to the late William F. Hickey and Margaret Dooley Hickey. He attended local schools and graduated from St. Basil’s Preparatory School in 1948, where he played varsity football, baseball, and basketball. In 1952, he graduated from Manhattan College where he was a member of the outstanding golf team.
Howard Rucker, 83, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 21 at Stamford Hospital. He was born on Jan. 14, 1933 in Winston Salem, North Carolina to Mamie Wansley Rucker and Bishop Rucker. Mr. Rucker was predeceased by his wife Anne Bryant Rucker. He retired from the Department of Public Works of Darien after numerous years of service.
Ann Gettings Mason, age 91, of Brookfield, died peacefully on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Filosa Nursing Home. She was a daughter of the late Andrew and Susie (Puskas) Shimko. She was raised in Norwalk where she met and married the love of her life, John Gettings. They settled in Redding and raised their 4 children. They were married for 25 years when John died at the age of 44.
Jacqueline N. Schneider passed with peace and grace on Saturday, July 16, 2016 with her family by her side. Jacqui was born in Philadelphia, Pa., attended Pennsylvania University for undergraduate and graduate studies she was valedictorian of her class. Her life as a school psychologist served many children and families over the years. She worked for New York City Schools and the Darien schools during her long career as a psychologist. Volunteerism was one of her many community commitments.
Mary Anne Crowley Marion of Thousand Oaks, Ca., a former Darien resident and the founder of the Center for Hope in Darien, died peacefully on Thursday July 14. She was 77. Born in Camden, N.J. to John Adams Crowley, Jr and Mary McKenna Crowley on July 23, 1938, she grew up in Scarsdale, N.Y. She lived in Ardsley, N.Y., Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. and Darien for many years before moving to California in 1993. In California, she lived in Marina Del Rey, Oxnard, Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks. She graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1956, attending Rosemont College, Class of 1958 and Cornell University Nursing School, Class of 1961, where she received her Registered Nurse Certification.
James Joseph Bruno Fraccola, age 78, a resident of Darien and Jensen Beach, Fl., passed away on July 16, 2016 after a brief illness. Mr. Fraccola was born Dec. 2, 1937 in Stamford. He graduated from Darien High School in 1957, where he was an outstanding athlete. He played halfback on Blue Wave’s first undefeated and untied football team in DHS history. He was appointed to the Darien Police Department in 1959.
Annette Carolyn Wendell, 99, of New Haven, formerly of Darien and Delray Beach, Fl., peacefully passed away Wednesday July 13. She was born and raised in Stamford, the daughter of Benjamin and Rose Greenberger, and sister of the late Rena Greenberger of Patterson, N.J. Annette was a graduate of Stamford High School, where she met and later married her late husband, Robert David Wendell. Annette was the granddaughter of Rabbi and Cantor Efriam Greenberger of New York City. Annette worked most of her professional career in the offices of Branson Ultrasonics and Acme Backing in Stamford. She was active in B’nai Brith, long-serving president of her condominium association in Delray and loved playing Mah Jongg with “the girls” most of her life.