Margie “Bunny” Campbell, a former Darien resident, passed away on May 4 at the age of 98. Born in Detroit,, she was the eldest of three children of Margie and William Gilbert Livingston. She attended Connecticut College, graduating in 1943. During World War II, she worked for Remington Arms in Bridgeport. While in college she met her future husband, Stafford Campbell.
Bryan Kirk Wood of Norwalk, formerly of Darien, died Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the age of 58. Bryan had a strong passion for helping others in need. He served for 20 years as a police officer for the Darien Police Department, retiring in 2003. Prior to his service in Darien, Bryan was a part-time police officer and volunteer firefighter in Weston. He held a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven.
Jacqueline Dewey Brett passed away in Tequesta, Florida on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Jackie was born on Oct. 2, 1924 in Warwick, New York, to the late DeWitt and Genevieve Dewey. Jackie attended Cornell University, where she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. At Cornell she also met her future husband, Bruce Yeomans Brett, who had returned to Cornell, following service in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Donald Gallo, a lifelong resident of the Cove section in Stamford, died Saturday May 9, 2020 after a brief and brave battle with cancer. Donald was known for the joy he found in the outdoors and his love of nature. He was frequently seen x-country skiing in Cove and walking in the bird sanctuary. He was a longtime staff member and retired from Ring’s End Lumber in Darien. Donald is survived by his sister Mary Jane Neils of Plantation, Florida and his brother John Gallo also of the Cove area.
Wasili “Lou” Resnansky, 76, died suddenly from a fall on May 24, 2020 doing one of his favorite things, getting his sailboat ready for the summer season. A proud Darien resident of 48 years, Lou’s life embodied the American dream. He was born in 1944 in what was then Czechoslovakia. His parents had fled the U.S.S.R., and their family grew to include his two sisters, Nadja and Lidia, while they made their way to Germany as World War II ended. Lou’s love of sailing was rooted in his first boat trip.
Carol Knippler Mader, 90, of Savannah, Georgia and Old Town, Maine journeyed home to heaven on May 28, 2020. She was born May 21, 1930, grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and worked in National City Bank. She met the love of her life, Sheldon G. Mader, at a young adult church fellowship, and they were married in 1954. They had a wonderful life together until Sheldon passed away in May of 2004. Carol left the workforce when she had her daughters, Nancy and Alison.
Rowena Robb (Bailey) Ballas of Malta, New York, died peacefully on the morning of May 22, at the young age of 90, her daughter by her side. While it may have been lung cancer that took her life, she would be quick to tell you that it was only because she got tired of adding to her list of illnesses! Now she is free to dance in the wind and in our hearts. Born Nov, 18, 1929 in Los Angeles to Dr. Egbert J. Bailey and Laura (Miller) Bailey, prematurely with her twin brother, Stephen Bailey, she was a miracle of survival. Life brought other challenges, each of which made her stronger, more humble, and more compassionate towards everyone she met.
William “Will” Bradley Enzor loving son, brother and grandson died on May 20, 2020. Will was born in Dallas on Feb. 18, 2000. From the moment of his birth, he was treasured and very feisty! Friends from all over adored him- everywhere from Coppell, Texas to Darien and back to Dallas.
Diana G. DeVito Swist, “Deede,” of Norwalk entered into eternal rest on May 13, 2020 due to complications of the COVID-19 virus. She was 80. Deede was born in Stamford on Jan. 30, 1940 to Frank J. and Theresa C. (Masaryk) DeVito. She was the first of their four children.
Anthony M. DeVito, Jr., 92, of Darien passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Stamford Hospital due to complications from Covid-19. He was born in Stamford on Oct. 27, 1927 to the late Anthony M. DeVito Sr. and Angelina Christiano DeVito. He was a graduate of Stamford High School, Class of 1945 and Pace Institute, Class of 1949, where he received a degree in accounting. Anthony then started a successful accounting partnership with Canio LoRusso, called DeVito & LoRusso, that lasted for many years.
It is with great sadness that the van der Kieft family of Rockport, Maine, announce the passing of Marcy Moore van der Kieft, wife of Peter E. van der Kieft, at the Sussman House in Rockport during the early hours of May 9, 2020 from cancer. She was 76. Born Aug. 24, 1943 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, Marcy and her sister, Susan, with professional musician mother and actor/producer father, both of whom were in the entertainment industry, traveled numerous times between East Coast and West Coast before settling permanently in Darien. Lovingly known as “Mince, Minnie and Ween” Marcy attended Low-Haywood School in Stamford, was graduated from Darien High School and Lasell Junior College in Auburndale, Massachusetts, majoring in fashion design and management.
James J. Haranzo, 93, a longtime resident of Longboat Key, Florida, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family at his summer home in Darien on May 9, 2020 after a brief illness unrelated to COVID-19. Born in Bridgeport, Ohio on Aug. 23, 1926, he was the son of Joseph and Anna Haranzo. He graduated from Central Catholic High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war he planned to pursue his lifelong dream of attending Notre Dame but the local bishop prevailed upon him to join the inaugural class of what is now the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Paul Dunlop Fairleigh passed away Monday, May 11 after a valiant battle with colon cancer. His last hours were spent holding hands with his wife Stephanie and daughter Lily. He was 58. Paul was born Dec. 29, 1961 in Houston, Texas to James Fairleigh and Ishbel Dunlop Fairleigh.
Rande James Wilson, 67, passed away at home in Darien on May 11, 2020, at age 67 in the company of his loving partner Eautha Munkelwitz. Born born July 1, 1952, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Rande attended Plymouth High School in Michigan. He graduated with honors from Michigan State University with a degree in environmental science and earned his MBA from Anna Maria College in Massachusetts. Rande was an accomplished mariner, serving as a coxswain in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 72. He was a public affairs specialist and was stationed in New Orleans for the Deepwater Horizon incident response.
Walter J. Wright, known to his family and friends as Bud, passed away at his home in Tequesta, Forida on May 4, 2020 with his loving wife Joyce by his side. He was 89 years old. Formerly of West Tisbury, Massachusetts and Martha’s Vineyard, Darien, New Canaan, and Port Washington, New York, Bud grew up in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx, which gave him a lifelong love of being on the water. He was a graduate of The Bronx High School of Science. His various careers included theatrical lighting on “Your Show of Shows,” real estate, restaurateur, commodities broker and franchise creator.