Robert Anderson obit

Robert Anderson, 89, Mattel President, Wee Burn Club Member, Enjoyed Fishing, Gardening, Stamp Collecting

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Robert Anderson, 89, of Redding and a former longtime resident of Darien, passed away peacefully on Dec. 13, 2019. He was born in Dec. 1929 to Edwin and Elsie Anderson in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Malvern, New York. Bob graduated from Brown University in 1951, after which he served three years as an officer with the U.S. Navy’s Mediterranean fleet.

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Philomena Leo, 94, Former Longtime Resident of Darien

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Philomena Leo, a resident of Palm Coast, Florida and a former resident of Darien, passed away on Monday, Dec. 16, in Palm Coast. She was 94. Born on July 24, 1925 in Darien, she was the daughter of the late Dominick and Angelina Toscano. Philomena graduated from Darien High School and worked in banking.

Susan Wertz obit

Susan Wertz, 81, Psychotherapist, Active Church Volunteer, Former Darien Resident

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Susan “Suzi” Allen Wertz, 81, passed away Dec. 9, 2019, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital from complications as a result of pneumonia. Suzi was born in Chicago on May 21, 1938. She is predeceased by her mother, Kathleen Allen; her father, John C. Allen; and a brother, John C. Allen Jr.

She received her bachelor of science degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio and a master of science degree from the University of Bridgeport. She was a caring and insightful psychotherapist with a practice in Stamford and later, Mystic.

Marc Thorne, 81, Selectman, Volunteer, Brought ‘Enthusiasm, Kindness and a Gentle Spirit’

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Marc E. Thorne, recently a Darien selectman, passed away peacefully in the presence of his wife and sons on Monday, Dec. 16 at Stamford Hospital. Born on Dec. 14, 1938 in Rochester, New York, he was the son of the late David and Harriet Thorne. Marc received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Cornell University and a master’s degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.


Charles Nizolek, 92, a Founder of Bolt Technology

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Charles J. Nizolek, a longtime resident of Darien, passed away peacefully on Nov. 22. He was 92. Born July 24, 1927 in Stamford to the late Mary and Stanley Nizolek, Charlie served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. He worked for Olivetti and Pitney Bowes, where he met his wife of 57 years, Diana, on a blind date.

Louis Savarese obit

Louis Savarese, 93, Former Darien Resident, Officeholder and Volunteer in New Jersey

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Louis A. Savarese, age 93, passed away on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 in Saddle River, New Jersey. Born on Oct. 22, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York to Louis M. Savarese and Catherine L. Savarese. Formerly of Eastchester, New York; Scarsdale, New York; Niskayuna, New York; Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Darien, he lived in Saddle River for the past 37 years.

John Steinegger obit

John Steinegger, 86, Builder, Real Estate Owner, Equestrian

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John Frank Steinegger, 86, a resident of Greenwich and formerly of Darien, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. John was born in Darien, on July 1, 1933, a son of the late Frank John and Frances Elizabeth Partele Steinegger of Darien. John was raised in Darien and graduated from J.M. Wright Technical High School as a master lithographer. He worked in the business for 15 years in the production of high school yearbooks.