June B. Nash, 77;
February 7, 2002
retired from banking
June B. "Barbie" Nash, 77, of Greenwich, who had a career in banking, died Jan. 31, at Edgehill Health Care Center in Stamford.
She died of cancer, according to Helen LaSorsa of Cos Cob.
Born June 3, 1924, in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Helen Thorn Nash.
Miss Nash began her career as a switchboard operator with the First National Bank in 1942 and worked her way up to supervisor of collections for Union Trust. She retired in 1987.
A nature lover, she enjoyed her pet raccoons.
She is survived by her "adopted" family of Peter and Helen LaSorsa of Cos Cob and several cousins in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Texas.
There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Castiglione Funeral Home, 134 Hamilton Ave. Burial will be private.
Grace U. Osborne, 89;
February 8, 2002
worked in insurance
Grace Upington Osborne, 89, the sister of a Greenwich resident, died Jan. 23 at the Freedom Square Nursing Pavilion in Seminole, Fla.
She died of natural causes, her family said.
She was born May 18, 1912, in New Rochelle, N.Y., a daughter of the late Samuel F. and Anna Noonan Upington, and was educated there.
Mrs. Osborne worked in the insurance industry in New York until her marriage and subsequently lived in Simsbury and West Hartford before retiring to Largo, Fla., in 1975.
She is survived by a sister, Mary U. Salvatore of Greenwich, and several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Edwin G. Osborne, and a brother, Samuel S. Upington.
A graveside service was held in Largo and a memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at Sacred Heart Church in Georgetown.
Florence Jarman, 93,
March 4, 2002
daughter in town
Florence "Jess" Jarman, 93, of Westbury, N.Y., died Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Winthrop Hospital in New York.
She died of natural causes, according to her family.
Mrs. Jarman had been a resident of Westbury since 1985 and lived there with her niece, Charlotte Egan.
Married in Cairo, Egypt, she lived in Hong Kong and India before settling in Brecon, Wales. She was an interior decorator, accomplished seamstress and gardener.
Born Oct. 12, 1908, in Aldershot, England, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Jane Price.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Spaeth of Greenwich; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Col. Ivor Jarman, in 1985.
A memorial service will be held in Westbury in late August.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart and Lung Association.
Donohue Cecere Funeral Home, 290 Post Ave., Westbury, is handling the arrangements.
Lawrence W. Maloney, 75,
former town selectman
Lawrence William Maloney, 75, a former selectman and longtime town resident, died Wednesday, March 6, at The Nathaniel Witherell nursing home.
He died of natural causes, according to his wife, Mary Maloney of Greenwich.
Mr. Maloney was the founder and owner of the Lawrence W. Maloney Insurance Agency in Greenwich. He had worked for John Hancock until establishing his own agency in 1963.
He represented Byram on the Representative Town Meeting for two years before serving as a selectman from 1960 to 1964. He then served 12 years on the Board of Estimate and Taxation, including work on its Budget Committee.
Before retiring, Mr. Maloney was a member of the Greenwich Kiwanis Club, Byram Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Knights of Columbus.
He was an active member of the Retired Men's Association of Greenwich and the Lawn Bowling Association. He volunteered at Greenwich Hospital and enjoyed running, swimming and playing bridge.
Born Dec. 26, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Mary Kelly Maloney and William Maloney.
Mr. Maloney graduated from Greenwich High School in 1945 and Michigan State University in 1951.
He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Maloney is survived by a son, William Maloney of Bridgeport; three daughters, Laurie Dunham of Wellington, Fla., Linda Magni of Ridgefield and Moira Maloney of Goleta, Calif.; a sister, Margaret Hewitt of Winsted; and eight grandchildren.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Church, 178 Greenwich Ave. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to YMCA's Retired Men's Association of Greenwich, 50 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830; or the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, 4 Horeseneck Lane, Greenwich, CT 06830.
Theresa Castro, 85,
widow of sofa-bed maker
OCALA, Fla. -- Theresa Castro, 85, widow of the man who created the Castro Convertible sofa bed fortune, has died of complications from heart disease and diabetes.
Mrs. Castro died last weekend at North Shore University Medical Center in Manhasset, N.Y.
The family's fortune was assured after her husband, Bernard, an Italian immigrant, invented Castro Convertibles, sofas that turned into beds. Bernard Castro died in 1991.
One of Mrs. Castro's biggest contributions came after her husband considered using the then-new technology of television to advertise their Castro Convertible sofa bed.
The couple once saw their then 4-year-old daughter open the bed and wanted to use that fact to market the simplicity of the device. Her husband wanted to hire a child actor, but Mrs. Castro suggested that their daughter be the star.
The commercial became the first local advertisement to run on New York television and was the first to feature a child, Bernadette Castro said. "The Castro" became for a time a catchall phrase to describe any sofa bed.
Bernadette Castro is now the commissioner of the New York state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
In the 1950s, Castro Convertibles expanded to Florida. It was supposed to be the first step toward retirement for Bernard Castro, but the couple didn't become full-time Florida residents until the late 1970s, living in Ocala.
In time, the Castros became deeply involved in philanthropic endeavors throughout Florida.
Castro Convertibles was later sold to Krause's Furniture Inc. According to the company's Web site, 16 Castro Convertibles showrooms remain.
Mrs. Castro helped found an interfaith chapel at the Florida School for the Deaf in St. Augustine, which was renamed in her honor in 1986. She founded the Royal Dames for Cancer Research, which has two chapters in Florida.
The Castro family also gave the Florida National Guard access to 100 acres to use in training maneuvers. A Special Forces group continues to do parachuting exercises on the land northwest of Ocala.
When the family still lived there, Theresa Castro would provide large, catered parties for the soldiers and their families.