Alice Rayner, 83,
March 16, 2002
Alice Rayner, 83, of Fort Pierce, Fla., a former Greenwich resident, died March 8 in Vero Beach, Fla.
She died of respiratory failure, said her sister, Anita Krayeski of Greenwich.
Born Sept. 26, 1918, in Port Chester, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Fred Rathgeb and Mary Morgan Rathgeb.
Mrs. Rayner, a bookkeeper and manager, moved to Florida from Greenwich 22 years ago. She was a member of the Indian Pines Golf Club, the Holiday Pines Bridge Club and the Holiday Garden Club. She was a member of St. Anastasia Catholic Church, and volunteered in the emergency room at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center.
She is survived, in addition to her sister, by her husband of 60 years, George Rayner of Fort Pierce; a son, Ronald Rayner of Concord, N.H.; a brother, Clement Rathgeb of Port Chester; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held at a later date.
Haisley-Hobbs Funeral Home in Fort Pierce is in charge of arrangements.
John A. Bruno, 66;
March 23, 2002
owned TV business
John A. Bruno, 66, a Stamford resident, died Thursday, March 21, at Stamford Hospital.
He died of cardiac arrest, according to his family.
Born Jan. 29, 1936 in Greenwich, he was the son of the late Angelo and Josephine Borchetta Bruno.
Mr. Bruno was a graduate of the RCA Institute in New York City. He was the owner and operator of John Bruno TV & J.L. Service in Stamford for 35 years before retiring.
He was a member of the Societa Figli di Rose of Stamford. He was the past president of the Electronic Service Association of Connecticut and a member of AARP Riverside chapter.
He is survived by his wife, Carmella A. Romano of Stamford; two daughters, Deborah Bruno of Westport and Danielle Stratton of Melbourne, Fla.; a sister, Rose Bruno of Greenwich; and three grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Bruno.
Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Lacerenza Funeral Home, 8 Schuyler Ave., Stamford.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Monday at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 1200 Shippan Ave., Stamford.
Entombment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Helene Mead, 100,
former town resident
Helene V. Mead, 100, of Bristol, a longtime former Greenwich resident, died Thursday, March 21, at Sheriden Woods Health Care Center.
She died of natural causes, her family said.
Mrs. Mead was born on Staten Island, N.Y., on Aug. 20, 1901, and was a daughter of the late John and Johanna Voss.
She was a longtime resident of Greenwich, where she was a member of the Second Congregational Church. She moved to Farmington in 1988 and had resided in Bristol since 1993.
She was predeceased by her husband, Wolters R. Mead.
Mrs. Mead is survived by two daughters, Phyllis Clark of Bristol, and Alberta Rogers, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Earl Keirstead, pastor of First Congregational Church, Bristol, officiating.
The committal service and burial will be at 3 p.m. Monday in Putnam Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Second Congregational Church, 139 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830, or to the First Congregational Church Book of Remembrance Fund, 31 Maple St., Bristol, CT 06010.
R. Mowry Mann, 57,
March 24, 2002
R. Mowry Mann, 57, a former Greenwich resident, died Thursday, March 21, at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown.
He died of complications from leukemia, his family said.
Mr. Mann was born April 25, 1944, in Montclair, N.J., son of the late Karl Mowry Mann and the late Louise Dickbrader Mann. He grew up in Montclair and later graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He returned to the East Coast and worked in advertising with Marstellar Inc., where he created the award-winning "Crying Indian" as part of the Keep America Beautiful campaign. He later started his own advertising firm, Hoffman-Mann and shared his creativity with many clients.
Mr. Mann moved to Connecticut and established Greenwich Publishing Group Inc. in 1988. He was a Greenwich resident from 1985 to 1990, when he and his business relocated to Essex.
He married Gretchen Pratt in Armonk, N.Y., in 1983. They lived in Essex before settling at Jollywood Farm in Lyme. Mr. Mann was an active member of The Leash in New York City and a trustee and former president of the Connecticut River Museum in Essex.
In addition to his wife of Lyme, Mr. Mann is survived by a daughter, Molly B. Mann of Lyme; a son, William M. Mann of Lyme; two sisters, Cynthia Treene of Montclair and Marcia Butler of Palos Verdes, Calif; and two granddaughters.
A memorial service will be held on April 6 at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex at a time to be announced.
The Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home in Old Lyme is in charge of arrangements.
William O'Shea, 60;
April 16, 2002
LAKEVILLE -- was reporter, editor
William J. O'Shea, 60, who held editorial and executive positions at The Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times and ABC, has died Sunday, April 14, at his Lakeville home of cancer.
He died of cancer, which he had been fighting since 1999, said his wife, Rosemary O'Shea.
The O'Shea family also has a home in New York City.
Born in Chicago in 1941, Mr. O'Shea graduated from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Ill., in 1967 and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest.
Taking a journalism degree from Northwestern University in 1970, he decided to turn to a career in communications. He resigned from the priesthood and joined ABC Television.
He joined the AP in New York and worked on the General Desk through the early 1970s as one of the editors overseeing the national news report. He also managed the News Election Service as AP's representative to the media vote counting organization.
In 1976 he joined the New York Times News Service, becoming general manager.
He joined Reuters in 1982 and served in a variety of marketing positions through the late 1990s, when he left to join a software company. Illness forced his retirement.
Austin Gillig Cragg, 85,
June 5, 2002
Austin Gillig Cragg, 85, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., a former longtime town resident, died Saturday, June 1, at the Preston Health Care Center in Hilton Head Island.
He died from complications of Alzheimer's disease, according to his daughter, Pamela Harper of Lake Forest, Ill.
Born Feb. 17, 1917, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Walter H. and Ona F. Cragg.
A graduate of New York University, Mr. Cragg served from 1942 to 1945 as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Foggia, Italy. Following the war, he moved to Greenwich and resided 30 years in the town.
Mr. Cragg worked in advertising sales, and published several trade magazines. He founded and served as president of Conference and Exposition Management Co. in Greenwich, which produced trade shows.
He retired in 1982 to Sea Pines Plantation in Hilton Head, and moved in 1998 to Tide Pointe, a retirement community in Hilton Head.
He was an avid golfer, and belonged to the Milbrook Club in Greenwich, the Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, Vt., and the Sea Pines Country Club.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Cragg is survived by his wife, Gertrude "Mibbie" Seckel Cragg; another daughter, Penelope Marziali of Glastonbury; a son, Austin T. Cragg of Greenwich; and eight grandchildren.
Private services and interment will be at Christ Episcopal Church in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association Inc., 919 North Michigan Ave., Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60611, or to Palmetto Health Hospice, 27 Mellicamp Road, Suite 104, Bluffton, SC 29910.
Fred D. Knapp and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.