Patricia Nasse, 67, former Ridgefielder
Patricia H. Nasse of Heritage Village, Southbury, a Ridgefielder for many years, died Sunday, July 30, in Danbury Hospital. She was 67 years old and the wife of Richard A. Nasse.
A native of Queens, N.Y., Mrs. Nasse was born on March 13, 1933, a daughter of the late John and Anne Concannon Cody. She and her family moved from Long Island to Seth Low Mountain Road in 1969. The Nasses lived here until nearly three years ago when they moved to Heritage Village.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Richard J. Nasse of Danbury; two daughters, Patrice Gitter of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Kathleen Gairing of Newtown; a sister, Margaret Murphy of Mineola, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.
A brother, the Rev. John Cody, died in 1974.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated this morning, Thursday, Aug. 3, at 10:30 at Sacred Heart Church in Southbury. Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery, Newtown.
The Honan Funeral Home in Newtown is in charge of arrangements.
Charles E. Pierce, 83, stone mason
Charles Edward Pierce of Norwalk, a mason who once lived in Ridgefield, died Tuesday, July 18, at Norwalk Hospital. He was 83 years old and the husband of the late Lucile Clark Pierce, who died in 1985.
Mr. Pierce was born on Oct. 21, 1916, a son of Franklin A. and Ellen Pierce. His father, who died in 1949, had worked for Outpost Nurseries here for 28 years.
Mr. Pierce served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. A stone mason, he had worked for more than 30 years at the Weston Gardens Nursery.
He had lived in Norwalk for 43 years.
Survivors include a daughter, Marion Hendrick of Loudonville, N.Y., two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services took place Saturday at the Hoyt Funeral Home in New Canaan. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery, New Canaan.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Ina Cecil Salter, 79-year Ridgefielder
Ina Cecil Salter, who had lived in Ridgefield 79 of her 89 years, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, in New Hope Care Center in Tracy, Calif.
Mrs. Salter had moved to Tracy 10 years ago to be closer to her daughter, Shirley Vartan Wilson.
A Ridgefield native, she was born on June 15, 1911, and had been a retired incoming quality control inspector for Trak Inc. of Norwalk.
Over the years, she had been a Girl Scout leader, and was active in the Cooperative Extension Service, Mary Rebekah Lodge, and the Mamanasco Chapter Order of Eastern Star. She had been a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
“She was an excellent seamstress and taught many sewing and tailoring classes,” said Mrs. Wilson. “She loved gardening, bird watching, music, poetry, and stamp collecting.”
Besides her daughter, she is survived by a son, Dr. Thomas Salter and his wife, Norma, of Mansfield Center; a daughter, Norma Stevens Couillard and her husband Bob of Danbury; her son-in-law, Jim Wilson of Tracy; seven grandchildren: Donna Stevens of Danbury, Brian Stevens of West Redding, Roger Stevens of Merrimack, N.H., Sandra Varian Minor of St. Louis, Mo., Victoria Varian of Denver, Colo., Alexandria Varian Barnard of Monterey, Calif., and Jesse Salter of Arlington, Va.; and by four great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life memorial service will take place Saturday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Tracy.
Burial will take place at a later date in Mapleshade Cemetery, Ridgefield.
The Fry Memorial Chapel in Tracy is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Trumbull, 52, marketing executive, swimming enthusiast and supporter
Robert B. Trumbull of 9 Powderhorn Drive, a marketing executive who was active in promoting and supporting swimming and other youth sports in Ridgefield, died unexpectedly Friday evening, July 7, at Danbury Hospital. He was 52 years old and the husband of Patricia Case Trumbull.
A descendant of an old Connecticut family, Mr. Trumbull was born in Torrington on July 11, 1947, a son of Jane Hubbard Trumbull of New Hartford and the late George R. Trumbull. He graduated in 1969 from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., with a bachelor's degree in physics, and received his master's in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1971.
Mr. Trumbull's career in marketing including both brand management and strategic marketing. At the time of his death, he was with Dynamic Marketing, which he founded in 1998.
He had previously worked with Wagner, Stott & Mercator in New York City, the Demeter Group in Connecticut, and Richardson-Vicks in Wilton.
The Trumbulls came to Ridgefield in 1977 from New Jersey, living at first on Forest Drive. From 1980 to 1983, the family was in Japan while Mr. Trumbull was on assignment with Richardson-Vicks. When they returned to the States, the Trumbulls moved to Powderhorn Drive.
Over the years Mr. Trumbull had been a leading supporter of competitive swimming programs for young people. He was active in the Ridgefield Family Y and, when that failed, worked to have the town take over the swimming facilities and programs.
"Swimming as a sport has been enormously helpful to those who have participated over the last several years," he wrote in 1992. "The sport requires mature commitment to the pursuit of longtime goals. This not only correlates well to academic success, but is genuinely respected by colleges."
Both his children, Benjamin and Elizabeth, swam for Ridgefield High School -- Ben was the captain of his team -- and Mr. Trumbull frequently attended meets.
"Both of our parents would support all the kids on the teams," said their daughter, Elizabeth C. Trumbull of Washington, D.C. "My father took a lot of photos for all the kids at swimming events." Many of the pictures appeared in the sports pages of The Press.
"He was always very encouraging," Elizabeth Trumbull said. "Whatever you wanted to do, he was very supportive."
She said her father was "very laid-back, even-tempered and gregarious. He was also very modest."
In recent years Mr. Trumbull had been active in the Wilton YMCA where he held various board assignments including treasurer. He himself was an avid swimmer and tennis player, and in recent years played more and more golf.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church.
Besides his wife, mother and daughter, Mr. Trumbull is survived by his son, Benjamin C. Trumbull of Cupertino, Calif.; three brothers, George and Peter Trumbull of West Simsbury and John Trumbull of New Hartford.
Services took place Wednesday at the First Congregational Church. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the First Congregational Church, 103 Main Street; to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford CT 06492; or to the ACLU, 125 Broad Street, New York NY 10004-2400.
The Kane Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Gary Vozzo, painter, Bible teacher
Gary Vozzo, a Ridgefield painting contractor who was an elder in the local congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, died on Tuesday, June 20. He was 58 years old and the husband of Carolyn Vozzo of Ridgefield.
A native of Norwalk, Mr. Vozzo was born on Oct. 27, 1941, a son of Alba and the late Frank D. Vozzo. He grew up in New Canaan and graduated from New Canaan High School.
Mr. Vozzo came to Ridgefield in 1980, owned and operated Vozzo Painting, and also served as an estate manager.
Several businessmen who knew him described Mr. Vozzo as "a man without malice," "a kind gentleman," and "an exceptional family man."
Mr. Vozzo played an active role with Jehovah's Witnesses, and was a leader in the expansion of the Kingdom Hall on Route 123 in Lewisboro. He was a Bible teacher and was known for his efforts to comfort those who were undergoing hardships.
Mr. Vozzo enjoyed gardening and cooking -- especially Italian dishes -- and he also liked to travel. Last year, he and his wife made a trip to Italy.
"He has left a valuable inheritance to his family through his example as a modest and decent man with a strong work ethic, warm sense of humor and a love for others that knew no bounds," Carolyn Vozzo said.
Besides his wife and his mother, Mr. Vozzo is survived by a son, Christopher Vozzo and his wife, Catrina, of Highland Lakes, N.J.; a daughter, Julie Vozzo of Danbury; a brother, Joel Vozzo and his wife, Ellen, of Walkill, N.Y.; and a grandson, Garrett Vozzo of Highland Lakes.
Services took place Sunday, June 25, at Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witnesses in South Salem.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Lewisboro Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, 233 Smith Ridge Road, South Salem, NY 10590-2021.
Charlotte Meehan, 66, friend to many
Charlotte M. Meehan of Bayberry Hill Road, a longtime Ridgefielder and friend to many people young and old, died Monday, July 3, at Danbury Hospital. She was 66 years old and the widow of Francis W. Meehan, who died in 1993.
"She had friends everywhere," said her son, William Meehan. "She was someone people liked and could talk to. And she could talk to anyone, any time and any place.
"Some of my own friends became better friends with my parents than with me," he added with a smile. "They were both outgoing and giving people."
Mrs. Meehan was informally known as the "Bayberry Hill nurse." Although she was not trained as a nurse, youngsters in the neighborhood would often come to her with scraped knees or other ailments and sometimes she would wind up taking them to the hospital for treatment.
A native of New York City, she was born on Sept. 19, 1933, a daughter of the late Richard and Delia Ahearn Coleman. She attended New York schools.
In 1967, the Meehans moved to Ridgefield from Bergenfield, N.J., living at first on New Road and a year later on Bayberry Hill Road. Mr. Meehan had been business manager for the Famous Artists and Famous Writers schools in Westport.
In the 1970s Mrs. Meehan worked as a receptionist at the Stonehenge Inn and had also worked at the Benrus Center.
The family arrived in town at just about the same time the new Branchville School was opening, and she was active in the PTA and in helping the school in its early years.
Mrs. Meehan was also an admirer of the late First Selectman Elizabeth Leonard and had worked as a campaigner.
She was a collector of specialty plates and miniature carousels and she and her husband enjoyed traveling.
Her survivors include two sons, Francis B. Meehan of Redding and William Meehan of Fort Ann, N.Y; a daughter, Kathleen M. Meehan of Bethel; a sister, Kay Dye of New York City; seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated this morning, Thursday, July 6, at 10:30 in St. Mary's Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 30 West Street, Danbury CT 06810.
The Kane Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Wilson Weed, 52, carpenter and outdoorsman
Wilson M. Weed of Lounsbury Road, a well-known local carpenter whose hobbies included Old West-style cowboy re-enactments, died on Thursday, May 25, at his home after a brief illness. He was 52, the husband of Ann Weitzel Weed, and had earlier lived in Wilton.
A native of Stamford, Mr. Weed was born on Oct. 18, 1947, a son of the late Wilson M. and Elizabeth Gow Weed. He grew up and attended schools in Norwalk, and graduated from the University School in Bridgeport. He also attended Norwalk Community College before starting in the construction business. He was a self-employed carpenter who worked on many projects in Ridgefield and Wilton over the past 33 years.
For the last six years, Mr. and Mrs. Weed have belonged to several Old West-style shooting clubs including the National Organization of Old West Shooters, the Single Action Shooting Society, and the Homesteaders Shooting Club, based in Ledyard, Conn. Members, who wear authentic mid-1800s costumes and often use Western-style nicknames, re-enact cowboy shooting scenarios at meets around the country. The Weeds have participated in shoots throughout the East Coast.
Mr. Weed also enjoyed both fresh and saltwater fishing, and was a gardener.
Besides his wife of 32 years, who is a Wilton native, Mr. Weed is survived by his daughter, Wendy Harco of Danbury; and two sisters, Kathy Childs of California and Lori Mulholland of Vermont.
Graveside services will take place Friday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at Bald Hill Cemetery in Wilton.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Ridgefield, 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield CT 06877.
The Bouton Funeral Home in Georgetown is in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Wills, 102, teacher for 45 years, frightened football players
Ruth E. Wills of Danbury, a Ridgefield teacher for 45 years and a resident for 75, died Sunday, Feb. 13, at Mediplex in Danbury. She was 102 years old, one of the few people to have lived in three centuries.
Miss Wills was probably the oldest Ridgefield teacher. She came here in 1920 to teach foreign languages in the relatively new Hamilton High School, a two-story frame building that stood on Bailey Avenue where there's now a municipal parking lot. She continued to teach at Ridgefield High School until her retirement in 1965.
When, in a 1954 interview, Miss Wills was asked what she liked most about teaching, she replied: "It is very gratifying to know that perhaps in some small way I have been able to help various students to attain and achieve their goal toward a happy, democratic way of life."
Miss Wills was born in Monson, Mass., on Sept. 10, 1897, a daughter of George E. and Emma D Maguire Wills. She graduated from Monson Academy in 1916 and from Colby College in Maine four years later.
In September 1920, she came to Ridgefield, teaching Latin, French, German and English during her long career. One of her first students was the late Isabel M. O'Shea, who became the first principal of Veterans Park School in the 1950s.
In her later years, Miss Wills taught only Latin. She was known by her students for her sense of humor and among her favorite stories was about a Latin II test in which a student, in answer to a question based on the second periphrastic conjugation, wrote, "This construction is known as the second pair of elastics."
She was also a strict disciplinarian. Only about five feet tall, Miss Wills "scared some of the biggest guys in Ridgefield," said Town Clerk Barbara Serfilippi, a 1960 graduate of the high school. "She was a little lady but, boy, you didn't mess with her!"
Miss Wills was a woman of many interests. She spoke several languages fluently, followed foreign affairs closely, collected antique foreign coins, knitted, did crossword puzzles, and was an avid fan of the New York Rangers, the New York Knicks, and -- in their day -- the Brooklyn Dodgers,
Her survivors include her friend and caregiver, Betty Caillouette of Bethel. Her brother, Evan, died before her.
The Rev. Mark Kennedy, pastor of the First Church of Monson, conducted services Wednesday at the Lombard Funeral Home in Monson. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Monson.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Wilbraham and Monson Academy, 423 Main Street, Wilbraham, Mass., 04095.