Corrine Moore, 86, Ridgefield native
Corrine T. Moore, a longtime resident of Georgetown, died on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Wilton Meadows Nursing Home. She was 86 years old.
Ms. Moore was born on May 17, 1917 in Ridgefield to Adolfo and Nunziata (Montessi) Cimarelli, and was a graduate of Ridgefield High School.
In 1938, she and her husband John R. Moore, moved to Georgetown where they owned and managed Johnny's Auto Clinic for many years. They had been married for 44 years until his death in 1983.
Ms. Moore was a member of Sacred Heart Church and served as treasurer of the Rosary Society. She was an active volunteer for many of the church's social services and fund-raising events. She was also a member of the Wilton Historical Society, a driver for Wilton seniors, and a past chairperson of her high school class reunion committee.
She is survived by two daughters, Dolores Gruet, formerly of Weston, now of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., and Debra Wilkin of Oakland, N.J.; a son, John R. Moore of Somers, N.Y.; two sisters, Lena Schutte of Fairfield, and Irene Dazi of Mahopac, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.
Arrangements were provided by Bouton Funeral Home in Georgetown.
Contributions in Mrs. Moore's memory may sent to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.
Tom Molin, 55, RHS Class of 1967
Word has been received that Tom Molin of Brookings, Ore., who graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1967, died Dec. 18, 2003, of throat cancer. He was 55 years old.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisc., Mr. Molin was born on Sept. 19, 1948, a son of Anders K. and Harriet Andren Moline, both of whom died in Ridgefield in the winter of 1970. His family had moved from New Canaan to Barlow Mountain Road in 1962 when he was 14 years old.
After graduating from the high school, Mr. Molin studied at Norwalk Community College and in 1968 began four years of service in the U.S. Air Force, and later spent five years in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He had been an aircraft mechanic, landing signalman, and shipboard aircraft firefighter.
Mr. Molin lived in Florida for many years, training greyhound racing dogs. He later moved to Portland, Ore., and then to the banks of the Chetco River in Brookings, where he enjoyed the wildlife.
Mr. Molin’s survivors include two brothers, Ed Moline and his wife Linda of Waukesha, Wisc., and Robert Pember; three sisters, Linda Moline of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Karen Ager and her husband VerKuilen of Rochester, N.Y., and Kristina Abeyta and her husband Mateo of Albuquerque, N.M.
Arrangements were handled by the Redwood Memorial Chapel in Brookings.
Frederick McManus, 80, native son
Frederick Theodore McManus of Kilmarnock, Va., a Ridgefield native, died Friday, Dec. 19, at Mayfair Assisted Living Center in Kilmarnock.
He was 80 years old and the last of the children of Peter A. and Mary Connolly McManus. His father was a prominent Ridgefield contractor who served six years in the Connecticut legislature and helped draft the State Labor Relations Act.
A native of Ridgefield, Mr. McManus was born in the family homestead on Fairview Avenue on Nov. 4, 1923. He graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1941.
In 1942, while a student at the University of Connecticut, he was at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston the night it caught fire, killing 492 people. He and his date, Ruth Unwin of Ridgefield, escaped through a window.
Soon after, he joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Air Corps during World War II as a communications specialist in the South Pacific.
After the war, Mr. McManus returned to UConn, graduating in 1950. He became a sales representative with U.S. Rubber and later Manhattan Shirt, both based in New York City. He subsequently joined Sears Roebuck and Company as a department manager in Washington, D.C., where he lived for about 30 years.
In 1988 he retired and moved to Kilmarnock where he enjoyed boating and was active in a local theater group.
Mr. McManus is survived by 14 nieces and nephews, including Sheenah Mische and Mark McManus, both of Ridgefield; his sisters-in-law, Patricia McManus of Ridgefield, Augusta McManus of Ridgefield, and Emily McManus of Killingworth; and his brother-in-law, John T. Jones of Ridgefield.
His brothers, James, Richard, and Joseph McManus, and sisters Monica Ustie and Jeanette Jones, died before him.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 31, at noon in St. Mary’s Church for both Fred and his sister, Monica, who died on Nov. 29.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Riverside Walter Reed Hospice, P.O. Box 1130, Gloucester, VA 23061.
Thomas Kain, 44, Class of 1977
Memorial services will take place Friday for Thomas J. Kain of West Lake Village, Calif., a member of the Class of 1977 at Ridgefield High School, who died on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in California. He was 44 years old.
Mr. Kain was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on Jan. 24, 1959, a son of the late Joseph A. and Lorraine C. Kain. He moved with his family to Ridgefield in 1971 and graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1977.
Mr. Kain had worked in the Ridgefield and Norwalk areas before moving to California in 1984.
His family said he would be remembered “for his warm heart, gentle spirit, quick wit, and wonderful sense of humor.”
His survivors include a son, Ryan T. Kain of Waterford; a daughter, Lorrin Kain of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; three brothers, Joseph T. Kain and his wife Kathy of Divide, Colo., George F. Kain and his wife Marilyn of Ridgefield, and Kevin T. Kain of Mattapan, Mass.; a sister, Lory K. McCabe and her husband Dan of Wilton; three nephews and two nieces.
The Rev. Lawrence F. Carew will lead the memorial service Friday at 2 in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street.
The family will receive friends in the funeral home on Friday after 1.
Evelynn Halpner, owned realty firm
A memorial service took place in Worthington, Ohio, on Jan. 2 for Evelynn Doctors Halpner, founder of Ridgefield’s Acorn Real Estate, who died Dec. 30 after a year-long battle with stomach cancer.
Mrs. Halpner moved to Ridgefield 30 years ago with her then husband and infant son, Andrew. She started her career in real estate in 1976 with Gary Bryant.
By 1978, she decided to open her own company, Acorn Real Estate, which she operated out of large white antique home on George Washington Highway.
“Her outgoing personality, integrity and quick wit quickly made her successful not only with her clients but with the whole real estate community,” said a coworker. “She was admired for her honesty, generosity of spirit and willingness to go the extra mile for her clients, friends and family.”
An avid antiques collector, Mrs. Halpner could be found early most Saturday mornings getting the best bargains at any number of local tag sales.
“Her ‘Peter-Pan’ like love of all of life’s simple pleasures — from eating Chinese food with her real estate pals, to cooking a wonderful meal for her friends to just admiring a neatly stacked pile of firewood — is what will be remembered most by all who knew and loved her,” the coworker said.
Mrs. Halpner is survived by her son Andrew, daughter-in-law Julie, and two grandsons, Robbie and Steven.
Friends who wish to make a contribution in her memory may make a donation to the Wooster School in Danbury.
Benjamin Gallo, chemical engineer
Benjamin R. Gallo of Ridgefield, a chemical engineer and longtime resident, died Thursday, Dec. 18. He was 93 years old.
A native of New York City, Mr. Gallo was born on Aug. 10, 1910. He grew up in the city and graduated from St. John’s University.
Mr. Gallo was a chemical engineer and environmental pollution expert, and had worked for Harvey Hubbell in Bridgeport for 45 years.
He and his wife Eve moved here in 1958. More than 40 years ago, Eve Gallo established Eve’s Treasure Chest, an antiques store on upper Route 7, and operated the business for 10 years. Mrs. Gallo died in 1990.
Mr. Gallo enjoyed traveling, and especially liked going on cruises with his children and grandchildren.
“He touched hundreds of lives in his 93 years in such a positive way,” said his daughter, Barbara Colantuono. “He was the most compassionate, loving, caring, patient, and intelligent man anyone could ever know.”
Mr. Gallo is survived by two daughters, Joy Fisher and her husband Frank of Orlando, Fla., and Barbara Colantuono and her husband Joe of Yonkers, N.Y.; and by five granddaughters and 11 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday in St. Mary’s Church. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
The Flynn Memorial Home in Yonkers was in charge of arrangements.
James Feneley, 76, pilot and Marine
Captain Jim Feneley of Clearwater, Fla., a former military and airline pilot, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Mease Countryside Hospital. He was 76 years old and had lived in Ridgefield from 1963 until 1986.
Mr. Feneley, who was known as “Captain Jim” to his friends, was born in Cambridge, Mass., on April 29, 1927, a son of Sue Sinclair Feneley and James Feneley. He married Hilda Nelson in Whidby Island, Wash.
Captain Feneley was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, serving in both the United States Navy and Marine Corps. His service duties ranged from musician to reconnaissance pilot, and he was stationed in California, Hawaii, Japan, Washington and Pensacola, Fla., where he was a flight instructor of naval aviators.
He worked for United Airlines for 34 years. He was a captain of Boeing 727 and McDonnell Douglas DC 10 equipment, was a union council chair, and, according to his family, was “recognized systemwide for his good humor and poise to passengers, crew, union members, and management alike.”
Captain Feneley was an active member of both Ridgefield and Clearwater Marine Corps leagues and Clearwater VFW Post 2473. He was a longstanding member of the Retired United Pilots Association (RUPA) and past commander of the Sons of the Confederacy and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Ridgefield.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Hilda Feneley of Clearwater; sons and daughters-in-law Craig and Mary Feneley of Herndon, Va., and Scott and Donna Feneley of Monroe; grandchildren, Michael and Jack Feneley of Herndon; Laura and Ryan Feneley of Monroe; a sister and brother-in-law Lillian Feneley Cooley and Duane Cooley of Fairfax, Va.
A son, James Nelson Feneley, died in 1974.
Memorial services will be take place Saturday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ridgefield. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Marine Corps League headquarters on Halpin Lane Saturday at 4 p.m.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Office of Donor Services, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605.
Winifred Aldrich, museum founder
Winifred “Wynn” Payne Aldrich of New York City, a longtime Ridgefielder who helped found the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, died Sunday, Dec. 21, at her home in Manhattan after a long illness. She was 89 years old and the widow of clothing designer Larry Aldrich, who died in 2001.
A native of Punta Gorda, Fla., where her father was an Episcopal minister, Mrs. Aldrich was born in 1914 and grew up in Florida.
Her husband once said that Wynn Aldrich, then a young artist in New York City, helped spark his interest in contemporary art. They began collecting paintings in the late 1930s. The couple moved to Nod Road in 1939 and by 1960, they were running out of space for their vast art collection. In 1963, the Aldriches acquired three acres and an 18th Century building on Main Street and a year later, they opened Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, containing much of their collection.
“Wynn Aldrich was instrumental in the growth of the museum — from designing the landscaping around the Old Hundred building to welcoming visitors, artists, and friends of the museum,” said Harry Philbrick, the museum’s director. “An artist in her own right, she infused the museum with a respect for artists, which is one of our hallmarks.”
Mrs. Aldrich began her artistic career as a watercolorist, painting what she described as “stark, Wyeth-like watercolors of New England scenes.” She moved on to floral fantasies, abstract expressionism and finally collage.
She told an interviewer in 1980 that creating small collages allowed her to work in a limited space, something that was handy during the Aldriches world travels looking for new art for the museum. For her collages, she saved things most people threw away — old theater tickets, scraps of material, strips of paper from old billboards, linings from cardboard boxes. “Sometimes I feel like a bag lady walking down Ninth Avenue, tearing things off billboards,” she joked.
Her work was widely exhibited in the Northeast, and at Aspen, Colo., where the Aldriches had a summer home. One of her paintings hung in the American Embassy in Portugal, acquired as part of the Art in Embassies program.
Mrs. Aldrich studied at the Art Students League, Parsons School of Design, and Silvermine College of Art, and with watercolorist and author Herb Olsen. At the Art Students League, she was a member of the Board of Control for three years.
She and her husband also owned the Soho Center for Visual Arts in New York City, a gallery that included an art library for working artists.
Over the years Mrs. Aldrich was an active volunteer in many community organizations, including the Ridgefield Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Thrift Shop, the Caudatowa Garden Club, of which she was once president, the Ridgefield Garden Club, and the Altar Guild of St. Stephen’s Church. In Colorado, she was a benefactor of the Music Associates of Aspen.
She is survived by her adopted daughters, Kate Strassman and Susan Huberth, and by two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be announced.
David Yelinek, 52, RHS class of ’69
David A. Yelinek of Danbury, who grew up in Ridgefield and had lived here many years, died on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 11, 2004, at Danbury Hospital. He was 52 years old.
Mr. Yelinek was born in Danbury, April 27, 1951, a son of Mary Walsh Kilcran of Ridgefield and Jack J. Yelinek of Port Richey, Fla. He attended Ridgefield schools and graduated in 1969 from Ridgefield High School, where he played varsity football, baseball and basketball.
Besides his parents, Mr. Yelinek is survived by a daughter, Tina Bruciatti of Stamford; a sister, Joanne Bucsko of Ridgefield; two brothers, Gary Yelinek of Cape Coral, Fla., and Jeffrey Yelinek of Ridgefield; two nieces, Crystal Yelinek and Carisa Yelinek, both of Cape Coral, Fla.; a nephew, U.S. Marine Cpl. Gary L. Yelinek of Camp Pendleton, Calif.; an aunt, Marlene Hancock of Ridgefield; two uncles, Gordon Walsh and his wife Joan of Ridgefield, and Roger Yelinek and his wife Barbara of Concrete, Wash.; and many cousins.
The family will receive friends today, Thursday, from 4 to 6 in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Dorothy Day Hospitality House, 11 Spring Street, Danbury, CT 06810.