Francine J. Whitehouse, 39, GE Capital executive
Francine J. Whitehouse of Ridgefield, wife of David R. Whitehouse and a vice president with General Electric Capital in the Structured Finance Risk Group of Stamford, died on Monday morning, April 26, 2004 at her home after a long battle with cancer. She was 39.
She was born in Newburgh, N.Y., Sept. 11, 1964, a daughter of Thomas and Michelina (Senese) DiLorenzo of Walden, N.Y. She attended Most Precious Blood School and Valley Central High School and graduated from Fordham University with a bachelor of science degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration.
An area resident since 1986, she was a resident of Ridgefield since 1999 coming from New Canaan and was a member of St. Elizabeth Seton Church of Ridgefield.
She enjoyed cooking, travel and most especially her husband and family. Besides her husband and parents, she is survived by two brothers, Anthony DiLorenzo and his wife Cindy of Syracuse, N.Y., and Thomas DiLorenzo Jr. and his wife Kelly of Howell, N.J.; a sister, Joan Dobransky and her husband Russell of New Fairfield; a niece, Julianna, and four nephews, Robert, Thomas, Matthew and Anthony.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 520 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Montgomery, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Katherine Whitman, was secretary
Katherine Riley McGill Whitman of Poverty Hollow Road, Redding, a former Ridgefielder, died on Monday morning, May 3, 2004, at New Milford Hospital. She was 89 years old.
She widow of Edward Knight McGill and of Walter R. Whitman.
Mrs. Whitman was born in South Milwaukee, Wisc., Nov. 25, 1914, a daughter of the late William and Mary (Hayman) Riley. She attended South Milwaukee schools and graduated from the Layton School of Art of Milwaukee.
Mrs. Whitman had been a secretary with the Cortina/Famous Schools of Wilton from 1964 to 1996. She had lived in Acton, Mass., before moving to the area in 1963.
She was a former member of the Keeler Tavern Museum and a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
Mrs. Whitman is survived by two daughters, Laurie M. Doyle of New Milford and Mary L. Capwell of Redding; a son Edward K. McGill IV of Bethel; and a granddaughter Jennifer Chislett of Concord, Calif.
Private family services will take place at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Interment will follow in the crypt of St. Stephen’s Church.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions to the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 06877 or to the New Milford Hospital Foundation, 38 Elm Street, New Milford, CT 06776 would be appreciated.
The Kane Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Bill Wyatt, 65, Little League coach
William Lorne Wyatt, a graduate of Ridgefield High School whose Little League team once made it to the World Series, died after a long illness on April 26, 2004, at St. Petersburg Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was 65 years old.
Bill Wyatt was born in Charlottesville, Va., on Nov. 3, 1937, to the late Henry L. and Margaret R. Wyatt. He received his education at the Hill School in Pottstown Pa., Rye Country Day School, and graduated in 1957 from Ridgefield High School, where he played football and baseball.
He had lived in Danbury before moving in the 1980s to Florida where he became very active in Florida Little League in Sarasota.
He coached the Sarasota Little League Team to a third place finish in the World Championships in Williamsport, Pa., in 1986. Later, he financed the construction of a baseball field in Sarasota for Little League.
He is survived by his wife Tina, his son, Lorne and his sisters, Edythe Sherwood of New Canaan and Dale Wyatt of Redding. His twin brother, Henry J. Wyatt, died before him.
Funeral arrangements will be private.
Contributions in Mr. Wyatt’s memory may be made to: Central Sarasota County Little League (CSCLL), P.O. Box 21286, Sarasota, FL 34276. Please put Field #4 on the contribution.
Mark Zabarouskas, 45, RHS 1977
W. Mark Zabarouskas, who grew up in Ridgefield, died unexpectedly at his home in McLoud, Okla. on July 3, 2004.
He was born May 23, 1959 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., a son of the late Walter J. Zabarouskas, Jr. and Marie M. Zabarouskas. He moved to Ridgefield with his family in 1961, living on Bayberry Hill Road. Many of his friends called him “Zeke.”
A 1977 graduate of Ridgefield High School, Mr. Zabarouskas was on the golf team and had played freshman football.
He joined the U.S. Navy after graduation from high school and was stationed in San Diego, assigned to the USS Mars as a pattern maker. After returning to Ridgefield, he worked as a truck driver, a welder and at a local golf range. He played golf in the Danbury Industrial League.
He moved to Oklahoma in 1999.
An avid New York Yankees fan, Mr. Zabarouskas would plan visits to his brother’s and sister’s homes to coincide with when the Yankees were in town. He also enjoyed playing pool and spending time with friends and family.
Mr. Zabarouskas is survived by a brother, Michael Zabarouskas and his wife Patricia Reilly of San Diego, Calif., and a sister, Patricia Bass, her husband Dean and nieces Barbara and Brenda of Homer Glen, Ill..
A memorial service took place in Oklahoma on July 9. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Craig Baggott, newspaper editor
Craig W. Baggott, who grew up in Ridgefield and became politics editor at The Hartford Courant, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack on Wednesday, June 9, 2004, in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 55 years old.
Mr. Baggott had worked for The Courant for 27 years. He had been in California since September while his wife, Barbara T. Roessner, a deputy managing editor at The Courant, studied at Stanford University on a fellowship. The family was planning to return to Connecticut later this month.
Mr. Baggott grew up Ridgefield. He was the son of Audrey and the late Thomas E. Baggott, who lived on Nod Road from 1950 and 1980 and operated Heritage Farms. He and his brothers used to work at the operation’s fruit and vegetable stands and also used to help farm the land. In the summer during the 1960s, the Baggott boys would make the rounds at about 4 a.m., picking up Ridgefield teens and taking them to work to pick corn. “It was a popular summer job,” said one former worker.
Mr. Baggott went to St. Mary’s School and Central Catholic High School in Norwalk, where he played football. He was a graduate of Western Connecticut State University.
In the 1970s, his friend, First Selectman Rudy Marconi, who sold paper to newspapers at the time, introduced Mr. Baggott to the publisher of weekly “pennysaver” in Southington, and the result was his first newspaper job. Mr. Baggott later worked for the Southingtown Observer and joined The Courant’s Southington and Bristol bureaus in 1977. He was named assistant metro editor in 1989 and politics and government editor in 1995.
“The readers have lost a brilliant and committed journalist,” said Courant Managing Editor Clifford L. Teutsch. “What we have lost is a tireless colleague and friend, a man of limitless goodwill and joie de vivre.”
The Courant said that friends and co-workers recalled Mr. Baggott as “a laid back and generous man, a devoted father and a practitioner of hard-hitting journalism in the press-as-watchdog tradition. As a reporter and editor, he dug into the confluence of political favoritism and public policy.”
While reporting on the 1994 gubernatorial race, The Courant said, Mr. Baggott investigated future Gov. John G. Rowland’s controversial private consulting work and a domestic incident with his first wife that culminated in a landmark freedom of information court case involving access to police records. As an editor, he supervised coverage of political investigative stories leading up to the current corruption scandals.
“His professional and personal lives became one stream,” Courant Editor Brian Toolan said. “It was like he was always on the case. He had such a ready sense about him — unflappable. He was one of the best newspapermen I’ve been around.”
“He was always had a comment about everything,” said Ridgefield writer Gerri Lewis, a longtime friend. “And his comments were always worth listening to.”
“He loved to challenge you,” said former Ridgefielder Laura Baggott, his first wife, who lives Edwards, Colo. “He always wanted you to look at things from another point of view. Craig loved to laugh and he would laugh so hard that his eyes would be just slits. I’ll always remember the time when we were all laughing and one of our friends said to Craig, ‘can you see out of those eyes?’”
Besides his wife and mother, Mr. Baggott is survived by four children, Lily, Kate, and Liam of West Hartford and Taylor, now living in Vermont; and three brothers, Tom, Peter and Brian. His oldest son, Craig, died of leukemia in 1999. Taylor and Craig were children of his first marriage.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete.
Donations in Mr. Baggott’s memory may be sent to Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc., Attn: Heather Feldmann, 138 Neff Annex, Columbia, MO 65211. IRE is an organization devoted to training and developing investigative journalists.
Miriam Briody, worked for New York
Miriam L. “Mary” Briody of Ridgefield, who had worked for the City of New York, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 25, 2004, at Danbury Hospital. She was 77 years old and the widow of George F. Briody.
Mrs. Briody was born in New York, N.Y., Jan. 5, 1927, daughter of the late Frank and Helen Schreiner Svertner, attended New York schools and was a retired administrative assistant with the City of New York. She had lived in the Bronx for many years.
A resident of Ridgefield for the past nine months, Mrs. Briody had previously lived in Coconut Creek, Fla., for 21 years. There, she was active in the local community association and volunteered at a local hospital. Over the years, she enjoyed bowling and traveling.
Mrs. Briody is survived by her daughter, Patricia Briody Markert and her husband Anthony of Ridgefield; a son Thomas Briody and his wife Sonia of Salisbury Mills, N.Y. and five grandsons; Michael Briody, Timothy Briody, Matthew Briody, Kevin Markert, and James Markert.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday in St. Mary’s Church.
Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Meals-On-Wheels Program, Ballard Green, 25 Gilbert Street, Ridgefield 06877.
The Kane Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Dino Cingolani, 76, baseball star
Dino V. Cingolani of East Norwalk, a Ridgefield native who was wooed by several major league baseball teams for his pitching prowess, died Monday, Aug. 16, in Norwalk Hospital. He was 76 years old and the husband of Alice Salvestrini Cingolani.
“Chink” Cingolani was born in Danbury on Nov. 26, 1927, son of the late Gino and Ida Pambianchi Cingolani. He grew up in the Branchville section of town and graduated in 1945 from Ridgefield High School. There, he starred on the baseball team and helped lead it to conference championship — not only with his pitching, but with his .485 batting average.
The New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Nationals all offered him contracts to pitch, but he chose the Giants and, in 1946, headed off to training camp in Florida. There he worked under the legendary Carl Hubbell, who was reputed to have called him “another Bob Feller.”
Mr. Cingolani played for Giants’ farm teams in Zanesville, Sioux City, Ogdensburg, and Trenton with the likes of Hoyt Wilhelm and Bobby Thompson. Though observers felt he could easily have made it to the majors, in the end, he decided to abandon minor league play, and return to Ridgefield.
Here, he pitched for local teams and in the Danbury City League for many years.
Mr. Cingolani was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. A Norwalk resident since 1969, he was a retired salesman. He was an avid fisherman.
Several years ago, Mr. Cingolani was honored by the Ridgefield Old Timers Association.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Regina Aitoro and her husband Vincent of Easton; a son, Dean Cingolani and his wife Susan of Greenburgh, N.Y.; a sister, Evelyn DePalma of Ridgefield; and four grandsons.
Services were held on Tuesday at the Collins Funeral Home in Norwalk. Interment was private.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Whittingham Cancer Center, Norwalk Hospital Foundation, Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06856.
Joan M. Corde, active mother, gardener
Joan Marie Corde, a four-year resident of Ridgefield who had been active in community groups, died on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City. She was 67 years old and the wife of George E. Corde.
Mrs. Corde was born in New York City on Aug. 21, 1936, a daughter of Angelo and Ellen Hartney Proscia of Sunrise, Fla. She grew up in New York City and as a young teenager, moved to Belle Harbor, Queens. A few years after her marriage in 1956, she and her husband moved to North Bellmore, Long Island. In 1979, the Cordes moved to Chappaqua, N.Y., where Mrs. Corde worked in a women’s boutique.
Mrs. Corde “enjoyed providing for and being with her family, which was always the focal point of her life,” Mr. Corde said. When her children were growing up, “she was enormously active with children.” She had been involved in church, PTA, sports, and other youth programs both on Long Island and in Chappaqua. “Between her five children, working in town, and her involvement in the community, Joan seemed to know everyone, and everyone knew her.”
Mr. and Mrs. Corde moved to Ridgefield in 2000.
Mrs. Corde was an accomplished flower gardener and horticulturist. She took great joy in landscaping her summer home in Stone Harbor, N.J.
Besides her husband and parents, Mrs. Corde is survived by four sons, George Corde and his wife Meg of North Salem, N.Y., Richard Corde of South Salem, N.Y., Daniel Corde and his wife Zoraya of Westport, and Gary Corde and Malia of Asbury, N.J.; a daughter, Angela Chittenden and her husband Kevin of Ridgefield; a sister, Annette Martin of Oakdale, N.Y.; and 17 grandchildren, including Tyler, Matthew, Daniel and Kelly Chittenden of Ridgefield.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday in St. Mary’s Church. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021.
The Kane Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Bruce Dallow, 63, former policeman
Bruce E. Dallow of Ridgefield, a former policeman and firefighter, died on Saturday, July 31, 2004, at Danbury Hospital. He was 63 years old and the husband of Helen Tubia Dallow.
Mr. Dallow was born in Pelham, N.Y., a son of Alma Monroe Dallow of Spotsylvania, Va., and the late Elwood Dallow. Raised in Pelham, he attended Pelham schools and was a former member of the Pelham Police Department, and a former captain of the Pelham Volunteer Fire Department.
He had lived in Ridgefield since 1989, coming from Westchester County.
Besides his wife and mother, Mr. Dallow is survived by two sons, Michael Dallow of the Bronx, N.Y., and Bruce E. Dallow of New Rochelle, N.Y.; a stepson, John Meijer of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter, Ginger McDonough of Spotsylvania, Va.; a brother, Philip “Pete” Dallow of North Carolina; three sisters, Barbara Giuliano of Bedford, N.Y., Carol Sliney of New Rochelle, N.Y., and Patricia Colletti of Spotsylvania; five grandchildren; a step-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
Services took place at the Kane Funeral Home on Wednesday, Aug. 4.
Interment was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous, in care of the Kane Funeral Home, P.O. Box 459, Ridgefield, 06877.