Elizabeth Gibson Gershman,
a longtime Stamford resident, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000 at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford. She was 72.
She died of acute arterial hemmorhage, according to her family.
Born Oct. 16, 1927, in Mansfield, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Edward Douglas and Daisy Taylor Gibson.
Mrs. Gershman received an associate's degree in the arts from Stephens College in 1945 and a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut in 1979.
She was a frequent contributor to The Advocate and Greenwich Time newspapers over the years, writing recent Business section cover stories on future trends and a motivational seminar featuring symphony orchestra musicians. She also was a free-lance news writer for the Brooks Community newspapers and The New York Times. She was a member of the Connecticut Critics' Circle and the Connecticut Press Women's Club.
Mrs. Gershman was involved in publicity and public relations for many Fairfield County arts organizations, including the Connecticut Ballet and the Connecticut Alliance for Music.
She was a former director of the Stamford Historical Society and an activist in historic preservation.
During the 1980s, she founded Knight's Press, which published 35 novels, including some that launched the careers of several writers. She was a member of the Stamford Board of Representatives and worked to develop the Stamford Center for the Arts.
Earlier in her career, she was a professional actress in theater and television in New York City. Throughout her life, she was an avid theatergoer and loved to read and travel.
She also wrote for The Advocate's opinion pages, expressing her views about preserving the history of Stamford and championing the local arts. In a 1997 Viewpoint column on saving the Palace Theatre, Mrs. Gershman railed against those who would replace it with a new arts venue and wrote, "I am a 'building hugger' and I am one of many who doesn't think that's such a bad word. I'd rather hug the Palace than one of those glass boxes you are trying to foist on us."
She raised her voice in support of the arts in a 1991 column and called on the Stamford community to do the same. "It takes work, time, effort - and money - to keep these events continuing," she wrote. "It is now time for the audiences to do their work, to speak up and make their preferences known, in order to keep Stamford the cultural center it has become."
She is survived by her former husband, James Gershman of Stamford; a daughter, Katherine Gershman Kennedy of New Haven; a son, Taylor James Gershman of Riverside, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
Calling hours are private.
A graveside service will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000 at Long Ridge Cemetery, Erskine Road, Stamford.
Bouton & Reynolds Funeral Home, 2900 Summer St., Stamford, is handling arrangements.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000 at First Presbyterian Church of Stamford, 1101 Bedford St. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Stamford Center for the Arts Reachout Program.
Elizabeth Howard Weimer,
a resident of Tucson, Ariz., died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000 at home. She was 81.
She died of congestive heart failure, according to her family.
Born April 11, 1919, in Gary, Ind., she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Hazel Kuss.
Mrs. Weimer attended Stephens College and graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis. She taught at Union City Elementary School in Indiana.
After raising her children, Mrs. Weimer worked as a financial analyst for General Electric Credit Corp. in Stamford.
She was a musician and sang in choirs in Cincinnati, St. Joseph, Mich., and Stamford.
She volunteered with disadvantaged children.
Mrs. Weimer was a member of the Christ Child Society and a volunteer teacher's aide at Nash and Richey schools, Casa de los Ninos and the Sabino Canyon volunteer program for children.
She is survived by four daughters, Jane Peterson of Huntington, Susan Weimer of Tucson, Rebecca Janssen of Leawood, Kan., and Mary Matteucci of Houston; a son, Edward Weimer of Milledgeville, Ga.; a sister, Katharine H. Avery of Great Falls, Mont.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Harvey E. Weimer.
Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000 at Adair Funeral Homes, Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Ave., Tucson.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000 at St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church, After School Program Yaqui Scholarship, Attn: The Rev. Rosa Brown, 4440 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ; or U of A/Native American Resource Center, Attn: Scholarship Development Office, 1111 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721.
Harry C. Cirillo,
a resident of Ridge, N.Y., died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000 at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan. He was 84.
He died of natural causes, according to his family.
Born Dec. 3, 1915, in New York City, he was a son of the late Paul and Ann Cosentino Cirillo.
Mr. Cirillo was a retired salesman at the Fulton Fish Market in New York City.
He is survived by two sons, Dr. Ronald J. Cirillo of New Canaan and Dr. Dennis P. Cirillo of Aspen, Colo.; a daughter, Carla Karlsson of Bay Ridge, N.Y.; a brother, Louis Cirillo of Valley Stream, N.Y.; two sisters, Diamond Nicolosi of Cold Spring, N.Y., and Margie Nicolosi of Valley Stream; and four grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, Catherine Yannuzzi Cirillo.
Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 6, 2000 at F. Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main St., New Canaan.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000 at St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan.
Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Campaign for the Waveny Care Center Expansion Project, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan, CT 06840.
Kathy D'Aprile Chickvary,
a Sherman resident, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000 at New Milford Hospital. She was 55.
She died of cancer, according to her family.
Born March 3, 1945, in Stamford, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Katherine Passaro D'Aprile.
She is survived by her life partner, John Hibbard of Sherman; two daughters, Michelle Sienkiewicz of Newtown and Alicia Hunniford of Sherman; a brother, James D'Aprile of Stratford; and three grandchildren.
There are no calling hours.
A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000 at Holy Trinity Church in Sherman.
Burial will follow in Coburn Cemetery
Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford, is handling arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Sherman/New Fairfield Animal Welfare, Route 37, New Fairfield, CT 06812.
Edward Harvey Bolton,
a Norwalk resident, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 44.
He died of an aneurysm, according to his family.
Born May 8, 1956, in Norwalk, he was a son of Georgianna Sherman Bolton of Norwalk and the late Harvey W. Bolton.
Mr. Bolton was an electrician with South Norwalk Electric and a teacher at J.M. Wright Technical School.
He graduated from J.M. Wright Technical School and attended Norwalk Community College.
Mr. Bolton served in the U.S. Marines and was a member of American Legion Post 12. He was working to bring the Healing Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to Norwalk.
Mr. Bolton also was a member of the Norwalk Ham Radio Club and former Civil Defense commander.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his fiancee, Lydia Patton of Norwalk, and two brothers, George Bolton and David Bolton, both of Norwalk.
Calling hours will be 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000 at Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2000 at Norwalk Union Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to The Last Post, Route 126, Falls Village, CT 06031.