OBITUARY: Charles Niewenhous, 90

Charles F. Niewenhous of Weston, CT, and Truro, MA, beloved husband of Andrea, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Weston, surrounded by family on March 27th after a long and courageous struggle with Parkinson Disease. Charles, (Chuck), was born in New Rochelle, NY, on Jan. 26, 1924. As a youth he attended boarding schools in Germany and Canada. At the age of five, Chuck was given his first camera, beginning a lifelong love and pursuit of photography. After returning to New Rochelle in 1934, he completed his primary education and began studies at New York University. … Read more

OBITUARY: Richard J. Walkoff, 86

Richard J. Walkoff, husband of Gloria Samowitz Walkoff of Westport, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. He was 86. Born in Norwalk April 21, 1927, he was the son of the late Harry and Pauline Landstein Walkoff. Richard was a graduate of Norwalk High School, Class of 1945. He served in the Army during WWII and graduated from the Columbia University School of Pharmacy. He became a registered pharmacist and was the owner of Richard’s Pharmacy in Norwalk for more than 40 years. Under his high school yearbook picture it read: “Richard is going to be a … Read more

OBITUARY: Sue Wolf, Redding Pilot Editor

Sue Wolf, editor of the Redding Pilot since 1995, died Friday, March 28 at Danbury Hospital after battling lung cancer. Ms. Wolf was born on May 8, 1945 in Childress, Texas. She grew up in Madison, Ind., and attended the University of Indiana and received a degree in government with a minor in economics. She started her career as a teacher before moving into the field of journalism. Before taking the editor position at The Redding Pilot, Ms. Wolf was the editor of the now defunct Bethel Home News from 1978 until the fall of 1995. Ms. Wolf has more … Read more

OBITUARY: Dorothea Hazard, teacher

Dorothea (Dottie) Hazard passed away peacefully on March 17, 2014, surrounded by her loving children, Rick Hazard, Carolyn Warner Gropper and Donald Hazard. In addition to her children, she is survived by 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Dottie lived in Weston for 47 years and taught in the Westport elementary schools of Hillspoint and Greens Farms Elementary. She will be remembered as a kind and always patient teacher who filled her classroom with enthusiasm and contagious optimism, always striving to help students to learn and stretch their abilities. Her love of outdoors was evidenced in her constant bringing of … Read more

OBITUARY: Dexter A. Picozzi, 93

Surrounded by his loving family, Dexter A. Picozzi of Redding passed away peacefully on March 8, 2014, at the age of 93. Born in Providence, RI on July 9, 1920, to Anthony and Antonetta Conte Picozzi, he went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island in 1942. First in his class of 219 Engineering students, Dexter was accepted to MIT Graduate School but World War II intervened. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served as an Aviation Electronics Technician. During his military tenure he met his beloved wife, Dorothy, at a USO dance. … Read more

Olympian visits Weston students at Ridgefield Academy

Ridgefield Academy welcomed Olympic luger Tucker West to campus on Monday, March 3, to share his Olympic journey. Mr. West, an 18-year-old Ridgefield resident, told the students that he set a goal to achieve his Olympic dream at a very young age, and worked diligently toward that goal for the past 12 years. He cited goal setting, hard work, determination, and great support as reasons for his success. Mr. West was the second fastest American luger at the Sochi games. Ridgefield Academy band students honored Mr. West by performing the Olympic theme, and many others read notes of thanks and … Read more

OBITUARY: Frances Muller, 91

Frances (Ritko) Muller born April 28, 1922 in Yonkers, New York, daughter of John and Anna (Masley) Ritko. Predeceased by her loving husband of 65 years, Robert J. Muller Sr. Survived by a son Robert J. Muller Jr. and his wife MaryBeth of Wilton, Connecticut, a daughter Marilyn F. (Muller) Taskalos and her husband James of Vero Beach, Florida, three grandchildren Robert J. Muller III of Weston, Connecticut, Jeffrey M. Muller of Weston, Connecticut, and Jennifer E. (Muller) Tauber of New Canaan, Connecticut, and five great-grandchildren. She was employed with the Ward Leonard Electric Company in Mount Vernon, New York, … Read more

OBITUARY: William Gillen, 88

On Feb. 27, 2014, William John Gillen of Southbury, a retired Weston schoolteacher, died peacefully surrounded by his family. He was 88. Born in New York City on April 5, 1925, he was the son of William and Nancy Gillen. He served in WWII as a bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and was a U.S. Army combat infantryman during the Korean War. Following his military service, he attended Fairfield University, from which he graduated in 1954. He became a teacher and taught in the Weston school system for more than 30 years, where he as a master of … Read more

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