Thursday, January 20, 2022



Dorothy H. Kessler, 100

Dorothy H. (‘Dot’) Kessler of Burlington, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 8 in Bristol. She was 100.

She was born Jan. 26, 1918, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late William Roy Comp and Victoria “Henrietta” Comp. She was the third of nine children, and was a graduate of Latrobe High School in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

She worked as a hairdresser and a veterinary lab technician. She married her high school sweetheart, Richard P. Kessler, of Latrobe and had a happy marriage of 59 years.They lived in Latrobe; Canajoharie, New York; Charleston, South Carolina; Metairie, Louisana, and were longtime residents of Westport and Surfside Beach, South Carolina.

After the death of her husband Richard, she also lived in Atlanta, and the Whigville section of Burlington.

Paul T. Green, 82

Paul Theodore (Ted) Green of Torrington, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 16 at the Sharon Care Center in Sharon. The cause was Alzheimer’s disease. He was 82. Image
Ted Green: former Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born on Sept. 2, 1936, in Aberdeen, South Dakota, the son of Paul C. Green, president of Hub City Iron Co., and Mayme Spiel Green.

He graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in 1954. He attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, graduating in 1958 with a degree in economics.

He then served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Afterward, he began graduate studies at Columbia University in New York.

Carole Sue Fine, 82

Carole Sue (Susie) Fine of Jupiter, Florida, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 28. She was 82.

Born in Boston on Oct.18, 1936 as Carole Sue Coulon, she grew up in the then family-owned historic Hotel Vendome and attended Ursuline Academy. Along with her husband David, she created wonderful homes in Boston, Washington D.C., Weston and Westport during the course of their careers.

Forever Bostonians and New Englanders at heart, they always returned to Boston and Nantucket, where they spent their early retirement. They later moved to Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida in 2004.

Susie referred to her after-school and summer jobs at the Vendome as “her MBA”, giving her the “people skills, guts and stamina” to become a successful entrepreneur. She founded Soup’s On, a family-friendly Westport restaurant that proved so popular she added a commissary kitchen with “takeout” so Manhattan commuters could pick up dinner on the way home.

Shirley D’Aiuto, 87

Shirley Mae D’Aiuto, a lifelong Westporter and wife of the late Frederick A. D’Aiuto, died Dec. 5 at home. She was 87.

Born on March 11, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Lillian D’Amico Tedesco.

She graduated from Staples High School where her more than 60-year loving journey with Fred began.

Shirley worked for many years at CB Dolge Co. and later at Westport Town Hall. She was a proud volunteer for the Sons of Italy organization where she participated in bringing back the St. Anthony feast yearly celebration in Saugatuck.

Stanley Groner, 88

Stanley Groner, a longtime Westporter, died Dec. 6. He was 88. Image
Stan Groner: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born Feb. 2, 1930 in Los Angeles to proud parents Jacob Groner and Rachel “Ray” Blatnikoff.

He graduated from Cal Tech in 1952 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. One year later, he took his father’s advice to “marry a local girl,” Phyllis Groner.

They were delighted by the arrival of daughter Helen followed by their second daughter Hilary.

Richard Romano, 88

Richard “Bobo” Romano of Norwalk, a former Westport school system employee, died Dec. 5 at his home. He was 88. Image
Richard Romano: former Westport schools employee. Contributed photo

He was born in Norwalk on March 29, 1930 and was the son of William and Mary (Defeo) Romano. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

His most enjoyable employment was working in the Maintenance Department at Staples High School for 20 years where he is remembered fondly by many colleagues and students.

An avid athlete, and loyal sports fan, he attended each Staples High School football game after retirement until his health began to limit him.

Brian S. Andersen, 20

Brian S. Andersen of Westport died suddenly on Dec. 2 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 20.

He was born in Hudson, New York on June 29, 1998 and was the son of Rebekah Vining and Lou Kitchner.

A 2016 graduate of Staples High School, he was best known for his compassion and selflessness. His smile would warm up a room and his personality put everyone at ease.

He was on a lifelong journey to save those who need to be saved and help everyone reach their potential. He was a highly intelligent private person who let very few know what was on his mind and in his heart. He was noble to the core and truthful beyond imagination.

Andrew L. Popp, 89

Andrew Louis Popp, a longtime Westport resident, died Nov. 22 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was 89. 

Born in Binghamton, New York on April 7, 1929, he attended Purdue University where he received a B.S. in electrical engineering and Georgetown Law School where he received his J.D. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after law school and served as a JAG officer at Shape Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

After his service, he worked for IBM in various capacities until his retirement.  His responsibilities with IBM included overseas assignments as well as temporary assignment as the director of the National Executive Service Corps in the early 1980s.

After taking early retirement from IBM, he helped start the Dispute Resolution Center, which served both the local court system, as well as the Bridgeport schools.

Angelo Calise, 78

Angelo Calise of Weston, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 4 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 78. Image
Angelo Calise: former Westporter. Contributed photo

He was the husband of Carol Goodfellow Calise. He was born Oct. 15, 1940 in Ischia, Italy, the son of the late Vito and Rosa Castaldi, and emigrated to the United States in 1953.

He was the hard working and proud owner of Sowesco Distibutors. He was a member of The Sons of Italy and was affectionately known as the “Mayor of Woodward Avenue” in Norwalk by the families who rented his properties there. He was a very devoted family man and especially enjoyed Sunday family dinners. He will be dearly missed.

In addition to his wife Carol, he is survived by his children and spouses: Meg Perez, Salvatore and Sara Calise, Roseann and Joe Caruso, Chris and Jessica Calise, his brothers Luigi and Gioacchino Castaldi of Ischia, Italy, grandchildren Heather, Deanna, Brianne, Gabriella, Lindsay, Nicholas, Joseph and Isabella, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also predeceased by his in-laws Kenneth and Alice Goodfellow.