Marcia Pelzel, of Furlong, Pennsylvania, a former Westport resident, died March 7 at the Cancer Treatment Center of America. She was 92.
Marcia Pelzel: former Westporter. Contributed photo
She was the beloved wife of the late Bernard Clement Pelzel. Born in Andijk, Netherlands, she was the daughter of the late Klaas and Ida Prins Groot.
As a teenager, “Marjo” enjoyed her school studies and gymnastics. After surviving through World War II in occupied Holland, she was anxious to travel, and was employed as a nanny in England and Belgium.
Her travels eventually took her to the United States and Canada. She married Bernard in 1959 and they shared 54 years of marriage before his death in 2013.
Paul Spiekermann of Westport, a doctor who specialized in tropical medicine and later worked with the Rotary International Foundation on various projects, died March 8. He was 92.
Paul Spiekermann: tropical medicine specialist. Contributed photo
During his long career, he worked in in Malaya, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, as well as in the Americas.
In “retirement,” as a Rotarian for over 20 years, he had a long list of Rotary-sponsored international projects to his credit.
They included bringing well water to a village in Benin, furnishing and equipping a school in Tanzania, helping provide schooling for AIDS, cancer and accident orphans in Thailand, and providing artificial limbs for land mine amputees and braces for polio victims in Cambodia.
Benjamin deIpolyi, a Westport resident for 18 years and Fairfield County resident of 45 years, died March 4. He was 74.
Benjamin deIpolyi: land developer. Contributed photo
He was born Dec. 22, 1943 in Budapest. He and his family escaped from Hungary to Austria in the aftermath of World War II, and he was there until he was 8 years old, when they immigrated to the United States.
The rest of his childhood was spent in Saranac Lake, New York. As a young man, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged.
Later, he worked as a research analyst in New York City, where he met Susan, his future wife of nearly 45 years.
Howard J. Aibel of Weston, lawyer, conservationist, philanthropist, and passionate arts advocate, died March 9 from complications from pneumonia. He was 88.
Howard Aibel: passionate arts advocate. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
His ties to Westport included serving as vice chair of the Westport Country Playhouse, which last month renamed its campus after him, a past board member of the Westport Arts Center, and a member of the Westport Rotary Club.
A first-generation American, he was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, New York, son of the late David and Anna Aibel, and spent significant time during his childhood in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. He attended Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, Harvard College (class of 1950), and Harvard Law School (Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1951).
He worked for nearly 30 years as executive vice president and chief legal officer of International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation. Prior to joining ITT in 1964, he was antitrust litigation counsel for General Electric and an attorney with White & Case.
Arts advocate and philanthropist Howard J. Aibel of Weston died Friday, according to a family member. He was 88. Only last month it was announced that the Westport Country Playhouse, where Aibel was vice chair, was renaming its entire campus after him following his donation of $3 million for theater operations and to establish an endowment. (See WestportNow Feb. 13, 2018)
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 2 at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, with a reception to follow from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Gaetano “Guy” Passarelli, a Westport resident for 68 years, died March 5 after a long illness. He was 92.
Guy” Passarelli: master tailor. Contributed photo
Born Nov. 1, 1925 in Jelsi Italy, he immigrated with his wife Filomena and their two oldest daughters to Westport’s Saugatuck area in 1960.
Upon arrival to Saugatuck, he pursed a very successful career as a self-employed master tailor. He had a passion for gardening and always enjoyed his summer gardens.
He is survived by his wife Filomena, happily married for 63 years; his daughters Franca (Sam), Marisa (Norman), Lucy (Bill), Nella and Sondra (Larry). He most cherished his four grandsons Michael, Christopher, Laurence and Peter. We will all miss his gentle and sweet ways.
In her long career as an actress, Patsy performed on Broadway, in films, and on television. A highlight for her came in 1962 on Broadway when she played the role of April Monkhood in S.J. Perelman’s comedy “The Beauty Part,” starring Bert Lahr. No work of literature gave Patsy more pleasure, or more laughs, than Perelman’s play. It was a happy touchstone for her ever after.
Patsy was born Patricia Julia Ripley in Philadelphia in 1925 to actress Mabel Albertson and Harold Austin Ripley, who divorced when Patsy was young.