Obituaries - Feb. 25, 2011
Vincent J. Ambrose Sr.
Ambrose was born in Greenwich on Feb. 13, 1930 to Joseph and Adelina Pennella Ambrose. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1952, served in France as part of the military police and received the National Defense Service Medal.
In 1956, Ambrose joined the Greenwich police force, rising to the rank of detective sargent. He was also an active participant for the International Narcotics Law Enforcement Association. He was on the 1947 State Championship Greenwich High School football team.
Ambrose loved playing his accordion and golf, his family said. For many years he coached baseball in town and was always an active fan at his grandchildren's sporting events.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Chickanis Ambrose; two daughters, Bonnie Ambrose, and Barbara Ambrogio and her husband, Carl; and two sons, Vincent J. Ambrose, Jr. and his wife, Anne; and John Ambrose. He is also survived by his four grandchildren: Jennifer Naughton and husband Michael, Lauren Ambrogio, Vincent J. Ambrose III, John Ambrose, Jr.; a sister, Theresa Gray of Danbury and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held today, Feb. 25, at St. Mary's Church. Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Richard L. Rosenthal Hospice, 100 Shelburne Rd., Stamford, CT 06902 or Connecticut Valley Hospital, Silver St., Middletown, CT 06457.
Viola Davis Carrington
Viola "Vi" Davis Carrington of Greenwich passed away peacefully on Feb. 8, 2011 at the United Hebrew Geriatric Center in New Rochelle, N.Y.
Carrington was born and raised in South Carolina and was one of six children. She worked tirelessly in the medical field for many years, her family said, and moved to Greenwich to live with her daughter, Alma Carrington and grandson, Matthew Carrington Roskoff.
Carrington will be remembered as a vibrant woman, elegant, smart, humorous, caring and, zestful, and her life will be treasured by her family and friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Alma Carrington; a grandson, Matthew Carrington Roskoff; a sister, Juliette Neal of Hopkins, S.C.; two brothers, Herbert Davis of Hopkins, S.C. and Wilson J. Davis and his wife. Dorothy; and a sister-in-law, Muriel Anita Carrington of Elmont, N.Y. She was predeceased by her parents, Wilson and Bertha Davis; her husband, Vebert Carrington; and two brothers, John "J.C." and William Davis.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 27 at noon at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Pl, New Rochelle, N.Y.
For those who wish, donations may be made in her name to the Greenwich Adult Day Center at 125 River Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807, the United Hebrew Geriatric Center at 60 Willow Drive, New Rochelle, NY 10805, and/or the Lew Body Dementia Association at 912 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn, GA 30037.
Anne H. Greene
Anne "Annie" H. Greene, longtime Greenwich Country Day School administrative secretary, died Feb. 15th, 2011, with her family by her side in Haverhill, Mass. Greene recently moved to Newburyport, Mass. from Florida to be closer to her children, and enjoyed her short but happy return to New England, her family said.
She married William Aldrich Greene in 1942 and had five children. For many years, Greene worked as the middle school administrative secretary at Greenwich Country Day School and later at The Brunswick School. Many students will remember "Mrs. Greene" as a lovely and kind presence prior to a visit to the principal's office, her family said. Her capacity for empathy and her ability to put things in perspective were an enduring gift to countless people, young and old, they said.
She is survived by her four children: William Aldrich Greene, Jr. of North Wales, Pa.; Michael Shaw Greene of Ipswich, Mass.; Gina James of Chilmark of Massachusetts and Louisa McCall of Cambridge, Mass. Her son, John Holt Greene, predeceased her. She also leaves ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for later in the spring in Greenwich. Contributions can be made in her memory to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830.
Mildred "Millie" Jordan Hutcheon, a lifelong resident of Byram, died on Feb. 19, 2011 with her family at her side.
She was born Dec. 18, 1927 in Port Chester, N.Y. to Arthur and Mildred Jordan. She graduated Greenwich High School with the class of 1945.
Hutcheon was employed by RB&W in Port Chester, N.Y. and retired after many years of working as an office administrator at the Family Center of Greenwich.
She was an avid gardener, enjoyed dancing, taking AAA bus tours, visiting both Byram and island beaches and summer concerts in the park and spending time with her family. She had an incredible sense of humor, her family said, and always left them laughing.
She is survived by her daughters, Gail Young and her husband, Les, Linda Hutcheon Glines and her husband, Charlie, and Sally Sluga and her husband, Bob. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Emily and Robbie Sluga and Charlie and Chelsie Glines. She is also survived by several cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, George.
Walter D. "Bud" Kingston Jr., 82, a Korean War veteran and Greenwich resident, has died.
A third-generation native New Orleanian, he was the son of Walter and Lillian Kingston.
Kingston graduated from Tulane University in 1948 and joined his father's investment firm. As a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, he was activated during the Korean War in 1950. He entered as a corporal and was discharged as a captain in 1952.
Over the next 40 years he was principal in many investment firms.
In 1975 his family moved to Greenwich, and he worked on Wall Street until his retirement in 1993. He traded securities online until his death because he was always stimulated by taking risks. His other hobbies included abstract painting, writing poetry, and "fixing things," his family said.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Emma; two sons, Walter III of Jacksonville, Fla. and Lucas of Denver, Colo.; a daughter Anne of Raleigh, N.C.; three grandsons: William, Gavin, and Gray; and a sister, Betty, of Bradenton, Fla.
A memorial service was conducted at Naples United Church of Christ at 5200 Crayton Road on Feb. 24. Donations in his memory may be made to St. Matthews House, 2001 Airport Road, Naples, Florida. For online condolences, visit www.fullerfuneralhome.com.
Frances Dorothy Kline, 92, a Greenwich native of Southbridge, Mass., died on Feb. 16, 2011.
She was born on May 28, 1918 to Jean Whelan Kline and George O. Kline. Dorothy, as she was known all her life, grew up on East St and Higgins St, in Great Barrington, Mass.
She lived for most of her adult life in Belchertown, Mass. In her later years, she resided at 150 Elm St., in Southbridge under the care of Cathy and Bob Chernisky and their extended families.
She loved being in the company of friends, children, and animals and attending church services on Sunday, her family said.
Kline is survived by her sister, Alice K. Mullen, of Sheffield; and her nephew, James Mullen, of New Marlborough, Mass. Services will be private. Condolences may be expressed through birchesroyfh.com.
Margaret Parent Kress died on Feb. 14, 2011 at her home in Greenwich after a battle with lung cancer.
Kress was born in Yonkers, N.Y. on October 12, 1935 to Frederick and Anne Parent. She was one of seven children. She graduated from Gorton High School and attended New York University, where she studied retailing. She was a merchandising manager for Family Circle Magazine in New York City.
Kress married and moved to Greenwich in 1959, where she raised her four children. For a short time she worked as a real estate agent for Preferred Properties, had a career in retail, and later in life followed her passion for acting. She studied under the professional acting coach Wynn Handman of New York City and appeared in commercials and local theater.
She is survived by her four children: Stacie Booker of St. Petersburg, Fla., Richard Q. Kress Jr. of Manhattan, Megan Torelli of Old Greenwich and Sharon Kress of Wilton; two sons-in-law, Thomas Torelli and J.A. Booker; five grandchildren: Alex Torelli, Lea Torelli, Lily Kress, Michael Booker and Kathryn Booker; as well as two sisters, Kathryn Battaglia and Maryann Miano.
A service was held at St. Mary Church in Greenwich on Feb. 19.
Edward Netter, 78, of Greenwich and Montecito, Calif., a distinguished philanthropist and business leader who co-founded the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, passed away peacefully at his home on Feb. 16, 2011. By his side were his wife of 56 years, Barbara, their daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Bill Fitzgerald, their son, Don, daughter-in-law, Stephanie, and two granddaughters, Arianna Nell and Samantha Charli.
Netter was raised in Scarsdale, N.Y., and settled in Larchmont, N.Y. after his marriage before moving to Greenwich in 1979.
Following graduation from the University of Pennsylvania in 1953, he joined and then became a partner of Cogan, Berlind, Weill & Levitt, an investment banking firm in New York City which evolved into Shearson Loeb Rhoades.
Netter's seminal writings on what was referred to as "surplus, surplus" or "redundant capital" helped transform the fire and casualty insurance industry by demonstrating how companies could unlock value for all stockholders.
He became legendary as one of the architects of the modern-day financial services holding company wherein varieties of investment products (e.g. mutual funds, insurance, business services, banking, etc.) are amalgamated under a common entity, and his ideas spawned many eminent transactions.
He went on to found Netter International, Ltd. in 1971, and then was chairman of its successor, Geneve Corporation. In 2006, Netter was inducted into the Business Leader Hall of Fame at the Quinnipiac University School of Business, Hamden for his enduring contribution to business through extraordinary leadership.
A significant philanthropist throughout much of his life, Netter donated his time, knowledge and resources to many charities concentrated principally on science, education and human services, including those in the local communities of Greenwich and Montecito.
Netter and his wife have provided leadership to the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, whose mission, through a virtual classroom, is to provide the broad range of knowledge needed to solve the complex problems of the American city. He was also an active trustee of Thanks to Scandinavia in New York City and a respected participant of The Greenwich Roundtable.
Netter was a longtime member of The Harmonie Club in New York City, Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and Burnham Wood Golf Club in Montecito, Calif.
Netter was also an enthusiast of classical music, jazz and dance, and a competitive bridge player. He enjoyed collecting cartoons and sending them to his family, colleagues and friends, and he was a voracious reader, a student of finance, science, education and politics, an avid swimmer and tennis player, and a proud grandfather, his family said.
Despite his many accomplishments, Netter was a private man of great humility, kindness and compassion, they said, and always delighted in lending his talents as a mentor to assist others achieve their best.
Perhaps his finest achievement was his most recent: the extension of his innovative business principles and financial resources to visionary philanthropy in the form of Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT).
The courageous 11-year battle against breast cancer of their first daughter-in-law, Kimberly Lawrence-Netter, inspired Netter and his wife to found ACGT in 2001 as the only public charity focused exclusively on cell and gene therapy research.
With 100 percent of contributions going directly to science, and a 17-member Scientific Advisory Council composed exclusively of preeminent doctors and academics in the field of cell and gene therapy, ACGT has made grants of more than $22 million to pioneering investigators at 27 renowned U.S. research institutions. There are currently 17 ongoing clinical trials based on ACGT's sponsorship.
Funeral services were held at Frank E. Campbell Chapel in Manhattan on Feb. 23. In lieu of flowers, donations in Netter's memory will be gratefully appreciated by Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy at www.acgtfoundation.org.
Irene Anna Palmisano
Irene Anna Palmisano of Greenwich, 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family after a long illness on Feb. 18, 2011 at Greenwich Hospital.
She was born on Oct. 5, 1926 in Cambridge, Mass. to Joaquim and Sizaltina Pacheco Almeida. She was married to Dominick J. Palmisano, who predeceased her in 2003. They were married for 57 years.
Palmisano was an avid reader and loved to spend time with her family and friends. She will always be remembered for her kindheartedness and compassion for always wanting to help others, her family said.
She is survived by her daughter, Tina Yusi and her husband, Joseph; and two sons, Dominick J. Palmisano Jr. and his wife, Marcia and James A. Palmisano and his wife, Marylou.
She is also survived by her five grandchildren: Robert G. Cameron III, William C. Cameron, Tyler J. Yusi, Jordyn E. Yusi, and Alicia R. Palmisano; a brother, Manuel G. Almeida and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Leo and Jessie Almeida; and one sister, Helen Almeida Marek.
A funeral Mass was held Feb. 23 at St. Roch Church. Entombment followed in Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich.
Emily Marie Sandor
Emily Marie Bruno Sandor, a Greenwich resident, has died.
She was born May 15, 1931 in Greenwich, where she lived all of her life. Her greatest pleasures were the simple things in life; her gardens, her family and the Holiday dinners she hosted, her family said. And a holiday was not complete until one visited Sandor at home, they said.
She is survived by her children Peter of Harrison, N.Y.; David and Christine,both of Greenwich and Nancy of Fairfield. She is also survived by her three grandchildren: Peter, Claire, and David. She was predeceased by her son Jeffrey, her husband Peter, two sisters, Cecilia "Ceil" Hudock and Stella Hotetz, and four brothers: Stanley "Butch" Bruno, John "Mush" Bruno, Peter Bruno and Blaise Bruno.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Feb. 23 at St. Paul R.C. Church, in Greenwich.
Donations may be made in Sandor's name to the Glenville Fire Company. To leave an online condolence please visit www.leopgallaghergreenwich.com.
Maestro Johannes Somary
Johannes Somary, 75, Fairfield County Chorale music director for 35 years, died on Feb. 1, 2011 at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx after suffering a massive stroke on Dec. 27.
His last appearance with the Chorale was conducting Handel's "Messiah" on December 11 at the Norwalk Concert Hall.
Maestro Somary was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and came to Washington D.C. with his family at the age of 12. He attended Yale University, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1957 and a master's degree in music two years later.
His career as organist and choirmaster took him to many different New York City venues, from the Church of Our Savior to St. Patrick's Cathedral.
In 1961 Somary founded the Amor Artis chamber ensemble to perform lesser known baroque and classical works. He became well known for his recordings of early Handel oratorios such as "Theodora" and "Jeptha" with Amor Artis and the English Chamber Orchestra.
His discography totals 60 recordings including Mozart's beloved "Requiem" and the Fairfield County Chorale's recordings of "The Creation" and "The Seasons" by Haydn, sung in the original English.
Maestro Somary taught for 37 years at the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, many of those years as Chair of the Arts and Music Department. At the time of his death he was visiting professor at Columbia, where his favorite class was Gregorian Chants.
During Somary's 35 years with the Chorale there were many opportunities for concertizing abroad. The Madeira Bach Festival in 1985, celebrating the 300th anniversary of Bach's birth, was a highlight of the early years.
Subsequent trips took them to Yugoslavia, Spain, Italy, England, Russia, Finland and Estonia among other countries, as well as his native Switzerland where he was able to lead singers on an exploration of his beloved Alps.
Somary was also an honorary member of the board of the Fairfield County Children's Choir and a recipient of their high note award for his services to music.
He is survived by his wife Anne, who is assistant conductor and accompanist for the Chorale; two sons, Stephen of Manhattan and Geoffrey of Arlington, Ill., a daughter, Karen Somary Healy of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.; seven grand-children; a brother, Wolfgang of Zurich, and a sister, Maria, of Hilversum in the Netherlands.
The Chorale season continues on March 12 in Stamford and March 13 in Fairfield, and the concerts, particularly the Duruflé "Requiem," will be sung in memory of Maestro Somary . Additional information is available at www.fairfieldcountychorale.org.
Peter Garibaldi Ziluca of Greenwich and Santa Fe, N.M. died unexpectedly of natural causes Feb. 8, 2011.
Ziluca grew up in Greenwich as part of an avid sailing and skiing family.
After graduating from Greenwich Country Day School and Greenwich High School, his business career began as an options broker on the floor of the San Francisco Options Exchange. He returned to his hometown, where he had a successful woodworking and landscaping business.
At 51, Ziluca lived his life on his terms, his family said. He consistently loved life and laughed with all that he came in contact with.
He lived each day to its fullest, they said, without reservation to his circumstance and he treated everyone he met as an equal, giving them his full attention regardless of their situation in life. Ziluca recently gave that same energy to his new business, Zamboo (SkylineZ longboards) and looked forward to growing a successful company that reflected his personality.
He is survived by his children, Mason and Courtney of Greenwich and their mother, Randi Mason.
He is also survived by his four sisters: Francesca Decker and her husband John of Lexington, K.Y.; Alessandra Piro and her husband Steve of Wenatchee, Wash.; Antoinette Silvey and her husband Jerry of Greenwich; and Gina Ziluca of Santa Fe.
He is also survived by his step-siblings, Jamie Brown, Kim Ferguson and Cynthia Brown; and 10 nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Ziluca's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 7 at the Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road, in Greenwich. The burial will be private.