Richard E. Eldh,Sr. of Westport died Oct. 20, 2009.

Better known to all as Dick, he will be remembered by family and friends for his unending devotion to and volunteerism for the town of Westport during his 35 years living there with his wife, Cheryl, and their four children.

Eldh was known for his disarming personality and charm, his thoughtful comments and opinions, his great listening skills and his unwavering commitment to get the job done and get it done right.

His indelible mark is evident all over town, as a charter member, former president and long-time member of the Charitable Giving Committee of the Sunrise Rotary; a member of the Town of Westport Public Site and Building Commission; and a member of the Westport Y's Men, where he actively participated in the Hoot Owls and Investment Club, to name a few.

Eldh was a valuable contributor of ideas and energy during the renovations of the Westport Library and Police Headquarters, as well as many other facilities throughout the town. He was extremely proud of his role as a member of the Westport School Building Committee, for which he was chairman of the Coleytown Middle School Renovation Sub-Committee.

Eldh spent his formative years in Chicago and was a graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. He was owner and president of North American Plastec. Prior to operating this business, Eldh had a successful sales and marketing career in the packaging industry with American Can Co., which spanned 30 years, living in such places as Wisconsin, Missouri, New York and Connecticut.

Sailing was one of the many personal endeavors he enjoyed immensely. He and his wife, Cheryl, were active members of the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club from 1982 to the present, and served as treasurer as well as chair on many club committees. He loved to ski in Vermont, attend cultural events, including the New York Metropolitan Opera, Longwharf Theater and Westport Playhouse, and always loved a nice bottle of red wine.

In additon to his wife, Cheryl of Westport; Eldh is survived by a daughter, Susan and Bruce Orr of Darien; daughter, Terry Eldh of Bethel; son, John and Katie Eldh of London, England; son, Rich and Joyce Eldh of Westport; and 10 grandchildren, Kaki, Bruce, Andrew and Charlie Orr, Caroline, Emily and Hannah Eldh, and Mckenna, Cydney and Richie Eldh. His sister, Barbara Horsley, and a brother- and sister-in-law, Sid and Karen McKenna, reside in Florida.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at St. Luke Church in Westport. Interment will be private.

Memorial donations may be made in Eldh's name to Sunrise Rotary, 21st Century Foundation, P.O. Box 43 Westport, CT 06881; or to the Norwalk Hospital Foundation, c/o the Whittingham Cancer Center Research Fund, 34 Maple Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851.

The Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield, has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. To send an online condolence, visit www.shaughnessey


Anna Nazarijchuk Kovacs, 91, of Westport, wife of the late Andrew Kovacs Sr., died Oct. 20, 2009.

Born and raised in Flint, Mich., Kovacs was a resident of Fairfield and Westport for most of her life. She had worked for the General Electric Co. in Bridgeport during World War II.

An avid gardener, she enjoyed travel and especially cherished the times she spent with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons, Andrew Kovacs Jr. and his wife, Brenda, of North Haven, and Stephen Kovacs of Darien; her daughters, Carol Flathers and her husband, Richard, of Ansonia, and Mary Kovacs of Westport; one brother, Vincent Obloj; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sisters, Mary and Helen, and three brothers John, Walter and Edward.

Calling hours will take place today, Oct. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. All others services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice in her memory. To sign an online register, visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneral


Rita Louise Passalacqua, 71, of Southport died Oct. 16, 2009, at St. Vincent's Medical Center.

Born in England, daughter of the late Louis and Rita Bianchi, she had been a resident of Southport for the past two and a half years. Prior to moving to Southport, she resided in Smithtown, N.Y., for many years.

Passalacqua graduated in the 1950s from Farmingdale Technical University with a degree in Horticulture. Formerly an entertainer, she was involved in many areas of the theater in New York. She was also a former fund-raiser, supporting the training of many Guide Dogs for the Blind, and a member of the American Italian Greyhound Association.

Survivors include her daughter, Dr. Jo-Anne Passalacqua and her husband, Lee Phan, of Weston; her sister, Carol Hubbard of Cheney, Wash.; and nieces, Heather Wells of Carlsbad, Calif., and Bonnie Rada of Denver, Colo.

Services and interment will be private. Memorial contributions in memory of Passalacqua may be made to St. Vincent's Foundation-Cancer Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606. Condolences to the family may be sent to