Joseph "Joe" M. DeLuca, 78, a long-time resident of Westport, died Oct. 17, 2009, at his daughter's home in The Woodlands, Texas, after a brief illness.

He was the husband of Leonora "Lee" DeLuca. A son of the late Frank and Anna DeLuca, he grew up near the water and would later lobster off the Long Island Sound on his boat, affectionately named "Morely." He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his love of family and friends, and his wonderful laugh.

Besides his wife of 55 years, he is survived by two daughters, Donna Zimowski and Barbara Vlaha; sons-in-law, Fred Zimowski and Rick Vlaha; five grandchildren, Joseph, Claire and Emma Zimowski, Grace and Christopher Vlaha; and a brother, Franny.

His son, Danny, and sister, Ann "Chippie" Bennett, predeceased him.

A memorial mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Westport.


Olive Turner Helterline, 89, of Block Island, R.I., and Wilton, formerly of Norwalk and Westport, died Aug. 19, 2009, at the Village at Waterman Lake in Greenville, R.I.

She was the wife of the late Leo L. Helterline Jr. for 54 years. Born April 30, 1920, in Swampscott, Mass., to Doris and Elwin Turner, graduated from Lynn English High School in Lynn, Mass., and Bryant & Stratton Business School in Boston.

She was employed by Sylvania when she met her future husband. They were married on April 30, 1944. She and Leo were active members of the Norwalk United Methodist Church as well as the Harbor Baptist Church on Block Island.

A youthful spirit, she enjoyed dancing, music, painting and travel. Helterline was always appreciative and awed by nature's simple gifts. Her sense of humor and cheerful, optimistic nature was well known to all who had the chance to know her. Creative and kind, Helterline approached aging with grace and dignity. Whenever asked what she wanted, her answer was, inevitably, "peace."

Since the late 1950s, the Helterlines spent summers on Block Island, often at Mansion Beach. There, she was known for her blackberry jam and rose hip jelly. By welcoming their summer and winter homes to all, the Helterlines created long friendships and memories.

She is survived by four children, Lee M. Helterline of San Diego, Calif., Mark T. Helterline of Block Island, R.I., Robert R. Helterline of Sarasota, Fla., and Jill H. Helterline of Block Island, R.I.; as well as seven grandchildren, David, Wyatt, Sarah, Matt, Erica, Kathryn and Travis; and one great-granddaughter, Emily.


Walter P. Sych, 87, of Fairfield, husband of Mary Ann Patti Sych, died Nov. 9, 2009, at St. Vincent's Medical Center, with his wife by his side.

Born in Fairfield, the son of the late Konstanty and Pauline Sych, he had been a lifelong town resident.

Sych served in the Pacific theater with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired following 56 years of service from the Sturm Ruger Co., where he specialized in police firearms sales. He loved spending time maintaining his garden and also enjoyed furniture refinishing.

Survivors, in addition to his wife Mary Ann, include a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gregory P. and Audrey Patti of Fairfield; two nieces, Suzanne Patti of San Diego, Calif., and Patricia Meyers of Shelton; a nephew, Gregory P. Patti Jr. of New York, N.Y.; a brother, John Sych of Westport; and a niece, Elaine Sych of Essex.

Friends may call today, Nov. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, at St. Ann's Church in Bridgeport. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield.

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