MSGR. PIERRE A. BOTTON
Monsignor Pierre A. Botton, a long-time resident of Ridgefield and a former Pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Noroton, died Jan. 3, 2010, at Rosenthal Hospice in Stamford. He was 80 years old.
Born in 1929 in Lyon, France, he was the son of the late Marie Duvernay and Joseph Botton.
Botton was ordained on June 2, 1956, at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church (R.C.) in Ridgefield. He taught for seven years at St. Mary's Boys High School in Greenwich. He was pastor at St. John R.C. Church in Noroton from 1972 to 1990 and St. Luke's R.C. Church in Westport from 1990 to 1997.
He was the retired priest in residence at St. Matthew R.C. Church in Norwalk from 1997 to 2006.
Botton is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Madeleine and Loretto Buzzeo of Stamford; one nephew, Joseph Buzzeo of Trumbull; one niece, Theresa Broughton of Stamford; and a grand-niece and two grand-nephews.
The family will receive friends at St. John R.C. Church, 1986 Post Road, Noroton, today, Jan. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by the Parish Vigil Mass at 7.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. John R.C. Church on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Mary's R.C. Cemetery in Ridgefield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Noroton Fire Department, 1873 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820.
EVA M. CARRARA
Eva M. Carrara, 97, a native and lifelong resident of Westport and wife of the late Peter D. Carrara, died Jan. 4, 2010, at home in the company of her family.
Born at home in Westport on Sept. 12, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Nathan and Elsie (Baker) Shippey.
Prior to her retirement on Jan. 5, 2001, Carrara was employed for 29 years with MBI in Norwalk. She was a graduate of Staples High School and a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church of Westport, where she was a member of Suzannah Circle.
Survivors include two daughters, Joanne C. Marshall and her husband, Howard, and Marilyn F. Carrara, both of Westport; three grandchildren, Jay Marshall (Lynn), Janice Ullrich (Jim) and Nancy Sengstacken; four great-grandchildren, Brenna and Nicole Marshall, Joseph Pepin and Meghan Sengstacken; and two great-great-grandchildren, Kaiden and Jaylyn Powell.
The family will receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road E., Westport, on Thursday, Jan. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. Friends are invited to attend the funeral service at 11 a.m. on Friday at the United Methodist Church of Westport, with Rev. Edward C. Horne and Rev. Tisha Jermin officiating. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport.
Memorial contributions in memory of Carrara may be made to the United Methodist Church of Westport, 49 Weston Road, Westport, CT 06880.
Josephine F. DeMattia, 101, of Westport, the wife of the late Joseph E. DeMattia, died Jan. 2, 2010, with her family by her side.
Born in San Miguel, Italy, she was a resident of Westport since 1931. She was co-owner with her husband of the DeMattia Fuel Co. in Westport prior to her retirement.
DeMattia is survived by her three daughters, Gloria Osterberg and her husband, Kenneth of Niantic, Delores Carter of Essex and Adele DeMattia of Norwalk; six grandchildren, Kenneth Osterberg of Newington, Kurt Osterberg of Trumbull, Bryan Carter of Westbrook, Jeffrey Carter of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Kimberly Bogan of Essex and Kathleen Carter of Ivoryton; her brother, Andrew DeMattia of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; her sister, Isabel Waldera of Easton; her sister-in-law, Theresa DeMattia of Southport; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to attend the funeral at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 6, at St. Luke's Church in Westport, for a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery. The family greeted friends Tuesday at the Shaughnessey-Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield.
Donations may be made in her memory the Star, Inc., 182 Wolfpit Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851.
To send an online condolence, visit www.shaughnesseybanks
WARREN E. GRIEB
Warren E. Grieb of Westport, husband of Mila Adams Grieb, died Nov. 27, 2009.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisc., son of the late Leon and Lulu Grieb, he was a resident of both Weston and Westport for more than 50 years.
A graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., Grieb's entire career was spent in the advertising and newspaper industry. He retired as chairman and chief executive officer of The Advertising Checking Bureau (ACB) in New York, N.Y. He was a president of the Weston PTO and the founder of the inaugural Weston Memorial Day Fair. During the 1970s, Grieb also owned and operated the Arnold Palmer Driving Range and Miniature Golf Course in Westport. He was a former member the Aspetuck Valley Country Club and a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, Westport.
His former company fondly wrote in the corporate newsletter, "Warren's career at ACB expanded for a period of 23 years. During that time his outgoing personality, salesmanship and strong leadership contributed to ACB's success. Warren was known for his visionary spirit and willingness to impart his extensive knowledge of the advertising and newspaper industries with those around him."
To his friends and family, he was a good friend, a great dad and wonderful husband. He made a real difference in the lives of those who knew him. Grieb will be remembered for his outgoing personality, humor, wit and deep love of family.
He is survived by his wife, Mila; his three daughters, Nancy Joy Wilsnack and her husband, Evan of Fairfield, Janet G. Adams and her husband, Terrence O'Keefe of Westport, and Wendy G. Moore and her husband, Robert of Coronado, Calif.; as well as his grandchildren, twin brothers, Justin and Jarrod Hopfer, both of Los Angeles, Christopher Wilsnack of Baltimore, Md., Alisha Wilsnack of Fairfield, and Weston and Sarah Moore of Coronado, Calif. He is also survived by one brother, Donald L. Grieb of Scottsdale, Ariz., and a sister, Audrey Valashinas of Flower Mound, Texas.
He was predeceased by his brother, Howard Grieb.
A memorial service took place Dec. 30, 2009, at The Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Ave., Westport.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to The First Church of Christ Scientist, 55 Compo Road S., Westport, CT 06880; the Connecticut Humane Society, 455 Post Road E., Westport, CT 06880; or a charity of one's choice.
The Harding Funeral home of Westport was in care of the arrangements.
Edward "EDYO" Joseph Keehan, 84, a native of Westport, husband of Pearl Dooling Keehan, died Jan. 2, 2010, at Norwalk Hospital.
Born in Westport on March 7, 1925, son of the late Leo and Isabell (Remlin) Keehan, he was a lifelong resident of town. Prior to retiring, he spent many years working in the sales division at Wilton Motors and was honored on several occasions by General Motors. Following his career in the automobile industry, he was employed by the Hastings Real Estate firm in Westport and then he continued under his own name, Edward Keehan Real Estate.
When World War II started, Keehan enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served first on the USS Savannah CL 42 and then on the USS Saint Paul CA 73 as an aviation machinist's mate second class. He became a tireless researcher, searching all the records of Westport residents who entered the service from Westport in order to restore a new Honor Roll to the green in front of Town Hall. This Honor Roll was dedicated on Veteran's Day 1998.
Keehan published two books, Battles For Honor and Memories of Life, and was a member of the Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include his wife, Pearl D. Keehan of Westport; one daughter, Kim P. Keehan of Westport; two sons, Todd E. Keehan of Mendon, Vt., and Troy D. Keehan of Westport; one brother, Leo F. Keehan of Westport; three sisters, Dolores Trant of Northampton, Mass., Rita McAleenan of New Bern, N.C., and Mary Jane Hanley of Clayton, Ga.; one daughter-in-law, Siobhan Keehan of Westport; two grandchildren, Bailey and Colton Keehan; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport. At Keehan's request, calling hours have been omitted. The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road E., Westport, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Memorial contributions in memory of Keehan may be made to the Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880.
Raymond "Sunny" E. Reynolds, 91, of South Norwalk, formerly of Westport, husband of the late Mary Ann (Walsh) Reynolds, died Dec. 30, 2009, in Norwalk Hospital.
Born April 5, 1918, in Westport, son of the late Raymond J. and Hazel (Sturges) Reynolds, he was a resident of South Norwalk for the past 62 years. Prior to retiring, Reynolds was employed as a purchasing agent for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. in excess of 49 years.
He was a 1936 graduate of Staples High School and a 1960 graduate of New York University (NYU), where he earned a bachelor of science degree in management and industrial relations. Reynolds was a former member of the NYU alumni association committee and the Steering Committee Association to Save the Norwalk Islands.
Reynolds served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Harbor View Beach Association, holding the offices of president, vice president, treasurer and auditor, and served for 15 years as treasurer of The Harbor View Tennis Club. He was also a former coach for the Junior Bowling League at the Rip Van Winkle bowling center in Norwalk and a member of Domain of Neptunus Rex.
During World War II, Reynolds enlisted in the U.S. Navy Naval Group China and the Office of Strategic Services. He re-entered the Navy during Korea and served as a pharmacist mate first class.
Survivors include one son, Raymond R. Reynolds of Norwalk; one sister, Joan Plover of Windsor; one nephew, Mark Smith; and three nieces, Jane Graham, Suzanne Lanza and Alice Sullivan.
Reynolds was predeceased by one sister, Helen Smith.
Friends are invited to attend a funeral service today, Jan. 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road E., Westport, with the Rev. John H. Branson III, officiating. Entombment with full military honors will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery on Main Street in Westport.