Ira L. Kasindorf, 85, of Westport, died Jan. 25, 2010, at New York University Medical Center.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of the late Herman and Bessie Kasindorf, he was a U. S. Army veteran who served during World War II.

Kasindorf was a member of the Weston Commission on Aging, and served on the board of the League of Women Voters in Weston.

He was predeceased by his wife, Stella Sobelman Kasindorf, in 2004.

Kasindord is survived by his sons, Barry Kasindorf of Franklin, Mass., and Mark Kasindorf of Quincy, Mass.; his sister, Anita Tolin of Barrington, Ill.; and his grandchildren, Alan and Evan.

Services took place Jan. 28 from The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield; interment followed at Beth El Cemetery in Paramus, N.J.

Memorial contributions may be made to the NYU Langone Medical Center, 550 1st Ave., New York, NY 10016.


Frances Moy Lee died Dec. 6, 2009, two days after her 101st birthday.

Born Frances Gum Moy on Dec. 4, 1908, in Providence, R.I., she was the daughter of Pink Fun Moy of San Francisco, New York City, New Bedford, Mass., Providence and Newport, R.I., and Fong She, his second wife.

She graduated at the top of her class at Julia Richmond High School in 1926, and earned an accounting degree with honors from New York University in 1930, as well as winning a New York State Regent's Prize. She was of one of the few women of that era -- certainly, one of the few Chinese-American women -- to earn a college degree.

In 1930, she married Edward Wonkai Lee. They had three children: Georgia (deceased) of Greenwich, Myron of Incline Village, Nev., and Patricia of Bloomington, Ind., and Hong Kong.

Lee raised her family through the vicissitudes of the Great Depression and World War II, and survived the vagaries of life in the U.S. and China during the '30s and '40s. In China, she was secretary to the president of Lingnan University in Kwangchow (Guangzhou), and she served as a translator-interpreter in the U. S. Consulate in Hong Kong, until she and her family were repatriated in 1942.

In 1950, she and her husband opened the West Lake Chinese Restaurant in Westport, which they owned and managed for 25 years.

She is survived by her son and younger daughter, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Westport.

Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Robert Blake Meny, 85, of Trinity, Fla., a resident of Westport for 30 years, died Jan. 8, 2010, in Clearwater, Fla., after a long illness.

He was the husband of 55 years of Vera M. Meny, 82, of Palm Harbor, Fla.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 24, 1924, he was the son of Louis and Lillian Meny of Ozone Park and Point Lookout, N.Y. He graduated in 1940 from John Adams High School, Queens, N.Y., as valedictorian. In the same year, at the age of 16, he was accepted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

While at MIT he was captain of the track team and, in 1942, qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 220- and 440-yard relay dashes at the Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden, New York City. His education at MIT was interrupted at the onset of war, when he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1944 to 1945, as a B-29 navigator. He returned to MIT to receive his bachelor of science degree in 1946 and master's degree in 1948; and soon joafter ined the Standard Oil Development Co.

In 1955, he joined General Petroleum, a subsidiary of Mobil Oil, in the Pacific Northwest, where he enjoyed skiing on Mt. Baker and where his first son was born. Two years later he returned to New York and Mobil Engineering in the company's operating group.

For the next decade, as the refining industry grew throughout the world, Meny would frequently be sent around the globe -- sometimes on lengthy assignments. He developed a love of traveling and had a keen interest in foreign languages. In 1967, he moved his family to Holland, where, for the next four years, he would participate in the streaming of the new Amsterdam refinery.

Returning to the U.S. and Westport in 1971, he worked in Mobil corporate headquarters in New York City for 13 years, in both domestic and international manufacturing operations, and retired in 1984.

"He was a kind and generous man who enjoyed his family and, later in his life, especially his grandson," his family said.

Meny enjoyed being an official and coach for little league when his kids were young, and was an avid lifelong tennis player. He also enjoyed jogging, swimming and many ski trips with his family.

He was an MIT educational counselor for 24 years, and would often return home with inspiring stories to tell of the young applicants he interviewed in his New York office.

He loved living in Westport and was a member of the Westport Y's Men. He also enjoyed his volunteer work at the United Way, the Health Fairs and assisting at the blood bank.

Meny is survived by his wife, Vera; two sons, Douglas of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Robert of Redding; one grandson; a sister, Marjorie of Amagansett, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Howard Meny, and a nephew, Thomas Meny.

The family will receive relatives and friends for a memorial service on Saturday, March 27, at The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Palm Harbor, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Meny's memory to the Alzheimer's Association at


Hazel M. (Sher) Schwartz of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., formerly of Framingham, Mass., died Jan. 23, 2010. She was 74 years old.

Schwartz served as the principal and a teacher at the Temple Beth Am Religious School in Framingham, Mass., for many years. She was an active, lifetime member of Hadassah and the Brandeis University National Women's Committee. She had a long-time involvement, both personally and professionally, with real estate.

She is survived by her husband, Sidney Schwartz; and her children, Howard Schwartz and his wife, Wendy of Framingham, Mass., David Schwartz and his wife, Jennifer of Santa Monica, Calif., and Nancy Friedlander of Weston. She was the grandmother of Eric Schwartz, Alexandra Schwartz, Alana Friedlander and Bari-Lynn Friedlander; and the sister of Esther Preiss of Florida, Lewis Sher of New York and the late David Sher and Beatrice Rodman.

Funeral services took place Jan. 26 in Framingham, Mass., and memorial observance was held at the home of Howard and Wendy Schwartz through the evening of Jan 28.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place W., 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Levine Chapels in Brookline, Mass.



Genevieve Marie Nichols "Nikki" Stone, 99, of Westport, died Dec. 28, 2009.

The youngest of five children, she was raised in New Canaan and attended Normal School in Stamford, where she graduated with honors and was the salutatorian of her class. She received her bachelor's degree from The Teachers College of Connecticut (now named Central Connecticut College) in 1934. She then taught at Center School in New Canaan until her retirement 50 years later. Many students still remember her fondly as their first grade teacher.

In 1938, she was married to William "Bill" E. Stone, past vice president of The Westport Bank and Trust, who predeceased her in 1980. An avid bridge player, Stone was active in the Westport, Weston and Norwalk senior centers. She will be remembered as a loving wife, caring teacher and compassionate friend.

A memorial service will be held in the spring, at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, Westport; date and time to be announced.

The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road E., Westport, is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road E., Westport, CT 06880; or Mid-Fairfield Hospice, P.O. Box 489, Wilton, CT 06897.