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Obituaries

Published 1:04 am, Thursday, April 15, 2010
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Isabel Goff Bunge

Isabel Goff Bunge died April 5 at her home in Darien. She was 74.

Born February 27, 1936, in New York City, she was daughter of Homer P. and Gertrude K. Goff, and sibling of Gertrude "Bay" Schafer. She grew up in Darien. Mrs. Bunge attended Miss Hall's School and went on to Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

After college, she went out to Chicago where she worked in the insurance industry. It is in Chicago where she met her late husband, George H. Bunge. After their wedding, they lived for a brief period in Paris, France, and returned back to New York City where their three sons, George, Ham and David, were born. Shortly thereafter they moved to Chicago for five years and then lived in Geneva, Switzerland, for 14 years. Upon Mr. Bunge's retirement, they returned to the United States in 1992 and settled in Darien.

Among the many charitable organizations in which she was involved, Mrs. Bunge participated in the Smith College Book Fair, Darien Historic Society, 60+ Club, Darien Community Association, Antiques Al Fresco, AmeriCares and St. Luke's Episcopal Church. She was an avid bridge player, loved traveling, reading and learning languages, loved the opera and above everything else loved her family.

Survivors include her son George and his wife, Raquel, and their three children, Isabelle, George and John; her son Hamilton; and her son David and his wife, Jenn, and their two children, Christian and Schuyler.

A service was held in her honor on Saturday, April 10, at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church.

Henry Joseph Dostal Jr.

Henry Joseph Dostal Jr. died Thursday, April 8, at his home following a brief illness. He was 70.

Known as Joe, Mr. Dostal attended Bronxville High School where he was an active participant in football, basketball, baseball and soccer and, in his senior year, he was named to the All-County soccer team.

After graduating from Bronxville High School and New York University, he joined Westvaco Paper Co. where he was a vice president of sales. He held similar positions with Abitibi-Price Paper Co., and Caithness-King, before beginning his own company, Seabrook Paper, in 1999. Over the years, his paper industry expertise brought him great respect and cherished friends.

When his children were young he coached Darien youth baseball, football and hockey. An avid golfer, he was a longtime member of Wee Burn Country Club in Darien and Seabrook Island Golf Club in South Carolina.

Mr. Dostal loved life and lived it fully each day. Together with family and friends, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, jazz, dancing to any music, travel, doing crossword puzzles, crabbing at the dock in Seabrook, watching the Mets, and watching storms come in on a beach anywhere.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Dostal; his three children, Henry Joseph Dostal III and his wife, Angie, of Darien, Marshall Livingston Dostal and his wife, Megan, of Pasadena, Calif., and Mary Dostal McGee and her husband, Michael, of Darien; Sue's daughter Jenny Doyle and her husband, Mike, of Madison; seven grandchildren; and his sister Christine Munro of Darien.

He was predeceased by his brother John Dostal of Lexington, Ky.

Calling hours are from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 19, at Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien. A Christian Mass will be held Tuesday, April 20, at 11 a.m., at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 374 Middlesex Road, Darien.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wee Burn Caddie Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 1046, Darien, CT. 06820, or EMS-Post 53, P.O. Box 2066, Darien, CT. 06820.

John Forbes King Sr.

John Forbes King Sr. died at home at Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club in Green Cove Springs, Fla., on April 8. He was 84.

He was born on April 21, 1925, in New Rochelle, N.Y. After graduating from high school, he was called to military duty, serving in the Navy on active duty from 1943 to 1946 and in the Naval Reserves until 1959. He attended Steven's Institute of Technology and the University of Louisville, graduating from the Speed School of Engineering in 1946. After leaving active duty he began a rewarding career in the paper industry. He retired in 1985 and went on to enjoy traveling the world with his wife and children. In his spare time he was an avid golfer shooting a hole in one while a member of The Country Club of Darien. He also enjoyed playing golf at The Royal Montreal Golf Club, where he was a member for 35 years.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Peggy Fiske King; six children, Maggie Dee (Michael); John Forbes King Jr. (Midge); Andrew Duncan King; Mary Gruman (Lowell); Sarah Ann King (Sara Shevel); and James Naughton King; 11 grandchildren: Meagan Dee; John Forbes King III, Kevin and Kelley King; Hayden and Glynnis King; Lowell, Katherine, Caroline and Charlotte Gruman; and Charles King.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, April 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Green Cove Springs. Internment will be at a later date with military honors.

The family requests contributions in Mr. King's memory to a charity of your choice.

Sign the family's online guestbook at www.broadusraines.com.

Cremation arrangements are under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, Fla. 904-284-4000.

Rudolph Richard Trautmann

Rudolph Richard Trautmann of Westport died March 28 at his home. He was 86 years old.

Born on May 9, 1923, in what was then Breslau, Germany, Rudi, as he was affectionately known by friends and family, attended the Breslau School of Art and after World War II moved to Paris, France, where he met and married his wife of 58 years, Jacqueline Pierrot.

Mr. and Mrs. Trautmann immigrated to the United States in 1955, crossing the Atlantic on the USS Constitution, settling in Westport in 1959.

Mr. Trautmann had a long and rewarding career as a graphic artist in Paris, Los Angeles, New York and eventually in Westport working with William Field Agency on a long list of local, national and international blue chip accounts.

In retirement, Mr. Trautmann pursued his duel passions of the outdoors and fitness. He enjoyed daily 10-mile walks pausing curbside at regular intervals to do pushups, sit-ups and various calisthenics. Each year was capped off with a wilderness hiking excursion to remote parts of North America, usually his favorite, the Kananaskis Country in the Canadian Rockies.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his two sons, Carl and his wife, Irene, of Darien, and Erik and his wife, Tami, of Stratford; and three grandsons, Nicholas, William and Andrew.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial celebration at the home of Carl and Irene Trautmann in Darien on May 9.

Saul White

Saul White, a resident of Hill Top Homes in Rowayton, died Wednesday, April 7, at Stamford Hospital, following complications from a heart attack. He was 88.

Mr. White was a respected and talented artist, specializing in marine oil paintings.

In his early career as a commercial artist in New York City, he focused on architectural interiors and home furnishings for department stores and furniture galleries. He attended both Cooper Union and the American School of Design. In retirement, he turned to painting, inspired by the salty scenes around Rowayton and the many kinds of boats to be seen on Five Mile River -- yachts, lobster boats, cruisers, tugs, kayaks and work boats. All of this provided inspiration for his sketchbook, drawing board, easel and camera. He was also a skilled professional photographer, taking his eye for design and bringing it to life on film. He exhibited at leading art galleries, and was a member of Rowayton Arts Center.

Survivors include three sons, Robert White, Gaithersberg, Md., Richard White, Dayton, Ohio, David White, of Hoboken, N.J.; and six grandchildren.

An informal memorial celebration of Saul's life and art will be held at the Rowayton Beach Association clubhouse, 39 Rowayton Ave., from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 24.