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Obituaries

Published 1:03 am, Thursday, May 20, 2010
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Joan C. Frank

Joan C. Frank, a resident of the Noroton Bay area of Darien since 1952, died Friday, May 14, at Norwalk Hospital. She was 80.

Born in 1929 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Frank Valentine Craw and Mabel Cedarwall Craw.

Mrs. Frank was a valued employee of the Noroton Yacht Club as a bookkeeper for almost 40 years. She was a long-time personal assistant and friend of Avery Brooke. She was also a long time member of Noroton Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her son, Walter J. Frank III and his wife, Debbie, of Redding; her daughter, Pam Cullinan and her husband, Jim, of Fairfield; five grandchildren, Brian, Tyler, Walter IV, Kendall and Danny.

She was predeceased by her husband, Walter J. Frank Jr., in 2004.

A memorial service will be held at the Noroton Presbyterian Chapel, 2011 Post Road, Darien on Friday, May 21, at 11 a.m

The Edward Lawrence Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Noroton Presbyterian Church, P. O. box 3401, Darien, CT 06820.

Janet (Nettie)

Valentine Koellmer

Janet (Nettie) Valentine Koellmer died May 12, at Masonicare Hospital in Wallingford. She was 97.

She was born Feb. 14, 1913, in Greenwich to Janet (Pinckney) and Livingston Clark Pero. She was an only child.

At the conclusion of World War II, she and her husband moved from Greenwich to Darien, where she lived happily for the next 57 years on Walmsley Road. In 2004, she gave up her home and moved to Ashlar Village retirement community in Wallingford, where she spent the last six years of her life.

Her working career in the retail industry included such stores as Franklin Simon, Peck & Peck, Lord & Taylor and finally, the Whitney Shop in New Canaan. She was proud of her work and very valued by her employers. She was active in the Altar Guild at St. Luke's Church and a 30-year volunteer for the Darien Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Survivors include two sons, Jeffrey C. Koellmer of Bedford, N.H., and Mark E. Koellmer of Southport, N.C.; two grandsons, Jeffrey Scott Koellmer and Andrew Clark Koellmer; four great-grandchildren, Joshua Scott, Morgan Elizabeth, Samantha Valentine and Griffin Andrew; and eight nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward R. Koellmer, in 1979.

Calling hours were Monday, May 17, at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home. A service celebrating her life was held Tuesday, May 18, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1864 Post Road, Darien. A private family burial was held at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich.

Memorial donations may be made to the Book of Remembrance, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1864 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820.

John R. Tweedy

John R. Tweedy, a resident of Redding, died Thursday, May 13, at home. He was 80.

Born in 1929 in New York City, he was the son of the late Edmund R. Tweedy and Janet Booth Tweedy.

Mr. Tweedy attended Darien schools and graduated from St. Luke's School in New Canaan. He received his bachelor's degree and his MBA from Columbia University. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was senior vice president of marketing for American Maize Products Co. Inc., president of Boger Brothers, Inc., president of Lloyds Home & Building Centers, a director of American Maize, a director of Swisher International, Inc. and past president of Tweedy & Barnes Cranberry Growers.

Survivors include his sister, Bonnie Tweedy of Darien; a nephew, Edmund R. Tweedy Flanigan and his wife, Cindy, of Boulder, Colo., and their children, Edmund Jr., William, Elizabeth and Kellen; and a sister-in-law, Joan Barnewall Skinner of Denver, Colo.

He was predeceased by his brother Edmund (Ned) R. Tweedy.

A celebration of his life will be held in the Taylor Room at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1864 Post Road, Darien on Wednesday, May 26, at Noon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to North Shore Animal League, 25 Davis Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050-3701 or an animal charity of your choice.

Tere Winter

Teresa Ferrer Winter died at home on May 11 surrounded by her family after a few months of complications. In June of 2004, Tere received the remarkable gift of a double lung transplant.

Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, Mrs. Winter attended Colegio Sagrado Corazón and later earned her nursing degree at the University of Barcelona. In 1983, she married Clark B. Winter Jr. and moved to Manhattan where she lived for 15 years. She moved to Darien in 1996.

Mrs. Winter was the daughter of Maria Carmen Fisas Mulleras and the late Manuel Ferrer Batlles, and sister of Victoria, Marta, Carmen, Alejandra and Adriana Ferrer Fisas of Barcelona.

In addition to her husband, survivors include her children, Clark, Cristina and Philip; her caring American family, Elizabeth and John Lane, Duncan and Delphine Winter, Schuyler and Patricia Winter; and 21 nieces and nephews on both sides of the Atlantic.

A funeral service was held at St. Luke's Church on Saturday, May 15.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Teresa Winter Fund at the Lung Transplant Program, Columbia Presbyterian, 622 W. 168th, PH 14-104, New York, NY 10032.