In addition to her parents, survivors include two sisters, Emma Grace and Julia Elizabeth; her maternal grandmother, Deborah Green of Westport; her paternal grandparents, David and Ann Marie Curtin of Fairfield; several aunts and uncles: William and Linda Green of Westport; Teresa and Ettore Cosentini of Italy; Meghean and Michael Hayes of Orange; David and Kimberly Curtin of Bridgeport; Daniel and Deena Curtin of Nantucket, Mass.; and Neil Curtin and Kate Montrose of Syracuse, N.Y.; and 17 first cousins.
She was pre-deceased by her maternal grandfather, Edwin Green.
Annie was the personification of joy and love and had recently graduated kindergarten from Rowayton Elementary School.
Friends may call at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien on Friday, Aug. 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. A celebration of Annie's life will take place at St. John Roman Catholic Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien on Saturday, Aug. 7, at 9:30 a.m. A private family interment will be held at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Children's Hospital Boston, Attn: Memorial Gifts, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 or Norwalk Hospital Children's Services, 34 Maple St. Norwalk, CT 06856 or McMahon/Ryan Children's Advocacy House, 509 W. Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY 13204 in her memory.
Bayard R. Hand
Bayard R. Hand, better known as "Dick," a resident of Darien for more than 60 years, died Monday, Aug. 2, in Darien. He was 93.
Born on April 15, 1917, in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Bayard and Margaret Hand.
Mr. Hand graduated from the Lawrenceville School; Williams College, class of 1939, and attended the Wharton Business School. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a captain during World War II in the Pacific region. He was the marketing manager for Roper Organization from the late 1940s to early 1950s; director, products and marketing planning for Fairchild Camera & Instrument Corp from the mid 1950s to late 1950s; started Reddy Fox catering in the late 1950s; director, mergers & acquisitions, Fairchild Camera & Instrument Corp from the early 1960s thru mid 1960s; and vice president, finance, Research Corporation, from the mid 1960s through 1981. He retired from Research Corporation in 1982.
Mr. Hand was active with the Darien Democratic Town Committee, Board of Education, Board of Selectman and Board of Finance. He was director and then president of Meals-on-Wheels from 1982 to 2003 as well as an active member. He was treasurer of Person-to-Person from 1984 through 2005 and received special recognition in 2005 for 25 years of service. He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Darien Chamber of Commerce in 1993. He was treasurer of the Darien Senior Center; president, vice president and treasurer of the Darien United Way; ABC board member and driver; tutor, "I Had a Dream" program; and a member of the Noroton Yacht Club since the early 1950s.
Mr. Hand was known for his generosity and care for those in need, especially young people and also for his love of his wife and tennis, in that order. His family is very grateful to Mr. Hand's four wonderful caregivers -- Shirley Forrest, Sharon Miller, Luke Pierre and Shannelle Lee -- who made him comfortable and cared for him. The family also is grateful to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care and R.N. Joe LeTendre for their comfort and support over the last few months.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth F. Hand, better known as "B.A." of Darien; three children, Margot Hand of Darien, Taber Hand of Cambodia and Julie Hand of East Calais, Vt. He is also survived by nine stepchildren, Debbi Caplan of Chapel Hill, N.C.; Sarah Hartigan and Albert Hartigan both of Darien; Charles Hartigan of Norwalk; Julia Ryan, George Reilly, Roger Hardon and Emily Hardon all of New York, N.Y.; and Alan Hardon of Gilbert, Ariz. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Lydia Hand, Tulane University in New Orleans, Niles Rowland of New York, N.Y., Peter and Annabel Hartigan of Darien, and Calder and Eleanor Ryan of New York, N.Y.
A memorial service will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1864 Post Road, Darien Monday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m. The Edward Lawrence Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Contributions in Mr. Hand's memory may be made to Person-to-Person, 1864 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820 or ABC, 11 Brookside Road, Darien, CT 06820.
Mary Onion Seel
Mary Onion Seel of Orleans, Mass., wife of the late Edward R. Seel, died July 24 of natural causes. She was 85.
Mrs. Seel was born and raised in Rutland, Vt., and was the daughter of the late William A. Onion and Mary (Duffy) Onion. She attended Rutland High School and graduated from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y., in 1947 with a degree in home economics. After graduation, Mrs. Seel entered the Statler Hotel Management program, living in Boston and Detroit, before returning to Rutland. After teaching school for one year, she became the assistant manager of the Hartness House Inn in Springfield, Vt.
She married Edward Seel in 1957. In 1964, Mrs. Seel and her family moved to Darien, where she lived until she and her husband retired in 1986. They moved to Orleans, Mass., where she spent many happy years enjoying Cape Cod with friends and family.
Mrs. Seel loved reading, keeping up with world events, watching the sunrise over the ocean and following the Red Sox.
She was an excellent cook and greatly enjoyed being with her children and two grandchildren, Christian and Erik Oddsund.
Survivors include her children, Betsy A. Seel, Mark E. Seel, Rebecca Seel Oddsund and Matthew C. Seel; her grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Clement (Katherine) Delahunt; son-in-law Ernst Oddsund; and daughter-in-law, Patti Morgan Seel.
A private family service will be held in the fall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lower Cape Outreach Council, PO Box 665, Orleans, MA 02653; Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod, 657 Main Street, West Yarmouth, MA 02673; or Friends of Snow Library, PO Box 481, Orleans, MA 02653.
Marjorie B. Zareski, a long-time Stamford resident, died Thursday, July 29, at the Richard Rosenthal Hospice Residence in Stamford. She was 87.
Marjorie was a retired employee of Royal McBee Typewriter Co. in Stamford. She was a very active long time parishioner of St. John R.C. Church in Darien and volunteered at Person-to-Person.
Survivors include her a daughter, Carol Howard of Surfside Beach, S.C.; two sons, Peter S. Zareski of Wilton, and William J. Zareski of Stamford; and five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter Zareski, one brother, Roger, and two sisters, Shirley and Anna Mae.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. John R.C. Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien, on Monday, Aug. 2. Burial followed at St. John Cemetery, Darien.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to VNA Hospice Care, 1266 East Main Street, Stamford, CT 06902 or St. John R.C. Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820.
The Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, Darien was charged with the arrangements.