Obituary: Jon Clinton Sherwood, 71, long-time Darien resident and Darien Arts Center board member


05-14-darien-obt-sherwood-0Jon Clinton Sherwood, 71, passed away peacefully at his home in Darien on Friday, May 11, with his adoring wife at his side. Born in Stamford, Jon was a lifelong resident of Darien. His greatest joys in life were family gatherings, afternoons on the golf course, tag sales, record collecting, dancing, and travels with his wife and daughters. He also loved reading and discussing anything related to politics, history, music, and travel.

Jon worked for many years as public access director at Cablevision of Connecticut, where he enjoyed working with an eclectic mix of Connecticut characters on the production of local television programs. Jon was a long time supporter of the arts as a board member of the Darien Arts Center. In retirement, Jon traveled the world with his wife, visited friends and family near and far, celebrated the marriage of his eldest daughter, and welcomed his first grandchild to the world.

Jon graduated from Northfield Mount Herman High School, Northfield, Mass. He served in the U.S. Army Security Agency from 1960-62 in Japan, which inspired him to pursue studies in international relations. He earned a BA and MA at George Washington University, and completed doctoral studies in government and politics at the University of Maryland.

Jon is survived by his wife and companion of 50 years, Sheila Sherwood; daughters, Melissa Sherwood of Detroit Mich., Emily Sherwood Staub and her husband Rob and their son Dylan of Fairfield. He will be dearly missed by a loving circle of extended family and close friends.

Relatives and friends may visit the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer St., Stamford, from 6-8, on Wednesday, May 16. There will be a celebration of Jon’s life at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, at 3 on Thursday, May 17. Special memories and condolences can be sent via the Leo P. Gallagher website at

Obituary: Helen Ziegler Steinkraus of Noroton’s Great Island, 81, accomplished sportswoman, corporate director


04-18-darien-steinkrausHelen Ziegler Steinkraus died peacefully at home on the evening of April 11th surrounded by her family, after a brief illness. Born in New York, the daughter of William Ziegler, Jr. and Helen Murphy Ziegler, the 81-year-old Mrs. Steinkraus grew up in Noroton, CT and New York City. She was educated at the Nightingale-Bamford School and attended Columbia University and Hunter College before teaching briefly

at Brearley. She then worked as a research assistant on the lung cancer studies of Dr. Ernst Wynder at the Sloan-Kettering Institute, and made several trips abroad collecting medical samples for him.

Throughout her life Mrs. Steinkraus displayed extraordinary courage, individuality, generosity and taste, and was a staunchly loyal friend. Known to many by her nickname Sis, she was an elegant person and a very accomplished and versatile sportswoman. A member of the New York Yacht Club, she raced in Long Island Sound with her brother, William Ziegler III on their jointly-owned boats Spookie and later, Gemini, and crewed on several Bermuda races. She skied for many years both at home and abroad. She hunted wildfowl and upland birds from the East and South to Mexico, rode with many American foxhound packs as well as several Irish hunts, and made two hunting safaris in Africa. She also enjoyed snorkeling and tennis.

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George F. Eaton Jr., 91, Darien Boat Club commodore, jewelry designer

George F. Eaton Jr., a former commodore of the Darien Boat Club and chief jewelry designer for Tiffany & Co., died Friday, March 30. Mr. Eaton, 91, was the husband of Juanita Eaton.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1921 to George and Kathleen Eaton, he attended East Tech High School and the Detroit School of Design. He was a Freemason.

Mr. Eaton enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps in 1942 and served during World War II in England. He returned to the U.S. in 1944 and married Juanita Weber in May 1945. After his discharge in 1946, they moved from Pennsylvania to Ohio and then to New York City, where he worked for Tiffany Jewelers for eight years and became the chief designer.

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Obituary: Kathryn Ann van Renesse, 65, active in Bridgeport, member of Darien’s Morehouse Family


03-26-darien-obt-van-RenessKathryn Ann van Renesse of Bridgeport, whose mother, Carol Morehouse Jones was from Darien, died Saturday, March 24, at her home, surrounded by her family, after a battle with breast cancer. Mrs. van Renesse, 65, was the wife of Diederik van Renesse.

Born Feb. 6, 1947, in Stamford, she was the daughter of William F. Jones and Carol Morehouse Jones. Mrs. van Renesse was a direct descendant of Elder William Brewster, a signer of the Mayflower Compact, and Cotton Mather, the renowned Pilgrim preacher. She was a graduate of Moravian Seminary for Girls and Cornell University School of Nursing.

After her marriage to Mr. van Renesse in 1971, she spent 15 years in school nursing at Rumsey Hall School in Washington, Conn., Miss Hall’s School, in Pittsfield, Mass., and Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, Conn., and over 20 years as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

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Obituary: Samuel G. Taylor, 84, longtime Darien resident, U.S. Navy vet, engineer, naval architect

Samuel G. Taylor, a Darien resident since 1954 who owned a consulting business, died Thursday, March 22, at Stamford Hospital.

Born in 1928 in New York City, he was the son of the late Samuel G. Taylor and Louise Townsend Taylor Frodel. He grew up in New York City and Old Greenwich.

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Obituary: Lee Sumner Cushman, 73, Darien resident, world traveler

obt-cushman 03-22Lee Sumner Cushman of Darien died on Tuesday, March 13, of pancreatic cancer. She was 73.

Mrs. Cushman was born in Boston on June 24, 1938, the daughter of the late Thurston Bradford Sumner and Jessica White Pirie.

Raised in Milford with her three late brothers, Richard Bradford Sumner, William White Sumner and Thurston Bradford Sumner Jr., she went to Smith College and was a member of the class of 1960.

She was married to Robert Edgar Cushman for 37 years. The couple raised their three children, Bert, Brad and Jessica while traveling the world, spending years in Geneva, Switzerland, Brussels, Belgium, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Rio de Janeiro before returning to Darien.

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Obituary: Shirley Nutting Hughes, 86, lifelong Darien resident

Shirley Nutting Hughes, a lifelong Darien resident, died Friday, March 16, at Waterbury Hospital surrounded by her family. She was 86.

Born on Dec. 20, 1925, Mrs. Hughes was the daughter of the late Clarence M. and Gladys Buck Nutting. She graduated from Darien High School in 1944 and raised four sons in Darien.

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Obituary: Dr. John Ryland Hinrichs, 82, former Darien resident, psychologist


obt-darien-HinrichsJohn Ryland Hinrichs, Ph.D., a former long-time Darien psychologist who was president of the United Way and served on the Representative Town Meeting here, along with serving two combat tours in the Korean War, died Wednesday, March 7, surrounded by his family at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, Fla. Dr. Hinrichs, 82, was the husband of Peggy McConnell Hinrichs.

A recent resident of Vero Beach and New Canaan, Dr. Hinrichs was born in Baltimore, Md., the son of Dr. Ernest Henry Hinrichs and Elizabeth Sadler Hinrichs of Riderwood, Maryland.

Dr. Hinrichs, an industrial and organizational psychologist, was the founder and CEO of Management Decision Systems, Inc., a human resources consulting firm, and Spectrum Learning and Development Inc., a publisher of management training materials and software.

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Obituary: Raymond H. Noble of Darien, 90, flight instructor, WWII bombardier


obt-darien-nobleRaymond H. Noble of Darien, a highly-regarded flight instructor based at Danbury Airport, died surrounded by his family on Thursday, March 1, in Norwalk Hospital after an extended kidney illness. Mr. Noble, 90, was the husband of Nancy Noble.

The native of Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of Dr. Charles G. Noble, M.D., and Alice B. Noble.

Mr. Noble was thrice cited by his peers and the Federal Aviation Authority for exceptional work as a flight instructor, twice being named New England Flight Instructor of the Year and once being chosen for the Wright Brothers Award. During 40 years at Danbury, he trained countless men and women who went on to become commercial pilots and others who just wanted to experience the joy of flying.

read moreObituary: Raymond H. Noble of Darien, 90, flight instructor, WWII bombardier