Dorothy V. Ready, 85

Dorothy Viola (Mann) Ready of Southbury, CT and former longtime resident of New Canaan, died peacefully April 9, 2020 at the Lutheran Home in Southbury at the age of 85. Dorothy was the wife of Eugene F. Ready, former Chief of Detectives with the New Canaan Police Department. She was born in Mt. Vernon, NY on July 6, 1934, the daughter of the late Frederick and Mary Poczak Mann. Dorothy met her husband while working for General Foods in White Plains, New York.

Louis, 10, Leader of the Pack

Louis, our beloved shepherd mix, died peacefully at home March 31 following a cancer diagnosis. He was 10. In addition to his parents, he is survived by brothers Marvin and Dexter. He was predeceased by Wilbur and Russell. Born around August 2009 and rescued in Lynchburg, Va., he came to us within weeks of buying our house in Stamford.

Gerald Allan Rubinfeld, 77

February 7, 1943 – April 4, 2020

Gerry Rubinfeld, longtime resident of New Canaan, passed away peacefully in the serene care of the Regional Hospice in Danbury. He is survived by his wife of fifty two years, Laura; his three daughters, Emilie, Jenny and Claire; his five granddaughters, Madeline, Alexandra, Whitney, Eleanor and Chloe; his son’s in-law Erik and Mike; and his brother and sister, Michael and Lori. Gerry was born in New York, attended Brooklyn Tech, Queens College, St. John’s Law School and Baruch College where he received his MBA. He spent his career in the textile industry at companies including Hoechst Fibers, Celanese, Dillon Yarn and Texfi Industries where he served as President.

Peter Michael Santella, 87

Peter Michael Santella, 87, of New Canaan, CT passed away on March 19, 2020 with his loving family by his side. Peter was born on July 31, 1932 in the Bronx, NY to the late Joseph and Fannie Vitti Santelle. Peter was educated at Darien High School. From there he volunteered for the United States Marine Corps and was a combat veteran of the Korean War. Peter was fiercely proud to be part of the Corps, whose core values of honor, courage and commitment drove him his whole life through. 

Upon his return from Korea, with just a toolbox and a truck, he founded the Peter M. Santella Company.

Muriel Heilshorn Kilbride, 96

Long-time New Canaan resident Muriel Heilshorn Kilbride died on March 18th in Montclair, New Jersey. Muriel served as a Deacon of the Congregational Church of New Canaan and was involved in many activities in the town and at Lapham Community Center. 

She was born in Brooklyn on June 26, 1923 to William H. Heilshorn, Jr. and Anna Hudaff Heilshorn and was raised in Floral Park, LI and Norwalk, CT. She attended Norwalk High School but met her future husband John J. Kilbride (Jack) when they were Senior classmates at Sewanhaka High School on Long Island. 

As life partner to an international shipping executive who was travelling continuously on business, Muriel was an accomplished home front chief executive juggling the demands of raising five children at home in Bellerose Village, LI and was an accomplished hostess, chef, needle worker, gardener, creative force, family counselor and community and church volunteer. She was a dear companion and listener to a wide circle of cherished life-long friends. Muriel was a lifetime learner always enrolled in some sort of coursework ranging from Literature to Opera to Bible Studies to Flower Arranging.