Remembering Zdenka Fuller

Longtime Westporter Zdenka “Kiki” Meloun Fuller died peacefully yesterday, surrounded by her family. She was 91.

A native of Prague, Czechoslovakia, Kiki’s parents were journalists. After World War II, when Nazis occupied their country, Zdenka’s father moved the family to London, where he was a foreign correspondent.

Kiki attended Queens College, the London Polytechnic, and Pittman’s College. Just as the family prepared to return to Prague, the communists took over Czechoslovakia. The Melouns decided to stay abroad.

They spent 5 years in England, then relocated to Munich, Germany. She and her father worked for Radio Free Europe, a station supported by the U.S. government that broadcast anti-communist information behind the Iron Curtain.

In Munich she met her future husband, Joseph Fuller, an architect who had escaped from Czechoslovakia into Germany. They married a few months after meeting, and decided to pursue the American dream.

In 1953 they arrived in New York. An aunt, Elaine Saxonmeyer, picked them up at the airport and brought them to her home in Westport. They loved the town, and visited constantly. After 13 years in New York City (and 2 children), they built a house and moved here in 1966.

Zdenka Fuller

When the children were teenagers, Zdenka went back to work for a conglomerate in Greenwich. She was a senior legal assistant for 15 years, in charge of their extensive law library. She retired early when the company was taken over by a California conglomerate and the Greenwich office closed.

When Joe Fuller Sr. died in 2003, his firm Fuller & D’Angelo, Architects and Planners were working on the renovation of Staples High School. Their son, Joe Fuller Jr., who worked with his father, completed the project.

Zdenka was a member of the Young Women’s League. In her later years she belonged to the International Club of Lower Fairfield County.

The Fullers enjoyed the outdoors. They spent many hours sailing Long Island Sound on their boat Sunset, skiing in Vermont, and took yearly ski trips to the Alps.

Zdenka loved to travel. She visiting her native country many times after the Iron Curtain fell. She enjoyed reading and keeping in touch with her family abroad and many friends near and far, first by lengthy correspondence and later email. She also enjoyed cooking, entertaining and writing short stories.

With her 2 children and 2 granddaughters living in Westport, she was surrounded by family, to whom she was devoted till her last day.

She is survived by her daughter Victoria Fuller and son Joseph Fuller Jr.; granddaughters Elizabeth (Liza) and Alexandra (Lexy) Barlow, as well as her brothers Paul Meloun and Thomas Meloun, both of Alabama.

Kiki’s funeral will be held at Christ & Holy Trinity Church on Friday (May 21, 3 p,m.), followed by burial at Willowbrook Cemetery and a reception at her home in Westport.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Yale Smilow Cancer Center, Lustgarten Foundation, Soundwaters or a charity of your choice.

2 responses to “Remembering Zdenka Fuller

  1. Libby Miller

    Kiki was beautiful, vivacious, loving and beloved…a joy to be with.

  2. Barbara Fleming

    The Fullers were our South Compo neighbors fifty years ago, when Joey played with our son and Vicki was a sharp and heartless card player before she was ten. They were a delightful family and we enjoyed our times with them. Zdenka was the bright light that made their home special, and I am glad to see she had a happy and rewarding life.