Remembering Joseph Banyard, William Cross, Christine Carusone

Joseph Banyard, Jr. of Westport passed away peacefully last Thursday. He was 94.

Joe was born in Norwalk. After graduating from Norwalk High School in 1944,, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He was being trained as an airplane and engine mechanic, and was in a program to become a flight engineer when the war ended. He completed his service in Italy in the Army of Occupation.

He graduated from the University of Bridgeport in 1951 with a degree in accounting. Joe worked in public accounting in the area for 12 years, until he was certified as a CPA.

Joseph Banyard

He took a job with Navy Audit which later reorganized as the Defense Contract Audit Agency. He spent 23 years as a federal cost analyst. A large portion of his career was at Sikorsky. He retired 1986.

Joe married Elenore DePalmer in 1953. They later divorced, but remained close friends. She still lives in the house they built together.

Joe is also survived by his sister Ann Marie Newbauer of Waterbury; nephew Thomas Newbauer of Danbury; nieces Janet Peatt of Ridgefield, Lee Berryhill, and Leslie and Joanne Aiken, and great-nephew Captain Woodrow J. Peatt, Jr. USAF, stationed in Georgia. He was predeceased by his sister Norma Aiken (and nephew Michael Aiken.

Joe will be remembered as a great listener, storyteller and poetry reciter. He was a member of St. Luke Parish for 30 years, and attended mass almost daily. He was an avid MG mechanic.  He also enjoyed gardening, cooking and reading about history.

A funeral will be held today (Thursday, May 27, 2 p.m. at St. Luke Parish. Click here to leave online condolences.


William Emmett Cross died peacefully in his sleep at his Westport home earlier this month.  He was 76 years old.

Bill was born in Dennison, Ohio. He grew up in Sherrodsville, Ohio, where he helped run the family farm with his parents and brother Leonard.

He earned an accounting degree from Bowling Green State University, where he met Barbara. They were married immediately upon graduation in 1968. Two months later he enlisted in the Army as a finance officer.

In 1970 Bill began his accounting career at Lothrop Architects in White Plains.  He settled in Westport, where he and Barbara raised their family and began restoring their Colonial-era home on Green’s Farms Road.

Bill Cross

Bill continued his accounting career with Fairfield Venture Capital. In recent years Bill turned his skills and love of home repairs, maintenance and restorations into a full-time business, working on a wide variety of residential projects. He enjoyed using his ingenuity and perseverance to solve problems around the homes of his loyal clients.

He was devoted to his family and friends, and loved when they gathered at his home. He enjoyed long walks at the beach with Barbara, and struck up friendly conversations with people he encountered in daily life. He was also an avid fan of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball.

In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by sons Todd (Estee) of Pelham, New York; Brian (Kathryn) of Lombard, Illinois, and Kevin (Melanie) of Denver, and grandchildren Nicholas, Isabella, Emmett, Grace, Gabriel, Julia and George

A memorial service will be held at Green’s Farms Congregational Church on October 8 (11 a.m.). Click here to leave online condolences. Contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to Green’s Farms Church.


Christine Marie Carusone of Westport died Monday. She was 74.

The Norwalk native was an ICU nurse at Norwalk Hospital. She received many letters of appreciation, and a commendation from the mayor of Milford for her efforts saving the lives of 2 police detectives. She retired in 2017.

Chris loved traveling, and spending quiet time at her house in Vermont. She cherished her family. Christine

She was predeceased by her brother Robert and Peter. She is survived by her sisters-in-law Donna Carusone and Suzanne Taylor; nieces Lindsay Carusone and Amy Tracy; nephews Brian Carusone, James Carusone, Robert Tracy and Robert Carusone; great-nephews Dominic Carusone and Liam Carlson, and great-niece Althea Carlson, along with countless friends.

Visitation will be held today (Thursday, May 27, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Rd East). A service will be held tomorrow (Friday, May 28, 11 a.m.) at St Luke Church, followed by internment at Assumption Cemetery.

Click here to leave online condolences. In lieu of flowers, donations in Chris’ name can be made to Outward Bound and Malta House of Norwalk.

One response to “Remembering Joseph Banyard, William Cross, Christine Carusone

  1. Jack Backiel

    I knew the Carusones from Mills Street. Bob worked at the golf range for many years before joining the police force. Our deepest condolences to the three Westport residents who passed away.