Obituary Policy

The Greenwich Sentinel publishes obituaries at no charge. We do, however, edit them to conform to our standards and style.

An obituary acknowledges loss and celebrates the joy of a person’s life and the gift of having known them as a part of our lives. It enlists the community, whose support is needed and appreciated.

If you would like more guidance, please click here, Obituary Submissions, for a guide to preparing a remembrance.

Please send obituaries to The Editor, Greenwich Sentinel, 1 River Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807, go to, or e-mail them to

Be sure to provide the name and phone number of a family member, so that we can call to clarify information or request further details. We ask also that you include the name and contact information of the designated funeral home.

Marie Williams von Gontard Has Passed Away


Obituary: Robert Van Orsdel

Robert W. Van Orsdel, 94, of Norwalk and Greenwich passed away peacefully on Monday, July 27, 2020 at Fairfield County House hospice. He was the husband of the late Elfrieda (Freddie) Van Orsdel and lived in Norwalk since 1962. Freddie and Bob golfed together, founded the local block party and hosted many nights of bridge at their home. read more...

Obituary: John Mead

John Augustus Mead, a lifelong resident of Greenwich, CT, passed away on June 14, 2020, at the age of 80. The son of Stuart Augustus and Ella Jeanette Mead, John spent his early years at his father’s car dealership, which is where his love of all things vehicular first started. He graduated the Brunswick School in 1957 and briefly attended college. John met the love of his life on a blind date. He and Linda Davis Clarendon married in 1963. They had three children, Peter, Wendy, and Laurie, and they became actively involved in the Mead School as they sought a better way for their children to be educated. read more...

Obituary: Barbara Schaefer

Barbara Ann Sullivan Schaefer, aka Grandma Toots, 78 of Greenwich, CT, accepted her promotion from registered nurse, mother, and grandmother to celestial angel on Saturday, July 18, while in the intensive care unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering. In case you have trouble spotting Barbara in the sky, she will be proudly displaying her “Hugs are Free” sign. You won’t miss her. read more...