DON M. vonLIEBERMANN

Don M. vonLiebermann, 72, a 60-year resident of Weston and Westport, husband of Mary (Gardiner) vonLiebermann, died April 2, 2010, in his home after a long illness.

Born Nov. 5, 1937, in New Orleans, a son of the late William H. and Dolores (Powers) vonLiebermann, he moved to Weston in 1949. A 1955 graduate of Staples High School, he was president of his class and a standout in football and track and field. After attending Hamilton College, vonLiebermann enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served in the White House Army Signal Corps during both the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1961.

After working briefly as a journalist for the Westport Town Crier, vonLiebermann entered the franchise marketing field. In 1969, he joined Cutco Industries as a director of marketing. He purchased the company in 1987 and served as chief operating officer until its sale and his retirement in 1999.

vonLiebermann was involved for many years with the Weston Little League, first as a coach, and eventually as commissioner, and also with the annual Weston Memorial Day Fair. An enthusiastic and accomplished sportsman, he was a long-time member of the Weston Gun Club, and served as the club's president from 2001 to 2004. He was known for his sense of humor, heart, compassion and generosity of spirit.

Survivors, in addition to his wife of 47 years, include one son, Jeffrey vonLiebermann of Weston; one daughter, Mary Kate Mitchell and her husband, Scott of Fairfield; a close friend and caregiver, Pete Lee; and three grandchildren, Clayton, Kathryn and Margaret Mitchell.

He was predeceased in 1991 by a son, Tovey; and his sister, Ina Atkins.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, at Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 35 Norfield Road, Weston; interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, 73 Greens Farms Road, Westport.

The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road E., Westport, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Contributions in vonLiebermann's memory may be made to Weston Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, P.O. Box 1163, Weston, CT 06883.