[Editor's Note: This announcement was originally published on Jan. 9.]
James S. Belta, 88, a lifelong Westport resident passed away peacefully on January 7th after a long illness. He was surrounded by his devoted family.
He is survived by his wife Dina of 68 years, his children Connie Von Zwehl (Vinny), Gregory Belta (Mary Ann), Donna Belta and James Belta (Karen). Additionally he is survived by loving grand-children Angela Belta (Danny Lopez), Laura Loffredo (John), Jessica Walsh (Rob), Caitlin Belta, James Belta, Kelsey Belta and adorable great grandchildren Sophia Lopez, Elizabeth Lopez and Connor Walsh. He was pre-deceased by his parents Gregorio and Concettina Belta, his wife’s parents, Gaicinto and Grace Paoletti, his son in law, Nick Koutsoliontos and his beloved brother-in-law, John Paoletti.
In 1945, after his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Jimmy and his parents moved their small produce business from South Norwalk to an unproductive potato farm in Westport, CT. Throughout the years the farm raised poultry, eggs, vegetables, annual plants and flowers, poinsettias and most recently the Connecticut native tomatoes and potted basil. He was also a member of both the CT Farm Bureau and the CT Greenhouse Growers Association. Even in his illness he continued to raise locally grown produce for the Connecticut Growers Market involving 3 additional generations of the family. He was a devoted family man but his passion was always his farm. He labored tirelessly, experimented often and always had a fierce pride for the things that were “Natives of Westport."
The family will receive visitors on Thursday from 4:00-8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 AM in St. Luke's Church, 84 Long Lots Road, Westport. Burial will follow in Assumption Cemetery, Greens Farms Rd., Westport. Please the website of Collins Funeral Home Norwalk, CT to leave condolences.