CHESHIRE- Dr. Alexander I. Wellek, Ph.D., 69, of Cheshire, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday afternoon, March 20, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Marjorie (Yeaton) Wellek.
He was born in Iowa City, I. on March 4, 1943, the son of the late Rene' and Olga Wellek and graduated from the American University in 1964 and received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut in 1996. For over thirty-seven years, Alex was an American History professor at Quinnipiac University and retired Professor Emeritus status in 2005. Alex was also at various times in his career at Quinnipiac, Chairman of the history Department and head of the Continuing Education Department. He will be deeply missed by his mother-in-law, Marjorie Yeaton, his daughter, Lisa Wellek of New Jersey, his cousin Stefan Wellek of Mainz Germany, as well as his numerous colleagues, students, and friends. He served on the board of the Downtown Evening Sopu Kitchen in New haven and cared deeply for others. Alex's family is eternally grateful to the staff at the Franciscan Home and Hospice Care, particularly his hospice nurse, Ginny and the Rev. Robert Ricciardi, Pastor of St. Bridget Church.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday March 24, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Bridget Church, 175 Main St., Cheshire. Burial will follow in St. Bridget Cemetery, Higgins Rd., Cheshire. Friends are asked to meet directly at church prior to the Mass.
There are no calling hours. The Alderson Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 So. Main St. is assisting the family with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alex's memory to St. Bridget Church, 175 Main St., Cheshire, 06410 or the Franciscan Home and Hospice Care, 267 Fitch Ave., Meriden, 0645.