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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Georgia A. McElroy, 62
Georgia A. McElroy of Stockton, Calif., a former Westport resident, died July 22. She was 62.
She was born in Pasadena, Calif. and lived her childhood years in Westport and Naples, Fla.. She graduated from Duke University. Following graduation, she joined Vista Volunteers where she served, supported and advocated for the health and welfare of Native Americans on Pine Ridge Reservation.
With a desire to have a greater impact on systemic injustice, she enrolled in the University of California, Davis, School of Law where she received a Juris Doctor degree.
After a few years of practicing criminal law with a private firm, she joined The Office of the Public Defender -San Joaquin County, and began her career as a dedicated and tenacious public defender. For the remainder of her life, her professional mission was to doggedly serve her clients with empathy, patience and dignity and to uphold the Constitution and due process of law.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Constance F. Anstett, 93
Constance “Connie” Fleming Anstett of Southport, a longtime Westport resident and widow of the late Westport Probate Judge Robert M. Anstett, died July 23. She was 93.
Constance Anstett: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
Active in Westport town affairs for decades, especially the Republican Party, she lived in Southport since 1995 but Westport was always special to her. Earlier this month, she was seen at the Compo Beach fireworks.
She was born Sept. 12, 1921 in Manhattan, the daughter of the late William and Agnes Garry Fleming. She graduated from Bronxville (N.Y.) High School where she was chosen by faculty and the student body to receive the high award for “Outstanding Scholarship, Citizenship, and Self-Reliance.” She spent the rest of her life trying to live up to this honor. She attended Rosemont College in Rosemont, Pa. and Katharine Gibbs School.
She married Everett Justus Dearman, Jr. during World War II when he served as a lieutenant. Upon his death in the line of duty, she returned to New York and became an interviewer in the placement office for Katherine Gibbs School
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
William C. Rippe, 55
William Cisler Rippe of Westport, formerly of Westfield, N.J., died July 21 at home after a long struggle with lung cancer. He was 55.
William C. Rippe: financial executive. Contributed photo
Rippe, a nonsmoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008.
He was born in Summit, N.J. in 1959 and was raised in Westfield, N.J. He graduated from Westfield High School and attended Cornell University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
After two years at the Texaco Refinery in Port Arthur, Texas as a process engineer, he returned to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his MBA degree.
Sylvia M. Jander, 86
Sylvia M. Jander of Keene, N.H., a former Westport resident, died July 18 at home. She was 86.
She was born April 16, 1929, in Mount Kisco, N.Y. to Henry Bernard Jander Jr., a first-generation German-American builder, and Ann Hughes, a Welsh-American teacher and writer.
She lived in Pleasantville, N.Y., until her family moved in 1934 to Westport. She lived on a 7-acre farm with her parents and three brothers, where she raised chickens and milked cows.
In 1944 her family moved to Tangier Island, Va., an historic fishing community first explored by Capt. John Smith in 1608. Ann Hughes Jander later wrote “Crab’s Hole,” a memoir of the family’s life on the island. Henry Jander helped bring reliable electricity to the island and her mother taught English and piano.
Irving P. Mills, 88
Irving “Snapper” P. Mills, husband of Dolores Maresca Mills and lifelong Westport resident, died July 19 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 88.
Born in Westport on Aug. 24, 1926, he was the son of the late Clifford and Catherine (Healy) Mills.
He was a U.S. Army veteran. He worked for Kowalsky Brothers in Westport and also for the Town of Westport as a heavy equipment operator.
He was a member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399 in Westport and loved fishing and stock car racing.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Edward J. Tarnok, 69
Edward Joseph Tarnok of Westport died July 20 of cardiac arrest. He was 69.
A resident of Westport for more than 33 years, he is survived by his wife of 12 years, Audrone, daughter Jennifer and son in-law Ajay, son James and daughter in-law Traci, son Brian and daughter in-law Courtney, daughter Kristin and son in-law Phillip, and son Mark.
Seven grandchildren also survive him: Justin, Caitlin, John, Zachary, Tyler, Taylor and Matthew; brothers Marty and Robert; stepson Arturas; and step grandson Ignas. He was preceded by his first wife, Joan, and son, Edward, Jr.
He was a successful businessman and a distinguished Vietnam veteran. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and loved to play golf and watch sports.
Priscilla Egan, 82
Priscilla Egan of Westport died July 9. She was 82.
Priscilla Egan: “lover of the laugh.” Contributed photo
Daughter Amanda Egan submitted this obituary titled “Priscilla Egan, Mother, Sister, Friend, Lover of The Laugh”
Priscilla Egan, devoted mother of one, loving sister to several and extraordinary friend to many, died on July 9 in her home. Her daughter by her bedside, she never lost her positive attitude and sense of humor even with the all too common but mysterious card she had been dealt ( lung cancer and a non-smoker ).
Her body was 82, her spirit not even close to that age. Two months prior, upon her diagnosis, she had said “I’m thankful for 82 fabulous years, and now I need to get ready for a great adventure. Don’t know what it will be but I know it’s going to be great. “
Monday, July 20, 2015
Anne M. Hallock, 89
Anne M. Hallock of Fairfield died July 3 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 89.
Anne Hallock: longtime Fairfield resident. Contributed photo
Born in Danbury, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Susan Chernak and had been a Fairfield resident for most of her life.
She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother whose greatest joy was time spent with her family. One of the greatest examples of her love was her unselfish care of her mother for several years in her home and daily visits to the nursing home thereafter.
She is survived by her three children, Sharon Mones and her husband Ronald of Clinton, Robert L. Hallock, Jr. and his wife Loretta of Westport and Nancy Liberto and her husband Nicholas of Bridgeport; seven grandchildren, Ronald Jr., Brandon, Cynthia, Sandra, Jeffrey; Drew and Susan; six great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, and four nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Paul Chernak. A private interment will be held at the convenience of the family
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Francis L. Terhune, 85
Francis Lee Terhune of Macomb,Ill., a former Westport resident, died June 30 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb. He was 85.
He was born on Aug. 5, 1929, in Springfield, Ill. to Francis Lee Sr. and Nelly Savage Terhune.
He graduated from Macomb High School in 1947 and earned a B.S. in education from Western Illinois University in 1951. He taught chemistry and math at Blandinsville High School while serving in the National Guard, before being drafted into the Army in 1952.
He married June Lois Harris of Duluth, Minn., at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Macomb on Oct. 12, 1952. The couple then moved to Santa Barbara, Calif., where they lived while Lee was undergoing basic training before shipping out to Korea.
Virginia E. Parker, Legendary Staples Coach, 90
Virginia E. Parker of Newport, N.H., longtime coach at Westport’s Staples High School, which has a playing field named for her, died July 9 at the Woodlawn Care Center in Newport following a period of declining health. She was 90.
Virginia Parker: legendary Staples coach. Contributed photo
Born the fifth and last child of Fred C. and Hallie E. (Hinschillwood) Parker on Dec. 28, 1924 at the family home on 83 South Main St., Newport, she was the only girl among the four older brothers who learned well her brothers’ sports lessons.
She attended Newport schools, including Sunday school at the South Congregational Church across the street, graduating Towle High School, the class of 1942, where she lettered in spirit, skiing and field hockey.
The Newport training set the stage for her undergraduate activity at the University of New Hampshire, class of 1946 where she participated in field hockey, ski team, softball, the UNH Outing Club and vice president of the Women’s Recreation Association, inducted into the Tau Kappa Alpha Forensic and Sigma Beta Biology Societies.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Leonard Starr, 89
Leonard Starr of Meadow Ridge in Redding, a former Westport resident who created the classic comic strip “Mary Perkins On Stage” and TV’s “ThunderCats,” and revived “Little Orphan Annie,” died June 30. He was 89.
Leonard Starr: celebratred cartoonist. Contributed photo
Born in New York City in 1925 and raised on the Lower East Side, he graduated from Manhattan’s High School of Music & Art then studied at Pratt Institute. He began freelancing as a comic book artist at age 16 and within a few years was considered one of the best in the field, drawing “The Human Torch” and “Sub-Mariner” for such publishers as Timely (now Marvel), Fawcett and DC.
Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, he worked on a wide range of comic book titles from “House of Mystery” to “Gang Busters” and “Soldiers of Fortune.”
In 1957, after a stint doing advertising illustration, he created the realistically drawn daily comic strip “Mary Perkins On Stage” for the Chicago Tribune-New York Daily News Syndicate.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Barbara S. Stalling, 82
Barbara S. Stalling of Missoula, Montana, a former Westport resident, died May 15. She was 82.
A tremendously devoted mother, Barbara (“Bobbie”) was known for her honesty, kindness and great sense of humor. She often worked tirelessly to enhance the lives of others, and had a positive influence on a countless number of people.
Born in Wallingford, Vt. May 8, 1933 to Harris Ralph Shufelt and Anna (Jensen) Shufelt, she moved to Norwalk when she was very young.
She and her husband, the late Edward C. Stalling Sr., grand marshal of Westport’s 1995 Memorial Day parade, moved to Westport in 1957 where they raised five children, and where she worked for and retired from the U.S. Postal Service.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Marie L. Fitzsimmons, 95
Marie Louise Fitzsimmons (nee Raasch) of Jupiter, Fla., formerly of Westport and New Smyrna Beach, Fla., died July 2. She was 95.
Marie L. Fitzsimmons: dedicated volunteer. Contributed photo
She was born April 20, 1920, in Hoopeston, Ill. and was a graduate of Illinois State University.
She was a dedicated volunteer. One of her many accomplishments was founding the Alcoholism Guidance Center (later renamed the Alcoholism Council of Mid-Fairfield County) in Westport in 1971, where she served as executive director until her retirement.
Golfing was her passion and she was very proud of achieving four holes-in-one; the latest being at the age of 89. She loved to knit, as well as communicate with friends and family through email and making special occasion cards on her computer. Her favorite color was aqua, but her heart was made of gold.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Agnes Stofan, 97
Agnes (Pan) Catherine Stofan of Westport, wife of the late John R. Stofan Jr. died July 10 at the Jewish Home for Senior Services in Fairfield. She was 97.
Agnes Stofan: native Westporter. Contributed photo
She was born Sept. 14, 1917 at home in Westport. She was one of five children, one brother and three sisters. A lifelong resident of Westport, she attended the Bedford Elementary and Jr. High Schools.
She was an accomplished seamstress, gardener, and had a great love of flowers and the wildlife that thrived on her property. She was an avid sports fan and always attended her son’s and grandson’s games.
What she loved most were her weekends out dancing with her husband and friends into the night. (dance on Grandma)
Friday, July 10, 2015
Dorothy Price, 88
Dorothy Price died May 20 of congestive heart failure at the Westport home of her son, Keith Stein. She was 88.
Dorothy Price: world traveler. Contributed photo
She was born Dorothy Price Weichel in Hartford in 1927 to parents Albert John “AJ” Weichel and Eugenia “Genie” Price. She grew up outside of Boston, graduating from Belmont High School and then Tufts University in 1948. After stints of inn keeping and skiing in Stowe, Vt. and teaching in Boston, she moved to New York City.
There she worked for the United World Federalists, International Ladies Garment Workers Union, the United Nations, and a public relations firm before eventually becoming publicity director at Redbook Magazine where she met her husband, the late Robert Stein.
She raised three children in Manhattan in the 1960s while spending most summers in the Compo Beach area of Westport.