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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Susan S. Sheinbaum, 77

Susan Sargoy Sheinbaum of Westport died Nov. 23. She was 77. Image
Susan Sheinbaum: editor, volunteer. Contributed photo

Born to Edward and Celia Sargoy, she spent her early years in New Rochelle, N.Y. She attended New Rochelle High School, the University of Michigan and received a B.S. from Columbia Teachers College.

After graduating Columbia she worked as an editor at The New York Times. In 1965, she married Richard (Dick) Sheinbaum, and in 1973 they moved to Westport with their two children. She continued to work as a freelance editor and eventually took a position with the Fairfield Citizen News, where she worked for 13 years.

She is survived by her daughter Andi Dinitz of Westport and her son Peter Sheinbaum of Boulder, Colo. She was the mother-in-law of Andrew Dinitz and Laura Griffin Sheinbaum and grandmother of Sophie and Noah Dinitz and Charlee and Zac Sheinbaum. She was predeceased by her husband Dick.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sue H. Padula, 95

Sue Hays Padula of Westport, wife of Andrew Padula for more than 72 years, died in Norwalk Hospital. She was 95.

Born in Lynnville, Ky. to the late William and Esther (Dick) Hays, she was one of eight siblings.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two children, John Padula of Fairfield and Andrea Padula of Westport. She was predeceased by her three brothers and four sisters.

She was an avid reader and loved gardening, interior design and art.

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Frank Richards: Navy veteran. Contributed photo

Frank “Larry” Richards, husband of Helga Richards and longtime Westport resident, died Nov. 23 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 75.

He was born on April 13, 1940 in Detroit Mich. and was the son of the late Paul and Virginia (Torkola) Richards. He grew up in Detroit and spent summers visiting family in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Family was the most important thing to him. He attended Northern Michigan University and was part of the ROTC program. He earned his degree in liberal arts and upon his graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy to become an air navigator.

He served his country during the Vietnam War and was a hero, receiving many accolades for his heroism. He met his wife Helga, while in the service and they had an international romance until they married in 1967.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

William H. Puterbaugh, 85

William “Bill” Harlan Puterbaugh Jr. of Tryon, N.C., a former Westport resident where he was a teacher and EMS crew chief, died Nov. 17. He was 85.

He was the son of the late William Harlan and Catherine A. Womer Puterbaugh and partner of Lorene Weaver.

He was a member of Tryon Presbyterian Church, and the Elk Lodge in Sebring, Fla. His hobbies included playing bridge, skiing, hiking, and playing golf at The Links. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1948 and taught at Sterling Junior High, in Illinois.

He then moved to Westport to teach at Bedford Junior High. His teaching career spanned more than 40 years. He also served as a Special Officer and EMS crew chief in Westport.

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Martha A. Kosinski, 83

Martha A. Kosinski of Wilton, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 18 at her home at Brookdale Assisted Living.  She was 83.

Prior to living in Wilton, she and her family lived in Darien for more than 30 years, Westport for 10 years (1990-2000) and Stratford for 13 years.

Daughter of the late Oscar Moody and Helen Fry, she was born Nov. 6, 1932 and was raised in Stamford. She graduated from Stamford High School. 

She married Ted Kosinski on Aug. 10, 1957 who predeceased her.  They raised three children in Darien and Westport.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

James E. Bauer, 83

James E. “Jim” Bauer of Enfield, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 19 at home. He was 83.

The husband of 56 years to Nancy (Farrington) Bauer was born on May 6, 1932 in Westport and was the son of the late William and Helen (Danaher) Bauer. He lived in Norwalk for more than 43 years before moving to Enfield. He was employed by Assumption Church in Westport and then Pepperidge Farm for more than 30 years.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of the American Legion in Norwalk. He was a longtime communicant of St. Philip’s Church in Norwalk where he volunteered for numerous hours.

He enjoyed golfing, bowling, clamming, but especially spending time with his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

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Valerie H. Keen, 83

Valerie Hazel Keen of Westport died Nov. 17 at home. She was 83. Image
Valerie Keen: England native. Contributed photo

She was born Oct. 2, 1932 in Derby, England to Harry and Hilda Murfin. She was educated at Parkfield Cedars High School, Derby, followed by nursing training at Derby Hospital. On July 23, 1955 she married J. Michael (“Mike”) S. Keen. At that time honeymoon cars could be flown over the English Channel to France.

During the early period of her marriage, she taught at a school for children with learning disabilities and after this became a marriage guidance counselor for more than six years.  Nicholas, first of her sons, was born in June 1956, followed by Mark in July 1958. Today Nicholas is married to Joyce. Mark is married to Antoinette (“Toni”) and has daughters Lindsey, Stephanie and Jacqueline (“Jackie”).

Stephanie and her husband Ryan Krukar made Val a great grandmother when their son Charlie was born in 2013. Val’s cousin Pam still lives close to Derby and near to her, off-spring Rachael and Tim.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Richard A. Shaffer, 85

Richard Allyn Shaffer of Trumbull, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 12. He was 85. He had a private law practice in Westport and Trumbull for 58 years. Image
Richard A Shaffer: Westport attorney. Contributed photo

Born Feb. 22, 1930 in Elkhorn, Wisc., he grew up in Oshkosh, Wisc. He attended the University of Wisconsin and later University of Michigan Law School after serving in the Navy from 1951 to 1955.  He was married to his one and only love, his wife Barbara, in 1956.

In 1959, he passed the Connecticut bar and practiced law in Westport until moving his office to Trumbull in 2000. He was a Westport resident from 1959 to 1967. He then moved with his family to Weston, until 2000, when he and his wife moved to Trumbull.

He was also a member of the Washington D.C. bar in the 1980s and ‘90s. In his later years, he wrote fiction and published a novel, “Enemy in the House” in 2014.

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Alan W. Smith, 85

Alan “Al” William Smith of Wenham, Mass., a former Fairfield resident who worked many years as a public health inspector for the Westport Weston Health District, died Nov. 13. He was 85. Image
Alan Smith: public health inspector. Contributed photo

The husband of the late Betty Smith was born in Greenwich and spent most of his life in Fairfield County. He graduated from Greenwich High school in 1948 and later earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science degree from the UMass Amherst School of Public Health.

He was also an accomplished athlete. He was a star hockey, football and baseball player during high school and continued on to play football in college. In his 20s, he was a pitcher for several New York Giants minor league teams.

He built his career in public health, starting in Westchester County, N.Y., where he met his wife, Betty. They were married for 52 years, making their home in Fairfield.

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Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin Memorial Service Set

A memorial service will be held for Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin on Saturday, Dec. 12. Image
Service on Dec. 12: Jeffrey W. Navin and Jeanette L. Navin. Contributed photo

The service will be held at 11 a.m. at the couple’s church, the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston, 49 Weston Road, Westport.

Jeffrey Navin, 56, was the president of J&J Refuse in Westport. Jeanette Navin, 55, was employed by the Weston public school district for the past 18 years, and had been a paraprofessional in the library at the Weston Intermediate School since 2005. They were residents of Easton, having recently moved from Weston.

Their son, Kyle, has been charged with their murder. Their bodies were discovered on the grounds of an abandoned home in Weston on Oct. 29. (See WestportNow Oct. 30, 2015)

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Edith Haller, 86

Edith (Edie) Haller of Hamden, formerly of Fairfield, wife of the late Martin Haller, died Nov. 18. She was 86.

She was born in Bridgeport and had been a Fairfield resident for most of her life. She enjoyed playing bridge and was an avid bowler. She liked tournament bowling and belonged to the Westport Women’s Bowling Association and served as league secretary for the Tuesday Night Ladies Bowling League for more than 40 years.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan Haller and her husband Louis Carpenter of Hamden, with whom she resided, and her brother Frank Kondor III and his wife Joanne of Milford and a cousin Faith Cabul of Venice, Fla.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield. All other services will be held privately. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Margaret L. Lupo, 86

Margaret Lucy Lupo of Bridgeport, former owner of the Isabel Eland Shops in Westport and New Canaan, died Nov. 14 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 86. Image
Margaret Lupo: owned Isabel Eland Shops. Contributed photo

Born in Mamaroneck, N.Y., the daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Lupo (later Margaret Gallinelli), she lived her early years in Hoboken, N.J., then to Stamford in 1952. to New Canaan in 1984 and then to the Watermark in Bridgeport in 2011.

She worked in retail all her life, and in 1979 purchased the business for which she was then working, the Isabel Eland Shops. Her stores, located in Westport and New Canaan, featured fine lingerie. She was very active and involved in the running of the business until her retirement in 2006 when the business closed.

Survivors include her half-brother, Frank Gallinelli and his wife Jean, of Southport; nephew Keith Gallinelli, his wife Li Na and daughter, Mia, also of Southport; niece Nicole Manente, her husband Jeffrey and son Michael, of Fairfield; nephew David Lupo and his wife Helen, of Fair Lawn, N.J.; and extended family in New Jersey, New York, and Italy. She was predeceased by her sister Gertrude Lupo, and her brother Thomas Lupo.

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John Kavanah, 93

John “Jack” Edmond Kavanah of Chocowinity, N.C., a former longtime resident of Westport, died Nov. 13 at home. He was 93. Image
Jack Kavanah: former Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born in Yonkers, N.Y. on Nov. 15, 1921 son of the late William C. Kavanah and the late Catherine Shine Kavanah and graduated from Gorton High School, Yonkers N.Y.

He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II and received his Bachelor’s Degree on the GI Bill from Yale University. On Oct. 28, 1950, he married the love of his life, the former Mary Elaine Wise.

He was a retired financial manager with Union Carbide-Dow both domestic and international. Following his retirement he and Mary Elaine moved to Cypress Landing in Chocowinity where he pursued his love of sports, particularly golf.

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Robert B. Courcier, 60

Robert Bradley Courcier of Falmouth, Mass., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 12 following a long battle with cancer. He was 60. Image
Robert Courcier: loved cars and art. Contributed photo

Born in Westport in 1955 to Robert J. and Dorothy Holmgren Courcier, he grew up in Westport and Weston before moving to Cape Cod in 1975.

A gentle man with a kind heart and great personal charm, his creativity fueled his passions, cars and art.  As a young man his artwork was in great demand for local concerts, in his later years, he channeled his artistic talents towards pen and ink drawings and stain glass works.

He sold many of his stained glass lighthouses locally and across the country. He loved fine cars, owning and caring for many over the years.

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Frederick Miers, 84

Frederick Miers of Naples, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 14. He was 84. Image
Frederick Miers: former Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born in New Castle, Ind. and also lived in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

After service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he moved to Dayton, Ohio followed by Westport, where he worked in the printing and publishing business. He retired to Naples in 1993.

He is survived by his wife, Mae L. Miers, his children, Scott (Gail) of Colchester, Conn.,, Keith (Laurie) of Guilford, Conn., John of Bensenville, Ill., Julia Racicot of Barrington, Ill., Frederick (Lisa) of Easton, and Leann Caprio of Naples. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a brother, James (Debbie) of Cape Coral, Fla. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jackie Gieb of Wapakoneta.

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