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Friday, April 24, 2015

Large Turnout for Jean Hampe Memorial Service Image
More than 150 persons today attended a memorial service at Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church for Jean M. Hampe, who died at age 80 on Nov. 8, 2014. She was a longtime Westport resident who had been active in civic organizations and wife of prominent commercial real estate broker Ted Hampe. (See obituary here) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Nancy S. Cioffi, 53

Nancy S. Cioffi of Shelton, a former employee of Toyota of Westport, died April 22 at Yale New Haven Hospital. She was 53. Image
Nancy Cioffi: worked at Toyota. Contributed photo

She was born in Bridgeport on Oct. 25, 1951, to Frederick and Ann (Resel) Emanuelson. She later attended school in Monroe, graduating from Masuk High School. She was employed by Toyota of Westport until her illness caused her to retire.

She is survived by her husband, Frank R. Cioffi, her mother, Ann (Resel) Valentine, children, Lynn Smith and husband Terry, Frank Cioffi, Jr. and wife Tracey, Rick Cioffi and wife Cherone, Christopher Cioffi and wife Teresa, grandchildren, Amber, Alexis, Olivia, Laina, Gina, Richie and Scarlette Cioffi, her sisters-in-law, Nancy Beardsworth of Trumbull and Lisa Parziale of Bridgeport. She was predeceased by her father, Frederick Emanuelson, her sister, Christine Pettit, her sister-in-law, Vicki Cioffi, her brothers-in-law, Willy and Victor Cioffi.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass in celebration of Nancy’s life on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, 50 Fairmont Place, Shelton. Interment will be announced by the family at a later date.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sarah K. Herz, 83

UPDATE (adds memorial service) Sarah K. Herz of Westport died Feb. 5 at home. She was 83. Image
Sarah Herz: former English teacher. Contributed photo

A Westport resident for 57 years, she taught English in the Westport school system for 20 years. She was also the co-author with Don Gallo of “From Hinton to Hamlet: Building Bridges between Young Adult Literature and the Classics.”

Born June 12, 1931 in Granite City, Ill., she was the daughter of immigrant parents from the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, Morton and Lena Kuenstler. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and M.Ed. at Western Connecticut State University.

She was an avid reader of both adult and young adult literature, or YAL. She reviewed YAL in professional education journals. And she championed YAL on the state and national levels.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Laurel L. Blaydes, 90 Image
Laurel Blaydes: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Laurel Lawson “Lolly” Blaydes of Westport died April 16 after a brief illness. She was 90.

She was a longtime Westport resident, raising four children here and volunteering frequently in the community.

She led youth group activities in the United Methodist Church of Westport/Weston for 10 years. She was also an active member of the Ecumenical Council of Westport where her work included helping provide safe shelter for homeless youth.

She loved the stage and theater and while at the Methodist church was part of a group that formed the United Methodist Players (UMPS).

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Walter M. Eads, 89

Walter Myles Eads of Trumbull, a former longtime Westport resident, died April 5. He was 89.

He was born in Dorr, W.Va. on May 19, 1925 to Clarence and Gladys Eads.  After attending Rutgers University, he worked for Lonestar Industries for 38 years and was a chief purchasing agent for this company which provided the materials for the foundation of the Space Needle in Seattle. 

He married Ada Steele Eads in 1947, and they shared their lives for 64 years until her death in 2011.  During their life together, they lived in Virginia and New Jersey before moving to Westport in 1970. 

He joined the Green’s Farms Congregational Church that year and his church home became not only his place to worship but also his family. He served as moderator, chair of the trustees, chair of deacons and treasurer at the church for several years. 

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Cynthia Glage, 74

Cynthia Glage of Westport died April 18. She was 74.

A longtime Westport resident, she was superb at bridge, a skilled tennis player,  a lover of golf, and a brilliant cook.

She taught her children the importance of speaking their minds, but also the value of sometimes holding their tongues.

Although she was not idle, she knew the sublimity of sitting still, the happiness of just being. “Happy as a clam,” she once said when she was stuck in a ski lodge for several days after hurting her shoulder.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Jean Hampe Memorial Service Set for Friday

A memorial service for Jean M. Hampe, a longtime Westport resident and wife of prominent commercial real estate broker Ted Hampe, will he held Friday at 3 p.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane.

Hampe died died Nov. 8,  2014 of lung cancer at age 80. (See obituary here)

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Gail L. Agria, 72

Gail L. Agria of Stratford, a longtime music teacher in the Westport school system, died April 10 after a long battle with cancer. She was 72. Image
Gail Agria: 37-year school veteran. Contributed photo

She was the daughter of the late Ella and Gustav Voigt. She was a devout Lutheran her entire life but accepted people of all religions. Music was the focus of her life, beginning piano at an early age.

A 1959 graduate of Central High, Bridgeport, where she won top honors, she continued piano and music education at Valparaiso University, earning a bachelor’s degree, and later a master’s from the University of Bridgeport in music education, piano performance.

She began teaching and performing in Michigan, then continued in the Westport school district for 37 years. She retired in 2002 from Greens Farms Elementary School.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Remembering Susan Malloy at the Library Image
The Westport Library has created a display in honor of Westport art patron, artist and philanthropist Susan Malloy, who died April 14 at age 91 (see WestportNow April 14, 2015). The public is invited to express remembrances of Malloy in an accompanying guest book, pointed out by staff librarian Connie Scalise. On display are three books composed by Malloy, “In the Studio,” “Recollections of Art in My Life,” and “A Young Person’s Guide to Paris.” Malloy was the benefactor of the library’s annual Malloy Lecture For The Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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William Holmes, 53 Image
William Holmes: fan of Fort McHenry National Park, Md. (CLICK TO ENLARGE Contributed photo

William “Bill” Holmes of Marriottsville, Md., a former Westport resident, died Feb. 26 after a brief illness. He was 53.

He was a longtime resident of Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1980. He attended the University of Baltimore and majored in business.  For several years, he worked at Encore Books and managed a Borders book store as well. He also worked as a loan officer at Service First. 

He loved the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry National Park in Maryland.

He is survived by parents, William and MollyAnn Holmes, siblings, twin Amy (Holmes) McGinniss, Suzy (Holmes) Patterson, and Mary (Holmes) Bolger.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Large Turnout for Susan Malloy Funeral Image
There was a large turnout, including many Westporters, today at the New York funeral at Temple Emanu-El of Susan R. Malloy, noted Westport artist, art patron, and philanthropist, who died Tuesday at age 91. (See WestportNow April 14, 2015) Daughter Jennifer Malloy Combs brought laughter from mourners when she recalled her mother, not wanting to be confrontational with a young Jennifer, once left a note on her pillow which said: ‘It’s not very nice to leave your clothes on the floor.” But she said her mother could also be very direct, asking her when she was 12 and beginning to ride in horse show competitions, “Why don’t you ever win?” Added Combs: “I won the next week.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Susan R. Malloy, 91

Susan Rabinowitz Malloy of Westport, noted artist and philanthropist, died April 14 in Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. She was 91. Image
Susan Malloy: artist, philanthropist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

An ardent supporter of the arts, she was honored a year ago at the Westport Arts Center, where she was an honorary board member, with an exhibition marking her 90th birthday, “Susan Malloy: In the Studio.” She also sponsored the annual Westport Library Malloy Lecture in the Arts.

She was born Feb. 28, 1924 in New York City to Aaron and Clara (Greenhut) Rabinowitz. Her father was a prominent New York City real estate developer. She grew up on the Upper West Side, attended the Lincoln School, and graduated from Skidmore College in 1945 with a B.A. in studio art.

Afterwards, she moved back to New York City and attended the Art Students League, where she was introduced to the world of emerging artists. There, she worked with such notable artists as Will Barnet and Bob Blackburn.

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Susan R. Malloy, noted Westport artist and philanthropist, died today in Norwalk Hospital. She was 91. An avid supporter of the arts, she was honored a year ago on her 90th birthday with an exhibit at the Westport Arts Center, “Susan Malloy: In the Studio.” Malloy was also sponsor of the Westport Library’s annual Malloy Lecture in the Arts. Services will be held Friday, April 17 at 11 a.m. at New York’s Temple Temple Emanu-El, 1 E. 65th St. Calling hours are Thursday, April 16, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home, 1076 Madison Ave. (at 81st St.). The family will receive Shiva visitors on Wednesday, April 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 8 Dogwood Lane, Westport. (See obituary here)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Susan R. Malloy 1924-2015

Scenes from the life of noted Westport artist and philnathropist Susan R. Malloy, who died today at age 91. and contributed photos

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Loretta R. Latham, 73

Loretta R. Latham of Westport died April 8 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 73.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 17 at 11 a.m. at Morton’s Mortuary, Inc., 25 Margaret E. Morton Lane, Bridgeport.

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