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Tuesday, August 18, 2015
JoAnne C. Rueckert, 63
JoAnne Cottrell Rueckert of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, formerly of Westport and Weston, died July 2 at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. She was 63.
JoAnne C. Rueckert: former Westport & Weston resident. Contributed photo
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Edward Cottrell and Laura Shethar Cottrell.
She was a graduate of Bradford Junior College and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Syracuse University. She was a longtime parishioner of Norfield Congregational Church in Weston.
Since 2013, when she moved to Florida, she attended the Gardens Presbyterian Church in Palm Beach Gardens.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Andrew D. Lewis, 61
Andrew D. Lewis of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 2 after a short illness. He was 61.
Andrew Lewis: former Westporter. Contributed photo
He was born on Aug. 14, 1953, the third son of Richard and Emily Richard Lewis, formerly of Lauderdale-by the-Sea. He was born in Atlantic Beach, Florida and grew up in Westport. He was a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
He married Katherine Dumas in 1980. They resided in the Annapolis, Maryland area, where they enjoyed sailing and Andrew established his own business, Bay Marketing.
Following an amicable separation from Katherine in 1998, he moved to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and began a new life with his partner Craig Caruso.
Kathryn D. Chase, 76
Kathryn “Katie” Dudley Chase of Westport died Aug. 9 at home. She was 76.
Katie Chase: community volunteer. Contributed photo
She was born July 10, 1939 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Kathryn G. and Fred Dudley and grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana, graduating from Garfield High School. She received her BA in American Studies in 1961 from Mills College. In 1968, she married William “Bill” Chase. They lived in Atlanta, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, and for the last 40 years in Westport.
She worked as copy editor for Little, Brown, Praeger Publishing and Greenwood Press and more recently had her own business as a freelancer.
As a lifelong community volunteer, she assumed many leadership roles for her college and local Westport organizations. She served as president of the New York Mills Club, and governor for Mills northeast region, president of the Westport Young Woman’s League, Y’s Women of Westport and Staples High Schoool PTA as well as working with the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection.
Monday, August 10, 2015
Kathleen ‘Kitty’ E. H. Todd, 91
Kathleen “Kitty” E. H. Todd of Westport, a 35-year Westport Police Department employee and a founding member of the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS), died Aug. 7 in Norwalk Hospital. She was 91.
The wife of the late James T. Todd was born Oct. 13, 1923 in White Plains, N.Y. and was the daughter of the late Haswell and Anais (Haase) Herbert.
She moved to Westport in 1933 and was a 1942 Staples High School graduate, where she was voted the Best Athlete in her graduating class. After high school, she attended Antioch College in Ohio. She worked at Bridgeport Brass Company, where she was the first woman tool setter.
In 1972, she began work at the Westport Police Department as bookkeeper and secretary and remained there until her retirement in 2007.
Antonette M. Doddo, 105
Antonette M. Doddo of Westport, wife of the late Patsy J. Doddo, died Aug. 7 at home. She was 105.
Antonette Doddo celebrated her 102nd birthday in 2012 with family members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
She was born July 10, 1910 the daughter of the late Salvatore and Geneva (Barber) Gilbertie. A lifelong resident of Westport, she worked in the Westport schools cafeteria and for the Burndy Corp. She was a member of Assumption Church in Westport and the Catholic Daughters.
In addition to her husband, Patsy, of 65 years, she was predeceased by her daughter Angela M. Doddo, sister Theresa Falasco, and brother Lester Gilbertie. Survivors include two daughters, MaryLou Bell of Westport, and Annette and her husband A. J. Izzo of Westport, five grandchildren, Bob Stephens, Jimmy Izzo, Kathy Santarella, Pattie Kinasewich and Susan Izzo, eight great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
Many thanks to her compassionate care giver Lucy, Dr. Leslie Fernow and Christine and Lynda of Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County.
Nathan H. Magida, 87
Nathan H. Magida of Westport died Aug. 8. He was 87.
Nathan Magida: lifelong volunteer. Contributed photo
The son of Abram and Henrietta Magida, he was born in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in New York City. He attended Bronx High School of Science and graduated from Columbia University in 1948 with a Bachelor’s of Science in electrical engineering.
He worked for the Electric Regulator Company, Sorenson, and for Thermosen, Inc., an electronics manufacturing company, which he later purchased. As president of Thermosen, he was awarded several patents relating to electronic switching.
A lifelong volunteer, he was committed to actively supporting the communities of which he was a part. He served on the boards of SACIA, the Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center, the Jewish Home for the Elderly, and Temple Israel of Westport.
Sunday, August 09, 2015
Kathryn “Katie” D. Chase, 76, Historical Society Official
Saturday, August 08, 2015
Dorothy Hendricks, 94
Dorothy Hendricks of Westport died at home on July 26. She was 94.
She was born Dec. 7, 1920 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan to Ellen and Michael Archambault. She graduated from Wayne State University Law School with the degree of Juris Doctor in 1942. She married Klaus Hendricks in 1948, a marriage which lasted 52 years until his death in March 2000.
They had three children, eight grandchildren, and two great granddaughters. She relished her role as matriarch of this growing family. She always listened, gave support and remained up to the minute on all the family news.
She is survived by her daughter Carol and her daughters Laura, Lexi and Tracy and Laura’s daughters Jayden and Zoe; her son Michael, his wife MaryEllen and their children Andrew, Sam and Eva; her son Chuck, his wife Dawn and their daughters Jessica and Madeline.
Friday, August 07, 2015
Virginia A. Kmecak, 69
Virginia A. Kmecak of Weston, wife of Paul Kmecak, died Aug. 4 at home. She was 69.
She was born Jan. 6, 1946 and was the daughter of the late John and Helen (Keedick) Anderson. She was a lifelong resident of Weston and was a 1964 graduate of Staples High School.
She owned the Bargain Boutique in Fairfield for many years and also worked at the Westport Weston YMCA for many years.
She and her husband were together for 31 years and married for 25 of those years.
Angela M. Izzo Minckler, 44
Angela M. Izzo Minckler: Westport native. Contributed photo
Angela M. Izzo Minckler of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., originally from Westport and wife of Lawrence A. Minckler Jr. AKA Cisco, died Aug. 5 at her father’s home in Westport. She was 44.
She was born Jan. 5, 1971 in Bridgeport, the daughter of Bernard Izzo and the late Maureen Cleary. She was a 1989 graduate of the American School for the Deaf.
She attended the University of Gallaudet and went on to Southern Connecticut where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and then she received her Master’s degree in education from the College of New Rochelle.
She was a member of the National Deaf Parents Committee, a member of the National Deaf Poker Tour, New England Deaf Poker Tour and a member of the Connecticut Deaf Pageant Committee. She was a teacher at Dutchess Community College.
Everett Frey, 74
Everett “Bud” Frey, a lifelong resident of Westport, died Aug. 6. He was 74.
Everett Frey: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo
The husband of the late Sharon Frey was born in Norwalk, the son of Everett and Helen Frey. He grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1959. He is a 1963 graduate of Providence College and received his MBA from Boston College.
An avid golfer, he was as a staple at Longshore and a dedicated member and former president of the Longshore Men’s Golf Association. His greatest pleasure in life was spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his four children: Brad Frey and wife Kelley of Stamford; Tracy Daly and husband Tom of West Hartford; Brendon Frey and wife Marnie of Southport; Caitlin Burke and husband Ryan of Westport; his 10 grandchildren: Gillian and Grayson Frey, Patrick, Bridget and Corinne Daly, Mason, Lucy and Miller Frey, Jack and Annie Burke; nieces Lee Saveliff, Kelly Pollard and Karen Jacobs, all of Westport, and cousin Tom Ryan of Westport.
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Nicholas V. Paulik, 80
Nicholas V. Paulik of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 3 at home. He was 80.
Born in Norwalk, the son of the late Albert and Julia Paulik, he had been a resident of Westport for 40 years. He retired from the automotive industry and moved to Fairfield in 2003.
The husband of Grace (Fiore) Paulik for 56 years, he is survived by his two children, Megan Whitton and her husband Jack of Redding, and Dave Paulik and his wife Maura of Fairfield, seven grandchildren; Emily, Blair and Bradley Whitton and Skylar, Avery, Kendyl and Camryn Paulik and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or Autism Speaks.
Kenneth D. Alexander, 64, Town Controller
UPDATE Kenneth Dermott Alexander of Milford, controller for the Town of Westport, died Aug. 1 at home. He was 64.
A Westport employee since 1999, he assumed the controller position in 2008. On his watch, the town maintained its triple-A (Aaa) rating with Moody’s Investor Service and successfully offered bond issues and refunding bond issues, saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In a statement, First Selectman Jim Marpe said: “Among his many financial management and reporting responsibilities, Ken played a major role in managing our pension investment funds and achieving maximum return for the town’s investment portfolio. His commitment to his job and to the financial strength of this town was admirable.
“On behalf of the Town of Westport and his fellow employees, we extend our sincerest condolences to Ken’s family and friends. He will be sorely missed.”
Monday, August 03, 2015
Raymond Eyes, 90
Raymond Eyes of the Georgetown section of Redding, a former 45-year Westport resident and former publisher of Redbook and McCall’s magazines, died July 30 at Danbury Hospital. He was 90.
Raymond Eyes: publishing executive. Contributed photo
He was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on June 17, 1925 and spent his childhood in Georgetown. He was a veteran of the World War II.
In 1947, he married Anne Coleman of Darien. The couple moved their family to Westport in 1959, where they raised their four children. In 2004, they moved to Meadow Ridge in Redding. Anne died in 2009.
An English major at the University of Connecticut, he was publisher of Redbook magazine in the mid-1960s, and president and publisher of McCall’s magazine until his retirement in 1986.
Abbott Hermann, 88
Abbott Hermann: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
Abbott Hermann, a 53-year resident of Westport, died Aug. 2 due to complications from dementia. He was 88.
Born Dec. 26, 1926 in New Brunswick, N.J., he was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y, where he graduated from Erasmus High School in 1944. He attended the University of Buffalo, where he graduated in 1948 with a B.S. in psychology.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. In 1962, he moved with his family from Cedarhurst, L.I. to Westport, where he worked for Ethan Allen Furniture for 18 years as director of store development.
An avid golfer, he served on the board for the Longshore Men’s Golf Association.