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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Obituaries

Obituaries

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Elizabeth S. Hoffman, 84

Elizabeth “Betty” Stone Hoffman of Statesville, North Carolina, a former Westport resident, died May 6. She was 84.

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Betty Hoffman: early years in Westport. Contributed photo

She was born Oct. 18, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri. She spent much of her early years as a young girl and teenager in Southern California and Westport.

Her father, Hamilton Stone was a pioneer in the frozen food industry and a business partner with Hollywood legend, Bing Crosby. After World War II, the two teamed together to market Minute Maid Orange Juice to the west coast, Florida, and throughout the United States.

Betty was the first ever Little Miss Minute Maid. During that period of her life she met many celebrities and performers including Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Powell, Rita Hayworth, and Bob Hope.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Delmor B. Markoff, 99

Delmor (Del) B. Markoff of Westport died May 12 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 99.

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Del Markoff: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born Jan. 22, 1918, the eldest of three sons of Catherine and William Markoff. He grew up in Chicago where he began his lifelong pursuit of learning.

After high school, he attended the University of Chicago, then earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Two years ago, the Harvard Business School honored him and a fellow 1939 class member as the school’s oldest living alumni.

He started work toward a law degree at Northwestern Law School, but was sidetracked by his military service in World War II.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Victoria Wallace, 54

Victoria (Tory, Vicky) Wallace of Westport and Waianae, Hawaii died May 7 in Honolulu. She was 54.

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Victoria Wallace; 1981 Staples graduate. Contributed photo

The daughter of Cynthia Wallace of Westport, she graduated Staples High School in 1981. She went on to Hawaii Pacific University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree cum laude, and master’s in social work with distinction.

A licensed social worker, her life was devoted to helping children in crisis. Throughout her 20-plus year career, she worked tirelessly and passionately in both Connecticut and Hawaii, always fighting hard for the welfare of disadvantaged kids.

She was also a member of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Richard F. Jendrock, 92

Richard F. Jendrock of Arlington, Massachusetts, husband of the late Marguerite (Harounyan) Jendrock, died May 9 in Winchester, Massachusetts. He was 92.

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Richard Jendrock: electrical engineer. Contributed photo

To grandsons Julian, 8, and Justin, 6, Jendrock of Westport he was known as their “Grandpa Richard.” They visited him several times a year and sometimes more often.

According to their father, Thomas, “Grandpa Richard was an integral part of their life, and they would talk about their visits in school to their teachers and fellow students.

“Justin even drew a portrait of him last year which almost everyone says bears a striking resemblance to him. The portrait actually will be on view at the wake next week.”

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Daniel C. Yance, 46

Daniel C. Yance of Milford died May 3 at home. He was 46.

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Daniel Yance: worked as projectionist at Fine Arts Theatre. Contributed photo

Born in Stamford on Aug. 11, 1970, he spent most of his childhood in Easton, graduating from Joel Barlow High School in 1988. He went on to earn both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in education from the University of Connecticut.

He was passionate about movies, and spent much of his early years working as a projectionist at the Fine Arts Theatre in Westport.

He also taught boating skills to campers at Westport’s Camp Mahackeno, where he met some of his dearest lifelong friends.

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Monday, May 08, 2017

Lynda D. Frazer

Lynda Diane Frazer of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died May 3. She was 75.

She grew up and attended schools in Westport. Her hobbies were watercolor painting and cross stitch. She loved vacationing in Maine with lifelong friends and Vermont with family

She is survived by her two sons Brian and Erik Bulakites; brother Gary Frazer and wife Gail of Pinehurst, North Carolina, sister Kathy Mitaly and husband John of Petersburg, New York and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for Friday, May 12 at 11 a.m. at Christ and Holy Trinity Church in Westport.

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Saturday, May 06, 2017

George W. Underhill, 79, Former Tax Collector

George W. Underhill, Westport’s former tax collector and a two-term Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member, died May 5 at his home in Guilford. He was 79.

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George Underhill: former tax collector. Contributed photo

A 37-year Westport resident, he resigned from the RTM effective Feb. 1, 2013 and said he would move to a newly constructed home in Guilford.

“We’re staying within the State of Connecticut, but moving up the line, downsizing if you will,” Underhill told WestportNow at the time.

He was born Aug. 18, 1937 in Nashua, New Hampshire, the son of the late George and Dorothy (Carrier) Underhill. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Boston University and spent the majority of his business life in the banking industry

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Friday, May 05, 2017

John G. Petti, Jr., 89

John George Petti, Jr. of Westport died May 3 at home just shy of his 90th birthday.

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John Petti: former Sperry Rand executive. Contributed photo

Born and raised in the Bronx, he was the star quarterback of his high school football team, before joining the Navy and serving as a medic during World War II.

After the war, he returned home to complete his education and attend New York University. At that time, a mutual friend introduced him to Inez, the love of his life. The couple married in 1949 and the romance continued for over 50 years, until her death in 2001.

He was an extremely devoted husband and father whose mission was to care and provide for his family. Born into a family of modest means, he set out to succeed in business and amply accomplished that goal.

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Jay E. Disbrow, 91

Jay E. Disbrow, artist, illustrator, writer, speaker and author, died May 2 at Willow Springs in Brick, New Jersey. He was 91.

Born on March 16, 1926 in Neptune, New Jersey where he was also raised he most recently resided in Brick.

Jay was graduate of Famous Artists Schools in Westport in 1963 in commercial art and illustration. He was a comic book illustrator and writer of the 1950s and then went on to become a government technical illustrator for approximately 27 years.

Surviving are his wife Amelia Stumpf Disbrow; his son, Alex Disbrow; his daughter, Valerie Trigili and her husband Michael; his brother, Warren Disbrow; his niece Eleanor Prevete and nephew Warren Disbrow Jr. Funeral Services were private.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Ruth Goldschmidt, 59

Ruth Goldschmidt of Westport died April 29. She was 59.

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Ruth Goldschmidt: Nursing graduate. Contributed photo

She was born May 8, 1957 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She graduated from Boston College with a BSN in nursing, and from Fairfield University as an APRN with an MSN in family nursing.

As a young woman living in Boston, she loved to travel to Europe and used every opportunity and vacation days to do.

For some time she also lived in Panama, Germany, and Belgium

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

David S. Dusenbury, 50

David Scot Dusenbury of Westport died May 1 in Bridgeport Hospital. He was 50.

The husband of Karen Dusenbury was born in Bronxville, New York, son of Joseph and Elaine Dusenbury.

He was raised in Eastchester, New York and graduated from Eastchester High School. He went on to obtain a B.A. in economics from the University of Massachusetts and MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

He was a dedicated and respected professional in the finance industry, where he built a career over almost three decades.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Stephen L. Murphy, 73

Stephen Liam Murphy of Burlington, Vermont, a former Westport resident, died April 1 after a short illness. He was 73.

The son of Dr. Donal G. and Katherine Creamer Murphy, he was born in La Jolla, California and grew up in Westport.

He was a 1962 graduate of Canterbury School in New Milford and attended Wesleyan University and Art Center College in Pasadena, California. He was married in 1986 to Deena Czernel Murphy of Norwalk.

Above all, he was a peerless father and husband. He had a great and loyal heart and was fiercely protective of those he loved.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bette M. Murray, 86

Bette McHale Murray of Westport, wife of the late Gerald F. Murray, died April 22 at home. She was 86.

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Bette Murray: native of Ireland. Contributed photo

She was born Brigid Ann McHale Jan. 26, 1931 in Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, Ireland and emigrated to New York at age 19. Tough as nails and smart as a whip, she worked hard and placed her trust in God.

She was a warm, genuine, and happy soul who took pleasure in simple things. She loved tag sales, maps, talking on the phone, reading, the color pink, Googling, offering others helpful hints, and history.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald, and her son, Raymond. She is survived by her children Thomas L. Murray, Maureen Murray, Patricia Johnson, and Eileen Murray and her husband Zachary Djimas; her grandchildren Thomas G. Murray, Paige and Aidan Medley, Shannon and William Johnson, Devon and Dylan Murray; her sister, Julia Marley, and her sister-in-law, Dorothy Murray.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

O. Jules Romary, 86

Octave (O. Jules) Romary, 86, of Fenton, Missouri, a former Westport resident, died April 18 at his home. He was 86.

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O. Jules Romary: Union Carbide executive. Contributed photo

Born Dec. 18, 1930, in Yonkers, New York, he was the only son of the late Jules and Alice (Neary) Romary.

He was a 1948 graduate of Charles E. Gorton High School in Yonkers, a 1952 graduate of Georgetown University, and in 1973 completed the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program, where he served as class president.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1956 as a 1st lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, including overseas duty during the Korean Conflict. He raised his family in Westport, and after 1993, had been a resident of Florida.

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George L. Sterling, 89

George L. Sterling of Westport died April 18 at home. He was 89.

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George L. Sterling: served in Marines. Contributed photo

Son of Bertha Everhart Sterling and Leon M. Sterling, he was born in Fargo, North Dakota on Dec. 1, 1927.

Honest and with the highest of integrities, he was a proud U.S. Marine who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University after he returned from his three years of service. The sound of the Marines’ Hymn would bring tears to his eyes.

A natural athlete, he excelled as a lifelong golfer, a collegiate hockey player, a fly fisherman, a skier and any other sport he was game to try. As a senior in high school, he and his family settled in Scarsdale, New York where he became a very loyal and enthusiastic fan of the New York Giants and the New York Rangers, even until his final days.

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