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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Barbara B. Hart, 85

Barbara Bennet Hancock Hart of Redding, formerly of Westport, died Oct. 7. She was 85.

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Barbara Hart: former Westporter. Contributed photo

A resident of Fairfield County for most of her life, she was born in Stamford on Dec. 5, 1931, the daughter of Robert Hadley and Alice Braislin Bennet.

She was raised in Darien, where she rode horses and was a champion sailor at Noroton Yacht Club. She was a proud alumna of New Canaan Country School, the Thomas School for Girls (now King School), and Wells College (’54), where she majored in economics and was the founder and president of the sailing club.

As a young wife and mother, she moved several times before settling in Westport, where she was a member of New Neighbors, and a charter member of its subsequent spin-off, the Gourmet Club; the Westport Woman’s Club, where she chaired the Yankee Craft Fair for several years; and Y’s Women.

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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Marie B. Pelikan, 98

Marie Bernadette Brennan Pelikan of Juno, Florida, a former Westport resident, died at the Waterford Health Center in Juno. She was 98.

She was born in Scranton Pennsylvania to James “Jay” Brennan and Winnifred “Mom Brennan” Brennan.

She finished high school in Scranton and years later took courses to obtain her real estate brokerage license and was employed in the towns of Westport and Darien.

During her years in Connecticut, along with her husband and children, she volunteered in Coleytown PTA, community musicals, car pool, Little League, Brownies, swimming lessons, horseback riding lessons.

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Nayan B. Champaigne, 72

Nayan B. Champaigne of Norwalk, a former Town of Westport employee, died Oct. 3 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 72.

The wife of David R. Champaigne was born in Olean, New York on May 4, 1945 and was the daughter of the late John and Marjorie (Harper) Barrile.

She worked for many years in the Tax Assessors Office in the Town of Westport. She remained in good spirits, always tried her hardest and never complained which made it easy for Dave.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, David J. Champaigne, and his wife Lara of North Redding, Massachusetts, a daughter, Jill Champaigne and her husband Donald Kirk of Norwalk, a brother: Craig Barrile of Deer Park, Washington, and two granddaughters, Summer and Sage.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Charles H. Halper, 81

Charles “Chuck” Herbert Halper died Oct. 5 at his Westport home of heart failure. He was 81.

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Chuck Halper: devoted family man. Contributed photo

Born in Brooklyn, New York on June 19, 1936, he was raised in White Plains, New York and went to White Plains High School (class of ’54) where he was a standout athlete in football, basketball and baseball. 

He attended Colgate University (class of ‘58) where he was a catcher for the varsity baseball team and a history major. After college, he married his high school sweetheart, Roe, in 1959 and moved to Westport, where they raised their family.

He was the founder of Halper Associates, Inc., a financial services/insurance firm in Westport, since 1960.  He brought his brother Stan into the business and then Chuck’s son David joined him in early 1988.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Saloma Grose, 90

Saloma “Sally” Brief Grose of Norwalk, a former Westport school system employee, died Sept. 30 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 90.

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Sally Grose: 40 years in Westport schools. Contributed photo

She was born in the Bronx to Eastern European immigrants (Morris Brief and Marie Lapidus Brief).

After graduating with a B.A. in history from New York University, she and her former husband, Laurence B. Grose, settled in Springfield, Massachusetts and later in Wilton and Westport.

As soon as her four children were all in school, she did her teacher training and took a job as a social studies teacher at Bedford Junior High School in Westport.

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Lithia Prezkop, 96

Lithia Marie Tadduni Prezkop, a 57-year Westport resident, died Sept. 20. She was 96.

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Lithia Prezkop: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

She was the wife of 54 years of the late Michael Prezkop.

She was born in New York City on Sept. 7, 1921 to Pauline (Ascenzio) and Thomas A. Tadduni.

Her five children — Edward of Vancouver, Washington, Thomas of Newburyport, Massachusetts, and Carole Prescott, Diane (Reed), and Raymond of Westport—and many friends, saw her as a high-energy, wise and deeply-caring woman who loved people, environmental and social justice causes and, above all, family.

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Pauline M. Kuchman, 87

Pauline M. Kuchman of Parrish, Florida, a former Westport resident, died Oct.1. She was 87.

Born in New York, New York, she moved to Bradenton, Florida in 1998 from Westport and then to Parrish in 2002.

She was a volunteer at Blake Medical Center and she attended St. Francis Cabrini Church in Parrish.

She is survived by her son, Gary (Debbie) Kuchman of Ft. Myers Beach, Florida; daughter, Wendy (late Wayne) Cano of Parrish, three grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Services will be private for the family.

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Sunday, October 01, 2017

Lucille E. Kear, 89

Lucille Ellen Kear of Westport, died Sept. 9 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was 89.

She was the wife of the late Kenneth Wesley Kear. They were married for 51 years.

She was born in Brooklyn, New York, July 11, 1928, the daughter of the late Charles Buhl Miller and Ellen Jenny Norlander.

After graduating from Bay Ridge High School, she lived in Brooklyn with her family and worked at Asiatic Petroleum before her marriage to Kenneth on Sept. 17, 1949. The family moved to Westport in 1960.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Angela L. Finch, 49

Angela L. Finch, of Gulf Breeze, Florida, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 23 after a battle with depression. She was 49.

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Angela Finch: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born Aug. 30, 1968 in Opelika Alabama, daughter of Lillian Louise and Jim Finch, she grew up in Gulf Breeze until she went to Auburn University and then began her life traveling and living around the world.

Starting in Aspen, she lived in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Westport, Virginia Beach, and London. She worked as an airline stewardess with United Airlines, which enabled her to travel freely.

She loved helping others, especially those who could not help themselves. Her passion was horseback riding and caring for animals.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Diana Loevy, 63

Diana Beth Loevy of Westport died Sept. 20 at home. She was 63.

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She was born in Montgomery, Alabama to Beatrice (Bea) and Jay Loevy of Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

She grew up in Morristown, New Jersey, attending Morristown High School, and then graduated the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

She immediately entered the journalism profession with National Geographic Magazine. She later became a vice president and editorial director at United Media, where she recruited talent and worked closely with authors and artists.

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Bruce Barton, 79

Bruce Barton, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 20 at home after a 20-year battle with cancer.  He was 79.

Son of Stanley and Estelle Barton, he was born in Ossining, New York in 1938. He grew up in Westport and graduated from Brown University in 1960, continuing on to earn an M.Ed. and a Ph.D in educational psychology from the University of Connecticut.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Deborah, his daughter, Andrea Barton, two stepchildren, Corinne Giarnella and Randy Giarnella all of Connecticut, and three grandchildren, Macy, Lilia, and Emmett, all of Connecticut.

A graveside burial will be held in Connecticut in the spring.

Memorial donations in his name may be made by check or online to: Colorado Visiting Nurses Association 390 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Evelyn T. Locke, 90

Evelyn Tower Locke of Fairfield, a former employee of the Westport school system, died Sept. 17 from complications of Parkinson’s disease, which she battled courageously for a number of years. She was 90.

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Evelyn Locke: worked at Staples High School. Contributed photo

She was born in Bridgeport, the third child, and only daughter, of Jeanette and Bernard Tower.

She graduated from Bassick High School and received her BA degree from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, where she majored in general science. She was selected as a member of “Box and Candle,” the honorary society of the Dramatics association. She was also awarded two master’s degrees from the University of Bridgeport.

She was a school psychologist from the early 1970s until 1991, when she retired. The majority of her professional career was devoted to advising students at Staples High School in Westport. At Staples, she developed an innovative learning strategies program to help nontraditional learners.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

James H. Baker, Sr., 89

James “Jim” Hervey Baker, Sr. of Fairfield, formerly of Westport, died Sept. 15. He was 89,

He was born in Gloversville, New York on April 4, 1928, the son of the late James H. and Dorothy (McCarthy) Baker. He had been a longtime resident of Westport prior to moving to Fairfield.

He dedicated his career to higher educational fundraising, retiring from City College in 1995. He was an avid golfer and had been an active member of the Masonic Lodge Temple 65. He also proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia (Baker) Worden and her husband Richard of Topeka, Kansas, Nancy (Baker) Wokanovicz and her husband Peter of Monroe, and two sons, James H. Baker, Jr. and his wife Sheila of Southport, North Carolina (formerly Fairfield), and Stephen Baker from Fairfield, six grandsons, James H. Baker, III and Kristen (Walsh) Baker, Matthew and Katelin (Koebbe) Baker, Scott Worden, Mark and Nohemi (Alzerez) Worden, Nicholas Wokanovicz and Benjamin Wokanovicz, and four great-grandchildren, Tatum Worden, James H. Baker, IV, Charles Baker and Nolan Baker. He was predeceased by his wife Ruth Ella Baker, daughter Stephanie S. Baker, his parents and two brothers Richard Baker and Charles Baker. s

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Samuel A. Lepofsky, 96

Samuel A. Lepofsky of Westport died Sept. 10 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 96.

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Sam Lepofsky: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born March 23, 1921 in South Norwalk to Ethel and Benjamin Lepofsky. He was a graduate of University of Connecticut and Temple University.

He served in the 88th Infantry Division as a medic, receiving the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his service in North Africa and in Italy during World War II.

In September 1949, he married Miriam Rosenthal of South Norwalk. They were married for over 68 years.  They moved to Westport in October 1956 where he opened his first place of business. He proceeded to open several businesses until his retirement in 1993.

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Stage Star Brenda Lewis, 96

Stage star Brenda Lewis died Sept. 16 in her Prospect Road home in Westport. She was 96.

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Brenda Lewis: longtime Westport resident. Contributed photo

Her death was reported by The New York Times and confirmed by her son Michael Asen.

She was best known for starring as alcoholic Birdie Hubbard in the original operatic adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” titled “Regina,” at New York City Opera and on Broadway, as well as her role in “Lizzie Borden” by Jack Beeson.

She was a regular performer with The New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera performing in such productions as “Die Fledermaus” and “Carmen.”

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