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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Annette Winston, 92

Annette Winston of Westport, wife of the late Edward Winston, died Dec. 12 at the Wilton Health Care Center. She was 92.

Born Jan. 26, 1921 in Canada daughter of the late Woolf and Daisy (Lechtier) Rackow, she and has been a resident of Westport for 48 years.

She was a former member of the Westport Woman’s Club where she enjoyed the Bridge Club and the Gourmet Cooking Club. She was also a member of the Westport Center for Senior Activities where she was active in their exercise programs and also participated in the poker, bridge and bingo groups.

Survivors include one daughter, Diana Wendy Kleros and her husband George of Westport, one son, Bernard Winston and his wife Cathy of Portsmouth, R.I., seven grandchildren, Dawn, Stacy, Jared, Tara, George Jr. Joan and James, and six great grandchildren, Taylor, Ryan, Robbie, Erin, Jennifer and Morgan.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Phyllis M. Ciufo, 92

Phyllis M. Ciufo of Old Orchard Beach and Saco, Maine, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 27 at St. Andre’s Health Care Facility in Biddeford, Maine. She was 92.

She was born in Rutland, Vt. July 12, 1921, daughter of John A. and Anna Marro Valente. She was educated in Rutland schools and attended business school in Rutland.

In 1958, she married Roger J. Ciufo. Together, they raised their family in Rutland and Randolph, Vt., and in Westport and Fairfield before moving to Maine.

Survivors include her husband, Roger of Biddeford, daughter, Linda C. (Michael) Mullin of Rutland, daughter, Debra A. (Scott) Comar of Old Orchard Beach, a brother, Silvio Valente, and a sister, Diane Valente Liscinsky, both of Rutland, grandsons, Michael Mullin, Matthew Mullin, Luke Mullin and Stephen Comar as well as several nieces and nephews.

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Martha H. Furlong, 96

Martha Hull Furlong of Fairfield died Nov. 26. She was 96.

She was the daughter of Charles and Wilhemina Hull of Southport, a descendant of one of the founding families of Fairfield. For 52 years, she worked as a nurse in the Westport and Fairfield areas.

She was a lifelong member of Southport Congregational Church where she taught Sunday school for many years and the Eastern Star Lafayette Chapter.

She was a very active volunteer at the former Southport Manor as well as the West Haven Veterans Hospital where she served many monthly breakfasts.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

James R. Owens, Jr., 89

James Rigueur Owens, Jr. of Upper Deerfield Township, N.J., a former Westport resident, died at home on Dec. 9. He was 89.

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James R. Owens Jr.: 38-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

The son of James Rigueur and Katharine Young Owens, he was born in Memphis, Tenn. on Nov. 30, 1924.

A 1942 graduate of Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, Ohio, he entered Yale University in 1942, served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945, and then returned to Yale and graduated as a political science major in 1948 with the Class of 1945W. While at Yale he was a member of the championship Yale swimming team, earning a varsity “Y.”

While in the service, he piloted a B-17 bomber, and was stationed in Eye, East Anglia, England. He and his crew flew 20 missions over Germany plus several humanitarian missions including a food drop in the Netherlands and the return of POWs to Paris. He was not yet 21 when he was discharged in September 1945.

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Pauline E Kycia, 85

Pauline E Kycia of Southport, a former employee of the Westport school system, died Dec. 10 at St. Vincent Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 85.

Wife of the late William Kycia Sr., she was born in Norwalk to the late Andrew and Sadie DiProspio. She was the sixth of six children and was a graduate of Norwalk High School class of 1946.

She meet the love of her life Big Bill and were married in 1954 and resided in Southport ever since. A retiree of the Westport school system, she was a bowler with the Westport Woman’s League and later with the Fairfield Seniors.  She also enjoyed the many day trips with the St. Thomas seniors.

She is survived by her son David of Southport, son Bill and his wife Faith and grandchildren Alexis and Jarrett all of Trumbull, a sister Eleanor James of Brookfield, many nieces, nephews and her pen pal of 70-plus years Shirley Ellis of Queensland, Australia.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Richard Russell, 92

Richard Russell of Bridgeport, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 20. He was 92.

Born Oct. 4, 1921 in Arlington, Mass., he resided in Westport and Bridgeport for more than 50 years.

A graduate of the Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, Mass., he attended Colby College prior to serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. He was later employed by the Baird Associates, Perkin Elmer, Mine Safety Appliances and, along with his sons, a founding partner of Walker Wellington, LLC.

He was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Marjorie Freeman Russell and survived by his children Richard W Russell Jr, his wife Jeanne B Russell of Eliot, Maine; Charles F Russell, his wife Jeri of Walnut Creek, Calif.; Henry W Russell of Kittery, Maine. and two grandchildren, Chloe and Nicholas of Walnut Creek.

A private service will be held at Mt Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Elaine M. Carroll

Elaine Meadow Carroll, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 14 in New Jersey.

A 25-year former resident of Westport, she was a graduate of Bridgeport University Nursing School, She was a registered nurse and worked in three local area hospitals.

She was predeceased by husband, James C. Carroll. She is survived by her son, Steve Meadow of Michigan, daughter Judy Meadow-Huebner of New Jersey, son John Meadow of Tennessee. and daughter Jayne Meador of St. John, as well as nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. at Grace Bible Church, 369 High Mountain Road, North Haledon, N.J.

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Lillian A. Smith, 86

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Lillian Smith: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Lillian Augusta Smith of Westport died Dec. 8. She was 86.

Born in 1927 to Elsa and John Paegle, both immigrants from Latvia, she spent her early years in The Bronx and forged many of her lifelong friendships there.

At age 6, she raised and lowered the curtain on her show business career, singing on Saturday mornings on the radio with the boys and girls of Rialto Studio.

At 25, she left her career at IBM to join Aramco and seek adventure in Saudi Arabia.  There, she met her true love, Harry Smith, whom she married on Christmas Eve 1955.

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Monday, December 09, 2013

Bruce E. Ward, 67

Bruce Edward Ward of Englewood, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Dec. 1. He was 67.

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Bruce Ward: 1965 Staples graduate. Contributed photo

He was born in Wilton on July 4, 1946, to the late Augusta (Gussy) and Bruce Ward. He graduated in 1965 from Staples High School in Westport, where he lived until he relocated to Florida in 1988.

He was an excellent electrician and worked for many people over the years who appreciated his expertise, his family said.

In his younger years, he was a member of the Downshifters Car Club where he fulfilled his passion for building and racing cars.

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Friday, December 06, 2013

Doris M. Fable, 90

Doris Mills Fable of Westport, wife of the late William E. Fable, died Dec. 4 at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 90.

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Doris M. Fable: 82-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born Feb. 25, 1923 in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., the daughter of the late Otto and Evelyn (Spangenberg) Mills, she had been a Westport resident for 82 years.

Prior to retirement, she was the receptionist for the Westport-Weston YMCA for many years. She was a 1944 graduate of the University of North Carolina, a member of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, and an avid gardener.

Survivors include two sons, William Sandy Fable and his wife Susan Goldberg of West Hartford, John M. Fable and his wife Anna Fortuna Fable of Fairfield, her four grandchildren, Jesse, Evan, John and Alexandra, her sister-in-law, Laura Mills of South Bristol, Maine and three nieces.

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Alice A. Roberts, 99

Alice Adams Roberts died Nov. 28 at her Westport home. She was 99.

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Alice Roberts: “unquenchable curiosity.” Contributed photo

Born in West Chester, Pa. on Dec. 2, 1913, to Grace Darlington and Charles Robert Adams, she grew up in Pelham, N.Y. She and her husband Peter raised six children in Westchester County.

She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years in 1987 and of her only brother, Braman B. Adams in 1980. She was a devoted mother, leaving behind four of her children, Jane, Barbara, Susan and Robert, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

She loved to travel when her children were grown and had an unquenchable curiosity about “what was going to happen” in the world at large. Her zest for life kept her young and active well into her 90s, her family said.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. at the Harding Funeral Home, Westport.

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Andrew J. Sack, 46

Andrew James Sack of Stratford, a longtime employee of CVS in Westport, died Dec. 2 at his home. He was 46.

Born in Troy, N.Y., he was the son of William E. Sack and the late Linda Taylor Sack.

Survivors include his father William E. Sack and his stepmother Sandra Sack, of Loudon, Tenn., his sister, Nancy Davidson of Fairfield, his paternal grandmother, Lelia Lorine Sack of Bloomington, Minn., his aunt, June Taylor Casey and two cousins, Molly and Jon Casey.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Dennis & D’Arcy – Abriola & Kelemen Funeral Home, 2611 Main St,. Stratford .

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Memorial Service Set for Michael D. Bromley

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Michael D. Bromley: University of Bridgeport general counsel. Contributed photo

A Celebration of Life service will be held Dec. 13 for Michael David Bromley, 60, a Westport resident who died Oct. 10. (See obituary here)

It will take place at 3 p.m. at The University of Bridgeport, Arnold Bernhard Center, Art Gallery, 84 Iranistan Ave., Bridgeport.

He was the husband of Susan Gunn Bromley and the son of Adele and Irwin Bromley of Juniper, Fla.

For the past 10 years, he served as assistant secretary and general counsel at the University of Bridgeport. Previously, he practiced law in Stamford and Washington, D.C.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Herbert Hartmann, 73

Herbert Hartmann of Lahaina, Hawaii and Old Saybrook, a former Westport resident and husband to Carol (O’Neil) Hartmann, died Nov. 24 after battling leukemia. He was 73.

He was born in Rego Park, N.Y. to the late Herbert and Grete Hartmann. He was a resident of Westport for 38 years. 

He graduated from of Duke University, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in business. He accepted a position at IBM and retired after more than 30 years as a top sales executive. After retirement, he held consulting positions before more deeply pursuing his long time passion of photography. 

He had a keen interest in watching and photographing whales and became an Ocean Ambassador with the Pacific Whale Foundation in Lahaina.

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James K. Campbell, 73

James “Jim C” Kenneth Campbell of Norwalk, manager of estates in Westport and elsewhere, died Nov. 25 at home after battling cancer. He was 73.

He was born Aug. 4, 1940, to Douglas and Isabella Campbell in Glasgow, Scotland. He graduated Saint Gerard’s High School in June 1955. He emigrated to the United States with his mother and brother, Alistair, in 1957 and joined the U.S. Army in June 1959.

He was honorably discharged in June 1963 with the rank of Sargent E5, having last served in a recon unit. Upon his return to civilian life, he pursued a career in horticulture and attended Westchester Community College.

He also took on several studies at the New York Botanical Gardens over his career. In 1965, he married the love of his life, the former Ellen Carmel O’Gorman and they spent 48 years together until his death.

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