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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Hannah G. Opert, 93

Hannah G. Opert, previously of Westport, has passed away in New Orleans, La. after a long and engaging life. She was Image
Hannah Opert: long active in Westport community. Contributed photo

Wife of Maurice Opert for 67 years (deceased at 91), Hannah was active in Westport as a real estate broker, piano teacher, founder of the International Group and as an active member of the Westport Arts Center, the Westport Senior Center, Longshore Country Club, among others.

Hannah will be remembered also for being an accomplished jazz pianist. Hannah was born in London, England, and emigrated with her family to South Africa when she was an infant. She and her three sisters grew up in a small town called Kroonstad, after which her family moved to Johannesburg.

Maurice and Hannah met in local theater, and were married in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1938. They and only son Brian immigrated to the United States in 1956, and lived in Westport.

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Saturday, December 04, 2010

Anita Wilkes Dore, 95

Anita Wilkes Dore, a longtime Westport resident active in community affairs, died Nov. 6 in Silver Spring, Md., according to the Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home there. She was 95.

Dore, who was an editor of three anthologies of poetry and prose, served as secretary of the Board of Directors of the Westport Arts Center, 1983-1993; a trustee of the Westport Library, 1985-1992, and as a member of the Committee of Young Poets and Playwrights of the Westport Arts Center.

A native of New York City, she was born Dec. 16, 1914, and graduated from Vassar College in 1935. There she received the Elizabeth Dana prize in English in 1934, and earned a Masters of Arts in English from Columbia University in 1937.

She began her career as a high school English teacher during the Depression, then served as chairwoman of English in a Bronx junior high school, before joining the senior staff of the Board of Education.

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Friday, December 03, 2010

Andrew A. Amendola, Jr., 75

Andrew Albert “Andy” Amendola Jr. died Nov. 29 at his residence in Barefoot Bay, Fla. He was Image
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He was born in New York, N.Y. and lived in Barefoot Bay for several years. Andy was a Norwalk High School graduate and after joining the Navy, he was employed by Staples High School in Westport. He retired in 1997.

He was a life member of the South Norwalk Boat Club. He moved to Florida in 2004. Survivors include his brothers, Joseph Amendola of Sebastian, Fla.,, David Amendola of Brookfield, and one sister, Victoria Vienneau of Sebastian.

Memorial contributions can be made to the A.S.P.C.A.

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Marilyn T. Beardsley, 84

Marilyn T. Beardsley of Westport and on the staff of a Fairfield real estate agency, the wife of the late Donald J. Beardsley, died Dec. 1 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 84.

Born Sept. 2, 1926, in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Eleanor (O’Connor) Tobey.

She had been a resident of Westport for the past 50 years, and was an agent with the Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate office in the Southport section of Fairfield.

Survivors include two daughters, Diane Beardsley-Popp and Donna Beardsley, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Jacqueline Roe, Matthew Popp and Vanessa Huntoon, and three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Emma and Danielle. She was also predeceased by a brother, Lester McKay.

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William L. Delaney Sr., 70

William Leo Delaney Sr., 70, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 30, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va.

He was a retired business representative and treasurer for the Local 15, International Union of Operating Engineers, in New York.

He is survived by his wife, Lynne; four children, William Delaney Jr., and wife Margaret of Illinois, Wendy Martin and husband Eric of New Jersey, Michael Delaney Sr. and wife Melissa of New Jersey, and Paige Salickram and husband Howard of Florida, 12 grandchildren, Ryan, Delaney, Shawn, Hagen, Kelly, Cailyn, William III, Patrick, Cullen, Sean, Michael Jr. and Kyle; and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Mary Delaney Sr., and a brother, Joseph Delaney Jr.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Charles A. Frazer, 96

Charles Allen Frazer, 96, a lifelong resident of Westport, and husband of the late Helen (Cable) Frazer, passed away Monday, Nov. 29, in Cambridge Manor, Fairfield.

Mr. Frazer was born Dec. 25, 1913 in Westport, son of the late Charles and Florence (Allen) Frazer and had been a lifelong resident of Westport before moving to Cambridge Manor.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Frazer was employed as a printer with Jones Press in Westport. He is a former member of the New Canaan Rifle and Pistol Club and the Wooster Mt. Gun Club. He also used to enjoy hunting and trapping.

Survivors include one son, Gary Frazer and his wife Gail of Pinehurst, N.C. two daughters, Lynda Frazer of Fairfield, and Kathy Mitaly and her husband John of Easton, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was also predeceased by one sister, Virginia Avery and one grandson, Matthew Mitaly.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Julius T. Fraser, 87

Julius T. Fraser passed away at his Westport home on Saturday, Nov. 20. He was Image
Julius Fraser: Studied time. Contributed photo

Born in Budapest, Hungary on May 7, 1923, he fulfilled a long-held dream when he came to the United States in September 1946.

He was the founder of the International Society for the Study of Time (1965) which attracts scholars interested in the multidisciplinary study of time. This group publishes a journal and holds triennial conferences.

J.T. Fraser was the author of numerous books and articles dealing with the multidisciplinary nature of time. He taught classes on time at MIT, Mt. Holyoke, University of Maryland and Fordham University and lectured worldwide.

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Frederick J. Moore, 78

Frederick James Moore, longtime fire chief and fire marshal in Weston, died Friday, Nov. 26, at Wilton Meadows. He was 78.

A lifetime Weston resident, Moore first volunteered for the fire department when he was 18 and later became fire chief and fire marshal. He retired as fire chief in 2007.

He graduated from Staples High School in Westport in 1950 and the University of Connecticut School of Agriculture. He also managed The Nature Conservancy Devil’s Den and Katharine Ordway Preserves.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ann; two sisters, Emily and Susan of Weston; four children, Jeffery of Weston, Robert of Alexandria, Va., Gregory of Salem, N.H., and a stepdaughter, Nichola of Newtown; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 3, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Lyons Plain Road, Weston, at 3 p.m.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Rafael C. Laredo, 90

Rafael Caturla Laredo of Southbury died on Nov. 22 after suffering a stroke. He was Image
Rafael C. Laredo: 43-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

The patriarch of his family, he was a resident of Westport from 1964 until 2007.

He was born in Havana, Cuba, on May 20, 1920, a son of the late Octavio and Silvia Laredo. He left Cuba at age 15 and was educated in the United States, where he attended Fork Union Military Academy and was a 1944 graduate of MIT in chemical engineering.

His career started with Monsanto Chemicals, and then with Liquid Carbonic, where he was responsible for building and managing dry ice plants in Mexico City, Mexico, Havana, Cuba, and Santiago, Chile.

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Alyce J. Restaino, 92

Alyce Jaderlund Restaino died Oct. 28 at the age of 92.

The daughter of Anna and Ignatz Horelick, she was born on Whitney Street in Westport on April 24, 1918. She resided with family in Gold Canyon, Ariz., the last four years of her life.

Restaino and her husband owned and operated several popular restaurants in Westport, and were involved in real estate development and management in the area.

In later years, she worked at Norwalk Hospital in the Cardiology Department. Restaino was also actively involved with the Ladies Auxiliary at the VFW in Saugatuck.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Evelyn E. Monahan, 88

Evelyn E. Monahan of Westport, wife of the late Thomas H.E. Monahan, Jr. passed away Tuesday, Nov. 23, in her Westport home, where she raised her family for 45 years. She was Image
Evelyn Monahan: Assumption parish member. Contributed photo

Born in Boston, Mass., her passion was spending time at the beach or on adventures with her two grandchildren, Christine and Kevin Boecke, to whom she perfected the job of being the best grandmother ever.

She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed time spent with her family and many friends, especially fellow Red Sox and Celtics fans. Mrs. Monahan was a member of Assumption Parish.

Survivors in addition to her grandchildren include, two daughters, Joan Monahan Boecke and husband, William, of Newton, Mass., and Lynne Monahan of Westport; two sons, Thomas H.E. Monahan III, and Martha Dixon, of Black Rock, and Stephen J. Monahan and wife, Wendi, of Marshfield, Mass.; and one sister, Barbara Carney of Wareham, Mass. She was predeceased by brothers, Buddy Delaney, Robert Delaney and sisters, Louise Ryan and Jeanne Gallagher. She was lovingly known as Aunt Del to many.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Alphonse W. DiNapoli, 83

Alphonse W. DiNapoli of Stamford, owner of a Dairy Queen franchise in Westport for 25 years, died Nov. 24 in Stamford. He was 83.

Born March 15, 1927 in Stamford to the late Rocco and Bernarda DiNapoli, he was the eldest of four children. He was a 1944 graduate of Stamford High School and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Upon returning from the service, he married his high school sweetheart, Marie Gesullo, in 1948. They raised four children in their home they built on MacGregor Drive in Stamford.

He was employed by FAG Bearings in Stamford for 40 years, rising to the position of plant superintendent. His other endeavors included a floral shop on the west side of Stamford, catering private parties, and owning a Dairy Queen in Westport for 25 years where he worked side by side with his family.

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Vivian C. Mercurio, 80

Vivian Cupole Mercurio of Stratford, a retired receptionist for Internal Medicine of Westport, died on Tuesday, Nov. 23 in Bridgeport Hospital. She was 80.

Born in Bridgeport on July 14, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Susie LaPorta Cupole. Mrs. Mercurio loved to dance and travel and always enjoying life to the fullest.

Affectionately known as Mimi, her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and family. She was a member of the Red Hat Society of Stratford.

Survivors include her beloved husband of 56 years, Joseph P. Mercurio, three children, Joseph Garofano and his wife Carol of Waterford, Nancy Faiella and her husband, Salvatore of Shelton and Daniel Mercurio and his wife, Karen of Meriden; a sister-in-law, Barbara Cupole of Milford; five grandchildren, Salvatore IV, Joseph, Gabriella, Daniel Jr. and Lindsey; as well as, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Nicholas Cupole, Jr.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

John S. Edwards, 93

John Sherwood Edwards, a life-long resident of Easton and father of Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards, passed away at home on Wednesday, Nov. 17. He was Image
John S. Edwards: life-long Easton resident. Contributed photo

Sherwood was the only child of the late Minnie and Erwin P. Edwards of Easton.

Sherwood is survived by his wife, Phyllis M. Edwards; his four children, James S. Edwards of Easton, Stephen J. Edwards and his wife, Polly of Easton, Larry B. Edwards and his wife, Donna of New Hartford, and Sally Berger and her husband, John of Hendersonville, N.C.; as well as many grand and great-grandchildren.

A graduate of the University of Maine, Sherwood returned to his roots and expanded the family dairy farm into what now is known as Maple Row Tree Farm, which continues to be run by the family.

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Janet Joyce Flynn, 71

Janet Joyce Flynn (nee Ardissone) of Randolph, N.J. and formerly of Ridgefield, N.J., beloved mother and grandmother passed away on Friday, Nov. 12 at her home with her family at her side. She was 71.

Predeceased by her husband, Donald Flynn, she is survived by her mother, Louise Ardissone (nee Bagnati) also of Randolph, N.J and formerly of Ridgefield, N.J.; as well as her children Judy Romano along with her husband Greg and their children Alexander, Christopher, and Elise Romano of Basking Ridge, N.J.; Kathy Flynn along with her children Daniel, Erika, and Madeline Parisi of Westport; Danny Flynn along with his wife Gordana and their sons Donald and Christopher of Randolph, N.J.; and Peter Flynn along with his daughters Jessica and Megan of Flanders, N.J.

Janet Flynn was the 1956 valedictorian and captain of the cheerleading squad at Emerson High School in North Bergen, N.J. She worked as an editor at McGraw Hill in New York City and, after having married in 1958 and raising a family for years, she worked as a school crossing guard in Ridgefield, N.J., and enjoyed bingo and bowling.

Although stricken with Multiple Sclerosis for more than 30 years, she never complained but was instead an inspiration to all who knew her. She was an avid Yankees fan, devoted soap opera junkie, coffee-aholic, and was her 10 grandchildren’s most devoted fan as they pursued activities on the ice, stage, water, and field.

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