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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Eugene L. Girden, 81

Eugene L. Girden, husband of Charlene Tobin Girden of Westport who he lovingly referred to as “bubbles” and was happily married to for 53 years, died Oct. 31 at home. He was 81.

Born Oct. 17, 1930 in Manhattan, he was the son of the late Jules and Frieda (Fritzi) Girden. He graduated The Bronx High School of Science at age 16, the University of Maryland at 19, and the University of Maryland Law School at the young age of 21.

He was a lieutenant JAG officer in the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War. He was a partner for 25 years at Coudert Brothers a prominent, “white shoe” predominantly corporate law firm, which was the leading litigation firm in the country, representing virtually all of the major media in the United States in first amendment, libel, and right of privacy litigation.

E. Gabriel Perle, a dear friend and one of the most well respected lawyers in the country, said of Girden: “Gene was a brilliant litigator, physically impressive, articulate, persuasive and charming and above all, a knowledgeable and very successful advocate.”

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Jean A. (Pohs) Golden, 87

Jean A. (Pohs) Golden of Greenfield, Mass, and formerly of Westport, died Oct. 29 at the Buckley Health Care Center in Greenfield. She was 87.

Born in New York City, on Nov. 17, 1923,  she was the daughter of Max and Evelyn (Neudoffer) Pohs. She was a graduate of White Plains High School in White Plains, N.Y. and was a graduate of the State University of Ohio in Athens, Ohio.

She had been a resident of Westport for many years prior to moving to Greenfield earlier this year.

Jean was very involved in the Westport Woman’s Club and Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. Also, she was a volunteer for the Norwalk Hospital.

She was a homemaker and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also, she loved the theater and walking on the beach.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Josephine D. Buccieri, 96

Josephine D. Buccieri, wife of the late Joseph R. Buccieri, died Oct. 27 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. She was 96.

Born Sept. 25, 1914, she was daughter of the late Salvatore and Raphaela Delano DeMattio.

She is survived by her son Richard Buccieri and his wife Deborah of New Britain, by her granddaughter Lauri Buccieri and by her great-granddaughter Brooke Perez. She was predeceased by her five siblings Ralph DeMattio, Fannie Lomazzo, Angie Tuccinardi, Carmen DeMattio and Arthur DeMattio.

Friends may call on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave., Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 a.m.  in the Church of the Assumption, 98 Riverside Ave. Burial will follow in Assumption Cemetery.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Virginia A. B. Clark, 86

Virginia A. B. Clark, a resident of Westport for many years and wife of the late Alan H. Clark, died Oct. 18 in Bluffton, S.C. She was 86.

Born in Quincy, Mass. the daughter of the late Laurence and Mary Sapp Beech, she attended LaSalle Junior College in Pennsylvania where she met her future husband.

She left her studies after a year and a half and later finished her degree in the 1940s.

She worked in the banking profession prior to her marriage. She later became a certified swimming instructor and taught non-swimming adults of all ages.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Services Set for Lili’s Place Owner

Funeral services have been set for Liliane A. Bonora, owner of Lili’s Fine Food and Catering, a maintstay at the Westport train station for many years, for Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. at Saint Luke Church in Westport.

As reported by WestportNow on Saturday, Bonora, a native of Monaco, died Thursday at Norwalk Hospital of heart failure, according to friends. She was 72. (See WestportNow Oct. 22, 2011)

She was a longtime parishioner at Saint Luke where friends said she had been in ill health for some time. The friends were seeking to arrange a reception following the service at Lili’s Place at the train station.

Click here for an obituary released today.

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Liliane A. Bonora, 72

Liliane Alice Bonora, owner of Lili’s Fine Food and Catering at the Westport train station, died of heart failure on Oct. 20, 2011 at Norwalk Hospital.  She was 72.

Born in Monte Carlo, Monaco, she arrived in Canada in the 1960s and came to this country in the early 1970s. She became an American citizen just in time to cast her first vote for Bill Clinton.

She was an accomplished cloisonné artist and designer. She was a concert pianist, and also played violin, flute and guitar. For a period of time, she offered lessons in piano.

In 1979, a job at Soup’s On in Westport revealed Lili’s talents as a chef. With the help of the late Dr. Alan Lieberson, Lili’s Fine Food and Catering come into being. And a legend was born. 

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Lili’s Place Owner Dies at 72

UPDATE Liliane A. Bonora, owner of Lili’s Fine Food Take Out and Catering, a mainstay for almost three decades at the eastbound Metro-North station house in Westport’s Saugatuck area, died Thursday at Norwalk Hospital of heart failure, according to friends. She was 72. (See obituary here) Image
Lili’s Place had been a mainstay on the eastbound side of the Westport station for many years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

A native of Monaco, Bonora became an American citizen in the 1990s in order to vote for Bill Clinton as president, said Westporter and longtime friend Ann Sheffer.

“We had helped arrange for her to meet him at a fund-raiser in Westport,” Sheffer said. “She was very proud of being a citizen and a Democrat and did countless fund-raisers for us.”

Sheffer said Bonara did not drive, and instead rode around on her bicycle, “looking like she was going down a street in Paris with a baguette in the basket.” 

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Charles K. Griffith, 88

Charles Kellogg Griffith of Westport died Oct. 21 at his home on Pheasant Lane. He was 88.

Born Feb. 17, 1923, he lived with his wife of 60 years, Leone Kulak Griffith, since 1951 in the house they built and raised their four children.

Known in the Westport area as a contractor and builder for 40 years, he was proud of his service in the Peace Corps in Ghana from 1988 through 1990. There he served with his wife and developed a trade school for the young people of their village.

He spent the next several years as both a student and volunteer at Housatonic Community College, where he earned an Associates Degree in Fine Arts.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

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William A. Stefan: avid outdoorsman. Contributed photo

UPDATE Former Westport Police Chief William A. Stefan died today at home after a lengthy illness, the Police Department said. He was 75.

Stefan, husband of Janet Stefan, served as chief from March 1974 to February 1984.

Calling hours will be Monday, Oct. 17 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Katherine M. Palmer, 84

UPDATE (adds services) Katherine McGarrie Palmer, wife of the late Frank J. Palmer, died at Norwalk Hospital Sept. 1. She was 84.

Born in Norwalk June 12, 1927 on the daughter of the late William and Agnes Hauser McGarrie, she has lived in Westport most of her life.  She worked with her family and friends with “Those Two Girls” for many years and was a member of the Westport Center for Senior Activities and the Church of the Assumption. 

She enjoyed playing cards, tag sales, visiting with friends and taking walks on Compo Beach.  She will be dearly missed by her family which she adored and was always there to support, her family said.

She is survived by her three children, Jeanne Helfrich of Roswell, Ga., Janice Gray of Deltona, Fla., and Mark Palmer of Westport, her brother, William McGarrie, and her sister, Carole Maddock, both of Westport, six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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Clare C. (Cusack) Donoghue

Clare C. (Cusack) Donoghue of Fairfield died Oct. 9.  Born in New York City to the late Thomas and Margaret Cusack, she was a longtime Fairfield resident. Image
Clare C. Donoghue: longtime Fairfield resident. Contributed photo

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, John Donoghue, her children: Kristen Donoghue and her husband, Jonathan Hacker of Chevy Chase, Md., John Donoghue and his wife, Rebecca Martin of Westport; her grandchildren, David, Maggie, John, Maeve and James;  her extended family, and her many friends.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. directly at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield for a Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment will be private.  Friends may greet the family on Wednesday, Oct, 12, from 3 – 8 p.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: P.O. Box 27106, New York, NY 10087 or

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Saturday, October 08, 2011

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Entertainer Sonny Fox, a former Weston resident, traveled from California today to help pay tribute to his friend Manny Margolis at the Westport Public LIbrary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Victor F. Perkowski, 76

Victor F. Perkowski of Westport died Oct. 5. He was 76. Born in Westport to the late Sigmund and Frances Perkowski, he was a lifelong area resident.

He was the proprietor of Victor F. Perkowski Excavating. He was a member of the Ukrainian American Club of Southport and a life member of the Kent-based Connecticut Antique Machinery Association.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen Kunesch Perkowski of Westport, his stepson Terrence Vidal of Minnesota; sister Carol Hoffman of Florida and brother and sister-in-law Fred and Priscilla Kunesch of Torrington.  He was predeceased by two sons, Victor F. Perkowski Jr. and Brian Perkowski.

Services were private.

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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Carol W. Leyshon, 85

Carol Wills Leyshon, a longtime Westport resident, died Sept. 25 at Norwalk Hospital. Her family said death was due to heart failure caused by respiratory complications related to treatment of a long illness. She was 85. Image
Carol Leyshhon: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born on a farm in Mendota, Ill., she attended a one-room country school until eighth grade. At Mendota High School, she was an honor student, led the school debate team and participated in athletics and other activities. She went on to Beloit College in Wisconsin, and graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she met her husband, David Leyshon.

Following their wedding in 1949, they moved to Westport where David Leyshon was employed by the Dorr-Oliver Company. Residents of Westport for many years, they later divided their time between Westport and Lakeland, Fla., after David Leyshon was employed by Jacobs Engineering starting in the mid-1970s.

Carol Leyshon was very active in business and community affairs in Westport. She was co-owner of two catering businesses, P&C Catering and Carol’s Touch, focusing mainly on weddings and private events.

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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Herbert Z. Halbrecht, 84

Herbert Zvi Halbrecht, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 2 of a heart attack at his home in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 84.

Born June 22, 1927 to Samuel and Gertrude Halbrecht in New York City, Herb, as he was known, was raised without much in the way of material comforts but with great and lasting values, his family said.

He worked his way through school and after serving in the Navy during World War II, used the GI bill to attend college at City College of New York, and received an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1949.

He was a pioneer in the field of executive search consultancy and built his business, Halbrecht Associates, into a premiere firm in the field, as an early specialist in what was then a new area of information technology.

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