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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Helen I. Luedke, 78

Helen Isabel (Hartz) Luedke, III, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 9, at Capitol Lakes Retirement Community in Madison, Wisc. following a long struggle with Parkinson Disease. She was 78.

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Helen Luedke: active in Woman’s Club, Historical Society. Contributed photo

She was born on Oct. 21, 1935 in Stevens Point Wisc., graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1954, and married William Raboin. The couple moved to Danville, Ill., and parented three children. She began her career with General Electric at that time. The marriage was dissolved and she moved her family to Connecticut.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Sacred Heart University and Master’s Degree in business from Columbia University. She was the manager of employee relations at the General Electric headquarters in Fairfield.

In 1986, she married William T. Luedke, III, another GE executive, and they retired from the company.  She spent her retirement years with Bill entertaining in their homes, traveling and relaxing on Sanibel Island, Fla.

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Richard S. Ziperman, 48

Richard Scott Ziperman of Coppell, Texas, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 18 in Dallas, Texas after a 15-month battle with gastric cancer. He was 48.

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Richard S. Ziperman: Staples grad. Contributed photo

He was born May 26, 1965 in Plainview, N.Y. and grew up in New York, California, England and Connecticut. After graduating from Staples High School in Westport, he attended Syracuse University where he earned a degree in business administration.

He then began a successful 26-year career with Massachusetts Financial Services in Boston, which eventually led him to Texas. On April 5, 1997, he married Susan Dreyer in New Braunfels, Texas and they had two daughters.

He embraced life and was passionate about many things—his family, his work, his friends, and his hobbies including fishing, shooting and World War II history, his family said.

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Thomas Nicholas, Sr., 86

Thomas Nicholas Sr., of Centerville, Mass., formerly of Trumbull and a former manager of an auto dealership in Westport, died Jan. 17 at home after a long illness. He was 86.

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Thomas Nicholas Sr.: managed Westport auto dealership. Contributed photo

He was born on Sept. 14, 1927 in Korce, Albania to the late Naum and Polikseni Shtika Nicholas. Following his father, he and his mother immigrated to Bridgeport in 1930. After attending public schools and playing football at Harding High, class of 1945, where he was named to the All-State team. He attended Brown University on a football scholarship and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, graduating in 1949.

He became a Master Mason in 1951. Wanting to remain in the area to assist his widowed mother and younger sisters, he became an assistant football coach at UB for a time. He then went on to work for GMAC, a manager of an auto dealership in Westport, and then to Borden Dairy Co. On Jan. 15, 1956, he married Marion Dionis, with whom he had three children. They made their home in Trumbull, where Marion was the children’s librarian at Trumbull Library. She died in 1998.

In 2007, he moved to Centerville to live with his daughter Susanne and her family.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Dagne A. Klavins, 77

Dagne Angersbach Klavins, an employee at Max’s Art Supplies in Westport for more than two decades, died Jan. 10 in Marana, Ariz. after a long struggle with a lung infection. She was 77.

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Dagne A. Klavins: longtime employee at Max’s Art supplies. Contributed photo

She was born in Daugavpils, Latvia on Aug. 9, 1936 and came to the United States in 1949 with her mother and brother.  She studied art at John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis and also at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. She was an accomplished artist and illustrator.

She also was a longtime employee at Max’s Art Supplies in Westport, working there from about 1982 to 2005.

She is survived by husband, Uldis Klavins, of 56 years and son, Artis, as well as her brother George Angersbach, cousin Gerhard Angersbach in New Jersey, and cousin Kurt Angersbach in North Carolina. A memorial celebration of her life will be held at Max’s Art Supplies on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Patricia R. McNall, 56

Patricia Raymond McNall of Ridgway, Colo., a former Westport resident, died Dec. 25 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, succumbing to injuries incurred in a horse riding accident on Nov. 15. She was 56.

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Patricia McNall: grew up in Westport. Contributed photo

McNall was born March 22, 1957, to Charles and Joan Raymond in Hackensack, N.J. Her mother predeceased her.

She grew up in Westport, where she enjoyed many activities on the water. She held the Connecticut State Salt Water Striper record as a teenager and loved to catch and tag sharks. She was one of the nation’s first women windsurfing pioneers and was slated to attend the Olympics before a windsurfing accident broke her knee.

She married Scott McNall and had one son, Matthew. After divorcing in 1992, she moved to Telluride and worked in the County Assessor’s Office until retiring to Ridgway in 2006.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Anya S. Larkin, 68

Anya Seymour Larkin, a former Westport resident and internationally recognized designer and founder of Anya Larkin Ltd., died Dec. 29 after a struggle with cancer. She was 68.

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Anya Larkin: works featured in Louvre. Contributed photo

A rare combination of artist and entrepreneur who single-handedly built a global business, she occupies an important place in the modern design era.

Her unique, hand pressed wall coverings, many composed of silver and gold leaf, are housed in the permanent collections of the Louvre’s Decorative Arts Museum in Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and have been frequently featured in publications and installations worldwide.

Born Ann Seymour Larkin, she grew up in Westport, attending the Thomas School in Rowayton, Briarcliff College, and the Silvermine College of Art, where she received the Dean’s Award for the highest academic record in her graduating class.  For many years she resided in New York City and Stonington, Conn.

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Suzann Beckett Nash Brainerd, 88

Suzann Beckett Nash Brainerd of Las Vegas, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 24 from complications of heart disease. She was 88.

She was born in 1925 in Los Angeles and graduated from USC in 1947. She spent most of her adult life in Westport, and the final years of her life as a resident of Las Vegas.

She was very active in Tres Dias of Fairfield County as well as other church functions and was the first women’s rector for Episcopal Cursillo of Connecticut . She enjoyed the company of others and volunteered where she was able. She would always have a kind word and a smile, not only for those she knew, but strangers as well. She had the knack of making others feel cared about, her family said.

She was predeceased by her two husbands: Edward C. Nash, Jr., and John C. Brainerd; and two sons: Reed W. Nash and Andrew D. Nash. She is survived by her son, Lloyd W. Nash (Kristan) of Westport, and her daughter, Jill Nash von Schmidt (Christian) of Las Vegas, four grandchildren: Leah (David Engert), Daniel (Nicole), Timothy (Belkis) of Westport and Elsa of Las Vegas also five great-grandchildren: Lucas, Graham, Annabel, Aelyn and Gavin.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Joseph L. DeFelice, 80

Joseph L. DeFelice of Westport, husband of Lorraine (Klarmann) DeFelice, died Jan. 13, at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven. He was 80.

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Joseph L. DeFelice: lifelong area resident. Contributed photo

Born in Stamford to the late Daniel and Josephine (Pia) DeFelice, he was a lifelong area resident.

He was a design engineer and retired from FAG Bearings Corp. (Norma Hoffman) in 1994. He was also a U.S. Army veteran. A a true outdoorsman and handy in many fashions, he was a talented carpenter and enjoyed woodworking and restoration projects. He also was instrumental in the construction and finishing of the family’s beloved cabin in the Catskills.

He was a great athlete and played basketball and softball for the company team. He was an avid golfer and even shot a hole in one, and he loved to fish, whether in salt or fresh water. He was also a gamer in pheasant hunting and trained his dogs to participate with him.

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Margaret F. Ellsworth, 61

Margaret Fogel Ellsworth of Bridgeport, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 13 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport after a battling breast cancer and leukemia. She was 61.

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Margaret F. Ellsworth: grew up in Westport. Contributed photo

She had lived with her husband of 22 years, Michael Ellsworth, in the North End of Bridgeport for the past eight years.

Maggie, as she was known to her friends, was born in New York City on April 28, 1952, to Benjamin and Helen Fogel, and raised in Westport. She graduated from Staples High School and attended Syracuse University and the University of Arizona, where she studied nursing and child development.

A talented chef, she worked in a number of French restaurants, including the Palace, a five-star restaurant in Manhattan; the Homestead in Greenwich; and Chez Pierre in Westport.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Judith D. Bachman, 68

Judith Davis Bachman of Winthrop, Maine, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 7 after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 68.

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Judith Bachman: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

She was born in Orange, N.J., July 11, 1945, to Standish K. Bachman and Meredith T. Bachman. She grew up in Westport, where she graduated from Staples High School. She later graduated from Westbrook Junior College in Portland, Maine, before moving to Hartford to work.

She soon moved back to Maine where she raised her family. She will be remembered as a loving mother and a good friend with a huge heart, generous spirit and a soft spot for the underdog, her family said.

She was an avid sports fan and loved her Patriots, Celtics and Red Sox. During her battle, she maintained great courage and her wonderful sense of humor.

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Lisa L. Daugherty, 98

Lisa Lindsay Daugherty, born in Erie, Pa. and long time resident of Weston, died at her home on Jan. 1. She was 98.

She was an accomplished artist, whose work included paintings, sculpture, handmade plastics, metal shrines, silk banners, experimental jewelry, woodcut prints, drawings, large painted fans, constructions, and decorative arts.

She studied sculpture at the University of Miami, graphics with Carlos Dyer at the Silvermine Guild, painting at the Art Students League in New York City, and drama at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Her art is in many permanent public and private collections including the town of Weston, Mount Sinai hospital in New York, and Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.

She exhibited her artwork prolifically including shows at the Erie Art Center, Silvermine Arts Center, the Museum of Science and Industry in Bridgeport, the Stamford Museum, and the Westport Arts Center, among others.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Theodore ‘Ted’ Several, 61

Theodore “Ted” Several, a 30-year Westport resident, died Jan. 11 after losing his battle to prostate cancer. He was 61.

He was the founder and CEO of Office Products Exchange headquartered in Westport. As a strong supporter of his community, he was always focused on giving back as a leader in the Kiwanis, Temple Israel and many other town groups.

Graduating Northeastern University in 1976, he began building his Office Products Exchange enterprise using a unique approach of exchanging word processors for typewriters. Always known for his big heart and hard work, he made a lasting impression on everyone he met, his family said.

He is survived by his long time friend Eve Moskowitz of Stamford, his sister; Lee McLaughlin of West Palm Beach Fla., and his two brothers; Jay Several of Gladwyn, Pa., and Ed Several of Simsbury. Services will take place Monday, Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road.

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Mary Louise Quinn, 97

Mary Louise Quinn of Fairfield, a former guidance counselor at Westport’s Staples High School, died Jan. 11 at Bridgeport Hospital. She was 97.

The wife of the late H. Peter Quinn was born in New York City to the late George and Harriet Rafferty but moved to Connecticut at an early age and lived most of her life in Fairfield.

She graduated summa cum laude from Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y. and earned her Masters and Sixth Year Degree from Fairfield University. She was also awarded summer fellowships to Syracuse University and Harvard.

As an educator, she started her career as a high school English and Latin teacher. Later she served as the head of various programs, was an assistant principal at Bassick High School in Bridgeport and also at Brian McMahon in Norwalk. She then became the youngest assistant superintendant of the Bridgeport School System. Wanting to get back in touch with students, she spent the last 20 years in education as a guidance counselor at Staples High School in Westport.

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Sunday, January 05, 2014

Jeffrey F. Knofla, 62

Jeffrey Frederick Knofla of Cypress, Texas, formerly of Westport, died on Dec. 9. He was 62.

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Jeffrey F. Knofla: Staples grad. Contributed photo

He was born Sept. 22, 1951 in Hartford and resided in Westport for 30 years. He is a graduate of Staples High School and attended Indiana State University.

A great athlete who loved sports, he was a professional ski instructor, and a professional tennis player. He was a member of the legendary Westport-based Sonny’s Slow Pitch Softball Team.

His family said he will be missed for his quick wit, his good nature, and his generous spirit. He was a world-class mischief-maker and, above all, he was a showman on and off the field.

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Saturday, January 04, 2014

Mark T. Mitter, 58

Mark T. Mitter of Lake Forest, Ill., formerly of Dayton, Ohio and Westport, died Jan. 4. He was 58.

He retired from Hewitt Associates as the global outsourcing leader and was past president of the Lake Forest School District 67 Board of Education.

He was the husband of Mary Kay nee Reinmann; father of Meghan and Matthew; son of Tom and Alice Mitter; brother of Jeffrey B. (Patricia) Mitter and Matthew J. (Tamara) Mitter.

In lieu of flowers, contribution may be made to Spirit of 67 Foundation or University of Cincinnati Foundation or the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation.  Visitation Thursday, Jan. 9 at 5 - 8 p.m. at Wenban Funeral Home, 320 Vine Ave., Lake Forest. Funeral Mass 10: a.m. Friday at the Church of St. Mary, 175 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest. Interment at Lake Forest Cemetery.

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