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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Robert P. Fallon, 93

Robert Patrick Fallon of Westport died at home on Nov. 4. He was 93. Image
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Born in New York City to the late Perlie and Margaret Fallon, he has lived in Westport since his retirement and move from Greenwich. He was the epitome of a gentleman and a devoted husband, his family said. His natural charm, love of music and lust for travel kept him forever young and beloved by many. 

He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in World War II in both Africa and Europe.  The best reward to come out of his war experience was meeting the love of his life, Jacqueline Racenet, when he was stationed in France near her parent’s home. The two were married for more than 50 years until her death in 2005. 

Fallon worked for Citibank in New York all of his professional life, retiring as a senior vice president after many years of service.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Shirley J. Millwee, 90

Shirley J. Millwee, a resident of Westport most of her life, died Nov. 3 at home. She was 90.

Born Feb. 27, 1921 in New York City the daughter of the late Charles and Ada (Murphy) Jaeger, she was a 1938 graduate of Staples High School. In 1942 she graduated Connecticut College with a liberal arts degree.

Following graduation, she worked in banking and during the war she was employed with Chance Vought in its engineering department.

Following the war, she went to work for General Electric in its engineering department. She eventually became an exemplary teacher in several different school systems, retiring from the Town of Monroe system.

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Emma R. Kriewald, 94

Emma Ritter Kriewald, wife of the late Albert T. Kriewald, died Nov. 7 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 94.

Born Dec. 9, 1916 in New York City, she has been a resident of Westport for 80 years. A former bookkeeper for Aitoro’s in Norwalk, she for many years was a Sunday School teacher at the Green’s Farms Congregational Church and a member of the Green’s Farms Elementary School PTA.

Survivors include one daughter, Judith Izzo and her husband James of Westport, one daughter in law, Janet Kriewald of Westport, five grandchildren, James, Stephen and Michael Izzo and Christine D’Orso her husband Christopher and Mary Thawley and her husband Mark; seven great grandchildren, Nickolas and Dylan Izzo, Harrison and Alex D’Orso, and Benjamin, Samuel and Sophie Thawley. She is also survives by a special cousin Edward Glynn his wife Ingrid and their two children, Kyra and Kevin, one sister in law, Lorraine Ritter, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by one son, Peter L. Kreiwald, one sister, Ada Binnie and three brothers, Richard, Oscar and Charles Ritter.

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Friday, November 04, 2011

Susan V. Fiaschetti, 63

Susan Valeski Fiaschetti died Oct. 16 at her home in Westport. She was 63.

Born Jan. 16, 1948, the daughter of Gloria Reichert Valeski and the late Joseph E. Valeski Jr., she was schooled in Westport and graduated Central Catholic High School.

She had worked at Famous Artists School in Westport and was a member of the Woman’s Board of Norwalk Hospital. She was a kind and loving daughter, sister, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by all who knew her and loved her, her family said.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by one brother J. Mark Valeski of Miami, Fla., one daughter, Kimberly F. Pelham of Milford, and one granddaughter, Marissa Pelham also of Milford. The Harding Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements. Services for were private. Condolences may be left on line at

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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Carol D. Bieling, 78

Carol Digisi Bieling, a retired Westport school teacher and wife of John M. Bieling, Jr., died Nov. 1 at Honey Hill Health Care facility in Norwalk. She was 78.

A lifelong resident of Westport and Saugatuck, she was predeceased by her mother and father, Mary and Jack Digisi, and her sister, Marion.

She is a graduate of Keuka College in Jerusalem, N.Y., where she earned her degree. She was a teacher of English and social studies at Bedford Junior High School in Westport for 35 years and retired several years ago. During summer breaks, she worked as a counselor at Compo Beach.

She was known for her devotion to her students and her ability to win their confidence, which enabled her to reach them personally. She was cited by the Board of Education for outstanding teaching and dedicated service to the students and for her valuable contributions to the Westport school system.

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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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