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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Margaret D.  Smith, 61

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Margaret D. Smith: 1969 Staples grad. Contributed photo

Margaret D. “Maggie” Smith, a Staples High School graduate, died April 22 at her home in Watertown, N.Y. She was 61.

Born July 28, 1950, in Watertown, a daughter of John M. and Eunice Wardwell Maupin, she graduated from Staples High School in 1969.

She married Michael Smith of Watertown who died in 2005. She had attended Holy Family Church and Trinity Episcopal Church. She enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, walking, and her parakeets.

Surviving are a son and his wife, Steven and Jaslin Aubin, Naples, Fla.; two grandchildren, Ryan and Derek, Naples, Fla.; a sister, Sara Maupin, and partner, Barbara Wechsler, Seattle, Wash., a brother and his wife, Jim and Nora Petrich, Port Townsend, Wash.; a brother, John Maupin, Honolulu, Hawaii; two nieces, two nephews and many cousins.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Virginia Kanaga, 93

Virginia Kanaga, a former Westport resident, died April 9 at her home in Northbrook, Ill. She was 93.

Born June 22, 1918, she and her husband Laurie were longtime residents of Westport, deeply involved in the community in the 1950s and 60s. Their children, Larry and Jill, were raised in Westport.

Together with neighbors and friends, they helped establish Westport’s Little League. She founded and chaired the first Holly Ball, which was open to every girl in the county.

She also served as chairman of the Staples Scholarship Committee and was active in the PTA and local charities.

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Vincent R. Georgetti, 80

Vincent “Vinny” Rudolph Georgetti of Easley, S.C. and formerly of Westport, died April 12 at his home. He was 80.

The husband of Patricia Fiorillo Georgetti was born in Bronx, N.Y. to the late Amleto Frank and Rose Zarcone Georgetti, He worked as a meat cutter in a major grocery store chain and was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pickens, S.C.

He was a former member of Assumption Parish in Westport as well as a member of the VFW post and the Westport PAL. He was a coach and umpire of the Babe Ruth Baseball League, and was an avid Yankee fan.

Survivors in addition to his wife are a son, Frank Georgetti (Patti) of Simpsonville, S.C.; four daughters, Lori J. Rothermich (John), Tricia A. Tutunjian (Rick), Janine M. Jones (Jason) all of Easley, S.C., and Vicki Lynn Rodriguez (Rafael) of Stratford; one brother Frank Georgetti Jr. of Florida; one sister, Vera Felix, of Bridgeport; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces an nephews.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Richard N. Webb, 80

Richard Nevin Webb of Westport, husband of Joan Frazier Webb, died at home on April 18. He was 80.

Born July 13, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late Leslie and Laura (Dietrich) Webb. He is predeceased by his first wife Barbara Payne Webb of Erie, Pa., and daughter Jennifer Webb, also of Erie.

He worked in multiple capacities for Esso Corp. in Campinas, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo Brazil, and Buenos Aries, Argentina. He was fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Later, he moved his family back to the United States and was with Continental Can Corp. of New York City and Stamford.

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Gerda Poll, 99

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Gerda Poll at Y’s Women picnic in 2010. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Gerda Poll, a Westport resident since 1975, died April 21 at Norwalk Hospital from complications of a fractured leg, her family said. She was 99.

Born Oct. 21, 1912, she was the only child of Nanette and Berthold Graetzer. She grew up in a large extended family in Vienna, Austria. 

Her uncle, a physician, was her role model for a future career in medicine as an obstetrician-gynecologist and, later, as a psychiatrist. 

She graduated from the University of Vienna Medical School in 1938, one of the few women in her class. She was 27 when she escaped Vienna with her first husband and emigrated to the United States after spending a year in France.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Marcia Siegelaub, 82

Marcia Siegelaub, a resident of Westport for more than 50 years, died April 21 at home. She was 82.

The wife of Donald Siegelaub for 62 years, she was the daughter of Mary Jaffe Epstin and the late Jack Jaffe of Brooklyn, N.Y. 

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her brother, Morton Jaffe and his wife, Linda; her daughter Susan Katz; her son Steven Siegelaub and his wife Arlyn, and her grandchildren, Adam Katz and his wife Natasha, and Sophie Katz, Jonathan Siegelaub and Tracy Siegelaub. 

She was known for her love of her family and as a caring and generous friend.

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Joseph T. Robidoux Jr., 81

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Joseph Robidoux: 40 years in Westport public schools. Contributed photo

Joseph Thomas Robidoux, Jr. of Norwalk, a former teacher and guidance counselor in the Westport public schools, died April 20 at Norwalk Hospital.  He was 81.

The husband of the late Joan Guiles Robidoux was born Oct. 4, 1930, in Norwalk. He was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Veno Robidoux.

He graduated from Norwalk High School, Danbury State Teachers College, and University of Bridgeport.

He was employed as a teacher and a guidance counselor in the Westport Public School system for more than 40 years.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Thomas B. Haugh, 80

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Thomas Haugh: taught at Staples 31 years. Staples yearbook photo

UPDATE Thomas B. Haugh, a former Staples High School teacher for three decades, died April 17 after a five-year battle with cancer. He was 80.

Haugh had been living in Monterey, Mass., and was a former resident of Norwalk.

Born in Norwalk on July 17, 1931, he was the son of John Denis Haugh, a dentist, and Anne Burke Haugh. He graduated from Fairfield Preparatory School in Fairfield in 1949 and went on to Columbia College where he obtained a BA degree in 1953.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, California from 1954 to 1956 where he earned the rank of captain.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

John Maltese, 87

John Maltese of Fairfield, a former employee of Black Bear Liquor in Westport, died April 16. He was 87.

The husband of Grace Maltese for more than 65 years, he was born in Manhattan to the late Frank and Jennie Maltese.

He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army of both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was also a lifetime member of the Connecticut National Guard, past commander and member of the American Legion Lt. Owen Fish Memorial Post 143, and member of the VFW Post 9427, both of Fairfield.

Prior to his official retirement, he was a sales promotion manager at Joseph E. Seagram’s for more than 25 years. He was awarded “Man of the Year” in 1972 at Paul Masson Wines. After his retirement, he worked at the Black Bear Liquor Store in Westport and Turnpike Spirits in Fairfield.

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Mia Michelle ‘Missy’ House, 43

Mia Michelle “Missy” House, an employee at People’s Bank in Westport, died April 12. She was 43.

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Mia Michelle House: People’s Bank employee. Contributed photo

She graduated from Norwalk’s Brien McMahon High School in 1985. For numerous years, she worked for People’s Bank as an assistant manager in Westport.

She was an avid member of Rose Sharon Temple 1170 where she held titles as financial secretary, past daughter ruler, and past state president. In 1994, she held the title as queen of New England State Eastern Canadian.

She is survived by her mother, Shirley Holley; daughter, Kayleb Burroughs; special friend, David Burroughs; siblings, Lenton Holley (Winston), Jacquelyn Holley, Aurora Holley (JT), Mike Holley (Christina), Victor House (Lorraine), Mary Holley (Keron), Leroy Holiday (Thelma), Willie Robinson, and Anthony Robinson (Tiffany). She was predeceased by her father, Caleb House, Jr.

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Clair F. Hanlon, 90

Clair F. Hanlon of Willimantic, a former Westport resident, died April 17 at home following an illness. His wife, the former Evelyn Howard, died in 2003.

Born in Lake Ariel, Pa., son of the late Bernard and Katherine Hart Hanlon, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp during World War II, serving as a pilot for the 157 Liaison Squadron in the Philippines and Okinawa. He moved to Westport where he was a longtime resident and worked as a finisher for Ruger Firearms before moving to Willimantic.

Clair, an accomplished fiddler, enjoyed playing fiddle from an early age later going on to win regional competitions in New England and Canada. He was a respected, longtime member of various Old Time Fiddlers associations in the northeast, enjoying the camaraderie and the sharing of his knowledge and expertise with his fellow fiddlers.

Surviving are sons Dennis and his wife Helen of Highland, Kansas, and Kevin and his wife Mary of Southury, daughters Catherine Godfrey and her husband Don of Manchester, N.H., Evelyn Morgan and her husband Robert of Willimantic, Diane Hanlon of Milford, and Patricia Patterson of Pittsburgh, Pa., 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Lawrence H. Booth, 68

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 21, at 1 p.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 55, Myrtle Ave., for Lawrence H. Booth, a 1961 Staples High School graduate, who died Nov. 24, 2011. He was 68.

He was a fishing boat captain and co-founded Sea Tow Southern Connecticut. He worked for many years at Coastwise Marine in Westport.

Born April 7, 1943, he was a lifelong Westport resident. He lived on Minute Man Hill and was a 1961 Staples High School graduate.

A reception will be held at the church following the service.

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Genevieve Mary Logan, 102

Genevieve Mary Logan, ‘“Jean,” a former Westport resident, died April 9 at home in San Francisco. She was 102.

Born in the small fishing village of Melrose, Newfoundland on Feb. 27, 1910, she was the eldest daughter of Anastasia and Nicholas Donovan.

She survived all five of her siblings; Frank, Gerald, Tom, Philip, and Helen. At 20, she emigrated to Boston to live with an aunt and begin work as a secretary.

She later moved to New York City where she worked with CBS and IBM, and in the early 1940s met Robert Logan, a handsome lieutenant in the Coast Guard. They married in 1943, and a short time after the war their daughter Geraldine was born.

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Edythe May Cawthra Hindle, 93

Edythe May Cawthra Hindle, a 50-year resident of Westport, died April 12. She was 93.

Born Nov. 7, 1918 in Bridgeport, she attended schools in Stratford, graduating as valedictorian and best musician of high school class of 1936.

She was a member of Cenex Cum Laude Honor Society, president of orchestra, secretary of the French Club, reporter for the school newspaper, and member of the Junior-Senior Glee Club. She studied Latin, sewing and home economics. She was an organizing member of the class of 1936 50th year reunion. She attended Booth and Bayliss Business School in Bridgeport and Fairfield University.

She made her home for more than 50 years in Westport, during which time she was an active member of the Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Employed by Boots Aircraft, Inc., then Stauffer Chemical Company in Westport from 1971 to 1983, she retired as a senior executive secretary.

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Margaret M. Ciambriello, 85

Margaret M. Ciambriello, a lifelong resident of Westport, died April 12 in Norwalk Hospital. She was 85.

Born Feb. 20, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Emma (Horvay) McKee. She was married to Augustino for 46 years until he died in 1996.

She is survived by one son, Augustine W. Ciambriello, and his wife Marcia of Westport, two daughters Nancy Cyr of Westport, and Janice Baskay of East Haven, as well as five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

She brought joy to everyone who ever met her, loved life and her family with all her heart.

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