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Obituaries

Obituaries

Monday, December 13, 2010

Fredirick William Daniel Arndt, 76

Fredirick William Daniel Arndt of Westport died Dec. 8 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 76.

Born on Dec. 5, 1934, in Waterbury, he was the son of Curt and Margaret Arndt.

He grew up in Waterbury and West Hartford, graduating from Hall High School in 1952, and the University of Connecticut in 1956 with a BA in finance. He joined the Air Force, serving in Vietnam from 1961-62, and later was a member of the New York Air National Guard, retiring as a colonel in command of the Direct Air Support Squadron.

He began working for American Airlines in 1965, retiring in 1994, and then worked for Net Jets for 10 years. He was a mason with Acacia Lodge No. 85 as well as a Sphinx Shriner and a Jester.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Bettilou Meredith, 81

Bettilou Meredith of Westport passed away on Dec. 7 at home surrounded by her family and friends after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 81.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Albert J. Meredith, and her three sons and four grandchildren; Randy Meredith and his wife Debby of Navarre, Fla., Tim Meredith and his wife Beth Ann of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., and their children Dean Albert of Holly Ridge, N.C., and Kate Elizabeth of Lake Hopatcong. Lance Meredith and his wife Holly of Santa Rosa, Calif., and their children Albert Paul and Oscar Chi Tam.

Mrs. Meredith was a longtime member of Black Rock Congregational Church.

Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Black Rock Congregational Church, 3685 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association - Connecticut Chapter, 607 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851.

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Contance R. Kennedy

Constance Ritter Kennedy of Westport died Oct. 4 in Mill Valley, Calif.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, her family moved to Westport 1941. She was married to the late Donald W. Kennedy, a longtime Westport real estate appraiser.

She was a Christian Science practitioner for over 36 years and had been a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, Westport, and of the Christian Science Mother Church in Boston for 60 years.

Survivors include three children, Paul Kennedy of Bethel, Maine; Kimberly Rycroft and husband Bob of Annandale, Va., and Shane Kennedy and wife Jody of Mill Valley, Calif.; four grandchildren, Alex and Erin Lutz of Annandale, Va., and Spencer and Coco Kennedy of Mill Valley, Calif. Funeral services were private.

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Susan F. Zecher, 58

Susan F. Zecher, of Westport passed away at her home on Dec. 8 from cancer. She was 58.

Susan was born Aug. 31, 1952, in Carthage, N.Y., daughter of Katherine (Kingston) Zecher and the late Laurence Zecher.

She joined IBM in 1974 where she enjoyed a 35-year career in software development, management and project management, living in Kingston, N.Y., and Dallas before moving to Norwalk and eventually Westport.

Susan was a graduate of SUNY Potsdam with a BA in mathematics and education. She was also an active skier, dog lover and enjoyed traveling with friends.

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Cort W. Clouspy, 51

Cort Webb Clouspy, 51, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 5, when he and his wife were struck by a car while walking with their dogs in Athens, Ga.

Born on July 15, 1959, in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of D. Jean Clouspy of Athens and the late William Clouspy.

A 1978 graduate of Staples High School in Westport, he was the owner of Southern Textiles and Laminating, a family business in Madison County, Ga.

His love for his family superseded all else. He also was an avid golf and tennis player, winning several tournaments over the years. In addition, he enjoyed running, football, dog training, traveling, gardening and shelling at Sanibel Island in Florida.

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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 93.WestportNow.com 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 75.WestportNow.com Image
Andy Amendola: employed at Staples. Contributed photo

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.

A guest book is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com.

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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 87.WestportNow.com 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 90.WestportNow.com 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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