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Obituaries

Obituaries

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Eleanor S. Duquette, 81

Eleanor S. Duquette, a former Westport resident, died April 11 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. She was 81.

She was born Eleanor S. Woodson on Sept. 7,1931 and raised in Westport. She graduated from Staples High School in 1949 and was married to Louis A. Duquette on Sept. 10, 1955.

They owned and operated the family business, Jerry’s Hardware. They retired and moved to Old Saybrook in 1986.

She loved to sew, knit, crochet, read and cook, her family said, and she was a huge UCONN Husky’s girls basketball fan.

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George V. Grune, 83

George Vincent Grune, a former Westport resident who guided Reader’s Digest Association to prosperity as chairman/CEO from 1984-1995, died April 17 in Jacksonville, Fla., after complications following open-heart surgery. He was 83.

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George Grune: former Reader’s Digest chairman. Contributed photo

A White Plains, N.Y., native and member of the White Plains High School Hall of Fame, he was an alumnus of Duke University and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He and his wife Betty Lu raised their three sons in Westport where they lived on Hyde Lane.

He worked briefly for the Continental Can Company before going to work for The Reader’s Digest Association in 1960 as an advertising salesman.

He quickly was selected to manage key offices in Pittsburgh, New York and internationally, distinguishing himself not only in sales but also as a proponent of research and strategic planning and as a marketing innovator and great communicator.

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Pamela P. Naughton, 66

Pamela Parsons Naughton, wife of actor James Naughton, died April 9 at her Weston home after a four-year battle wth pancreatic cancer. She was 66.

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Pamela Naughton wife of actor James Naughton. Contributed photo

She was surrounded by her husband, their children, Greg and Keira; and her three siblings, Patricia Parsons Poe, Deborah Parsons Slocum and David Parsons.

Daughter of the late John and Jean Parsons of West Hartford, she graduated from Hall High in 1964 before studying literature at Middlebury College, Vermont. She married James in 1967, and their two children, Greg and Keira, were born in New Haven, while Jim was studying at Yale Drama School.

After several years in California they settled down for good in Weston in 1977. She received a Master’s of Social Work from Fordham University and worked at Hall-Brooke Hospital in Westport and in the special ed department at Weston Middle School.

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Robert C. Scales, 74

Robert C. Scales of Westport, husband of Martha Anchondo Scales, died April 13 at his home. He was 74.

Born in Danville, Va. on Aug. 26, 1938, he was the son of the late Jasper and Dorita Scales. He has resided in Westport for the last two years and has worked as a property manager in Westport for 15 years.

Survivors in addition to his wife Martha include three sons, Joseph, William and David, Five daughters Wendy Awa, Gianna, Jennifer, Robin and Mara Scales. Robert was also survived by many brothers and sisters.

Services will be private. The Harding Funeral Home in Westport is assisting the family with the arrangements. Contributions in his memory may be made to Ann’s Place, the Home of I Can in Danbury, http://www.annsplace.org.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Marion B. Pearlstone, 83

Marion VanNess Bradshaw Pearlstone of Westport died April 18 at her home. She was 83.

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Marion B. Pearlstone: Westport resident since 1963. Contributed photo

The daughter of the late Henry and Rose Bradshaw of Bronx, N.Y., she attended Hunter High School and Hunter College in New York City. 

She married Arnold David Pearlstone, MD in 1956, after a successful career as the administrator of the Department of Radiology at Jacobi Hospital in New York City.

They moved to Fairfield in 1961 and then settled in Westport in 1963 where they raised four children. 

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

William L. Hall, 80

William L. Hall of Westport, husband of Yolanda (Guerra) Hall, died April 15 at home. He was 80.

Born Oct. 2, 1932 in Upper Darby, Pa., he was the son of the late William P. and Loretta (Tomkins) Hall. He had resided in Montclair, N.J. for 32 years prior to moving to Westport.

He was a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and a member of A.I.A. Prior to retiring he owned and operated WLH Architect and Associates in Montclair, N.J.

Survivors in addition to his wife of 49 years includes one son, William G. Hall and his wife Maria of Wanaque, N.J., one daughter, Susanne Hall-Armstrong and her husband Peter of Westport, one brother, Richard Hall of Simi Valley, Calif., six grandchildren, Colin Hall, Brendan, Nina, Charlotte, Jay, and Nate Armstrong, one niece and one nephew.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mary E. Ziobro, 95

Mary E. Ziobro of Westport, the wife of the late Joseph A. Ziobro, died April 12. She was 95.

Born in Fairfield to the late Anton and Anna Trupp, she was a lifelong Westport resident. Prior to her retirement, she was a nursery school teacher with Greens Farms Nursery School.

She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother whose main concern was for her family. Her family said you could always find her enjoying her family and friends, and gardening and watching the beautiful changing seasons and scenes along the shore and at her favorite spot, the creek side at Southport Beach.

She is survived by her her son, Joseph Ziobro; four daughters, Barbara Novak, Marcia Lee, Joanne Elliott and Tracy Ellsworth; three grandchildren, Morgan Awan, Patrick Elliott and Hannah Ziobro; and many nieces and nephews. Services took place on April 15 with interment in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

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Lorna V. Neufeld, 92

Lorna V. Neufeld, an arts enthusiast who worked in the classified advertising department at the Westport News, died April 15 at her Westport home. She was 92.

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Lorna Neufeld: arts enthusiast. Contributed photo

Known for her love of animals, golf and travel, she lived in Westport for almost half a century. She took great pride in her three sons and seven grandchildren.

She was born Lorna Vivienne Gradwell on Oct. 20, 1920, in Manhattan to Mildred Pelikan and Charles Gradwell. Her parents divorced when she was very young. Her mother was remarried to I.D. Herring, and she took her stepfather’s last name.

Her family moved to the Bronx, where she attended Walton High School. After graduation, she spent a year at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She always had a love for the theater, as well as a superb singing voice.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Paul Feeney Jr., 47

Paul J. Feeney Jr. of Stonington, a former Westport resident, died April 9 at L&M Hospital in New London. He was 47.

The husband of Valerie (Fitzpatrick), Feeney was born in White Plains, N.Y the son of the late Paul J. Feeney Sr. and Mary (Munley) Feeney.

He moved to Westport in 1976 and was a 1983 Staples High School graduate. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and later graduated from the University of Connecticut.

He was a resident of Stonington since 2004, previously residing in Groton for many years. He was formerly employed with Pfizer for several years.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Vincent DePierro , 75

Longtime Westport resident Vincent Kenneth DePierro died April 8. He was 75.

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Vincent DePierro: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born June 9, 1937 in Jersey City, N.J., he moved to Westport when he was 12. He was a life-long Westporter except for his time attending Syracuse University and a brief stint living in New York City.

No one loved the Town of Westport more than he did, his family said. He could not understand why anyone would want to live anywhere else. He took great pride in the fact that his home of more than 40 years was just down the street from the original house he grew up in on Bayberry Lane.

He attended Bedford Middle School and Staples High School when Staples was located on Riverside Avenue. In high school, he was vice president of his class and a member of both the football and track teams.

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Peter Workman, 74

Peter Workman, a former Westporter known as the founder of a publishing company whose best-sellers include “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” died of cancer April 7 at his New York home. He was 74.

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Peter Workman: former Westport resident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Workman Publishing photo

Workman, who moved from Westport to Wilton in 2002, was founder, president and CEO of Workman Publishing, one of the largest independent publishers of nonfiction trade books and calendars.

In addition to the Workman imprint, the company consists of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Artisan, Storey Books, Timber Press, and HighBridge Audio. He served on the board of the Goddard-Riverside Community Center and the board of Prep-for-Prep; he was a member of the Publishing Committee of UJA-Federation of New York and chairman of the Board of Governors of Yale University Press.

The company said he was a generous supporter of the Human Rights Watch, the ACLU, and the Anti-Defamation League, among many organizations.

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Monday, April 08, 2013

Stanley Klein

Stanley Klein, co-founder of longtime Westport Main Street retailer Klein’s and for years known as the “mayor of Main Street,” died April 7 after a long battle with congestive heart disease. His age was not disclosed, but he was believed to be in his 80s.

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Stanley Klein: founded Klein’s with his father. Contributed photo

Born in Queens, N.Y, he founded Klein’s of Westport in 1937 with his father Henry, who died in 1990 at the age of 90, and mother Ada. Stanley retired in 1999, but the store—once a haven for books, personalized stationery, photographic materials, electronics and gift items—remained open until 2004 with son-in-law Bob Hertzel at the helm. (See WestportNow April 29, 2004)

An obituary provided by the family said he had a passion for positive hard work and he thoroughly enjoyed having developed a community icon for so many years. He loved his customers and treated his staff as family.

He was truly pure of heart and always tried to downplay negativity in business and his personal life. He always supported community organizations such as the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, United Way, Westport Little League and the building of the new library to name a few.

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Ann M. Melillo, 86

Ann Mayor Melillo of Westport, wife of Walter R. Melillo, died March 10 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 86.

She was born Aug. 22, 1926 in Norwalk, daughter of the late Anthony and Bertha Mayor. She has been a resident of Westport for 63 years.

She was a stay at home mother who took great pleasure of nurturing her three sons and one daughter. She enjoyed cooking for her family and a host of friends. She was a longtime member of Assumption Church and a source of strength and inspiration to all who knew her, her family said.

Survivors in addition to her husband of 62 years, include three sons, Bruce M. Melillo, Brian Melillo, Brett Melillo and one daughter, Carol Melillo.

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Monday, April 01, 2013

Isabelle Marranzino, 86

Isabelle “Dusty” Marranzino of Westport died March 27 at the Aurora Senior Living Center in Norwalk. She was 86.

She was born in Bridgeport, daughter of Alexander and Anne (Luciano) Marranzino and has been a resident of Westport for 39 years.

Prior to retiring, she had and her sister Michelina (Martha) served as the housekeeper for the clergy at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Bridgeport, Saint Lawrence Church in Huntington, and Assumption Church in Westport.

The sisters, who were called by their childhood names Dusty and Honey, always dressed alike, and as they took walks near their Canal Street home or visited nearby stores, passersby often mistook them for twins.

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Dora L. Fiddler, 91

Dora Louise (Altamura) Fiddler of Westport died March 30 at Danbury Health Care Center. She was 91.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Oct. 31, 1921. Following a long and successful career on Wall Street in securities trading and investment banking in the 1940s and 1950s, she retired to devote her time to her family.

A resident of Westport for 47 years, she was active in numerous community service and civic activities, including the Westport Historical Society, Fairfield Women’s Exchange, the Investment Club of Westport and the Fairfield County Hunt Club.

She is survived by her husband of more than 56 years, Capt. Roy E. Fiddler; two children, Maria Leukart and her husband Jay of Monroe, and Edward Fiddler and his wife Terry of Brookfield; three grandchildren, Sarah Kelly and her husband Brian of Fairfield, Ashley Leukart of Monroe. and Timothy Fiddler of Brookfield; and two great-grand children, Connor and Jack Kelly.

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