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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Laurence I Miller, 79

Laurence I Miller, a former Westporter and longtime New Englander who recently relocated to Mill Valley, Calif. to be near his children, died April 27 from pancreatic cancer. He was 79.

Born in Dorchester, Mass., he attended the University of Massachusetts where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He also served as an officer in the U. S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956. He started his military service studying meteorology at MIT abd spent the rest of his military service in England.

Larry began his career at the National Weather Service in Washington, D.C. where he worked on the first Tiros weather satellite but found his greater passion and chosen career working for IBM.

Much of his career was spent working and traveling abroad, including as director of product marketing for world trade. He also relocated to France and England with his family but always returned after each assignment to Westport and his New England roots.

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Mollie Donovan Remembered as Selfless, Energetic

By James Lomuscio

David Donovan at Mollie Donovan's memorial service
David Donovan recalled his mother Mollie Donovan as a woman who always encouraged her children to explore new horizons, and who had a special love for her family, the arts and Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Under azure skies and cool breezes, more than 100 family members, friends, and admirers came to grounds of the Westport Historical Society (WHS) today to celebrate the life of Ines Amalia “Mollie” Donovan.

Remembered as an energetic, Renaissance woman who gave decades of selfless service to the town, Donovan died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. She was 84. (See obituary here)

She was recalled as a devoted volunteer in Westport’s arts and preservation community, as well as one of the area’s “first soccer moms.”

“She loved her family, the arts and Westport, and not always in that order depending upon the day,” said her son, David Donovan of Laguna Niguel, Calif.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Janice Lee Lalich, 59

Janice Lee Lalich of Norwalk died April 28 at Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. She was 59.

The wife of David M. Lalich for 38 years, she was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on July 25, 1951, the daughter of Jeanne Gibbons Worrall Gregg of Mount Lebanon, Pa. and the late William Worrall. She has lived in Norwalk since 1981.

Janice was a graduate of Rollins College, Class of 1973 and has been working as the weekend receptionist at the Stamford Hospital, was a member of the Stamford Hospital “HAHA’s” (Health and Humor Associates), doing her best to bring cheer and comfort to her patients and their families.

She was also an Integrative Medicine Practitioner and Hospice Caregive for Greenwich Hospice; previously volunteered at the Norwalk Women’s Crisis Center; and a Level 3 Healing Touch Therapist.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Jane Ann Alexy Wheatall, 78

Jane Ann Alexy Wheatall of Williamsburg, Va., a former resident of Westport, died April 27. She was Image
Jane Wheathall: founded Westport preschool. Contributed photo

The wife of Ward Wheatall of Williamsburg, she was born Nov. 1, 1932, in Macomb County, Mich., and was the daughter of the late Emil and Esther Alexy. Following graduation from the University of Michigan, she taught elementary school in Michigan and Venezuela.

She founded preschools at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Westport and King of Glory Lutheran Church in Williamsburg. St. Paul’s was the first Christian preschool in Westport and one of the first Westport preschools to achieve national accreditation. Early accreditation was also achieved at King of Glory before other Christian preschools in Williamsburg.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Michael Wheatall of Anchorage, Alaska; two daughters, Natalie Welsh of East Granby and Suzanne Casey of Mechanicsville, Va., a brother, David Alexy of Michigan; eight grandchildren; a nephew and five nieces.

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Sol Brody, 86

Sol Brody of Norwalk, died April 25 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 86.

He was born on March 4, 1925 in Brooklyn of Esther and Aladar Brody. He served during World War II in the U.S. Army. In 1950 he graduated Cooper Union, New York City in metallurgist engineering.

He married Molly Joyce Zimmerman on March 12, 1952. Over the years he worked for companies such as Republic Aircraft, Norden Systems and Zell Semiconductors, and pioneered in technologies are now taken for granted.

In 1971, with Molly they opened up Molly Brody Miniatures, first in Westport, and then later in South Norwalk. After the death of his wife, he has been a companion with Joan Stern of Norwalk.

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Playwright Sidney Michaels Dies at 83

Sidney Michaels, a playwright who was nominated for Tony Awards in three consecutive seasons in the 1960s, died Friday in Westport, The New York Times reported. He was 83 and had Alzheimer’s disease.

Michaels made a splash on Broadway in 1962 with his play “Tchin-Tchin,” an Americanized version of a farcical, bittersweet French comedy starring Margaret Leighton and Anthony Quinn.

Running for 222 performances, it was nominated for a Tony for best director in the spring of 1963, though it lost to Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

In 1964, Alec Guinness won his only Tony for his performance in the title role in “Dylan,” Michaels’s biographical portrayal of the poet Dylan Thomas. The play itself was also nominated. The winner that year was “Luther” by John Osborne.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Helen B. Bourne, 85

Helen Blanchard Bourne, a former resident of Westport, died April 6 in Kingston, Mass. She was 85.

Born Helen Margaret Yockey on May 23, 1925, in Xenia, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Paul Yockey and Anna (Dolphin) Yockey. She attended Oberlin College.

She moved east with her first husband, John Newsom, and eventually relocated to Westport with her two children. She later met and married the late Turner Blanchard, with whom she owned the former Westport Marine.

She was employed as secretary to the Westport police chief. They retired to Cape Cod where she was an active volunteer with her church.

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Ines Amalia “Mollie” Donovan, 84

Ines Amalia “Mollie” Donovan, devoted volunteer in Westport’s arts and preservation community, advertising executive, and medical and technical writer, died April 27 after a long battle with cancer. She was Image
Mollie Donovan: devoted volunteer. Dave Matlow for

Born in Hamden, on July 11, 1926, Mollie was the matriarch of a loving family.  Her humor, insight, passion, energy and creativity were a gift to all who knew her. 

A committed mentor of the Westport arts scene, Mollie was co-chairman of the Westport Historical Society’s Exhibit and Programs Committee, the curator of the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection and a committee member of the WPA Art Rescue which restored 32 large artworks produced as part of the WPA Arts Project.

She was recently honored as Volunteer of the Decade by the Westport Historical Society for her three decades of exemplary and tireless leadership, loyalty, vision, creativity and passion.

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UPDATE (adds memorial service on Sunday) Ines M. “Mollie” Donovan, a longtime member of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee whose many activities also included the Westport Historical Society and the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection, died today after a lengthy illness. She was 84. In September 2009, the Arts Advisory Committee at its annual ceremony surprised her by inaugurating “The Mollie Award” in her honor and said in the future it would be presented annually to a dedicated volunteer for the arts. A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 1 at 11 a.m. at the Westport Historical Society/Veterans Green across from Westport Town Hall. Click here for full obituary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Monday, April 25, 2011

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Sarajane Lynch: service set for Saturday. Contributed photo
Sarajane Lynch of Edinburgh, Scotland and Westport died April 5.

Sarajane was the devoted wife of John, loving mother to Suzy, Johnny and Katy.

A funeral mass was held April 15 in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, with interment in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. in St. Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North, Westport.

The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East., Westport is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

John N. Pino, 59

John “Johnny” Norman Pino of Norwalk passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on April 19. He was Image
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He was born April 10, 1952 in New Brunswick, N.J.

John met the challenges associated with Down Syndrome with determination, a zest for life and with the unwavering support and love of his family. Through activities in STAR and Boy Scouts he was an active member of the community.

He loved country music and everything “Elvis.” He attended St. Coletta’s School in Hanover, Mass., Bedford Junior High School in Westport, and worked at Norwalk Hospital for 25 years.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Richard Rollins

Richard Rollins, a longtime teacher and swim coach in the Westport school system, died April 15, according to the Westport blog 06880. It said cause of death was an apparent heart attack.

Rollins began his Westport teaching career at Long Lots Junior High School in 1967, and later taught at Bedford Middle School.  He coached boys and girls swimming at Staples (not concurrently) over a 25-year span, the blog said.

Rollins retired in 2004 and divided his time between Englishtown, Nova Scotia, and Tuscaloosa, Ala.

He leaves his girlfriend Penny Haisten Kavanaugh; a sister, and two nieces. Following his wishes, there will be no services, the blog said.

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UPDATE Louis K. Weinstein, a longtime Westporter and a founding member of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club, died April 19. He was 92.

Weinstein, an accountant in the tri-state area for 70 years, recently was involved in preparations for the club’s “Forbidden Westport” production scheduled for April 30.

Born Sept. 25, 1918, in New York City, he recently moved to Norwalk after living in Westport for more than 40 years. He sold his longtime Salem Road home in Westport last August.

He was a graduate of DeWitt Clinton High School in Manhattan and the NYU College of Commerce.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Melvin Marcus, 88

Melvin Marcus of Westport died April 16 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 88.

Born in Hartford, he grew up in Bronx, N.Y. He enlisted in the Marines shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and graduated from Pratt Institute as an electronic engineer. He worked as a project manager for Erco in Maryland, Fairchild in New York and Norden in Connecticut.

A resident of Westport for 49 years, he was a member of the Y’s Men and a founding member of Westport’s Top Notch Gang, formerly the Over the Hill Gang.

He volunteered for the RSVP medical transportation program, AARP’s program for preparing income taxes, Meals on Wheels, Westport’s Town Disaster Preparedness Drills and the Westport Library book sales.

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Margaret B. Brennan

Margaret Butler Brennan passed away on April 17 in Savannah, Ga. after a courageous battle with pancreatic Image
Margaret B. Brennan: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Margaret was born in New York, N.Y. to the late Martin Patrick Butler and Mary Kate Butler. Margaret spent her formative years in Rye, N.Y. and Westport where she was a wife, mother, businesswoman, entrepreneur, avid golfer and photographer.

For the past nine years, Margaret has resided in Savannah, Ga. where she honed her artistic skills becoming a noted professional photographer, exhibiting in a number of Savannah art galleries, winning numerous awards and being juried into the annual Telfair Art Fair for the past four years as well as being in the permanent collection at the Jepson Center of the Telfair Art Museum in Savannah.

Margaret will be deeply missed by her husband of 50 years, Henry Higginson Brennan, four children, daughter Jennifer Brennan and husband James Schneider, son Henry Brennan Jr. and wife Charlotte, daughter Kathryn Brennan Smith and husband Gary and son Martin Brennan and wife Mackenzie, four grandchildren, and brothers, Jack, Thomas and Kevin Butler. Two brothers, Martin and Timothy Butler, predeceased her.

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