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Obituaries

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Richard H. Jager, 61

Richard H. Jager, a former Westport resident who most recently lived in Seymour after many years in Shelton, died Aug.1. He was 61.

“Rick” grew up in Westport, where at the age of 13, he began his first business, Harbor Marine Services. After graduating from Brown University, he incorporated his business as Subsea Associates and Waterfront Associates, specializing in designs, inspections and repairs of underwater structures.

Professionally he was active in many organizations and served on the board of the Association of Diving Contractors. He was a longtime resident of Shelton, where he raised his family.

While living in Shelton, he served on the WPCA and was vice president of Clean Sound, a volunteer organization developed to keep the local marshes and river banks clean of debris.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Kathleen Lenihan, 60

UPDATE Kathleen Lenihan, a former Westport resident and mother of Dan Roberti, Democratic candidate in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, died Aug. 11 after a six-year battle with melanoma. She was 60.

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Kathleen Lenihan: former Westport resdient. Contributed photo

Lenihan died in hospice care in the Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in New Milford, according to an announcement from Roberti’s campaign.

Originally from Ridgewood, N.J., she most recently has been a resident of Kent. A former schoolteacher in Bridgeport, she raised her two sons for many years in Westport.

“My mother was an inspiration to everyone in our family,” Roberti said in a statement. “We drew on her strength, relished her wit, and sought to embody her compassion.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Lynn Rosenfeld, 77

Lynn Rosenfeld, a longtime Westport resident and special education teacher here, died Aug. 3. She was 77.

Born Dec. 13, 1934 in Grand Junction, Colo., she had an idyllic childhood among extended family on a fruit ranch in Grand Junction. Her family later moved to Layton, Utah where she graduated from high school and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

When a sorority sister introduced her to Kurt, later to become her husband, their first date was on the slopes of Alta, in knee deep powder down the Wildcat Run. They were married in 1957.

The couple moved to Westport in 1962 where they raised their children. She spent endless hours at Compo Beach, playing tennis at Longshore and nurturing a beautiful garden.

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Sunday, August 05, 2012

Virginia N. Hermann, 90

Virginia Ann (Nevins) Hermann of Wethersfield, a former Westport resident, died July 19 at the Atria in Rocky Hill. She was 90.

Born May 10, 1922 in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Louise (Schneider) Nevins. She graduated from Staples High School in Westport and attended the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where she met her future husband Ralph. She was a member of the Gamma Sigma Sorority.

During World War II, she worked at Remington Arms in Hartford and married Ralph in 1945 at the Nevins family home in Easton. Wethersfield became their home and they were members of the Wethersfield Country Club.

She served as chairman of the Ladies Division and helped to plan many special events there. She was also active with Trinity Episcopal Church in Old Wethersfield. She loved all aspects of the arts: music, dance, painting, crafts, cooking and gardening. She was an active member of local Garden and Bonsai Clubs.

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Friday, August 03, 2012

John A. Larson, 85

John Alfred Larson, M.D., psychiatrist, a former Westport resident, died July 29 in Louisville, Colo. He was 85.

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John A. Larson: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born Feb. 10, 1927, the first of six children born to Mildred and Edwin Larson, he was raised in New Richmond, Wisc. Despite the family’s struggles during the Great Depression, and the loss of two of his younger brothers, he attended Northwestern University on full scholarship, where he decided, inspired by the town doctor who was a powerful influence in his early life, to enter medical school.

Early on, he began to confront the challenges of his inner life, and focused his studies in psychiatry, becoming a resident at the Menninger Institute. He also married Dorothy Swanson and raised two children, while moving east to Longmeadow, Mass.

There he became chief psychiatrist at Bay State Hospital, working with poor families, and was twice elected president of the Western Massachusetts Psychiatric Association.

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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Katherine S. Maliszewski, 84

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Katherine Maliszewski: operated Sherman Inn. Contributed photo

Katherine Scott Maliszewski, a resident of Westport for 55 years and a former businesswoman in New Canaan, died July 23 in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was 84.

She was born in Scotland on Nov. 27, 1927. With her husband Walter as president, who died in 1979, they were operative partners in the Roger Sherman Inn in New Canaan from 1969-1985.

She is survived by her children, Anne Diamond and Willy Maliszewski, and by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her daughter Karen Shepard died in 1988.

A private family funeral will be at Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Doris B. Shiller, 79

Doris Barker Shiller, a longtime Westport resident, attorney, and former Board of Education member who championed the controversial Project Return effort to bring Bridgeport students into Westport schools in the 1960s and ‘70s, died July 22 after a brief illness. She was 79.

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Doris Shiller: active in community affairs. Contributed photo

Born May 9,1933 in Brooklyn. N.Y., she was raised in Belle Harbor, N.Y. She graduated Barnard College cum laude in 1954 with a degree in economics and Yale Law School in 1979. She was the first woman partner at Marsh, Day, & Calhoun in Bridgeport. In 1985, she continued practicing at Berkowitz, Balbirer, Weisman and Lubell, P.C. until she retired in 2005.

She moved to Westport in 1957 and participated actively in many Westport civic and community affairs.

She joined the League of Women Voters, serving on its Long Range Budget Study. She joined the PTA and became an officer of the PTA Council.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Jo-Anne G. Tallcouch, 73

Jo-Anne R. Graziani Tallcouch of Easton, a U.S. Postal Service employee in Westport for more than three decades, died July 28. She was 73.

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Jo-Anne Tallcouch: longtime Westport postal employee. Contributed photo

Born in Bridgeport on Aug. 28, 1938, she was daughter to the late Joseph and Anna Somen Graziani, A graduate of Bassick High School, Class of 1956, she had been a Fairfield resident for 35 years before moving to Easton 10 years ago.

She had worked in admissions for Long Island College and Norwalk Hospital. She later worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Westport for more than 32 years until retirement. While there, her likeness was used for a commemorative stamp honoring the U.S. postal worker.

She had also been a waitress in several area restaurants. She enjoyed traveling, especially her monthly trips to the Atlantic City casinos. She also loved her shopping trips with her sister Lorraine, which were always filled with fun and laughter.

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Final Farewell to Restaurateur

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There was a large turnout today at Westport’s Assumption Church for services for Westport restaurateur Frank S. DeMace, co-founder of Mario’s Restaurant, who died Tuesday at the age of 78.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Travel Writer Suzy Gershman, Ex-Westporter, Dies at 64

Suzy Kalter Gershman, a former Westport resident best known for her “Born to Shop” travel series, died July 25 in her native San Antonio, Texas, after a year-long battle with brain cancer. She was 64.

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Suzy Gershman: known for her “Born to Shop” series. Contributed photo

An author, journalist and television personality, she brought her international expertise to readers, television viewers, travelers and shoppers the world over with her magazine articles, shopping tours, and the “Born to Shop” travel guides.

Gershman was also the author of “C’est la Vie,” a bestselling memoir about her first year of widowhood during which time she moved from her Compo Road South home in Westport to Paris and began a new life. On the book’s cover was a dog rescued from the Westport animal shelter.

In an effort to learn more about the dog’s Westport background, she penned a plea for information in the dog’s name that appeared on WestportNow on Jan. 15, 2004.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Paying Tribute to a Legendary Restaurateur

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There were long lines today as friends attended services at the Harding Funeral Home for legendary Westport restaurateur Frank S. DeMace, co-founder of Mario’s Restaurant, who died Tuesday at the age of 78. There will be a service Monday at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption, 98 Riverside Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Paul E. Conway, 89

Paul Emmanuel Conway, a longtime Westport resident who moved to New Canaan a year ago, died July 27 at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan. He was 89.

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Paul Conway: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born on Feb. 24, 1923 in Cologne, Germany, he was the son of the late Hedwig and Albert Conway of New York City.

At a young age, he and his family moved to Berlin and in 1936 they fled Berlin for the safety of London. Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the British Army and served as a member of the Royal Fusiliers. He was stationed in India and Burma during World War II and was recruited to the Prisoner of War Interrogation Section under the command of Lt. Co. Alexander Scotland which later became the War Crimes Investigation Unit.

He interrogated German war criminals under the command of Scotland. After the war, he emigrated to the United States. He had a successful career in the textile Industry, most recently co-owning C&L Sales. 

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Mourning ‘Tiger’

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Mario’s Place on Westport’s Railroad Place is draped in black bunting today for Frank S. DeMace, known to friends as Tiger. The co-founder of the restaurant died Tuesday of cancer at the age of 78. Services are being held today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Harding Funeral Home 210 Post Road East, and on Monday at 10 a.m. directly at the Church of the Assumption, 98 Riverside Ave. See obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Robert A. Carusone, 68

Robert A. Carusone of Fairfield, formerly of Westport and a Westport police officer for almost 34 years, died July 27 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 68.

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Robert Carusone: 34-year police veteran. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Born Oct. 16, 1943 in Bridgeport, he was son of the late Constantine A. and Sophie (Jarocki) Carusone. He retired to Westerly, R.I. in 2004, then moved to Fairfield five years ago. A Westport resident for 60 years, he most recently served as a crossing guard at Green’s Farms Elementary School.

He was appointed to the Westport Police Department on Aug. 1, 1965, appointed a desk officer Jan. 1, 1969 and became a detective April 1, 1976. he also served on the Westport Police Scuba Team. He retired from the police force on June 1, 1999.

He was a member of the Westport PBA, past president of the Westport PAL and a former member of the Staples Gridiron Club. He was honored by the Westport Sportsman.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dorothy D. Bonfietti, 86

Dorothy “Dee” Delling Bonfietti of Fairfield, a former preschool worker in Westport, died July 23 at the Trumbull home of her son. She was 86.

Born Sept. 20, 1925 in Bethel, she was daughter of Maxwell Delling and Edith (Lederer) Delling. She attended schools in Bethel and received her Bachelor’s Degree in textile design from the University of Connecticut.

She married Ebi Primo Bonfietti and raised five children in Fairfield.

Throughout her life, her primary focus was on her home and raising her children. Adventurous and committed to broadening her children’s horizons through education and travel, she traveled with her five children to historic sites, on ski trips and camping adventures for weeks at a time throughout the East Coast and Canada.

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