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Obituaries

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Henry W. Coley III, 86

Henry Wakeman Coley III of Sunderland, Vt., a former Westport resident, died Dec. 4 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. He was 86.

Born Feb. 7, 1926 in Norwalk, he was the son of Lucy Langzettel and Henry W. Coley Jr. Growing up in Westport, he graduated from Staples High School in 1944 at which time he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

After serving four years, he continued his education, receiving a BS degree from Johnson Sate College and master degree from Union College and Michigan State College.

He was married to Janice Vaughn in 1955 with whom he had three children. She died in 1969. Later in 1974, he married Thelma Jolivette.

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Sunday, December 02, 2012

Daniel H. Adler, 92

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Daniel Adler: physician served Westport and Weston. Contributed photo

Daniel Harvey Adler of Weston, a physician who delivered thousands of babies over four decades serving Westport and Weston, died Dec. 2 of natural causes at his Weston home, his wife Susan Adler said. He was 92.

A pioneer in his field, Adlerr was an early practitioner of the use of midwives in deliveries and in-office procedures like laparoscopy.

An outspoken advocate of women’s reproductive rights, he provided pro bono care to indigent patients in Norwalk while operating a private OBGYN practice in Westport, from 1954 until 1985.

He was named the first chairman of the OBGYN department at Norwalk Hospital in 1980, a post he held until 1985. 

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Gloria Hirtz, 89

Gloria Hirtz, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 24. She was 89.

She resided mainly in New York, but also lived in Palm Beach, Fla. and Westport.

The daughter of Ben and Betty Gordon, she was predeceased by both her husbands, Martin Hirtz, to whom she was married for 42 years,  and Jerome Strumpf, for 12 years.

She is survived by her daughters, Deborah of Chevy Chase, Md., and Robin of New York City, and their husbands, Daniel Waterman and Roger Meltzer; her grandchildren, Justin, Lizzie and Martin Meltzer, and Ben, Andrew and Charlie Waterman and their wives Stacey, Kristen and Jessica; step-daughter, Jean Sommerfield; step-granddaughter, Sarah Sommerfield; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by a sister, Barbara Joseloff Cohen.

Services were private. Memorial contributions are requested for Alzheimer’s Association-Rita Hayworth Gala, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Richard V. Kilbride, 83

Richard “Dick” Vincent Kilbride of Wilton, former Town of Westport purchasing officer, died Nov. 26 at Danbury Hospital. He was 83.

Born Nov. 11, 1929 in Norwalk, he was the son of late Sidney and Anna (Dunn) Kilbride. He graduated from Norwalk High School and the University of Connecticut (Storrs) with an MBA.

Throughout his life he had been employed at Perkin Elmer, Electrolux, and in 2010 retired as purchasing officer for the Town of Westport.

He was a loving husband and uncle who cherished time with his family, his family said.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

James J. Ullrich, 61

James J. Ullrich of Westport, husband of Janice Marshall (Pepin) Ullrich, died Nov. 25 at home. He was 61.

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James J. Ullrich: CPA/financial analyst. Contributed photo

Born April 10, 1951 in Howard Beach, N.Y. he was the son of the late Thomas H. and Mary Ullrich. A resident of Westport for nine years, he formerly lived in Norwalk.

He was a CPA/financial analyst for Semi-Conductor Inc. in Stamford. He was also formerly employed by Chemical Bank of New York, Pan American World Airways, Salabello and Broder CPA firm, Nine West, Starwood Properties and Workflow One. He founded TaxPro, LLC and CFOPro, LLC.

A graduate of Pace University, he served as board chair of Christian Community Action, treasurer of Toastmasters, and member and treasurer of the United Methodist Church of Westport.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Barbara J.  Wagner, 85

Barbara Jane Wagner, a longtime resident of Weston and former First Selectman of the town, died at her home on Nov.  21 after a brief illness. She was 85.

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Barbara Wagner: former Weston First Selectman. Contributed photo

Born in New York in 1927, and raised in Riverdale, N.Y., she graduated from the High School of Music and Art, and then attended Finch Junior College.  She met her husband, Walter Wagner, in New York, and they married in 1952. 

After a brief stint in Chicago, the couple moved to Weston in 1955. She lived in the same house for the 57 years. The Wagners raised four children there, all of whom attended the Weston Public Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Her love of Weston was evident in many ways over her lifetime.  Most notably, she served as First Selectman of Weston from 1973 to 1975, and her election marked the first time in the state’s history that a woman was elected to lead town government as mayor or selectperson.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Rebecca A. Merrilees, 90

Rebecca A. “Becky” Merrilees, a former Westport resident whose father was a celebrated Westport artist whose works she donated to the Town of Westport two months ago, died Nov. 14 in Northfield, Vt. where she was a longtime resident. She was 90.

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Rebecca Merrilees: donated father’s works to Westport. Contributed photo

Born in New York City, she was raised in Westport in an artistic family with, as she would say, “a pencil in her hand.” Her father, Ralph L. Boyer (1879-1952), was a celebrated artist, creating many large-scale murals during the Works Progress Administration (WPA) years, and was recognized as an important member of the Westport School of Art.

On Oct. 19, Merrilees donated 20 works by her father and other well known artists to the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection. (See WestportNow Oct. 19, 2012)

Merrilees’s mother, Rebecca Hunt Boyer, was also an accomplished painter. Merrilees received her art education at the Boothbay Studios Summer School of Art, American School of Design, Pratt Institute, where she later taught some classes in drawing,, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Remembering a Young Westporter

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A large crowd turned out today at Westport’s Inn at Lonshore for a memorial service for Austin Hood. The 20-year-old Loyola University student died Oct. 26 in New Orleans. His father, Jim Hood, selected photos from the family album as he remembered his son. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Wanda E. A. Kokoszka, 74

Wanda E. A. Kokoszka, a former Westport resident and member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died Nov. 12 in her home in Newtown. She was 74.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. May 21, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Wanda (Randic) Keating.  She worked for many years for National Airlines where she developed a love for traveling.

She lived in Westport from 1964 to 1998 and served the community as PTA president, member of the library board, as an RTM member from 1990 to 1995, and by working in the Westport school system.

She loved to be with family. Her sharp wit and overflowing zest for life will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no services.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gerald Page, 80

Gerald “Jerry” Dunn Page, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 3 at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Ga. He was 80.

He was born Nov. 18, 1931 to Kyle M. and Lois D. Page in Minneapolis. He raised his family in Westport before retiring to The Landings on Skidaway Island in Savannah in 1995.

He served in the U.S. Navy, completing Submarine School as a “dolphin” and was assigned to the USS Tang. He received the Good Conduct Medal for Service ending in 1954 and the National Service Defense Medal. He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration.

He had a corporate career with American Can Company and Simkin Industries. He was a lifelong avid golfer as a member of The Landings in Savannah and The Patterson Club in Fairfield.

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Pauline J. Dorsey, 87

Pauline Josephine Dorsey of Cocoa Beach, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 3. She was 87.

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Pauline Dorsey: longtime Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born in Norwalk, Nov. 16, 1924, she and her husband, Louis R. Dorsey, Sr., a longtime physical education teacher and coach in the Westport school system, celebrated 65 years of marriage in July.

She devoted her entire life to the love and care of her family, raising her four children and three grandchildren. She was a warm, nurturing woman. Even the campers where she and Lou worked for many summers called her “Mom,” her family said.

She worked as a telephone operator in the early years of her marriage. She also ran the camp nursery for many years and had various part time jobs in Westport, including for the publisher Alfred Knopf.

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Mary A. Frey, 73

Mary A. Frey, a 1956 Staples High School graduate, died Oct. 12 at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 73.

Born Jan. 25, 1939 in Westport, she lived in Westport until moving to New York City 45 years ago. She was a retired advertising executive and local artist whose colorful, fanciful abstract watercolors garnered a number of prizes and grace many walls.

She is survived by her brother, Everett W. Frey of Westport, many nieces and nephews and dear friends. She was predeceased by one brother, Sanford Frey.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m. at Epiphany Church, 239 E. 21 St., followed by a reception at the National Arts Club. Contributions can be made in Mary’s name to the Art Students League of New York, 215 W. 57, St., NYC, NY 10019.

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Dorothy Adams, 81

Dorothy (Dede) Jean Adams, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 12 in Rossmoor, Calif. She was 81.

Born in New York Jan. 13, 1931, she graduated from Carnegie- Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she earned a degree in retail merchandising. While attending Carnegie-Mellon, she met her husband, George Adams who she remained married to until his death in 2001.

Early in their marriage, they adopted two girls who quickly became the absolute joy of her life. Early family life was spent in Flossmoor, Ill. After that the family moved to Toronto, Canada and then London, England where she delighted in the joy of watching her daughters experience many different aspects of life overseas.

From London, they moved to Westport where the girls immersed themselves in high school and Dede became a permanent fixture on the Fairfield Country Club golf course.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Patricia J. Horrigan, 84

Patricia Jane Horrigan, a 41-year Westport resident, died Oct. 18 at Bridges Cornell Heights in Ithaca N.Y. where she had resided for the past two years. She was 84.

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Pat Horrigan: long active in Westport community. Contributed photo

Born in Milwaukee on April 12, 1928, she was the daughter of James and Frances (aka ‘Mac’) Hurley.

Throughout her childhood, she lived with her family in the Midwest, settling in 1940 in Greensburg, Pa. and attending Seton Hill Academy. She went on to graduate in 1950 from Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University with a BA degree in journalism and psychology.

In August of that year, she married her Duquesne sweetheart Jack Horrigan and moved to New York City. There she worked for three years as a social worker with foster care children and families through New York Foundling while Jack attended grad school at Fordham University.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Memorial Service Set for Austin Hood, 20

A memorial service will be held for Austin James Hood on Friday, Nov.  23, at 1 p.m. at Longshore Country Club in Westport.

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Austin Hood: 2010 Staples graduate. Contributed photo

The 2010 Staples High School graduate, most recently a student at Loyola University in New Orleans, died in New Orleans on Oct. 26. He was 20.

The family issued the following announcement: “Friends of Austin, and of the Hood family, are warmly invited to share this terribly sad, but special, occasion with us. There will be a remembrance service from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m., followed by a reception with food and drinks from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., when we hope everyone who knew Austin will share their memories of him.

“Austin died peacefully in New Orleans on October 26th.  He was 20 years old.  Austin was an extraordinary young man with a loving heart and a hopeful spirit.

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