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Obituaries

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Margaret M. Ciambriello, 85

Margaret M. Ciambriello, a lifelong resident of Westport, died April 12 in Norwalk Hospital. She was 85.

Born Feb. 20, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Emma (Horvay) McKee. She was married to Augustino for 46 years until he died in 1996.

She is survived by one son, Augustine W. Ciambriello, and his wife Marcia of Westport, two daughters Nancy Cyr of Westport, and Janice Baskay of East Haven, as well as five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

She brought joy to everyone who ever met her, loved life and her family with all her heart.

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Efransia (Spyroglou) Raditsas, 86

Efransia (Spyroglou) Raditsas of Naugatuck, formerly of the Bridgeport area, a former custodial employee of the Westport school system, died April 12. She was 86.

Born in Greece, she was the daughter of the late John and Stamatia Spyroglou. A resident of Bridgeport since 1970, she moved to Naugatuck recently. She was a retired custodian for the Westport school system where she had worked for more than 15 years.

Survivors include her daughter Rita Carrier and husband Stephen of Naugatuck, her son John Raditsas and wife Anne of Arizona, five grandchildren; Fran, Leah and Joseph McNeilis, Nicholas and Jonathan Raditsas, three great-grandchildren; Mikey, Mason and Mila, a sister Popy Hachiyanclou of Greece, several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Monday, April 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.in the Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main St. Bridgeport (on the Trumbull line) with Trisagion services at 6 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Burial will take place at a future date.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bradley J. Helt, 16

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Bradley Helt: Fairfield Prep junior. Contributed photo

UPDATE (adds service details) Bradley J. Helt of Westport, a junior at Fairfield Prep and member of the Wilton Y Wahoo swim team, died April 9. He was 16.

He was the son of Peter and Cheryl (Mullins) Helt and brother of Jeffrey Helt.

Born May 4, 1995, in Stamford, he attended Long Lots Elementary School and Coleytown Middle School in Westport. At Fairfield College Preparatory School, he was a member of the swim team and the Wilton YMCA Wahoos. He also swam for the Westport Water Wrat swim team for several years.

In his younger years, Bradley participated in the Westport Little League program. He also participated in Swim Across the Sound for two years.

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Agnes M. Hendricks-Farrell, 67

Agnes M. Hendricks-Farrell of Weirsdale, Fla., a former Westport resident, died April 11. She was 67.

She was born in Norwalk on Feb. 27, 1945. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier in Ocala, Fla. for 20 years. She moved to Florida from Westport in 1973. Her hobbies included gardening, traveling, flea markets. She was a Catholic. 

She is survived by her husband, Elmer Farrell, of Weirsdale, and one grandchild, Hannah. She was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Farrell.

A funeral service will be held at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 910 SE Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, on Sunday, April 15, at 1:30 p.m. A visitation will also be held at the funeral home on the day of the service from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service, Interment will take place at Highland Memorial Park, Ocala.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Marion County, PO Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Westport and Fairfield Mourn Teen Loss

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Bradley Helt: swimmer mourned. Contributed photo

UPDATE School officials have confirmed the unexpected death Monday night of a Westport teen who was a well known swimmer on Westport teams as well as at Fairfield Prep.

Bradley Helt, 16, had gone through Westport schools before enrolling in Fairfield Prep for high school. School officials in Westport and Fairfield offered counseling services to those desiring them.

Fairfield Prep officials said Helt helped Fairfield Prep win last month’s Class LL swimming championship. He had been a longtime member of the Westport Weston Family Y swim activities.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane, Westport. Calling hours will be held Monday, April 23, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Jennifer G. Connelly, 51

Jennifer Gunn Connelly of Westport died April 1 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 51.

WestportNow.com ImageJennifer Connelly: Westporter since 1993. Contributed photo

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was raised in Woodstock and Hartland 4 Corners, Vt. In her early years, she attended elementary and junior high school in Woodstock, before going on to boarding school at Dana Hall in Wellesley, Mass., Hawaii Preparatory Academy, and The Mountain School in Vershire, Vt., from which she graduated in 1979. 

In 1984, she earned her BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. She later attained a Master’s Degree in American Studies from Columbia University in 1987.

She worked for a number of years in New York City, where her career included positions with Lord & Taylor as a buyer, with Harper’s Bazaar as an accessories editor, and with Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School as an admissions officer and second grade teacher.

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Frederick A. D’Aiuto, 80

Frederick A. D’Aiuto, a lifelong Westport resident and husband of Shirley (Tedesco) D’Aiuto, died April 8 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 80.

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Frederick A. D’Aiuto: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

Born Oct. 1, 1931 in the Bronx, N.Y., son of the late Anthony and Jennie D’Aiuto, he was a master craftsman and designer of kitchens and fine cabinets.

A 1950 graduate of Staples High School, he was a member of the South Norwalk Boat Club, the Knights of Columbus Westport chapter, and the Westport Sons of Italy where he served as one of the original organizers of the Festival Italiano. He was also a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Korean conflict.

Survivors in addition to his wife of 60 years, include five nephews; Dean Lindquist, Raymond D’Aiuto, Joseph D’Aiuto , Anthony D’Aiuto and John D’Aiuto, and three nieces, Victoria D’Aiuto, Paige Kousidis and Beth Stallings. He was also predeceased by his brothers Joseph D’Aiuto, Raymond D’Aiuto and his sister Florence Jackson.

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Allison R. Willard, 89

Alison Rice Willard of Wilmington, N.C., a former Westport resident, died April 3. She was 89.

Born May 17, 1922, she was raised in New Jersey and was a graduate of the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. She spent the majority of her adult life sharing time in Westport and Vergennes, Vt.

She was an avid volunteer and supporter of the American Red Cross, giving countless hours to blood banks and service to families in need. Her greatest love and devotion was to her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Donald Willard. She is survived by sons, Scott Willard and Malcolm Willard; daughter, Laura Willard Ratcliff and her husband, Thomas Ratcliff; grandchildren, Matthew Willard Ratcliff and his wife, Melissa, and Sarah Ratcliff Cooper and her husband, Derick; and great-granddaughter, Addison Kate Cooper.

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Monday, April 09, 2012

Andrew T. Wolfson, 94

Andrew Tobias Wolfson, a longtime Westporter who was instrumental in gaining support for the Westport Center for Senior Activities, died April 3. He was 94.

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Andrew T. Wolfson: strong advocate for Senior Center. Contributed photo

He was an award-winning citizen of Westport for 34 years, He and his late wife Janet, who died in 1984, joined the community after 20 years in South Norwalk, and loved their new home. 

He was a vital member of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston and a leading advocate for the Center for Senior Activities. With his powers of articulation and the energy of ethical commitment, he served as vice chair of the Commission for Senior Services, and on the Site Committee. 

After hours of meetings and phone calls, yards of typewriter ribbon, and a sheaf of letters to the Westport News, he could not have been prouder at the opening ceremonies of the Center in January 2004—the jewel in the crown of his devotion to Westport, and now one of Westport’s jewels.

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Lewis A. Wirth, 88

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Lew Wirth Jr.: member of sheriff’s volunteer watch. Contributed photo

UPDATE (adds memorial service) Lewis A. Wirth Jr., former owner of Wirth and Son Plumbing & Heating of Westport, died March 17 in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was 88.

A proud veteran of World War ll, he retired to Inverness where he was captain of the sheriff’s volunteer neighborhood watch and president of Fletcher’s Music Club.

Predeceased by daughter Lucinda May Kerrigan of Westport, he is survived by his wife, Loretta Wirth of St. Petersburg; son Lewis lll of Westport; daughters Sandra Beardsley of St. Petersburg, Wendy Spencer of Inverness; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 28 at 4 p.m. at the Harding Funeral Home in Westport.

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Mary Frances Sullivan, 65

Mary Frances Sullivan, a former Westport school teacher, died April 1 in University Place, Wash. She was 65.

She was a special education teacher at Sunset Primary School in University Place. Born in Waterbury on July 19, 1946 to Mary and Frank D’Ambrose of Oakville, Conn., she graduated from the University of Hartford and soon after began her teaching career in Westport.

In 1975, she married Gerard Sullivan and moved west with him to help him establish his chiropractic practice in University Place, where they have lived for 37 years. Teaching positions were scarce in 1975, and her teaching career was interrupted for some 17 years while she worked as a manager for AT&T/Pacific NW Bell/US West.

Her return to teaching was done mostly at Sunset Primary, a school and school family she loved. She loved singing in the St. Charles Chancel Choir and enjoyed the many activities and friendships in the Chambers Bay Greater Federation of Women’s Club.

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Thursday, April 05, 2012

James H. MacNaughton, 89

James “Jim” H. MacNaughton of Newtown, previously of Fairfield, died April 3. He was 89.

An architect, MacNaughton was a retired vice president of Petrucci Construction in Westport. He was also a member of the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, where his family kept their own stable of horses.

Known as “Mac,” he was born in 1922 in Newton, Mass. He grew up in Newton and graduated from Williston Academy in Easthampton, Mass. MacNaughton met his wife at Syracuse University, where he majored in architecture.

During World War II, he served two years in the Pacific in the Navy as an aerographer. After the war, MacNaughton was employed by the Coolidge, Shepley, Bulfinch and Abbott architecture firm in Boston.

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Mario R. Talin, Sr., 83

Mario R. Talin, Sr. of Danbury, a longtime employee of Porky Manero’s Steak House in Westport, died April 3 at Danbury Hospital. He was 83.

The husband of Antoinette (Scalzo) Talin was born in Venice, Italy, June 23, 1928, a son of the late Carpi and Gemma (Salvatore) Talin. He attended schools in Italy and at the age of 18 emigrated to the United States, first settling in New York City.

A resident of Danbury for 70 years, he was a retired member of the wait staff of Porky Manero’s Steak House of Westport where he had been employed for 32 years. The restaurant, now Rizzuto’s Wood-Fired Trattoria and Bar at 540 Riverside Ave., opened in 1959 and closed its doors in 1992.

He was also a retired maintenance man with Consolidated School of New Fairfield.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Gavin Anderson: No ‘Amazing Grace’ at His Service

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Scores of persons attended a memorial service today at Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church for R. Gavin S. Anderson, the former Westport selectman and Board of Finance member who died March 26 at the age of 74. Dewey Loselle, a good friend, told the mourners that Anderson had planned every aspect of the service. “Gavin even gave instructions for the bagpiper,” he said. “‘Amazing Grace’ is not to be played as he considered it a bastardized song, not fitting to the pipes.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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‘Even in Death You Managed to Set a High Bar’

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A memorial service for R. Gavin S. Anderson, the former Westport selectman and Board of Finance member, was held today at Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church. Close friend Dewey Loselle said Anderson, who died March 26 at age 74 after a long illness, had meticulously planned the service. “You see, every piece of music you are hearing, every poem, every hym, every reading was carefully picked out by Gavin,” Loselle said. “It was his last gift to us.” Addressing his friend, Loselle said: “Even in death, you still managed to set a high bar of expectations, my friend, so I hope you’ll agree with the job we’re doing so far.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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