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Saturday, February 02, 2013

Florence Michalek, 88

Florence Michalek, formerly of Westport and Southport, died Jan. 30. She was 88.

She was the wife of the late John “Sandy” Michalek.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Monday, Feb. 4 at 10:15 a.m. from the Fairfield Funeral Home of Edmund W. Dougiello, 36 South Pine Creek Road and at 11 a.m. in St. Luke Church in Westport with a Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery in Fairfield. Doors will open at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. for morning visitation. Friends may also call on Sunday, Feb. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Selma R. Yackulics, 92

Longtime Norwalk resident Selma Ryba Yackulics, recently living in Westport, died Jan. 30. She was 92.

The wife of the late William Emery Yackulics was born in Stamford on Nov. 3, 1920, the daughter of the late Francis Ryba and Stephanie Ryba. She moved to Westport several years ago to live with her daughter, Carol Leahy, an employee of the Westport Historic District Commission.

At the age of 68, she embarked on a career as office manager for the Coastal Fairfield County Convention & Visitor Bureau at the Lockwood- Mathews Mansion in Norwalk. During her tenure there, she received numerous accolades, including Norwalk’s Most Valuable Person Award, for her work in promoting tourism in Norwalk.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, who taught us that to be happy “you have to have a sense of faith, people who love you and a damn good sense of humor,” her family said.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Francis J. Charlton, 86

Francis (Frank) Joseph Charlton, a former Westport resident for 30 years, died Jan. 30 at home in Southport. He was 86. Image
Francis J. Charlton: 30-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

He was born on April 29, 1926 in Fitchburg, Mass., the third of seven children to the late Kathleen and Francis Charlton. He was married to and well-cared for by Jay Charlton, his loving, red-headed wife of 53 years.

After graduating from St. Bernard’s High School in Fitchburg, he served in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. Because of the G.I. Bill, he attended Holy Cross College, graduating in 1948 and in 1952 finished his law degree at Georgetown University.

He was an attorney for more than 50 years, practicing law in Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut. Until last year, he was a magistrate judge in Norwalk and Bridgeport.

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John H. Day, 87

John H. Day of Green Valley, Ariz., formerly of Fairfield and an industrial arts teacher in Westport and Fairfield, died at home on Jan. 28. He was 87.

The husband of Evelyn (Nicholson) for 67 years, he was born in Lincoln, Maine on April 8, 1925. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II as a ball turret gunner on a B17.

He graduated from Oswego State Teacher’s College in 1949 and taught industrial arts in Fairfield and Westport for 34 years. He was also well-known for his wood carving and artwork.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, his four children and their spouses, Crystal Babin (Angelo Vicari) of Huntington, Conn., Claudia (John Dapp) of Newtown, Scott (Christine) of Trumbull, and Cindy (Jack Baer) of Warren, Ohio and eight grandchildren.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bruce W. Patalano, 67

Bruce Winstead Patalano of Wheeling, W. Va., a former Westport resident, died Jan. 16 at home. He was 67.

He was born Aug. 15, 1945 in Rocky Mount, N.C., and grew up in Westport, the son of Philip V. Patalano and the late Sudia Winstead Patalano.

He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1967 and moved to West Virginia as a two-year VISTA Volunteer working in the Weirton area. He was then a social worker with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services working for years in Child Protection Services.

He continued his education, obtaining a Master’s Degree in psychiatric social work through West Virginia University, Morgantown.

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Edith Fried, 97

Edith Fried, a founding member of the Unitarian Church in Westport, died Jan.10. She was 97.

She was born on Staten Island, N.Y. on Aug. 3, 1915 to English immigrants Hollis Ewart Taylor and Ethel Tugwell Taylor.

She was predeceased by her first husband Roger Morrison in 1951 then by her second husband Gregory Fried, of 34 years in 1999.

She is survived by sons Donald Morrison and wife Sheila of Fairfield, Clive Morrison and Wife Judy of Rowayton, Hilary Fried and wife Laurie of Milford, daughter Kathy Hallett and husband Frank of Jamaica, Vt., and grandchildren Elizabeth Hallett of Brattleboro, Vt.,, Vicki Megibow of Bethel, Ben Fried of Brooklyn N.Y., David Fried of Milford,  Hope Morrison of New Haven, Jack Morrison of Fairfield, and great grand daughter Phoebe Grace Megibow. Additionally nephews Steven McCulloch of Greenwood Village Co., and Bruce McCulloch of Temecula Calif.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

James A. Hoey, 87

James A. Hoey of Weston, husband of Helen (Osgood) Hoey, died Jan. 29 at home. He was 87.

Born Feb. 20, 1925 in Brookline, Mass., son of the late Michael J. and Bertha (Green) Hoey, he has been a resident of Weston for 32 years.

He was a parishioner of Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Weston, a 1947 graduate of Tufts University with a degree in chemical engineering, and a member of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors in addition to his wife include, three daughters, Deborah Nekus and her husband Andrew of Ridgewood, N.J., Judith Falbo and her husband Anthony of Newtown, Ellen MacCloy and her husband Robert of Monroe; two sons, James M. Hoey and his wife Mary Ann of Chicago, Stephen A. Hoey and his wife Deborah of Bourbonnais, Ill., and 12 grandchildren, Michael, Jim, Allison, Max, Bill Anthony, Ryan, Conor, Lindsay, Stephanie, Errica and Molly. He was also predeceased by one sister, Mary Bell.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Constance Bevis, 82

Constance Howe McDonald Bevis of Westbrook, Conn., formerly of Westport, died at home on Jan. 22 after a short illness. She was 82.

She was born on Oct. 27, 1930 in Miles City, Mont., daughter of the late Clifford and Gertrude (Foster) Howe.

She was a member and past state president of PEO, a philanthropic educational organization for women; a member of Alpha Phi sorority; a member and past commander of Saugatuck River Sail and Power Squadron; a member of Saybrook Sail and Power Squadron; and a member of the Clinton Rotary Club.

She was predeceased by two husbands, Henry McDonald and Charles Bevis. She leaves a daughter and son-in-law Lynn McDonald and Michael Coppedge of Mishawaka, Ind., a son Henry McDonald of Kent, Wash., a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Kacey McDonald of Goshen, Ind., stepdaughters Judith Schneider and Barbara Bevis; and grandchildren Lydia, Nathan, and Brian Coppedge; Hayden and Samuel McDonald; and Meredith and Kenneth Schneider.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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Barbara Culp, a Westport resident for 35 years, died Dec. 30 at home. She was 77.

Born June 19, 1935 in Durham, N.C., she was the daughter of the late John and Katherine (Braswell) Whitley.

She was a past president of the Westport Woman’s Club and a former volunteer for the Westport-Weston American Red Cross blood drive program.

Survivors include one son, David H. Culp of Charlotte, N.C., one brother, William Baker of Waxhaw, N.C., two nephews, Jeffrey Baker, Eric Baker, and one niece, Sharon McCollam. She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Charles H. Culp.

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Marianne Gilbertie, 89

Marianne Gilbertie, wife of the late Michael A. Gilbertie, died at her Westport home on Jan. 21. She was 89.

She was born April 3, 1923 in Vienna, Austria daughter of the late Berthold and Stella (Gluck) Korting and has been a Westport resident for 61 years.

She and her husband Michael are the founders and former co-owners of the Weston Gardens in Weston. She is also a former member of the Westport Woman’s Club, an avid traveler, and a member of the KinderTransport Association.

Her greatest love was spending as much time as possible with her family, her family said.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Tracy Sugarman, Artist, Writer, Civil Rights Activist, 91 Image
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By James Lomuscio

UPDATE Longtime Westporter Tracy Sugarman, the indefatigable and nationally recognized illustrator, writer and civil rights activist, died Sunday at his Compo Beach home, a family spokesman said. He was 91.

A 62-year town resident, Sugarman was best known for his paintings and illustrations recording American history from D-Day to the Space Shuttle. Five of his works, including one depicting the first rollout of the Space Shuttle Columbia, are in the NASA Smithsonian Collection at the Kennedy Space Center.

“Our town and our nation have lost one of its most distinguished artists who in drawings and words recorded and preserved for history our most turbulent times,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. “Our condolences to Gloria and his family.”

Helen Klisser During, Westport Arts Center’s director of visual arts and a WestportNow contributing photographer, called Sugarman’s passing “most tragic news.”

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Leon Tec, 93, Noted Psychiatrist, Author Image
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Leon Tec of Westport, a noted psychiatrist and author of the best selling book, “The Fear of Success,” died today (Jan. 19). He was 93.

Death was due to natural causes, his family said.

His 1976 best-seller, “The Fear of Success,” defined such fear as an unconscious fear that one’s success is not justified and that the person is a fraud. “It’s an unconscious fear of what one consciously considers important and desirable” he said.

“To understand the fear of success, it’s necessary to consider this variable of our personality in connection with two other adjacent variables, the fear of failure and the wish to succeed.”

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Thomas S. Marshall, 80

Thomas S. Marshall of Westport died Tuesday, Jan. 15. He was 80.

The youngest of three children, he was born on Nov. 27, 1932, in Granville, N.Y., to the late Harold and Edna Marshall.  He attended Cardinal Hayes High School and The Gunnery School, and was a 1959 graduate of Cornell University. 

He served as a captain in the U.S. Army and spent five years with the Central Intelligence Agency. He then worked for many years as a bank executive in the private sector, and ended his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

He was an avid jogger and tennis player, a student of history, politics, and business, a world traveler, and a fluent Spanish speaker. He was a member of the Y’s Men of Westport and Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westport.  He was a loving father of a large family, a gentleman, and a friend to many, his family said.

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Shirley K. Remlin, 83

Shirley Karstensen Remlin of Indian Trail, N.C. died Jan. 13. She was 83.

Born in Norwalk on July 8, 1929 to the late Harold and Irma Karstensen, she retired after many years as a secretary in the medical and legal professions. 

She loved to travel the country with her husband of 61 years in their motorhome, was a talented seamstress, an avid reader, and had a special love for flowers and Native American jewelry.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph F. Remlin; their children, Diane M. Remlin, Guy J. Remlin, Nancy R. Donaldson, and Dean F. Remlin; a sister, Carol Puskas; four grandchildren, Sunny A. Mills, Alex G. Mills, Kevin J. Mills, and Everett A. DeLucia;  three great-grandchildren, Faith, Anthony, and Jestin.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Pauline E. Ralston, 97

Pauline E. Ralston of Westport died Jan. 17 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 97.

Born in Stamford to the late David and Clara Blackman, she was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Charles J. Ralston, Sr. and three sisters.

Surviving are her children, Betty Schley and her husband Edward of Darien, Charles J. Ralston, Jr. and his wife Nellie of Sarasota, Fla., Charline Ziemba and her husband Frank of Hamden, Judy Thomas and her husband Joseph of Westport, four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a brother, David Blackman and his wife Edna of Norwalk.

Funeral arrangements are through Bouton & Reynolds Funeral Home, 2900 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06905. There will be no calling hours and burial will be at Fairfield Memorial Park Cemetery, Oaklawn Avenue, Stamford, on Monday, Jan. 21.  To leave an online condolence, visit

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