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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Embree F. Jarvis, 90

Dr. Embree F. Jarvis, (“Doc”) died in his home in Rochester, N.Y. on June 20. He was 90.

Born in 1921 to Francis and Marion Jarvis in Yonkers, N.Y, as a child, his fondest times were sailing in Long Island Sound off Westport.

He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his DDS, served in the Army during World War II, and then settled in Westport where he practiced dentistry for 49 years at 44 Elm St.

He was predeceased by his former wife, Katherine Danneman. He is survived by their three children; Peter W. Jarvis of Jacksonville, Fla., the Rev. David F. Jarvis (Cameron Fadjo) of Riverdale, N.Y., and Kelly Boardman (Edward) of Saint Johns, Fla., his wife, Mary Jane, and step-children Heidi Zimmer-Meyer (Paul Meyer) of Rochester, Eric Zimmer (Irene) of Safety Harbor, Fla., and Roger Zimmer (Lu Oliveira) of Norwalk. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Charles “Charlie” M. Muller, 50

Charles “Charlie” M. Muller of Westport died June 17 in New York. He was 50 and had been a Westport resident for 35 years.

Born March 18, 1961 in Bronx, N.Y., he attended schools in the Bronx and Westport and was a 1979 graduate of Staples High School.

He was the dedicated and beloved son of Carl Muller of Westport and the late Margaret Boos, of San Antonio, Texas. He was predeceased by his stepmother, Alice Muller, also of Westport.  Charlie is survived by a sister, Carla Kee of Arizona. He is also survived by a step sister, Linda Zarrelli and her husband Chip of Fairfield. He will be sadly missed by his loving nieces and nephews; Joseph, Lawrence, Laureen, Carla, Margaret, Christine, Lee, Charlie and several other nieces and nephews.

He was also a devoted friend to his lifelong friends Allen and Vinny, along with their families. An avid fan of the Mets and Jets, he enjoyed watching all sports on TV.

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John ‘Jack’ P. List, 88

John “Jack” P. List of Woodbridge, formerly of Westport and husband of Ruth (Lane) List, died June 19 at Griffin Hospital in Derby. He was 88. Image
John List: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born May 3, 1923, he was the son of the late Hans and Lucille (Prendergast) List. Prior to moving to Woodbridge, he was a 55–year resident of Westport where he was a 1942 graduate of Staples High School.

He then went on to the U.S. Navy, serving in Hawaii. He was vice president and treasurer of Trendex Inc. for many years.

He served on the board of directors at the Westport YMCA and was a longtime member of the Westport Kiwanis Club and the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399.

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Bruce McDonald

Bruce McDonald, who held a leadership position at Westport’s Saugatuck River Power Squadron among other accomplishments, died June 15 in Maine. Image
Bruce McDonald: Saugatuck Power Squadron leader. Contributed photo

His family said, “Loved by his family, Bowdoin classmates, neighbors, coworkers and friends, he has been described as a true gentleman, an astute businessman, a gentle father and husband, and a generous volunteer of his time, talent and personal resources.”

Born in Portland, Maine to Vera (Fales) McDonald and Ralph Edmund McDonald, he was an only child. He graduated from Cony High School and Bowdoin College, and belonged to Zeta Psi fraternity.

Upon graduation he married Elizabeth (Buff) Wagner Grant of Cape Elizabeth, and then enlisted and served in the Army and Army Reserves.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Amelia Mary ‘Millie’ Salemme, 96

Amelia Mary “Millie” Salemme of Hamden, a waitress for many years at Mario’s in Westport, died June 17 at Whitney Manor in Hamden. She was 96. Image
Amelia Mary “Millie” Salemme: longtime Mario’s employee. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Priscoe A. Salemme, she was born in Waterbury on May 30, 1915, the daughter of the late Pasquale and Teresa Palma Sacco.

She is the mother of Teresa “Terri” (Albert) Cosenza and the late Marie Post; sister of the late Helen Rapuano, Inez Barone, and Mario and Joseph Sacco; loving grandmother of Frank Simiola, Jennifer Petrillo, Michael, Paul and Jude Ann Forte, and Mark Cosenza. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Iovanne Funeral Home, 11 Wooster Place, New Haven, Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Michael’s Church at 10. Burial in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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Sister Matilda Marie Dery, 93

Sister Matilda Marie Dery of the Sisters of Notre Dame, a former teacher at Westport’s Assumption School, died June 16 at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center in Worecester, Mass. She was Image
Sister Matilda Marie Dery: taught at Assumption. Contributed photo

Born Pauline F. Dery in Winchendon, she was the daughter of Maurice O. and Matilda Dery. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1936.

She graduated from Murdock High School, Winchendon, and Emmanuel College, Boston, and later earned a master’s degree in education from Fairfield University in Conn.

Sister Matilda Marie was a teacher and principal at the Holy Name School in Chicopee and later St. Kevin School in Warwick, R.I. for 35 years. Early in her ministry, sister taught at St. John and Ascension schools, both in Worcester, and at Assumption School in Westport.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Martin T. Crouse, 62

Martin Thomas Crouse, an artist and intuitive electrical engineer and Westport resident for almost 30 years, died June 10 after a long fight with cancer. He was Image
Martin Crouse: 30-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born Dec. 30, 1948, in Williamsport, Pa., he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Crouse.

As an engineer in the U.S. Army, he was stationed in Texas and Korea. Upon his discharge, he traveled to Colorado where he met Laurie Dworkow, a Westport native who was in Denver to attend college.

Together they founded Martin Uniques, an electronic jewelry gallery and studio. They were married on June 10, 1979—32 years to the day of his death.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Angelus “Ange” E. Papageorge, 83

Angelus “Ange” E. Papageorge, father of Elias “Lee” Pappageorge, owner of Oscar’s on Westport’s Main Street, died June 10 in Fairfield. He was 83.

the beloved husband of Bess Spilios Papageorge passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on June 10, 2011. He married the love of his life, Bess Spilios Papageorge—his “Bessie”—on June 20, 1948, and they would have celebrated their 63rd anniversary.

Born in Fairfield on May 25, 1928 to the late Elias and Fanny Papageorge, he attended Roger Ludlowe High School and was a World War II U.S. Army veteran.

He was a lifelong Fairfield resident and also was a volunteer fireman for the town for more than 50 years.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Doris P. “Penny” Ray, 89

Doris P. “Penny” Ray of Albuquerque, N.M. died June 8.The former Westport resident was 89.

Born Nov. 15, 1921, in Swedesboro, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Elsie and Alfred Pfennig. In addition to her late husband Dr. Linton G. Ray and her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Ralph and Herbert Pfennig.

Survivors include two stepdaughters, Sara Lee Mollo and her husband Mike of Bloomsburg, Pa., and Georgia Blanton and her husband Olin of Greenville, S.C.; a stepson, Terry Ray; three nieces, Stephanie Walti and her husband Michael of Albuquerque, Joan Maine and her husbnad Bill of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., and Roberta McGlinn of Crystal Lake, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Theresa Pfennig of Mountlake Terrace; and her companion, Aminah Ali Salim of Albuquerque.

Cremation will take place at a later date. No services are planned at her request. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Visit to leave condolences.

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Steven J. Markus, Sr., 77

Steven J. Markus, Sr. of DeLand, Fla. died May 28 at Kindred Hospital-North Florida in Green Cove Springs, Fla. He was 77.

He was born in Norwalk on July 16, 1933 and lived in Westport for several years before moving to South Kortright, N.Y. and then to DeLand. Steve (also known as Pete) worked as a heavy equipment operator for Kowalsky Brothers for more than 30 years.

Steve was predeceased by his wife Lillian of 53 years on May 18, 2011 as well as his brother Joseph. He is survived by his brother, Alex, his wife Doris, and their children of East Merideth, New York; his son Steven, Jr. and his wife, Robin; grandchildren Joey and Kristina (Lulu) of DeLand, Kimberly and her Fiance Matt of Streamwood, Ill., and Gregory of Glen Ellyn, Ill.

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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Carol Anne Beirne, 67

Carol Anne Beirne of Westport died June 8 in Yale-New Haven Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 67.

Born Aug. 18, 1943, in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Urban and Marie Marano. She settled in Westport to raise her family after having lived in several parts of the country.

“Carol will be sorely missed by her family and close friends and will be remembered for her infectious smile, positive attitude, gift of humor, and her loving and caring nature,” her family said.

In addition to her husband James, to whom she was married almost 50 years, she is survived by five sons, James and wife Pam, Christopher, Michael and wife Kristina, Brian and wife Cicelia, and Keith; seven grandchildren, Meghan, James, Kellie, John (Jack), David, Brenna and Kaitlyn; and a sister, Barbara. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Robert.

Calling hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 10, at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave., Norwalk.

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Bruce W. Kessler, 63

Bruce Warren Kessler of Bridgeport, previously of Westport, died June 6. He was 63.

He grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of Dorothy Mermelstein Kessler and the late Samuel Kessler, and worked his way through college and graduate school as an New York City taxi driver.

Throughout his professional life as a social worker and psychotherapist, he made a difference to countless people, his family said.

“He loved collecting and dealing art, particularly the work of Al Hirschfeld. Bruce was a terrific singer and artist, and he could fix just about anything,” his family said.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Blanche “B” Eleanor Lebhar, 93

Blanche (“B”) Eleanor Lebhar, a 61-year resident of Westport until 1994, died May 19 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. She was 93.

She was the eldest daughter of Capt. Haswell C. Herbert, American Expeditionary Force, who was attached to the famous Lafayette Escadrille squadron, and of the Paris-born Anaïs-Madeleine Haasé, both of Scarsdale, N.Y.

In 1933, the family moved to Westport where she graduated from Staples High School in 1935, achieving academic honors as class valedictorian and athletic successes in basketball and tennis, which became her lifetime sport. She graduated from Vassar College in 1939.

A great loss in March 1944, at the of 26, was her high school sweetheart and then husband, Thomas R. Finnegan, a first lieutenant in the U.S.  Army Air Force who died while a pilot in a B-25 Mitchell bomber on a raid over the Imperial Japanese Army bases on the north shore of New Guinea.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Bruce C. Graham, 86

Bruce Campbell Graham died Jan. 19 in Blueberry Hill Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Beverly, Mass. He was 86.

He moved to Westport in the early 1970s and for the past six years had been living near his son’s family in Hamilton, Mass.

Born Aug. 24, 1924 in Patterson, N.J., he was the son of the late John and Jean Graham. Having spent his youth in Bergen County, New Jersey, and Rockland County, New York,  Bruce graduated from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Md.

Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a first lieutenant and B17 pilot. Thus began his life-long love of flying.

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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Joseph T. Sylvia, 82

Joseph Thomas (Pappa) Sylvia, a longtime resident of Westport, died May 30 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 82.

Born May 12, 1929, in Norwalk, he was the son of the late William and Carmella Sylvia.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Teamsters’ Local 1040. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, camping, golfing, country music and playing guitar. He also donated blood every month to the Red Cross.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Manuel Sylvia and William Sylvia, and a sister, Rita Saenz.

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