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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Alice C. Roznoy, 98

Alice C. Roznoy of Nokomis, Fla. and formerly of Westport died June 27. She was 98.

Born Sept. 30, 1913, she was graduate of Trenton State Teacher’s College and later taught for several years.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Cynthia Roznoy, of Westport; daughter, Carol Dennis, of Round Hill, Va.; granddaughter, Elizabeth Dennis; grandson, Joseph (Jed) Dennis; and three great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Riley, and Jasper Dennis, all of Arlington, Va. She was predeceased by Louis, her husband of 73 years.

Funeral arrangements by: National Cremation & Burial Society.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Rhoda M. Goldman, 91

Rhoda Miller Goldman of Westport, a commercial real estate investor, owner and manager, died June 24. She was 91.

She was greatly loved by her entire extended family and remembered most for her devotion, kindness and generosity, her family said.

Her family said she led “four incredible lives” with late husbands Dr. Jacob Goldman, Dr. Leo Miller, Larry Wolf and Robert Stanley.

She is survived by her grandsons Lawrence and Reuben Rosof, and her great granddaughter Susannah.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Edward R. Sheldon, 77

Edward R. Sheldon of Westport died June 19. He was 77.

Born April 14, 1935, he was the son of Bernice and the late Max Sheldon. A longtime Westport resident, he is survived by his wife Barbara; children Amy, Wendy and Spencer; grandchildren Maggie and Nicholas, and brother Robert.

“You were truly the kindest and most gentle man, involved with every member of your extended family,” his family said. “We thank you for loving each of us so completely and teaching us so well the most important lessons of life.”

Services were held June 22 at Temple Israel, Westport.

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James E. Barber, 48

James E. Barber of Westport, formerly of Bridgeport and New York City, died June 18. He was 48. Image
James Barber: worked with homeless. Contributed photo

Born in Bridgeport, on Nov. 9, 1963, he was the son of Elizabeth Prendergast Barber and the late Ronald “Red” Barber. He attended Southern Connecticut State University and later moved to New York where he attended Columbia and New York Universities.

He was formerly employed by Greenpeace, the Margolis Group Home, and Bailey House in New York City, the nations’ first response to homelessness among men living with AIDS. He was most recently employed by the Gillespie Center in Westport as the evening shift intake supervisor.

He loved his time living in New York City. He loved the culture and the diversity of the people, and he had a deep fondness for and was actively involved in daily life in Westport.

He had a passion for travel, having extensively visited Europe and especially Ireland. He also traveled the United States from coast to coast several times. He was an accomplished guitarist and collector of guitars.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Stanleigh Wells, 87

Stanleigh Wells of Bridgewater, Conn., a former Westport resident,  died June 21 at Danbury Hospital. He was 87.

Born in Nutley, N.J., he was son of the late Sheldon S. and Maybell Wells. He was a 1942 graduate of Staples High School and attended the University of Virginia for Electrical Engineering and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a designer for the library supply industry and was the holder of several patents.

In addition to his wife Alison, he is survived by his children: Alden Wells-O’Dwyer of Bridgewater, Leigh Wells of Bridgewater, Keith Wells of Roxbury and Kendall Wells Machado and husband David of Woodbury, his sister-in-law Jean B. Wells of Westport, three grandchildren: Brooke, Erin and Terence, eight great grandchildren and two nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Sheldon B. Wells and David S. Wells.

There will be no calling hours. Cremation will take place at the direction of the family. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Jack P. DeWitt, 84

Jack P. DeWitt, a longtime resident of Norwalk and husband of longtime Westport WVEMS volunteer Susan DeWitt, died June 18 at Norwalk Hospital after a battle with cancer. He was 84.

The couple have been among the premier breeders of terriers in Connecticut.

Born in Detroit on April 30, 1928, he was the son of the late Reinhold and Katie DeWitt. He was raised primarily in Watertown, Conn. and attended high school at the Taft School there. He went on to MIT, graduating in 1950.

From MIT, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1951 through 1953 and was stationed in the European Command. He received the Occupation Medal (Germany) and the National Defense Service Medal.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Swimmer Taken Ill in Triathalon, Later Dies

UPDATE A competitor in in the Targettrainig Sherwood Island Sprint Triathalon today was pulled from the water and CPR administered to the swimmer on the beach shorty after the event began, according to witnesses. He later died at Norwalk Hospital, according to a funeral home obituary. Image
Robert Hartline: died Monday at Norwalk Hospital. Contributed photo

A crew from Westport EMS was on standby for the event and responded to the man in distress on the East Beach. An ambulance transported the swimmer to Norwalk Hospital. Witnesses said he apparently suffered a medical complication while swimming, possibly a heart attack. He was brought to the beach by a kayak. No police escort boats or lifeguards were on the water as in many water sports events.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Energy and Environment, which oversees Sherwood Island State Park, said the man was a 62-year-old Wethersfield resident. An obituary from a Wallingford funeral home later identified him as Robert Hartline, a Navy veteran, who marked his 62nd birthday on Saturday.

It said he was an accomplished runner in the 1980s, having competed in the Boston Marathon.

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Patricia C. Taylor, 84

Patricia (Pat) C. Taylor, a longtime resident of Westport and wife of 55 years of Paul C.Taylor Sr., died June 14 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 84.

Born in Bronx, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Dr. Gerald Carroll and Florence (Donnelly) Carroll.  Prior to raising their four children, she worked as a teacher in the Norwalk school system.

She is a graduate of Georgian Court University in New Jersey and received a Master’s Degree in education from Columbia University.  She served many years as a member of the Assumption Church Women’s Guild.

Later, she started a second career as an administrator at the Southport Racquet Club where she worked for more than 20 years. She had a love for reading, knitting and looked forward to her weekly bridge games with “the ladies.” Her home, neighbors and life at Compo Beach were very dear to her heart.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

William H. Gish, Jr., 97

William Henry Gish, Jr., a former Westporter, died May 24 at Scripps Encinitas Memorial Hospital in Encinitas, Calif. following a brief illness. He was 97.

He was born april 28, 1915 in Peekskill, N.Y., the son of William H. Gish and Bertha Naylor Gish. After graduating from Peekskill High School, he attended the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School where he received a degree in economics.  He was a member of Sphinx Honorary Society and Phi Sigma Alpha fraternity.

He spent his career as a corporate investment counselor working for the firm ‘Lionel Edy,’ as well as an additional 28 years on Wall Street specializing in pension management. Upon retirement in 1980, he moved from Westport to Encinitas to be near his son, William Gish, III.

In 1984, he met and married Dorothy Hatfield Mitchell. A true philanthropist, he supported Scripps Memorial Hospital, the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Zoo, the Magdalena Ecke YMCA, and other charitable organizations.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Loren F. Northrop, 92

Loren F. Northrop of Big River, Calif., formerly of Westport, died June 10 after after a brief illness. He was 92.

A third generation Westporter, he was born in Saugatuck April 25, 1920 to Frank H. Northrop and Evelyn Crocker Northrop.

“Larry” attended Westport schools, graduating fom Staples High School in 1937.  With the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on a patrol craft in the Pacific for the duration of the war.

After his discharge, he began his career with the Westport Bank and Trust Co., retiring from the bank in 1979 after 34 years.

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Margaret L. Sloane, 94

Margaret Lunder Sloane, a Westport resident for 62 years, died June 12. She was 94.

She was born Ella Margaret Lunder in Canton, S.D. on May 7, 1918 to Paul M. and Ellida Algarheim Lunder. The Lunders were pioneering Norwegian farmers of the great Dakota Territory.

She attended St Olaf College, a Lutheran liberal arts college in Northfield, Minn. from which she graduated as class salutatorian.

She majored in English and drama, and was a member of the world renowned St. Olaf Choir.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

William M. Kiedaisch, 75

William M. Kiedaisch, a Westport and Lighthouse Point, Fla., resident died May 23 at home. He was 75.

Born Nov. 24, 1936 in Chicago, he was a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago, receiving a B.S. and M.A. in mathematics.

He started his career as a teacher and chairman of the Department of Mathematics of Brother Rice High School, Chicago. From there, he went into computer systems with Western Electric, RCA Data Processing, Northwest Industries, and General Foods.

He retired from Kraft Foods as vice president of information technology in 1996. He owned his own management consultant firm and was a member of the Research Board in New York City.

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Joy Walker, 89

Joy Walker, formerly of Westport and Roxbury, an English teacher at Staples High School for three decades, died June 6. She was 89. Image
Joy Walker: taught English at Staples. Contributed photo

She was born March 4, 1923 to Phil and Jessie Schuyler. She graduated from Staples High School in 1940 and Bennington College where she majored in English and minored in modern dance. She received her Masters in Education from the University of Bridgeport. She was a much loved English teacher at Staples High School for more than 30 years.

Her interests included the literary arts, gardening, golf, tennis, fishing, dancing, bird watching, collecting wildflowers and completing The New York Times crossword puzzles.

She loved playing Charades and was nearly impossible to defeat in Scrabble. She was extremely well read but no snob. Finding the inherent good in others was one of her most enduring talents and she maintained a positive outlook on life to the very end. 

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Elizabeth B. Valentik, 72

Elizabeth Berg Valentik of Falmouth Foreside, Maine, a former Westport resident, died June 5 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine. She was 72.

The daughter of Elmer and Gladys Drysdale Berg, she was born on Oct. 3, 1939, in Richmond, Ind., and attended Richmond schools, Oak Grove School in Vasselboro, graduated from Richmond Senior High School, and from John Herron Art School of Indiana University in Indianapolis in 1962.

She worked for the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis newspapers, moved to New York City and worked in advertising before moving to Connecticut. She then worked for Southern New England Telephone Company for 12 years in a variety of jobs in a variety of Connecticut towns.

Married to S. Thomas Valentik in 1977, they lived in Westport until 1985, then moved to Maine.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Dudley H. Speros, 50

Dudley H. Speros of Westport and Rindge, N.H. died June 7 at his home after a brief illness. He was 50. Image
Dudley Speros: homes in Westport and New Hampshire. Contributed photo

Born Dec. 28, 1961 in Winchester, Mass., he was the, son of the late Arthur C. and Sandra D. (Hall) Speros. He was a 1980 graduate of Dover-Sherborn High School and continued his education at Nasson College and graduated from Clark University in 1985 with a Bachelors of Science degree.

Professionally, he was a master negotiator and an accomplished salesman. He took great pride in being an integral part of the Trinity Packaging Corp. team in Armonk, N.Y. and being instrumental in its growth. He was currently serving as the senior vice president in the Consumer Products Division.

Not only was Dud “master of the deal” in his work, he used his craftsman negotiating skills to complete “Dud Deals” for both friends and family in his personal life. Countless friends can look at something they own and smile at the thought of Dud leading their negotiations in its purchase.

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