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Monday, July 19, 2010

Michael D. Foy Sr., 46

Michael David Foy Sr. 46, formerly of Westport, passed away Saturday, June 17 at Norwalk Hospital.

Michael was born Oct. 18, 1963, son of Thomas A. and Edna (Keil) Foy. He is a graduate of Staples High School and loved fishing.

Survivors in addition to his mother and father formerly of Westport and currently of Windham, Maine, include two sons, Michael D. Foy and Thomas L. Foy both of Tallahassee, Fla., one sister, Jean Foy and her husband Richard Evans of Madison, Conn., two brothers, Robert M. Foy and his wife Julie of Gorham, Maine, Thomas G. Foy and his wife Erin of Berlin, Conn., and two nieces and two nephews.

A graveside service was held Thursday, July 15 in Assumption Cemetery, Greens Farms. The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, assisted the family with the arrangements.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tom DeLong, Author of Westport Luminaries Book, Dies at 75 Image
Thomas A. DeLong, author of “Stars in Our Eyes,” a Westport Historical Society biographical galaxy of stage and screen personalities who were former residents of Westport or Weston, died July 12 in Florida of a stroke. He was 75. (See obituary). DeLong, who was a former chair of board of trustees of the Westport School of Music, appeared at the Westport Historical Society in December 2009 to sign copies of the revised, reprinted version of his book which was originally published in 2000 following an exhibit at the Society of the same title. DeLong and collaborator Wally Woods (r) updated some of the content for this new edition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Thomas A. DeLong II, 75

Thomas A. DeLong II, author of 10 books including “Stars in Our Eyes,” a Westport Historical Society biographical galaxy of stage and screen personalities who were former residents of Westport or Weston, died July 12 in Florida from a stroke. He was 75. Image
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He was born in Freeport, L.I. and was the son of the late Sara and Howard DeLong.

He was predeceased by a sister, Nancy D. Whiteford. He was a resident of Southport, Palm Beach and New York. He was a 1957 graduate of Williams College, received a MA from Columbia University in 1959, and an MBA from New York University in 1969.

He worked in corporate communications for Olin Corp. and Pfizer. He was the author of 10 books, mostly on TV, radio and music, as well as four biographies of Paul Whiteman, Frank Munn, John Davis Lodge, a former Connecticut governor and congressman who was a Westport resident, and Madame Chiang Kai Shek.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Susan E. Kahn

Susan Ellen Kahn passed away Sunday, July 11, after a short Image
Susan Kahn: Staples grad. Contributed photo

At the time of her passing, she was employed by the U.S. Border Patrol at Patrol Blaine Sector headquarters in Blaine, Wash.

Susan, a 1971 a graduate of Staples High School, was a gourmet cook, avid sailor and lover of all animals.

She was the daughter of the late Jacqueline Van Bergh and Walter Charles Kahn.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Suzanne Holliday, 64

Suzanne Holliday, a 35-year employee of the Westport Public Schools, died July 12, in Eden, Utah. She was 64. Westport blog 06880 said she died of complications following shoulder Image
Suzy Holliday: p.e. teacher. photo

Holliday began her teaching career in Westport at Coleytown Elementary School in 1968. She then went on to Saugatuck Elementary before moving on to Bedford Middle School. She also taught for a year in Virginia.

Holliday was the recipient of Westport’s Teacher of the Year award at the secondary level, and was named Connecticut Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

In an Internet post, Holliday reflected on her years in the Westport school system, and Coleytown Elementary in particular.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Victor K. Koechl, 82

Victor Karl Koechl of Wilton died July 5 at Norwalk Hospital of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

Born in New York City on March 3, 1928, to Charlotte Trowbridge Koechl and Paul Koechl, he spent his early childhood in Europe, then moved to the Boston area and attended Andover, Harvard University and the Harvard School of Design, from which he attained a master’s degree in architecture.

Upon graduation, Koechl worked for the architectural firm Kahn and Jacobs in Manhattan. His first big assignment there was as a project manager on the construction of the American Airlines terminal at Kennedy Airport.

He moved to Wilton in 1965 and practiced residential and commercial architecture, first in partnership with Thomas E. Bates, and then with Lynedon S. Eaton and Helen May.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Charlaine Cook Fontelieu, 84

Charlaine Cook Fontelieu, nee Charlaine Catherine Cook, wife and mother, died July 5 of complications due to kidney failure in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was Image
Charlaine Fontelieu: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

She is survived by her husband Ted Fontelieu and her sister Eva Metzger, as well as her children Denise Hamilton and husband Jim, Sukey Fontelieu, Ted Fontelieu III, and Charles “Chalk” Fontelieu and wife Kim. Charlaine is outlived by her nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Charlaine was born Dec. 13 1925 and raised in Downer’s Grove, Ill., the youngest of four children. She made the adventurous decision to attend Newcomb College in New Orleans where she met the love of her life, Ted, “T.J.”

They married in 1946, just before Ted was shipped out on active duty in the Sea of Japan. After the war, they raised four children and after many moves finally settled in Westport. 

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Mark T. White, 57

Mark Thomson White, 57, died suddenly of heart failure on July 9.

Son of the late Thomas S. White Jr. and Helen Lawler White of Westport, he was a graduate of Staples High School and Albion College in Michigan. White worked as a landscaper and at Shaw’s of Westport.

He is survived by a brother, Frank White of New Lebanon, N.Y.; his sister, Christine Babson of Medfield, Mass.; and his nieces, Esther and Margaret Babson.

A funeral will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 17. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.

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Friday, July 09, 2010

Yvonne B. Cuseo, 91

Yvonne B. Cuseo, 91, of Westport, wife of the late Albert R. Cuseo, Sr., passed away peacefully Thursday evening in Connecticut Health of Southport.

Mrs. Cuseo was born March 20, 1919 in Fairfield daughter of the late Fredrick and Roseanne (LaBlanc) Sirois and has been a lifelong Westport resident.

Mrs. Cuseo along with her husband owned and operated Albert R. Cuseo Refuse and Cuseo Exxon Gas Station. They also owned and operated the Albert R. Cuseo Bus Service from the 1960s until 1980. Along with her work, Mrs. Cuseo most liked spending time with her family.

Survivors include her son, Peter J. Cuseo and his wife Teresa of Westport, one sister, Roseanne Richardson of Milford, four grandchildren, John, Albert, James and Christina, and four great grandchildren, Maggie, Harry, Chelsea and Amelia. She was also predeceased by one son, Albert R. Cuseo, Jr. and nine brothers and sisters.

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

Thomas Feldhahn, 81

Thomas Feldhahn, a longtime resident of Westport, died at Norwalk Hospital on July 4. He was 81.

He worked as a commercial art executive for several award-winning advertising agencies in both Lps Angeles and New York. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy (Palmer) Feldhahn, his son Jeffery and wife Karen of Ridgewood, N.J. and his three grandchildren—Katy, Timmy and Molly as well as Tom’s older sister, Lois Dillon, in Independence, Mo.

A private service will be held at the Notre Dame Convalescent Home.


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Aaron R. Rausen, 80

UPDATE Aaron Reuben Rausen, MD, age 80, of New York City and Westport, died July 7 of pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Rausen, known as “Paca” to his grandchildren, was born in Jersey City, N.J., June 29, 1930, the son of David and Ruth Rausen. He grew up in New York City.

He attended Stuyvesant High School in New York City, Dartmouth College from 1947-1950 and left prior to graduation to attend State University of New York on a full tuition scholarship where he received an MD degree in 1954.

Dartmouth awarded Dr. Rausen the Spirit of ‘51 award and an honorary degree.

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Julian Kassen, 91

Julian Kassen, an internist who taught at Cleveland’s Mt. Sinai Hospital, MetroHealth Medical Center, and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), died July 5 at age 91. Image
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Dr. Kassen was in private practice for 35 years, and he was later chief of legal medicine for Ohio Permanente Medical Group. Most recently he volunteered for the Dittrick Medical History Center at CWRU.

An avid reader and world traveler, Dr. Kassen chaired the physicians’ division of the Jewish Welfare Fund (now the Campaign for Jewish Needs), and he served Montefiore, Mt. Sinai, Jewish Family Service Association, and other organizations in various leadership capacities.

Born in Fitzgerald, Ga., Dr. Kassen received his medical degree from Emory University.

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

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Charles W. Lucas II, 58, of Westport, died on July 2 in Westport. 

Charles was born on Sept. 18, 1951, in Ft Worth , Texas,  son of the late “Luke” and “Cooke” Lucas. 

Charles graduated from University of Texas in 1972.  He enjoyed a long career in specialty retail, holding executive positions for Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co.,  and Bergdorf Goodman.

Charles and his wife, Katie, moved to Westport in 1987. His philanthropic spirit was integral in helping sustain the good works of numerous charities and nonprofit organizations.

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Monday, July 05, 2010

Suzanne D. Siegel, 72

Suzanne Dietz Siegel died June 16, 2010, in her home in Marina del Rey, Calif., where she spent her last days surrounded by her family. She was 72.

Born in New York on Dec. 7, 1937, to Hilda and Alexander Schor, she grew up as a dancer and theater enthusiast. In the 1950s, her family relocated to Westport, where she met and married fellow creative spirit David Dietz. Together the couple raised their three children in Westport.

Siegel was involved in Hadassah and ORT, and gave her time and enthusiasm to support many causes.

She was founder and co-owner of “On Stage Academy for the Performing Arts” in Westport and hosted the Professional Actors’ Workshop,which boasted a list of local celebrity talent. She went on to produce cabaret style shows with “5-J Productions” along with her friend and producer, John Franklin.

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Doris H. Conroy, 81

Doris Helen Conroy, age 81, died Sunday, July 4 in Pawleys Island, S.C.

Born in St. Louis, Mo, she was the daughter of the late Alvin and Helen Thielker. Mrs. Conroy had an unending passion for music and the arts. She was a dedicated wife and mother who loved gardening.

Doris had a long distinguished career as a registered nurse. She was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Westport. She dedicated her life to mothering, giving and caring for others. She was preceded in death by a brother, Alan Thielker.

Survivors include four sons, John A. Conroy of Grosse Ile, Mich., Thomas A. Conroy of Newtown, Brian J. Conroy of Shelburne, Vt., and James E. Conroy of Ridgefield; a daughter, Ann Antoniewski of Pawleys Island, S.C.; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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