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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Norman D. Harris, 58

Norman D. Harris, of New Milford, previously of Danbury, a U.S Postal Service employee in Westport for 30 years, died Tuesday, April 27, in Kent, Conn.

Husband of Neuza (Candida), Harris was born in Danbury Dec. 26, 1951, a son of Anita (Hubbard) Harris and the late Pearly Harris, Jr.

He attended Danbury schools and in addition to being a U.S Postal Service employee for 30 years in Westport, he was a part-time employee of Costco of Norwalk.

In early years, Mr. Harris was employed at Amphenol of Danbury. He enjoyed bowling, golf and was the “life of any gathering, a very giving man.”

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

John D. Zeoli Sr., 85

John D. Zeoli Sr., 85, of Daytona Beach, Fla., died April 19 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was a native Westporter born in Saugatuck on July 11, 1924, as were his parents, the late Dominic and Olympia (Valiante) Zeoli. He was predeceased in 1965 by his wife, Sara (Scordo) Zeoli.

Zeoli left Staples High School in his junior year and, in 1942, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II from 1942 to 1946.

Immediately thereafter he went to work for the Perkin-Elmer Corp. and was employed there for more than 35 years, engaged on projects involved with NASA and the U.S. Defense Department.

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Sophie H. Crown, 84

Sophie H. Crown of Milford, formerly of Norwalk and Westport, wife of the late Arthur Crown, died April 25 in Lord Chamberlain in Stratford. She was 84.

Born on April 24, 1926, in Bedford, N.Y., to the late Wasslie and Sarah (Eisashak) Antoniuk, she was a renowned hairdresser for more than 40 years. Crown worked at several area salons, including Camille’s Salon and Philip’s Salon of Westport.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet Novak of Milford; her sisters, Ann Sobocinski of Milford and Helen Restucci, and her brothers, Alexander and Frederick Antoniuk, all of New York; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a brother, William.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Robert B. Rogers Sr., 87

Robert Bruce Rogers Sr., 87, son of Lucy Todd and John A. Rogers of Westport, died April 8 in Vero Beach, Fla., after a brief illness.

Born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., his family moved to Westport, where Rogers attended Staples High School, played football and was a model student.

He received a scholarship to Amherst College for a year, but enlisted in the U.S. Navy when World War II broke out. Rogers served as an officer in the Naval Reserve. He was a PBY sea plane flight instructor in Pensacola, Fla.

After the war, he and his wife of 57 years, Maggi Rogers, and their new daughter settled in Westport, where he worked for Hooper Inc., a marketing research company in New York.

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Burton Knopp, 93

Burton Knopp, former owner of The Country Gal women’s clothing store on Main Street in Westport and a Westport resident from 1955 until 1979, died on March 31 at his home in Middlebury, Vt. He was 93.

He is survived by his two children, daughter Sari Knopp Biklen of Syracuse, N.Y, and her spouse Douglas Biklen, grandchildren Noah and Molly; and son Alex Knopp of Norwalk, former mayor of Norwalk, and his spouse, Bette Bono, and grandchildren Jessie and Andrew.

His wife Honey Knopp passed away in 1995.  A memorial service will be held later this spring in Middlebury, Vt.

He lived a fruitful, productive, sharing and committed life in suburban Connecticut and rural Vermont. 

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Kirby Myers, 53

Kirby Myers, Westport resident since 2002, died suddenly Thursday, April 22, after a severe heart attack. He was Image
Kirby Myers: Compo Beach resident.Contributed photo

Kirby, who lived at Compo Beach, was a beloved husband to Ellyn Myers, father to Alix and Brittany Myers, and beloved friend to countless local residents.

Known for his zest for life, his extraordinary good-heartedness, love of family and friends, and great athletic prowess, Myers’ sudden death was a shock and blow to all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held in Montreal on Sunday, April 25. For those who wish to pay their respects, the family will be receiving visitors at their home in Westport on Sunday, May 2 at 5 p.m.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Florence W. Remlin, 84

Florence Wakeman Remlin, 84, wife of the late Clifford C. Remlin passed away Monday April 19 at Danbury Hospital.

Florence was born in Norwalk on Aug. 27, 1925, daughter of the late Wilbur and Edna Wakeman. Mrs. Remlin lived in Westport for 80 years before moving to Southbury in 2005.

She worked as a Clerk at MBI in Norwalk prior to retiring in 2000.

Florence was a 1944 Graduate of Staple High School, she loved gardening, knitting, cooking and was known for her chocolate chip cookies. Also, for her love of Animals.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Nathaniel E. Lott

Nathaniel E. Lott of Westport died on April 17.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, his 13 beloved children, 19 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Assumption Catholic Church in Westport on Wednesday, April 21 at 1 p.m.

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Peter Carusone, 70

Peter Carusone, 70, of Westport, husband of the late Antoinette Palmieri Carusone, passed away Sunday morning in Norwalk Hospital.

Mr. Carusone was born in Caserta, Italy, Feb. 4, 1940, son of the late Joseph and Francesca Izzo Carusone and has been a resident of Westport for 46 years.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Carusone had been employed by Pepperidge Farm in Norwalk for many years. He was a talented gardener and enjoyed clamming, fishing and making wine. He loved spending time with his family and friends, telling stories and enjoying food and drink.

Survivors include one daughter, Francesca Carusone of Westport, one son, Joseph P. Carusone and his wife Heather of Norwalk, four sisters, Angelina Carusone, Carmella Carusone Rosa Carusone all of Italy and Giovanna Carusone of France; two brothers, Giovanni Carusone of Italy, Dante Carusone of New Haven, two grandchildren, Michelle and Peter Carusone of Norwalk, and many nieces and nephews.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Cheryl A. Sulborski-Frasco, 53

Cheryl A. Sulborski-Frasco, age 53, previously of Agawam and Southwick, Mass., passed away unexpectedly at home on April 13.

She was born Jan. 4, 1957, to Chester and Patricia (Williamson) Sulborski. Cheryl graduated from Cathedral High School in Springfield, Mass. and received her BA and Master degrees from Western New England College in Springfield, Mass.

Since January 2006, Chery has been VP of Human Resources for Terex Inc. in Westport.

Prior to joining Terex, Cheryl served as the vice president of Human Resources for ABB from 1988 until 2005 in both Norwalk, and Raleigh, N.C.

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M. Philip Lorber, 94

Commander M. Philip Lorber, an international lawyer, died at his home in Boca Raton, Fla., on March 20. He was 94.

He lived at 4 Larch Tree Lane in Westport for more than 20 years and served for four years on the Westport Zoning Board of Appeals.

He was born in New York City on Dec. 16, 1915, to Max Lorber and Bertha Mandel.

The son of immigrant parents, he was truly self-made and the first member of his family to graduate high school. His career embraced the private practice of law, military service, government service and Wall Street.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ruth W. Wilson, 80

Ruth W. Wilson, nee Wyman, 80, wife of Warren Wilson, passed away on Sunday, April 11.

Ruth and Warren were due to celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary in June.

Ruth, a native of Orange, N.J., received her R.N. from Orange Memorial Hospital and maintained her registration until 2003.

She received her Bachelors degree from Goddard College on her 50th birthday.  In addition to working many years with children, she was a hospital volunteer for 18 years.

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Helen A. Sanford, 83

Mrs. Helen A. Sanford, 83, of Westport, wife of John Sanford passed away Monday, April 12 at Norwalk Hospital.

Helen was born June 2, 1926 in Norwalk, daughter of the late Michael and Angelina DeCola and has been a lifelong resident of Westport. Helen enjoyed spending time gardening.

Survivors, in addition to her beloved husband John, include three daughters, Sharon Sanford of Fairfield, Jane Sanford of West Haven, and Diane Sanford and her partner Lynne Huffines of Fairfield; two brothers, John DeCola and his wife Christine of Newtown, Roger DeCola and his wife Shirley of Venice Fla.; one aunt, Celeste Soos of Bridgeport, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Betty Esposito of Norwalk, and Grace Chimento of Venice, Fla.

The family will receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, on Thursday, April 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Hazel H. Aronoff, 81

Hazel H. (Harris) Aronoff of Westport passed away April 6 at age 81.

She was the daughter of Samuel and Henrietta Harris of Mount Vernon, N.Y. She was predeceased by her husband, Seymour; and sister, Laurel Hornstein.

She is survived by her loving children and their spouses, James H. (Vicki), Nancy A. Murphy (Sandy), Susan A. Schulman (Mitchel); grandchildren Jessica, Bucky, Becca and Lil Aronoff; Harry, Griffin, Delia and Laurel Murphy; Carly and Marni Schulman; and niece Amy Hornstein.

Hazel was a graduate of A.B. Davis High School, Mount Vernon, and attended the University of Delaware.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Justus L. Fischer, 80

Justus Leonard Fischer, 80, died Tuesday, March 2, at the Paradigm Healthcare Center in Norwalk following a series of illnesses.

He is survived by his daughter, Page Mader; his sister, Jean Van Der Veer and many close friends.

The son of Justus and Ethel Fischer (Jarrett), he grew up in Stamford and was a lifelong resident of Connecticut.

Justus attended Mount Herman Academy and served in the U.S. Army. He was an active stock trader and was employed at Nesbitt Thompson and Company, and Shields and Co.

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