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Friday, August 17, 2012

Nancy L. Mills, 66

Nancy Lucille Mills, a Staples High School graduate, died Feb. 27 in Jacksonville, Fla. She was 66.

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Nancy Mills: 1963 Staples grad. Contributed photo

Born March 21, 1946 in Norwalk to Dr. Clifford Wheeler Mills and Lucille Jones Mills, she attended Staples High School, graduating in 1963, then went on to Laselle College in Massachusetts, and Norwalk Technical College.

After an early interest in a career in nursing, she began working as a computer programmer for Union Trust Bank, and has been a systems analyst and change management executive for Bank of America for the last 21 years.

She loved needlepoint, antiques, and raising zebra finches, her family said. She also read widely. Her favorite author was Agatha Christie, who was filled with wisdom that she embodied. Both knew that good advice was bound to be ignored, but should be given anyway, and that for everything one loves, one pays a price, according to her family.

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Edward C. Sheppard, 78

Edward Camillo Sheppard, MD, of Westport died Aug. 10, after a brief illness. The cause was cancer, his family said. He was 78.

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Edward Sheppard: had psychiatric practice in Westport. Contributed photo

He was born March 10, 1934 in Atlantic City, N.J. to Edward Francis Sheppard, who predeceased him, and Rita Gargale Sheppard, currently of Fairfield. He pursued his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and earned his doctorate in medicine from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

His professional memberships included the American Psychiatric Association and the New York Academy of Sciences. In the early 1970s, he began his psychiatric practice at Norwalk Hospital and established private practices in Manhattan and Westport.

In his more than 40 years of serving people with emotional and psychological issues, he improved the quality of life for hundreds of patients and their families. His patients speak with praise for his creative, analytical approach, and therapies that rely minimally on prescription drugs, his family said.

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William M. Shaner, 81

UPDATE William M. Shaner, Jr, formerly of Westport, died Aug. 15 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport after a brief illness. He was 81.

Born in Philadelphia, he grew up in Wynnewood, on the Main Line, as he was fond to say.  He was the son of William M. Shaner, Sr. and Marion Steele Shaner. 

He attended Old Penn Charter School and went on to Amherst College. His time at Amherst, where he was a member of the Chi Phi fraternity, was interrupted by service in the U.S. Marines during the Korean conflict. 

After graduating in 1954, he moved on to law school at the University of Pennsylvania. But his real love was advertising. After dropping out of Penn, he moved to New York City to pursue an advertising career. He met his first wife and mother of his children, Phyllis Quinn Shaner (currently of Westport) while in New York.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Genevieve Kral, 97

Genevieve “Jean” S. Kral of Westport died Aug. 14 at home. She was 97.

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Genevieve Kral: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Westport to the late Bernard and Sophie Stahursky, she was a lifelong resident. She loved gardening, reading and cooking but most of all, loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a devoted parishioner of St. Luke Church.

She is survived by her children, Robert Kral and his wife, Crescent of Fairfield, Thomas Kral of Westport and Barbara Bazyk of Fairfield; two brothers, Bernard and John Stahursky of Westport; three sisters, Helen Rutski of Westport, Wanda Oronowski of Norwalk and Bertha Matis of Westport; six grandchildren, Christopher Kral, Jonathan Kral and his wife, Cristin and their children, Brendan and Ryan, Diana Kral, Laura Kral, Jeffrey Bazyk and his wife, Angelica and their children, Benjamin, Alex and Angelica and Tracey Bazyk; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Anthony V. Kral, and parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Frank, Joseph, Steve and Sophie Stahursky.

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Mariam Correia, 94

Mariam Correia of Roanoke, Va., a former special education teacher in the Westport school system, died Aug. 11. She was 94.

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Mariam Correia: Westport special ed teacher. Contributed photo

Mariam Elizabeth Ellen Barbour Correia was born on Sept. 20, 1917, to Squire Robert and Estella Younger Barbour in Roanoke. She graduated from the first Lucy Addison High School and attended St. Augustine College in Raleigh, N.C. She also attended North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C.

She was employed by Roanoke City Schools and the Westport school system in the Special Education Department until she retired with her husband to her hometown of Roanoke.

Upon her arrival, she rejoined the Sweet Union Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Flower Club. She was also an active member of the Roanoke Chapter of the Continental Societies.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Richard H. Jager, 61

Richard H. Jager, a former Westport resident who most recently lived in Seymour after many years in Shelton, died Aug.1. He was 61.

“Rick” grew up in Westport, where at the age of 13, he began his first business, Harbor Marine Services. After graduating from Brown University, he incorporated his business as Subsea Associates and Waterfront Associates, specializing in designs, inspections and repairs of underwater structures.

Professionally he was active in many organizations and served on the board of the Association of Diving Contractors. He was a longtime resident of Shelton, where he raised his family.

While living in Shelton, he served on the WPCA and was vice president of Clean Sound, a volunteer organization developed to keep the local marshes and river banks clean of debris.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Kathleen Lenihan, 60

UPDATE Kathleen Lenihan, a former Westport resident and mother of Dan Roberti, Democratic candidate in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, died Aug. 11 after a six-year battle with melanoma. She was 60.

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Kathleen Lenihan: former Westport resdient. Contributed photo

Lenihan died in hospice care in the Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in New Milford, according to an announcement from Roberti’s campaign.

Originally from Ridgewood, N.J., she most recently has been a resident of Kent. A former schoolteacher in Bridgeport, she raised her two sons for many years in Westport.

“My mother was an inspiration to everyone in our family,” Roberti said in a statement. “We drew on her strength, relished her wit, and sought to embody her compassion.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Lynn Rosenfeld, 77

Lynn Rosenfeld, a longtime Westport resident and special education teacher here, died Aug. 3. She was 77.

Born Dec. 13, 1934 in Grand Junction, Colo., she had an idyllic childhood among extended family on a fruit ranch in Grand Junction. Her family later moved to Layton, Utah where she graduated from high school and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

When a sorority sister introduced her to Kurt, later to become her husband, their first date was on the slopes of Alta, in knee deep powder down the Wildcat Run. They were married in 1957.

The couple moved to Westport in 1962 where they raised their children. She spent endless hours at Compo Beach, playing tennis at Longshore and nurturing a beautiful garden.

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Sunday, August 05, 2012

Virginia N. Hermann, 90

Virginia Ann (Nevins) Hermann of Wethersfield, a former Westport resident, died July 19 at the Atria in Rocky Hill. She was 90.

Born May 10, 1922 in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Louise (Schneider) Nevins. She graduated from Staples High School in Westport and attended the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where she met her future husband Ralph. She was a member of the Gamma Sigma Sorority.

During World War II, she worked at Remington Arms in Hartford and married Ralph in 1945 at the Nevins family home in Easton. Wethersfield became their home and they were members of the Wethersfield Country Club.

She served as chairman of the Ladies Division and helped to plan many special events there. She was also active with Trinity Episcopal Church in Old Wethersfield. She loved all aspects of the arts: music, dance, painting, crafts, cooking and gardening. She was an active member of local Garden and Bonsai Clubs.

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Friday, August 03, 2012

John A. Larson, 85

John Alfred Larson, M.D., psychiatrist, a former Westport resident, died July 29 in Louisville, Colo. He was 85.

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John A. Larson: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born Feb. 10, 1927, the first of six children born to Mildred and Edwin Larson, he was raised in New Richmond, Wisc. Despite the family’s struggles during the Great Depression, and the loss of two of his younger brothers, he attended Northwestern University on full scholarship, where he decided, inspired by the town doctor who was a powerful influence in his early life, to enter medical school.

Early on, he began to confront the challenges of his inner life, and focused his studies in psychiatry, becoming a resident at the Menninger Institute. He also married Dorothy Swanson and raised two children, while moving east to Longmeadow, Mass.

There he became chief psychiatrist at Bay State Hospital, working with poor families, and was twice elected president of the Western Massachusetts Psychiatric Association.

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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Katherine S. Maliszewski, 84

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Katherine Maliszewski: operated Sherman Inn. Contributed photo

Katherine Scott Maliszewski, a resident of Westport for 55 years and a former businesswoman in New Canaan, died July 23 in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was 84.

She was born in Scotland on Nov. 27, 1927. With her husband Walter as president, who died in 1979, they were operative partners in the Roger Sherman Inn in New Canaan from 1969-1985.

She is survived by her children, Anne Diamond and Willy Maliszewski, and by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her daughter Karen Shepard died in 1988.

A private family funeral will be at Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Doris B. Shiller, 79

Doris Barker Shiller, a longtime Westport resident, attorney, and former Board of Education member who championed the controversial Project Return effort to bring Bridgeport students into Westport schools in the 1960s and ‘70s, died July 22 after a brief illness. She was 79.

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Doris Shiller: active in community affairs. Contributed photo

Born May 9,1933 in Brooklyn. N.Y., she was raised in Belle Harbor, N.Y. She graduated Barnard College cum laude in 1954 with a degree in economics and Yale Law School in 1979. She was the first woman partner at Marsh, Day, & Calhoun in Bridgeport. In 1985, she continued practicing at Berkowitz, Balbirer, Weisman and Lubell, P.C. until she retired in 2005.

She moved to Westport in 1957 and participated actively in many Westport civic and community affairs.

She joined the League of Women Voters, serving on its Long Range Budget Study. She joined the PTA and became an officer of the PTA Council.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Jo-Anne G. Tallcouch, 73

Jo-Anne R. Graziani Tallcouch of Easton, a U.S. Postal Service employee in Westport for more than three decades, died July 28. She was 73.

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Jo-Anne Tallcouch: longtime Westport postal employee. Contributed photo

Born in Bridgeport on Aug. 28, 1938, she was daughter to the late Joseph and Anna Somen Graziani, A graduate of Bassick High School, Class of 1956, she had been a Fairfield resident for 35 years before moving to Easton 10 years ago.

She had worked in admissions for Long Island College and Norwalk Hospital. She later worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Westport for more than 32 years until retirement. While there, her likeness was used for a commemorative stamp honoring the U.S. postal worker.

She had also been a waitress in several area restaurants. She enjoyed traveling, especially her monthly trips to the Atlantic City casinos. She also loved her shopping trips with her sister Lorraine, which were always filled with fun and laughter.

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Final Farewell to Restaurateur

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There was a large turnout today at Westport’s Assumption Church for services for Westport restaurateur Frank S. DeMace, co-founder of Mario’s Restaurant, who died Tuesday at the age of 78.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Travel Writer Suzy Gershman, Ex-Westporter, Dies at 64

Suzy Kalter Gershman, a former Westport resident best known for her “Born to Shop” travel series, died July 25 in her native San Antonio, Texas, after a year-long battle with brain cancer. She was 64.

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Suzy Gershman: known for her “Born to Shop” series. Contributed photo

An author, journalist and television personality, she brought her international expertise to readers, television viewers, travelers and shoppers the world over with her magazine articles, shopping tours, and the “Born to Shop” travel guides.

Gershman was also the author of “C’est la Vie,” a bestselling memoir about her first year of widowhood during which time she moved from her Compo Road South home in Westport to Paris and began a new life. On the book’s cover was a dog rescued from the Westport animal shelter.

In an effort to learn more about the dog’s Westport background, she penned a plea for information in the dog’s name that appeared on WestportNow on Jan. 15, 2004.

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