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Friday, July 02, 2010

Walter A. Hahn, 89

Walter A. Hahn, 89, of Thirwood Place in South Yarmouth, Mass., died peacefully at home on July 1.

Born Walter August Hermann Hahn on Dec. 21, 1920 in Wittenberg, Germany, he accompanied his mother, Frieda and sister, Gertrude, to America in 1925 to start a new life with family and friends in upstate New York.

His father, August, later joined the family there. Walter attended school in Poughkeepsie and graduated from Arlington High School before enrolling at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

He played center on the SLU football team and was president of the SAE fraternity house on campus.

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Rosalie T. Fagerlund, 87

Rosalie Tietz Fagerlund, of Kennebunk, Maine, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 30.

She was born on Dec. 22, 1922, in New York City to Edward and Rosalie Tietz. She graduated from EB Davis High School and attended Concordia College where she excelled in dramatics and the sport of track and field.

Rosalie was employed as a model while attending Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Manhattan. Upon completion of her studies, she was employed in various secretarial capacities.

Rosalie was married in 1947 to Gordon Fagerlund. After the birth of her daughters, Rosalie volunteered extensively in the Westport school system.

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Ernest H. Grauel, 82

Ernest Henry Grauel of Westport died June 30 at Norwalk Hospital of liver cancer. He was 82.WestportNow.com Image
Ernie Grauel: almost 60 years in Westport. Contributed photo

Born in Norristown, Penn., on May 23, 1928, to Anne and Ernest H. Grauel Sr., Ernie spent his early years in Black Rock, followed by about six decades in Westport.

He was an artist his whole life, and at times worked as a theater projectionist and taxi driver. He loved Westport and was a local fixture, recognizable by his handlebar mustache and hats.

Ernie was mentored by the artists James Dougherty and Karl Anderson, and studied at the Pratt Institute, The Cooper Union and The Art Students League. He worked mostly in oils with an abstract, cubist style. His works were exhibited in shows throughout the region.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Kevin J. Lally, Former Westport News CEO, Dies at 53

UPDATE Kevin J. Lally, former president, CEO, and publisher of the Brooks Community Newspapers (BCN), which included the Westport News, died Friday at his Westport home. He was 53.WestportNow.com Image
Kevin J. Lally: former Brooks CEO. Contributed photo

Born in New Jersey on Dec. 7, 1956, a son of the late Harry and Gail Lally, he was a resident of Westport for 35 years.

A 1974 graduate of Staples High School, he later attended Skidmore College where he graduated with a degree in art in 1979. He also did graduate work at Fairfield University in the accounting and business program.

He began his newspaper career at BCN as a paste up artist summers while in college. Lally’s father had been partners with Westporter B.V. Brooks, owner of the newspaper chain.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Jerry Roodhuyzen, 89

Jerry Roodhuyzen, 89, passed away on June 18. WestportNow.com Image
Jerry Roodhuyzen: 13-year Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Jerry married Jean Marie Atma after serving in the Army Air Force in World War II. They moved to Devon, Pa. in 1952 with three children, Charlotte, Jim, and David.

In 1970 they moved to Westport and lived here until 1983 when they retired to Irvine, Calif.

In Irvine, Jerry started as a volunteer with the Irvine Police Department and soon became a permanent member of their crime prevention division. He retired again at the age of 80.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Clinton B. Taylor, 96

Clinton B. Taylor, 96, the husband of the late Helen Banks Taylor, died June 22 in Connecticut Hospice of Branford.

Born in Fairfield to the late Curtis and Lena Taylor, he was brought up on a farm, which instilled in him a love of animals that led him to his first real job of helping to raise dogs on a plantation in Florida.

Later, back in Connecticut, this carried over with his favorite pastime for horses. His horsemanship was evident when he joined the Fairfield County Hunt Club for its fox hunts. He was a resident of Westport for most of his life.

Taylor was a decorated U.S. Army veteran who served in the 29th Division of the 175th Infantry Regiment in Europe during World War II. He achieved the rank of staff sergeant of Company K. His distinguished awards included the receipt of the Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Bertha “Birdie” Frances Wakeman, 88

Bertha “Birdie” Frances Wakeman, 88, of Westport, wife of the late Edward Wakeman Sr., died June 16 at Norwalk Hospital.

Born in Bridgeport on May 24, 1922, she was daughter of the late William and Katherine (Skiba) Perkowski and had been a lifelong resident of Westport.

Wakeman attended Westport schools and, after graduating from Staples High School, she went on to work at General Electric in Bridgeport, where she assembled radar equipment used in World War II. She was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Joseph J. Clinton VFW post 399.

Survivors include one daughter, Karen Ann Haggerty of Westport; a sister, Doris Gallo of Stratford; her grandson, Patrick Haggerty of Westport; a great-grandson, Patrick Edward Nixon Haggerty; and one sister-in-law, Frances Perkowski.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Charles H. Culp, 78

UPDATE A memorial service for longtime Westport resident Charles Harrison Culp, 78, who died Wednesday, March 10, in Yale New Haven Hospital, will be held Saturday June 26. WestportNow.com Image
Charles H. Culp: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born Nov. 1, 1931 in Durham, N.C., Culp was son of the late Benjamin and Mary (Foster) Culp and was married to Barbara W. Culp for 56 years. The couple made Westport their home for the past 33 years.

Prior to retiring, Culp served as vice president of finance for Colgate-Palmolive Co.

A 1957 graduate of Duke University, he was a Phi Beta Kappa Society member and an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict. Locally, he was an active member of the Westport Weston Y’s Men.

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Shirley E. Wiginginton, 88,

Shirley E. Wiginginton, 88, of Westport, beloved wife of the late George Wigington, died at home on Saturday, June 5.

Born on May 30, 1922 in Waterbury, to the late Jerry Evans and Harriet Beecher Stowe Spottswood Evans, Shirley was also the cherished mother of Albert Nathan Swan and the late Tania Swan Garland.

Raised in Newport, R.I., Shirley was graduated from Rogers High School and attended Virginia State University.

She retired as an administrator from Mount Vernon, NY.’s Civil Service Department and with her husband, did extensive travel throughout Europe, United States (Hawaii) and the Caribbean.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

James D. Stretton, 55

James Davis Stretton, 55, of Westport passed away June 4 peacefully at home in the company of his family.

Mr. Stretton was born Sept. 24, 1954 in Boston and has been a resident of Westport for 12 years. A computer programmer for AT&T, he is a 1978 graduate of Northeastern University in Boston.

Survivors include his mother, Betty Stretton of Westport, two sisters, BerniceSlater of Hyde Park, N.Y., JoAnne Stretton of Bethel, one brother, Thomas E. Stretton Jr., of Long Valley, N.J., and three nieces and one nephew. Mr. Stretton was also predeceased by his father, Thomas E. Stretton.

Graveside services were held in Willowbrook Cemetery. The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, was in charge of arrangements.

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Memorial Service Set for Genevieve Marie Nichols Stone (Nikki)

A memorial service for Mrs. Genevieve Marie Nichols Stone (“Nikki”) will take place Saturday, June 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East.

Genevieve Marie Nichols Stone (Nikki) wife of the late William E. Stone, was raised in New Canaan, attended Normal School in Stamford, graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Teachers College of Connecticut and taught at Center School in New Canaan until her retirement 50 years later.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mrs. Stone may be made to the Saugatuck Congregational Church or Mid-Fairfield Hospice, P.O. Box 489 Wilton, CT 06897

The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, is in charge of arrangements.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Chad A. Jacobs, 45

Chad A. Jacobs, 45, of Westport, loving husband of Karen and devoted father to Taylor, 13 and Mac, 9, died June 11 after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was surrounded by loved ones. WestportNow.com Image
Chad A. Jacobs: headed communications firm. Contributed photo

Chad was born on Sept. 24, 1964 in Harrisburg, Pa. and moved to Fairfield with his family when he was 2 years old.  He attended Fairfield College Preparatory School. 

At Prep he was a member of the ’80-’81 Connecticut State Division I championship team and co-captain of the ’81 –’82 season hockey team. He graduated from Prep in 1982. 

He married Karen in 1994 and moved to Westport shortly thereafter to start a family. Chad attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. where he was captain of the men’s hockey team and received a B.A. in economics in 1986.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

John J. Fitzpatrick, 71

UPDATE John J. Fitzpatrick of Westport, beloved husband of Margaret (Peggy) Santos Fitzpatrick, passed away on June 11 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 71.WestportNow.com Image
John J. Fitzpatrick: 30-year Westporter Contributed photo

In addition to his devoted wife of 47 years, John’s memory will be cherished by his three children, Jennifer Barry, and her husband, Kevin, of Westborough, Mass., Sean Fitzpatrick, and his wife, Kelly, of Miami Beach, Fla., Terence Fitzpatrick, of Fairfield; four grandchildren, Griffin, Skylar, and Jackson Barry, Jack Fitzpatrick; one sister, Joyce Burrows, and her husband, Marlon, of Chocowinity, NC; several nieces and nephews.

John was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and spent the first 11 years of his career in Switzerland. He resided in several parts of the United States, settling in Westport 30 years ago.

He was a retired senior vice president of human resource for Dun and Bradstreet Corp., and more recently served on the board of directors for Startech Environmental Corp.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

TV News Visionary Robert Wussler Dies at 73

Robert J. Wussler, a visionary TV news and sports executive who presided over the CBS network at age 40 and later co-founded CNN with Ted Turner, died June 5 at his Westport home, his family announced today. He was 73.WestportNow.com Image
Robert J. Wussler: died at Westport home. File photo

Wussler, who had been ill for some time and lived with his son Rob in Westport’s Coleytown area, began his career at CBS as a mailroom clerk in 1957. He later attained the position of executive producer and director of special events in the news department.

He then rose to become head of CBS Sports and then president of the CBS Television Network in 1976, capping his 21-year stay at the network.

Wussler essentially invented the genre of pregame telecasts in the mid-‘70s with “The NFL Today” for which he hired Brent Musburger, Irv Cross, Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder and a former Miss America, Phyllis George.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thomas W. Curran Sr., 76

Thomas W. Curran Sr., 76, of Shelton, died June 9 at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford.WestportNow.com Image
Thomas W. Curran Sr.: Westport auto dealer. Contributed photo

Born Jan. 1, 1934, in Norwood, Mass., son of the late Thomas Curran and Alice Hurley Curran, he grew up in Walpole, Mass.

After he graduated from Walpole High, he attended the University of Detroit and then, in 1953, he joined the sales training program for the Cadillac Motor Car division of General Motors. In 1956, he married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Delaney, and they settled in Birmingham, Mich.

After several years at Cadillac, Curran became the assistant sales promotion manager. From there, he was transferred to the New York office as the district sales manager. In 1961 the family settled in Huntington, and has lived there ever since.

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