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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Alison M. Lundberg, 57

Alison Marie Kaye Lundberg of Westport died Jan. 31 at home after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 57.

Born in New Haven, she was a daughter of Dr. Burton and Muriel Kaye. 

She is survived by her daughters Nickie and Colby of New York, N.Y., her sons Alec and David of Westport, her brother Neal Kaye, and her sister Nina Kaye.

Services will be held Friday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. directly at Willowbrook Cemetery in Westport.

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Helene Rose Swan, 91

Helene Rose Swan, a longtime resident of Westport who had lived in New Canaan since 1991 with her daughter and son-in-law, died Jan. 27 in the Waveny Care Center after a long illness. She was 91. Image
Helene Rose Swan: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Merchantville, N.J., March 20, 1920, she was the daughter of the late James F. and Isabel Phillips Brickley, and sister to the late Robert F. Brickley. She was also the married for over 35 years to the late Curtis D. Swan.

As a young woman, Helene joined the Red Cross during World War II and was stationed in France with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Paratroop Division. She and Curt were married in Paris, France, in April 1945 and moved their family from New Jersey to Westport in 1961.

She was a Realtor and co-owner of Westport East Real Estate from the mid-1960s well into her retirement years.


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Fay W. McBrayer, 80

Fay W. McBrayer, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 2 in Bellevue, Wash. She was 80.

Born June 6, 1931, in Birmingham, Ala., she had been a resident of Mercer Island, Wash. for the past 20 years.

Fay attended Ward Belmont College in Nashville, Tenn., and Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Ala.

Fay and Gene married in 1953, lived their early years in Baton Rouge, La., and then moved to Westport in 1964, where they lived until they retired to Mercer Island in 1992.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Eleanor Lawson, 78

Eleanor Lawson, a longtime Westporter, died Jan. 28. She was 78. Image
Eleanor Lawson: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

A Westport resident since 1968, she studied art through the Famous Artists School of Westport, and is best remembered for her collage artwork that was shown in local galleries, for her uniquely mischievous sense of humor, and for her enduring sense of joy and levity in all things, her family said.

Those who talked too much may also remember being told to “Take a breath.”

She will be missed by her husband, Richard Lawson, of Westport, her husband of 53 years, by her two sons, Marcus Lawson, of Baltimore, and Alec Lawson and his wife Kathleen, of Darien, and by the many friends she made along the way.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Irma Z. Pollack, 95

Irma Ziegler Pollack, a former Westport resident where she was active in community affairs and most recently living in Westborough, Mass., died Jan. 26. She was 95. Image
Irma Z. Pollack: former Westport resident. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Robert Pollack, she was born April 18, 1916 in New York. She lived many years in Norwich, Conn., Westport, and Florida before moving to The Willows in Westborough, Mass.

She was active in volunteer work. Early in her marriage she took a class in Braille and copied stories from the Ladies’ Home Journal that were given to the blind.

After she and her husband moved to Westport, she joined the Westport Woman’s Club and offered to teach several hours a week and take care of several special needs children and taught them to listen, sit still and play with others.

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Stephanie S. Baker, 45

Stephanie S. Baker of East Hartford, a former longtime resident of Westport, died Jan. 25 at Manchester Memorial Hospital. She was 45. Image
Stephanie Baker: 1984 Staples grad. Contributed photo

She was born in Hartford and had resided in Westport for many years prior to moving to East Hartford. She is a 1984 graduate of Staples High School and a 1989 graduate of the University of Connecticut.

She was a special education teacher for the Town of Westport in the early 90s and most recently was employed as a caregiver in the healthcare industry.

She also loved the beach and for several years was employed as a counselor at Beach School for Westport Parks and Recreation prior to becoming a teacher.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Karen M. Slater, 67

Karen May Slater, a former Westporter who most recently lived in Annadale, Va., died Jan. 19 after a long illness. She was 67. Image
Karen Slater: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born Oct. 9, 1944 in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of Ralph G. Slater, a former chairman of the Westport Board of Finance, and Silvia H. Slater, who taught math for 12 years at Long Lots Junior High and Coleytown Junior High. Both predeceased her.

After living in Glen Oaks, N.Y., for a number of years, she moved with her family to Westport in 1955.

She attended Coleytown Elementary School, Bedford Junior High and Staples High School. She graduated from the Mary A. Burnham School in Northampton, Mass. in 1961 and from Pembroke College (now Brown University) in 1965.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Jane N. Perry, 80

Jane N. Perry of Westport died Jan. 22 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was 80.

Born in New Haven on July 26, 1931, she was the daughter of Morris and Jennie Nunes, principals of the Shubert Theater in New Haven.

In recent years, she dedicated much of her time and energy to community service in both Westport and Palm Beach, Fla.

She served on the boards of The Westport Arts Council, Temple Israel in Westport and the Dramaworks theater in Palm Beach. In addition, she volunteered at the Gillespie Center, a food kitchen and shelter in Westport.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Rose M. Restaino, 94

Rose M. Restaino of Westport and wife of the late Joseph A. Restaino, died Jan. 21 in St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport. She was 94.

Born in Bridgeport on Dec. 17, 1917 she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Louise (Valentino) Perrocco and has been a resident of Westport since 1946 when she and her late husband were married.

Survivors include one son James R. Restaino of Westport, one sister Emily Kulak of Fairfield, and one brother in law Michael Restaino of Fairfield. and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband Rose was pre deceased by one son Joseph J. Restaino.

Friends are invited to attend a funeral Today 9:30 a.m. from the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, and 10: a.m. in St. Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lester R. Giegrich, 96

Lester Ralph Giegrich of Darien, a former Westport resident involved in many community organizations, died Jan. 17 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 96. Image
Lester R. Giegrich: active in community affairs. Contributed photo

He was still active in his real estate development and management business until the last two weeks of his life, his family said.

Born May 22, 1915 and raised in New Providence, N.J., he went to the University of Pennsylvania on full scholarship and graduated from the Wharton School of Commerce and Finance in 1940 with a B.S. degree.

He then moved to Missouri where he met and married Betty Louise Bradley of Kansas City in 1941. He served as a World War II Air Force flight instructor for five years at Kelley Field in Texas where he rose to the rank of major.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ford C. Slater, 79

Ford Chapman Slater of Naples, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Jan. 12. He was 79.

Born to Marion and Ruby on July 30, 1932 in Gross Point, Mich., he graduated from Michigan State University in 1954.

He joined the U. S. Air Force, serving at Eglin AFB in Florida from 1954 to 1956. The quintessential “company man,” he joined General Electric Co. in 1956 and retired in 1992 from the corporate headquarters in Fairfield as the director of public relations and corporate communications.

His career afforded him the opportunity to meet four presidents of the United States and to directly serve two General Electric CEOs, his family said.

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Louise J. Gerry, 79

UPDATE (adds memorial service) Louise Jane Gerry of Newtown, wife of Glenn Gerry, died Oct. 29 at her home in Newtown. She was 79.

Born Nov. 11, 1931 in Westport the daughter of the late Michael and Emma (Wohlforth) James, she moved to Newtown 11 years ago after being a lifelong resident of Westport.

A 1949 Graduate of Staples High School, she worked as a teacher’s aide in Green’s Farms Elementary School in Westport, She was a longtime waitress at Tony’s Luncheonette during the 1970s in Norwalk and a cashier at Calise’s Deli during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

She was affectionately known as Gram to her family and all their friends and always opened up her house to a friend in need for as long as needed, her family said.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Joan Lucille Hoffman Montague, 79

Joan Lucille Hoffman Montague, a 50-year-member of Green’s Farms Congregational Church and long active in Westport civic affairs, died Dec. 15 at the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital after a three–year battle with cancer. She was 79.

She is survived by her husband Richard (Dick) Henry Montague of Westport, and three children and spouses: Kimberly Jo Weinstein of Phoenix, Ariz., Richard Hugh and Peggy Montague of Manchester, Vt., and Elizabeth Ann and Robert Nabholz of Larchmont, N.Y.

She is also survived by 10 grandchildren:  Harrison, Joanna and Sam Weinstein, William, Tess and Kathleen Montague and James, Henry, Richard and Eleanor Nabholz. She was pre-deceased by her mother, Dorothy Hoffman Sonon and her stepfather, Hubert Sonon.

Born in Brickerville, Pa, she was raised in Palmyra with her siblings Yvonne Sonon Carmany and Roger Sonon.

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James Belta, Westport Farmer, Dies at 88

James S. Belta, a lifelong Westport resident and one of the town’s few remaining farmers, died Saturday, Jan. 7 after a long illness. He was 88. Image
James S. Belta: owner of Bayberry Lane farm. Contributed photo

In 1945 after his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, he and his parents moved their small produce business from South Norwalk to an unproductive potato farm on Bayberry Lane in Westport.

Throughout the years, the farm raised poultry, eggs, vegetables, annual plants and flowers, poinsettias and most recently the Connecticut native tomatoes and potted basil.

He was also a member of both the Connecticut Farm Bureau and the Connecticut Greenhouse Growers Association.  Even in his illness he continued to raise locally grown produce for the Connecticut Growers Market involving three additional generations of the family.

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Monday, January 09, 2012

Nettie M. Skinner, 91

Nettie Marie Skinner of Trumbull, formerly of Westport, died Dec. 31. She was 91.

Born in Bridgeport Sept. 4, 1920, she was daughter of the late Efred and Catherine (Daley) Skinner and had resided in Westport for 78 years prior to moving to Trumbull eight years ago.

Prior to retiring she had been employed by Famous Artists School in Westport. She also is a former Volunteer for the American Red Cross Mid-Fairfield County Chapter and served as a volunteer with the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service.

Survivors include one brother, Robert Skinner and his wife Miriam of Inverness, Fla., one sister in-law, Jean Skinner of Inverness, many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by two brothers, Raymond Skinner and Earl J. Skinner.

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