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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Paul L. Starzyk, 61

Paul L. Starzyk, of Naples, Fla. died Jan. 26 in Florida. He was Image
Paul L. Starzyk: grew up in Westport. Contributed photo

Born May 27, 1949 in Bridgeport, he grew up in Westport and was a proud graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in industrial engineering. While attending UConn, he also served as president of the Beta Sigma Gamma fraternity.

Upon graduation he joined Timex, rising to the position of worldwide training manager, later working with Smith & Wesson. In 1986, Paul discovered Naples, owning and operating the Naples Pet Center.

In 1994, Paul found his passion, working with and advocating for adults with special needs with TECH of Collier County, Inc., now known as Sunrise Community of Collier County.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Stephen P. Chacho, 46

Stephen Patrick Chacho passed away Jan. 27 at St Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was Image
Stephen P. Chacho: 1982 Staples graduate. Contributed photo

Stephen was born in Norwalk March 1, 1964 and has been a lifelong resident of Westport. He is a 1982 graduate of Staples High School and attended Sacred Heart University.

Stephen was an avid sportsman participating in wrestling, soccer and track. He worked extensively in the restaurant business and was a passionate and creative cook.

He is survived by his wife, Angela Chacho , his parents, John J. and Lucille Chacho, his sister Susan Chacho, two stepchildren, Abbey-Lynn Albani and Joseph Albani. He is also survived by his mother in-law, Mary Abraham and his father in-law, Louis Mennillo, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Anthony A. Marino, 87 Image
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Anthony “Tony” Albert Marino, a Westport artist and decorated World War II veteran, died Jan. 23 at home. He was 87.

Born Jan. 7, 1924, in Washington, Pa., he graduated from Washington High School. When he was 18, he joined the U.S. Army and trained as a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division.

He served in World War II in the Pacific Theatre from 1942-46, surviving combat in New Guinea and the Philippines, followed by service in occupied Japan. His unit participated in the Raid at Los Banos, Philippines, liberating the Allied civilian internment camp on Feb. 23, 1945.

After the war, he attended the Ad Art Institute of Pittsburgh on the GI Bill, then worked as a men’s fashion illustrator at Joseph Horne Co. of Pittsburgh, where he met his future wife, Nina Barton. They were married in 1955, and moved to Westport in 1959, where they raised three children.

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Gerald Smith, 84

Gerald Smith, 37-year Westport resident and husband of Halley Smith, died Jan. 20 after suffering a stroke. He was 84.

Born on June 9, 1926, in Far Rockaway, N.Y., he was the son of David and Etta Smith, and had been a Westport resident since 1973.

He was a graduate of City College of New York and received a master’s degree in engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. He and his wife also lived in London, Mexico City and Brussels while he was an executive with ITT Corp.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Europe during World War II, and later shared those experiences with local schoolchildren. He was a member of Westport’s Top Notch Gang, the Y’s Men and its investment club. He also enjoyed the arts, tennis, skiing, dancing and traveling.

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Joan O’Connor Strickler

Joan O’Connor Strickler, formerly of Branford and Killingworth, Conn., died in Charlottesville, Va., on Jan. 19 after a period of declining health.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Margery and William S. O’Connor, she grew up in Westport, graduated from Walnut Hill School in Natick, Mass. (1942) and Wellesley College (1946).

She was predeceased in 2006 by her husband, Richard S. Strickler, who was general patent counsel for Cities Service and most recently associated with the intellectual property firm of Bachman and LaPointe in New Haven.

Mrs. Strickler was an active volunteer and board member of the Killingworth Library for many years, and she was elected to the Killingworth Planning and Zoning Commission.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

George R. Slingo Jr., 65

George R. Slingo Jr. of Monroe, formerly of Westport and husband of Victoria (Wyslick) Slingo, passed away Jan. 21 at Masonicare of Newtown in the company of his family. He was 65.

George was born Feb. 8, 1945 in Bridgeport son of Nancy (Gulotta) Slingo and the late George R. Slingo Sr. and had resided in Westport for 63 years before moving to Monroe two years ago.

Prior to retiring, he had been employed by the Town of Westport Highway Department and as a carpenter. He is a member and current president of the Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Department Engine Co. No. 5, the Westport PAL, and the Screwballs. George was also an avid model railroad enthusiast.

He also attended Staples High School, Class of 1964.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Jennifer Elizabeth Anne Steitzer, 27

Jennifer Elizabeth Anne Steitzer of Westport passed away suddenly in her home on Jan. 16. She was Image
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She was born on July 2, 1983 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and was the beloved daughter of Fred and Susan Steitzer of Westport.

Jenn attended Staples High School, as well as Fairfield University and was employed as a marketing assistant for Swisscosmet Company.

From early childhood, Jenn had a strong love of both fashion and art, inherited from her mother and her grandmother. She also had a passionate love for animals and was dedicated to her dog Checkers. In her spare time she was an avid and gifted artist who made the world a more beautiful place.

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John P. Cretella Jr., 67

Mr. John P. Cretella Jr. of Stratford, passed away Jan. 15 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 67.

Mr. Cretella was born March 2, 1943 in Norwalk, son of Antoinetta (Rubiano) Cretella and the late John P. Cretella Sr. and has been a resident of Stratford for 15 years.

Mr. Cretella is a 1962 graduate of Staples High School and received an Associates Degree from Chamberlain Junior College in Boston.

John was a professional artist and focused on portraits and interior design. Mr. Cretella also worked for Portabella Interior Design formerly of New Canaan. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

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Janice M. Bange, 92

Janice M. Bange of Westport, wife of the late George E. Bange, passed away Thursday, Jan. 6 at home. She was 92.

Mrs. Bange was born Sept. 19, 1918 in Dolgeville, N.Y., daughter of the late Walter and Marguerite (Bellinger) Menge, and has been a resident of Westport for 52 years.

She is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College school of Nursing and worked in the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital emergency room in New York.

Prior to retiring, Mrs. Bange was employed by the City of Norwalk as a school nurse for 25 years. She was also a member of the Saugatuck Congregational Church.

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Harry Schaffer, 83

Harry Schaffer of the Wesley Health Care Nursing Home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., formerly of Westport, passed away Jan. 17 at Saratoga Hospital. He was 83. Image
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Born in Philadelphia on Dec. 9, 1927, he was the son of the late Harry and Frieda Huber Schaffer. A Penn State University graduate in 1952, he received his electrical engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Harry was stationed in Japan with the Army immediately following World War II, 1945-1946. He married Lucy Petrecaro Schaffer in 1956.

Mr. Schaffer worked for Bell Labs in New Jersey and IBM in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., during the 1950s and 60s, at a time when these companies were pioneering major new computer technologies.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

John A. Krieger, 86

John A. Krieger (Jack) of Ithaca, N.Y.,  a former partner in HT Hampe, a commercial real estate business in Westport, died Jan. 14 after a short illness. He was Image
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Born in Chesterton, Ind., Jack was the son of the late A. Michael and Irene Dille Krieger.

He graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. in 1942 and attended Virginia Military Institute before entering the Army Air Corps in December of the same year. He piloted a B-26, Martin Marauder in 40 missions in the ETO.

Jack graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 1949. Upon graduation, Jack worked as a Cornell Alumni Field Secretary and in 1953, worked for golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mary Ann M. Hartigan, 81

Mary Ann M. (Virgulak) Hartigan of West Tisbury, Mass. died unexpectedly on Jan. 18 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. She was 81.

She was born one of three children to Steven and Mary (Suhoza) Virgulak in South Norwalk on Jan. 9, 1930. She was graduated from Norwalk High School in 1947.

Mary Ann married David F. Hartigan in 1951 and lived in Westport where she worked at the Westport Public Library in technical services for more than 10 years. She was a parishioner of the Assumption Church.

In 1986, the couple moved to Martha’s Vineyard after vacationing there since 1975. Mary Ann was a home health aide with the MV Community Services.

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Edith A. Cameron, 92

Edith A. Cameron of Westport died Jan. 16 at Norwalk Hospital. She was Image
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Edith was born in Mohawk, N.Y. and moved from Albany, N.Y. to Westport in 1956. For more than 55 years, she worked in the nuts, bolts and fasteners industry.

She was a devoted volunteer at St. Luke Parish, having been honored as a 2005 St. Augustine Medal of Service recipient. She was involved with the Republican Party in Westport, was an avid bowler, and during her free time she enjoyed being with her family.

She is survived by a niece, Donna Burke of Illinois; a nephew, David P. Bub of New Jersey, and several great nieces and great nephews.

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Crash Victim, 92, Had Manhattan Project Clearance

By James Lomuscio

Westporter Edith A. Cameron, the 92-year-old passenger who died Sunday night in a two-car crash on the Sherwood Island Connector, played a key role in the metals industry and was cleared to work on the secret World War II atomic bomb building effort known as the Manhattan Image
Westporter Edith A. Cameron is inducted into the industrial fastener industry’s Hall of Fame in 1993. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Cameron, who succumbed to her injuries in Norwalk Hospital after the car in which she was riding was struck by a car that police said ran a red light, was also in charge of national nickel allocation during World War II.

Some of her career highlights were known to her close Westport friends, but it was colleagues in the industrial fastener industry that best knew of her accomplishments that led to Cameron’s induction into the industry’s Hall of Fame.

“She was a good person, really grand person,” said Otis Crawford who worked with Cameron on Westport’s Republican Town Committee (RTC).

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Luis Paz Sr., 86

Luis Paz Sr. of Westport, beloved longtime companion of Florence Gregg, died Jan. 12 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 86.

Born on Aug. 19, 1924 in Cuba, Mr. Paz was retied from McKesson Laboratories in Fairfield. He loved family gatherings, all sporting events, especially baseball and going to the casinos.

Mr. Paz was predeceased by his wife, Estela Paz and two grandsons, Manuel Toranzo Paz (Cuba) and Nicholas Paz.

Survivors include his children, Luis Paz Jr., and his wife, Amparo, Mayra Paz Batista and her husband, Santo Toranzo Batista, who live in Cuba, Amarilis (Millie) Pitzschler and her husband, John, Melva Rivera, Tony Paz and his wife, Julia; his cherished grandchildren, Gilbert, Michael, Elizabeth and Luis Miguel Paz, John and Brian Pitzschler, Eric Rivera, and Matthew, Mitchell and Natalie Paz; and several great-grandchildren. He is survived by two brothers, (one in Cuba) and three sisters (one in Cuba), as well as, several nieces and nephews.

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