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Friday, June 28, 2013

Margot Hayward, 79

Margot Hayward, a longtime Westport resident, died June 27 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport. She was 79. Image
Margot Hayward: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

The daughter of Eleanore and Merrill Dreyfus, she was born in New Haven in 1934. Her early years were spent in New London. She graduated from Harbor School, where she was valedictorian of her eighth grade class, and editor-in-chief of The Harbor Beacon.

She graduated from Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass. in 1951, attended Vassar College and received a degree, cum laude, in Latin from Connecticut College in 1955.

After graduation, she worked for IBM in New York as secretary to the art director of THINK Magazine. In 1957, she was selected to attend programming school. She chose to become a technical writer for the 705 EDPM.

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James F. Kingsley , Jr. 82

James Francis Kingsley, Jr., a former Westport resident, died June 20 in Beaufort, S.C. He was 82.

The Kingsleys moved to Beaufort from Westport in 1992. He was born April 23, 1931 in Mount Vernon, N.Y., the son of James Francis Kingsley and Louise Roy Kingsley.

When he was 5, the family moved to Atlanta, Ga. where he attended Marist Military School. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

He met his future wife, Jo Ann Egger Kingsley from the University of St. Francis at a Notre Dame Mardi Gras Dance. After graduation from Notre Dame in 1951, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps with tours at Parris Island, S.C., Quantico, Va., and Camp Lejeune, N.C. as an infantry company commander.

A lengthy business career began in New York City with the New York Sales Executives Club, American Management Association, and as head of the worldwide program of AMA’s Presidents Association. He then formed his own firm, Educon International Inc., a training and consulting firm for business and nonprofit organizations in 23 countries.

He was on the Board of Trustees of Saint Leo College and a member of the National Center for Nonprofit Boards and the Strategic Leadership Forum.

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Robert L. Gette, 97

Robert L. Gette of Tequesta, Fla., a former Westport resident, died June 23, 2013, at his residence.  He was 97.

Born in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., he had been a resident of the area since 1984. While living in Westport, he worked in Manhattan as a head hunter for Haleys & Associates. He was a co-founder of the Westport Little League and enthusiastically coached the team for which his son played.

An avid golfer, he was a former member of the Jupiter Hills Country Club and the Tequesta Country Club.

Survivors include one son, Robert L. Gette, Jr. (wife Terry), of Salem, N.Y., and one great-grandson, Owen Robert Gette, of Charlotte, N.C. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Barbara Smith Gette, his son, Carter Smith Gette, and his grandson, Robert C. Gette (wife Jennifer).

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Barbara Rothenberg, 80, Noted Artist

Barbara Rothenberg of Westport, noted artist and teacher, died today (June 26) of peritoneal cancer, her family said. She was 80. Image
Barbara Rothenberg: noted artist. Contributed photo

She lived in Westport for more than 45 years with her husband Abraham Rothenberg, a well-known local architect, who died in August 2011. Her children, David and Daniel Rothenberg, went to Westport public schools from elementary through high school.

Born Barbara Henkin June 21, 1933 in Queens, N.Y., she was the daughter of Belle Israel Henkin and Maxwell Henkin, a dentist and photographer.  She graduated from the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, class of 1951, and attended Bennington College, and graduated from the University of Michigan.  She later received an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.

For more than 50 years, she was a creative, spirited and influential educator who touched the lives of generations of students. She taught at a variety of institutions, including the New York City Public School system, the School of Visual Arts, Housatonic Community College, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield University, and the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan where she was teaching until this year.

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John Sachs, 93

UPDATE (adds memorial service) John Sachs, a former Westport resident who served on the Representative Town Meeting, died June 23 at Meadow Ridge in Redding. He was 93. Image
John Sachs: served on RTM. Contributed photo

While in Westport, he was active in the Westport Rotary Club (president 1989-1990), served on the board of Temple Israel, and was elected to four terms on the RTM, where he chaired the Employee Compensation Committee. He also worked on the fund raising effort for the Jerusalem International YMCA.

He was predeceased by his wife Eva in 1990. Born Hans Sachs on May 8, 1920, in Decin, Czechoslovakia, to Elsa and Otto Sachs, he was raised and educated in Vienna, Austria. He fled to Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1938 after the Nazi takeover of Austria.

He took the name John when he arrived at Ellis Island in 1940. As a member of the U.S. Army’s Tenth Mountain Division Ski Troops, he served as an Intelligence Staff Sergeant in the Aleutian Islands and in Italy.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

John Franklin Memorial Service Set for Sunday

A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 30, for John Franklin, a longtime Westport resident and community volunteer who died May 19. He was 76.

The service will take place at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Renee B. Keane, 76

Renee Bacal Keane, a longtime Westport resident who retired to Florida, died June 21 in Fairfax, Va. The cause of death was a brain injury resulting from a fall. She was 76. Image
Renee Keane: former real estate agent. Contributed photo

A popular real estate agent in Westport for more than a decade, she later worked for 14 years as national meeting coordinator for The Common Fund, a service organization that assisted almost 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide in the management of their endowments.

She and her husband George retired and moved to University Park Florida in 1997, but continued to spend summers in Connecticut with their children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband George Keane of Trumbull, her brother Joe Bacal (Anne) of Manhattan, her children Jeffrey Shwartz (Nancy) of Newtown, Robbin Golas (Gary) of Trumbull, and Joshua Kane (Abby) of Manhattan, as well as her three step-children Brian Keane of Monroe, Geoffrey Keane of Stratford and Sheila Keane (Valerie) of Lismore Australia. She and George together have eight grandchildren: Chris, Tristan (Grace), Amelia, Wylder, Dylan, Alan, Elizabeth, and Zachariah. She was predeceased by her grandson, Maximillian Kane.

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Helen Mae Leamer, 95

Helen Mae Leamer, 95, a former Westport resident, died June 14. She was 95.

Born in Westport to the late Edward and Pearl Burkey, she was one of seven children. After graduating from Staples High School, she was accepted into the University of Chicago where she earned her BA in 1939.

While at the university, she met Laurence Leamer and the couple was married on Aug. 9, 1940. During World War II, she and her two small children lived with her in-laws and parents while her husband served in the Army. Laurence was an economics professor first at the University of Chicago and then for most of his career at what became the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Helen was active in the community, worked part-time in the Vestal Library and was an active member of the Vestal United Methodist Church.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Marie O. Greco, 106

Marie O. Greco of Southport, a former Westport resident, died June 16 in the Carolton Convalescent Home in Fairfield. She was 106.

She was born in New Haven on Oct. 12, 1906 the daughter of the late John and Angelina (Lupone) Ocone. She was a longtime resident of Westport with her late husband Sam Greco. She was a member of St. Luke Church in Westport and was active volunteer with Save the Children, the Westport Center for Senior Activities and the Town of Westport.

Survivors include four sons, Anthony Nuzzo, John Nuzzo, Dan Nuzzo and James Nuzzo, one daughter Lucille Hartman Nelson and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, on Friday June 21 from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Friends are invited to attend the funeral at St. Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, 395 Main St., where she will be buried along side her husband, Sam.

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Ernest F. Ferrari, 88

Ernest Francis Ferrari of Westport died June 18 from complications caused by a fall. He was 88. Image
Ernest Ferrari: recording industry executive. Contributed photo

He was born in 1925 to Louisa and Natale Ferrari in Bridgeport. He graduated from Central High School in 1943. He immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he was trained as a radio engineer.

Subsequently, he was deployed to the South Pacific where he decoded and sent military orders for the duration of World War II. Later he attended the University of Bridgeport, earning a Bachelor Degree. He had a life-long passion for music that led to a 52-year career as a recording industry executive.

He began his career with Columbia Records, participating in many developments in the music industry while based at the firm’s Bridgeport and New York City divisions. Throughout his career, he held vice president and senior management positions at the Phillips Recording Company, Arista Records, the Bertelsmann Group and RCA.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Mary St. Cyr

Mary St. Cyr, an employee of the Westport school system for more than 25 years, died June 16.

She had been diagnosed with cancer four years ago but managed comfortably until just recently when her health took a serious decline, her family said.

She began her professional career with the state Welfare Department, then the Bridgeport school system, and ultimately more than 25 years with the Westport schools, as a counselor, school psychologist and mid-level administrator.

She was also very active in professional organizations, first with the Connecticut Association of School Psychologists, where she served in a variety of offices, including president. She then was active in the formation of NASP, the National Association of School Psychologists and served as its first secretary.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Kenneth M. Shauer, 88

Kenneth M. Shauer, a former Westport resident, died May 31 in Adamstown, Md. He was 88.

Born July 2, 1924 in New York City, he was the son of the late Hollywood agent Melville A. Shauer and first wife Miriam Brady Shauer.

He attended schools in Hollywood, including Black-Foxe Military Institute, and in New York. He graduated Pelham (N.Y.) Memorial High School, California Institute of Technology, where he obtained a B.S. degree, and New York University School of Business Administraion where he earned an MBA.

He was a corporate officer with Geo G Sharp, Naval Architects & Marine Engineers in New York.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Frances A. Johnson, 84

Frances Amelie Johnson of Westport died June 9 in Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. She was 84. Image
Francis A. Johnson: Westporter since 1956. Contributed photo

Born in Galveston, Texas, she married Daniel W. Johnson in 1948. She moved to Westport in 1956 with her husband and young family.

In 1966, the family was transferred to the Netherlands as part of her husband’s career, and later moved to Germany in 1970. After returning to the United States in 1973, she made Westport her home for the remainder of her life.

She enjoyed an active life with her family and friends, and especially loved living in Westport. She was an avid gardener, bridge player, and Yankees fan. She was a member of the Green’s Farms Congregational Church, where a memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 29, at 10 a.m.

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Leonora Scharf, 90

Leonora Scharf, “Lee” of Westport, formerly of Weston, died on May 30. She was 90.

Born in New York City on May 8, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Joseph George and Delia Coblins Berman. She graduated from the Cumnock School in Los Angeles, attended the University of Southern California, and graduated from Goucher College in Baltimore with a B.A. in art history.

She was gallery director of the Stamford Art Association from 1985 to 1987 and curator of art and collections at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport from 1987 to 1996.

She was a board member of the Weston Commission for the Arts from 1998 to 2004 and later worked as a freelance journalist for many local publications.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Patricia B. Froehly, 67

Patricia (Beechel) Froehly of Westport died June 9. She ws 67.

She was the wife of Kenneth M. Froehly and has been a Westport resident for 40 years.

Born March 13, 1946 in Richmond Hills, Queens, N.Y.,  she was the daughter of Vincent Beechel, Sr. of Newtown and the late Frances (Cuffe) Beechel.

She grew up in Queens and was an administrative assistant in the liquor and spirits industry.

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