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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Joseph J. Okon, 61

Dr. Joseph J. Okon died May 6 at his Westport home. He was 61.

Born in New York City to Esther and Sol Okon, he was the beloved brother to the late Dr. Paul Okon.

Dr. Joseph Okon attended Columbia University and earned his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He devoted his career to obtaining funding for the advancement of medical education, and devoted his life to his family and his friends.

After completing his doctorate and then residency training in social medicine in 1976, he served in the U.S. Public Health Service administering educational research and development projects. 

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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Madeline Remlin Colby, 81

Madeline Remlin Colby, 81, a native of Westport and a resident of Milford for the past four years , died May 5 at Yale New Haven Hospital. She was 81.

Born Jan. 1, 1930 at home in Westport, she was daughter of the late Vincent and Lucy (Lynch) Remlin. Prior to retiring, she was a bookkeeper and formerly held a pilot’s license with a certification for air and sea.

She loved to sail and spend time in her garden and her greatest joy was the time spent with her family.

Survivors include her children, Hank, Susan, Patrice, George and Tom, her 15 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brother, Robert Remlin and sister, Margaret Marshall.

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Arthur “Art” Dean Reinhart, 50

Arthur “Art” Dean Reinhart, 50, of Fairfield died April 2 in Portsmouth, N.H. He was 50.

Art held a bachelor’s degree in psychology, graduating summa cum laude, and also held a master’s in library science from Southern Connecticut State University.

Art was a grant administrator and records management specialist for New York State Archives in Albany, N.Y. He also was a library director for the Pember Library and Museum of Natural History in Granville, N.Y.

Throughout his extensive career, he worked at libraries in Westport and New Haven. Most recently, he was a valued member of the top-producing real estate team of Jonathan Deak and Associates at Prudential Connecticut Realty in Westport.

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Friday, May 06, 2011

Ethel M. Giunta, 85

Ethel Mariani Giunta, formerly of Westport, died April 3 at her home in Fallbrook, Calif. She was 85.

She was the wife of the late Albert Giunta and the daughter of the late Joseph and Maria Battistini Mariani. Ethel was a first-generation American, born Sept. 12, 1925, her parents having emigrated from Ancona, Italy in 1921.

She was a graduate of Ben Franklin Jr. High and member of the National Honor Society at Norwalk High School, class of 1943. Ethel had been employed at Nash Engineering Company and also the Town of Westport.  She was an active member of the Assumption Church in Westport. 

She was a resident of Westport from 1948 until 2006 when she moved to Fallbrook to live near her son, Tom.

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Charles M. Vilello, 78

Charles Michiel Vilello, a former guidance counselor and driving instructor in the Westport public schools, died May 2 at his Manlius, N.Y. home of complications from Image
Charles Villelo: former Westport school employee. Contributed photo

He was born Dec. 24, 1932, in Lock Haven, Pa. to Samuel and Molly Vilello. He married Joan Marie Jasinski on Nov. 4, 1952, at Elemendorf AFB in Anchorage, Alaska.

He was an Air Force veteran. He earned his degree in Secondary Education at Lock Haven State Teachers College in 1957. He worked as a driver education teacher and guidance counselor in Westport and various schools in upstate New York.

He later returned to school and earned a master’s degree from Syracuse University. He retired from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles after 30 years as a safety analyst.

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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Thelma Joan Lubarsky, 91

Thelma Joan Lubarsky, a former Westport resident, died April 30 in Branford. She was 91.

Born Jan. 19, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Kate Pomerantz. A loving, caring and dedicated daughter, wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was married to Jerome (“Jerry”) Lubarsky on Oct. 11, 1942. He predeceased her as did a son, Andrew Martin Lubarsky, and a brother, Irwin Pomerantz.

Her family moved from New York City to Westport in 1956.  A licensed real estate broker with Anderson Associates and Settler’s and Traders Real Estate of Westport, she utilized her knowledge and expertise in real estate to expand into home construction. She built several homes in both Westport and Weston.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Jay Lubarsky of Tallahassee Fla. (formerly of Hilton Head) and Adam J. Lubarsky of Westport. There are five grandchildren, Julie Ann Lubarsky of Long Beach, Miss., Bethany Herzog Babington of Tallahassee, Fla., Caleb Robert Lubarsky of New York, N.Y., Myriah Kate Steitzel of Redding, and Natasha H. Wattenbarger of Lewes, Del. There are also four great-grandchildren, Hannah, Madilyn, Ava and Cara.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Pamela Bolton Stein-Dicosola, 47

Pamela Bolton Stein-Dicosola, a former Westport resident, died April 30 in New York City. She was 47.

She was the wife of Len Dicosola of New York City.

Born Sept. 18, 1963, in Plainfield, N.J., she was the daughter of Lane Bolton of Clinton and Hugh Stein of Boca Raton, Fla. She grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School.

She moved to Texas where she worked as an alcoholism counselor in a rehab facility in Austin. She married her husband in Westport before they moved to New York City.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Laurence I Miller, 79

Laurence I Miller, a former Westporter and longtime New Englander who recently relocated to Mill Valley, Calif. to be near his children, died April 27 from pancreatic cancer. He was 79.

Born in Dorchester, Mass., he attended the University of Massachusetts where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He also served as an officer in the U. S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956. He started his military service studying meteorology at MIT abd spent the rest of his military service in England.

Larry began his career at the National Weather Service in Washington, D.C. where he worked on the first Tiros weather satellite but found his greater passion and chosen career working for IBM.

Much of his career was spent working and traveling abroad, including as director of product marketing for world trade. He also relocated to France and England with his family but always returned after each assignment to Westport and his New England roots.

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Mollie Donovan Remembered as Selfless, Energetic

By James Lomuscio

David Donovan at Mollie Donovan's memorial service
David Donovan recalled his mother Mollie Donovan as a woman who always encouraged her children to explore new horizons, and who had a special love for her family, the arts and Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Under azure skies and cool breezes, more than 100 family members, friends, and admirers came to grounds of the Westport Historical Society (WHS) today to celebrate the life of Ines Amalia “Mollie” Donovan.

Remembered as an energetic, Renaissance woman who gave decades of selfless service to the town, Donovan died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. She was 84. (See obituary here)

She was recalled as a devoted volunteer in Westport’s arts and preservation community, as well as one of the area’s “first soccer moms.”

“She loved her family, the arts and Westport, and not always in that order depending upon the day,” said her son, David Donovan of Laguna Niguel, Calif.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Janice Lee Lalich, 59

Janice Lee Lalich of Norwalk died April 28 at Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. She was 59.

The wife of David M. Lalich for 38 years, she was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on July 25, 1951, the daughter of Jeanne Gibbons Worrall Gregg of Mount Lebanon, Pa. and the late William Worrall. She has lived in Norwalk since 1981.

Janice was a graduate of Rollins College, Class of 1973 and has been working as the weekend receptionist at the Stamford Hospital, was a member of the Stamford Hospital “HAHA’s” (Health and Humor Associates), doing her best to bring cheer and comfort to her patients and their families.

She was also an Integrative Medicine Practitioner and Hospice Caregive for Greenwich Hospice; previously volunteered at the Norwalk Women’s Crisis Center; and a Level 3 Healing Touch Therapist.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Jane Ann Alexy Wheatall, 78

Jane Ann Alexy Wheatall of Williamsburg, Va., a former resident of Westport, died April 27. She was Image
Jane Wheathall: founded Westport preschool. Contributed photo

The wife of Ward Wheatall of Williamsburg, she was born Nov. 1, 1932, in Macomb County, Mich., and was the daughter of the late Emil and Esther Alexy. Following graduation from the University of Michigan, she taught elementary school in Michigan and Venezuela.

She founded preschools at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Westport and King of Glory Lutheran Church in Williamsburg. St. Paul’s was the first Christian preschool in Westport and one of the first Westport preschools to achieve national accreditation. Early accreditation was also achieved at King of Glory before other Christian preschools in Williamsburg.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Michael Wheatall of Anchorage, Alaska; two daughters, Natalie Welsh of East Granby and Suzanne Casey of Mechanicsville, Va., a brother, David Alexy of Michigan; eight grandchildren; a nephew and five nieces.

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Sol Brody, 86

Sol Brody of Norwalk, died April 25 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 86.

He was born on March 4, 1925 in Brooklyn of Esther and Aladar Brody. He served during World War II in the U.S. Army. In 1950 he graduated Cooper Union, New York City in metallurgist engineering.

He married Molly Joyce Zimmerman on March 12, 1952. Over the years he worked for companies such as Republic Aircraft, Norden Systems and Zell Semiconductors, and pioneered in technologies are now taken for granted.

In 1971, with Molly they opened up Molly Brody Miniatures, first in Westport, and then later in South Norwalk. After the death of his wife, he has been a companion with Joan Stern of Norwalk.

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Playwright Sidney Michaels Dies at 83

Sidney Michaels, a playwright who was nominated for Tony Awards in three consecutive seasons in the 1960s, died Friday in Westport, The New York Times reported. He was 83 and had Alzheimer’s disease.

Michaels made a splash on Broadway in 1962 with his play “Tchin-Tchin,” an Americanized version of a farcical, bittersweet French comedy starring Margaret Leighton and Anthony Quinn.

Running for 222 performances, it was nominated for a Tony for best director in the spring of 1963, though it lost to Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

In 1964, Alec Guinness won his only Tony for his performance in the title role in “Dylan,” Michaels’s biographical portrayal of the poet Dylan Thomas. The play itself was also nominated. The winner that year was “Luther” by John Osborne.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Helen B. Bourne, 85

Helen Blanchard Bourne, a former resident of Westport, died April 6 in Kingston, Mass. She was 85.

Born Helen Margaret Yockey on May 23, 1925, in Xenia, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Paul Yockey and Anna (Dolphin) Yockey. She attended Oberlin College.

She moved east with her first husband, John Newsom, and eventually relocated to Westport with her two children. She later met and married the late Turner Blanchard, with whom she owned the former Westport Marine.

She was employed as secretary to the Westport police chief. They retired to Cape Cod where she was an active volunteer with her church.

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Ines Amalia “Mollie” Donovan, 84

Ines Amalia “Mollie” Donovan, devoted volunteer in Westport’s arts and preservation community, advertising executive, and medical and technical writer, died April 27 after a long battle with cancer. She was Image
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Born in Hamden, on July 11, 1926, Mollie was the matriarch of a loving family.  Her humor, insight, passion, energy and creativity were a gift to all who knew her. 

A committed mentor of the Westport arts scene, Mollie was co-chairman of the Westport Historical Society’s Exhibit and Programs Committee, the curator of the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection and a committee member of the WPA Art Rescue which restored 32 large artworks produced as part of the WPA Arts Project.

She was recently honored as Volunteer of the Decade by the Westport Historical Society for her three decades of exemplary and tireless leadership, loyalty, vision, creativity and passion.

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