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Monday, January 14, 2013

Jerilene Russell, 69

Jerilene Russell of Norwalk, a former longtime employee of Mediplex in Westport, died Jan. 10 at Bridgeport Hospital. She was 69.

She was born Nov. 26, 1943 in Anniston, Ala. to the late Herbert and Hettie Lou Jones. She was a student of Montgomery High School. She worked as a nurses’ assistant for more than 40 years for the former Mediplax Nursing Home in Westport.

She is survived by seven children Belveley Russell, John Russell, Zina Russell, Lisa Russell-White, Ingram Russell, Edwin Russell, Khalilah Russell, and Jeanette Russell; several grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. She is preceded by her nephew Michael Motley and niece Jennifer Edwards.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 17, at Canaan Institutional Baptist Church, 31 Concord St., Norwalk. The viewing will begin at 3 p.m. until time of service at 4 pm.. Interment is at the convenience of the family.

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Donna J. Maykut, 69

Donna Joan Lomme Maykut of Milford, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 11 at Smilow Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 69. Image
Donna J. Maykut: 1961 Staples graduate. Contributed photo

The wife of Alexander Guthrie was born Dec. 22, 1943 in Westport to Donald “Red” Lomme and Aline Lomme. She was raised in Westport where she was a 1961 graduate of Staples High School. While in elementary school, she posed for Westporter Dorothea Cooke Gramatky for a cover illustration for Jack and Jill Magazine.

Her first husband Kenneth Maykut pre-deceased her in 1998.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Eastern Kentucky and her Master’s Degree from the University of Bridgeport.

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Francis T. Fanning, 32

Francis Thomas Fanning of Santa Monica, Calif., formerly of Westport, died Jan. 8 in Santa Monica. He was 32. Image
Francis Fanning: 2000 Staples grad. Contributed photo

Born in New York City, he was the son of John and Ann Marie Fanning. He was a Class of 2000 graduate of Staples High School and graduated from Fordham University in 2004 with a B.S. in business administration.

In addition to his parents, his brother, Mike, of Santa Monica, survives him.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. directly at St. Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North, Westport. Interment will be private. 

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Kenneth D. Brummel, 77

Kenneth D. Brummel of Palm Springs, Calif., a former principal of Westport’s Bedford Junior High School and superintendent of schools, died Dec.  29.  He was 77. Image
Kenneth Brummel: former Westport superintendent and principal. Contributed photo

Born in Holland, Mich. in 1935, he was a respected teacher and leader in the education field. Upon graduation from Michigan State University in 1957, he began his career as an English teacher in the Detroit school system working at the junior high school level.

In 1959, he received his master’s degree in secondary education from Harvard and settled in Oak Park, Ill. where he taught English and eventually became assistant principal of Glenbrook South High School in Glenbrook, Ill.

He joined the Westport school system in 1964, when he was named principal of Bedford Junior High School. His tenure in Westport was marked by his 12-year engagement as superintendent, during which he was a strong advocate for student achievement and educational advancement while setting high standards for teacher aptitude and preparedness.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

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Several hundred mourners today attended the funeral of Richard H. Pauker, Westport philanthropist and artist who died Sunday at the age of 80 (See WestportNow Jan. 6, 2013).  Michelle Pauker, 17, paid tribute to the memory of her grandfather with the song, “What I Did for Love” from the forthcoming Staples Players production of “A Chorus Line.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Elizabeth H. Graham, 82

Elizabeth Herold Graham of Westport died Dec. 24 at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield. She was 82.

Born in Boston, she lived most of her formative life in Fairfield where she graduated from Roger Ludlow High School. Upon graduation from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., she lived and worked in New York City and was the first female senior financial analyst for Value Line.

After marriage to William J. Graham in 1968, she joined the Will Graham Advertising Company becoming president upon her husband’s death in 1975.

She was a member of The Junior League of New York City and of Eastern Fairfield County and an active member of the Greens Farms Garden Club serving on the board and becoming president.

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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Richard Pauker, Philanthropist and Artist, 80 Image
Richard Pauker: honored in 2010 at Arts Center gala. Contributed photo

Richard H. Pauker of Westport, philanthropist and artist who in his 40 years in Westport and Weston touched thousands of lives through his passion for and dedication to the arts, died today (Jan. 6) in Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. He was 80.

Pauker, who served five years as president of the Westport Arts Center and was honored in 2010 at the Center’s 40th anniversary gala at the Westport Country Playhouse, was hospitalized last week after suffering a stroke.

“Westport has lost a true treasure,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. “Our town and its vibrant arts community would not be what they are today without Dick Pauker. Our deepest condolences to Joyce and the Pauker family.”

Pauker, formerly of Weston, was a member of many philanthropic boards but was especially dedicated to the Westport Arts Center where he served as president of the board from 1998 to 2003.

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Saturday, January 05, 2013

June R. Bieling, 80

June R. Bieling of Shelton, formerly of Fairfield, and wife of Gerald T. Bieling, died Jan. 4 at home. She was 80.

Born June 4, 1932 in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Angelina (Gallo) Ferrone. Prior to moving to Shelton two years ago, she had resided in Fairfield for 43 years. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother whose main interest in life was spending as much time as possible with her family.

Survivors in addition to her husband include two daughters, Jeri-Ann Bieling of Shelton, Linda Bieling Carter of Trumbull, one son, Stephen T. Bieling and his wife Cheryl of Trumbull, one brother, Robert Ferrone of Norwalk, one sister, Annette Anastasia of Westport, three grandchildren, Connor, Tyler and Kaleigh Bieling and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by one brother, Thomas Ferrone.

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Friday, January 04, 2013

Mary Hall Rhodes Jackson Glendenning, 92

Mary Hall Rhodes Jackson Glendenning, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 2 in Lost Tree Village, North Palm Beach, Fla. She was 92.

“Molly” was born in Portland, Maine on Oct. 14, 1920. Her parents were Richard Ayer Rhodes and Jane Isabelle Hall. She graduated from Northfield Academy in 1938, received a B.A from Wheaton College (1942) and attended the Katharine Gibbs School in Boston (1943).

Among her numerous achievements, she worked for Dr. Frederic E. Terman at the Radio Research Lab and while at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (1943) she held top secret clearance while working on a variety of military countermeasures during World War II.

After marrying Lt. Col. Melvin L. Jackson in 1943, she worked at the Pentagon in Washington (1944), moved to Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. in 1945, and Westport in 1956.

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Albert A. Mansi, 91

Albert Anthony Mansi of Easton, a former Town of Westport Public Works Department employee, died at home on Jan. 3. He was 91.

He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Pantaleone Mansi, one of seven children. He was the widower of Elizabeth Bagon Mansi.

Born in Bridgeport, he graduated from Central High School, class of 1938. He had a lifelong passion for all sports. He was captain of the Central HS All-State Basketball championship team and a star soccer goalie.

He continued playing basketball throughout his life, still shooting baskets into his 80s. His athletic prowess on the basketball court was noted by the Stars and Stripes newspaper and American Armed Forces TV, in Germany, and an article in The New York Times.

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Edward J. Austin, 64

Edward James Austin of Southport,  husband of Marleen (Sargent) Austin, died Jan. 2 in Norwalk Hospital following a long illness. He was 64.

Born March 25, 1948 in Boston., son of the late Arthur and Joan (Soderlund) Austin, he has been a resident of Southport for 38 years.

Prior to retiring in 2007, he was employed with Nash Engineering in Norwalk. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam. He was a member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399 and participated in many sports.

He is survived by his wife Marleen (Sargent) Austin and two daughters, Melanie Austin and Monica Austin all of Southport; one granddaughter, Piper; two sisters, JoAnn Arciola of Westport, and Eleanor Westerhold of Chesapeake, Va.; his father in-law Joseph Sargent, one sister in-law Patricia Roberts, five nephews and one niece.

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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Helen R. Russo, 79

Helen R. Russo of Fairfield, one-town owner of a Westport yarn store, died Dec. 30 in Norwalk Hospital. She was 79.

Born in Randleman, N.C., she was valedictorian of the Class of 1951 at Randleman High School. After high school she worked at B. B. Walker Shoe Co. and as an executive secretary at General Electric in North Carolina until moving to Connecticut in 1962.

She continued her career with several Connecticut companies until 1970, when she opened The Darn Yarn Shoppe in Westport with her daughter.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, a great cook, skilled craftswoman and published author of short stories. her family said.

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Sandra De Los Santos, 59

Sandra De Los Santos of Bridgeport, a former waitress at Westport’s Sherwood Diner, died Dec. 29 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 59. Image
Sandra De Los Santos: 18-year Sherwood Diner employee. Contributed photo

Born March 27, 1953, the daughter of the late Charles and Shirley Ann Ettinger, she was a warm, caring, sweet mother of two and wife to surviving husband Ramon De Los Santos for 26 years, her family said.

She worked as a waitress for more than 18 years at the Sherwood Diner in Westport and later on took on a position as receptionist at Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull.

Besides her husband, she is survived by: daughter, Diana De los Santos, son, Stephen De Los Santos, two sisters Annette Boschma and Beth Dunn, as well as a host of extended family and friends.

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Susan W. DeWitt, 76

Susan Wofsey DeWitt of Norwalk, a 30-year volunteer Emergency Medical Technician in Westport, died Dec. 28 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 76.

She and her late husband of 32 years, Jack DeWitt, who died last June, were noted breeders of Cairn and Norfolk Terriers, and together owned 23 Cairn champions and four Norfolk champions.

Born in Stamford, on Aug. 25, 1936, to attorney Michael Wofsey and his wife Freda, she attended Stamford High School and the University of Connecticut. She worked in book publishing in New York City, and then returned to Connecticut to breed and show dogs.

She was a founding member of the Housatonic Cairn Terrier Club, and a leader in the rescue activities for both breeds. She was also a founding member of the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, and an active EMT volunteer for 30 years.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Carl E. Schmid, 80

Carl E. Schmid, a former Westport resident and longtime Easton resident, died Dec. 29 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 80.

Born in Norwalk, he was the son of the late Alfred and Elizabeth Horan Schmid. He grew up in Greens Farms area of Westport and graduated from Staples High School.

He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as part of the Occupational Forces in Salzburg, Austria. He attended the University of Bridgeport and earned a BS in electrical engineering from New York University and a MS in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

For more than 36 years, he was a senior staff engineer for the Perkin-Elmer Corp. He worked on aerospace and instrument group projects and has seven U.S. patents to his credit.

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