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Obituaries

Obituaries

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Shirley M. Meeker, 82

Shirley Metcalf Meeker, age 82 of Beacon Falls, formerly of Fairfield, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Thursday, Aug. 26 at the Hewitt Memorial Hospital in Shelton.

Born in Fairfield the daughter of the late Jessie and Sarah Metcalf, she had been a Fairfield resident for most of her life. Shirley was a retired supervisor for the Westport Transit Authority.

Survivors include four children, Frederick Meeker, Jr. and his wife Tina of Shelton, Raymond Meeker and his wife Elisa of Beacon Falls, Harold Meeker and his wife Colleen of Shelton and Robert Meeker of Bridgeport; a sister, Dorothy Lotker of Bridgeport; five granddaughters: Kelli, Jodi, Nicole, Sara and Samantha Meeker; a great-grandson, Timothy Meeker; a son-in-law, Ivan Francetic of Seymour; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Karan Hine Francetic, a sister, Virginia Toth; and her loving companion, Harold Hine.

Graveside service will be private. In lieu flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Swim Across the Sound, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606.

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Irene M. Corcoran, 85

Irene (Rene) M. Sabo Corcoran, 85, of Westport and formerly of Moorestown, N.J., died Aug. 23 at the Waterford Regional Hospital in Ireland.

Born in New York, she graduated from Cushing Academy and attended Cornell University until leaving for a theater career. She transferred to Catholic University toward the end of World War II, and then met and married decorated serviceman Joseph Corcoran.

She became director of the Moorestown Theater, working with Basil Rathbone, Mercedes McCambridge and Rue McClanahan. She like international travel, and visited China, Cuba, Italy, France, Austria and Mexico, but was particularly fond of Ireland.

Following the death of her eldest daughter, Mary, at the age of 17, Corcoran changed her career field to work in the insurance business. She was the winner of the Conference of Champions award many years and eventually opened her own branch of Allstate in Cherry Hill, N.J.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dale A. Woodruff, 73

Dale Alden Woodruff, 73, of Alstead, N.H., and formerly of Westport, died Aug. 16 at the Christian Science Benevolent Home in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Born in New London on July 17, 1937, she the daughter of Albert C. and Dorothy Alden (Jones) Woodruff Jr.

She grew up in Larchmont, N.Y., attended Walnut Hill Academy and graduated from Connecticut College with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1959.

She had lived in Westport for 20 years and was a life-long summer resident of Alstead, N.H., before becoming a permanent resident of that town in 2004.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dorothy Sarnataro, 79

Dorothy Sarnataro of Westport, died Aug. 24 at home. She was 79.

Born in Brooklyn on Dec. 2, 1930, she had been a resident of Valley Stream, N.Y., for 48 years before moving to Westport in 2004. She attended Fort Hamilton High School, where she met Frank Sarnataro, who later became her husband.

She is survived by five children, Susan Seerman and her husband David of East Quogue, N.Y.; Cindy Mitrani of Bondville, Vt.; Dorothy Rappaport and her husband Stephen of Westport; Frank Sarnataro of Long Beach, N.Y., and Dane Sarnataro and his wife Traci of Northport, N.Y., and 14 grandchildren. Her husband had predeceased her in 1985.

A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Alexander D’Agostino, 54

Alexander D’Agostino died Aug. 21 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 54.

Known as Sandy to his family, he was born Oct. 27, 1955. to the late Colombo and Jessie (Lanteri) D’Agostino in New York City.

He was raised and educated in Yonkers, N.Y., before moving to Westport in 1990. He later moved to Norwalk.

He began his career as an executive recruiter at Weatherby Healthcare in 1986 and later went on to Teed & Co. where he was working at the time of his death. He enjoyed boating on the Long Island Sound, fly-fishing, golf, vacationing by the ocean and time spent with his two children.

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C. Richard (Dick) Madwid, 89

C. Richard (Dick) Madwid, a resident of the Southport section of Fairfield and the husband of the late Virginia O’Leary Madwid, died Aug. 19 at home. He was 89.

Born in Hartford, he lived in Fairfield since his early youth. A graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas School and Roger Ludlowe High School, Class of 1939, he continued his education at the Bridgeport Engineering Institute.

He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Biscayne during World War II, and was awarded the Victory Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon and the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon.

Madwid began his career as part-owner of an aluminum factory, manager for Exide Battery in Fairfield and Reynolds Aluminum. After retiring, he joined the staff of St. Luke Church in Westport as manager of building and grounds for a decade.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

James W. Boston, 67

James William Boston of Fairfield, beloved husband for 47 years to Barbara Bowman Boston, died on Aug. 17. He was 67.WestportNow.com Image
James W. Boston: taught at Coleytown Middle for 35 years. Contributed photo

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Aug. 21, 1942, he was the son of the late John H. and Christine Hoffman Boston. He has been a resident of Fairfield for 45 years.

Jim was the instrumental music teacher at Coleytown Middle School in Westport for 35 years. He retired in 2000.

He graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology with Bachelor degrees in both education and performance and received his Masters in Education from the University of Bridgeport.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Craig J. Maloon, 59

Craig J. Maloon, 59, of Westport, passed away Thursday, Aug. 19 peacefully at home.

Craig was born in Greenville, Ohio, June 23, 1951 son of the late James H. and Frances (Trick) Maloon and has been an area resident for 43 years. He was employed as an accountant for HealingHabits.com and Computer Resolutions both located in Bridgeport.

Craig is a 1969 graduate of Staples High School and a graduate of Sacred Heart University with a degree in accounting. Under the pen name, CK Kake, Craig co-authored a book titled, “Why Not Try God” about his struggles and his return to God. He is a member of the Bahai faith.

Survivors include two sisters, Elizabeth M. Terhaar of Danbury and Sharon Olson of Roswell, Ga. one brother, Douglas Maloon of Bel Air, Md,, four nephews and one grandnephew. 

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ann Smolowe, 51

Ann Smolowe, 51, a former Westport resident and the senior managing director for leadership giving in Dartmouth College’s Office of Development, died Aug. 14, at her home in Norwich, Vt., after a two-year battle with colon cancer.

Born in 1959, Smolowe grew up in Westport, the youngest of four siblings. At Staples High School, she was active in both theater and gymnastics.

She then attended Dartmouth College, where as a member of the Class of 1981 she majored in government and competed on the cross-country ski team. After graduation, Smolowe spent three years working for Arthur Levitt at the American Stock Exchange.

She took time off to hike the Appalachian Trail, and although she made the journey solo, she developed lifelong friendships along the way.

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Phelix I. Wallace, 87

Phelix Ivan Wallace of Westport passed away Monday, Aug. 16 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 87.

Born in Miami, Fla. on Dec. 25, 1922, he leaves a daughter, Phelicia Wallace of Bridgeport and two grandchildren, Dequan Crawford and Justin Bailey.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Aug. 19 at noon at Lester Gee Funeral, 1390 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Bridgeport.

Friends may greet the family at 11a.m. until time of service.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Francis J. DeLuca, 78

Francis J. DeLuca, 78, of Westport, husband of Joanne (Renzulli) DeLuca, passed away Monday, Aug. 16 at home in the company of his family.WestportNow.com Image
Francis J. DeLuca: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

Franny was born in Westport, Jan. 23, 1932, son of the late Frank and Ann (Horelick), and has been a lifelong resident.

Prior to retiring in 1982, Franny owned and operated Franny’s Restaurant in Saugatuck for 25 years. He is a 1951 graduate of Staples High School, a member of the Westport Sons of Italy, Westport PAL and the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399.

In June 1998, Franny was honored by the Sports Man of Westport as an outstanding youngster who played all sports, including football at Staples in the late 1940s and two years with the Saugatuck Advertisers.

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Felicia (Phyllis) D. Sych, 88

Felicia (Phyllis) Dobieski Sych, 88, of Westport, the wife of John Sych, died Aug. 12, at the Middlesex Hospital Hospice Care Center in Middletown.

Born in Collinsville, she was the daughter of Mary Tarneski and Frank Dobieski, and moved to Bridgeport as a child. She grew up in Bridgeport and worked at Columbia Records after World War II. In later years, she worked for the Famous Artists School in Westport and the Sears and Roebuck Catalog Division in Bridgeport.

She was an accomplished seamstress and gardener, and other interests included poetry, painting, drawing and crafts. She loved to cook, and also enjoyed the outdoors, swimming, biking, jump roping, tennis, and ice skating, which she shared with children and grandchildren. She traveled to Europe and Australia.

In addition to her husband of 58 years, she is survived by a daughter, Elaine Sych-Nielsen and her husband Mark Nielsen of Ivoryton; a daughter-in-law, Catherine Sych of Westport; grandchildren Christian and Jillian Nielsen and Matthew and Felicia Sych; a brother, Walter Yurkowski and his wife Gloria; a sister-in-law Sara Dobieski, and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a son, John Sych Jr.; brothers Chester, Alexander and Frank Dobieski, and a sister, Florence Zera.

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George B. Monts, 88

The Rev. George B. Monts, age 88, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Aug. 14, at Westport Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 19, at noon at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 96 South Main St., South Norwalk.

Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church.

Interment at Riverside Cemetery.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Patricia L. Wickett, 60

Patricia Laughlin Wickett of Westport, beloved daughter of Nancy and Walter Laughlin, passed away in the Norwalk Hospital Critical Care Unit on Aug. 9.

Patty was born on Nov. 29, 1949. She grew up in Westport and attended Westport schools, graduating from Staples High School in 1967.

She went on to graduate from Chamberlain Junior College in Boston, with a degree in fashion design and advertising.

After graduating from college, she worked in the banking and fashion advertising fields. In the following years, Patti and her sister enjoyed many great times together, taking fun trips to Bermuda and Miami, and sharing a house on the beach in Westport.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Edward L. Johnson, 84

Edward L. Johnson, 84, of Weston, husband of Jeri Kelley Johnson, passed away Friday, Aug. 13 at home in the company of his family.

Mr. Johnson was born in Cleveland, Ohio, March 14, 1926 son of the late Malcolm B. and Virginia (Rogers) Johnson and has been a resident of Weston for 33 years. Prior to retiring, he was employed as a banker with Union Commerce.

After graduating from Staunton Military Academy in 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served as a Gunners Mate 3 class. Following World War II, Mr. Johnson attended Babson College.

His love of adventure inspired him to travel the globe, meeting exceptional friends. He loved cruising and enjoyed many voyages. As well as travel, he personally maintained the grounds gardens of his home with pride, along with many of his beloved dogs.

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