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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ingrid M. Levin, 72

Ingrid M. Levin of Westport, wife of the late Eugene S. Levin, died Feb. 13 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 72.

Born May 13, 1940 in Germany, she was the daughter of the late Alfons and Anita Kanz.

She emigrated with her family to the United States in the early 1950s and grew up in Port Jefferson, N.Y. After marrying Eugene, they moved to Westport where she resided for 40 years.

She inspired many through her perseverance through many hardships in life. her family said.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Donald L. Hendrickson, 85

Donald Lamont Hendrickson of Topsham, Maine, a former Westport resident for 40 years, died Dec. 20 in a hospice house in Auburn, Maine following long illnesses. He was 85.

He was born on Sept. 19, 1927 in Ponca City, Okla., the son of E.G. and Louise Hendrickson, now deceased, of Lake Charles, La.

He grew up primarily in Haddonfield, N J. but completed high school and college in Lincoln, Neb. where his grandparents lived.

He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in chemical engineering in 1948 and received a Master of Science degree from MIT in 1950.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

David F. Kidney, 84

David Francis Kidney, a Westport resident since 1960, died Feb. 7. He was 84.

The son of David and Sara Kidney was born and raised in Hartford. After graduating from high school, he volunteered and served in the Army of the Occupation in Japan.

He came home, graduated from UConn, and went to work for Traveler’s Insurance, where he worked for 35 years.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years Barbara G. Kidney, his daughter Susan, son-in-law John, son David, daughter-in-law Kimberly, his son Steven, sister Claire, and brother-in-law Hugh. His grandchildren, Megan, Caitlin, Jenna, Sara, John, Will, Michaela, Dana and Emma.

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Eloise R.  Brunnemer

Eloise Rabon Brunnemer, an 18-year Westport resident, died Feb. 9. The family provided the following obituary: Image
Eloise Brunnemer: 18-year Westporter. Contributed photo

Eloise Rabon Brunnemer entered the last chapter of her long and happy life, just a few weeks ago, quietly closing the final page of her story book, Saturday evening, Feb. 9, 2013 around 5 p.m. Her age is, and still remains, as she would always say, “a military secret.”

She was comfortable and cozy in the arms of her daughter Mary Ann Hall with her son-in-law Bill Hall close by. Bill, Mary Ann and Eloise were together at The Hilton Garden Inn where they had taken Eloise during the snow storm, just in case they lost power.

Her family hoped that she would be present to greet her first great grandchild, but instead, she chose to send her spirit out to greet the new baby. This new baby, due any minute now is the first child of Westport native, Emily Rabon Hall and husband Nick Stevens.

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Kevin Gray and wife Dodie Pettit visit Staples Players in 2007. Contributed photo

UPDATE (corrects age, adds services) Actor Kevin Gray of Westport, a Staples High School graduate who became the youngest actor to play the title role in “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway, died Feb. 11 after suffering a heart attack at home. He was 54.

Gray is survived his wife, Dodie Pettit, whom he met while starring in Broadway’s “Phantom.”

In 2011, Gray had begun as an associate professor of theater at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford.

Prior to taking up he teaching position,  Gray recently starred as Scar in the National Tour of Disney’s “The Lion King.”

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Patricia Donnelly: moved with husband actor Donal Donnelly to Westport in 1979. Dave Matlow for

Patricia Porter Donnelly, formerly of Westport, died Jan. 31 in Chicago. She was 75. 

Born Feb. 26, 1937 in Yorkshire, England to Dorothy and Norman Porter, she studied dance in London. Her professional career included dancing in West End London productions of “The King and I,” “West Side Story,” “Robert and Elizabeth,” and “Finian’s Rainbow,”’ as well as being featured in the BBC TV series “Cool for Cats.” 

While dancing the part of Susan the Silent in “Finian’s Rainbow,” she met her husband, Irish actor Donal Donnelly.

In 1979, the couple moved with their three children, Maryanne, Damian, and Jonathan, to Westport. Many will remember her from her years at Derma Clinic in Westport where she went by the professional name of Mila Porter.

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Saturday, February 09, 2013

Omar F. Elder, III, 57

Omar Franklin Elder, III, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 8 at Grace Nursing Home in Greenwich. He was 57. Image
Omar F. Elder, III: former Westport carpenter. Contributed photo

He was born in New York City to Omar Franklin Elder, Jr. and Betty Anne Nyman, who predeceased him. He was raised in Greenwich, where he graduated from Greenwich Country Day School and The Lawrenceville School in Princeton, N.J. He attended the University of Southern California and was an active member of the Chi Phi Fraternity.

He lived in Westport the majority of his adult life, where he was a carpenter. He highly valued a job well done and worked hard to please his customers.

He spent the last five and a half years of his life in Memphis with his sister. He loved to trap shoot and play golf. He cherished his friendships that he gathered throughout his life. He easily befriended those who fell on hard times and was an active volunteer at More Than A Meal sponsored by Idlewild Church until his health failed. He was a member of Idlewild Presbyterian Church.

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Friday, February 08, 2013

Dwight F. Fanton, 97

Dwight Fairchild Fanton of Fairfield, a former Westport resident and member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, died Feb. 4. He was 97. Image
Dwight Fanton: served on ZBA. Contributed photo

Born on Aug. 16, 1915, in East Orange, N.J., and raised in New Rochelle, N.Y., he was the son of the late Ethel and Willard Fanton of Weston. His forebearers settled in Weston in the late 1600s.

He graduated from Yale University in 1937, and received his law degree from Yale in 1940. He served in World War II as a major in the U.S. Army and was a member of the prosecution team for the military proceedings at Dachau in 1946.

His distinguished career spanned more than 50 years as a valued member and managing partner of the Connecticut law firm Pullman & Comley, LLC. Specializing in labor law, he represented many clients some of which were: Hubbell Corporation, Bridgeport Hospital, University of Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s and Park City Hospitals.

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Gloria D. Mull, 86

Gloria D. Mull of Gilford, N.H., a former Westport resident, died Feb. 3 at home. She was 86. Image
Gloria Mull: 38-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

The widow of William R. Mull who died in 1991, she was born July 12, 1926 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Vincent and Mildred Grande. She resided in Westport for 38 years before moving to Gilford, N.H. 21 years ago.

She was a communicant of St. Andre Bessette Parish – St. Joseph Church and a former communicant of the Church of the Assumption in Westport.

She was a member of the Opechee Garden Club in Laconia and was a charter member of Lake Shore Park, Gilford where she spent her summers. She played Mah Jong there every Wednesday with the “Girls.”

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Barbara Lawless, 89

Barbara Lawless, an artist and teacher and longtime Westport resident who also resided in Palm Beach, Fla., died Jan. 13. She was 89. Image
Artist Barbara Lawless with second grade students at Westport’s King’s Highway Elementary School in 2009 as they learned the art of creating a mural. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

An accomplished mural and portrait artist, she taught for many years in Westport and Florida.  Her murals and portrait commissions can be seen in many public buildings. Her final mural is installed in the lobby of the Weston Town Hall. (See WestportNow Nov. 1, 2009)

She was featured in the film “Years in the Making: A Journey Into Late Life Creativity” which featured artists still working past the age of 70.

A graduate of Greenwich Academy, she earned a BA from William & Mary and received a MS from Southern Connecticut State University.

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Thursday, February 07, 2013

JoAnn M. Eichner, 80

JoAnn Mansfield Eichner, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 2 at her home in St. Simons Island, Ga. She was 80. Image
JoAnn Eichner: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born Feb., 11, 1932 in Etowah, Tenn.  She graduated from Grady High School and then attended Ward Belmont, a girl’s school in Nashville, Tenn. Upon graduation she entered the airlines business with Delta and became the reservation manager with Southern Airways.

In 1958,, she met her future husband, I. John Eichner, Jr., when their respective airlines had an air route case that lasted several months in Atlanta. They were married on May 17, 1958 in Atlanta and their first son, I. John Eichner (Jay) was born in February 1959.

They settled in Houston where her husband was in the airlines business, when their second son Patrick was born on Nov. 14, 1960. In 1961 they moved to Westport because her husband became an officer of American Airlines for five years.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Kathryn J. Card, 89

Kathryn June Card of Stratford, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 24 at Bridgeport Hospital. She was 89.

The wife of the late Raymond E. Card was born July 5, 1923 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late John and Katherine Hanna. She was a resident of Westport for 35 years before moving to Stratford in 1995.

After raising her children, she held part time jobs at Country Gal and Westport Bank and Trust. She was a woman of deep Catholic faith. She loved gardening, playing cards and music, particularly classical, musicals and the Boston Pops, her family sad.

Her greatest joy was her family. She was a gentle, caring person and a wonderful listener. She will be greatly missed.

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Monday, February 04, 2013

George C. Deecken, 90

George C. Deecken died Feb. 2 at his Westport home. He was 90. Image
George Deecken: 55-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born in Jersey City April 12, 1922, he graduated Dickinson High School at 16 and was hired by Price Waterhouse. In 1941 he joined the U.S. Army and was accepted into Officer Candidate School where he trained in Miami Beach and Los Angeles before being selected to attend Harvard Business School’s new Stat Control program.

As a first lieutenant, he learned to fly the C-47 and participated in assignments working for Army Air Force Intelligence in the China Burma India theater reporting to Gen. Joseph Stilwell. As captain, he became executive aide to Gen. William Knudsen of the Air Technical Service Command and later completed special projects in France and England for the newly established OSS.

After the war, having rejoined Price Waterhouse, he obtained his NYU bachelor’s degree at night and earned his CPA. In 1953, he was transferred to Price Waterhouse in Brussels, Belgium, where he met his future wife.

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Sunday, February 03, 2013

Alan F. Doniger, 84

Alan Franklin Doniger of New York City and Great Neck, N.Y., a former Westport resident, died Jan. 27 at home. He was 84. Image
Alan F. Doniger: former Westporter. Contributed photo

The middle son of Mildred and Jacob Doniger, he is survived by his brothers Alfred and Steve. He lived in Westport from 1961 to1979.

He was a graduate of Great Neck High School, Yale University (’49) and Harvard Law School (’52). He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. 

He served as a corporate attorney for several companies, including Rheingold Brewery and retired as chief counsel with American Home Products.

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Dean F. Remlin, 52

Dean Francis Remlin of Stamford, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 31 at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford after a year-long battle with cancer.  He was 52.

He was born in Norwalk on March 13, 1960 son of Joseph F. Remlin and the late Shirley K. Remlin, who recently died on Jan. 13. He attended Bedford Junior High School and graduated from Staples High School in Westport in 1979.

For more than 25 years he worked at Allen’s Clam & Lobster House in Westport and Allen’s East in Stratford, CT.  Most recently, he worked for a catering company in Stamford.

Growing up in the 70’s, he had a passion for rock music and had the uncanny ability to recognize a song when the first note was played on the radio.  He especially liked the music of the Beatles.  He enjoyed watching NASCAR and sports on TV, playing video games, bowling, playing softball and going to tag sales.

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