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Obituaries

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Martha Louise Godfrey MacDonald, 88

Martha Louise Godfrey MacDonald, died May 26 at the age of 88.

She was the daughter of Homer C. Godfrey and Helen Lewis Godfrey, and a life long resident of Fairfield and Westport.

She was a graduate of the Fannie A. Smith School, Fairfield High School and Smith College.

She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Richard Howitt MacDonald, and by their son, Peter Lewis MacDonald.

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Eileen J. Wilson, 81

Eileen J. Wilson, longtime Westport resident, actress, director and writer, died on May 24. She was 81.

She spent a lifetime involved in theater, where she excelled in acting, directing, designing, writing, producing, developing and managing companies.

She was born and raised in England, but spent most of her adult family life in the United States, living in Texas, Connecticut,and on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Wilson grew up in the north of England, in Gosforth, a suburb of Newcastle, as the youngest of three children. Her school years were marked by World War II, in which her brother served and her father was a member of the Home Guard.

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Rosemary Gaffney, 82

Rosemary Gaffney, wife of Dr. Robert Gaffney for nearly 41 years, died May 26 in Bridgeport Hospital, at the age of 82.

She was predeceased by her father, Michael, and her mother, Louise Bassaline.

She is survived by her brother, Peter; her nephews, Peter and Paul; her husband, Robert; as well as eight step-children, 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Gaffney was a 1945 graduate of Staples High School, Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. She received a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from the University of Bridgeport in 1963.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Diana Pasacreta-Rizzi, 79

Diana Pasacreta-Rizzi, a lifelong resident of Westport, died at Norwalk Hospital on Tuesday, May 25, following a long and courageous battle with kidney disease. She was 79.

Just as she always lived her life, she approached death with peaceful dignity surrounded by her lifelong loved ones.

Diana was a graduate of Saugatuck Elementary, Bedford Junior and Staples High School in Westport and was a respected graduate of the Norwalk Hospital School of Nursing.

She was married to the late James A Rizzi of Norwalk and they shared their lives for just shy of 50 years.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Martin H. Levey

Martin H. Levey (Marty Brayer) of Westport, husband of the late Bunny, died.

He is survived by his children, Robin Levey and Gail Levey Schorr; and his grandchildren, Nathaniel Schorr, Ethan Schorr and Max Kupperberg.

A service took place Monday at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway, Bronx, N.Y.

The family will observe the Shiva period at the home of Martin Levey in Westport.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Norma L. Magee, 78

Norma L. Magee, 78, of Wilton, formerly of Westport, wife of the late R. James Magee, passed away Monday, May 10 at Norwalk Hospital.

She was born July 7, 1931, in Los Angeles, daughter of the late Floyd and Kathalyn Buxton and has been a resident of Wilton for the past 18 years.

Prior to moving to Wilton in 1992, Magee had resided in Westport for 24 years. She was employed as a special education teacher aid from 1971 throuigh 1993 serving the last 10 years of her career at Staples High School.

Magee joined the staff at the Westport Public Library from 1993 through 1997.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

James “Chick A. Powers Sr., 85

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James “Chick A. Powers Sr., 85, of Sabattus, Maine, husband of Hazel (James) Powers, and a native of Westport,  passed away Tuesday, May 18 at home

Born Aug. 27, 1924, in Westport, he was the son of the late Edward and Martha (Maurer) Powers and had resided in Westport for 70 years before moving to Maine in 1995.

Prior to retiring in 1986, he owned and operated Powers Painting in Westport.

Powers was a member of Westport PAL, a former member of the Westport Striped Bass Club and a life member of the Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member of the Westport Sportsman who honored him in 1989 with the PAL award.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Nicholas Lee, 88

Nicholas Lee, 88, of Miami Shores, Fla., passed away Sunday, April 18, after a brief illness.

Nicholas was born in Westport to the late Joseph Lee and Catherine (Lan) Lee.

He served in World War II in the Omaha Beach, Normandy invasion, was one of the “Iron Men of Metz” and in Belgium and Germany.

He earned the rank of T/3 Sgt. (379th, 95th, 3rd Army) with General Patton. He received the MKM M-1 Rifle Badge and the World War II Victory Badge.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Victor E. Dowd, 89

Victor E. Dowd of Westport died in family company on Monday, May 17, at Connecticut Health of Southport. He was 89.

Born in Brooklyn , N.Y., the son of the late Joseph and Jeanne (Aime’) Dowd, he was the beloved husband of Marjorie (Bonar) Dowd for 59 years.

An artist, Dowd worked in freelance commercial illustration and enjoyed painting in watercolor. He played golf at Longshore and enjoyed model railroading.

He was very active at Assumption Church in Westport, and he served in the Ghost Army, a special force of the U.S. Army during World War II.

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Joseph J. Koeller, 88

Longtime Westport resident and a retired principal of Long Lots Junior High School, Joseph John Koeller died Saturday, May 15, at Norwalk Hospital. He was 88.

Born March 3, 1922 in West New York, N.J., he was the the son of John Phillip Koeller and Josephine Thomas Koeller.

He graduated from Fort Lee High School in 1940 where he was active in sports. Upon graduation he was employed by Western Electric Co. in the Crystal Quartz Lab.

In June 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was a G.M. 2/c aboard the USS Bernadou OD 153, a World War I destroyer used in the invasions of Safi, North Africa, Sicily and Salerno. After two years aboard ship he was transferred to the Navy V-12 program.

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Barbara M. Baxter, 71

Barbara Murray Baxter, of Cotuit, Mass., passed away on May 15, after a long illness.

She was born on May 30, 1938, in San Leandro, Calif., the only child of Thomas and Margaret Murray.

After graduating from Bishop Dowd High School, she worked for Gump’s department store in San Francisco. After being accepted for a stewardess position at United Airlines, she got on her first-ever airplane flight to Cheyenne, Wyo., for training.

She flew for United Airlines until her retirement in 1985. She flew out of LaGuardia Airport, first living in Manhattan, and then in Westport.

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Sunday, May 09, 2010

Daniel A. Mahoney Jr.

Daniel A. Mahoney Jr. died on May 7, 2010.

He was born in Fall River, Mass. and has been a resident of Marco Island, Fla. for 23 years after moving from Westport.

After serving in the Navy during World War II, Dan graduated from Brown University and joined the General Electric Co. where he worked for 34 years.

Upon retirement to Marco Island, he was very active in San Marco Parish as a Eucharistic Minister, Altar Server, and the Knights of Columbus.

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Saturday, May 08, 2010

James R. Chalfant, 90

James R. Chalfant passed away April 22 in Miami, Fla. He was 90.

He lived in Westport before moving to Miami Springs in 1960.

A veteran of World War II, he saw action in Germany, the Battle of the Bulge, Belgium and France.  Jim worked for the city of Miami before retiring. He was an avid 300 bowler and loved golf.

He is survived by his wife, Florence, of 68 years, a daughter Nancy E., was predeceased by his son, James W. One brother, Clayton F., of Westport, and several grandchildren. Interment was private.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Ann Barlow, 78

Ann Barlow of Westport, died May 5 at Bridgeport Hospital. She was 78.WestportNow.com Image
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Ann was born April 21, 1932, a daughter of the late Joseph and Carmela Chirco of Norwalk, formerly of Marsala, Sicily.

Ann is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Edward Barlow, a son, Dean Barlow of Westport, a daughter, Dale Barlow of Fairfield, a sister, Josephine Cocchia and her husband Art of Bethel, two sisters-in-law, Marion Knox and Gladys Albright and her husband Ed, and several cousins, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Ann was predeceased by a sister Nina Chirco and two brothers, Andrew and Nicholas Chirco.

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Edward J. Kelly, 77

Edward J. Kelly, 77, of Westport and Tequesta, Fla., passed away Tuesday, May 4, at the Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Fla.

Born in Newburyport, he had been a winter resident of Tequesta for many years. Edward was president of National Express in Norwalk. He was a member of Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club and served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Judith I. Kelly; two sons, Richard J. Kelly and his wife Tammy of Westport, and Edward J. Kelly and his wife Debbie of Easton; three daughters, Kathleen Conley and her husband Bruce of Chesapeake, Va., Karen K. Wells of Stuart, Fla., and Eileen Kelly of Roanoke, Va.; one brother, Peter Kelly and his wife Cherylann of Newburyport; one sister, Carolyn Bashaw and her husband Robert of Naples, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Johnathan, Christina, Nicole and Jaime.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 8, at St. Jude Catholic Church in Tequesta. Interment will follow at Riverside Memorial Park. Friends are invited to meet with the family from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 7, at the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, 250 Center St., Jupiter, Fla.

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