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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Fay Plohn, 85

Fay Plohn, a benefactor of Italian-American humanitarian activities, a patron of the arts and the widow of the investment banker and securities underwriter Charles Plohn, passed away on Nov. 27 at her home in Westport. She was Image
Fay Plohn: art patron. Contributed photo

Born Filomena Lucia Suriani on Feb. 19, 1924 in New York City, one of five children of Italian immigrant parents, she grew up in The Bronx and graduated from P.S. 89 and Christopher Columbus High School.

After graduation during World War II, she was among the first women to work in the trading and operations area of a Wall Street brokerage firm, where she met her future husband.

While living in New York City and often traveling to Italy during the 1950s and 1960s, Fay and Charles Plohn developed their decades long interest in collecting art, including a highly important English silver collection, Chinese paper weights, and porcelain and paintings by both established and previously undiscovered artists.

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Peter A. Bray, 54

Peter Albright Bray, who operated Bray’s Tax Service in Westport, beloved husband of Alma Bray, died suddenly on Sunday, Nov. 29 at Norwalk Image
Peter A. Bray: operated Bray’s Tax Service. Contributed photo

Born in Buffalo, NY, Peter was the son of Joyce V. Bray and the late Paul A. Bray, Jr. He graduated from Norwalk High School in 1973, and his career started by working for the family’‘s firm of Bray Studios, which was founded in 1910 by Peter’s great- grandfather, John R. Bray, a pioneer of film animation.

Later Peter’s father, Paul A. Bray, Jr., redirected Bray Studios into the field of military aviation training films and pioneered in the development of visually reconstructing aircraft accident scenes for presentation at trials. Peter had also been an auxiliary police officer in Norwalk in the 1970s.

Peter established his own firm, Bray’‘s Tax Service, in 1975 after working at H&R Block. Peter began his tax service by visiting clients in their homes, establishing a long-standing tradition of personalized service. Bray’s Tax Service eventually opened offices in Fairfield, Stamford and Norwalk.

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Warren E. Grieb, 88

Warren E. Grieb of Westport and husband of Mila Adams Grieb passed away Friday, Nov. 27. He was Image
Warren Grieb: longtime Westport and Weston resident. Contributed photo

Warren was born in Milwaukee, Wisc., son of the late Leon and Lulu Grieb. He has been a resident of both Weston and Westport for more than 50 years.

Mr. Grieb’s entire career was in the advertising and newspaper industry where he retired as chairman and CEO of the Advertising Checking Bureau in New York.

Warren graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He was a president of the Weston PTO and the founder of the annual Weston Memorial Day Fair. During the 1970s, Warren also owned and operated the Arnold Palmer Driving Range and Miniature Golf Course in Westport.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

John “Jack” Aiden Conroy, 84

Mr. John “Jack” Aiden Conroy, 84, of Westport, husband of Doris Helen Conroy, passed away Monday, Nov. 30 at home in the company of his family.

Mr. Conroy was born Nov. 1, 1925, in Cambridge, Mass., son of the late John J. Conroy and Catherine Sheehan Conroy and had been a resident of Westport for 50 years.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Conroy was a distinguished advertising executive with J. Walter Thompson Company, F. William Free & Co. and Interpublic Group in New York City.

He led the firms’ account activities in airline transportation, tourism and international operations. He also built a successful construction business.

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Carol Hofflich, 73

Carol Hofflich, a former Westport schoolteacher and resident of Fairfield for 50 years, passed away on Monday, Nov. 30 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was 73.

Mrs. Hofflich was born in New York, N.Y., a daughter of the late Herman and Henrietta Honig, and was a graduate of the University of Bridgeport, and received a Masters and 6th Year Teaching Certificate from Fairfield University.

Mrs. Hofflich had been a teacher at Greens Farms pre-school, a kindergarten special education teacher in the Westport school system, a high school level teacher at the Vitam Center School in Norwalk, and was a volunteer at the Mercy Learning Center and Bridgeport public schools.

Mrs. Hofflich was an avid golfer and tennis player, and was a lover of gardening, books and world travel.

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Lisa A. Musumeci, 54

Lisa Anderson Musumeci, 54, of Hartford, beloved wife of Joseph Musumeci and devoted mother of Michael and Nina Musumeci, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 29.

Born on Jan. 8, 1955, Lisa grew up in Westport and earned a B.A. degree from Skidmore College in 1976.

Besides her husband and two children, Lisa leaves her father, Roger Anderson, and his wife, Cyndi of Oxford; her sister-in-law, Shirley Musumeci; niece, Eva Musumeci; nephew, Vincent Musumeci; and grandniece, Alexandra, all of Glastonbury; and her stepmother, Julie Anderson.

She was predeceased by her grandparents, Frederick and Lois Anderson; her uncle, Fred Anderson; and her brother-in-law, Rosario Musumeci.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Madeline A. DeMace. 91

Madeline Agnes DeMace, 91, of Stratford, formerly of Westport, passed away Saturday, Nov. 28 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport.

A native of Westport, Madeline was born in Bridgeport daughter of the late Dominick and Isabel (Lanzo) DeMace.

She was a 1936 graduate of Staples High School, a former employee of the Dorr Company, and a U.S. Army World War II veteran.

Following her discharge from the Army, she went to work for the U.S. State Department where she traveled extensively for business. Her love for travel continued in retirement traveling both domestic and foreign.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ann Allen Schaefer, 90

UPDATE (adds date, time of memorial service) Ann Allen Schaefer died on Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at Sunrise Assisted Living of Wilton, where she had resided for the past year. She was 90.

Born in Bridgeport on Jan. 6, 1919, she was the 10th and last child of Lewis Henry Allen and Elizabeth J. Blanchfield Allen of Westport.

She graduated from Staples High School in 1936. She was married to John H. (Jack) Schaefer on April 11, 1942 and they lived together in the Greens Farms-Westport area for 53 years, until his death Nov. 18, 1995.

Ann first worked for Vought Sikorsky Aircraft in Bridgeport. After her children were grown she worked for Trendex, Inc. and Schaefer’s Sporting Goods, both in Westport.

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Constance “Connie” Irene (Osberg) Quigley, 90

Constance “Connie” Irene (Osberg) Quigley, 90, a former Westport schoolteacher and recently living in Mattapoisett, Mass., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 22 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, Mass.

She was the wife of the late Dr. Charles Joseph Quigley.

Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Philip and Grace (Knowlton) Osberg, she previously lived in Salem, N.H. and Westport, Conn., before settling in Mattapoisett for the past 15 years.

Mrs. Quigley was a graduate of Fairhaven High School and Bridgewater State College. In earlier years, she worked as an elementary school teacher in Acushnet, Mass. and in later years taught in Westport.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thomas D. Sarno, 56

Thomas Dominick Sarno, 56, of Westport and Boca Raton, Fla., passed away Thursday, Nov. 26 at home.

Mr. Sarno was born in Norwalk, son of the late Dominick and Connie (Rizzi) Sarno, and had been a longtime resident of the Westport-Norwalk area and Boca Raton.

A graduate of Staples High School and the Gemology Institute of America in New York City, he was jeweler and gemologist. He was vice president and co-owner of SZ Jewelry Manufacturers in Westport for 30 years.

Mr. Sarno was an avid motorcycle rider, loved Harley Davidson motorcycles, and spent weekends enjoying rides on his bike and participating in motorcycle fundraisers.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Harvey L. Franzel, 85

Harvey L. Franzel of Westport died Thursday, Nov. 26 at Norwalk Hospital after suffering a stroke a week earlier. He was 85.

Born in St. Louis, Mo., son of the late Abraham and Mary Franzel, he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, in mechanical engineering in 1943.

A veteran of World War II, he was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, serving at Fort Dietrich, Md. He married Melba Silberman, his high school sweetheart, in 1946 and they were blessed with 56 years of marriage, a daughter and two sons.

Harvey and family settled in St. Louis and moved to Westport in 1958.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thomas J. Romano, 75

Thomas J. Romano, 75, a 1952 Staples High School graduate most recently living in Plano, Texas, passed away Monday, Nov. 23.

He was predeceased by his parents Peter J and Mary Rose Romano and a brother Peter all of Westport.

He graduated from Staples High School in 1952. He worked for his father in the Peter J Romano Fuel Oil Co. until they sold the company to the Home Oil Co. of New Canaan where he worked until he moved to Texas in 1979.

He was an active member of the Westport PAL when he lived in Westport. Whenever he came to Connecticut in the summer, he would volunteer his time to work for the organization where his brother “PJ” was a director for many years.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Marilou Vogler, 79

Marilou Vogler, 79, of Huntington, Conn. and a former Westport resident for 30 years, died Saturday, Nov. 21.

She was the beloved wife of the late Clarence W. Vogler. She was born in Danville, Ill. on Aug. 12, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Mary Crowder Murrin and Harold Murrin, and was the sister of the late Bob Murrin and loving aunt to his children Mark, John and Laura Murrin.

Mrs. Vogler is the loving mother of Mary Vogler and her husband Carlos DelValle of New York City, Beth Vogler of Milford, Daniel Vogler and his wife Lisa Corbo-Vogler of Windsor, Anne Vogler of Oreland, Pa., and Jane Vogler of Tucson, Ariz. Mrs. Vogler is the loving grandmother of Luke Direnzo, Sofia DelValle and Michael DelValle.

She will be missed by her cats Willie and Miss Caroline.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Raymond Ross, 79

Raymond Ross of Westport, 79, died Nov. 20 at his home.

Born in New York City on Jan. 26, 1930, as the oldest son of the late Barney and Lee Rosenbloom, he graduated from New York University (NYU) in 1951 and then NYU Law School in 1954.

In that same year, he married the love of his life, Lois Kiesler Ross, and was blessed with 55 years of marriage and three sons. His life was centered on his family and his many close friends.

After law school, he ventured into private legal practice in Westport. He actively practiced law until his death.

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Mary Jane Condon, 85

Mary Jane Condon, a Westport resident since 2002, passed away at her home on Saturday, Nov. 21. She was 85

Born and raised in Washington state, she lived in California from 1951 through 2002, at which point she came to Westport to be closer to her daughter and grandson. 

The daughter of Henrietta and Lewis C. Snyder, her father was advertising manager of the Seattle Times as well as manager of radio station KJR and the production director of the Pacific National Advertising Agency.

Mary Jane was a graduate of Ballard High School and worked for Sherman Clay Music Company and KJR.

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