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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 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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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

John R. Cullen, 89

John Rutledge Cullen, husband of the late Ann (Zeock) Cullen, died at the Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk on Monday, May 3. He was 89.

John was born in Norwalk on Nov. 27, 1920, son of the late Charles and Gertrude (Johnston) Cullen.

As a youth he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps working in Centennial, Wyoming from 1936-1939.

From 1942-1945 he served his country during Word War II in the 1st Marine Division serving on Guadalcanal and was awarded the Purple Heart in May, 1944 on Russell Island. John worked for SNET and was retired from Geiger’s (Parcel’s) Garden Center in Westport.

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Marion Barton, 89

Marion (Brittain) Barton, wife of Stanley Barton, both formerly of Westport, died in Tucson, Ariz., on April 24. She was 89.

Born Dec. 4, 1920, in Halesowen, W. Midlands, England, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Brittain and Mary Andrews Brittain. She was also predeceased by her step-mother, Edith Brittain.

After marrying in 1952, she and her husband immigrated to Nova Scotia, Canada, and subsequently lived in Almonte, Ontario, and Cincinnati, Ohio, before moving to Westport in 1969.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn B. and Robert P. Scholl, also formerly of Westport; her niece, Rita Harrold of Wayne, N.J.; four step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter, Andrea.

A memorial celebration will take place at a later date in Tucson, Ariz.

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Monday, May 03, 2010

William R. Bleakley, 48

William R. Bleakley, 48, of Wilton passed away on April 22.

Mr. Bleakley was born in Islip, N.Y., son of the late Roger and Ferrol (Miller) Bleakley and has been a longtime area resident .

He was a member of the Cross Country Team at Wilton High School and later at St. Luke’s where he excelled receiving numerous awards for setting new course and school records. Mr. Bleakey went on to attend Eastern University. 

Master Bleakley was a longtime proprietor of The Westport Academy of Tae Kwon Do, achieving the rank of 5th Dan training under Grand Master Moo Yong Lee.

He was inducted into the Martial Arts “Hall of Fame” and named outstanding Sah Bum Nim of the Year in 1998.

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Marie C. Belford, 85

Marie C. Belford, 85, wife of the late William E. Belford, died May 3 at her home in Westport.

Born in Norwalk on June 17, 1924, daughter of the late James P. and Helen Mangan Collins, she was raised in Norwalk and was a graduate of Norwalk High School, class of 1942. She was retired from Valerie Transportation in Norwalk, where she had worked as a bookkeeper.

A resident of Westport for more than 60 years, Belford was a member of the Woman’s Guild at Assumption Church in Westport and involved in various church activities. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her three daughters, Maureen E. Belford of Westport, Nancy B. Voutsinas and her husband, Peter H. of Whitehall, Pa., and Katherine B. Huggins and her husband, David L. of Lansdale, Pa.; her four grandchildren, Jacqueline Marie and James William Voutsinas, and Benjamin William and Andrew Dwight Huggins; her brother, John J. Collins of Norwalk; sister, Ellen C. Sklar of Reno, Nev.; and several nieces and nephews.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Norman D. Harris, 58

Norman D. Harris, of New Milford, previously of Danbury, a U.S Postal Service employee in Westport for 30 years, died Tuesday, April 27, in Kent, Conn.

Husband of Neuza (Candida), Harris was born in Danbury Dec. 26, 1951, a son of Anita (Hubbard) Harris and the late Pearly Harris, Jr.

He attended Danbury schools and in addition to being a U.S Postal Service employee for 30 years in Westport, he was a part-time employee of Costco of Norwalk.

In early years, Mr. Harris was employed at Amphenol of Danbury. He enjoyed bowling, golf and was the “life of any gathering, a very giving man.”

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

John D. Zeoli Sr., 85

John D. Zeoli Sr., 85, of Daytona Beach, Fla., died April 19 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was a native Westporter born in Saugatuck on July 11, 1924, as were his parents, the late Dominic and Olympia (Valiante) Zeoli. He was predeceased in 1965 by his wife, Sara (Scordo) Zeoli.

Zeoli left Staples High School in his junior year and, in 1942, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II from 1942 to 1946.

Immediately thereafter he went to work for the Perkin-Elmer Corp. and was employed there for more than 35 years, engaged on projects involved with NASA and the U.S. Defense Department.

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Sophie H. Crown, 84

Sophie H. Crown of Milford, formerly of Norwalk and Westport, wife of the late Arthur Crown, died April 25 in Lord Chamberlain in Stratford. She was 84.

Born on April 24, 1926, in Bedford, N.Y., to the late Wasslie and Sarah (Eisashak) Antoniuk, she was a renowned hairdresser for more than 40 years. Crown worked at several area salons, including Camille’s Salon and Philip’s Salon of Westport.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet Novak of Milford; her sisters, Ann Sobocinski of Milford and Helen Restucci, and her brothers, Alexander and Frederick Antoniuk, all of New York; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a brother, William.

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