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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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Louise A. Kaufmann, 90

Louise Arciola Kaufmann, a native of Saugatuck, and wife of the late Leonard J. Kaufmann, died Feb. 1 in Norwalk Hospital. She was 90.

Born June 2, 1922 in Saugatuck, daughter of the late Carmen and Mildred (Masucio) Arciola, she has been a lifelong Saugatuck resident. She was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who loved cooking for and spending time with her family, her family said. Image
Louise Kaufmann: lifelong Saugatuck resident. Contributed photo

Survivors include two sons, Robert M. Kaufmann of Monroe, Thomas L. Kaufmann and his wife Lynn of East Haven; one brother, Anthony Arciola and one sister, Helen Downs both of Westport,. two grandchildren, Christina and Brianna Kaufmann one great grandchild, Joey Hernandez and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Roa. East, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., The funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. for an 11 a.m. mass of Christian Burial in Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, 73 Greens Farms Road.  Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity. Those wishing to leave an on line condolence, visit

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William E. Wallace, 86

William E. Wallace of Westport, husband of the late Marie (DeMace) Wallace, died Feb. 2. He was 86.

He was born on June 8, 1926 and was the son of the late William and Florence (Vanak) Wallace. He was lifelong resident of Westport and was the owner of Town and Country Refuse for many years.

He served in the U.S. Navy and was a World War II veteran. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Southport Volunteer Fire Department, and the State Police Auxillary. He was also an avid gardener.

He is survived by his five daughters Marcia Ball of Westport, Patty Rodgers of Westport, Mary Marcinkowski of Milford, June Bosik of Stratford, and Lisa Klein of Monroe. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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Saturday, February 02, 2013

Florence Michalek, 88

Florence Michalek, formerly of Westport and Southport, died Jan. 30. She was 88.

She was the wife of the late John “Sandy” Michalek.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Monday, Feb. 4 at 10:15 a.m. from the Fairfield Funeral Home of Edmund W. Dougiello, 36 South Pine Creek Road and at 11 a.m. in St. Luke Church in Westport with a Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery in Fairfield. Doors will open at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. for morning visitation. Friends may also call on Sunday, Feb. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Selma R. Yackulics, 92

Longtime Norwalk resident Selma Ryba Yackulics, recently living in Westport, died Jan. 30. She was 92.

The wife of the late William Emery Yackulics was born in Stamford on Nov. 3, 1920, the daughter of the late Francis Ryba and Stephanie Ryba. She moved to Westport several years ago to live with her daughter, Carol Leahy, an employee of the Westport Historic District Commission.

At the age of 68, she embarked on a career as office manager for the Coastal Fairfield County Convention & Visitor Bureau at the Lockwood- Mathews Mansion in Norwalk. During her tenure there, she received numerous accolades, including Norwalk’s Most Valuable Person Award, for her work in promoting tourism in Norwalk.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, who taught us that to be happy “you have to have a sense of faith, people who love you and a damn good sense of humor,” her family said.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Francis J. Charlton, 86

Francis (Frank) Joseph Charlton, a former Westport resident for 30 years, died Jan. 30 at home in Southport. He was 86. Image
Francis J. Charlton: 30-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

He was born on April 29, 1926 in Fitchburg, Mass., the third of seven children to the late Kathleen and Francis Charlton. He was married to and well-cared for by Jay Charlton, his loving, red-headed wife of 53 years.

After graduating from St. Bernard’s High School in Fitchburg, he served in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. Because of the G.I. Bill, he attended Holy Cross College, graduating in 1948 and in 1952 finished his law degree at Georgetown University.

He was an attorney for more than 50 years, practicing law in Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut. Until last year, he was a magistrate judge in Norwalk and Bridgeport.

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John H. Day, 87

John H. Day of Green Valley, Ariz., formerly of Fairfield and an industrial arts teacher in Westport and Fairfield, died at home on Jan. 28. He was 87.

The husband of Evelyn (Nicholson) for 67 years, he was born in Lincoln, Maine on April 8, 1925. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II as a ball turret gunner on a B17.

He graduated from Oswego State Teacher’s College in 1949 and taught industrial arts in Fairfield and Westport for 34 years. He was also well-known for his wood carving and artwork.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, his four children and their spouses, Crystal Babin (Angelo Vicari) of Huntington, Conn., Claudia (John Dapp) of Newtown, Scott (Christine) of Trumbull, and Cindy (Jack Baer) of Warren, Ohio and eight grandchildren.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bruce W. Patalano, 67

Bruce Winstead Patalano of Wheeling, W. Va., a former Westport resident, died Jan. 16 at home. He was 67.

He was born Aug. 15, 1945 in Rocky Mount, N.C., and grew up in Westport, the son of Philip V. Patalano and the late Sudia Winstead Patalano.

He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1967 and moved to West Virginia as a two-year VISTA Volunteer working in the Weirton area. He was then a social worker with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services working for years in Child Protection Services.

He continued his education, obtaining a Master’s Degree in psychiatric social work through West Virginia University, Morgantown.

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