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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Katherine Schwartz, 92

Katherine Schwartz, a longtime Westport resident, died Oct. 10. She was 92. Image
Katherine Schwartz: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she attended college at Sarah Lawrence. On Jan. 6, 1942, she married John “Jack” Schwartz just before he went overseas to join in the efforts of the Army Air Corps in the Pacific theater as a navigator on a B-24 bomber. 

She spent the war years building helicopters for Sikorsky. In the years following the end of World War II, the couple moved to Westport, where she remained for the rest of her life.

In 1954, the couple adopted their only son, Kip, who himself remained in Westport until graduation from Staples High School in 1971.  Over that time, she virtually adopted Kip’s two close friends, Andrew Green and Bill Turner.

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Harriet L. Mills, 89

Harriet L. Mills, a lifelong Westport resident, died Oct. 19 in the Westport Healthcare Center. She was 89. Image
Harriet Mills: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

Born April 18, 1923 in Westport, she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Catherine (Healey) Mills. Prior to retiring, she was employed as a packer for the Caprice Footwear Company in Norwalk. She was also an avid fan of both the New York Yankees and New York Giants.

Survivors include two brothers, Irving Mills and his wife, Dolores, of Westport, Clifford Mills and his wife, Madeleine, of Sunapee, N.J.; two sisters, Evelyn A. Mills of Westport, and Catherine Pietrzak of Bridgeport; as well as three nieces and three nephews.

Calling hours have been omitted.  Friends are invited to attend a mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m., meeting directly at Saint Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North, Westport. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, Greens Farms.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Diana S. Cozzi, 15

Diana Susan Cozzi of Westport died Oct. 16 at Yale New Haven Hospital. She was 15.

Born Nov. 30, 1996 in New York City, she was the daughter of Louis and Susan Cozzi and has been a resident of Westport for 11 years.

Prior to moving to Westport, she had been a resident of Larchmont, N.Y. She attended the Connecticut Center for Child Development in Milford, a school specializing in improving the lives of children with Autism.

Survivors in addition to her parents include one sister, Kathleen Cozzi of Westport, one brother, Matthew Cozzi of Westport, her paternal grandmother, Marie Cozzi of Rye, N.Y. and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was also predeceased by her paternal grandfather Hugo Cozzi and her maternal grandparents, Aldo and Carol Podesta.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Deborah R. Kilian, 83, Well-Known Model

Deborah Reynolds Kilian, a longtime Westport resident and well-known model who graced the cover of Life magazine, died Oct. 12. She was 83. Image
Deborah R. Kilian: Life Magazine cover girl in 1949. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

She is remembered for her beauty and her friendly, welcoming smile, which lasted until the end of her days, her family said.

Kilian grew up on what was then a farm on Cross Highway managed by Edward Gross, before moving to her longtime home on Whitney Street.

She attended Mrs. Bolton’s School for Girls, which was the predecessor of Green’s Farms Academy, and excelled at track and field events. Her career in fashion and modeling began when she was discovered by the celebrated illustrator Al Parker while she was working at the old Gristede’s grocery store on Main Street in Westport.

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Arthur Bleemer, 84

UPDATE (adds memorial service) Arthur Bleemer of Westport and Truro, Mass., a former educator in the Westport school system and member of the Westport Public Library board, died Oct. 20 after what his family said was a long and noble struggle with lymphoma brain cancer.  He was 84.

He grew up in Bradley Beach, N.J., son of Rose and David Bleemer, brother of the late Norman Bleemer.  He graduated from Rutgers University, and received his Master’s Degree and Professional Diploma in Guidance and Administration from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. 

He served in the U.S. Army as an instructor in the Psychological Warfare School at Ft. Bragg, N.C., during the Korean War. 

He was an administrator in the Chappaqua, N.Y., Westport, and Darien, schools. A Westport resident since 1963, he served on the Westport Public Library Board and was involved in the expansion of the Long Lots Middle School building and the Westport Library. 

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Jonathan S. Lewis, 25

Jonathan Samuel Lewis, a resident of New York City and Westport, died Oct. 17. He was 25. Image
Jonathan S. Lewis: attended Staples. Contributed photo

He was a graduate of Fairfield Country Day School, Staples High School, and Pace University.

He had many interests- from sports and movies to books, art and travel; but above all, he was a true believer in the human spirit, passionate about the environment and the world we live in, his family said.

Born in Hong Kong on Nov. 3, 1986, he is survived by his parents Peter and Joan Lewis, as well as his younger brother Daniel, two older brothers, Zachary and Greg, and his sisters Alexandria and Jacqueline. In addition to his loving and close family, his absence will leave a great void in the lives of his many friends, his family said.

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Helmuth W. Krause, 82

Helmuth Werner Krause, a Westport resident for more than 55 years and former member of the Representative Town Meeting, died Oct. 16 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 82. Image
Helmuth W. Krause: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Dusseldorf, Germany Oct. 30 1929, he was the son of the late Adolf and Emily Schmitt Krause.  He served on the Westport RTM from 2003 to 2005 from District 5 and was a former leader and representative in the fifth district, Westport Republican Town Committee.

He taught bible studies in various places and served in various positions at the Church of the Apostles in Fairfield. He was a very dedicated and loving husband and father, not only his own children, but other people’s children, his family said.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian J. Waldmann Krause of Westport, a son, John W. Krause of Brewster, N.Y., a daughter Andrea Schreiber of Frankfurt, Germany. Three grandchildren, Mina E. Krause, John R. Krause and Katrin A. Schreiber also survive.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Frank D. Jacoby, 87, Noted Filmmaker

UPDATE Frank D. Jacoby, a longtime resident of Westport and Weston who with his wife Doris produced award-winning documentaries, corporate films and TV commercials, died Oct. 18 at hjis Weston home. He was 87. Image
In July, Doris and Frank Jacoby shared some of their memories with a Westport audience. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

The Jacobys were announced as recipients of a Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented Sunday by the Westport Arts Advisory Committee at a 2 p.m. ceremony at Westport Town Hall. In 2007, they were honored by the Friends of the Westport Public Library for their service to the community.

A veteran of the “Golden Age” of television, Frank Jacoby helped to put Channel 13 – WATV - on the air in 1948 and was soon hired by NBC as a network director with programs as diverse as “The Hit Parade,” “Lights Out” and “The Show of Shows” to his credit.

From NBC, he went to the United Nations, filming in 61 countries for Alistair Cooke’s “International Zone” and directing a weekly program with Adlai Stevenson.

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Lee Hawes, 88

Lee Hawes, a former teacher in the Westport school system, writer and civic activist, died on Oct. 7. He was 88. Image
Lee Hawes: former Coleytown Elementary teacher. Contributed photo

A resident of Redding for 48 years, he was born in Providence, R.I., Feb. 26, 1924 and earned a B.A. degree from the University of Alabama and an M.A. degree from New York University.

He received his teaching certification from Western Connecticut State University in 1954 and soon after was employed as a teacher at the newly opened Coleytown Elementary School in Westport. He also served as an administrator in the Westport school system.

During World War II, he served as a signalman, receiving his training at the University of Chicago. He was awarded two Bronze Stars for participating in the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Stella B. Mozier, 101

Stella Backiel Mozier, a Westport native, died Oct. 15. She was 101.

She was the daughter of the late John and Agatha Backiel of Westport. She married George Mozier of Fairfield on Jan. 28, 1929.

She grew up on her family’s farm in Westport and spoke fondly of weeding the radishes. She was also an owner operator of the Westport Lanes. She enjoyed traveling and one of her family’s fondest memories is of the five-week cross country camping trip they all took in 1969.

She also lived in Boynton Beach, Fla. for 30 years. She enjoyed playing cards, baking and painting.

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Thomas Ochman, 49

Thomas Edward Ochman of Fairfield, a former taxi driver in Westport, died Oct. 12 at home. He was 49.

Born June 22, 1963, he was a lifelong resident of Fairfield and a 1982 graduate of Ludlowe High School. He worked for his family’s business for 20 years before venturing out on his own as a limo driver.

In his 20s and 30s, he built stages and helped produce many shows for the Fairfield University Playhouse. He found joy later in his life by driving a taxi in Fairfield and Westport, telling all his life stories to anyone who was blessed to get him as a driver, his family said.

The family described him as “the kind of guy you only read about in novels. He lived a selfless life that depended only on the caring for others. He was lovingly called the Inn-Keeper of the Misfit Mansion. If you needed a place to stay, Tom’s door and his heart was always open.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Stanley Barton, 84

Stanley Barton, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 8 in Casa de la Luz Hospice, Tucson, Ariz. after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 84.

A former longtime resident of Westport, he was born on Dec. 30, 1927 in Halesowen, Worcestershire, England. He graduated from Halesowen Grammar School and the University of Birmingham with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering.  He and his late wife, Marion, emigrated to Canada in 1953, where he worked for the Canadian Defense Establishment in Halifax, Nova Scotia developing coatings for Canadian Navy vessels. 

After a move to Ottawa, Ontario, he was employed by Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati at their Miami Valley Laboratory as a food chemist, and he completed his career with ITT and ITT Rayonier in the Natural Resources and Forest Products divisions both in New York City and Stamford.  He and his wife retired to Tucson in 1991.

His passion was music, and he reassembled and installed a 1927 Wurlitzer pipe organ from the Ward Avenue Theater in the Bronx, N.Y., in his basement in Westport, entertaining family and friends over the years. He was a former member of the Connecticut Valley Theater Organ Society. 

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Barbara Mulqueen, 87

Barbara (Windels) Mulqueen, a former teacher at Westport’s Greens Farms Academy, died Oct. 15 in Fairfield. She was 87.

Born in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. to Paul and Louis Windels on Nov. 8, 1924, she attended Brooklyn Friends School with her sister Peggy and her brothers Paul Jr. and Richard. She graduated from Wheelock College with a degree in education.

As a young girl, she spent her summers in Westport where she met her future husband, Robert “Bob.” They married in 1949, after Bob returned from serving in World War II, started their family and raised four children.

She was passionate about teaching and in the 1960s she founded the Southport Congregational Church Nursery School and served as its director until 1970. She then joined Greens Farms Academy as a first grade teacher, where she taught for the next 20 years.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Joseph R. Corcoran, 89

Joseph Reginald Corcoran of Westport, husband of the late Irene (Sabo) Corcoran, died Oct. 15 at Stamford Hospital. He was 89.

Born March 21, 1923 in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Patrick and Mary (Divine) Corcoran. Prior to moving to Westport in 2002, the Corcorans were residents in Morrestown, N.J. for 44 years.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a decorated war veteran of World War II. He attended Catholic University in Washington D.C., where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1951 and then went on to receive a doctorate in philosophy of education from Rutgers.

He was a former member of Westport Weston Y’s Men, Friends of Sherwood Island and Habitat for Humanity.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Ruth A. Castelli, 93

Ruth Allen Castelli, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 11 in Mansfield Center, Conn. She was 93.

Her daughter, Lynn, son-in-law, Mike, and toy poodle, Lilli, cared for her during her final days, enabling her to fulfill her wish to leave this earthly life in the manner she desired, her family said.

She was born Ruth Elizabeth Allen in New York City on Sept. 3, 1919. Her father, Thomas Louis Allen, was a tenor for the Metropolitan Opera and her mother, Dr. Ida Bailey Allen, was a noted food authority, columnist, author and broadcaster.  Her father died when she was an infant. She was later adopted when her mother married William Brewster Chapman.

She attended secondary school at Blackstone College for Girls in Virginia and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1942 with an honors degree in English. It was while working in publishing for Pocket Books that she met the love of her life, Alberto (Nick) Castelli, an Argentine national sent to New York to study the paperback publishing industry.

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