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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Charles A. Frazer, 96

Charles Allen Frazer, 96, a lifelong resident of Westport, and husband of the late Helen (Cable) Frazer, passed away Monday, Nov. 29, in Cambridge Manor, Fairfield.

Mr. Frazer was born Dec. 25, 1913 in Westport, son of the late Charles and Florence (Allen) Frazer and had been a lifelong resident of Westport before moving to Cambridge Manor.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Frazer was employed as a printer with Jones Press in Westport. He is a former member of the New Canaan Rifle and Pistol Club and the Wooster Mt. Gun Club. He also used to enjoy hunting and trapping.

Survivors include one son, Gary Frazer and his wife Gail of Pinehurst, N.C. two daughters, Lynda Frazer of Fairfield, and Kathy Mitaly and her husband John of Easton, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was also predeceased by one sister, Virginia Avery and one grandson, Matthew Mitaly.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Julius T. Fraser, 87

Julius T. Fraser passed away at his Westport home on Saturday, Nov. 20. He was Image
Julius Fraser: Studied time. Contributed photo

Born in Budapest, Hungary on May 7, 1923, he fulfilled a long-held dream when he came to the United States in September 1946.

He was the founder of the International Society for the Study of Time (1965) which attracts scholars interested in the multidisciplinary study of time. This group publishes a journal and holds triennial conferences.

J.T. Fraser was the author of numerous books and articles dealing with the multidisciplinary nature of time. He taught classes on time at MIT, Mt. Holyoke, University of Maryland and Fordham University and lectured worldwide.

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Frederick J. Moore, 78

Frederick James Moore, longtime fire chief and fire marshal in Weston, died Friday, Nov. 26, at Wilton Meadows. He was 78.

A lifetime Weston resident, Moore first volunteered for the fire department when he was 18 and later became fire chief and fire marshal. He retired as fire chief in 2007.

He graduated from Staples High School in Westport in 1950 and the University of Connecticut School of Agriculture. He also managed The Nature Conservancy Devil’s Den and Katharine Ordway Preserves.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ann; two sisters, Emily and Susan of Weston; four children, Jeffery of Weston, Robert of Alexandria, Va., Gregory of Salem, N.H., and a stepdaughter, Nichola of Newtown; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 3, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Lyons Plain Road, Weston, at 3 p.m.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Rafael C. Laredo, 90

Rafael Caturla Laredo of Southbury died on Nov. 22 after suffering a stroke. He was Image
Rafael C. Laredo: 43-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

The patriarch of his family, he was a resident of Westport from 1964 until 2007.

He was born in Havana, Cuba, on May 20, 1920, a son of the late Octavio and Silvia Laredo. He left Cuba at age 15 and was educated in the United States, where he attended Fork Union Military Academy and was a 1944 graduate of MIT in chemical engineering.

His career started with Monsanto Chemicals, and then with Liquid Carbonic, where he was responsible for building and managing dry ice plants in Mexico City, Mexico, Havana, Cuba, and Santiago, Chile.

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Alyce J. Restaino, 92

Alyce Jaderlund Restaino died Oct. 28 at the age of 92.

The daughter of Anna and Ignatz Horelick, she was born on Whitney Street in Westport on April 24, 1918. She resided with family in Gold Canyon, Ariz., the last four years of her life.

Restaino and her husband owned and operated several popular restaurants in Westport, and were involved in real estate development and management in the area.

In later years, she worked at Norwalk Hospital in the Cardiology Department. Restaino was also actively involved with the Ladies Auxiliary at the VFW in Saugatuck.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Evelyn E. Monahan, 88

Evelyn E. Monahan of Westport, wife of the late Thomas H.E. Monahan, Jr. passed away Tuesday, Nov. 23, in her Westport home, where she raised her family for 45 years. She was Image
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Born in Boston, Mass., her passion was spending time at the beach or on adventures with her two grandchildren, Christine and Kevin Boecke, to whom she perfected the job of being the best grandmother ever.

She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed time spent with her family and many friends, especially fellow Red Sox and Celtics fans. Mrs. Monahan was a member of Assumption Parish.

Survivors in addition to her grandchildren include, two daughters, Joan Monahan Boecke and husband, William, of Newton, Mass., and Lynne Monahan of Westport; two sons, Thomas H.E. Monahan III, and Martha Dixon, of Black Rock, and Stephen J. Monahan and wife, Wendi, of Marshfield, Mass.; and one sister, Barbara Carney of Wareham, Mass. She was predeceased by brothers, Buddy Delaney, Robert Delaney and sisters, Louise Ryan and Jeanne Gallagher. She was lovingly known as Aunt Del to many.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Alphonse W. DiNapoli, 83

Alphonse W. DiNapoli of Stamford, owner of a Dairy Queen franchise in Westport for 25 years, died Nov. 24 in Stamford. He was 83.

Born March 15, 1927 in Stamford to the late Rocco and Bernarda DiNapoli, he was the eldest of four children. He was a 1944 graduate of Stamford High School and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Upon returning from the service, he married his high school sweetheart, Marie Gesullo, in 1948. They raised four children in their home they built on MacGregor Drive in Stamford.

He was employed by FAG Bearings in Stamford for 40 years, rising to the position of plant superintendent. His other endeavors included a floral shop on the west side of Stamford, catering private parties, and owning a Dairy Queen in Westport for 25 years where he worked side by side with his family.

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Vivian C. Mercurio, 80

Vivian Cupole Mercurio of Stratford, a retired receptionist for Internal Medicine of Westport, died on Tuesday, Nov. 23 in Bridgeport Hospital. She was 80.

Born in Bridgeport on July 14, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Susie LaPorta Cupole. Mrs. Mercurio loved to dance and travel and always enjoying life to the fullest.

Affectionately known as Mimi, her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and family. She was a member of the Red Hat Society of Stratford.

Survivors include her beloved husband of 56 years, Joseph P. Mercurio, three children, Joseph Garofano and his wife Carol of Waterford, Nancy Faiella and her husband, Salvatore of Shelton and Daniel Mercurio and his wife, Karen of Meriden; a sister-in-law, Barbara Cupole of Milford; five grandchildren, Salvatore IV, Joseph, Gabriella, Daniel Jr. and Lindsey; as well as, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Nicholas Cupole, Jr.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

John S. Edwards, 93

John Sherwood Edwards, a life-long resident of Easton and father of Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards, passed away at home on Wednesday, Nov. 17. He was Image
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Sherwood was the only child of the late Minnie and Erwin P. Edwards of Easton.

Sherwood is survived by his wife, Phyllis M. Edwards; his four children, James S. Edwards of Easton, Stephen J. Edwards and his wife, Polly of Easton, Larry B. Edwards and his wife, Donna of New Hartford, and Sally Berger and her husband, John of Hendersonville, N.C.; as well as many grand and great-grandchildren.

A graduate of the University of Maine, Sherwood returned to his roots and expanded the family dairy farm into what now is known as Maple Row Tree Farm, which continues to be run by the family.

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Janet Joyce Flynn, 71

Janet Joyce Flynn (nee Ardissone) of Randolph, N.J. and formerly of Ridgefield, N.J., beloved mother and grandmother passed away on Friday, Nov. 12 at her home with her family at her side. She was 71.

Predeceased by her husband, Donald Flynn, she is survived by her mother, Louise Ardissone (nee Bagnati) also of Randolph, N.J and formerly of Ridgefield, N.J.; as well as her children Judy Romano along with her husband Greg and their children Alexander, Christopher, and Elise Romano of Basking Ridge, N.J.; Kathy Flynn along with her children Daniel, Erika, and Madeline Parisi of Westport; Danny Flynn along with his wife Gordana and their sons Donald and Christopher of Randolph, N.J.; and Peter Flynn along with his daughters Jessica and Megan of Flanders, N.J.

Janet Flynn was the 1956 valedictorian and captain of the cheerleading squad at Emerson High School in North Bergen, N.J. She worked as an editor at McGraw Hill in New York City and, after having married in 1958 and raising a family for years, she worked as a school crossing guard in Ridgefield, N.J., and enjoyed bingo and bowling.

Although stricken with Multiple Sclerosis for more than 30 years, she never complained but was instead an inspiration to all who knew her. She was an avid Yankees fan, devoted soap opera junkie, coffee-aholic, and was her 10 grandchildren’s most devoted fan as they pursued activities on the ice, stage, water, and field.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Barbara L. Duffy, 91

Barbara L. Duffy, 91, of Davie, Fla., formerly of Westport and wife of the late Cornelius F. Duffy Jr., died Nov. 16, 2010, at the North Broward General Hospital in Image
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Born on March 18, 1919, in Nashua, N.H., she lived in Westport for 60 years before moving to Florida in 2004. She worked for Norwalk Hospital as a registered nurse for 32 years before retiring in 1991.

She had served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II as a second lieutenant. She is a graduate of St. Joseph School of Nursing in New Hampshire and a life member of the Joseph J. Clinton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 399.

Survivors include two sons, Richard F. Duffy and Daniel P. Duffy, and two daughters, Patricia F. Duffy and Kathleen E. Duffy all of Davie, Fla.; a grandson, Brian Duffy of Milford. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Kenneth Duffy, and a grandson, Darrell Duffy.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Jane Turner Terpening, 88

Jane Turner Terpening of Westport passed away on Nov. 10 at the Honey Hill Rehabilitation Center in Norwalk. She was Image
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Mrs. Terpening was born on May 15, 1922, the daughter of William and Grace Turner. Jane graduated from Phoenix High School and Oswego State Teacher’s College. 

She taught for more than 10 years beginning in a one-room schoolhouse in Booneville, N.Y., then to a class of 30 ninth graders in Rochester, N.Y.

She was instrumental in introducing a drug program in Westport during the 1970s called Project Renaissance, an offshoot of Daytop Village. She served for five years on its board of directors. 

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

John C. Donaher Jr., 78

John C. Donaher Jr., of Fairfield, husband of Susan Sherman Donaher, died Nov. 9. He was 78.

Born July 18, 1932, in New Kensington, Pa., he graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1954, with a B.S. in business, and in 1960 earned a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Pittsburgh. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served at the Allied forces headquarters in Paris from 1955 to 1957.

He moved to Fairfield in 1978 from Detroit, Mich., where he had been president of the Detroit Medical Center, to assume the presidency of Doctors Hospital in New York City. In 1990, he was appointed director of hospitals for Aga Kahn in Chantilly, France. He returned to Fairfield upon his retirement. He was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Westport.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons John of Pittsburgh, Pa., Matthew of Newtown, and Patrick of Fairfield; daughters Tracy of Fairfield and Brigid MacDonald, of Hopkinton, Mass.; siblings Mary Ann Hanna, Ursula Donaher, Catherine Julien and Dennis Donaher all of Webster, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Margaret Donaher, and brothers William and Terrence.

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Mary Lee Culver Casson, 78

Mary Lee Culver Casson of Westport, a singer and actress, died Oct. 31. She was 78.

Born on Feb. 21, 1932, in Richmond, Va., she received a B.A. degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1953, and attended Juilliard School of Music in New York City and the Conservatorio de Santa Cecilia in Rome where she studied opera performance. She performed in musical theater productions and concerts.

She also acted in movies, including “Under Ten Flags” with Charles Laughton and “Five Branded Women” with Sophia Loren. She starred in the first full-length movie made for Italian television and had her own radio program.

After moving to New York City, she performed on stage and television, including commercials. She sang concerts at Carnegie Hall and other venues, and performed as the Angel in the Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall.

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Mary C. Fusco, 95

Mary C. Fusco, 95, a longtime Westport resident and wife of the late Patrick Fusco, died Nov. 6, at the Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk.

Born on Feb. 3, 1915, in Providence, R.I., she was the daughter of the late Gerald and Mary (Gallasso) Rubiano and had been a resident of Westport most of her life.

She was formerly a volunteer at Norwalk Hospital and the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Assumption.

Survivors include two sisters, Carmella Vento and Antonetta Cretella, both of Westport; two nephews and three nieces. She was predeceased by two sisters, Frances D’Orso and Jane Klupzak.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday at Assumption Church in Westport. Memorial contributions may be made to Notre Dame Convalescent Hone, 76 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT 06851.

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