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Friday, July 20, 2012

Florence Boyd, 95

Florence Von Zell Fagan Boyd of Easton, a former Westport resident, died June 11. She was 95.

Born to John Fagan and Catherine Dallas Dixon, Jinny as she was better known, was the seventh child of eight. Raised and schooled in Philadelphia, she attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Certificate of Teaching in 1937.

She married Edward Finley Boyd Jr. of Westport in 1938. They lived their married life for more than 72 years in Westport and Easton. Edward Boyd died in 2011, five weeks shy of his 97th birthday.

The couple’s early years included acting with the Westport Country Playhouse and square dancing throughout Fairfield County. She was a teacher with Miss Bolton’s School, Miss Orr’s Nursery School and later taught native American history at the Museum of Art, Science and Industry in Fairfield.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Helene J. Duffy, 95

Helene J. Duffy of Trumbull, formerly of Westport and wife of the late Westport Fire Capt. Edmund T. Duffy Sr., died July 16 while watching a New York Yankee baseball game. She was 95.

Born at home in Westport’s Greens Farms area, she had been a Westport resident for 90 years prior to moving to Saint Joseph Manor five years ago. She was a communicant of St. Luke Church. She was an avid Yankee fan, loved gardening, cleaning, cooking and baking.

Survivors include three sons, Edmund T. Duffy Jr. and his wife Susan of Milford. Charles Duffy and his wife Rose of Westport, and Denis Duffy and his wife Mary of Trumbull; two daughters, Anne Carol Sutton of Hanover, N.H., Donna Duffy of Monroe, six grandchildren, one great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews. She was also one of seven brothers and sisters.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m. meeting directly at Saint Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road,. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, 79 Greens Farms Road.

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Jane J. Wotring, 68

Jane Jessop Wotring, a former Westport resident, died July 13. She was 68.

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Jane Wotring: memorial planned in Connecticut. Contributed photo

Born in 1944 in Akron, Ohio, daughter of Leah Rivitz and Morris Jessop, she studied art before moving to New York in 1963. She was Madame Helena Rubinstein’s personal secretary and later the crafts designer at Good Housekeeping, until moving to Connecticut, where she had a successful career in real estate.

She was married to Richard P. Wotring, who died in 2009, for 41 years.

She is survived by her sister, Honey Lazar (David Lazar), nephews Matthew and Zachary Lazar (Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune), brother, Henry Goodman (Lois Goodman), her beloved Aunt Ruth Moss, nieces Mara and Dana Sidney (Raoul Bain), great nieces Livia and Phoebe, as well as many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, a legion of devoted friends, and her constant companion, Lulu.

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Catherine B. Geraghty, 95

Catherine Byrne Geraghty, a longtime Westport resident who most recently resided at Heritage Village in Southbury, died July 14. She was 95.

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Catherine Geraghty: former Staples High School nurse. Contributed photo

Bborn on Christmas Day, 1916 she was the daughter of the late Theresa Mulvey and James Byrne. She was a graduate of Mary Immaculate Hospital School of Nursing, Jamaica, N.Y. While working as a nurse at the hospital, she was introduced to Matthew Geraghty, whom she married in 1946.

She was the school nurse at Staples High School in Westport while also volunteering at summer camps. She was a devoted sponsor of the organization, “Guiding Eyes for the Blind,” and lived that devotion by caring for retired guide dogs in her Westport home. She was also a faithful supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Her life was almost a century of performing innumerable kindnesses for all who were fortunate enough to cross her path. Her legacy of equanimity, wisdom and pure love will continue to lighten the burdens of all whose lives she touched, her family said.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Shirley T. Charpentier, 89

Shirley Grace Taylor Charpentier of East Norwalk, formerly of Westport, died July 14 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 89.

Born on Nov. 17, 1922 in Norwalk, she was the daughter of the late Harry Taylor and Grace Phillips Valentine.

She married Paul Charpentier on Nov. 13, 1943 in Westport, raising five children—three boys and two girls. She was a consummate mother, a quiet unassuming woman who loved her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Paul, sisters Marjorie and Eleanor, brothers Philip, Harold and William.

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E. T. Bedford’s Grandaughter Dies at 104

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UPDATE Lucie Bedford Cunningham Warren, a longtime Westporter and granddaughter of Edward Thomas Bedford, the Westport businessman and philanthropist who founded the Westport YMCA in 1923, died Monday at the age of 104, according to Westport Weston Family Y CEO Rob Reeves, who made an announcement at today’s Westport Rotary Club weekly luncheon. She is pictured at a 2004 presentation of the restored portrait of her grandfather, which has been in the YMCA’s Bedford Building for almost 90 years. With her are Bern Dibner, great-great-grandson of E. T. Bedford, and Victoria Dibner, Bedford’s great-granddaughter. Warren’s father was Frederick T. Bedford, industrialist and yachtsman who owned Nyala Farms, now a Greens Farms office park, and donor of the land now occupied by Westport police headquarters. Her marriage to Briggs Swift Cunningham, the late yachtsman and sports car driver (see WestportNow July 4, 2003), ended in divorce. Her second husband, attorney Lynne A. Warren, died in 1992. Her grandson is state Sen. John P. McKinney. See obituary provided by family here. Contributed photo

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Irene Nale, 84

Irene Nale of Westport died July 13 at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford. She was 84.

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Irene Nale:  Westporter since 1948. Contributed photo

She was a surgical nurse at Norwalk Hospital and then a private duty nurse at the Carlton Convalescent Hospital in Fairfield for 25 years where she retired in 1996.

Born on Sept. 3, 1927 in Bridgeport, she and her husband, John S. Nale, moved to Westport in 1948 into a home built by her father. 

She loved so many things in her life including kittens and cats, needlepoint, yellow roses, watching “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and going to Walmart, her family said. She always made a point of being kind and generous to all those she knew.

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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Carl A. DePalma, 64

Carl Anthony “Donnie” DePalma of Humble, Texas, a former Westport resident, died June 26 after a long illness. He was 64.

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Carl A. DePalma: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

Born Jan. 2, 1948 to Carl Francis and Lucille Bussiere DePalma in Westport,he attended Bedford Elementary, Bedford Junior High and Staples High School.

He was the owner of an excavating business for many years in Woodbury until his recent relocation to Houston. He enjoyed snow skiing, water sports, gardening and spending time with his family and numerous friends.

He is survived by his son, Jason DePalma and his wife Jennifer and their daughter Diana Rose of Humble; his mother, Lucille Anderson of Coatesville, Pa.; brothers William DePalma and wife Marie of Weston;  Richard DePalma of Peru, Mass; sister Patti Slesinski of Kennett Square, Pa., her husband Hank and several nieces and nephews. His father, Carl Francis DePalma, predeceased him.

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Edward M. Muller, 76

Edward M. Muller of Westport and Manhattan died June 27. He was 76.

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Edward M. Muller: Westport resident since 1980. Contributed photo

A native of Scotland, he made New York his home since 1952 and in 1980 relocated to Westport. His passions for science and knowledge were pursued at the Cooper Union and later at NYU where he received his MBA

His most notable professional achievements included his work with Halcon and most recently Metabolix.

He will be remembered by his family, friends and colleagues for his thoughtful dependability and uncompromising generosity, amassed over a life well traveled and stylishly spent, his family said.

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Alice C. Roznoy, 98

Alice C. Roznoy of Nokomis, Fla. and formerly of Westport died June 27. She was 98.

Born Sept. 30, 1913, she was graduate of Trenton State Teacher’s College and later taught for several years.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Cynthia Roznoy, of Westport; daughter, Carol Dennis, of Round Hill, Va.; granddaughter, Elizabeth Dennis; grandson, Joseph (Jed) Dennis; and three great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Riley, and Jasper Dennis, all of Arlington, Va. She was predeceased by Louis, her husband of 73 years.

Funeral arrangements by: National Cremation & Burial Society.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Rhoda M. Goldman, 91

Rhoda Miller Goldman of Westport, a commercial real estate investor, owner and manager, died June 24. She was 91.

She was greatly loved by her entire extended family and remembered most for her devotion, kindness and generosity, her family said.

Her family said she led “four incredible lives” with late husbands Dr. Jacob Goldman, Dr. Leo Miller, Larry Wolf and Robert Stanley.

She is survived by her grandsons Lawrence and Reuben Rosof, and her great granddaughter Susannah.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Edward R. Sheldon, 77

Edward R. Sheldon of Westport died June 19. He was 77.

Born April 14, 1935, he was the son of Bernice and the late Max Sheldon. A longtime Westport resident, he is survived by his wife Barbara; children Amy, Wendy and Spencer; grandchildren Maggie and Nicholas, and brother Robert.

“You were truly the kindest and most gentle man, involved with every member of your extended family,” his family said. “We thank you for loving each of us so completely and teaching us so well the most important lessons of life.”

Services were held June 22 at Temple Israel, Westport.

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James E. Barber, 48

James E. Barber of Westport, formerly of Bridgeport and New York City, died June 18. He was 48.

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James Barber: worked with homeless. Contributed photo

Born in Bridgeport, on Nov. 9, 1963, he was the son of Elizabeth Prendergast Barber and the late Ronald “Red” Barber. He attended Southern Connecticut State University and later moved to New York where he attended Columbia and New York Universities.

He was formerly employed by Greenpeace, the Margolis Group Home, and Bailey House in New York City, the nations’ first response to homelessness among men living with AIDS. He was most recently employed by the Gillespie Center in Westport as the evening shift intake supervisor.

He loved his time living in New York City. He loved the culture and the diversity of the people, and he had a deep fondness for and was actively involved in daily life in Westport.

He had a passion for travel, having extensively visited Europe and especially Ireland. He also traveled the United States from coast to coast several times. He was an accomplished guitarist and collector of guitars.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Stanleigh Wells, 87

Stanleigh Wells of Bridgewater, Conn., a former Westport resident,  died June 21 at Danbury Hospital. He was 87.

Born in Nutley, N.J., he was son of the late Sheldon S. and Maybell Wells. He was a 1942 graduate of Staples High School and attended the University of Virginia for Electrical Engineering and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a designer for the library supply industry and was the holder of several patents.

In addition to his wife Alison, he is survived by his children: Alden Wells-O’Dwyer of Bridgewater, Leigh Wells of Bridgewater, Keith Wells of Roxbury and Kendall Wells Machado and husband David of Woodbury, his sister-in-law Jean B. Wells of Westport, three grandchildren: Brooke, Erin and Terence, eight great grandchildren and two nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Sheldon B. Wells and David S. Wells.

There will be no calling hours. Cremation will take place at the direction of the family. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Jack P. DeWitt, 84

Jack P. DeWitt, a longtime resident of Norwalk and husband of longtime Westport WVEMS volunteer Susan DeWitt, died June 18 at Norwalk Hospital after a battle with cancer. He was 84.

The couple have been among the premier breeders of terriers in Connecticut.

Born in Detroit on April 30, 1928, he was the son of the late Reinhold and Katie DeWitt. He was raised primarily in Watertown, Conn. and attended high school at the Taft School there. He went on to MIT, graduating in 1950.

From MIT, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1951 through 1953 and was stationed in the European Command. He received the Occupation Medal (Germany) and the National Defense Service Medal.

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