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Obituaries

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Friday, December 31, 2010

Mary Jane O’‘Donohue Knapp, 64

Mary Jane O’‘Donohue Knapp passed away on Dec. 22 at her East Norwalk residence. She was 64.

A daughter of the late Peter J. O’Donohue and Dorothy Gorman O’Donohue, Mary Jane was born in Stamford and after briefly residing in Darien and Stamford, moved with her family to Norwalk and resided for 50 years at the family home on Cove Avenue in East Norwalk.

A graduate of Norwalk High School, Class of ‘64, M. J. is remembered by many friends for her warm, generous and outgoing personality and her courageous spirit.

Mary Jane loved nature, wildlife, the ocean, and she particularly enjoyed the view of Norwalk Harbor from her “Cottage”. She was an ardent advocate of animal rights and devoted many hours to supporting dog rescue activities.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cynthia ‘Cindy’ D’Aiuto, 48

Cindy D’Aiuto, a lifelong resident of Westport, passed away Dec. 28. She was 48.WestportNow.com Image
Cindy D’Aiuto: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo


Cindy was born in Norwalk, March 17, 1962, daughter of Suzy (Kline) Fiore of Westport and the late John Watson Jr. She is a 1980 graduate of Staples High School. Cindy also loved her dog “Bear.”

Survivors in addition to her mother and stepfather Tony Fiore, include two daughters, Lynsay D’Aiuto and Jennie D’Aiuto. Two sisters, Tracy Fuchs and Whitney Cusa, five brothers, John E. Watson, Robert Watson, Craig Watson, Michael Fiore and Paul Fiore; three grandchildren, Aleigh, Jacob and Tate and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her father, she was also predeceased by her stepmother Babs Watson

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service Sunday, Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Greens Farms Congregational Church, 71 Hillandale Road.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Zazel B. Wilde, 93

Zazel Bentz Wilde, a longtime Westport resident and the wife of Edgar Wilde, died Dec. 27 at home. She was 93.

She grew up in Hagerstown, Md., and met her husband there when he was stationed at a nearby military installation during World War II.

After the war, they moved to New York City, and then to Westport. A member of the Patterson Country Club in Fairfield for many years, she was an avid golfer.

Survivors, in addition to her husband of 66 years, include, her children, Zazel Loven of New York City, Jeffrey Wilde of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and Pamela Stenberg of Rehoboth, Mass., and grandchildren, Hillevi, Sven, Kathryn, Alexander, Chloe and Paige.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Hazel I. (James) Powers, 92

Hazel I. (James) Powers, of Sabattus, Maine, passed away peacefully on Dec. 24 at d’ Youville Pavilion in Lewiston, Maine. She was 92.WestportNow.com Image
Hazel Powers: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Hazel was the widow of James (Chick) A. Powers, Sr., who passed away in May of this year.

She was born on April 17, 1918 in Stamford, the daughter of the late Andrew M. James, Sr. and Hazel I. (Storms) James, and had resided in Westport for many years before moving to Sabattus in 1995.

She loved doing many different types of crafts, gardening, tag-saling and spending time with her friends and family. She was a long-time member of the Fairfield Emblem Club in Fairfield.

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Judith Lunt, 78

Judith Lunt died Dec. 25 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center with her loving husband at her side. She was 78.

She was a daughter of the late Max and Esther Roche of Brooklyn, N.Y.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Sanford Lunt; daughter, Pamela Lewis and her husband, Jean Lewis; son, Michael Lunt; grandchildren, Andrew Lewis, Sarah Meir her husband, David Meir, great-grandson, Eli Meir; twin sister, Julia Moonitz; and brother, Michael Roche.

She resided in Westport for 40 years and for the past 16 years lived in Oronoque Village in Stratford where she was very active in Village activities.

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William Leach, 65

William Leach, 65, of Las Vegas, Nev., a former teacher in the Westport schools system, died Dec. 24 after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor. He was 65.WestportNow.com Image
William Leach: taught in the Westport schools. Contributed photo

Bill fought a courageous battle and spent his final days surrounded by family and friends at the home of his daughter in Southington, Conn. He was formerly of Southington and moved to Las Vegas in 2005.

He was born on Feb. 14, 1945 in Jeffersonville, Ind. and was raised in Waterbury. Bill served in the U.S. Air Force, graduated from University of New Haven and later taught in the Westport school system.

He was a master craftsman and owned his own custom woodworking business. He had a love of cars and the outdoors.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Melvin Zimmers, 86

Melvin Zimmers of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Westport, died Dec. 24 of complications during surgery. He was 86.

Born in Tarrytown, N.Y., Nov. 23, 1924 to Harry and Anne Banks Zimmers, he was raised in the Bronx and graduated DeWitt Clinton High School in 1940.

He graduated New York University in 1947 where he was a member of the ZBT fraternity and editor of the Heights Daily News.

Mr. Zimmers was a decorated World War II veteran, serving with the 95th Divsion, “Iron Men of Metz.”

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Sharon S. Broecking, 62

Sharon Seaver Broecking died Dec. 21, 2010.  She was 62.

Ms. Broecking, tragically, was killed when she was hit by a car when crossing the street in Westport.

She was born Dec. 15, 1948, in Pittsburgh, Pa., but grew up in New Canaan. She moved to Westport many years ago as a young adult and had been a resident there ever since.

“Sherry,” as she was known to her friends, spent her life in service to others. For years she cared for the sick and the elderly of Westport seven days a week.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Regine Kallish, 82

Regine Kallish, a former substitute French teacher at Westport’s Staples High School and wife of the late Jack Kallish, died of cancer on Dec. 15. She was 82.

Born in Paris, France, she was the daughter of the late Rodolph Fain and Andree Kauffman Fain.

During World War II, she hid in France with her sisters and her mother, but her father was deported by the Nazis and died in a concentration camp.

Regine worked as a kinesiologist until she met her husband while he was visiting Europe. She married Jack in 1955 and they moved to California, back to Paris, Caracas, Venezuela, and San Juan, Puerto Rico before finally settling in Westport in 1975.

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Kevin R. Keating, 70

Kevin R. Keating died Dec. 20 at VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach, Fla. He was 70.

He was born in Bridgeport to the late Stanley and Beatrice (Shirley) Keating. He has lived in Vero Beach for 22 years, coming from Westport.

He graduated from Fairfield College Preparatory School (“Fairfield Prep.”) and the College of the Holy Cross. He served his country as a naval officer during the Vietnam War.

Kevin spent his career on Wall Street, where he worked for more than 40 years.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Patricia G. Guidera, 57

Patricia Grant Guidera, 57, formerly of Westport, wife of the late Richard Guidera, died Dec. 17 in Alameda, Calif., from the complications of melanoma.

Pat was born Jan. 28, 1953, daughter of the late Edward J. and Rita (Cullen) Grant and was a fourth generation Westporter.

She was employed for many years in the graphic arts industry and had been a resident of Alameda since relocating from Connecticut in 1981.

Pat was an early environmentalist. She loved the outdoors and was certified as a Master Gardener by the Cooperative Extension Service Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

John E. Brady, 61

John Edward “Jeb” Brady, formerly of Westport, died Dec. 17 at his home in Fairfax, Calif., surrounded by family and friends. He was 61.WestportNow.com Image
John E. Brady: painter, illustrator, blues singer. Contributed photo

Born Dec. 20, 1948, he was the son of the late Jack and Sarah Jane Brady. His father was a salesman for Pepperidge Farm and his mother was a maternity nurse at Norwalk Hospital. Jeb was predeceased by his sister Denise.

Jeb attended Coleytown Elementary and Staples High School. In the late ‘60s, Jeb was part of an artistic movement that migrated from Westport to Berkeley, Calif. Jeb became a successful painter and illustrator and was a popular blues singer appearing in night clubs, restaurants and festivals in the San Francisco area.

Jeb is survived by his wife Sandy Brady and two sons: Michael Brady and Noah Walden who is Jeb’s son with Ainsley Parker Walden, formerly of Westport. Jeb is remembered by his many friends and fans around the world. Memorials will be held in Westport and California.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Nicholas Vigilante, 81

Nicholas Vigilante passed away on Dec. 14 in Tulare, Calif. after a prolonged illness. He was 81.WestportNow.com Image
Nicholas Vigilante: Westport native.  Contributed photo

He was born in Westport on March 5, 1929 to his parents John and Rose Vigilante. Nick grew up in Westport and was active in school sports playing football and baseball.

He enlisted in the Army at 17 and was trained as a paratrooper. He served in the Army of Occupation in Japan after World War II.

Nick returned to Westport and became an electrician. Nick married Catherine O’Hara and later moved to Morgan Hill, Calif., to start Alpine Mushroom Culture with his father John and brothers Joe and Jim.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Susan Abbott Steinnagel, 59

Susan Abbott Steinnagel of Westport died Dec. 16 from complications of pancreatic cancer. She was 59.WestportNow.com Image
Susan Abbott Steinnagel: insurance and ratings industry executive. Contributed photo

Daughter of William Hugh Durdan and Catharine M. Howell, she was a longtime member of Christ and Holy Trinity Church, Westport where she sang in the choir, and served in the vestry, the altar guild, and the music and arts program.

A 1969 graduate of Simsbury (Conn.) High School, Susan was a 1973 graduate of Syracuse University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in literature, and of the University of Connecticut where where earned an MBA in finance. She worked as an executive and consultant in the insurance and ratings industry.

Susan worked at Moody’s Investors Service for 20 years through 2002. As the managing director of the Power and Energy team, she led a team of analysts through deregulation of global power companies.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

David B. Epstein, 77

David B. Epstein of Westport and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., died Dec. 15. in Westport. He was 77.

Born March 21, 1933, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Jack and Rose Epstein. He grew up in Bridgeport and was a graduate of Bucknell University.

He began his professional career in advertising, and later established a commercial real estate investment and development company.

He also co-founded the David and Geri Epstein Private Foundation, which provides grants for medical research and educational opportunity. Among the foundation’s projects is a college scholarship program for Staples High School graduates.

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