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Thursday, July 08, 2010

Thomas Feldhahn, 81

Thomas Feldhahn, a longtime resident of Westport, died at Norwalk Hospital on July 4. He was 81.

He worked as a commercial art executive for several award-winning advertising agencies in both Lps Angeles and New York. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy (Palmer) Feldhahn, his son Jeffery and wife Karen of Ridgewood, N.J. and his three grandchildren—Katy, Timmy and Molly as well as Tom’s older sister, Lois Dillon, in Independence, Mo.

A private service will be held at the Notre Dame Convalescent Home.


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Aaron R. Rausen, 80

UPDATE Aaron Reuben Rausen, MD, age 80, of New York City and Westport, died July 7 of pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Rausen, known as “Paca” to his grandchildren, was born in Jersey City, N.J., June 29, 1930, the son of David and Ruth Rausen. He grew up in New York City.

He attended Stuyvesant High School in New York City, Dartmouth College from 1947-1950 and left prior to graduation to attend State University of New York on a full tuition scholarship where he received an MD degree in 1954.

Dartmouth awarded Dr. Rausen the Spirit of ‘51 award and an honorary degree.

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Julian Kassen, 91

Julian Kassen, an internist who taught at Cleveland’s Mt. Sinai Hospital, MetroHealth Medical Center, and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), died July 5 at age 91. Image
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Dr. Kassen was in private practice for 35 years, and he was later chief of legal medicine for Ohio Permanente Medical Group. Most recently he volunteered for the Dittrick Medical History Center at CWRU.

An avid reader and world traveler, Dr. Kassen chaired the physicians’ division of the Jewish Welfare Fund (now the Campaign for Jewish Needs), and he served Montefiore, Mt. Sinai, Jewish Family Service Association, and other organizations in various leadership capacities.

Born in Fitzgerald, Ga., Dr. Kassen received his medical degree from Emory University.

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

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Charles W. Lucas: avid runner.  File photo
Charles W. Lucas II, 58, of Westport, died on July 2 in Westport. 

Charles was born on Sept. 18, 1951, in Ft Worth , Texas,  son of the late “Luke” and “Cooke” Lucas. 

Charles graduated from University of Texas in 1972.  He enjoyed a long career in specialty retail, holding executive positions for Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co.,  and Bergdorf Goodman.

Charles and his wife, Katie, moved to Westport in 1987. His philanthropic spirit was integral in helping sustain the good works of numerous charities and nonprofit organizations.

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Monday, July 05, 2010

Suzanne D. Siegel, 72

Suzanne Dietz Siegel died June 16, 2010, in her home in Marina del Rey, Calif., where she spent her last days surrounded by her family. She was 72.

Born in New York on Dec. 7, 1937, to Hilda and Alexander Schor, she grew up as a dancer and theater enthusiast. In the 1950s, her family relocated to Westport, where she met and married fellow creative spirit David Dietz. Together the couple raised their three children in Westport.

Siegel was involved in Hadassah and ORT, and gave her time and enthusiasm to support many causes.

She was founder and co-owner of “On Stage Academy for the Performing Arts” in Westport and hosted the Professional Actors’ Workshop,which boasted a list of local celebrity talent. She went on to produce cabaret style shows with “5-J Productions” along with her friend and producer, John Franklin.

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Doris H. Conroy, 81

Doris Helen Conroy, age 81, died Sunday, July 4 in Pawleys Island, S.C.

Born in St. Louis, Mo, she was the daughter of the late Alvin and Helen Thielker. Mrs. Conroy had an unending passion for music and the arts. She was a dedicated wife and mother who loved gardening.

Doris had a long distinguished career as a registered nurse. She was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Westport. She dedicated her life to mothering, giving and caring for others. She was preceded in death by a brother, Alan Thielker.

Survivors include four sons, John A. Conroy of Grosse Ile, Mich., Thomas A. Conroy of Newtown, Brian J. Conroy of Shelburne, Vt., and James E. Conroy of Ridgefield; a daughter, Ann Antoniewski of Pawleys Island, S.C.; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Saturday, July 03, 2010

Louis A. Rea, 85

Louis A. Rea, 85, of Westport passed away Thursday, July 1 in Norwalk Hospital.

Mr. Rea was born Oct. 22, 1924, in Eastchester, N.Y., son of the late Michael A. and Maria (Colombo) Rea and has been a resident of Westport for 55 years.

He was employed as the general manager of Gristedes Market on Main Street in Westport for many years prior to retiring and then working part time for Achorn’s Pharmacy and was an avid New York Yankees fan.

Mr. Rea served in the U.S. Army with the 45th Division - Thunderbirds during World War II. The 45th was involved in actions in North Africa, Anzio, France, Germany and one of the liberating forces in Dachau. Mr. Rea was awarded a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

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Friday, July 02, 2010

Gregg Schoenleber, 42

Gregg Schoenleber, age 42, beloved son of Eugene Schoenleber of Madison and Marilyn Schoenleber of Norwalk, died peacefully July 2 at Connecticut Hospice of Branford.

A resident of Madison, Gregg was born in Queens, N.Y., Nov. 28, 1968. He grew up in Weston and graduated from Weston High School in 1986.

He received a BS degree in finance from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield in 1991.

Prior to his death, Gregg served as vice president of Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. He began his career with Birinyi Associates, a stock market research and money management firm based in Westport, at which he served as director of international equity research.

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Walter A. Hahn, 89

Walter A. Hahn, 89, of Thirwood Place in South Yarmouth, Mass., died peacefully at home on July 1.

Born Walter August Hermann Hahn on Dec. 21, 1920 in Wittenberg, Germany, he accompanied his mother, Frieda and sister, Gertrude, to America in 1925 to start a new life with family and friends in upstate New York.

His father, August, later joined the family there. Walter attended school in Poughkeepsie and graduated from Arlington High School before enrolling at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

He played center on the SLU football team and was president of the SAE fraternity house on campus.

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Rosalie T. Fagerlund, 87

Rosalie Tietz Fagerlund, of Kennebunk, Maine, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 30.

She was born on Dec. 22, 1922, in New York City to Edward and Rosalie Tietz. She graduated from EB Davis High School and attended Concordia College where she excelled in dramatics and the sport of track and field.

Rosalie was employed as a model while attending Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Manhattan. Upon completion of her studies, she was employed in various secretarial capacities.

Rosalie was married in 1947 to Gordon Fagerlund. After the birth of her daughters, Rosalie volunteered extensively in the Westport school system.

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Ernest H. Grauel, 82

Ernest Henry Grauel of Westport died June 30 at Norwalk Hospital of liver cancer. He was Image
Ernie Grauel: almost 60 years in Westport. Contributed photo

Born in Norristown, Penn., on May 23, 1928, to Anne and Ernest H. Grauel Sr., Ernie spent his early years in Black Rock, followed by about six decades in Westport.

He was an artist his whole life, and at times worked as a theater projectionist and taxi driver. He loved Westport and was a local fixture, recognizable by his handlebar mustache and hats.

Ernie was mentored by the artists James Dougherty and Karl Anderson, and studied at the Pratt Institute, The Cooper Union and The Art Students League. He worked mostly in oils with an abstract, cubist style. His works were exhibited in shows throughout the region.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Kevin J. Lally, Former Westport News CEO, Dies at 53

UPDATE Kevin J. Lally, former president, CEO, and publisher of the Brooks Community Newspapers (BCN), which included the Westport News, died Friday at his Westport home. He was Image
Kevin J. Lally: former Brooks CEO. Contributed photo

Born in New Jersey on Dec. 7, 1956, a son of the late Harry and Gail Lally, he was a resident of Westport for 35 years.

A 1974 graduate of Staples High School, he later attended Skidmore College where he graduated with a degree in art in 1979. He also did graduate work at Fairfield University in the accounting and business program.

He began his newspaper career at BCN as a paste up artist summers while in college. Lally’s father had been partners with Westporter B.V. Brooks, owner of the newspaper chain.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Jerry Roodhuyzen, 89

Jerry Roodhuyzen, 89, passed away on June 18. Image
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He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Jerry married Jean Marie Atma after serving in the Army Air Force in World War II. They moved to Devon, Pa. in 1952 with three children, Charlotte, Jim, and David.

In 1970 they moved to Westport and lived here until 1983 when they retired to Irvine, Calif.

In Irvine, Jerry started as a volunteer with the Irvine Police Department and soon became a permanent member of their crime prevention division. He retired again at the age of 80.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Clinton B. Taylor, 96

Clinton B. Taylor, 96, the husband of the late Helen Banks Taylor, died June 22 in Connecticut Hospice of Branford.

Born in Fairfield to the late Curtis and Lena Taylor, he was brought up on a farm, which instilled in him a love of animals that led him to his first real job of helping to raise dogs on a plantation in Florida.

Later, back in Connecticut, this carried over with his favorite pastime for horses. His horsemanship was evident when he joined the Fairfield County Hunt Club for its fox hunts. He was a resident of Westport for most of his life.

Taylor was a decorated U.S. Army veteran who served in the 29th Division of the 175th Infantry Regiment in Europe during World War II. He achieved the rank of staff sergeant of Company K. His distinguished awards included the receipt of the Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Bertha “Birdie” Frances Wakeman, 88

Bertha “Birdie” Frances Wakeman, 88, of Westport, wife of the late Edward Wakeman Sr., died June 16 at Norwalk Hospital.

Born in Bridgeport on May 24, 1922, she was daughter of the late William and Katherine (Skiba) Perkowski and had been a lifelong resident of Westport.

Wakeman attended Westport schools and, after graduating from Staples High School, she went on to work at General Electric in Bridgeport, where she assembled radar equipment used in World War II. She was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Joseph J. Clinton VFW post 399.

Survivors include one daughter, Karen Ann Haggerty of Westport; a sister, Doris Gallo of Stratford; her grandson, Patrick Haggerty of Westport; a great-grandson, Patrick Edward Nixon Haggerty; and one sister-in-law, Frances Perkowski.

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