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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Robert B. Medeika, 37

Robert B. Medeika, 37, a former Westport resident, died May 10 in Washington, Maine. He was 37.

Born Sept. 23, 1973, in Bridgeport, he was the son of Roger and Patricia Ford Medeika and grew up in Westport. After moving to Maine with his family, he attended and graduated from Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro.

Living on the pond, he grew to love fishing, having landed many trophy-worthy trout over the years. He also enjoyed working with computers.

Robert was predeceased by his father, Roger Medeika in 2009, and a brother, Joseph Medeika in 1992.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Jeff Gralnick, Veteran TV News Producer, Dies at 72

Veteran television news producer Jeff Gralnick, who worked for CBS, ABC, NBC and CNN during a half century in broadcast news, died Monday night at his Weston home. He was Image
Jeff Gralnick: worked for all networks. File photo

Gralnick spent 20 years at ABC and most recently was a consultant to NBC News president Steve Capus. Earlier at NBC, he served for three years an executive producer of the “NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw,” helping make the broadcast the top-rated evening news show.

At CBS, Gralnick wrote for Harry Reasoner and Walter Cronkite, covering the moon landing, reported from the field during the Vietnam War and was an early producer of “60 Minutes.”

After working for a year as George McGovern’s press secretary, Gralnick joined ABC News in 1972 as a producer and rose steadily to serve two stints as executive producer of “World News Tonight With Peter Jennings.”

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Marianne S. Butler, 75

Marianne S. Butler of Fairfield, beloved wife of Robert M. Butler,  died May 8 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. She was 75.

The daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Schick, she was born in Budapest, Hungary and left Hungary during the 1956. She lived in Paris, France for three years before immigrating to the United States in 1959.

Marianne married her husband, Robert, in 1963. Together they ran the family business, Butler Business School, where she served as vice president and director of financial aid. Over the last several years, she enjoyed working at both The Family Album and Silver Ribbon Jewelry Store in Westport.

She and her husband were former members of the Black Rock Yacht Club.

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Margaret T. Tucker, 92

Margaret T. Tucker of Westport, wife of the late John Tucker, died May 8 in Norwalk Hospital. She was 92.

Born July 21, 1918 at home in Westport, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Mary Troy and has been a lifelong resident.

After graduating from Staples High School, she attended two years secretarial school and upon completion was employed as an executive secretary for Perkin Elmer for more than 30 years.

Following her retirement from Perkin Elmer, she served as the parish secretary for Saint Mary’s parish in Stamford. She also enjoyed traveling.

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Cliff Ross, 59

Cliff Ross, longtime resident of Westport, architect and builder, died May 4 after living with pancreatic cancer for three years. He was Image
Cliff Ross: 1969 Staples grad. Contributed photo

Born in Woodmere, N.Y., to Alan and Leona Ross, he moved to Westport in 1963. He graduated from Staples High School in 1969 and received a master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University.

After traveling and living in various parts of the country, he returned to Westport in 1977 to build his first house with his brother and father, forming Ross Builders.

The houses designed by Cliff have enhanced the landscape of Westport, expressing the highest level of refinement and aesthetics, and ultimately incorporating true livability.

Those who knew Cliff as a friend or relative knew how fortunate they were as Cliff was a kind and noble man, filled with joy. In business and in sport he was fair, honest, and successful.

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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Joseph J. Okon, 61

Dr. Joseph J. Okon died May 6 at his Westport home. He was 61.

Born in New York City to Esther and Sol Okon, he was the beloved brother to the late Dr. Paul Okon.

Dr. Joseph Okon attended Columbia University and earned his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He devoted his career to obtaining funding for the advancement of medical education, and devoted his life to his family and his friends.

After completing his doctorate and then residency training in social medicine in 1976, he served in the U.S. Public Health Service administering educational research and development projects. 

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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Madeline Remlin Colby, 81

Madeline Remlin Colby, 81, a native of Westport and a resident of Milford for the past four years , died May 5 at Yale New Haven Hospital. She was 81.

Born Jan. 1, 1930 at home in Westport, she was daughter of the late Vincent and Lucy (Lynch) Remlin. Prior to retiring, she was a bookkeeper and formerly held a pilot’s license with a certification for air and sea.

She loved to sail and spend time in her garden and her greatest joy was the time spent with her family.

Survivors include her children, Hank, Susan, Patrice, George and Tom, her 15 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brother, Robert Remlin and sister, Margaret Marshall.

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Arthur “Art” Dean Reinhart, 50

Arthur “Art” Dean Reinhart, 50, of Fairfield died April 2 in Portsmouth, N.H. He was 50.

Art held a bachelor’s degree in psychology, graduating summa cum laude, and also held a master’s in library science from Southern Connecticut State University.

Art was a grant administrator and records management specialist for New York State Archives in Albany, N.Y. He also was a library director for the Pember Library and Museum of Natural History in Granville, N.Y.

Throughout his extensive career, he worked at libraries in Westport and New Haven. Most recently, he was a valued member of the top-producing real estate team of Jonathan Deak and Associates at Prudential Connecticut Realty in Westport.

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Friday, May 06, 2011

Ethel M. Giunta, 85

Ethel Mariani Giunta, formerly of Westport, died April 3 at her home in Fallbrook, Calif. She was 85.

She was the wife of the late Albert Giunta and the daughter of the late Joseph and Maria Battistini Mariani. Ethel was a first-generation American, born Sept. 12, 1925, her parents having emigrated from Ancona, Italy in 1921.

She was a graduate of Ben Franklin Jr. High and member of the National Honor Society at Norwalk High School, class of 1943. Ethel had been employed at Nash Engineering Company and also the Town of Westport.  She was an active member of the Assumption Church in Westport. 

She was a resident of Westport from 1948 until 2006 when she moved to Fallbrook to live near her son, Tom.

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Charles M. Vilello, 78

Charles Michiel Vilello, a former guidance counselor and driving instructor in the Westport public schools, died May 2 at his Manlius, N.Y. home of complications from Image
Charles Villelo: former Westport school employee. Contributed photo

He was born Dec. 24, 1932, in Lock Haven, Pa. to Samuel and Molly Vilello. He married Joan Marie Jasinski on Nov. 4, 1952, at Elemendorf AFB in Anchorage, Alaska.

He was an Air Force veteran. He earned his degree in Secondary Education at Lock Haven State Teachers College in 1957. He worked as a driver education teacher and guidance counselor in Westport and various schools in upstate New York.

He later returned to school and earned a master’s degree from Syracuse University. He retired from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles after 30 years as a safety analyst.

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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Thelma Joan Lubarsky, 91

Thelma Joan Lubarsky, a former Westport resident, died April 30 in Branford. She was 91.

Born Jan. 19, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Kate Pomerantz. A loving, caring and dedicated daughter, wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was married to Jerome (“Jerry”) Lubarsky on Oct. 11, 1942. He predeceased her as did a son, Andrew Martin Lubarsky, and a brother, Irwin Pomerantz.

Her family moved from New York City to Westport in 1956.  A licensed real estate broker with Anderson Associates and Settler’s and Traders Real Estate of Westport, she utilized her knowledge and expertise in real estate to expand into home construction. She built several homes in both Westport and Weston.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Jay Lubarsky of Tallahassee Fla. (formerly of Hilton Head) and Adam J. Lubarsky of Westport. There are five grandchildren, Julie Ann Lubarsky of Long Beach, Miss., Bethany Herzog Babington of Tallahassee, Fla., Caleb Robert Lubarsky of New York, N.Y., Myriah Kate Steitzel of Redding, and Natasha H. Wattenbarger of Lewes, Del. There are also four great-grandchildren, Hannah, Madilyn, Ava and Cara.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Pamela Bolton Stein-Dicosola, 47

Pamela Bolton Stein-Dicosola, a former Westport resident, died April 30 in New York City. She was 47.

She was the wife of Len Dicosola of New York City.

Born Sept. 18, 1963, in Plainfield, N.J., she was the daughter of Lane Bolton of Clinton and Hugh Stein of Boca Raton, Fla. She grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School.

She moved to Texas where she worked as an alcoholism counselor in a rehab facility in Austin. She married her husband in Westport before they moved to New York City.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Laurence I Miller, 79

Laurence I Miller, a former Westporter and longtime New Englander who recently relocated to Mill Valley, Calif. to be near his children, died April 27 from pancreatic cancer. He was 79.

Born in Dorchester, Mass., he attended the University of Massachusetts where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He also served as an officer in the U. S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956. He started his military service studying meteorology at MIT abd spent the rest of his military service in England.

Larry began his career at the National Weather Service in Washington, D.C. where he worked on the first Tiros weather satellite but found his greater passion and chosen career working for IBM.

Much of his career was spent working and traveling abroad, including as director of product marketing for world trade. He also relocated to France and England with his family but always returned after each assignment to Westport and his New England roots.

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Mollie Donovan Remembered as Selfless, Energetic

By James Lomuscio

David Donovan at Mollie Donovan's memorial service
David Donovan recalled his mother Mollie Donovan as a woman who always encouraged her children to explore new horizons, and who had a special love for her family, the arts and Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Under azure skies and cool breezes, more than 100 family members, friends, and admirers came to grounds of the Westport Historical Society (WHS) today to celebrate the life of Ines Amalia “Mollie” Donovan.

Remembered as an energetic, Renaissance woman who gave decades of selfless service to the town, Donovan died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. She was 84. (See obituary here)

She was recalled as a devoted volunteer in Westport’s arts and preservation community, as well as one of the area’s “first soccer moms.”

“She loved her family, the arts and Westport, and not always in that order depending upon the day,” said her son, David Donovan of Laguna Niguel, Calif.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Janice Lee Lalich, 59

Janice Lee Lalich of Norwalk died April 28 at Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. She was 59.

The wife of David M. Lalich for 38 years, she was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on July 25, 1951, the daughter of Jeanne Gibbons Worrall Gregg of Mount Lebanon, Pa. and the late William Worrall. She has lived in Norwalk since 1981.

Janice was a graduate of Rollins College, Class of 1973 and has been working as the weekend receptionist at the Stamford Hospital, was a member of the Stamford Hospital “HAHA’s” (Health and Humor Associates), doing her best to bring cheer and comfort to her patients and their families.

She was also an Integrative Medicine Practitioner and Hospice Caregive for Greenwich Hospice; previously volunteered at the Norwalk Women’s Crisis Center; and a Level 3 Healing Touch Therapist.

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