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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Harry Schaffer, 83

Harry Schaffer of the Wesley Health Care Nursing Home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., formerly of Westport, passed away Jan. 17 at Saratoga Hospital. He was 83. Image
Harry Schaffer: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Philadelphia on Dec. 9, 1927, he was the son of the late Harry and Frieda Huber Schaffer. A Penn State University graduate in 1952, he received his electrical engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Harry was stationed in Japan with the Army immediately following World War II, 1945-1946. He married Lucy Petrecaro Schaffer in 1956.

Mr. Schaffer worked for Bell Labs in New Jersey and IBM in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., during the 1950s and 60s, at a time when these companies were pioneering major new computer technologies.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

John A. Krieger, 86

John A. Krieger (Jack) of Ithaca, N.Y.,  a former partner in HT Hampe, a commercial real estate business in Westport, died Jan. 14 after a short illness. He was Image
Jack Krieger: former partner in Westport firm. Contributed photo

Born in Chesterton, Ind., Jack was the son of the late A. Michael and Irene Dille Krieger.

He graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. in 1942 and attended Virginia Military Institute before entering the Army Air Corps in December of the same year. He piloted a B-26, Martin Marauder in 40 missions in the ETO.

Jack graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 1949. Upon graduation, Jack worked as a Cornell Alumni Field Secretary and in 1953, worked for golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mary Ann M. Hartigan, 81

Mary Ann M. (Virgulak) Hartigan of West Tisbury, Mass. died unexpectedly on Jan. 18 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. She was 81.

She was born one of three children to Steven and Mary (Suhoza) Virgulak in South Norwalk on Jan. 9, 1930. She was graduated from Norwalk High School in 1947.

Mary Ann married David F. Hartigan in 1951 and lived in Westport where she worked at the Westport Public Library in technical services for more than 10 years. She was a parishioner of the Assumption Church.

In 1986, the couple moved to Martha’s Vineyard after vacationing there since 1975. Mary Ann was a home health aide with the MV Community Services.

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Edith A. Cameron, 92

Edith A. Cameron of Westport died Jan. 16 at Norwalk Hospital. She was Image
Edith A. Cameron: longtime Westporter. File photo

Edith was born in Mohawk, N.Y. and moved from Albany, N.Y. to Westport in 1956. For more than 55 years, she worked in the nuts, bolts and fasteners industry.

She was a devoted volunteer at St. Luke Parish, having been honored as a 2005 St. Augustine Medal of Service recipient. She was involved with the Republican Party in Westport, was an avid bowler, and during her free time she enjoyed being with her family.

She is survived by a niece, Donna Burke of Illinois; a nephew, David P. Bub of New Jersey, and several great nieces and great nephews.

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Crash Victim, 92, Had Manhattan Project Clearance

By James Lomuscio

Westporter Edith A. Cameron, the 92-year-old passenger who died Sunday night in a two-car crash on the Sherwood Island Connector, played a key role in the metals industry and was cleared to work on the secret World War II atomic bomb building effort known as the Manhattan Image
Westporter Edith A. Cameron is inducted into the industrial fastener industry’s Hall of Fame in 1993. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Cameron, who succumbed to her injuries in Norwalk Hospital after the car in which she was riding was struck by a car that police said ran a red light, was also in charge of national nickel allocation during World War II.

Some of her career highlights were known to her close Westport friends, but it was colleagues in the industrial fastener industry that best knew of her accomplishments that led to Cameron’s induction into the industry’s Hall of Fame.

“She was a good person, really grand person,” said Otis Crawford who worked with Cameron on Westport’s Republican Town Committee (RTC).

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Luis Paz Sr., 86

Luis Paz Sr. of Westport, beloved longtime companion of Florence Gregg, died Jan. 12 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 86.

Born on Aug. 19, 1924 in Cuba, Mr. Paz was retied from McKesson Laboratories in Fairfield. He loved family gatherings, all sporting events, especially baseball and going to the casinos.

Mr. Paz was predeceased by his wife, Estela Paz and two grandsons, Manuel Toranzo Paz (Cuba) and Nicholas Paz.

Survivors include his children, Luis Paz Jr., and his wife, Amparo, Mayra Paz Batista and her husband, Santo Toranzo Batista, who live in Cuba, Amarilis (Millie) Pitzschler and her husband, John, Melva Rivera, Tony Paz and his wife, Julia; his cherished grandchildren, Gilbert, Michael, Elizabeth and Luis Miguel Paz, John and Brian Pitzschler, Eric Rivera, and Matthew, Mitchell and Natalie Paz; and several great-grandchildren. He is survived by two brothers, (one in Cuba) and three sisters (one in Cuba), as well as, several nieces and nephews.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Elinor Jennings Mills, 96

Elinor Jennings Mills, formerly of Westport and Fairfield, died Jan. 11 in the Lutheran Home of Southbury, two days before her 97th Image
Elinor J. Mills: 70-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born at Grandview Farm on Hoydens Hill in Fairfield, she lived there until 1929 when her family moved to Knapps Highway.

She married Clifton Hoyt Mills in 1940 and moved to Cross Highway in Westport, where she lived for more than 70 years. She attended Fairfield schools, Timothy Dwight School and Roger Ludlowe High School, graduating in 1933. She worked at General Electric in Bridgeport until 1943.

She also worked alongside her husband on one of the last poultry farms in Westport. She enjoyed crewel, crochet and sewing, as well as gardening.

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Alan J. Laska, 59

Alan J. Laska of Westport passed away on Thursday, Jan. 13 in the Rosenthal Hospice of Stamford, following a remarkable battle with renal cell carcinoma. He was Image
Alan J. Laska: 19-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

He was the beloved husband to Josephine (Fabietti) Laska and devoted father of David Laska and Alexander Laska. He also leaves behind his brother Mel Laska and his wife, Rita, and his sister-in-law, Marie Deangelis and her husband, Peter, and his brother-in-law, Richard Fabietti and his wife, Luann, as well as several nephews, nieces and grand-nieces and a grandnephew.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on March 5, 1951, Alan was the son of the late Israel and Basia (Goldfarb) Laska.

After graduating from Brooklyn College in 1973, Alan accepted a position with the Social Security Administration, working in various positions in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Elyane L. Hale, 83

Elyane Lee Hale of Venice, Fla., formerly of Norwalk and Philadelphia, passed away Jan. 7 in Tampa General Hospital. She was 83.

Miss Hale was born June 6, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pa. daughter of the late Joseph P. and Mary (Gavin) Hale and has been a resident of Venice for the past seven years. Prior to retiring, she was employed first by AT&T and then prior to retirement as marketing service manager for Emery Air Freight.

She was an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Venice.

While a resident of Norwalk, she graduated from St. Mary’s School and Norwalk High School. Miss Hale also attended Norwalk Community College, Sacred Heart University and the University of Michigan.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Patricia Eva McQuone, 83 Image
Patricia Eva McQuone: worked in Dept. of Human Services. Contributed photo
Patricia Eva McQuone of Fairfield, beloved wife of the late Cecil F. McQuone, passed away peacefully Jan. 10 at her home. She was 83.

Mrs. McQuone worked for Dr. Daniel Adler in Westport and also had a second career with the Town of Westport Department of Human Services.

She enjoyed tennis, skiing and gardening. She was also a volunteer for several years at the Easton Senior Center.

Survivors include her son Neal McQuone and his wife Patty of Fairfield, grandchildren “ Her Darlings” Maggie and Myles McQuone, two nieces, Louise Guzman and Elizabeth Sudler.

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Rhoda K. Burnham, 93

Rhoda K. Burnham of Weston, a clinical psychologist for 50 years in Westport, died Jan. 7 surrounded by her loved ones. She was Image
Rhoda K. Burnham: 50-year practice in Westport. Contributed photo

She was born Aug. 20, 1917 in New York and grew up in Monticello, N.Y. She was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College in 1939. In 1941 she received a Masters from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from New York University in 1957.

She was one of the first licensed clinical psychologists in Connecticut. Her first job was at the Joel Barlow High School in Redding. In August 2010, she closed her 50-year practice in Westport, during which time she treated generations of patients. 

She served as secretary on the Connecticut Psychological Association and was a member of the Connecticut State Board of Examiners of Psychology

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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James F. Feeney, a lifelong Westporter, 1938 graduate of Staples High School, World War II veteran and former president of Westport’s Joseph J. Clinton, VFW Post 399, died Sunday at the age of 91. Feeney, a frequent guest at former First Selectwoman Diane Farrell’s brown bag lunches, is pictured with his wife Phyllis celebrating his 90th birthday in July 2009 with neighbors from Vani Court. See obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Daignault for

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James F. Feeney, 91

James Francis Feeney of Westport, husband of Phyllis (Goulden) Feeney. passed away Jan. 9 in Norwalk Hospital in the company of his family. He was Image
James F. Feeney: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

Mr. Feeney was born July 26, 1919. in Bridgeport, son of the late Francis and Edna (Lynch) Feeney and has been a lifelong resident of Westport.

Prior to retiring, Jim owned and operated P&J Decorating Co., a plastics decorating company located in South Norwalk. He is a member of the 1938 graduating class of Staples High School.

Jim is a veteran of World War II served as a 1st Aerial Observation Pilot flying 102 combat missions in the Eastern Theater of Operation and was awarded the Air Medal with Cluster. He was a member and past president of the Joseph J. Clinton, VFW Post 399.

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Mary E. Latimer, 99

Mary E. Latimer, a former longtime resident of Westport and wife of the late Byron B. Latimer, died Dec. 25 in the Masonic Heath Center in Wallingford. She was 99.

Born Oct. 6, 1911, in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Amy (Howard) Yearsley. She had lived in Westport for 59 years before moving to Ashlar Village in 2001.

She was a licensed practical nurse who primarily worked private-duty assignments.

She later owned a small shop in Westport and Cape Cod until her retirement. She was a member of the Daughters of the Nile, Order of the Eastern Star, Lafayette Chapter for more than 50 years. She also had been a member of Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Westport.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

James F. Wilhelmy, 52

James F. Wilhelmy of Woodbury, a 1976 graduate of Westport’s Staples High School, died Jan. 8 at Waterbury Hospital. He was 52.

He was the husband of Shirley (Ferry) Wilhelmy.

James was born June 4, 1958, in Cleveland, Ohio, son of the late Robert and Rita (Argalli) Wilhelmy. He has resided in Woodbury for the past three years, previously living in Shelton.

He graduated from Staples High School in 1976 and attended Stetson University, Deland, Fla. James graduated from Oglethorpe University in Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in business. He was a self-employed contractor and was a member of the Waterbury Country Club.

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