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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Michael John Morris, 69

Michael John Morris, a former Westport resident who was co-chairman of Reader’s Digest Young Families, died July 16 in Norwalk. He was 69.

Born May 5, 1942, in North Acton, West London, he lived in Maidenhead, England, and Westport before settling in Norwalk.

He was co-chairman of Reader’s Digest Young Families, co-owned several national and international children’s publishing companies, and had received awards for children’s books over a 40-year span.

For more than 25 years, he was a lay reader at his church and was a member of various church committees. In later years, he also served as co-warden of the church.

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Joan V. Raymond, 82

Joan V. Raymond of Westport died July 13 in the Rosenthal Hospice in Stamford. She was 82.

Born and raised in New York City, she attended Julia Richmond High School and went on to graduate from Russell Sage College as a registered dietician. After completing an internship at Alemedia County Hospital in California, she returned to New York City and worked at New York Hospital until she married.

She helped raise funds for the American Cancer Society and volunteered at the Westport Nature Center.

She is survived by two children, Charlie and Patty, and three grandchildren, Matt, Alex and Kailey.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Sue Witty Bienen, 78

Sue Witty Bienen of Westport died July 16. She was 78.

Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Mitchell and Pearl Witty Bienen. She graduated from Fieldston High School in Manhattan and attended Vassar College.

“She was a loving and compassionate mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, wife, companion and friend,” her family said.“She loved gardening and the beauty of nature. She particularly enjoyed doting on her grandchildren.

“She bravely battled her disease for more than 30 years and never let it interfere with her enjoyment of life. She displayed amazing courage and dignity throughout her struggle.”

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Jane A. Denke, 70

Jane A. Denke of Westport. wife of Frank J. Denke, died July 14. She was Image
Jane Denke: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

The daughter of the late John and Mary (Anastasia) Ricca, she was born in Norwalk March 1, 1941 and has been a lifelong resident of Westport. She loved to read, cook and spend time with her family and loved ones.

Survivors in addition to her husband of 51 years, include her goddaughter Patty McCormick and her husband Mike, her godson Thomas McCormick, sister in laws Marylee Rotella and her husband Angelo of Westport, Pam Fortner and her husband Mark of New Hampshire, Phyllis Denke and Janet Denke, all of Westport, brother in-law Donald Denke of Bridgeport, along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews..

Family and friends are invited to attend a mass of Christian burial on July 20 at 10 a.m., meeting directly at Assumption Church 98 Riverside Ave. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, 73 Greens Farms Road.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Joseph I. Kesselman, 86

Joseph I. Kesselman of Westport died July 12. He was 86.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Leo and Jane Kesselman. A graduate of the Townsend-Harris School of New York City, and Columbia College, he received a law degree from the Columbia School of Law.

He was a navigator in the U.S. Air Force during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. He was a member of the New York State and federal bar associations and an executive with Pan Am, Kinney, Federal Pacific Electric and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

He also was a director on the board of several Fortune 500 companies and held a European board position with Perrot Duval Holding Corp.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Edward W. Schwarz, 82

Edward W. Schwarz of Westport, an expert on trading interest futures and active in community affairs, died July 12. He was 82.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, he emigrated to the United States in 1940 with his parents, Eugene and Annie Schwarz. He attended Erasmus High School and graduated with a BS in engineering from Lafayette College. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

His professional career included IBM branch manager in Detroit, Mich., president of Citizens’ Mortgage Corp. and senior vice president of Index Futures Corp. He wrote a book on trading interest futures and promoted the concept throughout the country for the Chicago Board of Trade.

His books were used as texts at universities, and he was a speaker at industry conferences. He also worked as a consultant in the financial industry, and was a member of the New York Futures Exchange, a part of the New York Stock Exchange.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Joseph W. Christiano, 75

Joseph W. Christiano of Bridgeport, former owner and operator of the Corner Spirit Shop at the corner of Post Road West and Wilton Road in Westport, died July 8 in Stratford. He was Image
The Corner Spirit Shop for many years was at Westport’s Post Road West and Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Fred Cantor photo

Born in Bridgeport on Jan. 14, 1936, he was a son of the late Joseph and Carmella Piccirillo Christiano and was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was the former owner and operator of the Corner Spirit Shop in Westport and was a retired school teacher from the Town of Monroe with 19 years of dedicated service.

His family said he was a loving father and grandfather who had a great sense of humor and will be deeply missed.

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Saturday, July 09, 2011

John F. Lafferty, 71

John F. Lafferty of Westport and Florida died July 6 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. He was 71.

Born Aug. 21, 1939 in Providence, R.I., he has been a resident of Westport for 30 years. Prior to retiring in July 2008, he had held senior positions as an investment banker for Neuberger and Berman, J. P. Morgan, US Trust and Bank of America.

He grew up in Providence, where his family has strong roots, and attended Classical High School, graduating in 1958. He went on to Providence College where he later sat on the board of trustees. He received an MBA from Dartmouth College and taught economics at the University of Michigan while pursuing his doctoral studies.

Teaching was a passion that was shared by his mother, father, sister, wife, and daughter who were all highly respected teachers as well. His family said he was the second person in U.S. history to hold both a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Angelo J. DeFeo, 95

Angelo J. DeFeo of Eustis, Fla.,, formerly of Westport, died June 25. He was 95.

Born in Westport to Rose and Napoleon DeFeo, he served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945, serving four years in the southwest Pacific Islands and received six war metals.

After the war he worked for Raybestos in Stratford for 35 years.

Angelo was preceded in death by his two wives, his brothers, Sam, Joe, John, Sal and Fred and sisters, Mary Romano and Helen DeFeo. He is remembered by his two nephews, William Romano, Jr. of Florida and Richard Romano of Norwalk.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Kathleen Renzulli Schaefer, 61

Kathleen Renzulli Schaefer of Fairfield, wife of the late Charles Schaefer, died July 3 at Bridgeport Hospital. She was 61.

Born in Stamford and raised in Westport, she had been a Fairfield resident for the last 40 years. She was a graduate of Staples High School and a member of the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandi A. Schaefer-Padgett of Fairfield; her mother, Adeline Renzulli of Westport; two sisters: Mary Ellen Kuhn of Westport and Nancy Atwood of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband she was predeceased by her father, Arthur Renzulli and a sister Sharon Klick.

Friends may gather on Friday, July 8 at 10 a.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield, to join in the funeral procession to Lawncroft Cemetery, Fairfield for an 11 a.m. graveside service.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Gladys I. Mahn, 87

Gladys Ingeborg Mahn, a former Westport resident, died July 1 at Brookdale Senior Living in Wilton after a long illness. She was Image
Gladys I. Mahn: 36-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born Oct. 24, 1923 in Fairfield, she was the daughter of Clara Linnea Nero and Adolf Werner Tranberg. 

She was the valedictorian of her Roger Ludlow High School class in Fairfield and went on to work as secretary to the treasurer of Dictaphone Corp. in Bridgeport for seven years.

She then was the bookkeeper for her husband’s business in Westport, and later retired from Trendex Inc. in Westport. She had been a Westport resident for 36 years. 

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Dorothy Berger Samose, 91

Dorothy Berger Samose, a Westport resident for more than 60 years, died June 29 at her home in the Coleytown area. She was 91.

Born in Texarkana, Texas, on May 29, 1920, she was the daughter of Alice Moss Snyder and Frank Snyder. She grew up in San Antonio and New York City, where her father was a professional baseball player with the New York Giants.

After graduating from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, she moved to New York City where she was a model with the John Robert Powers Modeling Agency. There, she met and married her husband, Morton Berger, a photographer.

With their children, they moved to Westport in 1949, where she has lived ever since. In 1975, having been a widow for 13 years, she married Morton Samose of Westport.

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Friday, July 01, 2011

William O. Bendtzen, 74

William O. Bendtzen of Westport, husband of Stella T. Bendtzen (deceased), died June 25. He was 74.

His funeral will be on Sunday, July 3 at 3:30 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 126 Newtown Ave., Norwalk.

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John W. Mulcahy, 65

Dr. John W. Mulcahy, Ph.D., LL.D., D.H.L., of Westport, Dana Professor of Educational Leadership at the School of Education and senior professor in the School of Business at the University of Bridgeport, died June 29 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 65.

Born in Bronxville, N.Y., the son of the late John A. and Naomi Mulcahy, he had been a Westport resident for more than 30 years.

Mulcahy received his B.S. from Fordham University; M.S & M.B.A. from Iona College; Ph.D., Fordham; LL.D (h.c.) Johnson & Wales; and the D.H.L. (h.c.) Iona College.

His career in higher education spanned more than 44 years. He taught at the Naval War College and joined the University of Bridgeport in 1980 as Dean of the College and Graduate Schools of Business and Public Management.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Gary S. Ozar, 64

Gary Steven Ozar,  husband of Chery Ozar, died June 29 at his home in Westport. He was 64.

Born May 26, 1947 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of Chester and Sophie Ozarowski. He had a great love for his immediate and extended family. Gary was known for his crazy one of a kind sense of humor, his family said.

Survivors in addition to his wife include three sons, Jesse, Evan and Daniel two nieces, Brett and Sofia, two nephews Corey and Keith and one brother, Bruce Ozar and his wife Randy.

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at his home, 229 Bayberry Lane, on Saturday, July 2 from 1 to 6 p.m. The Harding Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

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