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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Arlene A. Skutch, 88 Image
Arlene Skutch: hosted “Pink House Painters.” Contributed photo

Arlene Anderson Skutch, a Westport resident for 60 years, died April 25. She was 88. A longtime diabetic, she maintained her health and active lifestyle despite living with a serious disease, her family said.

She came from a diverse artistic background. Born and raised in Fostoria, Ohio, she began her adult life as a classically trained professional singer.

In 1945, she moved to New York City and began her stage career in Broadway musicals such as “Finian’s Rainbow,” “Bloomer Girl,” and “Of Thee I Sing.”

She married, had two children, Laura and Andrew, and moved to Westport where she bought and renovated a charming saltbox colonial house built in 1876. 

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Glenn D. Meeker, 85

Glenn Dale Meeker of Easton, a native Westporter and Staples High School graduate, died April 24. He was 85. Image
Glenn D. Meeker: flew B17s and 747s. Contributed photo

The husband of Shirley Bulkley Meeker was born in Westport on July 24, 1925 to the late Ralph and Reatha (Gosnell) Meeker. He was a graduate of Staples High School and served as a second lieutenant with the Army Air Corp during World War II flying B-17s.

After 33 years, he retired as an airline captain flying 747s for Pan American World Airways.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, his daughter, Leanne (Donald) Pettit of Elkhart, Ind., his son, Russell of Manchester, and grandchildren Sarah (Luke) Dudley of Writtle, England, Kathryn (Thomas Mann) Meeker of London, England and Jeffrey (fiance Megan Caldwell) Meeker of Middlebury. He was predeceased by his brother George Meeker and sister Myrtle Miller.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Jeannine M. Brady, 58

Jeannine M. Brady, a school nurse in Norwalk and wife of former Westport Deputy Schools Superintendent and Staples High School Principal John J. Brady, died April 25, at her Westport home after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 58.

She was born in 1954 in Worcester, Mass. to Alfred Gosselin and Beverley (Graton) Gosselin.

She is survived by her parents, three children, Christopher, his wife Andrea Villanti and their daughter Nora; Caitlin and her wife Marianne and Marissa; three siblings, Denise Healey of Worcester, Paul of Cambridge, Mass., and David of Lexington, Ky. and her husband of 38 years, John J. Brady, who recently retired as superintendent of schools for the Amity Regional School District. 

John Brady joined the district after 10 years in a variety of roles in Westport, including a three-year stint as deputy superintendent. He was principal at Staples from July 2002 when he replaced Gloria Rakovic to October 2004.

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Richard M. Crain, 61

Richard Miles Crain, DMD of Westport, died April 21 at.Norwalk Hospital. He was 61.

He was born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., a son of the late Samuel and Sheila Crain, and was a graduate of Syracuse University. He received his doctorate degree from Tufts University School of Dentistry, and post doctorate degree from the University of Illinois.

He practiced dentistry for more than 30 years in Larchmont, N.Y., and taught at New York University Dental School.

He had a passion for skiing, art, piano, trumpet, cooking, and ice cream entrepreneurship.

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Thomas R. Long, Sr.: 50-year Westporter. Contributed photo

Thomas R. Long, Sr., a Westport resident for 50 years, died April 19 in Norwalk Hospital of heart failure. He was 81.

Son of Roy and Charlena Clough Long, he was born in Albany, Vt. on Dec. 22, 1930. He grew up in Albany on the family farm. Educated in a one-room schoolhouse with no running water or electricity, he completed grades 1– 8 in seven years and graduated Orleans, Vt. High School (with honors).

He served one year in the U.S. Navy. He was married for life to Elaine Miles in 1949 and recently celebrated their 62nd anniversary.

He is survived by Elaine, his sons Edward, Thomas Jr., Dana Long, his daughters-in-law Andree, Melinda, Jacqueline, grand-daughters Samantha, Emma, Amanda Long and Elizabeth Thompson.

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Francis P. Bosco, Jr., 94

Francis P. Bosco, Jr., of Hollywood, Fla., formerly of Westport, son of the late Margaret and Francis P. Bosco, Sr., died April 9 in Hospice by the Sea, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., after a long battle with cancer. He was 94. 

He was born on July 5,1917, in White Plains, N.Y. and lived in Scarsdale, N.Y. until coming to Westport in 1928. After graduating from Scarsdale High School, where he was a “center” on the football team for four years, he attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Being tall and “rangy,” he tried out for crew instead of football, and was “stroke” of the freshman crew his first year, then stroked the varsity crew for his remaining three years. When on vacation, Frank, as he was called, was a familiar sight, quietly rowing from point to point at Compo Beach in his single “gig” which he kept at his parents’ house on Soundview Drive. 

He served in World War II as a Medical Supply Officer in the Pacific Theater of the war, from the spring of 1941 through autumn of 1945.

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Robert Goldman, 87

Robert Goldman, who owned a house in Westport where he summered for more than 40 years, died April 22 after a long illness. He was 87.

He was a journalist, publisher, author, advertising executive, documentary film maker and avid tennis player and fan.

He was a graduate of the University of Michigan and an editor of The Michigan Daily and a writer for The Detroit Free Press, Reader’s Digest and The Saturday Evening Post.

He was a founder of Surgical Care Publications and directed more than 300 films/videos for the pharmaceutical industry.

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David L. Punzelt, 82

Capt. David Lum Punzelt, a former Westport resident and most recently living in Castine, Maine, died April 20 at a Bangor, Maine hospital. He was 82. Image
David Punzelt: grew up in Westport. Contributed photo

He was born July 1, 1929, in Norwalk to Katharine (Smith) Punzelt and Philip Muller Punzelt. He grew up in Westport where he attended Staples High School.

He went on to graduate from New York State Maritime Academy, class of 1950. Upon graduation, he was employed as ship’s officer with U.S. Steamship Company, during which time he upgraded his Merchant Marine license and obtained his New York harbor pilot’s license.

His last ship with U.S. Lines was the SS United States, famous for being the fastest passenger ship of its time. In 1955, he elected to activate his Navy commission and made a 30-year career in the Navy.

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Margaret D. Smith: 1969 Staples grad. Contributed photo

Margaret D. “Maggie” Smith, a Staples High School graduate, died April 22 at her home in Watertown, N.Y. She was 61.

Born July 28, 1950, in Watertown, a daughter of John M. and Eunice Wardwell Maupin, she graduated from Staples High School in 1969.

She married Michael Smith of Watertown who died in 2005. She had attended Holy Family Church and Trinity Episcopal Church. She enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, walking, and her parakeets.

Surviving are a son and his wife, Steven and Jaslin Aubin, Naples, Fla.; two grandchildren, Ryan and Derek, Naples, Fla.; a sister, Sara Maupin, and partner, Barbara Wechsler, Seattle, Wash., a brother and his wife, Jim and Nora Petrich, Port Townsend, Wash.; a brother, John Maupin, Honolulu, Hawaii; two nieces, two nephews and many cousins.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Virginia Kanaga, 93

Virginia Kanaga, a former Westport resident, died April 9 at her home in Northbrook, Ill. She was 93.

Born June 22, 1918, she and her husband Laurie were longtime residents of Westport, deeply involved in the community in the 1950s and 60s. Their children, Larry and Jill, were raised in Westport.

Together with neighbors and friends, they helped establish Westport’s Little League. She founded and chaired the first Holly Ball, which was open to every girl in the county.

She also served as chairman of the Staples Scholarship Committee and was active in the PTA and local charities.

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Vincent R. Georgetti, 80

Vincent “Vinny” Rudolph Georgetti of Easley, S.C. and formerly of Westport, died April 12 at his home. He was 80.

The husband of Patricia Fiorillo Georgetti was born in Bronx, N.Y. to the late Amleto Frank and Rose Zarcone Georgetti, He worked as a meat cutter in a major grocery store chain and was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pickens, S.C.

He was a former member of Assumption Parish in Westport as well as a member of the VFW post and the Westport PAL. He was a coach and umpire of the Babe Ruth Baseball League, and was an avid Yankee fan.

Survivors in addition to his wife are a son, Frank Georgetti (Patti) of Simpsonville, S.C.; four daughters, Lori J. Rothermich (John), Tricia A. Tutunjian (Rick), Janine M. Jones (Jason) all of Easley, S.C., and Vicki Lynn Rodriguez (Rafael) of Stratford; one brother Frank Georgetti Jr. of Florida; one sister, Vera Felix, of Bridgeport; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces an nephews.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Richard N. Webb, 80

Richard Nevin Webb of Westport, husband of Joan Frazier Webb, died at home on April 18. He was 80.

Born July 13, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late Leslie and Laura (Dietrich) Webb. He is predeceased by his first wife Barbara Payne Webb of Erie, Pa., and daughter Jennifer Webb, also of Erie.

He worked in multiple capacities for Esso Corp. in Campinas, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo Brazil, and Buenos Aries, Argentina. He was fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Later, he moved his family back to the United States and was with Continental Can Corp. of New York City and Stamford.

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Gerda Poll at Y’s Women picnic in 2010. Phyllis Groner for

Gerda Poll, a Westport resident since 1975, died April 21 at Norwalk Hospital from complications of a fractured leg, her family said. She was 99.

Born Oct. 21, 1912, she was the only child of Nanette and Berthold Graetzer. She grew up in a large extended family in Vienna, Austria. 

Her uncle, a physician, was her role model for a future career in medicine as an obstetrician-gynecologist and, later, as a psychiatrist. 

She graduated from the University of Vienna Medical School in 1938, one of the few women in her class. She was 27 when she escaped Vienna with her first husband and emigrated to the United States after spending a year in France.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Marcia Siegelaub, 82

Marcia Siegelaub, a resident of Westport for more than 50 years, died April 21 at home. She was 82.

The wife of Donald Siegelaub for 62 years, she was the daughter of Mary Jaffe Epstin and the late Jack Jaffe of Brooklyn, N.Y. 

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her brother, Morton Jaffe and his wife, Linda; her daughter Susan Katz; her son Steven Siegelaub and his wife Arlyn, and her grandchildren, Adam Katz and his wife Natasha, and Sophie Katz, Jonathan Siegelaub and Tracy Siegelaub. 

She was known for her love of her family and as a caring and generous friend.

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Joseph Robidoux: 40 years in Westport public schools. Contributed photo

Joseph Thomas Robidoux, Jr. of Norwalk, a former teacher and guidance counselor in the Westport public schools, died April 20 at Norwalk Hospital.  He was 81.

The husband of the late Joan Guiles Robidoux was born Oct. 4, 1930, in Norwalk. He was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Veno Robidoux.

He graduated from Norwalk High School, Danbury State Teachers College, and University of Bridgeport.

He was employed as a teacher and a guidance counselor in the Westport Public School system for more than 40 years.

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