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Sunday, September 15, 2013

John P. Vornle, 55

John P. Vornle von Haagenfels of Westport, long active in Boy Scouts in Westport, died unexpectedly Sept. 13 at home. He was 55.

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John P. Vornle: active in Scouting. Contributed photo

Often referred to by his family and friends as “a man bigger than life,” he was born in New York on July 22, 1958, and spent his years traveling the world developing his mind and body, learning life skills that he loved to teach to those who knew him.

Growing up in Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and settling in the United States gave him a unique perspective on life and living it to the fullest, his family said.

From the age of 9 to 18, he was schooled at Aiglon College in Villars, Switzerland. This experience left him with a profound love of the mountains and an extended family that he kept in touch with throughout his life.
He graduated from Colgate University in 1980 and received a MBA from New York University School of Business in 1985.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Jane Vogler, 54

Jane Vogler, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 2 in Tucson, Ariz. She was 54.

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Jane Vogler: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born March 24, 1959 in Schenectady, N.Y., and raised in New Canaan and Westport. She was a 1977 graduate of Staples High School.

Since early childhood, her creative spirit and ingenuity was revealed in everything she touched, her family said.

She studied fine arts at the University of Connecticut in Hartford and at the Museum School in Boston, worked in Boston, Longmont, Colo., and Riviera Beach, Fla.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Gerald W. Duquette, 93

Gerald W. Duquette of Westport, husband of Lillian (Twarda) Duquette, died at home on Sept. 7. He was 93.

He was born in Bellingham, Mass. on Aug. 14, 1920 the son of the late Wilfred and Annie (Browe) Duquette.

He was a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Army Air Corp from 1941 to 1946. He worked on the Railway Express for many years and later co-owned Jerry’s Hardware Store.

He loved photography, painting and especially wood carving, He carved the life-sized carousel horse at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

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Laurel J. Magee, 58

Laurel J. Magee (‘Laurie’) of Shelton, formerly of Westport, died July 31. She was 58.

Born in Los Angeles on April 17, 1955, she was the daughter of the late James and Norma Magee. She was a resident of Shelton for the past year and prior to that she lived in Westport and Wilton.

She graduated Staples High School in 1974 and Annhurst College in Woodstock in 1978. She was a customer service representative for MetLife in Westport and for the Social Security Administration in Boston.

She was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Westport where she sang in the choir, participated in the United Methodist Women and served on many committees.  She was also a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter V.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Catherine C. Kent, 69

Catherine Carol Kent of Townshend, Vt., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 6, at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend. She was 69.

She was a resident of Vermont for more than 40 years. She was born in Coney Island, N.Y., the daughter of the late Charles and Catherine Sargent of Westport.

She attended Staples High School and was previously employed as a technician at Janos Optical until her retirement in 2009.

Among her greatest joys were spending time with her family, reading and making quilts for those near and dear to her. She was also a fabulous cook and baker. Her favorite place to be was in Wells, Maine where she took pleasure in enjoying the beach and watching the waves.

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Bruce A. Daigh, 57

Bruce Alan Daigh of Weston, a former Westport resident who was a senior partner in the New York office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP , died Sept. 4 in a motorcycle accident while on a New Zealand vacation. He was 57.

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Bruce Daigh: man of “many trades.” Contributed photo

Born in Springfield, Ohio, son of Robert and Virginia Daigh, he grew up in Sacramento, Calif.

A former college running back, he became a mountain biking enthusiast while living in California and spent many weekends in Connecticut on 40-mile rides, according to an online profile published in 2010.

He was a member of Target Training in Westport which specializes in training professional and amateur athletes for triathlons.

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Monday, September 09, 2013

Stanley T. Kosinski, 85

Stanley T. Kosinski of Stratford, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 1 at Bridgeport Hospital after a brief illness. He was 85. 

Prior to living in Stratford, he and his family lived in Darien for more than 30 years and Westport for 10 years from 1990 to 2000.

Son of the late Joseph Kosinski and Mary Bogacki, he was born April 19, 1928 and was raised in Stamford. He attended Holy Name of Jesus Church and School and graduated from Stamford High School.  He also attended engineering classes at Bridgeport University.

He served in the Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1952 with the rank of sergeant.

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Agnes Humphreys, 96

Agnes “Peg” (Switter) Humphreys,  a lifelong resident of Westport and wife of the late Richard T. Humphreys, died Sept. 8, 2013. She was 96.

In 1917, she was born in her family residence to the late Michael and Edith Switter. She was an associate for many years with the Fairfield Store.

She is survived by her sister, Jo Gentile of Fairfield, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Ignace, John, Stephen and Joseph Switter; and sisters, Anielia Zepko, Helen Roberts and Ann Bratusky.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, Sept. 11,  at 11 a.m. at St. Luke Church in Westport. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. prior to the Mass at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfiel

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Sunday, September 08, 2013

Ronald G. Uccellini, 74

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Ronald G. Uccellini of Westport, who owned and operated Allen’s Clam House in Westport with his family, died Sept. 6. He was 74.

The husband of of Hilde Stang Uccellini , he was born in Norwalk on Sept. 26, 1938, son of the late Bert and Elizabeth (Kaiser) Uccellini.

A lifelong resident of Westport and graduate of Staples High School, he was a U.S. Army veteran.

He owned and operated Allen’s Clam House in Westport and Allen’s East in Stratford with his family.

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Anne E. McKenna, 86

Anne Elizabeth McKenna died Aug. 31 at her daughter and son-in-law’s Westport home. She was 86.

She was born in Lawrence, Mass. on Jan, 25, 1927.  She traveled the country as a military wife, raising two children and later working for more than 20 years at the University of New Hampshire as a chef.

She adored her students, all 1,700 of them, and had a warm smile and welcoming way for all who met her, her family said.

Her last years were spent happily in Westport with her daughter’s family. Prior to that, she lived more than 40 years in Exeter, N.H. and later with her sister Angie DiSalvo and her daughter and son, Grace and John, again in Lawrence Mass., her birthplace.

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Marc Danuszar, 84

Marc Danuszar of Westport died Sept. 2 at Masonicare of Newtown. He was 84.

He was the husband of Rosa (DeGrazia) Danuszar.

He was born in Newtown on March, 6, 1929, a son of the late Thomas and Mary (Washicko) Danuszar. He served in the Army during the Korean War, and worked for Francini Construction in Bridgeport for over 30 years.

In addition to playing with his grandchildren and being with family, his next love was cheering on his beloved Red Sox.

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Thomas R. Atkinson, 91

Thomas Roth Atkinson, a 54-year resident of Westport, died Sept. 2 in Meriden. He was 91.

He was born in Grand Rapids, Mich. in 1922, the son of Thomas E. and Florence Roth Atkinson.

A 1942 graduate of Denison University, Granville, Ohio, he served in the U.S. Army for two years during World War II. He graduated from the Ph.D. program in economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1951, where he met and married his wife Sue, a fellow student in the doctoral program.

After graduate school, he spent a year with the National Bureau of Economic Research, Riverdale, N.Y. where he rewrote his doctoral thesis into a book, “The Pattern of Financial Asset Ownership: Wisconsin Individuals, 1949,” which was published by Princeton University Press.

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Donald M. Denke, 51

Donald Michael Denke, a longtime Town of Westport Public Works Department employee, died Sept. 1 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport. He was 51.

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Donald M. Denke, longtime town employee. Contributed photo

He was born in Norwalk on Nov. 22, 1961, the son of late Frank and Marjorie (Miller) Denke. He was a graduate of Staples High School in Westport and Denver Automotive and Diesel College in Colorado.

He has been employed by the Town of Westport for the past 30 years with his most recent position as head mechanic. 

He was best known and will be remembered as the guy who won’t say no to anyone asking for help and having a big heart, his family said.

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Monday, September 02, 2013

Kimberly L. Norris, 23

Kimberly Louise Norris of Norwalk, daughter of Liz and Harry Norris, died unexpectedly Aug. 31 in Westport. She was 23.

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Kimberly Norris: lifelong Norwalk resident. Contributed photo

A lifelong Norwalk resident, she was born on Oct. 24, 1989.  She went to Marvin Elementary School, Nathan Hale Middle School, and Trinity Catholic High School.

She held an Associate’s Degree in architecture. She was a student at the University of Connecticut, studying business technology and planned to graduate this winter. 

She was a gifted writer and artist with a great sense of humor, her family said, and was happiest when helping others.

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Joseph G. Soboleski, 71

Joseph G. Soboleski of Trumbull, a former employee of Glendinning and Marketing of America in Westport, died Aug. 30 at Bridgeport Hospital. He was 71.

The husband of 47 years of Judy (Wolff) Soboleski, he was born in Derby on Sept. 15, 1941, son of the late Joseph and Stella Sobolesk. He has been a Trumbull resident formore than 30 years.

He graduated from Derby High School and served with the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed a career as a graphic designer at Glendinning and was vice president of Creative Services at Marketing of America in Westport.

He was a talented artist and he loved watercolor painting, his family said.

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