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Saturday, August 21, 2010

James W. Boston, 67

James William Boston of Fairfield, beloved husband for 47 years to Barbara Bowman Boston, died on Aug. 17. He was Image
James W. Boston: taught at Coleytown Middle for 35 years. Contributed photo

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Aug. 21, 1942, he was the son of the late John H. and Christine Hoffman Boston. He has been a resident of Fairfield for 45 years.

Jim was the instrumental music teacher at Coleytown Middle School in Westport for 35 years. He retired in 2000.

He graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology with Bachelor degrees in both education and performance and received his Masters in Education from the University of Bridgeport.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Craig J. Maloon, 59

Craig J. Maloon, 59, of Westport, passed away Thursday, Aug. 19 peacefully at home.

Craig was born in Greenville, Ohio, June 23, 1951 son of the late James H. and Frances (Trick) Maloon and has been an area resident for 43 years. He was employed as an accountant for and Computer Resolutions both located in Bridgeport.

Craig is a 1969 graduate of Staples High School and a graduate of Sacred Heart University with a degree in accounting. Under the pen name, CK Kake, Craig co-authored a book titled, “Why Not Try God” about his struggles and his return to God. He is a member of the Bahai faith.

Survivors include two sisters, Elizabeth M. Terhaar of Danbury and Sharon Olson of Roswell, Ga. one brother, Douglas Maloon of Bel Air, Md,, four nephews and one grandnephew. 

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ann Smolowe, 51

Ann Smolowe, 51, a former Westport resident and the senior managing director for leadership giving in Dartmouth College’s Office of Development, died Aug. 14, at her home in Norwich, Vt., after a two-year battle with colon cancer.

Born in 1959, Smolowe grew up in Westport, the youngest of four siblings. At Staples High School, she was active in both theater and gymnastics.

She then attended Dartmouth College, where as a member of the Class of 1981 she majored in government and competed on the cross-country ski team. After graduation, Smolowe spent three years working for Arthur Levitt at the American Stock Exchange.

She took time off to hike the Appalachian Trail, and although she made the journey solo, she developed lifelong friendships along the way.

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Phelix I. Wallace, 87

Phelix Ivan Wallace of Westport passed away Monday, Aug. 16 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 87.

Born in Miami, Fla. on Dec. 25, 1922, he leaves a daughter, Phelicia Wallace of Bridgeport and two grandchildren, Dequan Crawford and Justin Bailey.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Aug. 19 at noon at Lester Gee Funeral, 1390 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Bridgeport.

Friends may greet the family at 11a.m. until time of service.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Francis J. DeLuca, 78

Francis J. DeLuca, 78, of Westport, husband of Joanne (Renzulli) DeLuca, passed away Monday, Aug. 16 at home in the company of his Image
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Franny was born in Westport, Jan. 23, 1932, son of the late Frank and Ann (Horelick), and has been a lifelong resident.

Prior to retiring in 1982, Franny owned and operated Franny’s Restaurant in Saugatuck for 25 years. He is a 1951 graduate of Staples High School, a member of the Westport Sons of Italy, Westport PAL and the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399.

In June 1998, Franny was honored by the Sports Man of Westport as an outstanding youngster who played all sports, including football at Staples in the late 1940s and two years with the Saugatuck Advertisers.

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Felicia (Phyllis) D. Sych, 88

Felicia (Phyllis) Dobieski Sych, 88, of Westport, the wife of John Sych, died Aug. 12, at the Middlesex Hospital Hospice Care Center in Middletown.

Born in Collinsville, she was the daughter of Mary Tarneski and Frank Dobieski, and moved to Bridgeport as a child. She grew up in Bridgeport and worked at Columbia Records after World War II. In later years, she worked for the Famous Artists School in Westport and the Sears and Roebuck Catalog Division in Bridgeport.

She was an accomplished seamstress and gardener, and other interests included poetry, painting, drawing and crafts. She loved to cook, and also enjoyed the outdoors, swimming, biking, jump roping, tennis, and ice skating, which she shared with children and grandchildren. She traveled to Europe and Australia.

In addition to her husband of 58 years, she is survived by a daughter, Elaine Sych-Nielsen and her husband Mark Nielsen of Ivoryton; a daughter-in-law, Catherine Sych of Westport; grandchildren Christian and Jillian Nielsen and Matthew and Felicia Sych; a brother, Walter Yurkowski and his wife Gloria; a sister-in-law Sara Dobieski, and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a son, John Sych Jr.; brothers Chester, Alexander and Frank Dobieski, and a sister, Florence Zera.

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George B. Monts, 88

The Rev. George B. Monts, age 88, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Aug. 14, at Westport Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 19, at noon at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 96 South Main St., South Norwalk.

Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church.

Interment at Riverside Cemetery.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Patricia L. Wickett, 60

Patricia Laughlin Wickett of Westport, beloved daughter of Nancy and Walter Laughlin, passed away in the Norwalk Hospital Critical Care Unit on Aug. 9.

Patty was born on Nov. 29, 1949. She grew up in Westport and attended Westport schools, graduating from Staples High School in 1967.

She went on to graduate from Chamberlain Junior College in Boston, with a degree in fashion design and advertising.

After graduating from college, she worked in the banking and fashion advertising fields. In the following years, Patti and her sister enjoyed many great times together, taking fun trips to Bermuda and Miami, and sharing a house on the beach in Westport.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Edward L. Johnson, 84

Edward L. Johnson, 84, of Weston, husband of Jeri Kelley Johnson, passed away Friday, Aug. 13 at home in the company of his family.

Mr. Johnson was born in Cleveland, Ohio, March 14, 1926 son of the late Malcolm B. and Virginia (Rogers) Johnson and has been a resident of Weston for 33 years. Prior to retiring, he was employed as a banker with Union Commerce.

After graduating from Staunton Military Academy in 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served as a Gunners Mate 3 class. Following World War II, Mr. Johnson attended Babson College.

His love of adventure inspired him to travel the globe, meeting exceptional friends. He loved cruising and enjoyed many voyages. As well as travel, he personally maintained the grounds gardens of his home with pride, along with many of his beloved dogs.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

James E. Freehill Sr. 77

James E. Freehill Sr. of Stratford, husband and of Anne (McCabe) Freehill passed away at his home in Oronoque Village on Tuesday Aug. 10. He was 77.

Mr. Freehill was born in New York City on Jan. 27, 1933 and is the son of the Late James and Margaret (Hagen) Freehill. Prior to moving to Oronoque Village two years ago, Mr. Freehill resided in Fairfield for 10 years and in Westport for 30 years.

Mr. Freehill enjoyed traveling, playing golf and spending time with his family.

Survivors in addition to his wife Anne of 50 years include two sons, James E. Freehill Jr. and his wife Linda of Chestnut Hill, Mass., Joseph Freehill of Branford; two daughters, Ellen Russell and her husband Peter of Fairfield, Kate Freehill of Brooklyn, N.Y. two Brothers George Freehill and his wife Barbara of Remsinsburg , N.Y. and Patrick Freehill of Yonkers, N.Y. one sister in law Shan Freehill of Bronxville, N.Y. six grandchildren Patrick and Brian Russell of Fairfield, Annie Freehill-Fienberg of Brooklyn, N.Y. Casey Hannah and James E. Freehill III of Chestnuthill, Mass., Mr. Freehill was pre deceased by one brother John Freehill.

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Geoffrey Reynolds, 70

Geoffrey Reynolds, 70, of Westport, the husband of Janet (Severance) Reynolds, died May 9, 2010, in Norwalk Hospital.

Born Sept. 18, 1939, in New York City, he was the son of the late Frederick and Aimee (Scott) Reynolds.

Reynolds, a resident of Westport for the past 37 years, he was employed by Union Carbide as an audio-visual engineer many years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and an avid tennis player.

In addition to his wife of 41 years, Reynolds is survived by a son, Gregory Reynolds and his wife Mariko of New York City; a daughter, Michelle Rogers and her husband Brent of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters Peggy Kyker of Carmel, Ind., and Rosemary Brown of Winter Park, Fla.; two grandchildren, Alexis and Phoebe Rogers, and several nieces and nephews.

Services were private. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

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Brian A. Petronella, 54

Brian A. Petronella of Norwalk, beloved husband of Elaine Coker Petronella, died suddenly on Aug. 6, in his home with his family by his side. He was 54.

Born in Norwalk on March 28, 1956, to Rosemarie Jaykus Petronella and the late Robert A. Petronella, he was predeceased by his brother Robert Burke Petronella.

Brian A. Petronella was the president of Local 371 UFCW, international vice president and executive vice president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO.

He was an active board member on several pro-labor organizations, including the United Way of Eastern Fairfield County.

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Saturday, August 07, 2010

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UPDATE Brian Petronella, the longtime president of the Westport-based United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 371 food workers union and a leading figure in Connecticut labor and politics, died suddenly Friday night at his Norwalk home, the union’s Web site said today. He was 54.

“A tragic loss has been suffered by the officers, staff, executive board, and members of the UFCW Local 371,” the Web site said. “President Brian A. Petronella passed away unexpectedly on Friday evening, August 6th at his home. Please join with us in our prayers for the Petronella family.”

The cause of the death was not announced. (See obituary)

As union president since 1999, Petronella had been involved in a number of high profile union issues involving food workers. Earlier this year, Petronella was involved in talks that averted a strike and led to a new contract between Stop & Shop and its unionized workers.

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Joanne L. Feistel

Joanne Lichac Feistel, died Aug. 4.

A longtime resident of Fairfield, sadly, she leaves her beloved daughter, Lisa Ann of Cape Cod, Mass. and Westport.

Joanne is survived by three sisters, Sandy Manzone, husband, George, Judith Ann Burrows, husband, Thom, Lucy Brown, husband, Tom; nieces and nephew, Karen Wallace, Kurt Kenney, Rachel Lank; and grandnieces and nephews, Kelly, Allison, Haley Wallace, MackKenzie, Zachary Kenney, Michael and Peter Facteau, Geoffrey, Janson Henriques; and numerous beloved cousins and relatives and longtime friends.

Ms. Joanne Feistel was born to Lucille and George Lichac in Stockton, Calif.

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Constance B. Lyle, 83

Constance Brewer Lyle passed away Aug. 5 in Charleston, S.C.  The former Westporter was 83.

She was born Jan. 4, 1927, in Spokane, Wash. to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Brewer. She studied in Spokane and went to Smith College in western Massachusetts.

While there, she met and married John E. Kilgore of Dallas. They had four children, John E. Kilgore and Robert M. Kilgore of New York City, Constance P. Kilgore Utter of Rhode Island and Ralph A. Kilgore of East Hampton, N.Y.

In 1957, they moved to New York City at which time the marriage dissolved. In 1966 she met and a year later married Gordon Lyle, Jr. of New York City on March 18, 1967.

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