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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Susan Abbott Steinnagel, 59

Susan Abbott Steinnagel of Westport died Dec. 16 from complications of pancreatic cancer. She was Image
Susan Abbott Steinnagel: insurance and ratings industry executive. Contributed photo

Daughter of William Hugh Durdan and Catharine M. Howell, she was a longtime member of Christ and Holy Trinity Church, Westport where she sang in the choir, and served in the vestry, the altar guild, and the music and arts program.

A 1969 graduate of Simsbury (Conn.) High School, Susan was a 1973 graduate of Syracuse University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in literature, and of the University of Connecticut where where earned an MBA in finance. She worked as an executive and consultant in the insurance and ratings industry.

Susan worked at Moody’s Investors Service for 20 years through 2002. As the managing director of the Power and Energy team, she led a team of analysts through deregulation of global power companies.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

David B. Epstein, 77

David B. Epstein of Westport and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., died Dec. 15. in Westport. He was 77.

Born March 21, 1933, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Jack and Rose Epstein. He grew up in Bridgeport and was a graduate of Bucknell University.

He began his professional career in advertising, and later established a commercial real estate investment and development company.

He also co-founded the David and Geri Epstein Private Foundation, which provides grants for medical research and educational opportunity. Among the foundation’s projects is a college scholarship program for Staples High School graduates.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Robert N. Smith, 52

Robert Nicholas Smith of Gold Canyon, Ariz., formerly of Westport, died Nov. 29. He was 52.

Born in Norwalk, he lived in Westport for the greater part of his life. He attended local schools and was a graduate of the Westport School of Music, studying under pianist Richard Gregor. He went to the University of Bridgeport for a year, then transferred to Arizona State.

He worked for many years in retail and restaurant management. After moving to Arizona three and a half years ago, he was employed by GC Services.

He is survived by his parents, Bob and Sandra Jaderlund Smith; his brothers, Darin and Wayne; and two nieces, Alexandra and Olena Rene Smith, all of Arizona. A Mass was celebrated at St. George’s Catholic Church in Gold Canyon. Burial will be in Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Stanley V. Krygier, 99

Stanley V. Krygier died Sunday, Dec. 12 at his Fairfield residence. He was 99.

He was born in Poland on April 18, 1911 and came to the United States when he was 3 years old. When he was 11, his family moved from Greens Farms to Fairfield.

Stanley served in the Army from 1942 to 1945. He was stationed at Fort Ord and in the South Pacific in an amphibious supply division rising to the rank of sergeant in his military career.

Extensive reading was his main hobby. He was an avid and very good golfer, and as a tennis player, participated in a number of tournaments. Stanley also enjoyed applying his skills as a talented and successful gardener and was a member of the Westport Fish and Game Club, as well as Fairfield Fire Department Hook and Ladder No. 1.

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Evelyn B. Kamins Levine, 90

Evelyn B. Kamins Levine of Westport, passed away Dec. 12 at the Westport Health Care Center. She was 90.

Born May 15, 1920, she was daughter of the late Zalmen and Ida Kanterman Goffen.

Mrs. Levine was a member of Hadassah and Beit Chavervim Synagogue in Westport. She worked as an office manager for B & B Motor Supply in New York City prior to moving to Norwalk where she resided for the past 10 years.

Mrs. Levine is survived by her son, the Honorable Barry Kamins (Supreme Court Justice of New York) and his wife Fern of Brooklyn, N.Y.; by her daughter Irene Schub and her husband Alvin of Norwalk; by three grandchildren, Stacey Gola and her husband Guy of Norwalk, Andrew Schub of Burbank, Calif., Allyson King and her husband Karl of Mount Vernon, N.Y.; and by three great-grandchildren, Hayley Gola and Matthew Gola of Norwalk, and Rachael King of Mount Vernon.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Fredirick William Daniel Arndt, 76

Fredirick William Daniel Arndt of Westport died Dec. 8 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 76.

Born on Dec. 5, 1934, in Waterbury, he was the son of Curt and Margaret Arndt.

He grew up in Waterbury and West Hartford, graduating from Hall High School in 1952, and the University of Connecticut in 1956 with a BA in finance. He joined the Air Force, serving in Vietnam from 1961-62, and later was a member of the New York Air National Guard, retiring as a colonel in command of the Direct Air Support Squadron.

He began working for American Airlines in 1965, retiring in 1994, and then worked for Net Jets for 10 years. He was a mason with Acacia Lodge No. 85 as well as a Sphinx Shriner and a Jester.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Bettilou Meredith, 81

Bettilou Meredith of Westport passed away on Dec. 7 at home surrounded by her family and friends after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 81.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Albert J. Meredith, and her three sons and four grandchildren; Randy Meredith and his wife Debby of Navarre, Fla., Tim Meredith and his wife Beth Ann of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., and their children Dean Albert of Holly Ridge, N.C., and Kate Elizabeth of Lake Hopatcong. Lance Meredith and his wife Holly of Santa Rosa, Calif., and their children Albert Paul and Oscar Chi Tam.

Mrs. Meredith was a longtime member of Black Rock Congregational Church.

Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Black Rock Congregational Church, 3685 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association - Connecticut Chapter, 607 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851.

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Contance R. Kennedy

Constance Ritter Kennedy of Westport died Oct. 4 in Mill Valley, Calif.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, her family moved to Westport 1941. She was married to the late Donald W. Kennedy, a longtime Westport real estate appraiser.

She was a Christian Science practitioner for over 36 years and had been a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, Westport, and of the Christian Science Mother Church in Boston for 60 years.

Survivors include three children, Paul Kennedy of Bethel, Maine; Kimberly Rycroft and husband Bob of Annandale, Va., and Shane Kennedy and wife Jody of Mill Valley, Calif.; four grandchildren, Alex and Erin Lutz of Annandale, Va., and Spencer and Coco Kennedy of Mill Valley, Calif. Funeral services were private.

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Susan F. Zecher, 58

Susan F. Zecher, of Westport passed away at her home on Dec. 8 from cancer. She was 58.

Susan was born Aug. 31, 1952, in Carthage, N.Y., daughter of Katherine (Kingston) Zecher and the late Laurence Zecher.

She joined IBM in 1974 where she enjoyed a 35-year career in software development, management and project management, living in Kingston, N.Y., and Dallas before moving to Norwalk and eventually Westport.

Susan was a graduate of SUNY Potsdam with a BA in mathematics and education. She was also an active skier, dog lover and enjoyed traveling with friends.

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Cort W. Clouspy, 51

Cort Webb Clouspy, 51, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 5, when he and his wife were struck by a car while walking with their dogs in Athens, Ga.

Born on July 15, 1959, in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of D. Jean Clouspy of Athens and the late William Clouspy.

A 1978 graduate of Staples High School in Westport, he was the owner of Southern Textiles and Laminating, a family business in Madison County, Ga.

His love for his family superseded all else. He also was an avid golf and tennis player, winning several tournaments over the years. In addition, he enjoyed running, football, dog training, traveling, gardening and shelling at Sanibel Island in Florida.

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Hannah G. Opert, 93

Hannah G. Opert, previously of Westport, has passed away in New Orleans, La. after a long and engaging life. She was Image
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Wife of Maurice Opert for 67 years (deceased at 91), Hannah was active in Westport as a real estate broker, piano teacher, founder of the International Group and as an active member of the Westport Arts Center, the Westport Senior Center, Longshore Country Club, among others.

Hannah will be remembered also for being an accomplished jazz pianist. Hannah was born in London, England, and emigrated with her family to South Africa when she was an infant. She and her three sisters grew up in a small town called Kroonstad, after which her family moved to Johannesburg.

Maurice and Hannah met in local theater, and were married in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1938. They and only son Brian immigrated to the United States in 1956, and lived in Westport.

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Saturday, December 04, 2010

Anita Wilkes Dore, 95

Anita Wilkes Dore, a longtime Westport resident active in community affairs, died Nov. 6 in Silver Spring, Md., according to the Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home there. She was 95.

Dore, who was an editor of three anthologies of poetry and prose, served as secretary of the Board of Directors of the Westport Arts Center, 1983-1993; a trustee of the Westport Library, 1985-1992, and as a member of the Committee of Young Poets and Playwrights of the Westport Arts Center.

A native of New York City, she was born Dec. 16, 1914, and graduated from Vassar College in 1935. There she received the Elizabeth Dana prize in English in 1934, and earned a Masters of Arts in English from Columbia University in 1937.

She began her career as a high school English teacher during the Depression, then served as chairwoman of English in a Bronx junior high school, before joining the senior staff of the Board of Education.

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Friday, December 03, 2010

Andrew A. Amendola, Jr., 75

Andrew Albert “Andy” Amendola Jr. died Nov. 29 at his residence in Barefoot Bay, Fla. He was Image
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He was born in New York, N.Y. and lived in Barefoot Bay for several years. Andy was a Norwalk High School graduate and after joining the Navy, he was employed by Staples High School in Westport. He retired in 1997.

He was a life member of the South Norwalk Boat Club. He moved to Florida in 2004. Survivors include his brothers, Joseph Amendola of Sebastian, Fla.,, David Amendola of Brookfield, and one sister, Victoria Vienneau of Sebastian.

Memorial contributions can be made to the A.S.P.C.A.

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Marilyn T. Beardsley, 84

Marilyn T. Beardsley of Westport and on the staff of a Fairfield real estate agency, the wife of the late Donald J. Beardsley, died Dec. 1 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 84.

Born Sept. 2, 1926, in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Eleanor (O’Connor) Tobey.

She had been a resident of Westport for the past 50 years, and was an agent with the Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate office in the Southport section of Fairfield.

Survivors include two daughters, Diane Beardsley-Popp and Donna Beardsley, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Jacqueline Roe, Matthew Popp and Vanessa Huntoon, and three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Emma and Danielle. She was also predeceased by a brother, Lester McKay.

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William L. Delaney Sr., 70

William Leo Delaney Sr., 70, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 30, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va.

He was a retired business representative and treasurer for the Local 15, International Union of Operating Engineers, in New York.

He is survived by his wife, Lynne; four children, William Delaney Jr., and wife Margaret of Illinois, Wendy Martin and husband Eric of New Jersey, Michael Delaney Sr. and wife Melissa of New Jersey, and Paige Salickram and husband Howard of Florida, 12 grandchildren, Ryan, Delaney, Shawn, Hagen, Kelly, Cailyn, William III, Patrick, Cullen, Sean, Michael Jr. and Kyle; and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Mary Delaney Sr., and a brother, Joseph Delaney Jr.

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