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Obituaries

Obituaries

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Jean Forman Wright, 86

Jean Forman Wright, 86, Sarasota, Fla. died on Monday, March 8.

She was born in New Salem, Pa., resided in Westport from 1964-1986, prior to retiring to Florida.

She served as an Ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps during World War II, and was a retired public health nurse, spending many years providing health care at Hillspoint Elementary and Staples High School.

She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta, Junior League of Sarasota, and the Sarasota Yacht Club.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Sheldon Metz, 83

Sheldon Metz, 83 of Westport, died March 5, at his home.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of the late Hyman and Becky Metz.

Metz is survived by his wife Joan Phillips; his children, Hillary Metz of Minneapolis, Minn., Alan Metz of Castaic, Calif., Ken Metz of Studio City, Calif., Mark Phillips of Westport, and Neil Phillips and his wife, Kim of Westport; his grandchildren, Ben Metz, Emily, Samantha, Jake, Nathaniel and Dylan Phillips; his sister, Harriet Wlodinger; a niece, Cheryl Wlodinger; and by his mother-in-law, Sylvia Phillips. Metz is also survived by his former wife, Barbara Lazarus Metz.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org).  A memorial service was held on Tuesday from The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield.

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Gordon P. Huppi, 83

Gordon P. Huppi, a former Westport resident, passed away peacefully on Feb. 27 at Epoch of Brewster in Brewster, Mass. WestportNow.com Image
Gordon P. Huppi: raised family in Westport. Contributed photo

Gordon was born in Manhattan to John and Jemima (McIntosh) Huppi and was raised in Larchmont, N.Y., where he graduated from Mamaroneck High School.

Gordon followed in his father’s footsteps, embarking on a career in advertising as a commercial artist, eventually attaining a position as Art Director for New York and Connecticut agencies.

Gordon married Nancy Messinger in 1952, and they moved to Westport in 1959 where they brought up their three daughters.

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Hugh B. Kennedy, 71

Hugh Brian Kennedy, 71, of Westport, died Feb. 22 at his home.

Born Jan. 10, 1939, in Dublin, Ireland, he was the son of the late Rev. Brian Kennedy and Cherie Kennedy. An international executive, he worked for major multi-national firms in Scotland and Ireland and later relocated to the United States in 1973.

In the U.S., he held numerous executive human resources positions with corporations including Joseph E. Seagram & Sons and Vintner’s International. He subsequently started his own wine importing venture, Avoca Wines.

Kennedy was a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where he received a higher diploma in education and a master’s degree.

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Monday, March 01, 2010

Marguerite T. “Peggy” Heintz, 80

Marguerite T. “Peggy” Heintz, 80, of Westport passed away at home on March 1 with her family by her side.

Born in Cambridge, Mass., Mrs. Heintz was a first generation Irish American and the daughter of the late John Joseph and Margaret Mary Darcy. She was a longtime Westport resident.

Prior to moving to Westport, she was raised in Newton, Mass., and was a 16-year resident of Norwood, Mass.

Mrs. Heintz received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Boston University in 1951 where she met her former husband, the late Francis W. Heintz.

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Margaret (Peggy) Oliver Shays, 98

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Peggy Shays: pictured watching November 2009 vote returns. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Margaret (Peggy) Oliver Shays, mother of former U.S. Congressman Christopher Shays, died quietly in her sleep Feb. 25. She was 98.

She was a longtime Darien resident who later lived in Bridgeport’s Black Rock section with the congressman, who has since moved to Maryland.

Peggy was born in Rose Valley, Pa., in 1912 to Judge L. Stauffer Oliver and playwright Margaret Scott Oliver. She began an acting career in repertory theater at age 12, which took her to the Broadway stage.

Prior to her marriage, she attended Bennington College in Vermont. In 1934, she married singer and bandleader Thurston Crane (Bud) Shays, who also performed on the Broadway stage. Both gave up their theater careers to raise their four sons, all of whom graduated from Darien High School.

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Elaine Y. Suan, 75

Elaine Y. Suan, wife of Andre C. Suan, died at her home in Westport on Feb. 26. She was 75.WestportNow.com Image
Elaine Y. Suan: Westport resident since 1971. Contributed photo

She was born May 22, 1934, in China and was the daughter of the late Shen Fu and Su Hwa (Fan) Chang. She has been a resident of Westport since 1971.

She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in home economics. She was a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron, a professional home economics fraternity.

After her graduation she worked as a dietician for Yale University. She was a member of the Connecticut Piecemakers and was an avid quilter and gardener as well as a wife, mother and grandmother.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Robert M. Olex, 78

Robert M. Olex, a mail carrier in Westport for 20 years, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at the Dover Rehabilitation & Living Center in Rochester, N.H. where he resided. He was 78.

He was born July 15, 1931 in Bridgeport, son of the late Michael and Anna (Klamka) Olex.

Bob served his country in the National Guard as a cook and was a mail carrier in Westport for more than 20 years.

He was a wonderful chef and loved to entertain friends and family. He spent his retirement years keeping up with his grandchildren, enjoying the arts, travel, beloved Red Sox, English mysteries, and many jigsaw puzzles.

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Elaine Lewis, 76

Elaine Lewis died Jan. 30 at home in Westport, surrounded by family. She was 76.

Born on Jan. 21, 1934, in Bronx, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Milton and Sylva Goldman. Following public school in Mount Vernon, N.Y., she attended New York University.

In 1954, she married Daniel B. Lewis, from whom she was subsequently divorced. She never re-married. Her ex-husband attended to her in her final months.

She lived in various places before settling down in Weston in 1960, before moving to Westport in 1977. She was an avid gardener who obtained her master gardener’s certificate from the University of Connecticut Agricultural Cooperative. She loved to play bridge and spend summers at Compo Beach.

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Hugh B. Kennedy, 71

Hugh Brian Kennedy of Westport died Feb. 22 at his home. He was 71.

Born Jan. 10, 1939, in Dublin, Ireland, he was the son of the late Rev. Brian Kennedy and Cherie Kennedy. An international executive, he worked for major multi-national firms in Scotland and Ireland and later relocated to the United States in 1973.

In the U.S., he held numerous executive human resources positions with corporations including Joseph E. Seagram & Sons and Vintner’s International. He subsequently started his own wine importing venture, Avoca Wines.

Kennedy was a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where he received a higher diploma in education and a master’s degree.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Gregory J. Smith, 46

Gregory John Smith, 46, of Brookfield, Conn., soared to the great beyond Sunday, Feb. 21 in Danbury Hospital.

Greg was born April 22, 1963 in New York City, son of Lillian Smith and the late Harry L. Smith. Greg, who was also known as “Dingo” to his friends, marched to the beat of his own drum.

He grew up in Westport and attended Staples High School before setting his sights on adventure, and building a life for himself in Norway.

When he came back to Westport after several years abroad, Greg, who had a heart as big as the world when it came to animals, decided to combine his passion and his work.

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Shirley K. Mecklin, 89

Shirley Karr Mecklin died Feb. 7 in her sleep at her home in Westport. She was 89.

Born in North Dakota in 1920, her family moved to Chicago when she was very young. Mecklin graduated from the University of Chicago in 1942.

She married journalist John Martin Mecklin in April of 1943 in Washington, D.C.  His work took them to live in many cities around the world, including London, Paris, Beirut, Rome, Hong Kong, Bonn and Saigon.

Upon returning to the United States, they lived in Westport for many years. After her husband’s death, she lived in Washington, D.C., where she worked for the University of Chicago until she returned to Westport in the late 1970s.

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William (Bill) M. Heineman, 84

William (Bill) M. Heineman of Westport, 84, died Feb. 21, at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, after complications from brain surgery.

Born Nov. 3, 1925, in New York City, he attended The Horace Mann School. In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was subsequently transferred to the Air Corps, where he trained as a B-29 flight engineer in the 20th Air Force. Upon discharge, he graduated in 1949 from Williams College.

In later years, Heineman served as president of his class and as chairman of its 50th reunion fund drive. He was president of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity his junior and senior year, and belonged to the Purple Key and the Interfraternity Society. He also played soccer while at Williams and became team manager.

After graduation, he joined Heineman and Seidman, a textile brokerage firm. He later helped form Heineman and Company, where he became a senior partner until his retirement, after 55 years, in 2004.

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Mary W. Franco, 81

Mary Wilhelmina Franco, formerly of Plymouth, Mass., died peacefully Friday, Feb. 19, in Southport. She was 81.WestportNow.com Image
Mary Franco: founder of Youth Museum. Contributed photo

Mary was born July 20, 1928, in Duluth, Minn. She was the wife of Vincent Franco, and daughter of the late Sadie and Holbrook Coulter.

Mary leaves two daughters, Elaine Williamson and Jeanmarie Klitzner, and a son, Robert Franco. She also leaves two granddaughters, Sydney Klitzner and Jennifer Heatly, three great grandchildren, Landon, Pace and Campbell Heatly, a brother, Daniel Coulter, and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was a gentle, calm, and charming woman who was liked by everyone. She met the man who became the love of her life in grammar school and they began dating as teenagers.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Judith Ekman, 89

Judith Ekman, a former Westport resident, died on Feb. 15 at home in Washington, D.C.

She was born on July 17, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of Paul and Eve Saturen, and graduated from Temple University in 1943.

She was married to Sheldon V. Ekman from 1943 until his death in 1982.

They raised their family in New York City and Westport and moved to Washington in 1980.

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