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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Jean A. Silvestro, 81

Jean A. Silvestro of Sandy Hook died July 2.  She was 80.

She was born on July 7, 1932 in Westport, daughter of late Michael and Amy Gilbertie.

In addition to her husband of 55 years, Albert, she is survived by daughter Diana Stewart and husband Gary; sons Larry Silvestro and wife Katya Ilina, and Michael Silvestro and wife Suzanne; her brothers Ralph and Michael Gilbertie; seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Julius.

There will be no calling hours, and the memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose Church at 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the COPD Foundation at

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Zenecia (Necia) Byerly Doyle, 80

Zenecia (Necia) Byerly Doyle of Norwell, Mass., formerly of Westport, died July 1. She was 80.

Born in New London on Sept. 11, 1933 to David and Mary Byerly, she grew up in Middletown and attended Connecticut College. 

She met her husband, Richard J. Doyle, in Hartford, and, after traveling the globe for his work, they finally settled in Westport where they raised their five children. She was known to all her friends for her generosity, warmth, and sense of humor, said her family, which was the cornerstone of her life.

For almost 31 years she was the wife of her late husband. She is survived by Richard J. Doyle, Jr. of Easton and his wife Susan; Michael D. Doyle of Dover, Mass., and his wife Gina; Timothy C. Doyle of Pepperell, Mass., and his wife Catherine, Mary Catherine French of Herndon, Va., and her husband Daniel, and Zenecia D. O’Neill of Hingham, Mass. and her husband, Raymond. She was also the grandmother of 13 grandchildren.

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Harriet Hiller Lebish, 75

Harriet Hiller Lebish of Bridgeport, a former Westport resident and reporter and editor at the Westport Minuteman, died June 30 at home. She was 75. Image
Harriet Hiller Lebish: former Westport Minuteman editor-reporter. Contributed photo

Hiller served as arts and good living editor at the Minuteman from its founding in 1993 until 2002. She had earlier worked for The Hour of Norwalk. She also contributed to The New York Times, Connecticut Post, and the Westport News.

Later, she was an adjunct professor of art history at Housatonic Community College and Sacred Heart University,

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late Edmond and Janette Shiller, she was raised in The Bronx, where she graduated from William H. Taft High School. She attended City College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and George Washington University before graduating cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in art history from the University of Bridgeport.

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Martin Garment, 95

Martin Garment of Westport and Longboat Key, Fla. died July 3.  He was 95.

He was father of Susan (Jeffrey), and John (Adriana), grandfather of Elyse, Jillian, Natalia , and Martín.

He was predeceased by wife Sylvia, and by brothers Charles and Leonard.

Services are scheduled Sunday, July 6, at 2 p.m. at Abraham L. Green And Son Funeral Home in Fairfield.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

William “Bill” F. Meyer III, 85

William “Bill” F. Meyer lll of Westport, husband of Carolyn Meyer for 16 years, died June 28 at his home following a two year battle with cancer. He was 85.

He was born in Englewood, N. J.on April 27, 1929, son of William F. Meyer, Jr. and Hope Hills Elmer. He was a graduate of Peddie Prep School in New Jersey and University of Hartford.

He was known by many for his 30-year involvement in Westport Girls Softball in which he served most of these years as president. He was also involved in numerous other activities; a long time mentor to Westport and inner city students, not to mention Sunrise Rotary Club, the Y’s Men, Representative Town Meeting (RTM), and his beloved Saugatuck Congregational Church.

Besides his wife, Carolyn, he is survived by his daughter, Trina Seltzer and her husband, Jeff; his son, Mark Meyer and his sister, Faith Meyer; two step children, Allison Ramirez and John Kelsey; and grandchildren Gretha and Juliana Seltzer and Scott, Christopher and Tristen Ramirez.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Suzanne S. Bergmann, 76

Suzanne S. Bergmann of Westport died June 26 at home. She was 76. Image
Suzanne Bergmann: 41-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born in Zermatt, Switzerland on Aug. 6, 1937, she had been a Westport resident for 41 years.

Known as Suzi, she was one of two children of Franz and Gertrude Perren (nee Camani).  Franz was a 1932 Olympic participant, representing Switzerland in the ski jump, and had a career as a mountain climber, climbing the Matterhorn over 150 times. 

Suzi was raised in Zermatt as ski racer, training on the Swiss national team until a ski crash during a downhill race put her in a coma for three days.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Westport Mourns Loss of Bill Meyer, 85

By James Lomuscio

William F. “Bill” Meyer III, the avuncular, ever present cheerleader during announcements at the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), the indefatigable Westport volunteer celebrated town wide last year for his myriad community service roles, a tour de force among seniors and a statewide proponent of the right to die, died tonight after a two year battle with multiple myeloma. He was 85. Image
Bill Meyer at a 2010 Y’s Men meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

Meyer, who in 1994 faced criminal charges, later dismissed, after detailing in a Connecticut Magazine article how he had helped his cancer-stricken father end his own life three years earlier, died at his Westport home, according to First Selectman Jim Marpe.

The 42-year town resident and 18-year RTM member was a descendant of Thomas Hooker, a Congregationalist minister who arrived in Boston in 1633. In keeping with his lineage, he had served as a deacon in the Saugatuck Congregational Church.

He was also a Westport Little League organizer and umpire, so ebullient he was dubbed Umpire Bill. In addition, Meyer was a Native American champion whom the Blackfeet Indians named an honorary chief, a longtime mentor to Westport and inner city students and a member of the Y’s Men group, where he proudly boasted about the number of new members he brought in.

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William F. Meyer III, better known to his friends as Bill, died tonight after a two-year battle with cancer, according to a family friend. He was 85. Meyer, shown receiving the key to the town at a March 2013 tribute to him, was an indefatigable volunteer. A member of the Representative Town Meeting, he founded the Westport Little League softball program, served as a member of the Little League board of directors, was an umpire and had a softball field named in his honor. His held leadership positions with the Y’s Men, Sunrise Rotary, Westport Center for Senior Activities, First Night, Westport Community Theater, AARP, Saugatuck Congregational Church, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and was a board member of Bridgeport’s Isaiah House. Services were to be announced.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Westporters Honor Bill Meyer

Scenes from a March 10, 2013 tribute to Bill Meyer at Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westport. He died tonight at 85. Larry Untermeyer for

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Gertrude (Trudy) O’Grady, 90

Gertrude (Trudy ) O’Grady of Westport, where she lived for 56 years, died June 7. She was 90. Image
Gertrude O’Grady: 56-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born in Brooklyn N.Y., Aug. 12, 1923 she moved to Westport in 1956. She was a volunteer with the Westport Red Cross and a lifelong member of the Assumption Church’s Catholic Daughters.

She was predeceased by her husband John A O’Grady. She is survived by her daughter Janice Nusher of Annapolis, Md.,, son John D. O’Grady of Westport, son Daniel F. O’Grady and his wife Linda of Orlando, Fla., daughter Helen McGannon and husband Richard of Redding. and grandchildren Robin, Robert, Annastasia, Aubrey, Ralph, Tricia, Tammy, Kailey, Matthew and seven great grandchildren.

The funeral was held on Thursday June 12 at St Mary’s Cemetary in Hollestin, Mass.


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Harold Schorr, 85

Harold Schorr of Westport died June, 24. He was 85.

He was husband to Anita Schorr. father to Peter, Cathy, Randi, Ralph, Fran, Alan, Odie, grandfather to Keri, Todd, Matthew, Ryan, Morgan, Mackenzie , Jason, Eric and Ian, and brother to Seymour, Oona, Ted, and Beverly.

Services will take place on Sunday, June 29 at 12:30 p.m. at The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield.

Interment will follow at Sharon Gardens Cemetery in Valhalla, N.Y.

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Helen B. Krieg, 99

Helen B. Krieg of Westport, wife of the late Anthony B. Krieg, died June 24. She was 99. Image
Helen B. Krieg: 62-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

The daughter of Frank and Marie Battista, she was born in New York City on April 1, 1915 and has been a resident of Westport for 62 years.

She was the secretary at the “new,” at that time, Kings Highway Elementary School and, later, was the assistant editor for a much-published author of horticultural books.

She was a member of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, where she participated in the MelloDears singing group, and of the Westport Weston Family Y, where she enjoyed Ruth Sherman’s acquasize group.

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Marie P. Thompson, 87

Marie, “Maria,” Polseno Thompson of Westport died June 1. She was 87. Image
Marie Thompson:  64-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born in Bridgeport on Aug. 15, 1926 , she was the daughter of Lewis and Marie Polseno. She graduated from Bassick High School in Bridgeport. She lived in Westport for 64 years where she operated Pin Money Shop for several years.

Her surviving husband of 35 years, Dan Sullivan, is retired from the Westport school system (1983-2010), having taught at Staples High School for many years.

She most enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren with whom she shared her passion for painting, miniatures, and other crafts. But, nothing made her happier than being with with her husband from whom she was inseparable, her family said. They shared a love of travel and many fond memories of trips to Europe and throughout New England.

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Veteran actor Eli Wallach, who died Tuesday at age 98, appeared in five productions at Westport Country Playhouse, each time with his wife Anne Jackson. Wallach was among many Westport Country Playhouse actor alumni who gathered in June 2005 to celebrate the reopening of the renovated theater. Pictured (l-r): Elizabeth Wilson, Charles Grodin, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, George Grizzard, Betsy von Furstenburg, James Naughton, Karen Allen, and David Birney. Wallach and Jackson appeared on the Playhouse stage in “The Glass Menagerie (1959),” “Promenade, All! (1971),” “The House of Blue Leaves (1976),” “Absent Friends (1977),” and “Twice Around the Park (1983).” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kathleen O’Rourke

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Edgar R. Wilde, 98

Edgar R. Wilde of Westport died June 10. He was 98.

He was a resident of Westport for more than 60 years, and a long time Patterson Club member.

He was born in Allentown, Pa. on Dec. 6, 1915. He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1938.

During World War II, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army, organizing IPW teams (Interrogation of Prisoners of War) at Camp Ritchie in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. Camp Ritchie was the first military intelligence school training German-speaking Americans and German refugees in IPW teams eventually sent to the front.

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