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Obituaries

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

John L. Morrow, Jr., 89

John L. “Jack” Morrow, a longtime Westport resident, died Feb. 19. He was 89.

He was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Centerport, Long Island. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. military and served in the 4th Marine Division on Iwo Jima.

He received two Purple Hearts before being honorably discharged. He often commented that he owed much of his success and happiness in life due to his experience in the U.S. Marine Corps. “After Iwo Jima, not much bothered me,” he said.

This may have accounted for his eternally optimistic, fearless, and encouraging outlook, his family said.

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Nancy P. Duffy, 52

Nancy Patricia Wiggans Duffy of Lebanon Township, N.J., a former Westport resident, died April 2 at home after battling acute leukemia for a year. She was 52.

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Nancy P. Duffy: Westport native. Contributed photo

Born on Aug. 13, 1962 in Westport, she was the youngest daughter of the late Dr. Roy Glen Wiggans and Marita Mayers Wiggans. Having spent her childhood in Connecticut, where she also attended Southern Connecticut State University, she spent much of her adult life in New Jersey.

She had worked in the accounting department of Hunterdon County Social Services in Flemington, N.J., after several years of helping women and their children who were victims of domestic abuse at the Resource Center of Somerset, N.J.

She enjoyed sewing, reading, and Scrabble. She loved animals, from the chickens her family raised in her childhood, to her pet cats and dogs throughout her life. She dreamed of witnessing the Monarch Butterfly migration in Mexico. But what she loved most was sharing a story and a laugh with her family.

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Monday, April 06, 2015

Elinore K. Bagdon, 89

Elinore Katherine Bagdon, known as Elly, a longtime Westport resident, died April 5 at her home. She was 89.

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Elinore Bagdon: loved gardening. Contributed photo

She was born Jan. 29, 1926 in New London, the daughter of the late Elinore Bellen and the late Dalton Mace Bellen of Fairfield Beach, and Palm Beach, Fla. She attended Greenwich Academy class of 1944. She graduated with honors from Rollins College in 1949 with a B.A. in theater and was active in her sorority affiliation.

She was an avid gardner, taking great pride in creating beautiful gardens at her home for her family and friends to enjoy. She spent her early years sailing at the Riverside Yatch Club and continued to enjoy boating off Longshore Marina with her husband, Walter, family and friends.

She was a member of the Westport’s Minuteman Yatch Club. She and her husband were also longtime members of The Cotillion Club of Westport/Weston. She greatly enjoyed her life for all the beauty, creativity, and wonderment that made her the person she was—a loving wife, mother, and a dear friend to all who knew her, her family said.

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Gerald L. Barnard, 70

Gerald Lynn Barnard of Westport died April 3.  The cause was heart failure.  He was 70.

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Gerald Barnard: Vietnam vet. Contributed photo

He was born Aug. 2, 1944 in Alexandria, Va.  His parents, Lynn and Frances Wood Barnard, raised him and his brother, Thomas, in Westport and later in Weston. Growing up, he was a dedicated equestrian, whose accomplishments included placing seventh in the prestigious Maclay Competition in Madison Square Garden. 

He graduated from the Loomis School in Windsor and went on to earn his B.A. from Tufts University.  He also had graduate degrees in business and accounting, and he worked for Ford Credit and the Internal Revenue Service.

He served in the Infantry in Vietnam in 1968-69, and completed his military service obligation as a chaplain’s assistant at the Navajo Army Depot, Flagstaff, Ariz. He received several medals and was honorably discharged in 1970.

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Saturday, April 04, 2015

Lois J. Rockey, 83

Lois Janet Rockey of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., a former Westport resident, died March 28 at her home. She was 83.

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Lois Rockey: Westport travel agent. Contributed photo

She was born in Raymond, Wash. on Oct. 29, 1931 to L.V. (Brownie) DeForest and Josephine (Chenier) DeForest. She grew up in Olympia, Wash. and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Asian studies which sparked a lifelong love of travel. She was also a Delta Gamma sorority member and a cheerleader for the Huskies.

After college, she married Ward McClellan Rockey and moved to Coos Bay, Ore. to start a family. Their next move brought them back to the Seattle area to reunite with the DeForest/Rockey clan. Always youthful and athletic, she spent weekends on the ski slopes with family and friends.

Throughout her life, she remained active playing golf and tennis as well. In 1968, they moved to Westport where she became a travel agent and traveled extensively throughout the world. She also enjoyed New York City, Broadway shows, excursions to the Caribbean, gardening and cats.

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Friday, April 03, 2015

Ernestine A. Inzitari, 94

Ernestine Angela Inzitari of Wilton, a former seamstress employed in Westport, died March 27 at Wilton Meadows Heath Care Center. She was 94.

She was born in Herkimer, N.Y. on Aug. 8, 1920 to the late Salvatore and Rose Paestella DeMasi. A former resident of Stamford and Norwalk, she was a seamstress at Flossie’s Dress Shop in Stamford and A Touch of Europe in Westport.

She is survived by a daughter, Marie Martinez and her husband Robert of Palm Coast, Fla., a brother Francis DeMasi and his wife Dolores, of Stamford, a daughter in law Ann Cadin of Bridgeport, 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her son, Joseph Inzitari of Greenwich and a daughter, Roseann Gagliardo of Norwalk. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Joseph Inzitari, a sister Mary Amato and two brothers Angelo DeMasi and Michael DeMasi and his wife Teresa.

A funeral service was held on April 2 with interment following at St. John’s RC Cemetery, Darien.

The family requests that donations be made in Ernestine’s memory to Wilton Meadows Health Care Center, Birchwood Unit, 439 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.

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Dorothy M. Lotker, 93

Dorothy Metcalf Lotker of Fairfield died April 1 in Bridgeport. She was 93.

Born in Westport, the daughter of the late Jessie and Sarah Metcalf, she had been a Fairfield resident for most of her life. She was a member of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church.

Survivors include four nephews of the Meeker family and a niece and two nephews of the Toth family. She was predeceased by her sisters, Shirley Meeker, Virginia Toth and a niece Karan Hine Francetic.

A graveside service will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.

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Robert P. Mizak, 82

Robert P. Mizak of Trumbull, a former employee of Fable Funeral Home in Westport, died April 1. He was 82.

A funeral director for about 10 years, he served in the U.S. Army Graves Registration Unit in Korea and Japan, worked at Fable Funeral Home in Westport and Raymond Funeral Home in Norwalk. The family moved to Trumbull in 1965 and established Mizak Realtor’s in 1967.

His wife Donna joined the boutique firm in 1971, which is now part of William Raveis Real Estate. He was a Scoutmaster at Middlebrook Elementary School, vice president of the Greater Bridgeport Board of Realtors, membership chairman of Pequonnock Yacht Club, and a member and former president of the Trumbull Kiwanis Club, where he was awarded the George F. Hixson 25 year service award.

He enjoyed boating, offshore fishing, traveling, and was a regular attendee of 7:30 a.m. mass at St. Theresa’s.

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Thursday, April 02, 2015

William F. Keplesky, 89

William F. Keplesky, a former Westport resident, died March 31 in Hampton Va. He was 89.

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A native of Westport, he worked for TEK Bearing Co in Stratford as comptroller and chief contract negotiator until his retirement. 

He was one of the original parishioners of St Luke Parish where he served as an usher and organized the annual men’s retreat. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. 

He and his wife Dorothy moved to Wilmington, N.C. in 1994 where he quickly became active in volunteer work in the community as well as at St Mark Catholic Church.

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Regina Brauer, 93

Regina Brauer of Westport and New York City died March 28. She was 93.

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Born Dec. 17, 1921 in New York to George and Ella Preiss Berkowitz, she was raised in Sea Cliff, N.Y. where her love of the sea and sailing was born.

She graduated from Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y., and in 1950 married Earle W. Brauer, a medical doctor. Shortly thereafter they moved to Teaneck, N.J. to raise their family.

In Teaneck, she was an active member of the League of Women’s Voters and the PTA.  After receiving a Master’s in library science from Columbia University, she worked for many years as the children’s librarian at the Hunter College Elementary School.

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George Ahmuty,  93

George Ahmuty of the Villages at St Barnabas retirement community in Gibsonia, Pa., a former Westport resident, died March 28 at the Arbors Nursing Home in Valencia, Pa. He was 93.

Born in Indiana, he was the son of Mary and Richard Ahmuty of Cumberland, R.I. He graduated from Woonsocket High School and Chancey Hall prior to entering MIT where he earned degrees in aeronautical and industrial engineering. 

He served in the U.S. Army in World War II from 1942-1944 and was honorably discharged as a private first class.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Alice of Westport, where they made their home for over 30 years. Both had grown up in Woonsocket, R.I. He is survived his second wife, June Elliott of Pittsburgh, Pa., where they moved after their wedding in 1993.

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Thomas W. Wilson, Jr., 83

Thomas Wayne Wilson, Jr. of Westport and Center Harbor, N.H. died March 9 of heart failure. He was 83.

Born Dec 27, 1931 in Des Moines, Iowa, he moved to Scarsdale, N.Y. with his parents as a teenager. He graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1949. He earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College in1953 and then fulfilled his NROTC requirement serving as a Lt J.G. in the U.S. Navy on the USS Cambria. He subsequently earned an MBA from Wharton Business School in 1958.

He began his distinguished work career in brand management at Procter & Gamble where he worked for eight years. From there he was recruited by McKinsey & Co. in New York City where he worked from 1966 to 1990 and led the firm’s consumer goods industry practice group for most of that time.

During 1970-75, he directed McKinsey’s work with the U.S. grocery industry’s Ad Hoc Committee to develop the Uniform Product Code (UPC or bar code), which has become the well-known standard in information tracking and management of packaged goods, and with the European group that adopted a compatible version as the EAN code.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Edward I. Barlow, 83

Edward I. Barlow of Westport died March 29 at Bridgeport Hospital after a short battle with leukemia. He was 83.

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Edward Barlow: worked at Stauffer Chemical. Contributed photo

Born in Weston on April 25, 1931, he was a son of the late Clarence and Eva (Wohlforth) Barlow.

He attended Weston Schools and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a deacon and volunteer at Green’s Farms Congregational Church in Westport. He was a carpenter by trade, but also added electrician, plumber and jack-of-all trades to his list of skills.

He was retired from Stauffer Chemical Company where he was in charge of the maintenance department. He was also an awesome gardener, whose bountiful fig tree was enjoyed by many.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Shirley S. Gonzales, 79

Shirley Ann Schappa Gonzales of Guilford, a former assistant planner in Westport, died Jan. 17 of colon cancer. She was 79.

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Shirley Gonzales: former Westport assistant planner. Contributed photo

Born in 1935 in New Haven, to Joseph Schappa and Alvena Menard of Providence, she attended Hartford Art School, then Paier Art School, entering the Department of Art and Architecture at Yale University.

Graduating in 1958 having earned a BFA in art with a thesis on fabric printing techniques, she married J Ernest Gonzales that same year and heralded the birth of her son Don soon after, followed by her daughter April two years later.

As her children grew up, she began writing art reviews for the New Haven Register under the guidance of editor and long time family friend Don Rabin in 1968. She visited the lively New Haven art scene on a weekly basis and continued to cover the Connecticut art scene for 22 years.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Earl McNulty, 78

Earl McNulty of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died March 7. He was 78.

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Born May 8,1936 in Norwalk, he was the son of Harold and Gussie McNulty. After graduating from St. Luke’s Prep School, he attended Syracuse University and was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity.

At Syracuse, he met his future wife Jane. After serving in the U.S. Army, Earl and Jane married and started a family. He was a loving and devoted husband and father of three boys. The McNulty family lived in Weston and Westport, Miami, Fla., and Marietta, Ga.

He had a long and successful career in commercial advertising with agencies such as Young and Rubicam, Ogilvy & Mather, BBDO and Tucker Wayne/West Wayne. He had a passion for running, gardening, cooking and antiques.

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