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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

John L. Guidone, 80

John Louis Guidone of Plymouth, Massachusetts, a former administrator in the Westport school system and husband of Lorraine (Aldieri) Guidone., died Aug. 27 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth. He was 80. Image
John Guidone: Westport school administrator. Contributed photo

Born in New Haven on May 18, 1935, he was the son of the late Pasquale and Mary (Guidone) Guidone. He received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University, and did his post graduate work at Fairfield University.

For most of his life, he worked as an administrator in special education for the Westport Board of Education. He also taught art at Southern Connecticut State University and was an accomplished artist in many media forms.

He served in the U.S. Navy as an air controlman from 1955-1957. He and Lorraine shared time between Port Saint Lucie and Plymouth, previously residing in Orange.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

John B. Sias, 88

John B. Sias of Houston, Texas, a former longtime Westport resident whose media leadership positions included president and CEO of San Francisco’s Chronicle Publishing Company and executive vice president of Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., died Aug. 23. He was 88. Image
John B. Sias: former Westporter. photo

A member of the Westport Library Board of Trustees, Sias and his wife Lucretia, whom he met as a 15-year-old high school student in California, had been Westport residents since 1957. He also served as president of Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club.

The San Francisco Chronicle quoted his son, Donald, a Staples High School graduate, as saying his father retired from ABC when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 67. Soon after, in 1993, he got a call to lead the San Francisco publishing company.

“There was much trepidation over his arrival, but Mr. Sias was adept at putting the staff at ease, even in a time of upheaval for The Chronicle,” the newspaper said in its obituary.

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Blanche Klein, 87

Blanche Klein of Westport died Aug. 30 at home. She was 87.

She was born March 8, 1928 in Mamaroneck, N.Y. to Nathan and Augusta Schwartzreich and graduated from Mamaroneck High School before getting married and moving to Westport.

She was a resident of Westport for more than 65 years and served the community by volunteering at the American Red Cross for more than 35 years. She had a passion for helping people, working countless blood drives for the Red Cross and at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield.

She had two brothers, Sydney and Edward, who predeceased her. She is survived by daughter Carol, and son Kenneth. Her other daughter Suzzanne died two years ago. She has five grandchildren, Richelle, Kevin, Katherine, Gregory and Merideth.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Arthur M. Dinitz, 81

Arthur M. Dinitz of Westport, a leader in transportation safety, died Aug. 27 at home after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 81. Image
Arthur M. Dinitz: transportation safety executive. Contributed photo

Born Dec. 8, 1933, son of Irving and Frances Dinitz of Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a graduate of Brooklyn Tech and New York University, where he was captain of the swim team, earning a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

In 1968, he founded Transpo Industries, Inc., a New Rochelle, N.Y.-based company focused on transportation safety products and infrastructure preservation materials.

An industry pioneer, he was recognized in 2004 by the Washington, D.C. -based American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) as one of its 100 Transportation Leaders of the 20th century.

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There was a full house today at the Greens Farms Congregational Church for services for Kathryn “Katie” Dudley Chase of Westport, who died Aug. 9 at age 76. A lifelong community volunteer, she served as president of the Westport Historical Society, the Westport Young Woman’s League, the Y’s Women of Westport, and Staples High School PTA as well as working with the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection. Sister Ann Dudley recalled that “by age 12, Katie held a fundraiser in our back yard and raised $12 for the local hospital. As far back as I can remember, she would help others.” (See obituary here)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

JoAnne C. Rueckert, 63

JoAnne Cottrell Rueckert of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, formerly of Westport and Weston, died July 2 at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. She was 63. Image
JoAnne C. Rueckert: former Westport & Weston resident. Contributed photo

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Edward Cottrell and Laura Shethar Cottrell. 

She was a graduate of Bradford Junior College and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Syracuse University.  She was a longtime parishioner of Norfield Congregational Church in Weston. 

Since 2013, when she moved to Florida, she attended the Gardens Presbyterian Church in Palm Beach Gardens.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Andrew D. Lewis, 61

Andrew D. Lewis of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 2 after a short illness. He was 61. Image
Andrew Lewis: former Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born on Aug. 14, 1953, the third son of Richard and Emily Richard Lewis, formerly of Lauderdale-by the-Sea. He was born in Atlantic Beach, Florida and grew up in Westport. He was a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

He married Katherine Dumas in 1980. They resided in the Annapolis, Maryland area, where they enjoyed sailing and Andrew established his own business, Bay Marketing.

Following an amicable separation from Katherine in 1998, he moved to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and began a new life with his partner Craig Caruso.

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Kathryn D. Chase, 76

Kathryn “Katie” Dudley Chase of Westport died Aug. 9 at home. She was 76. Image
Katie Chase: community volunteer. Contributed photo

She was born July 10, 1939 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Kathryn G. and Fred Dudley and grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana, graduating from Garfield High School. She received her BA in American Studies in 1961 from Mills College. In 1968, she married William “Bill” Chase. They lived in Atlanta, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, and for the last 40 years in Westport.

She worked as copy editor for Little, Brown, Praeger Publishing and Greenwood Press and more recently had her own business as a freelancer. 

As a lifelong community volunteer, she assumed many leadership roles for her college and local Westport organizations. She served as president of the New York Mills Club, and governor for Mills northeast region, president of the Westport Young Woman’s League, Y’s Women of Westport and Staples High Schoool PTA as well as working with the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Kathleen ‘Kitty’ E. H. Todd, 91

Kathleen “Kitty” E. H. Todd of Westport, a 35-year Westport Police Department employee and a founding member of the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS), died Aug. 7 in Norwalk Hospital. She was 91.

The wife of the late James T. Todd was born Oct. 13, 1923 in White Plains, N.Y. and was the daughter of the late Haswell and Anais (Haase) Herbert.

She moved to Westport in 1933 and was a 1942 Staples High School graduate, where she was voted the Best Athlete in her graduating class.  After high school, she attended Antioch College in Ohio. She worked at Bridgeport Brass Company, where she was the first woman tool setter.

In 1972, she began work at the Westport Police Department as bookkeeper and secretary and remained there until her retirement in 2007.

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Antonette M. Doddo, 105

Antonette M. Doddo of Westport, wife of the late Patsy J. Doddo, died Aug. 7 at home. She was 105. Image
Antonette Doddo celebrated her 102nd birthday in 2012 with family members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

She was born July 10, 1910 the daughter of the late Salvatore and Geneva (Barber) Gilbertie.  A lifelong resident of Westport, she worked in the Westport schools cafeteria and for the Burndy Corp.  She was a member of Assumption Church in Westport and the Catholic Daughters.

In addition to her husband, Patsy, of 65 years, she was predeceased by her daughter Angela M. Doddo, sister Theresa Falasco, and brother Lester Gilbertie. Survivors include two daughters, MaryLou Bell of Westport, and Annette and her husband A. J. Izzo of Westport, five grandchildren, Bob Stephens, Jimmy Izzo, Kathy Santarella, Pattie Kinasewich and Susan Izzo, eight great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

Many thanks to her compassionate care giver Lucy, Dr. Leslie Fernow and Christine and Lynda of Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County.

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Nathan H. Magida, 87

Nathan H. Magida of Westport died Aug. 8. He was 87. Image
Nathan Magida: lifelong volunteer. Contributed photo

The son of Abram and Henrietta Magida, he was born in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in New York City.  He attended Bronx High School of Science and graduated from Columbia University in 1948 with a Bachelor’s of Science in electrical engineering.

He worked for the Electric Regulator Company, Sorenson, and for Thermosen, Inc., an electronics manufacturing company, which he later purchased.  As president of Thermosen, he was awarded several patents relating to electronic switching.

A lifelong volunteer, he was committed to actively supporting the communities of which he was a part.  He served on the boards of SACIA, the Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center, the Jewish Home for the Elderly, and Temple Israel of Westport. 

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Sunday, August 09, 2015

Kathryn “Katie” D. Chase, 76, Historical Society Official Image
UPDATE (with memorial service date) Kathyrn “Katie” D. Chase, honored last week for her 15 years of volunteer work at the Westport Historical Society (WHS) (see WestportNow Aug. 5, 2015), died tonight at her home. She was 76. Chase started at the WHS in 2000 assisting in transcribing a document. She went on to become WHS secretary (2005-2007), president (2007-2009), head of nominating committee (2010-2011), director of archives (2012-2015), oral history committee (2012-present) and a member of the board of directors since 2005. She has also served as as president of the Y’s Women and the Westport Young Woman’s League and was active in the Westport Schools Permanent Arts Collection. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Aug. 28, at 11 a.m. at Greens Farms Congregational Church, 71 Hillandale Road. In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory can be made to The Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport CT 06880 or Mills College Alumnae Association at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). See obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Saturday, August 08, 2015

Dorothy Hendricks, 94

Dorothy Hendricks of Westport died at home on July 26. She was 94.

She was born Dec. 7, 1920 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan to Ellen and Michael Archambault.  She graduated from Wayne State University Law School with the degree of Juris Doctor in 1942. She married Klaus Hendricks in 1948, a marriage which lasted 52 years until his death in March 2000.

They had three children, eight grandchildren, and two great granddaughters. She relished her role as matriarch of this growing family. She always listened, gave support and remained up to the minute on all the family news.

She is survived by her daughter Carol and her daughters Laura, Lexi and Tracy and Laura’s daughters Jayden and Zoe; her son Michael, his wife MaryEllen and their children Andrew, Sam and Eva; her son Chuck, his wife Dawn and their daughters Jessica and Madeline.

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Friday, August 07, 2015

Virginia A. Kmecak, 69

Virginia A. Kmecak of Weston, wife of Paul Kmecak, died Aug. 4 at home. She was 69.

She was born Jan. 6, 1946 and was the daughter of the late John and Helen (Keedick) Anderson. She was a lifelong resident of Weston and was a 1964 graduate of Staples High School.

She owned the Bargain Boutique in Fairfield for many years and also worked at the Westport Weston YMCA for many years.

She and her husband were together for 31 years and married for 25 of those years.

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Angela M. Izzo Minckler, 44 Image
Angela M. Izzo Minckler: Westport native. Contributed photo

Angela M. Izzo Minckler of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., originally from Westport and wife of Lawrence A. Minckler Jr. AKA Cisco, died Aug. 5 at her father’s home in Westport. She was 44.

She was born Jan. 5, 1971 in Bridgeport, the daughter of Bernard Izzo and the late Maureen Cleary. She was a 1989 graduate of the American School for the Deaf.

She attended the University of Gallaudet and went on to Southern Connecticut where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and then she received her Master’s degree in education from the College of New Rochelle.

She was a member of the National Deaf Parents Committee, a member of the National Deaf Poker Tour, New England Deaf Poker Tour and a member of the Connecticut Deaf Pageant Committee. She was a teacher at Dutchess Community College.

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