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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Anthony L. Falotico, 79

Anthony (Tony) L. Falotico of Westport, husband of Concetta J Falotico, died Jan. 5 at Harbor in Ridgefield Crossings in Ridgefield. He was 79.

Born in Far Rockaway, N.Y. on Feb. 27, 1936, he was the son of the late Vincent (Jimmy) and Rose Falotico. He earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in engineering from George Washington University.

He enjoyed a 31-year career with IBM with assignments in the United States, London, Paris, Brussels and Tokyo.  He was a lifelong golfer and a nationally ranked Gold Master bridge player, but he derived his greatest joy from spending time with his friends and family, (particularly his grandchildren) who will miss his gentle kindness, broad smile, one-of-a-kind belly laugh, and sparkling blue eyes.

He was a devoted father and grandfather. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons and their families, Vincent (Angelina, Teresa and Anthony) of Ridgefield, and Anthony (Laura, Bella and Paul) of Brooklyn, N.Y.  In addition, he is survived by his brothers Daniel and Vincent and his sister, Mary.  He was predeceased by his sister Raquel. 

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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Eileen L. Zeller, 91

Eileen L. Zeller of Kennett Square, Pa., formerly a longtime resident of Westport, died Jan. 3 at Crosslands Retirement Community.  She was 91. Image
Eileen Zeller: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

She was the wife of Andrew F. Zeller, who died in 1994, and with whom she shared 48 years of marriage.

Born in Saginaw, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Oscar M. and Esther Nurminger List. She was a secretary working for various employers in Philadelphia and in Connecticut.

A member of St. Michael Lutheran Church in Unionville, Pa., she enjoyed traveling, collecting antiques and being with her family and friends.

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Saturday, January 02, 2016

Stanley H. Milberg, 91

Stanley H. Milberg of Brooklyn, N.Y., a former Westport resident, died Dec. 13. He was 91.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., he was a decorated World War II veteran, an Army Air Corps navigator who flew more than 20 bombing missions over Germany.

He graduated from Columbia College with a B.S. in 1947 and an M.S. in 1949. He lived for almost 40 years in Westport, where he and late wife Sylvia shared their active commitment to community well-being and the town’s Democratic Party. Sylvia Milberg, a founder and the first chairwoman of the Westport Historic District Commission, died in 1994 at age 66.

Co-founder of the management consultant company Marcom, Inc., he went on to a successful career as a stock analyst and broker. He was intellectually curious, a lover of music, the arts and the Mets, an avid reader and enthusiastic chef. He was brilliant, cantankerous, charming, generous, caring and funny.

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Friday, January 01, 2016

Jean A. Leonard, 46

Jean A. Leonard of Newtown, wife of the late Michael Leonard, died Dec. 28 in Danbury Hospital. She was 46.

Born Sept. 2, 1969, she was the daughter of the late James and Carol (Fulton) Moore. She earned an undergraduate degree from Southern Connecticut State University and a MBA from Sacred Heart University.

She was chairwoman of the Newtown Economic Development Commission and the Newtown Ski Club, as well as numerous community and nonprofit organizations. She was a loving mother to her three children, Meghan, Zachary and Courtney, all of Newtown.

In addition to her children, she is survived by one brother; James A. Moore Jr. and his wife Kelly White of Redding, and one sister; Jennifer Means and her husband Graeme of Albuquerque, N.M., and several nieces and nephews.

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Linda J. Edwards, 74

Linda Jean Edwards, a longtime resident of Westport and music and special education teacher in Westport and Weston, died Dec. 14 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Galesburg, Ill. of metastatic carcinoma. She was 74. Image
Linda Edwards: music and special ed teacher. Contributed photo

She was born Oct/ 8, 1941 in Monmouth, Ill., the daughter of Howard G. and Regena L. Miller. She graduated from Western Illinois University in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in music. 

She married Larry L. Edwards on Dec. 26, 1965. He preceded her in death on Jan. 6, 1998. 

She was a music and special education teacher in the Westport and Weston schools for more than 30 years.  She was an active member with the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Nicholas M. Albertson, 85

Nicholas Myers Albertson of Redding, a former Westport resident, died at age 85.

He was born March 23, 1930 in Rochester, N.Y. to Nicholas A. and Kathryn Albertson, their only child. After graduating from Brighton High School, he attended Cornell University, earning a bachelor’s degree from the ILR School in 1951, and went to work for the Union Carbide Corporation, retiring in 1993.

He married the love of his life, Dorothy Clark, in 1949, and they raised three sons in Fostoria and Cleveland, Ohio, before moving to Westport in 1965. After the boys were grown, the couple made their home in Redding until Dorothy’s untimely death as a result of lung cancer in 1992 and where Nick has lived ever since.

He was an active member of the Staples Booster Club while his sons attended Staples High School, and he and Dorothy were actively involved in the life of Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Church, Weston, for more than 50 years.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Lisa Smith, 51

Lisa Smith (Clement) of Weston died Dec. 24 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 51.

She was raised in Elyria, Ohio and attended Kent State University and the University of Leeds in England. She met husband Craig at Leeds. They married in Bath, Ohio, on Aug. 8, 1987.

After graduating from the University of Leeds, Lisa and Craig moved to London where she organized royal visits for HRH Prince Charles. They returned to the United States in 1997, settling first in St. Charles, Ill., and then in Weston in 2007.

She was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in April 2014. She handled her illness with characteristic grace and dignity.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Joseph P. Fiore, 86

Joseph P. Fiore of Bethel, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 22 at Bethel Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was 86.

He was born in Westport on Jan. 12, 1929 and was the son of the late Anthony and Mary (Febbraio) Fiore. He was the director of operations at Arizona State University for many years.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews and his sweetheart, Sharla James. He was predeceased by three brothers, Hannibal Fiore, Salvatore Fiore and Anthony Fiore, three sisters, Clara Robinson, Eda Rakoczi and Gloria Stapkowski.

Friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. in Assumption Cemetery, Kings Highway North. The Harding Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Patricia G. Fay, 83

Patricia Gallagher Fay of Mystic, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 15. She was 83. Image
Patricia Fay: Those Two Girls co-founder. Contributed photo

Born Oct. 24, 1932 in Flushing, N.Y., she was a longtime Westporter who loved being a part of the community for more than 50 years. She was a caring and fun loving person that liked to entertain, cook, play tennis, dance, and mostly to surround herself by family and friends.

She was happiest at the beach and her favorite places were Ballston Beach, Compo Beach, and Key Biscayne where she would swim, have picnics, and watch the sunset.

She was well known as the co-founder of Those Two Girls, a business that revolutionized estate tag sales and brought them to a professional level. She was written up in The New York Times as a pioneer and expert in her field of estate sales and she ran hundreds of tags sales in Fairfield County for more than 30 years.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christopher J. Lanni, 14

Christopher J. Lanni of Westport died Dec. 23 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was 14.

He was born in New Haven on June 23, 2001, the son of Peter C. Lanni and Cornelia L. Gallo of Westport. He was a freshman at Staples High School, a member of Boy Scout Troop 39 and had achieved the rank of Life Scout. He was a black belt in karate and was an avid break dancer.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, Nancy and Gerard Lanni of Deer Park, N.Y., his maternal grandmother, Cornelia Gallo of Bronxville, N.Y., two sisters, Madeline and Amelia Lanni, both of Westport, several aunts and uncles and many cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather John Gallo.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Dec. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Monday, Dec. 28 at 10 a.m., meeting directly at Saint Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road, for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, 73 Greens Farms Road.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Elizabeth Engler, 88

Elizabeth Engler of Southport died Dec. 19 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 88.

Born in Hungary on March 20, 1927, she was the daughter of the late John and Theresia (Polcz) Kleinhans. She lived in Brooklyn, N.Y. for 50 years and in Southport for the past nine years.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a devoted sister, enjoyed cooking, and was a devout Catholic. Her memories of her childhood in Hungary were always present, providing countless hours of storytelling. In her later years, the thing she enjoyed most was seeing her grandchildren.

Survivors in addition to her husband, Henry Engler, include one son, Henry Engler and his wife Regina of Westport, and two grandchildren, Matthew and Marina. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by six brothers and sisters.

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Ronald J. Weir, 76

Ronald J. Weir of Stratford and formerly of Redding, a former physical education teacher in the Westport school system, died Dec. 16 in Bridgeport Hospital. He was 76

Born in Bridgeport Dec. 31, 1938, he was son of the late John and Theresa (Shelsa) Weir, He was a graduate of the University of Bridgeport and retired from Coleytown Middle School in Westport as a physical education Instructor.

He was predeceased in 2010 by his wife, Valerie (Brodrick) Weir, also a Coleytown Middle School physical education teacher who retired with him in 1991. Survivors include his sister Dorothy T. Graham of Stratford, nephew Richard Graham and grandniece Amanda Graham.

Per his request there will be no services. Donations may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association.

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Oliver T. Hayes III

Oliver Thomas (Tom) Hayes III of Norwalk died Dec. 10 at home. He was 73.

He was the son of Ruth Turner Hayes and O.T. Hayes, Jr., grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C. and graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School. Through hard work, he received a metallurgical engineering degree from North Carolina State University, where he was a member of Sig Phi Epsilon fraternity.

He completed Officer Candidate School to become an officer in the Navy, serving three tours of duty on a destroyer in the Vietnam War. He received a masters degree from the Wharton Business School and worked for J Walter Thompson, where he met Jeanne Maraz, his wife and friend for 41 years.

After becoming senior vice president at William Esty Advertising and Wells Rich Greene, he was executive vice president and managing partner at the New England Consulting Group in Westport, where he authored two books on marketing and advertising.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sybilla A. Callaghan, 90

Sybilla Anderson Callaghan of Fairfield died Oct. 28 at The Jewish Home. She was 90.

Born Aug. 26, 1925, in Tatumville, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Ned and Ira Agnew.  She graduated with honors from Tatumville High School and Miss Wylie’s Business College in Memphis.

She worked as a secretary at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. and at Murray-Carver in Memphis.  She enjoyed singing, sewing and was a dedicated bridge player, member of the Garden Club, Great Books, and long-time member of Church of the River Unitarian Church in Memphis.

Survivors include son Richard Anderson, Jr. and his wife Mira Furth of N. Andover, Mass.; a daughter, Judith Anderson of Westport; son George Anderson of Richmond, Va.; two sisters, Doris Elaine Smith and Betty Jane Hudson of Collierville, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Rachel and Justin Anderson and twp great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and greats.  She was pre-deceased by her husband John P. Callaghan, and former husband Richard C. Anderson, Sr., and by her son in law Nicholas Rudd of Westport.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Carole S. Hunter, 70

Carole S. Hunter of Westport died Dec. 13 in Norwalk Hospital. She was 70.

The wife of Fred C. Hunter was a longtime Westport resident. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Sept. 11, 1945 and was the daughter of Paul and Betty Lou (Cuthbertson) Harper.

She was a substitute teacher in Westport for 20 years and an accomplished seamstress.

In addition to her husband Fred, she is survived by two sons; Jim Hunter and his wife Jessica of Bridgeport, Paul Hunter and his wife Wendy, and two grandchildren, Lauren and Chase of Hinsdale, Ill., one sister; Donna Case and her husband Robert of Vermilion, Ohio, a sister in-law; Pattie and nieces Beth, Katie and nephew Tim.

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