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Friday, August 11, 2017

Eileen P. Shea, 84

Eileen Patricia Shea, a longtime resident of Westport, died July 28 Milford Hospital. She was 84.

The wife of the late John F. Shea, she was born Nov. 7, 1932, in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of the late William and Ellen McDonnell Flanagan.

A passionate artist, she spent much of her time drawing and painting. Inspired by the things she loved, she created countless sketches, watercolors, pastels, and oil paintings of the beach, her garden and her family.

She was a voracious reader. When not consumed with her art, she could often be found in the library or at the beach with a book in hand on every subject imaginable.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Frank H. Ambrose, 69

Frank H. Ambrose of Norwalk, a longtime resident of Westport, died Dec. 27, 2016 at the VA Hospital in West Haven. He was 69. Image
Frank Ambrose: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born in Norwalk on Sept. 10, 1947 and was the son of the late Franklin and Adele (Stulas) Ambrose. He was a U.S .Army veteran and served proudly during Vietnam.

He was a longtime member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399, the Vietnam Veterans of America No. 251 and the 1st Calvary Division of Connecticut.

He is survived by one daughter, Paula Kawal of Washington, and two grandchildren, Sebastian and Chloe. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one brother, Charles S. Ambrose.

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Edward C. Ripp, 86

Edward Conrad Ripp of Westport died Aug. 4 at home following a short illness.  He was 86. Image
Edward C. Ripp: golf enthusiast. Contributed photo

He was born Feb. 20, 1931 in Sand Brook, New Jersey, the son of Karl Ripp and Helen Anderson Ripp. He moved with his family as a toddler to a farm in New Hampshire, but the family moved once again to Staten Island when he was still a young boy.

He spent the rest of his boyhood in Staten Island, growing up as one of eight brothers and sisters, first generation Americans whose parents and older brother had emigrated from Estonia.

Following graduation from Curtis High School in Staten Island in 1948, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his military service, he attended Ohio State University on the GI Bill, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering.

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Bennett Saltus, 27

Bennett Saltus, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 3 in Hartford. She was 27. Image
Bennett Saltus: former Westporter.. Contributed photo

She was born Feb. 16, 1990. She was a beautiful and free-spirited woman who lit up any room she entered. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her father, Duke Saltus, of Westport, and mother, Julie Sinclair of Portland Maine, as well as three brothers and a sister, Tucker Saltus, Samantha Killmeyer, Jack and Jed Saltus. She was predeceased by her brother Jake.

She is also survived by her partner, Derek Hohmann, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Alan D. Spargo Jr., 61

Alan David Spargo Jr. of Westport died Aug. 1 at Bridgeport Hospital. He was 61.

He was born June 8, 1956 son of Alan D. Spargo Sr and Catherine (Gilmartin) (Spargo) Christensen.

He spent his early years in West Haven, and Madison and lived for many years in Westport.

He worked as a machinist, boat mechanic, and carpenter. He enjoyed camping, boating, tai chi, reading and spending time with his family.

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Friday, August 04, 2017

Daniel J. Carnese, Sr., 91

Daniel Joseph Carnese, Sr. of Woodbury, a former Westport resident who was active in town affairs for several decades, died Aug. 1 after a long illness. He was 91. Image
Dan Carnese: headed Westport taxpayers’ group. Contributed photo

During the 1970s, Carnese was head of a taxpayers’ group that often pushed for reduced educational spending. He served on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) from 1985 to 1991.

He was born in Greenwich on Aug. 29, 1925, the only child of Anthony G. Carnese and Jean Orlando Carnese. He grew up in Rye Brook, New York, graduating from Port Chester High School in 1943.

Pursuing his lifelong interest in aviation, he entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s aeronautical engineering program and then transferred to MIT, receiving his BS in aeronautical engineering in 1947.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Cornelia E. Smollin, 87

Cornelia Elizabeth Smollin of Westport died June 15 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was 87. Image
Cornelia E. Smollin: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born on March 30, 1930 in Spring Lake, New Jersey to Edward and Cora Mueller.

She earned an Associate Degree from Pratt Institute in 1950 and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Sarah Lawrence College in 1975.

She raised a family of four in Westport where she spent most of her adult life. She was known for her sharp tennis game, culinary magic, and handmade quilts. She loved playing cards, reading and moral wisdom.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Patricia S. McCormack, 90

Pat McCormack, a longtime Westport resident and award-winning journalist whose writings offered a unique view of midcentury America, died July 26 in Norwalk Hospital. She was 90. Image
Pat McCormack: award-winning journalist. Contributed photo

Patricia Seger McCormack was born June 11, 1927 in Pittsburgh, the daughter of John and Anna Seger. She graduated from St. Wendelin High School in 1945 and the University of Pittsburgh in 1949.

Upon graduation, she embarked on a career in journalism that spanned more than 50 years, much of it as a nationally published columnist and senior editor for United Press International (UPI).

Initially, she was at the Hearst-owned Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph from 1952 to 1957 as health and welfare editor. In 1957, she worked for the Hearst-owned International News Service (INS) as medical science editor. A year later, UPI took over INS and she was made a columnist, her byline appearing in thousands of newspapers around the world.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Janna L. Kienzle, 51

Janna L. Kienzle of Danbury, a former Westport resident, died July 6. She was 51. Image
Janna Kienzle: ‘86 Staples grad. Contributed photo

Daughter of the late Thomas Kienzle, Jr., and the late Nancy Kienzle, she was born Sept. 11, 1965 in Waltham, Massachusetts.

The family moved to Westport when Janna was 5 years old. She attended Coleytown Elementary and Junior High and graduated from Staples High School in 1986.

She began working at Deloitte & Touche in Wilton in 1992. For over 20 years, she maintained the pantries and conference rooms, making sure they were clean and fully stocked with supplies.

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Salvatore A. Di Giorgio, 92

Salvatore A. Di Giorgio of Redding and formerly of Litchfield died July 26. He was 92. Image
Salvatore A. Di Giorgio: member of Y’s Men. Contributed photo

Born Oct. 16, 1924 in Waterbury, he was a son of Antonio and Maria Gloria Di Giorgio. He received his Master’s in economics from the University of Connecticut in 1951, and his Juris Doctor in 1954 from the University of Connecticut School of Law. 

He practiced law for 20 years in Torrington and Waterbury before becoming a professor of business law at the Naugatuck Valley Community College, retiring in 2004 at the age of 80.

A voracious reader with a keen intellect, he was a literal genius whose library comprised nearly 1,000 books -– all of which he read and outlined in fastidious detail –- on economics, the founding fathers, finance, Dow Jones theory, Antarctic exploration, Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, and Lillian Hellman, one of his favorite authors.

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Mary Flynn, 86

Mary Flynn of Westport died July 24. She was 86. Image
Mary Flynn: worked in school system. Contributed photo

The wife of the late James Flynn II was born in the Bronx to the late James and Rosanne McKelvey and was a longtime area resident.

She was a psychologist for many years for the Westport public school system. She was a devoted member of The First Church of Christian Science Westport as well as The Mother Church of Christian Science Boston.

She took great pride in being a practitioner of her faith, her healings and her volunteer work at the Mercy Learning Center.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Joan W. Blumenfeld, 85

Joan W. Blumenfeld of Westport died July 22. She was 85.

She lived in Westport for 60 years, where her children, Karen, Eric and Laurie, grew up.

While raising her children, she was committed to improving the Westport public schools. Later, as a geriatric care manager, she made a difference professionally and personally in the lives of older adults and their families.

She was devoted to her children; her brother Dick and sister-in-law Roberta; her children-in-law; grandchildren; and extended family. She was a friend to many and loved by all.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Susan Lowenthal, 70

Susan Lowenthal of Westport died July 11. She was 70. Image
Susan Lowenthal: artist. Contributed photo

She was born in a German displaced persons camp in 1946, migrated to the United States at age 3, and lived in New York City until moving to Westport in 1994 and starting a gift basket business with her husband.

When a customer ordered a beauty-product basket, she and her husband created Accents Naturally, a line of skincare packaged in fine crystal containers.

She eventually became a freelance consultant to the creative industries, working on product design, packaging, repurposing, marketing plans and booth design.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lawrence J. Silfen, 63

Lawrence “Larry” J. Silfen of Stratford, a former longtime Westport resident, died July 16. He was 63. Image
Lawrence J. Silfen: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts on Dec. 21, 1953, he was the son of Ruth Cohen Silfen and the late Murray Silfen. He attended Wilbraham and Monson Academy and the University of North Carolina.

He started his career as a foreign currency trader at Irving Trust and for many years was a member of the New York Stock Exchange working on the trading floor.

He loved life, his fast cars, reggae music, his dog Ziggy Marley, a steak at Sparks, a see-through drink at Mario’s, and nothing but the finest suits and ties. But more than anything else he loved his wife, Diane Haehl Silfen.

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Marian M. Arciola, 76

Marian M. Arciola of Spring Hill, Florida, a former Westport resident, died July 17 at her daughter’s home in Southport after battling cancer. She was 76.

She was the fifth child of the late Alfonso and Rose (DeRosa) Mola. She was born Feb. 5, 1941 in Norwalk, graduating from Norwalk High School in 1959.

She spent most of her years raising her family in Westport before moving to Florida and spending her summers in Connecticut.

She was a member of the Red Hats Society, a former member of the Westport Garden Club, Catholic Daughters, and Westport PAL. 

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