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Friday, July 29, 2016
Suzanne Wright, 69
Suzanne Wright of Fairfield, the co-founder of the organization Autism Speaks and honorary trustee of the Westport Country Playhouse, died July 29 at home. She was 69 and had been battling pacreatic cancer.
Suzsnne Wright: Autism Speaks co-founder. Contributed photo
“What Suzanne Wright has done to raise awareness of autism is immeasurable,” Autism Speaks Chairman of the Board of Directors Brian Kelly and President and CEO Angela Geiger said in a statement.
“Suzanne sparked a global conversation with one question: How can we help people with autism live their best possible lives?” they said.
Wright died following a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer, the organization said.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Nancy F. Marino, 80
Nancy F. Marino of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died July 25 at home. She was 80.
Nancy F. Marino: former Westporter. Contributed photo
The wife of 60 years to Gabriel A. Marino was born April 20, 1936, the daughter of the late Alphonse and Loretta (O’Connor) Fiore.
She was raised in Westport by Charles and Margaret Anderson. While attending Staples High School, she began her own sewing design business with a friend and upon her graduation completed design school in New York.
She loved creating felt skirts, sewing patterns, and clothing for her family. In the 1970s, she found joy in co-owning Lippe’s Maternity Shop in Norwalk, and after enjoying time with her grandchildren, went on to be president of NFM Realty.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Edward Kowalsky, 91
Edward Kowalsky, a lifelong Westport resident, died July 25 at home. He was 91.
Edward Kowalsky: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo
The husband of the late Jean (Shaw) Kowalsky was born in Westport on June 23, 1925, the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Cherub) Kowalsky.
Part owner of Kowalsky Brothers Construction Company in Westport, he enjoyed gardening and boating. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Phelps and her husband Dean of Boca Raton, Fla., one son, Beau Kowalsky and his wife Debbie of Westport, four granddaughters, Allison, Leanne, Kaela and Kendall, and many nieces and nephews.
Nancy Lott, 85
Nancy Regina Giordano Lott of Westport died July 19 at home. She was 85.
Born in Bronx, N.Y. March 13, 1931, she was a Westport resident for 40 years.
She was a devoted member of Assumption Church of Westport, and was a founding member of their Bereavement Group.
She is survived by her sisters, Denise Boyland, Regina Egan and Angela Greaney; 12 of 13 children, Nathaniel Jr., Linda Lott Khalifa, Thomas, Tracey Lott Koehle, Andrew, Michael, Patricia, Mary Harmony, Jennifer Lott Randle, Steven, Robert and James; 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Nathaniel Lott and her son John.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Barbara A. Lasher, 77
Barbara A. (Simonton) Lasher of Tolland, former principal of Westport’s Long Lots Elementary School, died July 15 at home. She was 77.
Barbara Lasher (c in purple) was honored by the Long Lots PTA in 2005 on her retirement. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Lasher served 12 years at Long Lots before her retirement in 2005.
She was born July 15, 1939 in Queens, N.Y., the daughter of the late Herbert and Marguerite (Coulter) Simonton.
A dedicated and passionate educator, she taught in New York and Tolland before becoming a principal in Mansfield and then Westport.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Former Westporter Killed by Lightning
A 23-year-old former Westport man was killed by lightning while at a suburban Denver golf course, authorities said.
Peter Hawkes: killed on golf course. Facebook photo
He was identified as Peter J. Hawkes, who attended Staples High School in his freshman year and graduated in 2011 from New York’s Xavier High School. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015.
Hawkes and another man were struck just before 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Indian Tree Golf Course in suburban Arvada, the Denver Post reported. Other reports said they were under a tree.
Hawkes spent several hours in a burn unit but was pronounced dead by 1 a.m. Wednesday, the Denver Post said. The condition of the other man was not available.
Bertram Aber, 82
Bertram Aber, a 50-year resident of Westport, died July 22 after complications from a recent illnesses. He was 82.
Bert Aber: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1933, he found his way to Westport, with his wife Barbara (Cahane), due to her working at the White Barn Theatre.
At first only summer residents in the 1960s by the 1980s this was their full time residence, expanding their original 1860s postal stop house by personally picking out every piece of wood.
He was a founding member of the Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund, with his son-in-law, Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member Matthew Mandell, and other neighbors on Partrick and Old Hill Roads.
Glenna Frederica Patricia Kean, 82
Glenna Frederica Patricia Lewis Kean of Westport died July 19 at Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull. She was 82.
Glenna Kean: actress. Contributed photo
The wife of the late Gerald Kean was born in London, England on Aug. 30, 1933, a daughter of the late Ernest William Bellew Lewis and Lillian Patricia Rice Lewis. She was an actress who dedicated her adult life to community theatre and was very active in the Westport Community Theatre.
Survivors include her two daughters, Victoria Elena Negrin Sloat and her husband Robert of Westport, Cristina Laurel Negrin and her husband Jeffrey Walden of Southport, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren as well as a niece. She was predeceased by her son, Miguel Bellew Negrin and her first husband, Miguel Negrin.
A celebration of her life will take place at a later date.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Tyn Myint-U, 84
Tyn Myint-U, a former Westport resident, died July 22 in the Boston area. He was 84.
Tyn Myint-U: rocket scientist. Contributed photo
He was husband of Aye Aye Thant, daughter of U Thant, the third secretary general of the United Nations. Aye Aye Thant was active in U.N.-related activities in Westport.
Together Aye Aye and Tyn established the Thant Institute “to reflect and promote her father’s values and ideals.”
Born Jan. 1, 1932 in Mandalay, Tyn was one of Burma’s first state scholars, studying at Michigan University and then finishing his Ph.D. in aeronautics at New York University.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Victor W. Burtsche, 86
Victor W. Burtsche of Westport died July 2 at home. He was 86.
The husband of Audrey (Scribner) Burtsche was born in Westport and was in the plumbing and building business with his father George Burtsche. His mother Clara (Draves) Burtsche tended to the farm animals and gardens.
He was a member of the Norfield Grange and the Antique Car Club. He was known for his friendliness and was an excellent gardener, plumber and builder.
He loved camping in Maine and across the United States and traveled to Europe twice.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Carole A. Antonetz, 65
Carole A. Antonetz of Westport died July 18 at home following a struggle with cancer. She was 65.
She was the former longtime executive director of Norwalk Emergency Shelter and passionate helper of the less fortunate.
Born in Norwalk in 1951, the daughter of William and Josephine Antonetz, she worked at the shelter — now known as Open Door Shelter — for nearly 27 years.
She had a passion for helping people and fundraising her entire life, according to family, friends and those who worked closely with her.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Timothy M. Wormser, 27
Timothy Milwe Wormser of Westport died July 13 in Laguna Beach, Calif. He was 27.
Timothy Wormser: Staples grad. Contributed photo
A graduate of Staples High School, he went on to the University of Colorado Boulder where he was a communications major and was on the CU snowboard team.
A lifelong lover of nature, he enjoyed hiking and horticulture. He spent his formative years near the beach where he sailed and kayaked.
He was a gifted athlete who excelled at snowboarding, wakeboarding and biking. Those who knew and loved him can attest to his openness, warmth and passion. He could light up a room with his smile, intellectual curiosity and interest in current events.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Susan M. Guglielmo, 90
Susan M. Guglielmo of Westport, formerly of Mamaroneck, N.Y., died July 16 at home. She was 90.
She was a homemaker and wife of the late Carl, who died in 1998.
She is survived by her son Paul and daughter Marie (husband Antonio) Galvao. She was sister to Florence Costa and the late Beni Ercole, John Ercole, Frank Ercole, Victoria Saperstein and Grace Corbin; grandmother of Samantha and Alexander Galvao and Julia and William Guglielmo. She is also survived by sister in laws, Agnes Lambiasi and Carole Ercole.
Friends may call on Tuesday, July 19 from 9 to 11 a.m.nat Coxe and Graziano Funeral Home, 767 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck. A committal will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Visiting Nurses of Fairfield County, http://www.visitingnurse.net.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Marjorie B. Markwell, 93
Marjorie Burkey Markwell of Clearwater, Fla., a former Westport resident, died July 2. She was 93.
Marjorie Markwell: native Westporter. Contributed photo
The daughter of Edward Burkey and Pearl (Payne) Burkey was born Sept. 30, 1922 in Westport. She graduated Staples High School in 1940 and Norwalk School of Nursing in 1943.
She worked as a registered nurse at Norwalk Hospital and later as a nursing supervisor and clinical instructor. She interrupted her nursing career to complete post graduate studies at New York University and was affiliated with the Yale nursing program.
Afterwards she traveled to the West where she worked at several hospitals before retuning to Connecticut. Upon her return, she accepted a position at Norwalk Hospital as a clinical instructor for student nurses and was awarded the Brian McMahon Scholarship to study cancer.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Raymond R. Wanke, 84
Raymond Richard Wanke of Orlando, Fla., a former Westport resident and Staples High School math teacher, has died. He was 84.
Ray Wanke: former Staples math teacher. Contributed photo
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Elford and Dorothy (Wieboldt) Wanke on Sept. 22, 1931. He resided there until the family moved to Vermont. He attended grammar schools in New York and junior high school and high school in Middletown Springs, Vt.
Upon graduation, he attended Castleton Teachers College in Castleton, Vt.. After four years he graduated with bachelor’s degree in teaching and taught in Salisbury, Vt. after marrying his wife, Nancy (Gibbs). The couple had three children, Raymond II, Diane Elizabeth, and David Walter, all born in Vermont.
He continued to take graduate courses at the University of Vermont and Depaw University in Greencastle, Ind. He taught one class in Indiana for nurses before moving to Westport where he taught math and advanced math classes for 17 years, including at Staples High School.