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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Albert J. Silvestro, 87

Albert J. Silvestro of Newtown, former butcher and owner of Westport Food Centre, died April 30 at home. He was 87.

He was born on Dec. 29, 1927, in Bridgeport to the late Lorenzo and Domiana Silvestro.

After serving in the military during the Korean War, he was the owner and butcher at Westport Food Centre, 19-27 Main St. (built in 1879 and now housing Pottery Barn), serving many local families for more than 35 years.

A kind, caring, and thoughtful person, he had a passion for golf, was a Yankees fan and a family photographer. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and was a good neighbor and friend to many in the Walnut Tree Hill community in Sandy Hook.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sondra N. Ziering, 83

Sondra “Sandy” Nudelman Ziering of Westport died April 27 at home. She was 83.

Born Aug. 21, 1931 in East Orange, N.J. to the late David Nudelman and Peggy Gabins Nudelman, she graduated Irvington High School, before moving to Maplewood, N.J.

For more than 20 years, she was a legal assistant, first at Nudelman and Grossman, the law firm founded by her father, and later at Nudelman, Nudelman and Ziering, the firm continued by her brother Arthur and son Peter.

For anyone who knew her, Sandy’s true career and life’s work were her husband and children. She never missed an award ceremony, induction, sporting event, recital, concert or any other activity in which they participated.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Catherine Squires, 92

Catherine Louise Walsh Squires of Augusta, Maine, formerly of Westport and Norwalk, died April 14. She was 92. Image
Catherine Squires: musician, teacher. Contributed photo

Born Dec. 3, 1922, she and her sister Dorothy were raised by their Scottish grandparents after being orphaned at an early age.

She learned to play violin while attending Norwalk High School, where she graduated in 1940. Her passion for music opened many doors in her life, including a chair in the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.

She attended Arnold College in New Haven, receiving a teaching degree in physical education. She earned her master’s degree at New York University while continuing to work in Greenwich Village.

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Martha L. Halliwell, 75

Martha L. Halliwell of Stratford, a former Westport resident, died April 26 at St. Joseph’s Manor in Trumbull. She was 75.

She was born in Norwalk on July 27, 1939, the daughter of the late Vera Lewis. She was a longtime resident of Westport, where she drove a school bus for more than 35 years. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She was predeceased by her husband, Philip W. Halliwell. Survivors include two sons, Philip L. Halliwell and his wife Susan of Boca Raton, Fla., William S. Halliwell and his wife Susan of Stratford, and seven grandchildren, Casey, Rachel, Jack, Holly, Stephanie, Chris and Danny.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport. Friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Thursday, April 30 at 10 a.m. in Willowbrook Cemetery, 395 Main St., Westport. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to a charity of choice.

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Marguerite Bonthuis, 85

Marguerite (Margo) Bonthuis of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., a former Westport resident, died April 11. She was 85.

Born in 1930, she was raised in Minneapolis, Minn., where she lived until her graduation from the University of Minnesota. She taught in Rochester before accepting the position of executive director at the Jack & Jill Nursery School in Aurora, Ill. It was in Aurora that she met her husband of 59 years, Merle Bonthuis.

They began married life in Schenectady, N.Y. She enjoyed raising daughters, Martha and Sara, curling at the Schenectady Curling Club, teaching kindergarten at Riverside and Howe schools, hosting students in the Experiment in International Living Program, and volunteering at the YWCA.

Following a move to Westport, she worked at the Silvermine Guild of Artists where she contributed greatly to the director, students, and artists associated with the Silvermine School.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Marvin M. Barkoff, 91

Marvin M. Barkoff of Brooklyn, N.Y., a former Westport resident, died April 23. He was 91.

He served in the Army’s 235th Engineer Combat Battalion as a demolition specialist.

He was predeceased by by his daughter, Elizabeth Anne (Lisa) Lavoro, and survived by his wife, Diana Thomas; son, Steven Barkoff; daughter-in-law, Kristen DiNitto; son-in-law, Leonard Lavoro; granddaughter, Christina Lavoro; grandsons Michael and Alex Barkoff, and his German Shepherd service dog and companion, Brick.

He is also survived by treasured friends, including Ronnie, Teddy and those of Sherwood Diner and Schulhof Animal Hospital in Westport.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

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More than 150 persons today attended a memorial service at Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church for Jean M. Hampe, who died at age 80 on Nov. 8, 2014. She was a longtime Westport resident who had been active in civic organizations and wife of prominent commercial real estate broker Ted Hampe. (See obituary here) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Nancy S. Cioffi, 53

Nancy S. Cioffi of Shelton, a former employee of Toyota of Westport, died April 22 at Yale New Haven Hospital. She was 53. Image
Nancy Cioffi: worked at Toyota. Contributed photo

She was born in Bridgeport on Oct. 25, 1951, to Frederick and Ann (Resel) Emanuelson. She later attended school in Monroe, graduating from Masuk High School. She was employed by Toyota of Westport until her illness caused her to retire.

She is survived by her husband, Frank R. Cioffi, her mother, Ann (Resel) Valentine, children, Lynn Smith and husband Terry, Frank Cioffi, Jr. and wife Tracey, Rick Cioffi and wife Cherone, Christopher Cioffi and wife Teresa, grandchildren, Amber, Alexis, Olivia, Laina, Gina, Richie and Scarlette Cioffi, her sisters-in-law, Nancy Beardsworth of Trumbull and Lisa Parziale of Bridgeport. She was predeceased by her father, Frederick Emanuelson, her sister, Christine Pettit, her sister-in-law, Vicki Cioffi, her brothers-in-law, Willy and Victor Cioffi.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass in celebration of Nancy’s life on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, 50 Fairmont Place, Shelton. Interment will be announced by the family at a later date.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sarah K. Herz, 83

UPDATE (adds memorial service) Sarah K. Herz of Westport died Feb. 5 at home. She was 83. Image
Sarah Herz: former English teacher. Contributed photo

A Westport resident for 57 years, she taught English in the Westport school system for 20 years. She was also the co-author with Don Gallo of “From Hinton to Hamlet: Building Bridges between Young Adult Literature and the Classics.”

Born June 12, 1931 in Granite City, Ill., she was the daughter of immigrant parents from the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, Morton and Lena Kuenstler. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and M.Ed. at Western Connecticut State University.

She was an avid reader of both adult and young adult literature, or YAL. She reviewed YAL in professional education journals. And she championed YAL on the state and national levels.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Laurel L. Blaydes, 90 Image
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Laurel Lawson “Lolly” Blaydes of Westport died April 16 after a brief illness. She was 90.

She was a longtime Westport resident, raising four children here and volunteering frequently in the community.

She led youth group activities in the United Methodist Church of Westport/Weston for 10 years. She was also an active member of the Ecumenical Council of Westport where her work included helping provide safe shelter for homeless youth.

She loved the stage and theater and while at the Methodist church was part of a group that formed the United Methodist Players (UMPS).

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Walter M. Eads, 89

Walter Myles Eads of Trumbull, a former longtime Westport resident, died April 5. He was 89.

He was born in Dorr, W.Va. on May 19, 1925 to Clarence and Gladys Eads.  After attending Rutgers University, he worked for Lonestar Industries for 38 years and was a chief purchasing agent for this company which provided the materials for the foundation of the Space Needle in Seattle. 

He married Ada Steele Eads in 1947, and they shared their lives for 64 years until her death in 2011.  During their life together, they lived in Virginia and New Jersey before moving to Westport in 1970. 

He joined the Green’s Farms Congregational Church that year and his church home became not only his place to worship but also his family. He served as moderator, chair of the trustees, chair of deacons and treasurer at the church for several years. 

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Cynthia Glage, 74

Cynthia Glage of Westport died April 18. She was 74.

A longtime Westport resident, she was superb at bridge, a skilled tennis player,  a lover of golf, and a brilliant cook.

She taught her children the importance of speaking their minds, but also the value of sometimes holding their tongues.

Although she was not idle, she knew the sublimity of sitting still, the happiness of just being. “Happy as a clam,” she once said when she was stuck in a ski lodge for several days after hurting her shoulder.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Jean Hampe Memorial Service Set for Friday

A memorial service for Jean M. Hampe, a longtime Westport resident and wife of prominent commercial real estate broker Ted Hampe, will he held Friday at 3 p.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane.

Hampe died died Nov. 8,  2014 of lung cancer at age 80. (See obituary here)

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Gail L. Agria, 72

Gail L. Agria of Stratford, a longtime music teacher in the Westport school system, died April 10 after a long battle with cancer. She was 72. Image
Gail Agria: 37-year school veteran. Contributed photo

She was the daughter of the late Ella and Gustav Voigt. She was a devout Lutheran her entire life but accepted people of all religions. Music was the focus of her life, beginning piano at an early age.

A 1959 graduate of Central High, Bridgeport, where she won top honors, she continued piano and music education at Valparaiso University, earning a bachelor’s degree, and later a master’s from the University of Bridgeport in music education, piano performance.

She began teaching and performing in Michigan, then continued in the Westport school district for 37 years. She retired in 2002 from Greens Farms Elementary School.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Remembering Susan Malloy at the Library Image
The Westport Library has created a display in honor of Westport art patron, artist and philanthropist Susan Malloy, who died April 14 at age 91 (see WestportNow April 14, 2015). The public is invited to express remembrances of Malloy in an accompanying guest book, pointed out by staff librarian Connie Scalise. On display are three books composed by Malloy, “In the Studio,” “Recollections of Art in My Life,” and “A Young Person’s Guide to Paris.” Malloy was the benefactor of the library’s annual Malloy Lecture For The Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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