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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Edward J. Tarnok, 69

Edward Joseph Tarnok of Westport died July 20 of cardiac arrest. He was 69.

A resident of Westport for more than 33 years, he is survived by his wife of 12 years, Audrone, daughter Jennifer and son in-law Ajay, son James and daughter in-law Traci, son Brian and daughter in-law Courtney, daughter Kristin and son in-law Phillip, and son Mark. 

Seven grandchildren also survive him: Justin, Caitlin, John, Zachary, Tyler, Taylor and Matthew; brothers Marty and Robert; stepson Arturas; and step grandson Ignas.  He was preceded by his first wife, Joan, and son, Edward, Jr. 

He was a successful businessman and a distinguished Vietnam veteran.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and loved to play golf and watch sports.

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Priscilla Egan, 82

Priscilla Egan of Westport died July 9. She was 82. Image
Priscilla Egan: “lover of the laugh.” Contributed photo

Daughter Amanda Egan submitted this obituary titled “Priscilla Egan, Mother, Sister, Friend, Lover of The Laugh”                               

Priscilla Egan, devoted mother of one, loving sister to several and extraordinary friend to many, died on July 9 in her home. Her daughter by her bedside, she never lost her positive attitude and sense of humor even with the all too common but mysterious card she had been dealt ( lung cancer and a non-smoker ).

Her body was 82, her spirit not even close to that age. Two months prior, upon her diagnosis, she had said “I’m thankful for 82 fabulous years, and now I need to get ready for a great adventure. Don’t know what it will be but I know it’s going to be great. “

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Anne M. Hallock, 89

Anne M. Hallock of Fairfield died July 3 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 89. Image
Anne Hallock: longtime Fairfield resident. Contributed photo

Born in Danbury, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Susan Chernak and had been a Fairfield resident for most of her life.

She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother whose greatest joy was time spent with her family. One of the greatest examples of her love was her unselfish care of her mother for several years in her home and daily visits to the nursing home thereafter.

She is survived by her three children, Sharon Mones and her husband Ronald of Clinton, Robert L. Hallock, Jr. and his wife Loretta of Westport and Nancy Liberto and her husband Nicholas of Bridgeport; seven grandchildren, Ronald Jr., Brandon, Cynthia, Sandra, Jeffrey; Drew and Susan; six great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, and four nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Paul Chernak. A private interment will be held at the convenience of the family

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Francis L. Terhune, 85

Francis Lee Terhune of Macomb,Ill., a former Westport resident, died June 30 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb. He was 85.

He was born on Aug. 5, 1929, in Springfield, Ill. to Francis Lee Sr. and Nelly Savage Terhune.

He graduated from Macomb High School in 1947 and earned a B.S. in education from Western Illinois University in 1951. He taught chemistry and math at Blandinsville High School while serving in the National Guard, before being drafted into the Army in 1952.

He married June Lois Harris of Duluth, Minn., at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Macomb on Oct. 12, 1952. The couple then moved to Santa Barbara, Calif., where they lived while Lee was undergoing basic training before shipping out to Korea.

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Virginia E. Parker, Legendary Staples Coach, 90

Virginia E. Parker of Newport, N.H., longtime coach at Westport’s Staples High School, which has a playing field named for her, died July 9 at the Woodlawn Care Center in Newport following a period of declining health. She was 90. Image
Virginia Parker: legendary Staples coach. Contributed photo

Born the fifth and last child of Fred C. and Hallie E. (Hinschillwood) Parker on Dec. 28, 1924 at the family home on 83 South Main St., Newport, she was the only girl among the four older brothers who learned well her brothers’ sports lessons.

She attended Newport schools, including Sunday school at the South Congregational Church across the street, graduating Towle High School, the class of 1942, where she lettered in spirit, skiing and field hockey.

The Newport training set the stage for her undergraduate activity at the University of New Hampshire, class of 1946 where she participated in field hockey, ski team, softball, the UNH Outing Club and vice president of the Women’s Recreation Association, inducted into the Tau Kappa Alpha Forensic and Sigma Beta Biology Societies.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Leonard Starr, 89

Leonard Starr of Meadow Ridge in Redding, a former Westport resident who created the classic comic strip “Mary Perkins On Stage” and TV’s “ThunderCats,” and revived “Little Orphan Annie,” died June 30. He was 89. Image
Leonard Starr: celebratred cartoonist. Contributed photo

Born in New York City in 1925 and raised on the Lower East Side, he graduated from Manhattan’s High School of Music & Art then studied at Pratt Institute.  He began freelancing as a comic book artist at age 16 and within a few years was considered one of the best in the field, drawing “The Human Torch” and “Sub-Mariner” for such publishers as Timely (now Marvel), Fawcett and DC.

Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, he worked on a wide range of comic book titles from “House of Mystery” to “Gang Busters” and “Soldiers of Fortune.” 

In 1957, after a stint doing advertising illustration, he created the realistically drawn daily comic strip “Mary Perkins On Stage” for the Chicago Tribune-New York Daily News Syndicate.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Barbara S. Stalling, 82

Barbara S. Stalling of Missoula, Montana, a former Westport resident, died May 15. She was 82.

A tremendously devoted mother, Barbara (“Bobbie”) was known for her honesty, kindness and great sense of humor. She often worked tirelessly to enhance the lives of others, and had a positive influence on a countless number of people.

Born in Wallingford, Vt. May 8, 1933 to Harris Ralph Shufelt and Anna (Jensen) Shufelt, she moved to Norwalk when she was very young.

She and her husband, the late Edward C. Stalling Sr., grand marshal of Westport’s 1995 Memorial Day parade, moved to Westport in 1957 where they raised five children, and where she worked for and retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Marie L. Fitzsimmons, 95

Marie Louise Fitzsimmons (nee Raasch) of Jupiter, Fla., formerly of Westport and New Smyrna Beach, Fla., died July 2. She was 95. Image
Marie L. Fitzsimmons: dedicated volunteer. Contributed photo

She was born April 20, 1920, in Hoopeston, Ill. and was a graduate of Illinois State University.

She was a dedicated volunteer. One of her many accomplishments was founding the Alcoholism Guidance Center (later renamed the Alcoholism Council of Mid-Fairfield County) in Westport in 1971, where she served as executive director until her retirement.

Golfing was her passion and she was very proud of achieving four holes-in-one; the latest being at the age of 89. She loved to knit, as well as communicate with friends and family through email and making special occasion cards on her computer. Her favorite color was aqua, but her heart was made of gold.

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Agnes Stofan, 97

Agnes (Pan) Catherine Stofan of Westport, wife of the late John R. Stofan Jr. died July 10 at the Jewish Home for Senior Services in Fairfield. She was 97. Image
Agnes Stofan: native Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born Sept. 14, 1917 at home in Westport. She was one of five children, one brother and three sisters. A lifelong resident of Westport, she attended the Bedford Elementary and Jr. High Schools.

She was an accomplished seamstress, gardener, and had a great love of flowers and the wildlife that thrived on her property. She was an avid sports fan and always attended her son’s and grandson’s games.

What she loved most were her weekends out dancing with her husband and friends into the night. (dance on Grandma)

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Dorothy Price, 88

Dorothy Price died May 20 of congestive heart failure at the Westport home of her son, Keith Stein.  She was 88. Image
Dorothy Price: world traveler. Contributed photo

She was born Dorothy Price Weichel in Hartford in 1927 to parents Albert John “AJ” Weichel and Eugenia “Genie” Price. She grew up outside of Boston, graduating from Belmont High School and then Tufts University in 1948. After stints of inn keeping and skiing in Stowe, Vt. and teaching in Boston, she moved to New York City.

There she worked for the United World Federalists, International Ladies Garment Workers Union, the United Nations, and a public relations firm before eventually becoming publicity director at Redbook Magazine where she met her husband, the late Robert Stein.

She raised three children in Manhattan in the 1960s while spending most summers in the Compo Beach area of Westport.

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Thursday, July 09, 2015

David Turiel, 84

David Turiel of Westport, husband of Janet Hanson Turiel, died July 3 at home. He was 84.

Born April 2, 1931 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Jack and Rachel Turiel and has been a Westport resident for 40 years.

He attended Brooklyn College and prior to retiring in 1989, he owned and operated DiPierro Turiel , Inc., a photo retouching business in Manhattan from 1968 though 1989. He loved to read mystery novels and The New York Times, and he enjoyed listening to Jazz and Big Band music.

He considered the time he shared with his family, children and grandchildren most important in his life.

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Dora Stuttman Eulogized As ‘Contemporist’ Image
An overflow crowd of several hundred persons turned out today for the Fairfield funeral of Dora Stuttman, a Westport Democratic Party stalwart who died Monday at age 90. (See obituary here) Among them was former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell. She called Stuttman, who ran her two campaigns for Westport’s top office, “a contemporist” “because she truly lived a contemporary life.”  Farrell added: “I consider myself one of the ‘Dorettes,’” and said if the Dora Stuttman Fan Club had a motto, it would be, “When I grow up, I want to be Dora.” She praised Stuttman as a woman with “impeccable taste, sense of style, and an incredible jewelry collection.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Dorothy Sundheimer, 94

Dorothy Sundheimer, a former Westport resident and talented sculptor and painter, died July 6 at her home in Meadow Ridge in Redding. She was 94.

She was born in Baltimore, Md., a daughter of the late Benjamin and Julia Stark. She worked for the War Department, where she met her husband of 64 years, Walter Sundheimer.

She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Ashen, and her husband Frank, and Barbara Salander, her grandchildren, Ivana Salander, Jonah Salander, Isaac Salander, Benjamin Ashen, Scott Ashen and his wife Christine, Jenifer Sims and her husband Russ, her great-grandchildren, Layla Neal, Rachel Ashen, Zachary Ashen, Taylor Sims, Savannah Sims, and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Walter Sundheimer, her sister Rosemary Gittelman, and her brothers William Stark and Charles Stark. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to her companion, Maureen Dixon.

Services will take place on Tuesday, July 14, at 11 a.m. from the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield, with interment following at the Temple Israel Cemetery on Richards Avenue in Norwalk.
Memorial contributions may be made or, earmarked for books on tape.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Dora Stuttman, 90

Dora Stuttman of Westport, a tireless worker for Westport Democrats for half a century, died July 6 at home. She was 90. Image
Dora Stuttman: Westport Democratic stalwart. Contributed photo

Born June 30, 1925, daughter of Bessie and Michael Berman, sister of Gail Berrent, she grew up in the Bronx, N.Y.

At an early age, her interests in education and helping others was nurtured while a student and tutor to others at Evander Childs High School and as a member of the USO during the war years.She had a successful career in New York City and Westport, where she moved with her family in 1962.

She was managing editor of Mayfair, a national fashion magazine, and appeared on live TV during the early days of television offering fashion and beauty advice. 

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Richard G. Gardella, 82

Richard George Gardella of Westport died July 5 at home. He was 82. Image
Richard Gardella: active volunteer. Contributed photo

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on April 12, 1933, he has been a resident of Westport since 1968. 

He graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and obtained his master’s in business from New York University. He was employed by Mobil Oil Corp. for most of his career and retired as an executive.

He volunteered for many organizations.  He was an advisor to the Staples Young Engineers Club, was a board member for the Westport Science & Engineering Fair, a driver for the Red Cross, a board member for the Town of Westport, a member of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston and a member of the Nutmeg chapter of retired Mobil employees.

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