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Obituaries

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Ilona K. Horvath, 66

Ilona Kish Horvath, a former Westport Library employee, died Sept. 30 at her Fairfield home. She was 66.

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Ilona Horvath: former library employee. Contributed photo

The wife of Frank Horvath and mother of Steven and Andrea, she was born in Hungary and came to the United States when she was 10 to live in the Bronx with her family after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. She moved to Fairfield in 1977.

She had worked as a payroll clerk/bookkeeper for the New York Philharmonic for 11 years before staying home to raise her children. Later she worked at several regional banks and the Westport Library before her retirement.

She loved animals, enjoyed hiking, and vacations to many camping and adventurous outings, including, the Canadian Rockies, the Arctic Circle, and Yellowstone National Park.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Charlotte Forst, 84

Charlotte Forst of Weston, wife of Karl H. Forst, died Sept. 25 at home. She was 84.

Born in Mohacs, Hungary, she fled Hungary in 1956 and immigrated to Canada with her sister, Clara Nadas.  She was introduced to Karl and moved to the United States, finally settling in Weston. 

She had three loves:  her family, her career as a Realtor, and her outside interests. There was nothing that she would not do for her “boys”; her husband, her son and her two grandsons, her family said.  They were the joy of her life. 

As a highly respected Realtor of 35 years with a very loyal following, she was the epitome of integrity, caring and being totally knowledgeable.  She served on several Board of Realtors committees. 

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Frances Johnson, 84

Frances Johnson of Weston, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 26. She was 84.

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Frances Johnson: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was the daughter of the late Stephen and Margaret Kacerik. 

She was born in Webster, Mass. and graduated from Putnam (Conn.) High School class of 1947.  She married her high school sweetheart, Matthew H. Johnson, moved to Westport and ultimately Weston where they raised their family. 

She worked for more than 20 years at Weston Woods Studios and even appeared in the film “Corduroy” with her grandson, Erik. She was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Weston. She loved her summers at her home on Cape Cod which included walks along West Dennis Beach.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Marion Gertzoff, 94

Marion Gertzoff of Westport, wife of the late Donald Gertzoff, died Sept. 18. She was 94.

She was an area resident for 72 years.

She is survived by her daughter Arline P. Gertzoff of Westport; her nephew Stephen R. Gertzof and wife Linda of Scituate, Mass.; her great-nephews Mark K. Gertzof of Chicago; Kenneth Gertzof Bean and his wife Susan of Boulder, Colo.; two great-great nephews Daxton D. Gertzof of Chicago and Zachary Gertzof Bean; a great great niece Molly Elizabeth Bean, all of Boulder.  Additionally she was predeceased by her son Stuart H. Gertzoff.

She was a very private person whose life centered on her family and the town of Westport. “Westport was very good to us” she always said, according to her family.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Karen Burke Roper

Karen Burke Roper, a former teacher at Staples High School, died Sept. 15 after an 11-year battle with kidney cancer.

Born in 1946 in Evanston, ll., she grew up in Stamford and attended Stamford Catholic High School and Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.

She earned a Master’s degree in reading at the University of Bridgeport and another in instructional technology at Southern Connecticut State University.

She taught English for 33 years in Stamford at Turn of River Middle School, and Rippowam and Westhill High Schools. She worked briefly as a technical writer for Pitney Bowes in Shelton and taught the last three years of her career at Staples High School in Westport.

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Robert B. Simonton Sr., 80

Robert Bennet Simonton Sr., a former Westport resident, died Aug. 31 at his home in North Carolina. He was 80.

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He was born in 1933 in New York City where he lived briefly until the family moved to Cazenovia, N.Y. where he grew up.  He attended Pebble Hill School in Dewitt, N.Y., and then Philips Academy in Andover, Mass., graduating in 1950.

It was while attending Andover that he first met the love of his life, Tanya Wood, at a Junior League dance in Syracuse.  After graduating from Andover, he attended Amherst College from 1950-1952 where he lettered in pole vault on the track team and then attended Columbia University, graduating in 1954 with a B.S. in chemical engineering. 

After graduating from Columbia, he was inducted into the U.S. Army serving as a sergeant in the Infantry Medical Corps stationed in Alaska during the Korean War.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Helen Parillo, 91

Helen Parillo, formerly of Westport, wife the late Joseph Parillo, died Sept. 14 in Alpharetta, Ga. She was 91.

Born in New Canaan on May 21, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Carmella (Digiddio) Bonis. She was a resident of Westport for more than 50 years before moving to Alpharetta six months ago.

She was a longtime member of the Joseph J. Clinton V.F.W. Post 399 Ladies Auxiliary and the St. Ann’s Club. She volunteered at many places including the Westport Woman’s Club, Norwalk Hospital, the Westport Center for Senior Activities, and Westport Town Hall. She also worked at Caldor’s for more than 20 years.

She is survived by two sons; Joseph Parillo and his wife Judith of Redding, and Robert Hotchkiss and his wife Sharon of Alpharetta, one sister; Peggy Migliaccio, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In addition to her husband of Joseph Parillo she was pre-deceased by four brothers Tony Bonis, George Bonis, Casmiere Bonis and Orain Ready. two sisters; Ann Leone and Loretta Stonecypher.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

John P. Vornle, 55

John P. Vornle von Haagenfels of Westport, long active in Boy Scouts in Westport, died unexpectedly Sept. 13 at home. He was 55.

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John P. Vornle: active in Scouting. Contributed photo

Often referred to by his family and friends as “a man bigger than life,” he was born in New York on July 22, 1958, and spent his years traveling the world developing his mind and body, learning life skills that he loved to teach to those who knew him.

Growing up in Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and settling in the United States gave him a unique perspective on life and living it to the fullest, his family said.

From the age of 9 to 18, he was schooled at Aiglon College in Villars, Switzerland. This experience left him with a profound love of the mountains and an extended family that he kept in touch with throughout his life.
He graduated from Colgate University in 1980 and received a MBA from New York University School of Business in 1985.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Jane Vogler, 54

Jane Vogler, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 2 in Tucson, Ariz. She was 54.

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Jane Vogler: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born March 24, 1959 in Schenectady, N.Y., and raised in New Canaan and Westport. She was a 1977 graduate of Staples High School.

Since early childhood, her creative spirit and ingenuity was revealed in everything she touched, her family said.

She studied fine arts at the University of Connecticut in Hartford and at the Museum School in Boston, worked in Boston, Longmont, Colo., and Riviera Beach, Fla.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Gerald W. Duquette, 93

Gerald W. Duquette of Westport, husband of Lillian (Twarda) Duquette, died at home on Sept. 7. He was 93.

He was born in Bellingham, Mass. on Aug. 14, 1920 the son of the late Wilfred and Annie (Browe) Duquette.

He was a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Army Air Corp from 1941 to 1946. He worked on the Railway Express for many years and later co-owned Jerry’s Hardware Store.

He loved photography, painting and especially wood carving, He carved the life-sized carousel horse at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

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Laurel J. Magee, 58

Laurel J. Magee (‘Laurie’) of Shelton, formerly of Westport, died July 31. She was 58.

Born in Los Angeles on April 17, 1955, she was the daughter of the late James and Norma Magee. She was a resident of Shelton for the past year and prior to that she lived in Westport and Wilton.

She graduated Staples High School in 1974 and Annhurst College in Woodstock in 1978. She was a customer service representative for MetLife in Westport and for the Social Security Administration in Boston.

She was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Westport where she sang in the choir, participated in the United Methodist Women and served on many committees.  She was also a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter V.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Catherine C. Kent, 69

Catherine Carol Kent of Townshend, Vt., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 6, at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend. She was 69.

She was a resident of Vermont for more than 40 years. She was born in Coney Island, N.Y., the daughter of the late Charles and Catherine Sargent of Westport.

She attended Staples High School and was previously employed as a technician at Janos Optical until her retirement in 2009.

Among her greatest joys were spending time with her family, reading and making quilts for those near and dear to her. She was also a fabulous cook and baker. Her favorite place to be was in Wells, Maine where she took pleasure in enjoying the beach and watching the waves.

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Bruce A. Daigh, 57

Bruce Alan Daigh of Weston, a former Westport resident who was a senior partner in the New York office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP , died Sept. 4 in a motorcycle accident while on a New Zealand vacation. He was 57.

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Born in Springfield, Ohio, son of Robert and Virginia Daigh, he grew up in Sacramento, Calif.

A former college running back, he became a mountain biking enthusiast while living in California and spent many weekends in Connecticut on 40-mile rides, according to an online profile published in 2010.

He was a member of Target Training in Westport which specializes in training professional and amateur athletes for triathlons.

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Monday, September 09, 2013

Stanley T. Kosinski, 85

Stanley T. Kosinski of Stratford, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 1 at Bridgeport Hospital after a brief illness. He was 85. 

Prior to living in Stratford, he and his family lived in Darien for more than 30 years and Westport for 10 years from 1990 to 2000.

Son of the late Joseph Kosinski and Mary Bogacki, he was born April 19, 1928 and was raised in Stamford. He attended Holy Name of Jesus Church and School and graduated from Stamford High School.  He also attended engineering classes at Bridgeport University.

He served in the Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1952 with the rank of sergeant.

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Agnes Humphreys, 96

Agnes “Peg” (Switter) Humphreys,  a lifelong resident of Westport and wife of the late Richard T. Humphreys, died Sept. 8, 2013. She was 96.

In 1917, she was born in her family residence to the late Michael and Edith Switter. She was an associate for many years with the Fairfield Store.

She is survived by her sister, Jo Gentile of Fairfield, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Ignace, John, Stephen and Joseph Switter; and sisters, Anielia Zepko, Helen Roberts and Ann Bratusky.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, Sept. 11,  at 11 a.m. at St. Luke Church in Westport. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. prior to the Mass at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfiel

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