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Friday, July 05, 2013

William G. Bulakites, 91

William G. Bulakites of Ashlar Village, Wallingford, and formerly of Westport and Stamford, died July 2. He was 91.

Born in Waterbury on Nov. 16, 1921, he was the eldest of four children born to the late William G. and Genevieve Phillips Bulakites. He was a 1939 graduate of Stamford High School and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. 

Following the war, he went on to graduate from New York University under the G.I. Bill.  He was employed as a buyer for Bonwit Teller until his retirement in 1987. 

He was a member of the Stamford Senior Men’s Club, Masonic Ashlar Lodge No. 332, Westwood Court No. 8, Order of the Amaranth, and Ashlar Chapter No. 116, Order of the Eastern Star.

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Francis B. Palmer, 84

Francis Bernard Palmer of Guilford, formerly of Westport and Constableville, N.Y., died July 3. He was 84.

A veteran of the Marine Corps, he served in the Korean War. He was an avid outdoorsman, former vice president of the Constableville Fish & Game. He was also a retired semi-pro baseball player.

He is survived by his wife Viola and his children, Frank (Cindy), Vincent (Beth) and step-children Tom MacGregor (Denise), Debbie MacGregor, three granddaughters and seven grandsons. Also his sister, Angela Chiaia, several brother and sister in-laws and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his first wife, Josephine Mangone Palmer and his brother Emanuel (Red) Palmer.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, July 6, at 11 a.m. at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport.

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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There was an overflow crowd today at Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church for the funeral of Margaret “Maggie” K. Feczko, a longtime Westport community volunteer. Friend and fellow parishoner Dawn Sullivan described her as"more steadfast than spontaneous”  and said en route to her last visit to the hospital, she displayed her “usual grace and determination” and “carried her fear and suffering with dignity.” “We will go forward with Maggie’s determination for a better world,” she said. Feczko, a former chair of the Westport Historic District Commission, died after battling ovarian cancer. She was 64. (See WestportNow June 30, 2013)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Monday, July 01, 2013

Margaret ‘Maggie’ K. Feczko, 64, Community Volunteer

UPDATE Margaret “Maggie” K. Feczko of Westport, long active in Westport community affairs, died June 28 at home after battling ovarian cancer. She was 64. Image
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff presented Maggie Feczko with a special award at last November’s Historic District Commission Preservation Awards ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

A former member and chair of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) , she was also active in the Westport Historical Society, the Westport Garden Club, Westport Sunrise Rotary, and the League of Women Voters of Westport, among others.

Last November, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff honored her with a special award at the HDC’s annual Preservation Awards ceremony at Westport Town Hall. Special mention was made of her successful efforts to save the Sherwood House on Church Lane, now home to the Spotted Horse.

The family has announced a service in her memory will be held Wednesday, July 3 at 11 a.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 55 Myrtle Ave.

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Doris C. Berg, 83

Doris C. Berg of Stratford, a longtime hygienst in Westport, died June 27 in her residence. She was 83.

Born in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Wallace and Elsie Haffner Berg. She was a retired hygienist for over 60 years in Westport. She was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Hygiene and member of the Connecticut and National Dental Hygiene Association.

She was an avid golfer playing at the Wood Haven CC in Woodbridge. She enjoyed planting her garden each year. She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in the Nichols section of Trumbull.

She is survived by her brother, Wallace (Wally) Berg, a nephew Craig Botten and his wife Deborah, of California, a niece Deirdre Kachala, of Shelton, a brother-in-law James Botten, of Trumbull and two great nephews, Cameron and Dustin Botten.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Margot Hayward, 79

Margot Hayward, a longtime Westport resident, died June 27 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport. She was 79. Image
Margot Hayward: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

The daughter of Eleanore and Merrill Dreyfus, she was born in New Haven in 1934. Her early years were spent in New London. She graduated from Harbor School, where she was valedictorian of her eighth grade class, and editor-in-chief of The Harbor Beacon.

She graduated from Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass. in 1951, attended Vassar College and received a degree, cum laude, in Latin from Connecticut College in 1955.

After graduation, she worked for IBM in New York as secretary to the art director of THINK Magazine. In 1957, she was selected to attend programming school. She chose to become a technical writer for the 705 EDPM.

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James F. Kingsley , Jr. 82

James Francis Kingsley, Jr., a former Westport resident, died June 20 in Beaufort, S.C. He was 82.

The Kingsleys moved to Beaufort from Westport in 1992. He was born April 23, 1931 in Mount Vernon, N.Y., the son of James Francis Kingsley and Louise Roy Kingsley.

When he was 5, the family moved to Atlanta, Ga. where he attended Marist Military School. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

He met his future wife, Jo Ann Egger Kingsley from the University of St. Francis at a Notre Dame Mardi Gras Dance. After graduation from Notre Dame in 1951, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps with tours at Parris Island, S.C., Quantico, Va., and Camp Lejeune, N.C. as an infantry company commander.

A lengthy business career began in New York City with the New York Sales Executives Club, American Management Association, and as head of the worldwide program of AMA’s Presidents Association. He then formed his own firm, Educon International Inc., a training and consulting firm for business and nonprofit organizations in 23 countries.

He was on the Board of Trustees of Saint Leo College and a member of the National Center for Nonprofit Boards and the Strategic Leadership Forum.

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Robert L. Gette, 97

Robert L. Gette of Tequesta, Fla., a former Westport resident, died June 23, 2013, at his residence.  He was 97.

Born in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., he had been a resident of the area since 1984. While living in Westport, he worked in Manhattan as a head hunter for Haleys & Associates. He was a co-founder of the Westport Little League and enthusiastically coached the team for which his son played.

An avid golfer, he was a former member of the Jupiter Hills Country Club and the Tequesta Country Club.

Survivors include one son, Robert L. Gette, Jr. (wife Terry), of Salem, N.Y., and one great-grandson, Owen Robert Gette, of Charlotte, N.C. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Barbara Smith Gette, his son, Carter Smith Gette, and his grandson, Robert C. Gette (wife Jennifer).

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Barbara Rothenberg, 80, Noted Artist

Barbara Rothenberg of Westport, noted artist and teacher, died today (June 26) of peritoneal cancer, her family said. She was 80. Image
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She lived in Westport for more than 45 years with her husband Abraham Rothenberg, a well-known local architect, who died in August 2011. Her children, David and Daniel Rothenberg, went to Westport public schools from elementary through high school.

Born Barbara Henkin June 21, 1933 in Queens, N.Y., she was the daughter of Belle Israel Henkin and Maxwell Henkin, a dentist and photographer.  She graduated from the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, class of 1951, and attended Bennington College, and graduated from the University of Michigan.  She later received an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.

For more than 50 years, she was a creative, spirited and influential educator who touched the lives of generations of students. She taught at a variety of institutions, including the New York City Public School system, the School of Visual Arts, Housatonic Community College, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield University, and the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan where she was teaching until this year.

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John Sachs, 93

UPDATE (adds memorial service) John Sachs, a former Westport resident who served on the Representative Town Meeting, died June 23 at Meadow Ridge in Redding. He was 93. Image
John Sachs: served on RTM. Contributed photo

While in Westport, he was active in the Westport Rotary Club (president 1989-1990), served on the board of Temple Israel, and was elected to four terms on the RTM, where he chaired the Employee Compensation Committee. He also worked on the fund raising effort for the Jerusalem International YMCA.

He was predeceased by his wife Eva in 1990. Born Hans Sachs on May 8, 1920, in Decin, Czechoslovakia, to Elsa and Otto Sachs, he was raised and educated in Vienna, Austria. He fled to Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1938 after the Nazi takeover of Austria.

He took the name John when he arrived at Ellis Island in 1940. As a member of the U.S. Army’s Tenth Mountain Division Ski Troops, he served as an Intelligence Staff Sergeant in the Aleutian Islands and in Italy.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

John Franklin Memorial Service Set for Sunday

A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 30, for John Franklin, a longtime Westport resident and community volunteer who died May 19. He was 76.

The service will take place at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Renee B. Keane, 76

Renee Bacal Keane, a longtime Westport resident who retired to Florida, died June 21 in Fairfax, Va. The cause of death was a brain injury resulting from a fall. She was 76. Image
Renee Keane: former real estate agent. Contributed photo

A popular real estate agent in Westport for more than a decade, she later worked for 14 years as national meeting coordinator for The Common Fund, a service organization that assisted almost 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide in the management of their endowments.

She and her husband George retired and moved to University Park Florida in 1997, but continued to spend summers in Connecticut with their children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband George Keane of Trumbull, her brother Joe Bacal (Anne) of Manhattan, her children Jeffrey Shwartz (Nancy) of Newtown, Robbin Golas (Gary) of Trumbull, and Joshua Kane (Abby) of Manhattan, as well as her three step-children Brian Keane of Monroe, Geoffrey Keane of Stratford and Sheila Keane (Valerie) of Lismore Australia. She and George together have eight grandchildren: Chris, Tristan (Grace), Amelia, Wylder, Dylan, Alan, Elizabeth, and Zachariah. She was predeceased by her grandson, Maximillian Kane.

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Helen Mae Leamer, 95

Helen Mae Leamer, 95, a former Westport resident, died June 14. She was 95.

Born in Westport to the late Edward and Pearl Burkey, she was one of seven children. After graduating from Staples High School, she was accepted into the University of Chicago where she earned her BA in 1939.

While at the university, she met Laurence Leamer and the couple was married on Aug. 9, 1940. During World War II, she and her two small children lived with her in-laws and parents while her husband served in the Army. Laurence was an economics professor first at the University of Chicago and then for most of his career at what became the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Helen was active in the community, worked part-time in the Vestal Library and was an active member of the Vestal United Methodist Church.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Marie O. Greco, 106

Marie O. Greco of Southport, a former Westport resident, died June 16 in the Carolton Convalescent Home in Fairfield. She was 106.

She was born in New Haven on Oct. 12, 1906 the daughter of the late John and Angelina (Lupone) Ocone. She was a longtime resident of Westport with her late husband Sam Greco. She was a member of St. Luke Church in Westport and was active volunteer with Save the Children, the Westport Center for Senior Activities and the Town of Westport.

Survivors include four sons, Anthony Nuzzo, John Nuzzo, Dan Nuzzo and James Nuzzo, one daughter Lucille Hartman Nelson and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, on Friday June 21 from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Friends are invited to attend the funeral at St. Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, 395 Main St., where she will be buried along side her husband, Sam.

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Ernest F. Ferrari, 88

Ernest Francis Ferrari of Westport died June 18 from complications caused by a fall. He was 88. Image
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He was born in 1925 to Louisa and Natale Ferrari in Bridgeport. He graduated from Central High School in 1943. He immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he was trained as a radio engineer.

Subsequently, he was deployed to the South Pacific where he decoded and sent military orders for the duration of World War II. Later he attended the University of Bridgeport, earning a Bachelor Degree. He had a life-long passion for music that led to a 52-year career as a recording industry executive.

He began his career with Columbia Records, participating in many developments in the music industry while based at the firm’s Bridgeport and New York City divisions. Throughout his career, he held vice president and senior management positions at the Phillips Recording Company, Arista Records, the Bertelsmann Group and RCA.

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