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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Carl E. Schmid, 80

Carl E. Schmid, a former Westport resident and longtime Easton resident, died Dec. 29 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 80.

Born in Norwalk, he was the son of the late Alfred and Elizabeth Horan Schmid. He grew up in Greens Farms area of Westport and graduated from Staples High School.

He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as part of the Occupational Forces in Salzburg, Austria. He attended the University of Bridgeport and earned a BS in electrical engineering from New York University and a MS in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

For more than 36 years, he was a senior staff engineer for the Perkin-Elmer Corp. He worked on aerospace and instrument group projects and has seven U.S. patents to his credit.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Leonard J. Massello, 87

Leonard J. Massello, a resident of Westport and Naples, Fla., died Dec. 25 in Naples. He was 87.

Born and raised in Yonkers, N.Y., he was the son of the late Joseph and Palma Massello.

After graduating Yonkers High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines. During World War II, he was assigned to the 3rd Marine Air Wing in Cherry Point, N.C. and served in the Pacific Theater until the end of the war.

After working in the fruit and produce business with his father, he went to Cuba and started his own export business, shipping produce to the U.S. specializing in pineapples and produce.

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Andrew Romano, 80

Andrew Romano of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died Dec. 16. Hw was 80.

Born in Westport, he was the son of the late Mary DiGiovanni and Daniel Romano.

He is survived by his family, Andrea and Charles Perrault Jr. , Charles Perrault III, Vallerie Perrault, Mikki Zadrowski, Frances Romano, Thomas DiGiovanni, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Palmero Romano, and sister, Madeline Romanello.

A chapel service will be held on Friday, Jan. 4, at 12:30 p.m. , at St. Johns Cemetery, 223 Richards Ave., Norwalk.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Susan B. Adler, 85

Susan Buckley Adler, an avid gardener, tennis player, animal lover and a 20-year EMT with the Weston Volunteer Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services, suffered cardiac arrest and died Dec. 19 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 85.

She was born Dec. 24, 1926, in Bangalore, India, where her father, the late Lt. Col. William Howell Buckley of Wales, held a senior post with the British government. She grew up in South Wales and was educated in fine arts at Oxford University and Accademia Bella Arte in Florence, Italy.

She moved to the United States in 1951, settling in Westport in 1954. She married Dr. Daniel H. Adler in 1964 and they had lived in Weston since 1966.

She worked for nine years at Norwalk Hospital’s Chemistry Department, and later for the Schulhof Animal Hospital in Westport.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Albert J. Copersino, 79

UPDATE (changes calling hours date) Albert J. Copersino, a longtime Westport resident died Dec. 25 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 79

Born in New York City, Aug. 18, 1933, son of the late Stanislao and Mary Copersino, he has been a resident of Westport for 36 years. Prior to retiring, he was employed by Xerox Corp. as a tax attorney and previously had worked for Cheeseboro Ponds, Bristol Meyers and the Internal Revenue Service.

He received his undergraduate degree from City College of New York in 1955 and his law degree from New York Law School in 1969.  A member of the New York Bar and the Y’s Men of Westport-Weston, he was also an amateur artist, decorative wall carver and furniture designer and builder. He was formerly a member of the Tax Executive Institute.

Survivors in addition to his wife of 47 years, Betty (Gualtieri) Copersino, include two sons, Albert Copersino and his wife Katherine of Westport. Marc Copersino and his wife Michele of Westwood, Mass., one daughter, Cristina Copersino of Westport, one brother, Domenic Copersino of Flushing, N.Y., and one granddaughter, Olivia Rose Copersino. He was also predeceased by two sisters, Louise Dowling and Sister Frances Copersino MPF of the Religious Teachers Filippini Order.

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Valerie Boothroyd, 58

Valerie Boothroyd of Fairfield, a former Bank of America employee in Westport, died Dec. 23 at her home. She was 58.

She was born in Trenton, N.J., a daughter of the late David and Janet (Steinman) Dworkin. She was formerly associated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Internal Revenue Service, and was a branch operations supervisor for Bank of America in Westport.

She was also a stay at home mother and volunteered in her daughters’ schools.. She had a love of National Parks, and found great joy in traveling to many national recreation areas.

She is survived by her husband Doug Boothroyd, her daughters, Elizabeth Boothroyd and Allison Boothroyd, sister Andrea Dworkin and nieces, nephews, cousins and in laws.

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Joseph J. Wcislo, 93

Joseph John Wcislo of Stratford, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 24 at his home. He was 93.

Born in Trumbull to the late Alexander and Agatha (Opiat) Wcislo, he spent most of his life in Fairfield and Westport. He was married to his wife, the late Eleanor (Mills) Wcislo for 47 years.

A World War II Veteran, he served in the U.S/ Army for which he bravely toured much of Europe. He was a former tradesman who retired from the State Park and Forest Commission in the 1980s after many years of service.

After his retirement, he spent many happy years with his wife, Eleanor in Belleview, Fla. He loved the water and spent much time fishing, boating and clamming. He loved traveling, doing puzzles, cooking and spending time with his family.

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John M. DeCola, 84

John M. DeCola of the Sandy Hook area of Newtown, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 25 at Danbury Hospital. He was 84.

The husband of Christina (Hudson) DeCola, he was born in Westport on July 4, 1928 a son of the late Michele and Angelina (Gillardi) DeCola. He was a 1947 graduate of Staples High School where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball.

For many years, he played sports in the Norwalk Industrial Leagues. In the 1980s, he was named Westport Sportsman of the Year. He was a member of the Oak Hill Golf Association in Norwalk.

He was a longtime employee of the Edwards Company of Norwalk and then was employed by Jared Manufacturing as purchasing agent.

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Peter Spangenberg

Peter E. Spangenberg, formerly of Monroe and Westport, died Dec. 24.

He was born in Westport to the late Ivan and Helen (Lyon) Spangenberg.

A 1950 graduate of Staples High School, he attended Brown University and the Bridgeport Engineering Institute. He loved to design and build machines, some of which were patented (his first patent was filed at age 19).

He was employed at Barnes Engineering and led teams of engineers, developing aerospace technology including satellite stability systems. Later while employed at Perkin Elmer, he worked on the Hubbell Space Telescope. After retiring, he spent winters with his wife, Mary, golfing, relaxing on the beach and enjoying many great friends in Naples, Fla.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

John Booth, Former RTM Finance Chair, 80

John W. Booth, longtime chair of the Finance Committee of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died Dec. 25 at Norwalk Hospital from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was 80.

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Booth served 16 years on the RTM representing District 5 in the Greens Farms area. He resigned in January 2009, citing ill health. (See WestportNow Jan. 6, 2009).

“I served many years with John on the RTM and came to know him as extremely competent, thorough and eminently fair to all,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. “On behalf of the town, I express our deepest condolences to his family with gratitude for his exemplary service to Westport.”

Born in 1932 in Canandaigua, N.Y, he was a reservist in the Korean War and graduated from Clarkson College in 1956. During his lengthy business career, he was a pioneer in the direct marketing industry and enjoyed living in London five years, where he established a successful advertising agency.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Andre C. Suan, 75

Andre C. Suan, a longtime Westport resident, died Dec. 23 at his home. He was 75.

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He was husband of the late Elaine Y. Suan. Born on June 4, 1937 in Shanghai, China, he was the son of the late Pao Lien Suan and Hing Wan Chao. He has been a resident of Westport since 1971. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He received a master’s degree in industrial administration from Yale University in 1966.

He joined the Mobil Oil Corp. in 1966, and his first international assignment was to Singapore in 1967. He held management positions in Germany, Kenya, London and Fairfax prior to his retirement in 1987.

In addition to a passion for travel, he was an avid golfer and benefactor of the Yale golf course. He is the only male member of the Connecticut Piecemakers Quilt Guild. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, his family said.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Jeffrey R. Pinyan, 58

Jeffrey Rollins Pinyan, a longtime resident of Westport, died Nov. 15 at his home in San Diego, Calif.  He was 58.

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Born in Seattle on Aug. 21, 1954, he moved with his family to Westport in the early 1960s. He attended Westport schools and graduated from Staples High School in 1973 and from Central Connecticut State University in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in business.

For the past 25 years, he lived in San Diego and was an area manager for Meridian Leasing Corp.

He is survived by his father John Pinyan; his wife Leslie; two daughters, Krista and Brooke; and one son, Blake. He is also survived by a brother, Greg, and five sisters, Lynn, Melody, Mary, Sue Sue, and Jackie, as well as 13 nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his mother in 1971, Carol Ann Pinyan.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Arlettie W. Clark, 94

Arlettie W. Clark, a Westport native living in Anson, Maine, died Dec. 16 at Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center in Madison, Maine. She was 94.

She was born in Westport April 12, 1918, to Albion and Selena (Manville) Williams. She and her husband, A. Norman Clark, resided in Starks and Anson for many years.

She was predeceased by her son, Richard Clark; great-granddaughter Elizabeth Clark; brothers Lester Williams and Albion Williams and a sister, Selena Williams.

She is survived by her sons, Russell and his wife, Kathryn, of Starks, and Edward and his wife, Iris, of Norridgewock; brother Kenneth Williams of Maine and Florida as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Louis I. Cohen, 91

Louis I. Cohen of Bridgeport, a former Westport resident for 43 years, died Dec. 18 at The Jewish Home for the Elderly of Fairfield. He was 91.

Born in Bridgeport, a son of the late Max and Bessie (Sandlovitz) Cohen. he was a graduate of the Wharton Business School, and served in the U S Army during World War II under Gen. George Patton and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, as a first lieutenant commanding the 150mm Howitzer Division of the 3rd Army.

In 1950, he founded the firm of Cohen and Engelson, certified public accountants, and was instrumental in building the North End Talmud Torah on Main Street in Bridgeport.

He was a contributor at the Jewish Home for the Elderly, and a lover of music and the arts. He adored his family and greatly loved his close circle of friends, his family said.

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Robert H. Smith

Robert H. Smith, Jr., a former Westport resident, died Dec. 18 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, Fla.

He had lived alone since the death of his wife Marilyn, who died in 2007. After graduating from the Taft School in Connecticut, he attended Yale University until the family business called for his help.

He ran the family mechanical contracting business for 49 years. He also found time to be the commodore of the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club in Westport, commodore of the Harborside Yacht Club, president of Windmill Club in Armonk, N.Y., and president of the Moorings Club in Vero Beach.

He was also on the board of the River Mews Condo Association for 12 years serving as president for most of those years.

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