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Tuesday, May 26, 2015



Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bruce W. Boland, 63

Bruce Ward Boland of Westport died May 17. He was 63.

Born Feb. 13, 1952, he grew up in Glen Ridge, N.J. as the son of John J. and Jean Ward Boland.

In addition to his father, John J., he is survived by his daughter, Kelly E. Reilly Boland, and four siblings, J. Jay Boland, Susan Boland Sullivan, Bob T. Boland, and Melissa Boland Turner. His mother, Jean, and sister, Debbie, predeceased him in 2013.

Services and interment will be private.

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Patricia H. Gordon, 74

Patricia Hill Gordon of Red Hook, N.Y., a former Westport resident, died May 19 after a long illness. She was 74.

Born in 1941 in Greenbelt, Md., she grew up in Westport. Her father, Lawrence Hill, was a noted publisher and her mother, Gertrude Hill founded a successful imported home goods business.

She was a highly talented and accomplished artist. She earned her M.F.A. from State University of New York at Albany in 1982, and her paintings, sculptures, painted furniture, cement works, and, most recently, pottery were widely exhibited throughout the Hudson Valley.

She was active in the Summergroup artists collective in Poughkeepsie in the 1980s and was one of the founding members of the Tivoli Artists Coop in Tivoli in the 1990s.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Margaret S. McAndrews, 90

Margaret Stier McAnrews of Needham, Mass., a former Westport resident, died May 16. She was 90.

She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 8, 1925, and graduated from Mount St. Joseph College in 1947. She married Jack McAndrews, a career DuPont executive, in 1952. She and Jack raised their family over the next 28 years, moving frequently until settling in Westport for 15 years.

They retired to Pebble Beach, Calif., which they enjoyed greatly until Jack died in 1999. Margaret was active in the Catholic Church and volunteered for her children’s schools and local charities. She enjoyed reading, the opera, politics and her children’s and grandchildren’s activities.

She and Jack gifted the John and Margaret McAndrews Professor of Mathematics position at the University of Notre Dame, a history scholarship at St. Norbert College and a scholarship at Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mary B. Walker, 86

Mary B. Walker of Danbury, formerly of Westport and Ridgefield, died May 19 at home. She was 86.

Born in Westport on June 19, 1928, she was a daughter of Edward and Pearl (Payne) Burkey. She attended Westport schools and graduated from Staples High School in 1946 followed by secretarial training at Merrill’s Business School in South Norwalk.

She first worked for Tristam & Fuller Department Store in Norwalk, and then for Sherwood Insurance of Westport.  She was head clerk with the Connecticut State Police for 25 years prior to her retirement. She was first assigned to Troop A, formerly of Ridgefield and later with Troop G of Westport.

An avid reader, she loved crossword puzzles, square dancing and enjoyed hosting social gatherings in her home. After retiring she volunteered at the Fairfield County Soil and Water District, for RSVP and for the travel committee at a local AARP. She also enjoyed playing Bunco with the Red Hats.

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Christine O. Allen, 95

Christine Owen Allen of Westport died May 15 at Wilton Meadows in Wilton. She was 95.

She was the wife of the late Malcolm C. Allen, Sr. and the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hugh Owen of Taunton, Mass.

She had been a resident of Westport since 1948 when her husband was transferred from Boston to the Manhattan office of the former American Can Co., where he worked after graduation from MIT for 33 years.

She was a member of the Saugatuck Congregational Church and a deacon of that church.  She also served as head of the altar flower committee for several years and sat on numerous committees and boards.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Elizabeth A. Godfrey, 96

Elizabeth A. Godfrey of Westport died May 19 in Masonicare in Newtown. She was 96.

Born July 26, 1918 in Westport, she was the daughter of the late James E. and Kathleen Godfrey and has been a lifelong resident.

She was a 1936 graduate of Staples High School and went on to receive her RN degree from Stamford Hospital School of Nursing.

During World War II, she served as a second lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. Following the war, she was employed as nursing supervisor at Norwalk Hospital and then for Dr. Neil Lebhar in his office.

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Lyndon H. ‘Red’ Ratcliffe, 87

Red Ratcliffe—known to absolutely no one by his given name, Lyndon Hanes Ratcliffe—of Westport died May 12. He was 87, having celebrated his birthday five days earlier.

He was a fly fisherman to the core. He loved to fish Connecticut’s Farmington River where his love affair with fishing began more thqn 85 years ago.  He loved to fish the Miramachi, the Restigouche, the York, the Big Horn, the Columbia; he loved any river you could name. 

He loved trying to outwit the wily trout found at the Limestone Trout Club in Canaan, Connecticut. He believed that once caught, a fish should be released to live to fight another day.

When he wasn’t fishing he was talking about fishing; tying flies; honing his equipment to perfection, advising friends which fly to use at which river at which time and slipping them a few samples that he had tied himself.

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Julia Kondub, 89

Julia Kondub of Westport died May 19 at home. She was 89.

Born in Cork County, Ireland on Feb. 9, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Hannah Murphy. She graduated from Norwalk High School and married her late husband, John J. Kondub, on Oct. 3, 1953.

She has resided in Westport for 62 years. She has been a devoted member of Church of the Assumption in Westport and has been an active member of the Catholic Daughters.

Survivors include two sons, John P. Kondub of Westport, Richard S. Kondub and his wife Noel of Stamford, two daughters, Nancy A. Harris and her husband Stephen of New Canaan, Patricia A. Kondub of Westport, one sister; Elizabeth Aussenhofer, of Sarasota, Fla., five grand children and many nieces and nephews.

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Barbara K. Swanson, 91

Barbara Knapp Swanson of Southbury, a former teacher in the Westport schools, died May 15 at her home at Pomperaug Woods retirement home. She was 91.

She was the wife of the late George E. Swanson of Weston and mother of the late Robert E. Swanson and Cynthia Louise Swanson. She was born in Danbury on Feb.  8, 1924, a daughter to the late Charles and Louise (Pitman) Knapp.

She was a graduate of Danbury High School Class of 1942, New Haven State College and Columbia University Graduate School. She was a devoted elementary school teacher in the Weston and Westport school systems and a librarian at New Haven State College. She loved teaching and always said that her students brought her much joy and satisfaction.

After retirement, she moved from her longtime home in Weston to Heritage Village in Southbury in 2001, and then to Pomperaug Woods in 2007 where she enjoyed serving on the Library and Food Committees, volunteering in the Country Store and playing bridge.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Edward G. Heirtzler Sr., 85 Image
Edward G. Heirtzler Sr. owned Playhouse Jewelers. Contributed photo

Edward G. Heirtzler Sr. of Worecester, Mass., a former Westport resident, died April 15 at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge, Mass. He was 85.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Worcester, he was the son of Edward and Malvina (Rocheford) Heirtzler.  He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

He resided in Westport for 45 years, moved back to Northborough in 2004, ultimately returning to his hometown of Worcester three years ago.

“Mr. H” was a certified gemologist and owned and operated Playhouse Jewelers in Westport for many years until his retirement in 2000.  He was a coin collector, an animal lover and a longtime member of the Westport Kiwanis Club. 

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Herbert M. Barrett, 93

Herbet M. Barrett of Jenkintown, Pa., a former Westport resident, died May 19. He was 93.

He was a longtime clinical psychologist and a proud World War II veteran.

He was husband of Lucille (nee Halprin). father of David (Roni) Barrett, Joshua (Julie) Barrett, Sarah Barrett (Ken Stanley), George (Debbie Neimeth) Barrett and Daniel Barrett. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and three great-grand-children.

Relatives and friends are invited to services Thursday, May 21 at 11 a.m. at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road. Interment will take place at Temple Israel Cemetery, 225 Richards Ave., Norwalk. Following burial, the family will receive visitors at the home of Marvin and Joan Frimmer, 138 Imperial Ave.

Contributions in Herb Barrett’s name may be made to Congregation Kol Ami, 8201 High School Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Matthew Forelli, 76

Matthew Forelli, a longtime Westport resident, died May 9 in Key Largo, Fla., where he also maintained a home at the Ocean Reef Club. He was 76. Image
Matthew Foreli: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

He and his wife Martha spent every winter there since their marriage in 1993.

The eldest son of Matthew and Jane Forelli, he grew up in Old Greenwich, where he attended the Brunswick School. In 1960, after graduating from St. Lawrence University, he married his first wife Sharon Briggs, fathered two sons, Briggs and Peter, moved to Connecticut and joined his father’s company Precision Gear Inc.

Later he became president, then chairman and under his leadership PGI became a leading parts manufacturer in the commercial and defense aerospace market place.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Diana Phelps-Wyant, 63

Diana Phelps-Wyant (Mary Dianne McGinnity) of Westport died May 11. She was 63. Image
Diana Phelps-Wyant: gallery owner. Contributed photo

She was born Jan. 19, 1952 in Fargo, N.D. during a blizzard, which marked the start of a life that could only be described as a whirlwind. She grew up in both Boston and Westport before attending Wellesley College. Initially set to clerk for congress at age 19, she instead opted to become a model, touring the European circuit for almost 10 years.

In her spare time, she owned and operated the stables housing the U.S. national equestrian team, as well as took care of horses belonging to Jackie Onassis (among other notables). Following her modeling career, she turned to fashion design.

Her line was featured across a number of publications including the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

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Ethel W. Lupton, 95

Ethel Mavis Wort Lupton of Naples, Fla., a former Westport resident, died March 30. She was 95. Image
Ethel Lupton: active in community affairs. Contributed photo

She was born on Staten Island, N.Y. on Nov. 21, 1919, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert John Wort, newly emigrated British subjects.

She graduated from Dongan Hall on Staten Island and from Ambler School of Horticulture, Pennsylvania (now the Ambler Campus of Temple University), with a degree in horticulture. After her five children were grown, she earned a degree from the New York School of Art Design.

In 1940 she married John Mather Lupton II, of Mattituck, Long Island and Montclair, N.J.. They settled in Westport, then Weston, and built a notable home, April Hill, where she was active in the Norfield Congregational Church, the Republican party, and the Garden Club. She and John retired to Skidaway Island, Ga., and subsequently to John Knox Village, in Orange City, Fla.

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Michael L. Starzyk, 98

Michael L. Starzyk of Westport died May 9 at home. He was 98.

Born July 7, 1916 in Chicopee, Mass,, he was the son of the late Paul Peter and Antonia Starzyk. He worked at Sikorsky Aircraft since the earliest helicopters, continued there for 46 years and became the head of engineering services.

He was also a member of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston.

In addition to Galy Lapin Starzyk, his wife of 71 years, he is survived by his daughter Nona J. Starzyk of Danbury, granddaughters Rebecca Wilson (Stephen) of Arlington, Mass.,and Rachael Wolff of Venice, Fla. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Andrew, Lily and Kyle Wilson and Aidan and Alyssa Wolff; by his sister Gene Real, by several nieces, by Joyce Graham and by his caretaker, Clover Scott. He was predeceased by four sisters Mary Martha, Cecelia, Adonia, Dorothy and by brother Stanley.

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