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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Barbara A. Lasher, 77

Barbara A. (Simonton) Lasher of Tolland, former principal of Westport’s Long Lots Elementary School, died July 15 at home. She was 77. Image
Barbara Lasher (c in purple) was honored by the Long Lots PTA in 2005 on her retirement. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for

Lasher served 12 years at Long Lots before her retirement in 2005.

She was born July 15, 1939 in Queens, N.Y., the daughter of the late Herbert and Marguerite (Coulter) Simonton.

A dedicated and passionate educator, she taught in New York and Tolland before becoming a principal in Mansfield and then Westport.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Former Westporter Killed by Lightning

A 23-year-old former Westport man was killed by lightning while at a suburban Denver golf course, authorities said. Image
Peter Hawkes: killed on golf course. Facebook photo

He was identified as Peter J. Hawkes, who attended Staples High School in his freshman year and graduated in 2011 from New York’s Xavier High School. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015.

Hawkes and another man were struck just before 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Indian Tree Golf Course in suburban Arvada, the Denver Post reported. Other reports said they were under a tree.

Hawkes spent several hours in a burn unit but was pronounced dead by 1 a.m. Wednesday, the Denver Post said. The condition of the other man was not available.

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Bertram Aber, 82

Bertram Aber, a 50-year resident of Westport, died July 22 after complications from a recent illnesses. He was 82. Image
Bert Aber: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1933, he found his way to Westport, with his wife Barbara (Cahane), due to her working at the White Barn Theatre.

At first only summer residents in the 1960s by the 1980s this was their full time residence, expanding their original 1860s postal stop house by personally picking out every piece of wood.

He was a founding member of the Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund, with his son-in-law, Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member Matthew Mandell, and other neighbors on Partrick and Old Hill Roads.

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Glenna Frederica Patricia Kean, 82

Glenna Frederica Patricia Lewis Kean of Westport died July 19 at Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull. She was 82. Image
Glenna Kean: actress. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Gerald Kean was born in London, England on Aug. 30, 1933, a daughter of the late Ernest William Bellew Lewis and Lillian Patricia Rice Lewis. She was an actress who dedicated her adult life to community theatre and was very active in the Westport Community Theatre.

Survivors include her two daughters, Victoria Elena Negrin Sloat and her husband Robert of Westport, Cristina Laurel Negrin and her husband Jeffrey Walden of Southport, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren as well as a niece. She was predeceased by her son, Miguel Bellew Negrin and her first husband, Miguel Negrin.

A celebration of her life will take place at a later date.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Tyn Myint-U, 84

Tyn Myint-U, a former Westport resident, died July 22 in the Boston area. He was 84. Image
Tyn Myint-U: rocket scientist. Contributed photo

He was husband of Aye Aye Thant, daughter of U Thant, the third secretary general of the United Nations. Aye Aye Thant was active in U.N.-related activities in Westport.

Together Aye Aye and Tyn established the Thant Institute “to reflect and promote her father’s values and ideals.”

Born Jan. 1, 1932 in Mandalay, Tyn was one of Burma’s first state scholars, studying at Michigan University and then finishing his Ph.D. in aeronautics at New York University.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Victor W. Burtsche, 86

Victor W. Burtsche of Westport died July 2 at home. He was 86.

The husband of Audrey (Scribner) Burtsche was born in Westport and was in the plumbing and building business with his father George Burtsche. His mother Clara (Draves) Burtsche tended to the farm animals and gardens.

He was a member of the Norfield Grange and the Antique Car Club. He was known for his friendliness and was an excellent gardener, plumber and builder.

He loved camping in Maine and across the United States and traveled to Europe twice.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Carole A. Antonetz, 65

Carole A. Antonetz of Westport died July 18 at home following a struggle with cancer. She was 65.

She was the former longtime executive director of Norwalk Emergency Shelter and passionate helper of the less fortunate.

Born in Norwalk in 1951, the daughter of William and Josephine Antonetz, she worked at the shelter — now known as Open Door Shelter — for nearly 27 years.

She had a passion for helping people and fundraising her entire life, according to family, friends and those who worked closely with her.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Timothy M. Wormser, 27

Timothy Milwe Wormser of Westport died July 13 in Laguna Beach, Calif. He was 27. Image
Timothy Wormser: Staples grad. Contributed photo

A graduate of Staples High School, he went on to the University of Colorado Boulder where he was a communications major and was on the CU snowboard team.

A lifelong lover of nature, he enjoyed hiking and horticulture. He spent his formative years near the beach where he sailed and kayaked.

He was a gifted athlete who excelled at snowboarding, wakeboarding and biking. Those who knew and loved him can attest to his openness, warmth and passion. He could light up a room with his smile, intellectual curiosity and interest in current events.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Susan M. Guglielmo, 90

Susan M. Guglielmo of Westport, formerly of Mamaroneck, N.Y., died July 16 at home. She was 90.

She was a homemaker and wife of the late Carl, who died in 1998.

She is survived by her son Paul and daughter Marie (husband Antonio) Galvao. She was sister to Florence Costa and the late Beni Ercole, John Ercole, Frank Ercole, Victoria Saperstein and Grace Corbin; grandmother of Samantha and Alexander Galvao and Julia and William Guglielmo. She is also survived by sister in laws, Agnes Lambiasi and Carole Ercole.

Friends may call on Tuesday, July 19 from 9 to 11 a.m.nat Coxe and Graziano Funeral Home, 767 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck. A committal will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Visiting Nurses of Fairfield County,

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Marjorie B. Markwell, 93

Marjorie Burkey Markwell of Clearwater, Fla., a former Westport resident, died July 2. She was 93. Image
Marjorie Markwell: native Westporter. Contributed photo

The daughter of Edward Burkey and Pearl (Payne) Burkey was born Sept. 30, 1922 in Westport. She graduated Staples High School in 1940 and Norwalk School of Nursing in 1943.

She worked as a registered nurse at Norwalk Hospital and later as a nursing supervisor and clinical instructor. She interrupted her nursing career to complete post graduate studies at New York University and was affiliated with the Yale nursing program.

Afterwards she traveled to the West where she worked at several hospitals before retuning to Connecticut. Upon her return, she accepted a position at Norwalk Hospital as a clinical instructor for student nurses and was awarded the Brian McMahon Scholarship to study cancer.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Raymond R. Wanke, 84

Raymond Richard Wanke of Orlando, Fla., a former Westport resident and Staples High School math teacher, has died. He was 84. Image
Ray Wanke: former Staples math teacher. Contributed photo

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Elford and Dorothy (Wieboldt) Wanke on Sept. 22, 1931. He resided there until the family moved to Vermont. He attended grammar schools in New York and junior high school and high school in Middletown Springs, Vt.

Upon graduation, he attended Castleton Teachers College in Castleton, Vt.. After four years he graduated with bachelor’s degree in teaching and taught in Salisbury, Vt. after marrying his wife, Nancy (Gibbs). The couple had three children, Raymond II, Diane Elizabeth, and David Walter, all born in Vermont.

He continued to take graduate courses at the University of Vermont and Depaw University in Greencastle, Ind. He taught one class in Indiana for nurses before moving to Westport where he taught math and advanced math classes for 17 years, including at Staples High School.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

David S. Stein, 71

David Stephen Stein, a former Westport resident, died May 12 in Stuart, Fla. He was 71.

Born in New Britain on March 21, 1945, he was the son of Jacob and Ruth (Shilepsky) Stein. He grew up in Westport in a large extended family and attended Cherry Lawn School in Darien during his high school years.

Some may remember him from the family-owned North Main Garage where he worked with his father and uncle. Later, he served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Korea.

An avid fisherman, David loved Long Island Sound and was the owner of the Westport Tackle Shop for many years. He earned a captain’s license and partnered in a commercial fishing project for a time.

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Alan Phelan, 74

Alan “Ken” Phelan of Westport died July 12 after years of struggling with congestive heart failure. He was 74.

He was born in the Bronx, N.Y. on Sept. 5, 1941. He graduated from Norwalk High School, and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy for the next four years. He eventually went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and philosophy from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt.

He was married to Sharon Ruane on Sept. 18, 1965. He held many positions after having been honorably discharged from the Navy. He began as a sales representative, and eventually worked his way to vice president of an advertising firm.

Along the way, he wrote award-winning advertising copy, and speeches for company executives, including the CEO. As a second career, he was a small business owner. He owned and operated both a wholesale food business and a heating and plumbing service.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sarah (Sally) E. Dimon, 88

Sarah (Sally) Eysenbach Dimon, a former Westport resident, died June 25 at her home at Meadow Ridge in Redding. She was 88. Image
Sarah (Sally) E. Dimon: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born Dec. 12, 1927 in Lima, Ohio and was reared in Lakewood, Ohio, graduating from Lakewood High School in 1945. She earned a BA from Oberlin College in 1949 and later an MA from Fairfield University.

In 1948, she met Garth Dimon at Oberlin College. She and Garth were married later that year. Following Garth’s hire by Proctor & Gamble in 1951, the couple became corporate gypsies, living in Cincinnati (twice); Cranford, N.J.; and Baltimore.

In 1966, Garth took a position with Clairol, and they moved with their four children to Westport, a relocation which enabled Garth’s subsequent promotions through the executive ranks at Clairol’s parent corporation, Bristol-Myers.

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Friday, July 08, 2016

Charles F. Boyle, Jr., 91

Charles F. Boyle, Jr, a 53- year resident of Westport, died July 5.  He was 91.

Born in Watertown, Mass. in 1924, he was a studious boy, who loved books, sports and his devoted dog Brownie.

At 16, he began his education at Harvard University, where he enjoyed his studies achieving a B.A. in economics and playing trumpet in the Harvard marching band. He went on to earn a law degree from Boston University.

After college, he worked at in a various financial positions at Eastern Gas, Boston Gas Co. before moving to his family to Westpor to work at Pepperidge Farm Corp. in Norwalk.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Frederick Meier Sr., 97

Frederick Meier Sr. of Westport died June 30. He was 97. Image
Frederick Meier Sr: worked at Westport Bank & Trust Co. Contributed photo

He was born in New York City on Feb. 25, 1919 the first son to Otto and Anna Marie Meier. He graduated from the High School of Commerce in 1937 and went on to study commercial arts. 

It was at about this time he found his way to Westport, which was known as a very arts-based community at the time.

He took a job with Garrett Thew Studios on Roseville Road, creating weather vanes and aluminum sculptures.  It was a two-man shop, the boss John Garrett Thew and Fred. 

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Friday, July 01, 2016

Harry D. Rose, III, 57

Harry David Rose III of Los Angeles, a former Westport resident, died June 24. He was 57. Image
Harry D. Rose III: actor, director. Contributed photo

Born Feb. 22, 1959 in Akron, Ohio, the son of Harry David Rose Jr. and Florence Joy Greist, he grew up in Westport. He graduated with a B.A. from Westminster College in Pennsylvania.

His career began at The Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington D.C. He later moved to New York City and finally settled in Los Angeles.

His career spanned 30 years of acting and directing. He was particularly renowned for his prolific work at the Colony Theater in Burbank, directing more than 50 plays.

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Mildred S. Nilsen, 83

Mildred S. Nilsen of Westport died at home. She was 83.

She was the wife of the late Karsten O. Nilsen. She was born July 5, 1932 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of the late Anton Foss and Agnethe Foss Birkenes.

She was a member of the Westport Center for Senior Activities where she enjoyed playing bingo and being with her friends. She loved knitting, crochet, painting, playing cards and baking (and was well known for her special waffles).

She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and entertaining.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

John B. Cregan, 86

John Barry Cregan of Westport died June 23 at home after a long illness. He was 86. Image
John Cregan: Y’s Men member. Contributed photo

Born in Philadelphia in 1930, he was a graduate of Northeast Catholic High School, LaSalle College, and the University of Pennsylvania.

He worked for many years at General Reinsurance Corporation, retiring as senior vice president.

His integrity and judgment won the respect of his peers in the investment community and he served on many industry committees, including the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Frank J. Clark, 92

Frank J. Clark, husband of Patricia (Law) Clark and longtime Westport resident, died June 7 at his home. He was 92.

He was born June 14, 1924, the son of the late economist John Maurice Clark and wife Winifred. He graduated from Amherst College summa cum laude and attended Harvard Graduate School for one year.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served in the navy during World War II. He was an architect for many years and founding partner of Lewis and Clark Architects.

He then became the building inspector for the Town of Westport, where he worked for many years until his retirement.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Marguerite F. Porter, 93

Marguerite F. (Peggy) Porter. a longtime Westport resident, an interior architectural designer, died June 20.  She was 93. Image
Peggy Porter: interior architectural designer. Contributed photo

Born March 21, 1923 in New York City to Thomas and Marguerite Flynn, she spent many childhood summers in Westport. 

She studied at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, where she graduated with a major in interior architectural design. While at RISD she was winner of the Grand Rapids Furniture Design Industry Award, her work appearing in The New York Times.

After graduation, she was hired by General Electric at age 20 as a radio and television cabinet designer, the first woman in the nation to hold the position.

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Peter Pastorelli Sr., 76

Peter Pastorelli Sr. of Westport died June 15 at the Regional Hospice of Danbury. He was 76. Image
Peter Pastorelli: artist, production manager. Larry Untermeyer for

He was born in Worcester, Mass. on Feb. 19, 1940, the son of the late Francis and Anne (Murphy) Pastorelli.

As an artist, he was passionate of both his collection of short stories and extensive photography. He was very career oriented, working as a production manger on many films including “Midnight Run,” “The Stand,” and “The Bad Lt.”

He was an active member of the Directors Guild of America. He was loved by many and proud of his personal dedication of 38 years to a 12-step program. He was also a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.

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Thelma S. Gordon, 93 Image
At age 89 in 2012, Thelma Gordon walked the entire Westport Memorial Day parade route. Contributed photo

Thelma Stone Gordon of Westport and Sarasota, Fla., died June 21 at home. She was 93.

She was born in Boston on Nov. 18, 1922. She graduated from Brookline High School and attended Boston University before enlisting in the U.S. Army where she served from July 1944 to July 1946, as the assistant to the chief clerk in both Fort Meade, Md. and Westover Field, Mass.

When she was discharged from the army her title was staff sargeant.

She married in Boston in September 1947. In 1957, her family moved to Tampa where she studied art and painting at the University of Tampa. She became an accomplished artist and had showings at many galleries and juried art shows. She was a member of an all woman’s investment club and the League of Woman Voters.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Josephine T. Ostreicher, 92

Josephine Theresa Ostreicher, wife of John Karl Ostreicher, died June 11 in Westport. She was 92.

Daughter of John Teplica and Mary (Mozley) Teplica, she was born Aug. 19, 1923 and was raised and spent most of her life in Darien.

She graduated from Darien High School and later completed course work at Katherine Gibbs in Norwalk followed by employment as a secretary.

She married John Karl Ostreicher in 1947 and raised three sons in Darien. She also worked many years at Four Seasons Farm in Darien, owned by Mark and Jean Isselee.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Henry R. Loomis, 91

Henry Robert Loomis of Westport, a highly decorated World War II veteran, died June 8 at home. He was 91.

Robert Loomis rides in the 2004 Westport Memorial Day parade. Julia Mally for

He was born in Paris, France where he resided with his French mother Danielle Giraud du Poyet, American father William Fitch Loomis and his brother, Richard.

In 1941, the family was able to escape Nazi-occupied France and returned to the United States. He attended the Loomis School of Windsor.

He returned to France with the U.S. Army, landing in Normandy on D-Day with the 4th Infantry Division. He fought with his unit during the battles of Normandy, Northern France the Ardennes, the Bulge and Central Europe.

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Phil Pollak, Jr., 89

Phil Pollak, Jr. of Westport died June 12. He was 89.

He was born and raised in Richmond, Va. and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School.  He attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

Upon leaving W&M,he worked for the C&O Railway engineering department as signal helper, but soon returned to the academic world—never to leave it. 

He graduated Tau Beta Pi with a BSME from Virginia Tech, Beta Gamma Sigma with an MSME from Purdue followed by an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Stephen C. Tsorvas, 54

Stephen Cleanthes Tsorvas, son of Cleanthes (late) and Ourania Tsorvas and a former Westport resident, died June 10 after a prolonged illness. He was 54. Image
Stephen Tsorvas: 1980 Staples grad. Contributed photo

He was born June 2, 1962, in Boston. A lifelong Boston Red Sox and New England Patriot fan, he cherished his annual trips to Fenway Park with his two children, Alexandra and Nickolas. 

His love of education and learning was exemplified in both his personal and professional life.  A 1980 graduate of Staples High School, he continued his educational success with a bachelor’s degree from Bradford College in Haverhill, Mass. in 1986. 

He subsequently earned an MBA from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield in 1990 and an MS in information technology from Sacred Heart in 2002. 

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Vera C. Wood, 101

Vera Coberly Wood of Hampden-Sydney, Va., a former Westport resident, died May 15. She was 101.

She was born in Elkins, W.V. the daughter of Lula Mae Lemley and Howard Coberly. She subsequently lived in Clarksburg, W.V., Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Va., and Westport. She was an active member of Fairlington Methodist Church, president of the Annandale Women’s Club, Girl Scout leader, and accomplished artist.

She was predeceased her husband of 45 years, Jennings Wood. Survivors include daughters Sandy Heinemann (Ronald) of Hampden-Sydney, and Leslie Gallant (Edwin) of Westport, and son Gary A. Wood (Ann) of Burgess, Va.; six grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Interment will be at a future date at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to Seven Hills Hospice, 2250 Murrell Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501 or a charity of your choice.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Henry W. Hitzrot, 82

Henry William “Bill” Hitzrot of Annapolis, Md., a former Westport resident, died May 16 at Ginger Cove Health Center, Annapolis. He was 82. Image
Henry Hitzrot: grew up in Westport. Contributed photo

He was born in 1934, and lived in Westport. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and continued his education at Haverford College in Philadelphia, earning a bachelor’s degree in geology and later a master’s in geology from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.

While serving in the U.S. Army as part of the peacekeeping forces in Germany, he met the love of his life, Margarete (Peg) Thamm. They married on June 6, 1959, in Westport. Bill was employed by the Bethlehem Steel Corp.

During his employment, he developed and patented a method in which iron scarfings could be recycled and later used for the blast cleaning of various steel structures. As a result of these findings, he left Bethlehem Steel in 1985 to serve as the vice president of Chesapeake Specialty Products in Baltimore, until his retirement in 1999.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Margaret Ann (Peg) Nesbitt, 93

Margaret Ann (Peg) Nesbitt, a longtime resident of Westport,  died June 6 in Bridgeport Hospital. She was 93. Image
Margaret Ann (Peg) Nesbitt: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born Aug. 11, 1922 in Paw Paw, Mich. She was the daughter of Harriet Burhans and Earl Burhans who was the Michigan state senator responsible for the 1941 legislation allowing Michigan State University to fill the school vacancy when the University of Chicago dropped out of the Big Ten Conference.

A graduate of Michigan State University in 1942, she received a bachelor’s degree in English and was recognized by the Mortar Board National Honor Society and invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. She was active in campus politics and was elected the first woman student body president as a senior.

Upon graduation, she worked for Nash-Kelvinator in Detroit. It was there that she met her husband Edward J. Nesbitt of 45 years who was an engineering graduate of the University of Michigan and had accepted a position with Sikorsky Aircraft.

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