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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Norma B. Green, 84

Norma Berger Green, devoted mother, grandmother, writer and artist died July 28 in Arlington, Va. of natural causes. She was 84.

Born in Providence, R.I. in 1925, Mrs. Green received her BFA in Apparel Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1945. She taught at the Famous Artist School in Westport and was the author of several children’‘s books.  She was an accomplished artist and had numerous exhibits featuring her watercolor paintings.

Former wife of Norman Sumner Green, she is survived by her sons, John and William; her sister, Dorothy Friar; daughter-in-law, Michelle; three grandchildren, Brent, Kyle and Kendall; and many devoted friends. Services private.

Donations may be made to RISD, c/o Amanda Wright, 2 College St., Providence, RI 02903.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Ann M. Croke, 72

Ann M. (Sullivan) Croke of Fairfield, a 14-year employee of Mitchells of Westport, beloved wife of John P. Croke for more than 48 years, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 27, at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport. She was 72.

Born in Boston to the late Michael and Helen Sullivan, Ann grew up in Roslindale, Mass. and received her B.A. degree from Boston State Teachers College.

Ann lived for eight years in Villanova, Pa. before moving to Fairfield for the last 36 years. Regardless of where she lived, Ann remained a true Bostonian.

Always active in her community, she worked for 14 years at Mitchells of Westport, volunteered at the Fairfield Women’s Exchange, was an involved member of the Patterson Club, and taught CCD at St. Pius X Church.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Estrid H. Coates, 85

Estrid Harriett (Carlberg) Coates, age 85, of Westport, passed away on July, 25 at home.

She was born in Plainville, to Astrid and Otto Carlberg. She grew up in Bridgeport and graduated from Bassick High School in 1942.

Estrid loved to dance, play bridge, go to Broadway shows, cook and entertain her family and friends. She loved to knit and made afghans for everyone she knew. And, she loved Compo Beach in Westport and the view at St. Mary’s By The Sea in Black Rock.

Some of her fondest memories were of dancing the night away in her youth at The Ritz and Pleasure Beach Ballrooms in Bridgeport.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

William A. (Bill) Hoffman, 81

Dr. William A. (Bill) Hoffman died July 23 from pancreatic cancer. He was 81.

Born in Yonkers, N.Y., on Oct. 14, 1928, he was the son of the late Sidney and Teresa Hoffman. He attended New York University, graduating in 1949.

He graduated in 1953 from SUNY, Downstate Medical School and interned at Boston City Hospital, Harvard Division, from 1953-54. He served as a physician in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Montgomery, Ala. He completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut and was a Gastrointestinal Fellow from 1958-59.

Hoffman opened his gastroenterology practice in Fairfield in 1959. The practice evolved to a large internal medicine practice that included cardiology.

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John “Peter” Horosky, 66

John “Peter” Horosky died July 23, after an eight-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 66.

Horosky was born on March 8, 1944, in Norwalk, the son of the late John and Evelyn Weingartner Horosky. He graduated from Staples High School, Westport, in 1962 and Norwalk State Technical School in 1965.

He was in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Quonset Point, R.I. He served on the USS Wasp and the USS Essex.

Horosky was the owner of Practical Rent A Car in Norwalk for 10 years; worked at Young’s of Ridgefield as a rental and parts manager, and prior to his illness, worked as a salesman for Bethel Power in Bethel.

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Edward J. Turchan, 83

Edward John Turchan, 83, of Salem, the husband of Elva Rubright Turchan, died July 21, Beechwood Manor in New London. At one point in his career in education, he had been a guidance counselor at Staples High School.

Born June 23, 1927, in Trafford, Pa., he was the son of the late Michael and Emma Bucho Turchan. A Navy veteran of World War II, he was married Aug. 19, 1952, to Elva in Trafford, Pa.

He earned B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and his C.A.G.S. from Boston University. He was a teacher and guidance counselor in Youngsville, Pa., and guidance counselor at Staples.

Turchan also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the Hope Center Drug Rehab in Bridgeport and trained at the Drug Dependence Institute at Yale University.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

George “Dutch” Hillebrand, 87

George “Dutch” Hillebrand of Bonita Springs, Fla., died July 13, at the Joanna House. He was 87.

Born in Augsburg, Germany, to the late Marie and Kasper Hillebrand, he served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

Hillebrand attended UCLA and graduated from Iona College with a degree in engineering. He and his wife, Phyllis, moved from their long-time home in Westport to Bonita Springs, Fla., for retirement. An an avid fisherman, he fished weekly with the Sunshine Fish Group and was a proud breakfast member of the “Magnificent Seven.”

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Phyllis Hillebrand; his children, Douglas Hillebrand and Kathy Coombs; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Donna Hillebrand.

He will be remembered in October with a memorial service in Bonita Bay, Fla

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Michael “Mike” Clark, 67 Image
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Michael “Mike” Clark, 67, of Westport passed away peacefully at home in the company of his family, Tuesday, July 13.

Mike led a truly incredible life and he was an incredible man-wonderful husband, loving father, doting grandfather, great friend and a true polymath. He was a sailor (a licensed captain actually), a skier, a pilot, Vietnam veteran, successful business man, master chef, outdoorsman, birdwatcher, photographer, woodworker, voracious reader, world traveler, great dancer, speaker of Chinese, avid Yankee fan and interested in everything.

His seeking of knowledge was not superficial; he truly was interested in the details behind how things operated. His sharp wit and sense of humor were always present. He will be missed and he is loved.

Mike worked for IBM for over 20 years and opened IBM China in the early 80s, an experience that he was especially grateful for and proud of.  After IBM he had many successful years with Gemini Consulting before retiring in the late 90s.

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Michael D. Foy Sr., 46

Michael David Foy Sr. 46, formerly of Westport, passed away Saturday, June 17 at Norwalk Hospital.

Michael was born Oct. 18, 1963, son of Thomas A. and Edna (Keil) Foy. He is a graduate of Staples High School and loved fishing.

Survivors in addition to his mother and father formerly of Westport and currently of Windham, Maine, include two sons, Michael D. Foy and Thomas L. Foy both of Tallahassee, Fla., one sister, Jean Foy and her husband Richard Evans of Madison, Conn., two brothers, Robert M. Foy and his wife Julie of Gorham, Maine, Thomas G. Foy and his wife Erin of Berlin, Conn., and two nieces and two nephews.

A graveside service was held Thursday, July 15 in Assumption Cemetery, Greens Farms. The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, assisted the family with the arrangements.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tom DeLong, Author of Westport Luminaries Book, Dies at 75 Image
Thomas A. DeLong, author of “Stars in Our Eyes,” a Westport Historical Society biographical galaxy of stage and screen personalities who were former residents of Westport or Weston, died July 12 in Florida of a stroke. He was 75. (See obituary). DeLong, who was a former chair of board of trustees of the Westport School of Music, appeared at the Westport Historical Society in December 2009 to sign copies of the revised, reprinted version of his book which was originally published in 2000 following an exhibit at the Society of the same title. DeLong and collaborator Wally Woods (r) updated some of the content for this new edition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Thomas A. DeLong II, 75

Thomas A. DeLong II, author of 10 books including “Stars in Our Eyes,” a Westport Historical Society biographical galaxy of stage and screen personalities who were former residents of Westport or Weston, died July 12 in Florida from a stroke. He was 75. Image
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He was born in Freeport, L.I. and was the son of the late Sara and Howard DeLong.

He was predeceased by a sister, Nancy D. Whiteford. He was a resident of Southport, Palm Beach and New York. He was a 1957 graduate of Williams College, received a MA from Columbia University in 1959, and an MBA from New York University in 1969.

He worked in corporate communications for Olin Corp. and Pfizer. He was the author of 10 books, mostly on TV, radio and music, as well as four biographies of Paul Whiteman, Frank Munn, John Davis Lodge, a former Connecticut governor and congressman who was a Westport resident, and Madame Chiang Kai Shek.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Susan E. Kahn

Susan Ellen Kahn passed away Sunday, July 11, after a short Image
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At the time of her passing, she was employed by the U.S. Border Patrol at Patrol Blaine Sector headquarters in Blaine, Wash.

Susan, a 1971 a graduate of Staples High School, was a gourmet cook, avid sailor and lover of all animals.

She was the daughter of the late Jacqueline Van Bergh and Walter Charles Kahn.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Suzanne Holliday, 64

Suzanne Holliday, a 35-year employee of the Westport Public Schools, died July 12, in Eden, Utah. She was 64. Westport blog 06880 said she died of complications following shoulder Image
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Holliday began her teaching career in Westport at Coleytown Elementary School in 1968. She then went on to Saugatuck Elementary before moving on to Bedford Middle School. She also taught for a year in Virginia.

Holliday was the recipient of Westport’s Teacher of the Year award at the secondary level, and was named Connecticut Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

In an Internet post, Holliday reflected on her years in the Westport school system, and Coleytown Elementary in particular.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Victor K. Koechl, 82

Victor Karl Koechl of Wilton died July 5 at Norwalk Hospital of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

Born in New York City on March 3, 1928, to Charlotte Trowbridge Koechl and Paul Koechl, he spent his early childhood in Europe, then moved to the Boston area and attended Andover, Harvard University and the Harvard School of Design, from which he attained a master’s degree in architecture.

Upon graduation, Koechl worked for the architectural firm Kahn and Jacobs in Manhattan. His first big assignment there was as a project manager on the construction of the American Airlines terminal at Kennedy Airport.

He moved to Wilton in 1965 and practiced residential and commercial architecture, first in partnership with Thomas E. Bates, and then with Lynedon S. Eaton and Helen May.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Charlaine Cook Fontelieu, 84

Charlaine Cook Fontelieu, nee Charlaine Catherine Cook, wife and mother, died July 5 of complications due to kidney failure in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was Image
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She is survived by her husband Ted Fontelieu and her sister Eva Metzger, as well as her children Denise Hamilton and husband Jim, Sukey Fontelieu, Ted Fontelieu III, and Charles “Chalk” Fontelieu and wife Kim. Charlaine is outlived by her nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Charlaine was born Dec. 13 1925 and raised in Downer’s Grove, Ill., the youngest of four children. She made the adventurous decision to attend Newcomb College in New Orleans where she met the love of her life, Ted, “T.J.”

They married in 1946, just before Ted was shipped out on active duty in the Sea of Japan. After the war, they raised four children and after many moves finally settled in Westport. 

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