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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wanda Knoebel, 75

Wanda Knoebel, 75, of Bridgeport formerly of Westport, wife of the late Robert D. Knoebel, passed away July 14, 2008, in Saint Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport.

Mrs. Knoebel was born Feb. 24, 1933, in Jefferson County, Ind., on the family tobacco farm, daughter of the late Russell and Estel (Hutsell) Nighbert and had resided in Westport for many years prior to moving to The Watermark in Bridgeport.

A devoted wife and mother, Mrs. Knoebel was an avid tennis player and an active fund-raiser in town for various Republican Party activities.

Survivors include one son, Robert Knoebel of Ketchum, Idaho,; two daughters, Cindy Knoebel of New York City, and Peggy Knoebel of Portland, Ore.; one sister, Zelma Schirmer and her husband George of Madison, Ind., and one brother, Bill Nighbert and his wife June of Madison, Ind. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Knoebel was also predeceased by one son, Jeffrey Knoebel and one sister Ruth Comingore.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial mass at 10 a.m. on Sept. 5, 2008, at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport. The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Knoebel may be made to the Westport Weston Family Y, 59 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Arthur M. Mikesell, 76

Arthur M. Mikesell, husband of Carol Butler Mikesell, died Friday, Aug. 8 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 76.

Born in Ovid, Mich., July 3, 1932, son of the late Arthur L. and Sheila (Cronin) Mikesell, he was a Westport resident for the past 46 years.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Mikesell had a successful career in publishing and public relations.

Known to most of his friends as Mike, Mr. Mikesell began his career as a humorist, but after a brief stint with Army Intelligence following the Korean War, he found himself in the world of publishing.

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Geraldine “Jerry” Lord, 91

Geraldine “Jerry” Lord, 91, of Westport, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Norwalk Hospital.

Born July 29, 1917, in Ozone Park, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Hugo and Parepa Werber. Mrs. Lord married the late Robert Lord Sr. in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1940.

Mrs. Lord was very active with the Cub Scouts, the American Cancer Society, the PTA in Flushing, N.Y., the Westport Woman’s Club, and the Westport Center for Senior Activities, as well as former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Far­rell’s Brown Bag Luncheon. She enjoyed living in Westport, especially her daily walks along Compo Beach.

Survivors include her son, Dr. Robert Lord Jr. of New London.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

William F. (Bill) Roberts Jr., 83

William F. Roberts, Jr. (Bill), of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., formerly of Westport and Redding and husband of Barbara Roberts, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, while vacationing in Highlands Falls, N.C. He was 83.WestportNow.com Image
Bill Roberts Jr.: Founded independent jewelers group.  File photo

In addition to his devoted wife Barbara, Bill is survived by his children, seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren: Cathy Terry and her husband Chip of Green Valley, Ariz., their daughter Amy, her husband Sean and their three children, Aidan, Gavin, and Dillon; Sue Roberts of Westport; William F. Roberts III (Tres) and his wife Diane of Farmington Hills, Mich., and William F. Roberts IV (Chad) and Kyle Kreason; Jeff Roberts of Redding, and his three sons, Jason, Justin and Jonathan; Greg Roberts and his wife Ann of Black Rock (Bridgeport), and their son William; and two stepsons, Chris Withers of Denver, Colo., and Bryon Withers of San Francisco.

Bill was a proud World War II veteran, having served as a Marine in the Pacific theater in China, Okinawa and other islands, and was awarded a Purple Heart.

He was a visionary in the jewelry industry and founded the Independent Jeweler’s Organization in 1970 in Westport, the largest independent buying group for retail jewelers.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Susan (Ryan) Wilhelm, 50

Susan (Ryan) Wilhelm, 50 of Stratford, passed away peacefully Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008, at Norwalk Hospital following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.WestportNow.com Image
Susan Wilhelm: 17-year Westport school system employee.  Contributed photo

Born in Waterbury, the daughter of Mary (Kenney) Ryan of Norwalk and the late George Ryan, Sue had been a Stratford resident since 1979.

A graduate of Central Catholic High School in Norwalk, she later received a B.A. degree from Sacred Heart University. She was an employee of the Westport school system for the last 17 years and currently maintained the position of executive assistant to the Assistant Superintendent of Education

She had been a very active member of St. Mark Parish in Stratford where she volunteered at the school, the annual bazaars and the parish plays.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Lou Teicher, 83

Lou Teicher, half of the piano duo Ferrante & Teicher, whose florid and sentimental versions of movie themes and love songs made them gods of easy listening and earned them wide popularity beginning in the 1960s, died on Sunday in Highlands, N.C. He was 83 and lived in Sarasota, Fla.

The cause was heart failure, said Scott W. Smith, Ferrante &Teicher’s manager.

A classically trained pianist who was something of a prodigy, Mr. Teicher was a musician of extraordinary dexterity, the speed and clarity of his and his partner’s playing being among their crowd-pleasing qualities.

The two met as children at the Juilliard School of Music, and their friendship became a professional team in the mid-1940s. Eventually, with their hit recordings of the themes from the films “The Apartment” and “Exodus,” and “Tonight,” from “West Side Story,” among others, they became known as “the movie theme team.”

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Allen B. Wisser, 80

Allen B. Wisser, a longtime Westport resident, died Saturday, Aug. 2, at Norwalk Hospital. He was 80.

Mr. Wisser was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of the late Meir and Bess Wisser, and was a longtime member of Temple Israel of Westport.

Mr. Wisser attended The Juilliard School in New York, and was a member of the Rogers and Hammerstein cast of “Showboat.” He graduated from New York Uni­versity in 1951, and Brooklyn School of Law in 1956.

Mr. Wisser served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1954 as a legal adviser to Gen. Bean, head of the U.S. Army Finance Division at Fort Harrison in Indianapolis.

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Helen Harwell Tucker, 83

Helen Harwell Tucker,  83, of Westport, beloved wife of Gardiner L. Tucker, died on July 29, 2008, at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield.

Born in Tampa, Fla., on April 14, 1925, she was daughter of the late Walter and Susan Merkel Harwell. She attended Duke University and University of Tampa. She worked for the Jackson Grain Company in Tampa and the economics department at Columbia University in New York City.

In addition to her husband survivors include her daughter, Patricia L. (Trileigh) Tucker of Seattle, Wa., two sons, Gardiner L. Tucker, Jr. and his wife Marcie of Longmont, Colo., and James B. Tucker and his wife Monica of Trumbull, a brother, Anderson O. Harwell and his wife Mary of Raleigh, N.C., and four grandchildren, Ryan J., Leah R., Samuel N. and Anna K. Tucker all of Trumbull. She was predeceased by two brothers, Walter L. Harwell, Jr. and Edward M. Harwell.

Helen was loving, selfless, generous and giving. She loved children. To know her was to love her. She was a true Christian. She enjoyed sharing the beach; friendship in a game of bridge.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Patricia Lucci Giannuzzi, 66

Patricia Lucci Giannuzzi of Westport died Monday, July 28, 2008, after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer. WestportNow.com Image
Patricia L. Giannuzzi: life-long Westporter. Contributed photo

A life-long Westport resident and 1960 Staples High School graduate, she is survived by her daughter, Kathy Pinkham, and son-in-law, Seth Johnson, of Shelton; her father, Patrick Lucci, of Westport; and her brother, Sal Lucci, and sister-in-law, Martha, of Westport.

She was pre-deceased by her mother, Marguerite Nappa Lucci

While her daughter was growing up, she was an instructor at the town’s Beach School.  A tag sale devotee, she later worked for many years for “Those Two Girls.” She was an avid gardener especially fond of ornamental grasses.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

John C. Gage Jr., 81

John C. Gage, Jr., formerly of Westport,  died Thursday, July 24, 2008, due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 81.

Born Feb. 23, 1927, in Manchester, N.H., Mr. Gage was the son of the late John and Mary (Glady’s) Gage.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Gage attended the University of New Hampshire and was a star football player, breaking the school rushing record in 1949 and holding it until 1973. Upon graduation, he moved to Connecticut working for the Connecticut Light and Power Company in Norwalk for 16 years and the Perkin Elmer Corporation in Wilton for 25 years.

During his tenure at Perkin Elmer, he managed the facilities department and a real estate portfolio of more than two million square feet.  As a corporate real estate professional, he was involved with many international organizations including SIOR, NACORE, and IDRC while serving as officer of many of the local chapters.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Westporter Brooks Jones, Producer, Dies at 73

David Brooks Jones, a producer and director who rejected Broadway to devote himself to regional theater, including starting and directing Pepsico Summerfare at the State University of New York at Purchase, died on July 15 at his Compo Mill home in Westport, The New York Times reported in its Monday edition. He was 73.

The cause was heart failure, his sister, Gloria Jones Borden, said, according to the newspaper.

The university provided 500 acres of lawns and gardens and four indoor theaters to Summerfare, and Pepsico contributed money (ultimately millions of dollars). But it was Jones who provided vision and direction for a 1980s summertime cultural happening that lasted a decade — and considerably longer in the memory of many visitors, the Times said.

He attracted major acts, from Henny Youngman to the Royal Hanneford Circus to the Feld Ballet, but it was his exuberant mix-and-match, something-for-everyone sensibility that defined the festival, the newspaper said.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Phillip H. Woodruff Sr., 84

Phillip H. Woodruff Sr. of Westport died Monday, July 14, while vacationing with his family in Maine. He was 84.

Born Oct. 23, 1923, in Huntington Woods, Mich., he grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich. After receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of Michigan, Mr. Woodruff taught social studies and English in Ann Arbor; Los Alamos, N.M; Riverside, Calif.; Tucson, Ariz.; and Westport.

In 1959, Mr. Woodruff was awarded a John Hay Fellowship at Yale to study American history, and for the next six years was a master teacher in the Yale Summer High School, part of Yale’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program.

In 1963 and 1964, Mr. Woodruff worked for the Kennedy Administration as the curriculum coordinator for the Cardozo Pilot Peace Corps Project in Urban Education, which later became the VISTA program.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

William E. Fable, 85

William E. Fable, 85, of Westport, husband of Doris (Mills) Fable, passed away Friday, July 18 at the Carolton Convalescent Hospital in Fairfield.

Mr. Fable was born in Westport, son of the late William H. and Eva (Neary) Fable and has been a lifelong resident. Prior to retiring in 1984, Mr. Fable was employed for 42 years as a sales executive with Bullard Company in Bridgeport.

He is a 1940 graduate of Staples High School, loved spending time with his family friends and relatives in Maine and in the past enjoyed playing golf.

Survivors in addition to his wife of 64 years includes two sons, William E. Fable Jr., and his wife Susan of West Hartford, John M. Fable and his wife Anna of Fairfield, and four grandchildren, Jesse, Evan, John Jr., and Alexandra.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. from the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, and at 10 a.m. in Saint Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road, for a Mass of Christian Burial.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home, Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.. Contributions in memory of Mr. Fable may be made to the American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Reynold Lee Jordan, 75

Reynold Lee Jordan, 75, of Westport, husband of Rose Jordan, passed away Monday, July 14, at Norwalk Hospital, after a week long vacation with his family on Block Island.

Born Oct. 23, 1932 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Reynold and Albertina (Neaves) Jordan and had been a resident of Westport since 1971.  Prior to retiring in 1990, he was employed by GE for 35 years. 

His expertise was in finance and his last position was that of tax consultant at the company’s headquarters in Fairfield. He earned a BA in psychology and MBA from Hofstra University.  He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in Germany from 1954 to 1956.

Among his many interests, Lee was first and foremost an avid sailor. He enjoyed spending time aboard “Pegasus” on Long Island Sound in the company of his friends from Saugatuck River Sail & Power Squadron and Minuteman Yacht Club.  He served as a member of the Westport Shellfish Commission and the Westport Marine Police Auxiliary. 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Lorraine Nelsen Boynton, 90

Lorraine Nelsen Boynton of Redding, a 35-year resident of Westport until 2002, died Thursday, July 10, of pancreatic cancer. She was 90 years old.

Born on July 31, 1917, in St. Paul, Minn., Mrs. Boynton was the daughter of the late William James and Louise Fehr Nelsen.

She entered Macalester College as a piano and organ major, but switched to religion and English when she and her family moved to Bronxville and she transferred to Barnard College. She graduated from Barnard in 1939 and earned a masters in Christian education from Union Theological Seminary in 1940.

While working as the director of religious education at First Presbyterian Church in Stamford, Mrs. Boynton met Horace William “Bud” Boynton. They married in 1944 and eventually settled in Westport in 1967. She moved to Redding in 2002.

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