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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Former Westporter Alfred A. Knopf Jr. Dies at 90

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Alfred A. Knopf Jr., a noted publisher who lived in Westport for more than 40 years and raised his family here, died Saturday in Manhattan. He was 90.

His wife, Alice, said in an e-mail message to WestportNow: “Since we lived in Westport for 40-odd years and raised our three children there, I thought you might like to take notice of his passing.”

Knopf, known as Pat to his friends, was the only child of Alfred Knopf and Blanche Wolf Knopf, giants in the field of publishing.

He left his parents’ company, Alfred A. Knopf Inc., in 1959 to co-found Atheneum Publishers along with Simon Michael Bessie and Hiram Haydn.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Former Connecticut House Speaker Irving Stolberg Dies at 72

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Irving Stolberg (r), former Connecticut House speaker, has died after a long battle with leukemia. Stolberg, who was 72, is shown in Westport last June accepting an award from Bill Hass of the U.N. Association of Southwest Connecticut. Stolberg received the Ruth Streinkraus Cohen Award at the jUNe Day ceremony in recognition of his long support of the United Nations. Stolberg, who lived in New Haven, served as speaker in 1983-84 and 1987-88. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

George R. Kranick, 89

George R. Kranick a longtime resident of Westport, passed away peacefully at Norwalk Hospital on Feb. 11, 2009. He was 89.

Born in Beaverdale, Pa., he attended Rutgers University. A veteran of World War II,  he was a captain in the U.S. Army, serving in China, Burma and India.

His career was with Cal-Tex Oil Co. in New York, and he traveled extensively in the Middle East and Asia.

He is survived by his wife Shirley, son Chris, daughter Karen Howes and her husband Tom, granddaughter, Lilly and one sister Ann.

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Alan David Liberson, 71

Alan David Lieberson, a prominent figure in the Westport community for almost 40 years, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009 at home.

Born on Dec. 20, 1937 the son of Muriel and Dr. Abe Lieberson, Alan grew up in Bonxville, N.Y. 

He was valedictorian at Tuckahoe High School and attended Cornell University, where he graduated early to begin his medical studies at Yale University.

After his residency in Indiana and a tour in the Air Force, Alan came to Westport, a town he loved, in 1969.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Alan D. Lieberson, Longtime Westport Physician, Dies at 71

Alan D. Lieberson, a prominent figure in the Westport community for almost 40 years and an expert on medical ethics, died Tuesday at home. He was 71.

A resident of Westport since 1969, Lieberson was a partner at Internal Medicine of Westport for 15 years and, through his practice, touched the lives of hundreds of people in the community.

Over the last few years, he has done extensive writing on preventative medicines and their benefit to society.

He was the author of numerous books on medical ethics and served on the Medical Ethics Committee of Norwalk Hospital. (See obituary)

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Walter Schormann, 81

Walter Schormann, 81, of Westport, husband of Lina Hesse Schormann passed away Saturday, Jan. 31 at Norwalk Hospital.

Mr. Schormann was born July 5, 1927, in Germany son of the late Friedrich and Anna Schormann and has been a resident of Westport for 48 years.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Schormann had been employed as a chef in several of the local restaurants including the Norwalk Inn, Shorehaven Country Club and Cobb’s Mill. He also enjoyed watching most sports.

Survivors in addition to his wife includes one daughter, Gisela D’Angelo of Milford, two sisters, Waltraut Renc and Christa Marquart both of Germany; two grandchildren, Stephen W. Trefzger, Michelle H. Trefzger and five great grandchildren, Taylor, Alicia, Jack, Lucas and Samantha.

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Monday, February 02, 2009

Katherine Ann Kondub Vicas, 81

Katherine Ann Kondub Vicas, 81 of Homestead, Fla., formerly of Westport, widow of the late John Vicas, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at Westchester Hospital in Miami, Fla.

Katherine was born in Westport on April 23, 1927, daughter of the late John and Mary Mackno Kondub.

Katherine had been a Florida resident since the 1960s where she worked as a tour guide for Coral Castle until her retirement. Her husband John was a retired member of the U.S. Air Force.

She is survived by one son, Robert Vicas of Homestead, one brother Michael Kondub of Norwalk, and many nieces and nephews.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Edna J. Yergin, Former RTM Secretary, Dies at 81

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UPDATE Edna J. Yergin, secretary to Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) for almost two decades until her retirement in 2002, died Wednesday at her Westport home after a lengthy illness. She was 81.

Yergin was the sixth secretary of Westport’s legislative body and her 18 and a half years beginning in 1983 made her the longest to serve in that position. In the RTM’s 60-year history, only four members have served longer than Yergin’s tenure as secretary.

In a commendation read at Yergin’s last meeting on June 4, 2002, First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell noted that during her time serving the RTM, she had missed only three meetings.

“Assuming an average of 14 meetings per year, Edna has recorded and transcribed approximately 262 sets of minutes—an incredible number,” Farrell said.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lawrence D. Tedesco, Sr., 65

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UPDATE Lawrence D. Tedesco, Sr., a 32-year member of the Westport Fire Department before retiring in 1998 as an acting assistant chief, died Monday at Yale New Haven Hospital following a brief illness. He was 65.

Formerly of Westport, and husband of Wanda Gupton Tedesco, Tedesco was a resident of Bluffton, S.C.

Born in Norwalk, June 11, 1943, son of the late Donald J. and Margaret (McDermott) Tedesco, Tedesco had resided in Westport for 63 years prior to moving to Bluffton two years ago.

A former member of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department, he was appointed to the Westport Fire Department on July 1, 1966, promoted to the rank of lieutenant on July 1, 1980, and served as acting assistant chief before retiring May 1, 1998.

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Samuel Febbraio, Sr. 81

Samuel Febbraio, Sr., 81, of Westport, husband of Lena Febbraio, passed away Monday, Jan. 26 in Norwalk Hospital.

Mr. Febbraio was born in Westport, June 23, 1927, son of the late Angelo and Mary (Reitano) Febbraio and has been a lifelong resident.

Prior to retiring, he was a self-employed contractor and built many homes in Westport. He graduated from Staples High School where he was an all-star football player. He was also drafted by the Giants at one time but chose not to play. Mr. Febbraio is a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Survivors in addition to his wife of 58 years includes, three daughters, Linda Kenefic-Avera of Ludlow, Vt., Maria Heidl of Fairfield, Theresa Pearl of East Lyme, two sons, Thomas E. Febbraio of Westport, Samuel Febbraio, Jr., of Fairfield, one brother, Donald Febbraio of Madison, nine grandchildren, one great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Febbraio was also predeceased by one sister, Louise Febbraio.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Paul J. Feeney, 80

Paul J. Feeney, 80, husband of the late Mary Louise Feeney passed away at his home in Westport on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009.

Paul was born Jan. 23, 1928, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. son of the late Joseph and Florence (Quigley) Feeney and has been a resident of Westport for the past 32 years and was known to his neighbors as the “Mayor of Burnham Hill.”

A 1949 graduate of the University of Scranton, he was employed by GMAC for 14 years and IBM for 26 years.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Frances Stevenson and her husband David of Charleston, S.C., one son, Paul J. Feeney Jr. and his wife Valerie of Stonington, Conn., five grandchildren, Katharine and Elaine Stevenson, Ryan, Conor and Aidan Feeney and several nieces and nephews.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Theodore P. Gluckman, 85

Dr. Theodore P. Gluckman died on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009 in Nowalk Hospital after a long illness. He is and will be remembered in the hearts
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Ted Gluckman: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

A resident of Westport since 1954, Ted was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and graduated from Erasmus High School. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he was a outstanding member of the track team, and graduated from the New York University School of Dentistry.

He served as a dentist in the Army during World War II and in the Navy during the Korean War.

Ted began his dental career in Brooklyn and practiced in Westport from 1954 until his retirement in 1997. He served on the Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) for 10 years, was a member of the local Rotary Club and a board member of the United Way. 

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Alicia Eugenia Vallado Ogilvy, 90

Alicia Eugenia Vallado Ogilvy, 90, of Westport passed away peacefully on Jan. 1, 2009. WestportNow.com Image
Alicia Ogilvy: accomplished artist. Contributed photo

Mrs. Ogilvy was born on Feb. 26, 1918, in New Rochelle, N.Y. to Antonio and Anna Haag Vallado and was a graduate of the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School and Hunter College.

Mrs. Ogilvy was an accomplished artist, an avid gardener, and a tireless volunteer at Newtown Hospital and Norwalk Hospital for many years.

She was predeceased in 2005 by her husband, Stephen Hunter Ogilvy, a well known New England tennis player (See WestportNow June 17, 2005), and one sister, Helen Brainard.

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Robert Neal Davidson, 51

Robert Neal Davidson of Key West, Fla., died Jan. 1, 2009.  He was 51.  

Robert was born in Port Lyautey, Kenitra, Morocco on Aug. 10, 1957, and spent most of his life in Westport.

He was a graduate of Staples High School in 1976, Kent Prep School in 1976, and the University of Vermont, 1980, with a degree in environmental studies.

After graduation, Robert made his career in the New York City garment industry.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Beverly J. Lloyd (nee Hicks), 56

Beverly J. Lloyd (nee Hicks), 56, passed away peacefully Dec. 27, 2008, at home in Farragut, Tenn. after a courageous, 18-year battle against breast cancer.WestportNow.com Image
Beverly J. Lloyd: 1970 Staples grad. Contributed photo

Beverly was born Aug. 24, 1952, in Stamford to Carl and Josephine Hicks of Westport. She graduated Staples High School in 1970, Bradford College, and the University of New Hampshire.

In 1976, she married TV writer/producer Rob Lloyd and settled in Los Angeles where she worked as an administrator with The Structured Settlements Company. A daughter, Gabriella, was born in 1990 and was the great joy of Beverly’s life.

Beverly was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her daughter, husband, mother, sister Barbara, brother Richard, and an extended family in grief.

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