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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Arlene W. Sabia, 56

Arlene Wanat Sabia, formerly of Westport and Easton, died Dec. 9 at the Jewish Home in Fairfield. She was 56.

She was born Sept. 2, 1955 to the late George Wanat, Sr. and Mary Kondub Wanat and was a graduate of St. Luke’s Catholic School, Staples High School, and Sacred Heart University.

She will be remembered as a very caring person who loved the outdoors. She enjoyed raising her three children, following competitive ice skating, and dancing.

She was the devoted mother of Michael Sabia, Jr. of Easton, and Michelle and Maureen Sabia of New York City; and loving sister of John G. Wanat and George J. Wanat, Jr., both of Westport and William M. Wanat of Southport.

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John “Jack” H. Lewis, 77

John “Jack” H. Lewis, a former Westport resident, died Dec, 7 at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lake Worth, Fla. He was 77.

He was born in Columbus, Ohio, and lived in Palm City since 1989, coming from Westport. He was owner of Alternatives Natural Products of Stuart, Fla. He was an Air Force veteran.

Survivors include his sons, John Lewis and Adam Lewis; daughter, Amy Reffie; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Barbara Lewis.

Memorial contributions may be made to WPB, VAMC, Attn: Volunteer Services, In memory of John H. Lewis, 7305 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33410.

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Friday, December 09, 2011

Yekutiel (Kuti) Zeevi, 65

Yekutiel (Kuti) Zeevi of Westport died suddenly on Dec. 8. He was 65. He was the husband of Nava Zeevi.

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, a son of the late Pinchas Zeevi and Yona Zeevi, he was a resident of Westport for more than 30 years where he was a successful businessman as a wholesale diamond expert. 

He was generous and well-liked, known for his charitable nature, and was famous for his bear hugs, always making people feel comfortable, his family said. He had a passion for soccer. 

Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Neer Zeevi and his wife Liora Zeevi of New London, his son-in-law Kevin Trager of West Hartford, and his sister Ilana Sigal of Israel.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Linda S. Denholtz, 72

Linda S. Denholtz of Weston died Dec. 2 in Norwalk Hospital following a long illness. She was 72.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. April 12, 1939, she was the daughter of the late David and Ina (Roberts) Monheit.  Prior to moving to Weston 33 years ago, she had been a resident of Westport for 20 years.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennington College and her Law degree from the University of Bridgeport in 1990.  She is a former member of the Public Defender’s office State of Connecticut, Bridgeport Office.

She was a volunteer with the Weston section of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC), very active in theater throughout Fairfield County and the Vineyard Playhouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.,  and a former special needs teacher for the Westport school system.

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Harold S. Mickley, 93

Harold Somers Mickley, 93, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Westport, died Dec. 3. He was 93.

He was a retired vice chairman of Stauffer Chemical Co. in Westport. He previously served as the company’s executive vice president - technical.

Born in Seneca Falls, N.Y., on Oct. 14, 1918, to Marguerite and Harold Mickley, he was a child prodigy who taught himself calculus in the fifth grade and graduated from high school at age 14.

He then entered the California Institute of Technology, where his adviser was Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, a man he highly respected for his quick and inquiring mind—attributes that characterized his student as well, according to his family.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Hugh Pickering, 89

Hugh Pickering, a lifelong resident of Westport, died at his home on Dec. 1 after a short illness. He was 89. Image
Hugh Pickering: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in 1922 in Malvern, N.Y.,  he was the son of the late Samuel Pickering and Natalie Ronalds. He attended Westport public schools, graduating from Staples High School in 1940. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering from New York University.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a fighter pilot during World War II, flying the F4U-1 Corsair on 42 missions in the Pacific. Aviation was a passion of his which continued long after the end of the war.

He worked for the Chevron Oil Company and retired in 1986 as the general manager of the Hoffman Oil Co., Chevron’s subsidiary in Stamford.

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Florence J. Shook, 97

Florence James Shook, Westport resident for 63 years, died at her home on Oct. 26. She was 97. Image
Florence J. Shook: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

She is remembered for her enormous love, friendship, and generous spirit, said her family. She co-founded a school, advocated for actors, adored dogs, and relished her family. 

Quick to come with chicken soup, a glazed ham, or easily add another place at the table, she possessed a particular affinity for those in trouble or with “broken wings.”

“There will always be people whose lives are in turmoil and need immediate help,” she said.

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Friday, December 02, 2011

Ina M. Micheels, 73

Ina M. Micheels, a former Westport resident, died Nov 27 at her home in Newton, Mass. She was 73.

She was born in the Netherlands, in Amersfoort in 1927 and also lived in Amsterdam. She came with her mother, Mily Polak, to the New York City area in 1938, at age 11.

She lived for 52 years in Westport including time at 16 Minute Man Hill in a house designed by modernist architect Paul Rudolph—whose demolition in 2007 was the subject of much controversy—and then moved to Newton for the last six years of her life.

She was married to Louis J. Micheels, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst for 61 years until his death in 2008. She attended high school at the Putney School in Vermont, and graduated from Russell Sage College in 1948.

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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Elsie D. Dickenson, 90

Elsie Dorothy Dickenson of Wilton, previously of Westport, wife of the late Dr. James R. Dickenson, died Nov. 28 at Norwalk Hospital, after a lengthy illness. She was 90.

Born in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Elsie Allmendinger.

She was an art teacher in Pittsburgh, an administrative assistant for D&B, several attorneys, and a publishing company.

Survivors include her children, two sons, James R. Dickenson II, Theodore A. Dickenson and his wife Lisa; a daughter, Elyse Dickenson, and four grandchildren, Anastasia, Sarah, Catherine, and William.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Marvin Gelman, 84

Marvin Gelman, founder of Lighting Services Inc., whose company’s products illuminate museums and display windows all over the world, died Nov. 29 in Westport of complications from cancer. He was 84. Image
Marvin Gelman: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

A longtime Westport resident, Gelman had a passion for boating and being on the water. He was a member of the Saugatuck River Sail and Power Squadron and former commander of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 72 based in Norwalk.

He was a member of the New York section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNY) since 1950. He began his career as the lighting director of NBC’s “Tonight Show with Steve Allen.” While working at NBC, he met his future wife, Barbara Savini, a production assistant with the program. The two married in 1957.

In 1958, he left the network to launch his own consulting firm, Lighting Services Inc (LSI) which had a motto of “everything in lighting from design to installation.” Within a few years, realizing that quality lighting equipment was not available in the field, he changed focus and Lighting Services Inc. became a full-fledged specialty manufacturer of accent and display lighting.

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Eleanor Bond, 76

Eleanor “Ellie” Whitford Bond died Nov. 14 with the comfort of loving family at her side. A Westport resident from 1966 to 2000, she was a friendly and familiar face in town before moving to California to be closer to her children and grandchildren.

The daughter of the late William G. and Dorothy (Edwards) Whitford, she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, and worked briefly in advertising for Leo Burnett before marrying and moving to Westport with her husband, Robert “Bud” Bond and young family. The couple was married 52 years.

A wonderful smile and an engaging warm personality delighted Ellie’s many friends and colleagues, her family said. She was an enthusiastic organizer and participant in various civic activities including the Westport Women’s Club and received a National Service Award from the Girl Scouts of America.

A local columnist wrote of her retirement in 1999 after 17 years of devoted employment with the Westport YMCA, “She was the glue that held the Y together.”

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Esther L. Nayer, 84

Esther Leah Nayer of Westport, a resident for 11 years who was active in many organizations, died Nov. 26. She was 84.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y. on March 4, 1927 the daughter of the late Nathan and Anna Abraham, she was a member of Temple Israel of Westport, the Y’s Women of Westport/Weston, and the League of Women Voters. She was active in the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

She is survived by her husband Stanley, her children, Jonathan Rainer and his wife Renee of Dix Hills, N.Y., David Rainer and his wife Wendy of Raleigh, N.C., Judith Nayer and her husband Robert of New York, N.Y., siblings, Sarah Hirschhorn and George Abraham, and by her grandchildren, Craig, Jason, Stefanie, Joshua, Rebecca and Matthew.

She attended Taft High School and the Jewish Theological Seminary and worked for many years as an insurance agent and as an executive secretary at the Vernitron Corporation in Great Neck, N.Y.

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Harold R. Shippey, 85

Harold R. Shippey, born in Westport in 1926, died Nov. 21 in his Woodland Park, Colo. home after a lengthy illness. He was 85.

After serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, he served as a public servant—in Westport as a fire captain for 21 years, and then a sergeant in the Teller County Sheriff Department for 19 years. His late father, Harold A. Shippey, was a former Westport fire chief.

He and his wife built and enjoyed three homes in their 64 years of marriage, two in view of Pikes Peak.

He was a longtime member of Ute Pass Lions Club and board member of Ute Pass Historical Society; 37-year-member of Midland Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, the Ute Pass Crickets Chapter of Family Campers and RVer’s.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Anthony (Snoop) Fiore, 80 Image
Anthony Fiore: 30-year Westport police veteran. Contributed photo

Anthony (Snoop) Fiore, a former Westport police officer and husband of Sue (Kline) Fiore, died Nov. 23 in Norwalk Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was 80.

Born in the family homestead on Ketchum Street in Westport’s Saugatuck area, he was the son of the late Anthony and Mary (Febbraio) Fiore and a lifelong Westport resident.

He was a 1949 graduate of Staples High School and attended both the University of Maryland and Babson College.

He joined the Westport Police Department on July 1, 1956 serving the town and people of Westport for 30 years. He retired with the rank of Inspector on April 1, 1986.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Hector R. Anton, 92

Hector R. Anton, Ph.D., of Westport died Nov. 22 in his daughter’s home in Lexington, Mass. He was 92.

A retired partner of Deloitte and Touche, a public accounting firm, he was professor emeritus of the Haas School of Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley, serving as associate dean, chairman of the department, and in various capacities.

He was professor emeritus at the Stern School of Business at New York University, and chairman of the Ross Institute there. He was a visiting professor at Kauppa Korkea Koulu in Helsinki, Finland, in 1960-1961. He gave lectures in Stockholm, Sweden, during that period.

He was an author of several books on accounting practices and one on Fortran and business data processing. He received his doctorate at the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Norma M. Peterson

Norma Althea MacKenney Peterson of The Cedars, Chapel Hill, N.C., formerly of Westport, wife of Robert Edwin Peterson for 65 years, died Nov. 19 at her home. Image
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Daughter of the late Leroy N. and Grace E. MacKenney of Duxbury, Mass., she was born in Oakland, Maine and grew up in Duxbury where she was graduated from high school in 1941. She returned to her Maine roots, receiving her BA degree in psychology and English from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1945.

Her varied employment history included such interesting jobs as docent for the John Alden House in Duxbury, assistant to the personnel director for a munitions company in Hanover, Mass. during World War II, claims adjuster for Liberty Mutual Insurance in Boston, a service representative for NJ Bell, and 20 years as a substitute teacher in the Westport school system.

Long active in community affairs, she served on the Connecticut Commission for the Elderly, as vice president of Opera New England in Fairfield County, and as vice president of Connecticut Alliance for Music. While living in Ohio in the 1960s, she served as an AAUW president and secretary of the League of Women Voters. PTA president was yet another way she served the community.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jerome R. Derwallis, 86

Jerome Robert Derwallis of Monroe, a former school psychologist in Westport for 30 years, died Nov. 15 at Bridgeport Hospital. He was 86.

Born in Newport, R.I., he He held degrees from Rhode Island School of Design, Boston University and Fairfield University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a captain and was a rescue helicopter pilot during the Korean War.

He was an accomplished watercolor artist and loved jazz and classical music.

He is survived by his wife Barbara, children Timothy, Jeffrey, Amy Van Dell and Lori Branning and seven grandchildren.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Matthew S. McCoy, 43

Matthew Scott McCoy, husband of Alyse Rosner McCoy of Westport, died Nov. 7 at home after a battle with cancer.

Born July 16, 1968 in Ypsilanti, Mich., he was the son of Walter and Nancy McCoy.

He graduated in 1986 from Ypsilanti High School and from the University of Michigan in 1990, where he played nose guard for the Wolverines football team.

He spent seven years coaching Division 1 football at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University before embarking on a career in business, ultimately co-owning his own telecom company, IQ Telcom. 

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Phillip B. Kriewald, 70

Phillip Burr Kriewald of Westport, a lifelong Westport resident, died Nov. 8 at home. He was 70.

Born Aug. 9, 1941 in Norwalk, he was the son of the late Ludwig and Gertrude (Donaher) Kriewald. He first worked for the Town of Westport as an operator at the water pollution and control facility and then went to work for Northeast Utilities as a field estimator.

A graduate of Staples High School, he attended the University of Bridgeport and was a graduate of RCA Institute of Technology.

Following retirement he worked as a park ranger at Sherwood Island State Park.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Robert P. Fallon, 93

Robert Patrick Fallon of Westport died at home on Nov. 4. He was 93. Image
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Born in New York City to the late Perlie and Margaret Fallon, he has lived in Westport since his retirement and move from Greenwich. He was the epitome of a gentleman and a devoted husband, his family said. His natural charm, love of music and lust for travel kept him forever young and beloved by many. 

He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in World War II in both Africa and Europe.  The best reward to come out of his war experience was meeting the love of his life, Jacqueline Racenet, when he was stationed in France near her parent’s home. The two were married for more than 50 years until her death in 2005. 

Fallon worked for Citibank in New York all of his professional life, retiring as a senior vice president after many years of service.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Shirley J. Millwee, 90

Shirley J. Millwee, a resident of Westport most of her life, died Nov. 3 at home. She was 90.

Born Feb. 27, 1921 in New York City the daughter of the late Charles and Ada (Murphy) Jaeger, she was a 1938 graduate of Staples High School. In 1942 she graduated Connecticut College with a liberal arts degree.

Following graduation, she worked in banking and during the war she was employed with Chance Vought in its engineering department.

Following the war, she went to work for General Electric in its engineering department. She eventually became an exemplary teacher in several different school systems, retiring from the Town of Monroe system.

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Emma R. Kriewald, 94

Emma Ritter Kriewald, wife of the late Albert T. Kriewald, died Nov. 7 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 94.

Born Dec. 9, 1916 in New York City, she has been a resident of Westport for 80 years. A former bookkeeper for Aitoro’s in Norwalk, she for many years was a Sunday School teacher at the Green’s Farms Congregational Church and a member of the Green’s Farms Elementary School PTA.

Survivors include one daughter, Judith Izzo and her husband James of Westport, one daughter in law, Janet Kriewald of Westport, five grandchildren, James, Stephen and Michael Izzo and Christine D’Orso her husband Christopher and Mary Thawley and her husband Mark; seven great grandchildren, Nickolas and Dylan Izzo, Harrison and Alex D’Orso, and Benjamin, Samuel and Sophie Thawley. She is also survives by a special cousin Edward Glynn his wife Ingrid and their two children, Kyra and Kevin, one sister in law, Lorraine Ritter, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by one son, Peter L. Kreiwald, one sister, Ada Binnie and three brothers, Richard, Oscar and Charles Ritter.

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Friday, November 04, 2011

Susan V. Fiaschetti, 63

Susan Valeski Fiaschetti died Oct. 16 at her home in Westport. She was 63.

Born Jan. 16, 1948, the daughter of Gloria Reichert Valeski and the late Joseph E. Valeski Jr., she was schooled in Westport and graduated Central Catholic High School.

She had worked at Famous Artists School in Westport and was a member of the Woman’s Board of Norwalk Hospital. She was a kind and loving daughter, sister, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by all who knew her and loved her, her family said.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by one brother J. Mark Valeski of Miami, Fla., one daughter, Kimberly F. Pelham of Milford, and one granddaughter, Marissa Pelham also of Milford. The Harding Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements. Services for were private. Condolences may be left on line at

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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Carol D. Bieling, 78

Carol Digisi Bieling, a retired Westport school teacher and wife of John M. Bieling, Jr., died Nov. 1 at Honey Hill Health Care facility in Norwalk. She was 78.

A lifelong resident of Westport and Saugatuck, she was predeceased by her mother and father, Mary and Jack Digisi, and her sister, Marion.

She is a graduate of Keuka College in Jerusalem, N.Y., where she earned her degree. She was a teacher of English and social studies at Bedford Junior High School in Westport for 35 years and retired several years ago. During summer breaks, she worked as a counselor at Compo Beach.

She was known for her devotion to her students and her ability to win their confidence, which enabled her to reach them personally. She was cited by the Board of Education for outstanding teaching and dedicated service to the students and for her valuable contributions to the Westport school system.

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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Eugene L. Girden, 81

Eugene L. Girden, husband of Charlene Tobin Girden of Westport who he lovingly referred to as “bubbles” and was happily married to for 53 years, died Oct. 31 at home. He was 81.

Born Oct. 17, 1930 in Manhattan, he was the son of the late Jules and Frieda (Fritzi) Girden. He graduated The Bronx High School of Science at age 16, the University of Maryland at 19, and the University of Maryland Law School at the young age of 21.

He was a lieutenant JAG officer in the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War. He was a partner for 25 years at Coudert Brothers a prominent, “white shoe” predominantly corporate law firm, which was the leading litigation firm in the country, representing virtually all of the major media in the United States in first amendment, libel, and right of privacy litigation.

E. Gabriel Perle, a dear friend and one of the most well respected lawyers in the country, said of Girden: “Gene was a brilliant litigator, physically impressive, articulate, persuasive and charming and above all, a knowledgeable and very successful advocate.”

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Jean A. (Pohs) Golden, 87

Jean A. (Pohs) Golden of Greenfield, Mass, and formerly of Westport, died Oct. 29 at the Buckley Health Care Center in Greenfield. She was 87.

Born in New York City, on Nov. 17, 1923,  she was the daughter of Max and Evelyn (Neudoffer) Pohs. She was a graduate of White Plains High School in White Plains, N.Y. and was a graduate of the State University of Ohio in Athens, Ohio.

She had been a resident of Westport for many years prior to moving to Greenfield earlier this year.

Jean was very involved in the Westport Woman’s Club and Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. Also, she was a volunteer for the Norwalk Hospital.

She was a homemaker and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also, she loved the theater and walking on the beach.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Josephine D. Buccieri, 96

Josephine D. Buccieri, wife of the late Joseph R. Buccieri, died Oct. 27 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. She was 96.

Born Sept. 25, 1914, she was daughter of the late Salvatore and Raphaela Delano DeMattio.

She is survived by her son Richard Buccieri and his wife Deborah of New Britain, by her granddaughter Lauri Buccieri and by her great-granddaughter Brooke Perez. She was predeceased by her five siblings Ralph DeMattio, Fannie Lomazzo, Angie Tuccinardi, Carmen DeMattio and Arthur DeMattio.

Friends may call on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave., Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 a.m.  in the Church of the Assumption, 98 Riverside Ave. Burial will follow in Assumption Cemetery.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Virginia A. B. Clark, 86

Virginia A. B. Clark, a resident of Westport for many years and wife of the late Alan H. Clark, died Oct. 18 in Bluffton, S.C. She was 86.

Born in Quincy, Mass. the daughter of the late Laurence and Mary Sapp Beech, she attended LaSalle Junior College in Pennsylvania where she met her future husband.

She left her studies after a year and a half and later finished her degree in the 1940s.

She worked in the banking profession prior to her marriage. She later became a certified swimming instructor and taught non-swimming adults of all ages.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Services Set for Lili’s Place Owner

Funeral services have been set for Liliane A. Bonora, owner of Lili’s Fine Food and Catering, a maintstay at the Westport train station for many years, for Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. at Saint Luke Church in Westport.

As reported by WestportNow on Saturday, Bonora, a native of Monaco, died Thursday at Norwalk Hospital of heart failure, according to friends. She was 72. (See WestportNow Oct. 22, 2011)

She was a longtime parishioner at Saint Luke where friends said she had been in ill health for some time. The friends were seeking to arrange a reception following the service at Lili’s Place at the train station.

Click here for an obituary released today.

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Liliane A. Bonora, 72

Liliane Alice Bonora, owner of Lili’s Fine Food and Catering at the Westport train station, died of heart failure on Oct. 20, 2011 at Norwalk Hospital.  She was 72.

Born in Monte Carlo, Monaco, she arrived in Canada in the 1960s and came to this country in the early 1970s. She became an American citizen just in time to cast her first vote for Bill Clinton.

She was an accomplished cloisonné artist and designer. She was a concert pianist, and also played violin, flute and guitar. For a period of time, she offered lessons in piano.

In 1979, a job at Soup’s On in Westport revealed Lili’s talents as a chef. With the help of the late Dr. Alan Lieberson, Lili’s Fine Food and Catering come into being. And a legend was born. 

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