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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

William (Billy) C. Ford, 49

William (Billy) C. Ford, age 49, the beloved son of James H.L. and Maureen (Pinkie) Ford of Fairfield, died suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008. Image
Bill Ford as seen in the 1979 Staples yearbook. File photo

Born in Whittier, Calif., Billy was a graduate of Staples High School, Class of 1979 and a resident of Westport for the past 43 years. He was a custodian at Staples High School. and Long Lots Elementary School for over 25 years prior to his retirement in 2006.

For the last three years, Billy was employed by Trader Joe’s in Westport.

Billy had a heart of gold. He loved to travel and visited Europe, Hawaii, the Caribbean and Caracas, Venezuela where he lived for two years and learned Spanish.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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UPDATE A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car late today on Westport’s Post Road East, police said.

Police identified the victim as William C. Ford, 49, of 1655 Post Road East. A former custodian at Staples High School, he was employed at Trader Joe’s in Westport. (See obituary)

The accident in the vicinity of 1655 Post Road East forced the closure of the busy roadway for a period after the accident which occurred about 6 p.m.

Ford apparently was crossing at a crosswalk when he was struck by an eastbound car, police said. Friends said he did not drive and may have just gotten off a bus from work.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Jean Kowalsky, 83

Jean Kowalsky, 83, of Westport, wife of Edward Kowalsky, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16 in Norwalk Hospital.

Mrs. Kowalsky was born April 6, 1925 in Cedarhurst, N.Y., daughter of the late Clarence and Dorothy (Amberman) Shaw and has been a resident of Westport for over 65 years.

At one time Jean was an avid swimmer and loved to knit and sew. She enjoyed most the time she spent with her family and grandchildren. During World War II, Jean worked for the Chance Vought Company, building the famed F4U Corsair fighter plane.

Survivors in addition to her husband of 59 years includes one daughter, Kathy Phelps and her husband Dean of Boca Raton, Fla., one son, Beau Kowalsky and his wife Debra of Westport, one sister, Marilyn Frey of New Post Riche, Fla., four grandchildren, Allison and Leanne Phelps and Kaela and Kendell Kowalsky, one niece and two nephews.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mary Louise Feeney, 80

Mary Louise Feeney, 80, of Westport, wife of Paul J. Feeney, passed away Monday, Dec. 15 at Norwalk Hospital.

Mrs. Feeney was born May 16, 1928 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., daughter of the late Frank and Frances (Cavanaugh) Munley and has been a resident of Westport for the past 32 years.

Prior to retiring, Mrs. Feeney was an administrative assistant for the Chubb Insurance Company. Mary loved spending time with her family, cooking, baking, traveling and relaxing with a crossword puzzle.
. Survivors in addition to her husband 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., two sisters, Ann Munley of Morrisville, Pa., Margaret Thomas of Dallas, Pa., one brother, Peter C. Munley of Falls Church, Va., and five grandchildren, Katherine and Elaine Stevenson and Ryan, Conor and Aidan Feeney. Mrs. Feeney was also predeceased by one son, Michael J.P. Feeney.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

William Einar Andersen, 84

William Einar Andersen, 84, husband of Nancy Taylor Andersen, passed away Thursday, Dec. 11 at home in the company of his family.

Son of the late Einar and Isabelle “Belle” Andersen of Westport, he attended Westport schools, and was a graduate of both the American Institute of Banking and Williams College.

He first owned and operated gas stations in Westport and Boca Raton, Fla. Following in his father’s footsteps, Bill started his banking career with the Union Savings Bank and eventually joined the Westport Bank & Trust Co. as vice president.

He enjoyed a very distinguished career with Westport Bank & Trust and retired as CEO and chairman of the board.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

John Samuel Stein, 92

John Samuel Stein, 92, a longtime resident of Westport, passed away Nov. 30 in Smithfield, R.I.

Born in Chicago, May 12, 1916, the son of the late Louise Kuppenheimer Stein (later Louise Greenwald) and Samuel Adolf Stein, John’s early years were spent in Winnetka, Ill., though he attended the progressive Todd School in Woodstock, Ill., from a young age., and Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass.

He graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., in 1938 with a degree in Sociology. At Dartmouth, he was active in the Dartmouth Players and on the staff of the student newspaper, The Dartmouth.

John served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the North Atlantic, and at the time of the Normandy invasion was captain of an Allied supply ship commissioned from the United States Merchant Marine.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Alyce Guyott, 88

Alyce Guyott, 88, a long-time resident of Westport, died Nov. 28 of complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Born on Nov. 24, 1920, in Northampton, Mass., she was the daughter of Dr. Michael and Mary Cooney. She was graduated from The Northampton School for Girls and worked at the Northampton National Bank.

In 1945 she married Frederick F. Guyott, Jr. of Amherst, Mass., who pre-deceased her in 1974. She worked in real estate and for the Westport News for many years.

An avid bridge player and tennis player she was a member of the Unitarian Church in Westport and was a volunteer at the Treasure House thrift shop which benefits Norwalk Hospital.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

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Alan Fontaine, photographer, artist and 40-year Westport resident, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 9 at Westport Health Care Center. He was 92.

Born in New York City, Fontaine became interested in photography at Brown University and also attended the Rhode Island School of Design.

After graduating from Brown in 1938, he enrolled in the New York School of Modern Photography, and while there soon assembled a portfolio of experimental photos.

In 1945, he showed this material to Town & Country’s then fashion editor, Kay Sullivan, winning Fontaine his first commercial assignment, photographing the actor Yul Brynner.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Elizabeth Covell Brett, 88

Elizabeth Covell Brett, a long time resident of Westport, passed away on Nov. 13 after a long 14-year journey with Alzheimer’s. She was 88.

She spent the last 10 years at the Alzheimer’s Resource Center of Cobnnecticut (ARCC) where she was treated with kindness and loving care. Her spirit was strong up to the end.

Those that knew Betsy remarked on her sense of humor, given nature and down to earth qualities. She was a loving wife, wonderful mother, grandmother and a true friend.

Betsy was born Aug. 27, 1920, to Otis Dexter and Mildred Foster Covell in Bridgeport. Her grandfather, John Foster started the first big retail clothing store chain in New England called the Foster Besse Stores.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Vivian Elortegui Zapfel, 52

Vivian Elortegui Zapfel, loving wife of Bob Zapfel and endearing mother to Caroline, Jack, and Michael, of Wesport, passed away on Nov. 8, 2008, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 52. Image
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Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the United States at an early age. Settling in Lakeland, Fla., she graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1974, where she excelled as an honors student and track and field athlete.

Viv continued her education, graduating from St. Mary’‘s College, South Bend, Ind., in 1978, and finishing her MBA at University of Chicago in 1987.

During her career, she worked for State Street Bank of Boston as a vice president in marketing and for IBM in Chicago and New York, where she played a key part in launching one of the company’s most successful platforms, the AS/400.

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Carmen “Connie” Faust , 88

Mrs. Carmen “Connie” Faust, 88, of Norwalk, wife of the late Herman F. Faust, passed away Saturday evening in Norwalk Hospital in the company of her family.

Connie was born Feb. 15, 1920, in the Saugatuck section of Westport daughter of the late Carmine and Concetta (Gilbertie) Famiglietti and has been a resident of Norwalk for more than 70 years.

She is the former manager of LaTresse Coiffure in Norwalk and at one time had worked in the Assessor’s Office in the City of Norwalk and Automatic Signal also in Norwalk.

Connie loved cooking, gardening and animals but most of all she cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and family.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Donald H. Saltus, 79

Donald H. Saltus 79, a former longtime Westport resident who lived on Compo Road South, died Oct. 28 in Georgetown, Texas after a short illness. 

Mr. Saltus was born on March 28, 1929 in Westfield, Mass. He was an army veteran who served in Japan during the military occupation following World War II. 

He went on to obtain a degree in education from Fairfield University under the GI Bill. 

He married Barbara Ann Henry, his wife of 52 years, on July 28, 1956. 

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pauline Olga Weeks, 88

Mrs. Pauline Olga Weeks, 88, of Westport, wife of the late William R. Weeks passed away Monday evening at her home in the company of her family.

Mrs. Weeks was born April 30, 1920, in Bridgeport, daughter of the late Gustav and Mary (Zelinsky) Kovacs and has been a resident of Westport for 57 years.

Prior to her husband’s passing, both she and her husband enjoyed traveling around Connecticut for fresh water fishing. Mrs. Weeks loved animals, music and cooking and was an avid fan of the cooking network.

While there were a few charities Mrs. Weeks held close to her heart, the one she loved most was baking cookies and bake goods to send to the troops where ever they were stationed. A family oriented woman, Mrs. Weeks was a dedicated mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

James J. O’Leary, 55

James J. O’Leary, 55, of Westport, husband of Mary Ann O’Leary, died suddenly on Oct. 19, 2008.

O’Leary was born March 18, 1953, in New Brunswick, N.J., and grew up in nearby Plainfield, N.J.

A graduate of Plainfield High School, he was an exceptional athlete and a standout on the football field. Following high school, O’Leary enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania, where he continued to be an outstanding football player and an All Ivy Selection. He graduated in 1975 with a bachelors of science degree in anthropology.

Over the past 30 years, O’Leary worked as an executive for several Fortune 500 companies, spending most of those years at Mobil Oil Corp., working overseas in London, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Jack Kelly, 83, Dies; Staples Field Hockey Volunteer Coach

Jack Kelly, longtime assistant field hockey coach at Staples High School who was honored as “Volunteer Coach of the Year” last year by USA Field Hockey, died Monday at Norwalk Hospital. He was Image
Jack Kelly: honored in 2007 by USA Field Hockey. Contributed photo

As a volunteer assistant coach at Staples, Kelly provided the Lady Wreckers everything from stick skills and defensive insight to stick repair and Band-Aids. And it all was done with his signature patience, kindness and vitality, the award announcement said at the time. (See WestportNow Jan. 27, 2007)

Kelly, husband of Janice Kelly, was born in Port Chester, N.Y. on Jan. 27, 1925, son of the late Oliver and Helen (Wilson) Kelley, and has been a resident of Westport for 42 years.

He graduated from Rye, N.Y. High School in 1943, and then went on to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1953.

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