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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Erik B. Paulsson, 72

Erik B. Paulsson, 72, of Westport, beloved husband of Agnes Paulsson, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 14 at Saint Joseph Manor in Trumbull.

Mr. Paulsson was born Oct. 1, 1935, son of the late Nils Axel and Gotha Paulsson and has been a resident of Westport for the past 25 years. Prior to retiring, Mr. Paulsson worked as a senior executive in the travel industry.

Following retirement, he was employed by the Town of Westport Parks and Recreation Department as a security guard at the town beaches and assisted with children’s recreational programs in the fall and winter. His greatest enjoyment in addition to his family was the upkeep of his home and grounds.

Survivors in addition to his wife include three sons, Erik A. Paulsson , of Brooklyn, N.Y., Ryan Paulsson and his wife Jacqlyn of Milford, and Mark Paulsson of Enfield; two daughters, Annika Holtan and her husband Brian of Brooklyn, N.Y., Marie Smith and her husband Leslie of San Diego, Calif.; one brother, Carl Paulsson of New York City, and one sister, Anna Lisa Paulsson of Stockholm, Sweden, and four grandchildren, Todd and Peter Holtan and Cooper and Parker Smith. Mr. Paulsson was also predeceased by one sister, Marianne Sandegard.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Shantha K. Mariyappa, 72

Shantha K. Mariyappa, 72, wife of Hosahalli Kenchegowda Mariyappa, passed away Sept. 9, 2008, in Weston.

Mrs. Mariyappa was born in Nanjangud, Karnataka State, India on Jan. 9, 1936, and was the daughter of the late Vishveshwara Gowda and Kamalamma.

Mrs. Mariyappa has been a resident of Southern California for the past 18 years. She graduated from Kasturba Medical College Mangalore, India, in 1963. She is a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba, and enjoyed music, singing, reading, and traveling.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. H.K. Mariyappa, and her children, Darsh Mariyappa and his wife Carolyn of Weston, Tej Mariyappa of Banglore India, Suman Melville and her husband Mark of Vancouver B.C., seven grandchildren, her brother Mohan Karoti of Banglore, India, and several nieces and nephews, Ragini Darshan, and Ashok of New Jersey, and Jayashree Karoti of Texas, to name a few.

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Saturday, September 06, 2008

A.J. DePalmer, 82

Anthony Joseph DePalmer, 82, former local banker and sportsman, died Aug. 10 in Citra, Fla.

He is survived by his wife, Judy DePalmer of Florida, his daughter, Micki Maloney of Maine, as well as his two sisters, Ellie Banyard of Westport and Honey Karl of New Canaan. 

A memorial mass will be held on Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Weston.

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Westport Drama King Al Pia Dies at 85 Image
Al Pia: Westport theater legend. Lynn U. Miller/WN file photo
UPDATE Albert Pia, who led Westport’s Staples Players from 1968 to 1996 and had a long career in theater arts, died Wednesday night. He was 85.

Pia, who lived in Norwalk, had been in ill health for some time.

Last month, he was honored by Staples alumni in Westport and the school’s Black Box Theatre was named in his honor. First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff declared Aug. 9, 2008 “Al Pia Day” in Westport and presented him with a commemorative plaque.

In addition to the Players, Pia also founded the summer theater program at the school, one that he continued to direct well past his retirement, and the studio theater program.



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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Richard H. Webber, 68

Former Westporter Richard Howard Webber passed away on Sunday, Aug. 31, in Branford, Conn., after a long battle with prostate cancer.  He was 68. 

Mr. Webber and his wife Mary, a longtime member of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM), lived in Westport for many years prior to their move to Branford.

He was born Dec. 31, 1939. the son of Harry G. and Anne Webber. After graduating from Yale University in 1961 he joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Bache.

He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1968 and practiced in New York and Connecticut specializing in admiralty and international trade law.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Lynn L. Hymans, 68 Image
Lynn L. Hymans: longtime Westporter. Dave Matlow/WN file photo
UPDATE Lynn L. Hymans, a longtime Westport resident and former employee of the town’s building department, died Friday, Aug. 29. She was 68.

Hymans died at the Hospital of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. one week after suffering a severe head injury in a fall in a family home in Summerville, S.C., according to family members.

She had retired from her town position a year ago.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph, a former member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), and two children, Chris Turley and Julie Hymans.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Donald P. Laraja, 58

Donald P. Laraja, 58, artist and graphic designer, of Burgaw, N.C., formerly of Westport,  passed away Aug. 9, 2008, of acute Lymphoma in the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Wilmington, N.C.

Survivors include his mother, Ann P. Laraja of Westport, one sister, Dianne Gilmore of Norwalk, two nieces, Mika and Emma Gilmore, and cousins Judith Cromer of Willard, N.C., and Richard Dupre of Weston. Donald was predeceased by his father, Frank D. Laraja.

At the request of the family, all services were private. The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, assisted the family with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions in memory of Don may be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1406 Physician’s Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401  

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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 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 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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