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Obituaries

Obituaries

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Arleen B. Allen, 77

Arleen Bitar Allen of Haines City, Florida, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 5. She was 77.

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Arlene Allen: former town employee. Contributed photo

Born in Norwalk, she was a member of Norwalk High School class of 1957.

She lived in Westport for 40 years and worked in the tax collector’s office at Westport Town Hall.

She is survived by a daughter, Marjorie Allen Sorrentino of Haines City,  and sons David Allen of Palm Bay, Florida. and Christopher Allen of Poulsbo, Washington.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

John B. Travers, 57

John Benton Travers of Hollywood, California, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 1 at home. He was 57.

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John Travers: film editor, director. Contributed photo

Over three decades, he edited numerous films and wrote and directed screenplays, beginning when he was a junior high school student and continuing at Staples High School.

On his website, Travers posted this quote: “Film editing is not a technical process, it’s a creative one, in which the editor helps the director fulfill his or her cinematic vision.”

Born in New Orleans and raised in Westport, he was the son of the late novelist Robert Travers and Beverly Travers, and half-brother to folk singer Mary Travers, of Peter, Paul and Mary. Robert Travers died of cancer in 1974, when John was 14. Beverly Travers died in 2015.

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Jean E. Satter, 91

Jean Edith Satter of Westport died Dec. 5, at home. She was 91.

The wife of well known photographer Robert Satter, she was born Nov. 13, 1925 in Yonkers, N.Y., the daughter of the late Benjamin and Lillian Schulman.

She was a graduate of Norwalk High School and was a pioneer career woman who worked at Famous Artists’ Schools and Coca-Cola USA.

In addition to her husband of 70 years, she is survived by her two sons, Keith (Betsy), of Harrison, N.Y. and Blair (Ellen) of Trumbull, and grandchildren Rachel Satter of Norwalk, Lori Birrell (Terran) of Rochester, N.Y., Daniel Satter and Alex Panagos both of Trumbull.

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Monday, December 05, 2016

Rajinder K. Narang, 90

Rajinder K. Narang, a longtime resident of Westport, died Dec. 1 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was 90.

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Rajinder K. Narang: nuclear physicist. Contributed photo

The husband of Bimla Narang, he was born Aug. 25, 1926 in Multan, India and was the son of the late Purshotam Lal and Rampyari Narang.

He received his undergraduate degree from Dayand Anglo Vedic University in India.  Following his graduation, he apprenticed at the prestigious DCM Institute, where he met and impressed an American colleague who sponsored him to come to the United States.

He traveled to New York on the Queen Mary in 1945 and worked as a nuclear physicist and chemical engineer, while concurrently earning his Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo.

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Brett M. Hauslaib, 68

Brett Matthew Hauslaib of Homosassa, Florida, a former Westport police officer, died Dec. 2 in Brooksville, Florida. He was 68.

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Brett Hauslaib: former police officer. Contributed photo

He was born Aug. 27, 1948 in Bridgeport, son of the late George and Jeanne (Bergen) Hauslaib . He retired as a Westport police officer and moved to Homosassa nine years ago. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the 980th Military Police Company.

A graduate of the University of New Haven in West Haven, he had served as a corporate director for the Taubman Company. He was a member of the West Citrus Elk’s Lodge No. 2693 in Homosassa. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 64 and had served as an altar boy at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Trumbull.

Survivors include wife, Florence Tattersall Hauslaib of Homosassa, son, Scott (Danielle) Hauslaib of Simsbury, daughter, Megan (Walter Want) Hauslaib of New Hartford, brother, Mark (Marla) Hauslaib, brother, Jonathan (Kathleen) Hauslaib, brother, Seth (Arthur Bernabucci) Hauslaib, sister, Kristin (Anthony Pratt) Hauslaib, sister, Maryellen (Erica Rohrbach) Hauslaib, along with many nieces and nephews.

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Virginia T. Rodemann, 98

Virginia “Jinny” T. Rodemann of Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, North Carolina, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 9 at home. She was 98.

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Jan. 30, 1918. She attended the Grier School for High School then the Katherine Gibbs professional school and started working in Pittsburgh.

In 1941, she married John (“Jack”) David Hoeveler which was the beginning of a loving marriage of 57 years until Jack’s death in 1998.

Jinny and Jack lived in Westport and Southport until 1986 when they moved to Fearrington Village. After Jack’s death Jinny, was remarried to Carl Rodemann until his death.

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Michael F. Forehand, 65

Michael Frederick Forehand of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 1 at home. He was 65.

He grew up in Savannah, Georgia and Westport. He served in the Coast Guard Reserve then worked in the Maritime industry both in Italy and the United States.

He and his family have lived in Tennessee for 30 years. He relocated with Service Merchandising from Florida in 1986, where he was employed for 19 years. He also worked for the State of Tennessee as a manager for facility services until his retirement.

He is survived by his wife Mary Frances, his sons Michael Forehand, wife Jennifer of Murfreesboro,  Hunter Forehand of Nashua, New Hampshire, Jeff Maynard, wife Jenny of Murfreesboro, daughters Elizabeth Alexander, husband Will of Orlando, Florida, Christie Maynard of Dublin Ireland, brothers Jack Forehand, wife Sandy of Wallace, North Carolina, Robert Forehand of St. Simons, Georgia, William Forehand, wife Mandee of Orlando, Raymond Forehand, wife Ann Marie of Southport, his sister Mary Driver, husband Kline of Buford Georgia, eight grandchildren and 10 nieces and nephews.

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Daniel E. Offutt, III, 85

Daniel Edward Offutt, III of Weston died Nov. 24 at Meadow Ridge Health Center in Redding after an illness. He was 85.

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Dan Offutt: “I’ve never met a successful pessimist.” WN photo by Helen Klisser During

He was the son of Daniel Edward Offutt, Jr. and Karin Offutt (formerly Stenholm) of Oakland, Maryland. He was unmarried and has no immediate survivors.

Dan would have described himself as a “farmer,” but he was much more than that. Those who knew him would remember him (in no particular order) as a tennis player, traveler, sailor, metal sculptor, wood worker, fixer of anything, collector of everything, lover of projects, stock market investor, and a good friend.

A favorite expression of Dan’s was, “I’ve never met a successful pessimist.”

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Shirley F. Chang, 71

Shirley Francis Chang of Derby died Dec. 1 at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 71.

Born May 13, 1945 in Norwalk, she was the daughter of Sun Soon Wu and Fung Ho Wu.

She attended Brien McMahon High School, and then attended New York University. She owned and operated Golden Dragon, and then Peking Inn restaurant in Westport, as well as Mandarin East in Norwalk, and The Oriental Palace in Stamford, as well as Golden Palace in Wolcott.

She was previously affiliated with the Mandarin Inn, also in Norwalk. She worked earlier at Hing Lee, a family-owned laundromat, and for New Canaan attorney Linda Strumpf.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dorothy C. Shook, 94

Dorothy C. Shook of Essex, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 27 at Essex Madows. She was 94.

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Dorothy Shook: former Westporter. Contributed photo

While residing in Westport, she was the longtime secretary of the local chapter of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization which promotes the advancement of and provides educational opportunities for women.

She was an assistant registrar of voters in Westport for over a decade and was the bookkeeper for the family-owned business, Television Workshop, Inc. for many years.

More recently she was a resident member representative to the board of directors for the Essex Meadows Retirement Community and served on the welcoming committee.

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June Parker, 88

June Parker of Seattle, Washington, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 17 at home. She was 88.

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June Parker: artist. Contributed photo

She chose the scenic route through life and she lived it with grit and grace, her family said. She enjoyed a love of family and love of beauty that launched her into the world of art and a lifetime of strong ties to her four children; Donna Parker of Seattle, Brad Parker of Vienna, Virginia, Karen Parker of Los Altos, California, and Melissa Riordan of Fairbanks, Arkansas.

Claire “June” Crary was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. where she lived for several years with parents, Claire and Ralph Goodman and siblings Nancy (Reilly) and Richard Goodman. When her mother remarried to Stu Crary, the family moved to Westport. All three siblings graduated from Staples High School.

In 1949, June married Donald Parker, an alumnus of Staples High School, the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, and the University of Connecticut.

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Judith Eve Brown, 70

Judith Eve Brown of Brandon, Vt., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 27 at home. She was 70.

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Judith Eve Brown: Staples grad. Contributed photo

An obituary supplied by her family said she lived the last five and half years in a continual dance of spirit contending with ovarian cancer and scleroderma.

She pursued treatment across the spectrum of traditional and non-traditional medicine. Her hard-earned learning taught her to listen to her own body, and it was her wish that her obituary encourage women everywhere: “listen to, and trust, your body.”

In her words, “The more you accept where you are, your mind then isn’t in a constant struggle…and then your life doesn’t revolve around it. . . You know me, I never liked guns, I’m not a fighter, but I’m aggressive about knowledge. The more you can learn. . . to make your inner terrain healthier, the more empowered you are.” She understood a basic principle that you can’t fight and heal at the same time.

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Peter D. Griffin, 58

Peter D. Griffin of Westport died Nov. 29 at home of pancreatic cancer. He was 58.

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Peter Griffin: certified in internal and occupational medicine. Contributed photo

He was born on July 7, 1958, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended Rutgers University School of Engineering from 1976 through 1980, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science, electrical engineering, high honors, in May 1980. He was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society as well as Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honor society.

He attended Loyola Stritch School of Medicine from 1980 through 1984 where he graduated with a Medical Doctorate in 1984. He was accepted into Columbia University’s combined internal medicine and occupation medicine program becoming board certified in both internal medicine and occupational medicine in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He received a Master’s in public health from Columbia University in 1991.

He fulfilled a two-year commitment to the National Public Health Service by working in a physician shortage area in upstate New York at Syracuse Community Health Center from 1987 to 1989. There he earned the NPHS Regional Administrators award for his work on AIDS and drug addiction. It is in upstate New York where his interest in outdoor sports began.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

George T. Bristol III, 67

George Treat Bristol III of Tujunga, Calif., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 12 at home of heart failure. He was 67.

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George Bristol: former Westporter.  Contributed photo

He was the husband of Toni (Shpuntoff) Bristol and owner and president of Expansion Ventures Inc. of Montrose, Calif. The company provides consultation services for periodontists, a dental specialty.

He was born April 20, 1949 in New York City, the son of the late George T. Bristol Jr. and Marjorie (Macon) Bristol of Westport. He grew up in Westport and was a graduate of Staples High School. He attended Clark University before relocating to California.

In addition to his wife of 36 years, he is survived by a son Thomas Bristol and his wife Jamie (Wilson) Bristol of Glendale, Calif.; a brother, Ned Bristol of Wrentham, Mass.; three sisters, Kathleen Federico of Norwalk, Patricia May of Medina, Wash., and Elizabeth Callahan of Wilton; two grandchildren, one nephew and six nieces.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Leland Armbrust, 86

Leland Armbrust, known as Martin, of Boca Raton, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 25. He was 86.

Westport was home to his family for many years until he and Elena, his wife of 56 years, moved to Boca Raton in 1990 to start a computer company.

He was a proud man, a smart man, a compassionate man.

As an IBM executive for over 30 years, he traveled the world. As a graduate from Stanford Business School, his best day of the year was when the Stanford Cardinals played against UCLA Bruins, his wife’s alma matter.

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