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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Hilda Kraus, 99

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Hilda Kraus of Westport died June 2 at home. She was 99.

Born in New York City to Isaac and Sadie (Langer), she received a B.A. degree from Hunter College in 1935. She did post graduate work at International Academy of Art, Salzburg, Austria, in 1967, 1972, and 1977.

Apprentice to a Danish silversmith for three years, she studied traditional enameling methods in France, Italy, and Germany, the great enameling centers. 

She was a well known designer, artist, jeweler, enamellist and metalwork designer. She at one time had shops in New York City and Maine.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Robert Katz, 90

Robert Katz of Westport died May 25 at Norwalk Hospital from complications of Alzheimers Disease. He was 90.

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He was born Sept. 23, 1923 in Fauresmith, Orange Free State, South Africa the son of the late August and Frieda (Prager) Katz. He grew up in Fauresmith and Cape Town, South Africa.

During World War II he served as an air mechanic, air mechanic instructor, and non-commissioned officer in the South African Air Force. He was awarded the Africa Service Medal in 1944.

At age 21, he graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT) with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, and was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at UCT.

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Florence H. Cole, 93

Florence Hanslam Cole, a former Westport resident, died May 23 at Putnam Farm in Danvers, Mass. She was 93.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Florence (Newman) Haslam. She was raised and educated in Westport.

She was a graduate of the North Field Mount Hermon School, Barnard College and Katherine Gibbs School. She was a longtime member of the Congregational Church of Topsfield.

Active in church circles she enjoyed singing and was a member of the church choir at the Congregational Church of Norwalk and the Choir at Congregational Church of Topsfield.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Rene D. Purcell, 77

Rene Dawson Purcell, a 50-year resident of Westport, died May 21 following a brief illness. She was 77.

Born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y., the daughter of George and Pauline Dawson, she attended Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y. where she received a B.S. in biology graduating magna cum laude.

Following graduation, she worked for Bristol-Myers where she met her husband, Frank E. Purcell, Jr. They began their married life in Evanston, Ill. where their first child, Frank III was born. They transferred to Westport in 1965 to raise two more children, Pauline P. Akers and Timothy M. Purcell.

She was active in many town and community affairs including the St. Luke Parish Altar Guild, Meals on Wheels, the Longshore Ladies Golf Association, the Minuteman Yacht Club and the American Cancer Society.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Ralph A. Armstrong

Ralph Armond Armstrong of Weston died May 22.

He was the husband of Susan Most Armstrong, father of Jenny and Sam, brother of Patrice (Clareman), Robert and Tom.

Services will be held Monday, May 26, at 11:30 a.m. at The Conservative Synagogue, 30 Hillspoint Road, Westport.

Interment will follow at Willowbrook Cemetery in Westport.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mercelene A. Smith, 68

Mercelene Adams Smith of Delray Beach, Fla., a former Westport resident, died May 21 under hospice care in Palm Beach. She was 68.

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Born in Jersey City, N.J. to Herbert H. Adams and Mary Jane (Marquis) Adams, Mercelene Jane Adams grew up in the Scotch Plains/Westfield, New Jersey area, where she met her husband, Bob, and raised a family.

Known as Merci to her friends, she had moved to Florida in 2013 full-time after living in Westport for more than 33 years.

A member of both the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club in Westport and Stamford Yacht Club, where she served as entertainment chair, she had made many friends as a result of her vibrant and outgoing personality, her family said.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Elizabeth K. Ferencz, 60

Elizabeth Gayle Kingsbury Ferencz of Westport died May 19 at Norwalk Hospital after a long illness. She was 60.

The wife of John P. Ferencz Jr. (Jack), she has been a Westport resident for 32 years.

Born June 20, 1953 in Bronxville, N.Y. she was the daughter of Richard W. Kingsbury and the late Helen Stone Kingsbury. She resided with her family in Pelham, N.Y. and graduated from Pelham Memorial High School.

She attended the College of New Rochelle and received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa.

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Frank W. Honackie, 68

Frank W. Honackie of Sarasota, Fla., a former Westport resident, died May 19. He was 68.

He was born in Norwalk and moved to Sarasota from Westport in 1998. He was the owner of Sandman Of Sarasota.

He is survived by his wife, Jane; a son, Shane (Angela) Honackie; a daughter, Heather (Cleve) Banks; a stepdaughter, Christina (Michael) Tanner; a stepson, Shawn (Jennifer) Royle; a sister, Sharon Wentovich; and grandchildren, Ciarra Honackie, Kaitlyn Givens, Haley Honackie, Jade Banks, Ashlyn Banks, Louis Royle and Skylar Honackie.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Friday, May 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Palms-Robarts Funerral Home, Sarasota.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Ruth Stein, 95

Ruth Stein of Westport and Palm Beach, Fla., died May 18. She was 95.

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Ruth Stein: Enjoyed Senior Center. Contributed photo

Born on St. Patrick’s Day in New York City to Ida and Raphael Levy, she was the last of 12 children.

She established and ran the Red Bank Answering Service in Red Bank, N.J. She volunteered at Riverview Medical Center initiating their Tel-Med program. She helped establish and was a charter member of the Shadow Lake Auxiliary of the Riverview Medical Center.

She was a charter member and president of the Red Bank Chapter of Deborah Hospital of Browns Mills, N.J., and a life member of Hadassah.

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Mildred F. Baynham, 94

Mildred Frances Baynham of Burlington, Vt., a former Westport resident, died April 29 after a long illness. She was 94.

She was born March 9, 1920 in Jersey City, N.J. the daughter of Margaret Tatem and James Guilfoyle.

She graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in 1938. During World War II, she worked at Federal Shipyards and Drydock Co. in Kearney, N.J.

She married William Patrick Baynham of Westport on April 7, 1951 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Laurence Harbor, N.J.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Celebrating the Life of ‘Mr. Westport’

By James Lomuscio

Hundreds of family members and friends filled the pews at Westport’s historic Green’s Farms Church today to honor and celebrate the life of Allen A. Raymond, a.k.a. Mr. Westport, who died at 91 May 1.

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Mourners file into Westport’s Green’s Farms Church today for the service for Allen Raymond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

The 90-minute service led by the Rev. Jeffrey Rider, pastor, began with the hymn “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” its last line resonating poignantly, considering Raymond’s nearly lifelong relationship with his coastal town and his home on Compo Cove.

“Guide me gently, safely o’er to thy shore, dear Lord, to thy shore,” the lyrics resounded throughout the church.

Raymond, who summered in town with his parents beginning in 1923, often said “that when I grow up, I want to live in Westport.”

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mary S. Caccamo, 96

Mary Spero Caccamo of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died May 12 at Westport Health Care. She was 96.

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Mary Caccamo: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Wife of the late Joseph Caccamo, she was born in Norwalk, July 17, 1917, daughter of the late Anthony and Assunta Gazzio Spero. She had resided in Westport with her late husband.

Prior to retirement, she had been employed by Deluxe Check. Along with her sister Susan, she volunteered for the Red Cross Blood Drives and was a member of AARP.

Survivors include two brothers; Lewis J. Spero, Patrick Spero and his wife Josephine, all of Norwalk, two sisters; Susan Spero; also of Norwalk, Anna Magner, of Elizabethtown, Pa., many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, great grand nieces and nephews and one great great grand niece.

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Arthur P. Benoit, 67

Arthur Paul Benoit of Bridgeport and formerly of Greenwich, a worker at Balducci’s in Westport, died May 14 at home. He was 67.

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He was born in Greenwich to Arthur S. and Grace Benoit. He served in the U.S. Army 1st Calvary Division in Vietnam, 8th Engineering Division.  He was a butcher at the Cos Cob Food Mart for 25 years and most recently was employed with Balducci’s in Westport for the past five years.

He was proud of his yard and garden and spent many hours caring for it, his family said. He loved his cats and adopted many from the area over the years. He was a well-known bass guitar player and many would remember him from the old band The Creations and other local groups.

He is survived by his wife, Claire (Ferris); his children, Robert, Michelle Nevins and Tracie Harris; his stepson, Jeffery Donohue; his brother, Edward; sister, Jane (Joseph) Doran; 10 grandchildren; two great grandsons; and nieces and nephews.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mary W. Farley, 81

Mary W. Farley of Westport died May 8 in Gulf Stream, Fla. She was 81.

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She was born Aug. 19, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pa. and married Jim Farley in February 1952.

They shared a wonderful, prosperous life filled with family, friends, adventures and lots of love and laughter, her family said.

She was an avid golfer, gardener and world traveler. She loved walking the beach and her generous and joyous nature made her a willing volunteer.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Maurice C. Hatfield, 83

Maurice Claude Hatfield of Westport died May 9 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 83.

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Maurice Hatfield: Westporter since 1970.  Contributed photo

He was born Aug. 24, 1930 in London, England to the late Lillian and Claude Hatfield. He graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and design from Enfield Technical College, which later became Middlesex Polytechnic.

He entered the British military in 1952 and met his future wife, Margaret Lacey. In March 1955, they married and set sail for New York in February 1957 aboard the Queen Elizabeth. They resided in New York and New Jersey prior to moving to Westport in 1964.

He was passionate about his career, moving his family to the Middle East for two years while working as an engineer for Dorr Oliver.

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