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Obituaries

Obituaries

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Jerome B. Meltzer, 92

Jerome B. Meltzer, a Westport resident since 1957, died April 9 at his Newtown Turnpike home. He was 92.

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Jerome B. Meltzer: entrepreneur,athlete. Contributed photo

He was a vice president of Aetna Steel Co. in the 1960s, a Wall Street stock broker, business entrepreneur, and owner of Jerry’s Printing for 25 years in Bridgeport. 

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1923, son of Gertrude and Herman Meltzer. He was a Navy captain in World War II, a graduate of Bucknell University, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity, and a starter in varsity basketball earning the name “Snake” for his agility on the court. He applied these skills to tennis courts, becoming one of Westport’s best doubles player of his time. 

He was instrumental in developing Westport recreational night tennis facilities, finishing his athletic endeavors as a golfer at Birchwood Country Club.

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Roy E. Doty, 92

Roy Edward Doty, a renowned cartoonist whose Westport connections included a poster depicting Westport’s landmarks and important buildings, died March 18 in Dublin, Ohio. He was 92.

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Roy Doty (r) presented a copy of his poster of Westport landmarks and important buildings to Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff in 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Doty drew the Westport poster for the Norwalk Transit District in 2008 with funding provided by the district and the Federal Transit Administration’s enhancement program, intended to provide public works of art for railroad stations. The poster is on display at the Westport and Green’s Farms stations.

A former Norwalk resident, he was born Sept. 10, 1922. He discovered cartooning during the Great Depression. “In fourth grade the bug hit,” recalled Doty in an interview for the book “Inspired Lines.” But it wasn’t until after World War II that he began his career.

While serving in France during World War II, he discovered the work of a number of French cartoonists whose artistic techniques inspired his own unique style of “line drawing” cartooning. After working with Stars and Stripes newspaper during the war, he returned to the United States and began his cartooning career.

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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Nita Cohen, 88

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Nita Cohen: former Democratic registrar of voters. WestportNow.com photo

UPDATE (corrects and updates with family-supplied obituary) Nita Cohen of West Hartford, formerly of Westport where she was former Democratic Party registrar of voters, died March 10. She was 88.

According to John Hartwell, chair of the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) who announced her death, she had recently been living in West Hartford near her daughter, Ellen Anderson, and family.

She served as Democratic registrar of voters from 1993 until her retirement in 2010. She was a member of the League of Women Voters of Westport for more than 50 years, and was a board member of the Democratic Women of Westport, which awarded her its Silver Donkey Award in 1996.

In addition, she was a volunteer at the Pequot Library Book Sale for more than 25 years.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Sheila A. Hefferan, 62

Sheila Arons Hefferan of Norwalk, former owner of a Westport flower shop, died April 7. She was 62.

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Sheila Hefferan: owned Westport Florist. Contributed photo

A daughter of the late Roselyn and Paul Arons, she graduated from Andrew Warde High School, Fairfield, and received a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College, New London, and Masters of Arts from Fairfield University.

She, along with her husband Paul, owned Westport Florist on Riverside Avenue for 25 years. She loved designing floral arrangements and planning parties, collecting antiques, and was a noted dog lover –- especially fond of her wonderful bulldog, Abigail. She received a liver transplant in 1988.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Hefferan, sisters Cydney Arons Kasenetz (Iver) and Stephanie Pioselli Arons, and daughter Hollis Meredith Hefferan. Also her late in laws Dickie and Harry Hefferan, many brothers and sisters in law, numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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Richard C. Tresise, 86

Richard “Dick” Carlyle Tresise of Pisgah Forest, N.C., a former Westport resident, died April 6. He was 86.

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Richard Tresise: worked for TWA. Contributed photo

Born April 30, 1928 in Cleveland and raised there, he graduated from high school and went to Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He met JoAnn Hayes who was attending Denison University.

Upon graduation from Kenyon, he joined Howard Hughes’s new Trans World Airlines company as a general manager, working in Columbus, Ohio. Two children, Lynn and Rick were born. Then he was transferred to the territory of Hawaii to manage the emerging Hawaiian market. This is when Karen was born.

Excelling at his position, he was promoted and moved his family to Bay Village, Ohio. He transferred his family as he accepted better positions in Concord, Mass., Ridgefield, Conn., London, England and Westport. His career spanned 35 years.

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Barbara L. Steeg, 51

Barbara Lee Steeg of Norwalk died March 31 at home. She was 51.

She was born on March 7, 1964 and was a daughter to the late Richard and Karen Lee Steeg. She graduated from the University of Connecticut and worked as a circulation director and direct marketing professional.

She was actively involved in Unitarian Universalist congregations in Westport, Miami, Fla., and Columbus, Ohio. She worked passionately for various social justice causes, including immigration and prison reform. She was an active volunteer at American Cancer Society ; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Bridges: Domestic and Sexual Violence Support of Nashua, N.H.; Project MENTOR; and The Mindfulness Bell journal.

She was also on the board of advisers and reviewed publications for Belletrista, an international women’s literary magazine.

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

John L. Morrow, Jr., 89

John L. “Jack” Morrow, a longtime Westport resident, died Feb. 19. He was 89.

He was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Centerport, Long Island. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. military and served in the 4th Marine Division on Iwo Jima.

He received two Purple Hearts before being honorably discharged. He often commented that he owed much of his success and happiness in life due to his experience in the U.S. Marine Corps. “After Iwo Jima, not much bothered me,” he said.

This may have accounted for his eternally optimistic, fearless, and encouraging outlook, his family said.

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Nancy P. Duffy, 52

Nancy Patricia Wiggans Duffy of Lebanon Township, N.J., a former Westport resident, died April 2 at home after battling acute leukemia for a year. She was 52.

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Nancy P. Duffy: Westport native. Contributed photo

Born on Aug. 13, 1962 in Westport, she was the youngest daughter of the late Dr. Roy Glen Wiggans and Marita Mayers Wiggans. Having spent her childhood in Connecticut, where she also attended Southern Connecticut State University, she spent much of her adult life in New Jersey.

She had worked in the accounting department of Hunterdon County Social Services in Flemington, N.J., after several years of helping women and their children who were victims of domestic abuse at the Resource Center of Somerset, N.J.

She enjoyed sewing, reading, and Scrabble. She loved animals, from the chickens her family raised in her childhood, to her pet cats and dogs throughout her life. She dreamed of witnessing the Monarch Butterfly migration in Mexico. But what she loved most was sharing a story and a laugh with her family.

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Monday, April 06, 2015

Elinore K. Bagdon, 89

Elinore Katherine Bagdon, known as Elly, a longtime Westport resident, died April 5 at her home. She was 89.

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Elinore Bagdon: loved gardening. Contributed photo

She was born Jan. 29, 1926 in New London, the daughter of the late Elinore Bellen and the late Dalton Mace Bellen of Fairfield Beach, and Palm Beach, Fla. She attended Greenwich Academy class of 1944. She graduated with honors from Rollins College in 1949 with a B.A. in theater and was active in her sorority affiliation.

She was an avid gardner, taking great pride in creating beautiful gardens at her home for her family and friends to enjoy. She spent her early years sailing at the Riverside Yatch Club and continued to enjoy boating off Longshore Marina with her husband, Walter, family and friends.

She was a member of the Westport’s Minuteman Yatch Club. She and her husband were also longtime members of The Cotillion Club of Westport/Weston. She greatly enjoyed her life for all the beauty, creativity, and wonderment that made her the person she was—a loving wife, mother, and a dear friend to all who knew her, her family said.

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Gerald L. Barnard, 70

Gerald Lynn Barnard of Westport died April 3.  The cause was heart failure.  He was 70.

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Gerald Barnard: Vietnam vet. Contributed photo

He was born Aug. 2, 1944 in Alexandria, Va.  His parents, Lynn and Frances Wood Barnard, raised him and his brother, Thomas, in Westport and later in Weston. Growing up, he was a dedicated equestrian, whose accomplishments included placing seventh in the prestigious Maclay Competition in Madison Square Garden. 

He graduated from the Loomis School in Windsor and went on to earn his B.A. from Tufts University.  He also had graduate degrees in business and accounting, and he worked for Ford Credit and the Internal Revenue Service.

He served in the Infantry in Vietnam in 1968-69, and completed his military service obligation as a chaplain’s assistant at the Navajo Army Depot, Flagstaff, Ariz. He received several medals and was honorably discharged in 1970.

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Saturday, April 04, 2015

Lois J. Rockey, 83

Lois Janet Rockey of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., a former Westport resident, died March 28 at her home. She was 83.

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Lois Rockey: Westport travel agent. Contributed photo

She was born in Raymond, Wash. on Oct. 29, 1931 to L.V. (Brownie) DeForest and Josephine (Chenier) DeForest. She grew up in Olympia, Wash. and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Asian studies which sparked a lifelong love of travel. She was also a Delta Gamma sorority member and a cheerleader for the Huskies.

After college, she married Ward McClellan Rockey and moved to Coos Bay, Ore. to start a family. Their next move brought them back to the Seattle area to reunite with the DeForest/Rockey clan. Always youthful and athletic, she spent weekends on the ski slopes with family and friends.

Throughout her life, she remained active playing golf and tennis as well. In 1968, they moved to Westport where she became a travel agent and traveled extensively throughout the world. She also enjoyed New York City, Broadway shows, excursions to the Caribbean, gardening and cats.

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Friday, April 03, 2015

Ernestine A. Inzitari, 94

Ernestine Angela Inzitari of Wilton, a former seamstress employed in Westport, died March 27 at Wilton Meadows Heath Care Center. She was 94.

She was born in Herkimer, N.Y. on Aug. 8, 1920 to the late Salvatore and Rose Paestella DeMasi. A former resident of Stamford and Norwalk, she was a seamstress at Flossie’s Dress Shop in Stamford and A Touch of Europe in Westport.

She is survived by a daughter, Marie Martinez and her husband Robert of Palm Coast, Fla., a brother Francis DeMasi and his wife Dolores, of Stamford, a daughter in law Ann Cadin of Bridgeport, 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her son, Joseph Inzitari of Greenwich and a daughter, Roseann Gagliardo of Norwalk. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Joseph Inzitari, a sister Mary Amato and two brothers Angelo DeMasi and Michael DeMasi and his wife Teresa.

A funeral service was held on April 2 with interment following at St. John’s RC Cemetery, Darien.

The family requests that donations be made in Ernestine’s memory to Wilton Meadows Health Care Center, Birchwood Unit, 439 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.

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Dorothy M. Lotker, 93

Dorothy Metcalf Lotker of Fairfield died April 1 in Bridgeport. She was 93.

Born in Westport, the daughter of the late Jessie and Sarah Metcalf, she had been a Fairfield resident for most of her life. She was a member of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church.

Survivors include four nephews of the Meeker family and a niece and two nephews of the Toth family. She was predeceased by her sisters, Shirley Meeker, Virginia Toth and a niece Karan Hine Francetic.

A graveside service will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.

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Robert P. Mizak, 82

Robert P. Mizak of Trumbull, a former employee of Fable Funeral Home in Westport, died April 1. He was 82.

A funeral director for about 10 years, he served in the U.S. Army Graves Registration Unit in Korea and Japan, worked at Fable Funeral Home in Westport and Raymond Funeral Home in Norwalk. The family moved to Trumbull in 1965 and established Mizak Realtor’s in 1967.

His wife Donna joined the boutique firm in 1971, which is now part of William Raveis Real Estate. He was a Scoutmaster at Middlebrook Elementary School, vice president of the Greater Bridgeport Board of Realtors, membership chairman of Pequonnock Yacht Club, and a member and former president of the Trumbull Kiwanis Club, where he was awarded the George F. Hixson 25 year service award.

He enjoyed boating, offshore fishing, traveling, and was a regular attendee of 7:30 a.m. mass at St. Theresa’s.

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Thursday, April 02, 2015

William F. Keplesky, 89

William F. Keplesky, a former Westport resident, died March 31 in Hampton Va. He was 89.

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William F. Keplesky: Westport native. Contributed photo

A native of Westport, he worked for TEK Bearing Co in Stratford as comptroller and chief contract negotiator until his retirement. 

He was one of the original parishioners of St Luke Parish where he served as an usher and organized the annual men’s retreat. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. 

He and his wife Dorothy moved to Wilmington, N.C. in 1994 where he quickly became active in volunteer work in the community as well as at St Mark Catholic Church.

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