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Monday, April 04, 2016

Mary Jane Stokes, 90

Mary Jane Shepard Stokes, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 29 at the Bayonet Point Hospice in Hudson, Fla. She was 90. Image
Mary Jane Stokes: athlete, artist. Contributed photo

She was born May 5, 1925 in Watertown, N.Y. to the late Ellsworth Shephard and Dorothy Howard.

She worked as a switchboard operator on Sampson Air Base in New York State during World War II, where she met her husband, William During, a marine pilot, in 1945.

She was a great athlete at Watertown High School, a champion swimmer, and later became a very accomplished artist, best known for her animal drawings and land/seascapes.

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Sunday, April 03, 2016

Cheryl H. Aide, 69

Cheryl Hoggson Aide of Norwalk died March 28 at home. She was 69.

Born Feb. 7, 1947 in Norwalk, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Hoggson. She graduated from Brien McMahon High School in 1965.

She was employed at Nash Engineering Company for many years. After leaving Nash, she went on to work for various car dealerships including Volvo of Westport and most recently Honda of Westport.

She is survived by her children Trisha (David) Tennis of Indianapolis, Ind., and Edward Aide, Jr. (Annie) of Orlando, Fla., and five grandchildren, Morgan and Zachary Tennis, Madison and Carter Aide, and James Lehman.  She is also survived by her sister Rosemary (Charles) Yost of Norwalk, and brother-in-law Kevin Boyd of North Carolina. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Sandra Boyd.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Constance R. Ongley, 85

Constance R. (Danneberg) Ongley of Wilton, a former employee of the Westport school system, died March 23 at home. She was 85. Image
Connie and George Ongley.  Contributed photo

She grew up in Sturgis, Mich. and graduated from Western Michigan University. She earned a doctorate in education from Columbia University and worked in the Westport school system for many years as a psychologist and administrator.

She advocated for generations of special education students, helping them get the services they needed.

She was the center of her family’s orbit.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Hector R. Martinez, 89

Hector R. Martinez of Southport, husband of Conchita Martinez, died March 25 in Bridgeport Hospital. He was 89.

He was born in Puerto Rico, son of the late Juan and Basilisa Martinez and has been a resident of Southport for 10 years.

He had a very distinguished 20-year career in the U.S. Army and was a life-member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 8083. Following his army career, he was employed with the Manhattan Savings Bank until retirement.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Conchita of 70 years, include one daughter, Carmen Sonia Peterson, and her husband, Peter Charles, of Westport; one sister, Ana Felia Munera, of Elmhurst, N.Y.; two granddaughters, Stephanie Del Rios, of Westport, Denise Sheedy, and her husband, Brendan, of Stratford, and two great-grandchildren, Alexis Iannacone and Gavin Gerald Sheedy. He was predeceased by one son, Hector R. Martinez.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Helen F. Misinonile, 88

Helen Frances Misinonile of Orange a former Westport resident, died March 23 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center im Bridgeport. She was 88.

She was born Dec. 18, 1927 in Westport to the late Antonino and Lucrezia Motto Tortorella.

An active member of the community, she participated at the Orange Senior Center and Algonquin Club of Bridgeport.

She is survived by her children Earl (Karen) Sickinger, Helen Cleary, Robert Sickinger, JoAnn Campos, Jenny-Lynn Misinonile, nine grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings Theresa, Elizabeth, Josephine, Mary, Christopher, Dominic, Frank, and Joseph.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Delores Roberts, 89

Dolores Ann Roberts of Singer Island, Fla., a former Westport resident, died March 24. She was 89. Image
Delores Roberts: loved to sing and dance. Contributed photo

She was born Feb. 16, 1927, the only child of Alvin and Martha Westphal. She grew up in Moline, Ill., and attended the University of Wisconsin where she met her husband, Bruce Owen Roberts.

They were married in 1948 until his death in 1992. She resided most recently in Westport—25 years where she was active in the Greens Farms Church—and Singer Island, where she lived full time for the last six years.

She studied music and loved to sing and dance. She was a member of the Tri Delta sorority and maintained friendships through the sorority up until her death.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Harold Steinberg, 88, Longtime Westport Physician

Harold Steinberg, a longtime resident and physician to generations of Westporters, father of state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, died today in Sarasota, Fla. from complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 88. Image
Following his 2014 election victory, state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg posed with his family—father, Harold, mother, Sybil, daughter, Charlotte, and wife, Nancy. He called his father “my hero.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

He was a co-founder in 1960 of the medical practice that is now Internal Medicine Associates of Westport and was affiliated with Norwalk Hospital. He was also affiliated at The Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield for a number of years.

He was born in Norwalk on Dec. 12, 1927, to Michael and Rae Steinberg. He graduated from Norwalk High School, Yale University, and New York Medical College. He completed his internship and residency at Buffalo General Hospital, specializing in hematology. He practiced medicine in Westport for more than 30 years.

He was an avid golfer and tennis player, and a longtime member of Birchwood Country Club, which his father co-founded. He was also a lifetime trustee of Temple Israel.  Most importantly, he loved to travel and toured virtually the four corners of the earth.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Christopher M. Brunner, 48

Christopher Michael Brunner of Connecticut died March 20, tragically succumbing to his battle with drug addiction. He was 48.

He is survived by his children: Amanda Brunner (Michael Howe) of Naugatuck, Christopher Brunner Jr. of Seymour, Alexis Brunner of Westbrook, Maine, granddaughter Skylar Howe of Naugatuck and stepdaughter Danielle Nicholas of Stratford. He is also survived by his former wife, Marianne Brunner of Seymour, mother, Carol McClatchie of Westport, siblings Laura McClatchie of Easton, Eric (Mary) Brunner of Gorham, Maine, Matthew (Kelly) Brunner of Westbrook, Maine, and Gretchen Brunner of Bridgeport, Godparents Sal and Marie Gilbertie, several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Chris was a diehard Yankee and Miami Dolphin fan and most enjoyed spending time with his family. He could make anyone anywhere laugh at any time.  We will most miss his ability to brighten every room he entered.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. Friends are invited to attend a funeral service on Saturday, March 26 at 9 a.m., meeting directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Susan G. Senie, 85

Susan Griffin Senie of Redding, a former Westport resident, died March 11 at Meadow Ridge. She was 85. Image
Susan Senie: political activist. Contributed photo

She was born in New York City on Jan. 19, 1931 to Lucille Matthews Griffin and Gerald Griffin. When she was 14, her family moved to Westport where she graduated from Staples High school and attended the University of Bridgeport.

She married attorney Alan H. Senie in 1951 at the Westport Woman’s Club. Together they raised four children; Matthew, Christopher, Kathryn (K.C.) and Allyson.

They lived more than 50 years on the shores of the Saugatuck River, first at Burritt’s Landing and later at Saugatuck Shores.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Howard Munce Service Set for May 14 Image
Howard Munce in an undated photo supplied by his family.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The family of Howard Munce said today that there will be a celebration of life service on Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center.

Munce, known as the dean of Westport artists, died at his Westport home on March 5. He was 100. (See WestportNow March 8, 2016)

His family today issued this obituary:

Howard Munce, the well-known painter, illustrator, sculptor and writer, a figurehead of Westport’s creative community since the 1930’s, died in his home on Saturday, March 5. He was 100.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Julie Turner, 88

Julie Turner of Wilton, a former Westport resident, died March 9. She was 88. Image
Julie Turner: avid painter, photographer. Contributed photo

An avid painter, photographer, tennis player and gardener, she was the wife of the late Gerry Turner.

He was a well-known Westport photographer whose portraits hang on the walls of many longtime Westport residents.

She was born in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 21 1927, the eldest child of William and Mildred Gage.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Nancy Sherter, 72

Nancy Sherter, a 40-year Westport resident, died March 8 at Bridgeport Hospital after a private and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 72. Image
Nancy Sherter: community volunteer. Contributed photo

She loved art and culture and was very active in the Westport community, volunteering her time to support the Historical Society, Downtown Merchants, Levitt Pavilion, the Library, First Night, the Hidden Garden Tour, the Holiday House Tour, and many others.

She was an avid athlete and on any given day could be found hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, swimming, skiing, cross-country or playing tennis. She loved her job as a Realtor with William Raveis and adored her colleagues and clients.

She is survived her daughter, Jill Thomas, and her husband, Kent, and their children Ryan and Avery, son Craig and his children Matthew and Emma, her mother Sylvia Rubin, her sister Linda Rubin and her husband Lenny Ichton, her cat Bushka, and many other family and friends.

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Louis A. Duquette, 84

Louis A. Duquette of Trumbull, a longtime resident of Westport, died March 15 after a brief illness. He was 84. Image
Louis A. Duquette: longtime Westport resident. Contributed photo

He was born in Fairfield on Jan. 23, 1932, the son of the late Wilfred and Annie (Browe) Duquette and grew up in Westport where he attended Staples High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951.  He proudly served on the destroyer-minesweeper USS Shea and participated in the “Operation Castle” atomic bomb testing program in the Pacific.  He was honorably discharged as a machinist mate second class in 1955. 

He married Eleanor S. Woodson of Westport on Sept. 10, 1955.  Partnering with his brother Gerald, they opened Jerry’s Hardware in Saugatuck where the successful business prospered until he retired in 1986 and relocated to Old Saybrook.

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Robert C. Brown, 89

Robert C. Brown of Old Saybrrok, a former Westport resident, died March 11. He was 89. Image
Robert Brown: profeessional engineer. Contributed photo

Born in 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, he served four years in the U,S, Navy during World War II, and graduated from Washington University, St. Louis, with a B.S. in civil engineering.

He married Janet M. King in 1955, and they resided in Westport for 39 years where they raised their family.

He was senior vice president of the William L. Crow Construction Company in New York City, and during that time led the group that built the largest office complex in Connecticut in Danbury.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Marjorie K. Beinfield, 90

Marjorie Koster Beinfield of Darien, a former 60-year Westport resident and wife of the late well-known Westport physician Malcolm Beinfield, died March 12 at home. She was 90. Image
Marjorie Beinfield: longtime Westporter.  Contributed photo

Over the years, Marge and Mal Beinfield – he was Westport’s first board-certified surgeon—were involved in numerous causes promoting equal rights and social justice.

Following the Mississippi summer of 1964 that saw students from the North organizing a voting rights campaign, the Beinfields hosted a reception after the Leonard Bernstein and Isaac Stern benefit concert for the Student Non-Violent Organizing Committee (SNCC). 

Bruce Beinfield, a son, remembers showing Isaac Stern the Stradivarius violin that had belonged to Marge’s father that night.

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