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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Herbert M. Barrett, 93

Herbet M. Barrett of Jenkintown, Pa., a former Westport resident, died May 19. He was 93.

He was a longtime clinical psychologist and a proud World War II veteran.

He was husband of Lucille (nee Halprin). father of David (Roni) Barrett, Joshua (Julie) Barrett, Sarah Barrett (Ken Stanley), George (Debbie Neimeth) Barrett and Daniel Barrett. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and three great-grand-children.

Relatives and friends are invited to services Thursday, May 21 at 11 a.m. at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road. Interment will take place at Temple Israel Cemetery, 225 Richards Ave., Norwalk. Following burial, the family will receive visitors at the home of Marvin and Joan Frimmer, 138 Imperial Ave.

Contributions in Herb Barrett’s name may be made to Congregation Kol Ami, 8201 High School Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Matthew Forelli, 76

Matthew Forelli, a longtime Westport resident, died May 9 in Key Largo, Fla., where he also maintained a home at the Ocean Reef Club. He was 76. Image
Matthew Foreli: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

He and his wife Martha spent every winter there since their marriage in 1993.

The eldest son of Matthew and Jane Forelli, he grew up in Old Greenwich, where he attended the Brunswick School. In 1960, after graduating from St. Lawrence University, he married his first wife Sharon Briggs, fathered two sons, Briggs and Peter, moved to Connecticut and joined his father’s company Precision Gear Inc.

Later he became president, then chairman and under his leadership PGI became a leading parts manufacturer in the commercial and defense aerospace market place.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Diana Phelps-Wyant, 63

Diana Phelps-Wyant (Mary Dianne McGinnity) of Westport died May 11. She was 63. Image
Diana Phelps-Wyant: gallery owner. Contributed photo

She was born Jan. 19, 1952 in Fargo, N.D. during a blizzard, which marked the start of a life that could only be described as a whirlwind. She grew up in both Boston and Westport before attending Wellesley College. Initially set to clerk for congress at age 19, she instead opted to become a model, touring the European circuit for almost 10 years.

In her spare time, she owned and operated the stables housing the U.S. national equestrian team, as well as took care of horses belonging to Jackie Onassis (among other notables). Following her modeling career, she turned to fashion design.

Her line was featured across a number of publications including the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

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Ethel W. Lupton, 95

Ethel Mavis Wort Lupton of Naples, Fla., a former Westport resident, died March 30. She was 95. Image
Ethel Lupton: active in community affairs. Contributed photo

She was born on Staten Island, N.Y. on Nov. 21, 1919, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert John Wort, newly emigrated British subjects.

She graduated from Dongan Hall on Staten Island and from Ambler School of Horticulture, Pennsylvania (now the Ambler Campus of Temple University), with a degree in horticulture. After her five children were grown, she earned a degree from the New York School of Art Design.

In 1940 she married John Mather Lupton II, of Mattituck, Long Island and Montclair, N.J.. They settled in Westport, then Weston, and built a notable home, April Hill, where she was active in the Norfield Congregational Church, the Republican party, and the Garden Club. She and John retired to Skidaway Island, Ga., and subsequently to John Knox Village, in Orange City, Fla.

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Michael L. Starzyk, 98

Michael L. Starzyk of Westport died May 9 at home. He was 98.

Born July 7, 1916 in Chicopee, Mass,, he was the son of the late Paul Peter and Antonia Starzyk. He worked at Sikorsky Aircraft since the earliest helicopters, continued there for 46 years and became the head of engineering services.

He was also a member of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston.

In addition to Galy Lapin Starzyk, his wife of 71 years, he is survived by his daughter Nona J. Starzyk of Danbury, granddaughters Rebecca Wilson (Stephen) of Arlington, Mass.,and Rachael Wolff of Venice, Fla. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Andrew, Lily and Kyle Wilson and Aidan and Alyssa Wolff; by his sister Gene Real, by several nieces, by Joyce Graham and by his caretaker, Clover Scott. He was predeceased by four sisters Mary Martha, Cecelia, Adonia, Dorothy and by brother Stanley.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Samuel J. Feiner, 106

Samuel J. “Mickey” Feiner of Westport died at home on April 23. He was 106.

Born on July 4, 1908 in Springfield, Mass., he began his career in retailing at G. Fox in Hartford, followed by a lifelong career with the May Department Stores Company from which he retired as president of May Merchandising in 1974.

Not one to remain idle in retirement, he and his wife Elaine left Westport in 1974 and retired to Florida where he began a new career in politics and served 13 years as mayor of Key Colony Beach. This was followed by six years as chairman of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.

In 1995, he and Elaine returned to Westport where he served on the Public Site and Building Commission, the Maintenance Study Committee, and as vice chairman of the Greens Farms School Renovations Sub-committee.

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John M. Driscoll, 97

John M. Driscoll of Wilton died at home May 11. He was 97. Image
John M. Driscoll: chemical engineer. Contributed photo

Born July 27, 1917 in Boston, the son of Michael J. and Marcella (Phelan) Driscoll, he has been a resident of Westport and Wilton for 59 years.

A chemical engineering graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1939, he was associated with National Aniline Division of Allied Chemical, Buffalo, N.Y.; Wyandotte Chemical, Wyandotte, Mich.; and Rohm and Hass of Philadelphia, Pa. from 1939 to 1947.

From 1947 to 1970, he was associated with the MW Kellogg Company in New York City, and became the vice president in the early 1960s.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Jane H. Pfister, 91

Jane Helen Pfister of Norwalk died May 10 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 91.

She was born March 2, 1924, in Waterbury, the daughter of Frank and Helen Adamski. Jane was a loving wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Image
Jane Pfister: mother of Sue Pfister of Senior Center. Contributed photo

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Albert Pfister; their children, Sharon Fawcett, Albert Pfister, Jr., Gary Pfister, and Susan Pfister (Maya Davidson); her grandchildren, Jessica Bartch (Nate Bartch), Emily Fawcett, Katie Wunder, and Robbie Wunder, her great-grandson, Colton Bartch, and several nieces and nephews.

Her family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk, and a funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, May 13 at 10 a.m. at Saint Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Ave, Norwalk, with burial to follow at Saint John Cemetery in Norwalk.

Posted 12:55 PM
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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Leatrice Platt, 83

Leatrice Platt, a longtime resident of Westport, died April 25 after a month-long illness. She was 83. Image
Leatrice Platt: antique shop owner. Phyllis Groner for

Born in New York City in 1931, she grew up in Nassau County and was educated at Trinity College in Burlington, Vt. She then worked as a casting director with the Lennan & Newal Advertising Agency in New York, where she met her husband Bernerd Platt, an executive at Time, Inc. They married in 1959.

They moved to Darien in 1965, and to Westport in 1971. For many years, they were members of the Aspetuck Valley Country Club, the Cedar Point Yacht Club, and the Congregational Church of Green’s Farms.

After several years of activity in the local arts scene, she opened her own antiques business, The Stock Market, on the Post Road in Westport in the early 1980s, enjoying many successful years there and also participating in many of the area’s noted antiques shows.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

William P. Raines, 87 Image
William P. Raines: former RTM deputy moderator. Contributed photo

William P. Raines of Westport, a former deputy moderator of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died May 2 in St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 87.

Raines served on the RTM from 1990 to 2001. He was chair of its Finance Committee and Planning and Zoning Committee before being elected deputy moderator in 1995.

Survivors include his wife, Miriam F. Raines, daughter Judy and son Douglas.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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Willys D. DeVoll, Sr., 86

Willys David DeVoll, Sr. of Chester, Conn. and Block Island, R.I., a former Westport resident,  died May 1. He was 85. Image
Willys D. DeVoll, Sr.: former Westporter. Contributed photo

He previously lived in Kinnelon, N.J.; St. Louis, Mo.; and then 31 years in Westport.

He was born in Rochester, N.Y., graduated from Cornell University and served as 1st Lieutenant in the Korean War. 

He received a law degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law, then in Cincinnati and since moved to nearby Newport, Ky., and had a successful career as executive vice president of human resources for several major pharmaceutical corporations, most recently Celgene Corp.

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Warren R. Wilson Memorial Service on Friday

A memorial service for Warren R. Wilson, a longtime Westport resident, who died Feb. 6 in Wilton, will take place on Friday, May 8 at 1 p.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church.

Wilson, who was 86, lived at The Greens, where he had moved in 2013. (See obituary here)

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be sent to the Albie Loeffler Fund, c/o Dan Woog, Staples High School, 70 North Ave., Westport, CT 06880.

Posted 11:13 AM
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Priscilla R. Stampa, 60

Priscilla Rose Stampa of Westport died April 26. She was 60.

Born in Naples, Italy, she was raised in Closter, N,.J. A magna cum laude graduate of New York University, she was a founding member, managing director and actor in the New York theater group Heat & Light Co., Inc. and originated roles in many of Tony Kushner’s plays.

She performed at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and numerous New York theaters.

She was costume designer for Heat & Light, in Toronto for Bent Spoons, and in Westport since 2006, resident costume designer at Staples High School with Marjorie Watt.

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Mary Epstin, 107

Mary Epstin, a resident of Westport for the past 10 years, died May 2 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 107.

She was born in Russia, a daughter of the late Chaim and Hannah Kaminoff, and was formerly of New York and Florida. She was an importer and dealer of fine antiques in Woodmere and Brooklyn, N.Y. and was a member and avid supporter of the Anti-Defamation League.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Zebulon Epstin and Jack Jaffe, and by her daughter, Marcia Siegelaub. She is survived by her son, Dr. Morton Jaffe and his wife Linda, son-in-law Donald Siegelaub, sister Harriet Balin, her grandchildren, David Jaffe, Michael Jaffe, Carrie Jaffe, Debbie Schneider, Susan Katz, Steven Siegelaub, many great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Services will take place on Tuesday May 5 at 11 a.m. at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, with interment following at Temple Israel Cemetery on Richards Avenue, Norwalk.

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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Albert J. Silvestro, 87

Albert J. Silvestro of Newtown, former butcher and owner of Westport Food Centre, died April 30 at home. He was 87.

He was born on Dec. 29, 1927, in Bridgeport to the late Lorenzo and Domiana Silvestro.

After serving in the military during the Korean War, he was the owner and butcher at Westport Food Centre, 19-27 Main St. (built in 1879 and now housing Pottery Barn), serving many local families for more than 35 years.

A kind, caring, and thoughtful person, he had a passion for golf, was a Yankees fan and a family photographer. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and was a good neighbor and friend to many in the Walnut Tree Hill community in Sandy Hook.

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