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Obituaries

Obituaries

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Alfred K. Dolge, 88

Alfred Karl Dolge, (known as “King”), formerly of Westport and Darien, died Aug. 23 at his New Canaan home. He was 88.

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Alfred K. Dolge: native Westporter. Contributed photo

He was the son of Karl Alfred Dolge and Elizabeth McAdam Dolge of Westport.

During his early education, he attended St. Luke’s School and later graduated from Graham-Eckes in Palm Beach, Fla. in 1945 where he was president of his class. He went on to graduate from Harvard University as a political science major in 1949 and attended the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.

In 1951 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he achieved the rank of captain.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Susanne P. Lebrija, 68

Susanne (Sue, Susie) P. Lebrija of Norwalk, senior services coordinator in the Westport Department of Human Services, died Dec. 11 at home after a long battle with cancer. She was 68.

Born March 23, 1947 in New Brunswick, N.J. to John and Edith Pino, she was their oldest of four children. She spent her early childhood years in New Jersey until her father moved his family to Mexico City in 1955.

They lived there for 10 years with Sue attending Colegio Merici, an Ursuline school. She would also meet the love of her life, Javier Lebrija, before moving back to the United States for a brief period before marrying and settling in Mexico in 1966.

Sue and Javier had five children, all boys, and devoted her entire life not only to her family, but also to helping those in need, especially the poor, the elderly and the sick.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Robert E. Denham, 73

Robert E. Denham, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 3 at home in St. Augustine, Fla. He was 73.

He grew up in Westport and graduated from Williams College and New York University School of Law, also winning a fellowship in law at the University of Paris. He held a variety of law positions in New York and later in Cincinnati, worked for the newly formed EPA and in retirement did children’s advocacy as a volunteer.

A lifelong athlete and tennis teacher, he was also devoted to music and became an accomplished jazz pianist in his later years.

He is survived by his wife, Sharyn Scull, of St. Augustine; two children, Zoe Robertson, of Mount Kisco, N.Y., and Clarke Denham, of San Francisco; two stepchildren, Brooke Devlin-Brown, of Chicago, and Tyler Scull-McWilliams, of Cincinnati; and six grandchildren.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Esta F. Burroughs, 102

Esta Freedman Burroughs, a longtime Westporter, died today at Norwalk Hospital. She was 102.

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Esta Burroughs: Seen in a lenticular image made by her artist son,  Miggs. Contributed image

Born March 15, 1913 in Cambridge, Mass., she met her husband, artist Bernie Burroughs, in a chance encounter after moving to New York. They soon married and in 1950 moved to 10 Wakeman Place in Westport with their sons Miggs and Trace.

She was known as a wonderful hostess who could cook dinner for 60 people in a kitchen the size of phone booth, according to son, Miggs, a well known Westport artist.

After meeting them at a party, she claims to have convinced Esther and Sydney Kramer to move to Westport, which they did, opening The Remarkable Book Shop on Main Street. Their first hire was Esta, who was with the store for more than 30 years until its closing in 1994.

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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

John J. Simon, 86

John J. Simon, long active in Westport civic and cultural affairs, died Dec. 8. He was 86.

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John J. Simon: longtime Westporter. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

A founding member of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee, he also served as chairman of the Westport Arts Center, on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), two Charter Revision Commissions, and from 1995 to 2002 was chairman of the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union.

He was born Feb. 25, 1929 in Manhattan, where he grew up and attended the New Lincoln School. He graduated from DePauw University in 1950 with majors in philosophy and French.

Following graduation, he entered a family business, Ace Paper Company, a paper and packaging merchant and converter, of which he served as president until his retirement in 1984.

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John J. Simon, 86, Active in Civic, Cultural Affairs

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John J. Simon, long active in Westport civic and cultural affairs, died Tuesday. He was 86. A founding member of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee, he was honored by members (above) on his 85th birthday. He also served as chairman of the Westport Arts Center, on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), two Charter Revision Commissions, and from 1995 to 2002 was chairman of the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union. Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield. See obituary here. Contributed photo

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Patricia Jennings, 70

Patricia Ann Jennings, a longtime Westport resident, died Dec. 7 at the Jewish Home in Fairfield after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 70.

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Patricia Jennings: artist and decorator. Contributed photo

Born and raised in Pompton Plains, N.J., the daughter of Joseph and Irma Rozynski, she was a longtime resident of Westport, where she raised a family and worked as a childrens’ book illustrator.

For many years she was art director at Joshua Morris Publishers in Wilton, until transferring to lead the art department at their offices in Bath, England.

There she met her second husband, actor and childrens’ theater producer Richard Felgate, and founded her own company, Pinwheel Publishing.

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Helen J. Betts, 91

Helen Jennings Betts, a lifelong Westport resident, died Dec. 8 at Masonicare of Newtown. She was 91.

She born in Westport where she worked as a clerk for the Westport Bank & Trust Co. and a coder at Trendex, Inc.  She gained notoriety as the U.S. high school duckpin bowling champion in 1939-1940.

She was pre-deceased by her husband of 55 years, Willis Fable Betts. She is survived by her daughter, Vicki Betts Parker MacDonald and her husband John of No. Fort Meyers, Fla.; her grandson Geoff Parker of Brunswick, Maine; her son Bruce J. Betts and his wife Donna of South Yarmouth, Mass.; two step grandchildren, Jennifer K. Twombly and her family of Westport, and Peter A. Kaye and his family of San Anselmo, Calif.; sister-in-law, Ginger Bosco and her husband David of Redding, as well as two nieces and a nephew and their children.

Funeral services will be private.

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Caryl Actis-Grande, 77

Caryl Actis-Grande of Westport died Nov. 28 at home after long battle with lung cancer. She was 77.

As the co-founder and CEO of Actis-Grande & Associates, she was a longtime fixture in the fashion industry operating buying offices in Paris, London, New York, Milan and Florence. She played an integral role in launching the careers of designers including Azzedine Alaia, Jean Paul Gaultier and Patrick Kelly.

Born Caryl Sherman in New York, N.Y. on March 22, 1938, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1960 and later received her Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M.. Ms.

She began her career in the training program at Bloomingdale’s and then became the fashion director for women’s accessories at B. Altman and Company. In 1976, she and her husband Richard Actis-Grande, a former Look magazine editor, opened their own Paris-based firm Actis-Grande Associates, a buying office whose list of clients would grow to include Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Holt Renfrew, Lane Crawford and Harvey Nichols.

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Monday, December 07, 2015

John T. Walsh, 85

John (Jack) T. Walsh of Westport died Dec. 6 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 85.

Born on July 24, 1930 in Montreal, Canada to Leonard and Jeanne (Longoz) Walsh, he was the eighth of 12 children.

He retired as senior vice president at age 73 from a 49-year career with Brinks, Inc. His work brought him to 52 countries with lasting friendships from all over the world.

An avid sportsman, he had a particular passion for hockey and tennis. He particularly enjoyed his time singing with the Barbershoppers in Canada. He volunteered with the Red Cross, was a Big Brother and was a member of the Y’s Men of Westport and the Shore and Country Club of Norwalk.

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Sunday, December 06, 2015

Melinda J. Haywood, 61

Melinda Joan Haywood, a Westport resident for more than 30 years, died Dec. 3. She was 61.

Daughter of the late Joan E. Haywood and Bruce C. Haywood of White Plains, N.Y.,  she was a graduate of White Plains High School and the Katherine Gibbs School in New York City. During a career spanning 20 years, she held administrative positions with American Can Company, American Tobacco Company and U.S. Tobacco Company.

Survivors include her husband, Francis J. Conklin, sister, Pamela H. Lothrop (James D. Lothrop, Jr.), Bruce C. Haywood, Jr. (Regina B. Haywood), and nieces and nephews Ainsley E. Lothrop, James D. Lothrop III, Bruce C. Haywood, III and Caroline J. Haywood.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 12:30 pm. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, Westport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bennett Cancer Center of Stamford Hospital in Stamford, or Regional Hospice and Home Care in Danbury.

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Saturday, December 05, 2015

Jerome Ziering, 91

Jerome “Jerry” Ziering of Westport died Dec. 4 at home. He was 91.

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Jerome Ziering:  musician, educator. Contributed photo

Born March 13, 1924, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Joseph Ziering and Anna Becker Ziering, he and his four siblings were raised in Newark, N.J.

He graduated from Westside High School, Newark, and then attended Weequaic High School, Newark, for five months, solely to study music and trumpet.

He attended New York University, where he was honored as one of the only sophomores admitted to the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity, the world’s oldest and largest secret national music fraternal society. He completed his pre-med college studies with high honors at Rutgers University in Newark, and was accepted into the Chicago Medical School’s inaugural class.

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Friday, December 04, 2015

David F. Hartigan, 90

David Francis Hartigan Jr. of Norwalk, a former longtime Westport resident, died Dec. 3 after a brief illness. He was 90.

He was born to the late David F. Hartigan Sr. and Ann Devaney Hartigan on Oct. 5 1925 in Westport, where he attended Saugatuck Elementary School, Bedford Junior High School and Staples High School. 

He served in World War II in the U.S. Navy as a seaman first class aboard the USS James O’Hara. As pilot of amphibious landing craft, he was awarded five battle stars for his participation in assaults at Iwo Jima, Leyte, Peliliu, Saipan and Luzon.

After the war, he returned home to Westport and worked with his cousin John Hartigan as an auto trimmer at Riverside Motors in Westport.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Bror V. Ingvarson, 86

Bror V. Ingvarson, 86, of Asheville, N.C. a former Westport resident, died Nov 4. He was 86.

The son of Brig. Gen.l Nils Ingvarson and his wife Anna Karin, he was born on Aug. 17, 1929, in Gothenburg, Sweden, and obtained a JD degree from the University of Stockholm and later an MBA from Columbia University in New York.

He made his career in international banking and finance in Brazil, Sweden and New York City, where he started the first Scandinavian commercial bank and established several subsidiaries of Scandinavian banks.

Bror and his family moved to Westport in 1975. Each winter, they hosted legendary Christmas parties featuring a Swedish smorgasbord and spirits. Always a gracious host, Bror warmed friends’ holidays with his delicious homemade glogg and generous pours of akvavit.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Michael S. Sarno, 93

Michael Salvatore Sarno of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 28. He was 93.

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Michael Sarno: Westport native. Contributed photo

He was born to the late Consiglia Venezia and Salvatore Sarno on Jan. 10, 1922 in Westport. He served in World War II in the U.S. Navy as a machinist and fireman first class at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard at the island of Oahu, Hawaii. He was awarded a Victory Medal and after the war continued his service in the Navy, making a goodwill tour on the USS Columbus around the world.

He graduated from Norwalk High School, attended Wright Technical School in Stamford before the war.

After the war he returned home to Norwalk and worked with his brother John running a service station on Westport Avenue in Norwalk. Later he went to manage commercial property. He enjoyed traveling and being physically active, he enjoyed biking, hiking and swimming especially with his grandchildren

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