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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Leah F. Campion, 77
Leah Fay (Van Note) Campion of Trumbull, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 13 after a long battle with cancer. She was 77.
Born in Philadelphia, to the late William Grandin and Laura (Schanck) Van Note of Colts Neck, N.J., she was a descendant of the early Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam and Monmouth County, N.J. She grew up in Wanamassa and Colts Neck, N.J.
She graduated from Red Bank High School where she sang in The Choraliers, played clarinet and trombone in the high school’s marching and concert bands. She went to Rider College, Trenton, N.J. and completed an associate in arts degree–medical secretarial in 1958.
While there, she was a member of Sigma Iota Chi Sorority and in the Mayfair Queen Court in 1957. It was at Rider where she met her future husband, Joseph E. Campion, whom she married in 1958 at the Colts Neck Reformed Church. She and Joe would have been married 57 years on Oct. 18.
Marion C. Kelley, 89
Marion C. Kelley, a Westport resident for more than 50 years, died Oct. 6 at Meadow Ridge in Redding. She was 89.
The wife of the late George W. Kelley was born in New York City on Nov. 11, 1925, the daughter of the late William and Eva (Sabor) Chickray.
As a travel agent for Minute Man Travel in Westport, she traveled widely, eventually making it to every continent except Antarctica.
Once they both retired, Marion and George escaped many northern winters. They took trips to George’s beloved native land of Argentina, and to Palm Springs where Marion loved the restorative and inspiring quality of the air and the light in the California desert.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Murray M. Schiffman, 90
Murray M. Schiffman of Westport, a prolific inventor since childhood, died Oct. 9. He was 90.
Murray Schiffman: Westport inventor. Contributed photo
Born Sept. 14, 1925 in New York City to Israel and Molly Schiffman, he was a graduate of Townsend Harris High School, received a B.S. in electrical engineering from City College of New York, and a master’s from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
However, he always thought of himself as a scientist, according to son Paul. His first offering was a flywheel, primitively crafted from cork, toothpicks and flies, to maintain its own momentum when floated in water.
“It would go around and around,” said Schiffman, who in 1977 became president and co-founder of the Inventor’s Association of New England. The Connecticut chapter would meet monthly in his Sylvan Road South home. He was elected chairman emeritus of its executive board in 1990.
Friday, October 09, 2015
Belle B. Shipe, 93
Belle Bailey Shipe of Westport died Oct. 5 at home. She was 93.
Belle B. Shipe: 56-year resident. Contributed photo
Born June 1, 1922 in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Miles Flack, a doctor. and Belle Teresa Bailey. She has been a resident of Westport for 56 years.
She was the librarian for Barnes Engineering Co., formerly of Stamford. She was a member of the Hard of Hearing Association, a former member of the Fairfield County Chorale and a longtime member of the Westport Woman’s Club.
Survivors include her two sons, Arthur M. Shipe of Westport, and E. Evan Shipe III and his wife Susan of Australia, one granddaughter, Malerie Shipe Meyers, daughter of Sharon Shipe of Albuquerque, N.M., and three great-grandsons, Raymond, Ramsey and Daniel. Calling hours will be Saturday, Oct.17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Dorothy A. Straub Genualdi, 74
Dorothy A. Straub Genualdi of Bridgeport, a former music teacher in the Westport school system, died Sept. 17 at home. She was 74.
Dorothy Straub Genualdi: former Westport teacher. Contributed photo
Known as Dorothy Straub professionally, she was a tireless proponent of musical education for the young. She served as a music educator in the Westport and Fairfield school systems for more than 20 years.
A violist with the Greenwich and Bridgeport symphonies, she taught strings and orchestra and was music coordinator in Fairfield County. She served as assistant music director of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras from 1983 to 2010. She was president of the National Association for Music Education from 1992 to 1994 and won several awards over the years recognizing her contributions to the field.
She composed, edited and arranged instructional material for student musicians. Her last work was “American Triple Crown,” which is being published this year.
Ann A. Covalt, 89
Ann A. Covalt of Westport, wife of the late Dr. Donald A. Covalt, died Sept. 17 at home. She was 89.
Born Aug. 21, 1926 in New York, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Franco and Gilda (Faciani) Aloisi. She has been a resident of Westport since 1960 and was an avid tennis and bridge player. She loved sailing and animals.
Survivors include one daughter; Maude Covalt Swearingen and her husband Daniel of Burtonsville, Md., three grandchildren, Melissa, Nicholas and Judy. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by one brother; Angelo Aloisi.
All Services were private. Contributions in her memory may be made to P.A.W.S. 504 Main St. Norwalk, CT 06851.
Jean E. Rabin, 79
Jean Elizabeth Rabin of Trumbull, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 2 at home. She was 79.
Jean Rabin: owned Record and Tape. Contributed photo
She was the owner of Record and Tape of Westport Inc., for many years located at 385 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center, now home to the Verizon store.
She is survived by her husband, Monte Rabin, as well as her children, daughter Lynne Huffines and her partner Diane Sanford of Fairfield, daughter Dianne Teitelbaum and her husband Paul Teitelbaum of Norcross, Ga., stepson Mitchell Rabin and his wife Sharmilla of New York City, and stepdaughter Ronni Katz and her husband Matthew of Israel, formerly of New Haven. Also, by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, one sister and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters and a brother.
Visitation is Thursday, Oct. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield, and the memorial service on Friday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. at Greens Farms Congregational Church, 71 Hillandale Road, Westport. Messages of condolence may be left at http://www.spearfuneralhome.com. Donations may be made in Jean’s honor to the American Heart Association or to Susan G. Komen Fight Breast Cancer.
Monday, October 05, 2015
Margaret ‘Peggy’ Brenton, 76
Margarey “Peggy” Brenton of Southport, an active member of Westport’s St. Luke Church for more than 50 years, died Oct. 4 after battling cancer. She was 76.
Peggy Brenton: longtime St. Luke parishioner. Contributed photo
The wife of 34 years of the late John J. Brenton was born Dec. 9, 1938 to William and Kathryn Ryan of Stratford. She was a graduate of Lauralton Hall in Milford and St. Joseph’s College in Hartford.
She ran a successful, full service interior design firm for 20 years. She was on the board of the Sasquanaug Association for Southport Improvement, the chairperson of the Sea Lodge Beach Club in Southport for 30 years, and was on the advisory committee for the Sea Scout Ship No. 84 based at Trinity Church in Southport.
She was a longtime member of the Fairfield Museum and History Center, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.
Olivia Vlahos, 91
Olivia Vlahos of Westport died Aug. 26 at home. She was 91.
A bestselling author, professor, and wife of the late Emmy Award-winning screenwriter John Vlahos (see WestportNow April 24, 2004), she was born Jan. 8, 1924.
She showed a flare for the stage at a young age, touring Texas as a young actress with Interstate Players. She later, attended the University of Texas Houston where she wrote and performed in shows for the USO and, under the tutelage of renowned anthropologist Gilbert McAllister, discovered her love of anthropology.
She received her Masters from Sarah Lawrence College where the eminent mythologist Joseph Campbell became a lifelong mentor and friend.
Lucille Barrett, 92
Lucille Barrett of Jenkintown, Pa., a former teacher in the Westport school system, died Oct. 4. She was 92.
Lou Barrett: Westport teacher. Contributed photo
Known to all as Lou, she was a poet, scholar, teacher and social activist. Her poetry appeared in Midstream, Connecticut River Review, Poetica magazine, Muse, Voices Israel, and the National English Journal. She was honored by the Connecticut Council of Teachers of English and the Connecticut Poetry Society for her work.
Her publications include five collections of poetry that explore fearlessly and with intensity her Jewish heritage, her childhood in Brooklyn, and her maturing to adulthood and old age. Through all her writings, she found meaning in the connections between her own life and the symbols and images that have endured in myth, story, and literature throughout the centuries.
She was a lifelong teacher in the classroom, transforming lives for decades of students. Beginning her teaching career in Greenwich Village in the 1940s, she later became a teacher of English literature in the Westport Public Schools, where after retirement she continued as a writing coach.
Friday, October 02, 2015
Helen M. Burke, 86
Helen Louise Moroni Burke of Sarasota, Fla. a former Westport resident, died July 7 after a short illness. She was 86.
Helen Burke: former Westporter. Contributed photo
A Westport resident for almost 60 years, she was a devoted mother to her daughters, Pamela Burke Camarda and Marsha Burke Mangold, and loving wife to her husband Charles Burke, a Staples High School educator.
Born Feb. 11, 1929 in Marlborough, Mass., she was the daughter of the proprietor of a dry goods store, raised during the Great Depression and the war. She moved to Westport in 1957 after her husband Charles began teaching at Staples High School and settled for most of her adult life in a storybook-like little stone house at 7 April Drive.
She was remembered for her Italian cooking and hosting family dinners, for which she was even written about in The New York Times in the late 1970s.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Joan S. Atterbury, 83
Joan Shirley Atterbury of Westport died Sept. 21. She was 83.
Born in Westerly, R.I, on Dec. 13, 1932, to John Gordon Anderson of Aberdeen and Margaret Patton of Edinburgh, she was sister to Marshall Anderson and the late Margaret Anderson Marler.
She attended Norwich Free Academy in Connecticut, University of Rhode Island, and Eastern Connecticut State College, where she earned her master’s in science. She went on to teach first grade in the Redding School District for more than 30 years.
She married Henry “Budge” Clinton Atterbury Jr. in 1955 and together they had four boys, with the family expanding over the years to include seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Susan C. Kimber, 81
Susan C. Kimber of Hamden, a former Westport resident, died Sept.17 at home. She was 81.
She was born Aug. 3, 1934 in Bridgeport, the daughter of Virginia B, and John A. Kimber, She was a granddaughter of Arthur and Matilda Bristol.
She grew up in Westport, attended Westport public schools and graduated from Staples High School in 1952. She also attended the College of William and Mary for two years in Williamsburg, Va. Her employment experiences included, among others, the Stauffer Chemical Company in Westport and C.R. Gibson in Norwalk.
It was discovered that at age 6 she was able to sing in harmony with her older sister. Her love of choral singing included singing in church and high school choirs. She was a member of The Fairfield County Chorale for 25 years and toured Spain, Holland, Switzerland, Ireland, France, Yugoslavia, and Greece with the Chorale.
Margaret B. Joyner, 72
Margaret Edith Blair (Susie to her family) Joyner of Gainesville, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 30, 2014 in Gainesville after a long respiratory illness. She was 72.
She was born May 16, 1942 in the Bronx, N.Y. She was the daughter of John Kenneth and Cornelia Ensign Joyner and grew up in Westport
She earned a B.A. in English, and a M.A. in English, with distinction, as well as a B.A. in plant physiology, and B.S. in environmental horticulture, at the University of Connecticut, and an M.S. in plant physiology/tropical agriculture at the University of Florida. She had almost finished a dissertation for a doctorate in anthropology at the University of Florida.
She was editor of the Florida Museum of Natural History Bulletin for a time and supervised various science department laboratories at UF in her years as a student. Later she edited many theses and dissertations usually for students for whom English was a second language, as well as book manuscripts, journal articles, and grant proposals.
Royal Sandford Graves, III, 92
Royal Sandford Graves, III of Westport died at home Sept. 19. He was 92.
He was born in Orono, Maine in May 1923 to Royal S. Graves II and Eva May Thomson. He grew up in Lisbon Falls, Maine and spent many summers with his cousin Russell Houghton at their grandparents home “The Royal Rest” on Orr’s Island, Maine.
In May 1944, he married Alice Deering Morse at the Yale Chapel, New Haven. They moved around the country during his assignments and training in the army weather corps. They celebrated 65 years of marriage before Alice’s death in 2009.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Maine and completed his master’s in education at Harvard University. His career as an elementary school principal took him to Jenkins and Hatherly Schools in Scituate, Mass., Loker School in Wayland, Mass., Hindley School in Darien, and Beecher Road School in Woodbridge.