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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Dorothy Berger Samose, 91

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Dorothy Berger Samose, a Westport resident for more than 60 years, died June 29 at her home in the Coleytown area. She was 91.

Born in Texarkana, Texas, on May 29, 1920, she was the daughter of Alice Moss Snyder and Frank Snyder. She grew up in San Antonio and New York City, where her father was a professional baseball player with the New York Giants.

After graduating from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, she moved to New York City where she was a model with the John Robert Powers Modeling Agency. There, she met and married her husband, Morton Berger, a photographer.

With their children, they moved to Westport in 1949, where she has lived ever since. In 1975, having been a widow for 13 years, she married Morton Samose of Westport.

In the community, she helped to organize the PTA for the newly opened Coleytown Elementary School in 1953 and participated in the “Coleytown Capers,” a musical revue put on by Coleytown parents, many of whom were professionals in the arts world.

She also was the manager and buyer for Young Sophisticates women’s boutique in Westport and Treasure Cove. In the 1970s, she was the fashion director for Robert Hall Clothing in New York City.

Survivors include her daughters Wendy Berger Margules and her husband Dr. Richard Margules of Newtown and Lucia Berger Brooks of Weston; a son, Craig Berger of Westport; four grandchildren, Dr. Jeffrey Brooks and his wife Alexis of New Canaan, Gregory Brooks and his wife Glenda of Rowayton, Stacey Margules Gallagher of Harwinton and Matthew Craig Margules of Danbury, and eight great-grandchildren, Taylor, Shelby, Molly, Caroline, Liam, Ryan, Camryn and Lucia. She was predeceased by a daughter Kerrin Berger Newell of Southampton, N.Y., and her husband Gary Newell.

Graveside services will be on Friday, July 8 at 12:15 p.m. at Christ and Holy Trinity Church Cemetery in Westport.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Westport EMS Services, Westport, CT; Attention: Dale Call, deputy chief.

Posted 07/05/11 at 04:41 PM


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