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Monday, September 18, 2017

James H. Baker, Sr., 89

James “Jim” Hervey Baker, Sr. of Fairfield, formerly of Westport, died Sept. 15. He was 89,

He was born in Gloversville, New York on April 4, 1928, the son of the late James H. and Dorothy (McCarthy) Baker. He had been a longtime resident of Westport prior to moving to Fairfield.

He dedicated his career to higher educational fundraising, retiring from City College in 1995. He was an avid golfer and had been an active member of the Masonic Lodge Temple 65. He also proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia (Baker) Worden and her husband Richard of Topeka, Kansas, Nancy (Baker) Wokanovicz and her husband Peter of Monroe, and two sons, James H. Baker, Jr. and his wife Sheila of Southport, North Carolina (formerly Fairfield), and Stephen Baker from Fairfield, six grandsons, James H. Baker, III and Kristen (Walsh) Baker, Matthew and Katelin (Koebbe) Baker, Scott Worden, Mark and Nohemi (Alzerez) Worden, Nicholas Wokanovicz and Benjamin Wokanovicz, and four great-grandchildren, Tatum Worden, James H. Baker, IV, Charles Baker and Nolan Baker. He was predeceased by his wife Ruth Ella Baker, daughter Stephanie S. Baker, his parents and two brothers Richard Baker and Charles Baker. s

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Samuel A. Lepofsky, 96

Samuel A. Lepofsky of Westport died Sept. 10 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 96.

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Sam Lepofsky: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born March 23, 1921 in South Norwalk to Ethel and Benjamin Lepofsky. He was a graduate of University of Connecticut and Temple University.

He served in the 88th Infantry Division as a medic, receiving the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his service in North Africa and in Italy during World War II.

In September 1949, he married Miriam Rosenthal of South Norwalk. They were married for over 68 years.  They moved to Westport in October 1956 where he opened his first place of business. He proceeded to open several businesses until his retirement in 1993.

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Stage Star Brenda Lewis, 96

Stage star Brenda Lewis died Sept. 16 in her Prospect Road home in Westport. She was 96.

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Brenda Lewis: longtime Westport resident. Contributed photo

Her death was reported by The New York Times and confirmed by her son Michael Asen.

She was best known for starring as alcoholic Birdie Hubbard in the original operatic adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” titled “Regina,” at New York City Opera and on Broadway, as well as her role in “Lizzie Borden” by Jack Beeson.

She was a regular performer with The New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera performing in such productions as “Die Fledermaus” and “Carmen.”

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Robert A. Landowne, 86

Robert A. Landowne of Westport died Sept. 15 due to congestive heart failure. He was 86.

A graduate of the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. in chemistry from Yale, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Yale and a group leader at American Cyanamid Co.

He was director of clinical chemistry at St. Joseph Hospital in Stamford where he was responsible for implementing one of the first computerized hospital laboratory systems in Connecticut.

He was active in the local government of Westport where he served as chairman of the Board of Tax Review, and as chairman of the Westport Interfaith Housing Corporation.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Donald Sappern, 89

Donald Sappern, formerly of Westport, Norwalk and Stamford, died Sept. 14 at Jewish Senior Services in Bridgeport. He was 89.

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Donald Sappern: former Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born July 28, 1928 to Sally and William Sappern in Stamford. He attended Stamford High School where his love of performing jazz piano blossomed. 

He formed a popular five-piece jazz band and wrote lyrics and music for several school plays during his time at Stamford High. His pure joy was sharing his knowledge of music with his children and grandchildren. 

In 1949, he graduated from the University of Connecticut, his proud family’s first college graduate. He played in a number of jazz bands throughout his college career. 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Elizabeth Galt, 65

Elizabeth Anne Galt of Greenwich, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 10 in Greenville, South Carolina. She was 65.

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Elizabeth Galt: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She and her brothers were raised in Westport by their mother, Alfreda Sill Galt, after the death of their father, William E. Galt, when Elizabeth was two years old.

Alfreda was an abiding influence in her life, and their close relationship was a great source of inspiration for them both. Elizabeth attended the Barlow School, and graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor’s Degree in liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies.

She was a longtime resident of Greenwich and actively served her community as a member of the board of directors of Greenwich Hospital for the last 19 years. She participated in and chaired many of its major fundraising efforts, and also served on the hospital’s institutional review board.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Josephine Purcell, 90

Josephine Festa Purcell of Westport died Sept. 9 at home. She was 90.

She was born in Norwalk in 1927 and has been a Westport resident for 65 years.

Mainly a homemaker and mother, she also worked in many local restaurants, including Skippers, Blue Moon, The Clambox, and retired from the Patterson Club after 22 years of service.

Her passion was food, whether preparing for her family, catering for large events, including her outstanding professional wedding cakes, or her memorable Italian cookie assortments. Her family will remember her especially for her true Italian homemade pizzas and pierogies.

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Thomas M. Keenan, 81

Thomas (Tod) Michael Keenan of Westport, a charter member of the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS), died Sept. 2 at the Regional Hospice in Danbury. He was 81.

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Tod Keenan: WVEMS 30-year crew chief. Contributed photo

For 30 years, if a Westporter dialed for an ambulance on a Saturday morning, Tod, a crew chief, would respond with his crew. Even as his health declined, he participated in WVEMS events.

He was an Eagle Scout and a former troop leader of Sea Explorers Ship No 1. An attorney in Westport since 1964, he was a former partner at the Wake, See, and Dimes law firm.

He served two terms on the Westport Conservation Commission, and was co-founder and former chairman of the board of directors for the Southern Fairfield County Alcoholism and Drug Council, now known as Positive Directions.

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Saturday, September 02, 2017

David R. Smith, 88

David R. Smith of Weston died Sept. 1 at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan after a long illness. He was 88.

Born Aug. 30, 1929 in Burlington, Vermont, he grew up primarily in Lowell and Longmeadow, Massachusetts. 

He was an accomplished three sport star in high school and college, earning the coveted Blanket Award from Trinity College where he graduated in 1952.

He went on to graduate from Harvard Business School in 1954, and after completing a stint in the Air Force, started his business career at National Blank Book (NBB) Company in Holyoke, Massachusetts. 

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Friday, September 01, 2017

Danuta Maciulewski, 57

Danuta Maciulewski of Bridgeport, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 31. She was 57.

Born April 22, 1960, she immigrated from Poland to the United States in 1972, was raised in Westport, and graduated in 1978 from Staples High School. She attended Katherine Gibbs School, and most recently worked for Suddath Relocation Systems.

Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 9:30 a.m. from the Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Wakelee Ave., Ansonia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in St. Michael Church, 75 Derby Ave., Derby. Interment will follow in St. Michael Cemetery, Derby.

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Henry K. May, 74

Henry (Hank) Kenneth May of Norwalk, a former Westport resident known for his TV commercials for his tire business, died Aug. 20 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 74.

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Hank May: tire company owner. Contributed photo

An avid sailor, he suffered a stroke while doing the thing he loved most, piloting his sailboat outside Norwalk Harbor in the company of friends and family.

A longtime resident of Norwalk and Westport, he was a community fixture known to many in Fairfield County for his decades-long presence in a series of quirky television commercials. 

He was the owner of Hank May’s Discount Tire and Auto Centers located in Norwalk, Stamford, and Port Chester, New York, which he founded in 1978.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Maureen W. Zlatkin, 57

Maureen Whiteman Zlatkin of Westport died Aug. 27 at home. She was 57.

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Maureen W. Zlatkin: dedicated to music, arts. Dave Matlow /WestportNow.com

She was born Sept. 12, 1959 in Minneapolis and spent her formative years principally in Milwaukee. She was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Chicago Law School.

She was dedicated to music, the arts and charity, and she inspired many events and receptions at the barn on her property and in her home.

A musician herself, she was general counsel for the National Flute Association and played the flute at Westport’s Temple Israel on the high holidays.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Howard Dickstein, 89

Howard Dickstein, a longtime Westporter, died Aug. 24 at home. He was 89.

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Howard Dickstein: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

An advertising executive, sports writer and Westport civic volunteer, he was born Oct. 4, 1927 and raised in the Bronx by his parents, Ann and Benjamin, and his grandparents, Jennie and Abraham Wax. 

An honor student at Dewitt Clinton High School, he graduated at 16 and enrolled in the journalism school at New York University.

He supported himself by working at an ad agency, and as a stringer at the old New York Herald Tribune. In early 1945, he joined the Navy and subsequently returned to NYU on the G.I. Bill to complete his undergraduate degree. 

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Carol Medinger, 77

Carol Anne Medinger of Flat Rock, North Carolina, a former employee of the Westport school system, died Aug. 24 at Elizabeth House Hospice in Flat Rock. She was 77.

She was born in Montreal, Canada, to Alan and Kathleen Christie and was raised in Westchester County, New York. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1962.

A long career followed helping a generation of students with her warmth, advice and caring as a teacher, guidance counselor and school psychologist in Westport.

She and husband and Ron retired to Savannah, Georgia in 2000 where she was active in numerous church and community activities. They relocated to Flat Rock in 2015 where Carol continued her love of music with The Kenmure Chorus and enjoyed the many local performing arts; playing bridge and golf; and extensive travel and adventure with Ron.

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Dominick M. Parillo, 84

Dominick M. Parillo of Westport died Aug. 25 in Bridgeport Hospital. He was 84.

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Dominick M. Parillo: Westport native. Contributed photo

The husband of Arlyne Garfield Parillo was born in Westport, son of the late Joseph and Julia (Perrottelli)  Parillo. He was raised in Westport where he graduated from Staples High School in 1951.

He moved to Norwalk where he was a dedicated member of the Norwalk Fire Department for 31 years. He is also a longtime member of the South Norwalk Boat Club where he loved to spend time on his boat named About Time and Long Island Sound.

A loving husband, father and grandfather survivors in addition to his wife of 63 years includes one son, Peter Parillo and his wife Dana of Trumbull, one daughter Julie Parillo of Westport, two grandchildren, Jessica and Daniel Parillo, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was also predeceased by one son, Michael J. Parillo and one brother, Joseph Parillo.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Joan T. Flamio, 84

Joan T. Flamio of Stratford, a former Westport schools employee, died Aug. 24 after a long battle with cancer. She was 84.

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Joan Flamio: retired school employee. Contributed photo

She grew up in Hartford, attending Buckley High School and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree at Arnold College/University of Bridgeport. She spent most of her career until her retirement at the Westport Public Schools.

Her assignments included being a physical education teacher and coach at Bedford Junior High School and Greens Farms Elementary School.

She lived her life to the fullest. She was devoted to her family and career, loved to travel and was an avid Yankees fan.

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James C. Oakley, 53

James (Jim) C. Oakley of Westport died Aug. 22. He was 53.

He was born in Teaneck, New Jersey on Oct. 19, 1963 and grew up in the town of Demarest, New Jersey. 

He was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School and Northern Valley Regional High School Demarest (’82) where he played varsity football and soccer. 

He served as a youth minister at St. Joseph’s Parish in Demarest. He attended Purdue University and graduated from Rutgers University in 1987 with a BA in economics. 

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Mark P. Labazzo, 65

Mark Phillip Labazzo of Westport died Aug. 22 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 65.

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Mark Labazzo: hospital employee. Contributed photo

Born in Norwalk on Oct. 25, 1951, he was the son of the late Frank James and Katherine Elizabeth Langer Labazzo.

He worked in the kitchen at Norwalk Hospital for over 20 years, also worked for Stop & Shop in Wilton for 25 years and part time for the S.T.A.R. organization.

He was a resident at CLASP Homes in Westport for 22 years and enjoyed bowling and especially swimming where he was a recipient of many gold medals in the Special Olympics.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Meghan E. Gannon, 19

Meghan Elizabeth Gannon of Westport died Aug. 21 at the Gaylord Rehabilitation Facility in Wallingford. She was 19.

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Meghan Gannon: 2016 Staples graduate. Contributed photo

She was born Feb. 17, 1998 in Greenwich and lived most of her life in Westport. She was a 2016 graduate of Staples High School.

She was diagnosed with a rare degenerative neuromuscular disease at an early age, and through determination and strength was able to lead a normal life, with the help and support of a large network of family, friends and the local community.

She never allowed her disposition to keep her from enjoying her life and affecting so many others in the process.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mark D. Hansen, 57

Mark D. Hansen of Dorset, Vermont, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 13 at home. He was 57.

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The husband of Michelle Santos Hansen for 24 years, he was born in Fulton, New York. on Sept. 6, 1959 the son of Audrey (Osborne) Hansen and the late Donald Hansen. He spent his youth in Westport and attended local schools, graduating from Staples High School and earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Montana State.

He has been a longtime resident and lover of Vermont, with an ample supply of wool socks and Birkenstocks. Over the years, he worked several jobs, including his own business. But no job more beloved than raising his five amazing children and the many kids they took into their home and family over the years.

In addition to his wife and five children, Jesse, Lucas, Elijah, Kaia and Mika, he is survived by his brother William and Joan Hansen of Cape Cod, sisters Donna Hansen Kane and Phillip Kane of Bothell, Washington, Holly Hansen and Thomas Daly of Norwalk. and Kris Anne and Alan Pawlak of East Hampton. Hek also has a big extended family with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Margaret Jewitt, 94

Margaret Cool Jewitt, a former Westport resident, died July 20 at Kendal-Crosslands Retirement Community in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. She was 94.

Known to her friends as Pat, she was a 40-year resident of Fairfield.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio on Aug. 29, 1922, her father’s work with the Better Business Bureau moved the family to Norfolk, Virginia and Larchmont, New York before settling in Westport, where she graduated from Staples High School.

She attended Columbia University and Yale Drama School, and enjoyed a 17-year secretarial career in the advertising industry. In 1957, she married David Jewitt, and they raised a family in Fairfield.

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Philip S. Wasserman, 70

Philip S. Wasserman of Westport and Upper Saddle River, New Jersey died Aug. 15 after a brief illness. He was 70.

He was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn College and Temple University Dental School. He was a pediatric dentist for over 40 years in Bloomfield, New Jersey, where he owned Dentistry for Children. He was a captain in medical service corp in the U.S. Army. He loved, skiing, sailing, and gardening.

He is predeceased by Rona Wasserman. He is survived by his son Scott Wasserman (Stacy), his daughter Nicole Troisi (Jon) and four grandchildren. He is also survived by his dear friend Ann Ali and her family, and his brother Herbert Wasserman.

Funeral services are Thursday, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. at Cedar Park Cemetery. Paramus ,New Jersey.  Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the The Nature Conservancy http://www.nature.org.

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Anne Marie C. Macnamara, 77

Anne Marie C. Macnamara of Westport died Aug. 15 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 77.

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Anne Marie C. Macnamara: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

The wife of William P. Macnamara, Jr. was born in Philadelphia, daughter of the late William T. Mathews a former state representative from Philadelphia and the late Anne M. Mathews.

She has been a Westport resident for 33 years. A graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, she was the founding president of religious education at St. Robert Bellarmine of Freehold, New Jersey.

She attended Immaculata College in Pennsylvania and is a former flight attendant with TWA. She was a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Westport.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Rolf E. Kogstad, 53

Rolf Erik Kogstad of Westport died Aug. 13 at home. He was 53.

The husband of Marion (Molony) Kogstad, he was born March 18, 1964, the son of Rolf Egil and Elizabeth Richmond. He has been a Westport resident for 15 years.

He was currently an associate IT director for Verizon. A 1988 graduate of Iona College, he and received his Master’s degree from Georgia State University in 2004.

He was very involved in the Adult Recreation Soccer League in Westport, Wilton and Darien. An avid skier and sailing enthusiast, he most enjoyed the time he spent with his wife and the boys.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Monique M. Roberts, 49

Monique M. Belcher Roberts of Bridgeport died Aug. 8 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport. She was 49.

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Born in Bridgeport to Brenda Cleckley Belcher and the late Bradford L. Belcher, she was a lifelong resident. She was a 1986 graduate of Bassick High School and was most recently employed as the director of CLASP Homes, Inc. of Westport.

She was a disciple of Mt. Aery Baptist Church.

In addition to her father, a brother Yuseef Jamal Belcher predeceased her. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son, Brandon Roberts; a daughter, Maya Cooper both of Bridgeport; a special daughter, Amber Ross of New Haven, fiancé, Christopher Ross of New Haven, stepmother, Toni Belcher of Bridgeport; six brothers, Che’ Carter of California, Bradford L. Belcher, Jr., and Eliot Walker of Stratford, Jamon Fredrick, of Georgia, Kenyatta Hough and Rashaun Belcher of Bridgeport; two sisters, Tameeka Parks of Hamden and Shayla Dawkins of Bridgeport, and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces.

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Richard J. Klouda, 52

Richard “Rick” J. Klouda of Setauket, New York, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 10 in Stony Brook (NY) University Hospital after a long battle with neurofibromatosis. He was 52.

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He was born Aug. 24, 1964 in Oceanside, New York to Mildred and Richard Klouda. He grew up in Smithtown, New York and graduated from Northeastern University in 1987 with a degree in finance.

He worked in the commercial banking Industry, most recently at Wells Fargo in White Plains, New York. He was a resident of Westport for 13 years and for the last few years he resided in Setauket.

He is survived by his two children, Emily Klouda of New York, New York, and Peter Klouda of Westport, his parents Mildred and Richard Klouda of Stony Brook, his sister Jeanne Jameson of Marana, Arizona, and his two brothers, Robert Klouda of Branford, and John Klouda of Smithtown.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Margaret O. West, 87

Margaret “Mugsie” O. West of Old Saybrook, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 9. She was 87.

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She was born Feb. 15, 1930, and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of Gordon and Sydney (Hampton) Oke.

After graduating from Bishop Spencer College, she attended Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. She majored in physical education with a focus on modern dance and after graduation danced with the Martha Graham troupe for a year.

She returned to Russell Sage College to teach modern dance. She eventually settled in Westport to raise her boys and served as director of Christian education at Greens Farms Church.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Alberta F. Eiseman, 91

Alberta Friedenberg Eiseman, a longtime Westport resident, died March 27 in Burlington, Vermont. She was 91.

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Born in Venice, Italy in 1925, she and her family left their home in 1939 in response to Mussolini’s increasingly repressive racial laws, living in England before immigrating to New York in 1941.

She graduated from Cornell University in 1945 and pursued a career in writing and journalism that paralleled her ever-evolving interests.

As a member of the editorial staff on the newly-minted Seventeen Magazine, she wrote book reviews and features.

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Virginia Kaufman, 100

Virginia Kaufman, a longtime Westport resident, died Aug. 9. She was 100.

She was the daughter of Ralph and Lena (Brettner) Bass. She was married to Irving Kaufman from 1941 until his death in 2006.

She was born in New York City and remained a New York resident, living in Scarsdale, until 1969 when she moved to Westport. For the last three years, she lived at Hawthorne Ridge in East Greenbush, New York.

She was a homemaker all her life, and a passionate collector of art and antiques. She was creative and enjoyed needlepoint, making pillows for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to cook for her family, passing on recipes for chicken soup and authentic Italian spaghetti sauce, among many others.

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Eleanor C. Green, 87

Eleanor Craig Green of Westport, a pioneering educator whose memoirs include the bestseller “P.S. Your Not Listening,” died Aug. 7 in Bridgeport. She was 87.

In 1965, many children with special needs were sent to programs or institutions segregated from mainstream schools.

Green volunteered to teach Connecticut’s pilot class bringing “socially and emotionally maladjusted children” to an ordinary elementary school.

Despite community resistance and student defiance, her class demonstrated the social and educational benefits of “mainstreaming” kids with special needs.

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