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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Susan Lowenthal, 70

Susan Lowenthal of Westport died July 11. She was 70.

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Susan Lowenthal: artist. Contributed photo

She was born in a German displaced persons camp in 1946, migrated to the United States at age 3, and lived in New York City until moving to Westport in 1994 and starting a gift basket business with her husband.

When a customer ordered a beauty-product basket, she and her husband created Accents Naturally, a line of skincare packaged in fine crystal containers.

She eventually became a freelance consultant to the creative industries, working on product design, packaging, repurposing, marketing plans and booth design.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lawrence J. Silfen, 63

Lawrence “Larry” J. Silfen of Stratford, a former longtime Westport resident, died July 16. He was 63.

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Lawrence J. Silfen: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts on Dec. 21, 1953, he was the son of Ruth Cohen Silfen and the late Murray Silfen. He attended Wilbraham and Monson Academy and the University of North Carolina.

He started his career as a foreign currency trader at Irving Trust and for many years was a member of the New York Stock Exchange working on the trading floor.

He loved life, his fast cars, reggae music, his dog Ziggy Marley, a steak at Sparks, a see-through drink at Mario’s, and nothing but the finest suits and ties. But more than anything else he loved his wife, Diane Haehl Silfen.

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Marian M. Arciola, 76

Marian M. Arciola of Spring Hill, Florida, a former Westport resident, died July 17 at her daughter’s home in Southport after battling cancer. She was 76.

She was the fifth child of the late Alfonso and Rose (DeRosa) Mola. She was born Feb. 5, 1941 in Norwalk, graduating from Norwalk High School in 1959.

She spent most of her years raising her family in Westport before moving to Florida and spending her summers in Connecticut.

She was a member of the Red Hats Society, a former member of the Westport Garden Club, Catholic Daughters, and Westport PAL. 

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Donald J. Nazzaro, Sr. 87

Donald J. Nazzaro, Sr. of Westport died July 15 in Bridgeport Hospital. He was 87.

The husband of the late Dorothy (Decker) Nazzaro, he was born at home in Saugatuck and has been a lifelong Westport resident. He was a 1948 graduate of Staples High School.

Prior to retiring, he worked as a licensed plumber in Westport and following retirement, he worked as a Town of Westport employee and a beach guard. He was also a longtime member of Westport PAL. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Survivors include one daughter, Cindy Stanton and her husband William of Shelton; one son, Donald J. Nazzaro Jr. of Stratford; three grandchildren Jessica Kaesmann and her husband Evan, Christopher Nazzaro and his wife Natasha and Michael Nazzaro and one niece, Susan Sterling.

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John F. Barry, Jr., 91

John Francis Barry, Jr. of Southport, a former Westport resident, died July 2 at home. He was 91.

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John F. Barry, Jr: negotiated Nyala Farms office park conversion. Contributed photo

The fourth child of John Francis and Helen Roff Barry, he was born Dec. 1, 1925 in Waterbury. He graduated from Cranwell Preparatory School (’43), Princeton University (’47), and Columbia Law School (’52). 

He proudly served as an Aviation Cadet in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he returned to Princeton and remained a loyal Tiger until his death.

On Sept. 10, 1949, Jack married his hometown sweetheart Rosemary Susan Quinn, who predeceased him in 2012.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Emily N. Lemond, 87

Emily Catherine Neuens Lemond of Norwalk, a former longtime Westport resident of Westport, died July 13 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 87.

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Emily Lemond: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Fredonia, Wisconsin, she was the daughter of the late Emil and Linda Eisentrout Neuens.She attended University of Wisconsin and began a nursing career in Chicago where she met her husband Louis F. Lemond.

After raising her four children, she continued nursing at Silver Hill Hospital for over 20 years. She was an active member of the Westport Woman’s Club and avid bridge player. She was a wonderful wife to Louis for 61 years and a loving mother to her children. She was a gourmet cook and loved travel to exploring new foods and cultures.

Survivors include a daughter Anne Taylor (Thomas); two sons, Louis (Janet) and Charles (Peggy); grandchildren, William, Robert and Giles Rekruciak (Joseph); great-grandson Logan Rekrucriak, and sister Helen Neuens Karl of Milwaukee. She was predeceased by her husband Louis and her son Paul. A private burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Chicago, at a later date.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ruth N. Cornish, 90

Ruth Nevins Cornish of Westport died July 10 at home. She was 90.

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Ruth Cornish: former school employee. Contributed photo

Born Nov. 14, 1926, in Bridgeport, she was the third and youngest daughter of the late Louise Schneider Nevins and Richard Nevins. She graduated from Staples High School in 1944 and the University of Connecticut in 1948.

After graduation, she worked on Madison Avenue in New York City, leaving her career for family pursuits. 

She married the late Dayton Andrew (“Doc”) Cornish, from whom she later divorced, in 1960 at Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westport, and remained a devoted member of that parish until her death.

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Marilyn B. Casey, 68

Marilyn Bates Casey of Brattleboro, Vermont, a former Westport resident, died July 2 at home. She was 68.

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Marilyn Casey: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born in Jonesville, Louisiana, and then moved to Huntsville, Alabama, where her father, J.P. Bates, devoted his postwar career to NASA.

She graduated from Huntsville High in 1967 and she always loved to share stories of her friends and exploits from those years.

She went on to graduate from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1971, and remained an avid lifelong supporter of Crimson Tide football.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Herbert S. Meyers, 86

Herbert S. Meyers of Westport died July 11 at home. He was 86.

Born and raised in Norwalk, he was the son of George and Gussie Meyers. As a teenager, he worked for the Norwalk Hour on the sports desk. He graduated from The Choate School in Wallingford,, where his grandson just graduated from last month.

He attended Harvard College and Harvard Business School where he wrote passionately for the arts and sports sections of the Harvard Crimson.

After a short stint in the Army, staying far out of harm’s way during the Korean Conflict, Herbert and Vivian moved to Westport in 1959.. He joined his father George and his older brothers Murray and Norman in the family handbag business, Meyers Manufacturing Company, on High Street in Norwalk.

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Helen E. Downs, 97

Helen E. Downs of Westport died July 8 at the Jewish Home for Senior Services in Bridgeport. She was 97.

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Helen E. Downs: native Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born in Westport the daughter of the late Carmen and Mildred (Masucio) Arciola and has been a lifelong Westport resident.

She was a graduate of Staples High School class of 1938. Prior to retiring, she was the office manager for Westport Livery.

Once retired, she became a devoted stay-at-home mom and helped care for her mother who died at the age of 88, and other members of her family in their time of need.

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Miriam R. Wall, 89

Miriam R. (Oban) Wall, a longtime Westport resident, died July 9 following a joyful day spent with family and meeting her first great-granddaughter, Kelsey. She was 89.

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Miriam Wall: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

The daughter of Nathan C. Oban and Geraldine (Elkins) Oban, she was born and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire, alongside her twin sister, Marie, brother, Clayton and sister, Loretta. 

A 1945 graduate of Nashua High School, she attended Rivier College and received an Associate Degree in administrative/secretarial studies in 1947. 

She worked for an insurance agency in Nashua before meeting the love of her life, Richard T. Wall, on Hampton Beach, New Hampshire in 1950. They were married on Oct. 27, 1951 and were devoted to each other for 51 years.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

George P. Malisk, Jr. 87

George P. Malisk, Jr., of Aventura, Florida, a former Westport resident, died July 9. He was 87.

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George Malisk, Jr.: 45-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

The husband of Alberta (Betty) C. Malisk was born June 14, 1930 in New Rochelle, New York, son of the late Alma and George P. Malisk, Sr.. He graduated from Greenwich High School in 1949, and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

He was owner and operator of HARCO Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Company in Westport for over 40 years. He and his wife, Betty, were married on Oct. 18, 1958 and lived in Westport 45 years before moving to Aventura 15 years ago.

It was while living in Florida that he discovered his passion for singing, and his trademark song was “Old Man River” while singing in the chorus at the Vi in Aventura. He worked hard, enjoyed life to its fullest, but his family always came first.

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Saturday, July 08, 2017

Eugene J. Delgrosso,  87

Eugene J. Delgrosso of Wallingford, a former Westport resident, died July 1 at Yale-New Haven Hospital after an extended illness. He was 87.

The husband of the late Mary (Marino) Delgrosso was born Dec. 14, 1929 in New York City, the son of the late Custer and Lillian (Zeoli) Delgrosso.

He was a graduate of Staples High School in Westport and received degrees from Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania.

He served two years in the U.S. Air Force and worked for several companies and governmental agencies.

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Friday, July 07, 2017

William R. Black, 79

William Rolland Black of Williamsburg, Virginia, a former Westport resident, died June 22. He was 79.

Son of the late Harry and Jean Black, he graduated high school in Westport, class of 1957. He then went on to pursue his studies at Bridgeport Engineering Institute.

Alongside his academic pursuits, he served the U.S. Army and Naval Reserves. During his time of duty he was stationed in Italy.

After his military career, he became a traffic engineer in Norwalk. Not only was he a man of honor and duty, but a family man as well. He loved his family beyond description.

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Katherine Welsh, 89

Katherine “Tootie” Welsh of Plattsburgh, New York, a former Westport resident, died July 5. She was 89.

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“Tootie” Welsh: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born May 28, 1928 in Au Sable Forks, New York to the late Dr. Joseph W. Scott and Genevieve Scott. She graduated from Au Sable Forks High School and went on to attend Green Mountain College in Vermont.

“Live, Laugh, Love” was a quote she lived by. Growing up on the shores of Silver Lake and the town of Au Sable, she met her lifelong love, the late Harry K. Welsh, Sr.

Harry and Tootie shared the love of music, family and friends, creating many joyous memories together. Living in Westport for 25 years, they then returned to the North Country in 1978.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Maureen M. Gartlan, 72

Maureen Rose Mattson Gartlan of New Canaan, a former Westport resident, died July 5 in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She was 72.

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Maureen Gartlan: former Westport resident. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Eugene Gartlan was born and raised in Sunnyside, New York, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Rose McNulty Mattson of Sunnyside. 

She attended Saint Theresa Catholic School in Woodside, followed by Saint Jean Baptist Catholic High School in Manhattan. The Mattson family was devoted members of Queen of Angels Church, where they enjoyed time with their neighborhood friends.

Maureen met her husband on a blind date at a dance at Saint Vincent Ferrer Church in Manhattan and were married in Queen of Angels in 1967.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

E. ‘Mary Byrne, 87

E. “Mary” Byrne of Westport died July 4 at home following a long illness. She was 87.

The wife of 61 years of Anthony W. Byrne was born on Aug. 18, 1929 in Victoria, British Columbia to the late Stanley and Edith Gill. She was a Westport resident for more than 40 years.

She met Tony in Montreal in 1953 while working as a legal secretary. They married in 1955 in Victoria, British Columbia. 

She was an avid gardener, artist and enjoyed Ikebana flower arranging, which she had a teaching certificate.

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

Kenneth W. Osterberg, 83

Kenneth W. Osterberg of Niantic and formerly Fairfield, died July 1 at home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 83.

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Kenneth W. Osterberg: co-owner of DeMattia Fuel. Contributed photo

The husband of Gloria DeMattia Osterberg for over 58 years was born April 26, 1934 in Fairfield. He was a lifelong Fairfield resident prior to moving to Niantic 14 years ago. 

He attended Roger Ludlowe High School, class of 1954 where he was a member of Ludlowe’s football team. He also was proud to have served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne. He was co-owner of DeMattia Fuel in Westport.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two sons, Kenneth Osterberg and his wife, Margie of Newington and Kurt Osterberg and his wife, Allison of Trumbull; five grandchildren, Joseph, Sarah, Ashley, Adam and Kyle Osterberg; his two sisters-in-law, Delores Carter of Essex and Fran Osterberg of Trumbull; his special, lifelong friend, Virginia Mullady of Niantic and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved dog, Duffy. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Charles and Jack Osterberg and his three sisters, Helen Vroom, Betty Sutay and Ruth Shutt.

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Betty M. Bradshaw, 95

Betty Millington Bradshaw of Southport, a former Westport school system employee, died July 1 at the Carolton Chronic & Convalescent Hospital in Fairfield. She was 95.

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Betty Bradshaw: former Westport educator. Contributed photo

She was born in Nottingham, England on Christmas Day 1921 to Thomas and Elsie Mary Blanche Millington.  She was the youngest of three children.

A graduate of Nottingham University, Cambridge University and Yale University, she was mentioned in “Who’s Who in America” for her work in the educational field.

She started her career as a teacher in Yorkshire, England.  Later, she taught U.S. history and English at Greens Farms Academy in Greens Farms. Then she became the librarian at Saugatuck Elementary School in Westport.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Herbert E. Mahn, 96

Herbert Edward Mahn, a former Westport resident, died June 16 at the Clare Bridge Unit, Brookdale Assisted Living Facility in Wilton. He was 96.

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Herbert E. Mahn: former Westport resident. Contributed photo

He was born at home and grew up in Stoneham, Massachusetts. His family included his father Herbert Augustus Mahn, his mother Edith Maria Mahn and his sister Beverly Ruth Mahn (Surette).

He graduated from Stoneham High School in 1940. After high school he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps. on various municipal projects in New England. He once wrote that his ambition was to own a diversified farm.

He was enrolled in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMASS when war broke out in 1941, and he enlisted in 1942. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. from the Armored School OCS.

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Grace B. Cunningham, 101

Grace “Toni” Cunningham, a former Westporter and well-known figure in the Compo Beach area for decades, died June 29. She was 101.

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Toni Cunningham: well-known Compo Beach figure. Contributed photo

She was born April 6, 1916 in New York, and lived in Scarsdale, New York until coming to Westport in 1930.

After graduating from Scarsdale High School, she attended Connecticut College for Women where she studied art.

After her marriage to Francis J. Cunningham, they made their home in Westport where they raised three daughters.

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Rita V. Hooper, 91

Rita Vigilante Hooper of Westport and Fairfield died June 28 at home. She was 91.

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The wife of the late Raymond Lee Hooper for over 61 years was born in 1925 to the late Michael and Rose Vigilante. She grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School.

She attended the University of Connecticut before meeting her future husband Raymond on Martha’s Vineyard. They were married in 1948 and moved to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil where they lived for seven years before returning to Westport.

In her earlier years, she served as society editor for the Westport Town Crier and at Columbia University in New York. In her later years, she was an active member of the Town of Westport, spending years working for the town in various capacities.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Angela P. Chiaia, 89

Angela Palmer Chiaia, a former Westport resident, died June 21 in Tucson, Arizona. She was 89.

She was born in Westport on Sept. 11, 1927 and attended Staples High School. She married Nicolas Chiaia in 1952, and they had five children and a wonderful life together, married for 59 years. She was active in the community.

Nick and Angela went on a five-year trip in which they lived in their motor home and had the opportunity to visit every state and all of the National Parks, Canada and Mexico. They also spent a significant amount of time vacationing in Europe.

In 1980, they settled in Donna, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. Angela was a mentor and taught elementary students reading and language arts. They also loved to dance and would often travel to different parks to show off their considerable dancing skills.

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Edward J. Butner, Jr. 93

Edward “Ed” John Butner, Jr., a native Westporter and a former resident of Nantucket, Massachusetts, died June 16. He was 93.

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Ed Butner: ‘41 Staples grad. Contributed photo

He was born Nov. 13, 1923 and was the oldest child of Susie Lanzo Butner and Edward John Butner, Sr. He graduated from Staples High School in 1941. He was a good student, Boy Scout and he sang in the school choral group.

He entered the Army Air Force on Oct. 23, 1942 and after basic training he was deployed to Lavenham, England and became a member of the 487th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force, known as the “Gentlemen from Hell.” He was a B-17 radio operator and waist gunner. 

He received the Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, and three Battle Stars. 

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Eileen K. Helisch, 58

Eileen Kosan Helisch of Bridgeport, a former Westport resident, died June 21. She was 58.

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Eileen Helisch:  Staples grad. Contributed photo

She was the daughter of Shirley Kosan and her late father George Kosan. Born in Oak Park, Illinois; from the age of 3 to 7 she lived in Europe and then later resided in Garden City, New York and in Westport, where she was a graduate of Staples High School and finally many years in Bridgeport where she graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a B.S. degree.

She touched many lives with her unconditional love and kind nature. As a member of the Cathedral Parrish, she served for several years as a Eucharistic Minister at St Augustine Church. She adored her sweet kitties Barney and Pebbles, she loved her mom very much and helped care for her for the past several years.

Friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday June 30 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport, enter main gate and follow Larson signs to the site.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tom A. Aquila, 93

Tom A. Aquila of Weston died June 24. He was 93.

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Tom Aquila: former Weston superintendent. Contributed photo

Born in New Haven on June 11, 1924, he was the son of the late Thomas Aquila and Ann Salvati Aquila.

He grew up with three siblings on Frank Street in New Haven, marrying Louise Cusano, a marriage of 62 years. They raised two children in North Haven and Weston. He became a beloved mentor to his many nieces, nephews, in-laws, friends and neighbors.

He graduated from Commercial High School in 1942 and was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star, serving as a sergeant in the 36th Calvary Squadron during World War II.

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Lawrence G. Genovesi, 83

Lawrence G. Genovesi of Westport died Jan. 24. He was 83.

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Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, he was raised in Rockville and went on to a lifetime of service in the U.S. Air Force stationed at the Air Force Academy, Hamburg, Germany and NATO headquarters in Oslo, Norway, among other countries.

He joined the military with dreams of playing the sax, however as fate would have it, he found a higher meaning for his life in helping others as a paramedic and medic in emergency rooms for over 20 years, literally saving lives and touching many.

After distinguished service as a master sergeant in the Air Force, he went on to graduate with honors from Northeastern University.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Carolyn W. Meyer, 75

Carolyn W. Meyer, wife of the well-known late Westporter Bill Meyer, died June 6. She was 75.

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She was born in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 1942 and moved to Westport in 1977.

She was known to her many friends and family as joyful, gentle, and kind with a beautiful smile.

Of the many gifts Carolyn shared, her greatest was friendship which she offered to everyone and anyone she met.

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Barbara Papstein, 79

Barbara Papstein of Eureka, California,  former Westport resident, died May 26 from complications of congestive heart failure. She was 79.

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Barbara Papstein: met husband at Staples. Contributed photo

Born on Sept. 9, 1938 in New York City, she was raised in Garden City, Long Island, New York. Her family moved to Westport during her senior year in high school.

She attended the University on Connecticut (U-Conn) at Storrs. During her year at Staples High School, she met Hugo and they married two years later in 1958.

She was a partner in Eureka Broadcasting Company (KINS-KEKA-KWSW-KEJY in Eureka, California and KURY AM-KURY FM in Brookings, Oregon)

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ann M. Carissimi, 92

Ann M. (Delano) Carissimi of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died June 10. She was 92.

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Ann Carissimi: Staples grad. Contributed photo

She was born in Westport on Nov. 26, 1924, the daughter of Joseph and Carmela Delano. She attended Staples High School and graduated in 1942 as the class salutatorian. She received a full scholarship to the Junior College of Connecticut and was elected class president.

Subsequently, she was employed by the Manning, Maxwell and Moore Company where she met her future husband, Vincent.

She became a Fairfield resident when she and Vincent were married in 1951 and was a charter member of the St. Pius X Church parish in Fairfield.

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