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Monday, March 20, 2017

Charles T. Raymond, 91

Charles T. Raymond of Westport died Feb. 28 at the Autumn Lake Healthcare Center in Norwalk. He was 91.

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Charles Raymond: veteran. Contributed photo

Born in Wilton Nov. 30, 1925, he was the son of the late Ely and Mamie Raymond.

He graduated from Staples High School and then went on to graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps and was a lifelong resident of Wilton and Westport.

He founded the Raymond Automation Corp., a packaging machine company located in Norwalk. And Automation and Product Development Corporation, a custom machinery design firm.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

William E. Surette, 87

William “Bill” Eugene Surette of Westport died March 17 in his cherished Westport home where he resided for more than 50 years. He was 87.

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William Surette: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born June 14, 1929 In Evanston, Illinois, the only child of William and Helen (Briggs) Surette. He married Charlene (Burke) Surette on June 30, 1962.

He was a 1951 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a veteran who served honorably as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

A brilliant mind, he has left lasting contributions in the field of engineering and science, including pioneering work in the fields of global position systems, missile technologies and satellite communications.

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Edward M. Boucher, 71

Edward M. Boucher of Westport died March 16 at home. He was 71.

Born Feb. 2, 1946 in Bridgeport, he was the son of Edward and Ruth (Inks) Boucher.

A lifelong resident of the Westport/Weston area and a 1963 graduate of Staples High School, he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Alliance College and then a law degree from the University of Bridgeport.

He worked at the Westport Bank & Trust Co. for many years before starting his career in law. Since his retirement, he has been a longtime employee at the Westport Barnes & Noble bookstore.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Rowan D. Elsom, 75

Rowan Dunlap Elsom of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, a former Westport resident, died March 17 at home after a battle with cancer. She was 75.

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Rowan Elsom: former Westporter. Contributed photo

The daughter of the late Rear Adm. (ret.) Stanton Baldwin Dunlap and Abby Parks Dunlap, she attended the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia.

She retired to Chambersburg in 2003 from Westport, where she lived, worked and raised her three daughters.

In her retirement, she volunteered actively for Women in Need, and in 2009 was presented with the Cindy Hawbaker Memorial Award, in recognition of her outstanding commitment to community and service in partnership with United Way of Franklin County.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Joseph M. Brophy, 75

Joseph Morgan Brophy of Milford, and formerly of Fairfield and Westport, died March 11. He was 75.

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Joseph Brophy: swimmer, lawyer. Contributed photo

He was born in New York City to the late Daniel and Veronica Brophy. His life was defined by love for his family, swimming, and his country.

He spent much of his life in Westport, where he graduated from Staples High School and captained the swim team. He went on to swim for Franklin & Marshall College as well as earn a law degree from Fordham University.

His lifelong love of the sport and his generosity defined his later years. He was a volunteer, board member, and donor to the Westport YMCA. He also volunteered for more than 25 years at the Fairfield YMCA and Hamden-North Haven swim teams.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Patricia D. Gamwell, 87

Patricia Dixon Gamwell of Westerly, Rhode Island and Vero Beach, Florida, a former Westport resident, died at her Florida home on March 3. She was 87.

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Patricia Gamwell: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born Patricia Jean Smith on July 27, 1929 in Summit, New Jersey, she was the daughter of Ronald and Constance Smith. She grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island where later she attended the University of Rhode Island and met her first husband Leon W. Pierce.

Leon was a major in the U.S. Marine Corps and later was a test pilot for Sikorsky Aircraft out of Stratford. Tragically, Pat was widowed in 1957 when Leon was killed during a test flight at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland.

Pat was remarried in 1960 to Raymond James Dixon of Westport, and together they created a beautiful blended family. Sadly, in 1992 she was widowed once again and eventually remarried Cecil Gamwell of Westport. Pat was widowed for the third time in March 2009.

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Daniel Chan, 86

Daniel Wah Wai Chan of Potomac, Maryland, a former Westport resident, died March 8. He was 86.

Born on April 9, 1930 in China, he was the oldest son of an oldest son.  He graduated from Pui Ching High School (Macau) and Kwong Wah Medical College (Guangzhou). He fled to Hong Kong 1961.

He served as anesthesiologist at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States with family in 1968.

He was a physician at Norwalk Hospital for 25 years and resided for many years in Westport. He was a YMCA supporter and member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

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Kenneth H. Bowden, 86

Kenneth H. Bowden, a golf writer and longtime Westport resident, died March 4. He was 86.

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Ken Bowden: golf writer. Contributed photo

Born July 11, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York to British parents, he grew up first in Australia and then England. An avid racing cyclist he started his journalistic career as editor of Cycling magazine covering the Tour De France and The Tour of Britain, and in 1958 published his first book “Cycle Racing.”

After taking up golf, he became a plus handicap golfer, and in 1962 joined Golf World UK as it’s founding editor, then returned to the United States, and from 1969-72 served as the editorial director of Golf Digest, where he enlisted Jack Nicklaus to contribute what would become a long-running monthly instructional feature called “Jack Nicklaus’ Lesson Tee.”

Soon after, he collaborated with renowned teacher John Jacobs on “Practical Golf”, the instruction book often cited by Butch Harmon, Jim McLean, Hank Haney and many other top teachers as foundational.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Hedy Kopecky, 92

Hedy Kopecky, a longtime Westport resident, died Feb. 14 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 92.

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Hedy Kopecky: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

She was the mother of retired Representative Town Meeting (RTM) District 1 member Judy Starr.

Born in Romania on Sept. 5, 1924, she was the youngest of 12 children. She grew up in the Carpathian region of Czechoslovakia, where her family had a farm and a general store. 

She loved learning, and spoke four languages, teaching herself Hungarian. As a child, she dreamed of being a doctor.

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Samuel S. Northrop, 58

Samuel S. Northrop of Norwalk died March 7 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 58.

He grew up in Stamford and was the son of Robert W. and Eleanor Northrop.

He held multiple degrees in civil engineering and worked for the town of Westport and city of Stamford.  In addition he taught at Norwalk Community College and had his own business.

In addition to his wife, Cynthia of 21 years, he is survived by his mother Eleanor Northrop of Stamford, his son Nicholas and daughter Samantha, one brother, Robert W. Northrop Jr., and his wife Jeanne , a sister, Nadine Clark and her husband Richard. He was predeceased by his father Robert W. Northrop Sr.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Nancy Ann Burgess-Anderson, 63

Nancy Ann Burgess-Anderson of Somersworth, New Hampshire, a former Westport resident, died March 2. She was 63.

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Nancy Ann Burgess-Anderson: Staples ‘71. Contributed photo

She was born May 15, 1953 to the late E. Malcolm Burgess and Virginia Doris Burgess (nee Rogers) in Bronxville, New York.

She grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1971. She then attended the University of Connecticut and graduated cum laude with a double major in psychology and special education.

She was employed by The Youth Development Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. She taught classes and developed a curriculum for troubled teenagers that she called Legitimate Living, which was put in place there.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Carmela Klinga, 91

Carmela “Lucy” Klinga, a lifelong Westport resident, died March 7. She was 91.

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Carmela Klinga: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

Born March 18, 1925, she was a Christian woman who enjoyed life. She was an accomplished artist utilizing multiple mediums to capture portraits and still life paintings. 

She enjoyed concerts at the Levitt Pavilion, a swim at the beach, and going to the Westport Center for Senior Activities. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend to many.

Her husband Edward and sister Dora predeceased her. She is survived by her four children: Edward Jr., John, Liz, and Tom, their spouses and seven grandchildren; Vincent, Luke, Peter, Judith, Griffin, Philip and Michael

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Thursday, March 09, 2017

Peter A. Palmer Jr., 74

Peter A. Palmer Jr, aka “Bandit,” a lifelong resident of Westport, died March 7 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 74.

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Peter A. Palmer: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

Peter was a very generous, kind and loving man. He was loved by so many and always brought smiles to those who were lucky enough to know him.

He was an active, dedicated member of The Eagles Club, Norwalk (FOE 588) for over 40 years. Peter put a lot of pride in his landscaping business and enjoyed the outdoors.

When he wasn’t working, he was enjoying a cigar, laughing with his family, playing a game of dice, corn hole, or cards, sipping a CC (Canadian Club) with an overflow of ice, doting on his grandchildren while hanging by the pool, driving down the Post Road in his big red truck, telling jokes, and responding to questions with “Well, you know what they say in Italy.”

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David W. Johnson, 62

David Walbridge Johnson of Epping, New Hampshire, a former Westport resident, died March 4. He was 62.

Born Oct. 18, 1954 in Glen Cove, New York, he was the son of the late Donald and Helen Johnson,

He moved to Rye, New Hampshire in 1982 from Westport and has lived in the seacoast area ever since. He graduated from Nasson College in 1979, was an entrepreneur, small business owner, historical re-enactor, dog lover and hockey player.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects Saturday, March 11 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at The Victoria Inn, 430 High St., Hampton. Remembrances in honor of Dave may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Suellen Keene, 63

Suellen (Corde’) Keene of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 9. She was 63.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 24, 1953 to Eugene John Corde’ and Audrey Theresa (Regal) Corde’. The family then moved to Westport.

She graduated from Staples High School in 1971. She worked at several jobs and then met and married Paul Keene. Married for 10 years, they had two children, a son, Mark in 1979 and a daughter, Kaitlyn in 1982.

One of her favorite memories was that she attended Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1969. She loved to bake and anyone who knew her can tell you that she had mastered the art and was also an avid reader.

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Drew D. Tursi, 30

Drew Daniel Tursi of Charleston, S.C., a former Westport resident, died March 4. He was 30.

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Drew Tursi: 2005 Staples graduate. Contributed photo

An obituary posted on the Charleston Cremation Center Funeral Home website, said he died unexpectedly in his sleep.

Tursi was sous chef at Charleston’s Le Farfalle restaurant, the latest in a culinary journey that took him to New York and Italy.

A 2005 graduate of Staples High School, where he was a member of the Staples football team that won the 2004 state championship, he relocated to Charleston after working for Louis Osteen in Pawleys Island, according to the Le Farfalle website.

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Monday, March 06, 2017

Robert Osborne, Actor, TCM Host, 84

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Robert Osborne (l), a onetime actor who turned his lifelong love of old films into a starring role as the marquee host of Turner Classic Movies, died today at his home in Manhattan. He was 84. He is pictured at the Westport Country Playhouse in 2013 with actor Keir Dullea. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Edward J. Flynn

Edward J. ” Fast Eddie” Flynn of Fort Myers, Florida, died Feb. 28.

He was raised in Yonkers, New York and after his graduation from Adams State College in Alamosa, Coloradio, he moved to Brookfield, Connecticut where he played semipro football for the Bridgeport Jets.

From there, he worked for Fairfield Lumber and Supply Co., transitioned to a superintendent for the company building condominiums in Beacon Falls and eventually formed his own company, Ed Flynn Builders Inc.  He was a builder and remodeling contractor in Westport for 35 years before moving to Fort Myers.

He was not only a master of his trade, but had a never-ending passion and love for what he did. In addition, he was an avid golfer who played for 30 years out of The Patterson Club and H. Smith Richardson Golf Course in Fairfield, and subsequently played out of The Forest Country Club in Fort Myers.

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Raffaele DeAngelis, 58

Raffaele “Ralph” DeAngelis of Westport died March 4 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was 58.

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Ralph DeAngelis: 1977 Staples grad. Contributed photo

Born Jan. 28, 1959 in Formicola, Italy (province of Caserta), he lived in Westport for 55 years and was a 1977 graduate of Staples High School.

After attending Sacred Heart University, he went on to become a successful small business entrepreneur. An avid sports enthusiast and athlete, he was a passionate Mets and Rangers fan. He was also a member of an adult softball and bocce league for many years.

Along with his love of sports, he enjoyed making wine, curing homemade meats, growing tropical plants, fishing, and camping.  He was a member of the Westport Lions Club and well liked by everyone he knew.

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Richard P. La Mendola, 76

Richard P. La Mendola of Syosset, New York died Feb. 25 in Westport. He was 76.

Survivors include his wife Stephanie (nee Montanaro), sons Douglas (Victoria), Todd (Meredith) and Bradley, and grandchildren John, Amy, Charlotte and Annie, siblings Charles (Joan), Joseph (Alene), of Westport, and the late Joy Korb.

Visiting hours are Sunday, March 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Beney Funeral Home of Syosset, 79 Berry Hill Road. A funeral mass will be held Monday, March 6 at 10: a.m. at St. Edward Confessor Roman Catholic Church, 205 Jackson Ave., Syosset.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Paul Shoobe

Paul Shoobe, a former longtime resident of Westport, died in early January at his home in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

He and his wife Ruth retired to Port St. Lucie where they lived full time enjoying the sunshine, golf, Corvette Club adventures, and traveling.

He was a senior vice president at Morgan Stanley and Ruth taught for decades in the Wilton Public Schools. She predeceased him in 2015.

He is survived by his sisters, Bunny and Jo and their families.

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Donald E. Day II

Donald Edward Day II of Westport died Feb. 23 at home.

Born in Bridgeport, he had been a Westport resident for many years.

He will be remembered for his many years of volunteer work at the East End Community Food Bank.

He is survived by: his father, Donald Day Sr., his mother, Jocelyn Reese, his step-mother, Jeanette Day; three brothers, Anthony (Natalie Pryce) Day of Bridgeport, Antoine Brown and Tre Day of Ansonia, one sister, Erica Day of Bridgeport; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 4 at 12 noon at Mt. Aery Baptist Church, 73 Frank St., Bridgeport, with Rev. Anthony L. Bennett, D. Min. officiating. Interment will be private. Friends may pay their respects from 11 a.m.-noon at the church.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Anthony DiProspero

Andrew DiProspero died Jan, 16.

He graduated from Staples High School in Westport and spent his working years in the antiques business, having owned Wilton Antiques for many years.

He was very knowledgeable and specialized in first edition books, paintings and pottery. He was a kind hearted and generous man. He loved animals, especially his Doberman, Lady. He enjoyed movies, sports, especially baseball and boxing as well as movie star trivia.

He is survived by his sister Joyce Stites, nephew Christopher Stites his longtime and forever friend, Shari Sisk.

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Elizabeth B. Kenyon, 91

Elizabeth Beck Kenyon, a former Westport Library employee, died Feb. 24 in Trumbull. She was 91.

The wife of Hugo George Kenyon was born in Washington D.C. She was a longtime resident of Fairfield and Southport.

She was a graduate of Wellesley College, class of 1943, had been past regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was predeceased by a third son Christopher whose wife Patricia remains close to the family. Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Hugo and Gregory; five grandchildren, Lucas, Michael, Sean. McKayla, and Morgan; and two great-grandchildren Dawson and Joclynn.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Ernest C. Trefz, 84

Noted businessman and philanthropist Ernest C. Trefz of Trumbull died Feb. 25. He was 84.

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He was co-owner of Bridgeport-based Trefz Corp. with his brother, Christian, a Westport resident. The company owns McDonald’s franchises throughout the area as well as commercial property in Westport and elsewhere.

The husband of Joan Frisk Trefz was born in New Haven on Dec. 19, 1932, son of the late Christian and Katherine Pfister Trefz. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Brothers Ernie and Christian opened their first restaurant in Waterbury in 1964 after noticing how much hamburger meat was being sent from Bridgeport-based Roessler Packing Co., where they worked as general managers, to Connecticut’s first McDonald’s restaurant in Hamden.

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Walter J. Sutherland, 77

Walter (“Wally”) Joseph Sutherland of Westport died Feb. 25 at home. He was 77.

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He was the husband of Patricia ( Patsy ) Powell Sutherland.

Born May 7, 1939 in Jackson Heights, New York to Walter and Veronica Hogan Sutherland, he attended St. Francis University before graduating from New York University.

It was during those college years at St. Francis that he met the love of his life, Patsy Powell. He went onto serve in the U.S. Marine Corps where he achieved the badge of expert rifle marksmanship.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ezequiel F. Barrero, 89

Ezequiel F. Barrero, a former Westport resident, did Feb. 18 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 89.

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Born in La Coruna, Spain on Aug. 16, 1927, he finished medical school in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and began his medical career as a ship’s doctor in the Spanish Merchant Marines before relocating to Fairfield County.

A retired physician, he had a private practice of internal medicine with privileges at Bridgeport Hospital and was truly dedicated to the care of his patients.

Chich and Judi raised their family in Trumbull and Westport, moving to Stratford and Hilton Head, South Carolina after their retirement. He traveled the world with his wife and children, and was especially fond of Hong Kong and Dublin.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mary J. Giunta, 95

Mary J. Giunta, a lifelong Westport resident, died Feb. 13 at Lord Camberlain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Stratford. She was 95.

The wife of the late John J. Giunta Sr. was born Aug. 1, 1921 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the daughter of the late Joseph and Rose Candito.

She was a member of Assumption Church in Westport and The Catholic Daughters. She was a member of the Shorehaven Country Club and an active volunteer with Westport and Norwalk Senior Centers.

Survivors include two sons: Robert Giunta and his wife Louann of Westport, and John Giunta and his wife Stephanie of the Villages in Florida. in addition to her husband, she was predeceased by one brother: Pen Candito and three sisters,  Nancy Anderson, Rose Porfido, and Minnie Desomond.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Large Turnout for Mike Connors Service

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A large crowd today attended a memorial service at Saugatuck Congregational Church for Michael R. Connors of Stratford, longtime bartender at Westport’s Black Duck, former Syracuse University and Staples High School football player and Staples coach who died Feb. 15 at Bridgeport Hospital at age 58. (See WestportNow Feb. 19, 2017) Among tributes was this from one attendee: “Mike was the only guy I ever knew who could insult you and make it feel like a compliment.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Ruth S. Gruber, 88

Ruth Sirot Gruber of Danbury, former director of education at Temple Israel in Westport, died Feb. 19.  She was 88.

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A native New Yorker who came to Danbury as a young bride, she was the daughter of Nathan and Bella Sirot. She was married to Everett Gruber for 67 years.

As a teacher, educator and educational consultant her professional career spanned over 60 years. She was the principal of the religious school of the United Jewish Center in Danbury and the director of education at Temple Israel of Westport.

Upon her retirement from Temple Israel, she became an educational consultant training teachers, developing curricula and workshops. In her second retirement she was a Hebrew tutor.

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