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Saturday, October 01, 2016

Carolyn Hughes, 72

Carolyn Hughes of Westport died Sept. 30. She was 72.

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Carolyn Hughes: loved to entertain. Contributed photo

The wife of, Neil Gerhardt was born in New Rochelle, N.Y to William and Mary Hess. The oldest of five children she was proud of her Catholic education. She attended Blessed Sacrament, Mother Elizabeth Seton, Good Counsel College in White Planes N.Y., and received a master’s in English from Iona College.

She was known to everyone as “Billie,’  a nickname given to her because as a child she looked like her father. She was the first person in her family to receive a college degree and felt education was important. Both of her children graduated from excellent colleges.

She loved to entertain, throw parties and made a special event out of every holiday with her creative touches including making her Thanksgiving guests dress as either a pilgrim or indian. She was proud of being Italian and accentuated her dialogue with Italian phrases.

She loved living in Westport and being a teacher in the Stamford school system. She loved the community of teachers she was part of and considered her colleagues and their families some of whom she worked with for over 30 years as part of her extended family. She enjoyed going to the beach, movies and dinner with her husband and friends.

Billie was a strong woman. An outspoken character who no one could possibly forget even after just one meeting, she was a devoted mom, a loyal friend who was proud of her family and heritage. In the last decades of her life nothing brought her more joy than her two grandchildren. Charlotte - who she often called Charlotta—and Cooper, who she said was her super duper Cooper.

Billie will be remembered as a fun person who loved her family and who wanted to bring happiness to people.

She is survived by her husband Neil Gerhardt, her daughters Stacey Hughes of Pinedale, Wyoming, and Kristen Tirola of Westport, her son-in-law Douglas Tirola, her brother Jack Hess, and her grandchildren Charlotte and Cooper.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, Oct. 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Lekso & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield. Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. directly at Saint Luke Church, Westport. Entombment will follow at Willowbrook Cemetery,

Westport. Memorial donations may be directed to American Lung Association , http://www.lung.org.

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