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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Jacqueline P. Trautmann, 83

Jacqueline Pierrot Trautmann, a longtime resident of Westport, died Nov. 5 after a prolonged illness. She was 83.

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Jacqueline Trautmann: emigrated from France. Contributed photo

Born in Paris, France in 1931, she survived German-occupied France as a child living on her grandparent’s farm where on several occasions German soldiers garrisoned and battled the French resistance. After the war, she met and married Rudi when they both worked at a Paris advertising agency.

Shortly thereafter, they immigrated to the United States, crossing the Atlantic on the famed SS Constitution ocean liner. With Rudi working as a graphic artist, they settled in Westport in the late 1950s when it was known as an artist community.

Arriving in the States without knowing a single word of English, she worked hard to learn the language eventually mastering the New York Times crossword puzzle, even the infamous Sunday edition which she would complete in a single sitting in pen, her family said.

She was predeceased by her husband Rudi, and is survived by her sons Carl and Erik, her grandsons Nicholas, William and Andrew, and her daughters-in-law Tami and Irene.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the home of Carl and Irene Trautmann of Darien.

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