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Monday, July 01, 2013

Margaret ‘Maggie’ K. Feczko, 64, Community Volunteer

UPDATE Margaret “Maggie” K. Feczko of Westport, long active in Westport community affairs, died June 28 at home after battling ovarian cancer. She was 64.

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff presented Maggie Feczko with a special award at last November’s Historic District Commission Preservation Awards ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

A former member and chair of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) , she was also active in the Westport Historical Society, the Westport Garden Club, Westport Sunrise Rotary, and the League of Women Voters of Westport, among others.

Last November, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff honored her with a special award at the HDC’s annual Preservation Awards ceremony at Westport Town Hall. Special mention was made of her successful efforts to save the Sherwood House on Church Lane, now home to the Spotted Horse.

The family has announced a service in her memory will be held Wednesday, July 3 at 11 a.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 55 Myrtle Ave.

In a statement, Joseloff said: “Maggie Feczko was such a vibrant part of Westport through her many volunteer activities over the years. Her loss will be deeply felt by the many who knew her and by the many others who did not but benefited from her efforts. Our deepest condolences to her family.”
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The family provided the following obituary:

Margaret Kent Feczko (Maggie), 64, of Westport passed away peacefully with her family by her side on June 28, 2013.

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Maggie Feczko: honored by HDC. Contributed photo

She was born in Oklahoma City on March 10, 1949.  She graduated from Plainfield (N.J.) High School and Skidmore College with a B.A. in Art History. She also lived in Coral Gables, Fla., Walnut Creek, Calif., Dallas, Texas, and Glen Ridge N.J.

She was a buyer for Bloomingdale’s in New York and was the minister’s assistant at the First Unitarian Church in Dallas.

She was highly active in the Westport community as (past) president of the Westport Garden Club and the Westport Historical Society. She was also a member of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club, the League of Women Voters of Westport and the Unitarian churches in Dallas and Westport.

In Dallas, she acted as a Guardian Ad Litem and was a Justice of Peace in Westport.

Historical preservation was one of her many passions. She served on and was chair of the Westport Historic District Commission.

In 2012, she received the Westport Historic Preservation Award for her many years of service.

She is survived by her husband Joe Feczko, son Christopher Feczko of Brooklyn N.Y., her parents, Robert and Betty Kent of Chapel Hill, N.C., her sisters Barbara Ziff (David) of Chapel Hill, N.C. and San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, and Libby Kent of Chapel Hill, N. C., nieces Katherine Ziff, Kimberly Jeanos, Kathy Doyle and nephew Peter Ziff, grand nieces Alexis Ziff, Stephanie Jeanos, and grand nephew Eric Jeanos.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at Christ and Holy Trinity Church 75 Church Lane, Westport, on Wednesday, July 3, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund http://www.ocrf.org/.

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Westport is a more beautiful place because of Maggie’s tireless dedication. She leaves a lasting legacy of buildings preserved and gardens planted, but her energy, professionalism and abundant grace are irreplaceable. 
I am grateful to have known such a kind and generous spirit, and will continue to be inspired by Maggie’s example.

Posted by Andrea Cross on July 01, 2013 at 08:22 PM | #
 

No would could say it better than Andrea.  Maggie will be dearly missed by many.

Posted by Mary Parmelee on July 02, 2013 at 12:30 PM | #
 

Maggie Feczko was the epitom of class.  From the first moment I met her I knew I was in the presence of a really classy lady, a really smart lady, a really savvy lady, but most of all a person with a huge heart and an impeccable and inquisitive intelligence. I loved her dearly and am proud to say she was my friend.

Posted by Rozanne Gates on July 02, 2013 at 09:23 PM | #