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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Maura F. Marden, Former Selectman Candidate, Dies at 53

Maura F.  Marden of Westport, a former Republican selectman candidate, died Monday at Yale-New Haven Hospital after a four-year battle with cancer. She was 53.WestportNow.com Image
Maura Marden: fought four-year battle with cancer. Contributed photo

She was the running mate of First Selectman candidate John Izzo in the 2001 election against incumbent Democrats Diane Farrell and Carl Leaman. The Democrats won 71 percent to 29 percent.

The family provided the following obituary:

Maura F. Marden (aka Reenie to her family), age 53, of Westport, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 27, in the company of her husband, Bill (sometimes mistakenly known as “Big Bill”) her mom, and brothers and sisters, following a difficult battle with cancer.

Maura was born in Teaneck, N.J. in 1957, the loving daughter of Edward T. and Margaret P. Finneran.

She graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy, Washington Township, N.J. in 1975, and Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind. in 1979 with a BA degree in marketing.

Maura had three sons from her first marriage to David B. Platow: David Jr., Daniel (Danny), and Christopher, known to all as Bart, along with two stepchildren (Billy and Deli) from her second marriage to Bill.

Maura also lovingly owned two black labs, Bernie and Joba, whose good nature and rambunctious behavior dominated dinnertime conversations.

Maura loved her family as deeply and as passionately as anyone possibly could and that devoted affection will be so dearly missed.

She was active in many local causes and in particular those that dealt with swimming. Her three boys swam for the Westport Water Wrats, Fairfield Prep and at the collegiate level for the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, Calif.

In early August, Maura along with the boys, and two local swimmers, competed in the St Vincent’s Hospital, 2010 Swim Across Long Island Sound Cancer Fundraiser.

Maura’s team, Team Pride II, was the lead fundraiser, gathering approximately $30, 000 in pledges.

Although weakened due to complications from her stem cell transplant, Maura made the courageous decision to participate in the event. Of all the things that can be said about her life, the grit and determination demonstrated by Maura during the seven-hour swim is clearly one of her greatest achievements.

In addition to husband and children, Maura is survived by her mother (Muddy), five siblings, and 12 nieces and nephews.

A wake will be held on Friday, Oct. 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield, followed on Saturday by a Funeral Mass at St Luke Church in Westport at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fairfield Prep Swim Team in her memory.

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Posted 09/29/10 at 12:51 PM  Permalink



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Maura was one in a million.  She will be missed but remembered always.
Janet Beasley

Posted by Janet Beasley on September 29, 2010 at 07:41 PM | #