Thursday, December 01, 2016
Christine “Tina” Wessel, the homeless woman found dead Tuesday in a shed behind the Westport Center for Senior Activities, died of gastrointestinal bleeding due to ulcers, the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner said today.
“The cause was upper gastrointestinal bleed due to gastric and duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer disease, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis due to venous stasis ulcer,” a spokeswoman said. A venous stasis ulcer is usually caused by wounds of the legs, sometimes referred to as a leg ulcer.
Wessel, 63, a longtime fixture in the downtown, was often seen asking for money in the rear parking lot of CVS on Post Road East and the Baldwin parking lot.
Easily distinguishable by her long gray blond hair and a pronounced limp, she has been warmly remembered as polite, gracious and sporting a friendly smile when being offered a handout as little as a dollar.
She used to spend time at the Westport Library and Oscar’s Deli on Main Street before it closed, and she reportedly resisted efforts for help from the town’s Department of Human services.
Occasionally, she took meals at the soup kitchen at the Gillespie Center and at Christ & Holy Trinity Church. The church plans to hold a funeral for her on Friday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m.
Claasmates recall her growing up in the Georgetown section of Weston and being a member of Weston High School’s 1971 graduating class. Some said she left Weston for the West Coast where she worked as a model.
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