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Thursday, April 02, 2015

Regina Brauer, 93

Regina Brauer of Westport and New York City died March 28. She was 93. Image
Regina Brauer: librarian, sailor. Contributed photo

Born Dec. 17, 1921 in New York to George and Ella Preiss Berkowitz, she was raised in Sea Cliff, N.Y. where her love of the sea and sailing was born.

She graduated from Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y., and in 1950 married Earle W. Brauer, a medical doctor. Shortly thereafter they moved to Teaneck, N.J. to raise their family.

In Teaneck, she was an active member of the League of Women’s Voters and the PTA.  After receiving a Master’s in library science from Columbia University, she worked for many years as the children’s librarian at the Hunter College Elementary School.

In 1971, she and Earle returned to Manhattan where they immersed themselves in the cultural life of the city. She was a 58-year subscriber to the New York Philharmonic and supported many of the city’s museums and cultural organizations.

In addition to their New York apartment, they spent summers in Westport starting in 1957, building a home on Bluff Point in 1966. She was a member of the Bluewater Hills Tennis Association, the Cosmopolitan Club in New York, and a 56-year member of Cedar Point Yacht Club.

She was a lover of art, music and good books, enjoyed entertaining friends and family and traveling the world. We will miss her wisdom, guidance and independent spirit and we will remember her always as an elegant redhead until the end, her family said.

She was predeceased by her husband Earle, her longtime companion Raymond Armstrong of Westport, and her brother Arnold Berke (Marjorie), also of Westport. She is survived by her children, Lisa Brauer (Scott McLaughlin) of Pontours, France; Amy Brauer (Coleman Hoyt) of Concord, Mass., and Henry Brauer (Callie Madeira), of Marblehead, Mass. Also by her grandchildren, Woody (Kate) Hoyt, Samuel Hoyt, Eleanor Hoyt, Molly Brauer, Benjamin Brauer and Elizabeth Brauer and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service, Saturday, April 18, at 3 p.m. at the Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Ave.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880.


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So sad about Regina’s passing.  She had an amazingly rich, full life from start to end and was engaged and connected in so many ways in both New York and Westport. She was a role model for how to live and keep the good life.  She will be missed!
Totie Armstrong

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