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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mark D. Hansen, 57

Mark D. Hansen of Dorset, Vermont, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 13 at home. He was 57.

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Mark Hansen: former Westporter. Contributed photo

The husband of Michelle Santos Hansen for 24 years, he was born in Fulton, New York. on Sept. 6, 1959 the son of Audrey (Osborne) Hansen and the late Donald Hansen. He spent his youth in Westport and attended local schools, graduating from Staples High School and earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Montana State.

He has been a longtime resident and lover of Vermont, with an ample supply of wool socks and Birkenstocks. Over the years, he worked several jobs, including his own business. But no job more beloved than raising his five amazing children and the many kids they took into their home and family over the years.

In addition to his wife and five children, Jesse, Lucas, Elijah, Kaia and Mika, he is survived by his brother William and Joan Hansen of Cape Cod, sisters Donna Hansen Kane and Phillip Kane of Bothell, Washington, Holly Hansen and Thomas Daly of Norwalk. and Kris Anne and Alan Pawlak of East Hampton. Hek also has a big extended family with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Margaret Jewitt, 94

Margaret Cool Jewitt, a former Westport resident, died July 20 at Kendal-Crosslands Retirement Community in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. She was 94.

Known to her friends as Pat, she was a 40-year resident of Fairfield.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio on Aug. 29, 1922, her father’s work with the Better Business Bureau moved the family to Norfolk, Virginia and Larchmont, New York before settling in Westport, where she graduated from Staples High School.

She attended Columbia University and Yale Drama School, and enjoyed a 17-year secretarial career in the advertising industry. In 1957, she married David Jewitt, and they raised a family in Fairfield.

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Philip S. Wasserman, 70

Philip S. Wasserman of Westport and Upper Saddle River, New Jersey died Aug. 15 after a brief illness. He was 70.

He was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn College and Temple University Dental School. He was a pediatric dentist for over 40 years in Bloomfield, New Jersey, where he owned Dentistry for Children. He was a captain in medical service corp in the U.S. Army. He loved, skiing, sailing, and gardening.

He is predeceased by Rona Wasserman. He is survived by his son Scott Wasserman (Stacy), his daughter Nicole Troisi (Jon) and four grandchildren. He is also survived by his dear friend Ann Ali and her family, and his brother Herbert Wasserman.

Funeral services are Thursday, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. at Cedar Park Cemetery. Paramus ,New Jersey.  Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the The Nature Conservancy http://www.nature.org.

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Anne Marie C. Macnamara, 77

Anne Marie C. Macnamara of Westport died Aug. 15 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 77.

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Anne Marie C. Macnamara: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

The wife of William P. Macnamara, Jr. was born in Philadelphia, daughter of the late William T. Mathews a former state representative from Philadelphia and the late Anne M. Mathews.

She has been a Westport resident for 33 years. A graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, she was the founding president of religious education at St. Robert Bellarmine of Freehold, New Jersey.

She attended Immaculata College in Pennsylvania and is a former flight attendant with TWA. She was a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Westport.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Rolf E. Kogstad, 53

Rolf Erik Kogstad of Westport died Aug. 13 at home. He was 53.

The husband of Marion (Molony) Kogstad, he was born March 18, 1964, the son of Rolf Egil and Elizabeth Richmond. He has been a Westport resident for 15 years.

He was currently an associate IT director for Verizon. A 1988 graduate of Iona College, he and received his Master’s degree from Georgia State University in 2004.

He was very involved in the Adult Recreation Soccer League in Westport, Wilton and Darien. An avid skier and sailing enthusiast, he most enjoyed the time he spent with his wife and the boys.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Monique M. Roberts, 49

Monique M. Belcher Roberts of Bridgeport died Aug. 8 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport. She was 49.

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Monique Roberts: CLASP Homes employee. Cotributed photo

Born in Bridgeport to Brenda Cleckley Belcher and the late Bradford L. Belcher, she was a lifelong resident. She was a 1986 graduate of Bassick High School and was most recently employed as the director of CLASP Homes, Inc. of Westport.

She was a disciple of Mt. Aery Baptist Church.

In addition to her father, a brother Yuseef Jamal Belcher predeceased her. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son, Brandon Roberts; a daughter, Maya Cooper both of Bridgeport; a special daughter, Amber Ross of New Haven, fiancé, Christopher Ross of New Haven, stepmother, Toni Belcher of Bridgeport; six brothers, Che’ Carter of California, Bradford L. Belcher, Jr., and Eliot Walker of Stratford, Jamon Fredrick, of Georgia, Kenyatta Hough and Rashaun Belcher of Bridgeport; two sisters, Tameeka Parks of Hamden and Shayla Dawkins of Bridgeport, and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces.

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Richard J. Klouda, 52

Richard “Rick” J. Klouda of Setauket, New York, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 10 in Stony Brook (NY) University Hospital after a long battle with neurofibromatosis. He was 52.

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Richard J. Klouda: former Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born Aug. 24, 1964 in Oceanside, New York to Mildred and Richard Klouda. He grew up in Smithtown, New York and graduated from Northeastern University in 1987 with a degree in finance.

He worked in the commercial banking Industry, most recently at Wells Fargo in White Plains, New York. He was a resident of Westport for 13 years and for the last few years he resided in Setauket.

He is survived by his two children, Emily Klouda of New York, New York, and Peter Klouda of Westport, his parents Mildred and Richard Klouda of Stony Brook, his sister Jeanne Jameson of Marana, Arizona, and his two brothers, Robert Klouda of Branford, and John Klouda of Smithtown.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Margaret O. West, 87

Margaret “Mugsie” O. West of Old Saybrook, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 9. She was 87.

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Margaret West: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born Feb. 15, 1930, and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of Gordon and Sydney (Hampton) Oke.

After graduating from Bishop Spencer College, she attended Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. She majored in physical education with a focus on modern dance and after graduation danced with the Martha Graham troupe for a year.

She returned to Russell Sage College to teach modern dance. She eventually settled in Westport to raise her boys and served as director of Christian education at Greens Farms Church.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Alberta F. Eiseman, 91

Alberta Friedenberg Eiseman, a longtime Westport resident, died March 27 in Burlington, Vermont. She was 91.

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Alberta Eiseman: journalist. Contributed photo

Born in Venice, Italy in 1925, she and her family left their home in 1939 in response to Mussolini’s increasingly repressive racial laws, living in England before immigrating to New York in 1941.

She graduated from Cornell University in 1945 and pursued a career in writing and journalism that paralleled her ever-evolving interests.

As a member of the editorial staff on the newly-minted Seventeen Magazine, she wrote book reviews and features.

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Virginia Kaufman, 100

Virginia Kaufman, a longtime Westport resident, died Aug. 9. She was 100.

She was the daughter of Ralph and Lena (Brettner) Bass. She was married to Irving Kaufman from 1941 until his death in 2006.

She was born in New York City and remained a New York resident, living in Scarsdale, until 1969 when she moved to Westport. For the last three years, she lived at Hawthorne Ridge in East Greenbush, New York.

She was a homemaker all her life, and a passionate collector of art and antiques. She was creative and enjoyed needlepoint, making pillows for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to cook for her family, passing on recipes for chicken soup and authentic Italian spaghetti sauce, among many others.

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Eleanor C. Green, 87

Eleanor Craig Green of Westport, a pioneering educator whose memoirs include the bestseller “P.S. Your Not Listening,” died Aug. 7 in Bridgeport. She was 87.

In 1965, many children with special needs were sent to programs or institutions segregated from mainstream schools.

Green volunteered to teach Connecticut’s pilot class bringing “socially and emotionally maladjusted children” to an ordinary elementary school.

Despite community resistance and student defiance, her class demonstrated the social and educational benefits of “mainstreaming” kids with special needs.

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Eileen P. Shea, 84

Eileen Patricia Shea, a longtime resident of Westport, died July 28 Milford Hospital. She was 84.

The wife of the late John F. Shea, she was born Nov. 7, 1932, in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of the late William and Ellen McDonnell Flanagan.

A passionate artist, she spent much of her time drawing and painting. Inspired by the things she loved, she created countless sketches, watercolors, pastels, and oil paintings of the beach, her garden and her family.

She was a voracious reader. When not consumed with her art, she could often be found in the library or at the beach with a book in hand on every subject imaginable.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Frank H. Ambrose, 69

Frank H. Ambrose of Norwalk, a longtime resident of Westport, died Dec. 27, 2016 at the VA Hospital in West Haven. He was 69.

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Frank Ambrose: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born in Norwalk on Sept. 10, 1947 and was the son of the late Franklin and Adele (Stulas) Ambrose. He was a U.S .Army veteran and served proudly during Vietnam.

He was a longtime member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399, the Vietnam Veterans of America No. 251 and the 1st Calvary Division of Connecticut.

He is survived by one daughter, Paula Kawal of Washington, and two grandchildren, Sebastian and Chloe. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one brother, Charles S. Ambrose.

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Edward C. Ripp, 86

Edward Conrad Ripp of Westport died Aug. 4 at home following a short illness.  He was 86.

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Edward C. Ripp: golf enthusiast. Contributed photo

He was born Feb. 20, 1931 in Sand Brook, New Jersey, the son of Karl Ripp and Helen Anderson Ripp. He moved with his family as a toddler to a farm in New Hampshire, but the family moved once again to Staten Island when he was still a young boy.

He spent the rest of his boyhood in Staten Island, growing up as one of eight brothers and sisters, first generation Americans whose parents and older brother had emigrated from Estonia.

Following graduation from Curtis High School in Staten Island in 1948, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his military service, he attended Ohio State University on the GI Bill, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering.

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Bennett Saltus, 27

Bennett Saltus, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 3 in Hartford. She was 27.

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Bennett Saltus: former Westporter.. Contributed photo

She was born Feb. 16, 1990. She was a beautiful and free-spirited woman who lit up any room she entered. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her father, Duke Saltus, of Westport, and mother, Julie Sinclair of Portland Maine, as well as three brothers and a sister, Tucker Saltus, Samantha Killmeyer, Jack and Jed Saltus. She was predeceased by her brother Jake.

She is also survived by her partner, Derek Hohmann, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Alan D. Spargo Jr., 61

Alan David Spargo Jr. of Westport died Aug. 1 at Bridgeport Hospital. He was 61.

He was born June 8, 1956 son of Alan D. Spargo Sr and Catherine (Gilmartin) (Spargo) Christensen.

He spent his early years in West Haven, and Madison and lived for many years in Westport.

He worked as a machinist, boat mechanic, and carpenter. He enjoyed camping, boating, tai chi, reading and spending time with his family.

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Friday, August 04, 2017

Daniel J. Carnese, Sr., 91

Daniel Joseph Carnese, Sr. of Woodbury, a former Westport resident who was active in town affairs for several decades, died Aug. 1 after a long illness. He was 91.

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Dan Carnese: headed Westport taxpayers’ group. Contributed photo

During the 1970s, Carnese was head of a taxpayers’ group that often pushed for reduced educational spending. He served on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) from 1985 to 1991.

He was born in Greenwich on Aug. 29, 1925, the only child of Anthony G. Carnese and Jean Orlando Carnese. He grew up in Rye Brook, New York, graduating from Port Chester High School in 1943.

Pursuing his lifelong interest in aviation, he entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s aeronautical engineering program and then transferred to MIT, receiving his BS in aeronautical engineering in 1947.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Cornelia E. Smollin, 87

Cornelia Elizabeth Smollin of Westport died June 15 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was 87.

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Cornelia E. Smollin: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born on March 30, 1930 in Spring Lake, New Jersey to Edward and Cora Mueller.

She earned an Associate Degree from Pratt Institute in 1950 and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Sarah Lawrence College in 1975.

She raised a family of four in Westport where she spent most of her adult life. She was known for her sharp tennis game, culinary magic, and handmade quilts. She loved playing cards, reading and moral wisdom.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Patricia S. McCormack, 90

Pat McCormack, a longtime Westport resident and award-winning journalist whose writings offered a unique view of midcentury America, died July 26 in Norwalk Hospital. She was 90.

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Pat McCormack: award-winning journalist. Contributed photo

Patricia Seger McCormack was born June 11, 1927 in Pittsburgh, the daughter of John and Anna Seger. She graduated from St. Wendelin High School in 1945 and the University of Pittsburgh in 1949.

Upon graduation, she embarked on a career in journalism that spanned more than 50 years, much of it as a nationally published columnist and senior editor for United Press International (UPI).

Initially, she was at the Hearst-owned Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph from 1952 to 1957 as health and welfare editor. In 1957, she worked for the Hearst-owned International News Service (INS) as medical science editor. A year later, UPI took over INS and she was made a columnist, her byline appearing in thousands of newspapers around the world.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Janna L. Kienzle, 51

Janna L. Kienzle of Danbury, a former Westport resident, died July 6. She was 51.

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Janna Kienzle: ‘86 Staples grad. Contributed photo

Daughter of the late Thomas Kienzle, Jr., and the late Nancy Kienzle, she was born Sept. 11, 1965 in Waltham, Massachusetts.

The family moved to Westport when Janna was 5 years old. She attended Coleytown Elementary and Junior High and graduated from Staples High School in 1986.

She began working at Deloitte & Touche in Wilton in 1992. For over 20 years, she maintained the pantries and conference rooms, making sure they were clean and fully stocked with supplies.

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