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Alvin M. Miller, 92

Alvin M. Miller of Norwalk died Dec. 15 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 92.

He was born in Manhattan on Oct. 18, 1924 to Sarah and Joseph Miller and was the husband of 59 years to Charlotte Miller. He grew up in the Bronx, and proudly served as a navigator bombardier in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, completing many flights to Germany.

He held degrees from both Georgia Tech and Fordham University and had been treasurer of Dunlap & Associates as well as controller of Eastern Steel and Metal.

He was an active member of Beth Israel Synagogue in Norwalk and was instrumental in the construction of the existing synagogue. He had also served on the board of directors as treasurer and president. Most recently, he was a member of Beit Chaverim Synagogue in Westport.

Kenneth J. Grindrod, 86

Kenneth Joseph Grindrod of Fairfield died Dec. 14. He was 86.

Born Aug. 28, 1930, to the late Leo and Cecelia McArvel Grindrod, he served in the U.S. Navy for nine years, criss crossing the oceans before settling in Fairfield, where he lived for the following 50 years.

He was the owner of Westfair Supermarket in Westport before becoming the superintendent of buildings and grounds for the Fairfield public schools.

Once retired, he was warmly welcomed into the Mitchell’s family as the maintenance man for their store in Westport.

Riley Fritz, 29

Riley Fritz, born Justin Randolph Fritz, the daughter of Bruce Fritz and Nancye Fritz of Westport, died Dec. 3 in Oakland, California, the victim of a tragic fire that killed 36 people. She was 29.

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Riley Fritz: 2005 Staples grad.  Contributed pho

Born at Norwalk Hospital, Fritz spent her entire childhood in Wesport as Justin Fritz. She was active in youth hockey and in Boy Scouts, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

A gifted musician, she played multiple instruments including bass guitar. She graduated from Staples High School in 2005.

After earning a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Justin transitioned genders and changed her name to Riley. She lived in Brooklyn, North Carolina, Ohio and Indiana before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in September.

Daniel J. Montague, 80

Daniel James Montague of Warwick, New York, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 12 at home after years of battling the advanced stages of Parkinson’s disease. He was 80.

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Daniel Montague: former Westporter. Contributed photo

He was an only child, born to the late Mary and Herbert Montague and lived most of his youth in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He was raised in a family-centric, charitable giving environment, traits that eventually came to define his own life.

After graduating Yale University in 1958, he started his MBA program at Wharton before leaving after a year to pursue a career in music.  That didn’t work out so well for him so he quickly fell back on finance, his strength, and built a successful career in senior management with both large and small organizations.

Most notably, early in his career, he worked for the telecommunications firm ITT where he helped establish the phone company’s presence throughout the Virgin Islands, including St Thomas and Puerto Rico. 

Blanche G. Koppelman, 90

Blanche (Gold) Koppelman of Avon, formerly of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, died Dec. 11 at her home. She was 90.

She was born in Bridgeport the daughter of the late Jacob and Anna (Chernoff) Gold.

She attended both the University of Connecticut and the University of Miami. After raising her family in West Hartford, she worked for the State of Connecticut in various roles from 1973 to 1985. Holding positions with the Public Health and Safety Committee, the Appropriations Committee, the House Majority Leader, and she also worked for the Commissioner of Revenue Services.

She was an avid golfer and was a longtime member of the Farmington Woods Country Club, and formerly Cliffside Country Club, where she was always surrounded by many dear friends.

Evelyn P. Jackson, 97

Evelyn Palmer Jackson, a lifelong Westport resident, died Dec. 11 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 97.

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Evelyn P. Jackson: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

The wife of the late John A. Jackson Sr. was born in Westport on Sept. 6, 1919 and was the daughter of the late Frank and Jennie (Izzo) Palmer, both from Formicola, Italy. 

She was born and lived on Cross Street and spent her youth with her best friend, Lucille (Dolly) Purcell. Together, they visited the library and the “Y” after school.

She loved swimming her entire life and during the summer she went to Compo Beach every chance she got. The family moved to Main Street in 1931.

Elizabeth Ann Marie Maglione, 88

Elizabeth Ann Marie Maglione (née Luber) of Weston died Dec. 8. She was 88.

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Elizabeth Ann Marie Maglione: longtime Weston resident. Contributed photo

She was born Nov. 18, 1928 in the Bronx to the late John and Elizabeth Luber. She attended St. Nicholas of Tolentine grammar and high school and graduated from the College of New Rochelle. 

Shortly after, she married her husband, John, and they started their family. They moved to Weston in 1968 where she became an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish. 

A devout Catholic, her many contributions to the church included:  Eucharistic Minister, president of the Women’s Guild, planning many social trips and events, organizing the monthly senior luncheons, and creating beautiful crafts for the annual Christmas Bazaar to benefit the parish. 

David T. Green, 91

David T. Green, an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), a former Westport resident and one of the co-founders of United States Surgical, once based in Norwalk, died Nov. 12 at his home in Easton. He was 91.

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David Green: “Wizard” at U.S. Surgical. . Contributed photo

He was vice president of research and development at the company from its early inception until his retirement in 1995.

At U.S. Surgical, he revolutionized surgery with his designs of auto suture, laparoscopic and other surgical devices. His accomplishments in the field of auto suture are well known.

At U.S. Surgical, until his retirement, he was simply known as the “Wizard.” He created an entirely new technology that changed surgery and surgical technique forever. He is considered by many to be the “father” of auto suture.

Kalliopi F. Yannopoulos, 60

Kalliopi Filippaki Yannopoulos of Westport died Dec. 5 at the Regional Hospice in Danbury. She was 60.

The wife of 27 years of Dr. Panayotis (Peter) Yannopoulos, she was born in Athens, Greece, the daughter of Clemanso and Athena Filippakis.  She was a Connecticut resident since 1988.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Athens and her MBA from St. Joseph University in Philadelphia. Her career in banking spanned 26 years, and most recently she was vice president at BNY Mellon.

Survivors in addition to her parents and husband include her daughter, Natalie Yannopoulos of Westport; a brother, Michael Filippakis of London, England.

Patricia B. Finman, 74

Patricia Bunting Finman of Stratford died Nov. 30. She was 74.

She was born in 1942 to the late William M. Bunting and Barbara Bunting Burr of Norwalk.

A lifelong Connecticut resident, she graduated from the Norwalk High School in 1961 and attended Tarkio College. In 1963, she married Ronald H. Finman.

A stay-at-home mom for many years, she returned to school and completed her certification in dietary management. She worked as food service director at Mediplex of Westport (now Westport Healthcare) for 15-plus years.