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Audrey L. Sparre, 95

Audrey Lucille Sparre of Fairfield died Nov. 17 after a brief illness. She was 95.

Born Aug. 22, 1921 in Sheridan, Wyoming, she was the youngest of five brothers and one sister. While she was young, the family moved to Kansas City, Missouri where she went to school and ultimately took a job working for the Hallmark Greeting Card Company.

During this period she met and married Eric Sparre of Wilmington, Delaware, who at that time was the general manager of the Lake City Arsenal in Independence, Missouri.

While living in Missouri, she and her husband Eric had two daughters Audrey Diane Sparre and Janet Anne Sparre. In 1963, the Sparre family moved to Southport, and after nearly 20 years they relocated to Weston, then Easton and finally to Fairfield, where Audrey most recently resided.

Arleen B. Allen, 77

Arleen Bitar Allen of Haines City, Florida, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 5. She was 77.

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Arlene Allen: former town employee. Contributed photo

Born in Norwalk, she was a member of Norwalk High School class of 1957.

She lived in Westport for 40 years and worked in the tax collector’s office at Westport Town Hall.

She is survived by a daughter, Marjorie Allen Sorrentino of Haines City,  and sons David Allen of Palm Bay, Florida. and Christopher Allen of Poulsbo, Washington.

Andre Alexandre Adams Lucas, 32

Andre Alexandre Adams Lucas of Albuquerque, New Mexico, a former Greenwich resident, died Dec. 4. He was 32.

He was born Aug. 27, 1984 and was the son of Dr. John Lucas and Eljean Adams, a Westport resident.

He graduated from Greenwich High School and then went on to graduate from the University of Colorado with a dual degree in psychology and business.

He recently moved to Albuquerque to be closer to his family and pursue his dream of finishing his MBA. His lifelong passions were many—avid skier, mountain biking, hiking.

John B. Travers, 57

John Benton Travers of Hollywood, California, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 1 at home. He was 57.

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John Travers: film editor, director. Contributed photo

Over three decades, he edited numerous films and wrote and directed screenplays, beginning when he was a junior high school student and continuing at Staples High School.

On his website, Travers posted this quote: “Film editing is not a technical process, it’s a creative one, in which the editor helps the director fulfill his or her cinematic vision.”

Born in New Orleans and raised in Westport, he was the son of the late novelist Robert Travers and Beverly Travers, and half-brother to folk singer Mary Travers, of Peter, Paul and Mary. Robert Travers died of cancer in 1974, when John was 14. Beverly Travers died in 2015.

Jean E. Satter, 91

Jean Edith Satter of Westport died Dec. 5, at home. She was 91.

The wife of well known photographer Robert Satter, she was born Nov. 13, 1925 in Yonkers, N.Y., the daughter of the late Benjamin and Lillian Schulman.

She was a graduate of Norwalk High School and was a pioneer career woman who worked at Famous Artists’ Schools and Coca-Cola USA.

In addition to her husband of 70 years, she is survived by her two sons, Keith (Betsy), of Harrison, N.Y. and Blair (Ellen) of Trumbull, and grandchildren Rachel Satter of Norwalk, Lori Birrell (Terran) of Rochester, N.Y., Daniel Satter and Alex Panagos both of Trumbull.

Rajinder K. Narang, 90

Rajinder K. Narang, a longtime resident of Westport, died Dec. 1 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was 90.

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Rajinder K. Narang: nuclear physicist. Contributed photo

The husband of Bimla Narang, he was born Aug. 25, 1926 in Multan, India and was the son of the late Purshotam Lal and Rampyari Narang.

He received his undergraduate degree from Dayand Anglo Vedic University in India.  Following his graduation, he apprenticed at the prestigious DCM Institute, where he met and impressed an American colleague who sponsored him to come to the United States.

He traveled to New York on the Queen Mary in 1945 and worked as a nuclear physicist and chemical engineer, while concurrently earning his Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo.

Brett M. Hauslaib, 68

Brett Matthew Hauslaib of Homosassa, Florida, a former Westport police officer, died Dec. 2 in Brooksville, Florida. He was 68.

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Brett Hauslaib: former police officer. Contributed photo

He was born Aug. 27, 1948 in Bridgeport, son of the late George and Jeanne (Bergen) Hauslaib . He retired as a Westport police officer and moved to Homosassa nine years ago. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the 980th Military Police Company.

A graduate of the University of New Haven in West Haven, he had served as a corporate director for the Taubman Company. He was a member of the West Citrus Elk’s Lodge No. 2693 in Homosassa. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 64 and had served as an altar boy at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Trumbull.

Survivors include wife, Florence Tattersall Hauslaib of Homosassa, son, Scott (Danielle) Hauslaib of Simsbury, daughter, Megan (Walter Want) Hauslaib of New Hartford, brother, Mark (Marla) Hauslaib, brother, Jonathan (Kathleen) Hauslaib, brother, Seth (Arthur Bernabucci) Hauslaib, sister, Kristin (Anthony Pratt) Hauslaib, sister, Maryellen (Erica Rohrbach) Hauslaib, along with many nieces and nephews.

Virginia T. Rodemann, 98

Virginia “Jinny” T. Rodemann of Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, North Carolina, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 9 at home. She was 98.

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Jan. 30, 1918. She attended the Grier School for High School then the Katherine Gibbs professional school and started working in Pittsburgh.

In 1941, she married John (“Jack”) David Hoeveler which was the beginning of a loving marriage of 57 years until Jack’s death in 1998.

Jinny and Jack lived in Westport and Southport until 1986 when they moved to Fearrington Village. After Jack’s death Jinny, was remarried to Carl Rodemann until his death.

Michael F. Forehand, 65

Michael Frederick Forehand of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 1 at home. He was 65.

He grew up in Savannah, Georgia and Westport. He served in the Coast Guard Reserve then worked in the Maritime industry both in Italy and the United States.

He and his family have lived in Tennessee for 30 years. He relocated with Service Merchandising from Florida in 1986, where he was employed for 19 years. He also worked for the State of Tennessee as a manager for facility services until his retirement.

He is survived by his wife Mary Frances, his sons Michael Forehand, wife Jennifer of Murfreesboro,  Hunter Forehand of Nashua, New Hampshire, Jeff Maynard, wife Jenny of Murfreesboro, daughters Elizabeth Alexander, husband Will of Orlando, Florida, Christie Maynard of Dublin Ireland, brothers Jack Forehand, wife Sandy of Wallace, North Carolina, Robert Forehand of St. Simons, Georgia, William Forehand, wife Mandee of Orlando, Raymond Forehand, wife Ann Marie of Southport, his sister Mary Driver, husband Kline of Buford Georgia, eight grandchildren and 10 nieces and nephews.

Shirley F. Chang, 71

Shirley Francis Chang of Derby died Dec. 1 at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 71.

Born May 13, 1945 in Norwalk, she was the daughter of Sun Soon Wu and Fung Ho Wu.

She attended Brien McMahon High School, and then attended New York University. She owned and operated Golden Dragon, and then Peking Inn restaurant in Westport, as well as Mandarin East in Norwalk, and The Oriental Palace in Stamford, as well as Golden Palace in Wolcott.

She was previously affiliated with the Mandarin Inn, also in Norwalk. She worked earlier at Hing Lee, a family-owned laundromat, and for New Canaan attorney Linda Strumpf.