Wednesday, July 24, 2024



Phyllis Q. Shaner, 85

Phyllis Q. Shaner of Westport died Aug. 7 after a final battle with cancer. She was 85. Image
Phyllis Shaner: 53-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

This time cancer, as it all too often does, won out. But while through sickness her journey on this Earth may have ended, it says little about the way she cherished life.

Phyllis’ life can be described as a rich tapestry of personal connections … many deep, some passing, but always leaving an imprint on the lives of those she touched.

She leaves behind a mutually adoring family of six children, four spousal in-laws, nine grandchildren and a wide-ranging legacy of friendships.

Carol Mata, 73

Carol (Morehouse) Mata of Westport died Aug. 10 at home. She was 73. Image
Carol Mata: active in community. Contributed photo

Born Sept. 17, 1944 in Penn Yan, New York, she attended Brockport State Teacher’s College for two years before raising three children with Pedro Mata. 

Together they lived in locations around the world including Ithaca and Staten Island, New York, Lima, Peru, Bogota and Cali, Colombia, Westport, Singapore and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

She worked as an executive secretary, bookkeeper and a full-time mother.

Ursula R. Hermenze, 94

Ursula Runge Hermenze of Westport died Aug. 6 while visiting her son, Stephen, in Oregon. She was 94.

She was born in Niesky, Germany in 1923 and came to the United States in 1927. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Valeria Runge and the wife of the late Frank Hermenze.

She had a long, fine run at life. Julliard graduate, excellent pianist and piano teacher, hole in one golfer, chairman of the Rules Committee for the Longshore Women’s Golf Association, devoted wife and mother of two sons.

Survivors include her sons, Richard and Stephen, her grandson Victor, her granddaughter Katie, and 14 nieces and nephews.

Amy Ruda, 52

Amy Marsha Ruda died Aug. 9. She was 52.

She lovingly cared for her daughters, Isabelle Baildon and Madeline Baildon, and her father, Howard Ruda.

The funeral will be held on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. at The Conservative Synagogue, 30 Hillspoint Road, Westport with burial at Old Montefiore Cemetery. St. Albans, New York.

Arrangements are under the direction of Thomas M Gallagher Funeral Home, Stamford (203)-359-9999.  To send condolences to the family, please visit

Kariene Koury, 88

Kariene Koury, a longtime resident of Westport, died July 29. She was 88. Image
Kariene Koury: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to John and Georgette Shahood, she attended Fontbonne Hall Academy and Packer Collegiate Institute.

On Valentine’s Day, she met the love of her life and future husband, Fred Koury. They moved from New York to Pittsburgh where they made lifelong friends but eventually settled in Westport. 

Kariene resided in Westport for more than 50 years and loved all that the town had to offer. She was an active member of the Westport Young Woman’s League and enjoyed playing paddle tennis, golfing at Longshore, dinners at Compo Beach and playing bridge with her friends.

Douglas G. Kubach, 61

Douglas George Kubach of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a former Westport resident, died suddenly on July 26 at home. He was 61. Image
Douglas Kubach: improved education through technology. Contributed photo

His life’s work was improving education through innovations in technology and assessment. He was an adviser and industry expert for educational technology and assessment businesses.

He lived in Westport from 1992 to 2004 while he worked at McGraw-Hill Publishing and Pearson Education.

He attended Christ & Holy Trinity Church and his children attended Kings Highway Elementary, Bedford Middle School and Staples High School.

Stephen M. DeLay, 72

Stephen M. DeLay of Westport died suddenly on July 26 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 72. Image
Steve DeLay: avid yachtsman. Contributed phone

Born in Santa Monica, California on Sept. 14, 1945, he grew up living in Davenport, Iowa; Louisville, Kentucky; Ossining, New York and Volga, South Dakota where he spent many summers on the farm with his beloved grandfather, Harry.

As a young man, he learned to fly a J3 Cub and started a business in portrait photography. He combined his love for flying and photography when he owned his Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N3341M, and flew for the college skydiving team, photographing their activities while attending South Dakota State University in Brookings. He earned his Master’s degree in printing management from SDSU.

After earning his Master’s, he joined RR Donnelley & Sons Co. where he spent 18 years as a sales representative and then vice president of sales in Chicago and New York.

David L. Sanders, 63

David Louis Sanders of Venice, Florida, formerly of Norwalk, died July 25. He was 63.

Born Oct. 13, 1954 in Norwalk, he attended Norwalk schools. While living in the Norwalk area, he worked at the Arrow Restaurant, Mario’s and Nistico’s Red Barn in Westport.

After moving to Venice, he was employed by Tommy Bahama’s and most recently The Westin in Sarasota. His smile, sense of humor and laughter will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl, his children Christopher and John Eustace of Fort Lauderdale, and Kara Eustace Prifti of Apollo Beach, grandchildren Kimberly Eustace and Kyle Prifti, a sister, Roseanne Sanders of Cornelius, North Carolina, paternal uncle Ronald Sanders and his wife, Barbara and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Lucy (Falbo) Sanders and father Louis “Chick” Sanders.

Jonathan Greenwald, 82

Jonathan “Pal” Greenwald of Westport, internist, cardiologist, clarinetist, bagpiper, banjo player, guitar player, handball player, and dog lover, died July 25. He was 82. Image
Jonathan Greenwald: well-known doctor. Contributed photo

A longtime resident of Westport, he was a graduate of Hamilton College and the Albert Einstein School Of Medicine, and had a solo practice in Norwalk for nearly 50 years.

His many patients loved him for his intelligence, compassion, sense of humor, and willingness to accept many forms of payment, including oranges and paintings.

He also played in a myriad of musical ensembles, from the Oriskany Rhythm Kings to the Norfield Wind Quintet to the Fairfield Pipe and Drum Corps to the Westport Community Band. And in recent years he relished his time teaching music to children at The Roosevelt School in Bridgeport.

Beatrice C. Sawyer, 98

Beatrice C. Sawyer of Westport died July 18 after a short illness. She was 98.

The wife of the late Warren L. Sawyer was a longtime resident of Westport.

She was born Dec. 13, 1919 in Milford, the daughter of the late Joseph and Rilla (Roberge) Couture. She was a 1937 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School.

She was a tap dancer when she was a young girl and was given the opportunity to be a Radio City Rockette while in her teens. She was also an artist and exhibited her works at various local venues in her youth and won a full scholarship to Pratt Institute.