Wednesday, June 19, 2024



Sandra Koenigsberg, 81

Sandra Koenigsberg of Trumbull, a former Westport schools employee, died June 4. She was 81. Image
Sandra Koenigsberg: former school employee. Contributed photo

The daughter of the late Paul and Ann Lit, she was born in Brooklyn, New York.

She was a graduate of SUNY Oswego and worked for the Westport school system for 15 years. She was an avid reader, a New York Times crossword puzzle solver and loved to travel.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Edward Koenigsberg of Trumbull, her children; Stephen Koenigsberg and his wife Justine of Belmont, Massachusetts,, Leah Koenigsberg of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and her granddaughter, Hayley Koenigsberg. She will also be remembered by her extended family and dear friends.

Nancy Humphrey, 88

Nancy Lane Humphrey of Portland, Oregon, a former Westport resident, died May 22 at home. She was 88. Image
Nancy Humphrey: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Janesville, Wisconsin, on Dec. 12, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Gladys (Kramer) Lane, sister of the late Robert Lane II, and sister-in-law of the late Joane (Hampel) Lane.

Nancy and husband John raised their children in Wisconsin, Texas, and Connecticut and, after retirement, moved to Massachusetts and finally Oregon.

They were active members of the United Methodist Church in Westport, and later were founding members of Grace Community Church in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Anne Reilly, 91

Anne “Nancy” Reilly of Westport died June 4. She was 91. Image
Anne Reilly: Staples grad. Contributed photo

She was born March 29, 1927 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, where she lived for several years with parents, Claire and Ralph Goodman and her siblings. 

When her mother remarried Stu Crary, the family moved to Westport in 1940. She graduated from Staples High School, met and married the love of her life in 1949, and together they raised their three boys.

She and Don enjoyed many years of designing and building their home and gardens; collecting and restoring antique furniture and art, and traveling extensively with family and friends. 

George M. Prackup, 79

George M. Prackup of Bridgeport, a former Westport resident, died May 30. He was 79. Image
George Prackup: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born Sept. 5, 1938 in Westport, he was one of eight children, the son of the late Michael and Aniella Prackup.

He attended Staples High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served as a radarman on the USS Randolph (CVS-15), an aircraft carrier stationed in the Mediterranean.

He was awarded the Navy Good Conduct Medal and was named Honorman of his company.

Michael D. Pellechia, 41

Michael Damian Pellechia died May 19 in California. He was 41.

Born Sept. 6, 1976, he grew up in Weston and Westport and graduated from Staples High School.

After a few college semesters in Vermont, he went on to manage several restaurants in Connecticut, Arizona and California, where he last resided.

An avid cook, golfer and musician, he will be remembered for his creativity both in the kitchen and on the drums. Kindhearted and humble, he will be missed by his family and friends.

Neil O. Hardy, 88

UPDATE Neil O. Hardy, a 51-year resident of Westport, died June 3 at the Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center after a brief illness. He was 88. Image
Neil Hardy: medical illustrator. Contributed photo

Born July 30, 1929 in Syracuse, New York, he was the younger son of Paul Reeves Hardy and Marion Osgood Hardy.

He moved with his family to Baltimore in 1942, where he attended Sparrows Point High School, graduating in 1947.

After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, attached to a mapping unit, he attended the Maryland Institute of Art and the Johns Hopkins University, from which he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Joseph M. Bilotta, 69

Joseph M. Bilotta of Stratford, a former Westport resident and veteran broadcaster, died June 1 of pancreatic cancer at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was 69. Image
Joseph Bilotta: veteran broadcaster. Contributed photo

Born and raised in Philadelphia, he resided in East Windsor, New Jersey and Westport, before recently moving to Stratford. He spent his summers in Avalon, New Jersey.

He was a graduate of both the University of Pennsylvania and LaSalle College.

He spent more than 40 years at Buckley Broadcasting where he helped build the group’s standing through such stations as WOR-AM in New York and WDRC-AM/FM in Hartford.

Carol Dinley, 75

Carol Diane (Conners) Dinley of Jupiter, Florida, a former Westport resident, died May 12 at home. She was 75. Image
Connie Dinley: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born Aug. 23, 1942 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Ethel Mae (Bender) and James Albert Conners. 

She married Patrick Jerome Dinley on March 18, 1967.  He preceeded her in death in December 2016. They were married for almost 50 years.

The youngest of four children, she grew up in Beaver Falls and graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1960.  After attending Ambridge Nursing School in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, Carol, known to her friends as “Connie,” worked as a practical nurse.

Maria R. Giunta, 95

Maria R. Giunta of Westport died May 28 at home. She was 95. Image
Maria Giunta: active in community. Contributed photo

She was wife of the late Anthony P. Giunta, Sr.  She was born in Windber, Pennsylvania on Feb. 24, 1923, the daughter of the late Pasquale Roig and Dolores Miralles Roig.

She worked for the Westport Bank and Trust for a number of years and was active in the community. 

She was a longtime parishioner of the Church of the Assumption, a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and a dedicated volunteer for the American Red Cross and the Westport Sons of Italy.

Neil Hardy, Medical Illustrator, 88 Image
Neil O. Hardy of Westport, an award-winning medical illustrator, died June 3. He was 88. In a 2009 talk at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, he pointed to a picture of himself as a student at Johns Hopkins University. He showed many of his meticulously drawn medical illustrations with explanations about each one. Occasionally, he said, he had to store an eyeball or heart in the family refrigerator, much to the dismay of his wife, Judith. “I used (them) to help me get a good drawing,” he said. See obituary HERE.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for