Lawrence Funeral Home

We realize that most people are not very familiar with making funeral arrangements, so we have developed this web site to provide our client families and friends with the information they will need and to answer any questions they might have. Whether you have just experienced a loss, are considering making your own arrangements in advance, or just browsing our site, our intention is to do as much as we can to assist you.

It was on February 4, 1893, four generations ago, the Edward B. Lawrence Undertaking Business, combined with a furniture and livery business, began on South Main Street in New Canaan.

In conjunction with the Undertaking Business, E.B. Lawrence worked and was elected Vice President of the First National Bank of New Canaan in 1921. In 1923, he became President of the Bank and held that position until his death in 1936. He served as Town Treasurer from 1899 until 1922, and was a member of the Board of Finance of the town for many years.

In 1931, E.B's son, Edward (Ted) Lawrence moved the funeral business to Darien and was there about a year before moving to the former "Dutch Oven" property in Noroton, which is now the Peartree's Beauty Salon. In early 1936, he purchased the property which is presently the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home at 2119 Post Road in Noroton. Then the alterations and repairs began on the old Victorian building with its everlasting charm. Ted was a World War I Navy veteran, and a long time member and past President of the Kiwanis Club of Darien in 1936. Ted was active in the business until the last few years before he died in February, 1960.

In 1946, after three years in the Army as a Surgical Technician during World War II, Ted's son, Edward Green Lawrence (known as Eddie to everyone, Casey in the Sports World), enrolled in the Renouard School of Embalming in New York City, became licensed, and went into the business with his Dad. Along with making all the necessary improvements to the establishment over the years, Eddie was named Darien's Citizen of the Year in 1978, was a founding member of Darien Youth Athletics, President in 1962 and 1963 and one of four original managers of the Darien Little League. He was a longtime member of the Lions Club serving as President from 1957 to 1958 and was very active in the Darien community right up until his untimely death in October of 1984.

Upon his graduation from Susquehanna University in 1972, Ed's son, Edward Green Lawrence, Jr. (known as Jed to everyone), enrolled at the American Academy of McAllister Institute in New York City for Mortuary Science. After his year of schooling there, he entered the business in 1973 on a full time basis with his Dad, and is presently the fourth generation carrying on the family business.

In August of 2000, Craig D. Ackerman joined the staff at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home as a licensed embalmer and funeral director.


Our Obituaries

Arline M. D'Aquila

March 26, 2020 - October 13, 2020

Arline M. D'Aquila, a long-time resident of Darien, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 in Fairfield, CT. Born on March 26, 1926 in Meriden, CT, she was the daughter of the late Rocco and Mary (Petrucelli) D'Apice of Meriden, CT. Arline was raised in Meriden, CT and graduated from Meriden High School in 1944. She was employed at the Southern New England Telephone Company until 1953. ...
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Ann Hartman Carter

October 4, 2020

An independent creative loving force Ann died peacefully in her sleep October 4 at age 96. Born in Detroit, her father Hubert Hartman was at one time head council for Ford Motor Company. Ann spent her childhood summers at Camp Ak-O-Mak, Ahmic Harbour, Ontario where she excelled at diving, sailing, and tennis. She was President of her Delta Alpha Delta Sorority during her high school years...
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Isabel T. Conover

December 11, 1934 - October 2, 2020

Isabel Toner Conover, a long-time resident of Stamford and Darien, CT, passed away on October 2, 2020 in Stamford, CT. Born December 11, 1934 in Boston, MA, she was the daughter of the late George Letham and Mary (Sterling) McIver. Isabel was a multi talented individual. She was an accomplished dancer at a young age. She grew to be equally skilled at carpentry as designing and crafting...
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Patricia Flynn Spurgeon

January 5, 1933 - September 28, 2020

With her boundless energy, inner strength, and compassion Trish brought happiness to so many friends and family members. She had a talent for listening to people and making them feel better. Nothing was too much to do for a friend. She loved children. She wore out her Santa Claus and Easter Bunny costumes. She devoted her life to giving to others and to the community. Because of her many...
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Valentine "Val" John Scansaroli

August 5, 1951 - September 25, 2020

Valentine "Val" John Scansaroli, 69, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020 at his residence in Norwalk, Connecticut. Val was born on August 5, 1951 to the late John J. Scansaroli and Evelyn Nicholson Scansaroli. Val grew up in Flushing, New York and graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1969. He attended Hartwick College where he played basketball and acquired his Bachelor's Degree in...
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Mary Lyman Heist

September 6, 1931 - September 22, 2020

Mary (Lyman) Heist, 89, wife of the late L. C. Heist, slipped quietly away on September 22, 2020 to be with the Lord she loved. Mary was born on September 6, 1931 on the Lyman Farm in Middlefield, Connecticut, the youngest daughter of the late John and Edna (Andersen) Lyman. She is a graduate of the Northfield School for Girls (MA), where she first met her husband (while he attended Mt. Hermon...
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Patricia Rangel de Arellano

September 21, 2020

Patricia Rangel de Arellano of Darien passed away aged 82 on Monday, September 21. She is predeceased by her husband Antonio Arellano, also of Darien, to whom she was married for 56 years. Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Patricia spent part of her life in Mexico City before moving to Darien with her husband to be closer to her family. She is remembered for her exceptional warmth and empathy. Mrs....
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Francis A. Lawless

September 21, 2020

Francis A. Lawless, "Laddie," of Norwalk and Old Saybrook passed away peacefully at his home in Norwalk on September 21, 2020. Laddie was the son of Elsie and Frank Lawless, and the loving husband of Fredda. He is survived by Fredda; his niece, Susan Lawless Shollar, and her husband Mike; his nephew David Lawless, and his wife Kate; and five grand nieces and nephews. His brother, David G. Lawless...
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Marilyn Biggins

September 16, 2020

Marilyn Biggins, nee Carroll, died peacefully September 16 at Ridge Crest Health Center in Redding, Connecticut, after a long battle with the brain disease leukodystrophy. She is survived by her husband of 56 years Peter of Darien Connecticut, her daughter Carroll Byrne and husband Roger, her son Edward and wife Kerry O'Brien, her son Christopher, her son Brendan and wife Erin Galligan, her...
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Mark Loys von Kreuter

February 11, 1962 - September 7, 2020

Mark Loys von Kreuter, age 58 of Darien, CT and New York City was welcomed into heaven on September 7, 2020. He was a beloved son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, godfather, and friend to all who had the privilege of knowing him. Mark was born in Darien, CT on February 11, 1962. He was the son of the late Alan John von Kreuter (deceased 1991) and his beloved mother Barbara Jean Arnold von...
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Paul C. Conrad

December 29, 1969 - September 4, 2020

Paul C. Conrad, a resident of Darien, CT, passed away at his home on Friday, September 4, 2020. Born on December, 29th 1969 in Holyoke, MA, he was the son of Lyman and Judith (Durand) Conrad. He was 50 years old. Paul graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Finance. He worked as a Commercial Manager for Liberty Recycling in Bristol, CT. A devoted fan,...
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Clayton Quaw Warren

September 2, 2020

Clayton Quaw Warren (81) of Darien, CT passed away on September 2, 2020. He was the son of the late Edward L. and Helen Q. Warren of Darien. He graduated from Darien High School in 1957 and attended Columbia University Class of 1962. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard, was a former 3rd Degree Mason and a member of Saint Anthony Hall in New York. He was also a member of the Racquet and Tennis...
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Patricia Ann Powell

August 30, 2020

Patricia Ann Powell, age 74, of Darien, beloved wife of Frank A. Powell, passed away on August 30, 2020. Born in Dorchester, MA, Patricia was the daughter of William and Katherine (Pisano) Tierney. Before her marriage to Frank, Patricia worked at All-State Insurance as a rater. After raising her children, she earned a certification in early childhood development. Patricia then went on to teach...
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Lydia Garcia Ras-Allard

April 8, 1924 - August 15, 2020

Lydia García Ras-Allard, a long-time resident of Darien, CT passed into the glory of God at her home on Saturday the 15th of August 2020. She lived 96 years. Lydia was born in Holman in northern New Mexico on the 8th of April 1924, and spent her early years in nearby Chacón. She was the daughter of José Timoteo García and Emilia Salazár García. Lydia received a Bachelor of Arts Degree...
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Charles Thomas Nedder

March 16, 1943 - August 12, 2020

On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, Charles Thomas Nedder of Darien, CT, loving husband and father of three children, passed away at the age of 77 after a long battle with Lymphoma. Charles was born on March 16, 1943 in Boston, MA to Ernest and Mary Nedder. As a child, growing up in West Roxbury, MA with his six siblings, he had a reputation for kindness, support and a quiet strength. He...
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Sigrid Steuer Schatvet

April 2, 1944 - August 10, 2020

Sigrid Steuer Schatvet, 76, died at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, CT, on August 10. Sigrid was born on April 2, 1944 in Marienbad, Czech Republic. At this time in World War II, the family had been evacuated from their home of Berlin. Post-war, she lived in various parts of Germany and attended school, which she loved, in Wuppertal and Hamburg. Throughout Sigrid's life, she visited...
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Gary Gene Hartog

May 15, 1949 - August 4, 2020

Gary Gene Hartog, a resident of Rowayton, CT, passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 in Rowayton with his wife of 46 years, Norene, his son, Gary Jr., daughter-in-law, Samantha, and DJ by his side. He was born on May 15, 1949 in Norwalk to Albert B. and Catherine Hartog. He was one of 10 children raised and worked at the family business, Rowayton Marine Works, on the river in Rowayton, CT. ...
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Gilbert Alexandre

May 26, 1935 - August 2, 2020

Gilbert Alexandre, born in Luxembourg May 26, 1935 and longtime resident of Darien, died peacefully Sunday morning August 2, 2020. While his passing is a sad day for us all Gil had a kind and generous soul who lived his life to the fullest leaving the fondest of memories for everyone who knew him. As a six year old in 1941, Gil immigrated to the US through Ellis Island. This first of his many...
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Priscilla E. Gerbasi

July 14, 1935 - July 7, 2020

Priscilla E. Gerbasi, a resident of Fairfield and previously a longtime resident of Westport and Darien, passed away on Tuesday, July 7 at Bridgeport Hospital. Born in Stamford on July 14, 1935, she was the daughter of Joseph G. Lupinacci and Yolanda V. Lupinacci of Darien. Priscilla was raised in Stamford and Darien, and graduated from Stamford High School. She was the oldest of four...
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Susan Widmann Sinclair

July 5, 2020

Susan Widmann Sinclair, 88, passed away at her home in Darien, Ct. on July 5th, 2020. She was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1932 and her family moved to Darien two years later. After attending Hindley Elementary in Darien, and The Thomas School in Rowayton, Ct., she earned a teaching degree at the National College of Education in Chicago. Upon graduation, she taught kindergarten at the Henry...
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Norman Arthur Pierce

January 1, 1935 - July 1, 2020

Norman Arthur Pierce of Darien passed away of natural causes on July 1, 2020; he was 85. Born on January 1, 1935 in Providence, Rhode Island, to Arthur and Mary Pierce, Norman was a longtime resident of Darien after moving to Connecticut in the early 1950s. After graduating from the Rhode Island School for the Deaf, Norman earned his high school diploma from Darien High School in 1957. He...
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Charles Ferris Scribner

March 14, 1924 - June 27, 2020

Charles Ferris "Chick" Scribner, a lifelong resident of Darien, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, June 27. Born March 14, 1924 in Darien, he was the son of the late Harold Blaine and Alice Lee Scribner. He was 96. Chick attended Darien Public Schools and graduated from Darien High School in 1942. He then served for three years in the U.S. Army in the China-Burma-India Theater during...
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Wallace J. Gamber, Jr.

June 26, 2020

Wallace J. Gamber Jr. passed away on June 26 after a brief battle with cancer. Born in 1949 in Detroit, Michigan he was the son of Emily McLaughlin and Wallace Gamber. Wally attended Saint Matthew's School in Detroit and graduated from Grosse Pointe University School (now University Liggett), Class of 1967. While there he was a member of the 1965 undefeated football team, varsity basketball...
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Greda Ann DiSilvestro

June 20, 2020

Greda Ann (Fogelberg) DiSilvestro of Stratford, formerly of Darien, passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on Saturday, June 20th. Greda was the wife of the late Louis DiSilvestro and the daughter of the late Svante and Mildred (Clark) Fogelberg. She was predeceased by her two brothers, Kurt and Henrik Fogelberg. Greda was born in Panama and raised in Liberty, Missouri. She was a graduate...
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Douglas Joseph Shaw

November 26, 1954 - June 15, 2020

Former Darien resident, Douglas Joseph Shaw, passed away early Monday morning June 15, 2020 at his home in Brielle, New Jersey. Due to the restrictions in these extraordinary times, only family members will be present at a small service and burial on Monday June 22 in Darien, CT. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Doug was the beloved father to his children Douglas ...
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Robert A. Deverill

January 22, 1946 - June 13, 2020

Robert A. Deverill, a longtime resident of Keene, New Hampshire passed away Saturday June 13, 2020 from complications of COPD with his daughters by his side. He was 74. Born in Stamford, CT January 22, 1946, he was the middle son of Dorothy Bouton Deverill and William John Deverill III. Robert graduated from Darien High School in 1965 and attended Dean College in Franklin, MA. He graduated...
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Sandra McCutchan Woodworth Campbell

June 12, 2020

Sandra McCutchan Woodworth Campbell, 88, passed away on June 12, 2020 with family at her side and Louis Armstrong singing "What a Wonderful World" in the background. Sandra will be remembered for her love of her husband, and adventure partner of 68 years, Douglas Campbell, who predeceased her in 2018. Sandra and Doug met as teenagers in the 1940s, sailing at the Noroton Yacht Club in Darien,...
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Bryan Kirk Wood

June 11, 2020

Bryan Kirk Wood of Norwalk, formerly of Darien, died Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the age of 58. He is survived by his wife, Carleen (Conti) Wood, his son, Dominick Wood, his daughter and son-in-law, Samantha and Andy Rumore, his sister and brother-in-law, Paula and Frank Fox, sister-in-law and bother-in-law Donna (Conti) and Anthony Casella, and his mother-in-law, Carol Conti. He is also survived...
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Charles Rockwell Williams

June 7, 2020

Charles Rockwell Williams, beloved father and devoted husband, died Sunday afternoon, June 7, at Stamford Hospital. He was 68. Charlie was a Senior Vice President in Private Wealth Management at UBS, where he had worked for nearly 40 years, first as Kidder Peabody, then Paine Webber and now UBS. He began his career in New York City at Irving Trust Company in 1975. A year later he met his...
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Michael A. Maul

December 10, 1953 - June 7, 2020

Michael A. Maul passed away at Yale New Haven Hospital on June 7, 2020 from complications following a recent stroke. He was born on December 10th, 1953 to John and Mary Maul of Darien, CT both whom have predeceased him. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Timothy and Kathleen Maul of Darien and New York City. Michael attended nascent special needs programs in both Darien ('Mather...
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Mildred (Toni) M. Lawler

June 4, 2020

Mildred M. Lawler ("Toni"), a long-time resident of Darien, passed away on Thursday June 4, 2020 at Danbury Hospital. Born in Queens, New York on August 6, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Jacob F. Scior and Caroline D. Scior. She will be fondly remembered as a person full of compassion, whose generous nature and big heart and beautiful smile will be missed by all. Toni was raised...
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Grace Ann Cummings

June 3, 2020

Grace Ann Cummings passed away peacefully the evening of June 3. She was the widow of John (Jack) G. Cummings who preceded her in death in July 1995. Grace was the daughter of the late William and Catherine (Higgins) Lustig and spent her early years surrounded by her extended family. She often spoke of her childhood and was appreciative of the efforts and sacrifices her parents made to raise...
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Wasili "Lou" Resnansky

May 24, 2020

Wasili "Lou" Resnansky, 76, died suddenly from a fall on May 24, 2020 doing one of his favorite things, getting his sailboat ready for the summer season. A proud Darien resident of 48 years, Lou's life embodied the American dream. He was born in 1944 in what was then Czechoslovakia. His parents had fled the U.S.S.R., and their family grew to include his two sisters, Nadja and Lidia, while...
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Patricia S. Andrews

July 16, 1929 - May 19, 2020

Patricia S. Andrews, a resident of Wilton, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Cannondale Senior Living in Wilton, CT. Born on July 16, 1929 in Stamford, CT, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Turner) Shanley. She was 90. Patricia is survived by her daughter Patricia A. Bray of Stamford and five grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was predeceased by her husband...
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Gail Patricia Fitch

December 3, 1934 - May 19, 2020

Gail Patricia Fitch, a resident of Norwalk, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk. Born December 3, 1934 in Yonkers, NY, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Louise (Ryan) Schwartz. She was 85. Gail graduated from Eastchester High School in 1955 and attended Secretarial School. She worked for Eastern Airlines in New York City, Famous Artist...
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Jane S. Giannattasio

May 14, 2020

Jane Sgritta Giannattasio, 98, passed away on May 14, 2020 after a brief illness. She was the daughter of Mary and Dominick Sgritta. Born and raised in Stamford, she loved reminiscing about what it was like growing up in town. She worked as a hairdresser for several salons including the Vogue, loved reading and volunteered at Meals on Wheels and other charities. Besides her parents, Jane...
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Paul Dunlop Fairleigh

December 29, 1961 - May 11, 2020

Paul Dunlop Fairleigh passed away Monday, May 11th after a valiant battle with colon cancer. His last hours were spent holding hands with his wife Stephanie and daughter Lily. Paul was born December 29, 1961 in Houston, Texas to James Fairleigh and Ishbel Dunlop Fairleigh. His family moved to Friendswood, Texas where he graduated from Friendswood HS. Paul earned a B.S. in Advertising from...
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Horst Franz Babinec

June 19, 1937 - May 10, 2020

On Sunday, May 10th 2020 Horst Franz Babinec, loving friend and brother passed away at the age of 82 in his home. Horst was a longtime resident of Stamford, born on June 19, 1937 in Austria, he was the son of the late Franz and Rosina (Vas) Babinec. He was preceded by his wife Karen (Parsons) Babinec this past February. He is survived by his brother Franz Babinec, sister in-law Helga and many...
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Herman Joseph Eckrich, Jr.

May 9, 2020

Herman Joseph Eckrich, Jr. died on May 9, 2020 holding hands with the person he loved most in the world, his wife Jeanne. Herm and Jeanne were married for 63 years. Thanks to the incredible care that he received from the Edgehill Harbor staff and Hospice, the end was peaceful and comfortable. He never complained while dying of complications from Parkinson's disease. Herm, or Sonny as he was...
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Mary Patricia Lyons

August 7, 1940 - May 6, 2020

Mary Patricia Lyons (Pat), a long-time resident of Darien, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 06, 2020 at her home. Born on August 7, 1940 in County Down Northern Ireland, she was the daughter of the late Pat and Winnie Rogan. She was 79. Pat was a beloved wife, mother and devoted homemaker who enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. Full of curiosity and always...
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Helga Trohan

January 9, 1929 - May 5, 2020

Helga Trohan, a resident of Darien, CT, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 in Darien. Born on January 9, 1929 in Durach, Bavaria, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Otto and Olga (Gast) Feigele. She was 91. Helga is survived by three daughters Patricia Pellingra and her husband, Steve, of Rocklin, CA, Inga Bleich and her husband, David, of Columbus, OH and Rebecca Smith of Darien,...
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Paul Green

July 20, 1963 - April 25, 2020

Paul Green, a longtime resident of Wilton, CT passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 25, 2020 in Elmsford, NY at the age of 56. Paul was born in Huntington, NY on July 20, 1963 to George and Jean Green. He spent his childhood in Norwood, NJ. Paul received his business degree from Georgetown University in 1986. He was a Certified Public Accountant who worked as a Senior Financial Executive...
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Dimitrios Panourgias

March 28, 1937 - April 24, 2020

Dimitrios Panourgias, formerly of Brooklyn, NY and Darien, CT, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020 at his son's home in Darien, CT. Dimitri was born on March 28, 1937 in Argos Orestiko, Greece to the late Theodosios and Efegenia Panourgias. He spent his childhood in Argos Orestiko and later went to high school in Dimitsana, Greece. Dimitri was a loving father to Theodosios & Kim Panourgias...
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Elizabeth F. Adcock

October 14, 1932 - April 23, 2020

Elizabeth F. Adcock (Betty), a resident of Norwalk and a former long-time resident of Darien, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at Norwalk Hospital. Born on October 14, 1932 in Stamford, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Henrietta Burke. She was 87. She worked for over 35 years for the Darien Board of Education in many of the Darien schools. Betty is survived by her son...
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Charles S. Billingham

April 23, 2020

Charles S. Billingham, formerly of New Canaan, CT and New Milford, CT, passed away April 23, 2020, at his daughter's home in Asheville, NC. Charles (Butch) was born in Stamford, CT to the late Charles R. and Anne Billingham in 1937. He spent his childhood in Darien, CT. Charles was predeceased by his wife Gail Anne Brencher Billingham, and sister Joan Billingham Bristol. Charles was a loving...
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Dolores A. DeCaro

June 4, 1930 - April 23, 2020

Dolores A. DeCaro, a longtime resident of Darien, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at St. Camillus Center in Stamford, CT. She was born on June 4, 1930 to the late Angelo and Teresa (Journalist) DeCaro. Dolores attended Darien public schools. She worked at various companies in Stamford throughout the years and was a talented embroider and expert presser. Dolores was a lifelong...
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Rita Crean Luttich

February 14, 1932 - April 21, 2020

Rita Crean Luttich, a resident of Darien, CT passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Born on February 14, 1932 in Bronx, NY, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Feeney) Crean. She was 88. Rita worked as a secretary and a homemaker raising three children. She was an avid painter and seamstress and enjoyed traveling and reading, but her greatest love was for her family. She was...
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Salvatore D. Zaffino

August 11, 1945 - April 19, 2020

Salvatore D. (Sal) Zaffino of Darien, Connecticut, and Newport, Rhode Island, entered eternal life on April 19th, 2020. He was born in New Rochelle, NY, to the late Salvatore and Carmella Zaffino on August 11th, 1945. Sal served his country as a sergeant in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in the late 1960's. He was a highly respected business leader, spending more...
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Wlater Lewis Burrows, Jr.

October 26, 1933 - April 17, 2020

Walter Lewis Burrows, Jr., age 86, of Wilton, formerly of East Norwalk and Darien, passed away on April 17, 2020 in Wilton Meadows Health Care Center. Walter was born October 26, 1933 to Walter L. Burrows, Sr., an antiques dealer, and Viola A. (Hallett) Burrows an artist and interior designer, in Barnstable, Massachusetts. He was predeceased by a sister, Natalie in 2001. The family moved to...
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Marie Jane DeCaro Knapp

April 12, 1926 - April 15, 2020

Marie Jane DeCaro Knapp, a longtime resident of Darien, passed away on Wednesday April 15, 2020 in Colchester, CT. Born on April 12, 1926 at her grandparents' house on West Avenue in Noroton Heights, she was the oldest of the 3 daughters of the late Angelo DeCaro and Teresa Journalist DeCaro. Marie attended Baker School, Darien Junior High School and graduated from Darien High School in the...
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Jeannette LaVersa

April 10, 1938 - April 11, 2020

Jeannette LaVersa, a resident of Darien, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020 in Darien. Born on April 10, 1938 in Mr. Vernon, NY, she was the daughter of the late Phillip and Theresa (Cantone) Coppola. She was 82. Jeannette graduated from Edison High School in Mt. Vernon, NY. She was a parishioner of St. John R.C. Church in Darien. Jeannette was a loving wife, mother, grandmother...
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Elizabeth Agresta

January 27, 1924 - April 11, 2020

Elizabeth Agresta, a resident of Norwalk CT, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 11. She was 96 years old. Elizabeth was the daughter of Marion (Cecco) and John Yurisic. She was born and lived most of her childhood in New York City. Living alone with her mother and her younger brother, John, when it came time for high school she was accepted at the highly competitive Hunter College High...
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Joseph R. Palmer,Jr.

February 9, 1929 - April 10, 2020

Joseph R. Palmer, Jr., 91, of New Canaan, CT, died April 10, 2020 of natural causes at home, surrounded by his wife and loved ones. Born February 9, 1929 in Stamford, Joe was a son of the late Joseph and Olga Cantalini Palmer, a founding family of the area. He was also preceded in death by his son, Glenn C. Palmer and brother, Rocco J. Palmer. Surviving are his wife Dawn Palmer, brother...
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Carmela Rose Kmeta

September 8, 1937 - April 10, 2020

Carmela Kmeta, resident of Northport NY, passed away on Friday April 10, 2020 at the age of 82. Born on September 8, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Rose Ferrara and is survived by her sister Annette Williams. Her husband Walter predeceased her in August 2019. Carmela was the loving wife of Walter (almost 60 years!) , and mother to Diane, Donna, and Dale. She was a...
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John J. Barston

May 5, 1922 - April 8, 2020

John J. Barston, a resident of Darien, CT, passed away on April 8 at the age of 97. Born on May 5, 1922, on Elizabeth Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, John grew up in Woodhaven, Queens. After graduating from Franklin K. Lane High School, he was employed by the Inland Marine Department of Fireman's Fund Insurance Company while attending New York University at night. During World War...
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Pamela (Pam) Margaret Doyle

April 17, 1949 - April 6, 2020

Pamela (Pam) Margaret Doyle was born on April 17, 1949 in Blue Island, Illinois and died on April 6, 2020 at the Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut. Pam was preceded in death by her parents the late George and Pauline Doyle (Lerner), and her sister Catherine Perko (Doyle) and brother-in-law David. Pam is survived by her two brothers George Jr. and Patricia Doyle (Rothenburger) of Dayton...
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Sharon K.(Edwards) Kells

September 10, 1946 - March 22, 2020

Sharon K. (Edwards) Kells a long time resident of Darien, CT (40 years) has passed away at age 73. Born September 10, 1946 at home in Irwin, OH, she was the daughter of the late Robert Edwards and Hazel Ruth Edwards both of Irwin, OH. Sharon was a fraternal twin who was raised in rural Ohio with her 4 siblings (two sets of twins). She is survived by her husband Dominick D'Acutno, her two...
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Lorraine Salvatore

October 23, 1933 - March 21, 2020

Lorraine Salvatore, a resident of Darien for 45 years, passed away peacefully sometime before dawn on Saturday, March 21. She was 86. One of seven Cloughley children, Lorraine moved from Jersey City, NJ to Stamford as a young woman just starting out. She found an apartment in the Cove section of Stamford, living above a lovely Italian woman she called Nonni. Nonni had a handsome young nephew...
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Gary Knapp

March 15, 1948 - March 20, 2020

Gary Knapp, a resident of Stratford, CT passed away Friday, March 20, 2020 at St. Joseph's Center in Trumbull. Born in Greenwich, CT on March 15, 1948, he was the son of the late Arthur R. and Vivian (Tryon) Knapp. He was 72. Gary worked for the United States Post Office and served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his cousin Barbara Talbot Cianflone. The Edward Lawrence Funeral Home,...
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Thomas (Tom) Ward Nilson

March 18, 2020

Thomas (Tom) Ward Nilson, 76, of Southbury, CT and former resident of Marietta, GA entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 in Greenwich, CT with family by his side. Tom had a kind and gentle spirit, was extremely hardworking and a true gentleman. He always offered a helping hand and would "show up" for anyone in need. Tom was born to Frederick and Doris Nilson of...
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Judith Hennessey Beavers

October 8, 1939 - March 10, 2020

Judith Hennessey Beavers, 80, of West Norwalk, formerly of Darien, passed away March 10, 2020 with her family at her side. She was born in Evanston, IL, the only child of Susanne (Needham) and Raymond Hennessey. The family moved to Scarsdale, NY where she attended the Ursuline School and then went on to Rosemont College in Pennsylvania, where she earned a BA in English. After graduating, she...
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Nancy Pauline Leonard Cochran

May 19, 1933 - February 11, 2020

Nancy Pauline Leonard Cochran, a resident of Nyack, NY passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, CT with her two daughters at her side. Born of full Norwegian descent on May 19, 1933 in Seattle, WA, she was the daughter of the late Charles P. Leonard and Emilie H. Pitman. Nancy graduated from Garfield High School in Seattle, WA in 1952, the University of...
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Dwight E. Timbers

April 8, 1948 - February 11, 2020

Dwight E. Timbers passed away peacefully at Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk Connecticut, surrounded by his family on February 11, 2020. Dwight was born on April 8, 1948, in New York City to Charlotte T. Timbers and the Honorable William H. Timbers, who later served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Dwight was raised in Darien, Connecticut, and graduated from Darien High...
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Carmela Lucia Vodola Preli (Lucy Prell)

July 16, 1928 - February 11, 2020

Carmela Lucia Vodola Preli (Lucy Prell) passed away peacefully in her apartment at Brighton Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC on February 11, 2020 after a brief illness. She was 91 years old. Born July 16, 1928, in Stamford, CT, she was the daughter of the late Gerardo Vodola and Angela Masi Vodola. Her parents named her Carmela since she was born on the same day as the Blessed Virgin Mary's feast...
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George Joseph Friend

February 8, 2020

George Joseph Friend of Norwalk passed peacefully into the Lord's hands on February 8, 2020 at his home in the presence of family at the age of 88. A devout Catholic, George was a generous man whose acts of goodwill and kindness touched the hearts of family and friends alike. George was born in 1932 to George Murdock Friend and Delia Mary Callahan of Darien. During the 1950's, George served...
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Frank Munson

January 18, 1928 - February 5, 2020

Frank Munson, 92, of Rowayton CT, died February 5, 2020. Frank, son of Bernard and Julia Munson, loving husband of Barbara Munson (deceased), passed away peacefully at his home in Rowayton. Mr. Munson is survived by his 5 children, Richie, Susan Carpenter (Tim); Betsy Mazza (Bob); Barbara Cronin (Bill) and JoAnne Catalano (Rob). He is also survived by his 15 Grandchildren and 5 Great...
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Robert Austin Martella

June 24, 1925 - February 5, 2020

Robert Austin Martella, a longtime Darien resident and WWII veteran, passed peacefully on February 5, 2020 at the age of 94. Bob was born in Port Chester, NY on June 24, 1925, the son of Austin B. Martella and Florence Murray. His father was a Sergeant in the Marine Corps in WWI and, when his time came, Bob was proud to follow in his dad's footsteps. Bob's mom was also a huge influence,...
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William M. Winship III

May 11, 1931 - February 2, 2020

William M. Winship III, 88, of Darien, CT died peacefully on Sunday, February 2nd 2020. Bill was born in White Plains, NY on May 11, 1931. He was the son of the late William and Evelyn Winship. He graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1949 and from Hamilton College in 1954 where he played varsity football, ice hockey, and lacrosse. Subsequently he received a draft letter from the Green Bay...
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Glen R. Osberg

May 26, 1941 - January 31, 2020

Glen R. Osberg, "Oz", a longtime resident of Darien, passed away at Stamford Hospital on Friday, January 31, 2020. He was born in Hartford, CT, on May 26, 1941, to the late Ralph Earnest Osberg and Rita Doiron Osberg. Glen graduated from East Hartford High School in 1959 and went on to attend Norwich University in Northfield, VT, receiving a B.A. degree in government in 1963. That same year,...
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DeWitt Peterkin, III

January 14, 1950 - January 30, 2020

DeWitt Peterkin, III, known by his nickname "Witt", formerly of Darien, CT, died on Thursday, January 30, 2020 peacefully at his home in Dover, Delaware. He had the resilience and fighting spirit to survive a life of ill health, but, in the end, the strength of his heart finally gave out. Witt was known for his unusual sense of humor, his offbeat character, his unquenchable wanderlust ("where...
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Rose Marie Surwilo

November 11, 1920 - January 25, 2020

Rose Marie Manforte Surwilo, a lifelong resident of Darien passed away on Saturday January 25, 2020 in Stamford, CT. Born on November 11, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Gerarda D'Elia Manforte. Rose attended Darien Public Schools and retired as a teachers aide from Mather Middle School. She was a lifelong active member of St. John RC Church in Darien. As a parishioner...
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John E. Herbert, Jr.

January 15, 1946 - January 11, 2020

John E. Herbert, Jr., a long-time resident of Darien, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Stamford Hospital. Born at Stamford Hospital on January 15, 1946, he was the son of the late John E. Herbert, Sr. and Kathleen Tymon Herbert. He was known and loved for this quick wit and generous, caring personality. John was a proud graduate of Darien High School, class of 1964. He was a...
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Mary Jane Donnelly

June 23, 1934 - January 11, 2020

Mary Jane Donnelly, 85, of Norwalk died at home on January 11, 2020. Mary Jane grew up in Stamford, CT and was a long time employee of The Tom Brock Corporation/White Tower. Mary Jane is survived by her brother John (Jack) Donnelly of Fairfield, her sister Patricia Ferreri of Naples, FL. and several nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her parents Mary and Robert Donnelly and four...
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Sally Ann Jarvis

October 27, 1944 - January 10, 2020

Sally Ann Jarvis, a resident of Stamford, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020 at The Villa of Stamford at the age of 75. Born in New Rochelle, NY, she was the youngest of three born to the late Robert Michael Jarvis and Louise Tecce. Miss Jarvis was educated in the Stamford public school system. Sally worked at St. John Lutheran Church as a clerical worker. She also worked for Manpower...
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Richard (Dickie) J. Dawson

September 29, 1941 - January 8, 2020

Richard (Dickie) J. Dawson, a resident of Darien, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 8th. Born in September of 1941 in Stamford, CT, Dickie was a lifelong resident of Fairfield County, graduating from Stamford High School and attending University of Wisconsin. He was a structural engineer and bridge designer for Metro North Railroad for over 40 years. A boating enthusiast, who enjoyed...
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Gladys M. Costello

May 1, 1923 - December 27, 2019

Gladys Marie Costello formerly of Darien, CT died on Friday, December 27, 2019 at Knollwood, Army Distaff Hall in Washington, DC. She was 96. Gladys was the first child of the late Joseph T and Gladys E. Julius Golden. She was born May 1, 1923 in Stamford, CT. She graduated from St. John's Parochial School, Stamford High School Class of 1941 and the Greenwich Hospital School of Nursing in 1944...
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Marcia Wright Talcott

October 13, 1936 - December 26, 2019

Marcia Wright Talcott, a resident of Norwalk and a former resident of Darien, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019 in Norwalk, CT. Born on October 13, 1936 in North Platte, NE, she was the daughter of the late Amos Alexander and Juanita Patricia Wright. Marcia received a BA in English Literature from Lake Erie College. She was a part time secretary for the Darien Community...
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Philomena Leo

July 24, 1925 - December 16, 2019

Philomena Leo, a resident of Palm Coast, FL and a former resident of Darien, passed away on Monday, December 16, 2019 in Palm Coast, FL. Born on July 24, 1925 in Darien, she was the daughter of the late Dominick and Angelina Toscano. She was 94. Philomena graduated from Darien High School and worked in banking. She is survived by her daughter Stella Nardi of Palm Coast, FL and a son...
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Marc E. Thorne

December 14, 1938 - December 16, 2019

Marc E. Thorne, a resident of Darien, passed away peacefully in the presence of his wife and sons on Monday, December 16, 2019 at Stamford Hospital. Born on December 14, 1938 in Rochester, NY, he was the son of the late David and Harriet Thorne. Marc received a Bachelor's degree in economics from Cornell University and a Master's degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. He...
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Victor J. DeVivo

August 2, 1919 - December 15, 2019

Victor J. DeVivo a resident of Darien, passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2019 in Milford, CT. Born on August 2, 1919 in Detroit, MI, he was the son of the late Vincenzo and Lina Ferria DeVivo. He was 100. Victor graduated from Stamford High School and worked as CFO for Electrolux Manufacturing in Old Greenwich, CT for 43 years retiring in 1985. He was a member of the Darien Senior Men's...
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Eric Joseph Bergwall

June 19, 1961 - December 13, 2019

Eric Joseph Bergwall, 58, of Darien, CT lost his battle against cancer at New York- Presbyterian, Columbia Hospital on December 13, 2019. He was born in Summit, NJ on June 19, 1961, to Joseph Baird Bergwall and Mary Eleanor Emmitt Bergwall who predeceased him. Eric leaves behind his spouse of 22 years, Donna (nee: Goldmann), daughter Emily, twin sons Matthew and Christopher all of Darien, CT;...
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Walter Adriance Kipp III

January 3, 1940 - December 8, 2019

January 3, 1940-December 8, 2019 A true embodiment of the word gentleman, Walter Adriance Kipp III (Trey) peacefully departed this world on December 8, 2019. Of his many wonderful attributes, he was first and foremost, husband to his beloved wife of nearly 56 years, Susan Clair Kipp, and the proud father of two sons, Walter Adriance Kipp (Tim) and his wife Hilary Hobbs and Curtis Clair Kipp...
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William D. Nolte, Jr.

September 24, 1936 - December 2, 2019

William D. Nolte Jr., a resident of Norwalk, passed away at Norwalk Hospital on Monday, December 2, 2019. Born in New York City on September 24, 1936, he was the son of the late William Devereux Nolte and Margaret Brennan Nolte. William attended Georgetown University and was a graduate of Fordham University. He had a long career in management consulting with Arthur Andersen, Coopers &...
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Herbert A. Granath

November 26, 2019

Herbert A. Granath of Darien, CT, passed away peacefully on November 26th, 2019 in Stamford, CT. He was 91 years old. Herb was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Brooklyn Tech High School. He studied physics at Fordham University while working nights as a page at NBC, and, with his interest in media thus sparked, went on to do graduate work at Fordham in communication arts. ...
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Vincenzo Brunetto

May 28, 1931 - November 25, 2019

Vincenzo Brunetto, 88, of Darien entered eternal rest on November 25, 2019 surrounded by his loving family in his home. He was the devoted husband of 61 years to Vincenza Cernuto Brunetto. Vincenzo was born on May 28, 1931 in Solicchiata, Sicily, the son of Salvatore and Giuseppina Brunetto. In 1968, Vincenzo bravely immigrated from Sicily to the United States with his wife and children,...
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Charles J. Nizolek

July 24, 1927 - November 22, 2019

Charles J. Nizolek, a longtime resident of Darien, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2019. Born July 24, 1927 in Stamford to the late Mary and Stanley Nizolek, Charlie served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. He worked for Olivetti and Pitney Bowes, where he met his wife of 57 years, Diana, on a blind date. He then went on to be one of the...
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Carol M. Terhune

June 3, 1935 - November 19, 2019

Carol M. Terhune, a resident of Darien, died on Monday, November 18, 2019. Born in Montclair, New Jersey on June 3, 1935, Carol was the daughter of the late Dorothy Cummings Van Duyn and Harold Norton Van Duyn. She was 84. Carol graduated from Glen Ridge (NJ) High School in 1953. She attended Middlebury College (Class of 1957) where she graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board...
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Margaret Florence Burden Childs

November 9, 1936 - November 18, 2019

Margaret Florence Burden Childs, age 83, of New York, NY, died peacefully at home on Monday 18th November 2019. Muff, as she was affectionately known, was born in Los Angeles, CA, on November 9th, 1936, to the late Flobelle Fairbanks Burden, an actress, and Shirley Carter Burden, a photographer. She attended Marymount High School in Los Angeles, before she completed her secondary education at...
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Alison Francis Ganzel

May 15, 1935 - November 17, 2019

Alison Francis Ganzel, 1935-2019, was the daughter of Edwin and Alice Ganzel of Darien, CT. She spent many years at Southbury Training School before moving to Abilis, a Group Home in Greenwich, CT. There, her life was filled with friends and staff who loved her. This year she was being honored by Abilis for her life as an outstanding active member of the senior program. Alison had an...
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Pamela Ann Maestri-Howes

November 6, 1960 - November 10, 2019

Pamela Ann Maestri-Howes of Easton, CT passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2019. It was sudden and has left all who knew her in shock. Pamela was born in Norwalk on November 6, 1960 to Patricia Mockler Maestri of Norwalk and the late Frederick Maestri. She attended local schools and worked at a few retail and office jobs. Her true desire was to have her own business and be her own boss. ...
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Nicholas J. De Marco

November 10, 2019

Nicholas J. De Marco, age 73, died peacefully at home with his loving family at his side on November 10, 2019. Nick was born in Brooklyn, NY, the oldest of 3 siblings to a warm Italian family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years, Anni, his adored son Nick, predeceased by his beautiful daughter Dawn, a brother Anthony De Marco, Jr. and a sister Cathy Smith. Nick was the fun, loving...
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Patricia Mary Holub

February 4, 1939 - November 8, 2019

Patricia "Sissy" Mary Holub, a resident of Darien, passed peacefully on to her eternal home on Friday, November 8, 2019. She was surrounded by her family singing her favorite hymns and prayers over her as she made her journey on to glory. Born on February 4, 1939 in Rutland, VT, she was the daughter of the late Pasquale and Mary (Accorsi) Polzello. Patty graduated from Mount St. Joseph...
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William Francis Moore

February 23, 1932 - November 8, 2019

William Francis Moore, a 48 plus year resident of Darien, passed away peacefully with his loving wife of 61 years, Mary Jane by his side on Friday, November 8, 2019. Born on February 23, 1932 in New Bedford, MA, he was the son of the late Hugh and Florida Moore. Bill attended Western Maryland College on a football scholarship and graduated from UMass Dartmouth. He served with the U.S Army as...
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Mary Patricia Parlette

November 6, 2019

Mary Patricia Parlette, born on February 13, 1926, died peacefully on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Fairfield County Hospice House in Stamford. Always known at Pat, she was the beloved daughter of Mary and Oliver Parlette. She was predeceased by her 2 beloved brothers Oliver and Richard Parlette. She resided and maintained her lifelong home in Darien and always kept a seasonal floral greeting...
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Thomas J. Pettit,Jr.

May 7, 1949 - November 4, 2019

Tom J. Pettit, Jr., age 70 of Wilton, died peacefully on November 4, 2019, surrounded by his wife and family. Born in Stamford on May 7, 1949, he was the son of the late Thomas and Ruth (Waring) Pettit. Tom grew up in Norwalk and attended local schools, graduating from Norwalk High School in 1967. A graduate of the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, and member of the Delta Sigma Pi...
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William (Bill) C. Johnsen

December 31, 1955 - November 3, 2019

William (Bill) C. Johnsen, a resident of New York City, passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in New York. Born on December 31, 1955 in Stamford, he was the son of the late Frederick and Elizabeth (Townsend) Johnsen and was predeceased by a brother Robert (Rob) P. Johnsen. Having spent his early years in Darien, Bill called New York City home as an adult,...
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Susan Gantt Helstein

November 3, 2019

Susan Gantt Helstein died peacefully on November 3, 2019 with her beloved husband Dick and family by her side after a courageous six year battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born in 1945 in Harrisburg, PA to Harriett and Basil Gantt. Sue was the second of four siblings. She received her nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the...
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Ronald M. Heinbaugh

November 22, 1928 - November 2, 2019

Ronald M. Heinbaugh, a resident of Darien, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Stamford Hospital. Born on November 22, 1928 in Harrisburg, PA, he was the son of the late Miley and Euretta (Gottschall) Heinbaugh. Ron attended Darien public schools and graduated Darien High School class of 1946. He briefly attended Bridgeport University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean...
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Eileen Therese Ward Conway

June 10, 1933 - November 2, 2019

Eileen Therese Ward Conway, of Stamford, CT, formerly of Greenville, SC, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 2, 2019 after a full life, and an inspiring and courageous battle with progressive dementia. Eileen was a vibrant woman who always aspired to excellence. She was also deeply committed to her Catholic faith throughout her lifetime. Eileen was born in New York City in 1933, to...
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Jennifer L. Moe

September 23, 1929 - November 1, 2019

Jennifer L. Moe, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and dear friend to so many, died on November 1st in Stamford Hospital, surrounded by her adoring family. She was ninety years old. Jennifer was known as Jenny by family and friends alike until she became a grandmother. After that, she was Nana to all. To her grandchildren, of course, but spontaneously, to...
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