Edward 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

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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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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Paul Frank Landovsky

June 29, 1929 - October 31, 2019

Paul Frank Landovsky, passed away, after a long time being bedridden, on October 31t in Darien, Connecticut. He was born June 29, 1929, in Ostrava-Vitkovice, Czechoslovakia. Paul grew up in family farm in Pist, near Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, the first child of Josef Landovsky and Pavla Kozminova. He had one sister Jane. Paul is survived by his niece Paula, of Escondido, CA (George) and her two...
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Angela Bothwell

October 2, 1943 - October 28, 2019

Angela Bothwell, a 47 year resident of Darien, passed away on Monday, October 28, 2019, at home peacefully in her sleep. Born October 2, 1943, she was the daughter of Giovanni and Emilia Fedele. Angela grew up in Stamford, CT and graduated from Stamford High School. Married to Gerald Bothwell in 1963, they built their home in Darien in 1972 and created a lifetime of wonderful memories. ...
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Shirley Dexter Street

October 18, 1929 - October 25, 2019

Shirley Dexter Street, a 70 year resident of Darien and a former resident of Rowayton, passed away on Friday, October 25, 2019 at home in Darien. Born on October 18, 1929 in Darien, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Lois (Finch) Dexter, Sr. She was 90. Shirley grew up in Rowayton and graduated from Norwalk High School, class of 1947. She was raised in the Rowayton Baptist Church...
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Joseph F. Bonfiglio

October 6, 1925 - October 21, 2019

Joseph F. Bonfiglio, a resident of Darien, CT passed away on Monday, October 21, 2019. Born on October 6, 1925 in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late Frank and Madeline (Carbone) Bonfiglio. He was predeceased by a brother David, a sister Nancy Mulas and a son from a previous marriage to Madeline D'Arrigo, Gary Bonfiglio. He is survived by his wife Donna of Darien, a daughter Arianna Elle of...
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Jack Capocci

August 2, 1922 - October 19, 2019

Jack Capocci, a resident of Darien since 1948, passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Stamford Hospital. Born August 2, 1922 in Settefrati, Italy, he was the son of the late Joseph and Maria (Tamburro) Capocci. He was 97. Jack worked for the Darien Board of Education as Head Custodian at Darien High School retiring in 1990. He enjoyed tending to his garden and each summer returning to...
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Jean Carmody

October 18, 2019

Jean Carmody - 84 years old of Point Lookout, NY passed peacefully on Oct. 18th. Born in England, Jean became a registered nurse and met the love of her life Dan. They moved to Pt. Lookout where they raised two sons. She loved the beach and her community. Survived by her son Chip and wife Patty, Jon (predeceased) and wife Connie and grandchildren.
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Monia E. A. Festo

May 4, 1943 - October 18, 2019

Monia E. A. Festo, 76, passed away on October 18, 2019, surrounded with the love and comfort of her family, in the Regional Hospice of Danbury. She was the wife of 56 years to Thomas F. Festo, Sr., having made their home in Darien for most of her life. Monia was born in Bridgeport, CT, on May 4, 1943, a daughter of the late Francis and Helen (Perkowski) Dziamalek. Monia was self-employed...
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Michael Arthur Ludwig,Sr.

June 17, 1955 - October 11, 2019

Michael Arthur Ludwig Sr. of Weston, CT, beloved husband of Corinne Ludwig, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on October 11, 2019 at age 64. He was born on June 17, 1955 in Stamford, CT, to the late Frederick and Sharon Ludwig. Michael and his wife were both members of Darien High School, Class of 1974. Their greatest joy was raising their three children together in...
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William P. Mara,Jr.

January 8, 1949 - October 5, 2019

William P. Mara Jr., DMD, MS, a longtime Periodontist in Greenwich, CT passed away on October 5, 2019, at Norwalk Hospital. Dr. Mara is survived by his wife, Suzan, his precious daughters and their spouses, Rachel E. Mara (Jason Wong), Amy Duffy (Ryan), Jamie Mara Rinaldi, and his adored eight grandchildren, Madeleine Duffy, Colin Duffy, Luke Duffy, Trevor Wong, Declan Wong, Ella Wong, Emma...
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Samuel D. B. Millar, Jr.

October 3, 2019

Samuel D.B. Millar Jr. passed away unexpectedly on October 3rd in Wellfleet Massachusetts. Born in 1931 Sandy grew up in Montclair, NJ the third child of Samuel Millar and Louise Bonynge. Siblings were brother Bill (Suzanne Simond) and sisters Jeanne (John Almquist) and Carol (Peter Forstmann). Throughout his childhood and early adulthood Sandy spent many idyllic summers in New Preston, CT...
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Ann Keller Towne

August 15, 1920 - October 1, 2019

Ann Keller Towne, 99, passed peacefully at home on October 1, 2019. She was the wife of the late Robert Dickinson Towne. Ann was born in Minneapolis, MN on August 15, 1920, daughter of the late Raymond Franklin and Dorothy Britt Keller. She was a resident of the Darien and Stamford area for over 80 years. Ann graduated from the University of Michigan. She worked at Laminated Shim Company, Margo...
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George j. Walsh

April 18, 1921 - September 26, 2019

George J. Walsh, who was among the last surviving U.S. Navy dive bomber pilots from World War II and an advertising executive during Madison Avenue's go-go years in the '60s and '70s, died peacefully at home on September 26. He was 98. Born in Brooklyn, NY on April 18, 1921, he was the son of George J. Walsh, a contractor and dock builder. His mother was the former Lillian O'Brien. He...
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Josephine S. Keane

September 2, 1932 - September 23, 2019

Josephine S. Keane, a life-long resident of Darien, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 23, 2019. Born on September 2, 1932 in Darien, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Joseph Saverine, Sr. and Susie Vitti Saverine. She was 87. Josephine graduated Darien High School in 1950 and worked as an Executive Secretary for Exxon Chemical. She is survived by a son Patrick M. Keane...
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Byron Jack Dugdale

September 21, 2019

Byron Jack Dugdale, age 94, died peacefully at his home in Darien on September 21, 2019. He was born in Stamford, Connecticut and lived in Noroton Heights, as did his father, Jack and grandfather, William. He joined the Navy during World War II serving onboard the troop carrier, USS General W.A. Mann and worked as a radio operator on Kodiak Island, Alaska. He graduated from Darien High School,...
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Catherine C. Baker

September 15, 2019

A graveside service will be held for Catherine Cross Baker (Kit) of Redding, formerly a 53 year resident of Madison, NJ. She died Sunday evening, September 15th and is buried in Old Tennent Church Cemetery, Tennent, NJ. Born in 1917 in Jersey City NJ, she was raised in Westfield NJ and came to Madison in 1947. In 2000 she became a summer resident at Meadow Ridge Retirement Community in...
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Anthony James Cruickshank

September 6, 2019

"There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains." Anthony James Cruickshank, affectionately know as Tony C and Papa, left this world on September 6th, but his brilliant light continues to shine on all he loved. Born to Robert and Lois Cruickshank, he spent the first four years of his life in India where his father had been sent to manage...
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Eleanor J. Olsen

October 22, 1922 - September 4, 2019

Eleanor J.(Tirpak) Olsen, 96, formerly of Stamford, passed away peacefully at the Lutheran Home in Southbury, CT on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Eleanor was born in Stamford on October 22, 1922, daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Martin) Tirpak. She attended local Stamford schools and worked at Crawford & Russell/John Brown Engineering for more than 25 years as a buyer. After...
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Mildred Persico

October 28, 1928 - August 26, 2019

Mildred Persico, 90, of Stamford, passed away Monday, August 26, 2019 at Newtown Health Center surrounded by her loving family. Millie was born October 28, 1928 to Italian immigrants Angelina Cammerota and Paul Morgera. She is survived by her loving children, Louis Persico, Jr., Mary Angela (Charlie) Mangarella, Tina (Bill) Romaniello, and James Persico, 9 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and...
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Robert P. Sullivan

August 2, 2019 - August 2, 2019

Robert ("Bob") Paul Sullivan died peacefully, with his beloved wife Marylou and family by his side at his home in Darien, CT on August 2nd after a three-year battle with brain cancer. Born in 1958 in Woburn, MA to Richard and Margaret Sullivan, Bob was the second of five Sullivan boys. The first in his family to attend college, Bob graduated from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA in 1981...
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Franklin P. Bates

November 14, 1928 - August 1, 2019

Franklin P. Bates, 90, husband of the late Lois L. Bates, passed away peacefully on August 1, in the comfort of his home in Darien. Born on November 14, 1928 in Stamford, CT, he was the son of the late Walter A. and Jessie Pierce Bates, and a lifelong resident of Darien. Franklin served as a Seabee in the US Navy from 1949-1953 in Cuba and North Africa. He worked in the lumber business...
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John B. McKenna

October 22, 1925 - July 25, 2019

John Bernard McKenna, a longtime resident of Darien and Stamford and parishioner of St. John's Roman Catholic Church, passed away on July 25, 2019, at the age of 93. Born October 22, 1925, in Stamford, he was the son of James Edward McKenna of Montgomery, NY and Bridget Gorman McKenna of Ballinamuck, County Longford, Ireland. He spent his early childhood years on a small family farm on Den...
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Margaret L. Newson

October 24, 1926 - July 24, 2019

MARGARET L. NEWSON, 1926-2019 A devoted wife and mother, Margaret Louisa Newson, passed away peacefully on July 24th at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, CT. She was 92 years old. Margaret was known for an unswerving commitment to family, a love of children, and her dedication as wife of the late Rev. David H. Newson, pastor of Watchung Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield, NJ, where together...
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Tina T. Deverill

March 30, 1946 - July 24, 2019

Tina T. Deverill, a resident of Keene, NH for the past 20 years, passed away July 24, 2019 from pancreatic cancer. Born in Greenwich, CT on March 30, 1946, she was the youngest daughter of Joseph J. Turek and Agnes K. Turek. She graduated in 1964 from Greenwich High School and went to work at CBS Laboratories as an executive secretary to the Vice President. In 1969 she met her husband Robert A....
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Tamara Nielsen Whittier

March 27, 1961 - July 20, 2019

Tamara Nielsen Whittier passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on July 20, 2019. She was 58 years old. "Tami" was born on March 27, 1961 in Greenwich, CT to the late Gerald Nielsen Sr. and Joanne Tammany Nielsen of Darien. She was a life-long resident of Darien where she developed her love of the beach and the ocean. After attending the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich she went on...
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Erin Bazner Noonan

August 22, 1947 - July 17, 2019

Erin Bazner Noonan, 71, of Darien passed away at her home peacefully on July 17, 2019, after a hard-fought battle with cervical cancer. Erin was born on August 22, 1947 in Natick, MA to Jean Marie and Martin William Bazner. She was the first of six children, including Martin W. Bazner III of Berkeley, CA, Shaune Bazner of Washington, DC (John Yahner), Megan Brogden of Wilton, CT (Marc Fogel),...
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Nancy E. Festa

July 16, 2019

Nancy E. Festa, a resident of Darien, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in Darien. She was a parishioner of St. John R. C. Church. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking as well as spending time and sharing stories with her family and friends. Nancy is survived by her son Ronald Festa of Seymour, TN and two grandchildren Cody Festa and Leah Festa and three great grandchildren. She...
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William Robert Simpson

July 24, 1954 - July 14, 2019

William Robert Simpson, age 64, and a long-time resident of Darien, passed away on July 14, 2019 at 7:24 in the morning with his loving wife by his side. Born on July 24, 1954 in Bronxville, NY, he was the son of the late Harold Brown and Nancy Ferns Simpson. He fought a long and courageous battle with cancer. Bill graduated from Darien High School in 1973 and Wright Technical School for...
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Josephine Grasso Sandness

November 24, 1945 - July 13, 2019

Josephine "Jo" Grasso Sandness, 73, a long-time resident of Stamford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Stamford Hospital. She was born in Stamford on November 24, 1945 to the late Sam and Josephine Lucia Grasso. She is survived by her son Edward "Ted" Charles Land III of West Palm Beach, FL, her husband Lawrence K. Sandness of Stamford, her brother and sister-in-law...
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Jack Webb

May 28, 1929 - July 12, 2019

Jack Webb (formerly Frederic Wahl Webb), a 47-year resident of New Canaan, CT died peacefully on July 12, 2019, at the age of 90. Jack was born May 28, 1929 in Greenwich, CT to Al and Charlotte Webb. He spent his youth in Riverside, CT where he developed his love for sailing. In 1951, Jack graduated from St. Lawrence University and upon graduation, attended Naval Officers Candidate School in...
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Janice Ann Shaskan

November 18, 1938 - July 12, 2019

Janice Shaskan, 80, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2019 after a year-long battle with T-Cell Lymphoma. Her battle with cancer was fought as she lived; with style, grace, courage, and at the end, with peace and acceptance. We were incredibly blessed to have our mom with us for 80 years and that in her final days, she continued nourishing us with her love and strength. She was the Manager...
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Steven Tarnowsky

September 14, 1951 - June 26, 2019

Steven Tarnowsky a longtime resident of Darien and Norwalk, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in Darien. Born on September 14, 1951 in New York City, he was the son of the late Joseph and Julia Hajdamacha Tarnowsky. Steven graduated from Darien High School, class of 1970. He was the longtime owner of the Darien Window Cleaning Co. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast who owned several...
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John Felton Ashton

June 20, 2019

John Felton Ashton, 89, a resident of Darien, CT, died on June 20th in his home surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Ashton was born in Bronxville, NY and for most of his adult life lived in Darien and Westport, CT. He was the son of the late Henry Rusling Ashton and Ruth Felton, residents of Bronxville, NY for more than forty years. Mr. Ashton attended the Harvey School in Hawthorne, NY and...
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William R. Haskell, Sr.

June 20, 1934 - June 16, 2019

William R. Haskell Sr. (Bob) of Rowayton, CT died on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Born on June 20, 1934 in Medford, MA, Bob was the son of Marion Warner and Loren Ellis Haskell. He graduated from New Rochelle High School, the University of Bridgeport and the Officer Candidate School at the United States Coast Guard Academy. Captain, raconteur, entrepreneur, and builder, Bob was from generations...
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