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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

Frances Chandler Travis

July 1, 1920 - July 6, 2017

Frances Chandler Travis, 97, of Darien and Vero Beach, FL, died on July 6, 2017 (her daughter Deborah Martin Travis's birthday.) Born in Chicago on July 1st, 1920, she was the daughter of Milton Evans Chandler and Marion Maus Chandler, and the older sister of James M. and Carol Chandler Rowland. She grew up in Indiana and Birmingham, MI, attended Stoneleigh...
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Annebet Van Munching

July 5, 2017

Annebet Van Munching of Darien, Connecticut passed away on Wednesday July 5th, 2017. She was 26 years old. Born in Norwalk and raised in Darien, Annebet, graduated from Darien High School in 2009. She went on to receive a degree in Fine Arts from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. A talented photographer and ceramics artist, Annebet was an aspiring creative mind. In...
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Richard W. Artis

June 22, 1921 - July 4, 2017

Richard W. Artis, a resident of Darien (CT) since 1964, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017. He was 96 years old. Born in Bethlehem PA, he was the son of the late Alfred and Ruth Forker Artis. He was a 1949 graduate of Moravian College and Theological Seminary where he served as chairman of the student board of publications and edited the college...
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Alice W. Schweitzer

September 14, 1927 - July 2, 2017

Former Musical Director and Long-Time Darien Resident Alice W. Schweitzer, 89, a resident of Darien, Connecticut for 47 years, died peacefully in Stamford Hospital, on July 2, 2017, after a brief illness. During her final hours the beloved matriarch was surrounded by the members of her family, and retained her famous sense of humor to the very end. Alice is...
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Frederick J. Santarella

March 24, 1944 - June 30, 2017

Frederick J Santarella, 73, a longtime resident of Darien and a native of Norwalk passed away on June 30, 2017. He was born March 24, 1944 to Carmine and Mary (LaMalfa) Santarella. Fred graduated from Norwalk High School in 1962 where he was a member of the baseball team and captain of the basketball team. He then earned a BA in English from the University of Hartford. Fred...
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Audrey Murray

April 29, 1934 - June 27, 2017

Audrey Murray passed away peacefully at Norwalk Hospital on June 27, 2017. Born in New York City on April 29, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Francis B. and Audrey P. Murray. Audrey lived more than 75 years in Pelham, NY before moving to Darien, CT to be closer to family. She graduated from Pelham High School and Briarcliff College. Audrey worked for many years in...
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Alexander Charles Suczek

June 10, 1928 - June 24, 2017

Alexander Charles Suczek of South Padre Island, TX, formerly of Grosse Pointe, MI, died peacefully June 24, 2017 in his summer residence in Stamford, CT at the age of 89. Alex is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marybelle (nee Riley), his daughters, Hedi Suczek O’Connor, Yohanna Suczek Sowler, and four grandchildren: Caeleigh, Riley,...
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Daniel Russell Cooney

December 12, 1924 - June 24, 2017

Daniel Russell Cooney, 92, of Darien and Waldoboro, ME, died on June 24, 2017. Born in Brooklyn on Dec. 12, 1924, he was the son of Mae Bossert and Russell S. Cooney. He grew up in Plandome, Long Island and in Waldoboro, attended Exeter Academy, and served in the US Army in WWII in the European Theater. After the war, he entered Yale University and...
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Andre Louis Causse III

June 25, 1923 - June 23, 2017

André Louis Causse III, a resident of Darien, passed away on Friday, June 23, 2017 in Darien two days before his 94th Birthday. Born June 25, 1923 in Lakewood, NJ, he was the son of the late André Louis Causse Jr. and the late Gladys May Brooks. André graduated from Wooster School in Danbury, CT and attended Clarkson College in Potsdam,...
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Elizabeth W. Sabatini

January 23, 1929 - June 23, 2017

Elizabeth W. Sabatini, known as Beth, passed away on Friday, June 23, 2017. She was 88 years old. Beth was born on January 23, 1929 in Irvine, Scotland. Beth came to America when she was 18 years old. Beth retired from Southern New England Telephone Company after 29 years of service. She enjoyed volunteering, was a proud member of the Daughters of Scotia, and...
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Robert Dean Armstrong

July 8, 1932 - June 12, 2017

Long time Darien and Rowayton resident Robert Dean Armstrong, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 12, 2017. Born July 8, 1932 in Omaha, Nebraska he was the son of the late Harold Scaife Armstrong and Louise Palmer Armstrong. Bob spent his early years in Des Moines, Iowa; Wilmette, Illinois; and Old Greenwich, Connecticut. He graduated from Choate Rosemary...
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Hubertus Riedel

June 12, 2017

Hubertus Riedel, 79, died Monday, June 12, 2017 peacefully at home surrounded by a loving family. He leaves his wife of 56 years, Ruth Riedel; his son, Wayne Riedel and Dana Danks; his daughter Deidre Riedel; his granddaughter Isabella Zangari; his brother Kraft-Rupprecht Riedel and his wife Diana; his sisters Bettina Riedel and Katharina Waldorf; and many other friends and family. Born and...
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Reed William Schwandt

September 11, 1976 - June 10, 2017

Reed William Schwandt, age 40, passed away suddenly the morning of June 10, 2017, in Darien, CT. Beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend, he leaves behind a wife, Renee Schwandt, and three children – Isabelle, Luke, and Emmerson – as well as his mother and father, Karen and Stephen Schwandt, brother, Andrew Schwandt and numerous close friends and extended family members. ...
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Ronald J. St. Onge

October 6, 1930 - June 6, 2017

Ronald J. St. Onge, who rose to lead one of Connecticut's top technology law firms, died on June 6, 2017, at his home in Stuart, Florida. He was 86. His parents moved to Stuart in 1924 but fled within a few years as Florida's real estate market crashed and the Great Depression gripped the nation. Ron was born Oct. 6, 1930, in Kingsport, Tennessee, where his father Albert found work en route...
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Helen F. Campbell

April 22, 1938 - June 3, 2017

Helen F. Campbell, 79, of New Canaan, Connecticut, passed away peacefully on June 3, 2017 at her home in New Canaan. Helen was born in New York City on April 22, 1938. She spent her childhood on Long Island in Nassau Shores and Oldfield Point. She graduated from Amityville High School and continued on to receive her degree from St. Lawrence University. Helen worked for the Ford Foundation in...
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Robert Evans Woods

August 1, 1920 - May 30, 2017

Mr. Robert Evans Woods, a much loved and respected long-time resident of Darien, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2017. Bob, aged 96, was born in Corning, NY to Arthur and Eleanora Woods. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Geraldine, three sons and their wives: Bob Jr. and Mary, Jerry and Kate, and Chris and Debbie; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Bob attended...
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Thomas L. Foley, Jr.

February 21, 1942 - May 29, 2017

Thomas L. Foley, Jr., a 37 year resident of Darien, passed away on Monday, May 29, 2017 in Darien. Born on February 21, 1942 in Albany, NY, he was the son of the late Helen Hogan and Thomas Leo Foley, Sr. He grew up in Brooklyn and Queens, NY. He was 75. Thomas graduated from Newtown High School in Elmhurst, NY; St. John's University in Jamaica, NY and received his MBA from Fordham University...
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James Weaver

June 2, 1922 - May 28, 2017

We are Marilee Jacques and Sharon Weaver, and we would like you to know a little bit about our Dad, James "Jim" Weaver. He was a lifelong Stamford resident, born June 25, 1922 to Eva and Horace Weaver. His school days were cut short due to the depression and yet he managed to provide nicely for his family. He was a loving husband and father and enjoyed his extended family. Our small house...
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Keith Marshall Gaylord

September 11, 1937 - May 26, 2017

Keith Gaylord, a longtime resident of Rowayton, Ct., died unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep on May 26th. He was born in Montgomery, Ill on Sept 11, 1937. A loving father, family man, and active athlete he graduated from Michigan State University on an athletic scholarship in 1959. Keith led a full, lively and prosperous life working many years in film and television and spent much of his...
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Mary Farrel Lowman

July 8, 1924 - May 24, 2017

Mary Farrell Lowman, a lifelong resident of Darien, passed away at home on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, surrounded by members of her family and her aides. Mary was born in Norwalk on July 8, 1924. Her parents were John J. and Maude H. Farrell and her younger sister was Elizabeth Farrell Wilson. Her fraternal grandparents were John A. and Katherine M. Farrell of Rowayton and, her materal grandparents...
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Margaret Mary Quick

November 16, 1937 - May 19, 2017

Margaret Mary (Silk) Quick passed away peacefully on May 19, 2017 with the love of family by her side and now reunites with her beloved husband, Alan, in heaven. Maggie was born in the Norwalk on November 16, 1937 to the late William and Helen (Carroll) Silk. She attended Sacred Heart Academy in Stamford, and then went on to obtain a nursing degree from St. Raphael's School of Nursing in New...
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Frances Georgiana Hurley

October 9, 1922 - May 16, 2017

Frances Georgiana Hurley 94, a lifelong resident of Stamford, passed away peacefully with family present on May 16, 2017. Born October 9, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Martin. Frances, through the years, worked at Noroton Publishing, Conde Nast, and Weda Pump. But her main job was being a loving and devoted mother and wife. Frances is survived by her loving and devoted...
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Michael Howard Savage

May 12, 2017

Michael Howard Savage, 78, passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017, surrounded by his family at his home in Darien. Michael was born in Bridgeport in 1938, son of the late Manuel and Lillian Savage. He grew up in Hollis Hills, New York. Michael graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. He was a member of the swimming team and served as pianist for the Dartmouth...
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Kevin Joseph Cassidy

October 1, 1956 - May 10, 2017

Kevin Joseph Cassidy of Darien, Connecticut went peacefully home to God surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday morning, May 10, after a long and bravely fought battle with lung cancer. Kevin was the devoted husband of Jacqueline Sinon Cassidy for twenty-five years and the loving father of his sons Kevin, Michael, and Brendan, and beloved daughter, Colleen. Born on October 1, 1956, to...
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Laura Rich Rowland

June 11, 1951 - May 10, 2017

Laura Rich Rowland, a resident of Darien, passed away peacefully beside her loving family on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. She was born in Stamford on June 11, 1951 to Frank Dominic Rich Jr. and Jean Annabelle Rich Hopkins. She was 65 years old. Laura attended Wells College in Aurora, New York. She was employed as an Administrator for SNET and Northeastern Mutual. Laura's most recent employment...
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Susan Middeleer Mleczko

March 30, 1952 - May 9, 2017

Susan Middeleer Mleczko, loving mother, sister, and daughter died at Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, New York, on May 9, 2017 with her children by her side. Susan loved life, loved her family and friends and Block Island where she spent as much time as possible over the last 60 years. She was an avid traveler, writer, interior designer, gardener, and cook. Known for her gracious, kind spirit and...
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Maura Bridget Gallagher

May 11, 1978 - May 9, 2017

Maura Bridget Gallagher died on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in Stamford, Connecticut. She was born on May 11, 1978 and grew-up in Tannersville, New York. Maura was predeceased by her parents, Maureen (June 16, 1989) and Walter G. Gallagher (January 30, 2015). She and her fiancé Max Di Dodo resided in New Canaan, Connecticut for the last four years. Maura was a 1996 graduate of Hunter...
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Ernestine Querro

June 26, 1912 - May 6, 2017

Ernestine Querro (Bruno) went to eternal rest May 6, 2017, at Stamford Hospital, at the age of 104 years. She was born June 26, 1912 in Daren, CT to Giuseppe Bruno and Civita Di Russo, the youngest of 10 children. She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters; Agostino, Giuuseppa Marie, Antonio, Marie Grazia, Benedetto, Elisabetta (Giurana), Gaetano Rosario, Francesco, and Mary Katherine ...
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Margaret L. Love

May 3, 2017

Margaret L. Love, 88, of Redding, formerly of Hilton Head, SC and Darien, CT, and an eternal New Yorker, died May 3, 2017. Peggy attended Dominican Academy in Manhattan and Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT. Immediately following college graduation, she married Dick Love. His work took him to many companies and the family to many states. They lived in Douglaston, NY; East Norwich, NY;...
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Lorraine Jean McGettigan

April 29, 2017

Lorraine Jean McGettigan of New Canaan, CT and Delray Beach, FL passed away on April 29, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Edward Thomas McGettigan, founding partner, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Transit Insurance Company in New York. Lorraine is the beloved mother of James (wife Linda), Edward (deceased, wife Cathy), Susan Carroll (husband Richard)...
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Dianne Throckmorton Goodnow

June 1, 1929 - April 24, 2017

Dianne Throckmorton (Dee) Goodnow, 87, longtime resident of Darien, CT, passed away peacefully on April 24, 2017, in her home with her family. Dee enjoyed life to the fullest. Possessing boundless energy, Dee's days were filled with a love for her gardens, animals, art and the outdoors. She was an avid sportswoman winning many tennis and golf matches. Dee was born in New Rochelle, NY, on...
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Lucia S. Sharpe

May 27, 1925 - April 23, 2017

Lucia S. Sharpe, a resident of Norwalk, passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Norwalk Hospital. Born on May 27, 1925 in Sicily, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Francesco and Nunzia (Quaranta) Scalzo. She was 91. Lucia worked as a seamstress for The Whitney Shop in New Canaan, CT. Lucia is survived by a daughter, Marie Algeri Petinakis, and her husband Tony of Norwalk and a son,...
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John A. DeCesare

August 13, 1935 - April 23, 2017

John A. DeCesare, a resident of Guilford, CT and a former 35 year resident of Darien, passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT. Born on August 13, 1935 in Bronx, NY, he was the son of the late Louis A. and Marjorie (Chism) DeCesare. He was 81. John attended Brown University and the University of Buffalo (Albright Art School). His career as a graphic...
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Maude Miller Pettus

April 7, 1914 - April 22, 2017

Maude Miller Pettus went home to be with the Lord at her home in Stamford, CT on April 22, 2017 at the age of 103. She was a very special woman, marked by God, who had a deep well of wisdom, a great sense of intuition, and lived a full, joyful life. Maude was born in Springs, PA on April 7, 1914, and received her nursing degree from Capital City School of Nursing in Washington, DC in 1936. ...
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Phyllis Elizabeth Pagano

March 20, 1926 - April 17, 2017

Phyllis Elizabeth Pagano, 91 passed away peacefully on Monday, April 17, 2017 in Jupiter, Florida. Devoted wife of the late Ralph Pagano and daughter of Antonio and Nancy Conte Tuccinardi of Darien, and her sister Yolanda Maffucci also of Darien, is the sole surviving member of her immediate family. Phyllis enjoyed and long and fruitful career at Pitney Bowes where she retired after 41 years of...
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Albert J. Soricelli, Sr.

April 14, 2017

Albert J. Soricelli Sr. Loving Dad, Granddad, great granddad, husband and friend, who brought JOY to everyone he met, passed on Friday April 14th to join his loving wife Helen in heaven. Al was born in the Bronx in 1919. He graduated from Evander Childs High School where he starred in football and baseball. He was a leader at his beloved Trumps Social Club in the Bronx. He was a decorated Master...
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Philip Taylor Wright

July 27, 1931 - April 11, 2017

Philip Taylor (Pete) Wright, 85, longtime resident of Darien, CT, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2017, at Stamford Hospital surrounded by his four children and wife, Anne. Pete, always the consummate gentleman, enjoyed life to the fullest, was devoted to family and friends, and loved to travel the world. He was a generous, much-loved man with a compelling smile and a twinkle in his eye who...
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Gail Brebner Ord

April 28, 1943 - April 11, 2017

Beloved wife, mother, sibling & friend, Gail Brebner Ord, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on April 11, 2017. The way Gail handled a difficult cancer diagnosis was a role model for us all – understanding, accepting and brave. Born on April 28, 1943, Gail was the oldest daughter of the late Frederic Brebner and Doreen Dann. Gail grew up in Toronto and Montreal, and...
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Judith Jones Hanley

July 12, 1929 - April 11, 2017

Judith Jones Hanley, of Darien, passed away peacefully in Darien on Tuesday April 11, 2017. Born on July 12, 1929 in New York, Judy was the daughter of the late Griffith and Dorathea Jones. She was 87. Judy graduated from Stamford High School and attended Shorts Secretarial School in Stamford. Judy worked as a Legal Secretary in Darien until she was 83 years young. She was very dedicated to...
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JoAnn E. Porter

April 4, 2017

JoAnn E. Porter passed away peacefully on April 4, 2017 at the age of 92. She was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of William and Clara Peters, and younger sister of Marge Sayre. She was married to John O. Evans with who she had four children. Later she married James F. Porter and moved to Darien, Connecticut, where together they continued to raise their five children. She was a...
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Joyce Elizabeth Waters

August 23, 1935 - April 2, 2017

Joyce Elizabeth Waters, a long-time resident of Darien, passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017at the Carolton Hospital in Fairfield, CT. Born on August 23, 1935 in Darien, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Josephine (Calvi) Verducci. She was 81. Joyce was a graduate of Darien High School and worked for Pitney Bowes. She enjoyed bowling, watching the Mets and Yankees, and cooking...
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James Oliver Leet

July 29, 1922 - March 30, 2017

James Oliver Leet, born on July 29, 1922 in Ramsey County, ND to Louis and Carrie Johnson Leet, Jim and his older sister, Margaret, grew up on the Leet family farm. He met his future wife, Jean Stroup at North Dakota State University. Following college his spirit of adventure drew him to the growing aviation industry and he joined Pan American World Airways. During his early years with Pan Am,...
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Veronica Francis

June 8, 1928 - March 30, 2017

Veronica Francis, a longtime resident of Greenwich, CT, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at The Nathaniel Witherell in Greenwich. Born on June 8, 1928 in Riverdale, NY, she was the daughter of the late Harry Joseph and Lena Francis. Veronica was a 30-year employee of Greenwich Hospital. Veronica was predeceased by two brothers Walter J. Francis and Charles Francis. A private...
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Rita L. Viteretto Ritch

June 11, 1946 - March 25, 2017

Rita L. Viteretto Ritch, a lifelong Darien, CT resident, passed away on March 25 at the Stamford Hospital at the age of 70. Rita Ritch was born on June 11, 1946 in Greenwich, CT. She is the daughter of the late James "Bull" Viteretto and Rose Marie DePiro. Rita worked as a hairdresser for CCB Haircutters. She is survived by her son David Ritch and daughter Kelli Ritch. With her King Charles...
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Charles William Stobbie III

April 8, 1925 - March 21, 2017

Charles William Stobbie III, 91, passed peacefully on March 21, 2017 at Stamford Hospital. Charles was born April 8, 1925 to Charles William Stobbie and Mary Agnus Murphy in New York City. He was part of the greatest generation and valiantly served his country in World War II as a Fire Controlman in the Navy. After returning home from the South Pacific in June of 1944, he earned a Bachelor of...
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Jane Spokesfield Ayer Hamilton

October 7, 1937 - March 18, 2017

Jane Spokesfield Ayer Hamilton, daughter of the late William and Audrey Spokesfield died peacefully on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the age of 79 after a valiant battle with cancer. Jane was born October 7, 1937, in Fall River, MA. Jane was raised in Darien, CT and left Darien to attend Colby College. She later returned to Darien after marrying David Ayer to raise their three daughters. She...
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Joseph Porter Brinton III

June 25, 1925 - March 10, 2017

Joseph Porter Brinton III of Gulfport, Florida died peacefully on March 10, 2017 at Menorah Manor Nursing Home in St. Petersburg, Florida. Born in Mt. Kisco, New York on June 25, 1925, he was the son of Alice Madge Curnock Brinton Middleton and Joseph P. Brinton, Jr. Blessed with a warm and generous heart, as well as a prodigious memory and a keen intellect, Mr. Brinton was a writer,...
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Lisa Wahlquist

March 9, 2017

Lisa Wahlquist, 95, passed away Thursday, March 9 at Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. Born Lisa Marie Ronnberg in Lahti, Finland in 1921, she served as a nurse in the Russo-Finnish War before emigrating to Brooklyn, New York in 1952 with her husband John Wahlquist and their young son. The family moved to Stamford, Connecticut in 1956 and later settled in Darien where Lisa raised four...
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Helen Poe Goodrich

April 12, 1916 - March 7, 2017

Helen Virginia Poe Goodrich passed away on March 7th, 2017 at Atria Darien, in Darien, CT. She was 5 weeks shy of her 101st birthday. Helen was born in Tacoma, Washington on April 12, 1916. She was known for her radiant smile, sense of fun and a zest for life. Her greatest joy came from connections with her family and the many lifelong friends she made on her life's journey. The most...
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Kathleen P. Rae

January 22, 1935 - March 7, 2017

Mrs. Kathleen P. Rae, of Darien CT, passed away peacefully on the evening of March 7, 2017, at Stamford Hospital. Mrs. Rae, the daughter of Nicholas Perone and Elsie Fitzgerald, was born on January 22, 1936 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1954 and earned her B.A. in Education from The University of Delaware in 1958. After her graduation from college,...
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Michael Louis Newton

September 19, 1963 - March 2, 2017

Michael Louis Newton, 53, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, passed away on March 2, 2017 peacefully at his home after fighting a series of illnesses. Michael was born September 19, 1963 in Norwalk. Son to David A. Newton of Middletown, DE and the late Frieda J. Newton of Darien. Michael's early childhood years were mainly spent in Norwalk, attending elementary and junior high. He graduated from Darien...
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Phyllis Jane Cooper Meyer

June 30, 1919 - March 1, 2017

Phyllis was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on June 30, 1919 and died in Tampa, Florida on March 1, 2017. She grew up in Kalamazoo and graduated from Western Michigan University in 1941. She moved to Tampa from Darien, Connecticut in 1973 when her husband, Herbert H. Meyer, joined the faculty of the University of South Florida. While in Darien she was active in many different organizations. She...
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Dolores Deran Dwelle

February 21, 2017

Dolores Deran Dwelle of Darien, CT passed away on February 21, 2017 at Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. She was 88. Born in 1928, Dolores was raised in Darien as the middle child of the five children of Leon and Elizabeth Deran. Dolores attended Darien High School (class of 1946) and worked in her father's photography business. In 1955, she married Edwin (Ned) R. Dwelle, a WWII Flying...
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Thomas E. Byrne, Jr.

February 17, 2017

Thomas E. Byrne Jr died peacefully at home in New Canaan, CT , February 17 at the age of ninety after a life filled with loving family, good friends, and great adventures. From his birth in Brooklyn, NY in 1926 to Saint Peter's College in New Jersey he was educated and influenced by family, priests, the US Navy and all those he encountered. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) provided a challenging...
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Agnes Cecilia Margaret Dudley

February 16, 2017

Agnes Cecilia Margaret Dudley, known as Babs by family and friends, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 91 years old. Babs was born in 1925 in Paris, France. She was the eldest of six children born to the late Guy and Cecilia Hucks. Although both her parents were English, her family lived in Paris and Babs attended French schools. She and her family returned to England quite early...
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Marilyn M. Roper

June 22, 1924 - February 15, 2017

Marilyn M. Roper, a resident of Darien, Connecticut since 1964, passed peacefully from death to life on February 15, 2017. She is now united in heaven with her husband of 35 years, Leslie Harvey Roper of Stamford and Darien, CT. Marilyn was born in Stamford CT on June 22, 1924, the only daughter of the late Romer John Myers of Pound Ridge, NY and Mary Carpenter Myers of White Plains, NY....
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Mary Ellen O'Brien

October 12, 1938 - February 9, 2017

Mary Ellen O'Brien, a resident of Darien, passed away on February 9, 2017 at Stamford Hospital. Born on October 12, 1938 in Teaneck, NJ, she was the daughter of the late James and Celestia Roe. She was 78 year of age. After graduating from the Academy of the Holy Angels in Fort Lee, NJ, she attended college at Caldwell College in Caldwell, NJ. Shortly after attending college she worked in...
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Helen Olive Bates

April 20, 1934 - February 8, 2017

Helen Olive Bates died peacefully on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. She was 82. Helen Olive Scott was born at Firknowe, her family home, in Peebles, Scotland on April 20, 1934 to Robert Scott and Helen Hogg Scott. Olive attended Peebles High School and Galashiels Technical College to prepare for work in the woolen textile industry. Olive met her future husband, Kenneth Bates, when she was a darner...
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Mary Ives Greely

June 20, 1928 - February 5, 2017

Mary Ives Greely, a resident of Darien, CT and Edgartown, MA, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017 in Stamford Hospital. Born on June 20, 1928 in Cincinnati, OH, she was the daughter of the late Robert Franklin Ives and Ruth Enger. She was 88. Mary graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor's degree. She married the late Rev. John (Jack) A. Greely after he was ordained...
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Andrew Heath McWilliams

April 15, 1980 - February 4, 2017

Andrew Heath McWilliams, 36, of Darien, CT died suddenly and way too soon on February 4, 2017. He leaves behind the love of his life and wife of 8 years Kelley and his three children Tanner, 6, Mackenzie, 4, and Paige, 18 months. He centered a vast network of extended family and a formidable group of friends. Andrew (the Tuna) could walk into a room and immediately transform it into a place...
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Marie Helen Smoltz

February 4, 2017

Marie Helen Smoltz passed away at her home in Darien on Saturday February 04, 2017, after an extended battle with Alzheimer's disease. Marie was born in New York in 1941, raised in Worcester, Massachusetts and lived in Darien for the last 43 years. She vowed she would never leave Darien, especially Noroton Bay, which was a great source of comfort and caring. Marie is survived by her husband of...
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Anne Reuther Harris

February 2, 2017

Anne Reuther Harris, 88, of Rowayton, CT and New York City died at home on February 2, 2017. Born in Buffalo, NY to Bernard Oscar Reuther and Edna Steele Reuther and graduated from Smith College. Active supporter of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, former Co-Chair of the Winter Antiques Show benefitting the East Side House Settlement and former President of the Colony Club. She was...
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Peter Joseph Fitzpatrick

September 20, 1964 - January 28, 2017

Peter Joseph Fitzpatrick of Darien passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at home. Peter leaves behind the love of his life and wife of 28 years, Jennifer, his three children who were his proudest accomplishments and greatest gifts, Sean (23), Kelley (21), and Dillon (20), and Lily, a yellow Labrador that he loved to spoil. He also leaves behind a vast network of family and an amazing group...
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Tatjana Freelove

August 11, 1968 - January 26, 2017

Tatjana Freelove was a resident of Darien for the last decade. She passed away at home on Thursday, January 26th after a hard fought battle with cancer over the past five years. Tatjana was born in Paris, France on August 11, 1968 to Antje Vanjak and Marija Drazic; both of Croatia. As a two year old she moved to New York and spent her youth in Brooklyn's Dyker Heights neighborhood. Tatjana...
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Lee Stevenson

January 24, 2017

Lee "Poldi" Stevenson, a 30 year resident of Darien, died peacefully on January 24th. Her entire family was by her side when she passed. Her strength and joyful spirit prevailed as her room was filled with love and laughter through her final moments. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, John Buchanan Stevenson III; her son and daughter-in-law, John and Jayme Stevenson of Darien, CT; her...
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Paul Steven Larson

May 22, 1943 - January 24, 2017

Paul Steven Larson of Norwalk and former longtime Darien resident, died on January 24, 2017 at home, surrounded by his devoted family, after a courageous cancer battle. Paul took on his disease as he took on everything in life, with tenacity and grace. Paul was born May 22, 1943 in Bristol, CT to Arnold Lee Larson and Lou Manchester Larson. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1965 where he...
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Genevieve Keohane Burlingame

January 16, 2017

Genevieve Keohane Burlingame passed away peacefully at the Meadow Ridge Health Center on January 16, 2017. Born in Boston, MA, she was the daughter of the late Dennis J. and Blanche A. (Rowley) Keohane. She was predeceased by her sister Evelyn Savini, as well as her brothers Jack Keohane, Kenneth Keohane, and Robert Keohane. A 1946 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Teachers College...
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Ann Helfenstein Goodhue

January 16, 2017

Ann Goodhue, a 52-year resident of Darien, died peacefully on January 16th. Her family was by her side when she passed after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Her strength through it was remarkable and inspiring. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dr. Peter Goodhue, OBGYN of Stamford Hospital; her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Christopher Hughes of Darien, CT; her son and...
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George Washington Billings III

October 25, 1944 - January 6, 2017

George W. Billings, a resident of Norwalk, CT, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Norwalk Hospital. Born on October 25, 1944 in Stamford, CT, he was the son of the late Nina C. Billings and George W. Billings, Jr. George graduated from Boston College and the University of Connecticut School of Law. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar and practiced as an attorney mainly in Norwalk. ...
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Lucille H. Mitchell

January 29, 1917 - January 2, 2017

Lucille (Pidge) Holloway Mitchell of Norwalk, CT passed away peacefully at home on January 2, 2017, just shy of her 100th birthday. Born in Philadelphia, PA on January 29, 1917, she was the eldest of seven children born to the late Myrtle Lange Holloway and Oliver Richard Holloway. The family lived in Philadelphia, before relocating to New York. As the oldest child she was a real support to...
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Chris Fahey

December 28, 2016

Chris Fahey, a longtime Rowayton resident died at this home Dec. 28th. He was 64. Chris was born to Jerry (Jerome) and Jean Fahey in Pittsburgh, PA. He had fond memories of growing up in Erie, PA along the lake with his siblings Dick (Richard), Dennie (Dennis) and Kathy (Kathleen). Anyone who knew Chris will remember his magnetic smile and warm humble personality. Chris began working at "Van...
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Phillip A. Raymond, Sr.

December 22, 2016

Phillip A. Raymond, Sr., 78, a long time resident of Darien and a more recent resident of Brookfield, NH, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH. Born in 1938 in Greenwich, he was married to the late Katherine Raymond. He is survived by his children Phillip Raymond, Jr. and his wife Melanie and Michele Long and her husband Michael Doyle, all of...
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Mary Grace Bruno Fraccola

November 11, 1911 - December 20, 2016

Mary Grace Bruno Fraccola, age 105, a lifelong resident of Darien, CT, passed away peacefully at home on December 20, 2016. Mrs. Fraccola was born November 8, 1911 at the family homestead in Darien still standing on Linden Avenue. She was the first of nine children born to the late Agostino and Rose Conti Bruno and, remarkably, was the oldest living Bruno family member outliving all her...
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Brian J. Wood

May 7, 1950 - December 12, 2016

Darien, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2016 in Norwalk. Born on May 7, 1950 in Stamford, he was the son of the late Arthur Joseph and Mary Elizabeth (O'Connor) Wood. He was 66. Brian attended Darien public schools. He worked as a sexton at Noroton Presbyterian Church for 13 years. He also worked at Darien Auto Body for over 20 years which lead to a lifetime love of cars. He is...
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Louise Pelazza

July 14, 1927 - December 7, 2016

Louise Pelazza, a lifelong resident of Stamford, passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Stamford Hospital. Born on July 14, 1927 in Stamford, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Mildred Pazdersky. She was 89. Louise graduated from Stamford High School and worked at the Lakeside Diner for over 30 years. She enjoyed baking, going to the beach and loved being with her grandchildren...
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Robert Birney Crane

February 8, 1920 - November 30, 2016

Robert Birney Crane of Darien, CT crossed the bar on Wednesday November 30th, 2016. Born to Albert Eli Crane and Florence Luray Overton Crane on February the 8th 1920 in Plainfield, N.J. , Bob thoroughly enjoyed life for over 96 years. He moved to Darien with his family at the age of 8. Bob attended Miss. Thomas's School and Saint Luke's Academy before graduating from the Darien High School in...
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Michael Vincent Principe

November 9, 1946 - November 26, 2016

Michael Vincent Principe, 70, of Darien, CT, passed away on November, 26th 2016, in his sleep. Born in New York City on November 9th, 1946, Michael was the son of the late Thomas and Carmela Principe. A resident of Darien for the past 24 years, Michael grew up in NYC's Little Italy and forever took pride in his old neighborhood. He remained in New York for college, graduating from the School of...
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Anne Brown Callahan

January 15, 1979 - November 25, 2016

Anne Brown Callahan, born January 15th, 1979, a lifelong resident of Darien and graduate of Kent School, left us on Friday, November 25th 2016. Anne leaves behind her loving husband, David, two spirited boys, her parents, siblings, three junkyard dogs, a pile of random craft projects and a heartbroken network of family and friends. Her love of reading was matched only by her keen interest...
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Carol Joy Schmidt McEwan

November 23, 2016

Carol Joy Schmidt McEwan, a longtime resident of Darien, died on November 23, 2016 at the age of 90. She was born in Fond du Lac, WI. She was the daughter of the late Charlotte and Frederick Schmidt. She is survived by her daughter Karen McEwan Kansas of Somerville, NJ; son Jon and Eila of Finland and son, Marc and Danielle of Darien. She is also survived by six loving grandsons,...
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Georgie Brown

January 6, 1925 - November 7, 2016

On Monday, November 7, Georgie Brown passed away peacefully with her husband of 68 years, Don Brown holding her hand. Everyone who knew her was touched by her compassion, her philanthropy and her lifelong service to others. Born in Stamford in 1925, she was the daughter of Scottish immigrants and a life long member of the Daughters of Scotia. She graduated from Stamford High School and...
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Gail Oglee Hathaway

November 4, 2016

Gail Oglee Hathaway, age 79, of Yarmouth Port, Ma. and Wellfleet, Ma., formerly of Darien, CT, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2016 at Brighton Gardens in Stamford Ct surrounded by her three loving sons ending a 10 year off and on battle with lung cancer. Born in Philadelphia, Pa, the daughter of the late Frank and Dorothy Humphries Oglee, she had resided in Darien, CT raising her family...
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Janet Brendel Montgomery

August 2, 1933 - November 3, 2016

Janet Brendel Montgomery, a resident of Darien, CT, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 3, 2016 in Darien. Born on August 2, 1933 in Quincy, MA, she was the daughter of the late Emelyn and Louis Brendel. She was 83. Jan grew up in Fairfield, CT, graduating from the local Roger Ludlowe High School, and later received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Jan...
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Mary A. McClellan

September 25, 1914 - November 3, 2016

Mary Ann D'Acunto McClellan passed away at Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the age of 102. She was born in Darien on September 25, 1914. She was the daughter of the late Philip and Mary Mallozzi D'Acunto. She graduated from Darien High School with high honors. She was employed by W. T. Grant for 10 years and also worked for the Darien public school...
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Vivian LoBuglio

July 18, 1926 - October 30, 2016

Vivian LoBuglio, 90, of Stamford passed away peacefully with her loving family holding her at CT Hospice on October 30, 2016. She was born July 18, 1926 to Fred and Clara Harris in Stamford, CT and is finally reunited with her beloved late husband, Dominic. A long time resident of Stamford, Vivian's zest for life was an inspiration to all who knew her and earned her nicknames such as ...
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Mildred B. Rowe

October 1, 1929 - October 28, 2016

Mildred B. Rowe, a life-long resident of Darien, passed away on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the Friends Nursing Home in Sandy Spring, MD. Born on October 1, 1929 in Queens, NY, she was the daughter of the late August Stegmuller and Mildred Meyer Stegmuller. Mildred attended the Sacred Heart Academy in Stamford, CT and graduated in 1947. She attended Katherine Gibbs School and worked in a...
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Ann Marie Reilly

October 13, 1937 - October 22, 2016

Ann Marie Reilly, 79, of Darien, CT and Vero Beach, FL, died peacefully in Vero Beach on October 22, 2016. Born in New York, New York, on October 13, 1937, Ann was the daughter of John White of County Cork, Ireland and Margaret Doyle of County Kerry, and the sister to James and Margaret (Cissie). Ann grew up in Washington Heights, NY and was a graduate of St Catherine's Academy. Ann married...
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Donald J. Brown

November 17, 1922 - October 19, 2016

Donald J Brown November 17, 1922- October 19, 2016 Donald J Brown, a longtime resident of Darien, passed away peacefully, at his daughter's home in North Carolina, on October 19. He was known affectionately by family and friends as "Jigger" or "Doc" and he never met a stranger. He attended Fordham University until WW II interrupted his studies, whereupon he joined the Navy, serving in the South...
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Elizabeth Marciano Plank

January 18, 1934 - October 13, 2016

Elizabeth (Betty) Marciano Plank, a longtime Darien resident, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2016 at the age of 82. She was born in Stamford, Connecticut to Anna and Anthony Marciano on January 18, 1934. After graduating Stamford High School, Betty met William Plank and was married in 1953. While raising her family, she worked at Noroton Publishing for many years. Betty was a devoted...
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Dorothy Lentz Vogt

October 25, 1930 - October 13, 2016

Dorothy Lentz Vogt of Stamford, Connecticut passed away at her home in Springdale on October 13, 2016. She was born on October 25, 1930 to Adolph and Dorothy Lentz. Dorothy was a life-long Stamford resident. She attended Stark School and Stamford High School, Class of 1949. Dorothy was pre-deceased by her husband, Hugo Strohfeld Vogt in 2002. Dorothy and her husband were the former owners of...
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Richard Chafin Coveny

October 11, 2016

Richard Chafin Coveny passed away Tuesday October 11, 2016 at Stamford Hospital in Stamford Connecticut. He was 76 years old. He is survived by his daughters Kellyann Coveny-Sequenzia (spouse Joseph Sequenzia; grandchildren Leopold and Massimo) of Rowayton, CT, Kristin Peck (spouse Robert Peck; grandchildren Taylor and Connor) of Darien, CT, Amy Coveny of NY, NY, and brother Terry Coveny of...
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Joan Marinella Scribner

July 19, 1935 - October 9, 2016

Joan Marinella Scribner, a resident of Vista, NY, passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at her home. Born July 19, 1935 in Stamford, CT, she was the daughter of the late Antoinette and Carmine Marinella. Joan grew up in Stamford and attended Sacred Heart Academy where she graduated as Salutatorian. Two years later, she graduated from Georgetown Visitation with an Associate's Degree. Joan...
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Marcelle Lambert Dunphy

January 7, 1920 - October 4, 2016

Marcelle Lambert Dunphy, a long-time resident of Darien, passed away quietly at home on October 4, 2016 at the age of 96. Marcelle was born on January 7, 1920 in West Somerville, MA where she spent her youth and young adulthood. She began working as bilingual secretary to the President of Dewey & Almy Chemical Company, the inventors of synthetic rubber, in Cambridge, MA during World War II....
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Ronald Reagan Brunelle

July 21, 1947 - September 30, 2016

Ronald Reagan Brunelle, 69, of Norwalk, CT, passed away at Yale New Haven Hospital on September 30 after a heroic battle against an 8 month illness. Ron was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many locally and far away. Always a humorous and optimistic person, he was admired by all who met him for his kindness, gentleness and love for all. Ron was born in Burlington, VT, served...
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Preston Wayne McEwan

January 13, 1932 - September 28, 2016

Preston Wayne McEwan died on September 28, 2016 at the age of 84 years old. He was the only child of the late Florence and Arthur McEwan of Middletown, NY. Preston was born in Oneonta, NY on January 13, 1932. He graduated from Walton High School, attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY and graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He was a member of the ROTC at SMU, where...
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Mary Mulligan

May 13, 1933 - September 22, 2016

Mary Mulligan, a long time Darien resident, passed away on 9/22/16 after a courageous battle with cancer at her daughter's house in Greenwich, CT. She was born the oldest of 10 children on 5/13/33 in Kiltimagh County Mayo, Ireland to Patrick and Mary McDonagh. Mary immigrated to the United States in 1952. She worked as a nanny for a family in New York City and for several families in Darien. ...
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Patricia C. Keller

January 30, 1924 - September 20, 2016

Patricia C. Keller, 92, a resident of Rowayton for 58 years, died on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Fountainview Center for Alzheimer's Disease in Atlanta, Ga., where she had lived since 2014. Born Patricia Covington in England on Jan. 30, 1924, Mrs. Keller grew up in London. She came to the United States in 1947 to marry Mitchell Keller of New Haven, Conn., whom she had met when he was stationed in...
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Peter Walter McClean

February 11, 1944 - September 19, 2016

Peter Walter McClean, age 72, of Rowayton, CT and Edgartown, MA passed away September 19, 2016. Born on February 11, 1944 in Rockville Center, NY. He was the son of Edith M. McClean of Rowayton, CT and the late William E. McClean. He graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1967 and Thunderbird Institute in 1969. He began his career at American Express in Okinawa, Japan. He spent several...
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Lee Arnold Colbath

November 16, 1923 - September 18, 2016

Lee Arnold Colbath, 92, passed away peacefully at home September 18, 2016 in Auburn, Maine. He was born November 16, 1923 in Howland, Maine to Lee and Helen Colbath. Lee grew up during the Depression and, after graduating high school, served in the European Theater during WWII. He was a member of the 12th Armored Division "The Hellcats", 7th US Army and awarded the Purple Heart for injuries...
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Nathaniel Wilson

May 7, 1971 - September 15, 2016

Nathaniel (Nate) Wilson, age 45, of Darien, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2016. Born on May 7, 1971, in Santa Rosa, CA, he was the son of Cheryl San Fillipo and the late Larry Wilson. Nathaniel graduated from Yosemite High School in 1989 and attended Menlo College. Nathaniel's professional career started in Los Angeles, California at 20th Century Fox. He held several positions in...
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Sue Ann Mackay Morris

April 28, 1938 - September 14, 2016

Sue Ann Mackay Morris died peacefully on September 14, 2016 at the Maplewood Senior Living Community in Darien, CT, ending her thirteen-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. She is survived by her children, Jeffrey (Lori) Morris of San Rafael, CA, John (Karen) Morris of Mason OH, Jennifer (Dan) Anderson of Darien, CT and ex-husband, Frederick K. Morris of Granby, CT. Adored as grandmother by...
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