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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

Hildegard Daus

February 14, 1937 - January 12, 2018

Hildegard Daus passed away in Norwalk, CT on January 12, 2018. Born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1937, in Queens, NY, she was the daughter of Joseph and Christina Raab. She was 80 years old. Hilde attended Forest Hills High School in Queens, NY. Upon graduating, she started her career as an executive assistant at American Chicle and International...
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William Frederick McClelland, Jr.

December 16, 1925 - January 7, 2018

William Frederick McClelland, Jr., a Darien resident since 1958, died on January 7, 2018, at home. He was 92. Born December 16, 1925, in Bronxville, New York, he was the son of William Frederick McClelland and Mary Louise Mickel McClelland. His sister, Marjorie, and his wife of 54 years, Katherine “Kay” Hickman McClelland,...
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Rocco A. Evola

June 29, 1919 - January 7, 2018

Rocco A. Evola, a resident of Darien, CT, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at home in Darien. Born on June 29, 1919 in Flushing, NY, he was the son of the late Rocco Gaetano and Maria Smania Evola. He was 98. Before serving with the U. S. Army Corp during World War II, Rocco attended Pratt Institute. He received a B.S. degree in drafting and...
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Matthew James McCurdy

August 17, 1960 - January 6, 2018

Matthew James McCurdy, 57, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Bridgeport Hospital of a heart attack. He will be sadly and sorely missed by his loving family. Born in Manhattan, NY, Matt was the son of Walter and Marijane McCurdy. He attended Darien High School and graduated from St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, CT. He played Varsity basketball for both...
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John K. Saradjian

August 25, 1928 - January 5, 2018

John (“Johnny”) K. Saradjian, a resident of Stamford, CT, passed away on Friday, January 5th at his home in Stamford. He was 89 years old. Born on August 25, 1928 in Peking, China, he was the son of Nerses and Zarouhi Saradjian. Mr. Saradjian demonstrated his entrepreneurial spirit early in his life, as he joined his mother in operating the family...
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Audrey Beik Beauchamp

November 11, 1928 - January 1, 2018

Audrey Beik Beauchamp, a 67 year resident of Darien, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018 in Darien. Born on November 11, 1928 in Greenwich, CT, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Sarah (Conroy) Beik. Audrey graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Stamford. She worked as an office manager for Alvah Jessup Plumbing and as a bookkeeper at the Darien Community...
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Gordon F. Satterley

October 24, 1926 - December 29, 2017

Gordon F. Satterley, a resident of Darien since 1976, died on Friday, December 29, 2017. He was 91 years old. Born in Brooklyn, NY on October 24, 1926 to the late Raymond and Lillian Satterley, he spent his early years in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. His family moved to Stewart Manor on Long Island in 1939 where he attended Sewanhaka High School. At Sewanhaka he was...
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Jeanne Summa Avery

March 20, 1927 - December 26, 2017

Jeanne Summa Avery a longtime resident of Norwalk, age 90, and wife of the late William J. Avery, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 in Greenwich, CT at The Nathaniel Witherell, where she resided briefly. Born on March 20, 1927 in Stamford, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Summa and Felicia Marciano Summa. Jeanne was predeceased by her...
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Charles W. Adcock

July 3, 1922 - December 24, 2017

Charles W. Adcock, a lifelong resident of Darien, passed away on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at Stamford Hospital. Born on July 3, 1922 in Greenwich, he was the son of the late Charles G. Adcock and Elizabeth (Warner) Adcock. He was 95. Charles graduated from Darien High School. He served in World War II and the Korean War as a signalman in the U.S. Navy. He worked as...
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Kathleen Norton Pizzani

December 30, 1922 - December 24, 2017

Kathleen Pizzani (nee Norton) passed away at home in Darien, Connecticut on December 24 with her loving son Paul and daughter-in-law Debbie at her side. “Kay,” as she was known to family and friends, was one week shy of her ninety-fifth birthday. Kathleen Dorothy Norton was born in Park Slope, Brooklyn on December 30, 1922 to Thomas and Mary Ann Norton. She...
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Edward Alfred Johnson

May 28, 1924 - December 21, 2017

Ed Johnson, 93, died on December 21st at Norwalk Hospital surrounded by loved ones. Ed was born on May 28, 1924 in Kearny, New Jersey alongside his twin brother, Thomas to Rose Anne McKenna and Thomas Carl Johnson. Ed was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Alice Coffey Johnson. He was also preceded in death by his twin, Thomas, his sister,...
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Betty Borgeson Lotz

June 25, 1923 - December 21, 2017

Betty Borgeson Lotz, a 67 year resident of Darien, died on December 21, 2017 at Stamford Hospital following a short illness. She was 94 years old. She lived independently in her Darien home until her final two weeks, the fulfillment of her long held hope and wish. She was born on June 25, 1923 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Rudoph and Gerda...
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Wayne Karl

December 19, 2017

Wayne F. Karl, the former Chief of the Noroton Heights Fire Department who dedicated his life to community service and raised four sons in the town of Darien, CT, died surrounded by family in Vero Beach, FL on December 19. He was 82. Mr. Karl was a man entirely without pretense, but over the course of his life he earned many lofty titles: chief, commodore,...
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Claire L. Buchinskas

October 29, 1927 - December 16, 2017

Claire L. Buchinskas, 90, passed away peacefully from a brief illness in the early morning of December 16, 2017. She was surrounded by her family. Born in 1927 to Michael and Susan Donnellan in Somerville, MA, she later lived in Cambridge, Lexington and West Falmouth. Claire was predeceased by her husband Edmund and daughter Karen. She will be missed dearly by...
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Ann Blose Eydt

April 18, 1957 - December 13, 2017

Ann Blose Eydt, of Rowayton, Conn., unexpectedly passed away on Dec. 13, 2017, at the age of 60 after overcoming breast cancer and acute leukemia, not once but twice, the past seven years. Ann was born on April 18, 1957, to Howard Blose and Marion Graham Blose. After graduating from New Canaan High School, she attended Purdue University and was active in...
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Maria Pagliarulo

October 6, 1925 - December 7, 2017

Maria Pagliarulo, who most recently resided at Sugar Hill in Dalton, MA, passed peacefully on December 7, 2017. Born October 6, 1925 in Tremunsuoli, Italy, she was the daughter of Maddalena (Tuccinardi) and Luciano Granata. Following World War Two, she immigrated to the United States. She spoke fondly of her friendships during her employment at the Edwards...
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Joseph A. DiChiaro

September 12, 1923 - December 6, 2017

Joseph A. DiChiaro of Darien, CT died on December 6, 2017 at Cassena Care at Stamford at the age of 94. He was born on September 12, 1923 and was the son of the late Michele and Constance Calitri DiChiaro. He was a lifelong resident of Darien, CT. Joe graduated from Darien High School in 1942 and served in World War II, from January, 1943 to December 24, 1945,...
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Alan De Santis

September 1, 1957 - December 3, 2017

Alan De Santis, age 60, passed away unexpectedly on December 3rd, 2017 in Stamford, CT. He is survived by his parents, Eugene and Isabelle De Santis, a sister, Diane, and his two children, Scott (29) and Charlotte (25). Alan was born September 1, 1957 and grew up in Pound Ridge, NY. He attended Fox Lane High School. In 1985, he married Anne...
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David Albert Koch

June 17, 1974 - November 30, 2017

David Albert Koch passed away peacefully in his home on November 30, 2017, in Darien, CT after a long fight with brain cancer. He was 43. Mr. Koch was born on June 17, 1974, in Cleveland, OH to his parents Al and Bonnie. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1996 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and from Columbia University in 2004 with a Master...
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James M. Baker

December 12, 1921 - November 18, 2017

James M. Baker, husband of Katharin Harvey Baker passed away Saturday November 18th at Atria Assisted/Senior Living in Darien. Born on December 12, 1921 in New York City, he was the son of James A. and Lavinia Baker. Jim is survived by his wife, four children and their spouses, Heidi Scheckler husband Thomas of Norwalk, Eric Baker and his wife Mary of Minnesota,...
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Hilary Peter Donegan

October 14, 1940 - November 18, 2017

Hilary Peter Donegan passed away peacefully at his home on November 18th 2017. He was born in Farmingdale, New York on October 14th, 1940 to Margaret Brady Donegan and Denis James Donegan. He graduated from Farmingdale High School and C.W. Post College. He took great pride in his service in the United States Army. He began his career in wealth management at Banker’s Trust...
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Pamela James

June 29, 1932 - November 14, 2017

Pamela James, age 85 of Darien, Connecticut passed away suddenly on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. She was born on June 29, 1932 in Bristol, England and was the daughter of John and Ellen May Shopland. Pamela is predeceased by son, John Oliver James; and a brother Graham Shopland. Pamela is survived by her loving son Paul James and his wife Jane of Stamford. Four...
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Morris E. O'Brien

April 7, 1926 - November 9, 2017

Morris E. O’Brien, 91, of Darien, beloved husband of Doris (Finley) O’Brien for 67 years, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at CT Hospice in Branford, CT. He was born in Stamford on April 7, 1926 to the late Thomas and Margaret (Murphy) O’Brien, and was a longtime Darien resident. Morris, known to many who loved...
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Christopher P. Hall

October 23, 2017

Christopher P Hall ("Kip"), age 63, passed away peacefully on October 23, 2017. Kip attended Pingry School, Dartmouth College (summa cum laude), Oxford University (Exeter College, Rhodes Scholar) and University of Chicago Law School. A natural litigator, Kip practiced started his career in New York as an associate of Donovan Leisure where he was second chair in the...
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Elizabeth Kelley Johnson

June 17, 1948 - October 20, 2017

In loving memory of Elizabeth Kelley Johnson (June 17, 1948 - October 20, 2017) Elizabeth Kelley Johnson, a devoted mother and grandmother, died suddenly on October 20th. She was 69 years old. Liz was born in 1948 in Louisville, Kentucky. The second oldest of 6 children, Liz spent her childhood in Lake Forest, Illinois, attended Miss Porter’s School in...
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Brenda Lee Costin

September 27, 1964 - October 19, 2017

Brenda Lee Costin a Resident Of Norwalk CT, passed away on Thursday October 19, 2017 at Saint Raphael Hospital in New Haven, she was 53. Born September 27, 1964, she was the daughter of the late Ray and Arline Freeman (Martin). Brenda is survived by her loving husband Thomas, and their two daughters Katie and Christine Costin both of Norwalk, she is also survived by...
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Frank A. Miller

October 14, 2017

Connecticut automobile dealer, Frank A. Miller, died October 14, 2017 at the age of 89. Frank Miller was a resident of Palm Beach, FL and Darien, CT. Mr. Miller was born in Bronx, NY in 1928 and moved to Darien, CT in the 1950’s. Mr. Miller was founder and President of the Miller Automobile Corp. He started in the automobile business in the early 1950’s...
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Peter Woods Sterne, Sr.

October 13, 2017

Peter Woods Sterne, Sr. passed away on Friday at his home in Old Greenwich, after suffering sudden cardiac arrest. He was 57 years old. In accordance with his wishes, his organs were donated to the New England Organ Bank to help those in need. Peter, a lifelong resident of Greenwich, was the son of Richard Guy Sterne and the late Barbara Kenyon Sterne. He graduated from...
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Bruce E. Beagley, Jr.

October 12, 2017

Bruce E. Beagley Jr., a longtime resident of Stamford, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on October 12, 2017. He was two weeks shy of his one hundred and first birthday. Raised in a small town in Indiana, Bruce enrolled in the University of Indiana in 1938, and signed up for Naval R.O.T.C to help with tuition. In the summer of 1941, anticipating the...
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Thomas Francis Lynch

February 20, 1932 - October 9, 2017

Thomas Francis Lynch of New Canaan and St James, NC passed away peacefully on October 9, 2017. Born on February 20, 1932 in Stamford, CT he was the son of Catherine and William Lynch and the youngest of 6 children. He was a St. Basils Prep graduate in 1949 and served in the U. S. Army from 1952-1956. Tom married Linda Cataldo of Darien in 1956 and worked many years for Yale and...
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Victor Vargha

September 5, 1926 - October 7, 2017

Victor “Poppy” Vargha, a resident of Norwalk since 1969, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 7th. He was born on September 5, 1926 in Budapest, Hungary. Mr. Vargha graduated from Corvinus University of Budapest and worked as an accounting manager. After fighting in WWII, he made a treacherous escape during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. He lived in...
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Barbara Zanato

September 16, 1942 - October 2, 2017

Barbara Zanato, cherished mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully after her long battle with cancer on Monday, October 2, 2017 at the home of her daughter in Darien. She was born on September 16, 1942 in Ithaca, New York, the daughter of the late Tracy R. Jones and Marjorie (Van Ostrand) Jones. Barbara attended Ithaca Public Schools and the State...
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Elizabeth Bacon McCoy

November 2, 1913 - September 25, 2017

Elizabeth Bacon “Betty” McCoy of Darien passed away on September 25, 2017 at the age of 103. Born on November 2, 1913 in Charleston, SC, Betty received her BA degree from George Washington University and then married Ralph Richard McCoy in 1935. Inducted in 1932 into the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, she recently received an award for 75 years of membership. ...
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Carol Sargent

May 18, 1958 - September 21, 2017

Carol (Armstrong) Sargent, a resident of Darien, CT, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017. Born on May 18, 1958, she is survived by her loving husband, Scott Sargent and a son, Timothy Sargent. She is also survived her two brothers and her sister-in-law’s, Billy and Christine Armstrong from Stamford, CT and David and Cheryl Armstrong from...
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Lynne Powell

July 4, 1939 - September 16, 2017

Lynne Powell, 78, of New Canaan, passed away peacefully on September 16, at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT. Lynne was born July 4, 1939 to Rudolph Augustus and Louise Biborosch in Philadelphia, PA. She is survived by 3 sons and 8 grandchildren: Wheeler Powell (Robyn) of Atlanta, GA; Scott Powell of New Canaan, CT; Craig Powell (Marie) of Stamford, CT...
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Stephen p. Connelly

September 13, 2017

Loving Husband and Father Stephen P. Connelly, 63, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, surrounded by his family. Stephen grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Adrian Connelly. He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret, and two children, Jessica and James. He was a beloved brother, uncle, brother-in-law,...
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Helen L. Clune

September 9, 2017

Helen L. Clune, age 79, lifelong resident of Norwalk, died on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at St. Petersburg Hospital in Florida. Born in Norwalk, the daughter of the late Henry and Margaurite Ludlow. Helen loved spending time with her family, gardening, reading, and fishing. She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Edward Clune and her sisters,...
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Jon Stephen Schoen

December 26, 1960 - September 8, 2017

Jon Stephen Schoen of Darien CT, and Nantucket, MA was born in Washington DC on December 26th, 1960, the son of the late James and Anne Schoen. He attended Good Counsel High School and played football for Boston College where he was a four-year starter and standout with a program that went from 0-11 to playing in what is now the Capital One Bowl during his senior year. He finished...
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Gladys R. Forbes

February 16, 1924 - August 29, 2017

Family and friends mourn the loss of Gladys Ritchie Stevenson Forbes of Stamford, CT who died peacefully on August 29th of complications from a stroke. Born in 1924, she was one of four children of William and Mary Stevenson of Scotland. She is survived by her two sons, Alan and William Forbes, three granddaughters, Paula Bleakley, Denise Mirto Moses, and Jody E....
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Margaret van den Heuvel

April 11, 1920 - August 27, 2017

Margaret Duff van den Heuvel died peacefully on August 27, 2017 after a brief illness. She was born in 1920 in Pennsylvania to the Rev. and Mrs. George M. Duff and in 1922 the family moved to Riverdale, NY where her father pastored the Riverdale Presbyterian Church for 31 years. Her uncle, James H. Duff, was both governor and senator of Pennsylvania. Margaret’s education...
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Edward J. Hamernick

September 9, 1930 - August 25, 2017

Edward J. Hamernick of Norwalk, 87, a long-time resident of Darien, died peacefully at home on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, after a long illness brought on by heart failure. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death. He was born in 1930 in Stamford, the son of Peter and Katherine (Teplica) Hamernick. Edward was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having...
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Edward Michael Johnson

May 9, 1963 - August 23, 2017

Edward Michael Johnson, 54, of Rowayton, died August 23, 2017, at his home from complications of Type 1 diabetes. Michael was born May 9, 1963, in Stamford, Connecticut, to Edward A. and Alice (Coffey) Johnson. He attended Central Catholic High School in Norwalk, Connecticut. He continued his education at the Connecticut Culinary Institute in Farmington&...
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James P. Albert

April 21, 1940 - August 22, 2017

Jim Albert - a longtime Darien resident - telecommunications consultant and self-taught artist James P. Albert, a longtime resident of Darien, passed away on August 22nd at Stamford Hospital at the age of 77. Jim was the husband of Darien Representative Town Meeting member Lois Schneider. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 21, 1940 to Elwin and Kathryn (Damm)...
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John Patrick Jones, Jr.

April 27, 1950 - August 22, 2017

John Patrick, Jones, Jr., a resident of Stamford, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 in Redding, CT. Born on April 27, 1950 in Norwalk, he was the son of the late John Patrick Jones Sr. and Helen Shannon Jones. He was 67. John graduated from King School in Stamford and Curry College in Massachusetts. He worked as a land surveyor for 24 years with...
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Arthur Raymond Lowden

September 25, 1944 - August 15, 2017

Arthur Raymond Lowden, a resident of Rock Hill, SC, passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House, Rock Hill, SC. Born on September 25, 1944 in Stamford, he was the son of the late John and Anna Lowden. He was 72. The family will receive friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien on Thursday&...
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George Blackwell Cammann

January 27, 1926 - August 15, 2017

George Blackwell Cammann, son of Katharine Blackwell and Frederic Almy Cammann, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 15th at home. George was born on January 27, 1926 in New York City. After attending St. Marks School, he served as a Navy corpsman during WWII, and graduated from Cornell University (BMA’50). George spent the majority of his career at Pan American World...
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June Irmiger Taylor

August 11, 2017

June Irmiger Taylor, 84, of New Haven, CT and formerly of Chicago, IL and Darien, CT, passed away on August 11, 2017. June was born to the late Robert Irmiger, a Chicago attorney, and the late Margaret Cusack Irmiger, a teacher and guidance counselor. June was a graduate of Vassar College (BA) and Teachers College, Columbia University (MS). She was a...
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Rose M. Warren

February 20, 1923 - August 5, 2017

Rose M. Warren, 94, of Darien, CT, died at Stamford Hospital on Saturday, August 5, 2017 surrounded by family. A resident of Darien since 1947, Rose was born on February 20, 1923 in Stamford, CT. In 1943 she married the love of her life, Joseph J. Warren, Jr. Together they raised 6 children. Rose was predeceased by her husband Joseph J. Warren, Jr...
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Robert Emmitte Donnelly, Jr.

September 25, 1926 - August 1, 2017

Robert E. Donnelly, Jr., a resident of Norwalk, passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Norwalk Hospital. Born in 1926, he was the son of the late Mary Brady and Robert Donnelly, Sr. He proudly served in World War II. He is survived by his children Robert Donnelly (Claire) of South Windsor, Kevin Donnelly, Joan Donnelly both of Norwalk, Marybeth...
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Anna Frances Tarantino

December 7, 1925 - August 1, 2017

Frances Tarantino, 91, formerly of Darien, passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at home with her loving family. She was the loving wife of “Jack the Barber” Tarantino. Frances was born at home in Darien on December 7, 1925. In early years she worked at Fawcett Publications. When her children reached high school, she started working at Darien High...
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Charles Edward Bradley III

August 25, 1929 - July 27, 2017

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, Charles Edward Bradley III passed away peacefully at his home in Darien, Connecticut. Charles Edward Bradley, Sr. (“Charlie” to those who knew him) was born on August 25, 1929 in Lawrence, Massachusetts to Edmee Cloutier Bradley and Charles Edward Bradley II. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and Yale...
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Donald Scott McLean

May 18, 1933 - July 26, 2017

Donald Scott McLean, May 18, 1933 - July 26, 2017. Loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, he will be remembered by all who knew him as a man of great integrity, humor, and kindness. Don was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from The Stony Brook School, Stony Brook, New York. He served in Korea with the US Army and he...
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Edward MacDonald King III

January 21, 1962 - July 25, 2017

Edward MacDonald King III died on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at the age of 55 after a courageous 5 ½ year battle with brain cancer. He was born on January 21, 1962 in Manhattan, NY to Nancy Heintz and the late Edward M. King II and was raised in Old Greenwich. Ed attended Greenwich schools, served in the United States Marine Corp. and graduated from Sacred Heart...
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Ann Marie Zeller

February 26, 1954 - July 20, 2017

Ann Marie Zeller passed away on July 20th in Stamford, Connecticut surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her two adoring daughters Shaela Zeller Greenfield and Kinsey Zeller Greenfield, her elder sister Nancy Zeller and her husband Richard McCarron, her younger sister Jane Zeller and her husband John Townson, and her loving fan club of nine nieces and nephews. Ann...
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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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