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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

Sharon (Shari) Kay Gibson

December 8, 2018

Sharon (Shari) Kay Gibson, 72, a beloved grandmother, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, died peacefully at her daughter's home in Darien, CT on December 8th surrounded by loved ones after a four week battle with cancer. The daughter of Samuel and Florence (Wickwire) Gibson and the second oldest of 4 daughters, she lived her early years on the family farm in Fullerton, ND. After graduating...
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Doreen Mortola LeMoult

March 29, 1943 - December 7, 2018

Doreen Mortola LeMoult passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at her home in Darien, CT, on December 7, 2018. Doreen was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1943, and was the daughter of Dr. Doris S. Mortola of Rye, NY, and the late Dr. Edward J. Mortola, former President and Chancellor of Pace University in New York. She attended St. Augustine's School in Larchmont, NY; School of the Holy...
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Donald L. Fernow

November 27, 1924 - December 6, 2018

Long-time Darien resident Donald Lloyd Fernow passed away of natural causes on December 6, aged 94. Born November 27, 1924 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to John and Maude Fernow, he was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Barbara Fernow, and survived by his son, Andrew Fernow of Toronto, Ontario and daughter, Laura Fernow, of Darien, CT. Donald grew up in Chicago, Illinois and served in the U.S. Army...
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Edwin McCord Mulock, III

April 14, 1938 - December 3, 2018

Edwin McCord Mulock, III of Darien, died at home December 3, 2018. Born April 14, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of Edwin McCord Mulock Jr. and Harriett (Knight) Mulock. Ed is survived by his wife of fifty-four years Neville Rodgers Mulock, his children Lyndsay Drew and Luke Mulock and two grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Bruce Mulock. As a resident of Darien...
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Antra O. Richardson

October 2, 1944 - December 1, 2018

On Saturday December 1st, 2018, Antra Ozols Richardson, loving mother of Dan Richardson and Wendy Richardson, passed away surrounded by her family & friends. Antra was born on October 2nd 1944 in Danzig Germany, modern day Gdansk Poland. Her parents, Ernest and Wilma Ozols, along with her older brother, Peter, had to leave their home in Latvia, fleeing from war torn Europe. Her early years...
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Elizabeth Grant

August 10, 1938 - December 1, 2018

Surrounded by her loving family, Elizabeth (Betty) Grant passed into God's hands to join her husband on Saturday, December 1st, 2018. She was 80 years old. Betty was born in Salterstown, County Louth, Ireland on August 10th, 1938 to Patrick and Rose Ebbitt. She learned her strong Irish principles of hard work, strong family, love and loyalty growing up on her family farm and adventuring...
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Joan Marie Comerford

July 26, 1933 - November 28, 2018

Joan Marie Comerford, age 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 28th at Maplewood of Darien, after a long battle with cancer. She was born on July 26, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York to Stanley and Stella Sokolowski of Ozone Park, Queens. After graduating from St. Joseph's College for Women, (Brooklyn, N.Y.) in 1954, she was named a Fulbright Scholar and studied in Cologne, Germany...
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Leo W. Rogowski

January 12, 1917 - November 28, 2018

Leo W. Rogowski, a longtime resident of Darien, passed away on November 28th, 2018. Born in Stamford, CT in 1917, he was the son of the late Anthony and Helen Rogowski. Leo was predeceased by his loving wife of 55 years, the former Sophie Gavel; a son Phillip; and brothers: William, Joseph, Edward and sisters Ann Dedura and Marion Gaieski. He is survived by his children Leon (Deirdre) of...
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Charles E. Stuart

May 19, 1953 - November 24, 2018

Charles E. Stuart was survived by his loving family, son Adam Charles Stuart, daughter Stephanie Antonia Stuart and granddaughter Haleigh Love Brown all of Darien, CT and COUNTLESS family & friends who loved him dearly. Charles graduated from the Norwalk Public School system and worked at Yankee Gas/Eversource in Norwalk, The best father/grandfather anyone could ask for, Charlie was always...
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Wilder D. Baker, Jr.

December 4, 1931 - November 22, 2018

Wilder D. Baker, Jr. of Darien, CT passed away on November 22, 2018 after a long struggle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Wilder was born in Washington, DC the only child of Naval officer Wilder D. Baker and Cora Barry Baker, the daughter of a Washington correspondent. Due to his father's obligations in the Navy, the family moved many times during Wilder's childhood which spanned World...
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Theodora Cogswell (Do) Deland

November 6, 1923 - November 20, 2018

Theodora Cogswell (Do) Deland of Darien, Connecticut, died at the Stamford Hospital on November 20, 2018, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage the previous Friday. Her family was at her bedside. Minutes before passing away she received prayers from the minister of St. Luke's Parish, where she had been a member since 1950. She lived 95 years and 14 days after the date of her birth on November...
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Ruth Roberts Cheswick

December 15, 1926 - November 16, 2018

Ruth Roberts Cheswick, a longtime resident of Darien, CT and Hobe Sound, FL died Friday, November 16th in Stamford, CT. Born December 15, 1926, she was the daughter of William A. Roberts and Anna Blom Roberts of Utica, NY. After her education at Sunset Avenue Elementary School and Utica Free Academy, Ruth headed south to Wellesley College to study Economics. Wellesley become a life-long...
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Robert L. Eldredge

August 27, 1934 - November 14, 2018

Robert L. Eldredge, a long time Darien resident, died peacefully in his home Wednesday, November 14, surrounded by loved ones. Robert "Bob" or "Bunny" as he was often known was the husband of the late Nancy H. Eldredge. Robert was born, August 27, 1934 to the late Wilbur and Mary Margaret Eldredge in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his three children, Tracey Reilly and her husband Sean...
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Dorita G. Zinna

August 19, 1931 - November 13, 2018

Dorita G. Zinna, of Darien, CT, passed away on November 13, 2018. Born on August 19, 1931, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dorita received a degree in Education and pursued a career in teaching in her twenties. Fluent in English, Spanish and Italian, her love of languages led her to a job as a translator for Melati, an international business firm in Buenos Aires. In 1960, Dorita met the love of...
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William Wright Lester

May 14, 1934 - November 10, 2018

William Wright Lester passed away unexpectedly at age 84 in Darien, Connecticut on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Bill, as he was known, was born May 14, 1934 in Lansing, Michigan to Harry and Ireta (Wright) Lester. Bill was raised in Carleton, Michigan. After graduating from Airport High School, Bill went on to Michigan State University, where he earned Bachelors, Masters, and PhD degrees...
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Jane Vivion VanBeek

January 12, 1946 - November 10, 2018

Jane VanBeek, formerly of Cold Spring, NY, passed peacefully from Glioblastoma Multiforme at her home in Darien, CT on Saturday, November 10, 2018 surrounded by her adoring family. She was just 72 years old. Jane was the proud mother of Dr. Corinne VanBeek of Darien, CT and Ryan VanBeek, and mother in law to Paul Ferrone and Donna Mastromonaco VanBeek. Perhaps her most cherished role was...
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Alfred George Bisset

February 22, 1941 - November 3, 2018

Alfred George Bisset, a longtime Darien resident, passed away peacefully on November 3. Fred was predeceased by his wife, Asa, who passed only months ago in May. He is survived by his 5 children and 12 grandchildren. Born in 1941 Fred was the second son to Hilda and Alfred Bisset. He and his older brother Robert were raised in Rhode Island and Florida by hardworking Scottish immigrants. ...
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Marcia LaVoy Marchesi

September 4, 1937 - November 3, 2018

Marcia LaVoy Marchesi, a resident of Darien and Rowayton for 49 years, passed away peacefully after a long illness on November 3, 2018, at her home in Darien, CT, surrounded by her family. She was 81 years old. Marcia was born on September 4, 1937 in Providence, RI. She grew up in Chepachet, RI and graduated from Burrillville High School. In 1957 she married her husband of 36 years,...
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Robert Wayne Bailey

January 4, 1934 - October 30, 2018

Robert Wayne Bailey, a resident of Darien for 38 years, passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at Norwalk Hospital. Born on January 4, 1934 in Tulsa, OK, he was the son of the late Milford Kirby and Linda (Quinn) Bailey. Bob grew up in Panama and graduated from Cristobal High School in the Panama Canal Zone. He returned to the United States to attend the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings...
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Jack William Smith

May 26, 1938 - October 27, 2018

Jack William Smith, a resident of Darien, passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Darien. Born on May 26, 1938 in Norristown, PA, he was the son of the late Robert and Florence (Ab) Smith. Jack grew up in Pottstown, PA and attended the Hill School. He graduated from Penn State in 1963 with a BS degree in Business Administration. He interrupted his college years to enlist and serve in...
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Geraldine Harrington Woods

July 13, 1926 - October 22, 2018

Geraldine Harrington Woods, a much loved long-time resident of Darien, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2018 at the age of ninety-two. Gerry was predeceased by her husband, Robert Evans, who passed away May 30, 2017. Gerry was renowned for her beauty, intelligence, open-mindedness, wit and style. As the perpetual belle of the ball, she entertained with great charm. She cultivated and...
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Christopher Scott Doney

January 31, 1946 - October 21, 2018

Christopher (Chris) Scott Doney, a long-time resident of Norwalk, CT, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018, after a short but brave battle with cancer. Born on January 31, 1946 in Los Angeles, CA, he was the oldest child of the late Raymond Albert Doney and Martha Helen Arbuckle. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Christine Carlson Doney and his sister, Megan Doney Weikert of Bethlehem...
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Allison Barton Haupt

May 10, 1970 - October 20, 2018

Allison Barton Haupt of Darien CT, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 20th at home after a valiant 7-year fight against breast cancer. Let it be known that she didn't lose this fight, rather she ran towards the battle, living her life in technicolor and with a ferocity that of a Spartan warrior. Allison was born on May 10, 1970 to Ann Wood Barton. She was raised briefly in Norwalk CT...
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Judith (Judy) Schrober Pataky

November 27, 1935 - October 15, 2018

Judith (Judy) Schrober Pataky, 82, a lifelong resident of Stamford, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018 in Branford after a brief illness. Born on November 27, 1935 in Stamford, she was the daughter of the late John and Julia Schrober. Judy attended Stamford schools and Sacred Heart Academy. She was employed by the Stamford Public Schools for over 30 years and worked at KT Murphy School,...
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Lynn Santaniello

October 20, 1954 - October 13, 2018

Lynn Santaniello, a resident of Darien, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Fairfield County Hospice House in Stamford after bravely battling a long illness. Born in Norwalk, CT on October 20, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Roddy Palmieri and Betty Hickey Palmieri. She was the beloved wife of Dr. Thomas Santaniello. Lynn was raised in East Norwalk and graduated from...
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Wilma S. Sanford

November 28, 1926 - October 12, 2018

Wilma Mary Sanford, age 91, of Darien, CT passed away peacefully on October 12, 2018 with her loving family by her side. Wilma was born on November 28, 1926 in Aberdeen, Scotland. After marrying her husband, Lloyd, in 1945, she came to America. Wilma was the proud owner of the Darien Pet Shop for over 40 years and was fondly known as the "the Pet Shop lady". She was a devout Christian...
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William Redington Lynch

November 17, 1925 - October 11, 2018

William Redington Lynch, a lifelong resident of Greenwich, CT, and more recently of Vero Beach, FL and Rowayton, CT, passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, CT, just shy of his 90th birthday. Born on November 17, 1928 in New York City, he was the youngest child of the late Francis Russell Vincent Lynch and Helen Adams Barrett Lynch. He is survived by his sister...
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Eugene James Connolly

March 7, 1930 - October 9, 2018

Eugene James Connolly passed away peacefully on October 9, 2018 at home in Stamford, Connecticut. Eugene was born in Stamford on March 7, 1930 to the late Thomas and Veronica (Magda) Connolly. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 46 years, the former Kathleen Fitzgerald in 2002 and his infant son Francis. His brothers, Francis C., Thomas J., Robert F. and twin brother Gerald J. Connolly...
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Donald Rice Don Rossbach

October 8, 2018

Donald "Don" Rice Rossbach, 63, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 8, 2018, at his home in Darien Connecticut, surrounded by his loving family. Don was born on March 9, 1955 in Red Bank, NJ and was raised on the Jersey Shore. He is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Mary Jo Rossbach, his devoted children Kristen and Andrew. He is also survived by his parents, Lee and Nancy (Spear)...
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Ralph Eugene Hoffmann

April 24, 1932 - October 6, 2018

Ralph Eugene Hoffmann, age 86, of The Villages, FL passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018. He was born in New York City, NY on April 24, 1932 and grew up in Mineola, NY where he graduated from Mineola High School in 1950. Ralph served in the US Marines during the Korean Conflict where he participated at the landing in Inchon and later fought in the battle of the Chosin Reservoir. During...
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Daniel Jenkins

October 6, 2018

Daniel Jenkins, a Darien resident for 45 years passed away peacefully on October 6th, 2018. He was born in Dover, NJ in 1930 to Katherine Penberthy and Arthur Jenkins and was raised in Short Hills, NJ. He served two years in the U.S. Army and went on to graduate with a B.S. in Finance and Commerce from Bucknell in 1953. Eventually Dan became a general management executive with Union Carbide. ...
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Janet Louise Martella

March 9, 1928 - October 4, 2018

Janet Louise Martella, a longtime Darien resident, passed peacefully on October 4, 2018 at the age of 90. Janet was born in Larchmont, NY on March 9, 1928, the daughter of Helen Daly Werring Winkler and Frederick H. Werring. Her grandfather was Major George A. Daly, a decorated war hero in WWI who created and was the first sworn officer of the Federal Probation system in 1927. Janet...
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William Anderson Kirk

November 22, 1940 - October 3, 2018

William Anderson Kirk died October 3rd, 2018 at the age of 77. He passed in peace spending his last days surrounded by visiting family. To friends, he was known as Bill or Willy. Bill was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, coach, and friend. Born in Greenwich, Connecticut on November 22nd, 1940 to Marion Christine Shaw Kirk and William (Andrew) Anderson Kirk the family lived in Connecticut...
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George Victor Zengo

August 10, 1934 - October 1, 2018

George Victor Zengo of Norwalk, formerly of Darien, passed away peacefully Monday evening, October 1st, surrounded by Nancy, his high school sweetheart and wife of 64 years, and members of his family. George, an avid fisherman, cook and gardener, was born in Natick, Massachusetts on August 10, 1934. He graduated from Arlington High School, received his undergraduate BS degree from Boston...
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Patricia McKay Hufferd

August 3, 1929 - September 27, 2018

Patricia McKay Hufferd ("Pat") passed away on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at home. Born in San Diego, California on August 3, 1929, she was the daughter of Mildred (Young) Gnau and John McKay. She grew up in San Diego and Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from The Laurel School (1947) and Barnard College (B.A. 1951). Pat was predeceased by her loving husband of 47 years, William B. Hufferd (...
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William Joslyn Nightingale

September 16, 1929 - September 20, 2018

William Joslyn Nightingale, 89, known as Bill, passed away after a brave battle with cancer on September 20, 2018. He will be remembered for his positive attitude and unshakeable integrity. Bill was born on September 16, 1929 in Minneapolis, MN to Willam Isaac Nightingale and Gladys Joslyn Nightingale. He married Carla Carroll of Wayzata, MN in 1957 and in 1966 moved his family to Darien, CT,...
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John Robert Labati

October 18, 1929 - September 20, 2018

John Robert Labati, 88, of Stamford, CT passed away peacefully at Greenwich Hospital on September 20th, surrounded by his family. John, one month shy of this 89th birthday, was the beloved husband of 61 years to the late Carole Labati, who passed away on May 25th of this year. He was born in New York City on October 18, 1929 to the late John and Margaret Ochelli Labati. After graduating from...
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Mary Margaret Mitchell

January 19, 1929 - September 18, 2018

Mary Margaret Mitchell, a long-time resident of Darien, passed peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday morning, September 18. Mary was born in New York on January 19, 1929, the eldest daughter of Mary (Mame) and Daniel Meskill, proud natives of Ireland. She attended Cathedral High School of Manhattan and CCNY. She spent her early career at Texaco and met her devoted husband of 60...
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Louis M. Triozzi

May 17, 1939 - September 17, 2018

Dr. Louis M. Triozzi, age 79, passed away peacefully at home on September 17, 2018. He was born May 17th, 1939 in Harrison, NY to Louis and Angelina Triozzi. Lou engaged in life-long learning, receiving degrees from Seton Hall University (B.A.), St. Paul's College (Ph.B.), Fordham University (M.A.), Fairfield University (CAS), and University of Santa Barbara (Ph.D) He was a Clinical...
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Pete Roux

September 6, 1943 - September 14, 2018

Pete Roux, surrounded by family, died on September 14, 2018. Born on September 6, 1943 in Oak Park, Illinois, he was raised in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey and attended Xavier High School in New York City. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign in 1965, with a degree in Modern Chinese Politics. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, he received a Master's Degree in Modern...
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William Boyd Kegg III

May 26, 1956 - September 13, 2018

William Boyd Kegg III, of South Salem, New York, the son of Kip and Mike Farrell of New Canaan, died at his home, on Thursday, September 13, 2018. He is survived by his sisters, Gigi V. K. Guthrie and Hollis B. K. Kegg, his nieces and nephews, Nicholas and Kristen Van Nest and Gillian, Allison and Cass Knox. He was predeceased by his father William Boyd Kegg Jr. Bill was born in Greenwich,...
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Mary Helen O'Brien

July 3, 1921 - September 12, 2018

MARY HELEN O'BRIEN, age 97, died peacefully on September 12, 2018, in her residence at Maplewood in Darien, CT. Mary was born on July 3, 1921, in Moberly, Missouri, the daughter of John and Margaret Tyrrell. Mary was raised in St. Louis, MO and graduated from Webster College in her home town. In 1947 Mary married Navy Lieutenant William O'Brien in St. Louis and began an adventure that took them...
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Linda Saverine Santarella

September 22, 1945 - September 10, 2018

Linda Saverine Santarella, 72, a lifelong resident of Darien passed away on September 10, 2018. She was born September 22, 1945 in Stamford to Joseph and Josephine (D'Arrigo) Saverine. Linda graduated from Darien High School in 1963. Linda married Fred Santarella on October 3, 1970. She coached her daughter in Lassie League and enjoyed cheering her children on at their many athletic events...
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Lawrence Peter LeHan

March 5, 1931 - September 3, 2018

Lawrence Peter LeHan, who was born on March 5, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio and who went by "Larry", passed away on September 3, 2018. He and his wife, Jean Rose LeHan, had recently marked their 65th wedding anniversary. Larry was a loving and grateful husband, whose devoted relationship gave him great joy and fulfillment, even in more recent years when beset by the challenges of old age. Larry...
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Kenneth N. Connaughton

May 8, 1938 - August 28, 2018

Kenneth N. Connaughton, a resident of Greenwich, CT for many years, passed peacefully from death into life on August 28, 2018. Kenneth was born in New York City on May 8, 1938 and was the son of Howard and Jessica Connaughton of Port Chester, NY. Ken attended NYU, Admiral Farragut Academy and Davis & Elkins College, graduating with a BA degree in Accounting. After working with his father...
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George Hickson

August 25, 2018

George Hickson, a resident of Darien since 1936, passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 90 years old. Mr. Hickson graduated from Darien High School in 1945 and from Tufts University in 1949. He received his Master's degree from Teachers' College, Columbia in 1959 and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Guidance from Fairfield University in 1975. He had also done...
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Angelo James Russo

November 3, 1916 - August 25, 2018

Angelo Russo passed away at home in Darien on August 25th. He was born in Darien on November 3, 1916 and lived in Darien most of his 101 years. He was the son of Antonio and Rafael (Lombardi) Russo. He was very proud of Darien and enjoyed being a member of the Fife and Drum Corp and taking part in the annual town parade. Angelo was an avid gardener and loved having his family around to...
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William B. Holding

November 9, 1933 - August 15, 2018

William B. Holding, a prominent banker and accomplished painter whose joys were his family and music, died peacefully on August 15 in Darien, Connecticut. He was 84. After a 30-year career at Morgan Guaranty Trust (now JPMorgan Chase) as a senior executive and president of its joint venture in Amsterdam, Bank Morgan Labouchere, Bill founded his own consulting firm, William Holding Associates, in...
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Nelson Noren Ehinger, Sr.

September 8, 1929 - August 11, 2018

Nelson Noren Ehinger Sr. died on August 11, 2018, after a long illness at the age of 88. He was a son of George and Aline Ehinger born September 8, 1929, in Dover, DE. He graduated from Dover High School in 1947 then followed in the family tradition graduating from Northfield Mount Hermon Preparatory School in 1948 as well as Dartmouth College (Class of 1952). He earned his M.B.A. during his...
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Damon Burke Clemow

March 3, 1975 - August 3, 2018

Damon Burke Clemow of Darien, Connecticut passed away much too soon at the age of 43 on August 3, 2018. Born on March 3, 1975, Damon was the son of Brian and Susan Burke Clemow and grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut with his siblings Katharine and Justin. Damon was a serious and determined student who graduated from Loomis Chaffee, received his undergraduate degree from the University of...
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Rose K. Weldon

August 2, 1943 - August 2, 2018

Rose K. Weldon, of Stamford, CT passed away peacefully on her 75th birthday August 2, 2018 at Greenwich Hospital. She was born August 2, 1943 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Herbert and Helena Wagner. She married Chris Weldon, Jr. in 1971 and moved to Briarcliff, NY in 1972. She gave birth to Chris, III in 1976 and James in 1978. Rose was a devoted teacher for over 50 years who advocated for her...
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Leslie Anne McGill

June 9, 1959 - July 25, 2018

Leslie Anne McGill, a resident in the Star Residential program in Norwalk and formerly of Darien, passed away on July 25, 2018. She was 59. The third child of Donald and Carol McGill of Darien, Leslie was born at Stamford Hospital on June 9, 1959. She was a happy, smiling baby who loved her parents, siblings and family cats, all of whom returned their love for her in equal measure. Leslie...
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Barbara Hoehn

July 19, 2018

Barbara Hoehn, a longtime resident of Darien, passed away on July 19, 2018. She was 94 years old. She was born in New York City and was the daughter of the late Alfred and Florence Hoehn. Barbara grew up in Scarsdale, New York, and graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1941. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College in 1945. Her passion was art and this passion was...
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Peter E. Ozols

April 5, 1939 - July 15, 2018

Peter E. Ozols, a resident of Darien, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Norwalk Hospital. Born on April 5, 1939 in Riga, Latvia, he was the son of the late Ernest and Wilhelmina (Germanis) Ozols. He was 79. Peter left Latvia in 1944 to escape from the communism to war torn German occupied Poland. He immigrated to the United States in 1949 and settled in North Dakota and then moved to...
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Kenneth Doyle

July 15, 2018

It is with great sadness, we write to inform you that Kenneth Doyle died suddenly on Sunday, July 15th in Rowayton, CT. He was surrounded by family and many friends. Ken was born on December 1, 1964. He is survived by his wife Silvia, his three children Kaileigh, Carsten, and Kelsey, his brother Stephen of Scottsdale, AZ, and his parents Frank and Caroline Doyle of Hobe Sound, Florida. ...
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Carl Emil Hathaway

July 15, 2018

Carl Emil Hathaway, age 84, of Norwalk, formerly of Darien, passed away peacefully on July 15, surrounded by his family. Born in Boston, the son of Carl Barbour Hathaway and Tekla Neumaier Hathaway, he graduated from the Baker Elementary School, then Brookline High School in 1951, and Harvard University in 1955. As an R.O.T.C. student at Harvard, he played hockey and baseball. He served in...
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Jon DeLuca

July 14, 2018

Jon DeLuca, 46, a resident of Darien, CT, passed away on July 14, 2018 in Darien. Jon was the eldest son of Al and Mary Ann DeLuca. He was 46. Jon graduated in 1992 from Trinity College with a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics. Jon was a Managing Director and Operating Partner at Digital Bridge Holdings, LLC. Prior to that, Jon served as President & CEO of Wilcon Holdings, LLC from 2011,...
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Edward J. Handler III

April 20, 1937 - July 5, 2018

Edward J. Handler III of Darien CT, formerly of Short Hills, NJ, passed away peacefully in his family home at the age of 81. Mr. Handler was born on April 20, 1937, was raised in Parkchester, the Bronx and attended Xavier High School in Manhattan and Braden's Preparatory School in Cornwall, New York. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, in the Class of 1960. ...
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Joan Duffield

January 25, 1929 - June 29, 2018

Joan D. Duffield, 89, of Darien, died peacefully at her home on June 29, 2018. Joan resided in Darien for the past 50 years, spending the last three years at Maplewood of Darien. She was born on January 25, 1929 in Philadelphia, PA to George and Helen Dippy. Joan graduated from high school in Scarsdale, NY and then went on to receive a B.A. from Hood College. She devoted her time in both high...
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John Francis Hessmer, Sr.

October 4, 1933 - June 27, 2018

John Francis Hessmer Sr., 84, died on June 27th, 2018. He was a resident of Darien for 37 years and former resident of Glenview, IL. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan, sons John and James (Pearl King), daughters Jennifer and Julie Orlando (Anthony), and granddaughter, Emma Orlando. He is pre-deceased by his daughter Jean Marie Hessmer, his mother and father, Margaret and Howard...
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Mary DiRollo

January 31, 1931 - June 6, 2018

Mary DiRollo, a resident of Norwalk, CT, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2018 at Norwalk Hospital. Born on January 31, 1931 in Port Chester, NY, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine Alonzo of Port Chester, NY. Mary graduated in 1948 from Port Chester High School in Port Chester, NY. She worked as an executive and legal secretary for many...
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Peter Minton Ward

December 21, 1924 - June 3, 2018

Peter Minton Ward, 93, of Darien, CT died peacefully on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Beloved husband, he is survived by his wife Audrey of 60 years. He was born on December 21, 1924 in New York City to Francis T. and Alice W. Ward. He is survived by their children, Peter, Susan, Pamelia and husband Paul, (grandsons Morgan and Brendan White), Douglas and...
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William Brown Shepard, Jr.

May 29, 2018

William “Bill” Brown Shepard, Jr., 71, of Darien, CT and Naples, FL passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 29th surrounded by his loved ones after complications from immunotherapy treatment for recently diagnosed metastatic melanoma. Bill was born in Summit, New Jersey to William and Mary Shepard. He graduated from The Pingry School and Wesleyan University...
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Asa B. Bisset

May 28, 2018

Asa B. Bisset of Darien, 73, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, May 28th surrounded by loved ones after a courageous battle with ALS. She was born in Sweden to Axel and Signe Björkdahl. Asa was raised with her sisters Sylvia, Barbro and Annika. After graduating from the Stockholm's School of Economics, she moved to New York where she met her loving husband...
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Patrick A. Zinna

May 25, 2018

Patrick A. Zinna of Darien, CT, passed away on May 25, 2018, at his home. He was the son of Joseph A. Zinna and Dorita G. Zinna. Patrick grew up in Dubai, UAE and later attended boarding school at Suffield Academy in Connecticut. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Studies from American University in Washington, DC and pursued a...
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Carole Ann Labati

May 25, 2018

Carole Ann Labati, 81 of Stamford CT and Charlestown RI passed away peacefully at Stamford Hospital on May 25th. Carole was the beloved wife of 61 years of John Labati. She was born in Stamford in 1937 to the late John and Della Connors Cox and attended Stamford schools. After her graduation from Sacred Heart Academy, Carole went to work in the personnel office of Conde Nast Publications...
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Jack Tarantino

August 25, 1923 - May 22, 2018

Jack Tarantino, 94, a resident of Norwalk and formerly of Darien, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at home with his loving family. He was born on August 25, 1923 in New York City to the late Giacoma and Henrietta Tarantino. He later moved to Stamford, CT. During WW II, he served in the U.S. Army as a Medic with the 368th Engineer Regiment from...
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Ernst de Flines

May 21, 2018

Ernst de Flines of Rowayton passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, May 21st surrounded by family and friends after fighting a courageous battle against cancer. He was 78 years old. He was born in The Netherlands to André Quirin de Flines and Titia de Flines-Leupen. After attending college, Ernst joined the Dutch Navy where he was an officer on a minesweeper. After the Navy&...
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Daniel Richard Oak

April 12, 1967 - May 18, 2018

Daniel Richard Oak of Rowayton passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Stamford CT. He was born in Fairfield, CT on April 12, 1967 to Reginald O. Oak and Sheila Flannery Oak. He was 51. Daniel graduated from Fairfield Ludlowe High School and then worked for multiple companies including Proctor & Gamble, Nutmeg Industries and NYIRI Remodeling. He was also Assistant Chief of...
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Lawrence Paul Story

April 19, 1937 - May 15, 2018

Lawrence Paul Story of Darien passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. He had recently turned 81 years old. Lawrence, known as Larry, was born on April 19th, 1937 in Queens, New York to Henry and Mary Story. He attended Drew University before serving as a Lieutenant in the Navy from 1959-1964 in the Pacific on USS Arnold J Isbell. Larry and Lucille married in June...
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Patricia Otis Cook

May 15, 2018

Dr. Patricia Otis Cook, 74, of Darien, CT, passed away peacefully on May 15, 2018 following complications of pancreatic cancer. Dr. Cook was an exceedingly well-regarded clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist who served the community over an astounding 43 years of practice at her offices in Darien and Bridgeport. She was a brilliant, loving mother and beloved...
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Jane Mann Smart

January 6, 1923 - May 10, 2018

Jane Mann Smart, formerly of Stamford, CT died peacefully Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Naples, FL with several family members at her side. Jane was born in New Haven, CT on January 6, 1923 to Harold and Grace Richter of Beacon Falls, CT. A graduate of St. Mary’s Hospital Nursing School of Waterbury, CT Jane began her nursing career as an Ensign in the...
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Davis Margold

May 7, 2018

Davis “Buck” Margold, a resident of Rowayton, CT, formerly of Darien, CT and Stratton, VT died on May 7, 2018. He was 78-years-old. Mr. Margold spent most of his business career on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange as a member. He bought his seat in 1967 and joined the firm of Carlisle-Jacqueline, later working for Wertheim & Company and...
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Andrew Bott

May 5, 2018

Andrew Bott, age 20, of Glenbrook CT, passed away suddenly of natural causes on May 5th, 2018. Andrew attended Giant Steps School in Southport, CT where he developed his love of music, bowling and most of all, his school friends. He loved the ocean and looked forward to his frequent walks there with his Dad and family dog. Andrew brought laughter and joy where ever...
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Roger Lee Dubois

May 27, 1947 - May 5, 2018

Roger Lee Dubois, 70, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Western Rehabilitation Facility in Danbury, CT. He was born in Norwalk, CT on May 27, 1947, the son of the late Eugene Dubois, Sr. and Reeda (Odell) Dubois. He is survived by his brothers Gerald Dubois of Warwick, RI; Eugene Dubois, Jr. and his wife Mary of South Windsor, CT;...
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Joseph G. Augustus

January 9, 1927 - April 29, 2018

Joseph G. Augustus, a life-long resident of Darien, passed away on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at his home. Born January 9, 1927 in Darien, he was the son of the late George Agosto and Josephine Calvi Agosto Verducci. He was 91. Mr. Augustus attended Darien Public Schools and was a star athlete while at Darien High. He participated in the Accelerated Graduation Program and...
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George A. Swisshelm

January 6, 1924 - April 26, 2018

George A. Swisshelm, a longtime resident of Darien passed away on Thursday April 26, 2018 in Branford, CT. He was born on January 6, 1924 in Baltimore, MD to the late Emmet Swisshelm and Beatrice Johnston Swisshelm. He was 94. George graduated from William C Bryant High School in Long Island City. He was in the US Army during WWII and then received a BS from Columbia...
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Anthony Joseph Verrico, Sr.

April 20, 2018

Anthony Joseph Verrico Sr. - Anthony (Tony) Joseph Verrico Sr., 74, of Stamford/Darien/ Wilton, CT and North Carolina, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 20, 2018 at Wilton Meadows Convalescent Home, Wilton, CT. He served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a retired U.S. Postal worker. He had many interests, from building and...
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Thomas M. Tortora

May 10, 1973 - April 14, 2018

Thomas M. Tortora a resident of Manchester CT for the past 18 years passed away on Saturday April 14, 2018. Tom was born on May 10, 1973 in Stamford to Dr. Francis Xavier Tortora and Susan Ready. He was 44. Tom was a successful business owner of Tortora Maintenance LLC for 11 years. He was also a former member and Board Member of the Portland Yacht Club and had a longtime interest in...
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Edward Francis Duffy

September 16, 1936 - April 6, 2018

Edward Francis Duffy, 81, a longtime Darien resident, passed away at his home on Friday, April 6, 2018 after a long battle with Nasopharyngeal Cancer. Ed was born as a first generation American on September 16, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY. His parents were Edward McPartland Duffy, a native of Scotland, and Anna Flynn, a native of Ireland. Ed moved to Darien in...
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Eileen Edwards Lawrence

April 6, 2018

Eileen Edwards Lawrence 81, Southport, CT passed away peacefully after a brief illness on April 6, 2018. She was a devoted wife, mother, and beloved grandmother, and leaves a legacy of love and passion for life in the hands and hearts of all who knew her well. She was born in Newark, NJ to Walter Neal Edwards and Helen Curry Edwards, grew up in Short Hills, NJ...
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Ellen Rose Conroy Gruppo

August 15, 1927 - April 6, 2018

Ellen Rose Conroy Gruppo, of sound mind and failing body, died peacefully on April 6th, 2018 at home in Darien, right before breakfast, her favorite meal of the day. Ellen was born in New York City on August 15th, 1927 to Martin and Theresa Conroy and lived most of her childhood in Newark, New Jersey and New York City, with her older brother, Martin. Ellen...
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Jose Ricardo Ibanez

June 22, 1935 - April 1, 2018

Jose Ricardo Ibanez, a resident of Stamford, passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Stamford Hospital. Born on June 22, 1935 in Argentina, he was the son of the late Victorio and Josefina (Rista) Ibanez. He was 82. He worked for GA Cleaning Services as a maintenance man. Jose is survived by his wife, Aidee (Peralta) Ibanez and four children, Grace and her...
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Barbara Dillon

September 2, 1927 - March 28, 2018

Barbara Dinkel Dillon, of Darien, CT passed away on March 28, 2018. She was 90. Born on September 2, 1927 in Glen Ridge, NJ, Barbara grew up in Maplewood, NJ, where she graduated from Columbia High School. She went on to attend Pembroke College in Providence (then the women’s school of Brown University), following in her father’s footsteps as a...
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Jacqueline Henriette Pace

March 18, 1925 - March 24, 2018

Jacqueline Henriette Pace, a former, long- time resident of Darien and once a member of the French Resistance, passed away peacefully after a long illness Sat. March 24, 2018 at her apartment in Stamford. She was 93. Born March 18, 1925 in Paris, Jacqueline Gambiez survived the Great Depression and World War II as part of the rightfully dubbed “Greatest Generation...
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Stuart T. Seagren

February 23, 1923 - March 21, 2018

Stuart T. Seagren, of Darien, Connecticut, passed away on March 21, 2018 at Stamford Hospital. Born on February 23, 1923 in Norrkoping, Sweden, he was the son of Joseph and Greta Seagren (Sjogren). Stuart was predeceased by his wife Mary and is survived by his son Dwight, daughter-in-law Koko and grandson Eric. Stuart moved, with his family, to the...
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Lenore J. Close

April 19, 1926 - March 19, 2018

Lenore J. (Walton) Close, a lifelong resident of Darien, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2018 at The Nathaniel Witherell in Greenwich, CT. Born on April 19, 1926 in Stamford, she was the daughter of the late Eri B. and Anna (Hudson) Walton. Lenore graduated Darien High School and Paine Hall School in New York City. She served as a nursing assistant, before...
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Shirley A. Harrison

July 16, 1930 - March 15, 2018

Shirley A. Harrison, a 57 year resident of Norwalk, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Cassena Care at Stamford. Born July 16, 1930 in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Elsie (Clark) Allan. She was 87. Shirley was a teacher with the Norwalk Public Schools for 34 years. While growing up, she as a great all-round athlete. She is...
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Dante R. Chicatell

November 24, 1913 - February 28, 2018

Dante R. Chicatell, born in Stamford, CT on November 24, 1913, passed away peacefully at the age of 104 with his family at his side on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. He was the son of the late Mariano and Antoinette Chicatell. He was predeceased by his loving wife Madeline, “The Big M”, three brothers Frank, Joe and Carmine; and his sisters Yolanda...
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Elizabeth List Gardner

July 26, 1918 - February 25, 2018

Elizabeth (Betty) List Gardner was born in 1918 in Schenectady New York to Alvin and Kathryn (Ryan) List. After graduating from St. Lawrence University in 1940, she married Ellis B. Gardner, a graduate of Columbia University. They were married almost 55 years when he died in 1977. After the war, Betty and Ellis transferred from upstate New York and settled in Darien CT with their...
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Lynn Johanson Brown

October 19, 1933 - February 24, 2018

Lynn Johanson Brown, 84, passed away February 24, 2018 in New Canaan, CT., with her children and grandchildren by her side. Lynn was born October 19, 1933 in San Francisco, CA. to Carlton and Josephine Johanson. Growing up in San Francisco, she graduated Catherine Delmar Burke School before going on to the University of California, Berkeley, where she...
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Carolyn Bell Ferravante

November 7, 1930 - February 22, 2018

Carolyn Bell Ferravante, a resident of Monroe and a former resident of Stamford, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018 in Monroe. Born on November 7, 1930 in Stamford, she was the daughter of the late Clinton H. and Ruth (Blaisdell) Bell. She was 87 years of age. Carolyn worked for Pitney Bowes and was an avid reader. She is survived by her son, James and...
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Constance Mary Coventry


celebrate the life of Constance Mary (Connie) Coventry (1932- 2018), wife of Kenneth Coventry, mother of Gary and Sandy Coventry, grandmother of Owen Coventry, with these loving memories. Connie spent half her life in Australia and half in the US. She and Ken and the family moved between the two countries several times. She and Ken, Gary and Sandy also lived in London for 4...
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Robert Morgan Fitzmaurice

October 22, 1928 - February 13, 2018

Robert Morgan Fitzmaurice, “Fitzy”, of Darien, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Stamford Hospital. Born on October 22, 1928 in Stamford, he was the son of the late William Henry and Anna Josephine (Kingsley) Fitzmaurice. Robert worked as a butcher at the A & P and was better known as “Fitzy” from the Colony Grill in Stamford for...
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Stuart Duffield

April 24, 1927 - February 12, 2018

Stuart Duffield, 90, a 50 year resident of Darien, died peacefully at home on February 12, 2018. He and his wife had resided at Maplewood of Darien for the past two years. He was born on April 24, 1927 in Elizabeth, NJ to Stuart and Mildred Duffield. Stuart graduated from Cranford, NJ High School where he was all state in football and basketball. He then went on to...
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Janet Dunn Murphy

January 30, 1940 - February 8, 2018

Janet Dunn Murphy of Norwalk passed on February 8, 2018 with her husband and daughter at her side. She was born in Stamford on January 30, 1940 to Joseph Dunn and Helen Gaffney Dunn. She is survived by her husband of almost 53 years, Frank, and her daughter, Kara. She is also survived by her sister, Carole Tyler, her sisters in law, Dorothy Aruza, Gloria...
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Linda Amerling Scull

March 9, 1937 - February 3, 2018

Linda Amerling Scull of Rowayton passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 3rd after fighting a long courageous battle against Liposarcoma cancer. She was 80 years old. Linda was born on March 9th, 1937 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey to Charles and Millicent Amerling. She attended Montclair High School and earned her B.A. degree in Sociology from Skidmore College in 1959. ...
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Marion G. Lang

November 20, 1923 - February 2, 2018

Marion G. Lang of Stamford, CT died on February 2, 2018 at the age of 94. Born November 20, 1923 in New York, daughter of Bernard and Charlotte Burvenick and educated at Richmond Hill High (Queens, LI), Salem College and Adelphi University (B.A.). After a brief career in business she married her husband, Wesley W. Lang in 1946. She is survived by her daughter,...
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Robert K. Russell, Sr.

February 2, 2018

Robert K. Russell Sr. (a.k.a. Bob) died suddenly, but quickly in his home on Friday morning, February 2, 2018, two weeks shy of his 76th birthday. He leaves behind his high school sweetheart and wife of 51 years, Susan (Smith) Russell, his son, RK Russell, Jr. of Norwalk, CT, his daughter, Emily Russell Askin and her husband Patrick Askin of...
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Patrick Sean Hansen, Sr.

July 2, 1979 - January 21, 2018

Patrick Sean Hansen, Sr., a 30 year resident of Stamford, passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018 in Stamford. Born on July 2, 1979 in Albany, NY, he was the son of Kathleen M. Garcia and husband, Herb, of Darien, and Mark Hansen of Texas. He was 38 years old. Patrick worked at Fairway Market for five years. He was a man of many skills. He was a...
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