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Obituaries

Mary Hampson, 85

Mary “Bobbi” Hampson of Plainville,  a former Westport resident, died April 26. She was 85.

Born on June 14, 1934 in Westport, daughter of the late Donald and Margaret (McDermott) Tedesco. Bobbi was the wife of the late Alfred Lincoln. She enjoyed being outdoors, going to the beach and spending time with her family and friends.

Bobbi is survived by her daughter Nancy Kahle, her son Douglas Kahle and his wife Stefany, her granddaughter Patricia Kahle and Bobbi’s longtime friend Gilbert Glass. She is predeceased by her two brothers Larry and John and her sister Margaret. She is also predeceased by her dear friend Albert LeMere.

Bobbi will be remembered for her beautiful smile, sense of humor and strength.  Due to the current situation it is her family’s intent to gather together at a later date to celebrate her life

Patricia Ann Shavell, 88

Patricia Ann Shavell of Palm Beach, Florida, a former Westport resident, died April 24 after a courageous and long fought battle with cancer. She was 88.

Patricia had her own very successful real estate company in Westport before moving to Palm Beach which she turned over to her son Wade.

The business was sold and Wade started a real estate company in Palm Beach called Fite-Shavell. The firm proved very successful earning it top marks in the real estate world until Wade’s untimely death in 2012. Patricia was a beautiful person both inside and out and will always be remembered.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Steven, her daughters Cathy Shavell, Leslie Juergens, her husband Michael and two grandchildren Abigail Shavell and Andrew Juergens. Patricia will be sadly missed by her sister Barbara Neiman.

Charles J. Moll, Jr., 93

Charles (Charlie) John Moll, Jr. of Westport died April 17 in his New Hampshire home. He was 93.

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Charles Moll: longtime Westporter Contributed photo

He was born on Aug. 3, 1926 and grew up in Jamestown, Rhode Island, where he attended local schools followed by Rogers High School in Newport. He joined the Army during World War II and served for nearly two years, primarily with the Military Police in Germany.

After his return home, he became a drum major for the American Legion Post 22 Drum and Bugle Corps in Jamestown and enrolled at the University of Rhode Island.

At URI, he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and met his beloved wife, Cynthia (Cynnie) Bennett. After graduating with a degree in engineering, Charlie joined Westinghouse Electric Corporation where he worked for over 25 years in various capacities from engineering to sales to management in Philadelphia, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Grand Rapids, and New York City.

Helen Wood, 90

Helen Disque Wood, wife of former Westport First Selectman and RTM Moderator Douglas Wood and a Westport resident for 25 years, died April 9 in Port Charlotte, Florida. She was 90.

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Helen Wood: wife of former first selectman.  Contributed photo

She was born June 6, 1929 in Chester, Pennsylvania, to Robert and Laura Disque.

After graduation from Mt. Holyoke College in 1951, she moved to New York City where she worked in editorial magazines and the public relations department of W.R. Grace and Co.

In 1956, she married Douglas Ruthven Wood. Corporate moves sent them from New York City to Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, and in 1970, Westport, where they lived for 25 years.

Jeffrey H. King, 61

Jeffrey H. King of Westport died April 25 at home of metastatic cancer. He was 61.

He was born in Norwalk on Oct. 11, 1958 to the late Joseph H. King III and Elaine “Pat” King.

Those in Jeffrey’s life never had a dull moment. From a very young age until the day he died, he left his mark on everyone who knew him. He is remembered for his humor, big heart, and caring nature.

Jeffrey had the ability to make everyone feel welcomed and like a friend; with his charisma he could talk with anyone. Many may recall Jeffrey’s infamous firework shows he put on whether they were legal…or not.

Virginia Pasacreta-Johnson, 85

Virginia Pasacreta-Johnson, a Westport resident for 65 years, died April 16 at Danbury Hospital after a short, courageous battle with the coronavirus. She was 85.

Ginny or Virg, as she was fondly referred, was born on Aug. 13, 1934 to Douglas and Anna Raymond, lifelong residents of East Norwalk.

Virginia functioned in varied roles throughout her life: She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and loyal friend.

A graduate of Norwalk High School’s class of 1952, Virginia ranked No. 13 in her graduating class, and was a distinguished member of the National Honor Society.

James L. Sniffen, 89

James Loren Sniffen, a dentist and former Westport resident, died April 15 at his home on Block Island. He was 89.

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James Sniffen: Staples grad. Contributed photo

He was born in Westport on June 19, 1930 to Loren and Karin Sniffen. Starting at a young age, he worked at Fillow Florist, the family’s nursery and greenhouses.

He graduated from Staples High School then attended the University of Massachusetts, followed by Tufts Dental School.

In June of 1955, Jim married Beverly Berg. After two years of service in the Navy, they moved to Monroe, Connecticut to set up his dental practice.

Dorothy Woodcock, 94

Dorothy Marie Briggs Woodcock of Knoxville, Tennessee, a longtime resident of Westport and Southport, died April 21. She was 94.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Del; sister and brother in law, Helen and Don. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Roger Still of Denver, Colorado; daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Judd Clarke of Fairfield, and son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Debbie Woodcock, Farragut, Tennessee. Dot had a loving family of six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, nephew, Don Ranney of Hull, Massachusetts, and her dear friend, Hilda Reichmann, Kaneohe, Hawaii.

She had been a resident of Knoxville for seven years. Online condolences can be made at www.berryfuneralhome.com.

“We will see you in our sunsets, hear your voice when the birds sing and feel your presence when the gentle winds blow. You will forever live with us in spirit.”

Joseph J. Saviano, 65

Joseph John Saviano of New Milford, a former Westport resident, died April 19 in New Milford Hospital. He was 65.

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Joe Saviano: former Parks & Rec employee Contributed photo

He was the first baby born in the Norwalk Hospital in 1955 on Jan. 2. He grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1973 where he was a champion pole vaulter.

Joe had retired from the Westport Parks and Recreation Department where he worked for most of his career.

He was an avid fisherman, nature enthusiast and photographer.

Laura Lee Simon, 90

Laura Lee Simon, a Westport resident from 1956 to 2016 and a tireless advocate of programs serving children and families, died April 22 in White Plains, New York, following a long decline. She was 90.

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Laura Lee Simon: child advocate WN file photo

Her extensive career of volunteer public service included leadership roles in numerous public and private, local, state and national organizations.

She was married for 65 years to John J. Simon, long active in Westport civic and cultural affairs, until his death in 2015.

She was a founding member of the Connecticut Commission on Children and served as its chair for 10 years. She was the first woman to serve as chair of Connecticut Public Broadcasting, and served as vice president of the Connecticut Child Welfare Association and the Connecticut Association for Human Services.