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William Kashetta, 67

William Kashetta of Westport died April 13 at Connecticut Hospice after a two year battle with lung cancer. He was 67.

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William Kashetta: carpenter Contributed photo

He was born Aug. 10, 1952. He grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School class of 1970. He was a self-employed carpenter for 33 years who worked primarily in Westport.

He coached Staples freshman basketball for a few years and started Westport PAL basketball. He was an avid fisherman and golfer.

He leaves behind his wife Deirdre; sons David and Daniel; daughter-in-law Sarah; three grandchildren Harrison, Morgan and Reagan; his father Charles; three brothers, Chuck, Mike, and Tom (wife Sarah); a niece Madison; and a nephew Matthew. William was predeceased by his mother, Jean.  A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

Elinor C. Toberoff, 86

Elinor Clarfield Toberoff of Boca Raton, Florida and Manhattan, New York, a former Westport resident, died April 19 at home after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 86.

She was born in New York, New York, daughter of the late Sidney and Beatrice Kandel and studied at New York University. 

She had a passion for art, opera and traveling with her husband, her children and grandchildren. 

More than anything she was devoted and loyal to her family and friends.  She raised her family in Westport.

Mabel Johnson, 93

Mabel Johnson of Glastonbury, a former Westport resident, died April 19. She was 93.

She was the widow of the late Paul C. Johnson,they were married for 47 years.

As a young child, she lived in Sweden for five years. She also spent summers as a child in Montauk, New York with many happy memories.

She lived in Westport for 35 years, serving as register of voters for 30 years, a job that she greatly enjoyed.

Sandra Goodman, 85

Sandra Goodman of Westport died April 18 at home. She was 85.

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She was born in Brooklyn, New York to Ruth and Benjamin Kolodny. She attended Franklin K. Lane High School and graduated cum laude in 1954 with a degree in education from Queens College.

After graduation Sandra was an elementary school teacher working with Down Syndrome children. 

She met her husband Leonard Fuchs, and they married in 1955, having three children, Steven Fuchs (New York City), Lori Fuchs Meyers (Montclair, New Jersey) and Richard Fuchs (Laguna Beach, California.)

Janet Ostreicher, 64

Janet (Mason) Ostreicher of Westport died April 17 at Norwalk Hospital after a courageous battle that ended with complications brought on by kidney disease and bladder cancer. She was 64.

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Janet Ostreicher: loved animals and music Contributed photo

Janet was born on Feb. 20, 1956 to Katherine “Rock” (Hudson) Mason and Vincent Mason of Maple Street in Darien. She attended Baker Elementary School, Mather Junior High School, and she graduated from Darien High School as a member of the class of 1974.

In her 20s while working for Texaco, she made an appearance as a model for an ad featured on a Times Square billboard. Eventually, Janet worked as an office manager and assistant to Dr. Carl Olsen in Norwalk.

She was also a bookkeeper for J & J Car Care Center for over 30 years while simultaneously raising her children.

Gerald Lieberman, 82

Gerald Lieberman of Placitas, New Mexico, formerly a resident of Weston and Westport, died April 12 at home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 82.

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Gerald Lieberman: physician. Contributed photo

Born April 20, 1937 in the Bronx, New York, he was academically gifted and went to Yeshiva University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital for his residency.

Dr. Lieberman was a brilliant physician and devoted his early life to medicine, while also helping to raise five children of his own.

He first set up his own pediatric office on Whitney Street and then joined Bay Street Pediatrics, both in Westport.

Rhoda D. Shotkin, 90

Rhoda Dorothy Shotkin of Westport died April 17 at Cassena Care at Norwalk. She was 90.

She was born in Brooklyn, New York, a daughter of the late Harry Madan and Rose (nee Charney) Madan.

A graduate of Pratt Institute, she was a noted artist, a member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society, and a member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA).

In 2014, she was the recipient of the Miriam Shorr Memorial Award for Watercolor at NAWA’s 125th year exhibition in New York.

Helen F. Farthing, 95

Helen Frances Crain Farthing of Durham, North Carolina and Westport died April 15. She was 95.

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Helen Farthing: artist Contributed photo

She was born to parents the Rev. William Jerome Crain and Maude Leigh Upchurch Crain, in Morehead City, North Carolina. Their family moved to Clarksville, Virginia, where Helen grew up.

As their only child, her parents encouraged her pursuit of drawing, painting, music and theater. Helen possessed the innate ability to play by ear all music she heard or read. Helen described her childhood as filled with love, learning and community service.

In Virginia at Clarksville High School, Helen led her graduating class in May 1942 as salutatorian before attending Meredith College, her mother’s alma mater, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Shelly M. Lipsett, 81

Shelly Michael Lipsett, a longtime Westport resident, died April 17 at Yale New Haven Hospital following a short illness.  He was 81.

Shelly was born in Jamestown, New York in 1938, the son of Betty and Julius Lipsett.  Shelly grew up in New York City and attended Riverdale Country School. 

Shelly also attended the University of Vermont before joining the family business, Lipsett Industries, a New York-based demolition and construction company, where he worked for his entire career ultimately becoming the CEO.

Shelly was a devoted husband of 55 years to his loving wife Susan and a caring father to his daughters Robin and Debbie.  His real joy were his four grandchildren, Hannah and Benny Berggren and Abigail and Charlie Mottur, who lovingly called him “Bud.” He proudly attended their sporting events, dance recitals and school events and made sure to check on them every day.

Jacqueline Breeden, 55

Jacqueline “Jackie” Ann (Bottone) Breeden of Westport died April 13 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City after a long and courageous battle against metastatic breast cancer. She was 55.

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Jackie Breeden: spirited and adventurous. Contributed photo

Jackie was born on Oct. 19, 1964. She grew up in Wilton, attended Our Lady of Fatima School, and graduated from Wilton High School. She received a B.S. degree in communications from Southern Connecticut State University.

She worked as a manager for Xerox Corp, was VP of client services for Gartner Inc. and director of client services for Premier Worldwide Express. Over her 30-year career, she formed many close and long-lasting relationships which she deeply treasured.

Jackie was spirited and adventurous. At an early age, she learned to captain a boat with her beloved father, Samuel Bernard Bottone, by her side and to ride motorcycles.