Tuesday, December 07, 2021



Deborah Gambel, 69

Deborah “Anna” Gambel of Westport died April 3 at Bridgeport Hospital. She was 69.

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Deborah Gambel: former singer, actress. Contributed photo

Born in Utah to the late James Gambel and Londy Spendlove, she grew up in Utah and moved to New York City where she was successful as a singer and actress.

Most recently she was a marketing coordinator with Coldwell Banker in Westport and Oxford.

She spent as much time as she could with her grandchildren and had a great love of animals, classical movies and musicals.

John A. Vigilio Jr., 72

John A. Vigilio Jr, of Naples, Florida, a former Westport resident, died unexpectedly on March 28 at home. He was 72.

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John Viglio: former Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born May 6, 1946 in Norwalk to mother Jennie and father John “Jack” Vigilio. Growing up, he participated in many sports. He could always be found on the baseball field, caddying or playing a round of golf.

Among all kinds of sports he liked, golf was singled out as most favorite by dedicating lots of his free time to playing tournaments, reaching several hole-in-ones and retiring in a golf course community.

As a proud citizen of the United States, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge.

Dorothy Lapnow, 84

Dorothy Harris Lapnow, a former nurse in the Westport school system and at the Westport Weston Health District, died April 1. She was 84.

She lived in Westport for 45 years and Southbury at the time of her death. She also maintained a residence in Highland Beach, Florida.

She was born June 16, 1934 on Staten Island, New York to the late Marion and Morgan E. Harris.

She was married to Frederick H. Lapnow who was the national sales manager of the Fine Papers Division of WESTVACO, a paper corporation now WestRock, until his death in 1985.

Georgene Caldwell, 80

Georgene Jessie Caldwell, a Westport resident for 50 years, died. She was 80.

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Georgene Caldwell: retired teacher. Contributed photo

She was born to the late George and Jessie Short, in Throgs Neck, the Bronx, New York, on Jan. 12, 1939.

Jean, as friends and family knew her, attended Preston High School and graduated from Hunter College in the Bronx, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in education and became a licensed New York City teacher.

In 1960, she married Ensign William Caldwell and joined him in Charleston, South Carolina where their daughter, Laurie Jean, was born in 1961.

Helen Yuan, 88

Helen Yuan of Westport,  wife of Swan Yuan, died April 2 at her home. She was 88.

She was born April 3, 1931 in Hangzhou, China and has been a resident of Westport for 20 years.

She graduated from Shanghai TzuHai University in China with a B.A. degree in accounting.

She worked as an accountant until the birth of her first son, then she became a part-time school teacher until the birth of her second son.

Edward E. Garlick, 94

Edward Earle Garlick, husband of Muriel Garlick, died March 28 after a brief illness. He was 94.

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Edward Garlick: prominent attorney, Contributed photo

He was born May 19, 1924 in Bridgeport, second child of Edward Earle Sr. and Ruth Jordan Garlick, moving shortly after to Stratford where he spent his youth

Ed met his lifelong sweetheart, Muriel Lucille Stowell, in the seventh grade, and they both graduated from Stratford High School Class of ‘42.

Ed spent a semester at the University of Connecticut (UCONN) then enlisted to U.S. Army Air Corps becoming 1st Lt co-pilot of a B24 consolidated liberator heavy bomber, attached to 484th Heavy Bombardment Group, 824th Squadron 15th Air Force Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) based at Torretto Airfield, Cherignola, Italy.

Cheryl Ann Ford, 66

Cheryl Ann Ford, known to her friends as Ann, of Shoreham Village, Fairfield, died unexpectedly on March 26 at Bridgeport Hospital. She was 66.

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Cheryl Ann Ford: member of Unitarian Church. Contributed photo

She loved being a mom and is survived by her son, Mark Ford, of Fairfield. She is also survived by her mother Mildred (Boerger) Ford of Fort Myers, Florida, whom she spoke to everyday, and her cousin, Carol Dacey and family of New Canaan. Ann and Carol grew up together.

In the last year of her life, Ann met her partner, Dave Caplan, in the choir group at the Unitarian Church in Westport. She glowed after meeting Dave, loved meeting his family and spending weekends in Plainfield, Massachusetts.

She will also be greatly missed by her best friend, Pamela Thompson and her daughter Hally McGehean and family of Middletown, New York, and Brooklyn, New York. Ann is predeceased by her father William Ford and her brother David Ford.

Marc Rosen, 92

Marc Rosen of Westport, life partner of Toby Michaels, died March 23 at the Jewish Senior Services, Bridgeport. He was 92.

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Marc Rosen: MENSA member.  Contributed photo

He belonged to the oldest and largest high IQ society, MENSA, open to those whose score was in the 98th percentile or higher on a supervised intelligence test.  Marc was accepted to MENSA.  He knew his facts.

Along with that, he had another kind of high IQ, an intelligence beyond facts.  He excelled in loving, caring and giving of himself.  In an essay he wrote:

“Life owes me nothing, I’ve gotten my money’s worth.  I’ve lived each day to the hilt.”

Arlene Wolfe, 80

Arlene Wolfe of Westport, wife of the late Stephen W. Wolfe, died March 22 at home. She was 80.

She was born in Brooklyn, New York, a daughter of the late Abraham and Sydell Bloch, and worked for many years in the Westport Public School System as a social studies aide.

She is survived by her children, Brian Wolfe and his wife Pia of Naples, Florida, Laurie Axtell of Monroe, and by her grandchildren, Jaik Stephen Wolfe, Andrew Axtell and Taylor Axtell. She was also predeceased by her son-in-law, Steven G. Axtell, and sister, Ronye Buchsbaum of Canoga Park, California.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m. directly at Temple Israel Cemetery on Richards Avenue, Norwalk. Memorial contributions may be made to the Westport Woman’s Club or to Temple Israel of Westport.

Kenneth H. Johnson, 93

Kenneth H. Johnson of Newtown, a retired teacher at Westport’s Staples High School, died March 19. He was 93.

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Kenneth Johnson: Staples teacher. Contributed photo

He was born on Feb. 28, 1926, in Bridgeport, son of the late Lawrence and Tina Johnson from Stratford.

He graduated from Stratford High School in 1944 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1944 to 1946 as a B17 airman.

Ken received a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Bridgeport and his sixth-year teaching certificate from the University of Connecticut.