Florence Krygier Gregg of Westport, wife of the late William Gregg, died March 19 in Norwalk Hospital. She was 95.
She was born in Greens Farms on March 17, 1924 and was a Westport resident for most of her life.
She retired from McKesson Laboratories after more than 40 years of service.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by brothers, Constantine, Stanley, Benjamin, Edward and Joseph Krygier; and sisters, Stella Lewis, Lydia Sebeck and Irene Burba. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Neil Croarkin, a longtime resident of Westport, World War II veteran and former Memorial Day Grand Marshal, died on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. He was 99.
Neil Croarkin: World War II vet. Contributed photo
He was born on May 26, 1919 in Chicago to Paul Cornelius Croarkin and Margaret Daly Croarkin. His early years were spent in Chicago where he, his parents, and his siblings lived in the home of his grandparents.
The family later moved to Washington D.C. where Neil went to Wilson High School and later attended Catholic University.
He was drafted into the Army in 1941 and was home on leave on Dec. 7, 1941, listening to the Redskins game, when the announcers broke in to say that Pearl Harbor had been attacked and that all military personnel had to return to base.
Sandra Bangilsdorf Klein, a Westport resident for 52 years, died March 16 in hospice care in Norwalk. She was 87.
She was born in 1931 in New York City, the only child of Florence and Harry Bangilsdorf, who was a tax lawyer. Raised in the Bronx, Sandra moved to Binghamton, New York at age 11.
She received her BFA. from Cornell University in 1953. While a senior at Cornell, she entered Vogue magazine’s prestigious Prix de Paris Contest for original content, essay and design, and received a top award that helped launch her career in advertising.
She became a successful copywriter at top ad agencies in New York City, including J. Walter Thompson, Grey, and Norman, Craig & Kummel, from 1954 to 1966.
An architect, artist and activist, she had lived in Westport since 1965.
But to everyone who knew her, she was a life force. She lived her 92 years on her own terms, and she spread love, warmth, creativity and her distinct set of passionately-held beliefs to everyone in her life.
Born on May 6, 1926 in the Bronx to Deborah Silver Thompson and Samuel Thompson, she graduated from high school at age 16 and made her way into Manhattan, where she worked in advertising.
Catherine DiScala of Westport died March 12. She was 86.
She was born Jan. 31, 1933 in Norwalk and was the daughter of the late George and Antoinette DiScala.
She is survived by her daughter Toni Horton Mickiewicz, of Fairfield, son Thomas William Horton, Jr. of Warren, Vermont, and daughter Catherine Horton Futoma of Westport as well as her three grandsons Anthony, Alexander, and Adam Mickiewicz, and granddaughter, Madison Futoma. She is also survived by her siblings, Frank DiScala, Sr., George DiScala, Jr., Anna Whiteside and Joseph DiScala, as well as her 15 nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life mass will be held on Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at Saint Luke Parish in Westport. In the spirit of Catherine, please donate to your favorite charity in lieu of flowers.
Donna B. Reisner of Niantic, a former longtime resident of Westport, died Feb. 19. She was 88.
Donna Reisner: longtime Westport resident. Contributed photo
Born Sept. 18, 1930, Donna Mae Birmingham, the cherished daughter of John and Violet Birmingham, was raised in the Toledo, Ohio area.
She attended Clay High School and graduated from the University of Toledo in 1952 with a degree in art history. She married Air Force 2d Lt. Emil A. Reisner on Dec. 16, 1952 after meeting on campus and enjoying a fun-filled courtship.
They lived in Scott Air Force Base, Illinois after marriage and in various places with IBM including: Endicott, New York, Sacramento, California, and Stamford.