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Florence K. Gregg, 95

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.

Thelma Mulligan, 96

Thelma Mulligan of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, a former Westport resident, died March 16 in the Allied Services Hospice Center, Scranton. She was 96.

She was the widow of Robert James Mulligan who died April 21, 1991. Born Nov. 10, 1922, in Milltown, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Earlen and Grace Krause.

She and her husband moved from New Jersey to Westport, where in 1953 she became a stay at home mom to her three children and a constant school and community volunteer.

From 1979 to 1986 they traveled the United States, Canada, and Mexico and finally settled in Lady Lake, Florida.

Neil Croarkin, 99

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.

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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 B. Klein, 87

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.

Estelle T. Margolis, 92

Estelle Thompson Margolis of Westport died March 1 on what would have been her 60th wedding anniversary. She was 92.

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Estelle Margolis: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

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, 86

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.

Charlie Karp, Musician, 65

Charlie Karp, who dropped out of Staples High School to make his mark in the music world, becoming an award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist, died March 10. He was 65.

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Charlie Karp appeared in 2017 at the Westport Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

A resident of Fairfield, where he had a recording studio, his professional career began in 1970, when he was chosen to record with Buddy Miles as a teenager. 

Miles was Mercury Record’s number one R&B artist and renowned drummer at the time.  Karp recorded four albums with Miles in two years including the legendary “Them Changes.”

He toured internationally with Miles, including opening for Jimi Hendrix. In 1972, he left to form his own band White Chocolate with David Hull on bass.

Frank Kneisel, 81

Frank Kneisel of Wesport died March 6. He was 81.

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Frank Kneisel: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born on May 18, 1937 in New York City and was the grandson of renowned violinist and concertmaster, Franz Kneisel.

He was a graduate of Princeton High School (’55), Yale University (’59), Harvard Business School (’65), and served in the U.S. Army.

Myron ‘Micky’ Golomb, Legendary Local Jazz Saxophonist, 87

Myron “Micky” Golomb, a legendary local jazz saxophonist, educator, enthusiast, and mentor to many younger players and major figure on the Westport jazz scene, died March 2 at home. He was 87.

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Micky Golomb: legend on local jazz scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Portrait by Rachel Paxton, 2018

Born Nov. 19, 1931 in Brookline, Massachusetts, he and his family moved from Brookline to New Rochelle in the late 1940s, affording him access to the New York jazz scene.

He was able to hear some of the legendary musicians whose music influenced his own: Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Lester Young and Stan Getz, to name a few.

He hoped to become an Air Force flyer during the Korean War, but when an officer found out he played saxophone, he was given the choice of KP duty or joining the Air Force band.

Donna B. Reisner, 88

Donna B. Reisner of Niantic, a former longtime resident of Westport, died Feb. 19. She was 88.

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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.