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Vidal S. Clay, 95

Vidal Starr Clay died Oct. 18 at her home in Westport. She was 95.

She was born in Philadelphia in 1923, the daughter of Edith Page Starr and Dr. Isaac Starr. She was a fraternal twin.

She married Curtis L. Clay who died of polio in 1945. She married Richard Clay in 1947, who died of a heart attack in 1959.

She was married twice more with both marriages ending in divorce. She was mother to a blended family of seven children and was preceded in death by two of her children.

Calvin J. Anderson, 93

Calvin James Anderson of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 22 at his home. He was 93.

He was born Nov. 24, 1926 in Delavan, Minnesota to Albert and Theresa Anderson, one of five children.

On his way to being captain of the basketball team and valedictorian, Calvin left high school at age 17 to join the U.S. Navy.

He did a tour of duty in the Pacific Ocean as a radio man aboard the carrier Point Cruz. After the war, he attended Gustavus Adolphus University.

Rita L. Kronick, 98

Rita Lillian Kronick, a former Westport resident, wife of the late Stanley J. Kronick, died Oct. 24. She was 98.

She was born in Montreal, Canada, one of 12 children, where she met Stanley, who was on leave from the U.S. Army.

They married in Canada in 1943, and returned to the U.S. to live in Fairfield until 1955, then settled in Westport.

A devoted mother and caregiver, she also worked as the bookkeeper for her husband’s business.

Gloriette T. Boudreau, 94

Gloriette T. Boudreau, of Southampton, New Jersey, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 21 at home. She was 94.

She was born in Rumford, Maine, the daughter of the late Edward and Marion Dupill.

She was an instructor and telephone operator for many years at Southern New England Telecommunications (SNET). 

She is survived by her daughter, Donna Boudreau; son, Don (Pat) Boudreau; grandchildren, Glenn (Karen) Boudreau, Jerry (Rebecca) Etheridge, Michelle Boudreau, Lori (Jesus) Betanzos, and Stephanie (Charles) Marlin; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Dupill; sister-in-law, Barbara Dupill; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, John Dupill and a sister, Doris Jordan.

Elizabeth Twohig, 63

Elizabeth “Liz” Festa Twohig of Shelton died Oct. 24 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was 63.

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Liz Twohig: taught in Westport. Contributed photo

The wife of 39 years to Brian H. Twohig, she was born in New Haven on April 12, 1955 and was the daughter of the late John J. and Mary Raiano Festa.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Western New England College and her Master degree from The Graduate Institute in Bethany.

She had worked as a research chemist at Olin’s, then was a chemistry teacher for the Cheshire School System for many years and later was a STEM teacher for the Westport school system.

Patricia F. Georgetti, 79

Patricia Fiorillo Georgetti of Easley, South Carolina, a former Westport resident, wife of the late Vincent R. Georgetti, died Oct. 21. She was 79.

Born in Westport, a daughter of the late Nicholas W. Fiorillo and the late Jennie R. Fiorillo, she was a retired computer programmer for Market Data Retrieval after many years of service who loved bowling, baking, and most of all, her family.

Known by her family as a great matriarch, she was a volunteer at Baptist Easley Hospital, a member of Saint Luke’s Catholic Church in Easley, and a former member of the Assumption Parish in Westport.

Surviving are a son, Frank Georgetti (Patti) of Simpsonville, South Carolina; four daughters, Lori J. Rothermich (John) of Greer, South Carolina, Vicki Georgetti Rodriguez, Tricia A. Tutunjan (Rick), and Janine M. Jones (Jason), all of Easley; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Eugenie S. Kantor, 94

Eugenie Sentenne Kantor died Sept. 10. She was 94. For the last several years, she lived in Trumbull and Bridgeport, but Westport was always her home. She missed Compo Beach every day.

She was born in New York in 1923, the only child of Reginald and Dorothy Kinney Sentenne. They were longtime Westport residents. 

She attended Saugatuck School and graduated from Staples High School in 1941. She was a vivacious cheerleader, performed in a number of plays and was a member of the rifle club. She attended Stoneleigh College in New Hampshire.

In 1945, she married Thomas G. Kantor, a rheumatologist who predeceased her. She loved dancing, her dog Sandy, reading, tennis, and big band music. 

Halley Smith

Halley Smith (nee Harriet Markowitz) died Oct. 21 at home.

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Halley Smith: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

She lived in Westport with her husband Gerry Smith for many decades. She was active in the community, playing tennis, with her French group, and in later years with her many dear friends.

She was the much beloved matriarch of her family and is survived by her children Laurie Russo-Smith and her husband Paul Russo, Andy Smith and his wife Vicki Blake, and David Smith and his wife Patrice Pickering. Her grandchildren are Jonah Smith-Powsner, Blake Smith, Drew Smith and Jeremy Smith-Pickering and great-granddaughter Irie Rose Evermore.

Services will be private.

Rocco P. Lentini, 87

Rocco P. Lentini of Westport and formerly of Southport, husband of Betty J. Lentini, died Oct. 18 at home. He was 87.

Born in the Bronx to the late Filippo and Anna Lentini, he was a longtime area resident.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served during the Korean conflict. He was a graduate of NYU and had a successful career in photography, which spanned from industrial and marketing photography to portrait work, as well as having been one of the first aerial photographers in the New York area.

His natural creative talents were exhibited not only through his photography but also via his broad interest in the arts, particularly his early appreciation for contemporary art.

Virginia C. Tienken, 86

Virginia C. Tienken, wife of the late Arthur H. Tienken and longtime resident of Westport, died Oct. 16 in Norwalk Hospital. She was 86.

She was born in Hackensack, New Jersey on April 17, 1932 and was the daughter of the late Norman and Helena (Batrow) Comes. She worked in the Westport Public School system for many years as a paraprofessional and then at LH Gault and Sons as the Service Department secretary until her retirement.

Survivors include one son: Ray Tienken and his wife Mary of Westport, one daughter: Gail Hallen and her husband Michael of Fort Wayne, Indiana; one sister: Catherine Haight and her husband Allen of Hilton Head, South Carolina, four grandchildren: Adam, Matthew, Mark and Kelly and three great-grandchildren: Ryan, Remington and Dax. In addition to her late husband Arthur Tienken, she was also predeceased by her loving companion of 16 years, Robert Duffy.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399, 465 Riverside Ave.