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Thomas W. Tripodi, 57

Thomas W. Tripodi of Fairfield died Nov. 30. He was 57.

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John Tripodi: maintained ships. Contributed photo

Born in Bridgeport to the late Ruth and John Tripodi, he was a graduate of Roger Ludlowe High School, Class of 1978.

During his lifetime, he was involved with the maintenance of ships and power plants and traveled worldwide.

He loved the Long Island Sound and had a passion for fishing and boating. He could also be found playing bocce at Veteran’s Park in Fairfield or spending time with his many friends.

Saul Haffner, 87

Saul Haffner of Westport, active in community affairs and a former member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died Nov. 27 after a brief illness. He was 87.

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Saul Haffner: active in community affairs. WN photo

A longtime Westport resident, he was born in Brooklyn, New York to Anna and Irving Haffner. He received a B.S. in physics from Brooklyn Polytechnic University in 1952 and an MBA from Hofstra University in 1960.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 where he worked at Picatinny Arsenal, the New Jersey research and development center. For over 20 years, he worked at Barnes Engineering where he participated in NASA’s Gemini program.

His final career was as a professor of business and marketing at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.

Debra L. Casey, 53

Debra L. Casey, a lifelong resident of Westport, died Nov. 24. She was 53.

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Debra Casey: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

She attended Coleytown Junior High School where one of her proudest moments was being awarded the most valuable player on the woman’s field hockey team.

She graduated from Staples High School and attended Northeastern University in Boston.

She studied physical and occupational therapy and worked with the elderly for many years.

Bertha D. Rosenbush, 105

Bertha D. Rosenbush of Westport died Nov. 24 at home. She was 105.

The wife of the late Walter E. Rosenbush Sr. was born in Norwalk on Nov. 6, 1912 and has been a resident of Westport since 1935.

She was a member of Assumption Church and the Catholic Daughters Court of Assumption. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by one son: Walter E. Rosenbush Jr. and his wife Gudrun, three grandchildren: Michael Rosenbush and his wife Emily, Steven Rosenbush and his partner Jenifer and Heidi McKenzie and her husband John, five great-grandchildren: Maxwell Rosenbush, Anabelle Rosenbush, Lucy Rosenbush, Charlotte McKenzie and James McKenzie. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by five sisters: Marie Bass, Anna Palinkas, Margaret Lebanc, Ethel Garbaldi and Helen Hayden.

Judith Schultz, 76

Judith Schultz of Westport died Nov. 6 at home. She was 76.

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Judith Schultz: 30-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

She was born in Philadelphia and lived in Westport for the past 30 years. 

As a youth, she was a wonderful student athlete, captaining basketball and field hockey teams in high school and Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. She was an officer in her classes at both institutions and won the most awards in high school for leadership and overall excellence. 

She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela. Later, she taught English to students in Spain, where she met a prominent young man who proposed marriage, living in Spain and managing the household servants. 

Beverly K. Marshall, 79

Beverly K. Marshall of Westport died Nov. 18 after a two-year heroic battle with a terminal illness. She was 79.

She was born July 23, 1938 to the late Irving and Alice Kaufman of Bronx, New York. While a high school student, she met Robert Marshall at Tony’s Pizzeria and started what was to become a 62-year romance. 

When she graduated from New York University, she and Bob married on Sept. 13, 1959 and together had three children.

Moving to Westport in 1975, she was decades ahead of the curve by becoming a licensed clinical nutritionist while being the owner of The Organic Market in Westport.

Elisabeth Kimball, 69

Elisabeth (Lisa) Kimball of Washington, D.C., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 3 at home of amyloidosis. She was 69.

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Lisa Kimball: 1966 Staples grad. Contributed photo

The daughter of Penn Townsend Kimball and Janet Fraser Kimball, she grew up in Westport, where she was among the first to attend Coleytown Elementary School when it opened in 1953.

Her father, who died in 2013, was a Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member, journalist, author and mentor to a generation of fledgling reporters as a professor for 27 years at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. (See WestportNow Nov. 9, 2013) Janet Kimball died in 1982.

One story often told is that Penn Kimball, a lifelong liberal, once took young Lisa into a polling booth, pointed to the Republican lever, and said, “Red hot! Don’t touch!”

Pamela Ann Stautberg-Moffett, 49

Pamela Ann Stautberg-Moffett of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 14 at St. Vincent Hospital in Bridgeport. She was 49.

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Pamela Stautberg-Moffett: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She grew up in Beavercreek, Ohio and was an alumna of Carroll High School in Dayton, and of University of Dayton and she was an active member of Chi Omega sorority.

She was also most recently a parishioner of Sant Luke Church in Westport.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Moffett of Fairfield; her children: Gabriel, Thomas and Megan Sargent of Westport; parents: Joseph L and Patricia Ann Stautberg of Villa Hills, Kentucky; siblings: Dean Stautberg of Columbus, Ohio, Eric (Katie) Stautberg of Cincinnati, Becca Stautberg of Cincinnati, Rachel (Ken) Heberling of Ft. Wright, Kentucky; nieces: Grace and Clara Heberling; nephew Zachary Heberling, as well as many family members and friends.

Betsy Blomfield, 76

Betsy Grace Reed Blomfield of Westport died Nov. 13 at home. She was 76.

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Betsy Blomfield: theologian. Contributed photo

The daughter of the late Ivory French and Bethany French (Guyette), she was born Oct. 26, 1941 in Waterbury and grew up in Waterbury and in Rutland, Vermont. 

She was an accomplished theologian, having graduated from Bethany College in West Virginia with high honors, and from Yale Divinity with a doctorate in divinity.

She lived in Bridgeport for 35 years, serving as youth minister at Olivet Congregational Church in Bridgeport and Lordship Congregational Church in Stratford.

Audrey Gilbertie, 92

Audrey Gladys Mary Gilbertie of Trumbull, a former Westport resident, died Nov.15. She was 92.

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Audrey Gilbertie: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Alexander (Babe) Gilbertie.

She was born July 18, 1925 at home in Spruce Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada to William and Dorothy Reeve. She moved to Westport and worked as a nurse in mental health before marrying Babe.

Her family and loved ones will forever stay warm under the many afghans and sweaters she knitted and crocheted. They will miss her pumpkin and apple pies at Thanksgiving and cherish the many creations she made with needlepoint, counted cross stich and crewel.