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Obituaries

Reenie B. Makowsky, 82

Reenie Brown Makowsky of Redding, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 9 at Meadow Ridge in Redding. She was 82.

The wife of the late Roy Makowsky was born Jan. 29, 1935, in New Jersey, and grew up in Darien.

She attended UConn and received a masters from Manhattanville College. She lived in New York City until 1970, when she moved to Westport and began working at Business Journals, in Norwalk.

Over 30 years with the company, she became publications director and vice president.

Gilbert L. Rogin, Magazine Editor, Writer, 87

Gilbert L. Rogin of Westport, author, longtime The New Yorker contributor, and top editor at Sports Illustrated, died Nov. 4 at his Roosevelt Road home. He was 87.

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Gil Rogin: editor, writer. Sports Illustrated photo

The New York Times said his death was confirmed by his wife, Jacqueline Duvoisin, a former photographer for Sports Illustrated. She did not specify the cause, but her husband had been in declining health for years.

Rogin, described by The Times as “talented and idiosyncratic,” was managing editor of Sports Illustrated for five years beginning in 1979. Sports Illustrated described him as “eccentrically brilliant” and said he was viewed as a titan of New York magazine publishing.

Before his time at SI, The New Yorker published more than 30 of his stories beginning in 1963, humorous tales that often seemed at least somewhat autobiographical, and he had written several well-received books. See Times obituary HERE.

John F. McKiernan, 60

John F. McKiernan of San Francisco, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 13. He was 60.

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John McKiernan: 1975 Staples grad. Contributed photo

He was the son of Francis P. McKiernan and Mona K. McKiernan, brother of Judith O’Neill and Paul O’Neill (in-law), and uncle to Kevin and Erin O’Neill.

He was a kind, gentle man who will be missed by his family and friends.

His family lived 25 years in Westport where he was a 1975 graduate of Staples High School. He lived in San Francisco for 25 years.

Anne Mosebrook, 80

Anne Mosebrook of Greenwich, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 12 at home following a brief illness. She was 80.

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Anne Mosebrook: singer, actress. Contributed photo

Born Anne Meloni on July 28, 1937, she was raised in Port Chester, New York and spent her adult life in Westport and Greenwich.

She graduated from Port Chester High School in 1955 and went on to study voice in New York City, singing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Ted Mack Show.”

She continued singing and was active in community theater in Port Chester, performing in “The Pajama Game” and “Guys and Dolls.” She shared her gift of singing at weddings and funerals, always accompanied on piano by her sister-in-law, Celia Meloni.

Ann S. Tracy, 85

Ann S. Tracey of Wilton, formerly of Westport and Norwalk, died Nov. 9. She was 85.

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Ann Tracey: developed love of water. Contributed photo

She was born in New York, New York on Jan. 13, 1932 to the late Carl and Margot Schenk, and moved to Westport, graduating from Staples High School in 1950.

She grew up spending summers at Longshore where she first developed her love for the water. She met Edward J. Tracey of Norwalk when they were 16, dating until they married on Sept. 7, 1957.

They just recently had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Ann and Ed enjoyed spending their days on their various boats as longtime members of Shore and Country Club.

June E. Quist, 88

June Edna Quist, a longtime resident of Washington, formerly of Westport, died Nov. 4 at Geer Nursing Home in Canaan. She was 88.

Born in 1929 in Westport, she worked at the Educational Workshop in town for many years. Later in life she married her true love Vincent Quist, and moved to Washington Depot and soon after started a family.

She worked at Judea Nursery School as a preschool teacher, and then went on to working for Dr. Stuart Conto in his dental office. Not happy being retired, June went to work for Country Corner Catering in Washington.

She was the ultimate hostess, always welcoming with a smile. June loved to entertain her family and friends and also loved sitting with her feet in the sand at the beach in Westport, which was always considered home.

Kenneth M. Olson, 58

Kenneth M. Olson of Westport, a real estate developer whose core beliefs embraced the development of quality, affordable and mixed income housing, died Nov. 12. He was 58.

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Ken Olson: real estate developer. Contributed photo

Olson was president and CEO of Port Chester, New York-based POKO Partners, LLC, which he founded in 1995. It develops, builds and manages residential, retail and commercial properties throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut inner-city communities.

Prior to founding POKO Partners, he was the senior vice president of GTE Realty Company, a firm developed from a resulting debt restructure he led as director of finance for the Markham Company.

He began his career in 1981 with Bank Leumi in commercial construction lending.

Doris Klein, 97

Doris Klein of Newtown, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 6 at Masonicare of Newtown. She was 97.

She was born in Newark, New Jersey on April 27, 1920, daughter of the late Laurence and Marina Panizza.

She received a liberal arts degree from the New Jersey College for Women (later Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University) and took design courses at the New School in New York City.

She subsequently worked at the department store L. Bamberger & Co., a subsidiary of R.H. Macy, in Newark where she came a senior buyer after World War II.

Dagfrid H. Church, 98

Dagfrid H. Church of Conway, South Carolina, a former longtime Westport resident, died Nov. 9 at home. She was 98.

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Dagfrid Church: former Westporter. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Howard B. Church was born Oct. 14, 1919, in Norway, the daughter of the late Osmund Lutzow and Bergliot Pedersen Holm-Hansen.

Her family immigrated to the United States from Norway in 1929. She and her husband lived in Westport for almost 50 years before retiring to Conway, South Carolina.

She held a Masters in education and a bachelors in organic chemistry and was an educator and research scientist.

May S. Monteiro, 96

May S. Monteiro of Westport died Nov. 9 in Bridgeport Hospital. She was 96.

The wife of the late Dr. Louis Monteiro was born in India on March 3, 1921, and was the daughter of the late Dr. Fred and Domitilla (Figueiredo) Saldanha.

She moved to Fairfield in 1982 and has been a resident of Westport since 1992. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include three daughters: Dr. Marguerite Pinto and her husband Dr. Edward Pinto of Westport, Mohini Monteiro and her husband Joseph Lisboa of Stratford, and Dr. Nirmala Monteiro and her husband Allan Shenoy of Westport, five grandchildren: Dr. Michelle (Pinto) Kittleson and her husband Kurt, Louise (Lisboa) Menezes and her husband David, Allison, Andrew and Adele Shenoy and three great-grandchildren: Martin Louis, Conrad and Elwood Kittleson. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother: Joseph Saldanha and her sister: Mildred DeSousa.