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Madeline E. Curci, 82

Madeline E. Curci of Westport died Nov. 7. She was 82.

She was the wife of Samuel Curci Jr., of Westport, for 65 years.

Born in South Portland, Maine on April 14, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Harriet Lindquist Beal.

She worked at Famous Artists Schools in Westport and later as a school crossing guard for 20 years. She was active in Cub Scouts as a den leader and den leader coach. She participated in roundtables and training.

Gabriel Schutzengel, 92

Gabriel Schutzengel of Shelton died Nov. 27 at home. He was 92.

Gabi was the husband of Tirzah (who died in 2005), father of Dorit Heimer of Westport (Owen), Dani, and Roy (Sarah), grandfather of Jordan, Zoe (Matthew), Jacob (Iris), Joseph (Samantha), Sydney, Aaron (Kate), Hannah (engaged to Noah), and Rebecca, and great-grandfather of Faye and Olivia.

He grew up in a small town in Hungary, was imprisoned by the Nazis, escaped, earned an engineering degree, and moved to Israel, where he met the love of his life.

He and Tirzah moved the family to the United States, where they raised children and helped them raise grandchildren.

Joan S. Constantikes-Agnew, 83

Joan Simons Constantikes-Agnew of Rockville, Maryland, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 5. She was 83.

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Joan Constantikes-Agnew: longtime Westporter.  Contributed photo

Born in New York City, she was the eldest daughter of the late Gustave Simons and the late Edna R. Simons.

She grew up in Larchmont, New York and Weston, graduated from Staples High School in Westport in 1952, and received her B.A. degree in 1956 from Bennington College.

In 1958, she married George D. Constantikes, an attorney in private practice in Westport and they had four daughters, Andrea, Christina, Patricia and Amy Claire.

Janet K. Bassett, 74

Janet K. (Sullivan) Bassett of Plymouth, Massachusetts, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 6 at home. She was 74.

She was born in Evanston, Illinois on Feb. 12, 1947 daughter of the late Robert and Evelyn (Waring) Sullivan.

A graduate of Staples High School in Westport and Boston University, she was employed by Hannaford Supermarkets as a manager in the bakery department.

She was a member of the Plymouth Post No. 40 American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.

Christine R. Freese, 66

Christine Ann Robinson Frese of Westport died Nov. 5. She was 66.

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Christine Frese: 22-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

A resident of Westport for 22 years, she was born in Brooklyn, New York on Jan. 17, 1951 the daughter of Lillian Close and George Herbert Robinson.

She graduated from Christ the King High School in Middle Village, New York in 1968, and from The Pratt Institute of Brooklyn with a BA degree in design in 1973.

After a stint at The New Yorker, she joined Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. in 1975 and continued to work for its succeeding banks until her death.

Harry R. Eggart, 79

Harry R. Eggart of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, a former longtime resident of Westport, died Oct. 23 after a long illness. He was 79.

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Harry Eggart: TV director. Contributed photo

He spent his life in the theater, starting out as an actor and advancing to directing and producing. He was director of CBS’s “Guiding Light” for 18 years as well as many other soap operas.

Born in Florida, he attended Auburn University and Tulane University. A veteran, he served in the U.S. Army in Ethiopia.

He was a member of theatrical unions AEA, SAG, AFTRA and DGA. He directed more than 2,000 hours of network television that also included episodes of “Search for Tomorrow,” “Another World,” and “Santa Barbara.” He also directed touring legit shows, dinner theater performances, industrials, and specials.

Theresa M. Perry, 92

Theresa “Tess” M. Perry of Westport died Nov. 3 at home. She was 92.

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Tess Perry: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born Dec. 4, 1924 in Bedford, New York, she was the daughter of the late George E. and Marguerite Stack Perry. She has been a resident of Westport for 60 years.

Prior to retiring in 1990, she worked for Westport Bank & Trust Co. for 44 years.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court Assumption for more than 50 years and was also very active with the American Red Cross.

Salvatore D. Bennette, 92

Salvatore D. Bennette of Woodbury, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 2 at Masonicare of Newtown. He was 92.

The husband of Carrie (Cacavelle) Bennette Salvatore was born Jan. 29, 1925 in Westport, the son of the late Joseph and Maria (Salumbo) Bennette.

He was a U. S. Army World War II Veteran. Prior to moving to Woodbury in 2011, he was a lifelong resident of Westport and worked in the Westport Post Office.

He was active in softball and football and was an avid golfer at Longshore.

Nancy G. Hamlin, 87

Nancy Joan (Gallen) Hamlin died Oct. 29 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. She was 87.

She was the mother of Geoffrey Hamlin and his wife Kristan of Westport. Kristan Hamlin serves on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM). 

Her three grandchildren, Christopher, Brittany, and Kenton Hamlin all grew up in Westport. 

She was predeceased by her husband Ralph Hamlin. Her greatest pride was her children and grandchildren. 

Margaret Gannon, 83

Margaret (Peggy) Ann Gannon of Bluffton, South Carolina, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 25. She was 83.

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Margaret Gannon: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born in St. Louis, Missouri on Oct. 17, 1934.

A 1950s American Airlines flight attendant, she gave up traveling to raise a family. She enjoyed dancing, Bridge and cooking. She had a great smile and sense of humor.

Her greatest joy was being around her children, whom she raised in Westport. She was the mother of Brian, Douglas, Matthew, Michael, and Tracy, who lives in Bluffton.