Dianne Goodnow obituary 05-08-17

Dianne Goodnow, 87, Longtime Darien Resident Active in Garden Club, Land Trust

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Dianne Throckmorton (Dee) Goodnow, 87, a longtime resident of Darien, passed away peacefully on April 24 in her home with her family. Dee enjoyed life to the fullest. Possessing boundless energy, Dee’s days were filled with a love for her gardens, animals, art and the outdoors. She was an avid sportswoman winning many tennis and golf matches. Dee was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., on June 1, 1929, to Harold Avington Throckmorton and Dorothy Mason Throckmorton and was raised in Rye, N.Y., and Great Barrington, Mass.

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Paul Sanchez III, 75, Darien High School Class of 1960

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Paul Francis Sanchez 3rd., 75, passed away Friday, April 29, 2017, in the Concord Hospice House, Concord, N.H.

Paul was born Oct. 15, 1941, in Norwalk, the son Paul Francis Sanchez Jr. and Edna Fairchild Sanchez. Paul grew up in Darien and graduated from Darien High School in 1960. After high school, he went into the United States Army and served as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.  Upon leaving from the Army, he attended and graduated from Norwalk Community College and was an avid sky diver. After college, Paul enjoyed a successful 25-year career as a technology salesman in the newspaper and printing industry.

Frances Gaughan obituary 05-02-17

Frances Gaughan, 92, a Founding Member of St. Thomas More Church, ‘She Had a Green Thumb for Life’

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Frances A. Gaughan, 92, passed away on April 23, 2017 in Norwalk Hospital resulting from a fall. Frances was born on May 30, 1924, in Trenton, New Jersey, daughter of the late Angelo and Angela Nardi. She grew up with six sisters, Armida (Mitha), Bianca (Blanche), Olga, Emma, Maria (Mary) and is survived by her younger sister Lena (Tootie) Panfili and a large extended family nearby. During World War II she worked at the Grumman Aircraft Factory in Trenton, N.J. wiring bomb-bay junction boxes in fighter planes. She married John Paul Gaughan on September 17,1949 and was the proud mother of five children, Mary Elizabeth Westlund (Meg), John Paul Gaughan Jr., Barbara Ann Gaughan, Margaret Patricia Ford (Patti) and Thomas Nardi Gaughan.

Maude Pettus, 103, Nurse in China, Member of Noroton Presbyterian Church

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Maude Miller Pettus went home to be with the Lord at her home in Stamford on April 22 at the age of 103. She was a very special woman, marked by God, who had a deep well of wisdom, a great sense of intuition, and lived a full, joyful life. Maude was born in Springs, Pa. on April 7, 1914, and received her nursing degree from Capital City School of Nursing in Washington, DC in 1936. During her training, she met a Yale medical school student William Winston Pettus, whom she married on June 23, 1937.

Sister Mary Handley obituary 04-25-17

Sister Mary Handley, 83, Went to Darien Schools, Convert to Catholicism, Teacher

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Sister Mary William Handley of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church, entered Eternal Life on Saturday, April 22 at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse Health Care Center in Baltic. She was born Patricia Handley in Norwalk Sept. 10, 1933 the daughter of the late William and Dorothy (Raymond) Handley. Sister was baptized in the Methodist Church before converting to Catholicism in 1952. After attending schools in Darien, she entered the Sisters of Charity in Baltic in 1963 and professed Perpetual Vows in 1972.

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JoAnn Porter, 92, Former Darien Resident, Real Estate Agent

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JoAnn E. Porter passed away peacefully on April 4, 2017 at the age of 92. She was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of William and Clara Peters, and younger sister of Marge Sayre. She was married to John O. Evans with whom she had four children. Later she married James F. Porter and moved to Darien, where together they continued to raise their five children. She was a talented woman with many interests.

Rino Sanchioni obituary 04-21-17

Rino Sanchioni, 86, Carpenter, Cabinet Maker, Former Darien Resident

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Rino Sanchioni, 86, passed away at Villa Crest Nursing & Retirement Center in Manchester, N.H. on Tuesday, April 18, following an extended illness. Born in Stamford, Rino was the son of Attilio Sanchioni and Elvira (Righi) Sanchioni. Both his parents emigrated from Italy as young adults. Rino grew up in Stamford and graduated from trade school. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Korean War and toured the world aboard the carrier USS Coral Sea.

Janet Tuck obituary 04-19-17

Janet Tuck, 85, Painter and Sculptor, Former Darien Resident

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Janet Barber Tuck, 85, an artist and former Darien resident, died on Sunday, April 16. She had Alzheimer’s disease. Born Dec. 7, 1931 in Aurora, Ill., she lived in Aurora and Oswego, Ill., El Granada, Calif., Darien, Cordova, Tenn., Westport, Bellevue, Wash., West Covina, Calif., and Waxhaw, N.C.

She graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and was the art director of the Lester Jacobs Advertising Agency. Janet went on to practice fine art full time, winning several first-place awards for her work.

Philip Wright obituary 04-18-17

Philip Wright, 85, Union Carbide Executive, Avid Sportsman, Philanthropist

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Philip Taylor (Pete) Wright, 85, a longtime resident of Darien, passed away peacefully on April 11 at Stamford Hospital, surrounded by his four children and wife, Anne. Pete, always the consummate gentleman, enjoyed life to the fullest, was devoted to family and friends, and loved to travel the world. He was a generous, much-loved man with a compelling smile and a twinkle in his eye who saw the best in everyone and in every situation. Pete was born in Wilson, N.Y., on July 27, 1931, to Alexander Joseph Wright and Grace Brown Wright and was raised on a dairy farm in Youngstown, N.Y. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1953 and served in the U.S. Air Force in Utopia, Alaska, from 1954-56. ___________

— an obituary from Edward Lawrence Funeral Home


In 1956, he married Virginia Mae (Ginny) Alden and they had four children.

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Gail Ord, 73, Real Estate Agent, Avid Bridge Player, Figure Skating Judge

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Beloved wife, mother, sibling & friend, Gail Brebner Ord, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on April 11. The way Gail handled a difficult cancer diagnosis was a role model for us all – understanding, accepting and brave. Born on April 28, 1943, Gail was the oldest daughter of the late Frederic Brebner and Doreen Dann. Gail grew up in Toronto and Montreal, and graduated from John Rennie High School and Macdonald College at McGill University. She married Nicholas Ord on Aug.

Judith Hanley obituary 04-14-17

Judith Hanley, 87, Legal Secretary in Darien

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Judith Jones Hanley, of Darien, passed away peacefully in Darien on Tuesday April 11. She was 87. Born on July 12, 1929 in New York, Judy was the daughter of the late Griffith and Dorathea Jones. Judy graduated from Stamford High School and attended Shorts Secretarial School in Stamford. Judy worked as a legal secretary in Darien until she was 83 years young. She was very dedicated to her two children and always volunteered at their schools.

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William Kelly, 86, Went to School in Darien

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William Tolson (Bill) Kelly died peacefully at home on April 2 in Phoenix. Bill was 86. Born in Bronxville, N.Y. and raised in Scarsdale, N.Y., he went to junior high school in Darien. He then attended prep school in Andover, Mass., graduating in 1947, moving on to Yale University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in industrial administration. During that time, he was a stage manager and president of the Yale “Dramat” Dramatic Association.

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Cleopatra Boyd, 86, Nanny and Housekeeper Who Loved Darien

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Cleopatra Boyd died on March 31 at University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, surrounded by family following a brief illness. She was 86. She was born on April 16, 1930 to Maud and Jessie Alexander in Reagan, Texas. She graduated the valedictorian of her high school class at Reagan ISD before moving to San Antonio, Texas. Cleo, as she was affectionately known, was joined in holy matrimony to Henry Boyd, who preceded her in death in 2003.