Louise Dunn, 93, Former Darien Resident, Worked at Stamford Hospital

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Louise Pauline Dunn, 93, a Stamford resident for many years, passed away on March 27, 2016. She was born October 10, 1922 in Newport, R.I. to Chester and Pauline Ober, and later moved to Darien. She graduated from Darien High School and Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. Louise worked in human resources at the Stamford Hospital for 32 years, when she retired to travel the world with her husband Edward. They were avid gardeners and boaters.

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Olive Hajduk, 89, British Native Who Met Her American Husband in World War II

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Olive Aspinall Hajduk, 89, died on Good Friday, March 25 in Darien. Born on October 10, 1926 to Charles Henry Olive Aspinall and his wife, Martha Anne Huxley in Radcliffe, England. She met her husband, Marion (Mike) Hajduk, when he was stationed in England in the U.S. Army Air Force. They were married on July 28, 1945. Until her final year she lived in Clifton, N.J. She loved animals, travel, books, movies, walks in Brookdale Park and Masterpiece Theatre — but most of all she loved her family.

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Joseph Lauro, 72, Founded Menswear Business, SCORE Volunteer, Golfer

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Joseph Orlando Lauro, 72, died Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx following a long illness. He leaves his wife of 30 years, Rhoda (Preiss) Lauro; his daughter, Jennifer Scherr and her husband, Max of New York City; his mother, Angelina Lauro of Greenwich; his brother, Brian Lauro and his family of Fairfield. Born and raised in Greenwich, the son of the late Orlando Lauro and Angelina Lauro, he was a longtime resident of Darien. After graduating from Greenwich High School in 1961, he attended the University of Connecticut, graduating in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, serving in the army upon graduation. He met his wife, Rhoda Preiss, at work after his father Orlando hired her to be their company’s bookkeeper, and they married in 1985 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

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Vincent Rajczewski, 73, General Contractor, Husband of Darien Town Clerk

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Vincent Anthony Rajczewski of Darien, the husband of Town Clerk Donna Rajczewski, died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Friday, March 25. Vince was born Oct. 11, 1942 in Albany, NY, to Stanley and Sophie Rajczewski. A sister, Claudia (Piotroski, of Katy, Texas), arrived 16 months later. The family moved to Connecticut and welcomed brother Stanley Jr. (“Butch”, of Oxford, Conn.).

John Falvey, 92, Raised Seven Children in Darien, Active in Little League, Boy Scouts

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John J. Falvey of Hingham, Mass., formerly of Darien as well as Virginia Beach, Va. and Acton, Mass., died peacefully in his home on March 28 at age 92 with his family at his bedside. He was born Nov. 3, 1923 to Eileen O’Connor Falvey and Patrick Falvey of Grafton, Mass. John served as a Navy officer in the Pacific during World War II, and, at age 22, was honorably discharged as commanding officer of his ship, LSM 269, in May 1946.


Marjorie Smith, 81, Darien Native Active in EMS in Easton and Trumbull

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Marjorie L. Smith “Marge” age 81, beloved wife of Norman W. Smith Jr., Mother, Grandmother and friend was called home to rest on March 25, 2016. Born in Darien, May 17, 1934 to the late Amos Roosevelt Anderson and Agnes Marie Carlson. Amos became famous and was known in police chronicles during the Prohibition era as “The Lone Wolf of the Boston Post Road,” arresting bank robbers and bootleggers trying to smuggle in alcohol from New York state. Married to Norman for 55 years, she especially enjoyed time with family; raising five children along with loving and cherishing her six grandchildren. Her memory will be cherished by her sister Jean Stouter, her sons Dwight, Derek and Blaine; daughters-in-law Donna and Felice; and grandchildren Dean, Joshua, Samantha, Jason, Paige and Emily; nieces, nephews, as well as by many friends.

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Timothy Sullivan, 45, Equity Trader, Former Darien Resident

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Timothy C. Sullivan, 45, a resident of New Haven and a former Darien resident, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2016 in New Haven. Born on May 9, 1970 in Pasadena, Texas, he was the son of Lorraine M. Sullivan of League City, Texas and the late Cornelius J. Sullivan. Timothy was a graduate of Colorado State University. He was a longtime trader in equity sales. He had a passion for skiing near his Okemo, VT residence.

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Jeffrey Donoso, 34, Darien YMCA Member

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Jeffrey Leon Donoso, a lifelong resident of Stamford, peacefully passed away on Saturday, March 26. Jeffrey was born on Oct. 22, 1981 and he was one of the three children born to Margott Donoso and the late Leon Donoso. Jeffrey was born and raised in Stamford and graduated from Westhill High School. Jeffrey worked at Grade A ShopRite and Best Buy.

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Jose Sucre, 52, Venezuelan Public Servant, UN Adviser, Father of Four

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Jose Manuel Sucre, born in Caracas, Venezuela on Nov. 1, 1963, a longtime resident of Darien, passed away on Friday, March 25 at the age of 52. Son of Juan Manuel Sucre Trias and Zoraida Maria Ciffoni, Jose Manuel grew up in Caracas and moved to the United States when he was 30. Jose Manuel graduated with a degree in Law from the Catholic University Andres Bello in Caracas, and went on to receive a post-graduate degree in Public Administration and Law from Columbia University. He began his career in public service while still living in Venezuela, serving as a representative of the state of Bolivar in Venezuelan Congress from 1988 to 1994, and in 1991 he became secretary to President Carlos Andres Perez. In 1994, he was appointed to an adviser position at the United Nations, where he then worked for more than two decades.

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Martin Piccirillo, 82, Taught in Darien Schools

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Martin (Marty) L. Piccirillo, 82, of North Haven died at Yale-New Haven Hospital on Easter Sunday, March 27 surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. A vibrant, hardworking, life-long student and educator, Martin was born on Brown Street in New Haven’s Wooster Square neighborhood on Oct. 30, 1933 to Luigi Piccirillo and Raffelina (Barletta) Piccirillo. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his only sibling, Anthony Vincent Piccirillo, MD and his cherished in-laws, Candeloro and Adeline (Bonanzinga) Scarfi. Marty attended Notre Dame High School before graduating from East Haven High School.


Margaret Jones, 86, Former Darien Resident

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Margaret F. Jones, 86, the wife of Dr. Robert O. Jones, died Saturday, March 26, 2016, at the Lakes at Litchfield on Pawleys Island, S.C.

Margaret was born in Charlotte, N. C., a daughter of the late E. Owen Fitzsimons and Joy Draper Fitzsimons. She later married George W. Brice, who also grew up on Sherwood Ave. in Charlotte. She was a graduate of The National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. and attended Sweet Briar College in Virginia. The couple moved to Darien, Conn.

Joan Isabel obituary 3-26-16

Joan Isabel, 76, Volunteer, Former Darien Resident, NYC Official

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Joan Pelletier Isabel, originally of Concord, NH, passed away peacefully at home at Governor’s Club in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Friday, March 18. Joan leaves behind her husband of 54 years, Richard Isabel; two children, Mark Isabel of Providence, R.I. and Margo Isabel of South Riding, Va.; and three grandsons, Charles Manosalvas of Fairfax, Va. and his wife Brittany, Ricardo Manosalvas of South Riding, N.H., and Daniel Isabel of Providence, R.I.

Born Jan. 9, 1940, Joan graduated from Phillips Academy in 1957. She received her BA degree from Denison University, Granville, Ohio in 1961.

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James Peterson, 59, Co-Designer and President of Stor-A-Dor

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James Albert Peterson of Darien died peacefully on March 18 with his loving wife Doreen by his side. He was born Nov. 6, 1956, graduated from J.M. Wright Technical High School and attended Norwalk Community College. After marrying Doreen DeRosa on July 8, 1989 they resided in Wilton and more recently in Cape Coral, Fla. Jim was co-designer and president of Stor-A-Dor.

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Thomas Moseley, 58, Consultant for Restaurant Corporations, Grew Up in Darien

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Thomas Clark Moseley Jr., 58, of Weston, Mass. died suddenly on March 16, 2016 while traveling for business in Saudi Arabia. He was raised in Darien. He was founder and president of The Moseley Group, a strategy and design consultancy to the global multi unit restaurant industry. His contributions to the food service industry have been transformative and continue to fuel the way restaurants operate today.

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Harry Upton, 84, Executive, Entrepreneur, RTM Member, Volunteer

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Harry Frank Upton liked to tell a story about how he joined the U.S. Air Force. One day, they lined up the young men from his ROTC unit. Each man counted off, the ones matched with the nation’s newly-formed Air Force, the twos stayed in the Army. Harry counted off one, and went on to serve proudly as a jet pilot from 1953 to 1956, attaining the rank of Captain. Harry counted life itself a blessing.