George Lohr Jr, 83, Former Darien Resident, Army Reservist, Loved Golf

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George William Lohr, Jr., 83 of Landrum, South Carolina, previously of Darien, passed away peacefully at his home Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22. Born in Buffalo, New York on Feb. 23, 1935, Mr. Lohr was the husband of Donna M. Lohr. He was the son of the late George William Lohr, Sr. and Cecile Emilia Lohr, of East Aurora, New York.

Jeanne Ladue, 90, Mother of Five, Enjoyed Flower Arranging, the Beach, NYC

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Jeanne Theresa Ladue, 90, died Nov. 8 at Wake Robin nursing home in Shelburne, Vermont, surrounded by her family. Mrs. Ladue was born on Sept. 5, 1928 in Maracaibo, Venezuela, the daughter of Richard Gordon Bennett and Carmen Theresa Dalla Costa Bennett. She lived in Venezuela, England and Trinidad and graduated from the Loretto Academy in Niagara Falls, Canada.

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Joan Comerford, 85, Fulbright Scholar, High School Teacher

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Joan Marie Comerford, age 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Maplewood of Darien, after a long battle with cancer. She was born on July 26, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York to Stanley and Stella Sokolowski of Ozone Park, Queens. After graduating from St. Joseph’s College for Women, in Brooklyn, New York in 1954, she was named a Fulbright Scholar and studied in Cologne, Germany from 1954-1955.

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Charles Stuart, 65, Avid Motorcycle Enthusiast, Road Warrior, Outdoorsman

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Charles E. Stuart, 65, passed away on Nov. 24. Born May 19, 1953, Charles graduated from the Norwalk Public School system and worked at Yankee Gas/Eversource in Norwalk, The best father/grandfather anyone could ask for, Charlie was always there as a strong backbone to help any of his family or friends and made me the man I am today. He would happily drop anything just to make sure that his family was taken care of. The world was a better place knowing that Charlie was around.

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Ruth Cheswick, 91, Active Volunteer, Traveler, Reader, Boater, Bridge Player

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Ruth Roberts Cheswick, a longtime resident of Darien and Hobe Sound, Florida, died Friday, Nov. 16 in Stamford. Born Dec. 15, 1926, she was the daughter of William A. Roberts and Anna Blom Roberts of Utica, New York. After her education at Sunset Avenue Elementary School and Utica Free Academy, Ruth went to Wellesley College to study economics.

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Rev Dale Paulsen, 67, Presbyterian Pastor, Former Youth Minister at Noroton Presbyterian Church

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Dale Paulsen was a wonderful husband and father who tragically passed away Nov. 18 at the age of 67. He was born in Iowa, and grew up in Southern California ( Go Lakers and Dodgers!) Dale served as a pastor, preaching about Jesus’ love and forgiveness for almost 45 years with his wonderful wife Emily. He was a youth pastor at heart, loving to play and laugh. He is survived by Emily and her three sons, their wives and seven grandchildren.

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Ann Reitz, 82, English Professor, Former Darien Resident

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Ann Leonard Reitz, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and friend, died on Thursday, Nov. 15, in Oxford, Ohio.  She was 82. “Nan” was born March 16, 1936 outside of Washington, D.C., until her father’s job at the United Nations took the family to New York City. A graduate of Cornell and Radcliffe, Nan married her husband Bart in 1961, and they moved to the town of Wyoming, Ohio in 1967, where they lived (with stops in Evanston, Illinois and Darien, Connecticut) until this summer. Nan received her PhD in English literature from the University of Cincinnati and went on to teach in that department from 1985 to 1999.  Complications from Alzheimer’s prompted a move to Oxford to be closer to family.

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Suzanne Jacobs, 83, Vice President at Merrill Lynch in Stamford, Raised Family in Darien, Loved Theater

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Suzanne Jacobs passed away peacefully on Nov. 14, 2018 at VNA Hospice House of Vero Beach, surrounded by her loving family. 

Suzanne was born Jan. 22, 1935 in Hollywood, California, to Mary Frances and Eugene Brooks. After the death of her father, when Suzanne was 10, she moved to Fremont, Nebraska with her mother and younger sister, Mary Lou. In Fremont, Suzanne eventually taught and performed dance at her mother’s dance studio for many years.

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Dorita G. Zinna, 87, Skilled at Baking, Loved Cooking, Her Persian Cats, Animals

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Dorita G. Zinna, of Darien passed away on Nov. 13. Born on August 19, 1931, in Buenos Aires,  Dorita received a degree in education and pursued a career in teaching in her twenties. Fluent in English, Spanish and Italian, her love of languages led her to a job as a translator for Melati, an international business firm in Buenos Aires. In 1960, Dorita met the love of her life, Joseph A. Zinna.