Remembering Jo Woog

I’ve honored plenty of Westporters since “06880” began in 2009. I have an especially soft spot in my heart for those who — in their own unique way — made Westport what it was, and is.

My mother was one of those.

Jo Woog (Photo/Susan Woog Wagner)

Jo Woog (Photo/Susan Woog Wagner)

Jo Woog — who died yesterday, at 89 — was a Westporter for 60 years. In those 6 decades, she did so much. She was a PTA mom, a volunteer for countless causes, and a strong supporter of arts programs — particularly music. She played piano whenever she could, and taught it for a decade. She also played a mean game of tennis — and stopped only a few years ago.

She was a member of the Y (aerobics!), Y’s Women, the Democratic Women of Westport, and several book clubs. She went to Long Wharf, the Quick Center and Westport Country Playhouse — and kept going, until a month or two ago.

In her later years, she enjoyed the Senior Center. She took Zumba classes, played ping pong, saw movies, attended lectures and more.

There are many women like her in Westport. During the baby boom, they supported their babies. As we grew up, so did they. As empty nesters, they supported their town. As widows, they formed their own, tight-knit community.

My mother grew up in New Rochelle, and loved it. (She attended her last high school reunion 2 years ago.) But Westport was her town.

And of all the lively, fun and important things she did, I’m eternally grateful that she made it mine too.

(A service is set for Thursday, April 21, 11 a.m. at Abraham L. Green Funeral Home in Fairfield. Contributions in Jo Woog’s memory can be made to the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave., Westport, CT 06880, or an organization of one’s choice.)


269 responses to “Remembering Jo Woog

  1. Martin Gitlin

    So sorry for your loss, Dan. Our thoughts are with you.

  2. Hi Dan,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Blessings and love to you and your family.

  3. Nadine Tanen

    So very sorry for your loss – your Mom sounds amazing! I’m sure she was incredibly proud of you.

    • Yes, she was absolutely (and justifiably) very proud of Dan and very supportive. She was still coming out to the hill every fall to watch Dan’s Staples soccer teams in action.

      A long life well lived and I’m sure you’ll take comfort in that as time passes; our condolences.

  4. Michael Traum

    She raised a good kid damn. So sorry for your loss

  5. vivianne pommier

    Please accept my condolences.. She will be with you always

  6. John Mueller

    Dan, sorry for your loss. Jo sounds like a very special lady. We are all thinking about you. Best wishes.

  7. Mary-Beth Murray

    My sincerest sympathies to you (Dan and family). May you always hold your memories of her close to your ❤.

    Where did she grow up in New Rochelle? My Aunt lived on Mayflower, and my grandparents lived on Woodbury Street.

  8. Barbara Greenspan

    Dear Dan,
    I’m sorry to hear about your mom. She sounds like a terrific woman! I bet she was very proud of you!
    Barbara Greenspan

  9. Bruce Fernie SHS 1970

    My sincere condolences.
    My Mom is also 89 and I can’t imagine your sadness right now.

  10. My condolences, Dan. She sounds like an amazing woman. Best to you and yours during this sad time.

  11. My condolences to you and your sister… And entire extended family

  12. Deering Rose

    What a wonderful and full life she had, dying at 89. Sorry for your loss, the Rose family’s hearts, prayers and love go out to you today.

  13. Our condolences to your family, Dan.

    Paul Curtis

  14. Dan, What a wonderful tribute to your mother! She led a full and active life and the love you shared is so evident in your writing.

  15. So sorry for your loss, Dan. It is not easy losing a mother, even one of advanced years. My sympathies to you and your family.

  16. Jerry MacDaid

    Condolences for your loss.

  17. Deborah J. Berliner

    I am sorry to read of the passing of your mother.She made a difference in your life and the life of your family.That is a blessing.

    My dad is 95 going on 96 and is getting more fragile but is stillhere – living alone. He was a photographer for CBS for 35 years.I too worked for CBS, and Hearst and Time.Now my daughter, who still enjoys speaking to her grandfather,is a journalism major and savvy news writer.We have been blessed to have my dad here to guide her. I truly enjoy reading your postings.While we live in Guilford, we have ties to Westport. My husband has a specialeducation law practice in Westport.My husband grew up in Fairfield and I am a New Yorker – although I havebeen in Connecticut for 26 years. Those transplanted New Yorkers are everywhere in CT! I am sorry for your loss. Sincerely,Deborah Berliner

    Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:30:20 +0000 To:

  18. Julie Cao-Weiss

    Oh Dan!!!

    I’m so sorry!! She will always be in my heart.

    Julz Cao-Weiss🐾

    Sent from my iPhone


  19. Roberta Tager

    Dear Dan, Heartfelt thoughts and blessings. Gratitude and love are eternal.❤️ Sincerely, The Tagers

    Sent from my iPhone


  20. Sorry about your mom’s passing. She is an unsung hero, a mom who quietly did her job as a mom. We don’t see people like her on the evening news — the real heros of our country.

  21. Janette Kinnally

    What an amazing woman and great family. Our family has been here for 50 years and remember all the wonderful things your family has done for Westport. May she rest in peace! God bless!

  22. Dan. So sorry for the loss of your Mom who was such a vibrant and vital member of the community. She raised a great son too!
    Best regards

  23. Condolences for your loss, Dan.

  24. Jeremy Deutsch

    My condolences on your loss, Dan. May her memory be a blessing. I’m so sorry. I’m going to go call my mom right now.

  25. Rabbi Robert Orkand

    Jo was, indeed, a wonderful woman. It was a pleasure to have known her for more than 30 years.

  26. Danny. I am so sorry to get this news. Your Mom was one of the great moms on High Point Road when we were growing up there. You were blessed to have her alive and healthy for so long. Thinking of you.

  27. debbie silver

    So sorry to read about your mom, Dan

  28. Edward Bloch

    Hi Dan:
    Very sorry to learn that your mother passed away. Sounds like she was a genuine Westporter. My deepest sympathy.

  29. Andrea Metchick

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom, Dan.
    She made you and we are blessed to have you!
    Sending love your way.

  30. A. David Wunsch

    I’m sorry Dan. She was a good mother –not all mothers are good of course. Mine died 12 years ago. Reading your obituary reminded me that I miss her, and you will miss yours. Thanks for sharing your story.

  31. Dan –

    Let me join the scores of others sending condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

    -Dan Vener

  32. Donna ODonnell


    So sorry about your mom.

  33. I’m so sorry, Dan. Xoxo

  34. Marcia Wright

    My condolences to you on the death of your mom. I have fond memories of chatting her and your dad at Ted and Fran Frost’s parties. May her memory be blessed.

  35. Bonnie Scott Connolly

    I am very sorry for your loss. She sounds like a fantastic person. I am sorry I did not know her. Prayers as you celebrate her life.

  36. Aarti Khosla

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on this irreplaceable loss. I am sure you will have a treasure trove of memories to hold on to to bring you and your family solace at this time.
    Please do not hesitate to reach out if I can be of any help.

  37. My condolences. It sounds as though your mother was a wonderful woman – which makes the loss harder, but the memories sweeter.

  38. Dan so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She sounds like a wonderful woman and lived a long full life.
    Sympathies to you and your family.

  39. Sorry for your loss, Dan. A life well lived!

  40. Chip Stephens

    So sorry Dan. A great woman who raised wise and good kids and was a lovely happy positive member of The Westport community

  41. Dawn Alice Rogers

    What a wonderful woman. May her memory be a blessing.

  42. Wendy McKeon

    Dan…My sincere sympathy…May your fond memories comfort you in the days ahead…

  43. Maureen Driscoll

    A beautiful tribute to your mother. My sympathy to you and yours. Treasure her love and spirit!
    Maureen (Renee) Driscoll

  44. Dan, so sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences.

  45. Robin Scarella

    Dear Dan, sorry I cannot be there but I know your mom had a wonderful life and u were so lucky to have her as your mom. U will miss and her friends and town will miss her spirit and fun. And u r so much like her.
    Much love,
    Robin Scarella

  46. Caryn Friedman

    Your Mom was a great reader and a lovely person. We had many conversations about what she was reading at the Westport Library Reference Desk, as I would help her to hunt down a copy of her next book club selection. Your tribute is beautiful and aptly describes a very special group of women, who have enriched Westport over the years.
    So very sorry for your loss.

  47. Michael Calise

    My thoughts are with you Dan I remember your mom as the great lady she was and you and all the wonderful things you do for our town stands as a great legacy for her.

  48. Dorothy Abrams


  49. Dan, My condolences on the loss of your mom. What a great lady!

  50. Cherie Quain

    Dan, I am so sorry for your loss. Much love, Cherie

    Sent from my iPhone


  51. Marilyn Payne

    Condolences to you and your family

  52. Robert Mitchell

    Our thoughts are with you.

  53. Michael Stuttman

    Dan, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom – one of the great moms of Westport – helped to make this town such a special place to grow up. You honor her every day with your continued contributions.
    Be well.

  54. That was one of the loveliest tributes to a Mom I’ve ever read.

  55. Amy Saperstein

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m glad that I got to meet your mom at several High Point events. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Best, Amy

  56. Bob Selverstone


    How fortunate you and I have both been to have had fabulous mothers in our lives.

    Though we can no longer touch them physically, we can be in touch with them mentally forever. What a gift we have been given.

    Warmly, Bob

    Sent from my iPad


  57. Peter Jennings Talbot

    Dan, my deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your mother. She was no doubt a wonderful mother and member of the Westport community. You, and the town, we’re certainly fortunate to have her in your life.

  58. Sincerest condolences for your loss, Dan.

  59. Dan you are a testament to your Mom’s enthusiasm for life…and her memory will live on.

  60. Danny,
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Please accept our deepest sympathies!!

    The Wall Family

  61. What a beautiful tribute, Dan. I’m so very sorry. Love to you all.

  62. Ann Urciuoli Allard

    My heartfelt sympathy to you. My hope is that these sweet memories of your Mom which you shared will bring you comfort in time.

  63. Alice Crowther

    Don’t forget she was an aerobic parfticipant at the Y. I always got a smile and a wave from her. Quite a lady!

  64. Wendy Batteau

    So very sorry for your loss, Dan. You’ve written a sweet tribute to a wonderful, lovely woman. I wish you the comfort of best memories always.

  65. So sorry Dan to hear about the passing of your Mom. I remember her well from the days she came into the YMCA, always with a smile on her face. She was so proud of you, and rightfully so. May God Bless you and provide you comfort during your time of mourning.

  66. I’m so sorry, Dan. The loss of a parent is hard to take. Maybe this remarkable outpouring will offer something meaningful to your and your family. I know it helped me when I was in your shoes.

  67. Andre Mirkine


    So sorry for your loss. My mom passed away exactly one year ago. I trust the love of your family, friends and community will help you through this difficult time.

    André Mirkine

  68. Felicia Sale

    Hi Dan,

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. She seemed like a very special woman. I recognize her from around town from the picture you posted. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Best, Felicia Sale

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  69. Seth Schacter

    Dan– offering you my deepest condolences! She certainly seems like she was a very special person and I’m so sorry for your loss! May all of your positive thoughts and memories help you through this difficult time.

  70. craig gerard

    Two years ago last week for my mom Dan. It is a blessing to have had them as long as we did!

  71. Oh Dan — so sorry. She must have loved your blog too. Sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is horrible.

  72. Cheryl McKenna

    Lovely tribute for a lovely woman. You made her proud Dan . So sorry for your loss and may she rest in peace now.

  73. Mary Ann West

    Dear Dan,

    Your loss is our community’s loss. Keeping you in my heart and thoughts.

  74. So very sorry, Dan. Your loss; our loss, too. She appeared to have been one great lady.

  75. Dan,

    You mother sounds as though she was one of the people who contributed a great deal to our community. I am sorry for your loss.

    Mike Petrino

  76. Adam Stolpen

    It’s said that Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while but their hearts forever.

    My condolences Dan, just remember that your being who you are is a constant tribute to who she was.


  77. Barbara Sherburne '67

    What a beautiful photo of your mom. It captures the essence of her spirit and joy. She led a truly fantastic life and was incredibly active right up until the end, and how many people can say that? No better way to live life. May your mourning be brief and your memories last forever. God bless you and your family.

  78. I’m so sorry, Dan.

  79. Gerry kuroghlian

    Ellen and I are very sorry for your loss. Your mom was one of a group of women who worked to make the Westport schools strong for all students. I was fortunate to continue seeing her long after you graduated as she frequently attended the same cultural events we did. Would that all Westport moms were as caring, compassionate and cultured as she was!.

  80. Susan Iseman

    My heartfelt sympathy- life is never the same when you lose your mom.

  81. So sorry for your loss. Your mom sounds like she was a wonderful person.

  82. david harrison

    Dan– So sorry to learn about your mom’s passing. She was all that you describe and much more. She and your Dad were always so supportive of my work and so appreciative of the relationship you and I have sustained all these years. One of my fondest memories was the joy in both your parents’ faces on the night we had that Longshore bon voyage dinner in your honor as you prepared to depart to the West Coast. Could not have been two more proud parents in the world that evening. Hope in your sadness at Jo’s departure from this world, you will be strengthened by the many positive memories of times spent with your mom and take great strength in knowing what a positive impact she had on her community…and what a great job she and your dad did in raising three amazing kids into adulthood…they were wonderful role models as parents and as contributing members of the Westport community. David Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:30:26 +0000 To:

  83. Nick Iskandar

    So sorry for your loss Dan. May her soul rest in peace.

  84. Oh Dan, I’m so sorry…I wish her, and you – God’s Peace and Comfort. Know that she is in our prayers. We love you…Susan+

  85. Scott Brodie

    Most sincere condolences, Dan. I think our Mom’s knew each other through Y’s Women — fellow members of the generation who brought their Baby Boomers to Westport in the 1950s, and stayed to build the fabric of the town. She will be missed. — Scott.

  86. my heartfelt condolence goes out to you, Dan. i just took my cello and played the Sarabande from the 5th Suite of Bach, which traditional for
    cellists to play when another musician departs this life. i thought of you and your mom as i played. God Bless ! buell n.

  87. I’m so sorry, Dan. I’m proud to have known her, she was a kind and generous lady

  88. May your Mom rest in eternal peace and love, Dan. What a beautiful life! – which you carry forward. My condolences to you. ~ Ellen

  89. Amy Steiner Schafrann

    Dan, I am sorry. Having known you and your Mom for almost 50 years and seeing her as recently as a few weeks ago by chance, she truly was a woman who did it all. Yes she was a supporter of almost all things Westport and gave her time and energy as well but she also knew and took pride in the details of her children’s lives (at least the information you, Susie and Laurie shared with her!) as well as what her grandchildren were up to and was incredibly proud. I will miss her around town and may her memory be for a blessing for all of you.

  90. Charlie Taylor

    Dear Dan
    Mere Words always fail me at times like these…except to say 89 fun and thrill packed years watching you grow up, watching countless soccer games, watching proudly as you grew into the caring and wonderful man you have become…a life well lived. Your family and you are in my thoughts
    And prayers….a beautiful life to celebrate. She left this world a better place.

  91. Maren Lauder

    My condolences to you and to Laurie, who I went to school with( she knew me as Maren Meyer).

  92. So sorry for your loss, Dan. Reading through these tributes it’s clear your Mom brought joy to others and will be long remembered, a life well-lived. All the best to you at this difficult time.

  93. Bobbie Herman

    Oh, Dan — I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a delightful person, and she will be greatly missed. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  94. Dan,
    Awfully sorry to hear your sad news . I am certain that your mother was very proud of you and thankful for your care and support .
    Thinking of you,
    Ed Gerber

  95. All condolences to you and yours. Sounds like she lived a good life, for herself and the community and her spirit carries on! – Chris Woods

  96. My deepest condolences to you & your family Dan. <3

  97. So sorry for your loss, Dan. May her memory be a blessing.

  98. Ann Bacharach

    Sorry to hear about your Mom. The long list of comments here is strong testimony to her place in the community and a life well lived. She will be missed.

    In my dreams, my dad is always healthy, smiling and happy. I wish the same for you.

  99. Dan,
    So very sorry for your loss. With hopes your many fond memories buoy your spirits, and that your mother lives on in, and through, you.

  100. Alberta Cifolelli

    Dear Dan, My husband Charles Lamb and I remember Jo well. She was his tennis partner. In addition ,she was a great fellow Democrat. Yes, she loved music and knew it well. She also was an art lover and came to my exhibitions. She was spunky and completely honest. We shared a lot. We shall miss her.

    Alberta Cifolelli (and Charles Lamb)

  101. Dear Dan, you describe her beautifully. Having been a neighbor on Long Lots Road, I remember her goodness with pleasure. So sorry for your loss,

  102. kirsten woods

    So sorry Dan- It hurts to loose a Mum. May she rest in peace and rise in Glory.

  103. Condolences, Dan, on the passing of your Mom. She sounds like an amazing woman. Prayers for you, your mom and your family.

  104. Jill Nash von Schmidt

    So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. It’s never easy to lose your mom. My heart goes out to you. Sending prayers for you & your family.

  105. Michael Nuzzo

    My condolences to you and your family Dan. I still remember your mother from when your sister Laurie and my sister Lori were in elementary school together. She was always very nice and kind all those years ago and she continued to be throughout her lifetime. I know that she will be missed.

  106. Laurie Goldberg

    Clearly a life worth celebrating. I did not know your mom although our paths have crossed. My condolences to you and your family.

  107. Sorry about your loss Dan, our prayers are with you and your family.

  108. Deb Rosenfeld

    So very sorry for your loss. Your tribute to her says a lot about what a lovely woman and Mom she was.
    With sincere sympathies,

  109. Werner Liepolt

    Heartfelt condolences, Dan, to you, your family, and those dear to her.

  110. Ilene Mirkine

    Dan, so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She sounds like a wonderful woman, and Westport was fortunate to have her here for 60 years. Sending love and healing thoughts to you and your family.

  111. Jeffrey Wieser

    So sorry, Dan.

  112. Karen Wambach

    So sorry for your loss…we also moved from New Rochelle to Westport… 25 years ago

  113. Holding you and your family in my thoughts.

  114. Cathy Smith Barnett SHS 66

    Dan, so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom Jo. She was a good friend of my mother-in-law Margaret Barnett and an awesome tennis player. I’ll always have fond memories of Jo. My hearfelt condolences to you and family.

  115. Cahy Talmadge

    So sorry for your loss…. these tributes are testimony to a life well lived.

  116. Dan, Mary Ellen and I are truly saddened to hear about the loss of your Mom. I know that your many friends throughout Westport and beyond join us in wishing you our sincere condolences. Westport is a better place for Jo having been a part of it in so many ways.

  117. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    Such a lovely photograph of your Mom, Dan. So sorry for your loss.

  118. Kim P. Sullivan

    Dan, Susie, and Lory, What sad, sad news to hear of your mom’s passing yesterday. I feel so lucky to have shared some childhood stories with her and my mom fairly recently. She and your dad have been close to my family and my heart my entire life, I will forever remember their kindness, generosity and love of life. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

  119. Dorothy E Curran

    Dear Dan, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful lady and part of the very fabric of Westport. She was much loved and will be long remembered.


    Dorothy E. Curran 203.246.0543

    Sent from my iPhone


  120. Jennifer Balin

    Sending a hug your way and our family’s condolences to you. Rest in peace.

  121. Very sorry for your loss. Another great loss for Westport.

  122. So sorry for your loss, Dan.
    Elyse Evers

  123. Julie Claveloux

    I’m very sorry for your loss, Dan. Thoughts are with you.

  124. Hi Dan, I’m so sorry for your loss…
    She must have been a wonderful woman;
    she raised a wonderful son!

    Each year you will see her in the early budding willow trees and happy daffodils…
    My heart is with you now, Betsy Phillips Kahn

  125. It is so clear that your family is surrounded by love in our community. My experience was similar in 1998 though we had only been here for seven years. I hope the warmth of so many will support you along with the memories of the lasting contributions you mother made to our town.

  126. katherine Bruan

    I wish I had met her. I’m so sorry.

  127. Jeff, Rachel, Emily & Jake

    Hi Dan,

    Your mom sounds like a wonderful woman who lived a full and fulfilling life. Please accept our condolences. Our thoughts are with you.

    Warm regards,
    The Porters

  128. Dan, that’s a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman – and obviously a terrific mom as well, judging from the way she raised you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  129. Dan, Susie & Lori,
    Your mom was always such a warm and generous person, as was your dad. Have great memories of our parents together.

  130. Deb Greenswag

    Lovely tribute to a wonderful
    woman. She will be missed by many people.

  131. Aaron Samuels

    Mr. Woog—I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you.

  132. Samuel Mayer Goodman

    Dan, Susan and Laurie, On behalf of my family I extend to you my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Jo. May the many years of joy and love you shared as a family be your source of strength and solace now. Your mother, Jo and her sister, my Aunt Roe, were two very gracious women that made our families so special.

  133. Patricia Gelini

    Dan we are sorry for your loss. We did not know her but it seems she was a very happy, successful Mother and Woman. We are sure she left this world a much better place. Warmest regards, The Gelini/Cook family.

  134. So sorry to hear of your loss Dan. My thoughts are with you.

  135. William Adler

    Thanks for sharing, Dan. I am so sad to hear this news. Your folks were super, warm people, and friends of my own parents. I will never forget your folks’ kindness in sending Wynn Plaut and me off to Europe on the QE2 40+ years ago with a surprise present of a portable chess set with stick-on pieces. I will miss your parents. Cheers to them and you!

  136. Ginny Williams

    Dan, I’m sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  137. Hedi Lieberman

    May her memory be a blessing to you forever.

  138. Karen krupnik

    What a wonderful tribute! My condolences on your loss.

  139. Sorry for your loss Dan

  140. Dorrie Barlow Thomas

    Dan, sorry to hear this news. Your mom sounds like a terrific lady who lived a full & vibrant life. Surely you’ll find much peace and many smiles in reliving the memories she provided you.

  141. I’m so sorry for your loss, Dan. Your mother was a wonderful member of this community.

  142. What a great tribute to your mom, Dan. On behalf of the Library, please accept our condolences and best wishes. We’re thinking about you.

  143. Tracy Damianos

    Our condolences Dan, The Damianos Family (faithful readers)


  144. Wendy Cusick

    My condolences….

  145. So sorry for your loss, Danny.

    Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note® 4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

  146. Shannon (Fletcher) Mann

    I am truly sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of her and the legacy she leaves.

  147. Jill Turner Odice

    Sorry for your family’s loss Dan. I lost my Mom last month. Your Mom sounds likes she was a lovely Woman! Enjoy all your memories of her.

  148. Patrick Eastin

    Dan, i’m sorry for your loss. Peace be with you.

  149. Sorry to hear this Dan. My thoughts are with you. Mrs. Woog must be smiling knowing that her tributes will rightfully shatter the 06880 record for responses.

  150. Hi Dan, so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your tribute. Your Mom sounds like a wonderful lady who really embodied that active, community-oriented, Westport spirit.

  151. Deborah Oestreicher

    My deepest sympathy Dan, to you and your sisters. As a HPR neighbor I used to see both of your parents frequently. She will be missed.

  152. Scott Robins

    Hello Dan
    I just learned of your loss through a mutual Facebook friend. As so many have said here, you words certainly give us a glimpse in to this special women. Sending you and your family condolences and best wishes.

  153. So sorry to hear this sad news. I remember your Mom from our PTA days at Burr Farms. She packed a whole lot of wonderfulness into that small frame! Westport has been so fortunate to have the Woog family in its life. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  154. Ana Messenger

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Dan. What beautiful memories you shared. It sounds like your Mom was an amazing woman who lived a happy and fulfilled life.

  155. sandra johnson

    Dan, what a beautiful tribute to your mom!! A beautiful picture! Keep all your memories in your heart – she will always be with you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family I will be thinking of you on Thursday. She certainly was an asset to the community of Westport and she raised a terrific son!!!!

  156. Oh Dan, I am so sorry to read your news of your mom’s passing. Know that she will be in my prayers – as will you. A mothers love is a very special and priceless gift to all of us. I hope the fact that you and your many wonderful contributions to our beloved community is proof positive of just how unique and lovely she was. God bless her, and you. All my best, John Suggs

  157. pambarkentin

    Heartfelt condolences, Dan.

  158. Lynn U. Miller

    Dear Dan, I was so sorry to hear this sad news. Your mom was a lovely, warm, and vibrant lady who will be missed by so many. Please know that my family and I are thinking of you. Sending condolences and hugs to you and your family.

  159. Michele Smolen

    Dan, Only an extraordinary Mother could have created an
    extraordinary Son.
    So sorry for your loss.

  160. Peter Gambaccini

    Clearly, she made vital contributions to the town, and more importantly to your family, for decades. You embody much of what was special about her. My condolences to you for the loss of this extraordinary person.

  161. Sheri Gordon

    Dan, I am so sorry for your loss. She truly was a bright light in Westport, and I am certain she will be missed. My thoughts are with you. – Sheri

  162. Michael Nayor

    Dan, Rhoda and I send you and your family our heartfelt condolences. It’s never easy to lose a parent. We remember both Jim and Jo fondly. They were pillars of our community. In my middle years i decided to take piano lessons and your mother was kind enough to grit her teeth and listen weekly to one of her worst students attack Kumbaya as if it were a Beethoven symphony. Our thoughts are with you.

    Mike and Rhoda Nayor

  163. Dan, she was a wonderful woman and raised a wonderful son. All my sincerest feelings are with you at this sad time.
    Wally Woods

  164. So sorry Dan. Losing one’s Mother is especially tough. Hang in there.

  165. Katie Augustyn

    Dan, So sorry for your loss. Sending condolences to you and your family.

  166. So sorry for your loss Dan!

  167. Thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to you Dan.

  168. Trish Leavitt

    So sorry for your loss. That is a beautiful tribute to your mom.

  169. So sorry for your loss, Dan. Thinking of you!

  170. Our condolences Dan.She must have been a great mom to have raised such a strong family.

  171. Saddened to hear about your Mom, Dan.The memories are with you forever.

  172. Ken and I both send love and hugs and prayers to you, Dan. I remember meeting your mom when Allen Raymond led a tour of Compo Cove several years ago. The WHS tour was great, but the best part of the day was that “I met Dan Woog’s mother!” She was lovely and chatty (I should talk) and obviously adored you. That’s always what makes a “good mother” in my book. I too hope that all these lovely tributes will keep alive what made your mom so special. We’ll definitely send in a donation in memory of her!


    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    May God bless you both, and keep you in his care.

  174. So sorry for your loss. Sounds like she was a wonderful woman and she left a special legacy.
    Laura Bryer

  175. I’m so sorry for your loss, Dan. Losing one’s mother is a very big passage. My mom died 24 years ago and I still feel her presence every day. I hope you’ll continue to feel your mother’s presence in your life. Love is eternal.

  176. Words often fail us at times like this-

    But your words never seem to fail to capture what is important- a lovely tribute to your mom. To your family from our family- we add our heartfelt condolences along with the messages you have already received from your friends and devoted readers.
    So sorry-

    Linda and Steve Stein

  177. Dan, what a wonderful, interesting tribute to your Mom! No wonder you do what you do. As a former Westporter I can certainly understand and feel the same way … certainly wish I were still there. I love being kept informed by you. All the best to the family.

  178. Laura Pendergast

    Dear Dan, I am so very sorry to hear about the lost of your beloved Mother. What a great tribute to her..God Bless you and your family.

  179. Deborah Findley

    Sending my heartfelt sympathy to you Dan.
    What a beautiful tribute to your Mom!

  180. Sorry for you loss, Dan. I remember both of your parents coming into the store. Such energy!

  181. Joan Goodman

    Dear Dan,
    I always thought of your mom as family. Sending you love and comfort at this time, from family.

    Joan Goodman

  182. Joanna Triscari

    I’m very sorry for your loss, Dan…

  183. Hi Danny, So sorry to hear the news about your mom.

  184. Lawrence Sherman


    We are so sorry about your Mom’s passing. Your parents were absolutely wonderful people in countless ways. Not the least of which was raising wonderful children.

    Larry and Ruth

    Sent from my iPhone

    Lawrence M. Sherman Shermans’ Way Westport, CT

  185. Laurence Grayhills

    Your mom sounded like a great woman…I’m sorry for your loss! Larry Israel Grayhills

  186. Terry brannigan

    Aw buddy, that is such sad news. The apple never falls far so she must have really been something. At times like this you can lean on your family and trust me, you have the biggest one in town

    The Brannigans are thinking of you

  187. Dan,
    Our deepest condolences on your loss. Thinking about you during this sad time.
    – The Buckman family

  188. Dan, So sorry to hear about your mom. She sounds like she was a wonderful mother. A loss like this is always difficult. You’re in my thoughts.

  189. Peter Barlow

    Hello Dan,
    I didn’t want to hear this news. It was good tho that both you and your mother lived in the same town for all these years. Not many parents or children have that opportunity. Or that many good things to remember.

  190. Dennis Stahursky

    Losing a Mom is huge. Thinking of you, be well and keep on keepin’ on, as your Mom did so well.

  191. Pamela Romano

    Dan, So very sorry to hear about you Mom.We have you and family in our thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathies!!

  192. Dear Dan, My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your mother. She was a lovely lady whose company I always enjoyed. She was very proud of you and I know you will miss her as we will also.

  193. Dear Dan,
    May the loving memories of your beloved mom help in this time of sorrow.
    With deepest sympathy.
    Tina Crosby

  194. Very sorry to hear Dan.

  195. Condolences to you and your family from the entire James family.

  196. Michael Newman

    My heartfelt and sincere condolences to you and your family.
    Fond Regards,
    Michael Newman

  197. Lisa Backart

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I remember her back in the 70’s hanging at your house with Laurie. I am a westporter too for all of my growing up years. Your mother sounds like she had a very active life and one In Which she will be happily remembered. Fondly Lisa Ellis Backart

  198. We are so sorry for your loss, Dan. I am sorry that I never knew your Mom, but I am sure that I do know something of her, because she instilled it in you. You, this blog, the community you have built and nurtured here, are in their way a part of your Mom’s legacy. Her appreciation for Westport very clearly is alive in you and your work, and that is a wonderful thing. May you find joy in your memories.

  199. Merrie Singer

    Dan, so sorry to hear about your mom. I will always have fond memories of her teaching me to play piano. My condolences to you and your family.

  200. Laurey Tussing

    So sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  201. Dear Dan, Your mom helped make High Point Road a special community within a larger special community. A wonderful mom and a great neighbor. Blessings for her life and all she meant. — Doug Davidoff, ex-#20 High Point.

  202. Michael McGovern

    Sorry for your loss Dan.

    The McGovern Family

  203. Seana R. Gaherin

    Danny ,
    Do sorry for your loss ! Growing up as your neighbor on High Point Road I have many fond memories of your mother and father !
    God Bless them both and all the best to your sisters !
    So thrilled your mother had such a long active life !

    • Seana, thank you for writing. Some of my best Westport memories involve running over to your house and playing in the woods on the “Big Rock” near your house…

  204. Dear Dan,
    You may not remember this but I worked at your parents home years ago catering a party, Michael Luzzi was the man I bar tended for and Sarah Gross of Cabbages and Kings was my friend the caterer, I even worked for Joanne Hush of Seasonings Caterers in the day, whatever, I remember being in your home and being around your family. Later my sister Theresa Alward let me know that your sister was and still is her good friend so we have a connection besides my son Taylor who played soccer for you at Staples.
    So sorry for your loss.

  205. Lynn Turin Pokornt

    I’m so sorry to hear this. She was definitely “one of the good ones” and I will always remember her with fondness.
    Condolences and love to you.

  206. Judy Kelhoffer

    Dan, God bless you and so sorry for your loss……

  207. Dear Dan,
    I would imagine that writing this piece about your mother was both incredibly easy and heartbreakingly difficult. Your love for her came through loud and clear – and may that as well as all the great memories of her provide comfort to you at this time. Dan and I send our deepest sympathy to you.
    Priscilla Long

  208. Kempton Coady

    Dear Dan,

    Rosita and Iare so sorry for your loss. A Mom is such an important part of your life.

    Kemp and Rosita Coady

  209. Dan, Sending you warm hugs and memories of your mother. So sorry to hear…

  210. Margaret Hart Rynshall

    This very long list of condolences and rememberances are a testament to her and to you, Dan. I’m sad I did not know her but grateful she gave us you.

  211. Dear Dan,
    Having been enjoying your column I now see where you have gotten your verve & community spirit . Our Condolences on your loss of a wonderful & active Mother.

  212. What a wonderful tribute to a beautiful and inspiring woman. Our thoughts are with you. ❤️

  213. I’m so terribly sorry for your loss Dan. She sounds like quite a wonderful person who truly lived life. And she must have been pretty special to have raised such a remarkable son. You’re in our thoughts.

  214. Sorry to hear of your loss, Dan.
    215 plus comments is testament, indeed, to the importance of both you and your mom in peoples’ hearts and minds.

  215. Sincere condolences Dan

  216. Scott & Julia Broder

    Our sincere condolences to you and your family.
    The accomplishments listed for your Mother exemplify
    a life well lived. We are so sorry to learn of her passing.
    Warmest thoughts & prayers,
    Julia & Scott

  217. Sally Luciano

    Dear Dan and family,
    I am deeply sorry for the loss of your mother.
    Sally Luciano

  218. Dan, I’m so very sorry for your loss. I very recently lost my own mother, who was 86 but still mentally vital and full of love. I miss her every day but I’ve found that the love remains. I hope this is how it is for you too, and know she is always with you. I join the community in giving you a big comforting hug.

  219. Thank you for sharing sweet memories of your mother. I’m sorry for your loss.

  220. Jean Whitehead

    Very sorry to hear. Your mother definitely had a unique way about her. We are all the richer because of her…..especially the children of 1950s and 60s Westport. You certainly continue to make Westport a better town…..she must have loved the 05880 column. Condolences to you, Dan.

  221. Mary Kneisel

    Dan, we are so sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. You are now and always in our thoughts.
    Love from Mary & Frank Kneisel

  222. Linda (Pomerantz) Novis

    So sorry for your loss..(I lost my dear mom four years ago..) The memories
    do live on -as do all the kind thoughts here of your mom.

  223. Johanna Kiev

    Hi Dan,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. She sounds like an incredible lady. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Kievs

  224. Rady Johnson

    Dan, sincere condolences on your loss, but what a wonderful article and what a wonderful life! It’s clear Jo did so much to make Westport what it is – a great place – and her story helps us all aspire to do the same. God bless Jo and all the Woogs. Rady & Diane.

  225. Loretta Santella Hallock

    So sorry for your loss.. May your memories comfort you. You never really do lose your Mom since she is in your heart forever.
    Loretta & Bob

  226. Dan,

    Sorry for your loss. What a moving tribute to your mother.


  227. Very sorry for your great loss Dan. She will always be a part of you.

  228. Carolanne Curry

    A warm and loving tribute, Dan.
    You do your mom proud.

  229. Aini Rockwell

    My deepest and most sincere condolences for your loss Dan. Much love to you and yours.

  230. Beautiful life and beautifully remembered.

  231. So sorry for your loss Dan and sending our deepest condolences.

  232. Wafaa Naggar

    Dear Dan,
    My condolences to you and your family may she rest in peace.

  233. Rick Leonard

    Dear Dan —
    Your mom fully embodied an era of truly special Westport moms who did it all — cheerfully, effectively and without fanfare. Her spirit of generosity and giving thrives in you all. My condolences to you and your family. Rick

  234. Dan,
    I’m truly sorry for your loss. I remember meeting your Mom and was struck by what a dynamic woman she was. You, your sisters as well as your nieces and nephews are an exemplary testament to her legacy.

  235. Nancy Barrer

    Dan, my sincerest condolences on the loss of your mom. Thank you for sharing your lovely tribute to her; she sounds like she was a remarkable woman with a great zest for life.

  236. Dan, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  237. Debbie Burns

    Dan, So very sorry on the loss of your lovely mother, may all your wonderful memories of her give you some comfort at this difficult time.

  238. Anna Danchak

    Dan, our deepest condolences on your loss.
    She sounds like a wonderful woman, mother, friend and neighbor and we were all lucky to have her influence our community.

  239. Kate Eisemann

    So sorry Dan – I always enjoyed her company so much. She was full of joy and so proud of all of you.

  240. Larry weisman

    Condolences Dan. I remember both of your parents well and admired them greatly. I hope you can find comfort in the fact that they were always proud of you.

  241. Nanette Buziak Lexow

    Dan and Family, my sincere sympathy on your loss. May you cherish all the memories of a life well lived.

  242. Terri Murphy Matsen

    So very sorry for your loss. Beautiful tribute. I know she will be missed. Love and prayers to you and your family.

  243. Maggie Fay McDonough

    Dan, Your mother sounds like she was such a wonderful, loving and supportive person who brought many things to the Westport community. The town was lucky to have your vibrant mom in town for sixty years and your involvement in Westport will carry on her legacy.

  244. Don Willmott

    My sympathies to you. And you are so right about the women of Westport!

  245. prosperocity

    Dear Dan,
    My sincerest condolences for your loss. I’m sure she was very, very proud of you and your work.
    Mary Lynn Halland

  246. Patricia Apoian

    Hi Dan, We have never met but I see you around town here and there, and I read your blog every day. I just wanted to write and say I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like your mother was a terrific woman who lived a full and happy life. Sincerely, Patricia Apoian


  247. Maxine Bleiweis

    She brought smiles to everyone she touched. How lucky we were to have her in our midst. My condolences, Dan.

  248. Dan, your mom was a customer of mine for decades. When she stopped teaching I would only see her when she went to get her hair done across the hall at Phillip Bruce. It was only a couple of months ago when I last saw her. We would talk for a few minutes about her piano teaching and day’s gone buy. I always enjoyed seeing her.
    Stephen Sasloe
    Westport Music Center

  249. Marjorie Santella

    Dan, Losing one’s Mom is sad and my wish for you is to remember all the wonderful times you had together and to be thankful that she was your Mother. Obviously she was a community minded woman and deeply respected for her contributions to Westport. Her best contribution to 06880 readers was her son who keeps us updated on Westport happenings .
    I’m sure she was very proud of your work.
    With Love and respect,

  250. Lisa Marie Alter

    My deepest sympathies, Dan —
    I always have upheld that Great Moms create Great People…
    You were blessed to have one of those, and losing her must hurt an awful lot. I can only hope that happy memories of your time with her will help ease your loss. She lives on in you and that is a beautiful thing 🙂

  251. Dan, what a beautiful tribute. Vijay and I hold you our hearts and we offer you our support as you remember her.

  252. Leslie Flinn

    Dan – What a lovely tribute to a great dame! Wish I had known her. My thoughts are with you and your family as you grieve her passing.

  253. don l bergmann

    The words of Carolanne Curry and Michael Katz capture my thoughts. You are a special guy from a special family.
    Don Bergmann

  254. Blair Satter

    So sorry for your loss.

  255. Dan – Thank you for sharing your wonderful tribute to your mom. I hope writing about her brought you comfort. My condolences to you and your family. No matter how old we, or our parents are, it’s never easy losing them. Holding you in my thoughts.

  256. Dan I am so sorry for your loss. Losing your mom is definitely one of the toughest events in most people’s lives. May the memories of your mom bring you comfort during this very difficult time and for many years to come.

  257. Joyce Barnhart

    These many postings show how many lives you have touched, and your mother through you. I’m sure she would be very proud. I hope the many happy memories she created for you will soon bring smiles instead of tears.

  258. Elizabeth Kessler

    I am very sorry for your loss. I am sure your mother was very proud of you.

  259. I just read this, Dan. I can only imagine how proud she was of you. Very best wishes, Trey

  260. Linda D. Parker

    What a nice tribute to your Mom, Dan