Wanda H. Comers, 91, of Fairfield, wife of the late Paul Comers, died Nov. 15, 2009, at Bridgeport Hospital.

Born and raised in Bridgeport, she moved to Fairfield in 1945.

Comers enjoyed caring for her animals, tending to her garden and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two sons, Ret. Fairfield Police Captain Robert Comers and his wife, Mickie, of Fairfield, and Richard Comers of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; three grandchildren, Ronald Comers and his wife, Jackie, of Stratford, Matthew Comers of Venice, Fla., and Jennifer Stich and her husband, Ian, of Sarasota, Fla.; and four great-grandchildren, Ryan, Timothy and Justin Comers, and Sophia Ingram-Comers.

Funeral services will be held today, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield, with father John Baran officiating. Interment will follow at Lawncroft Cemetery, Fairfield. Friends may greet her family today, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial donations may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, New York, NY, Office 333 7th Ave., Seventeenth floor, New York, NY, 10001.

To sign an online register, visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com


Martha Sue Eckert, 77, of Fairfield, an educator and long-time member of the Representative Town Meeting, died Nov. 13, 2009, in her home with her family by her side, after an eight-year battle with cancer.

Born in Kansas City, Mo., on Aug. 29, 1932, she was the daughter of the late William R. Wharton and Dorothea Vaughan Wharton.

Eckert was raised in Virginia and New York and was a resident of Fairfield since 1974. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Hollins College in Virginia and a masters degree from Fairfield University. A teacher for more than 25 years, she especially enjoyed her years as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in the Fairfield Public Schools.

She was an accomplished horseback rider who also raised Arabian Horses and Jack Russell Terriers. Eckert traveled extensively throughout her life and treasured her riding trips with friends to overseas places such as Spain, Italy and Mexico. An avid reader, she devoured stacks of mystery books, usually found at one of her favorite places, the Pequot Library.

She loved to dance and was a regular at all the area country line dancing venues. In recent years, she developed a passion for playing pool and enjoyed competing in a league in Norwalk.

Eckert was actively involved in Fairfield politics. She represented District 3 for six terms on the RTM. She held numerous leadership positions throughout her tenure on the RTM, including majority and minority leader. She was also appointed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell to the Long Island Sound Liquefied Natural Gas Task Force in 2005.

She was a past president of the Fairfield Bridal Trails Association, a director of the Greenfield Hill Village Improvement Society, a member of the Aspetuck Land Trust and was active for many years at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Fairfield.

She is survived by her children, Chris and his wife, Lynn, of Fairfield, Bill and his wife, Jayne, of Fairfield, Lee and his wife, Suz, of Fairfield, Beth of Trumbull and Evie Angel and her husband, Jon, of Fairfield; and her grandchildren, Chloe, Zach, Ryan, Cooper, Campbell, Abbie, Lainie, Will and Nate. She is also survived by her sister, Sally van Solkema and her husband, Fritz, of Winter Park, Fla.; her stepmother, Evelyn Wharton of Southport, N.C.; her stepbrother, Donald Ahlstrand and his wife, Carol, of The Villages, Fla.; her stepsister, Linda Gambino and her husband, Chuck, of Southport, N.C.; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Visiting Nurses Services of Connecticut for all of their caring help and support.

Calling hours took place Monday in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield. Rev. Matthew Calkins officiated at her memorial service on Tuesday in St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Fairfield. Interment was private.

Contributions in Eckert's memory may be made to one of the organizations she was involved in or to the charity of one's choice.

To sign an online register, visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com


Margaret B. Guerra, 92, of Fairfield, wife of 62 years of Benjamin J. Guerra, died Nov. 14, 2009, at the Carolton Chronic and Convalescent Hospital in Fairfield.

Born in New York City, the daughter of the late George and Bridget Bellew, she had been a Fairfield resident since 1957.

Guerra attended Fordham University and received her bachelor of science and master degrees in education from the University of Bridgeport. Her career as a school teacher began with the Archdiocese of New York, continued at The Grove School in Madison and the City of Bridgeport and finally in Fairfield, where she taught primarily second and fourth grade at Oldfield School from 1957 until her retirement.

She was a member of Greater Bridgeport Retired Teachers Association, the Fairfield Retired Teachers Association, the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield and was active for many years with the Fairfield Historical Society.

Active in the American Institute for Foreign Studies, she and her husband led groups of students to Spain. An active long-time parishioner of St. Pius X Church, she was one of the founding members of the Prayer Line and faithfully stuffed the church bulletins for many years.

The proudest accomplishment of her active life was being a grandmother.

Survivors. in addition to her husband Benjamin. include a son, Richard Guerra and his wife, Deborah, of Trumbull; a grandson, Joseph Guerra of Trumbull; a sister, Geane Mateka of Fairfield; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Cdr. Michael Bellew, U.S. Navy, and Gen. John Bellew, U.S. Army, and two sisters, Anne Bellew and Marcella Jacques.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield. Interment will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897; or to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.

To offer an online condolence,visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com


Donald E. Jennings, 78, of Bridgeport, husband of the late Nancy Ruth Jennings, died Nov. 15, 2009, at St. Vincent's Medical Center.

Born in Bridgeport, the son of the late Lorrin and Ethel Jennings, he had been a life-long area resident.

Since September of this year, he had resided at Middlebrook Farms in Trumbull. A graduate of Bassick High School, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

He was an active member and past master of Fidelity-St. John's Lodge No. 3 A.F.& A.M. and a member of Pyramid Temple Shrine No. 9 A.A.O.N.M.S. An active, life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield, he served as an usher and was a former deacon. He also participated in the Young at Heart Group at Black Rock Congregational Church.

Jennings loved freshwater fishing, attending Bridgeport Bluefish games and time spent at the casinos.

Survivors include three children, Brian Jennings and his wife, Nancy, of Stratford, David Jennings and his wife, Arlene, of Miami, Fla., and Linda Jennings of Bridgeport; a brother, Robert Jennings of Placido, Fla.; a grandson, David Jennings Jr. of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield, 2475 Easton Turnpike, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Lawncroft Cemetery. Friends may call today, Nov. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. Fidelity-St. Lodge No. 3 A.F. & A.M. will exemplify their ritual Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

To offer an online condolence, visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com


Robert Neil McCluckie, 68, of The Villages, Fla., previously of Fairfield and Westport, died Nov. 3, 2009.

Born Jan. 5, 1941, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran, worked for Southern New England Telephone Company for 30 years, loved to play golf, poker, and enjoy his family and life.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores; son, Evan McCluckie of The Villages, Fla.; daughter, Dina Kuhn and her husband, Keith Kuhn; and granddaughter, Ashley Kuhn, all of Fairfield; his sister, Jacquelyn Clark and her husband, Frank, of Tampa, Fla.; sister-in law, Dottie Marshall and her husband, Ralph, of Falls Village; nephew, Reid Anderson and his wife, Lesley; and seven children in England.

A memorial service took place Nov. 8 at The Villages in Florida. Interment followed in Bushnell Cemetery, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tampa General Hospital, 1 Tampa General Circle, Tampa, FL 33606, in memory of Robert N. McCluckie.