Katherine "Kay" M. Dombroski, 88, died Dec. 31, 2009, at the Elmwood Nursing Center in Claremont, N.H., where she had been residing.

She was born in Fairfield on April 7, 1921, the daughter of Rosalia M. Nadolny and Kazmierz Nadolny. She resided in Westport with her husband, Michael G. Dombroski, whom she married on May 3, 1941.

In 1960, they moved to Newport, N.H., where they were active parishioners of St Patrick's Parish. She was a member of the St Patrick's Catholic Women's Club, active on the Parish Council and served as a minister of the Holy Eucharist. She moved to Horseheads, N.Y., in 1987, but returned to the Claremont, N.H., area by 1996. She became an active member of St Joseph's Parish in Claremont and was a member of the St. Cecilia Choir and St. Anne's Society.

Dombroski was also a long-time member of the Catholic Daughters of America, in both Connecticut and New Hampshire. She enjoyed traveling over a span of many years and visited Hawaii, Poland, Isreal, France, Spain and Portugal, and embarked on several trips to the Shrines in Canada. She also enjoyed visiting Las Vegas on several occasions.

She was predeceased by her son, Charles, in February 1990, her husband, Michael, in December 1998 and her grandson, Allen, in July 2008.

She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-laws, Michael and Elva of Arleta, Calif., James and Jane and Robert and Cheryl of Newport, N.H., Stephen and Joyce of Sioux Falls, S.D., John of Las Vegas, Joseph and Sharon of White River Junction, Vt., and Mary Jane of New York. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren, as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews and many friends.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Thursday at St Patrick's Church in Newport, N.H., by Rev. Fr. Richard E. St. Louis Jr. Burial followed in St Patrick's Cemetery. Calling hours took place Wednesday at the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, 42 Main St., Newport, N.H.

Memorial donations may be made to the religious sisters co-founded by her granddaughter: Daughters of Mary, Mother of healing Love, 19 Grant St., Rochester, NH 03867.

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Stefanie Prigge, 63, of Greenwich, died Dec. 31, 2009, at home.

Born in Alexandria, Va. on Aug. 12, 1946, she was the daughter of the late William and Louise Prigge. Prigge attended Westport schools and graduated from Staples High School in 1964. She moved to Greenwich in 1973. Her family was long-time members of Saugatuck Congregational Church and the Cedar Point Yacht Club.

She is survived by her brother, Peter Prigge. She was predeceased by her younger brother, Paul Prigge.

Services will be private.


Joseph P. Wirsing Jr., 58, of Wilton, the husband of Karen Schlegel, died Jan. 2, 2010.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., on April 8, 1951, son of Joseph P. Wirsing Sr. and the late Patricia Harrison Wirsing, he was a Wilton resident for 30 years.

Wirsing worked in the entertainment production industry with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Prince, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Pat Benatar, Chic, David Johansen, Wham!, Buddy Miles, Band Of Gypsys and Aerosmith. He was also involved in many special events, including the Grammy Awards telecasts, the Pope John Paul II masses in New York City, The U.S. Bill of Rights tour, WOMAD, the Amnesty International "Conspiracy of Hope" tour, Live-Aid and Woodstock 94.

When not working, Wirsing enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, skydiving and woodworking.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his father, Joseph P. Wirsing Sr., and his step-mother, Pauline Wirsing of Tucson, Ariz.; his sisters, Patti Wirsing-Gutierrez and her husband, Dennis of Albuquerque, N.M., and Teresa Wirsing-Brooks of Tucson, Ariz.; his brothers, Richard Wirsing of Derby and Matthew Wirsing and his wife, Chong of Beacon Falls; his former sister-in-law, Ellen Hanisko Wirsing of Beacon Falls; his many nieces and nephews and his dog, Max.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Center For Hope, 590 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820.

Arrangements are being handled by the Shaughnessey-Banks Funeral Home in Fairfield. To send an online condolence, visit www.shaughnesseybanks