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Joseph Sibigtroth, WWII Navy Vet

Westport resident Joseph Clarence Sibigtroth, a World War II veteran and retired insurance executive, died on Oct. 22. He was 94.

The second oldest of eight children, Sibigtroth was born on Nov. 29, 1915, in Mendota, Ill. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in 1939 and his master's the following year from the same university. He married Marjorie Ward in 1941 before joining the Navy. The couple had two children, Alan, and Joan.

From 1942 to 1946,  he served as a lieutenant in Navy in the southwest Pacific.When he returned from the war, Sibigtroth worked as an actuary with Metropolitan Life until 1952. He then served as a senior vice president and chief actuary of New York Life until his retirement in 1981.

After his wife's death, Sibigtroth traveled back and forth between Delray Beach, Fla., and Westport for more than 10 years with his partner and lifetime friend, Jene Eckenfelder.

He had a passion for music and loved listening to and playing music, especially on the trombone. In his retirement, he traveled the world on cruises with his and Jene's family.

He is survived by Jene, his daughter, Joan, and four grandchildren. Private services will be held in Port Washington, N.Y.

Donations can be made in his memory to the University of Illinois. Online condolences can be left on the Harding Funeral Home Web site.

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