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Eileen And Gerald Bodell, 79 And 80, Of Westport

Gerald E. and Eileen P. Bodell
Gerald E. and Eileen P. Bodell Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. - Gerald E. Bodell and Eileen P. Bodell of Westport both died Saturday, April 26. Gerald was 80 and Eileen was 79.

Gerry was born Nov. 11, 1933, in Bridgeport. He was a graduate of Fairfield Prep, where he was the first-string quarterback, graduating in 1951. He attended Holy Cross College, Class of 1955 and Fordham University School of Law, Class of 1958, and served on the Board of Editors of the Fordham Law Review. He first practiced law with the firm of Cahill Gordon and in 1964 established his own law firm in Manhattan. He served as special counsel for the Legal Aid Society of New York and was involved in numerous constitutional law trials.

He was a member of both the New York and Connecticut Bar Associations, retiring from his legal career in 2004.

Eileen was born Feb. 15, 1935, in Bridgeport, and was a graduate of Lauralton Hall and University of Bridgeport's Fone School of Dental Hygiene. She worked as a dental hygienist in the Bridgeport School System before her marriage.

After their marriage, they lived in Bronxville and then Larchmont, N.Y., where they raised their family before relocating to Westport 15 years ago. She was an interior designer, working in a home décor store and starting her own line of artisanal wreaths. The couple was married for 54 years.

The Bodells are survived by their children, Brian Bodell (Merrily) of Westport, Kevin Bodell (Cristia) of Fairfield and Kristin Deleno (Keith) of the Bronx, N.Y.; five grandchildren; Gerald’s brother, Alvin of Lordship; Eileen’s sister, Theresa Krehel of Easton; and brother, James Daly of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and their children. Gerald was predeceased by his brother, Howard.

Calling hours are Saturday, May 10, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Pistey Funeral Home, 2155 Main St., Stratford, with a Mass to be celebrated at Our Lady of Peace Church, 651 Stratford Road, Stratford, at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Peace Parish in their memory.

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