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Obituaries

Howard Grauel Jr.

NORTH CANAAN — Howard Grauel Jr. was down to earth, but he was also out of this world, and Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, he left it for the heavens he helped photograph and map.

His spirit flew out a cracked window of Sharon Hospital after a hard-fought case of flu and pneumonia. At 92, he wasn’t quite ready to leave, and had been doing the laundry, eating chocolate ice cream and enjoying the company of his family and friends from Geer Village just a week prior. 

Sally Ann (Consolini) Foley

 NORTH CANAAN — Sally Ann (Consolini) Foley passed away on Nov. 6, 2019, surrounded by her family. 

Sally was born in North Canaan on Jan. 23, 1947, the daughter of the late Marion (Bianchi) and Victor Consolini. 

In 1968, she married John Foley Sr., the love of her life. They had 48 wonderful years together raising their six children. They enjoyed spending their last 17 winters in Holiday, Fla.

Sally enjoyed her career at The Interlaken Inn for the past 20 years and working with the customers and her co-workers. 

Richard Thomas Flood Jr.

SALISBURY — Richard Thomas Flood Jr., 84, son of Ellen (Holdrege) and Richard T. Flood, and the husband and best friend of the late Sally (Elliot) Flood, died on Oct. 30, 2019.

Born in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 10, 1935, he was a graduate of Noble and Greenough School in the Class of 1953 and Williams College in the Class of 1957.

He was a grateful Jamestown, R.I., resident for more than 50 years.

John Alexander ‘Jack’ Downey

SHARON — John Alexander “Jack” Downey, MD, BSc (Med), DPhil (Oxon), FRCP(C), born Sept. 16, 1930, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, to J. Stuart and Victoria Downey, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. 

Arnaldo Traverso

NORTH CANAAN —  Arnaldo Traverso passed away quietly in his home Oct. 28, 2019, two days after his 89th birthday.

Arnaldo worked for more than 30 years at Becton-Dickinson in North Canaan, and also was a landscaper and handyman for many in the area. A hardworking, loyal and dedicated man, he immigrated from the Piedmont region of Italy, devoting his life to his family. A true American success story.

Phyllis Hoecker Wojan

CORNWALL BRIDGE — Phyllis Hoecker Wojan, 95, writer, teacher, researcher and conservationist, passed away peacefully on Oct. 29, 2019.  

Phyllis was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 4, 1924, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richmond Bernard Hoecker.

Phyllis earned a degree in Library Science from Barnard College and went on to become a writer and the first female executive with Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).  

She also was a model for Bergdorf Goodman and on the Editorial Board for the Barnard Alumnae Magazine. 

Phyllis (Pulver) Ronner

PINE PLAINS — Phyllis (Pulver) Ronner passed away on Nov. 1, 2019, at Geer Village. 

Mrs. Ronner was born in Pine Plains on Aug. 29, 1923, the daughter of May Miller and Ralph Pulver. She graduated from Pine Plains High School in 1941 and Russell Sage College, with a degree in Home Economics, in 1945.

Sean Patrick VanDeusen

NORTH CANAAN — Sean Patrick VanDeusen, 34, of North Canaan, passed away suddenly on Oct. 30, 2019. 

Sean was born June 4, 1985, at Sharon Hospital to Susan Downey-Gawel and the late Peter R. VanDeusen.

Sean had resided in the area most of his life with a short stay in Santa Fe, N.M., and in Northampton, Mass.

Sean graduated from Salisbury Central School in 1999 and was a 2004 night school graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

Geraldine ‘Dena’ (Kenny) Solan

SHARON — Geraldine “Dena” (Kenny) Solan, 65, of North Canaan, died Nov. 1, 2019, at home surrounded by her family. She was the loving wife of Richard Solan. 

Dena was born Feb. 2, 1954, in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of the late Geraldine (Teefy) and William Kenny. 

She graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School and studied Recreational Psychology at Marist College. 

George W. Steckler

JACKSON CORNERS, NY — I was born July 18, 1942, in New Rochelle, N.Y.  A woman, Doctor Daly, facilitated delivery while most male doctors were serving this great country during World War II — frightening times. 

I came out feet first, which begs the question: Have my feet remained on the ground?

In 1954, my family moved from Germantown, N.Y., to Jackson Corners, N.Y. I later graduated from Pine Plains Central School, kind of by the skin of my teeth.