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Obituaries

Michael James Murnane Sr.

MILLERTON — Michael James Murnane Sr., 44, a lifelong area resident, died unexpectedly at home on May 18, 2018. 

Mike worked as a painter for New England Painting based in Millerton for many years.

Born Feb. 13, 1974, in Sharon,  he was the son of the late George P. Murnane and Karen L. (Miles) Murnane of Millerton. 

Jacek Galazka

CORNWALL BRIDGE — Jacek Galazka, a retired New York publisher, died on May 8, 2018, at the  age of 94, after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Coby Galazka.

Jacek, born in Wilno, Poland, was a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and served with the Polish Armed Forces in the West during World War II  before starting his decades-long career in publishing. Most notably, he spent the majority of his publishing career with Charles Scribner’s Sons in New  York, eventually advancing to become its president. 

Jeanne (Cotten) Blum

SALISBURY — Jeanne (Cotten) Blum, a pioneering female executive at IBM and an arts and civic leader in Brooklyn and New York, died May 16, 2018. She was 98.

Born Nov. 24, 1919, in New York, Jeanne (Cotten) Blum was the daughter of Madeline Lynch Cotten and Chester Cotten, a Colorado civil engineer. As a child, she and her late sister Patricia (Cotten) Isbrandtsen lived in Barcelona, Spain, and later Kobe, Japan, where from 1925 to 1927 their father worked on public works projects, including roads.

Mildred K. Rick

SHARON — Mildred K. Rick of Upper Main Street died on May 14, 2018, at Noble Horizons. She was 98 years old, and the widow of the late Walter H. (“Ricky”) Rick of Sharon.

Millie was born in Bayridge, Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 20, 1919, the younger daughter of the late Olaf Casperson and Olga (Hansen) Caspersen. She and her sister, Alice, were raised in Brooklyn, though when she was a young child her family spent a year living in Norway. 

Jane Cochran Hughes

LAKEVILLE — Jane Cochran Hughes, widow of Richard D’Oyly Hughes Jr.,died peacefully on May 9, 2018, in her hometown of St. Louis, Mo. 

Jane was born and raised in St Louis. She attended Mary Institute, graduated from The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and was an alumna of Briarcliff College.  

In 1955, she served as the maid of honor at the Veiled Prophet Ball. A year later, she married Marine Corps Lt. Richard D’Oyly Hughes Jr. of St. Louis. They  were stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii.  

Walter Reilly Kane

KENT — Dr. Walter Reilly Kane, 91, of Kent, died peacefully on April 29, 2018, at Sharon Health Care, due to complications of heart failure. 

Richard James Morey

MILLERTON — Richard James Morey died May 9, 2018. His memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on May 19 at North East Baptist Church in Millerton, followed by internment at Salisbury Cemetery. 

Mr. Morey was born July 9, 1933, in Sharon to Jesse and Iola Morey.  

He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Eleanor Morey, as well as two sons, Richard Allen Morey and William John Morey; and two grandsons, Richard Lee Morey and Rick Lachevette. 

Margaret (Kiser) Wetmore

AMENIA — Margaret (Kiser) Wetmore of Amenia died with her family by her side on May 8, 2018, at Sharon Hospital at the age of 86. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and the co-founder of Cascade Mountain Winery and Restaurant in Amenia.

Lynn (Harrison) Cheney

Mary A. (Roberts) Castagna

NORTH CANAAN – Mary A. (Roberts) Castagna, 71, of South Canaan Road, died peacefully on May 3, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her family.  

She was the widow of Kenneth Castagna.  

Mary was born Oct. 23, 1946, in Portland, Maine, the daughter of the late Ira Oliver Roberts and Marie Rose (LaRoche) Griffin.

She was a nurse’s assistant at Noble Horizon from the 1980s to the early 1990s. She also owned Northstar Video in Great Barrington for many years.