Lillian H. Cecchinato

NORTH CANAAN — Lillian H. Cecchinato, 91, the widow of Nicholas J. Cecchinato Jr., a lifelong North Canaan resident, left her family and loving caregivers on Nov 30, 2018. Lillian quietly departed the Geer Nursing Facility to check into a much grander and glorious house that awaited her (John 14: 1-3).

In the immediate hours after her death, the kindest gentleman and family friend came to her bedside to reaffirm Lillian’s deep faith and to assuage the deep sadness of saying goodbye. 

Lillian was born Dec. 4, 1926.

Marjorie A. Baldwin

PINE PLAINS — Marjorie A. Baldwin, 78, passed away on Nov. 26, 2018, at ArchCare at Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

She was born on Jan. 4, 1940, in Sharon, the daughter of Gladys Mae (Gregory) and George W. Wesley.

Marjorie was a home health care aide.  

She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, reading and crocheting. Most of all she loved spending time with her family.  

Elizabeth (Claster) Rice

SALISBURY — Elizabeth (Claster) Rice, 52, of Dedham, Mass., passed away on Nov. 21, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family. 

Liddy, as she was affectionately known by her friends and family, was born in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 12, 1966. She was the eldest daughter of Bertram and Fredericka Claster of Lock Haven, Pa. 

Liddy was a beloved daughter and wife, devoted mother and mother-in-law, loving nanny, supportive sibling, adoring aunt and niece, and a fiercely loyal friend and dedicated teacher.

David Vincent Peppe

NORTH CANAAN — David Vincent Peppe, 69, of North Canaan died on Nov. 24, 2018, after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by members of his loving family. 

He was born in Sharon on March 22, 1949, the son of Shirley Mae (Budds) and Dr. Vincent J. Peppe. 

On Aug. 7, 1976, he married Linda Law, and they raised two children, Daniel and Louise. 

Marilyn G. (Gleason) Miele

EAST CANAAN — Marilyn G. (Gleason) Miele, 83, died Nov. 21, 2018, at Noble Horizons with her daughter, Jennifer, at her bedside. 

She was the widow of Joseph Miele, who passed on in 2005. 

She was born Sept. 15, 1935, in Danbury, Conn., the daughter of the late Esther Gertrude (Cole) and Earl Gleason.

Marilyn was employed in the Barkhamsted School system as a teacher. She earned her B.S. in 1957 from Western Connecticut State University. 

Harriet Elizabeth Hoffman

SALISBURY — Harriet Elizabeth Hoffman, age 76,  died on Nov. 5, 2018, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass., after a 14-month battle with AML. 

She was  the daughter of the late John Norton Hoffman and Elizabeth Warner Hoffman of  Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., and Salisbury. 

Harriet graduated from Briarcliff High School (1960), Grinnell College (1964) and  Katherine Gibbs (1966).

Mavis E. (Cole) Cross

NORTH CANAAN — Mavis E. (Cole) Cross, 88, passed away peacefully on Nov. 17, 2018, at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation with her family by her side. She was the widow of Arthur B. Cross, who predeceased her in 2012.

Mavis was born on Sept. 12, 1930, the daughter of the late Kathleen (Green) and Walter Cole. She grew up in Salt Point, N.Y.

Mavis was a devoted wife to Arthur for 57 years. She was a homemaker and the proud mother of six children. 

Stephen Timothy Utterback

SHARON — Stephen Timothy Utterback, 58, of Sharon, cherished and dear husband of Carol Denise Graham and loving father of Raimie Leigh Utterback, died in his sleep on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. 

Kenneth Leroy McClelland

MILLERTON — Kenneth Leroy McClelland, 55, a lifelong area resident, died unexpectedly at his home in Millerton on Nov. 12, 2018, following a brief illness. 
Mr. McClelland worked in the maintenance department at the Kildonan School in Amenia for many years. He also worked for New York state and for his close friend John Horton.
Born May 22, 1963, in Sharon, he was the son of George McClelland of Pennsylvania and Judy (Foster) Murphy of Millerton. 

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John ‘Jack’ Ritchie Jr.

SALISBURY — John “Jack” Ritchie Jr., 97, died on Nov. 8, 2018, in Salisbury at Noble Horizons, where he and his wife, Sue, had lived since 2005.

He was the son of Constance (Tyrrell) and John Ritchie.