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Obituaries

Robert F. Krall

MILLBROOK — Dr. Robert F. Krall, a Millbrook optometrist and resident of Verbank, died peacefully on April 4, 2011, in the home he loved.

Mary Lou Howie

FALLS VILLAGE — Mary Lou Howie passed away on April 9, 2011. She was 75 years old.

She was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., on March 1, 1936, the only daughter of Sarah Catherine (Cake) and Raymond Frederick Hutzel. She attended Pioneer High School, Albion College and graduated from the School of Education at the University of Michigan.

Christopher R. Morley

FALLS VILLAGE — Christopher R. Morley, 57, of Undermountain Road, died April 8, 2011, after being stricken at his home. He was the husband of Leone T. Young of New York City and Falls Village.

Christopher was born Sept. 4, 1953, in Seattle, Wash., the son of Elsa (Colby) Morley of Los Angeles and the late Ralph Morley.

In addition to his wife and mother, Christopher is survived by his son Christopher Morley Jr. of New Haven; and his brother, Ralph of Los Angeles. He became a member of Leone’s extended family, whom he cherished and who greatly miss him as well.

Aida M. Burdick

COPAKE FALLS — Aida M. Burdick, 93, of Mount View Street in Copake Falls died April 11, 2011, at the Pine Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Philmont, N.Y.

She was born Dec. 18, 1917, in Philmont, the daughter of the late Bertha and Charles Ogden.

She married Parker A. Burdick Oct. 28, 1937. He predeceased her on Nov. 29, 2006.

She and her husband owned and operated the Berkshire Brookside Farm in Copake Falls for a number of years before selling the farm in 1955.

Edward Bigelow

WEST CORNWALL — Edward Bigelow, 93, passed away on April 4, 2011.

Born in Worcester, Mass., in 1917, Eddie started out in the New York City Ballet as a dancer (he was the original Mouse King in Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker”). He then moved into the role of manager of the company, which he performed for 40 years as one of George Balanchine’s closest friends and aides.

Shirley M. Bartow

SOUTHFIELD, MASS. — Shirley M. Bartow, 61, passed away peacefully at her home April 8, 2011, with her family by her side, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Shirley was born Nov. 11, 1949, in Winsted. She graduated from Northwestern Regional School No. 7 in Winsted, in 1966, and attended nursing school at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.

Shirley married Carl W. Bartow Jr. on Dec. 14, 1968. She worked at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Canaan for more than 35 years and loved her job.

Memorial Service - Leo Richard Segalla

NORTH CANAAN — A  graveside memorial service with full military honors for Leo Richard Segalla, 86,who died Feb. 5, 2011, will be held on April 13 at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph's Cemetery in North Canaan.
Arrangements are under the care of the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan.

Vera (Carlson) Olsen

MILLERTON — Vera (Carlson) Olsen, 93, of Palm City, Fla., died at the Hospice House of Palm City on March 23, 2011.

She was born Jan. 17, 1918, and raised in Darien, Conn., the daughter of the late Katherine (Austin) and James F. Carlson.

She attended Darien public schools and graduated from Darien High School and Connecticut Teachers College. She taught in the public school system of Darien for many years.

Eileen M. Strauss

AMENIA — Eileen M. Strauss, 79, a lifelong resident of Amenia, died peacefully at her home on March 29, 2011.

Born Jan. 27, 1932, in Sharon, she was the daughter of the late Florence (Culligan) and John McEnroe. Eileen graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Amenia and attended Krissler Business School in Poughkeepsie. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Beauty Culture in Amenia.

Mrs. Strauss was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Amenia. On Aug. 16, 1952, she married Guenther Strauss in Amenia. Mr. Strauss died Nov. 21, 1999.

Shirley A. Smith

SALISBURY — Shirley A. Smith, 84, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at Yale-New Haven Hospital on March 31, 2011, surrounded by her family. In her life she touched many hearts with her contagious laughter and lively sense of humor.

She was born March 2, 1927, in Torrington, the eldest of nine children born to Margaret (Carnegie) and Louis Curtiss of Norfolk.

Shirley spent many years as an employee at Becton Dickinson in North Canaan. Upon retirement, she cared for her grandchildren and for other children who also knew her as “Grandma.”