Andrew U. Groop Jr.

WEST CORNWALL — Andrew U. Groop Jr., 77, passed away on Oct. 9, 2011, at Sharon Hospital.

Andrew was born Oct. 29, 1933, in Torrington, the son of the late Hermine (Zabransky) and Andrew U. Groop Sr.

He served in the Navy aboard the USS Losser DE (680) and in the Army in Korea with the 82nd artillery, and he served in the Army Reserves during the Vietnam war.

He worked in home renovations.

Margaret H. Flynn

FALLS VILLAGE — Margaret H. Flynn, 84, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 28, 2011, surrounded by her immediate family.

She was the second-youngest daughter of Ruth (Cleaveland) and Joseph Hanlon. “Peg” to her friends, she was a native of Falls Village and a longtime teacher of earlier grades, especially kindergarten. A 1949 graduate of St. Joseph’s College in West Hartford, Conn., she married Peter J. Flynn, a Salisbury native and a World War II veteran, in 1956.

Paul Theodore Leka

SHARON — Paul Theodore Leka, 68, entered into eternal peace on Oct. 12, 2011, with his loving family at his side. He was devoted to the love and care of his wife, Engjellushe, and son, Alexander.

John Malone

MILLERTON — John Malone, born Feb. 28, 1935, in London, England, passed away peacefully on Oct. 9, 2011, from metastatic pancreatic cancer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass.

John was an extraordinary man, and those who met him were uplifted by his kindness, keen wit and positive outlook. John was a gifted singer and graced many events with his Irish tenor voice. His British wit and knowledge of politics and public affairs created lively discussions at many dinner parties.

Natale Negri

NORTH CANAAN ­— Natale “Ned” Negri, 96, died peacefully on Oct. 11, 2011, at his home. He was the husband of Ida (Mezzofalco) Negri. Mr. and Mrs. Negri were wed Sept. 5, 1944, and celebrated their 67th anniversary this year. Ned was born in East Canaan on Dec. 25, 1914, son of the late Domenic and Margaret (Zazzera) Negri.

Marie Louise (Aakjar) Peterson

SHARON — Marie Louise (Aakjar) Peterson, 97, passed away Oct. 13, 2011, at Noble Horizons, the beloved widow of Melvin G. Peterson, who died in October 1983.

Doris A. Westfall

ANCRAMDALE — Doris A. Westfall, 68, passed away on Oct. 14, 2011, at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Canaan.

She was born in Great Barrington, Mass., on Oct. 17, 1942, the daughter of the late Dora (Shook) and William Smith Sr.

Doris was the Ancram tax collector from 1978 to 1987. She was a seamstress and past member of the Tri–Mountain Square Dancers.

She loved cats, her garden and enjoyed her crafts. She also had a CB radio; her handle name was “Square Dance.” For many nights, she kept the truckers awake at night.

Anna Whitbeck

SALISBURY — Anna Whitbeck, 84, a lifelong resident of Salisbury, died Oct. 10, 2011, at Noble Horizons. She was the daughter of Carrie (Marston) and Walter Samuel Whitbeck.

For many years, Anna was part-owner with her brothers of the family business, The Salisbury Pharmacy. She ran the soda fountain, later to become the coffee shop, and over the years employed many of the town’s young people. She was famous for her milkshakes.

Death Notices October 14

Helen E. Nay

WINSTED — Helen E. Nay of Winsted died Oct. 7, 2011. Calling hours were held Oct. 12, and a Mass of Christian burial was held Oct. 13 at St. Joseph Church. Montano-Shea Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

William Sexauer

BARKHAMSTED — William Sexauer, 87, of Barkhamsted, died Oct. 6, 2011. Funeral arrangements are private. Phalen Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

Robert W. Eadie

WINSTED — Robert W. Eadie, 92, of Winsted died Oct. 8, 2011, after a short illness.

Bob was born in Manhattan on Nov. 28, 1918, to the late Sarah (OBrien) and Harold Eadie and was raised in Pearl River, N.Y.

At age 18, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a messenger in the Fourth Signal Company, 16th Infantry at Fort Jay, N.Y. He completed a three-year enlistment in the Army and in June of 1940 enlisted into the U.S. Navy, the service branch that would become his lifelong passion.