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Obituaries

Robert E. Murphy

MILLERTON — Robert E. Murphy, 81, of Deer Run Road passed away Aug. 14, 2011, at the Sharon Health Care Center.

He was born in New York City on April 24, 1930, a son of Dolores (Rey) and Lawrence Murphy.

Formerly of Unionvale, Mr. Murphy attended Our Lady of Hope Parish in Copake Falls.

Prior to his retirement he was employed as evening manager at Grand Union in Hopewell Junction.

Merle F. Anderson

SHARON — Merle F. Anderson, 62, died peacefully at home Aug. 6, 2011, surrounded by his loving family, after a brief illness.

Merle was born in Niskayuna, N.Y., in 1948, the son of Madeline and the late Merle Anderson.

Merle was the greenskeeper at the Sharon Country Club for 10 years, was a service technician for Community Fuel and worked at Kent School for the past 28 years, where he was dedicated and committed to the Kent School hockey rink.

Merle was a past member of the Sharon Fire Department and Sharon Lions Club and was a dedicated family man.

Bertha Campbell

SALISBURY — Bertha Campbell, 102, died July 31, 2011, at Noble Horizons in Salisbury.

She was born in Zurich, Switzerland, on Jan. 25, 1909.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Kasevich of South Egremont, Mass; her son, Robert Schneider of Brooktondale, N.Y.; her four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service in St. Luke’s Chapel at Noble Horizons on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m.

Arrangements are under the care of the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan.

Richard J. Carroll

AMENIA — Richard J. Carroll, 76, of Lake Amenia Road passed away Aug. 7, 2011, at his residence.

He was born Feb. 4, 1935, in Sharon, a son of Florence (Brunese) Carroll of Amenia and the late John J. Carroll.

Richard was a self-employed landscaper and also was involved in the scrap metal business.

He was an avid outdoorsman and a devoted fan of the New York Yankees, New York Giants and NASCAR.

Clyde Ralston Chase

PINE PLAINS — Clyde Ralston Chase, 84, a lifelong resident of his beloved Pine Plains died peacefully Aug. 6, 2011, in his childhood home surrounded by his family after a 10-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born Sept. 25, 1926, to longtime Pine Plains residents Marion (Ralston) and Dr. E. Earle Chase. His grandfather, Fred W. Ralston, was the General Electric engineer who invented night baseball in 1930.

Claire T. Conant

SHARON — Claire T. Conant, 91, of Villas, N.J., died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, on July 31, 2011.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lived in many places, but spent her happiest years in Sharon.

Claire earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Queens College in 1941 and a master’s in social work from Fordham University in 1971.

She worked in social work for many years for the state of New York and attained the position of chief of services for the Wassaic DDSO. Claire devoted a great deal of her life to the service of others.

Mabel E. Fechteler

SHARON — Mabel E. Fechteler, 97, died Aug. 6, 2011, at her home after a long illness. She was the widow of Joseph S. Fechteler Sr.

Mabel was born in Mobile, Ala., in 1914, the daughter of the late Mabel and Claude Edwards.

She was a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School in Hartford and continued her education at St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg, Md., earning a degree in economics. In 1941, she married Joseph in West Hartford.

Service: William Frederick Pulver

SALISBURY — A funeral service will be held for William “Bill” Frederick Pulver Sr. at St. John’s Church in Salisbury on Saturday, Aug. 20, at a time to be announced at a later date.

Mr. Pulver died at home on June 8, 2011, at the age of 92.

He was the husband of Adrienne “Adie” Thorn, who predeceased him in 2005.

The Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon has charge of arrangements.

Joseph Cornelius Horan Jr.

STANFORDVILLE — Joseph Cornelius Horan Jr., 69, passed away Aug. 4, 2011.

He was born Sept. 17, 1941, in Yonkers, N. Y. He was the son of the late Jane Stottler, whose Dutch family have been residents of New York since 1636, and Joseph Cornelius Horan, a World War I veteran, whose family was from County Cork, Ireland.

Joseph attended Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, as well as St. Brendan’s Grammar School.

He worked for Citibank for more than 35 years and then Charter One Bank for five years.

Mr. Horan married Noel Sciarrotta, a former resident of the Bronx.

Robert Edward Webb

MILLERTON — Robert Edward Webb, 85, a lifelong resident of Millerton, died Aug. 2, 2011, at the Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, N.Y.

He was born April 17, 1926, in Sharon, the son of the late Lillian (Hubbard) and Edward Webb.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

On July 3, 1966, he married Mary Yeno, in Amenia. She predeceased him on Jan. 13, 1986.

For 45 years, Mr. Webb was the store manager of the First National Supermarket in Millerton and later, the Finest Supermarket in Poughkeepsie, before retiring in 1991.