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Obituaries

Cornelia ‘Connie’ (Dawe) Smith

NORTH CANAAN — Cornelia “Connie” (Dawe) Smith, 92, of Westbrook, Conn., formerly of North Canaan, passed away Nov. 19, 2011.

Connie was born in Bristol, Conn., on June 13, 1919, to the late Fannie (Ford) and George Dawe.

Alice M. (Chrimes) Sandri

NORTH CANAAN — Alice M. (Chrimes) Sandri, 97, of South Canaan Road passed away on Nov. 23, 2011, at the Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Canaan. She was the widow of Mathews Sandri. Alice was born on Christmas Day 1913 in West Camp, N.Y., the daughter of the late Ida (Doyle) and Alfred Chrimes.

Alice was a homemaker, and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her son, Lawrence Sandri of North Canaan; and three grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter, Alice Anette Bushnell, in 1959.

Nancy (Ward) Duffy

LAKEVILLE — Nancy (Ward) Duffy, 81, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Tariffville, Conn., died peacefully Nov. 22, 2011.

Nancy was born in Boston to Joseph M. Ward, a Massachusetts state representative, and Ruth Gibbons Ward.

She was raised in Jamaica Plain and spent summers in the Rocky Nook section of Kingston, Mass. Nancy graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy in Brighton, Mass., in 1948. She received a Bachelor of Arts of Oratory from Staley College in 1952, and a master’s degree in elementary education from State Teachers College at Boston in 1953.

Hilda June Sherman

MILLERTON — Hilda June Sherman, 83, a longtime resident of Boston Corners, passed away Nov. 22, 2011, at Sharon Hospital.

She was born on June 22, 1928, the daughter of Laura and Frederick Hoysradt.

Mrs. Sherman worked at Lakeville Precision Moulding in Lakeville and also as a private housekeeper.

She enjoyed crocheting and baking and taking care of her family.

Lois Irene Decker

HILLSDALE — Lois Irene Decker, 73, a lifelong resident of Hillsdale, N.Y., passed away on Nov. 20, 2011.

Born on July 16, 1938, in Hudson, N.Y., she was the daughter of Eleanor (Mossman) and Wilfred Pfeiffer.

She worked for more than 20 years as the head cook at the Roe Jan School.

Mrs. Decker was very patriotic and always supported veterans organizations. She was a Sunday school teacher, a volunteer at the nursery school at the North Hillsdale United Methodist Church, as well as at the Stay in Play after-school program at Taconic Hills.

George ‘GG’ Groves

SHARON — George “GG” Groves died peacefully, Nov.15, 2011, with his family at his side. He was 73 years old.

Born in New York City, George spent his boyhood in Armonk and after some time away, he returned to Armonk where he had lived for the past 32 years.

George lived a life full of love and friendships. He met and married his wife, Sandra, in Philadelphia more than 48 years ago.

Shortly after they were married, he joined the Marine Reserves. George and Sandy relocated back to Armonk where they raised three daughters.

Lawrence H. ‘Larry’ Reid Jr.

SHARON — Lawrence H. “Larry” Reid Jr., 63, of Amenia Road died after being stricken at his home on Nov. 26, 2011.

He was the son of the late Phyllis (Sammis) and Lawrence H. Reid Sr. Larry was born on Christmas Day in 1947 in Norfolk.

He worked as a landscaper and caretaker of estates throughout the Northwest Corner, and later owned his own construction business.

Frederick E. Keller Jr.

LAKEVILLE — Frederick E. Keller Jr., 86, of Lakeville died Nov. 27, 2011, at Noble Horizons, where he had been a resident for several years. He was the husband of Helen (Beers) Keller for the past 60 years.

Mr. Keller was born in Fairfield, Conn., on July 25, 1925, the son of the late Mattie (Mortensen) and Frederick E. Keller Sr.

Mr. Keller was a Marine veteran of World War II. After serving his country he met and married Helen Beers of Bridgeport, Conn., in 1951.

Edmund Harry Dean

FALLS VILLAGE — Edmund Harry Dean, 91, a lifelong resident of Falls Village, passed away Nov. 21, 2011, following a brief illness. He was the loving husband of 65 years to the late Alberta (Otis) Dean, who died in 2010.

Edmund was born April 14, 1920, in Falls Village, the son of the late May (Beebe) and Harry Edmund Dean.

He lived a long and active life as a farmer and served the community on many boards and committees. After retiring from dairy farming, he loved growing vegetables and flowers and was known especially for his sweet corn.

Arnold C. Agar III

ASHLEY FALLS — Arnold C. Agar III, 28, of Canaan Road passed away Nov. 26, 2011, at the Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., due to long-term complications from battling cancer.

Arnold was born Feb. 9, 1983, in Great Barrington, the son of Diana (Blouin) and Arnold C. Agar Jr.

Arnold fought his disease with great courage. He loved his family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them and also spending time with his two dogs, Spunky and Chico. He also was quite a gourmet cook.