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Joyce (Franchek) Sciepura

SHARON — Joyce (Franchek) Sciepura, 75, died quietly at her home July 30, 2011, after a long illness.

Joyce was born in Yonkers, N.Y., on Dec. 7, 1935, the daughter of the late Catherine (Benza) and John Franchek.

After working for the Legal Aid Society of White Plains for more than 20 years, she retired to Sharon to be near her children and grandchildren. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and her beloved dog, Teddy.

George Edwin Smith

WASSAIC — George Edwin Smith, 80, a six-year resident of Okeechobee, Fla., and former resident of Wassaic, died July 24, 2011, at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Md.

He was born Aug. 14, 1930, in Poughkeepsie, the son of the late Evelyn Pearl (Hymes) and Harry Smith.

From 1953 to 1955, Mr. Smith served in the United States Army. He was an insurance adjuster for 30 years and was employed by Toplis & Harding, Inc. in Newburgh, N.Y., before retiring in 1993.

Rene D. Brammer

SHARON — Rene D. Brammer, 27, died July 21, 2011, in an automobile accident in Millerton.

Rene was born June 14, 1984, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

Rene lived life with his love for cars. He had a wonderful ability to take apart and put together any vehicle that he was asked to work on. His passion was for fast cars and he loved the saying, “If you’re not scared, you’re not going fast enough.”

Rene wasn’t scared on July 21 — he fell asleep and went home.

Amy (Ward) Beir

SALISBURY ­— Amy (Ward) Beir, 88, died on July 22, 2011, after a brief illness.

Amy was born in 1922 in Flushing, N.Y., to Edith (Smythe) and Thomas E. Ward. They moved soon after to South Orange, N.J., where she was raised and where she married Howard F. Beir in 1952.

Amy attended the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and went on to graduate from Smith College in 1945.

Margaret Pendleton (Chapin) Frueh

LAKEVILLE — Margaret Pendleton (Chapin) Frueh, 90, died peacefully July 20, 2011, at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Canaan.

“Maggie” was born Oct. 10, 1921, in Middletown, Conn. She was raised in Lakeville at the home of Mary and Margaret Kane and in Hartford at the home of her parents Henry and Viola Chapin.

She graduated from Hartford Public High School and received her R.N. degree at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown.

Thomas H. Glennon

NORTH CANAAN — Thomas H. Glennon, 86, died peacefully at his home in Tallahassee, Fla. on July 21, 2011.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patricia; his sons, Thomas and Michael; his daughter-in-law, Renee; and his grandchildren, Grace and Grant, all of Tallahassee.

Tom was born in Providence, R.I., on Jan. 14, 1925, the son of Mary (Doyle) and Patrick Glennon.

He served four years in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a radioman second class.

Frances E. Kohl

AMENIA — Frances E. Kohl, 82, a 17-year resident of Amenia, formerly of Mamaroneck, N.Y., died on July 17, 2011, at home.

Born June 1, 1929, in Valhalla, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Frances (Nask) and Lawrence DeFazio.

She married Frank J. Kohl on June 3, 1951, in Mamaroneck.He survives at home.

Mrs. Kohl was a homemaker and a parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Church in Amenia.

Elisabeth L. O’Loughlin

SALISBURY — Elisabeth L. O’Loughlin, 83, died at Noble Horizons on July 19, 2011.
Elisabeth was born in 1928, in Sharon, the daughter of the late Elisabeth (Simmons) and Thomas O’Loughlin.

She graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School and worked as an X-ray technician for many years at Winsted Memorial Hospital. She was a lifelong member of the American Registry of Nuclear Medicine.

She is survived by her brother, Thomas, of Newport, N.C.; her sister, Winifred Couture, of Dover Plains; and many nieces and nephews.

Pamela B. Way

PINE PLAINS — Pamela B. Way, 47, passed away on July 16, 2011, at Sharon Hospital.
She was born in Burlington, Vt., on Aug. 4, 1963, the daughter of Robert R. Barry of Maine and Diana (Smith) MacCallum of Maryland.
Pam was a produce clerk for Grand Union in Millerton.
She was a member of the Second Baptist Church of Dover.
On Aug. 16, 2003, in Pine Plains, she married Kevin R. Way. He survives at home.

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Randall Nielsen

NORTH CANAAN — Randall Nielsen, 86, passed away July 17, 2011, at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Randy was born June 28, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late Ragna B. and Frank Meidle Nielsen.

He served in World War II as a carpenter’s mate third class with the 127th Navy Seabees from 1943 to 1946, receiving the American Theater, Asiatic Pacific, Philippine Liberation and Victory medals.