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William ‘Tom’ S. Butts

AMENIA — William “Tom” S. Butts, 75, a lifelong resident of Amenia, died Aug. 20, 2011, at New Milford Hospital.

He was born on May 11, 1936, in Sharon, the son of the late Eva (Hubert) and Robert R. Butts Sr.

Mr. Butts was a maintenance foreman at Tri-Wall Container Corporation in Wassaic for 38 years before retiring in 1990.

On July 5, 1955, in Elkton, Md., he married Marilyn Murtaugh. She survives at home.

Mr. Butts was a member of the Amenia Masonic Lodge and a former member of the Wassaic Fire Company.

Memorial: Harriette Dorsen

CORNWALL — A memorial to celebrate the life of Harriette Dorsen, who passed away on June 5, 2011, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 4 p.m. in the Meeting House of the UCC, on Bolton Hill Road in Cornwall Village. A reception will follow.

Patrice ‘Patty’ Ann Marie Hibbard

NORTH CANAAN — Patrice “Patty” Ann Marie Hibbard, 53, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 at Sharon Hospital. She was born March 18, 1958, in Danbury, the daughter of Gloria (Johnson) Hibbard of St. Augustine, Fla., and the late Harold Joseph Hibbard.
Patty was raised in New Fairfield and spent her summers in her absolute favorite place, Madison, Conn. She graduated from the Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, Mass., and attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and Washington & Jefferson University in Washington, Pa.

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Frank R. Mastropolo

ANCRAMDALE — Frank R. Mastropolo, 92, died Aug. 8, 2011. He was born Aug. 11, 1918, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Frank was a resident of Ancramdale for 60 years. He and his wife, Angelina, who predeceased him, were co-owners of the Arzano and Mastropolo Poultry Farm until the early 1980s.

He was a carpenter and woodworker by trade, and built their home and farm. Frank pursued his love of woodworking until the age of 90.

James W. Palmer

SHARON — James W. Palmer, 90, of White Hollow Road died at Sharon Hospital on Aug. 19, 2011. He was the husband of the late Virginia Palmer.

He was born in 1921in Washington, D.C., and was raised in Washington with a brother and two sisters. He attended John Quincy Adams Elementary Scholl and Central High School and the University of Maryland’s Aeronautical Engineering Program, while working in the field of scientific instruments.

In 1943, he enlisted in the Air Corps, a division of the Army’s Signal Corps.

Robertine ‘Robbie’ Saliter

SHARON — Robertine “Robbie” Saliter, 77, of Jackson Hill Road died at Sharon Hospital on Aug. 17, 2011.

She was the wife of Karl J. Saliter.

Robbie was born Dec. 11, 1933, in Astoria, N.Y., the daughter of the late Alice (Finnerty) and Michael Dunn. She was a graduate of Bryant High School in Astoria. She also attended All Saint’s secretarial school in Brooklyn.

For 10 years, she was a secretary for Remington Rand in Manhattan. For many years she was the secretary of the family–owned Sharon Oil and Gas Company.

Charlotte (Hall) Reid

LAKEVILLE — Charlotte (Hall) Reid, first selectman of Salisbury from 1973 to 1989 and a reporter and columnist for The Lakeville Journal for 10 years afterward, died Aug. 20, 2011, at Sharon Hospital. She was 93 and lived on Porter Street.

She was born on June 8, 1918, at Charter Oak Hospital in Hartford. Family lore was that cows crossing the road at the base of Avon Mountain caused a torturous delay for her mother’s arrival at the hospital. She was the daughter of the late Alfred Bates Hall, a teacher at The Hotchkiss School, and Edna (Spurr) Hall.

Robert D. Schiffer

ANCRAMDALE — Robert D. Schiffer, 80, a 39-year resident of Ancramdale, formerly of Wassaic, died Aug. 21, 2011, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Schiffer was a farmer and truck driver at Wassaic Developmental Center in Wassaic for 39 years, retiring in 1986.

He was born May 2, 1931, in Poughkeepsie, the son of the late Grace (Hardin) and Hubert Schiffer. He was a graduate of Amenia High School.

Fifty-six years ago on July 7, 1955, he married Vivian Tripp, who survives at home.

Reinaldo ‘Ray’ Torres

PINE PLAINS — Reinaldo “Ray” Torres, 56, an 18-year resident of Pine Plains, passed away on Aug. 16, 2011, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

He was born in New York City on Jan. 3, 1955, the son of the late Elvira (Ortiz) and Reinaldo Torres.

In 1974, Ray began five years of active military service in the U.S. Navy during which he achieved the rank of hospital corpsman second class and earned a Good Conduct Award as well as a Humanitarian Service Medal. From 1979 to 1986, Ray served in the U.S. Navy Reserves.

Robin Marie Allison

SALISBURY — Robin Marie Allison passed away in an accidental drowning on Aug. 3, 2011, at the age of 36.

She was born on July 17, 1975, in Morristown, N.J. She attended Salisbury Central School and graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in 1993.

She resided in Phoenix, Ariz.,with her fiance, Jason Bickel, and his three children, Ashlyn, Katelyn and Andrew, where she was studying in the medical field.