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Obituaries

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.

Archie Jay Wildman

NORTH CANAAN­— Archie Jay Wildman, 71, of Pease Street died Aug. 1, 2011, at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington. Archie was the husband of Margaret (Rifenburgh) Wildman.

He was born in New Milford May 2, 1940, the son of the late Mae (Smalley) and Archie Jay Wildman.

Archie worked for more than 20 years as a member of the maintenance department at the Becton-Dickenson Company in North Canaan. He loved fishing, camping and woodworking. Archie served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

Appreciation: Tom Glennon

For decades, students at North Canaan Elementary School had Mr. Glennon for seventh-grade science, including me.

My daughter had him as a substitute and she would often come home with Mr. Glennon stories and quips, reminiscent of my own days in his class. I would find myself smiling with fond remembrance.

To say he was unique would be an understatement.

The highlight of seventh-grade science, during his tenure, were the gardens.

Death Notices August 12

Sylvia Ann Flotat
WINSTED — Sylvia Ann Flotat of Winsted died July 25, 2011. Funeral services were held July 29 at St. Joseph Church. Maloney Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

Elwin “Ed” Ocain
NEW HARTFORD — Elwin “Ed” Ocain of New Hartford died July 27, 2011. Graveside services will be held Aug. 6 at Barkhamsted Center Cemetery at 11 a.m. Montano-Shea Funeral Home has care of arrangements.
 

Elizabeth M. (Schroeder) Ashton

STANFORDVILLE — Elizabeth M. (Schroeder) Ashton, 44, passed away peacefully at home in the arms of her husband on July 27, 2011, following a long struggle with cancer.

Beth brought joy and love to everything she did and everyone she met. Known for her beautiful voice and thoughtful songwriting, she loved singing and playing music in local folk and bluegrass venues with her husband, Steve.

She was born Sept. 21, 1966, in Sharon, the daughter of the late Betty (Smith) and Carl A. Schroeder.

Dan H. Elliott

ANCRAM — Dan H. Elliott, 71, passed awayAug. 1, 2011, at home.

On July 30, 1960, in Ancram, he married Joann (Sigler) Elliott. She survives at home.

He was born in Morris, N.Y., on Dec. 6, 1939, the son of Harriett (Weidman) and Adrian Elliott.

Dan was a restoration carpenter for the state of New York. He also enjoyed working on the dairy farm.

He was a member of the Ancram Fire Company and St. John’s Lutheran Church Counsel and was formerly an Ancram town justice.