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Obituaries

Marilyn (Hecht) Checkla

NORTH CANAAN — Marilyn (Hecht) Checkla, 88, died peacefully at Geer Village in North Canaan on April 22, 2019, with her children at her side. 

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 19, 1930, to Rose (Goldberg) and Hyman Hecht. 

She married Stanley Checkla on Sept. 9, 1950, and they were blessed to share 67 years together. Stanley predeceased her on Aug. 1, 2017.

Robert ‘Rob’ Edward Casey

KENT — Robert “Rob” Edward Casey, 81, passed away on April 13, 2019. 

He was born March 4, 1938, in Tor-rington to Margaret (Knight) and Harry J. Casey.

He was, most recently, a longtime resident of Stonington, Conn. Before that he lived in suburban Hartford, in Middlesex, Vt., and in San Francisco, Calif. 

Elizabeth (Adotte) Adam

EAST CANAAN — Elizabeth (Adotte) Adam, 52, of Sandy Hook, Conn., passed away on Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019, from complications related to breast cancer. 

Deirdre Teresa (Thompson) Epstein

AMENIA — Deirdre Teresa Thompson Epstein, 50, a lifelong resident of Amenia, passed away on March 18, 2019, at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven. 

Deirdre worked at several different retail stores. She was known as a fashionista who always knew the appropriate gift for all occasions. 

Born on Feb. 25, 1969, in Sharon, she was the daughter of the late Margaret (Murphy) and Kenneth Thompson. 

Deirdre was a graduate of Webutuck High School, Class of 1987. She later attended the University of New Haven. 

Barbara Hosier

AMENIA — Barbara Hosier passed away with her loving family by her bedside on April 11, 2019. She was a resident of Noble Horizons and former resident of Amenia.

Born at Sharon Hospital, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Louise Brendline.

She was predeceased in 2002, by her husband, George, and father to her surviving sons, Gregg and his fiancée,  Nancy, and Don and his wife, Melissa.

Yvonne Theresa Clarke

NORTH CANAAN — Yvonne Theresa Clarke of North Canaan, model, actress, artist, doll collector and wildlife rehabilitator, died peacefully on April 11, 2019. Her husband and high school sweetheart, Victor Samuel Clarke, in 1998 predeceased her.

Yvonne was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1930 the only child of Robert and Corina Dearduff. 

Anna-Pearl C. ‘Pearl’ Madaras

SHARON — Anna-Pearl C. “Pearl” Madaras, 92, died April 8, 2019, at Sharon Hospital.  She was the widow of Joseph Madaras.  

Pearl was born May 27, 1926, in Sharon, the daughter of the late Marietta (Dyer) and Thomas Cathcart.

Pearl was employed as the cafeteria manager and the dietary manager at Sharon Hospital  She worked at the hospital for over 40 years.  

Edward B. Carter

GALLATIN, N.Y. — Edward B. Carter, 77, passed away at home on April 12, 2019.  

He was born on Sept. 6, 1941, in Lakeville, the son of Virginia (Kimble) and Edward T. Carter. 

He graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in 1959. He attended Oliver Wolcott Technical School in Torrington and became a plumber for the Conneticut Plumber’s Union. He then worked for Perotti & Sons before becoming  a self-employed plumber. 

He was a member of the Empire Driving Club, of which he was a past officer.

Aldea Elizabeth Buckley

WASSAIC — Aldea Elizabeth Buckley, 85, a longtime resident of Wassaic, passed away on March 29, 2019, at Sharon Health Care Center. 

Mrs. Buckley worked as a housekeeper at Wassaic developmental center for 25 years, later working in food service at Webutuck Schools and as a certified nurse assistant. 

Born on Sept. 11, 1933, in Plattsburgh, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Marie (Caron) and Everett  Buckley. 

On Sept. 24, 1955, in Amenia, she married Charles Buckley, who predeceased her on Jan. 13, 1987. 

Harold P. Smith

GOSHEN — Harold P. Smith, 90, passed away on April 11, 2019, at Pomperaug Woods Health Center in Southbury, Conn. 

He was predeceased by his parents Mabel (Quinn) and Philip Smith; his wife, Marcy (Frey) Smith; his son, Kevin Smith; his brother, Edward Smith; his son-in-law, Michael Savan; and his sister-in-law, Cheryl Smith.

He was born in New Haven, Conn., on March 14, 1929, and attended Spring Glen Grammar School and Hamden High School.