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Obituaries

Gerald M. Rassman

SHARON — Gerald M. Rassman went to be with the Lord on Aug. 1, 2018.

Gerald was born on Nov. 8, 1947, in Sharon, to the late Ernest “Fred” Rassman and Helen Arias. After graduating from Webutuck High School, he proudly served in the Navy. He later worked as a correctional officer and retired from Green Haven Correctional Facility.

William Kreiling Jr.

MILLERTON — William Kreiling Jr., 83, of Sarasota, Fla., passed away July 30, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 9, 1935, in Queens, N.Y., to the late Bertha and William Kreiling Sr. 

He started at an early age working for his father to build William Kreiling Fuel Oil. 

Charles D. Ryan Sr.m

AMENIA — Charles D. Ryan Sr., 89, passed away at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn., on July 24, 2018.

He was born on May 28, 1929, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the son of Leon and Betsy Ryan.

Charles drove a truck for Staat’s Transport in Red Hook.

On Nov. 21, 1951, in Smithfield, N.Y., he married Emily (Morey) Ryan. She predeceased him on Jan. 3, 2005.

He was predeceased by his son Charles Ryan Jr. in 1985; and a grandson, Lee Ryan, in 2004.

Memorial service: Dr. Walter Reilly Kane and Margaret (Gunn) Kane

KENT — Graveside services and interment for Dr. Walter Reilly Kane and his wife, Margaret (Gunn) Kane, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Skiff Mountain Cemetery, 15 West Woods Road in Kent. 

A Celebration of Life for Dr. Walter Reilly Kane will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Marvelwood School library, 476 Skiff Mountain Road, Kent.  

Please RSVP by Saturday, Aug. 11, to Dr. Katherine Kane at 860-927-3351 or at wkane01@charter.net.

Jane (Burgess) Fitting

SALISBURY — Jane (Burgess) Fitting died peacefully at home Aug. 3, 2018, following a five-year battle with cancer.

Born in Stamford, Conn., on May 6, 1958, she was raised in Darien, Conn., then moved at 14 with her family to Salisbury. She attended Housatonic Valley Regional High School for one year before becoming part of the first year of girls admitted to The Hotchkiss School, graduating in 1976.

Brad Allen Dickinson

PINE PLAINS — Brad Allen Dickinson, 33, of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., passed away on Aug. 1, 2018, at Vassar Brother’s Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 

He was born on Sept. 22, 1984, in Gt. Barrington, the son of Dolores (Frenzel) and William W. Dickinson Sr. of Pine Plains. 

Brad was an electrician. 

Shirley Rogers

SALISBURY — Shirley Rogers, 88, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family members, on July 28, 2018, at Noble Horizons. 

She was born April 2, 1930, in Salisbury, to Irving H. Weir and Bertha A. Hazelton.

Shirley graduated from local elementary and high schools, and from the Packard Secretarial School in New York City. 

She met the love of her life, John E. “Jack” Rogers while working a summer job at the Interlaken Inn. They were married in 1952 and enjoyed 50 years of marriage.

In appreciation: Jason Rebideau

WASSAIC — Jason Rebideau, or Jay (as I knew him), was a local basketball legend who recently passed away suddenly at 40. 

He and I had been playing pickup ball together for more than half his life. We played on just about every court from Pawling to Poughkeepsie, Millerton to Millbrook. He was the true gym rat who lived for a game. 

Jay always looked overweight and out of shape, but I say “looked” because that was his ruse. He tricked far better players into thinking he couldn’t play.  Yet he was a beast.

Jack Gerard Silvernale

MILLERTON — Jack Gerard Silvernale, 59, passed away on July 28, 2018, after a short but aggressive battle with cancer. 

Born on Sept. 7, 1958, in Anniston, Ala., Jack served from 1978 to 1980 in the United States Army. 

On June 11, 1983, he married Veronica “Ronnie” Hosier.

Jack was an active member of the Berkshire Beagle Club, and an avid hunter and fisherman. 

W. Peter Wood

SHARON — Whitfield Peter Wood passed away on July 20, 2018, at the age of 72. 

Born in Boston, Mass., the son of Dorothy (O’Neill) and Whitfield Piccioli Wood, Peter’s family settled in Gray, Maine, in the 1940s. 

A purposeful child, Peter worked during junior high summers picking beets at Hansen’s Farm (now Pineland Farms) and at the Mobil Oil Service Station in Portland throughout high school. At the age of 13 he became Maine’s youngest Eagle Scout, a distinction publicly recognized by then-Gov. Edmund Muskie.