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Obituaries

Gary Matthew Gilligan

SHEFFIELD — Gary Matthew Gilligan, 68, of Bow Wow Road in Sheffield died May 1, 2011, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

A native and lifelong resident of Sheffield, Gary was born Nov. 23, 1942, the son of the late Eleanor (Cande) and Matthew Gilligan. He graduated from Mount Everett High School with the class of 1960 and in 1964 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine.

Gary is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Janet Pendleton. The couple was married Aug. 1, 1965, in Islesboro, Maine.

Ivan A. Chodan Sr.

AMENIA — Ivan A. Chodan Sr., 83, a longtime resident of Amenia, died May 6, 2011, at Sharon Health Care Center. Mr. Chodan was a farmer who worked for several years at Bel Aire Farm in Amenia.

He was born Jan. 1, 1929, in Sheldon, Wis., the son of the late Emily (Gorla) and John Chodan. On April 18, 1952, he married Malvina Bellich in Trieste, Italy. She survives at home. Mr. Chodan served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict.

Death Notices May 6

Paul A. Burdick

NEW HARTFORD — Paul A. Burdick Sr. of New Hartford died April 27, 2011, funeral service was held May 2 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Montano-Shea has care of arrangements.

Maurice R. Sherman

WINSTED — Maurice R. Sherman of Winchester died April 27, 2011, funeral service was held May 3 at Montano-Shea Funeral Home, Winsted.

Ralph Strattman

BARKHAMSTED — Ralph Strattman of Barkhamsted died May 1, 2011, funeral service will be held May 6 at Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home, North Canaan.

Nancy (McCullough) Griggs

WEST CORNWALL — Nancy (McCullough) Griggs, 90, died May 2, 2011, at Geer Village. She was the widow of David G. Griggs. Services will be held on Monday, May 9, with committal at the North Cornwall Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. and memorial service at the United Church of Christ in Cornwall, Bolton Hill Road, at 2:30 p.m. A full obituary will appear in the May 12 Lakeville Journal and Millerton News.

Josephine J. Palumbo

COPAKE — Josephine J. Palumbo, 95, of Taconic Shores in Copake passed away on April 30, 2011, at the Baptist Home in Rhinebeck, N.Y. She was the widow of Anthony Palumbo.

She was born on Dec. 1, 1915, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the daughter of the late Mary (Skiba) and John Kowalski.

A homemaker, Mrs. Palumbo moved to Copake 30 years ago from Poughkeepsie.

At one time, she and her husband, Anthony, were members of the Poughkeepsie Elks Club, along with the Roe Jan-area Young at Hearters.

Jane (Vernik) Henry

PINE PLAINS — Jane (Vernik) Henry, 61, of McKee, Ky., died peacefully on Sunday, May 1, 2011, in Destin, Fla., while vacationing with family and friends. Jane had battled cancer for the past several years.

She was the wife of Patrick Henry of McKee.

Born on March 28, 1950, in Monroe, Conn., and raised in Sharon Springs, N.Y., she was the daughter of Thaddeus Vernik of Dunnellon, Fla., and the late Marie Swendsen Vernik.

Violet I. Boyles

ANCRAMDALE — Violet I. Boyles, 80, died April 27, 2011, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. On May 15, 1949, in Pine Plains, she married Clifford “Red” Boyles Sr. He survives her at home.

She was born in Ancram, N.Y., on Aug. 12, 1930, the daughter of the late Bertha (Kepler) and Milton Miller.

Mrs. Boyles was a seamstress at the dress factory in Pine Plains.
She was a member of the Ancramdale First Presbyterian Church.

Death Notices April 28

Steven C. Ashner
WINSTED — Steven C. Ashner of Winsted died April 23, 2011. Celebration of life to be held April 30 at Canaan United Methodist Church. Montano-Shea Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

C. Joseph Cornelio
WINSTED — C. Joseph Cornelio of Wethersfield died April 21, 2011. Funeral services were held April 26 at St. Joseph Church, Winsted. Maloney Funeral Home had care of arrangements.

Lt. Col Chester H. Darr

Mary Leontine Herbst

NORWALK — Mary Leontine (Lee) Herbst died March 19, 2011, at the age of 101, following a long illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur Herbst.

She was born May 23, 1909, in South Manchester, the daughter of the late Mary Leontine Gueniat and Celestian Bohrer, both from Switzerland.

Appreciation – Christopher Morley

I am shocked and saddened by the news of Chris Morley’s passing. I am one of the many artists he helped along the way.

At a time when my work as a painter vacillated between being a sideline or my livelihood, Chris supported my work in significant ways. He enthusiastically helped to host and promote the Salisbury show that was pivotal in taking my career to a professional level.