Nobuko (Nakano) Gleason

KENT — Nobuko (Nakano) Gleason, 84, a longtime resident of Kent, died May 17, 2011, at Sharon Hospital after a brief illness. Nobuko was born Jan. 2, 1927, in Saitama-Ken, Japan, the daughter of the late Sen (Kurosawa) and Saisaku Nakano.

Mrs. Gleason devoted her life to her family and was a member of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Kent. Although a diabetic, she took great joy in providing sweet treats to her friends and family. Nobuko delighted in spending time with her many grandchildren and took pleasure in sewing and knitting items to give as gifts.

Roy E. Camburn

PINE PLAINS — Roy E. Camburn, 93, passed away Feb. 15, 2011, at Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He was born March 24, 1917, in Gallatin, N.Y., to the late Ethel (Shook) and Frank Camburn. He was the eldest of seven children.

He grew up in northern Dutchess County and attended Red Hook and Pine Plains schools. He was a talented athlete, playing baseball and running cross-country. As a runner, he participated with 350 others in the largest race of the time, held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Death Notices May 19

Jean H. Cole

COLEBROOK — Jean H. Cole of Colebrook died May 12, 2011. Funeral services were held May 19 at the Church of St. Ann, Avon. Ahern Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

Robert H. O’Dell

WINSTED — Robert H. O’Dell of Winsted died May 11, 2011. Graveside services were held May 17 at Forest View Cemetery, Winsted. Maloney Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

Appreciation – John Mahoney

As one of John Mahoney’s former students, I wanted to submit a tribute him. It’s not enough to say that Mr. Mahoney was a wonderful, well-liked educator. Mr. Mahoney was so perfect for his chosen vocation. If he knew one of his students was struggling he would tell them, “You can do this,” and be very encouraging. Jack Mahoney made kids want to succeed.

Elinor (Fox) Mettler

COPAKE FALLS — Elinor (Fox) Mettler died May 11, 2011, at her home in Copake Falls.

Born April 10, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of Mary (Foley) and Arthur Fox Sr. She lived in Copake Falls for 64 years.

Mrs. Mettler was the editor and publisher of the Roe Jan Independent, which she founded in 1973. She sold the paper in 1986 but continued writing for it for many years and was again writing her column “Down Maple Lane” for The Columbia Paper. Last year a collection of her columns from the last 25 years was published in book titled “Down Maple Lane.”

Madeline ‘Nina’ (Andrellini) Zavagnin

EAST CANAAN — Madeline “Nina” (Andrellini) Zavagnin, 97, of Lower Road died peacefully at her home on May 16, 2011.

She was the widow of Louis A. Zavagnin, who died May 4, 1972. Nina was born Sept. 6, 1913, in Zugliano, Italy, the daughter of the late Lucia (Caltran) and Fortunato Andrellini.

Nina worked cleaning homes for many families in the Northwest Corner. She was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in North Canaan and belonged to the Daughters of Isabella of St. Joseph’s Church. In 1993, Nina was recognized as the Daughter of the Year.

Memorial service – Christopher R. Morley

FALLS VILLAGE — Christopher R. Morley, the Falls Village resident whose generosity and support of the arts was legendary, will be memorialized at a free concert at historic Music Mountain in Falls Village on Saturday, May 28, at 7 p.m.

Morley died unexpectedly on April 8, at the age of 57, at his home on Undermountain Road.

Two of Morley’s favorite organizations were the Falls Village Children’s Theatre and Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., and each group will present performances in his honor.

‘Tom’ Merwin III

MILLERTON — Seth Thompson “Tom” Merwin III, 79, of Merwin Road passed away May 15, 2011, at the University of Connecticut Medical Center following a brief illness. He was the husband of Betty Jean (Swart) Merwin.

Tom was born in Sharon on Feb. 16, 1932, the son of the late Hazel (Meader) and Seth Thompson Merwin II. Tom lived in Millerton his entire life.

Stella M. Rhodes

MILLERTON — Stella M. Rhodes, 92, passed away suddenly on May 9, 2011, at Sharon Hospital.

She was born June 17, 1918, in New York City, the daughter of the late Jenny and Walter Robak. She was a resident of Millerton for the last 31 years and was the widow of Charles L. Rhodes, who passed away in October 2008. They had been married for 67 years.

She was an avid and lifelong Mets fan, lover of nature and early environmental practitioner.

Dhimitra (Pani) Leka

SALISBURY — Dhimitra (Pani) Leka, 92, recently of Salisbury, departed this life for life eternal on May 9, 2011. Dhimitra Leka was born Oct. 23, 1918, the cherished daughter of the late Athanas and Thomaida Pani of Korca, Albania.

Raised and educated there, she became very accomplished as a designer and maker of handmade rugs, silk embroidered tablecloths, finely crocheted tablecloths and bedspreads.