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.

Irving Paul Haight Sr.

STANFORDVILLE — Irving Paul Haight Sr., 69, passed away May 15, 2011, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

He was born in Poughkeepsie on Feb. 21, 1942, the son of the late Thelma (Coffin) and Paul Haight.

Mr. Haight coached the Twins Little League Team for many years. He also was inducted into the Wall of Fame in Pine Plains.

He worked for IBM as a technician in East Fishkill, N.Y.

John ‘Jack’ Leo Mahoney

FALLS VILLAGE — John “Jack” Leo Mahoney, 73, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2011, surrounded by his family. He was born March 13, 1938, in Rockland, Mass., the son of Florence Mahoney and the late John Francis Mahoney.

Jack graduated from Rockland High School in 1956 and Williams College in 1960. He received an MAT degree from Wesleyan University in 1963 and a CAGS degree from the University of Hartford in 1975.

Nobuko Gleason

KENT — Nobuko Gleason, 84, of Kent died May 17, 2011. Calling hours will be Thursday, May 19, at Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon. Call the funeral home at 860-364-5709 for hours. Services will be at the convenience of the family. A full obituary will appear in next week’s paper.