Appreciation – Alden Tyrol


I was 8 years old when I first met Alden Tyrol. It was 1988, the summer before my fourth-grade year, my first summer conference at Silver Lake Conference Center in Sharon. He was an imposing figure in his plaid shirt, thick blue pants and big work boots. He was like my grandfather, but scarier.

Kathryn Joan (Sandmeyer) Waller


CORNWALL — Kathryn Joan (Sandmeyer) Waller passed away peacefully on March 26, 2011, at Emeritus Assisted Living in Torrington. She was the widow of John J. Waller.

Kathryn, known as “Kaye,” was born June 5, 1918, in Cornwall, the daughter of the late Lillian “Cora” Dibble and Charles Sandmeyer.

Richard Allyn Vaill


LAKEVILLE — Richard Allyn Vaill, 87, died on March 19, 2011, in Edmond, Okla.

Dick was born Jan. 26, 1924, in Lakeville, the son of the late Marjorie (Baldwin) and B. Franklin Vaill. His father was a dairy farmer with interests in produce, including potatoes and sweet corn. His brother, Jim, founded the Lime Rock Racing Park, a famed sports car racetrack built on the family potato field. Paul Newman frequently raced at the track.

Alden Bidwell Tyrol


SALISBURY — Alden Bidwell Tyrol, 86, of Sunrise Ridge Lane died March 26, 2011, at Sharon Hospital, following an illness. He was the husband of Ruth (Turner) Tyrol.

Alden was born May 29, 1924, in Glastonbury, Conn., son of the late Frances Olive (Bidwell) and Edward Howard Tyrol.

Francis Sam Tierney


NORFOLK — Francis Sam Tierney, 89, of Simsbury, died March 23, 2011. He was born in Norfolk, Nov. 30, 1921. He had lived in Simsbury since 1953.

He graduated from Green Mountain College in 1942, and later received an MBA from University of Hartford.

He served in World War II as a bombardier/navigator with the 8th Air Force in England. His aircraft was shot down in Germany on his 21st combat mission and he became a prisoner of war.

John T. Bowen


SHARON — John T. Bowen, 63, died March 17, 2011, in New York City. He lived in Sharon and New York City.

He is survived by his son, Jonathan, and daughter-in-law, Kathleen, and granddaughter, Shaelyn, all of Setauket, N.Y.; and a brother, Stephen G. Bowen of Sharon.

A memorial Mass will be held April 1 at 1 p.m. at St. Bridget’s Church in Cornwall Bridge.

Memorial donations may be sent to Sharon Hospital.

Leonie (Elliot) Miller


SALISBURY — Leonie (Elliot) Miller, 95, of Salisbury, died on March 21, 2011, after an unexpected, brief illness.

Born on July 4, 1915, in the great gold fields town of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, she was the daughter of Agnes and Burton Elliot.

In 1936, she met F. Stuart Miller, an American geologist, who was doing field survey work around Kalgoorlie for a mining company. They were married in 1939, in Berkeley, Calif., where Stuart was teaching geology. Three years later, she gave birth to her only child, Elliot Miller, in Washington, D.C., in 1942.

John Michael Degener


SHARON — John Michael Degener, 77, known as Michael, died March 20, 2011, while vacationing on the Caribbean island of Mustique in the West Indies. He suffered a fatal cardiac arrest while snorkeling off a reef on the Cotton House beach.

Born in New York City on July 11, 1933, Mr. Degener was the son of the late Nouche Lucien-Robert and George Ludwig Degener Jr.

Jean Snow


MILLERTON — Jean Snow, 90, formerly of Millerton, died peacefully on March 10, 2011, at Sharon Health Care Center. Her husband, William, predeceased her in 2004, while they were residing in Arizona. She was born in New York City on Oct. 11, 1920, to Fannie and John Bruscini.

She and her husband, “Bill,” came to Millerton in 1952 from Bronx, N.Y., after spending several summers at Taconic State Park with their three daughters.

Jo Anne Danforth


SHARON — Jo Anne Danforth, 74, of Dalton, Mass., died March 20, 2011, at her home. She was the widow of James R. Danforth, who died April 21, 2007. They married Sept. 12, 1959, at St. Bernard’s Church in Sharon.

She was born in Sharon on Feb. 26, 1937, a daughter of Margaret (Humeston) and William Pitcher. She was educated in Sharon and Falls Village schools, and was a 1955 graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School. She continued her education and, in 1958, graduated from the Henry W. Bishop Memorial School of Nursing in Pittsfield.