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Obituaries

Julia R. ‘Judy’ Mathers

MILLERTON — Julia R. “Judy” Mathers, 77, a lifelong area resident, died July 25, 2018, at Sharon Hospital. 

Born June 24, 1941, in Hudson, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Marjorie (Sherman) and Charles Ostrander. 

On March 15, 1958, in Ancramdale, N.Y., she married Melvin W. Mathers. Mr. Mathers died April 24, 1994.  

Mrs. Mathers enjoyed spending time with her loving family and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren at family get-togethers. 

She will be dearly missed by all.

Memorial service: Marie Prentice

CORNWALL — A memorial service for Marie Prentice, 86, who died at Sharon Hospital on May 14, 2018, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. at the UCC Church in Cornwall on Bolton Hill Road. 

The Journal apologizes for the error in the time listed in last week’s issue.

In appreciation: Rudy Eschbach

Since our parents owned adjoining farms on Leedsville Road, I have had the honor and privilege to know Rudy Eschbach for more than 60 years. 

Rudy was a true family man and an amazing American gentleman.  Lions Club International has a motto, “We Serve.” Rudy served his country as a first lieutenant in Vietnam. He served as a member and president of the Amenia Lions Club and served his town of Amenia both on the Planning Board and Zoning Board. Rudy served his church and, oh, what a singing voice he had. 

Rudolph J. Eschbach

AMENIA — Rudolph J. Eschbach, 76, a longtime resident of Amenia, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018, surrounded by his family at his home in Amenia. 

Born on Nov. 6, 1941, in Teaneck, N.J., he was the son of the late Henry and Therese (Doernchen) Eschbach. Rudy spent his childhood on his family’s farm in Amenia, where he resided for the last 45 years. 

In appreciation: Gary Thornton

My brother, Gary.

My brother was a very special person. He had a warm and gentle nature about him and a kind soul. I will always remember his laugh. You knew when he was in the room when you heard his laugh.

He loved NASCAR and especially Dale Earnhardt. He was a dog lover and got great joy and comfort from his valued companions.

He loved his home and took great pride and joy from it. He loved cooking and relaxing on his backyard deck, which had a view that just made one take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the simple joys of life.

Donald George Blodgett

SHARON --— Donald George Blodgett, 17, died July 29, 2018, because of an auto accident. 

He was the son of Donald and Lisa Blodgett. Dg was born Sept. 18, 2000. Dg attended four years at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. He worked at the Sharon Farm Market and The White Hart to pursue his dream of becoming a chef.

Gary Frank Thornton

MILLERTON — Gary Frank Thornton, 51, passed away on July 21, 2018. 

He was born on May 30, 1967, to Jeanne (Coddington) Thornton and the late Charles J. Thornton Jr. at Horton Hospital in Middletown, N.Y. 

He lived in Amenia and Millerton for most of this life. He graduated from Webutuck High School in 1985 and worked at Northeast Muffler for the past 32 years as a valued mechanic. 

Myrtle ‘Bunny’ Soule

KENT — Myrtle “Bunny” Soule, 97, died peacefully at New Milford Hospital on July 13, 2018. 

She was born at home in 1921 in the Macedonia area of Kent, the daughter of Mary (McCann) and Sherman Chase.

Bunny was predeceased by her husband, Millard “Bub” Soule Sr.; her two sisters, Dorothy Gawel and Alice Rosati of Kent; and her two brothers, Nelson and Milo Chase. 

Patrick Raymond Sheridan

ANCRAMDALE — Patrick Raymond Sheridan, 16, passed away on July 20, 2018, due to an automobile accident.

He was born in Westchester, N.Y., on Nov. 25, 2001, the son of Kevin J. Sheridan of Ancramdale and Jeanien L. Higgins of Pawling, N.Y.

He worked at the Farmer’s Wife in Ancramdale. He really enjoyed working on cars, hiking, fishing, loved life and politics. Most of all he loved being with family and friends.

Patrick was entering his senior year of high school this fall at Stissing Mountain High School in Pine Plains.

George Walter Schaefer

NORTH CANAAN — George Walter Schaefer, 85, died peacefully at home on July 16, 2018, in North Canaan. 

Born on Cherry Street in Torrington on Aug. 6, 1932, to Anna (McCaffrey) and George James Schaefer, he was the second of three children. The family included older sister Mary and younger brother Joseph. 

They moved to North Canaan in 1934 when George’s father went to work for Decker & Beebe.