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Obituaries

George E. Farnsworth

SALISBURY— George E. Farnsworth died at Noble Horizons on Dec. 8, 2018.

George E. Farnsworth was born on May 6, 1930, to Rina and Russell Farnsworth in Millinocket, Maine. He graduated from Stearns High School in Millinocket and received a degree in history from the University of Maine at Orono.

He taught elementary grades in a one-room school in Bremen, Maine, and also taught at other schools in Maine and Connecticut.

Laura L. Ehrlich

STANFORDVILLE — Laura L. Ehrlich, 94, passed away on Dec. 6, 2018, at Sharon Health Care Center. 

She was born on Oct. 11, 1924, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the daughter of Ruth (Pucher) and John Hanlon. 

Mrs. Ehrlich was an operator for Bell Telephone Company in New York City. 

She was a long-time member and past president of the Stanford Forever Young Club.

Survivors include her brother, George Hanlon of Stanfordville;  and several nieces and nephews.

Kathleen M. ‘Kay’ Bryant

ANCRAM — Kathleen M. “Kay” Bryant, 87, a lifelong resident, passed away on Dec. 2, 2018, at Whittier Rehab and Nursing Center in Ghent, N.Y. 

She was born on July 13, 1931, in Sharon, the daughter of Mae (Hall) and Aubrey Corbett. 

Kay along with her husband and sons Terry and Thomas were owners and operators of CY Bryant Dairy Farm in Ancram. 

On Nov. 5, 1949, in Philmont, N.Y., she married Milton L. “CY” Bryant. He predeceased her on April 23, 2008.

Heinrich Wirth

LAKEVILLE — Heinrich Wirth, 83, a longtime resident of Lakeville, died peacefully in his home on Nov. 30, 2018.

Born Feb. 28, 1935, in Munich, Germany he was the son of Angelika and Georg Wirth of Munich, Germany.

He was Ursula’s loving husband and father of four.

Memorial service: Vinnie Farrell

NORTH CANAAN — A Mass of Christian Burial for Vinnie Farrell will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. in St. Martin of Tours/St. Joseph Church in North Canaan. 

Vinnie was a long-time resident of the town of North Canaan. He is fondly remembered for the years of service he gave the town as a school crossing guard.

Arrangements are under the care of the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan.

Joan Hewins

GREAT BARRINGTON — Patricia Joan (Horan) Hewins, 88,  passed away peacefully on Dec. 1, 2018, in her home, lovingly surrounded by family.  

She was born Sept. 24, 1930, in Albany, N.Y., to the late John S. Horan and Rena Coakley McGuire and stepfather Henry McGuire.

 Joanie was raised in Great Barrington and was a 1948 graduate of Searles High School. She was married to the late Walter “Bud” Hewins Jr. on June 24, 1950, until his death on March 31, 2005. 

Lillian H. Cecchinato

NORTH CANAAN — Lillian H. Cecchinato, 91, the widow of Nicholas J. Cecchinato Jr., a lifelong North Canaan resident, left her family and loving caregivers on Nov 30, 2018. Lillian quietly departed the Geer Nursing Facility to check into a much grander and glorious house that awaited her (John 14: 1-3).

In the immediate hours after her death, the kindest gentleman and family friend came to her bedside to reaffirm Lillian’s deep faith and to assuage the deep sadness of saying goodbye. 

Lillian was born Dec. 4, 1926.

Marjorie A. Baldwin

PINE PLAINS — Marjorie A. Baldwin, 78, passed away on Nov. 26, 2018, at ArchCare at Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

She was born on Jan. 4, 1940, in Sharon, the daughter of Gladys Mae (Gregory) and George W. Wesley.

Marjorie was a home health care aide.  

She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, reading and crocheting. Most of all she loved spending time with her family.  

Elizabeth (Claster) Rice

SALISBURY — Elizabeth (Claster) Rice, 52, of Dedham, Mass., passed away on Nov. 21, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family. 

Liddy, as she was affectionately known by her friends and family, was born in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 12, 1966. She was the eldest daughter of Bertram and Fredericka Claster of Lock Haven, Pa. 

Liddy was a beloved daughter and wife, devoted mother and mother-in-law, loving nanny, supportive sibling, adoring aunt and niece, and a fiercely loyal friend and dedicated teacher.

David Vincent Peppe

NORTH CANAAN — David Vincent Peppe, 69, of North Canaan died on Nov. 24, 2018, after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by members of his loving family. 

He was born in Sharon on March 22, 1949, the son of Shirley Mae (Budds) and Dr. Vincent J. Peppe. 

On Aug. 7, 1976, he married Linda Law, and they raised two children, Daniel and Louise.