Jessica Elizabeth Tcherepnine

MILLBROOK — Jessica Elizabeth Tcherepnine died peacefully at home on Dec. 31, 2018, at the age of 80 after a long illness. 

English by birth, she was the daughter of William Barclay Harris and Elizabeth Milnes Coates, and the devoted wife of Peter Tcherepnine for 45 years, whom she met in New York and married in 1973. 

Barbara (Bales) Smith

LAKEVILLE — Barbara (Bales) Smith, 82, died peacefully on Dec.15, 2018, with her family by her side. 

Barbara was born in 1936 in Gary, Ind., to Katherine and Charles Bales. She attended both St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing and the University of Colorado to become a registered nurse. 

In 1963, she married the late Andrew B. Smith and they eventually settled in Burlington, Conn. 

She was an IV nurse at New Britain General Hospital for most of her nursing career. 

Peter C. Roosa

AMENIA — Peter C. Roosa, 68, a longtime resident of Amenia and formerly of Millbrook, passed away on Jan. 11, 2019, at his home in Amenia surrounded by his family. 
Mr. Roosa was an industrial arts teacher at Fishkill Correctional Facility in Fishkill, N.Y. He later worked as a salesman at Audia Motors in Millbrook  for 25 years. He was honored to work for Bob Audia. 
Born on Oct. 12, 1950, in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of the late Carl Siah and Anne (Swick) Roosa. 

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Dorothy “Dottie / Flossy” (Riiska) Jacquier

EAST CANAAN — Dorothy “Dottie / Flossy” (Riiska) Jacquier, 88, passed away peacefully at her home Jan. 13, 2019, preparing lunch for all at Laurelbrook Farm, which is what she loved to do. 

Born in Winsted on Aug.14, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Bertha (Lagier) and Frank Riiska. 

Jean C. (Peterson) Deming

ASHLEY FALLS — Jean C. (Peterson) Deming, 94, of Ashley Falls died Jan. 10, 2019, at the Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was the widow of Harry R. Deming, who passed on Sept. 14, 2001. 

Jean was born Jan. 4, 1925, in Worcester, Mass., the daughter of the late Helen Mae and Jesse Peterson.

A graduate of Torrington High School, Class of 1943, Jean worked as a “Rosie the Riveter,” building airplane wings for the Torrington Company from 1943 to 1945. 

John Findlay Scott

WEST CORNWALL — John Findlay Scott, 88, of West Cornwall, died Dec. 25, 2018, at home. He was the loving husband of Julia Mary (Boulton) Scott.

John A. Hemmerich

 SHARON — John Hemmerich passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 23, 2018, at the young age of 43.

He was born at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina of a Marine family. Being of a Marine family he traveled as a child. His family settled in Sharon after retiring from service.

He attended Sharon Center School and then went to Oliver Wolcott Technical School in Torrington. He was also a member of the volunteer junior fire squad in Sharon during his high school years.

Upon graduation he became an electrician by trade. 

Terrance D. Bannister

FALLS VILLAGE — Terrance D. Bannister, 66, died peacefully at his home on Jan. 4, 2019. He was born Nov. 6, 1952, in Fort Knox, Ky. He was the son of the late Helen I. (Stevens) and Paul Lincoln Bannister.

A graduate of Stratford High School and the University of Connecticut, Terry was employed by the Stop & Shop grocery chain. He was beginning his 30th year with the company. Locally, he was the grocery manager for the North Canaan Stop & Shop.

Guild Root Odell

COLEBROOK — Guild Root Odell, 75, passed away Tuesday morning, Dec. 11, 2018, in his home, surrounded by family and friends. 

Guild “Gil” was born in Torrington on Feb. 28, 1943, to the late Leo Edward Odell and Mabel Blake. 

Gil was raised in and lived in Falls Village for 42 years before residing in Colebrook. 

He worked as a maintenance supervisor for TRW and then SKF in Winsted.

Paul J. Proper Sr.

COPAKE — Paul J. Proper Sr., 88, “The People’s Sheriff” of Columbia County, passed away at home on Dec. 20, 2018.

He was born on Oct. 20, 1930, in Egremont, Mass., the son of Olia (Pectal) and Myron Proper.

Paul served as a technical sergeant of the United States Air Force. He was on the B26 Bomber Squadron, receiving the Bronze Star during the Korean War.