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Obituaries

Randall Nielsen

NORTH CANAAN — Randall Nielsen, 86, passed away July 17, 2011, at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Randy was born June 28, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late Ragna B. and Frank Meidle Nielsen.

He served in World War II as a carpenter’s mate third class with the 127th Navy Seabees from 1943 to 1946, receiving the American Theater, Asiatic Pacific, Philippine Liberation and Victory medals.

Edward Zionce

NORTH CANAAN — Edward Zionce, 93, of Burlington, Conn., husband of the late Florence (Konopka) Zionce, died July 23, 2011, at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Nov. 13, 1917, the son of the late Katherine (Kochan) and Joseph Zionce and lived in Burlington for more than 60 years.

He was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division. He entered active service in 1942, and served in several European campaigns. He was awarded the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars along with other military decorations.

Mary Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Sylvernale

LAKEVILLE — Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Sylvernale, 88, of East Hartford, Conn., and Ashland, N.H., died at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, N.H., on July 15, 2011, following a brief illness.

She was born in Lakeville on Jan. 12, 1923, the daughter of Ruth (Piester) and George Sylvernale. She grew up in Lakeville and graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

Following her school years she was employed at Pratt & Whitney for a short period. She later was employed at Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company in Hartford, retiring after 36 years.

Shirley Elizabeth (Tanner) Rivard

MILLERTON — Shirley Elizabeth (Tanner) Rivard, 54, passed away July 23, 2011, at her residence after a long and brave battle with cancer.

She was born Aug. 20, 1956, in Sharon, the daughter of Bertha (McCauley) and Arthur Tanner.

Shirley was an amazing person, who selflessly dedicated her time to taking care of others. She recently retired from Taconic DDSO in Wassaic, after serving there for 34 years.

John Richard Kascenska

MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS, Vt. — John Richard Kascenska, 78, of Middletown Springs, formerly of Winsted, passed away peacefully on July 16, 2011, at his home following a long illness, with his wife and family by his side.

He was born on Oct. 31, 1932, in Winsted, the son of O. Helen (Tamminen) and John J. Kascenska.

Calling hours were held Wednesday, July 20, at the Aldous Funeral Home in Rutland.

Graveside services will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 22, in the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph.

Death Notice July 21

James L. Parrott Jr.

PINE MEADOW — James L. Parrott Jr. of Pine Meadow died July 17, 2011. Calling hours were held July 19 at Montano-Shea Funeral Home. Graveside services were held July 20 at Pine Grove Cemetery, Pine Meadow. Montano-Shea Funeral Home, New Hartford, has care of arrangements.

Morton J. Bloch

SHARON — Morton J. Bloch, 83, died July 13, 2011, in Sarasota, Fla., after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born July 28, 1927, in Sharon to Lena and Irving Bloch of Millerton. He graduated from Millerton High School in 1944 and Bard College in 1947, and also attended New York University.

In 1950, Mort took over the family business, Bloch’s Furniture Store, when his father became ill. He operated the store until his retirement in 1985.

He married Elaine F. Feinberg of Patchogue, N.Y., in 1954. She predeceased him in 1991.

Valerie Pascal Delacorte

SHARON — Valerie Pascal Delacorte passed away on July 14, 2011, at her home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Valerie was the devoted wife of the late George T. Delacorte, founder of Dell Publishing Company and a well-known New York and Florida philanthropist.

Valerie was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1919 and educated at the Ursuline Convent. Graced with stunning beauty, intellect and elegant style, Valerie became a stage and film actress in Hungary under the name Hídvéghy Valéria.

Memorial service – Stephanie Wilner Kay

NORTH CANAAN — A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 23, from noon to 3 p.m. at Geer Village to celebrate the life of Stephanie Wilner Kay. The service will feature her artwork and a buffet.

Appreciation – A. Whitney Ellsworth

The Salisbury Housing Trust wishes to thank the numerous, generous donations recently made in memory of A. Whitney Ellsworth. We are pleased to honor his legacy and the dedication with which he served our community. We will continue to work for affordable home ownership in Salisbury and to develop a model that best serves the town, those who purchase homes from us, and our generous donors.

— Leo Gafney, Chair, Salisbury Housing Trust