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Obituaries

Appreciation: Tom Glennon

For decades, students at North Canaan Elementary School had Mr. Glennon for seventh-grade science, including me.

My daughter had him as a substitute and she would often come home with Mr. Glennon stories and quips, reminiscent of my own days in his class. I would find myself smiling with fond remembrance.

To say he was unique would be an understatement.

The highlight of seventh-grade science, during his tenure, were the gardens.

Death Notices August 12

Sylvia Ann Flotat
WINSTED — Sylvia Ann Flotat of Winsted died July 25, 2011. Funeral services were held July 29 at St. Joseph Church. Maloney Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

Elwin “Ed” Ocain
NEW HARTFORD — Elwin “Ed” Ocain of New Hartford died July 27, 2011. Graveside services will be held Aug. 6 at Barkhamsted Center Cemetery at 11 a.m. Montano-Shea Funeral Home has care of arrangements.
 

Elizabeth M. (Schroeder) Ashton

STANFORDVILLE — Elizabeth M. (Schroeder) Ashton, 44, passed away peacefully at home in the arms of her husband on July 27, 2011, following a long struggle with cancer.

Beth brought joy and love to everything she did and everyone she met. Known for her beautiful voice and thoughtful songwriting, she loved singing and playing music in local folk and bluegrass venues with her husband, Steve.

She was born Sept. 21, 1966, in Sharon, the daughter of the late Betty (Smith) and Carl A. Schroeder.

Dan H. Elliott

ANCRAM — Dan H. Elliott, 71, passed awayAug. 1, 2011, at home.

On July 30, 1960, in Ancram, he married Joann (Sigler) Elliott. She survives at home.

He was born in Morris, N.Y., on Dec. 6, 1939, the son of Harriett (Weidman) and Adrian Elliott.

Dan was a restoration carpenter for the state of New York. He also enjoyed working on the dairy farm.

He was a member of the Ancram Fire Company and St. John’s Lutheran Church Counsel and was formerly an Ancram town justice.

Gunnar K. Holmes

SHEFFIELD — Gunnar K. Holmes, 88, of South Main Street and a former resident of Cornwall Bridge for 40 years, died peacefully at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington July 27, 2011.

He was the husband of Paula (Van Wagner) Holmes. The couple were married on June 22, 1947, and celebrated 64 years of marriage. Gunnar was born in Moss, Norway on Jan. 21, 1923, the son of the late Jenny (Hansen) and Gustav Holmes.

Gunnar was an antiques dealer for 55 years and enjoyed antiquing throughout New England.

Gertrude M. Richardson

LAKEVILLE — Gertrude M. Richardson, 92, of Robin Hill Lane died July 27, 2011, at her home.

She was born May 14, 1919, in Falls Village, the daughter of the late Hilda (Swanson) and Albert Gustafson.

Gertrude graduated from Canaan high school in 1938 and worked at the Connecticut Light and Power office in Falls Village before working in Waterbury and New Haven.

In New Haven, she took care of Lars Onsager’s sons while attending evening classes. Onsager was the 1968 recipient of the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Helen (Mendelson) Rolo

SALISBURY — Helen (Mendelson) Rolo, 84, of New York City died peacefully on July 26, 2011, at Noble Horizons.

She was born in New York City on March 2, 1927, the daughter of Fannie and Abraham Mendelson.

Helen attended The High School of Music & Art and The Julliard School. She spent a year at the University of Wisconsin before transferring to New York University, from which she graduated in 1948.

Joyce (Franchek) Sciepura

SHARON — Joyce (Franchek) Sciepura, 75, died quietly at her home July 30, 2011, after a long illness.

Joyce was born in Yonkers, N.Y., on Dec. 7, 1935, the daughter of the late Catherine (Benza) and John Franchek.

After working for the Legal Aid Society of White Plains for more than 20 years, she retired to Sharon to be near her children and grandchildren. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and her beloved dog, Teddy.

George Edwin Smith

WASSAIC — George Edwin Smith, 80, a six-year resident of Okeechobee, Fla., and former resident of Wassaic, died July 24, 2011, at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Md.

He was born Aug. 14, 1930, in Poughkeepsie, the son of the late Evelyn Pearl (Hymes) and Harry Smith.

From 1953 to 1955, Mr. Smith served in the United States Army. He was an insurance adjuster for 30 years and was employed by Toplis & Harding, Inc. in Newburgh, N.Y., before retiring in 1993.

Rene D. Brammer

SHARON — Rene D. Brammer, 27, died July 21, 2011, in an automobile accident in Millerton.

Rene was born June 14, 1984, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

Rene lived life with his love for cars. He had a wonderful ability to take apart and put together any vehicle that he was asked to work on. His passion was for fast cars and he loved the saying, “If you’re not scared, you’re not going fast enough.”

Rene wasn’t scared on July 21 — he fell asleep and went home.