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Obituaries

Frederick K. Ahders

MILLERTON — Frederick K. Ahders, 78, of Churubusco, N.Y., died Dec. 4, 2019, at his home.

Born on May 6, 1941, in Sharon, he was the son of Alice May (Myers) and Frederick William Ahders.

He was married to Verva Parker on April 25, 1998, at the Chateaugay Town Hall.

Frederick graduated from Webutuck High School and was employed for Trotta’s Supermarket for more than 20 years. He was also employed at the DDSO as a therapy aide, retiring in 1999 after more than 20 years of service. 

Linda (Miner) MacLaren

LAKEVILLE — Linda (Miner) MacLaren, 78, passed away Dec. 3, 2019. 

She was born April 13, 1941, in New York City to the late Isabel (Keller) and Samuel Norton Miner.

She moved to Sarasota, Fla., 15 years ago from Lakeville, where she and her husband still visited regularly until her health complications prevented her from traveling. 

Dennis M. Gilhooly

STANFORDVILLE — Dennis M. Gilhooly of Stanfordville died on Nov. 30, 2019, at the age of 68. His family and friends are grateful for having him in their lives and will always remember him for his extraordinary bravery and kindness.

Dennis was born to Agnes and Peter Gilhooly on June 8, 1951, and grew up in the Fordham Road area of the Bronx, N.Y. After graduating from Fordham University in 1974, he began a decades-long career of public service to the people of New York. 

Marion (Kelsey) Lukens

SHARON — Marion (Kelsey) Lukens, 96, of Salisbury passed peacefully into eternity with the Lord on Dec. 7, 2019,  at Noble Horizons surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 14, 1923, in Middletown, N.Y., the daughter of the late Martha (Whipple) and Joseph S. Kelsey. 

On July 3, 1944, in Middletown, N.Y., she married Walter B. Lukens. After nearly 42 years of marriage, Dr. Lukens predeceased her on Aug. 3, 1986.

Jean Gaylor (Caldwell) Kashgarian

NORFOLK — Jean Gaylor (Caldwell) Kashgarian was born in Matapedia, Quebec, (a town famous for the meeting of two famous salmon rivers) on Dec. 31, 1933. 

She was the youngest of the three daughters of Elizabeth (Delaney) and Harry Caldwell. Her family moved to Norfolk when she was 11 years old. She attended middle school in Norfolk and graduated high school from The Gilbert School of Winsted. 

Donnie W. Miller

NORTH CANAAN — Donnie W. Miller, 76, of North Canaan died Dec 4, 2019, at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain.  

Donnie was born Feb. 5, 1943, in Conway, S.C., son of the late Bertha (McDowell) and Wash Miller. 

For more than 30 years, Donnie worked as an equipment reconditioner at Stadium Systems in North Canaan. He was a Masonic Mason, member of Masonic Lodge W.P. Gladding No.12. 

Timothy ‘Timmy’ Kay

MILLERTON — Timothy “Timmy” Kay, 60, of Millerton, passed away peacefully on Nov. 26, 2019, at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie under hospice care.

Tim was born Jan. 3, 1959, in Ithaca, N.Y., the son of Marilyn (Masterson) and Dr. Kent Kay.

In addition to his parents, Tim is survived by his wife Melanie (Farnham) Kay; his son, Alexander Kay; his daughter, Alycia Kay; three brothers, Christopher Kay, Eugene Kay and his wife, Jane, and Clinton Kay; and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Raymond Allen Stickles Jr.

DOVER PLAINS — Raymond Allen Stickles Jr., 84, a lifelong Dutchess County resident, died peacefully Nov. 24, 2019, at his home in Dover Plains, surrounded by his loving companion and children. 

Ray worked for Louis Wells Farm in Gallatin, N.Y., for more than 20 years and was a property caretaker in Millbrook for many years. 

Marlena Mittel

AMENIA — Marlena Mittel, 78, a 20-year resident of Amenia and formerly of Queens, N.Y., died peacefully Nov. 29, 2019, at Sharon Hospital surrounded by her loving family. 

Ms. Mittel was a self-employed housekeeper in the local area for many years.  

Born Nov. 2, 1941, in Manhattan, she was the daughter of the late Bertha (Rehl) and  Joseph Mittel. She graduated from Long Island City High School and earned an associate’s degree later in life. 

She married Kenneth Whelan. Mr. Whelan died previously. 

Marianne Czernin

SALISBURY — Marianne Czernin, 78, passed away peacefully at Noble Horizons on Nov. 30, 2019.

Marianne, the daughter of Beatrix Merton Strauss and Ferdinand Czernin, was born in New York on April 23, 1941.

While living in New York City, Marianne began her career working at various nonprofits. 

Upon her return to Salisbury she worked for more than 30 year as a regulatory consultant at National Regulatory Services, where she helped broker-dealers meet their compliance obligations.