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Obituaries

Virginia F. “Ginny” Jones

MILLERTON — Virginia F. “Ginny” Jones, 78, of DeLand, Fla., and formerly of Millerton, died Feb. 7, 2019, in DeLand.

Born Nov. 8, 1940, in Sharon, she was the daughter of the late Arleigh Milan and Harriet E. (Cummings) Frink. Ginny resided in Millerton until 2001,when she and her husband, Don, retired to Orange City, Fla.

On June 6, 1959, at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., she married Donald J. Jones. Mr. Jones died April 9, 2013.

Laura Rietbrock Keswani

SALISBURY — Laura Rietbrock Keswani, 48, of New York City and Salisbury, passed away at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City on Feb. 6, 2019.

Laura was born on March 2,1970, in Morgantown,W. Va., to Dr. Michael Rietbrock and Daina Peterson. In 1972 the family moved to Oconomowoc, Wisc., where Laura spent her childhood and graduated from Oconomowoc High School in 1988.

Lewis J. Pennell

NORFOLK — Lewis J. Pennell, 58, of Norfolk passed away with loved ones by his side on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Lew took nothing in life for granted, and will be remembered most for his kindness, dedication and generosity of spirit. 

Helen A. Riley

SHARON — Helen A. Riley, 84, a lifelong area resident, died peacefully on Feb.12,  2019, at her home in Sharon.  Helen worked for many years as an operating room technician at Sharon Hospital. She was also a homemaker and hospice volunteer for nearly 25 years in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. 

John W. Horton

AMENIA – John W. Horton, 56, a lifelong area resident, died on Feb. 11, 2019, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 

John was a self-employed granite and marble fabricator specializing in custom countertops and tile. He was also a professional mason and built several homes throughout his career.

Born Oct. 27, 1962, in Sharon, he was the son of the late Benjamin D. and Dorothy J. (Brizzie) Horton Sr. John attended Webutuck High School. 

On July 9, 1983, in the Millerton Presbyterian Church he married Vicki Dean. 

John A. Bellantoni

MILLERTON — John A. Bellantoni, 97, a resident of Millerton for eight years and a longtime resident of the Bronx, N.Y., died Feb. 12, 2019, at Sharon Hospital. 

Mr. Bellantoni worked as a display and packing coordinator for Sotheby’s Auction House for many years and also worked as a machinist at a shoe factory where he belonged to the local Teamsters Union.

William James Morrison Sr.

MILLERTON — William James Morrison Sr., 97, a 65-year resident of Millerton, died peacefully on Feb. 17, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family. 

Bill worked in the chemical mixing room at Keuffel & Esser in Millerton for more than 25 years, before retiring in 1984.

Laura S. Hawks

SALISBURY — Laura S. Hawks passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Feb. 3, 2019. 

Laura was born on Feb. 15, 1934, in Antwerp, Belgium, the daughter of Saturnino Salas of Argentina and Maria Cornelia Gevaert of Belgium. She was the granddaughter of Lieven Gevaert, a Flemish industrialist, and his wife, Maria. 

George G. Vincent

SALISBURY — George G. Vincent, 97, of Salisbury died on Jan. 18, 2019, of natural causes. 

George was born in Sewickley, Pa., on Aug. 17, 1921, to Lewis and Norma G. Vincent.

George served in the Army Signal Corps during World War II. In 1949, he married Virginia “Bunny” Burgwin of Sewickley Heights, Pa. Soon after their marriage the couple moved to New York City where George studied music at Juilliard. 

James Joseph Victory

NORTH CANAAN — James Joseph Victory, 69, of North Canaan and Port St. Joe, Fla., went to be with the Lord on Feb. 14, 2019, surrounded by family. 

He was born April 16, 1949, to the late James Victory Sr. and Gina Segalla Victory. He was raised in North Canaan alongside his younger brother and best friend, Stephen Victory.

James graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in 1968. He also attended Northwestern Connecticut Community College and the Computer Processing Institute.