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In appreciation: Augusta ‘Dolly’ Taylor

The family of Augusta “Dolly” Taylor would like to extend our gratitude to  the nursing staff at Geer Nursing for their care and compassion for Dolly for the past 11 years.

The staff at Geer makes all the difference, especially  at Cardinal Court. Their ability and willingness to go above and beyond their normal duties is truly amazing. 

And a special recognition to nursing assistant Leslie and nurses Mary and Dan. A heartfelt thank you to all of  you.

Mrs. Taylor passed away on Aug. 22, 2019, at 91 years of age. 

Shawna Rae Westfall

COPAKE — Shawna Rae Westfall died Sept. 3, 2019.

Shawna was born May 16, 1994, to Martin and Patricia (Hart) Westfall in Sharon. She lived in Copake, N.Y. 

She was a Daisy and Brownie in the Girls Scouts of America. She was also in the Hoofers 4H group and showed her calf at the Chatham Fair and she would later train the calves for the fair.

She was baptized at the Ancramdale Presbyterian Church and had her First Communion at St. Bridget’s Church in Copake Falls.

Margaret Ann (Shannon) Parker

SALISBURY — Margaret Ann (Shannon) Parker, 69, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., on Aug. 28, 2019. She was a  longtime resident of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., and Salisbury. 
She was the wife of Charles V. Parker. They shared 47 years of marriage together.
Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.,  she was the daughter of George and Alice Shannon.  

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Anthony J. ‘Serge’ Sergio

STANFORDVILLE — Anthony J. “Serge” Sergio, 96, passed away on Sept. 2, 2019, at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, N.Y.  

He was born on July 9, 1923, in Manhattan in New York City, the son of John and Catherine (Marinaro )  Sergio. 

He spent his working years in the city. 

He was owner and operator of Sergio Waterproofing Company until he retired 25 years ago in Stanfordville. 

Joseph Jaklitsch

SALISBURY — Joseph Jaklitsch, 73, passed away in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 31, 2019, surrounded by his family, after a long and courageous battle with heart disease. 

For 16 years, Joe was the owner and proprietor of The Roast Coffee house, in Lakeville and Salisbury.  

During its existence, The Roast was known as the heart and soul of the community. His warmth and kindness endeared him to his many friends and customers. 

Myron Joel ‘Mike’ Rindsberg

MILLERTON — The world got a little smaller on July 29, 2019, when Myron Joel Rindsberg (known as “Mike” by his many friends and “Mr. Rindsberg” by the countless number of students he mentored) passed away. He’d had a good run, however, as he’d been born in New York City 89 years earlier, on Jan. 8, 1930. 

Lori Ann Morrison

AMENIA — Lori Ann Morrison, 48, a resident of Hyde Park, N.Y., passed away on Aug. 28, 2019, in Hyde Park, N.Y. 

Born on July 2, 1971, in Sharon, she was the daughter of Joyce (Delong) and Kenneth Morrison of Amenia. 

In addition to her parents, Lori is survived by a brother, Kevin Morrison of Amenia; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Lori will be greatly missed by those who loved her.

Funeral services will be private. To send the family an online condolence, go to www.hufcutfuneralhome.com.

John Pelham Curtis

MILLERTON — John Pelham Curtis, 1938-2019, a beloved retired physician who had moved to northeastern Dutchess County in 1971 to practice internal medicine, died peacefully Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at the family home on Sharon Station Road after a long illness. He was 81.

Let it be said up front that John was a self-effacing fellow and that going on at any length about him in his earshot would have been excruciating. These remarks proceed in cheerful defiance of his modesty. 

Irene May Squeo

NORTH CANAAN — Irene May Squeo, 85, of Farmington, passed away on July 7, 2019, in West Hartford.  

Born in New Baltimore, N.Y., on May 30, 1934, the daughter of the late Marie E. (Meyer) and Bronk Hannay, she was raised in Saugerties, N.Y., and was a graduate of Saugerties High School.  

Irene worked as a cook for many years at Sports City Country Club in Pine Plains, at the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville as a pastry chef, and more recently had worked as a store manager for Rite Aid until her retirement.  

Mary Reid Brash

KENT — It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mary Reid Brash, age 98, of New York City and Kent, on Aug. 24, 2019. 

Born and raised in Darien, Conn., as a Scot and child of the Depression, she was tough and independent. With college curtailed by circumstance, she began her career at the end of the war in occupied Japan as a clerical aide under Gen. MacArthur. 

Leaving there in 1952, she traversed Asia and Europe on a long journey with her best friend, Helen Warde.