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The Rev. Dr. Aaron Manderbach

SALISBURY — The Rev. Dr. Aaron Manderbach, 105, of Redding, Conn., rector emeritus of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church of Ridgefield, Conn., died April 29, 2018, in Redding.

He was the husband of Judith Laurence Marin Manderbach. 

“Aaron,” as he was affectionately known, was born at Fox Chase in Philadelphia, Pa., on Oct. 4, 1912. 

Deanna Lynn Silvernail

LAKEVILLE —Deanna Lynn Silvernail died as the result of an automobile accident on May 4, 2018, on Skiff Mountain Road. She was 22 years old.

Known to her friends and family as Dede and “Bug” (due to her love of the outdoors and the creatures in it), she is survived by her father, George R. Silvernail of Lakeville; her mother, Sheri Lynn Foshay of Washington state; and three sisters, Abigail and Samantha of Lakeville and Kayla of Waterbury, Conn.

Gail A. (Meiner) Vaill

LAKEVILLE — Gail A. (Meiner) Vaill, 82, of 17 Cobble Road and Antigua, died on Feb. 28, 2018, at Noble Horizons.  She was the widow of James Vaill. 

Gail was born Oct. 3, 1935, in Hackensack, N.J., the daughter of the late Catherine (Vidler) and Gustav Meiner.

Gail was a well-respected artist and antique dealer. She owned the Bad Corner Antique Shop in Lakeville.

Memorial service: John A. Rosier

ASHLEY FALLS — A Service of Committal will be held on Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m. in the Ashley Falls Cemetery for John A. Rosier, who died at  his home on March 2, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. All are invited to attend.

Fannie Place

PINE PLAINS — Fannie Place, 100, died April 25, 2018, at Vassar Brother’s Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

She was born on March 4, 1918, in Dover Plains, the daughter of Minnie (Lawrence) and Vernon J. Cookingham. 

Phyllis Pickert

ASHLEY FALLS — Phyllis Pickert of Ashley Falls, 89, died April 27, 2018, surrounded by her family.  

Born Phyllis May Coro in North Anson, Maine, on Feb. 11, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Amy (Otis) and Frank Coro.

She was a graduate of Anson Academy in North Anson and Nasson College in Springvale, Maine, and lived also in Keene, N.H., and Watertown, Conn., before settling in the Berkshires in the early 1960s. 

She was a resident of Ashley Falls for more than 50 years. 

Andrew Chichester Nixon

SHARON — Andrew Chichester Nixon, 67, died April 25, 2018, in Sharon after a long illness. 

He and his twin brother, Peter, were born Aug. 11, 1950, in Washington, D.C., and were adopted at birth by  Jane (Remington) and Richard Nixon of Manhattan and Westminster Ridge, N.Y.

Andrew graduated from The Rye Country Day School in Rye, N.Y. 

Roald Muir Schopp

NORTH CANAAN — Roald Muir Schopp, 88, died on April 22, 2018, at his home in North Canaan, where he had resided since July 2017. 

He was born July 20, 1929, in New Rochelle, N.Y., the son of Lillian (Muir) and Arthur Christian Schopp. Roald grew up in New Rochelle and moved with his family to Sheffield, Mass., as a young teen. He graduated from Berkshire School in Sheffield as an accomplished athlete. 

Wendy Farwell Currier

NORTH CANAAN — Wendy (Farwell) Currier, 61, of North Canaan, died peacefully in the early morning on April 16, 2018, surrounded by her beloved children.

Wendy was born in Sharon on Dec. 25, 1956, the daughter of Ken Farwell Sr. and the late Lucy (Lovett) Farwell. She was one of seven children. 

Wendy attended local schools and was a graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School in the Class of 1974.

Francis Xavier Tansey

WEST CORNWALL — Francis Xavier Tansey, 73, died peacefully at home on April 17, 2018, with his wife, Karen, by his side.

Mr. Tansey was born Dec. 21, 1944, in Bayonne, N.J., to Catherine (Rooney) and Luke Tansey. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.