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Obituaries

Jane (Burgess) Fitting

SALISBURY — Jane (Burgess) Fitting died peacefully at home Aug. 3, 2018, following a five-year battle with cancer.

Born in Stamford, Conn., on May 6, 1958, she was raised in Darien, Conn., then moved at 14 with her family to Salisbury. She attended Housatonic Valley Regional High School for one year before becoming part of the first year of girls admitted to The Hotchkiss School, graduating in 1976.

Brad Allen Dickinson

PINE PLAINS — Brad Allen Dickinson, 33, of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., passed away on Aug. 1, 2018, at Vassar Brother’s Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 

He was born on Sept. 22, 1984, in Gt. Barrington, the son of Dolores (Frenzel) and William W. Dickinson Sr. of Pine Plains. 

Brad was an electrician. 

Shirley Rogers

SALISBURY — Shirley Rogers, 88, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family members, on July 28, 2018, at Noble Horizons. 

She was born April 2, 1930, in Salisbury, to Irving H. Weir and Bertha A. Hazelton.

Shirley graduated from local elementary and high schools, and from the Packard Secretarial School in New York City. 

She met the love of her life, John E. “Jack” Rogers while working a summer job at the Interlaken Inn. They were married in 1952 and enjoyed 50 years of marriage.

In appreciation: Jason Rebideau

WASSAIC — Jason Rebideau, or Jay (as I knew him), was a local basketball legend who recently passed away suddenly at 40. 

He and I had been playing pickup ball together for more than half his life. We played on just about every court from Pawling to Poughkeepsie, Millerton to Millbrook. He was the true gym rat who lived for a game. 

Jay always looked overweight and out of shape, but I say “looked” because that was his ruse. He tricked far better players into thinking he couldn’t play.  Yet he was a beast.

Jack Gerard Silvernale

MILLERTON — Jack Gerard Silvernale, 59, passed away on July 28, 2018, after a short but aggressive battle with cancer. 

Born on Sept. 7, 1958, in Anniston, Ala., Jack served from 1978 to 1980 in the United States Army. 

On June 11, 1983, he married Veronica “Ronnie” Hosier.

Jack was an active member of the Berkshire Beagle Club, and an avid hunter and fisherman. 

W. Peter Wood

SHARON — Whitfield Peter Wood passed away on July 20, 2018, at the age of 72. 

Born in Boston, Mass., the son of Dorothy (O’Neill) and Whitfield Piccioli Wood, Peter’s family settled in Gray, Maine, in the 1940s. 

A purposeful child, Peter worked during junior high summers picking beets at Hansen’s Farm (now Pineland Farms) and at the Mobil Oil Service Station in Portland throughout high school. At the age of 13 he became Maine’s youngest Eagle Scout, a distinction publicly recognized by then-Gov. Edmund Muskie. 

Julia R. ‘Judy’ Mathers

MILLERTON — Julia R. “Judy” Mathers, 77, a lifelong area resident, died July 25, 2018, at Sharon Hospital. 

Born June 24, 1941, in Hudson, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Marjorie (Sherman) and Charles Ostrander. 

On March 15, 1958, in Ancramdale, N.Y., she married Melvin W. Mathers. Mr. Mathers died April 24, 1994.  

Mrs. Mathers enjoyed spending time with her loving family and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren at family get-togethers. 

She will be dearly missed by all.

Memorial service: Marie Prentice

CORNWALL — A memorial service for Marie Prentice, 86, who died at Sharon Hospital on May 14, 2018, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. at the UCC Church in Cornwall on Bolton Hill Road. 

The Journal apologizes for the error in the time listed in last week’s issue.

In appreciation: Rudy Eschbach

Since our parents owned adjoining farms on Leedsville Road, I have had the honor and privilege to know Rudy Eschbach for more than 60 years. 

Rudy was a true family man and an amazing American gentleman.  Lions Club International has a motto, “We Serve.” Rudy served his country as a first lieutenant in Vietnam. He served as a member and president of the Amenia Lions Club and served his town of Amenia both on the Planning Board and Zoning Board. Rudy served his church and, oh, what a singing voice he had. 

Rudolph J. Eschbach

AMENIA — Rudolph J. Eschbach, 76, a longtime resident of Amenia, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018, surrounded by his family at his home in Amenia. 

Born on Nov. 6, 1941, in Teaneck, N.J., he was the son of the late Henry and Therese (Doernchen) Eschbach. Rudy spent his childhood on his family’s farm in Amenia, where he resided for the last 45 years.