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Obituaries

Stefan Jan Bibro

SALISBURY — Stefan Jan Bibro, 57, died Aug. 30, 2019, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. He was the loving husband of Karen and devoted father to Lily. 

Stefan was born on Oct. 12, 1961, in Bridgeport, Conn., to Doreen (Booker) and Bronislaw Bibro. 

A lifelong resident of the area, Stefan attended Salisbury Central School, Indian Mountain School and Salisbury School.

In appreciation: Norman Wilcox

The family of Norman Wilcox wishes to sincerely thank relatives, friends and neighbors for their words of comfort, cards, support and donations during our loss. Your thoughtfulness and generosity are appreciated.  

— Catherine Wilcox and family

Sharon

David A. Sermersheim

LAKEVILLE — David A. Sermersheim, 81, of Westbrook, Conn., passed away on Aug. 27, 2019, at home.

He was born on Sept.25, 1937, in Jasper, Ind., the son of Silas and Martha (Jager) Sermersheim.

David was the chairman of the music department at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville for 33 years. 

David was first and foremost an educator. He never missed an opportunity to enlighten his students, family, friends or acquaintances about music, literature, poetry or a multitude of other topics. 

William W. Bates

DOVER PLAINS — William W. Bates, 85, a lifelong resident of Dover Plains, passed away on Sept. 1, 2019, at his home in Dover Plains. 

Mr. Bates was a union carpenter for R.W. Ciferri Inc. in Millbrook, retiring in 2003. 

Born on Dec. 24, 1933, in Sharon, he was the son of the late Olive (Riesdorf) and Myron Bates. 

Mr. Bates proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. 

On May 9, 1959, in Valhalla, N.Y., he married Catherine Brevi, who predeceased him on Nov. 17, 2001.

John W. Irwin

NORTH CANAAN — John W. Irwin, 78, died Aug. 27, 2019, at his home in Fountain, Colo.

Pamela M. (Rutledge) Packard

SALISBURY — Pamela M. Packard, 71, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., passed away on Aug. 15, 2019. She was born in Great Barrington on Nov. 30, 1947. 

A graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School and with honors from Ithaca College, she received her master’s degree in social studies. 

Pam had a lifelong career in teaching, beginning in Maine and taking her to Connecticut, Washington state and finally in South Carolina.  

She was a member for 29 years of Christ our King church in Mount Pleasant. 

David Brown

CORNWALL — David Brown, 69, of Brewster, N.Y., died  Aug. 24, 2019, at Vassar Brothers’ Hospital in Poughkeepsie. 

David was born Aug. 9. 1950, the son of Marie (Boyd) Brown and the late George F. Brown. 

He graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School and, in May 1973, from the University of Connecticut, with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors. 

He worked at Hunt Country Furniture and then, in 1979, he started at Lamothermic Corp. in Brewster, N.Y., where he worked  until his illness.

Matthew L. Holderman

NORTH CANAAN — Matthew L. Holderman, 46, of Canaan Valley died Aug. 18, 2019, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. 

He was the husband of Jill K. (Beaucock) Holderman. 

Matthew was born Oct. 9, 1972, in Carson City, Nev. He was the son of Janet Lou (Skeith) Holderman of Kansas City, Mo., and the late Calvin Lawrence Holderman Jr. 

Matthew worked as a self-employed home improvement contractor. He also was a guide and trapper at Orvis Sandanona in Millbrook. Matthew loved the outdoors. 

Lucy (Reyes) Kling

WEST CORNWALL — Lucy (Reyes) Kling, 89, formerly of West Cornwall passed away Aug. 21, 2019, in Milford, Conn., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was the wife of John “Jack” Kling for 61 years. 

Judith S. Becker

NORTH CANAAN — Judith S. Becker, 79, formerly of Salisbury died Aug. 20, 2019,  at her home surrounded by her loving family.

A full obituary will be printed in next week’s Lakeville Journal confirming a funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Lakeville in early October. 

The Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon has care of arrangements.