Edwin John Niedhammer

SALISBURY — Edwin John Niedhammer, 94, passed away on Jan. 19, 2019, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y. 

Born in Detroit, Mich., on May 6, 1924, he was the son of Olive and Edwin Niedhammer. 

George G. Vincent

SALISBURY — George G. Vincent, a long-time resident of Salisbury, died peacefully on Jan. 18, 2019, at Noble Horizons. He was 97. A full obituary will appear at a later date.

Theodore L. ‘Red’ Raymond

NORFOLK— Theodore L. “Red” Raymond, 84, died on Jan. 11, 2019, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

He was the husband of the late Irene (Hackney) Raymond.

Theodore was born in Sharon, Vt., on April 17,1934, the son of the late Delia and Percy Raymond. He grew up in and was educated in Hanover, Vt. 

Thomas Eugene Coons

KENT — Thomas Eugene Coons, a lifelong Kent resident, passed away Jan. 7, 2019, at the age of 80.

He was born Sept. 4, 1938, in Sharon, son of the late and Myra (Jennings) and Frank L. Coons Sr. Mr. Coons graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in 1956, received an associate’s degree and served with the United States Army Reserves. 

Mr. Coons was an accountant and had worked at Berkshire Transformer from 1954 to 1984, then worked for J.J. Log and Lumber as a comptroller and was president of Hunt Country Furniture.

Ledlie I. Laughlin Jr.

NORTH CORNWALL — Ledlie I. Laughlin Jr., an Episcopal priest with a vocation for creating community and seeking justice in urban contexts, died at home on Jan. 21, 2019. He was 88 years old. Ledlie loved conversation with friends and family, and delighted in language, beauty and art.

Summing up his 50 years of parish ministry, Ledlie said simply, “I helped congregations figure out how they were called to respond to the needs of others around them, and to do so.” 

Ruth (Stoddard) Dutcher

NORTH CANAAN — Ruth (Stoddard) Dutcher, 87, of Avon, Conn., passed away on Jan. 18, 2019. 

Ruth was the beloved wife of Maurice A. Dutcher for 63 years. 

Ruth was born Dec. 20, 1931, in New Haven, Conn., to the late Dr. Paul and Ernestine Stoddard. Ruth was brought up in North Canaan. After her marriage to Maurice in 1955 they moved to Avon.

George H. ‘Rowdy Ranger’ Romano

CORNWALL — George H. “Rowdy Ranger” Romano, 84, of Cornwall entered into rest on Jan. 15, 2019, at Sharon Hospital with his loving family by his side. 

He was the devoted husband of 58 years to Lillian M. (Wallace) Romano. 

George was born in Derby, Conn., on April 9, 1934, son of the late Etta Mae (VanDeusen) and Raphael Romano. He was a New Milford resident before moving to Cornwall in 1977. 

Joseph ‘Joey’ Damien Sexton

TORRINGTON — Joseph “Joey” Damien Sexton passed away on Jan. 10, 2019, at Hartford Hospital. He was 57 years old. 

He was born in Greenwich, Conn., on Jan. 19, 1961. He attended Salisbury Central School and Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 

Jessica Elizabeth Tcherepnine

MILLBROOK — Jessica Elizabeth Tcherepnine died peacefully at home on Dec. 31, 2018, at the age of 80 after a long illness. 

English by birth, she was the daughter of William Barclay Harris and Elizabeth Milnes Coates, and the devoted wife of Peter Tcherepnine for 45 years, whom she met in New York and married in 1973. 

Barbara (Bales) Smith

LAKEVILLE — Barbara (Bales) Smith, 82, died peacefully on Dec.15, 2018, with her family by her side. 

Barbara was born in 1936 in Gary, Ind., to Katherine and Charles Bales. She attended both St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing and the University of Colorado to become a registered nurse. 

In 1963, she married the late Andrew B. Smith and they eventually settled in Burlington, Conn. 

She was an IV nurse at New Britain General Hospital for most of her nursing career.