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Obituaries

Matthew Willard ‘Wink’ Lampe II

WARREN — Matthew Willard “Wink” Lampe II, 71, died peacefully in his sleep Jan. 17, 2018, at his home.  He was the loving husband of Jo Ellen Lampe.

Wink was born Dec. 3, 1946, in Chicago, Ill., the son of the late Margaret “Missie” (Phillips) and John Lampe.  

He graduated from Abington High School in Abington, Pa., and then Muskingum College in 1969 with a double major in history and classics. He earned a master’s degree in classics from the University of Vermont in 1969. 

Allyn W. Bierce

FALLS VILLAGE — Allyn W. Bierce, 80, a lifelong resident of Falls Village, succumbed from a long list of medical issues on Jan. 28, 2018, at Sharon Health Care Center’s Hospice facility, following a brief stay.

Allyn was a 52-year member of the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department and the Falls Village Volunteer Ambulance Service as a driver. He was a 33rd degree Mason with the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Connecticut for 50 years.  

Amy Viola Whitcomb

CORNWALL — Amy Viola Whitcomb, 68, a longtime resident of Cornwall, died peacefully at Sharon Health Care Center on Jan. 19, 2018.  

She was born June 30, 1949, in Torrington, the daughter of Edwin Hoffman and Florence Viola (Smith) Whitcomb.

Amy worked for many years as a secretary for the practice of Dr. David Kurish in Sharon.  

She was a member of the United Church of Christ Cornwall and served the church as a deacon.  

Cornelia ‘Connie’ (Gottliebsen) Whittle

SALISBURY — Cornelia “Connie” (Gottliebsen) Whittle died peacefully in her sleep on Christmas Eve 2017.  

Born in Albany, N.Y., on Oct. 6, 1919, Connie grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Salisbury High School.  

She married Arthur Whittle on Aug. 29, 1937.  

Connie is survived by one daughter, Alma (Whittle) Keilty of Minnesota; seven granddaughters; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  

In appreciation: Walter Shannon

I worked with Walt Shannon for most of my insurance career.

Walt was a legend in the insurance industry with a remarkable 50 years in the business. I wouldn’t doubt if he tried to sell insurance to lemonade stands when he was 10 years old. 

His clients always came first; he would find a way to help them solve an issue no matter how many underwriting hoops he had to jump through or claims adjusters he convincingly  negotiated with.  

In appreciation: Rosalie Killmer Abrams

On Dec. 8, 2017, we lost our dear mother and a great friend to many. The outpouring of support from both family and our many friends was wonderfully overwhelming. We could not have asked for a more supportive group of people. Thank you to all who attended the visiting hours and the funeral. The memories that were shared during those times are something we shall not soon forget. We would also like to thank everyone who attended the reception in Rosie’s honor following the funeral services.

Deborah Lynn Wheeler

LAKEVILLE — Deborah Lynn Wheeler, 54, a lifelong area resident, died on Jan. 20, 2018. in Lakeville. 

Debbie was self-employed as a property caretaker, landscaper and bookkeeper and cleaned houses in the Northwest Corner for many years.

Born Dec. 24, 1963, in Sharon, she was the daughter of the late William D. Hopkins and M. Helen Hopkins, who reside in Millerton. 

Cecil B. E. Dykeman Jr.

HUDSON — Cecil B. E. Dykeman Jr., 86, died peacefully on Jan. 17, 2018, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, N.Y.

He was born on June 24, 1931, in Milan, N.Y., the son of Anna M. (Coon) and Cecil B. Dykeman Sr.

Cecil was a truck driver for Staats Dairy Transport in Red Hook, N.Y. He also worked for the Livingston Highway Department and Copake Transfer Station.

He was a board member of Livingston Reformed Linlithgo Cemetery.          

Gilbert L. Hall

SHARON — Gilbert L. Hall, 91, of Holland, Vt., died Dec. 31, 2017, at Ferncliff Nursing Home.

Gilbert was born Aug. 2, 1927, in Holland, the son of the late Mildred (Collins) Jacobson and Harry Hall. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Gilbert worked as a mechanic in Amenia for many years. He had a knack for fixing cars when anyone else would have given up hope of getting them running again. He was also a wiz at math. Gilbert was also a hunter and fisherman who respected the responsibilities of taking a life for food.

Lois A. Lawrence

AMENIA – Lois A. Lawrence, 94, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at Sharon Health Care Center.

She was born on March 20, 1923, in Rhinebeck, N.Y., the daughter of Percy and Edith (Kilmer) VanKeuren.

 Mrs. Lawrence was kind, strong, generous and hardworking. She was dearly loved by her community.