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Obituaries

Jane O’Jane (Smith) Dwelley

SALISBURY — Jane O’Jane  (Smith) Dwelley, 94, died peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 20, 2017, at Harbor Hill in Belfast, Maine. She had moved to Maine following the death of her husband of 69 years, Richard A. “Dick” Dwelley, in 2016. The Dwelleys lived in Lakeville and Salisbury and North Canaan since their 1971 move to Connecticut from Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Irene Zabransky

SALISBURY  — Irene Zabransky, 90, died Oct. 25, 2017, at Noble Horizons. She was the loving widow of Rudolph Zabransky.

Irene was born on Jan. 9, 1927, in Sharon, the daughter of the late Mary (Pevarnick) and Michael Vanicky. 

She spent most of her life on East Street in Sharon. She attended Sharon Center School and graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 

Memorial service: Gloria Theresa Kosciusko

SALISBURY — Gloria Theresa Kosciusko, beloved wife of the late Mitchell Kosciusko, died June 10, 2017, in Seneca, S.C. 

On Nov. 3, 2017, her funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lakeville, immediately followed by burial at St. Mary’s cemetery in Salisbury with a reception at the Grove in Lakeville after the burial and ending at 3 p.m. Friends are welcome at either service. 

The Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon has care of arrangements. A full obituary will follow in the issue of Nov. 2.

In appreciation: Leslie ‘Les’ Wiltshire

I was saddened to read about the passing of Les Wiltshire. I met Les during a volunteer stint at Noble Horizons. We would meet weekly and just talk. Well, mainly Les would talk and I would listen. He was charming, bright, articulate and full of remarkably detailed recollections. 

There were a few things that were important to Les that weren’t included in his obituary that I’d like to address.

Dance was important in Les’ life. He was a proud member of the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society. 

Richard Bulkley Stanton

SHARON — Richard Bulkley Stanton, 91, of Hamden, loving husband of Mary (Marcon) Stanton, died Oct. 20, 2017, at home. 

He was born Aug. 21, 1926, in Sharon, the son of the late Stephen Aloysius Stanton and Daisy Isabel Bulkley (Charles) Skidmore. 

Richard is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Mary Louise Marcon of Lakeville. 

Mary Jane Shufelt

MILLERTON — Mary Jane Shufelt, 63, a 38-year resident of Millerton and formerly of Lakeville, died Oct. 18, 2017, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, N.Y., following a lengthy illness. 

Mrs. Shufelt was a Certified Nurse’s Assistant at Noble Horizons for more than 28 years.

Born July 6, 1954, in Sharon, she was the daughter of the late Marion (Cardoza) and Robert Thurston. She attended Housatonic Valley Regional High School and graduated with the class of 1972. 

M. Virginia Saunders

PINE PLAINS — M. Virginia Saunders, 74, a 30-year resident of Pine Plains and formerly of Millerton, died Oct. 17, 2017, at Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y., following a long illness. 

Virginia was Community Care Provider for disabled American veterans at her home in Pine Plains for 28 years prior to her retirement.

Born Dec. 21, 1942, in Rhinebeck, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Minerva (Wilkens) and Basil Kilmer. 

Roy Richard Sherwood

SALISBURY — Roy Richard Sherwood passed away peacefully on Oct. 19, 2017, at the age of 85. 

Roy was born on June 11, 1932, along with his twin brother, Bill, in Salisbury. He was the son of Grace (Webb) and Charles Stanley Sherwood. 

Roy was married to Phyllis E. Germond and his second wife, Louise Archibald, both of whom predeceased him. 

Catherine Elizabeth O’Neil

NORTH CANAAN — Catherine Elizabeth O’Neil, 96, of Railroad Street, died Oct. 18, 2017, at Brandywine Living At Litchfield.  

Ms. O’Neil was born in North Canaan on July 4, 1921, the daughter of the late Catherine (Hickey) and Michael O’Neil.  

She worked as a phone operator for the Southern New England Telephone Company in North Canaan for many years.  She then worked for the Aetna Life and Casualty Co. and the Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. in Hartford.  

Alice M. (Booth) Filippini

PINE PLAINS — Alice M. (Booth) Filippini, 97, died peacefully on Oct. 20, 2017, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. 

Alice was born in Binghamton, N.Y., on Nov. 7, 1919, to Alice (Palmer) and Clifford Booth. She was one of six children

After graduating early from high school at age 16, Alice attended the State University of New York at Delhi, where she met her husband, James Filippini. They were married on Sept. 10, 1938, and built their home and raised five children in Pine Plains.