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Obituaries

Rosalie ‘Rosie’ Killmer Abrams

MILLERTON — Rosalie “Rosie” Killmer Abrams, 82, an 11-year resident of Millerton and formerly of Littleton, N.C., died Dec. 8, 2017, at Sharon Hospital surrounded by her loving family. 

Born Oct. 3, 1935, in Germany, she was the daughter of the late Pauline (Nickel) and John Klingzahn. 

After immigrating to the United States, she married Fred Killmer. 

Erik Rydingsword

SALISBURY — Erik Rydingsword died on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. A full obituary will appear in the Jan. 4 Lakeville Journal and Millerton News. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 30, at 1 p.m. at the Salisbury Congregational Church. 

Russell E. Masters

TORRINGTON — Russell E. Masters, 55, of Torrington, a graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School (Class of 1980) died Dec.10, 2017.  

Russ was born on Oct. 26, 1962, in Great Barrington, the son of the late Richard E. Masters and Barbara E. (Palmer)  McArthur.  

Russ spent many years employed at H.H. Taylor & Son, in New Milford, where you’d find him working in the lumberyard. 

In appreciation: Tom Briggs

Tom Briggs’ passing in his 75th year brings to a close a man of many talents. He was an educated man with a list of talents that I shall try to list.

Bobsledder, motorcyclist, farmer, water skier, bench rifle competitor, cannoneer, deputy sheriff, chief of police, IBMer, social services manager, father, gunsmith, friend, antique gun expert and mainly an honest man.

Ted Posselt

KENT — Ted Posselt died in Oakland, Calif., on Oct. 23, 2017, after a very swift bout of cancer. 

He was born to Oscar and Lisbeth Posselt in New York City in 1939 and grew up on the family’s farm property in Kent.  

Ted attended South Kent School, Oberlin College, the University of California Berkeley and San Francisco State.  

Sidney W. Byron

MILLERTON — Sidney W. Byron, 81, died Dec. 15, 2017, at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation.

He was born on July 29, 1936, in Albany, N.Y., the son of Marion (Rowe) and Walter Byron.

Sid was an insurance and investment broker for The Valley Group in Kingston, N.Y. He served with United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Sid was treasurer of the Millerton American Legion. He was an avid tennis and softball player and enjoyed riding his horse.

William H. Manko

LAKEVILLE — William H. Manko, 94, died Dec. 17, 2017, at Noble Horizons in Salisbury. He was the husband of Teresa (Zologa) Manko.

William was born Jan. 12, 1923, in Herrick Center, Pa., the son of the late Julia and Michael Manko. 

In appreciation: Rosemary Wieler Fudali

Rosemary Wieler Fudali was one of the early members of the fledging Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Squad (SVAS), which was founded in April 1971. Rosie joined that fall. It was a time of learning how to plan, organize, fund and advance a professional all-volunteer ambulance service from the ground up. There were few mandated fields, certifications or guidance from the state at that time. The volunteers who joined in the 1970s were the ones who, through their hard work and careful guidance, planted the roots of an organization that would grow into the strong SVAS that we know today.

In appreciation: Rosemary Wieler Fudali

There are many words to describe Rosemary Fudali, none more appropriate than generous and caring.

She gave far more to the community where she was born and raised than she took from it. As a member of the Lions Club and especially as an EMT for many years, Rosemary’s calm assurance was part of the medical skills she brought to a patient’s side after buzzing through town with a green teardrop light on the dash of her little car. 

Helena Mae (Derwin) McLane

NORTH CANAAN — Helena Mae (Derwin) McLane, 70, died Dec. 8, 2017, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.  She was the widow of Donald McLane.  

Helena was born Dec. 28, 1946, in Sharon, the daughter of the late Helen (Spurr) and James Derwin.

Helena worked at Stop & Shop in North Canaan. She worked the front end of the store, overseeing the cashiers and assisting customers.