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Obituaries

Michael Ross Gannett

WEST CORNWALL — Michael Ross Gannett died Feb. 9, 2011, at Noble Horizons in Salisbury after a brief illness. He was 91 and lived in West Cornwall.

He was born in Paris, France, on July 13, 1919, the son of Mary Ross and Lewis Gannett. He graduated from the George School in Newtown, Pa., and Harvard College, class of 1941.

In 1942 he entered the Foreign Service and served as a Foreign Service officer in the Dominican Republic, Chile, Iran, Italy, Austria and Germany. In 1944-45 he was a combat infantry officer serving in France and Germany.

Robert F. Rueger

Ashely Falls — Robert F. “Bob” Rueger, 81, died Feb. 6, 2011, at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington. He was the husband of Priscilla (Hall) Rueger. Mr. and Mrs. Rueger were married on Jan. 9, 1954, and celebrated 57 years together.

Bob was born in St. Albans, Long Island, N.Y., the son of the late Anna (Clauer) and Philip Rueger.

Wallace Wells Reynolds

NORTH CANAAN — Wallace “Wally” Wells Reynolds, 72, of Great Barrington passed away Feb. 4, 2011, at Fairview Commons Nursing Home.

A longtime employee of the Drucker family, he worked at Bob’s Clothing in North Canaan for almost 40 years. The last few years, he worked at Barrington Outfitters in Great Barrington.

He enjoyed waiting on generations of customers and friends.

Wally was an excellent bowler, and for many years bowled at Cove Lanes.

Prolet (Gerson) Schneider

SHARON — Prolet (Gerson) Schneider, 88, died peacefully at home Jan. 27, 2011. Prolet was born Dec. 27, 1922, in New York City. She was the daughter of the late Goldie and David Gerson. She taught math at Olinville Jr. High in the Bronx for many years.

She is survived by her loving husband, Louis Schneider; her daughters, Yehudith Podolsky, Tamar Roman and Aviva Schneider; and her grandchildren, Cadhla Ball, Zahava Ball, Liam Ball, Liz Lynch, Davide Roman and Maayan Roman.

Her daughter Shayne Schneider passed away in 2005.

Donald Edward Linkovich Jr.

TORRINGTON — Donald Edward Linkovich Jr., 49, died Jan. 29, 2011. He was born Oct. 23, 1961, in Winsted.

He is survived by three daughters, Chelsey and Danielle Linkovich and Casey Colon; the mother of his children, Kim Colon; three grandchildren, Evangelina and Trinity Johnson and Frankie Ruffalo; his mother, Patricia Slater; two sisters; a brother; a nephew; and nieces.

Montano-Shea Funeral Home has care of the arrangements. Visit an online guestbook at montano-shea.com.

Alfred Haag Jr.

TORRINGTON — Alfred Haag Jr. died Jan. 31, 2011.

Born Feb. 22, 1950, in Waterbury, he was the son of Alfred Haag Sr. and the late Elizabeth (Pierce) Haag.

Mr. Haag served in the United States Air Force during Vietnam. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also an avid UConn men’s and women’s basketball fan.

Theresa F. Fuller

NEW HARTFORD — Theresa F. Fuller, 96, lifelong resident of New Hartford, died after a short illness Feb. 2, 2011, at her home, surrounded by her loved ones. She was a devoted wife to her loving husband, Arthur C. Fuller, who died in 1973.

Born Nov. 18, 1914, in New Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Karl and Anna (Hoffmann) Karlsen. She was last employed at the former Waring Products of Pine Meadow in the shipping and receiving department. Among many things she loved gardening and long walks in the outdoors and was an avid reader. She will be sadly missed.

Richard L. Calder III

NEW HARTFORD — Richard L. Calder III died unexpectedly on Feb. 3, 2011. He was the loving husband of Pierrette (Besnier) Calder for 51 years.

Born May 2, 1940, in Torrington, he was the son of the late Richard L. Calder II and Gladys (Sekulski) Clark and Harry Clark.

Mr. Calder served in the United States Air Force during Vietnam era as an officer’s club manager and continued his military career for 30 years, traveling to France, New Mexico, Germany, Spain, Turkey and all throughout the United States. He met his wife when he was stationed in France.

Edith M. Peck

WINSTED — Edith M. Peck, 86, died peacefully surrounded by family on Feb. 4, 2011. She was the loving wife of the late Arthur Peck for 56 years.

Mrs. Peck was born April 7, 1924, in Grafton, Vt. She was the daughter of the late Mary and Guy Blood. She and her husband opened the Laurel Delicatessen in Winsted in 1961, which they operated until retirement in 1984. Edith is fondly remembered for the wonderful meals she prepared for her patrons. She enjoyed music and singing, and could always be heard singing or humming a song as she went about her day.

Madeline (Mix) Hunter

SHARON — Madeline (Mix) Hunter, 66, lost her brief yet valiant battle with cancer on Feb. 1, 2011, in her home, surrounded by loved ones.

Madeline was born Oct. 23, 1944, in Fort Benning, Ga. She was the daughter of the late Alice (Schwab) and Theodore Mix.

Madeline traveled the world in her youth before assuming responsibility of the family business, Magnamusic, which she successfully ran for 40 years.