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Obituaries

Carol (Jones) Coons

STANFORDVILLE — Carol (Jones) Coons, 73, a lifelong area resident, passed away peacefully on Oct. 16, 2011, at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, surrounded by her children, daughter-in-law, son-in-law and family.

Carol was born Dec. 26, 1937, in Bronx, N.Y., the daughter of the late Anna (Tulke) and John Joseph Jones.

James E. Knapp

KENT — James E. Knapp, 66, of Maple Street in Kent passed away Oct. 17, 2011.

He was born Oct. 2, 1945, in Waterbury, Conn., a son of the late Marion (Winters) and Theodore Ambrose Knapp Sr.

He worked in Kent at his father’s store, The Kent Milk Bar and at the Kent Pharmacy.

He also worked at the Lake-ville Food Center, Baird’s Store, Yutzler’s Store, Ellsworth Hill Farm and Gold Shield Security.

He served in the U. S. Army from October 1968 to November 1970.

Harry Lorne MacKinnon Jr.

AMENIA—Harry Lorne MacKinnon Jr., 87, passed away on Oct. 20, 2011, in Sharon. He was a longtime resident of the area, moving to Millerton in 1971 and later to Amenia. He was a lifetime dairy farmer, last working at Elmvue Farm before retiring.

Harry was born June 4, 1924, in Somerville, Mass., the son of the late Harry Lorne Sr. and Minnie (Archibald) MacKinnon. He honorably served in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War.

Sylvia Sartori

NORTH CANAAN — Sylvia Sartori, 92, of East Canaan, passed away Oct. 17, 2011, at Geer Village. She was the widow of John Sartori.

Sylvia was born April 7, 1919, in North Canaan, daughter of the late Lena (Colli) and John Togninalli.

She was employed at General Electric in Norfolk, and retired from Becton Dickinson in North Canaan.

Sylvia was an avid outdoors person, with a love of her family, her friends, her gardens, her home, and all animals, especially her beloved cocker spaniels. She was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in North Canaan.

James Harrison Bates

SALISBURY — James Harrison Bates, 81, loving husband, beloved father, adoring grandfather and dynamic educator, passed away peacefully on Oct. 14, 2011. Always the optimist, Jim was a cheerful and steady presence for his family, showing the warmth and humor that characterized his life to the very end.

John M. Huggins

LAKEVILLE — John M. Huggins, 71, of Houston, Texas, died in Houston Oct. 5, 2011, after a long illness. He and his family spent summers in Lakeville and Sharon.

Born in Quanah, Texas, John grew up in the Texas Panhandle town of Plainview, where he played high school football, ran track and learned to play golf.

Andrew U. Groop Jr.

WEST CORNWALL — Andrew U. Groop Jr., 77, passed away on Oct. 9, 2011, at Sharon Hospital.

Andrew was born Oct. 29, 1933, in Torrington, the son of the late Hermine (Zabransky) and Andrew U. Groop Sr.

He served in the Navy aboard the USS Losser DE (680) and in the Army in Korea with the 82nd artillery, and he served in the Army Reserves during the Vietnam war.

He worked in home renovations.

Margaret H. Flynn

FALLS VILLAGE — Margaret H. Flynn, 84, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 28, 2011, surrounded by her immediate family.

She was the second-youngest daughter of Ruth (Cleaveland) and Joseph Hanlon. “Peg” to her friends, she was a native of Falls Village and a longtime teacher of earlier grades, especially kindergarten. A 1949 graduate of St. Joseph’s College in West Hartford, Conn., she married Peter J. Flynn, a Salisbury native and a World War II veteran, in 1956.

Paul Theodore Leka

SHARON — Paul Theodore Leka, 68, entered into eternal peace on Oct. 12, 2011, with his loving family at his side. He was devoted to the love and care of his wife, Engjellushe, and son, Alexander.

John Malone

MILLERTON — John Malone, born Feb. 28, 1935, in London, England, passed away peacefully on Oct. 9, 2011, from metastatic pancreatic cancer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass.

John was an extraordinary man, and those who met him were uplifted by his kindness, keen wit and positive outlook. John was a gifted singer and graced many events with his Irish tenor voice. His British wit and knowledge of politics and public affairs created lively discussions at many dinner parties.