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Obituaries

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.

Rita (Weisberg) Friedman

SALISBURY — Rita (Weisberg) Friedman, 88, died peacefully on Feb. 7, 2011, of heart failure after protracted respiratory illness.

She was the widow of Sidney Friedman and was his devoted wife until his death 10 years ago.

She was a retired teacher and co-author of “The Letter People,” an elementary school reading program still used by schools nationwide.

She is survived by her beloved son, Alan Friedman of New York City and Salisbury, and his wife, Marylene; and her grandchildren, Marc and David Aaron Friedman.

Robert M. Burrer

LIME ROCK — Robert M. Burrer, 79, one-time resident of Lime Rock and Ashley Falls and teacher at The Hotchkiss School, died Jan. 3, 2011, in Tampa, Fla., after a long decline.

Bob grew up in Greenfield, Mass., and was a graduate of Deerfield Academy (1951) and received a B.A. from Wesleyan University (1955) and an M.A. in 1956.

He began his teaching career at Deerfield and then taught studio art at Hotchkiss from 1964 to 1975, and renovated a large barn in Lime Rock as his residence.

John E. Crane

NORTH CANAAN — John E. Crane, 92, dedicated father, grandfather and great-grandfather, retired investment banker, avid golfer and Distinguished Flying Cross World War II veteran died peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 25, 2011, at Geer Village in North Canaan.

Mr. Crane was born in Richmond, Ind., on Aug. 14, 1918, to Bess and Myron Crane.

Norma (Silvernail) Dolan

KENT — Norma (Silvernail) Dolan, 82, died Feb. 2, 2011, at The Kent. She was the widow of Edward Dolan.

She was born July 28, 1928, in Bridgeport, Conn., to the late Hilda (Mohr) and Walter Silvernail. She graduated from Lauralton Hall in Milford, Conn., and was a member of the Germania Singing Society of Bridgeport.

Leo Richard Segalla

NORTH CANAAN — Leo Richard Segalla, 86, passed away peacefully in his hometown of North Canaan on Feb. 5, 2011.

He was the son of the late Teresa (Coppiello) and Elio Segalla. Leo was born Aug. 1, 1924, on the family homestead in North Canaan, and was a lifelong resident. Leo was one of 10 siblings.

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.

Virginia (Burgwin) Vincent

SALISBURY —Virginia (Burgwin) Vincent, 84, died peacefully at home on Feb. 4, 2011. “Bunny,”  as she was known during her lifetime, was born April 27, 1926, in Sewickley, Pa., to Adelaide D. Jones and John O. Burgwin.

She attended the Sewickley Academy, the Madeira School and the Carnegie Institute of Technology, now known as Carnegie Mellon University, from which she graduated with honors and a BFA degree in theater design in 1948.

Ed Lipton

FALLS VILLAGE — Ed Lipton, 76, died in New York City on Jan. 23, 2011.

He was born in 1934 in New York City, the son of Sara and Michael Lipton.

In the 1950s, Ed signed up for a week at Camp Isabella Freedman, which was then a vacation spot for young adults. He enjoyed that week so much that he extended his stay.