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Obituaries

Gunnar K. Holmes

SHEFFIELD — Gunnar K. Holmes, 88, of South Main Street and a former resident of Cornwall Bridge for 40 years, died peacefully at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington July 27, 2011.

He was the husband of Paula (Van Wagner) Holmes. The couple were married on June 22, 1947, and celebrated 64 years of marriage. Gunnar was born in Moss, Norway on Jan. 21, 1923, the son of the late Jenny (Hansen) and Gustav Holmes.

Gunnar was an antiques dealer for 55 years and enjoyed antiquing throughout New England.

Gertrude M. Richardson

LAKEVILLE — Gertrude M. Richardson, 92, of Robin Hill Lane died July 27, 2011, at her home.

She was born May 14, 1919, in Falls Village, the daughter of the late Hilda (Swanson) and Albert Gustafson.

Gertrude graduated from Canaan high school in 1938 and worked at the Connecticut Light and Power office in Falls Village before working in Waterbury and New Haven.

In New Haven, she took care of Lars Onsager’s sons while attending evening classes. Onsager was the 1968 recipient of the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Helen (Mendelson) Rolo

SALISBURY — Helen (Mendelson) Rolo, 84, of New York City died peacefully on July 26, 2011, at Noble Horizons.

She was born in New York City on March 2, 1927, the daughter of Fannie and Abraham Mendelson.

Helen attended The High School of Music & Art and The Julliard School. She spent a year at the University of Wisconsin before transferring to New York University, from which she graduated in 1948.

Joyce (Franchek) Sciepura

SHARON — Joyce (Franchek) Sciepura, 75, died quietly at her home July 30, 2011, after a long illness.

Joyce was born in Yonkers, N.Y., on Dec. 7, 1935, the daughter of the late Catherine (Benza) and John Franchek.

After working for the Legal Aid Society of White Plains for more than 20 years, she retired to Sharon to be near her children and grandchildren. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and her beloved dog, Teddy.

George Edwin Smith

WASSAIC — George Edwin Smith, 80, a six-year resident of Okeechobee, Fla., and former resident of Wassaic, died July 24, 2011, at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Md.

He was born Aug. 14, 1930, in Poughkeepsie, the son of the late Evelyn Pearl (Hymes) and Harry Smith.

From 1953 to 1955, Mr. Smith served in the United States Army. He was an insurance adjuster for 30 years and was employed by Toplis & Harding, Inc. in Newburgh, N.Y., before retiring in 1993.

Rene D. Brammer

SHARON — Rene D. Brammer, 27, died July 21, 2011, in an automobile accident in Millerton.

Rene was born June 14, 1984, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

Rene lived life with his love for cars. He had a wonderful ability to take apart and put together any vehicle that he was asked to work on. His passion was for fast cars and he loved the saying, “If you’re not scared, you’re not going fast enough.”

Rene wasn’t scared on July 21 — he fell asleep and went home.

Amy (Ward) Beir

SALISBURY ­— Amy (Ward) Beir, 88, died on July 22, 2011, after a brief illness.

Amy was born in 1922 in Flushing, N.Y., to Edith (Smythe) and Thomas E. Ward. They moved soon after to South Orange, N.J., where she was raised and where she married Howard F. Beir in 1952.

Amy attended the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and went on to graduate from Smith College in 1945.

Margaret Pendleton (Chapin) Frueh

LAKEVILLE — Margaret Pendleton (Chapin) Frueh, 90, died peacefully July 20, 2011, at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Canaan.

“Maggie” was born Oct. 10, 1921, in Middletown, Conn. She was raised in Lakeville at the home of Mary and Margaret Kane and in Hartford at the home of her parents Henry and Viola Chapin.

She graduated from Hartford Public High School and received her R.N. degree at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown.

Thomas H. Glennon

NORTH CANAAN — Thomas H. Glennon, 86, died peacefully at his home in Tallahassee, Fla. on July 21, 2011.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patricia; his sons, Thomas and Michael; his daughter-in-law, Renee; and his grandchildren, Grace and Grant, all of Tallahassee.

Tom was born in Providence, R.I., on Jan. 14, 1925, the son of Mary (Doyle) and Patrick Glennon.

He served four years in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a radioman second class.

Frances E. Kohl

AMENIA — Frances E. Kohl, 82, a 17-year resident of Amenia, formerly of Mamaroneck, N.Y., died on July 17, 2011, at home.

Born June 1, 1929, in Valhalla, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Frances (Nask) and Lawrence DeFazio.

She married Frank J. Kohl on June 3, 1951, in Mamaroneck.He survives at home.

Mrs. Kohl was a homemaker and a parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Church in Amenia.