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Obituaries

Constance E. Barber

WINSTED — Constance E. “Connie” Barber, 89, of Colebrook River Road, died March 20, 2011, at Laurel Hill Health Care, following a long illness. She was the wife of James J. Barber.

Helen Gomme Speed

SHARON — Helen Gomme Speed, 76, formerly of King Hill Road, died March 19, 2011, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington. She was the widow of Floyd Speed.

Helen was born in Sharon on June 2, 1934. She worked at Sharon Hospital for many years in housekeeping.

She is survived by her children, John, Floyd Jr., Caleen, Gary and Gene; a sister, Pearl; a brother, Ernest; 10 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Services were held March 23 at the Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon. Burial will be private in the spring.

Giuseppe Mirto

PINE PLAINS — Giuseppe Mirto, 86, died March 17, 2011, at his home in Pine Plains, surrounded by his loving family.

Born Oct. 23, 1924 in Monreale, Sicily, he was the son of the late Rosalia (Salvia) and Nicolo Mirto.

On July 29, 1951, in Italy, he married Antonina (Giordano) Mirto. She survives him at home.

He came to Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 15, 1965.

Mr. Mirto started Lia’s Mountain View Restaurant in Pine Plains in May 1983.

Joyce Lockhart Lubold

MILLERTON — Joyce Lockhart Lubold, 86, a longtime Millerton resident, died March 3, 2011, surrounded by her three children, following a brief illness.

She was a writer and editor, a lifelong champion of the people she loved, a humanitarian, activist and a colorful leader known for meeting life’s challenges with humor, class and dignity.

Mrs. Lubold, who often went by Joyce Lockhart, moved to the Millerton area in 1988 to be with her sister, Jean Moore, a longtime Sharon resident, and their mother, Jerry Kissock, who also lived in Sharon.

John Michael Degener

SHARON — John Michael Degener of Sharon Mountain Road died Sunday, March 20, 2011, on the island of Mustique. He was the husband of Helen Degener.

A full obituary will appear in the March 31 Lakeville Journal and Millerton News.

The Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon has charge of arrangements.

Louis I. Mendelsohn

SALISBURY — Louis Irwin Mendelsohn, 81, of Boca Raton, Fla., died on March 12, 2011, after a brief illness.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 21, 1929, to Esther (Gutowitz) and Dr. Abraham Mendelsohn. He graduated from James Madison High School in 1945, Brooklyn College in 1949 and received a Master of Science degree in education) from Yale University in 1951.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1954 and moved to Hartford after his discharge, to work for the Connecticut General Life Insurance Company.

Thomas W. Huxley

MILLERTON — Thomas W. Huxley, 74, of Indian Lake Road died at Sharon Hospital on March 19, 2011.

Thomas was born in Torrington on July 8, 1936, the son of the late Gertrude (Hallock) and Robert Huxley. He was educated in Torrington.

He worked for Paley’s Farm in Sharon and T & S in Torrington, as a mold maker.

He is survived by his sisters, Frieda Prescott of Terryville, Conn., and Doris Couse of Millerton; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 25, at 1 p.m. at the Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon.

Kenneth L. Hoadley

AMENIA — Kenneth L. Hoadley, 88, died March 17, 2011. He was born in South Woodstock, Vt., on Aug. 19, 1922, to the late Edith (Ransom) and Forrest H. Hoadley.

He attended Rutland, Vt., schools and graduated from Becker College in Worcester, Mass.

Called to active service in World War II, he served three years in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was discharged with the rank of corporal, the same rank managed by his ancestor, Thomas Hoadley, in the Revolutionary War.

Victor L. Becker

BARKHAMSTED — Victor L. Becker Sr., 87, of Riverton Road, died unexpectedly on March 13, 2011, at his home. He was the husband of Jean (Morena) Becker.

Born in Bridgeport on Feb. 1, 1924, he was the eldest son of the late Emma (Smith) and John Becker and had lived in Barkhamsted for the past seven years.

Prior to his retirement, he had been employed as a letter carrier for the U. S. Postal Service for 41 years. He was also a Navy veteran of World War II.

Salvatore A. Bordonaro

WINSTED — Salvatore A. Bordonaro, 83, died March 11, 2011, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. He was the husband of Helen (Eckel) Bordonaro.

Mr. Bordonaro was born in Winsted on July 18, 1927, son of the late Concettina and Gaetano Bordonaro. He was a lifelong Winsted resident. He was a proud veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Helping the citizens of South Korea ignited his passion for social work.