In appreciation: Gail Vaill

The loss of a friend.

My friend Gail passed away a few weeks ago. I can’t believe she’s gone. Gail and her late husband, Jim, had a huge influence on my family. Fifty years ago this coming summer, we met Jim and Gail when we, as newlyweds, rented an apartment from them. A few years later, Jim renovated, then sold us the house that we still occupy today. 

Over the years, Gail and I became close. 

Richard D. “Mark” Spoor

LAKEVILLE — Richard (Mark) Spoor passed away on March 4, 2018, at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., where he had wintered for about the past 10 years. He is survived by his spouse and life-partner of 50 years, the Rev. Dr. Franck A. de Chambeau; a brother-in-law, Robert De Chambeau of Madison, Wis.; and many nieces- and nephews-in-law. 

Mark and Franck have had a home in Lakeville since 1985.

Arlene Alberg

COPAKE, N.Y. — Arlene Alberg, 71, died March 14, 2018, with her family at her side at Albany Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 3, 1947, in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of the late Norma (Kobes) Pullman and Frederick Pullman.

On Aug. 5, 1972, in Beacon, N.Y., she married Michael Neil Alberg. He survives at home. 

S. Francis Testa

NORTH CANAAN — S. Francis Testa, 82, of Bloomfield, Conn., the beloved husband of Mildred “Millie” (Lanfranchi) Testa, died at home on March 11, 2018.  

Born Jan. 30, 1936, in Winsted, he was the son of the late Samuel and Anna (Onion) Testa.  

He lived in North Canaan before moving to Bloomfield 55 years ago.  He was a teacher and vice principal in the Bloomfield Public School system for many years before retiring; he had the distinct honor of earning the Teacher of the Year award one year.  

Dawn E. (Weaver) Spadaccini

NORTH CANAAN — Dawn E. (Weaver) Spadaccini, 59, died March 2, 2018, at her home, with her family at her side in Zephyrhills, Fla., after a long battle with cancer.

Dawn was born on Sept.17, 1958, the daughter of the late Bernadette and Archie Weaver of North Canaan. 

She graduated from Oliver Wolcott Technical School in 1976 with a Hairdressing and Cosmetology diploma.  

Jeremy M. Tadiello

EAST CANAAN — Jeremy M. Tadiello, 41, was stricken at his home on the evening of Feb. 26, 2018. 

He was born March 29, 1976, in Winsted, the son of Barbara (Deloy) and William J. Tadiello.

Hans W. Soencksen

FALLS VILLAGE — Hans W. Soencksen, 86, died Feb. 26, 2018, after being stricken at his home. He was the husband of Alice (Nash) Soencksen.  

Hans was born Aug. 24, 1931, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late Luise and Peter Soencksen.

Hans was employed as a train operator for the New York City Transit Authority. He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Cornwall. 

Hans was an avid sportsman,  and was still participating in bowling, skiing and golfing.

John A. Rosier

ASHLEY FALLS — John A. Rosier, 85, died March 2, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. 

He was the husband of Kathleen (Nott) Rosier.  

John was born Jan. 30, 1933, in New Marlborough, Mass., son of the late Mildred (Bell) and Myron Rosier.

John owned his own auto body repair shop and also worked for the Becton Dickinson Company in North Canaan  as a mechanic. 

Shirley Grace (Riva) Paulk

NORTH CANAAN — Shirley Grace (Riva) Paulk, 72, died at Emory University Hospice on the morning of March 4, 2018.  

Shirley was born March 27, 1945, in North Canaan, the daughter of Oresta and Irma Riva.  

Following graduation from Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Shirley completed the nursing program at Saint Francis School of Nursing in Hartford in 1966. 

She met her husband, Lee Paulk Jr.,  at Mohave Community College in Kingman, Ariz., where she completed her bachelor of science degree. 

Memorial service: Gloria Buckley

There will be a memorial service for Gloria Buckley on Saturday, March 10, at 4 p.m. at the Salisbury Congregational Church. There will be a reception after the service in the parish house. All are invited to join in this celebration of her life.