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Obituaries

Robert D. Francis Sr.

MILLERTON — Robert D. Francis Sr., 77, a lifetime resident of Millerton, passed away May 29, 2011.

Robert was born on Feb. 17, 1934, in Sharon, the son of the late Catherine (McHugh) and William Francis.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Lena Francis of Millerton; his faithful dog, Sam; his daughters, Cindy Heck and her husband, John, of Millerton and Michelle Gallo of Essex, Vt.; his son, Robert Francis Jr. of Millerton; his sister, Mary Anderson of Millerton; and his grandchildren John Heck Jr., Danielle Heck, Caleb Gallo, Roshelle Gallo and Crystal Gallo.

Evelyn ‘Meme’ Clara Ora (LaMothe) Harvey

NORTH CANAAN — Evelyn “Meme” Clara Ora (LaMothe) Harvey, 85, died on June 4, 2011, at Sharon Hospital after a brief illness.

The daughter of the late Anna and Leo LaMothe was born on Dec. 20, 1925, in Georgia, Vt. Meme was a dedicated wife to the late Daniel Karl Harvey. She was an amazing mother, loving grandmother and spirited great-grandmother.

She volunteered for more than 30 years at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was a talented seamstress and avid reader. She spent her time divided between her homes in North Canaan and North Fort Meyers, Fla.

Giovanni ‘John’ Alfred Segalla

AMENIA — Giovanni “John” Alfred Segalla, 88, of Leedsville Road, passed away at Sharon Hospital, June 2, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in North Canaan on Nov. 17, 1922, he was the son of the late Gustina (Pasin) and Giovanni Segalla. He was a graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School, class of 1942, where he excelled on the baseball field playing shortstop. He also played basketball.

He married Amelia Peretti on Nov. 11, 1947, in St. Joseph’s Church in North Canaan. They were happily married for 63 years. Mrs. Segalla survives at home.

Kenneth Carleton Weir

SALISBURY — Kenneth Carleton Weir, 88, died June 4, 2011, at Noble Horizons. He was the husband of Jeannette (Hill) Weir of Lakeville and the late Janet (MacNeil) Weir.

Ken was born Aug. 14, 1922, in Suffield, Mass., son of the late Bertha A. (Hazelton) and Irving H. Weir.

Ken was employed at The Lakeville Journal as a printing press operator. During World War II he served his country in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater of Operation.

He was a member of the Salisbury Congregational Church and held the distinction of being the longest tenured member of the church.

Elsa M. (Wulff) Zinke

NORTH CANAAN — Elsa M. (Wulff) Zinke, 96, of South Lancaster, Mass., died May 29, 2011.

She was the widow of Norbert Zinke.

She was born May 3, 1915, in Barbis, Germany, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1951, settling in New York City.

In 1979 she relocated to North Canaan, where she remained until moving to South Lancaster in 2000.

Elsa was a former member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North Canaan. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, classical music and singing.

Charles A. St.Onge

ORLANDO, Fla. — Charles Amos St.Onge, 85, died April 26, 2011, at Florida East Hospital following a sudden illness. He was the husband of Carol (Tesner) St.Onge.

Mr. St.Onge was born in Torrington on Dec. 16, 1925, the twin son of the late Helen (Donahue) and Walter J. St.Onge, formerly of Torrington.

Charles attended the original one-room Torringford School with five classes, St. Francis School and Torrington High School, which he left before graduation in 1943 after enlistment in the U.S. Navy Air Corps cadet training program.

Mabel ‘Mazie’ (Lawrenz) Perotti

NORTH CANAAN — Mabel “Mazie” (Lawrenz) Perotti, 87, of Lower Road, died May 27, 2011, at her home following an illness. She was the widow of Elio Perotti, who died in November 2006.

Mazie was born Oct. 12, 1923, in Liberty Corners, N.J., the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Cooper) and William Herman Lawrenz.

Mazie was a hairdresser. She operated Mazie’s Beauty Salon out of her home for nearly 40 years.

Ruth E. Morrison

MILLERTON — Ruth E. Morrison, 92, a lifelong resident of Millerton, died May 26, 2011, at Sharon Health Care Center.

She was born Jan. 16, 1919, in Millerton, the daughter of the late Serena (Husted) and Martin V. Conklin.

Mrs. Morrison was a graduate of Millerton High School and the Oneonta Normal School in Oneonta, N.Y., which later became the State University of New York at Oneonta.

Lily I. (Graham) McGarry

SALISBURY — Lily I. (Graham) McGarry passed away on May 23, 2011, at Sharon Health Care Center. She was the widow of James L. McGarry.

Lily was born in Glasgow, Scotland on April 22, 1916. She immigrated with her husband and children to Nova Scotia in 1948.

Two years later they moved to Lakeville and fell in love with the area. She lived in Lakeville most of her life. She was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Jordan V. Katz

Ancramdale — Jordan V. Katz, 85, passed away on May 22, 2011, at Noble Horizons in Salisbury.

He was born Nov. 9, 1925, in New Rochelle, N.Y., the son of the late Martha (Meltzer) and Herman Katz.

He was a member of the Ancram Zoning Board of Appeals. Mr. Katz was owner and operator of the Shoe String Farm in Ancramdale.

He married Alice Gordon on Aug. 29, 1948, in White Plains, N.Y. She survives him at home.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by two sons, Jeffrey Katz and his wife, Kyle, of Colorado, and Andrew Katz of Florida.