Anita Westsmith Memorial Service

LAKEVILLE — A memorial service for Anita Westsmith, 98, who died April 4, 2011, will be held at the Salisbury Congregational Church on Saturday, April 9, at 11 a.m. Arrangements are under the care of the Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon.

Donald L. Reese

WINSTED — Donald L. Reese, 63, of Crescent Street passed away on March 24, 2011, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington following a short illness. He was the husband of Kathie (Carl) Reese.

Born in Oneida, N.Y., on Nov. 1, 1947, he was the son of the late Ralph and Mary (Harrington) Reese. He had lived here most of his life.

Dorothy L. Nash

WINSTED — Dorothy L. Nash, 85, of Florence Street, passed away March 25, 2011, at the UConn Medical Center in Farmington, following a lengthy illness.

She was the widow of Edward H. Nash Sr., who died in 2001.

Born in Winsted May 15, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Marion F. (Barden) and Frank A. Madin. She had lived here all of her life.

She was a graduate of The Gilbert School, class of 1943, and worked at Pratt and Whitney during World War II and later as a bookkeeper/accountant for Madin’s Garage in Winsted.

Appreciation – Alden Tyrol


I was 8 years old when I first met Alden Tyrol. It was 1988, the summer before my fourth-grade year, my first summer conference at Silver Lake Conference Center in Sharon. He was an imposing figure in his plaid shirt, thick blue pants and big work boots. He was like my grandfather, but scarier.

Kathryn Joan (Sandmeyer) Waller


CORNWALL — Kathryn Joan (Sandmeyer) Waller passed away peacefully on March 26, 2011, at Emeritus Assisted Living in Torrington. She was the widow of John J. Waller.

Kathryn, known as “Kaye,” was born June 5, 1918, in Cornwall, the daughter of the late Lillian “Cora” Dibble and Charles Sandmeyer.

Richard Allyn Vaill


LAKEVILLE — Richard Allyn Vaill, 87, died on March 19, 2011, in Edmond, Okla.

Dick was born Jan. 26, 1924, in Lakeville, the son of the late Marjorie (Baldwin) and B. Franklin Vaill. His father was a dairy farmer with interests in produce, including potatoes and sweet corn. His brother, Jim, founded the Lime Rock Racing Park, a famed sports car racetrack built on the family potato field. Paul Newman frequently raced at the track.

Alden Bidwell Tyrol


SALISBURY — Alden Bidwell Tyrol, 86, of Sunrise Ridge Lane died March 26, 2011, at Sharon Hospital, following an illness. He was the husband of Ruth (Turner) Tyrol.

Alden was born May 29, 1924, in Glastonbury, Conn., son of the late Frances Olive (Bidwell) and Edward Howard Tyrol.

Francis Sam Tierney


NORFOLK — Francis Sam Tierney, 89, of Simsbury, died March 23, 2011. He was born in Norfolk, Nov. 30, 1921. He had lived in Simsbury since 1953.

He graduated from Green Mountain College in 1942, and later received an MBA from University of Hartford.

He served in World War II as a bombardier/navigator with the 8th Air Force in England. His aircraft was shot down in Germany on his 21st combat mission and he became a prisoner of war.

John T. Bowen


SHARON — John T. Bowen, 63, died March 17, 2011, in New York City. He lived in Sharon and New York City.

He is survived by his son, Jonathan, and daughter-in-law, Kathleen, and granddaughter, Shaelyn, all of Setauket, N.Y.; and a brother, Stephen G. Bowen of Sharon.

A memorial Mass will be held April 1 at 1 p.m. at St. Bridget’s Church in Cornwall Bridge.

Memorial donations may be sent to Sharon Hospital.

Leonie (Elliot) Miller


SALISBURY — Leonie (Elliot) Miller, 95, of Salisbury, died on March 21, 2011, after an unexpected, brief illness.

Born on July 4, 1915, in the great gold fields town of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, she was the daughter of Agnes and Burton Elliot.

In 1936, she met F. Stuart Miller, an American geologist, who was doing field survey work around Kalgoorlie for a mining company. They were married in 1939, in Berkeley, Calif., where Stuart was teaching geology. Three years later, she gave birth to her only child, Elliot Miller, in Washington, D.C., in 1942.