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Richard ‘Dickie’ Cleaveland

MILLERTON — Richard “Dickie” Cleaveland, 72, of Dickson, Tenn., and formerly of Scottshill, Tenn., Millerton and Dover Plains, died July 19, 2017, at Centennial Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., following a brief illness. 

Richard worked for the Wassaic Developmental Center, Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center and Hudson River Psychiatric Center prior to his retirement in 1999.  

Helene S. Brinker

MILLERTON — Helene S. Brinker, 97, formerly of Millerton, Great Barrington and West Hartford, died Aug. 4, 2017, at Geer Village, where she had been a resident for three years.

Helene was a homemaker, hairdresser and restaurateur during her varied career, serving Millerton as village trustee, deputy mayor and mayor. She also spent many years volunteering at schools and organizing day-camp programs for children during summers at Millerton’s Denny Pool.

She was born in New Boston, Mass., daughter of the late Josephine and Arturo Filipetti. 

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Stanley Albert Checkla

NORTH CANAAN —  Stanley Albert Checkla, 89, died peacefully on Aug. 1, 2017, at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with his family at his side.  

He was born June 3, 1928 in the Bronx, N.Y., to Rose (Berkowitz) and Isser Checkla. He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 67 years, Marilyn (Hecht) Checkla. They were married Sept. 9, 1950. 

Ambrose George Finkle Jr.

MILLERTON — Ambrose George Finkle Jr., 83, a lifelong Millerton resident died July 28, 2017, at Yale-New Haven Hospital following a brief illness. 

Mr. Finkle was a self-employed truck driver for 26 years and also worked as a mechanic for Quality Farms in Saugerties, N.Y., for many years.

Born July 13, 1935, in the Irondale section of Millerton, he was the son of the late Lila (Snyder) and Ambrose G. Finkle  Sr. He attended school locally and enjoyed whittling in his spare time. 

Richard ‘Dickie’ Cleaveland

MILLERTON — Richard “Dickie” Cleaveland, 72, of Dickson, Tenn., and formerly of Scottshill, Tenn., and Millerton and Dover Plains, died July 19, 2017, at Centennial Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., following a brief illness. 

Keith S. Bond

FALLS VILLAGE — Keith S. Bond, 81, of Summit Cove in Dillon, Colo., died peacefully on July 21, 2017, after a year’s declining health.  

He was born May 22, 1936.

An active, smooth skier  and backpacker in his native New Hampshire and for years in Colorado, Keith  taught high school mathematics in New Hampshire and at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.  

Arlene Maree Funk

ASHLEY FALLS — It is with great sadness that the family of Arlene Maree Funk announces her sudden passing on July 29, 2017. 

Maree was born on April 16, 1958, to Natalie Hall Funk, with whom she lived in Ashley Falls, and the late James Funk. She graduated from Mount Everett Regional High School in Sheffield in 1977.

Maree recently retired after working at Becton-Dickinson for 36 years.

Michael Schlieper Valenti

NORTH CANAAN — Michael Schlieper Valenti, previously of North Canaan, died Jan. 9, 2017, in Hamburg, Germany, after a determined and protracted battle with cancer. Micha, as he was known to his friends, was 67.

Paul Harris Berna

PINE PLAINS — Paul Harris Berna, 80, of Pine Plains and New York City died July 29, 2017. He was a beloved friend, companion, partner, brother, uncle and cousin. 

Paul brought a great zest for life and artistic sensibility to all he did and in all he excelled at: dance, carpentry, painting, stenciling, gardening and cooking.