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Obituaries

Paulette (Lavigne) Zabriskie

WEST CORNWALL — Paulette (Lavigne) Zabriskie, 88, died peacefully at her home in West Cornwall on Feb. 23, 2018.  Paulette had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Steven R. Smith

PINE GROVE — Steven R. Smith of Troy, N.Y., died Feb. 23, 2018.  

He was born May 19, 1949, in Eastchester, N.Y., where he attended high school.  

Upon graduation, Steve served his country by joining the U.S. Naval Reserves. He retired from Metropolitan Life Insurance after a very long career.    

Steve had a passion for genealogy and spent countless hours researching and documenting his family’s history.  

Robert E. Wallace Jr.

FALLS VILLAGE — Robert E. Wallace Jr., 83, died Feb. 19, 2018, at Sharon Hospital.  

Born on July 22, 1934, he was a retired banker and a longtime resident of Falls Village and New York City. He was a beloved and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.

A memorial service will be held at the Falls Village Congregational Church on Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m.  

The family requests that memorial gifts be made to the church, Sharon Hospital or the Yale Cancer Center.

Billie M. (May) Siena

SALISBURY — Billie M. (May) Siena, 73, of Mansfield, Mass., died unexpectedly on Feb. 14, 2018, at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I. She was the beloved wife of Jeffrey J. Siena, to whom she was wed for nearly 50 years.

Born in Sharon on Sept. 9, 1944, she was a loving daughter of the late Marie P. (DuBois) and Edward “Paul” May.

Bernard ‘Bernie’ Pociask

KENT — Bernard “Bernie” Pociask, 75, was born on Aug. 30, 1942, and passed from this life on Feb. 13, 2018.  

He grew up in Bridgeport, Conn., where at a young age he developed a love for fishing, one which would only become stronger as he got older. After graduating from high school, he went on to pursue another passion of his, cooking, at the Culinary Institute of America, where he completed his formal studies.  Not long after, he was recruited into the army and was stationed in Korea working (cooking) for a general.  

Joseph Peter Ducillo

AMENIA — Joseph Peter Ducillo, 89, died peacefully, on Jan. 27, 2018, at home in Summerfield, Fla., in the comfort of his family. 

He was born March 30, 1928, to the late Elizabeth and Peter Ducillo of Winsted. As a young child his parents moved to North Canaan, where they owned and operated the local bakery. 

Joe attended Housatonic Valley Regional High School, where he was an active athlete in baseball and football. He served in the Merchant Marines at the end of World War II. 

Katherine (De Forest) Miller

ANCRAMDALE —  Katherine (De Forest) Miller, 82, died at home on Feb. 21, 2018.

She was born March 4, 1935, in Beekman, N.Y., the daughter of Eleanor (Weaver) and William J. De Forest.

On April 16, 1955, in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., she married Harold C. Miller. He predeceased her on Dec. 28, 2009.

Katherine and her husband, Harold, owned and operated the Millerhurst Farm in Ancramdale. She was a very active member of the ENY Holstein Club.

Anita L. Duncan

AMENIA — Anita L. Duncan, 71, died Feb. 17, 2018, at Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

She was born on May 1, 1946, in Manhattan, the daughter of Hilde (Henschel) and Ernest Gelbrecht Sr.

Anita was a building manager for Taconic Developmental Services in Wassaic. She also worked at the Amenia Post Office for five years as a clerk.

She was a member and very active volunteer with her church, especially running supplies like food and clothing to the homeless in New York City.

Jane Winborne (Olds) Dienstfrey

SHARON — Jane Winborne (Olds) Dienstfrey, 83, of Sharon died Feb. 12, 2018, at her home. She was a writer and editor and had been married to Harris Dienstfrey since 1970.

Jane was born Jan. 5, 1935, in Englewood, N.J., the daughter of the late Edward Olds III and Maybelle “Pete” Winborne Rickard. 

She grew up in Mystic, Conn., and later in Venice, Fla., with her younger sisters, Nancy and Barbara. 

Melanie Marie (McEnroe) Cipriano

AMENIA — Melanie Marie (McEnroe) Cipriano, 66, an eight-year resident of Salt Point, N.Y., formerly a longtime Amenia resident, died peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 17, 2018, at her home in Salt Point. 

Mrs. Cipriano was a homemaker for the last 20 years; prior to that she had worked as a therapy aide at the Wassaic Developmental Center for 10 years.

Born Jan. 10, 1952, in Sharon, she was the daughter of the late Esther M. (McKee) and John C.  McEnroe.