Laura Breckinridge (Ten Eyck) Byers

SALISBURY — Laura Breckinridge (Ten Eyck) Byers, 89, died peacefully on Sept. 22, 2017. She was a recent resident of Noble Horizons. 

Born in Rye, N.Y., on Jan. 10, 1928, to the late Jane Hendrix Ten Eyck Carroll and John Conover Ten Eyck III, she was a bright and thoughtful soul from the start. After her father and mother divorced when she was 7, she lived with her mother in her grandparents’ home. Her final two years of high school were at Oldfields School for Girls in Baltimore, Md. 

In appreciation: Ann Linden

Ann Linden was a remarkable and visionary woman as well as a mentor and inspiration to me and many local  business women for more than three decades.

In creating the Amenia Businesswomen’s Network during the 1990s, she helped so many Eastern Dutchess businesswomen forge strong working relationships and friendships with each that I still treasure to this day.   

Katie House

Dover Plains

George Lawrence Parsons

SALISBURY — George Lawrence Parsons, 72, died unexpectedly at home on Aug. 29, 2017.

Elaine (Rounds) Budd

NORTHWEST CORNER — Elaine (Rounds) Budd died Sept. 25, 2017. She was formerly a resident of Locust Valley, N.Y., East Haddam and Clinton, Conn., Sanibel, Fla., and New York City.

Elaine Budd was an accomplished writer/editor with a career that spanned more than five decades. 

Her first professional job was at a Hollywood movie tabloid, where as an office assistant she met Rock Hudson one day while opening his fan mail. 

Her love of language led her to Scholastic Inc.’s Co-ed Magazine, where she became the beauty editor. 

Jack Emerson Arnold

NORTH CANAAN — Jack Emerson Arnold, 81, died at Geer Nursing on Sept. 28, 2017. 

Jack was born in Woodstock, Conn., on Dec. 14, 1935, the son of the late Diane Norma Robertson and the late Edward Arnold.

He was a Navy veteran who circumnavigated the globe twice.

His vocation was building, repairing and tuning pipe organs for churches. He was a proficient musician who could play guitar, Dobro, banjo and saxophone. He played in many bands. 

He was also an avid reader and loved telling limericks.

In appreciation: Cloe Duntz

We miss Cloe.

We join the many in our community who are saddened to the core by the death of Cloe Duntz.  Her gentle demeanor and her generosity of spirit were always a pleasure to encounter.  She was a bright light in our lives, and now that light has gone out.  We remain stunned by this horrific situation.


Marge Curtis 

Rosina Rand


Memorial service: Cynthia Conklin

SHARON — A celebration of life for Cynthia Conklin of Sharon, who died Aug. 20, 2017, will be held Monday, Oct. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Wake Robin Inn in Lakeville.  All are welcome.

Cynthia was much beloved in the community for her many friendships, warm kitchen, kind heart, tireless committee work and fondness for all creatures. 

Cynthia E. Westfall

COPAKE, N.Y. — Cynthia E. Westfall, 72, died Aug. 21, 2017, at home. 

She was born on Feb. 23, 1945, in Rhinebeck, N.Y., the daughter of Marion E. (Clum) Westfall and the late Benjamin Westfall. 

Joseph F. Grossi

WARREN — Joseph F. Grossi, 94, a longtime resident of Warren, passed away peacefully into the loving arms of his beloved wife Evelyn and his God on Sept. 17, 2017.

He was born on Jan. 19, 1923. 

Joseph Grossi was married to Evelyn Ann Grossi for 65 years before her death in September 2014. They shared a passion for restoring their historic Colonial home, which they called Turning Point Farm. 

Joseph was a self-made master craftsman, who had restored many homes throughout New England since the early 1970s; he never retired! 

William I. Simmons Jr.

AMENIA — William I. Simmons Jr., 54, died Sept. 8, 2017, at Atrium Post-Acute Center in Park Ridge, N.J.  

He was born on Feb. 2, 1963, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the son of Kathyrine (Wagner) and William I. Simmons Sr. 

Mr. Simmons was a truck mechanic.

Survivors include his wife Dororthy (Coons) Simmons of Amenia; and two sons, William I. Simmons III and Brandon Simmons, both of Amenia.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Ashley Simmons.