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Obituaries

Noella Riva Spurdle

NORTH CANAAN — Noella Riva Spurdle passed away on June 21, 2019, after a brief illness. She  was 88 years old. She was the widow of Sonny Riva.

Noella was born Sept. 8, 1930, to Albert G. Margolis and Adela  Royer. 

She was a long-time resident of North Canaan and worked at Lindell Fuels for more than 50 years before retiring in 2015.

Vera (Kassman) Tilson

LAKEVILLE — Vera (Kassman) Tilson, 94, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother died June 24, 2019, at Goodwin House in Falls Church, Va.  

Born Aug. 2, 1924, in Brookline, Mass., to Nicholai and Luba Kassman, she outlived her parents and siblings, Eugene Kassman and Elly (Kassman) Meyer, by many years.  

She is  remembered as a vigorous, loving person who deeply cherished friendships and family.

Benjamin Lucas Paley

SHARON — Benjamin Lucas Paley, 26, died unexpectedly last week from a heart condition.  Ben was the son of Charles Paley of Sharon and Crispina ffrench of Becket, Mass., and the grandson of Emma Paley of Sharon and the late Morris Paley.  

A full obituary will appear in a future issue of The Lakeville Journal.  

Philip Shaffer Truax

SHARON — Philip Shaffer Truax passed away at Yale New Haven Hospital on July 28, 2019.

Philip was born in New York City on March 14, 1955, but he grew up in Newport Beach, Calif. It was there, in confirmation class at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, that he met Heidi Mildred Lorenz. They were married in 1974 and went to study together at UC Santa Barbara.

While living there, Philip and Heidi built an A-frame home by hand, in the hills above Santa Barbara.

Norma Bartholomew

LAKEVILLE —  The family of Norma Bartholomew sadly announced her unexpected passing on Saturday July 27, 2019, at her home in Lakeville. She was 88.  

A dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, Norma and her husband, Russell, retired to Lakeville 25 years ago to be closer to their young family, and spent many happy days with their grandchildren, Bryan, John, Mark and Stephen. 

Carol Chase

KENT — Carol Chase, 76, a 41-year resident of Kent, died peacefully on July 27, 2019, at Sharon Health Care Center. 

Mrs. Chase worked as a mental hygiene therapy aide for the Wassaic Developmental Center. She retired as a supervisor following a 30-year career with New York state. She worked on the campus at Wassaic for many years and supervised many of the community residences later in her career.

Born June 7, 1943, in Peekskill, N.Y., she was daughter of the late Ruth Jessie (Brown) and Adam Henry Snyder. 

Paula Elizabeth VonRichthofen

DOVER PLAINS — Paula Elizabeth VonRichthofen, 76, a longtime resident of Dover Plains, passed away on July 23, 2019, at Sharon Hospital. 

Mrs. VonRichthofen was a teacher’s aide at the Wingdale Elementary School before retiring in the 1980s. 

Born on Feb. 2, 1942, in Queens, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Margaret Ertl Thompson and Mr. Prochaska. 

On April 9, 1965, in Dover Plains, she married Daryl VonRichthofen, who predeceased her on March 30, 2005. 

Carol Jean (Brusie) Pynchon

SHARON —  Carol Jean (Brusie) Pynchon, 89, passed away July 23, 2019, in Hampden, Mass. 

She was born July 30, 1929, in Sharon to Wilma (Cook)  and Ralph Brusie. She grew up on the family farm, Webutuck Spring Farm, in Millerton. 

Upon graduation from Roeliff Jansen School in Hillsdale, Carol moved to Albany, where she graduated from Mildred Elley Secretarial School in 1947. She later was employed at U.S. Plywood, where she met her future husband, John D. Pynchon.  

Ann M. Zimlinghaus

DOVER PLAINS — Ann M. Zimlinghaus, R.N., 87, a longtime area resident, died peacefully on July 28, 2019, at Sharon Health Care Center. 

Born Oct. 16, 1931, in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Marion and Joseph Newman. 

Nancy (Prisco) Miller

NORTH CANAAN — Nancy (Prisco) Miller, 93, of North Canaan died peacefully on July 23, 2019, at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. 

She was the widow of Thurman S. Miller. 

Nancy was born Nov. 1, 1925, in New Haven, Conn., the daughter of the late Rose (Giorgio)and Michele “Mike” Prisco.