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Obituaries

Giovanna (Mezzofalco) Traverso

NORTH CANAAN — Giovanna (Mezzofalco) Traverso died peacefully at Sharon Hospital on May 21, 2019, after a brief illness, at the age of 93  She was a loving wife of nearly 59 years, mother and Nonna to her beloved grandsons.

“Jo” worked for many years at General Electric in Norfolk and then Becton Dickinson in North Canaan.  

By far the greatest passion in her life was to nurture and love her daughter, nieces and grandsons. She was totally immersed in their daily lives from infant, to toddler to teenage years and adulthood.

In appreciation: Jack Murtagh

We would like to thank our wonderful community for the outpouring of support after the loss of  a loving husband, dad, grandpa and brother, Jack Murtagh. 

Jack passed away on April 25 while recovering from heart surgery.

Thank you to the Kenny Funeral Home for taking special care of us and Jack during this difficult time and knowing that it was just as difficult for you.

Thank you to Saint Bernard’s Church for the touching service.

Dorothy Helen Twing

FALLS VILLAGE — Dorothy Helen Twing, 101, died peacefully on May 31, 2019, at Geer.

She was born in 1917 in Cornwall Hollow, Conn., to Carrie and Eber Yale. She married Albert Twing in 1937 and lived most of her life in Falls Village. Albert preceded her in death in 2001. 

Dorothy enjoyed being a farmer’s wife and homemaker. She had the gift of entertaining and often hosted gatherings at her home. She was famous in the area for her baked goods, coleslaw and baked beans. 

John S. ‘Jack’ Pulver

NORTH EAST — John S. “Jack” Pulver, 84, passed away at home on Friday, May 31, 2019.

Jack was born on Dec. 13, 1934, and lived his life on Pleasant View Farm atop Winchell Mountain in Millerton. 

He attended Pine Plains High School, graduating in 1953. He played varsity basketball and baseball and is also remembered as Prince Charming in his senior play. 

In appreciation: Robert ‘Bullet’ Sherwood

Bob Sherwood was doing random acts of kindness before I ever heard of the phrase.

Back in 1970 I mentioned to Bob that I was thinking of going to Canada and then hitchhike to the West Coast. Immediately he told me to hop into his little red car and drove me to Montreal with Dave MacArthur, dropped me off and drove back to Connecticut. 

It was an incredibly generous thing to do and I have never forgotten it. 

Bill Atkins

Sebastian, Fla.

Robert P. ‘Bullet’ Sherwood

SALISBURY — Robert P. “Bullet” Sherwood, 72, of Fowler Street, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family, after a battle with cancer. He was the husband of Catherine (O’Loughlin) Sherwood. 

Bullet was born Sept. 23, 1946, in Bridgeport, Conn., the son of the late Dorothy (Larney) and George Aylwin Sherwood.

Robert "Bullet" Sherwood

Robert "Bullet" Sherwood of Salisbury died May 31, 2019. A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Church in Lakeville. Arrangements are under the care of the Newkirk Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan. A full obituary will appear in The Lakeville Journal.

If you have a story or memory of Bullet you'd like to share for possible inclusion in The Lakeville Journal and online here, email Cynthia Hochswender at cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com.

Julie Albers Ertl

COPAKE — Julie Albers Ertl, 61, passed away on May 21, 2019, at her residence in Carmel, Ind., after a six year battle with cancer.

She was born on Feb. 23, 1958, in Great Barrington, Mass., the daughter of the late  June (Silvernail) and William Albers.

Julie was raised in Copake and was a graduate of Taconic Hills Central School. She later was employed by IBM in Poughkeepsie.

Peter M. Sturtevant

FALLS VILLAGE — Peter M. Sturtevant, a resident of Falls Village for more than 45 years, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2019. He was laid to rest in the Grassy Hill Cemetery in Falls Village. 

Michael A. Varet

SALISBURY — Michael A. Varet passed away at age 77 at home in New York City on May 20, 2019. 

Born on March 9, 1942, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Guster and Frances Varet, Michael was a graduate of Yale Law School ’65, University of Pennsylvania ’62, and Midwood High School ’58.