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Obituaries

Maude Louise Haight

PINE PLAINS — Maude Louise Haight, 87, died Aug. 29, 2017, with her family by her side at the Sharon Health Care Center. 

She and her husband lived their entire lives in the Hudson Valley as part of the farming community. In the 1970s, they settled in the beautiful valley on Tripp Road in Millerton.

She was born Oct. 7, 1929, in the family home in Smithfield, Amenia, the daughter of the late Jerome Bernard Morrison and Emma Marsalla Hardisty. 

Laura LeMieux (Schmidt) Griffin

SALISBURY — Laura LeMieux (Schmidt) Griffin, 83, who lived in Sharon and Salisbury from 1958 to 1990, died Aug. 23, 2017, in North Florida Regional Hospital in  Gainesville, Fla., with her daughter and faithful caretaker, Laura Adams,  by her side.

Laura was born on Dec. 4, 1933, to Cecelia and Charles LeMieux of Staten Island, N.Y. 

Zoltan Dorko

EAST CANAAN — Zoltan Dorko, 87, died Aug. 28, 2017,at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford with his family by his side. He was the husband of Beverly (Lyons) Dorko. 

Zoltan was born June 18, 1930, in Bekolce, Hungary, son of the late Marie (Perjo-Dorko) and Joseph Puka-Dorko.

Mary E. Lyman

MILLERTON — Mary E. Lyman, MSN, RN, 67, a 47-year resident of Millerton, died peacefully at her home in Millerton with her loving family at her side. 

Mary retired from nursing at Vassar Bros. Medical Center in Poughkeepsie in 2012, where she had worked for more than 20 years. She was also an adjunct instructor in the Department of Nursing at Dutchess Community College for 15 years.

Roy Alan Steed

PINE PLAINS — Roy Alan Steed, 69, a 10-year resident of Pine Plains, died at The Thompson House in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on Aug. 16, 2017, after a difficult two-year battle with cancer.

Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Jan. 19, 1948, he was the son of Margaret Johanna (Gerken) and  Edgar LeRoy Steed. 

After graduating from Poughkeepsie High School in 1967, Roy moved to Metuchen, N.J., and later to Cumberland, R.I.

Alfred Sterzl

CORNWALL BRIDGE — Alfred Sterzl, 83, died peacefully on Aug. 21 2017, at his son’s residence with family members by his side. He was the husband of the late Maria Sterzl. 

Alfred was born Oct. 26, 1933, in Landshut, Germany. He immigrated to the United States in 1972, moved to Cornwall Bridge and worked for Kent Manufacturing until his retirement in 1996. 

Barbara Coons Giddings

KENT — Barbara Coons Giddings, 91, of Kent died Aug. 6, 2017, at Sharon Hospital.

She was born Sept. 3, 1925, to Myra and Frank Coons. She attended Kent Center School and Housatonic Valley Regional High School, graduating in 1944.  

On Jan. 8, 1949, she married Minot Giddings.  

John Pshenishny

FALLS VILLAGE — John Pshenishny, 92, died Aug. 22, 2017, at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation. 

John was born on Nov. 14, 1924, to Eva and Nicholas Pshenishny in Clayton, Mass.  As a child, he moved to Sheffield,  and grew up on the family farm.

In May 1947, John married Helen Potts. He later moved his family to the Taconic section of Salisbury. John worked several jobs throughout the years, retiring from Columbia Auto Parts in Millerton.

He moved with his wife to Falls Village. In recent years he was a resident of Geer.

Cynthia Dickerson Conklin

SHARON — Cynthia Dickerson Conklin, 67,  died peacefully at home in Sharon on Aug. 20, 2017. She was born in Chestnut Hill, Pa., the daughter of Bill and Isabel Conklin.  

She was born on March 4, 1950, and “march forth” she did. She was raised in Flourtown, Pa., and New Canaan, Conn., before attending Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass., Sweet Briar College near Lynchburg, Va., and the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H., where she was awarded her Master of Science, Nursing degree.

Edward Ross Geyer

SHARON — Edward Ross Geyer, a renaissance man talented in many ways and loved by everyone for his kindness, died on Aug. 26, 2017. 

He was born in Hicksville, N.Y., on Nov. 1, 1945, and will be missed by all those whose lives he touched, most especially his wife and daughter. His great sense of humor and positive outlook brought smiles to all those he crossed paths with each day.