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Obituaries

Rebecca Knapp

WASSAIC — It is with great sadness that the family of Rebecca “Becky” Knapp announces her passing on March 20, 2018, at only 58 years old after a battle with liver cancer. 

Becky would have appreciated that the date of her death coincided with the beginning of spring, a season that brought her much joy given her love of flowers and gardening.

Maryann M. Goe

MILLBROOK — Maryann (Moyer) Goe was born Sept. 18, 1928, in Sharon, the only child of Wilhelmina Anna (Woodin) and Darwin Wesley Moyer. 

After graduating from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in 1945, Maryann attended St. Joseph’s College of Nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, N.Y., receiving her RN degree in 1948. 

She worked as an RN at Sharon Hospital and then joined the Navy, holding the rank of lieutenant JG. 

Eva E. (Wells) Curtiss

NORTH CANAAN — Eva E. (Wells) Curtiss, 90, died peacefully March 4, 2018, at Sharon Hospital. 

Eva was born Oct. 27, 1927, in Stamford, Conn., the daughter of the late Elsie M. (Lenere) and Leroy Wells.

She was the widow of Harold F. Curtiss. Eva and Harold were wed on Nov. 14, 1964, in Sharon. 

Eva was known as a fun-loving artistic person who loved to draw and paint. She also loved gardening and playing cards with her friends and spending time with family and friends.

Donald Peter Carberry

SHARON — Donald Peter Carberry died peacefully March 20, 2018, surrounded by his family at his home in Nokomis, Fla. 

Born Nov. 22, 1928, to Elena (Clum) and Joseph Vincent Carberry, Donald grew up with his 12 siblings in Sharon. 

Kay Ora Baker

SALISBURY — Kay Ora “Sis”(Hoysradt) Baker, 85, a native of Salisbury, died March 17, 2018, in Michigan after a long illness.

She was born in Salisbury on Sept. 25, 1932, to Ellen Wilhelmina (Brazee) and Clayton Hoysradt.

Kay leaves four children, John Baker, Cynthia Duntz, Evelyn Mccaulay and Susan Surrillo; a brother, Lester Hoysradt; a sister, Linda Roddy; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  Private memorial services will be held at a later date.  

William ‘Digger’ Wandall Jr.

SOUTHFIELD, Mass. —William “Digger” Wandall Jr., 46, of Southfield, Mass., passed away suddenly on March 19, 2018.   

William is survived by his parents, William and Linda Wandall of Southfield; his son, Caleb Wandall of Southfield; his sister, Tina Zucca of North Canaan; and his three nieces, Victoria Nagy of Ashley Falls, Melissa Zucca of North Canaan and Melanie Zucca of Torrington. 

In lieu of flowers, there is a Go Fund Me page on Facebook to help with burial expenses. 

Patricia Connolly

WASSAIC — Patricia Connolly, 93, an area resident for the last 18 years and formerly of  the Bronx, N.Y., died peacefully on March 17, 2018, at Sharon Health Care Center.

Born March 16, 1925, in the Bronx, she was the daughter of the late Margaret (Malloy) and Harry Geary. 

Mrs. Connolly attended New York City public schools and married Owen Joseph Connolly on Dec. 5, 1944, in the Bronx. 

Farrell W. Bushing Jr.

SALISBURY — Farrell W. Bushing Jr. died peacefully at Hospice House in Southern Pines, N.C., on March 10, 2018, surrounded by family.  

He was born in Detroit, Mich., on April 24, 1929, to Catherine (Carver) and Farrell Bushing.  The family later moved to Memphis, Tenn.  

He graduated from the Phillips Exeter Academy in 1947, Princeton University in 1951 and earned an MBA at Columbia Business School in 1954. His military service was with the U.S. Air Force.

In appreciation: Gail Vaill

The loss of a friend.

My friend Gail passed away a few weeks ago. I can’t believe she’s gone. Gail and her late husband, Jim, had a huge influence on my family. Fifty years ago this coming summer, we met Jim and Gail when we, as newlyweds, rented an apartment from them. A few years later, Jim renovated, then sold us the house that we still occupy today. 

Over the years, Gail and I became close. 

Richard D. “Mark” Spoor

LAKEVILLE — Richard (Mark) Spoor passed away on March 4, 2018, at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., where he had wintered for about the past 10 years. He is survived by his spouse and life-partner of 50 years, the Rev. Dr. Franck A. de Chambeau; a brother-in-law, Robert De Chambeau of Madison, Wis.; and many nieces- and nephews-in-law. 

Mark and Franck have had a home in Lakeville since 1985.