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Obituaries

Frances Allen Yerkes

SALISBURY — Frances Allen Yerkes, 70 years old, died on July 12, 2019, at her home in Salisbury. A resident of the town for 32 years, she was a generous caregiver to many as a nurse, an EMT and as a mother and friend.

Franny was born on Jan. 7, 1949, in New York City, the daughter of Elizabeth and Yorke Allen Jr. She grew up in New Canaan, Conn., attended Bennington College, and received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. 

Elmore Rual ‘Rip’ Torn

LAKEVILLE — Rip Torn, one of the leading stage actors of his generation and an Emmy Award-winner for his portrayal of the deliciously devious producer Artie on HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show,” has died. 

Torn passed away peacefully July 9, 2019, at his home in Lakeville at the age of 88, with his wife, Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side. 

Hatty S. Butts

MILLBROOK — Hatty S. Butts, 75, a lifelong area resident, died July 8, 2019, at her home.  

Mrs. Butts was a custodian at Webutuck High School in Amenia for 15 years, retiring in 2014.  

Born on Oct. 24, 1943, in Wassaic, she was the daughter of the late Helen (Chase) and Raymond Wheeler.  

On July 8, 1961, in Wassaic, she married Robert R. Butts Jr., who survives at home.  

Christopher Kupferer

MILLERTON — Christopher Kupferer, a newspaper editor whose quick and wicked wit, abundant intelligence and deep caring for colleagues, friends and family was undergirded by a dark and humorous cynicism, died of a heart attack July 5, 2019, at his home in North Wales, Pa. He was 56.

John ‘Jack’ Wandell

FALLS VILLAGE —  John Wandell,76, passed away at home on June 17, 2019, in Falls Village with his wife, Linda Erwin, and family by his side.

He was born on April 4, 1943 in Lowell, Mass., to Charlotte and John Wandell.

Thomas Nelson Osborne

WEST CORNWALL — Thomas Nelson Osborne, 54, of Fleischmanns, N.Y., drowned in an accident there on June 19, 2019. 

Born July 4, 1964, in New York City, Tom graduated from Fieldston School and attended the Mannes College of Music, receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees. 

He later studied medicine at St. Georges University Medical School in Grenada and Manhattan, with a residency in Binghamton, N.Y.

An earlier marriage ended in divorce.

Tom is survived by his mother, Isabelle Osborne of West Cornwall. 

Tad David Jones

SALISBURY — It is with great sadness that the family of Tad David Jones, 53 of Summerton,  S.C., has gone with his Lord, after a long struggle with cancer, on July 3, 2019. 

This is a sad day for our family as Tad was loved deeply by all his  family and friends.

Tad was an inspiration to all who knew him and will be forever remembered by all for his spunkiness. 

He was a great friend to all; he had a kind gentle soul that was easily seen by anyone who ever encountered him. 

Anne Stewart-FitzRoy

LAKEVILLE — Anne P. Stewart-FitzRoy died unexpectedly on July 2, 2019, in Rockville, Md., where she had traveled to meet her brother, James, from London.  

She was born Aug. 10, 1936, in Hove, near Brighton, England, to Captain William Wentworth Stewart-FitzRoy of the Royal Navy and the former Margaret Patricia Grant.  She spent much of her childhood and schooling in the county of Cornwall, before studying at the Sorbonne and then emigrating to the United States in the early 1960s.   

Diane May (deManbey) Duebber

NORFOLK — Diane May (deManbey) Duebber, 71, lost her valiant fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on June 20, 2019. Her courage and humility in the face of this devastating disease were greatly admired by her friends and family. 

A celebration of her life takes place at the Falls Village Congregational Church on July 5 at 3 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the ALS Foundation. 

William A. ‘Homer’ Hall Sr.

PINE PLAINS — William A. “Homer” Hall Sr., 66, passed away at home with his loving family by his side on June 18, 2019. 

He was born on July 21, 1952, in Springfield, Vt., the son of Barbara (Pelkey) and Leon Hall. 

Homer was a heavy machine operator for over 34 years at Liberta Brothers in Pine Plains and most recently for Matt Blackburn Excavating in Gallatin, N.Y.