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Obituaries

Terry B. Hoffman

PINE PLAINS — Terry B. Hoffman, 56, passed away on Dec. 4, 2018, at home.

He was born Oct. 10, 1962, in Sharon,  the son of Lois (Coffin) and Harry B. Hoffman. 

Terry was a mechanic for Pine Plains Tractor.

Terry had a good heart and loved to help people in need.  Mechanic by trade, he was skilled in many things.  He loved attending and competing in tractor pulls as well as working on his tractors and Mustang.

Elizabeth F. Prause

MILLERTON — Elizabeth F. Prause entered Heaven peacefully on Dec. 3, 2018.

Elizabeth was born in Brookfield, Conn., on Aug. 25, 1928, to Sarah and George Fitch. 

Elizabeth graduated from Bob Jones University and Middlebury College, earning a MA in French. She taught French at Bob Jones for 12 years prior to marriage. 

Elizabeth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and teacher, serving faithfully at Millerton Christian Academy and as a pianist and organist at North East Baptist Church.

Adele F. Strelchun

NORTH CANAAN — Adele F. Strelchun, 82, of San Antonio, Texas, and formerly of North Canaan died on Nov. 30, 2018, after a brief illness. 

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 49 years, Francis X Strelchun, on Nov. 21, 2010.

George E. Farnsworth

SALISBURY— George E. Farnsworth died at Noble Horizons on Dec. 8, 2018.

George E. Farnsworth was born on May 6, 1930, to Rina and Russell Farnsworth in Millinocket, Maine. He graduated from Stearns High School in Millinocket and received a degree in history from the University of Maine at Orono.

He taught elementary grades in a one-room school in Bremen, Maine, and also taught at other schools in Maine and Connecticut.

Laura L. Ehrlich

STANFORDVILLE — Laura L. Ehrlich, 94, passed away on Dec. 6, 2018, at Sharon Health Care Center. 

She was born on Oct. 11, 1924, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the daughter of Ruth (Pucher) and John Hanlon. 

Mrs. Ehrlich was an operator for Bell Telephone Company in New York City. 

She was a long-time member and past president of the Stanford Forever Young Club.

Survivors include her brother, George Hanlon of Stanfordville;  and several nieces and nephews.

Kathleen M. ‘Kay’ Bryant

ANCRAM — Kathleen M. “Kay” Bryant, 87, a lifelong resident, passed away on Dec. 2, 2018, at Whittier Rehab and Nursing Center in Ghent, N.Y. 

She was born on July 13, 1931, in Sharon, the daughter of Mae (Hall) and Aubrey Corbett. 

Kay along with her husband and sons Terry and Thomas were owners and operators of CY Bryant Dairy Farm in Ancram. 

On Nov. 5, 1949, in Philmont, N.Y., she married Milton L. “CY” Bryant. He predeceased her on April 23, 2008.

Heinrich Wirth

LAKEVILLE — Heinrich Wirth, 83, a longtime resident of Lakeville, died peacefully in his home on Nov. 30, 2018.

Born Feb. 28, 1935, in Munich, Germany he was the son of Angelika and Georg Wirth of Munich, Germany.

He was Ursula’s loving husband and father of four.

Memorial service: Vinnie Farrell

NORTH CANAAN — A Mass of Christian Burial for Vinnie Farrell will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. in St. Martin of Tours/St. Joseph Church in North Canaan. 

Vinnie was a long-time resident of the town of North Canaan. He is fondly remembered for the years of service he gave the town as a school crossing guard.

Arrangements are under the care of the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan.

Joan Hewins

GREAT BARRINGTON — Patricia Joan (Horan) Hewins, 88,  passed away peacefully on Dec. 1, 2018, in her home, lovingly surrounded by family.  

She was born Sept. 24, 1930, in Albany, N.Y., to the late John S. Horan and Rena Coakley McGuire and stepfather Henry McGuire.

 Joanie was raised in Great Barrington and was a 1948 graduate of Searles High School. She was married to the late Walter “Bud” Hewins Jr. on June 24, 1950, until his death on March 31, 2005. 

Lillian H. Cecchinato

NORTH CANAAN — Lillian H. Cecchinato, 91, the widow of Nicholas J. Cecchinato Jr., a lifelong North Canaan resident, left her family and loving caregivers on Nov 30, 2018. Lillian quietly departed the Geer Nursing Facility to check into a much grander and glorious house that awaited her (John 14: 1-3).

In the immediate hours after her death, the kindest gentleman and family friend came to her bedside to reaffirm Lillian’s deep faith and to assuage the deep sadness of saying goodbye. 

Lillian was born Dec. 4, 1926.