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John F. Killawee

NORTH CANAAN —John F. Killawee of North Canaan passed away at age 86 on March 18, 2022. He has been reunited with his wife of 45 years, Joan, who predeceased him in October 2020.

Joan Harriet Houghtaling

AMENIA — Joan Harriet Houghtaling, 88, a 10-year resident of Amenia and a longtime area resident, died March 13, 2022, at her home in Amenia.

Joan worked as a self-employed home health care aide for many years and also worked as a private housekeeper locally.

Juanita Mae Benson

DOVER PLAINS— Juanita Mae Benson, 93, a longtime resident of Dover Plains, passed away March 10, 2022, at Danbury Hospital.

Born on Oct. 30, 1928, in Troy, Kan., she was the daughter of the late Veda (Farrington) and Beauford W. Grant.

Robert ‘Bob’ Shnayerson

HILLSDALE — Robert “Bob” Shnayerson, highly admired editor at Life and Time in the glory days of Henry Luce’s magazine empire, as well as editor-in-chief of Harper’s magazine and founder of Quest magazine, died on March 6, 2022, at age 96 at his home in Hillsdale, N.Y., with his family by his side.

Jamie Alan Surdam

SALISBURY — Jamie Alan Surdam, 56, passed away peacefully on Feb. 17, 2022, at Hartford Hospital.

He was born April 30, 1965, in Sharon, to the late Norma (Parsons) Surdam and Richard A. Surdam.

Jamie was predeceased by two sisters, Rosella and Bernice Surdam.

Mary Peterson Adams

SHARON — Mary Peterson Adams, 96, of Hidden Lane, died March 6, 2022, at Geer Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in North Canaan. She was the widow of Walter Peterson and Howard Adams.

Mary was born Jan.12, 1926, in Sharon, the daughter of the late Mary (Murphy) and William Pitcher.

Jay Michael Haft

SALISBURY — Jay Michael Haft of New York, son of Helen and Jack Haft, passed away on Feb. 7, 2022, at the age of 86. The world has lost a great husband, father, grandfather and leader.

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