Obituaries

Sallie Jo Doores VanSant, 61, of Housatonic

Tuesday, Nov 18 - Sallie earned a Master of Social Work degree from Smith College in Northampton and practiced locally as a psychotherapist with much of her practice focused on helping children.

Jonathan Ross, 45, of Great Barrington

Sunday, Nov 16 - He could fix almost anything yet his greatest gift was to make people laugh. With a sharp wit and the ability to impersonate anyone, he could always bring a room to laughter.

Mary Romano, 99, of Great Barrington  

Tuesday, Nov 11 - Mary loved to perform. She was very active in her local Senior Center in New York where she would sing, dance and act in their various programs up until she was 80 years.

Harold Lewin, 85, founder of Music & More

Monday, Nov 10 - Harold was a multi-faceted musician ... A kindred spirit -- someone who loved bringing great music to life more than merely putting on flashy performances -- he was an authentic inspirational model." -- Daniel Stepner, Artistic Director of Aston Magna Festival.

Paul S. Batacchi Sr., 89, of Sheffield  

Saturday, Nov 8 - During his tour he served with the Infantry in Ardennes, Central Europe and Rhineland, and received the Eame Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

Susan M. O’Connor, 50

Friday, Nov 7 - Sue lived by her favorite word “Ohana.” “Ohana” means family and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

Josephine Dellea, 103

Thursday, Nov 6 - Josephine moved to West Stockbridge as a child and was educated in West Stockbridge Schools. She later worked for Austin Riggs Center and West Stockbridge Village School.

Trinity Renee Raifstanger, 39

Wednesday, Nov 5 - Trinity was an outstanding beauty inside and out, who touched the lives of everyone she knew. She leaves a legacy of awareness, inspiration and hope.

Alice O. Howell, 91, writer, Jungian scholar, poet, astrologer

Friday, Oct 31 - A writer, poet, astrologer, and Jungian Scholar, she lectured around the world, published nine books, and taught courses at the Jung Institutes of Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. She is recognized as a pioneer in linking psychology and astrology.

Alta L. Skorput, 97

Wednesday, Oct 29 - Alta Skorput earned her Master’s degree in Education and taught third grade for many years at the Stockbridge Plain School in Stockbridge.

Rudolph Lloyd Hoeltzel, 80

Wednesday, Oct 29 - If life is a journey, he made the most of it, embracing it wholeheartedly with a tireless quest for knowledge, and a great love of the arts, literature and above all nature. He spent some of his happiest times transforming the landscape around his home and hiking, either the Appalachian Trail, of which he completed over 2,000 miles, or with the local Monday Mountain Boys.

Ernest Schnesel, 84

Monday, Oct 27 - He was recently honored by Fairview Hospital and was an integral part of the building of Priscilla's House at Construct.

Nola Watson Lawrence, 89

Wednesday, Oct 22 - Nola was one of several senior citizens recognized by Gov. Deval L. Patrick for her life-long commitment to the African-American community in the Berkshires.