Obituaries

The Rev. Joseph S. Forte, 77, of Housatonic; pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church

Monday, Apr 27 - Rev. Joseph S. Forte, 77, the longtime pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Great Barrington and spiritual leader, passed away on Thursday afternoon, April 23, 2015 at his home on Wyantenuck Street in Housatonic. Born on February 9, 1938 in Efaula, Alabama, he was the oldest of six children born to Woodrow Forte and […]

Marvin Mirochnick, 92, formerly of Sandisfield  

Wednesday, Apr 22 - Born December 19, 1922 he was the son of Abraham and Jennie Mirochnick. He was a veteran of World War II having served with the U.S. Army from January 1, 1943 until being honorably discharged on December 12, 1945.

John James Dunn Sr., 91, of Hillsdale, New York

Friday, Apr 17 - John was also a long-time farmer in Hillsdale, active in the Hillsdale Cadby-Shutts V.F.W., a member of the Northwestern University Midshipman’s School Association, the Alford Land Trust, a Eucharistic Minister at Saint Peter’s Church in Great Barrington, a member of the Fairview Hospital Fundraising committee, and served on the Hillsdale Zoning Committee and Planning Board.

Clare I. Lester, 70, of Pittsfield  

Friday, Apr 17 - Clare was an animal lover and recently she was the devoted caregiver to Rodney the dog at Rosewood. She was an avid reader who also enjoyed music, making hand-hooked rugs, and doing puzzles.

Judith E. Rahm, 71, of Great Barrington

Tuesday, Apr 14 - Judy devoted her time to helping those around her. For several summers Judy participated in the Fresh Air Fund Program, hosting children from New York City for two weeks to stay with her family. She enjoyed working for Meals on Wheels and always made sure to set aside extra time to spend with those to whom she delivered meals.

Peter B. Naylor Jr., 68, of Housatonic: Vietnam War veteran

Monday, Apr 13 - Peter was a member and an Honor Guard member of the Adams-Budz Post 8183, a member of the Murphy-Leary American Legion Housatonic Post, and was also very involved in the Patriots’ Pen Project and Veterans in the Classroom, both through the VFW. Peter was also part of the Funeral Detail for the VFW and was the Guidon Bearer.

James P. Silk, 55, of Sheffield

Monday, Apr 13 - Jim was born in Springfield, Mass., on December 28, 1959 to the late Betty and Bill Silk. He was a graduate of Mount Everett Regional High School. His greatest joy was his children Lauren and Patrick. He was an avid sports fan.

Eugene F. Novicki, 86, of Ashley Falls

Saturday, Apr 11 - Eugene proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy during WWII and Korea. Eugene loved woodworking, gardening and fixing things; he could fix anything.

Garrett John Norton, 21, of Housatonic  

Thursday, Apr 9 - While at Monument Mountain Regional High School, Garrett played both varsity football and baseball. Garrett also enjoyed working on his truck and fishing and golfing with his brother Kevin. He loved life, being with friends and family and always had a smile on his face.

Ruth Ziegler, 82, of Sheffield

Wednesday, Apr 8 - Ruth is well known for her talent with doll repairs along with building and decorating doll houses. In 1970 she and her husband, Don, began The Corn Crib and later Dolls & Dwellings in Sheffield.

Norman Parrish Kellogg, 90, of Great Barrington

Monday, Apr 6 - He graduated from Searles High School in 1942 and served his country during World War II. Norman entered the Army Air Force in 1942, was trained in aviation mechanics and served as a Crew Chief. Norman worked the majority of his life for over 40 years as an electrician for Pfizer in Canaan, Conn., and Schweitzer-Mauduit in Lee, Mass., retiring in 1988.

Edith Cappadona, 80, of Sheffield

Friday, Apr 3 - Her most pleasurable moments in life were cooking, entertaining family and friends, being pool-side and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Aldo L. Oggiani, 89, formerly of Housatonic  

Tuesday, Mar 31 - Aldo was a 1944 graduate of the former Searles High School, after high school Aldo proudly served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. Aldo worked as an area auto salesman for many years, and he was also a past member of the Housatonic Fire Department.

Betty Wilson Long (1924-2015), educator, soprano with New York Pro Musica

Sunday, Mar 29 - Betty toured with the Pro Musica throughout the United States and Europe for seven years. In 1967, her family transitioned to the Berkshires where she refocused her life on being a mother and teacher. She taught first and second grades at the former Dewey and Housatonic schools for a number of years before devoting her time to teaching voice at Bard College at Simon’s Rock for nearly 20 years.