Obituaries

Mildred Sasso, 100, of Great Barrington

Friday, May 15 - She and her husband started “Sasso Coffee” from their dining room in Brooklyn. They both roasted and ground their own personal blend serving hundreds of German ice cream parlors throughout New York and New Jersey.

Adolf S. Knott, 91, of West Stockbridge

Tuesday, May 12 - Adolf was born in Gauting, Germany, on January 8, 1924, son to Johann and Rosa (Stadler) Knott. He received his Associates Degree from Newark College of Engineering. Adolf worked for many years as an engineer.

Herbert W. Eichstedt Jr., 80, of Mill River

Friday, May 8 - After his service for the U.S. Army in Vietnam, Herbert drove school buses for John Ormsbee, Macy’s and Bachetti’s, worked as a night watchman for Mead Paper Co. in South Lee for more than 18 years and as a maintenance man for Construct Inc. for 10 years.

Dimitrios ‘Jimmy’ Kouloganes, 78, of Great Barrington

Wednesday, May 6 - Dimitri was born on September 4, 1936, in Pellana, Greece, son of Panyiota and Panayioti. After graduating from the Gymnasium of Sparti, he immigrated to Stamford, Conn., and joined his father working to bring the family to America.

Diane L. ‘DeDee’ Warner, 59, of Great Barrington, co-founder of ‘Bridging the Gap’

Tuesday, May 5 - DeDee helped to start new programs within the Berkshire Hills Regional School District that would not only benefit her son Robert but hundreds of children who would come after him. When she started looking for a program to help her son learn outside of school in a more real-life setting, there was nothing to be found. So together with help from an autism specialist and a special education director they came up with their own and called it “Bridging the Gap.”

Marshall A. Gaston, 87, of West Stockbridge

Monday, May 4 - Marshall was a life member and former president of the Stockbridge Sportsman’s Club. As a longtime resident of West Stockbridge he served his community as a lieutenant in the West Stockbridge Fire Department, a Special Police Officer, a Forest Warden and Animal Inspector.

Graveside services for Edward A. Pothul, 74, and Steven G. Pothul, 49

Sunday, May 3 - SHEFFIELD – A graveside service for Edward A. Pothul and Steven G. Pothul will be held on Saturday, May 9th at 11:30 a.m. at the Pine Grove Cemetery (also known as the Bow Wow Cemetery) on Bow Wow Road in Sheffield, Mass., conducted by Rev. Charles Van Ausdall. Edward Pothul, 74, passed away unexpectedly on […]

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.