Merritt Rowley, 99, of Lee, formerly of Housatonic

More Info
By Friday, Apr 7 Obituaries

Merritt C. Rowley, formerly of Housatonic, passed away on Friday, March 31, at Kindred Laurel Lake at the age of 99.

He was born on October 9, 1917, in Canaan, Connecticut. His formative years were spent growing up on a dairy farm operated by his parents, Samuel E. Rowley and Waity, May Ball on Duke Hill in New Marlborough. He graduated from the former New Marlborough High School in 1936.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1942, served as a military policeman in Italy, and was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal. While stationed in Rome, he and members of his company went to a ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica. He was always proud of being blessed by the Pope. Following his military discharge in 1945, he attended American International College graduating in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He worked for the Connecticut State Department of Labor as a field representative and job placement specialist before joining Home Gas Corporation in 1955 retiring as a district manager. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Shriners International. He also belonged to the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington. He was a 50-year member of the Cincinnatus Lodge AF & AM in Great Barrington having joined in 1966.

Merritt is survived by his daughter, Barbara Anne (Rowley) Stickle, of Red Hook, New York; sister-in-law Doris Rowley; and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Samuel, Donald, and Warren; and sister, Alain.

There are no calling hours. Internment will take place at the family plot, Grassy Hill Cemetery, Falls Village, Connecticut, at the convenience of the family. Donations in his memory may be made to the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to his family go to

Return Home

What's your opinion?

We welcome your comments and appreciate your respect for others. We kindly ask you to keep your comments as civil and focused as possible. If this is your first time leaving a comment on our website we will send you an email confirmation to validate your identity.

Great Barrington to vote on array of CPA projects

Wednesday, Apr 26 - Among the projects that would receive support from the CPA are elderly housing at Bostwick Gardens, Lake Mansfield improvements, Great Barrington Historical Society, Great Barrington Land Conservancy, Town Hall repair, an elevator for Rubin Mill building in Housatonic, Berkshire Natural Resources Council and the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

Ann M. O’Brien, 74, formerly of Lee

Wednesday, Apr 26 - Ann lived most of her life in Lee, attended Lee schools, graduating from Lee High School in 1960. She was also communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Lee.

Sheffield pedestrian dies after being struck by truck

Tuesday, Apr 25 - At about 6:15 p.m. Monday, April 24, Gillian Seidl, 79 of Bull Hill Road, was in the Main Street (Route 7) crosswalk near the entrance to the Bushnell Library when she was struck by a pickup truck traveling southbound