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OBITUARIES: Sharp, Sears, Seymour


Esther W. Sharp (1918 – 2017)

PITTSFIELD, MA—Esther Williams Sharp, 98, of Lebanon Springs died Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Hillcrest Commons.

Born in Lebanon Springs, June 22, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Leroy J. and Grace Gaylord Williams.

Mrs. Sharp was a lifelong resident of Lebanon Springs. She was employed by Ceramaseal in New Lebanon for more than 20 years as an executive secretary before retiring in 1984. She was also a postmistress at the Lebanon Springs Post Office.

She was a 77-year-member of the Order of the Eastern Star #841 in New Lebanon and was a past grand officer. She volunteered at the Joseph Hooper Memorial Library in New Lebanon and for the Mt. Lebanon Shakers.

She enjoyed needlework, reading, puzzles, crosswords and birds and was an avid fan of the NY Yankees and NASCAR.

The family thanks the staff at the Hillcrest Commons for the wonderful care given to Mrs. Sharp and the friendships made.

She was the wife of the late Harold S. Sharp, Sr., who died in 1963; beloved mother of Harold (Doreen) Sharp, Jr., and Ruthmary (Charles) Lasher, both of Lebanon Springs; grandmother of Brian (Ramona) Sharp of LaGrange, KY, and the late Diane Sharp; great-grandmother of Jacob and Kayleigh Sharp of Plymouth, MA; sister of the late Lillian Cummings, Clifford and Clayton Williams.

The funeral service will be conducted Saturday, June 10 at 11 a.m. at the Hall and Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown, with Pastor James Knox officiating. Interment will follow in the Cemetery of the Evergreens, New Lebanon. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, June 9 from 4 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires, Inc., 877 South Street, Suite 1W, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Sign the condolence book at

Edmund J. Sears (1943 – 2017)

NEW LEBANON—Edmund J. Sears, 73, of New Lebanon died Friday, May 26, 2017 at his home.

Born in Canaan, July 15, 1943, he was the son of the late Edmund E. and Ruth L. Hatch Sears.

He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for W.R. Chittenden Construction in New Lebanon for more than 10 years.

He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and boating. He was always there to help people in need and was a jack-of-all- trades. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is the beloved husband of Judith A. Navaretta Sears; devoted father of Joseph E. Sears of Texas, Tracy A. (Thomas) Troiano of New Lebanon, April D. Law of Chatham, Jammie M. (Melissa) Sears of Pittsfield, MA and Russell J. (Melanie Thompson) Sears of New Lebanon; proud grandfather of Lauren Sears, Kyle and Kayla Law, Anthony, Cassandra and Alexander Sears, Andrew and Taylor Sears;

brother of Harriet Hassan of New Lebanon and the late Kenneth Sears. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends called at the Hall and Higgins Funeral Home, 453 State Route 43, Stephentown, May 30.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hall and Higgins Funeral Home, c/o Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet 12189 to assist the family with funeral expenses. Sign the condolence book at

William Seymour (1925 – 2017)

HILLSDALE—William Seymour, 91-years-old, of Hillsdale passed away June 9, 2017 at home.

He was born September 24, 1925 in Stamford, CT, the son of William and Charlotte (Frost) Seymour.

He served during the Korean War in the United States Army for two years.

Mr. Seymour was predeceased by his wives, Ruth Moscow Seymour who died January 1989 and Helen Petith Seymour November 2013.

Survivors include: his two sons, Stephen Seymour and his wife Lisa, and their daughter Sarah of Wappingers Falls; John Seymour and his wife Patricia, and their son Joshua of Palm Bay, FL; step-children, Jay Petith and his wife Linda of Stuyvesant Falls and their two sons; and Sharon Torkilson of Peyton, CO, and her two sons.

Mr. Seymour graduated from Carmel High school and Cornell University. He worked as a dairy farmer and in the Carmel Post Office for 21 years. He was an avid beekeeper for 80 years and enjoyed going to the farmers’ market to sell his honey. Mr. Seymour loved spending time with his family and friends, and enjoyed traveling. He vacationed regularly in Myrtle Beach, Cape Cod and the Adirondacks.

He was an active member of the Grange, the VFW, the Young at Hearters and the Connecticut Genealogical Society.

Calling hours are at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake, June 15, 2017, 3 to 7 p.m.

Memorial services will be held at Hillsdale United Methodist Church, routes 22 and 23, Hillsdale, June 16, 2017, 11 a.m.

Interment will be at Raymond Hill Cemetery in Carmel, June 17.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hillsdale United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 217, Hillsdale 12529.

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