William E. Brown Sr., who lived for decades in the Helderberg Hilltowns, died peacefully at his Albany home on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. He was 70.

Nancy McDuffee Chase, of Ithaca, who worked for the State Department during World War II and later edited Time magazine, died peacefully in Ithaca on her 94th birthday, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.

“Although Nancy spent much of her time in New York City, she felt Rensselaerville was her home,” her family wrote in a tribute.

GUILDERLAND — Nan K. Lynch, who showed great perseverance in the face of a four-decade struggle with a slowly progressive disease, died Jan. 8, 2016 at her Guilderland home, with her husband of almost 40 years at her side. She was 64.

GUILDERLAND — Charles Orth Desch was a man of deep and long-lasting commitments. He met the woman who would become his wife in high school, and he started his excavation business in high school, too. Both of those passions lasted a lifetime.

Mr. Desch died unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. He was 85.

ALBANY — Milton Aaron Klarsfeld, awarded the Purple Heart in World War II, came home to Albany to run a successful business selling then-new televisions, and raised six children with his wife of 69 years.

He died peacefully on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. He was 93.