Miscellaneous Barnstable County, Massachusetts Obituaries

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Obituaries published August 2, 2001

Hagop H. 'Hug' Malkasian, 91
Machinist; call firefighter; church sexton for 42 years
AUBURN - Hagop H. "Hug" Malkasian, 91, of Auburn, died Sunday in the Life Care Center of Auburn after an illness.
He was the husband of Caroline F. (Freeland) Malkasian of Auburn. They were married 64 years.
He was born in Providence, R.I., and raised in Sutton, where he lived more than 60 years. He was a graduate of Sutton High School and Becker Junior College in Worcester.
Mr. Malkasian worked in his family's curtain-rod manufacturing business for several years. He then worked many years as a machinist for the Leland-Gifford Company of Worcester. He retired in 1975 from the G.F. Blake Steel Company in Worcester, where he was a machinist for 25 years.
He was a call firefighter in Auburn from 1937 until 1975, and retired as a captain.
He was a member of the Sutton Grange for 50 years.
Mr. Malkasian was a member of the First Congregational Church in Auburn for 65 years. He served the church as its sexton for 42 years, retiring in 1990. He sang in the church choir for 40 years, and served on many church committees.
He was an avid bowler, and participated in several leagues.
In addition to his wife, he leaves two sons, Alan E. Malkasian of South Dennis and Neil A. Malkasian of Whitefish, Mont.; a brother, Henry Malkasian of Paxton; a sister, Virginia Steelman of Worcester; three granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the First Congregational Church, 128 Central St., Auburn. Burial will follow in Howard Cemetery, Sutton.
Visiting hours are 6 to 8 p.m. today in the Britton-Wallace Funeral Home, 91 Central St., Auburn.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 28 Central St., Auburn, MA 01501.

Rita Agnes Roper, 85
Gray Gables summer resident; avid reader; enjoyed boating
BOURNE - Rita Agnes (Connelly) Roper, 85, of Bourne, died Sunday at Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home in Plymouth.
She was the wife of Joseph Roper.
She was born, raised and educated in East Boston, and was a graduate of Fitton High School.
She had lived many years in Dorchester and Weymouth, and summered in the Gray Gables village of Bourne.
Mrs. Roper was a homemaker devoted to her family. She enjoyed baking, yard work and boating with her family.
She was an avid reader and accomplished at crossword puzzles.
She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Weymouth Landing and St. John's Church in Pocasset.
In addition to her husband, she leaves a daughter, Jean Coye of Bourne; two sons, Joseph Roper of Hull and Bourne, and Richard Roper of North Falmouth; seven grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews.
Her funeral is at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow from the McDonald Funeral Home, 809 Main St., South Weymouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church in Weymouth Landing.
Burial is in Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree.
Visiting hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Parish School Fund, 55 Commercial St., Weymouth, MA 02188.
This obituary is reprinted from yesterday's edition of the Times to correct an error.

Thelma R. McManus, 85
Born and raised in Hyannis; worked for telephone co.
HYANNIS - Thelma R. (Petow) McManus, 85, of Hyannis, died Sunday in Cape Cod Hospital after a lengthy illness.
She was the wife of Lloyd B. McManus.
She was born in Jersey City, N.J., and moved to Hyannis at an early age. She was raised and educated in Hyannis.
She worked several years for New England Telephone Company before taking time off to raise her family. She later was a bookkeeper for the former Barnstable County Bank.
She was a member of the Cape Cod Art Association and a former member of the Hyannis Garden Club.
She was a member of the Federated Church of Hyannis.
Mrs. McManus enjoyed oil painting, gardening, music and spending time with her family.
In addition to her husband, she leaves a son, Lloyd B. McManus Jr. of Gloucester; a daughter, Joanne Murphy of Centerville; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. today in Beechwood Cemetery, Centerville.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cape Cod Art Association, P.O. Box 85, Barnstable, MA 02630.

Jeffrey Sickel, 56
Commercial fisherman; Vietnam Army veteran
CHATHAM - Jeffrey Sickel, 56, of Chatham, died unexpectedly Monday while swimming in Chatham.
Mr. Sickel was born and raised in Springfield and graduated from Longmeadow High School and from Springfield Preparatory School.
He was an Army veteran of Vietnam, serving in special services in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.
He loved the water and was a commercial fisherman in Chatham.
He is survived by his mother, Janet (LaMontagne) Sickel of Chatham; a sister, Janet S. Whited of Chatham; two nieces; and a grandniece.
His identical twin, John "Jack" Sickel III was killed in Vietnam in 1967.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Main Street, Chatham. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in Longmeadow Cemetery, Longmeadow.
Visiting hours are 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Nickerson Funeral Home, 87 Crowell Road, Chatham.
Memorial donation's may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Maryanne Collins, 79
Retired therapeutic dietitian; former church deaconess
WEST BARNSTABLE - Mary-anne (Fisher) (Clark) Collins, 79, of West Barnstable, died yesterday in Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.
She was the wife of Donald H. Collins of West Barnstable.
She was a graduate of Norwood High School, and graduated in 1943 from Nasson College in Springvale, Maine.
She worked as a therapeutic dietitian at Cape Cod Hospital and Norwood Hospital until her retirement.
She was a board member of the former Neponset Valley Farms and Fisher Gardens Corp. of Norwood.
She was a deaconess of the First Congregational Church of Norwood.
She was also a member of West Parish Congregational Church, the Barnstable Historical Society, the West Barnstable Civic Association, the Thornton Burgess Society, and the Friends of Sturgis and Weldon Libraries.
In addition to her husband, she leaves two daughters, Anne Clark Loring of Walpole and Marylee Rambaud of Cambridge; a son, Leonard Clark of West Barnstable; a sister, Joan Grossmith of Barnstable; five grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 160 West Main St., Hyannis. Burial will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to the West Barnstable Firefighters Relief Fund, P. O. Box 456, West Barnstable, MA 02668.

Harry Gersh, 88
Former Menemsha resident; served in Army and Navy
COLOMBIA, Md. - Harry Gersh, 88, of Columbia, Md., formerly of Martha's Vineyard, died Monday in his home in Columbia surrounded by family after a long illness.
Mr. Gersh was born in New York City, and lived for a time in Philadelphia and New York.
He served briefly in the Army during World War II, and then in the Navy. He was discharged in 1945 as an acting chief petty officer.
Mr. Gersh was employed with the New York State Department of Labor as the director of public information. He later worked for Martin E. Segal Company Pension and Welfare Consultants as a writer and director of public information. He retired in 1976 at the age of 64.
Upon retirement he entered Harvard University, and graduated magna cum laude in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in history.
Mr. Gersh wrote several books on Jewish history and on religious subjects.
Mr. Gersh summered on the island since the 1950s and he bought his home in Menemsha in 1960. He lived there from 1976 until 1993, when he returned to Philadelphia and later to Columbia.
He is survived by a son, John Gersh of Columbia.; a daughter, Ruth Gersh of New York, N.Y.; a nephew, Paul Forman of Washington, D.C.; and a niece, Mariam Diamond of Philadelphia.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Cemetery, Vineyard Haven.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Karen Searle, 66
Worked at Harborside Inn; longtime Edgartown resident
EDGARTOWN - Karen (Swift) Searle, 66, of Edgartown, died Sunday in St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford after a brief illness.
She was the wife of the late John Henry Searle of Edgartown.
She was born in Boston, and educated on Martha's Vineyard.
Mrs. Searle worked for a time at the Cedar Inn. She later worked 17 years for the Harborside Inn, and for the Square Rigger Restaurant for the past eight years.
She was a member of bowling league at the former bowling alley in Vineyard Haven.
She is survived by two sons, Glenn S. Searle and Kevin L.K. Searle, both of Edgartown; a daughter, Janet LaValley of Fall River; four granddaughters; and one grandson.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the New Westside Cemetery, Edgartown.
Memorial donations may be made to the Edgartown Fireman's Association Fireworks Fund; to the Pink Squid Yacht Club; to M.S.P.C.A.; or to the Animal Rescue League.

Obituaries published Dec. 1, 2001

William Hedge Delano, 92
Textile industry executive; former resident of Cape Cod
JONESBORO, Ga. - William Hedge Delano, 92, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 21 at his home.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Una Best Delano.
Mr. Delano was born in Plymouth and attended Plymouth schools. He attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky, and Tufts University in Medford, Mass.
After college, Mr. Delano was employed as assistant manager at the Personal Finance Co. in Plymouth. He opened and managed their Hyannis office.
During World War II, Mr. Delano served for more than four years in the Southwest Pacific in the 5th Air Force Division as a CWO/master marine with the 14th Emergency Rescue Boat Squadron. He participated in nine campaigns and in the liberation of the Philippines.
Mr. Delano was an employed in the textile industry from 1960 to 1993, when he retired as chief executive officer of Paris Manufacturing Co.
He lived in Centerville, Osterville and Hyannis during his time on Cape Cod, moving to Georgia 40 years ago.
He was a member of the Fraternal Masonic Lodge, AF&AM in Centerville, and a member of Jones Memorial Methodist Church in Forest Park, Ga.
Surviving besides his wife are a son, Robert W. Delano of Lake Lanier; two daughters, Una Penny Waters of Cumming and Pamela Gilbert of Jonesboro; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Tara Garden Chapel, North Avenue, Jonesboro. Burial of his cremains will be in Beechwood Cemetery, Centerville, at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the Fraternal Lodge AF& AM Building Fund, 1989 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632.

William Hedge Delano, 92
Textile industry executive; former resident of Cape Cod
JONESBORO, Ga. - William Hedge Delano, 92, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 21 at his home.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Una Best Delano.
Mr. Delano was born in Plymouth and attended Plymouth schools. He attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky, and Tufts University in Medford, Mass.
After college, Mr. Delano was employed as assistant manager at the Personal Finance Co. in Plymouth. He opened and managed their Hyannis office.
During World War II, Mr. Delano served for more than four years in the Southwest Pacific in the 5th Air Force Division as a CWO/master marine with the 14th Emergency Rescue Boat Squadron. He participated in nine campaigns and in the liberation of the Philippines.
Mr. Delano was an employed in the textile industry from 1960 to 1993, when he retired as chief executive officer of Paris Manufacturing Co.
He lived in Centerville, Osterville and Hyannis during his time on Cape Cod, moving to Georgia 40 years ago.
He was a member of the Fraternal Masonic Lodge, AF&AM in Centerville, and a member of Jones Memorial Methodist Church in Forest Park, Ga.
Surviving besides his wife are a son, Robert W. Delano of Lake Lanier; two daughters, Una Penny Waters of Cumming and Pamela Gilbert of Jonesboro; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Tara Garden Chapel, North Avenue, Jonesboro. Burial of his cremains will be in Beechwood Cemetery, Centerville, at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the Fraternal Lodge AF& AM Building Fund, 1989 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632.

Marion E. Skinner, 81
Falmouth resident since 1980; former librarian in New Jersey
FALMOUTH - Marion E. (Bailey) Skinner, 81, a resident of Falmouth, died Tuesday at the Bourne Manor Nursing Home.
She was the wife of Everett A. Skinner.
Born in Cambridge and raised in Boston, Mrs. Skinner lived in Falmouth since 1980, and formerly lived in Willingboro, N.J.
She worked as a librarian for many years in Willingboro.
Surviving besides her husband are a daughter, Karla A. Skinner of Philadelphia, Pa.; a son, Everett A. Skinner Jr. of Falmouth; and two grandchildren.
A graveside funeral will be held at 1 p.m. today in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

Lorraine B. Chaves, 58
Enjoyed sewing, clamming, spending time with family
HYANNIS - Lorraine Beatrice (Marques) Chaves, 58, a resident of Hyannis, died Sunday at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.
Born in Central Falls, R.I., Ms. Chaves was raised and educated in Rhode Island. She moved to the Cape in 1964 and lived here until her death.
Family was most important to Ms. Chaves.
She loved to spend time shopping with her sisters, especially yard sales and arts and craft stores. Her most prized possessions were her seven granddaughters, with whom she loved to spend time.
She loved sewing and created many keepsakes for her family.
She also enjoyed fishing and clamming.
Surviving are her parents, Augustine Marques and Doris L. (Lambert) Marques of Hyannis; a son, Raymond E. Walters of Centerville; two daughters, Melinda L. Walters of Falmouth and Jane E. Chaves of Pocasset; a brother, Augustine Marques Jr. of Mashpee; three sisters, Paulette A. Terrien of Pawtucket, R.I., Carol V. Frazier of Yarmouth and Donna F. Brehaut of Hyannis; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today in Doane, Beal and Ames Funeral Home, 160 W. Main St., Hyannis.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 40 Speen St., P.O. Box 1221, Framingham, MA 01701; or to the charity of one's choice.

Francis J. Allen
Electrician; fire and rescue volunteer; Osterville native
OSTERVILLE - Francis J. Allen, a resident of Osterville, died Wednesday.
He was the husband of Marion E. "Mayna" Allen since 1973, and of Ferne Serface, who died in 1972.
Born and raised in Osterville, Mr. Allen attended Barnstable High School. He entered the Army in 1942 and achieved master sergeant rank. He married his first wife while stationed in Idaho.
In 1945 he returned to Osterville and worked as an electrician with Ames Electric, retiring in 1983.
He carved decoys, hunted and golfed.
Mr. Allen was a charter member of the Centerville Osterville Fire and Rescue.
Surviving besides his wife are four daughters, G. Jean Pessano and Mardee Brown, both of Ocean City, N.J., Beth Walters of Marmora, N.J., and Linda Witting of Cotuit; two sons, Carl Wolsieffer of Osterville and Eric Wolsieffer of Yarmouthport; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow at John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road, Marstons Mills, preceded by visiting hours from 5 to 6 p.m.
Burial will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to C&O Volunteers, 1875 Route 28, Centerville, MA 02632.

Lillian A. Golden, 98
Pilot; securities clerk at bank; sang at Cape Cod restaurants
DENNISPORT - Lillian A. (Lewis) Golden, 98, a resident of Dennisport, died Tuesday at her home.
She was the wife of the late Dr. Joseph F. Golden.
Born in New Brunswick, Canada, Mrs. Golden moved to Dorchester with her family in 1906.
Mrs. Golden was one of the first 13 licensed women pilots in New England. She was a member of the 99ers, a women's flying organization of which Amelia Earhart was the first president.
Mrs. Golden was a securities clerk at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston for many years.
She was a formerly a resident of Canton and a longtime resident of Stoughton. She moved to Dennisport in the late 1940s.
A singer, Mrs. Golden performed at Cape Cod restaurants including the Paddock, Mitchell's and the Captain's Chair.
Surviving are a sister, Marion L. Morgan of Dennisport; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow in Doane, Beal and Ames Funeral Home, 729 Route 134, South Dennis.
Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, New England Division, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Alice E. Doyle, 82
Banking supervisor; volunteer; leaves family on Cape Cod
NEW BEDFORD - Alice Evelyn Doyle, 82, a resident of New Bedford, died Tuesday at Alden Court Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fairhaven.
Born, raised and educated in New Bedford, Miss Doyle graduated from New Bedford High School and served as class treasurer. She took courses at Kinyon-Campbell Secretarial School.
She worked for the former First National Bank of New Bedford (which later became the Shawmut Bank) as a supervisor in banking for 41 years.
For many years, she was a member of Pilgrim United Church of Christ and was formerly associated with Old North Congregational Church in New Bedford. She was a Sunday school teacher for many years.
A member of the Junior Women's Club, she was a volunteer with St. Luke's Hospital Auxiliary and a member of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society.
She enjoyed the companionship of her pet dog, Muffin.
Surviving are a niece, Patricia Smith of Yarmouthport; a grandniece; two grandnephews; a great-grandniece; and three great-grandnephews.
A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. today in Wilson Chapel, 479 County St., New Bedford.
Burial will follow in Rural Cemetery.

Jane E. Wild, 83
Studied at Chicago Institute of Art; formerly of Bass River
BASS RIVER - Jane Ellen (Brandt) Wild, 83, a resident of Bass River and Winchester, died Nov. 20 at St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.
She was the wife of the late Benjamin Franklin Wild.
Born in Chicago, she graduated from New Trier High School, Evanston, Ill., in 1936 and from the College of William and Mary in 1940. She then studied at the Chicago Institute of Art.
Surviving are a daughter, Leslie Jean Wild of Pittsburgh; two sons, Prescott Franklin Wild of Camano Island, Wash., and Robert Christopher Wild of Oxford, Nova Scotia; a brother, John Brandt of Sarasota, Fla.; a sister, Kay Cook of Newark, Del.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was also the mother of the late Roderick Atwater Wild.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Bigelow Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge.

Miriam L. Caldwell, 94
Assistant librarian in Woods Hole; native of Nova Scotia
FALMOUTH - Miriam Lena (Thorne) Caldwell, 94, a resident of Falmouth, died Tuesday at the Center for Optimum Care in Falmouth.
She was the wife of the late Rev. Ernest M. Caldwell.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mrs. Caldwell moved to Woods Hole in 1964.
She was a resident of Falmouth for more than 37 years.
Having experience as a librarian in Abilene, Kan., she worked as an assistant librarian at the Woods Hole Library for many years.
She was a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Barbara E. Johnson of Falmouth; a son, Peter M. Caldwell of Beloit, Kan.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. Barnabas Memorial Chapel, Main Street, Falmouth.
Burial will be in Abilene Cemetery in Kansas.

Thomas F. Carney, 71
Armco salesman; worked at Barnstable Registry of Deeds
HYANNIS - Thomas F. Carney, 71, a resident of Hyannis, died Tuesday at Cape Cod Hospital Extended Care Pavilion in Hyannis.
He was the husband of Elizabeth (Marchand) Carney, who died in 1996.
Born, raised and educated in Glen Cove, Long Island, N.Y., Mr. Carney worked for many years as a salesman for the steel company, Armco, until moving to the Cape. He worked at the Registry of Deeds in Barnstable Town Hall for the last 20 years.
He enjoyed the companionship of his pet cat, Tubbs.
Surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Edwin and Barbara Marchand; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Charles Roman Catholic Church, Waltham.
Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.
Visiting hours are 7 to 9 p.m. today at Doane, Beal and Ames Funeral Home, 160 W. Main St., Hyannis.
Memorial donations may be made to the MSPCA, 1577 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632

Philip Ainslie Neagle, 76
Engineer; systems analyst; basket maker; liked golf
MASHPEE - Philip Ainslie Neagle, 76, a resident of Mashpee and formerly of Centerville, Braintree and Newton, died Tuesday at his home.
He was the husband of Norma Evans Neagle of Mashpee.
Mr. Neagle graduated from Newton High School and entered the Navy in 1942. He attended Northeastern University after his discharge and then became a draftsman and engineer at Raytheon.
His career took him to TRW in Los Angeles, Calif., from 1956 to 1957. Upon returning to Massachusetts, he joined Sigma Instruments and was instrumental in the design of light-sensitive streetlight controls.
After a long career in engineering and computer-aided manufacturing, he retired as a senior systems analyst from FleetBoston Financial in 2000.
Mr. Neagle was a self-taught maker of Nantucket lightship baskets. His work was displayed at many juried shows, and he developed his own designs for hand baskets, lamps and wine caddies.
He enjoyed golf and served as secretary and a member of the board of directors of Cummaquid Golf Club from 1995 to 2001. He was formerly a member of the New Seabury Country Club and the Cohasset Country Club.
Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Barry Neagle of Cotuit and Chris Neagle of Cumberland, Maine; two stepsons, Dr. Ira Evans of Manchester-by-the-Sea and William Evans of Boston; a stepdaughter, Dr. Tracy Evans Luiselli of Carlisle; a brother, George Neagle of Acton; a sister, Nancy Fremont of Lenox; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Marstons Mills, preceded by visiting hours from 1 to 3 p.m.
A private burial will be held at a later date in Wells, Maine.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, 923 Route 6A, Yarmouthport, MA 02675; or to The Francis Quimet Scholarship Fund, The Golf House, 190 Park Road, Weston, MA 02493-2256.


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