|Mollie Starbuck Norcross
Mollie Starbuck Norcross died peacefully in her sleep at Nantucket
Cottage Hospital on Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998. She was 91.
Born and educated in New York, Mrs. Norcross attended Holy Cross
School, Holy Cross Academy and Pratt's Secretarial. She lived in New York
and summered on Nantucket until her marriage to Allen Edward Norcross in
1927, when she moved permanently to Nantucket. She worked as the librarian
at the Maria Mitchell Association for 28 years and as secretary to Gordon
A. Folger at the Gordon Folger Hotel, for 17 years. She was a member of
St. Mary's Church and St. Mary's Rosary Group.
A descendent of Joseph Starbuck, Mrs. Norcross was predeceased
by her parents, Maurice and Mary Starbuck, by her husband, Allen Edward
Norcross and by her son, Allen Starbuck Norcross.
Mrs. Norcross is survived by her three grandchildren, Lynda Ann
Scurlock of Suffolk, Va., and Ann Marie Egan and Edward Allen Norcross,
both of Nantucket, and five great-grandchildren, Pamela Lynn Arnold, Gilbert
Harold Arnold, James Allen Egan, Naomi Ashley Norcross and April Lynn Norcross.
Alma Pierce Robbins
Alma Pierce Robbins of Clearwater, Fla. died Saturday, Nov. 29,
1997 at a Clearwater hospital. She was 99.
Ms. Robbins was born in Vassalboro, Maine on Oct. 4, 1898, the
youngest child of Ira and Lucy Robbins. She attended Vassalboro schools
and was a graduate of Brewster Academy in Wolfboro, N.H., in 1917.
Ms. Robbins attended colleges in New Hampshire and Massachusetts
and worked in the public health field, working as a social worker for the
City of Boston for over 30 years. During World War II, she served in the
For many years Ms. Robbins made her home on Nantucket and was
the editor of the Nantucket Historical Association's newsletter. Following
her retirement, she lived in Vassalboro, Clearwater, and Arcata, Calif.
She returned to Florida in 1985, where she remained until her death.
Among her numerous published writings, Ms. Robbins wrote the
"History of Vassalborough" in 1971.
Ms. Robbins is survived by two nieces and five nephews. Following
her wishes, no services were held.
Rogene Tuach died Friday, Jan. 9, 1998 in Naples, Fla. She was 86.
She had been a winter resident of Naples for 30 years. She was
also a longtime summer resident of Sconset.
Mrs. Tuach was born in Oregon, Ill. Her grandfather, a piano
maker, instilled in her a love for music. She attended the University of
Illinois and was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority. In 1934 she married
Bill Tuach, moving to Pittsburgh, Pa. and ultimately to Westport, Conn.
They spent 61 years together, enjoying life to the fullest.
In 1951 the Tuach's were house guests of friends in Sconset.
They immediately fell in love with the island that reminded Bill of his
native Scotland. They bought The Wheelhouse on Sankaty Road in 1953.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill. She is survived
by a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Betty Tuach of Orange, Conn.; daughter
and son-in-law, Bob and Lynn Stroud of Cincinnati, Ohio; granddaughters
Beth Lendrum, Laura Tuach, Sheryl Tuach and Carrie Stroud. She is also
survived by two great grandchildren, Christopher and Kaitlyn Lendrum.
A memorial service will be held at the Sconset Chapel in June.
Gifts in Mrs. Tuach's memory may be sent to Hospice of Naples
Inc., 1095 Wippoorwill Lane, Naples, Fla. 34105 or to the Siasconset Union
Chapel, P.O. Box 106, Siasconset, Mass. 02564.
Ellen F. (Barnard) Terry
Ellen F. (Barnard) Terry of Hyannis, formerly of Nantucket, died
unexpectedly at her Hyannis home on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998. She was 83.
Born in New York City, Mrs. Terry lived on Nantucket until her mid-twenties.
She was the daughter of the late Frank and Sabina (Scully) Barnard and
the wife of the late Edward Terry. Mrs. Terry came to Hyannis from Nantucket
where she lived until her death. For many years she worked for the Hyannis
Pharmacy as a clerk until retiring in the mid-1980s. Mrs. Terry is survived
by her brother Elliot J. Barnard of Hyannis; her sister, Marguerite Kelley
of Nantucket, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased
by her husband and parents.
Anna (Riley) McLean
Anna (Riley) McLean of Winchester and Nantucket died on Saturday,
Nov. 7, 1998 in the Aberjona Nursing Center, Winchester. She was 88.
Mrs. McLean was born in Boston and lived in Nantucket for 18
years and in Winchester for 50 years. She married Edward G. McLean and
was a homemaker.
A member of the Saltmarsh Center, Mrs. McLean was an active senior
citizen member of the Immaculate Conception Church Ladies Sodality in Winchester.
Predeceased by her husband Edward, Mrs. McLean is survived by
two daughters, Barbara A. Hartnett of Maynard and Suzanne Sullivan of Nantucket;
a son, Richard McLean of Winchester; 11 grandchildren and great-grandchildren
and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was held at the Immaculate Conception Church in
Winchester on Monday, Nov. 9. Burial was at Wildwood Cemetery in Winchester.
Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. McLean's memory to the
Saltmarsh Center, 81 Washington St. Ext., Nantucket, MA 02554.
Mildred L. Breare
Mildred L. Breare died on Friday, Nov. 27 at Tobey Hospital in
Wareham, Mass. She was 79.
Breare was predeceased by her husband Augustus in 1985. Together
they owned and managed The Century House on Cliff Road for over 20 years.
Mrs. Breare was Past Pocahontas, Wonoma Council No. 109 as well as Grange
Past Master on the island.
She is survived by two daughters, Willow Santangelo and Shirley
Sylvia, both of Florida; grandson Dennis Santangelo of Nantucket and six
other grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations in her
memory be made to the American Heart Association, Massachusetts Affiliate,
Inc., 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-4688. Burial will be in the Prospect
Hill Cemetery on Nantucket.
Anthony B. Cahill Sr.
Anthony B. Cahill Sr., of Bonita Springs, Fla. and Nantucket,
died after an extended illness on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1998. He was 68.
Born in New York City on Nov. 19, 1929, son of the late Russell
B. Cahill and Estelle Horhan Cahill, he grew up in Pelham Manor and Mamaroneck,
N.Y. and was educated at Iona Prep School and attended Iona College in
New Rochelle, N.Y. He lived in various towns in Westchester Country, including
White Plains, Bedford Village, Chappaqua and Somers, until he retired in
1990. He then moved to Florida, continuing to summer on Nantucket, as he
had since the 1960s.
Mr. Cahill worked in the heavy construction industry, first in
the 1940s during summers while a student and after serving in the U.S.
Marines from 1950-1952, continuing in the construction business throughout
his business career. His work was primarily in road construction and included
public projects such as the New York State Thruway built in the early 1950s
where he was involved in the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge and
Westchester Toll Plaza in Tarrytown, N.Y.
Having the foresight to follow the major trend of the development
of the upper portion of Westchester County, N.Y. in the late 1950s into
the 1960s, in 1963 Mr. Cahill founded Cahill Paving Corporation, originally
in Katonah, N.Y., soon after moving his company to Bedford Hills, N.Y.,
where it remained for many years. He started Putnam Asphalt Corporation
in Patterson, N.Y. as well as Harlem Valley Materials, Inc. in Wassaic,
N.Y., all doing business throughout Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties.
He continued to successfully run his businesses until his retirement in
Mr. Cahill served for 15 years as a trustee for the Pension Fund
of the Local 137 Operating Engineers Union. He was a member of Sankaty
Head Golf Club in Siasconset and Bonita Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs,
Fla., an officer in the Westchester County Contractor's Association and
a member of the Westchester Bituminous Asphalt Association.
In addition to his wife, Karen Butler Cahill, he is survived
by three sons, Richard F. Cahill of San Diego, Calif., Anthony B. Cahill
Jr. of Ridgefield, Conn. and James E. Cahill of Nantucket, and his brother,
John J. Cahill of Vero Beach, Fla. He is also survived by five grandchildren,
his former wife Valerie, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews,
two stepdaughters and two stepsons.
Mr. Cahill was a parishioner of St. Mary's in Nantucket and St.
John's the Evangelist Church in Naples, Fla. Burial was in Prospect Hill
Cemetery in Nantucket.
Remembrances may be made by a donation to the Sankaty Head Caddy
Camp of Sankaty Head Golf Club in Nantucket, P.O. Box 875, Siasconset,
MA 02564, which helps young boys earn scholarships for college.
Mitchell P. Feinberg
Mitchell P. Feinberg of Hurley, N.Y. lost his life in an automobile
accident on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1998 in Suffern, N.Y. He was 45.
Feinberg was a partner in Rahm and Son Construction of Kingston,
N.Y. and a member of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Poughkeepsie Local
Born July 21, 1953 in New York City, the son of Abram Feinberg
and Retta Benge Feinberg, he was raised in Port Jefferson, N.Y. and lived
in Hudson and Rhinebeck, N.Y. before moving to Hurley last year. He was
a building contractor, and in recent years he had built several homes on
Nantucket, the last on Maxcy Pond Road.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Catherine C. (Goode)
Feinberg; three sons, Paul, Ryan and Matthew; two brothers, Mike of Setauket,
N.Y. and Marc of Pomona, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
Belle B. Geller
Belle B. Geller of Carlsbad, Calif., died in Boston on Wednesday,
Dec. 2, 1998. She was 78.
Born in Sioux City, Iowa, she and her husband Harold had a retail
business in Los Angeles for a number of years. Before retiring in 1982
she worked as a bookkeeper for a national chain of jewelry stores. Most
recently she had been living on Nantucket with her daughter, Barbara Toole.
She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Aaron Geller and son
Barry Geller. She is survived by her daughter Barbara Toole of Nantucket
and grandchildren Barrie, Jessica, Lisa and David Nager, all of Nantucket.
Remembrances may be made to the Adult Community Day Center of
Nantucket, which so kindly opened their arms to Mrs. Geller in her short
time on the island. Donations may be sent to the Adult Community Day Center,
144 Orange St., Nantucket, MA 02554.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. in
the Old North Vestry of the First Congregational Church on Centre St.
Clara Jones Larrabee McGrady
Clara Jones Larrabee McGrady died Saturday, December 5, 1998.
She was 89.
She was born Nov. 16, 1909 to Harry and Susan Larrabee in the
family farmhouse on Hummock Pond Road. There she grew up around horses,
which became a lifelong passion for her. She attended island schools, and
after graduation from Nantucket High School went to work for the telephone
Shortly thereafter she met John F. McGrady Sr. They were wed
on Sept. 30, 1934, and were married for 39 years, when he died Dec. 4,
1973. They lived with their three children on Hummock Pond Road where Mrs.
McGrady operated Hilltop Riding Stables for over 40 years until 1980.
Mrs. McGrady was known across the island as a fine horsewoman
and an astute businesswoman. She rode with the Nantucket Hunt Club and
competed professionally, riding other people's horses in Madison Square
Garden. Hundreds of island children and summer residents learned to ride
at her stable where she gave lessons along with her daughter Pat and other
young instructors she hired over the years. Among her favorite horses were
Little Man and Marigold. She rode well into her 70s and later in life became
involved in harness racing at the Miacomet Raceway Association with her
trotting pony Remlap Gal. She competed, wearing her racing silks of kelly
green and white, and also served as the official timer.
Her other interests included gardening. Mrs. McGrady especially
loved Daffodil Weekend and won many ribbons and trophies competing with
her lovingly-grown daffodils. She also worked for many years at the Nantucket
Information Bureau, which her sister, the late Susan King, ran for a number
of years, and she worked as a secretary for Myles Reis Trucking Co., which
was owned by her sister and her husband.
Mrs. McGrady was predeceased by a sister, Susan King, and her
brother, Harry Larrabee. She is survived by two sisters: Bertha O'Neil
and Priscilla Reis, both of Nantucket; two sons: John F. McGrady Jr. and
Robert W. McGrady, both of Nantucket; a daughter, Patricia McGrady Dennehy
of Taunton; seven grandchildren, Patrick W. McGrady, Pamela F. McGrady,
Patricia L. Boynton, Rev. Jacqueline McGrady, Sean R. McGrady, Kathleen
Dennehy and Robert D. McGrady, and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 7 at St. Paul's Church
on Nantucket. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be
made in her name to benefit the employees of Our Island Home, who were
so good to her the last two years she was a resident there.
Leeds Mitchell Jr.
Leeds Mitchell Jr., of Barrington, R.I. died Friday, Dec. 4,
1998 at his home. He was 86.
Mr. Mitchell was born in Chicago, Ill., the son of the late Leeds
and Dorothy (Day) Mitchell. He has lived in Barrington since 1968 and had
previously lived in Chicago, Ill. Winnetka, Ill., Coral Gables, Fla. and
Glastonbury, Conn. He was the husband of Margery "Mudge" (Dyer) Mitchell.
His Nantucket roots go back to Richard Mitchell Jr., who came
to Nantucket in 1731. He would be a several-times-removed cousin of famous
astronomer Maria Mitchell. But the later history of Leed's family is also
noteworthy: His grandfather, J. Sidney Mitchell, born on Nantucket, was
a prominent physician in Chicago, a long-time summer resident of Nantucket,
and in 1894 became the first president of the Nantucket Historical Association
(NHA), to which he devoted much of his time and energies.
Leeds Mitchell Jr., whose name derived from his grandmother,
Helen Leeds of Philadelphia, spent most of his summers on Nantucket where
he was well known as a yachtman. He was, like his grandfather, a generous
supporter of the NHA, contributing many valuable artifacts and collections
of family papers.
He attended the Harris and Latin Schools in Chicago and the Fessenden
School in West Newton, graduating from Phillips Academy in Andover. Mr.
Mitchell attended Yale University for two years and the University of Chicago
for two years.
Mr. Mitchell served as president of the Motorless Flight Institute
in Chicago from 1940 to 1942. After serving in the Army Air Corps as a
glider pilot and glider pilot instructor during WWII, he finished his Army
career in charge of Pilot Glider Training for the Troop Carrier Command
in the Pentagon in 1945.
He then was the Sales Manager for the United Paperboard Co. in
the New England Territory until 1957, later working in sales and marketing
for Gardner Board and Carton Co., Dave Chapman Industrial Design, and Pure
Oil Co., all in Chicago. He was the vice president of North American Hydrofoil
Inc. in Chicago and Miami, Fla. from 1961 to 1964 and during the same time
period became president of General Hydrofoil Corp. in New York, N.Y. He
was president of Riverboat Inc. in Hartford, Conn. piloting sightseeing
boats from Hartford to Long Island from 1964 to 1967. Mr. Mitchell retired
While living in Barrington he was active in local, Narragansett
Bay, national and international sailing, teaching sailing and initiating
the sailing club at Barrington High School. Mr. Mitchell was also a composer
of music, an orchestrater and an instrumentalist. He was a past president
of Off The Ground, a musical group in Winnetka, Ill. dedicated to raising
money for charity and wrote and orchestrated music for the group from 1951
A member of the New York Yacht Club since 1963, Mr. Mitchell
belonged to the Barrington Yacht Club since 1968 and was awarded the Isaac
B. Merriman Trophy, the highest award given at the club as well as the
Lipton Cup awarded for sportsmanship, revitalized and expanded the Frostbiting
program and served as the Race Committee Chairman from 1972 to 1975. He
was a member of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club from 1975 to 1978, the Chicago
Yacht Club and was a lifetime member of the Nantucket Yacht Club. He was
a member of the Highlanders of the U.S., the Cruising Club of America since
1973, the Narragansett Bay Yachting Association and was awarded the Tripp
Trophy, the Highest award from NBYA and served as secretary from 1976 to
Mr. Mitchell was the vice president of the Rhode Island State
Yachting Advisory Committee from 1976 to 1987. He was the president and
treasurer of the Rhode Island International Sailing Association and Chairman
of the North American Inter-Class Solo Championship since its inception
in 1972. He was elected to the Judging Program of the United States Yacht
Racing Union (USYRU) in 1980 and was a senior race officer of USYRU. Mr.
Mitchell also served as a judge for two America's Cup races held in Newport,
R.I. He had also served as the Harbormaster for the Town of Barrington.
He donated the Mitchell Bowl Award to the Hospice Care of Rhode Island
Regatta, a trophy given to the first boat to finish the race.
Mr. Mitchell is survived by his wife; a son, Leeds Mitchell III
of Barrington; two daughters, Leeanne M. King of Rutherford, N.J. and Dorothy
M. Yoreo of Barrington; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
He was also the brother of the late Margaret Wendell.
A memorial Service was held on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 4:30 p.m.
in the Barrington Congregational Church, 460 County Road in Barrington.
A graveside service will be today, Dec. 10, in Prospect Hill Cemetery at
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr.
Mitchell's memory to Hospice Care of Rhode Island East Bay Team, Box H
Annex Station, Providence, RI 02901.
Dorothy M. Petumenos
Dorothy M. Petumenos died on Monday, Oct. 26, 1998 at Our Island
Home following a brief illness. She was 85.
Mrs. Petumenos was born on Jan. 1, 1913 in New London, Conn.,
the daughter of Charles L. Maxson and Mabel Shepherd Maxson.
Her family settled in Norwich, Conn., where she attended Norwich
public schools and graduated from the Norwich Free Academy in 1931.
She married Nicholas B. Petumenos on April 4, 1932 and in 1949
they settled their family on Nantucket.
After her husband's death in July 1978, Mrs. Petumenos became
actively involved in the affairs and activities of the elderly. She was
a member of the Board of Directors of the Nantucket Center for Elder Affairs,
Inc. from 1986 to 1988 and was elected a lifetime Honorary Board Member.
She was appointed by the Board of Selectmen as the Nantucket representative
to the Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands and served from 1987
to 1990, attending legislative sessions concerning the elderly at the State
House in Boston (Silver-haired Legislature), and was a member of the Nutrition
Committee during her term.
For several years she was president of the local chapter of the
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). She was an active member
of St. Paul's Church and remained actively involved in all matters concerning
the elderly until ill health confined her to home.
She is survived by four children, Barbara (Holdgate) Thomas and
Marina Austin, both of Nantucket, Bill Petumenos of Casper, Wyo., and Timothy
Petumenos of Anchorage, Alaska; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren;
a sister, Virginia Kay of North Franklin, Conn.; and four nieces and a
A memorial service was held at St. Paul's Church on Nov. 8 and
her ashes laid to rest beside her husband in the Edward B. Lewis Memorial
Cemetery on Nantucket.
Edward G. Stanley-Brown, M.D.
Edward G. Stanley-Brown, M.D., of Naples, Fla. and Siasconset,
died on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1998 after a short illness. He was 75.
A life-long summer resident of the island, he was known as Ted
and was the great grandson of James A. Garfield, the 20th President of
the United States.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Jeanne; his children
and children-in-law, Jill and Paul Driscoll, David and Kathy Stanley-Brown,
Peter and Beth Horan; nine grandchildren, Sarah, Emily, Christopher and
David Driscoll, Chelsea Stanley-Brown, Mackenzie, Reilly, Grayson and Camden
Horan; his sister Katharine Abbott; and several nieces and nephews.
His ashes will be buried in the Stanley-Brown family plot at
the Prospect Hill Cemetery today, Dec. 3.
A memorial service in celebration of his life is planned for
4 p.m. on Aug. 7, 1999 at the Siasconset Union Chapel. Memorial contributions
may be made to the Nantucket Atheneum.
Murry E. Stern
Murry E. Stern of Brookline, died suddenly on Sunday, Dec. 6,
The son of the late Edward and Eva (Sharaf) Stern, Mr. Stern
is survived by a sister, Joan Starkman Glickman and son-in-law, Marvin
Glickman of Newton; a niece, Jane Starkman; nephews, Edward and Julius
Starkman and many friends. He will be remembered as a world traveler, adventurer
and a good friend.
Graveside services were held at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon
on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998. Memorial observance will be held through this
evening, Dec. 10 at the home of Joan Starkman Glickman.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr.
Stern's memory to friends of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St.,
Boston, MA 02115 or to a charity of one's choice.
Susan J. Wall
Susan J. Wall died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1998 at Nantucket Cottage
Hospital after a long battle with cancer.
Ms. Wall was born in Ontario, Canada and was raised in Boxborough,
Mass. She most recently was on the staff of the Flower Shop at Marine Home
Center where she worked after the sale of her interior plantscaping business
She is survived by her father, Weldon Cooke of Clinton, Tenn.;
her brothers Peter Cooke of Westford, Mass. and John Cooke of East Kingston,
N.H. and their families; her companion Brad Fulkerson of Nantucket; and
her many friends.
A memorial service was held yesterday, Dec. 2, at the Unitarian
Church. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Rose Fund or the
Marla Lamb Fund c/o the Social Services Office, Nantucket Cottage Hospital,
Nantucket, MA 02584.
Waltrut von Bertrab
Waltrut von Bertrab died on Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999. She was
Mrs. von Bertrab, known by all as "Wally," was born in Berlin,
Germany and lived the first 45 years of her life in Germany. She was married
to Harry von Bertrab, who was killed in World War II. She came to the United
States in July 1949 to begin a new life. She became a Licensed Practical
Nurse then continued on to obtain her RN and graduated in June 1956. In
1965 she graduated from the University of Rochester in New York with a
bachelor of science in public health nursing.
Mrs. von Bertrab worked at several hospitals prior to moving
to Nantucket in 1967. She then worked at Nantucket Cottage Hospital as
a maternity nurse until her retirement in 1975. At that time she established
and directed the "Meals On Wheels" program here on Nantucket until her
move to Sarasota, Fla. in 1979. She returned to Nantucket in 1993 where
she had been active in the First Congregational Church, becoming an ordained
lay minister in February 1996.
Mrs. von Bertrab is survived by seven nieces and nephews in Germany
and by her beloved friend, Janet Wagner of Nantucket.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution in Mrs. von Bertrab's
name may be made to the First Congregational Church, Choir Robe Fund.
A private burial service will be held in February.
Ernest C. Walters
Ernest C. Walters died Saturday, Jan. 2, 1999 in his Agawam home.
He was 75.
Born in Springfield, Mr. Walters was an Army Air Corps veteran
of World War II and an Agawam resident for the past 60 years. He previously
worked as a tool and dye maker for H.E. Dickerman Toolmakers, and earlier
in tool and dye engineering for the Westinghouse Corp. as a model maker
and supervisor for 18 years. He was also a 25-year supervisor at United
Technologies, Bosch Auto Division, until he retired in 1980.
He was a life member of the Longmeadow Lodge of Masons, a member
of the Connecticut Consistory, Scottish Rite Number 32, a member of the
Melha Shrine Temple, Hadji Division, the American Legion Post Number 462
and New Voice Club of Springfield. His late mother, Beatrice, was from
Mr. Walters was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Helen E.
(Larson) Walters, who died in 1997. He is survived by two sons, Jeffrey
B. Walters of Milwaukee, Wis. and Dana C. Walters, USN Retired of Agawam;
a daughter, Karen Melloni of Agawam; a brother, Richard M. Walters of Quemado,
N.M.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held privately. Memorial contributions
may be made to the Agawam Permanent Firefighters Ambulance Fund, 800 Main
St., Agawam, MA 01001.
Edward B. Williams Sr.
Edward B. Williams Sr. died on Sunday, Jan. 3, 1999 at Nantucket
Cottage Hospital. He was 58.
Mr. Williams was born on Nantucket on April 6, 1940. He was the
son of the late Chamberlain Williams and Julia Souza Williams. He attended
Nantucket Schools and served in the 101st Airborne Infantry. He was a member
of the American Legion.
Mr. Williams was employed by W.B. Marden Company, as a plumber,
the U.S. Postal Service and worked for Tony Yates welding and gas service.
He was predeceased by his sister, Sally Williams McDougall. He
is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Doug Asplint, both
of Nantucket; two sons, Edward B. Williams Jr. and Scott Williams, both
of Nantucket; two grandchildren, Bobby and Shauna Asplint; and three nephews,
John, Edward and Mark McDougall.
A memorial service was held at Lewis Funeral Home earlier this
month. Memorial donations in Mr. Williams' memory may be made to the Nantucket
Cottage Hospital and the Marla Lamb Fund.
Agnes McManus, 72, of Nantucket, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 1999
following a period of failing health. She was a summer resident of Nantucket
since 1953 and became a permanent resident in 1982.
Born Dec. 8, 1926 in New Rochelle, N.Y., she was the only child of
Robert and Charlotte Mohor. She was a graduate of Endicott College and
worked many jobs in retail, including a brief career with AAA of New York.
She spent many volunteer hours with the Ladies Auxiliary for the Knights
of Columbus in Wilmington, Del. including a term as its president. She
also spent many years with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America as
both a den mother and troop leader. She was a faithful volunteer at the
Nantucket Cottage Hospital Thrift Shop for the last 15 years.
Mrs. McManus was an avid swimmer and dog lover. She had a fondness
for nature and shared her hospitality with all.
She was a parishioner of St. Mary's Our Lady of the Isle Church on
Nantucket, where she was an active participant in the local rosary group.
She was a past parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Wilmington,
Mrs. McManus was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Lt. Commander
James R. McManus. Survivors include her children, Cassie Snow of Plymouth,
Marcie Ahlum of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Rhett McManus of Oxford, Pa., Robin
Warehime of Millersville, Md., and Paul McManus of Dover, N.H.; 11 grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
A Catholic funeral mass followed by burial will be conducted at noon,
Friday, Feb. 26 at St. Mary's Church in Nantucket.
Lee Pierce Mosso
Lee Pierce Mosso, a longtime summer resident of Nantucket, died
of cardiac arrest on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1999 at her home in Stamford,
Conn. She was 66.
Mrs. Mosso was born in Richmond, Va. on Sept. 19, 1932. She graduated
from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. For nearly 20 years, she was
choir director at the Unitarian Universalist church in Stamford. She was
a writer, a poet and a composer who wrote, directed and acted in many amateur
productions in Virginia and Connecticut.
On Nantucket, her home was at 16 Eat Fire Springs Road. She was a summer
member of the Second Congregational Meeting House Society, Unitarian Universalist.
She sang in the Community Chorus and was an active participant in programs
at the Maria Mitchell Association, where she led nature walks and docented
at the Maria Mitchell house.
She is survived by her husband, David Mosso of Stamford; her three
children, Janet Mosso-Siegel of Catonsville, Md., Andrew Mosso of New York,
N.Y. and Jocelyn Williams of San Antonio, Texas; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Unitarian Universalist
Church in Stamford. Memorial donations may be sent to the Maria Mitchell
Association, 2 Vestal St., Nantucket, MA 02554.
Marilyn I. Garnett
Marilyn I. Garnett of Nantucket died on Wednesday, March 24, 1999 at
Cape Cod Hospital. She was 72.
Mrs. Garnett was born on Nantucket on May 3, 1926 to George and Helen
(Thurston) Studley. She was a member of the Nantucket High School class
She worked at Congdon and Coleman Insurance for 22 years until her
retirement in 1991. After retiring she worked part-time for Congdon and
Coleman Real Estate and did volunteer work at Our Island Home and the Saltmarsh
Senior Center. She was also a member of St. Mary's rosary group.
Mrs. Garnett is survived by her husband of 47 years, Jim Garnett of
Nantucket; two nieces and eight nephews.
A graveside service was held at Prospect Hill Cemetery on Sunday, March
28, 1999 with Father Lopes presiding.
Annette P. Stackpole
Annette P. Stackpole of Nantucket died Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999. She was
Mrs. Stackpole was born in Ft. Kent, Maine on July 12, 1910, the daughter
of Magiloire and Marie (Boutin) Paradis. She grew up in Ft. Kent and Waterville,
Maine until the late 1920s when her family moved to New Bedford and eventually
to Nantucket. She was the oldest of the Paradis family of 10 girls and
She was a registered nurse, graduating from St. Luke's Hospital in
Fall River. She worked many years at the former Cottage Hospital in Nantucket
as well as years of private duty nursing. She was one of the Nantucket
Public Health nurses from 1941 until 1961. She served as the alternate
Island Home administrator and administrative nurse from 1961 through 1973.
Following retirement she served as a Special Sheriff and Superior Court
During the 1940s Mrs. Stackpole founded Annette's Handcraft Shop, which
was located at 4 Bloom St. The shop was one of the first of its kind in
Nantucket where Nantucketers could display and sell their homemade goods.
Annette and her husband produced homemade bread and butter pickles and
jellies that were shipped all over the country.
Mrs. Stackpole was very active in the community, always helping with
Red Cross blood drives, volunteering at The Hospital Thrift Shop and taking
part in fundraising activities. She served on the Nantucket School Committee
during the 1960s. After her retirement she continued to serve in her winter
community of Leesburg, Fla.
Mrs. Stackpole is survived by sisters Germaine Tunning, Therese Woodward
and Georgette Tracy, all of Nantucket; brother Patrick Paradis, also of
Nantucket; children Charles G. Stackpole Jr. and wife Sharon of Nantucket,
Anne Stackpole Menz and husband Jerry of Harlingen, Texas and Nantucket,
John J. Stackpole and wife Joan of Nantucket, and Marie Stackpole Hayes,
also of Eastham; grandchildren Scott, Lynette and Victoria Stackpole of
Nantucket, Christopher Menz of St. Louis, Suzy Menz Klinck of Galesburg,
Ill. and Siobhan Stackpole of Truro, Mass.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Charles G. Stackpole Sr.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Church by Father Tom Lopes
on Thursday, Feb. 11 followed by interment at St. Mary's Cemetery. Pallbearers
were neighbors Barry, Kevin and Nate Thurston and nephews-in-law Bob Garrabrant,
Steve Albright and David Potter.
Donations in Mrs. Stackpole's memory may be made to Hospice, the Homestead,
Our Island Home or the Nantucket Cottage Hospital.
Dr. David B. Voorhees
Dr. David B. Voorhees, who served the Nantucket community for 36 years,
died of a massive stroke at his home in Tom Nevers, Sunday, April 18. He
Dr. Voorhees was born in Manhattan on Dec. 4, 1933 to Donald and Marion
Kellogg Brown Voorhees, who raised their son in New York. His father was
the conductor of the "Bell Telephone Hour" and his mother had ties to Nantucket.
Dr. Voorhees attended the Millbrook School for Boys in New York before
attending Yale University and graduating from Bates College. He received
his medical degree from New York Medical College in 1961. He spent his
internship and residency at Beverly Hospital in Beverly from 1961-1963.
In 1963 he moved to Nantucket and set up a general family practice
from his Orange Street office. He joined the staff of the Nantucket Cottage
Hospital in 1964 from which he retired in 1997. He was a former Chief of
Medical Staff at the hospital and member of the Board of Trustees. At the
time of his death he was a member of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Board
of Corporators. He also served the town as Coroner.
He was a member of the Nantucket School Committee for many years and
held a lifelong interest in education. Later he was involved with the New
School, which his daughter Kate attended.
He is survived by his daughter Kate, 12 and son Oliver, 6, both of
Wellesley; and a sister Dorothy Taylor of California.
A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Ted Anderson at Prospect
Hill Cemetery on Friday, April 23 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Dr.
Voorhees memory to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital.
Bradford C. Hammond
Bradford (Brad) C. Hammond of Lakewood, Ohio and Nantucket, died on
Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999. He was 83.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y. to Mary C. and Lester Clark Hammond, he attended
Cranbrook Preparatory School and the Hackley School in New York before
entering MIT. He then transferred to the University of Virginia's School
of Engineering and graduated with the class of 1940. After graduation Mr.
Hammond joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build airfields in strategic
places to protect the Panama Canal during World War II. This tour of duty
was followed by his enlistment in the Navy, where he spent two years in
After the war, Mr. Hammond became a member of the Arthur G. McKee Engineering
Company and worked on their many projects for 29 years, both in the field
and as an estimator. His early retirement allowed for extensive travel
and plenty of time for his avocation: reading.
A direct descendant of Captain Archaelus Hammond of Nantucket and Governor
William Bradford of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Mr. Hammond was a Nantucket
visitor for 48 summers.
He is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis (Reed) Hammond; daughter
Jean and son-in-law Brian Nichols of Granville, Ohio; son William Bradford
Hammond and daughter-in-law Rebecca (Cochran) of Blueridge, Ga.; grandsons
Adam and Ian Nichols of Granville; cousin Marjorie Hammond Johnson of Nashua,
N.H. and cousin Stanford Hammond of Rescue, Calif.
Burial will be at a later date on Nantucket.
Dr. Lyle E. Linville
Dr. Lyle E. Linville, of Crofton, Md., died of complications of Pott's
Disease (tuberculosis of the spine) on Wednesday, April 7, 1999 at Anne
Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md. He was 59.
Dr. Linville vacationed with family members every summer on Nantucket
since 1978 and owned a home in Madaket. He attended St. Paul's Church.
He was born and raised in Cortland, Ohio. From 1965 to 1971 he taught
at Kent State University in Ohio, from which he received a bachelor of
arts degree, a master's degree and a Ph.D. He had also attended Oberlin
College. He moved to Maryland from Kent in 1971 with his first wife, Twila
M. Linville, who died in 1980.
Dr. Linville was a professor of history at Prince George's Community
College in Prince George's County, Md., director of the college's Humanities
Resource Center and former chairman of the Department of History at PGCC.
He founded and led the Humanities Resource Center at PGCC, which received
several National Endowment for the Humanities grants and other foundation
support for scholarly endeavors. These humanities programs involved internationally
recognized scholars, college faculty and high school teachers from across
the country. His interest in music led to the development of the Blues
Festival at PGCC, which today brings thousands to the college campus each
Dr. Linville's awards included the State Board for Community College's
Outstanding Teacher Award; Distinguished Humanities Educator Award, Community
College Humanities Association; Eisenberg Award for Outstanding Contribution
to the Humanities in Maryland, Maryland Humanities Council; and the President's
He is survived by his wife, E. Kathleen Linville; sister Betty June
Snow of Cortland; brother A. Richard Linville of Cortland; daughter Kimberley
Homer of Blacksburg, Va.; stepdaughters Laurie Zimmerman of Richland, Wash.,
Deborah Leach of Crofton, Md. and Ami Vermillion of Berkeley Springs, W.V.;
stepsons Robert Zimmerman of Baltimore, Md., John Zimmerman of Princeton,
N.J. and James Leach of Kemblesville, Pa.; and 13 grandchildren.
Ann Rae Warren
Ann Rae Warren, of Nantucket died on Friday, April 16, 1999 at Nantucket
Cottage Hospital after a brief illness. She was 87.
Born on Jan. 2, 1912 in Chicago, Mrs. Warren grew up in West Newton,
Mass., attended the Brimmer and May School and graduated from Wheaton College
in Norton, Mass. in 1934. She had been a summer resident of Nantucket with
her family since 1942 and became a permanent resident in 1973.
Mrs. Warren volunteered for the Florence Crittenden Home in Newton
and was a regent of the Lucy Jackson chapter of the Daughters of the American
Revolution. She was a member of the Abiah Folger Franklin Chapter of the
DAR on Nantucket.
She was a former member of the Nantucket Yacht Club and the Sankaty
Head Golf Club, and worked at the Peter Foulger Museum, the Nantucket Atheneum
and at Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands. She had been a member
of the Nantucket Garden Club since 1973.
Mrs. Warren is survived by daughter Ann W. Cunniff of Hopkins, Minn.;
son-in-law Craig B. Springer of Bethesda, Md.; granddaughter Catherine
Rae Springer of Burbank, Calif.; granddaughter Ann Rae Cunniff of Hopkins;
grandson Michael J. Cunniff Jr. of Hopkins; sister Helen R. Stebbins of
Sewickley, Pa.; sister Jean R. Haskell of Amissville, Va.; and many nieces
She was predeceased by her husband Frederick J. Warren in 1964 and
her son Frederick J. "Fritz" Warren Jr. in 1997.
Contributions may be made in Mrs. Warren's name to Our Island Home
or to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. A memorial service will be held at
a later date.
Alexandra "Lexi" Anastos
Alexandra "Lexi" Rose Anastos, 31, died on Monday, Feb. 14, 2000. Born
in Boston on Jan. 15, 1969, she was the daughter of Ethel Anastos and the
late Honorable C. George Anastos, a presiding judge of the District Court
Ms. Anastos grew up in Wellesley, Mass., but spent her summers on Nantucket
where she was a very well known and popular member of the community, holding
a variety of summer jobs. She was most familiar to everyone as a manager
of the Dreamland Theatre.
She graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1987, where she captained
the women's soccer, squash and lacrosse teams. She graduated in 1991 from
Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in history. She was a member
of the Cap and Gown Club, the 1987 varsity soccer team and co-captain of
the varsity squash team in 1990 and 1991, which won the National and Howe
Cup championships in 1989 and 1991. She was awarded the Edward W. Hobler
Squash Trophy for individual dedication and conduct, as well as the Clarence
C. Chaffee Team Award for sportsmanship. Her leadership qualities and athletic
abilities were always understated but very strong.
After a year of travel to many parts of the world, Ms. Anastos worked
in New York City in private banking services at Morgan Stanley & Company
Inc. She then attended graduate school at Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate
School of Management, where she was named a John S. and Roberta T. Campbell
scholar. She was also a selected member of the Admissions Committee, an
elected treasurer of the Women's Business Association and a social representative
of the Graduate Management Association. It was at the start of her second
year that Ms. Anastos was diagnosed with brain cancer and thus began her
courageous three and a half year battle against the disease. Despite the
aggressive treatment and resulting sickness she was determined and able
to complete her master's of management degree in June of 1999.
Rev. Joel Ives officiated at the service for Ms. Anastos on Thursday,
Feb. 17 at Nantucket's St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Friends from all over
the globe heard Rev. Ives and two of her many friends speak of the characteristics
that made her such a unique person. She was loyal, honest, fair, loving,
caring, humble, intelligent and incredibly witty. She will always be remembered
as a young woman with unlimited energy and spirit who embraced life with
humor and exuberance. She was a beloved daughter, treasured sister, loving
aunt and devoted friend. Her too short life was filled with impressive
accomplishments and unforgettable laughter.
Ms. Anastos is survived by her mother Ethel; brothers George of Belmont,
Mass., Peter of Concord, Mass., Jonathan of Nantucket and Andrew of Manchester,
N.H.; niece and goddaughter Alexandra; nephews Nicholas, Michael and Peter;
godson Cole Price; and her many friends.
Following the burial in Prospect Hill Cemetery, a reception was held
at the Jared Coffin House where friends recalled many stories of "life
Contributions in Ms. Anastos' memory may be made to the Massachusetts
General Hospital Brain Tumor Center, 100 Blossom St., Cox Building, Suite
315, Boston, MA 02114; Nantucket Cottage Hospital, 57 Prospect St., Nantucket,
MA 02554; or to the Princeton University Department of Athletics, Women's
Varsity Squash, c/o Gail Ramsay, Jadwin Gymnasium, Princeton, NJ 08544.
Annette Brock Davis
Annette Brock Davis of Bridgenorth, Ontario, Siesta Key, Fla., and
a Nantucket summer resident since 1956, died on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000.
An artist, writer, merchant seaman and renaissance woman, Mrs. Davis
was born in Montreal in 1909. After attending navigation school, she became
the first woman in the British Empire to circumnavigate the globe as a
crew member aboard a four-masted sailing vessel, at age 24. She was a full-fledged
member of the Association Internationale Cap Horniers de St. Malo.
Later in life, Mrs. Davis became an accomplished painter and author,
and was an active prize-winning member of the Artists' Association of Nantucket.
In her 90th year, on the publication of her memoir "My Year Before the
Mast," she received worldwide celebrity.
She is survived by daughter Gale Natali and grandson Vincenzo Natali;
son Peter Davis and grandchildren Alan, Josephine and Levina Davis of Tokyo;
and many friends.
A memorial service will be held in Toronto at a later date.
Victor J. Ferrantella
Victor J. Ferrantella, longtime Nantucket resident, died at his home
on Gray Avenue on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000. He was 83.
Born in Marion, Ill. on Oct. 16, 1916, he was the son of Antonina Corda
and Nicolo Ferrantella. He married Frances Wreden on April 9, 1944 and
came to Nantucket during World War II while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Mr. Ferrantella later worked for the Wannacomet Water Company and at
the airport, and retired in 1987. He was an honorary member of the Nantucket
Anglers' Club, a charter member of the Miacomet Golf Club, an active member
and past commander of the American Legion Post #0082, and a member of the
40/8 Post #1092. His hobbies included fishing and golfing, and was known
for his love of people and his family.
Mr. Ferrantella is survived by his wife of 55 years, Frances Ferrantella;
sons Nicholas and Bruce Ferrantella; daughter-in-law Linda Ferrantella;
and grandsons Victor and Ben Ferrantella, all of Nantucket. He is also
survived by two sisters, a brother, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sisters, Ann and Rose, and brother Ben.
A wake will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 at the Lewis
Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery at 10 a.m.
on Thursday, March 2. Donations in Mr. Ferrantella's name may be made to
the Anglers' Club Scholarship Fund or to the Nantucket High School Scholarship
Arthur "Max" Murray
Colonel Arthur Maxwell "Max" Murray died on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000.
He was 86.
Born on July 27, 1913 in San Francisco, Calif., Col. Murray was the
son of General Maxwell and Phyllis Murray. He was the fifth generation
to graduate from West Point (Class of 1938), and spent the next 30 years
in the United States Army. He served in the South Pacific during World
War II and also in the Korean War.
Col. Murray first came to Nantucket in 1919, and spent many summers
on the island. He moved to Nantucket in 1971 after he retired, and became
active in the Civic League and the Conservation Foundation. He was also
an avid fisherman and repaired clocks for many friends.
He is survived by his wife Claire; his three sons Rick, John and Conger;
and his daughter Phyllis Jones.
Charles A. Watts
Charles "Charlie" Alfred Watts died on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000 at his
home on Nantucket after a long illness. He was 68.
Born on Nantucket on March 22, 1931, Mr. Watts attended Nantucket Public
Schools and was a member of the Boy Scouts of America. Prior to graduation
he enlisted in the Navy and served on a destroyer in the Pacific Ocean.
During his life, Mr. Watts lived in the Boston area as well as in Florida,
although he always called Nantucket home. A call firefighter for the Nantucket
Fire Department, he was also a member of the International Order of Oddfellows,
the Nantucket Angler's Club and the Masons. While on Nantucket he was employed
by David Watts Heating Inc., Nantucket Heat, Bill Fisher's Tackle, A-1
Taxi and Cape Air.
Family and friends will remember Mr. Watts for his quick wit, sense
of humor, big heart and willingness to lend a hand to those in need. He
was an accomplished trumpet player and a connoisseur of after-shave lotions.
He most enjoyed fishing, building models of Spitfire fighter airplanes,
and spending time with his grandchildren.
Mr. Watts is survived by his wife Joan; his 10 children, Charles Jr.,
James, Steven and Kenneth Watts, Patricia Lenahan, Susan Benci, Cynthia
Walker, Judy Figueireto, Anne Marie Mills and Tina Watts; his stepchildren
Roy McVicar and Lynn Robinson; his stepmother Priscilla Watts; his stepfather
Anthony Sylvia; his brother- and sister-in-law Bruce and Wendy Watts; his
sister Melodie Day of Nantucket; as well as several grandchildren, aunts,
uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father James Alfred Watts, his mother Dorothy
Blount Sylvia, and his brother David James Watts.
A graveside service and burial was held on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the
Prospect Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that
donations be made in Mr. Watts' memory to the Nantucket Angler's Club or
the American Lung Association.