Miscellaneous Nantucket County, Massachusetts Obituaries

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Patricia Lees Martin 
Patricia Lees Martin, of Nantucket, died in the early morning on Thursday, March 29, 2001, a year after being diagnosed with cancer. She was 57.
Mrs. Martin was born in New York City to Linda and Richard Lees. She graduated from Elmira College with a degree in French and education. Before marrying and moving to Nantucket she worked as a commercial-time coordinator for WNBC-TV, then in production at WNBC radio.
In 1972 Mrs. Martin, her husband, and two young daughters visited Nantucket in search of a summer home. The couple "fell in love with the place," purchased an acre of Cisco property that same day and decided to make Nantucket their permanent home.
Aside from being a wonderful wife and mother Mrs. Martin was a remarkable and active member of the community. Her life as a community advocate began as an involved parent in the school system, then continued as a member of the Nantucket School Committee from 1983 to 1986. From there she became director, then president, of the Friends of Nantucket Public Schools. Mrs. Martin worked to increase community participation in the school system and raise extra funds for the Island’s children.
She would continue working part-time in paid and unpaid positions of public service. Within the span of ten years she was editor of the Nantucket school newsletter, district developer for the Partnership to Reduce Substance Abuse, coordinator of a state grant for breast and cervical cancer screening, development coordinator of the Nantucket Atheneum, and - as she is most recently known for achieving - project director for establishing the Cape and Islands’ public radio stations WCAI and WNAN. This past year she worked as the communications director for Nantucket’s Community Network for Children.
Whether the directive was to support children, help women safeguard against cancer, fund a public library or launch a radio station, Mrs. Martin worked hard to see her visions for a stronger community realized.
Mrs. Martin was loved and appreciated by many as an ethical, forthright, intelligent, good humored and dignified woman - she was that until she died.
The longtime island resident is survived by her husband, Peter Martin, and children Katherine, Amanda, Peter and Jacob.
A memorial service will be held Monday, April 9 at the Unitarian Church on Orange Street at 11:30 a.m. Donations in her name may be made to the Hospice Care of Nantucket or the Marla Lamb Fund. 

Hilda Mae Elliott
Hilda Mae Elliott, of Madison, Maine, died of cancer on Friday, March 30, 2001 at her home in Madison. She was 70.
Mrs. Elliott was born Sept. 3, 1930 in Sanford, Maine, the daughter of Ronald and Isabel (Mitchell) Scott. She was a homemaker most of her life, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved life, people, creating with crafts and adding to her beanie babies collections.
Mrs. Elliott is predeceased by a stepson, Gregory Elliott.
She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Patrick H. Elliott of Madison; four sons, Scott Labbe of Madison, Joseph Cahoon of Franklin, Mass., Jay Cahoon of Nantucket, and Ronald Elliott of Tremont, N.H.; two daughters, Pamela Marken and Denna Cahoon, both of Nantucket; six stepchildren, Patrick Elliott III and Michael Elliott, both of Florida, Bonnie Gray of Maine, Phyllis Walker of North Carolina, Timothy Elliott of Massachusetts and Christopher Elliott of Florida; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family has held a memorial for Mrs. Elliott. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County, P.O. Box 3069, Skowhegan, ME 04976. 

Kathleen F. Moriarty 
Kathleen F. (Cronin) Moriarty, of Marion, Mass. and Nantucket, died Saturday, March 24, 2001 at Sippican Healthcare Center. She was 96.
Born in County Cork, Ireland, Mrs. Moriarty came to Nantucket at the age of 21. On-island, she met Alan J. Moriarty, a local fisherman, and married him at St. Mary’s Church in 1926. She gave birth to her two daughters on Nantucket and in 1934 she moved to New Bedford where her son was born. She lived in New Bedford for 60 years and was a communicant of Holy Name Church.
During her years as a homemaker, Mrs. Moriarty became the tutor of neighborhood children who regularly showed her their report cards and accepted her encouragement and her help. She lived at the New Bedford Hotel Apartments for 18 years and became a daily communicant at Our Lady’s Chapel. Her core belief was that she was her brother’s (and sister’s) keeper. 
On the very day that a notice appeared in the Hotel elevator announcing that a Hotel resident was in the hospital or in a nursing home, Mrs. Moriarty adopted them as a special friend. She visited them several days a week, many for years, taking buses across the city or walking miles to get to them in any kind of weather.
She was an ever-ready listener, an endless source of inspiration and encouragement, a woman of boundless tenderness. Mrs. Moriarty had a single hobby - reaching out to everyone in her world with love and compassion. After a series of bone fractures, she lived with her daughters for three years in Mattapoisett, Mass. and Marion, Mass., and then became a resident at Sippican Healthcare Center. 
Mrs. Moriarty is survived by two daughters, Mary Worden of Mattapoisett and Kathleen Ackerman of Marion; a son, C. Christopher Moriarty of North Port, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Mary Kate DeSimone, Ann Fitzpatrick, Margaret Worden, William Worden, Alan Worden, Kathleen Boman, Maureen Sylvia, Sean Moriarty and Patrick Moriarty; two step-grandchildren, John Howard Ackerman and Mary Jane Ackerman; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral mass was celebrated on Tuesday, March 27 at St. James Church in New Bedford and a burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery. 

William "Jim" J. Judge 
William "Jim" J. Judge, of Philadelphia, Pa., Bedford, N.Y., and Nantucket, died Tuesday, March 20, 2001 in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 72.
Mr. Judge was born in Philadelphia and lived most of his life in Bedford. He was a retired police chief of the town of Bedford.
He is survived by his wife Doris of 54 years; three daughters, Karen A. Bernat of Ridgefield, Conn., Eileen M. Shaw of Katonah, N.Y., and Patricia C. Corcoran of Brewster, N.Y.; two sisters and seven grandchildren.
Services were held in Vero Beach and Katonah. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in Mr. Judge’s memory. 

Gertrude Margaret Olderich
     Gertrude Margaret Olderich of Nantucket died Friday, May 4, 2001 at Our Island Home. She was 76.
     Mrs. Olderich was born on Nantucket July, 15, 1924, the second of seven children born to Gertrude Holdgate and Everett Lamb. Mrs. Olderich lived most of her life on Nantucket and took her family to California where they lived for several years. She also lived in Osterville, Mass., but always returned to Nantucket.
     She was predeceased by her husband, James Olderich, and her daughter, Rebecca Gauvin. She is survived by a daughter, Heidi Ferrell of Duxbury, Mass.; two sons, James Jr. of Cumberland, R.I., and David of York, Pa.; eight grandchildren; a brother, Everett Lamb Jr. of Nantucket; and a sister, Colleen Marks of Nantucket. 
     Mrs. Olderich was buried with her husband at the Catholic Cemetery on May 8, 2001. 

W. Duane Todd
     Dr. W. Duane Todd, of Nantucket and Medina, Ohio, died Friday, June 1, 2001 in Medina of lung cancer. 
     Dr. Todd graduated from Medina High School in 1941. He did postgraduate work at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., and entered the Princeton Class of 1946. After one year at Princeton he enlisted in the Army and served from 1943 to 1946 in Europe during World War II. He returned to Princeton and graduated in 1948 when he was elected to Sigma Xi. 
     Dr. Todd entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, graduating in 1952. An internship in surgery at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City followed and then a five-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Sloane Hospital for Women of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York City.
     In 1958 he was appointed to the attending staff of Sloane Hospital at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center where he remained until 1988. His interests were divided between his practice, teaching and some clinical research. He practiced at 1088 Park Ave. with his uncle, the late Virgil Damon, and at Sloane Hospital. He wrote the chapter on “Diseases Common to Women” in the College of Physicians and Surgeons “Complete Home Medical Guide” and co-edited the College of Physicians and Surgeons “Complete Guide to Pregnancy,” both designed for the public. In 1984-85 he was president of the New York Obstetrical Society. Upon retirement Dr. Todd was vice-chairman of the department, and his appointments were continued as professor emeritus of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and consultant emeritus to the Presbyterian Hospital.
     He came to Nantucket in 1950 when he and his wife, Dorothy Jane Keith, stayed at the Wylies’ Chanticleer. They came back to Nantucket every summer thereafter to their house in Sconset.
     In addition to his wife of 53 years, Dr. Todd is survived by his son, George Damon Todd of New York; his daughter, Alison Keith Todd Cokorinos; two grandchildren, Emily and Katherine Cokorinos of Sconset and Tenafly, N.J.; and his brother Donald Todd of Medina.
     In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Todd’s memory may be made to the Sconset Union Chapel, Sconset Trust or Sloane Hospital for Women, Att. Dr. Roger Lobo, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 622 West 168th Street, New York, N.Y 10033. 

Robert Simon 
     Robert Simon, of Colchester, Conn. and formerly of Nantucket, died Sunday, May 20, 2001, at Backus Hospital in Norwich, Conn., following a brief illness. He was 85.
     Born in Port Chester, N.Y. on Dec. 7, 1915, he was the son of Samuel and Sadie Simon. After serving in the U.S. Army during WW II, he moved to Stamford, Conn.
     A long-time summer visitor to Nantucket, Mr. Simon lived on the island for several years after he retired in 1972. It was during this period, while fishing for blues off Nantucket beaches, that he developed the fishing lure that launched his successful second career, Robert’s Lures.
     He continued to develop new lures and expand his business after moving to Colchester and marrying Henny (Rosenbaum) Markiewicz in 1981.
     Mr. Simon is survived by his wife, Henny; two daughters, Susan Simon of New York City, and Laura Simon and her husband James Gross of Nantucket; two step-children and their families, Jacob Markiewicz and wife Paula of Lake Katrine, N.Y., and Jenny Rabinowitz and husband Stuart of Glastonbury, Conn.
     Services were held Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at Congregation Ahavath Achim in Colchester. 

Irma H. Lytle
     Irma H. Lytle, of St. Petersburg, Fla, and Essex, Conn., died Monday, May, 28, 2001 at the Saybrook (Conn.) Convalescent Home. She was 88.
     Mrs. Lytle was born on July 16, 1912 in Port Trevorton, Pa., the daughter of the late Francis and Eva Hummel. She was the wife of the late Mark S. Lytle Sr. 
     She is survived by her son Dr. Mark S. Lytle of San Diego, Calif.; her daughter Patricia Frost of Nantucket; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
     Funeral and burial services will be private. 

Charles W. Pearl 
     Charles W. “Chuck” Pearl Jr., of Nantucket, died Saturday, July 28, 2001 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, after a lengthy illness of bone cancer. He was 53.
     Mr. Pearl was born Feb. 22, 1948 in Providence, R.I.
     He was predeceased by his mother, Claudette M. Pearl.
     Mr. Pearl is survived by his wife Kathrina (McGrath) Pearl of South Dublin, Ireland and Nantucket; two children, Patricia (Pearl) Patterson and Charles R. Pearl; several grandchildren; his father, Charles W. Pearl Sr.; siblings Pamela A. Pearl of Malibu, Calif., Diane R. (Pearl) Madden of Nantucket, Richard A. Pearl of Kennebunk, Maine, James Mack Pearl of Bainbridge Island, Wash., John P. Pearl of Nantucket, and Michael A. Thurston of West Wareham, Mass.; several nieces and nephews; and his ex-wife Roxanne Lyons Pearl of Nantucket.
     Funeral arrangements will follow. Memorial donations in Mr. Pearl’s memory may be made to the Marla Lamb Fund, 57 Prospect St., Nantucket, MA 02554, or the Bone Marrow Transplant Program, c/o Dr. Thomas Spitzer, Mass. General Hospital, 100 Blossom St., Cox 640, Boston, MA 02114. Make checks payable to BMT Program Gift Fund. 

Carl J. Keller Sr. 
     Carl J. Keller Sr., of Middleboro, Mass., died Wednesday July 18, 2001 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center in Stoneham, Mass. He was 86.
     Mr. Keller was born in Middleboro on May 8, 1915 to Karl N. and Lena (Young) Keller. Before moving to Stoneham, he was a resident of Malden, Fla.; East Bridgewater, Mass.; Carver, Mass.; and Stoughton, Mass. He was a chef/baker for many years working in various restaurants, a hospital and nursing home until his retirement at 73.
     Mr. Keller once owned a own bakery in Florida and also ran a coffee shop in Stoughton. He had been a member of the Bridgewater Lions Club and the Stoughton Oddfellows Lodge for over 50 years, and was a trustee and deacon at the First Baptist Church of Bridgewater. 
     He was predeceased by his brother Edwin G. Keller; and sisters Louise Farley and Gertrude Morton. Mr. Keller is survived by his wife, Grace (Gullifa) Keller of Malden, Mass.; children Rev. Sheldon C. Keller of Westwood, Mass., Galen J. Keller of Shrewsbury, Mass., and Carl J. Keller Jr. of Nantucket; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Medford, Mass. on Saturday, July 21 and interment was at the Central Cemetery in Carver. Donations in Mr. Keller’s memory may be made to the First Baptist Church, 30 Oakland St., Medford, Mass, 02155. 

Maud M. Clapp
     Maud Millicent Clapp, of Kealakekua, Hawaii and Nantucket, died on Saturday, July 21, 2001 at The Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She was 86.
     Born in Kealakekua on Feb. 13, 1915, she was a daughter of William Henry Greenwell and Maud A.B. (Johnstone) Greenwell, a ranching family in the Kona area on the big island of Hawaii.
     Mrs. Clapp graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree the Class of 1936. She also did graduate work at the California School of Fine Arts.
     She was an accomplished artist whose oil paintings have been shown widely and reflect scenes from many of her favorite places in Hawaii, Southern California and Nantucket, where she spent considerable time over the years. Mrs. Clapp was a longtime member of the Wellesley Society of Artists.
     A resident of Weston for the past 25 years, Mrs. Clapp previously lived in Wellesley Hills for 40 years.
     She was a longtime volunteer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she launched a program through which patients could choose artwork for their hospital rooms. She also wrote a newsletter column, “Ask Millie,” which offered advice on living with arthritis. In 1980, she became a trustee at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
     Mrs. Clapp was an avid gardener and longtime member of the Wellesley Garden Club.
     She was predeceased by her husband, Eugene H. Clapp II in 1998, four brothers and two sisters.
     Mrs. Clapp is survived by a son, Eugene H. Clapp III of Boston, Mass., whose children are Nathaniel Purdy Clapp, Benjamin Allen Ogden Clapp, Marjorie Greenwell Clapp and Eugene H. Clapp IV; and a daughter, Candace Millicent Sargent of Sugarloaf Shores, Fla., whose stepsons are Richard Philip Sargent and William Lee Sargent.
     Memorial gifts may be directed to the Millicent and Eugene Clapp Orthopedic Research Endowment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, c/o Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA. 02116.
     A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 7, 2001 at Trinity Church at Copley Square, Boston. Burial services were private. 

Dr. George A. Berkheimer 
     Dr. George A. Berkheimer of Nantucket, Harrisburg, Pa., and New York City, died at his home in Manhattan of heart failure after a long illness on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001. He was 89.
     Dr. Berkheimer was the son of Dr. George C. and Bess Fisher Berkheimer and was born in Windber, Pa. He graduated from Mercersberg Academy and Princeton University. In 1938 he graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and by 1942 completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. 
     He joined the U.S. Army, volunteering to serve with a group of his Hopkins medical colleagues in the 118th General Hospital, heading for duty in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The group, headquartered primarily in Sydney, Australia, eventually moved north through the islands and Dr. Berkheimer, who by 1946 was a lieutenant colonel, was on Leyte when he was discharged to go home, where he then joined the medical staff of Harrisburg Hospital. By 1950 he had become its chief of orthopedics, thereby embarking on his 35-year career as a surgeon and teacher, the latter a commitment that he cherished increasingly as the years passed.
     Dr. Berkheimer was also a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedics. To his friends and family, he was a gentle man with a wonderful sense of humor and a devoted companion. A member of Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier, Pa., he also belonged to the Nassau Club in Princeton and The Union Club of New York City. On Nantucket, where he spent long and cherished summer seasons, he was a member of the Nantucket Yacht Club, the Sankaty Head Golf Club and the Wharf Rat Club.
     Dr. Berkheimer is survived by his wife of 21 years, Margaret Yates Berkheimer. 
     Interment will be on Nantucket in the spring. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Nantucket Conservation Foundation, 118 Cliff Road, Nantucket, MA 02554, or the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, 57 Prospect St., Nantucket, MA 02554. 

Carmen M. Consedine
     Carmen M. Consedine, of Williston, Vt., died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001 surrounded by her family at home. She was 70.
     Mrs. Consedine was born in Burlington, Vt. on Nov. 11, 1931, the daughter of the late Joseph A. and Marguerite (Trahan) Tessier. She attended schools in Burlington and graduated from Our Lady of the Mountains Academy in Gorham, N.H. In 1952, Mrs. Consedine graduated from Fanny Allen School of Nursing as a registered nurse. She married James F. Consedine on July 24, 1954 at St. Joseph Church in Burlington.
     After spending many years at home with her family, she worked for 22 years at IBM/Burlington in its medical department and retired in 1991. Her constant love were her relationships with her family and friends.
     Mrs. Consedine is survived by her husband of 47 years, James F. Consedine of Williston; five children, Jeanne C. Clark and her husband Frederick of Nantucket, James F. Consedine II and his wife Debra of Tulsa, Okla., Margaret M. Watson and her husband David of Knoxville, Tenn., Mary E. Blankemeyer and her husband David of Colchester, Vt., and Michelle C. Mitchell and her husband Thomas of Essex Junction, Vt.; and 12 grandchildren, including Alexander (Alex) and Andrew Clark of Nantucket.
     A mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday, Nov. 26 in Williston. 

Samuel K. Robert 
     Samuel K. Robert, of Concord, Mass. and Nantucket, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001. He was 93.
     Mr. Robert was a leader in women’s fashion and a philanthropist. He immigrated to the United States from the Ukraine in 1921 at the age of 13. Mr. Robert, who arrived at Ellis Island wearing clothes stitched together from potato sacks, rose to become the president and founder of Samuel Robert, Inc., a pioneer in the field of couture leather and suede clothing for women. He received industry recognition and numerous awards for his designs. 
     Mr. Robert devoted much of his life to philanthropic activity. He was a longtime trustee of Bradford College, from which he received a doctorate of humane letters in 1983. He was president of Temple Emanuel and chairman of the United Jewish Appeal in Haverhill, Mass. and was also active in the Haverhill Community Chest. In addition, Mr. Robert sponsored 11 people from the village in which he was born in the Ukraine to immigrate to the United States.
     He was predeceased by a wife, Mildred (Nathan) Kniznick, daughter Stacey Milgrim, and sister Betty Resnick. 
     Mr. Robert is survived by his wife Rita (Kamins) Robert; children Andrea K. Waldstein and her husband Arthur of Boston, Stephen Robert and his wife Pilar of East Hampton and Manhattan, N.Y., Richard Milgrim and his wife Mari of Concord, Victoria Fitts-Milgrim and her husband Robert Fitts of Durango, Colo.; grandchildren Brett Levy, Adam Levy and his wife Nancy, Alison Aronson and her husband Adam, Alexandra Robert Gordon and her husband Steven Gordon, Elisabeth Robert, Toby Milgrim, Frederick Milgrim and Natasha Fitts; and great-grandchildren Talia Levy, Noah Levy and Aaron Levy. 
     Services at the Levine Chapel in Brookline, Mass., were held on Monday, Nov. 19 and interment was in the Jewish section of the Prospect Hill Cemetery on Nantucket on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Remembrances may be made to the Stacey Milgrim Scholarship Fund at Cambridge College, 1000 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138. 

Carol C. Anderson
     Carol C. Anderson, of Ormond Beach, Fla., and a frequent visitor to Nantucket, died at her home in Ormond Beach on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001. She was 54. 
     When on-island Mrs. Anderson stayed with her husband, Peter, at the home of his father, Edgar A. Anderson of Walsh Street.
     Born in Chambersburg, Pa., Mrs. Anderson met her husband of 35 years while she was a student at the state college in nearby Shippensburg, Pa.
     In Ormond Beach, Mrs. Anderson operated a catering business with her son Shawn. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach, Fla.
     Mrs. Anderson is survived by her husband Peter; a son Shawn; a brother Richard Cable of Pinellas Park, Fla.; and a sister Ruth Diffenderfer of Martinsburg, W. Va.
     Memorial donations may be made to the Halifax Humane Society, P.O. Box 9035, Daytona Beach, FL 32120 or to the S.P.C.A. of one’s choice.


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