|Patrick J. Newport
Patrick J. Newport, 75, of Nantucket, died Thursday, Dec. 10,
1998 at Brockton Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Newport was born in Newfoundland and grew up on Nantucket. He
was an employee of the U.S. Post Office for 30 years, a member of the Knights
of Columbus and a communicant of St. Mary's. He is survived by one brother,
James P. Newport of Avon.
Constance M. Salmon
Constance M. Salmon died Friday, Aug. 21, 1998 at her home in
Methuen. She lived in Nantucket for five years and worked at the Nantucket
Atheneum during that time. She is the mother of Judith A. Haddon of Nantucket.
Frances Terry died on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998 at the Knowlton
Manor Nursing Home in West Upton, where she had lived for many years. She
Miss Terry was born in Nantucket on March 25, 1904, the daughter
of the late Joseph and Mary Ann (Cotter) Terry. She graduated from Nantucket
High School with honors and Bridgewater State College where she received
a degree in elementary education.
After graduation she returned to Nantucket and taught second
grade at Cyrus Peirce School, later moving to West Upton.
Miss Terry was predeceased by her five sisters and two brothers.
She is survived by her nieces, Katherine Terry and Elizabeth DaSilva of
Nantucket; Sally Roberts of Virginia Beach, Va.; Leonora Chase of Centerville;
Pauline Moore of Merrimack, N.H.; Mary Bush of Nashua, N.H.; a nephew,
Donald Terry of Sun City, Fla.; and several great-nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were conducted by the Rev. Thomas C. Lopes
on Saturday, Dec. 12 followed by burial in St. Mary's cemetery.
Bernice M. Wellman
Bernice M. Wellman of Winter Park, Fla. died Wednesday, Oct.
14, 1998. She was 77.
Mrs. Wellman was born on Nantucket and moved to central Florida
in 1947. She was a member of the Congregational Church and a secretary
Mrs. Wellman is survived by her husband, William B. Wellman Sr.;
her sons, Edmund Perry Jr. of Harwich, Paul Perry of Ketchikan, Alaska
and William Wellman Jr. of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. and five grandchildren.
Thomas F. Wilson
Thomas F. Wilson, a summer resident of Siasconset, died in Encinitas,
Calif. on Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998. He was 81.
Born in Milwaukee, Wis. on Jan. 21, 1917, he was educated in
Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from West High School in 1934. He attended
Yale University and received his degree in engineering in 1938.
A longtime employee of the Babcock and Wilcox Company, he was
assigned to the mechanical engineering and sales offices in Barberton,
Ohio, Chicago and later New York. Later in his life, he was a private investor.
Formerly a resident of Greenwich, Conn. and Madison, Conn., he
moved to California in 1995. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary
Brennan Wilson, who died in 1982. He is survived by three children, Julia
J. Wilson of Nantucket, Ted Wilson of Encinitas, Calif., and Andrew D.
Wilson of Bridgeport, Conn. and a half-brother, Perry Wilson of Carrollton,
Texas. A memorial service will be held in California this week.
Anne R. (Rapelje) Bodman
Anne R. (Rapelje) Bodman died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998 at the
Tobey Hospital Transitional Care Unit peacefully with her family at her
side. She was 78.
Mrs. Bodman was born in New York City. She attended the Oakwood
School and Syracuse University as a fine arts major. She later worked at
Macy's in New York City after she married her husband, whom she met at
a U.S.0. dance in New York. She later moved to Craigville before moving
to Nantucket in 1959.
On Nantucket, Mrs. Bodman was employed at Buttner's and Old Spouter
Pottery. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church on
Nantucket, and for many years was president of the Ladies Union Circle.
She was instrumental in compiling a cookbook for the Circle, entitled "The
Galleys of Nantucket."
In 1970, Mrs. Bodman moved to Gardiner, Maine. She was an active
member of the Daughter's of the American Revolution, the Gardiner Current
Events Club and volunteered at nursing homes, bringing pets to visit the
elderly. Mrs. Bodman was also a member of the South Parish Congregational
Church in Augusta, Maine.
Mrs. Bodman enjoyed her many friends and neighbors, playing bridge,
and her family and dog companion, M.C.
Mrs. Bodman was the wife of the late Lennox F. Bodman and the
daughter of the late John A. and Phyllis (Crabbe) Rapelje. She is survived
by three daughters, Lydia Sherman of Wareham, Debbie Smith and her husband,
Mark of Weld, Maine and Sally Sylvia and her husband, Manny of Nantucket.
She is also survived by five grandchildren.
A memorial service was be held on Saturday, Dec. 19th at the
South Parish Congregational Church in Augusta, Maine. Burial will be in
Weld, Maine in the spring.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Riverview School,
551 Rt. 6A, E. Sandwich, MA 02537 or to the Ladies Union Circle, First
Congregational Church, Center St., Nantucket, MA 02554.
Myer "Mike" Perelman
Myer "Mike" Perelman, of Riviera Beach, Fla. and Nantucket, died
Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998 at Nantucket Cottage Hospital. He was 86.
Born in Burlington, Vt. on Sept. 29, 1912, Mr. Perelman was the
son of Aaron and Ethel (Levinson) Perelman. He graduated from Burlington
High School, attended the University of Vermont and served in the Army
Air Corps during World War II. He was a popular merchant in Burlington
for many years until his retirement in the early 1980s.
Mr. Perelman had summered on Lily Street for the past 20 years,
and was a member of Congregation Shirat HaYam.
Mr. Perelman is survived by his wife of 54 years, Phyllis Fein
Perelman; his children, Steven Perelman and his wife Abby of Simsbury,
Conn., and Jim Perelman of Nantucket; two grandsons, Jeremy and Jonathan
Perelman, both of Simsbury; two sisters, Rashe Schildhaus of Miami, Fla.
and Jean Forman of Neponset, N.Y.; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law,
Sherman and Myra Fein of Longmeadow and Nantucket; and many nieces and
A graveside service will be held Thursday. Dec. 24 at noon at
the Nantucket Jewish Cemetery in Prospect Hill Cemetery, with Rabbi Rachel
Sabath of Congregation Shirat HaYam officiating. A gathering of family
and friends will be held at the Jared Coffin House following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr.
Perelman's name to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital or Nantucket Atheneum.
Ralph Ashley Strain
Ralph Ashley Strain, society pianist, died in his sleep on Tuesday,
Dec. 15, 1998 in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 78.
Mr. Strain, a familiar presence on Nantucket, the Hamptons, N.Y.
and Palm Beach, Fla. was known as much for his gentle, urbane wit as for
Mr. Strain played at Round Hill, Jamaica and Lyford Cay, Nassau,
as well as at many fashionable New York clubs. During the 1960s he had
his own nightclub called "Ralph's" in Palm Beach and later played for many
years at the Colony Hotel there.
For many summers he played piano at the Galley Restaurant, the
Chanticleer, The White Elephant and, most notably, the Opera House.
Mr. Strain was born in West Palm Beach in 1920. He began his
musical career as a boy soprano soloist at Bethesda By The Sea in Palm
Beach. He moved to New York in his late teens to attend the Parsons School
of Design and he stayed on to become a well-known pianist.
There are no immediate survivors.
Marie H. (Nickerson) Folger
Marie H. (Nickerson) Folger of Lancaster died on Friday, Nov.
11, 1998 in University of Massachusetts Hospital, Worcester, after an illness.
She was 74.
Mrs. Folger was born in Woods Harbor, Nova Scotia, Canada, the
daughter of Harold and Emma (Gorham) Nickerson, and moved to Nantucket
in 1957 at 5, where she attended island schools.
Mrs. Folger worked in the cafeteria at Atlantic Union College
for 20 years before retiring. She previously was a clerk at Rowell's Market,
South Lancaster, for eight years.
She was a member of the Village Seventh Day Adventist Church
in South Lancaster. She was also a devoted member of the church prayer
group and a volunteer for many years at the Community Service Center, South
A funeral service was held on Saturday, Nov. 12 in Village Seventh
Day Adventist Church. Burial was in Eastwood Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Village Seventh Day Adventist
Church, 75 Sawyer St., South Lancaster, MA 01561.
Janet Lee Kniskern
Janet Lee Kniskern died at Nantucket Cottage Hospital on Tuesday,
Dec. 15, 1998. She was 65.
Mrs. Kniskern was born in Old Town, Maine on May 1, 1933. She
was the daughter of Katherine Dennis and the step-daughter of James Dennis.
Mrs. Kniskern graduated from Nantucket High School, class of
1952. She lived in Ohio for about 10 years before returning to Nantucket.
She was married in November of 1972 to Francis J. Kniskern II. She lived
on Nantucket for 55 years.
Upon returning to the island, Mrs. Kniskern worked as secretary
for Nantucket Cottage Hospital administrator Leroy True for about nine
years. She was also employed by Hardy's hardware store as a bookkeeper
and sales clerk for many years. She and her husband then opened up their
own business in the early 1980s called Lightship Gifts. They ran the shop
for 10 years. She then was employed by Nantucket Office Products until
she semi-retired and became an Avon Lady. She was an award-winning sales
person for the Avon Co.
Mrs. Kniskern was very much a family person. She especially loved
her grandchildren. She will be missed by her many friends and family on
and off island.
Mrs. Kniskern was predeceased by her mother Katherine and her
brother Robert Dennis. She is survived by her husband Frank; daughter Sandra
(Kniskern) Meegan; step-children Matthew, Melissa, Andrew, Frank III, Edouard
and Denise; brothers Jim and David Dennis and grandchildren Chelsea and
Carlee Meegan of Connecticut, Megan and Martine Kniskern of Massachusetts,
Zachery Kniskern of New Hampshire, Amber, Crystal and Laura Kniskern of
Pennsylvania and Nathaniel and Sarah Henry of Delaware.
There will be a church service held after the new year. In lieu
of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Renovation Fund,
St. Mary's Our Lady of the Isle Church, 6 Orange St., Nantucket, MA 02554.
Grayce H. (Hayden) Bulger-O'Neill
Grayce H. (Hayden) Bulger-O'Neill of Nantucket died Friday, Dec.
18, 1998 in the New England Medical Center, Boston, after a short illness.
Born in Lynn, Mrs. O'Neill was the daughter of William C. and
Catherine (McKenna) Hayden. She lived on Nantucket for the past 19 years.
Prior to living on Nantucket, she lived in Marlboro, North Grafton and
Westboro. She was a graduate of Westboro High School and a graduate of
a local nursing school.
Mrs. O'Neill was a nurse at Westboro and Worcester State hospitals
for many years. She was also a matron at the Lyman School for Boys in Westboro.
She and her husband were avid travelers. She was also a member
of St. Mary's Our Lady of the Isle Church and a former member of the Church
of St. Luke the Evangelist in Westboro.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, John J. O'Neill;
a son, Jon Bulger of Westboro; four daughters, Beverly Bulger and Elaine
Bulger of Westboro, Mary Jayne Foley of Torrance, Calif. and Grayce Mullen
of North Grafton; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many
nieces and nephews.
Mrs. O'Neill's funeral was held at the Britton-Summers Funeral
Home in Westboro with a Mass held in the Church of St. Luke the Evangelist.
Burial was in Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton.
Memorial donations in Mrs. O'Neill's name may be made to the
St. Mary's Renovation Fund, St. Mary's Our Lady of the Isle Church, 6 Orange
St., Nantucket, MA 02554.
Winnifred Kinne Rickes
Winnifred Kinne Rickes of Dunedin, Fla. and Quidnet died on Friday,
Dec. 25, 1998. She was 90.
Mrs. Rickes was born in Gilbertsville, N.Y., attended Oneonta
High School and the New York State Normal School in Oneonta. She was an
elementary school teacher in Mount Kisco, Chappaqua, and Katonah, N.Y.
After she retired, she and her husband, Henry Anton (Tony) Rickes
summered in Nantucket and wintered in Florida. She was an avid bridge player,
strong swimmer, hiker, excellent maker of chowder and beach plum and grape
jelly. She was a gracious hostess and a long time friend to many.
Mrs. Rickes was predeceased by her husband Henry. She is survived
by a daughter, Ann R. Warren, of Delmar, N.Y.; a sister, Emily Kinne Hunt
of Dunedin; two granddaughters, Leslie Warren Munnelly and husband Tom
of Nantucket, Jennifer Warren Kramer and husband Eli of Portland, Ore.;
a grandson, Steven Warren of Nantucket; a niece, Christina Hunt Slack and
husband Edward of Glen Head, N.Y. and a nephew, Steven Hunt and wife Dianna
of Monroe, Ga.; four great-grandchildren and three great-nieces.
Memorial services will be held on Nantucket and in Dunedin at
the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Nantucket Conservation
Foundation, The Larsen-Sanford Center, 118 Cliff Road, Box 13, Nantucket,
Joan M. Santos
Joan M. Santos died on Monday, Dec. 21, 1998 at Nantucket Cottage
Hospital. She was 63.
Born March 5, 1935 on Nantucket, Mrs. Santos lived on-island
for her entire life. She was a resident of Sconset for 43 years. She married
Francis "Isky" Santos on Sept. 26, 1955.
She attended Nantucket public schools and the New England Business
School. She was a member of the Nantucket Angler's Club and enjoyed fishing.
Mrs. Santos was predeceased by her mother, Florence McLean. She
is survived by her husband of 43 years, Isky; two sons, Tom Santos and
Bill Santos of Nantucket; two daughters, Patti Santos of Nantucket and
Kathleen McIntosh of Natick; seven grandchildren; one sister, Mary Lou
Ruley of Nantucket and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was held at St. Mary's Our Lady of the Isle Church
on Wednesday, Dec. 23.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mrs. Santos's name
may be made to the Nantucket Boys and Girls Club, P.O. Box 269, Nantucket,
MA 02554, Nantucket Cottage Hospital, 57 Prospect St., Nantucket, MA 02554
or to The Marla Lamb Fund, c/o Nantucket Cottage Hospital, 57 Prospect
St., Nantucket, MA 02554.
Thomas Edward Drake
Thomas Edward Drake, Professor Emeritus of American History at
Haverford College in Haverford, Pa., and a longtime Nantucket summer resident,
died in his New York City apartment on Jan. 1, 1999. He was 91.
He had been chairman of the History Department and curator of
the Quaker Collection in the Haverford College Library prior to his retirement
Mr. Drake was born in Indianapolis, Ind. on Aug. 12, 1907, the
son of Heber Lincoln Drake and Auretta Williams Drake. He grew up in southern
California where his family moved when he was two years old. He graduated
from Stamford University in 1928 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He
received a master's degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate
in American History from Yale University.
His studies focused on the role of the Quakers in American society.
He also studied at the Universities of Grenoble and Heidelberg. Mr. Drake
taught at the University of Minnesota for two years before joining the
History Department at Haverford College in 1936.
Mr. Drake's book, "Quakers and Slavery in America," was published
in 1950. He also wrote and edited numerous articles for Friends Journal
and other Quaker publications.
In 1957-1958 Mr. Drake served as president of the British Friends'
Historical society. He was also active for many years in the Nantucket
Maria Mitchell Association. At his death he was an honorary vice president
of the association in recognition of his many contributions, including
the writing of a history of the association's first 50 years.
In 1938 Mr. Drake married the former Constance LaBoiteaux Sangree
Buttrick. They lived in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Nantucket and Falmouth, Jamaica.
Constance Drake died in 1982.
In 1983 he married the former Elizabeth Blackwell Twyeffort.
They lived in New York City and Nantucket. Elizabeth Drake died in 1993.
Mr. Drake's first trip to Nantucket was in 1938. His last visit
was in 1997 to celebrate his 90th birthday.
Mr. Drake was a member of the Coffee House Club in New York City.
He is survived by two sons, Thomas Hoyt Drake of Auckland, New
Zealand and Daniel Williams Drake of New Canaan, Conn. and Nantucket. He
also had six step-children by his marriage to Constance Drake: Joan Talbot
of Washington, Conn., Carl Sangree of Winnetka, Ill., Walter Sangree of
Nantucket, Harold Buttrick of New York City, the late Griffith Buttrick
of Canton, Mass. and John Buttrick of Zurich, Switzerland and Nantucket,
as well as two step daughters by his marriage to Elizabeth Drake: Katherine
Greene of New Paltz, N.Y. and Susan Spoor of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
He is survived by 23 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Burial will be in the Prospect Hill Cemetery. A memorial service
will be held at the Friends' Meeting House in Nantucket in the summer of
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Drake's memory may be
sent to the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association, 2 Vestal St., Nantucket,
Barbara A. (Geronimo) Ebenfield
Barbara A. (Geronimo) Ebenfield of West Falmouth died Tuesday,
Jan. 5, 1999 at her home after a long illness. She was 69.
Born in Worcester, Mrs. Ebenfield earned her bachelor of science
degree from Framingham State College and her master's in education from
Boston University and was inducted into Pi Lambda Theta, a National Honor
Her teaching career began in a one-room schoolhouse in Sconset.
After moving to Falmouth she taught first grade at the North Falmouth School
when it opened in January 1965. In 1967 she became the reading consultant
for the North Falmouth, East Falmouth and Teaticket Schools.
In addition she served as president of both the Cape Cod and
Massachusetts Reading Associations and two terms as president of the Falmouth
Teachers Association. She opened the first teacher's center at Tataket
After an early retirement Mrs. Ebenfield learned to play golf
and won two club championships at Round Hill Country Club in East Sandwich
and the Presidents's Cup at LaCita Country Club in Florida. She had wintered
in Titusville, Fla. for five years. She was a communicant of St. Elizabeth
Seton Church in North Falmouth.
Mrs. Ebenfield is survived by her husband, Arthur A. Ebenfield;
her mother Catherine (Senecal) Geronimo of Heath, Texas; two sons, Robert
Cranston of Nantucket and Granville Cranston of South Weymouth; a daughter
Catherine Hoffman-Saunders of Florida; two grandchildren, Shad and Hayley
Cranston of Nantucket; six sisters, Jean Tager of Texas, Elizabeth Mueller
of Falmouth, Doris Dumais, Claire Loveridge and Kay Rock, all of Florida
and Helen Duffy of Boylston and a brother, Daniel Geronimo of Florida.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9 in
St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Quaker Road, North Falmouth. Burial will follow
in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Falmouth. Visiting Hours will be Friday from
2- 4 p.m. and 7- 9 p.m. at Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 584
West Falmouth Highway, (Rt. 28A) West Falmouth.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Elizabeth Seton Church,
P.O. Box 861, North Falmouth, MA 02556.
Helen Crawford Bander
Helen Crawford Bander of Richmond, Va. and formerly of Nantucket,
died on Sunday, Jan. 3, 1999. She was 89.
Mrs. Bander was born in Burlington, Vt., the daughter of the
late Horatio and Florence Crawford. She was a graduate of Boston University
and taught in Davis County, Utah. Her husband, A. A. Bander, worked for
the weather bureau on Nantucket in the 1940s.
Mrs. Bander was predeceased by her husband, who died in 1992.
She is survived by two daughters, Frances Asano and Catherine Bander; one
son, John Bander; and three grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held in the spring.
Richard Macy Biggs
Richard Macy Biggs of Chelmsford died on Friday, Jan. 8, 1999
at his home. He was 64.
Born in Springfield on July 1, 1934, Mr. Biggs was the son of
the late Capt. Francis L. and Marion (Still) Biggs. He was a 1952 graduate
of Roosevelt High School in Honolulu, Hawaii.
A car enthusiast, Mr. Biggs was a well known member of many hot
rod car clubs, including the Pharaohs Car Club of Dedham.
Mr. Biggs was a descendant of the Macy family of Nantucket. He
and his wife Judith A. (Barr) Biggs, enjoyed spending time at their island
For 27 years, until his retirement in 1991, Mr. Biggs was a partner
in Contact East in North Andover. On Sept. 27, 1998 he and his wife celebrated
their 40th wedding anniversary.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Biggs is survived by four sons,
Steven and wife Terri Biggs of West Newbury, Randolph and wife Kellie Biggs
of Dunstable, Lawrence and wife Stephanie Biggs of New Ipswich, N.H. and
Jonathan Biggs of Providence, R.I.; seven grandchildren, Harrison and Hillary
Biggs of West Newbury, Alyssa, Jason and Meaghan Biggs of Dunstable and
Rachel and Ryan Biggs of New Ipswich; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 12 in Chelmsford; burial
was in Fairview Cemetery in Chelmsford.
James Holmes died after a battle with cancer on Thursday, Jan.
7, 1999 at his home in Manhattan, N.Y. He was 59.
Mr. Holmes was born on April 2, 1939, in Pittsburg, Kan., and
brought up in a musical environment. As a boy he studied violin and piano
and later continued his studies at the University of North Carolina at
In 1967 he moved to New York, N.Y. Late that year he met his
longtime companion, composer Ned Rorem. The next year they moved to the
Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Mr. Holmes was an organist and choir director long associated
with the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy on West 84th Street
in Manhattan, and a sometime composer of considerable skill. He won admiration
for his professional services and achievements.
His first major post as an organist and choir director was at
the Chapel (now Church) of the Intercession in Washington Heights, N.Y.
There, in 1972, he presented a well-received series of organ recitals,
each devoted to a modern composer, including Messiaen, Poulenc, Satie and
In 1973 Mr. Holmes became the organist and choir director at
the Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy, where until his illness intervened
he never missed a Sunday or feast day service. It was his custom to feature
a 20th-century work in his musical selections. His own "Stabat Mater,"
an unaccompanied choral work of austere beauty, was published by Boosey
& Hawkes. In September the church unveiled a plaque honoring him with
"thanksgiving for 25 years of devoted service."
Mr. Holmes was also a longtime resident of Westchester Street.
In addition to Mr. Rorem, Mr. Holmes is survived by his mother,
Lora Eastwood Holmes of Corvallis, Ore.; two brothers and two sisters.
Gertrude I. (Cady) Johnston
Gertrude I. (Cady) Johnston died on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1999 at
Our Island Home on Nantucket, where she had been a resident for six years.
She was 83.
Mrs. Johnston was born on Nantucket on July 12, 1915. She was
the daughter of Walter and Anna Cady, who operated Cady's Food Shop on
Main Street from the 1920s through 1955. She attended Nantucket schools
and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Fall River in 1932. She also
attended Hickox Business School in Boston and worked in the Boston area
During World War II, Mrs. Johnston served as a yeoman in the
U.S. Navy Waves, where she was stationed in Iowa, Hunter College in the
Bronx, N.Y. and Princeton, N.J. While in the service she met her husband,
a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. who served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Merchant
Marine. They were married in New York, N.Y. in 1946 and moved permanently
Mrs. Johnston was predeceased by her parents and by her sister,
Kathryn Cady Kane. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bertrand
Johnston of Nantucket; one daughter, Leslie Johnston of Boston; one son,
Bruce Johnston of Brooklyn, N.Y. and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at St. Mary's Our Lady of the Isle
Church on Friday, Jan. 8. with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorial
donations may be made to Cape Cod and the Islands Chapter, National Alzheimer's
Association, P.O. Box 953 Barnstable, MA 02630 or to the Resident's Fund
at Our Island Home, 9 East Creek Road, Nantucket, MA 02554.
Marshall H. Chambers...
Marshall H. Chambers died on Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999 in Sarasota,
Fla. He was 74.
Born in New Haven, Conn., Mr. Chambers graduated from Hillhouse
High School in New Haven in 1943 and from Springfield College in 1950 with
a bachelor of science degree and from Columbia University Teacher's College
in 1951 with a master's degree. He was a master at the Lawrenceville School
in Lawrenceville, N.J. from 1951 to 1990; assistant house master for Dickinson
House in 1951-1952; house master for Cleve House from 1954-1990; and he
founded the lacrosse program at Lawrenceville where he was head coach of
the varsity team from 1959-1990.
Mr. Chambers summered on Nantucket and managed the Siasconset
Casino for 29 years. He was inducted into the Lawrenceville School Alumni-Athletic
Hall of Fame on May 4, 1996 as well as to the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall
of Fame on June 7, 1997. He was a trustee of the Siasconset Union Chapel
and a member of the Meadows Country Club and Skinner's Golf Club.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 aboard the destroyer
USS Earle on convoy duty in the Atlantic, later transferring to the Seabees
on Okinawa. He was awarded the American Theatre Medal and the Asiatic Pacific
Mr. Chambers is survived by his wife, Virginia G. Chambers; two
sons, Marshall H. Chambers Jr. and Samuel P. Chambers, both of Nantucket;
and two sisters, Beverly B. Hall and Barbara B. Lindsey, both of Naples,
The family will welcome friends Friday, Jan. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.
at Kirby Arts Center on the Lawrenceville Campus. Funeral services will
be held on Saturday, Jan. 30 at noon at Edith Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceville
School, Lawrenceville. The Rev. John William Wauters and the Rev. Richard
H. Downes will be officiating. Burial will be private at the Lawrenceville
Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial at Foundation House at the
Lawrenceville School. All are welcome to attend.
A memorial service will be held for Mr. Chambers in Sarasota,
Fla. on Monday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. at St. James United Methodist Church,
2049 North Honore Ave., with the Rev. James W. Sheffer officiating. A memorial
service will also be held on Nantucket at a later date this summer.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be
made to the Marshall H. Chambers Fund at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
and Research Institute, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, Fla. 33612.
Mary Wheat Crowell...
Mary Wheat Crowell of Charlottesville, Va. and a longtime summer
resident of Madaket, died at her home on Monday, Jan. 11, 1999. She was
The daughter of the late Joseph Allen Wheat and Betty Kounslar
Miller Wheat, she was born in Charlottesville on June 16, 1919. She graduated
from Sweet Briar College in 1942, where she studied piano and sang in choruses
at Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox. In the mid-1970s she also sang in
the choir of St. Paul's Church on Fair Street.
In 1950 Mrs. Crowell earned her R.N. degree from the University
of Virginia School of Nursing. She married Thomas I. Crowell, a chemistry
professor, the same year.
She loved all of nature, especially animals. She worked against
racial injustice. Her other interests included swimming, sailing and playing
the French horn. She especially enjoyed cooking for her family and making
jelly on Nantucket.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Crowell is survived by two daughters,
Lesslie A. Crowell and her husband, Gustave H. Rathe, and Allison Crowell,
all of Charlottesville; two grandsons, Gus and Tom Rathe; a sister-in-law,
Mary Ann Wheat of Stamford, Conn.; and a niece, Dr. Polly Wheat of Jamaica,
Memorial contributions may be made to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital.
William Carl Euler
William Carl Euler, whose warmth, taste and cheer were reflected
in the Main Street business he helped establish, Nantucket Looms, died
of leukemia at his winter home in Key West, Fla. on Friday, Jan. 22, 1999.
He was 67.
Mr. Euler, known to all who knew and loved him as "Bill," found
joy in the simple and in the elegant. He was at ease among fishermen, business
people, artists and artisans. He was generous, both with his wisdom and
with his heart. Although he good-naturedly scoffed at sentiment, he never
forgot the birthday of anyone he knew. Mr. Euler loved Nantucket, but above
all he loved its people.
He was born in East Orange, N.J. April 5, 1931. Upon graduation
from Michigan State University with a degree in hotel management, he was
employed by Hilton Hotels, first at the Waldorf Towers and later as assistant
manager of The Plaza Hotel. His career with Hilton took him as far as Cuba,
where he was offered the top management position at the Hilton Hotel in
Havana. He turned the job down.
Instead, he came to Nantucket.
A chance meeting with Mrs. Tutein, the former owner of The Woodbox,
brought him to the island as manager of the inn and restaurant in the summer
of 1955. In 1957, The Woodbox remained open beyond the summer season and
Bill ran the establishment with Andrew Oates. It was the beginning of a
relationship that would continue both personally and professionally until
Mr. Euler's death.
The off season of 1957 was pivotal for both Mr. Euler and Mr.
Oates. Walter Beinecke, Jr., who was an occasional guest at The Woodbox,
hired Mr. Oates, a weaver, to oversee production of the hand-woven fabric
that was to be installed as part of the refurbishment of The Ocean House
on Broad Street. The renovated mansion would become The Jared Coffin House.
Mr. Euler was selected to be the first manager of the new inn.
But it was in the production of fine, hand-woven fabrics that
Mr. Euler and Mr. Oates would make a lasting impression on Nantucket. After
working for Leslie Tillet at The Cloth Company of Nantucket, Mr. Euler
and Mr. Oates bought the business on April 1, 1968 and renamed it Nantucket
Looms. The success of Nantucket Looms was the result of a true collaboration
between Mr. Euler and Mr. Oates ‹ Mr. Oates as master weaver, and Mr. Euler
as the businessman whose sense of style found fruition through his simple,
yet tasteful, presentations.
With wit and an unerring business sense, Mr. Euler helped Mr.
Oates transform Nantucket Looms into a shop that was the essence of the
best the island had to offer. Because of Mr. Euler and Mr. Oates, moreover,
Nantucket Looms was always more than a place of business ‹ it was a meeting
place, a place to watch the comings and goings on Main Street, a place
with friendship at its core. It was for years one of the few private businesses
to offer islanders year-round employment.
Mr. Euler held court in his upstairs office. People from all
walks of life found a ready chair in his sanctum. They came to share a
laugh, a hug, and a joy of living.
Mr. Euler and Mr. Oates retired on April 1, 1993. In 1994, author
David Halberstam dedicated his book, "October 1964," to Bill Euler and
Although Mr. Euler rarely swam, he loved the ocean. In winter
he surveyed the inner harbor from his Bear Street home, while in summer
his favorite perch was on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic at Maddequecham.
He was equally moved by sunrises and sunsets.
Mr. Euler never had any children of his own, but he leaves many,
of several generations, who were influenced and inspired by him. He is
also survived by Mr. Oates; his sister Betty Schilling of Florida, and
several nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed.
A memorial service will be held on Nantucket at a later date.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Euler's name may be made to Hospice Care
of Nantucket, c/o Nantucket Cottage Hospital, 57 Prospect St., Nantucket,
Donald E. Terry
Donald E. Terry of Sun City Center, Fla. and formerly of Nantucket
died on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999 in South Bay Hospital. He was 71.
Mr. Terry was a native of Nantucket and a veteran of World War
II. He served as assistant postmaster and had been in hotel management.
Mr. Terry is survived by his wife, Eileen Child Terry of Sun
City Center; a son and a daughter-in-law, Thomas and Lydia Terry of Playas
Del Coco, Costa Rica; a daughter, Peggy Terry of Tulsa, Okla.; three sisters,
Katherine Terry, Elizabeth DaSilva, both of Nantucket, and Sally Roberts
of Virginia Beach, Va.
Funeral services for Mr. Terry were held Friday, Jan. 22 at Prince
of Peace Catholic Church with burial in Florida National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to
the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Memorial Fund, c/o Mr. Bill Love, 684
Allegheny Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573.