Posted January 12, 2006

Anne U. Usher
Anne U. (Stankosky) Usher of Oak Bluffs died Jan. 4 at Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 85.

Anne was born and grew up in Worcester, the daughter of Joseph Stankosky and Victoria Marcewicz, who had emigrated from Russia.

She attended St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn., and raised her family in Springfield after marrying John C. Usher. He died in March of 1971.

In her later years she worked for Massachusetts Mutual Insurance Company in Springfield as an underwriter for 27 years until her retirement in 1997. Previously she worked as a supervisor at Marshall's Department Store also in Springfield.

She summered on Martha's Vineyard since 1954 and became a year-round Islander in 2000 and lived between both her daughters. She enjoyed reading mystery novels and knitting.

She is survived by her two daughters, Merrianne

"Casey" Sharpe and Eliza J. Usher both of Oak Bluffs; one son, John J. Usher, and his wife, Joanne, of Barre; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and a great-grandson as yet to be born. She was predeceased by her husband and a daughter, Cicily D. Quinn.

Anne's earthly remains will be cremated and a graveside service will be held at a later date in Oak Grove Cemetery in Springfield next to her husband. Donations may be made in her memory to the Animal Rescue League,

Development Department, P.O. Box 265, Boston, MA 02117 or donate online; or to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or donate online ; or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.

Anthony V. Herron
Anthony V. Herron died on Dec. 29, 2005. He was 48 years old. A native of New York, Mr. Herron was a long-time summer resident. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gloria and Harvey Herron. He is survived by his wife, Sally; brother Lionel of Martha's Vineyard; stepmother Millie, and numerous foster brothers, sisters, and friends.

Memorial services were held Jan. 7 at the Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, 96 El Camino Real W., Mtn. View CA 94040

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368-2454.

Theodore C. Howes Jr.
Theodore C. "Ted" Howes Jr., 69, who worked for many years as an engineer in the U.S. space program at Cape Canaveral, died on Jan. 2 at Harborside Healthcare in Falmouth, of complications from a stroke. He was a resident of West Tisbury.

Born in 1936, Ted was the youngest of six children of Theodore "Finny" Howes and Nell (Conklin) Howes. The family lived on Skiff Ave. in Vineyard Haven. As a teenager, Ted worked as a carpenter for Tom Waldron and prepared lobsters at the Home Port in Chilmark.

A member of the class of 1955 at Tisbury High School, Ted graduated from Carson Long Military Institute in Pennsylvania before attending Worcester Junior College. After a hitch in the army, where he specialized in handling explosives, he went to work for General Electric, eventually earning a degree in Aerospace Engineering from California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo.

Ted worked as a project engineer for the aerospace division of General Electric (later bought out by Lockheed-Martin), first matching military satellite nosecones manufactured by GE to booster rockets built by other companies, and later on in the space shuttle program. He was the author of technical manuals used by space-launch technicians. Ted was proud of his work on secret national defense programs and of his close connection with astronauts and NASA scientists and engineers.

Ted and his wife, Ann, and their children, Ted and Suzanne, lived in King of Prussia, Pa., where GE's space program was headquartered, but satellite and shuttle launches took him for weeks at a time to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

In 2004, Ted and Ann moved back to the Island where Ted was born, rebuilding Ann's family house off Music Street, in which they had vacationed during most of the 47 years of their marriage.

Ted was an ardent fisherman from the time as a small child he began fishing in the Lagoon near the little shack at the foot of Skiff Avenue. He may be best remembered by the children in his extended family as the man who could always be counted on to take them fishing. Family albums are full of smiling youngsters posing with bluefish or stripers caught on expeditions with Ted. Whenever Ted was on the Island, friends and neighbors could count on a fillet or two from Ted from time to time, who ironically didn't himself care for fish on a plate.

One of Ted's fondest memories, a story he loved to tell, was of the striper that almost won the derby in 1960. Ted caught the fish at Menemsha too late to get to the evening weigh-in, and so he and Ann kept the huge fish wet in a bathtub overnight in hopes that it wouldn't dry out and lose weight, but at the morning weigh-in it was a couple of ounces lighter than the one that won the derby. Although he was proud of his second-place finish, he was always sure his fish would have won if he'd been able to weigh it in right away. His love of fishing continues in his son and granddaughter, who fish every derby.

In addition to his wife, Ted his survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Sarah Howes of Aquinnah, and by his daughter and granddaughter, Suzanne Howes and Leah Pachico, of West Tisbury. He is also survived by his brother Richard; and by his sisters, Martha Doane, Dora Edwards, and Mary Bourgault. He was predeceased by his brother Robert.

Ted will also be missed by the cousins who knew him as "Uncle Ted," many of whom he taught how to fish: Ray, Dave, and Ben Cabot; Sam, CJ, and Davey Millett; Eric Boass and Heidi Marquedant; and Karen Marinelli and Lynn Marquedant - as well as by their parents and children.

There will be a celebration of Ted's life at the Howes House in West Tisbury on Jan. 21 from 2 to 4 pm. Ted was a great-nephew of Joe Howes, "the seer of West Tisbury," who lived in the building and for whom it is named.

Barbara A. Counsell
Barbara Anne (Cryer) Counsell of Vineyard Haven died Friday, Jan. 6 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. She was 75.

Barbara was a lifelong Island resident born on March 28, 1930 in Oak Bluffs at the hospital, the daughter of Henry Cryer and Annie (Curran) Cryer.

She was graduated from the Tisbury High School in 1948 and married Sidney B. Counsell just after. Her husband died in August,1982.

Barbara worked for Leslie's Pharmacy since Sept. 1, 1980 after the closing of Ben Franklin Five and Dime where she had been working for many years.

She was a member of the VFW Ladies' Auxiliary, and she enjoyed square dancing, knitting, cooking, and her cats. It was said that she was the first customer at Vineyard Gourmet when they opened and had lunch there ever since.

She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Noyes and her husband, Alfred of Edgartown; a son, Sidney B. Counsell, Jr., and his wife, Judith, of West Tisbury; seven grandchildren, Tammy Noyes, Kristy Mayhew, Kelly Harlow, Cindy Noyes, Fred Noyes, Pam Amaral and Sharon Amaral; two great-grandchildren, Paul Henry Jeffers-Mayhew and Emma Elizabeth Mayhew; and her sister, Eileen Cryer of Randolph. She was predeceased be her brother, Henry Cryer, Jr.

A memorial mass will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.