Posted January 19, 2006

Anita G. Foster
Anita G. Foster of Edgartown, and formerly of Williamsville, N.Y., died on Jan. 8.

Anita was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of the Abe and Harriet Greenberg. She grew up in Brooklyn and while attending James Madison High School was a member of the New York City All-High School Orchestra where she played the violin. She took her undergraduate degree from New York University, and her master and doctorate degrees from The State University of New York at Buffalo. Anita's dissertation researched gifted children's reading habits.

Dr. Foster taught elementary school for many years and became the reading specialist at Maple West Elementary School in the Williamsville Central School District in New York State. As the reading specialist, Anita organized and developed the school's reading center, which was cited by the State of N.Y. Education Department as an outstanding and exemplary program. Upon retirement, The Maple West Elementary Primary Courtyard was opened and dedicated to Dr. Anita G. Foster.

In 1993 Dr. Foster was named "Outstanding Alumna" by the Department of Learning and Instruction, The State University of New York at Buffalo. She was the first President of the Alumni Association of the Graduate School of Education, SUNY/Buffalo.

Dr. Foster's first love was to be with her family. She also loved to read and listen to classical music. She was also a great cook. Anita possessed a keen and outstanding eye for correct grammar and spelling. Indeed, she even found spelling mistakes in an early computer spell check program. Anita was the official proofreader for, not only her family, but also many friends and relatives. She also had the ability to write poems, on demand, for any occasion. Her poem "Moving On" was published in 2003 in "An Anthology of Poems by Martha's Vineyard Writers."

Anita loved everything about the Vineyard - her house, the people, the landscape, and the ocean. She first came to the Vineyard on a sailing trip in 1975. Whenever off-Island, she couldn't wait to get back to her Vineyard home. During her protracted illness, Dr. Foster was sustained and fulfilled by the beautiful environment of Martha's Vineyard and the love of her family and her many friends in the Island community.

Anita is survived by her husband of 54 years, Herbert; daughters Donna of Charlotte, N.C., and Andrea of Germantown, Md.; her sister Lenore Siegel of Madison, N.J.; her grandson Alex Foster Katz; son-in-law Steve Katz; and several nieces and nephews. Her sister Edith Greenberg Krasnow predeceased her.

Remembrances may be made to the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center Endowment Fund, 130 Center Street, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or the American Parkinson Disease Association, 720 Harrison Ave., Suite 7078, Boston, MA 02118.

J. Terrell Clements
J. Terrell "Ty" Clements, 60, of Boston, formerly of Oak Bluffs, died on Jan. 3 in Cambridge after a period of failing health. Born in Oak Bluffs on Aug. 12, 1945, a son of Catherine (Schultz) Curran of Oak Bluffs, he was raised and educated in Oak Bluffs and was a graduate of Berklee School of Music.

He was employed for 25 years as a trust manager for the law office of Mintz Levin in Boston. He had lived in Boston for the past 40 years.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother Albert of Louisville, Ky.; close friends Frank G. Souza, Dennis B.J. Loughlin of Dorchester, Jim Campbell of Boston, Jerry Bennett of West Palm, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were private. Donations in Ty's memory may be sent to the Robert McBride House, 70 Queensberry Street, Boston, MA 02215.

Photo by Mark Alan Lovewell

Peter J. Duart
Peter J. Duart of Vineyard Haven died Jan.16 at home surrounded by his family after a long illness. He was 57.

Peter was the husband of Barbara Ann (Sabino) Duart and was married for 40 years.

He was a lifelong Island resident, born on July 17, 1948 in Oak Bluffs the son of Joseph F. Duart, Jr. and Hilda King.

He attended Tisbury Elementary School and was graduated from the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School in 1966. He received his CPA degree from Bryant College in Rhode Island in 1969.

Peter worked for the Steamship Authority for 35 years until his illness forced him to retire. He was also the owner of Peter J. Duart Tax Service.

Peter had an active role in the Vineyard life; he was a past manager and member of the Holy Ghost Society, a volunteer for Camp Safe Haven and member of the Order of the Redman, formerly in Vineyard Haven, the Elk's Club and Lion's Club.

His passion was for sports, he loved to watch and attend the Patriots and Red Sox games. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara A. Duart; one son, Peter J. Sabino Duart of Vineyard Haven; two daughters, Rebecca Jane Stevens and her partner, Michael Cass of Vineyard Haven and Kim Elizabeth Thomas of Edgartown; 10 grandchildren, Katherine, Brittany, Stephanie, Kaleena, Brianna Strelecki, Tonya, Danny, Briar, Hunter Thomas and Amiris Timmons; his brother, Joseph Duart 3rd and his wife, Dotty of Vineyard Haven; three sisters, Karen Murphy, Joan Andrews and her husband, David, and Brenda Duart all of Vineyard Haven; his mother-in-law, Elsie Silva of Wareham; and a close family friend, Angela Deltorto. He was predeceased by a brother, Michael Duart.

His funeral mass was celebrated in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Massasoit Avenue, Oak Bluffs on Jan 18. Burial followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven with a collation at the PA Club afterwards. Donations may be made in his memory to Camp Safe Haven, P.O. Box 24, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568; The Vineyard House, P.O. Box 4599, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568; or to the Portuguese-American Club, Benevolent Fund, P.O. Box 2203, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.

John F. Costa Jr.
John F. Costa Jr., died unexpectedly on Dec. 29, 2005 in Folsom, Calif. Mr. Costa, also known as Jack, was formerly of Oak Bluffs the son of John F. Costa and Dorothy Perry Costa of Santa Maria, Calif.

Before moving with his family to south San Francisco, Calif., he attended the Oak Bluffs School and was later graduated from the South San Francisco High School.

He is survived by his mother; brother Joseph; nephew Drake Costa of Pleasanton, Calif.; aunt Marlene Perry of Ashville, N.C.; godparents Patricia A. Costa and Arthur W. Ben David of Oak Bluffs; cousins Virginia Costa of Oak Bluffs, and Elaine Costa Carroll of Vineyard Haven.

Photo by Denys Wortman

James R. Rogers
James Roy Rogers of Oak Bluffs died on Nov. 27, 2005. He was 55 years old. Jim was born and grew up in Long Island, N.Y. At seven years old he learned to fly small airplanes with his stepfather who owned a flight school on Long Island. He was a Boy Scout and played soccer for many years in school. After earning money by clamming on the Great South Bay for a few seasons at 16 he saved enough money to buy his first airplane, a Piper J-3 cub.

He graduated from Sayville High School and enlisted in the Army. He went into helicopter training in Fort Rutker, Alabama. He became a warrant officer and went to Viet Nam where he flew hundreds of missions and survived being shot down many times. He also was a pilot for General William Westmoreland, who commanded United States forces during the war from 1964-1968. After two tours of duty flying Bell Jet Ranger helicopters, he returned home and went to work for his uncles who were builders on Long Island. He was married for a few years and had a daughter named Jennifer.

He then went to work for a Record Manufacturer, and built a machine that enabled the company to recycle broken and rejected records. Just about that time a young woman was filling out a job application, and after seeing her, Jim ran into the personnel manager's office and said, "hire that girl." That is how he met Andrea Bellusci, and a year later they were married. Jim went back into the military reserves and flew helicopters again out of Newburg, N.Y.

Jim and Andrea left Long Island and moved to Fitchburg, where Jim went to work managing a trucking company and created machines to unload chemicals safely and to recycle them productively. Jim transferred to the Army Reserves at the Fort Devons Base in Massachusettes and became the unit's Safety Officer. Jim then went back into building houses, starting with friends in the reserves, and had a long list of customers. He restored the first house that he bought with Andrea and sold it, then built a new house that they designed together. After selling that one in 1986 they came to Martha's Vineyard and Jim built a beautiful home in Oak Bluffs. By this time Jim and Andrea had three small children, Jamie, Alisha, and Joseph. Jim continued building homes all over the Island. After a few years Jim transferred to the National Guard at Otis Air National Guard Base on Cape Cod, where he continued to fly helicopters.

He was a key figure in the aviation community. He started the Young Eagles program, which introduced children to flying at the main airport. He was the president and one of the founders of the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). With many years behind the yolk and under the hood of airplanes, Jim amassed a hefty list of flying credentials, including a commercial pilot license and an airframe and power plant license for working on airplanes. Jim's combination flying and mechanical experience made him a talented aviation professional. Jim was in the process of building a new row of hangars, and at the same time a very large house for a customer in Edgartown, when he died in a tragic plane crash at the airport. Jim was a loving husband and father, and he was a great friend to all that knew him: if someone was in need of help, and he was the guy who came running.

In addition to his wife, Andrea, he is survived by his four children, Jennifer Turner of Centereach, N.Y., from his first marriage, and Jamie, Alisha, and Joseph Rogers from his marriage with Andrea. He is also survived by his mother Elizabeth Worzel of Belleview, Florida; his brothers John Rogers and Guy Worzel of Florida; his sisters Diane Cunningham, and Lisa Murphy of Florida; and he was predeceased by his sister Laurie Loftus of Fla. He is also survived by his six grandchildren - Harry and Tyra Brame, and Jachelle, Jahmel, Tommie, and Legend Turner and his son-in-law James Turner all of Centereach, N.Y. Jim will also be missed by his nephews and nieces Mathew, Philip, and Vincent Braiotta, Domineque Poli and Stephanie Zauzner as well as their parents, Phyllis and Dom Braiotta of Nissequague, Long Island, N.Y., and Roseanna and Bruce Sevran of Huntington, Long Island, N.Y. Jim is survived by his mother-in-law, Gloria Bellusci; he was predeceased by his father-in-law, Vincent Bellusci.

Jim's earthly remains were cremated and he will be buried at the Oak Bluffs Cemetery at a later date this spring.

Willie Pelletier
Willie Pelletier died on Dec. 10, 2005 at home on Seki, the boat he shared with his wife Judy, in San Diego, Calif. A celebration of Willie's life will take place on Sunday, March 5 at 2 pm at the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center, Center Street, Vineyard Haven.

A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Times.