Posted March 9, 2006

Steven M. Borer
Dr. Steven Borer of Leominster, formally of West Tisbury, died unexpectedly on Feb. 17 in Wellington, Fla.

He was born on Sept. 12, 1947, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Harry and Edith Borer. After graduating from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., he received his dentistry degree from New York University, specializing in Pedodontics. He had dental practices in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Tisbury. He enjoyed helping children and adults, especially as a Hospice volunteer. Following retirement, he enjoyed traveling, painting, hiking, and reading historical novels.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 38 years, Carol; his mother, Edith, and Larry Ginsberg of Coconut Creek, Fla.; his daughter, Hali, and her husband, Joshua Black, of Millbury; his son, Daniel, and his companion, Caroline Bonnivier, of North Adams; his sister, Randi, and her husband, Rich Cosola, of Wellington, Fla.; his brother, Jerry, and wife, MaryEllen Borer, of Great Neck, N.Y.; his pride and joy, grandson Jake Black, and his faithful companion, "Sammy."

Services were held at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel, Boynton Beach, Fla., with Rabbi Bukaitz officiating. Memorial donations may be made in his name to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs MA 02568.

Editor's note: Dr. Borer's obituary is reprinted this week to correct proofreading errors made in last week's Times.

Helen R. Johnson
Helen Ruth (Tobey) Johnson of Tisbury died March 1 in the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. She was 83. She was the wife of Thaddeus Johnson.

Helen was born in Mashpee, and during World War II she lived in Boston, working at the Hingham Boatyard as a welder. Upon her marriage to her first husband, Jesse R. Smally, she moved to Gay Head (Aquinnah).

Helen was a private house cleaner, an excellent cook, and loved by all.

Helen is survived by her two brothers, Everett F. Tobey Sr. and Kenneth A. Tobey, both of Falmouth. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many cousins.

Services are private. Donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Janice W. Duncan
Janice Waterman Duncan, 67, a former resident of West Tisbury, died March 1, at Hamilton, Ontario. Ms. Duncan was a frequent visitor to the Island for decades before taking up residence here in the 1990s.

She was an advocate for affordable housing on Martha's Vineyard, and worked for the safety of battered women and abused children

She was active in the affairs of Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven. She served as a deputy to the Diocese of Massachusetts Convention at one time.

Ms. Duncan and her husband, Richard L. Crawford, moved to Hamilton, Ontario, her hometown, in 2001.

She was the daughter of the Rt. Rev. Harold Waterman and Frances Bayne Waterman. Her father was dean of Christ's Church Cathedral, Hamilton, at the time of her birth and later Anglican (Episcopal) Bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

She was active in the affairs of The Episcopal Church in the United States, serving as a deputy to the General Convention five times, representing the Diocese of Pennsylvania, She also served on the Council of Advice to the President of the House of Deputies; as a member of The Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief, and was for many years the Director of Program for the Diocese of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Duncan played a notable role in the Coalition for the Ordination of Women, and was a pivotal person in the 1974 General Convention's canonical approval of Women's Ordination. Previously, she was involved in the planning for the ordination of the first 11 women to received Holy Orders, an illicit but regular action on the part of the ordaining bishops, and a key move toward canonical approval.

As the mother of two children with disabilities, she was active as a leader and advocate for such people and their families. She was a member of the Circle of Friends, a support group in Hamilton for people living with life-threatening illnesses.

Ms. Duncan also established a successful Organizational Development and Conflict Resolution business, working mainly among congregations and higher religious judicatories of many faith groups. She also assisted other not-for-profit organizations with similar problem.

Besides her husband, she is survived by four children, Theodore Duncan, Willow Grove, Pa; Sharon Duncan Sylvia, West Tisbury; Carolyn Stem, Abington, Pa.; Catherine Duncan, Sellarsville, Pa.; three granddaughters, Caitlyn Parkhurst and Alex Sylvia, both of West Tisbury, and Emma Rose Stern of Abington, Pa.; one grandson, E.J. Sylvia, West Tisbury; six stepchildren and numerous step-grandchildren; a sister, Marjorie Laidler of Hamilton, Ontario; two brothers, Harold Waterman, Stittsville, Ontario, and Robert Waterman, Nepean, Ontario. Two older brothers, Norman Waterman and Gerald Waterman, died earlier. A dear and lifelong friend, Jean Lane Duncan, of West Chester, Pa., formerly of Halifax, Nova Scotia, also survives.

Service will be held at Christ's Church Cathedral, Hamilton, at a time to be announced in the spring. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Just Burials and Cremations, Burlington, Ontario.

Cristina E. Callan
Cristina E. Callan of Cambridge and West Tisbury died on Feb. 23. She was born in Boston in 1928 to the Rev. John Joseph Callan and Mary Hemenway.

She is survived by six nieces and nephews. Her brother, Desmond Callan, and her sister, Mary H. Bailey, predeceased her.

She was a respected and loved artist, weaver, and independent spirit. Services will be private.

Joseph B. Robichau
Joseph B. Robichau Jr. of Edgartown, aged 101 years, died March 6 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. He was the husband of Betty L. (Doubtfire) Robichau and father of Joseph B. Robichau 3rd. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visiting hours at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs, on Thursday, March 9, 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm, with a prayer service officiated by the Rev. Gerry Fritz at 8 pm. Burial will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Federated Church, steeple fund, P.O. Box 249, Edgartown MA 02539; the YMCA of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 881, Vineyard Haven MA 02568, or the Boys and Girls Club of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 654, Edgartown MA 02539. Visit for online guest book and information.

Wallace S. Pinkham
Wallace S. Pinkham, 64, of Vineyard Haven died March 7, at his home. He was the husband of Cheryl J. (Worden) Pinkham and the father of Glenn and Lori Pinkham. His funeral service will be held in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs, on Friday, March 10, at noon, officiated by the Rev. Arlene Bodge. Visitation will commence at 11 am prior to the funeral service. Donations may be made in his memory to the Vineyard Nursing Association, P.O. Box 2568, Oak Bluffs MA 02557. Visit for online guest book and information.