Obituaries

Posted April 20, 2006

Marilyn J. Morse
Marilyn J. Morse, 66, of Oak Bluffs and Duxbury, died unexpectedly at her Island home on April 10. She was born and raised in Roslindale and later moved to Duxbury. For several years she held the Island and Campmeeting Association near to her heart. For the past decade Marilyn unselfishly cared for her disabled brother, James W. Fuller, Jr., who predeceased her.

Ms. Morse is survived by her sons, Richard J. Morse of Norfolk, Va., and Gregory E. Morse of Foxboro; and three grandchildren, Ashley E. Morse of Foxboro, Van S. Morse and James E. Morse of Biloxi, Miss.

Services were held at the Shepherd Funeral Home, 216 Main St. (Rte. 106), Kingston, on Saturday, April 15.

Marilyn truly cherished her Vineyard time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tabernacle Restoration Fund, Martha's Vineyard Campmeeting Association, P.O. Box 1176, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Ruth P. Seller
Ruth P. Seller died on March 31 after a short illness. She was 88. Ruth was born in Wellesley Hills in 1918 to Emma Kelley Pigeon and Richard Pigeon. She graduated from Miss Hall's School in Pittsfield in 1934, Garland Junior College in 1936, and Pine Manor College in 1938. She worked as a teacher's assistant in Boston prior to marrying Welles T. Seller (Brud) in 1942, after which she joined him in Greenville, Miss., where he served in the United States Army Air Corps. After the war they moved to Greenfield where she lived for over 30 years. In Greenfield she volunteered for the Greenfield Hospital Auxiliary and Garden Club, and raised three children.

Ruth was a summer resident of Menauhant, East Falmouth, for her whole life, and this was where, as a teenager, she met her future husband, Brud. In Menauhant she was an avid tennis player, sailor, and motorboat enthusiast, who spent weeks with Brud cruising on their beloved boat, Nike. Ruth and Brud retired to Menauhant in 1978 where spent happy years boating and visiting with their five grandchildren. Ruth was also a volunteer with the Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary and a member of the Waquoit Congregational Church.

Ruth attracted all the neighborhood children to her with a friendly smile and genuine interest. This interest in other people grew to be a signpost of her character. Friends described Ruth as not having a mean bone in her body. In addition to her love of people, Ruth loved her dogs and parakeets. She enjoyed needlepoint and beautiful examples of her work decorated her home.

Ruth and Brud would have celebrated 64 years of marriage on May 30, 2006. All their family and friends thought of them as an example of true love, and even in their very elder years they stared at each other in wonder. They died within three weeks of each other.

Ruth leaves two daughters and a son, Deborah Pigeon of Oak Bluffs, Jane S. Smith of W. Springfield, and James T. Seller of West Tisbury. She also leaves five grandchildren, Hallie M. Armer of Oak Bluffs, Eben J. Armer of West Tisbury, Wesley Smith of Missoula, Mont., Justin A. Smith of Tampa, Fla., and Chase T. Seller of West Tisbury.

A memorial service will be held on July 8 at 4 pm at Grace Memorial Chapel, East Falmouth. The memorial will also include her beloved sister, Judith P. Brainerd and her beloved husband, Welles T. Seller. There will be a reception to follow. Donations may be made in her name to the Falmouth Service Center, Falmouth.

Elizabeth H. Stacy
A memorial service will be held for Elizabeth Hilliard Stacy on Saturday, April 22 in the Trinity United Methodist Church in the Campgrounds, Oak Bluffs at 2 pm officiated by the Rev. Mary Jane O'Connor-Ropp. Mrs. Stacy died at her home in Oak Bluffs on March 27.

Arrangements by Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-1495.

Paul Petricone
Paul Petricone of Sengekontacket in Oak Bluffs died unexpectedly Monday evening, April 17, at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. He was 85.

Paul was the husband of Eleanor (Rossetti) Petricone and the son of Anthony and Teresa (Meile) Petricone. He was born in Gaeta, Italy on September 9, 1920 and emigrated with his parents to the United States when he was seven.

They settled in Somerville and he was a graduate of Somerville High School. During the depression he went to work at the Fore Rivers Shipyard in Quincy to help support the family even though he was offered a musical scholarship to the conservatory. This also gave him the title that his wife called him by after as that of the "Silent Soldier" because he was exempt from enlisting in the service during World War II. It also had its downfall due to the fact that it caused him great suffering and lung damage from the air that he breathed while welding the steel hulls.

This forced him to quit and after he met his future wife, Eleanor, they rented a beauty salon in West Medford and named it after their son, Paul Anton. They lived in Arlington in their dream home for 23 years and moved their shop to Boston in the Government Center and also the Parker House. They moved to Cambridge into an historical house and their family grew to three with the addition of Marc and Neil. All the while they were vacationing on Martha's Vineyard for 50 years and built a house in Sengekontacket 25 years ago which became their permanent home in 1995.

Paul was a gifted and talented musician with his own band playing jazz and swing venues in Boston and surrounding areas earlier in his life, a trait that was passed down to his sons.

Paul is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eleanor Petricone; his three sons, Paul A. Petricone of West Tisbury, Marc S. Petricone of Vineyard Haven, and Neil J. Petricone of Cambridge; three grandchildren, Marco, Ava, and Sandra; a brother, Arthur Petricone of Piermont, N.Y., also a very well accomplished trumpeter; two sisters, Mary Major of South Yarmouth and Constance Percoco of Tampa, Fla.

All are welcome to a reception at the family home at 2 Sengekontacket Road, Oak Bluffs on Sunday, April 23, from 2 to 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Martha's Vineyard Arena, Inc., P.O. Box 2062, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home. Please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.