Obituaries

Posted June 15, 2006

Sara Jane Woodward

Sara Jane Woodward died June 9, in her 67th year at her home on Martha's Vineyard following a courageous battle with endometrial cancer. Sara Jane was born in Winchester, oldest daughter of Sara Copeland Woodward and Philip Jason Woodward. She attended the Winchester schools, was baptized and confirmed at The Church of the Epiphany, and attended Mount Holyoke College and the Boston University Theater School. In 1964 she married Richard D. Stewart. That marriage ended in 1973, and in 1975 she married Ralph L. Knapp at The Church of the Epiphany. Throughout her life, Sara Jane was active in the Episcopal Church. In her twenties, she sang in the choir of Emmanuel Church, under the direction of Jack Fischer; later she sang in the choir of Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill.

She and Ralph lived on Long Island, New York for 20 years, and Sara Jane was for five years Lay Chaplain to the Day School at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Bay Shore. She was a member of the church's Chamber Choir, and sang numerous soprano solos for that group. She and another parishioner developed a curriculum for confirmands, acquainting these young people with the wonderful stories of the Bible, and with some of the ethical implications of them. Her theater background enabled her to start a group of Lectors for St. Peter's. She showed the members of the group how to project their voices to be heard in the large space of the nave, and she had them read the assigned lessons from any of the (then) seven authorized Bible translations, thereby bringing a broad range of scriptural language and imagery to the parish. For two years she attended the Mercer Theological Seminary in Garden City, L.I. to study Old Testament with Bp. J.G. Sherman, and Liturgy with Fr. Leo Malania.

Knitting was a nearly constant occupation with Sara Jane. Seldom without needles and yarn, she worked on projects for Red Stocking and also made caps and gloves and scarves for the Seamen's Church Institute in New York City. These were distributed to all the seamen who came to port during Christmas holidays.

In 1994, Ralph retired from his job, and a year later Sara Jane and Ralph moved to Martha's Vineyard to their retirement home. Sara Jane became involved in liturgical planning at Grace Episcopal Church, Vineyard Haven. She planned and produced the Liturgy of the Great Vigil of Easter (1996). During the interim period following the departure of the Rev. Terry Henry, she and Ralph typed and produced the parish's newsletter, "Grace Notes." She also took on the reorganization of the church's financial record keeping, along with Lynn Tipson.

Sara Jane was a member of the Island Community Chorus, and took great pleasure in singing in it. She was a Board member at the time of her death, and produced a system for organizing and keeping track of the group's music.

She belonged to a group of readers who meet once a month to discuss the book they had agreed to read for that month. She felt she benefited from the insights and knowledge of the other members of the group, and understood the literary work more profoundly for having discussed it with others.

During the last five years of her life, she was mentor to the Edgartown Readers at the Edgartown School. This was an "enrichment" course, in which the students of sixth or seventh or eighth grades were assigned a book to read, and were expected to be able to discuss it at the next meeting of the group. Sara Jane was passionate about showing the students that there was more to a work of fiction than its plot, and that authors wrote works of fiction to show readers what it feels like to confront some of the realities of human existence. Her hope was that the students would begin to see that there were many ways of living life, and would learn to be open to new people and ideas, and would begin to understand how to do critical thinking.

Sara Jane maintained a loyalty to Mount Holyoke College, and the friendships she made during her stay at the school. While living on Long Island, she interviewed potential recruits for the Admissions Office of the college. Most recently, she was class treasurer, and participated in the planning for their 45th reunion.

Sara Jane's hospitality was legendary. A brilliant cook, she produced wonderful food for her guests; she had a special touch with fish, and was delighted at the fish "right off the boat" available here on the Island. Her chocolate desserts, cookies and cakes were ambrosia for the gods. There was always a flow of brilliant conversation at her parties, and she loved drawing everyone in to the conversation of the group. She had a quick sense of humor, and could create a whimsical fantasy for any occasion on the spur of the moment.

Besides her husband, she leaves two sisters, Elizabeth Ann Woodward of St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., and Jean True Woodward of Cambridge; as well as a nephew, Timothy W. O'Meara, of St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. In addition there are numerous first cousins, and first cousins at one remove. Services will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, Woodlawn Avenue, Vineyard Haven on Saturday, June 17 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Island Community Chorus, P.O. Box 4157, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568; Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557; Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1197, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568; or Vineyard Nursing Association, P.O. Box 2568, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 are welcome. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for an online register book and for more information.

Brian L. McGlone

Brian Lee McGlone, 46, died on June 4 at his mother's home in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, after a brief battle with cancer. Brian was a 1978 graduate of Reynoldsburg High School, and later attended the Ohio State and Cleveland State universities. Brian resided in Cleveland, Ohio for the past 20 years, spending the past four summers here on the Vineyard.

A witty and charming conversationalist, Brian was a favorite barista at several coffee shops here on the Island. Brian lived a unique life, filled with style and a deep appreciation for simple beauty. Brian was an avid lover of all things fabulous. He will be very missed by all of those who were blessed with his friendship.

Preceded in death by grandparents, he is survived by his loving mother, Betty McGlone; sister, Carly (Scott) Barrett; aunts and uncle, Jeanne Noble, Charles and Joanne Ellyson; beloved nieces and nephew, Jennifer and Kelly Puett, Vanessa McGlone, Jamie, Matthew and Kaitlyn Barrett; and numerous cousins and dear friends.

Please join friends for a memorial service on Friday, June 16 at 7 pm on the Aquinnah town beach under the cliffs. After the service, an informal gathering will be held at the "Innermost Inn." Please call 508-680-6557 for further details.

Contributions can be made to Mt. Carmel Hospice, 1144 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215.

Stuart R. Haley

Stuart R. Haley was born on July 4, 1925 in Flint, Mich., and died May 19 following complications from surgery.

Haley was a life-long engineer, first finding his calling as a youth by building a radio described in Popular Science Magazine. As a solder during World War II, he worked as a radio technician and pilot. During his military service he was known as the whiz kid that beat the quiz kids by acing all his courses.

After his military service he married his teenage sweetheart, Marcia Kane. Later he earned a BES degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University and then a post-graduate degree in economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Haley's career in engineering and subsequently human services resulted in many interesting moves for his family over the years.

Like other visitors to Martha's Vineyard, Stu and his wife Marcia eventually decided to make the Island their home. In the early 1970s, they purchased The Oak House, an Oak Bluffs property that they transformed into a bed and breakfast. A few years later they purchased the Mansion House, which they upgraded and ran as The Tisbury Inn for a number of years. In the early 1990s they retired to Sarasota, Fla., where they became active in the community.

Stu is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marcia K. Haley; their son Austin Haley, daughter-in-law Rosemary and grandson Justin. Other surviving family members include Frances Kane Woerpel and Robert D. Woerpel, of Rochester, N.Y., and Vineyard Haven; niece Karin W. Stanley and Ted Stanley of West Tisbury; and nephew David Woerpel of Salem. A service in his memory was held at the Sarasota Unitarian Universalist Church on June 10.

Virginia L. Foster

Virginia Lloyd Foster died in Providence, R.I., on June 13. Her funeral service will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne on June 15 at 3 pm.

Donations may be made in Virginia's name to Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 55 Bradford Street Suite 302, Providence, RI 02903 or the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 43, One Abbey Lane, Middleboro, MA 02346. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Falmouth.

A full obituary will appear in next week's edition of The Times.