Posted June 22, 2006

Virginia L. Foster

Virginia Lloyd Foster died in Providence, R.I., on June 13. Born in Hanover on July 26, 1915, she was the daughter of Annie Burkett and William A. Lloyd. Virginia (Ginny) was graduated as a registered nurse from the Beth Israel Nursing School in Boston. She was married to Sawyer Foster M.D. in 1937. Virginia and Sawyer raised four children, Sandra, Linda, Diane, and David, all of whom survive them.

An avid painter all her life, Virginia studied art in Boston and later began a career in interior decorating. She started her own decorating firm in Wellesley and later joined Hilson Interiors of Brookline.

After her children completed college, Virginia returned to her first career, working as an emergency room nurse at the Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick, where her husband practiced cardiology.

The Fosters lived in Natick and Dover and spent many summers at their house in Gay Head on Martha's Vineyard. Wherever she lived, Virginia was known for her beautiful gardens, her love of art and literature, and memorable parties.

The Fosters traveled widely and especially enjoyed their trips to Italy and a grand trip through Europe and across the Alps, where they rode in a 1921 Rolls Royce as guests of the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club. Virginia and Sawyer retired first to Loudon, N.H., and then to East Falmouth, where they lived until Dr. Foster's death in 1988. A few years later, Ginny moved to the Village at Waterman Lake, a retirement community in Greenville, R.I., outside of Providence, where she lived until her death.

Her funeral service was held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne on June 15.

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.

Edward A. Perry

Edward A. Perry, 74, of Edgartown died June 15 at Martha's Vineyard Hospital of kidney cancer. Ed was born April 8, 1932, in West Bridgewater, the son of the late Anthony and Francelina (Barboza) Perry.

Mr. Perry was a resident of West Bridgewater for many years. He graduated from both the Brockton Vocational School and West Bridgewater Howard High School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in October 1950, serving three years. He started a refinishing and kitchen cabinet business, and then in the late sixties he moved to Martha's Vineyard, where his business included remodeling, masonry, and building. Ed enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and prided himself in his garden full of strawberries, vegetables and grapes. Mr. Perry was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary F. (Sanborn) Perry; two sons, Robert Edward Perry and Daniel Edward Perry, both of Oak Bluffs; two daughters, Carolyn Elaine "Lynne" Perry of Oak Bluffs and Nancy Elaine Bliss of Edgartown; a brother, David A. Perry of West Bridgewater; a sister, Shirley A. Battista of Middleboro; nine grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; four nieces and three nephews. He was pre-deceased by a nephew, C. Frank Anderson. A funeral service was held on June 20 in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brockton. Services of internment followed at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Bridgewater.

Marjorie R. Rusbosin

Marjorie Rabbitt Rusbosin of Vineyard Haven, widow of Capt. Vincent A. Rusbosin, USNR, Ret., died on June 16 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She was born at home in Vineyard Haven, daughter of Thomas A. and Bernice Daggett Rabbitt, on April 2, 1921.

Mrs. Rusbosin is survived by her siblings, Winifred Kittila of Nantucket, Dorothy Coggins of Alexandria, Va., Esther Cummens of Naples, Fla., and Thomas Rabbitt Jr. of Vineyard Haven; and her children, Barbara Keeling of Naples, Fla., Bruce Hatch of Glade Spring, Va., Vincent Rusbosin II of Mt. Airy, Md., Jayne Stanek of Vineyard Haven, and Joan Foote of Germantown, Tenn., as well as 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Marjorie grew up on Martha's Vineyard, and during World War II she met and married Vincent Rusbosin, a Naval Aviator. They were married for more than 42 years.

After establishing a home on Martha's Vineyard while her husband was attending Harvard Graduate School of Education and later teaching, Mrs. Rusbosin raised her children. When her husband was called back to active duty in the Navy in 1951, the family lived briefly in California and then traveled to and lived in Naples, Italy, for three years, additionally enjoying travels throughout Europe.

The family then returned to the United States and lived in and around the Washington, D.C., area, with summers spent in Vineyard Haven, where Marjorie diligently assisted in the running of The Tashmoo Inn, owned by her parents. In 1973, Marjorie and her husband retired and moved full-time to the Island. In her D.C. years, she was a Red Cross "Gray Lady," one of the group of hospital volunteers who wore gray outfits.

In recent years, Marjorie has owned and managed the Tashmoo Annex guesthouse on Main Street, Vineyard Haven, and during winters she has lived in West Palm Beach and Naples, Fla., with family. Over many years, Marjorie has hosted and cared for many family members and guests, gaining a wide range of friends, respectful admirers, and acquaintances through her genuine, down-to-earth and helpful manner. She was greatly loved, and she will be greatly missed.

Her funeral mass was celebrated in St. Augustine's Church, Vineyard Haven on June 20. Burial followed at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Donations may be made in her memory to the Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group, P.O. Box 2214, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home. Visit for more information and an online guest book.

Albion Alley Jr.

The death of Albion "Beanie" Alley Jr. on May 30 has saddened his family and all who knew him. He will always be remembered for having a smile on his face and a cigar tucked in the corner of his mouth. He was a very generous, wise, patient and loving man, who had an amazing ability to do anything and everything he set his mind to.

He was born in Oak Bluffs in 1924 and lived on the Island all of his life. In 1946 he met and married his beloved wife and fishing companion, Ethel T. Amaral, who died in1997. Beanie owned and operated Alley's Auto Service in West Tisbury from 1959 until he sold the business in 1970. Beanie and Ethel then retired to their welcoming home on Tashmoo Pond. Together they lived a full and happy life, filled with family, friends, and many memorable times. He was a man who loved all that the outdoors had to offer. He hunted, fished, shellfished, and had a few vegetable and flower gardens here and there at his home on the pond. He was a jack-of-all-trades, and there was nothing he couldn't fix or construct.

Family was very important to Beanie. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He taught us all about life and commitment and to stand up for what we truly believed in.

He taught his great grandchildren all about birds and what pleasure it gave him to watch the chickadees and their friends at the feeders in his picture window. His great grandchildren are lucky to have had a chance to know and love him. They were blessed to have been able to hear him tell many of his stories, as we all were. His wisdom and knowledge of the sea and the Island will live on through us forever. Beanie was one of the last of his kind, and for all who knew him, his presence will be dearly missed. He was a strong and loved man who now rests in peace.

Beanie is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Manny Estrella 3rd of West Tisbury; and his son and daughter-in-law, Albion A. and Mary Rentschler Alley 3rd of Tisbury. His grandchildren, Manny Estrella 4th and his wife Jessica of West Tisbury, Heidi A. Pachico and her husband Gregory of West Tisbury and Albion A. Alley of Tisbury. His treasured and beloved great grandchildren, Amanda and Andrea Pachico and his namesake, Alley, and Morgan Estrella.

The family welcomes you to share your thoughts and stories with them through the online guest book at

Henry R. Pedersen

Henry Rendell Pedersen, an 18-year resident of Martha's Vineyard, died June 15 at the age of 81 after a long illness. Born March 16,1925, in Westwood, N.J., as a boy Harry was a member of the famous St. Thomas Boys Choir, an experience which began a lifelong love of choral music. He was a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and proudly served in the Merchant Marine during World War II, and in the United States Naval Reserve. Harry was very active in the affairs of his local churches wherever he lived over the years, in addition to singing in community and church choirs.

After a long career in the marine insurance business, Harry and his wife Sylvia retired to the Island, where he was active in the Island Community Chorus and Christ United Methodist Church. He was a pillar of strength in spirit, and secure in his faith in God. All who knew him will miss his wit, charm, grace, and strength.

Harry is survived by his loving wife, Sylvia, brothers Ronald and John, sons Keith and Theodore, and three grandchildren. A son, James, predeceased him.

A memorial service will be held on June 24 at Christ United Methodist Church, Church Street, Vineyard Haven, at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, Church Street, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs.