Obituaries

Posted July 13, 2006

David S. Smyth

David S. Smyth

David Sanderson Smyth, 63, of New Britain, Conn., and Oak Bluffs, husband of Barbara (Peart) Smyth, died on July 5 at his home. Born in Waterbury, he lived in New Britain since 1972. A 1961 graduate of Croft High School in Waterbury, Conn., he attended Brown University and graduated from Transylvania University in 1966. He received a masters degree from the University of Cincinnati and a certificate in library science from Southern Connecticut State University. David was a self-employed tech-writer and genealogist. He was a former member of Christ Episcopal Church in Waterbury; was Junior Steward of Washington Lodge # 70, AF&AM in Windsor; and was a member of the Scottish Rite Consistory, Valley of Hartford.

Besides his wife Barbara, he leaves his mother, Lois (Sanderson) Smyth of Waterbury, Conn.; a brother, Peter B. Smyth of Fairfield, Iowa; a sister, Susan B. Smyth of Waterbury, Conn.; and three nephews, Daniel Smyth-Temple, Matthew and Nathan Luce, all of Waterbury, Conn. He was predeceased by his father, David V. Smyth.

Funeral services were held on July 8 at Christ Episcopal Church in Waterbury, Conn. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2600 U.S. Highway One, North Brunswick, NJ 08902; or to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111 or to the Masonic Charity Foundation, c/o Masonic Home and Hospital, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492. Please share a memory or note of sympathy with his family at www.carlsonfuneralhome.com.

Nicholas C. Drake

Nicholas C. Drake

Nicholas Charles Drake died unexpectedly on June 24. He was the son of Jody Edith Drake of Edgartown and Richard T. Lehman who predeceased him in August, 2004.

Nicholas was born on January 8, 1984 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. He attended the Edgartown School and was a 2002 graduate of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. He attended Johnson and Wales University. Most recently, he had been employed as a carpenter.

Besides his mother he leaves two half-sisters, Caitlin D. Crossland and Jennifer Lehman; a half-brother, Thomas Lehman; and his stepfather, Alan B. Crossland, all of Edgartown. He is also survived by his aunt, Nancy (Drake) Cooke and his cousins, Lars Elias and Charles and Samuel Cooke all from San Ramon, California. He was the beloved grandson of Winifred T. Drake of Edgartown. His grandfather Charles R. Drake preceded him in death.

A graveside service will be held in the New Westside Cemetery, Robinson Road, Edgartown on Saturday, July 15 at 11 am officiated by Rev. Robert Edmunds. Donations may be made in his memory to the Vineyard House, P.O. Box 4599, or to Martha's Vineyard Community Services, 111Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, both in Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.

Robert C. Schnetke

Robert C. Schnetke, 90, of Trinity Park in the Campgrounds, Oak Bluffs, died on July 6 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital after a brief illness. He was the husband of Margaret (Shea) Schnetke. He donated his body to Harvard Medical School. His memorial service will be held at a later date and a full obituary will appear in a later edition of The Times. Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Carole E. Larsen

Carole E. Larsen

Carole Elizabeth (Smith) Larsen of Menemsha died on July 6 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital after a long illness.

Aunt Carole, as she was known around the docks in Menemsha, always had a smile on her face and was a most optimistic person, with a kind and encouraging word for everyone.

She was a lifelong Island resident, born in Oak Bluffs on September 3, 1935, the daughter of Stanley and Marguerite G. (Simpson) Smith, both Island natives themselves. She attended the Edgartown School system and was graduated from the Tisbury High School.

In October of 1956 she married Dagbard Karsten Larsen, who predeceased her in December of 1979, and settled in their home in Menemsha, she to raise their children and Dagbard to earn his living by fishing and scalloping.

Always adventurous, she was the first woman to fish Menemsha Pond by helping Dagbard with his bay scalloping during the winter season. On one occasion, when she learned that her husband was leaving for a fishing trip to Cape May, N.J., she insisted on going with him instead of staying home. He loaded their car on the fishing boat and took her and their three children to Cape May.

Carole was never without something to do. Chilmark executive secretary Tim Carroll remembers that she was always willing to help people out. Carole was a clerk for the Menemsha Post Office, the shelter coordinator at the Chilmark Community Center for hurricanes, a member of the Town Affairs Council that connected winter and summer residents, and a town constable presiding at elections. Mr. Carroll described her as "a hard working, dedicated member of the community."

Carole was the custodian for the Town of Chilmark from 1984 until she retired in 2002. Prior to this she operated her own bed and breakfast, the Capt. D. Larsen House, where she met wonderful people from all over the world.

She did all these things and still found time to help run Larsen's Fish Market and cook up their famous boiled lobsters and chowder. At home she would make her well-known beach plum jelly. Her baking and cooking skills were shown off at the Chilmark Community Center flea markets; people loved her lobster rolls and quahog chowder.

She would always make you feel at home and welcomed you as part of the family, especially around hunting season when the hunters would gather around her kitchen table for something to eat and the latest news. She enjoyed cribbage and bingo.

Carole was loved by all, and her presence will be missed by all - down at the docks, in Menemsha, and across the Island as a whole, especially by her family.

She leaves behind two sons, Stanley L. Larsen and his wife, Lanette, of Chilmark and Karsten D. Larsen of Menemsha; a surrogate son, Gordon Perry of Aquinnah; two daughters, Debbie K. Larsen of Bourne and Lisa Larsen and her partner, Steven Dowler, of Vineyard Haven; six grandchildren, Tanya, Erik, Nathan and Janelle Larsen, Jaime Larsen-Conroy and Jesse Larsen-Conroy; two brothers, Nelson Smith and Michael Smith, both of Edgartown; and a sister, Mary Larsen of Chilmark; and many special nieces and nephews and her son-in-law, Larry Conroy of Vineyard Haven. Her siblings, Bill, George, and Mark Smith, Catherine Duval, and Diane Osbaldeston predeceased her.

A celebration of her life was held at the home of Mary and Louis Larsen in Chilmark on July 12. Donations may be made in her memory to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.

Ethel L. Marchant

Ethel Louise Edwards Marchant died on July 5 at Timber Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ocala, Fla., where she had been a resident for several years. She was 87.

Ethel was born and raised in Oak Bluffs and graduated from the old Oak Bluffs High School in 1937. She was married to Robert Marchant of Edgartown.

She is survived by her brother, Robert Edwards of Oak Bluffs; and three sons, David of Dunnellen, Fla., John of Holland, Mich., and Robert of New Bedford.

Danice D. Phillips

A longtime Island resident of Oak Bluffs, Danice Phillips died after a prolonged illness on Feb. 20. She was born on April 29, 1939. She was the daughter of Edward and Josephine Phillips of Oak Bluffs.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 19, at 11 am at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Oak Bluffs. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of The Times.

William Smith and Marcus Smith

The graveside services for the burial of cremated remains of Marcus Smith, who died on April 5, and William Smith, who died on Dec. 19, 2002, will be held on Saturday, July 22 at 2 pm in the Smith Family Cemetery on Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs.

Jacob Weissman

Jacob Weissman died July 11 at the Henrietta Brewer House in Vineyard Haven. Arrangements are incomplete. Call the Chapman, Cole, and Gleason Funeral Home at 508-693-1495 or visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com.