Obituaries

Posted August 10, 2006

Ruth E. Siple

A memorial service for Ruth E. "Auntie" (Wray) Siple, wife of Douglas Siple and mother of Kristen Mathias, who died away on July 1, will be held in the Trinity United Methodist Church in the Campground, Oak Bluffs, on Saturday, August 12 at 11 am, officiated by the Rev. Mary Jane O'Connor-Ropp.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vineyard Nursing Association, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for a complete obituary and online guest book.

Richard E. Peterson

Husband, father, Pop Pops, and brother, Richard E. Peterson of Woodland Road, Ashland, died August 2 in Brigham and Women's Hospital from complications related to lung cancer. Richie was blessed with his wife of 55 years, Ginny, his four sons, Richard Lee, Scott, Cris, and Dale. In addition to his eight grandchildren he has a sister Phyllis Wood who resides in Redding, Calif.

Richie was born in Framingham in 1925. A lifelong resident of Ashland, he attended Ashland High School and is remembered for his service as two-time Class President.

His love for the ocean brought him to Martha's Vineyard where he spent his summers. He was blessed with several ocean vacations along the coast where he and his wife enjoyed his passion.

Not many knew his accomplishments. He held patents for his work in arboriculture. He was once the youngest tree warden in the United States. It wasn't until September of 2005 that he retired as a private entrepreneur.

It was his zest for life, his sense of humor, unquestionable integrity, and living life on his terms that gained the love and respect of all who knew him. He will be missed by his family and friends but most of all he will be remembered in our hearts for the gifts he gave to each of us.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will be at the Tabernacle, Campground, Oak Bluffs, on Saturday August 12 at 2 pm.

Eleanor I. Bagley

Long-time summer resident of Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs, Eleanor Ingle Bagley died peacefully with her two daughters by her side on May 14. She had just celebrated her 100th birthday three weeks earlier with her family and friends at Wake Robin in Shelburne, Vt.

Eleanor was born on April 20, 1906 in Hartford, Conn. She was the daughter of William and Eleanor Greenleaf Ingle. She graduated from Hartford High School, attended Pratt Institute of Art, and spent one summer at the Fountainbleau in Paris, where she received additional training to prepare her for her teaching art at Hartford High.

Her marriage to Clifton Bagley in 1937 brought her to the Vineyard for the first time. She was welcomed into the family home by Clifton's aunt, Emma B. Sayles, who owned the house on Ocean Park. Upon Mrs. Sayles's death, Clifton and Eleanor inherited the home. Their love of the Island spanned more than 70 years. Eleanor was even able to visit the Vineyard last August at the age of 99!

During the 50 years that she and her husband lived in Scarsdale, N.Y., Eleanor became very involved in the Girl Scouts. After becoming a troop leader for many years, she took over the outdoor camping program and developed several scout camps. Her training in the field of art led her to dabble in weaving, pottery, painting, and silver jewelry making. She gave many of her jewelry pieces to her friends and family. In 1993 she moved to Wake Robin, where she enjoyed the last 13 years of her life.

Eleanor was well known for her friendly, outgoing personality and her great enthusiasm for life. She had a wonderful positive attitude and enjoyed each day. Her wide range of interests and experiences contributed to her respect and acceptance of others. She could always see the good in every person or situation and was comfortable and interested in people of all ages and walks of life.

Eleanor's summers on the Vineyard were filled with family and friends. She enjoyed beach picnics, band concerts, community sings, art shows, up-Island auctions, and picking blueberries, wild grapes, and beach plums. She was especially known for her clam chowder and watermelon pickles. She was involved in the Martha's Vineyard Garden Club and enjoyed creating an arrangement for the summer flower shows. She also enjoyed playing bridge every week with friends. The large dining room table held many multi-generational lively discussions and lots of laughter. Her ever-present welcoming love will be greatly missed.

Eleanor is survived by her two daughters, Midge Marshall of Ridgefield, Conn., and Emmy Smith and her husband Jim of Colchester, Vt. She had four grandchildren, Jenn Schaller, Debby Trautner, Jessica and Jamie Smith as well as three great-grandchildren Jake, Abby, and Owen Trautner. She was predeceased by her husband Clifton in 1982, and her sister Marge and husband Howard Brooks in 1997.

There will be a memorial service for Eleanor on Sunday, August 13 at 3 pm at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs. She will be buried at a later date with her husband in Vineyard Haven.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust, P.O. Box 5277, Edgartown, MA 02539 or Martha's Vineyard New Hospital Fund, P.O. Box 1477, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Fred Glodis

Fred Glodis, beloved and revered science teacher at the Tisbury School for 33 years, died suddenly on August 4. He had spent a wonderful day in the company of his loving family at his home in Wilson, N.C.

A memorial service on the Island will held at a later date. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of The Times.

Patricia E. Reed

Patricia Eileen Reed, 52, of Nantucket, died on August 1 at Nantucket Cottage Hospital. A Mass will be celebrated at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 20 Fair Street, Nantucket, on Saturday, August 12, at 11 am. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 11 am at Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road, Vineyard Haven.

Donations may be sent to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 278, Nantucket, MA 02554.