Posted September 21, 2006

Sean D. Summers

Sean D. Summers

Sean David Summers, 35, died on Sept. 7 on Martha's Vineyard. He was born on Dec. 12, 1970, in Houston, Texas and lived in several locations since: Louisiana, Florida, and Martha's Vineyard, just to name a few, finally settling on Cape Cod.

Sean was a United States Navy veteran. He served in the first Gulf War and was discharged in 1993. While in the Navy, he was trained in underwater operations. He established a commercial diving business five years ago, Aquanaut Divers, based out of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. He also received a registered nursing degree at Florida State University in 1994. Sean held positions as an R.N. in Massachusetts and Florida. Sean received a culinary arts degree at Johnson and Whales University in 1990. Among other things, Sean also volunteered his skills and services at the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster site in 2001.

Sean had a lifelong passion for marine activities. His love for the water was a big part of his life. He loved diving for lobsters, spear fishing, traditional fishing and clamming. In addition, he had a love for travel; football, being an avid LSU, Patriots, and Red Sox fan; hunting with family in Wisconsin; and enjoying the art of fine cooking.

He is survived by his wife Krissy Summers and three sons - London, five, Maxwell, four, and Brett, eight months - of East Falmouth. His living biological family consists of his father, Ronald Scott Summers of Houston, Texas; sister Rae Jean Tubre and husband Shane Tubre; nephews, Gabriel Baker, one, and Billy Baker, 10, of Baton Rouge, La.; grandfather, Harold Hanson of Superior, Wis.; and aunt Cynthia Roy of Opelousus, La. His adopted family consists of mother Mary Smith of Sunset, La. and sister Jean-Marie Richard of LaFayette, La.

Sean was preceded in death by his biological mother, Peggy-Jean Love of Opelouses, La.; his grandmother, Joyce Arceneaux of Carencro, La.; and his adopted father, Dr. Seymour Smith of Sunset, La.

A memorial mass will be held at 11:30 am on Thursday Sept. 21, at Blessed Sacrament RC Church on Federal Street in Greenfield. A procession will follow to the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam, for a memorial service at 2 pm.

A memorial fund has been set up on his web site at In lieu of flowers, donations may also be mailed to Kristine Summers, P.O. Box 285, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370.

Ruth Apeseche

Ruth A. (Roeder) Apeseche of Tisbury and Dunedin, Fla., died on Sept.15, at her home in Tisbury on Lagoon Pond. She was 88.

Ruth was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on June 18, 1918 the only child of John and Anne (Sieler) Roeder. She received her high school education in Niagara Falls and was later a graduate from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

She married Frank P. Apeseche who was vice president of Johnson & Johnson, Inc. They moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, from the time they married until 1963. They then returned to the United States and settled in Westfield, New Jersey, until 1976 when they moved to Dunedin, Fla.

Frank and Ruth bought a summer home on the Vineyard in 1970 on Lagoon Pond in Tisbury and summered on the Island and wintered in Florida. Frank predeceased her in 1980.

Ruth was formerly in the Martha's Vineyard Garden Club and volunteered at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital for many years. In addition she was very active with the Lagoon Pond Association, the League of Women Voters and local politics in Dunedin. She enjoyed playing duplicate bridge, cooking, and entertaining her friends with wonderful dinner parties.

She is survived by her son, Frank Apeseche, Jr. of Natick; two daughters, Robina "Bina" Hall of Birmingham, Mich., and Anita Heller of East Chester, N. Y. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Marc Hall, Todd Hall, Mat Apeseche, Brian Heller, and Tyler Apeseche; and two great-grandchildren, Paige and Jessica Hall.

Her memorial service was to be held in Grace Episcopal Church, William Street, Vineyard Haven on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 11 am. Donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association, MA Chapter, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.

John S. McClintock

A service celebrating the life of John S. McClintock, who died on August 29, will be held at the Federated Church, South Summer Street, Edgartown on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 11 am. A reception will follow.

Memorial donations in John's name may be made to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 or the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust, P. O. Box 5277, Edgartown, MA 02539 in memory of John.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. For more information and an online guestbook, visit

Anne B. McKay

Anne B. McKay

Anne B. McKay, 91, of Needham, and Edgartown, died on Sept. 15, after a courageous battle with lymphoma.

She was the wife of Frank E. McKay.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of Walter S. and Mildred (Pease) Beatty.

Her mother was the niece of John Wesley Pease, grandson of Jeremiah Pease, founder of the Methodist Camp Meeting. She graduated Lexington High School in 1932 and went on to study Library Science at Simmons College. She then worked various jobs both in the Lexington area and on Martha's Vineyard, where her mother's family had a long history. This included working at her family's business, the Kelley House during the 1930s where she befriended many of the notable guests of the period, including etiquette expert Emily Post and famed vaudeville and radio comedian Ed Wynn.

During World War II, she started up a pen-pal relationship with a soldier named Frank McKay, who became her husband in 1946. After living in Fall River, and then in Ohio, they settled in Needham in 1956 to raise their family. Anne developed a reputation as a great cook and friends, neighbors, and relatives all got to enjoy her baked goods. She enjoyed writing and produced much memorable poetry. A line from one of her poems once graced the banner of the Vineyard Gazette. Anne was a devoted member of the Carter Memorial Methodist Church in Needham for 50 years, serving the church in many capacities. For all of her life she enjoyed summers on Martha's Vineyard and had many longtime friends there. She attended church in Edgartown at the Old Whaling Church. During recent years, she volunteered at the Second Hand Store on Summer Street.

Besides her husband, she leaves a son, James J. McKay and his wife Madeleine of Framingham and Edgartown; and a daughter, Martha Jason of Dennis; and she had five grandchildren, James T. and Julie McKay of Framingham, Kelley King of Dennis, Nicole Katz of Gilbert, Ariz., and Kim Talbott of Syracuse, N.Y. She was predeceased by her daughter, Carolyn McKay King.

A memorial service will be held at the Carter Memorial Methodist Church, 800 Highland Ave., Needham, on Sept. 30 at 11 am.

Burial services will be private on Martha's Vineyard. Other arrangements will be private and under the care of Eaton Funeral Home, Needham ( In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carter Memorial UMC Permanent Memorial Fund, 800 Highland Ave., Needham, MA 02494.

James H. Rolston

The family of Howie Rolston, who died on August 23, will hold a celebration of his life on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 12 noon, at the Portuguese-American Club on Vineyard Avenue, Oak Bluffs.

Arthur E. Peckham, Jr.

Arthur Ellsworth Peckham, Jr., 89, died Friday at his home in Pawcatuck, Conn. Mr. Peckham, raised in Pawcatuck, was a 1938 graduate of the University of Rhode Island and a member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity. While at URI he met his wife of 65 years, Ernestine Mayhew, a native of Chilmark, class of 1939. The couple began their married life on seven acres on Pequot Trail in Pawcatuck.

In 1942, Mr. Peckham joined the war effort as a Navy officer. For the remainder of the war he served as a Navy beach commander leading assault landings on Saipan, Leyte, Tinian, Luzon, and Iwo Jima. He was awarded a Bronze Star for valor for his service.

Returning to Pawcatuck, his interest in farming led to the creation of the Long Look Turkey Farm. His other passion during the post war years was showing horses, winning Best in Show at the Watch Hill Horse Show three years running with his mare, August Lady. He was also a member of the Gifts Committee at the Central Baptist Church, Commander of American Legion Post 152, and an active member of the Pawcatuck Lodge No. 90 of Free and Accepted Masons. He held continuous membership in the American Legion for 60 years and was a Mason for 68 years.

In 1954, Mr. Peckham moved his family from Connecticut to begin a 20-year corporate career as a senior executive with several national franchise distributors. His career achievement was noted in "Who's Who in American Business" and by his selection as an Honorary Kentucky Colonel. Concluding his corporate career, Mr. Peckham began nearly 20 years as a full-time resident of Chilmark where he became the Harbor Master for Menemsha and pursued his interest in commercial fishing and lobstering.

Since 1990, Mr. Peckham and his wife split their time between their homes in Pawcatuck and North Fort Myers, Fla., returning full time to Pawcatuck in 2002. During these years he enjoyed his love of history with memberships in the Westerly, R.I., and Stonington, Conn., historical societies and his love-hate relationship with golf, accruing three holes-in-one in his 70-plus years of play.‑Throughout his nearly 90 years, Mr. Peckham most treasured his family, his lifelong friends, and his dogs.

He is survived by his wife, Ernestine; his son Thomas Peckham of Aspen, Colo.; his daughter Deborah Peckham of Stonington, Conn., his daughter Prudence and her husband Elliott Marsh of Ashfield; his four granddaughters, Carrie and Katherine Welch and Alexandra and Samantha Marsh. He also leaves his son-in-law Frank Welch of Vineyard Haven, husband of his eldest daughter Virginia Welch who died in 2002.

A memorial service will be held for Mr. Peckham at the Chilmark Community Church, on South Road, at 2 pm on Saturday, Sept. 23. Donations in place of flowers may be made‑either to‑the Chilmark Community Church, 9 Menemsha Crossroad, Chilmark, MA 02535‑or to‑Hospice of Southeastern Conn., PO Box 902, Uncasville, CT 06382. For obituary information or to send the family an online condolence/remembrance, please visit

Joyce M. Balboni

Joyce May Balboni, 64, of Oak Bluffs died on Sept. 10. Joyce was predeceased by her beloved mother Mary Lewis Goode, father Milton Goode and brother Steven Goode.

Joyce was in the first graduating class at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School and spent her early school years at the Oak Bluffs School where she formed true and life-long friendships. After High School, Joyce worked at the Hartford Insurance Company where she met her husband, John W. Balboni. She traveled to Europe and spent a year in Germany where she immersed herself in the art, language and culture. Joyce spent several years as a teacher's aide with developmentally challenged children.

In 1964, Joyce and John married and settled in Glastonbury, Conn., and soon began their family. Joyce was an extraordinary mother and grandmother. Her dedication to family and friends made her life full and blessed. The family lived in several locations including Franklin, Murray Hill, N. J., and West Hartford, Conn. But the Vineyard was always a home base for the family where perfect Island summers were spent next door to her mother, cousins and childhood friends. After John retired they settled on the Island. Joyce's home has always been a gathering place for family and friends.

In 1991, Joyce and her lifelong friend Judy Williamson began "From the Heart" Art Gallery and Boutique on Oak Bluffs Harbor. It was a joyful and successful business and, with the help of husbands John and Peter and their families, it thrived. Many wonderful friendships were created with customers and artists, and it was often said that it was a place of beauty, warmth, welcome, and joy. It was a labor of love for six years but as weddings occurred and grandchildren multiplied the calling of grandmother hood was most important and so the business was sold to a family friend.

In recent years, Joyce rekindled her passion for painting. She strived to convey the feeling of the Island and its natural beauty, painting with boldness, color, light and a sense of peace. She loved learning, experimenting and painting with her artisan friends.

Joyce was faith-filled and a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and lived her faith by giving to her community. She was a volunteer in the gift shop at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital and taught an art class at Windermere nursing home. She was on the fundraising Committee of Hospice and each year was instrumental in making the Reflections of Peace Hospice Concert as beautiful as it is at the Our Lady Star of the Sea Church.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 42 years John W. Balboni; her daughter Jessica and husband Milton and grandchildren Christine Marie and Grace Marie Gonzalez of San Juan, Puerto Rico; her son Jonathan and wife Brenda and grand children John, Joseph, Amanda, and Victoria Balboni of Springfield, N.J.; her daughter Jennifer and husband Brian and grandchildren Alison Mary and Sarah May Tracey; and her son Jason and wife Veronica and grandson Colby and step grand-children Devin and Eva Balboni.

Funeral services have been held. Donations may be made to Martha's Vineyard Visiting Nurses Association, P.O. Box 2568 Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 or Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Visit for online guest book.

Althea Sage

Althea (Wear) Sage of Winchester (formerly of Belmont) died on Sept. 15 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital after a brief illness.

She reached the age of 100 this past June 30. She was born in Medford in 1906 to Charles and Sophia (Crosman) Wear.

She was educated in Medford and later graduated from Framingham State College. She taught home economics in the Newton public schools.

She and her husband, Edwin D. Sage, lived in Belmont for over 50 years. She spent the last seven in Winchester, with summer visits to her son on Martha's Vineyard.

Althea was a member of the Payson Park Church in Belmont. She was a member of Women of Rotary in Belmont and the Women's City Club of Boston.

She is survived by her son, Charles Sage of Florida and Martha's Vineyard; and her daughter, Patricia West of New Britain, Conn.; and also by five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Her memorial service will be held in the Payson Park Congregational Church, 365 Belmont St., Belmont, on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 3 pm. Donations may be made in her memory to Payson Park Congregational Church, 365 Belmont St., Belmont, MA 02478. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information

William Shay

William Shay, 61, of Oak Bluffs died on Sept. 19. He was the husband of Maru Slayman. His graveside service will be held in the Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road, Vineyard Haven on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 12:30 pm. A memorial service will be held in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 238 Main St., Vineyard Haven on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 2 pm, officiated by the Rev. Judith Campbell. Donations may be made in his memory to the church and mailed to P.O. Box 1236, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home. Visit for information.