Posted October 12, 2006

Andrée C. Newman

Andrée Cohen Newman, 90, of West Tisbury and Shrewsbury, died Sept. 30 of heart failure. Andrée was born and raised in French North Africa, in the city of Oran. After the Allies liberated North Africa from the Nazi occupation in 1942, Andrée worked for the American Army where she met a young officer, Robert A. Newman. Andrée and Bob were married in July, 1944, and lived together in Oran and Casablanca until 1946 when they moved to the United States with their six-month-old daughter. Since 1946 they lived in Washington, D.C., Manhasset, N.Y., Cincinnati, Ohio, Milford, N.J., Martha's Vineyard, and Shrewsbury.

Those who knew Andrée were enchanted by her elegance, creativity, and determination. She was an accomplished painter, a talented cook and dressmaker, and a natural decorator, but in her own words, her greatest achievement was to have raised a family that loves each other so much and is so talented.

Andrée is survived by her devoted husband Bob; and by her daughters, Carole Allen of Arlington, and Faye Crosby of Santa Cruz, Calif.; her son Jim Newman of Los Angeles, Calif.; her grandsons, Matthew Crosby, David Allen, and Tim Crosby, her granddaughter Abigail Allen, and their spouses and partners.

Andrée was under the care of University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospice. There will be a memorial service at Southgate at Shrewsbury at 11 am on Oct. 14. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in her memory to University of Massachusetts Memorial Home Health and Hospice, 650 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605.

Peter A. Culkin

Peter A. Culkin of West Tisbury died unexpectedly on Oct.3.

Peter was born in Ridgewood, N.J., on Oct. 3, 1963. He was the son of Dan and Sally Culkin of Franklin Lakes, N.J. and West Tisbury. He is survived by a brother, Mark Culkin of Franklin Lakes, N.J.; and by two sisters, Elizabeth Mirabelli of Chatham, N.J., and Barbara Dugan of Ramsey, N.J. He also leaves a niece, Kate Mirabelli, and two nephews, John and Danny Dugan.

Peter was a graduate of Berkshire School, Sheffield, and he attended Alfred University. He was the proprietor of an Island business, PAC Flooring. His interests and avocations were many and were usually oriented to the outdoors. Summer often found him in his kayak and his love for skiing took him to Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, and Switzerland as well as to various mountains in both the eastern and western United States.

He was close to his family and friends and was known for his good cheer, optimism and helpfulness. His funeral mass was celebrated on Oct. 11 at St. Augustine's in Vineyard Haven. Burial was private. Donations in Peter's memory may be made to the Martha's Vineyard Community Services, 111 Edgartown Rd, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home. Visit for online guest book and information.

Maize E. Villaire

Maize Evelyn Villaire died Wednesday, October 4, 2006. She was born August 23, 1918 at West Hawksbury, Ontario, Canada, daughter of William Adam Torrance and Elizabeth Petunia Beckett.

Both of her parents died in the great flu epidemic in 1919. Mrs. Villaire spent her early life in Canada before moving to Haverhill where she married William John Villaire Jr., who predeceased her in 1986. During the last 12 years she lived in Tisbury with her oldest daughter Dian Hazelton.

Mrs. Villaire is survived by Dian and Leroy Hazelton of Tisbury, Patricia and Peter Rampulla of Denmark, Maine, John and Jennifer Villaire of Haverhill, Dennis and Donna Villaire of Plymouth, Laurie Villaire of Lawrence, and Paul Villaire of Virginia Beach, Va.; nine grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

A private service will be held. In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family asks that donations be given to the Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman. Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. For more information and an online guestbook visit

Joseph Mattison III

Joseph Mattison III

Joseph ("Jeff") Mattison III, 62, of Edgartown and Osterville died suddenly on Oct.4 after delivering a boat from Martha's Vineyard to Newport, R.I. Born in Boston, raised in Chestnut Hill, Jeff was a graduate of The Dexter School in Brookline and Milton Academy. He was a member of the class of 1966, graduating in 1968 from Princeton and a member of the lightweight crew team. A Certified Financial Advisor (CFA) and a graduate of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, Jeff worked in the field of finance. He was an active and dedicated member of the Edgartown Yacht Club, Chappaquiddick Beach Club, Edgartown Golf Club, and New York Yacht Club.

In 1973, Jeff was married to Alice "Sherry" Donahue at the Edgartown Yacht Club. For many years thereafter they lived aboard their boat cruising through the Caribbean Islands, especially St. Barth's which the family continues to visit. An avid, lifelong sailor, Jeff spent many hours on the water. He was happiest tinkering with a boat engine or trimming a sail. His intense intelligence, quick wit, integrity, and loyalty to his family and friends will be sorely missed.

A devoted father and husband, Jeff leaves his wife of 33 years, Alice Donahue Mattison and children, Joseph Mattison IV and Alice Moir Mattison; he also leaves his father, Joseph Mattison Jr.; and siblings, Mary Wells, Peter Mattison, Debbie Angotti, and Bruce Mattison. Jeff was predeceased by his mother, Elizabeth Moir Mattison. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Federated Church, S. Summer Street, Edgartown. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, 5 to 8 pm in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Memorial donations may be made to The Dexter School in memory of Joseph Mattison III, 20 Newton St., Brookline, MA 02445. Visit for directions and an online register book.

Seymour P. Isenberg

Seymour P. Isenberg

Seymour Partman Isenberg died on Sept. 21, 2006, at the age of 91 in Roslindale. He was born and lived most of his life in New Haven, Conn., where he worked as a clothier and was one of the founders of the clothing business Gentree Ltd. In 1986 he moved to the Vineyard and later moved to Roslindale where he lived at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged. He is survived by his wife Sarah Sviridoff Isenberg of West Tisbury; his children Michael Isenberg and wife Beverly of Westport, Conn., Sally Isenberg Cohn and husband George of Edgartown, Nancy Isenberg and husband David Hart of Rome, Italy, Laura Isenberg and husband Mark Byers of Newton; and grandchildren, Lisa Doran, Michele Mattessich, Amy Cohn Crawford of Edgartown, Anthony and Daniel Byers, Jonathan and Matthew Hart; and six great grandchildren, Rachel and Ellie Doran, Hannah, Zachary and Emma Devine, and Jack Harrison Crawford of Edgartown. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged, 1200 Centre Street, Boston, MA 02131 or the charity of one's choice.

Sally B. Coker

Sally B. Coker

Sally Blair Coker, an active and well loved member of the Vineyard community, died at dawn Sunday morning, Oct. 1, at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston where she had been flown on Sept. 28 from the Martha's Vineyard Hospital emergency room after an accident in her home in Vineyard Haven. Her four children and many grandchildren‑were among the loved ones at her bedside through the night.

To quote from a spiritual journal Sally kept: "she loved life, its mysteries and God". Those who knew her will understand there was much more to her life than these paragraphs can hold.

Sally was born August 13, 1929, the fifth of seven children of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Blair of Shaker Heights, Ohio. She graduated from the Hathaway Brown School and from Wellesley College. She was formally presented to Cleveland society and was a member of the Junior League.

Kind, bright, and creative, Sally loved‑adventure‑and being outdoors. From the canoe trips she enjoyed in Algonquin Park, Ontario in her teen years to the Common Ground Fair in Maine last month, she was always participating in some activity, usually with‑friends and family. Sally was a graceful athlete; she and her brother, Hunt, represented the Cleveland Skating Club and won the junior pair figure skating championship at the Midwestern Regionals in 1946.

After college, Sally taught at Roberts College in Istanbul, Turkey, for two years before her marriage to James Howard Coker of Texas. They lived in Highland Park, a suburb of Dallas; she was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas and volunteered with a number of organizations. Her Texas family and community valued Sally and she cherished her days there.

Sally moved to the Vineyard in 1977, where her two younger daughters, Jody and Christy, attended Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. On the Island, Sally became an enthusiastic member of the fiber arts community. She was a founding member of the Noepe Fiber Fellowship and ran her own fiber arts school, Aeolian, on the Island in the 1980s.

Sally was a long-time participant in The Book Bunch and she served as a Hospice Volunteer for many years. She enjoyed a varied working life on the Vineyard,‑including teaching English as a second language, helping at the Toy Box, driving a tour bus, and managing the Capt. Flanders Inn.

Sally was very active in Christ United Methodist Church, as a Sunday school teacher much loved by a succession of students, in the critical post of chairing the pastoral relations committee, and as a key organizer of the new cooperative Methodist ministry.

In 1988 and again in 1990, Sally taught English to schoolteachers in China with the English Language Institute. Many local friends and organizations supported her mission work.

Many Islanders appreciated Sally's open hospitality, including an annual party for the church Christmas carolers. Her many nieces and nephews eagerly looked forward to her family gatherings, which featured games and a festive table. She treasured her family, friends near and far, and especially the Island community.

Sally is survived by her son, Heath, his wife Holly and their four girls, Hannah, Hala, Hattie, and Hadley, who live across the water in Falmouth; and by her three daughters, Nancy, who sang in several musical productions on the Island, and her husband, Bruce Helin, of Flagstaff, Ariz., Jody and her husband, Mark Dosker, of Marin County, Calif., and their three children, Elliott, Nell, and Cole, and Christy and her husband Lou Gordon of Boston and their two sons, George and Harry.

She is also survived by two sisters, Nancy Brumley, who resides at the Henrietta Brewer House in Vineyard Haven, and Sandy Blauvelt and her husband, Gerrit, of Marin County, Calif; and by a brother, the Rev. Bill Blair and his wife, Kits, of Oak Bluffs.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held in Christ United Methodist Church, Church Street, Vineyard Haven on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 11 am. Sally gave generously of her time, energy and money to meet many different needs around the world throughout her life. Please choose someone you know or a charity, contribute in whatever way you can and‑"pay it forward" in her memory.

The family would like to thank all those on the Island who were part of her life and, especially, all of those who helped her during her emergency.