Posted November 30, 2006

Hazel M. Colaneri

Hazel M. Colaneri

Hazel Marchant (Smith) Colaneri died on Nov. 14. Born April 9, 1920, she was the third child of Edward Tucker Smith and Genevieve West Smith. Her two sisters Natalie and Virginia, and brother Leslie, predeceased her. In her early years, she lived in West Tisbury and Chilmark. She moved to Tisbury as a child and spent most of her youth on William Street. She graduated from the Tisbury School in 1938. A long-time resident of Tisbury, she was an Islander through and through; she cherished, understood and appreciated all of the changes she witnessed on the Island over her 86 years. "In my early years," she would say, "life was rough, work was scarce and seasonal, and the winters were long and cold."

At age 19, while working as a waitress at the Mansion House, she met and fell for the love of her life, Humberto J. Colaneri. Bert was an immigrant from Campabasso, Italy, and was a barber on Main Street for 35 years. They married in 1940; for the beautiful red-headed Smith girl to marry an Italian immigrant 10 years her senior - especially during the war years - was a love that required more than a little faith and patience. They, like many young couples at the time, struggled to make a life in Tisbury, where Hazel was an air-raid warden. They rented a room in a neighbor's house and then moved in with her parents, until her father built them a house on Renear Street in 1947. As a young wife, she was a country girl who modeled the high fashions of the day. She made all of her clothes by hand; sewing was one of her great joys well into the late 1980s.

The first of her two sons, Michael Edward, was born in July 1943; Jon Robert was born in March of 1952. Her sons were the true joys of her life. When they were infants, she walked them into town from Renear Street every day in their baby carriages; she never got a driver's license. She walked them to school every day until they were old enough to go on their own; she read to them; she made sure they did their homework. There are stories about her holding wrenches for them while they fixed cars and motorcycles; sometimes neighbors would catch her on the back of the boys' newest motor bike. When Michael was drafted into the Army in 1964, she told him she would go with him if she could. She wrote to him every day for two years, until his safe return.

In 1969 she welcomed Karen Goethals into her life as Michael's bride; she and Karen became constant companions. Hazel and Bert were a steady fixture at Mike and Karen's home in West Tisbury until Bert's death in 1979. She treasured her friendships and enjoyed long chats with friends of many ages, including her sons' friends, who kept in touch with her throughout their lives. Her true reward in life came from her three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. During the 1980s and 1990s she was a continuous presence at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, where she attended her grandchildren's countless theater productions and athletic events. She enjoyed many vacations with her family to Florida (where her son Jon lived) and later to Las Vegas to attend his wedding to Cindy Herrick in 1999. She traveled to western Massachusetts and Barrington, Rhode Island to spend many treasured hours with her five great-grandchildren. She loved her family with a fierce, unconditional love that will be sorely missed by those she was closest to.

Hazel is survived by: her sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Karen Colaneri of West Tisbury, Jon and Cynthia Colaneri of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; her grandchildren Nicole Galland of Vineyard Haven, Sara Colaneri Bonneau and her husband Mark of Barrington, R.I., Hong Ly and his wife Hong Ngyuen of Leeds; and her great-grandsons Michael and Andy Ly Ngyuen, and Nicholas, Ryan and Sean Bonneau. She is also remembered with love by countless dear friends.

Donations can be sent in Hazel's memory to The Children's Heart Fund, Children's Hospital Boston, 300 Longwood Ave. Boston, MA 02115.

Florence M. Stacy

Florence M. Stacy, R.N., of Edgartown died on Nov. 17 at her home. She was the devoted wife of Walter H. Stacy.

Florence was born in Lowell on Dec. 15, 1925 a daughter of Harold and Florence Waight. She graduated from Lowell High School, where she was a girl officer and a baton twirler. She graduated from Saint John's School of Nursing in Lowell as a registered nurse

Florence was the niece of Mildred Waight and Albion and Charlotte Waight with whom she spent her childhood summers in Edgartown. This continued each summer, and she moved to the Island full-time with her husband upon his retirement in 1986. Once she was here, she took up many hobbies, including gardening, fishing, and scalloping. She learned to cane chairs and needlepoint while she was here and won awards for both at the annual Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Fair. She also loved golfing, traveling, yard sales, bicycling, and spoiling her family and her cats.

Florence is survived by her husband, Walter H. Stacy; two daughters, Ann Stacy of Lowell and Gail Norden and her husband Peter of Dracut; one grandson, Carl Norden of Boulder Creek, Calif.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A private service was held. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason, Oak Bluffs.

Mary Ellen Singsen

Mary Ellen Singsen, 88, of Edgartown, previously of Scarsdale, N.Y., and Winnetka and Glencoe, Ill., died in her home on Nov. 19, 2006 in Edgartown. Beloved by family and many friends, she was an advocate for peace and justice from her college days at Smith to her final vigil in Edgartown and a lifelong lover of books, art and music. "Mickey," as she was known, left Scarsdale this year to come live with her daughter Sarah Singsen Nevin and Bruce E. Nevin in Edgartown, where she had been a frequent visitor. She was active here with the Martha's Vineyard Peace Council, with whom she marched in the July 4 parade and demonstrated at Five Corners, as well as the Quaker (Friends) Meeting. Her love for the Island flourished throughout this year until cancer claimed her life. A member of Scarsdale Friends Meeting, former clerk of Friends General Conference, and participant in many New York Yearly Meeting activities, she was a long-time board member of the New York Office of American Friends Service Committee. She also worked for peace inside the United Nations and traveled to Russia and the Far East with a group of UN delegates. In Westchester County, N.Y., she served on the Boards of the Martin Luther King Institute, Pre-trial Legal Services, The League of Women Voters, Scarsdale Clergy Association, among many others, and became well-known as an historian of Quaker activity in the county. She founded the Scarsdale Campaign for Peace Through Common Security and devoted much of her time to supporting social justice, nuclear disarmament and an end to war. She served on many Scarsdale village committees as well and proposed creation of what became the Scarsdale Senior Center, where she was honored by the mayor as Scarsdale's 2006 "Senior of the Year."

Mrs. Singsen, was predeceased by her husband, Antone G. Singsen and her son, William D. Singsen. She is survived by two brothers, William McKee, of West Covina, Calif., and Peirce McKee, of Orinda, Calif.; four children, Gerry Singsen, of Watertown, Sarah Ellen Nevin of Edgartown, Katrina Taggart, of Overland Park, Kan., and Michael P. Singsen, of San Francisco, Calif.; their spouses; eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Interment will be Saturday, Dec. 2, at 12 noon, at Purchase Friends Meeting cemetery in Purchase, N.Y. Memorial service at 11 am on Sunday, Dec. 3, at Scarsdale Friends Meeting, 133 Popham Road, Scarsdale N.Y. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The American Friends Service Committee, 15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003.

Susan J. Hurley

Susan J. Hurley

Susan J. Hurley, age 43, of Boxboro, died on Nov. 21 in the Coes Pond Hospice, Worcester. Susan originally battled cancer six years ago and faced her recent diagnoses with great courage and stoicism.

Born October 4, 1963 the daughter of the former First Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Joseph J. Hurley, Esquire of Carmel Terrace, Framingham and the late Jean F. (Welch) Hurley she was raised and educated in Framingham. Sue was graduated from Marian High School, Framingham in the Class of 1981 and received her bachelor of arts degree from Framingham State College in 1986. During the 1980s, she was employed by Sears and Roebuck in Natick. A kind, giving and caring person, she had been employed by the Town of Wayland from 1992 to 2006 as a teacher's assistant as well as a tutor to special needs children. Sue had held positions in the BASE after school program; in Pegasus, the summer program and was a special education teacher assistant for several individual students and groups of students. She had developed an expertise in certain computer software programs which facilitated student's learning. She was a keen observer of children's learning and her input and recommendations were invaluable to the special education staff in their lesson planning and implementation. But, most of all, beyond her official capacities, she was an integral part of the fabric of the school community. Sue was always eager to help out wherever and whenever she saw the need. Whether it was planning a party, or covering a recess duty or just being there as a listener and friend to staff members in need, Sue was a tangible presence in the Wayland School Community.

An avid gardener, she enjoyed her part-time work with the former Arrowhead Garden Center which is now operated as Mahoney's Garden Center in Wayland and had also been a counselor the Meadowbrook Summer Camp in Weston.

Sue also enjoyed reading, being a frugal shopper and most of all spending time with her family and friends.

In addition to her father, she is survived by five siblings and her four nieces and two nephews, Elisabeth J. "Lisa" and her husband Robert Gravel and their daughter Meaghan Reckis of Salem, David J. and John J. Hurley, both of Framingham, Mary V. and her husband Raymond Gosselin and their children Carl and Megan of Vineyard Haven, and Margaret J. Hurley Esquire and her two children Michael Joseph Stygles and Mary Elisabeth Stygles of Grafton.

Predeceased by a brother Robert J. Hurley, she is also survived by his daughter, Sarah K. Hurley of Natick.

Her funeral was held on Nov. 27at the Duckett-J.S. Waterman Home of Memorial Tributes, Sudbury, followed by a funeral Mass in St. Anselm Church, Sudbury, and interment in Edgell Grove Cemetery, Framingham. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Coes Pond Hospice Residence, 10 Judith Rd. Worcester, Ma. 01620 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Arrangements by Murphy Funeral Home in Salem. Online guest book at

Bebe M. Campbell

Bebe Moore Campbell, 56, died on Nov. 27 at her home in Los Angeles due to complications of brain cancer. Ms. Campbell was a best-selling novelist known for her empathetic treatment of the difficult, intertwined and occasionally surprising relationship between the races. Funeral plans have not been announced.

Excerpted from the New York Times, Nov. 28.

George S. Alley

After a short illness, George (Scott) Alley died on Oct. 13, in a Rochester, N.Y., hospital where his wife of 29 years, Marian Fess Alley, and George's children were by his side. George, at age six and a half, became a member of the family of Henry and Peggy Scott, late of Chilmark. George grew up with Hank, Anne, Sally, and Jonathan Scott, in Amherst and Martha's Vineyard, and in Kansas City, Mo., where he graduated with Hank, 5 months his junior, in 1950 from Southwest High School. George's biological mother was Elizabeth Scott Alley, older sister of Henry Scott. Elizabeth died shortly after George was born in February, 1931, in Medford. George's biological father, Sam Alley, was unable to care for the baby who first lived with his grandparents, the parents of his mother, then moved in 1937 to join the Henry Scott family in Amherst. Where Henry was an associate professor of art.

From 1944 to '46, the family of Henry and Peggy Scott, with five children, resided in Vineyard Haven and Chilmark. The children attended the Tisbury School, an elementary school in those years; and Henry, who had enlisted in the United States Navy, taught navigation at the Naval Air Base, now the Martha's Vineyard Airport. At the end of World War II, the family scattered George and Hank to the Windsor Mountain School in Lenox, Peggy and the younger children to the Hickory Ridge School in Putney, Vt. Henry split his time between working on the newly acquired (1945) house in Chilmark with the boys Hank and George, who helped with chores and repairs, and also traveling to deliver the boys to the Lenox boarding school and to attend graduate courses in fine arts at Harvard University in Cambridge. The family was reunited in Cambridge for the academic year 1945-46, which marked the completion of Henry's masters of fine art.

In the summer of 1947, through the Scotts' friendship with the Thomas Hart Bentons of Chilmark and Kansas City, Mo., Henry Scott accepted the position of Director of the Fine Arts Department at the University of Kansas City. From that time on, the Vineyard became a summer home for the Scott family.

George had many friends on the island, which he continued to visit throughout his life. He was married in April 1955, in Bradford, Pa., where he and his first wife Dolores lived while George worked as a radio announcer and disk jockey. At that time he changed his name from Scott to Alley, his father's name. He brought his family with three small children to the Vineyard to periodically visit family and friends. His last visit to the Island was this past April, 2006, when he was able to get together with family and friends from his youth, Audrey Morgan and her husband Carl, Everett Poole and his wife Virginia, David Flanders and his wife Fran, Barbara Whidden Day and her husband Bob, and Elmore (Buddy) Mayhew.

George's first marriage ended in divorce. He settled with his second wife, Marian Fess Alley, in Webster, N.Y., just east of Rochester. In the Alley family, George is survived by his wife, Marian; his three adult children Cathy, Scott, and Vicky and their spouses and children; his five step-children, the Vicks, Jim, Marianne, Carey, Christine, and Mary Jo and their spouses and children. He had 14 grandchildren in all and one great grandson.

In the Scott family, George's brother Hank (Henry E. Scott III) predeceased him in 2002. George is survived by Scott sisters, Anne Scott McGhee and Sally Scott Cook, also by younger brother Jonathan their spouses and children and grandchildren. Anne, Sally, Jonathan and his wife Marie attended the funeral service and interment on Oct. 17, in Rochester, N.Y., near George's and Marian's home in Webster, N.Y.

George Alley was a member of the Rochester Amateur Radio Association and a lifetime member of the Rochester Protectives. Four fellow members of the Rochester Fire Department attended his funeral service. In the Spring of 2006, he retired from his last job as bus driver for Laidlaw Education Services, Rochester, N.Y.