Obituaries

Posted January 4, 2007

Eleanor E. Pilgren

Eleanor E. Pilgren

Eleanor "Betty" Pilgren died peacefully the morning of Dec. 23, 2006. Born at home, September 17, 1919, to Alexander and Edith Calvert, she spent most of her life in the Philadelphia area and on her beloved Long Beach Island. In 2002 she moved to Woodside Village, to be closer to her family.

Mrs. Pilgren was devoted to her large extended family and was also able to have a career as both a professional artist and antique dealer. Her beautiful gardens brought joy to many of her neighbors and she always loved the beach, newborn babies, and her many dogs.

Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was her home for the past two years and she was lovingly cared for and became quite fond of the wonderful staff.

She is survived by her daughter, Holly and her husband Bob Coulter of Edgartown; her son John and his wife Judi Pilgren; her sister Jean Ryan; her brother-in-law Edward and his wife Kitty Pilgren; and her sister-in-law Edith Pilgren Nebhut, all of Pennsylvania.

All her grandchildren will sadly miss her. Mark and Stephanie Coulter, Ben Coulter and Christy Park, Kate Coulter, Michael Coulter, Ingrid Pilgren and Eric Pilgren. As will her many nieces and nephews of the Pilgren, Ryan and Nebhut families.

She was predeceased by her loving husband John F. Pilgren and her dear sister Elsie Schmidt.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs. Donations in her name may be made to Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, P.O. Box 1747, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Charles L. Leland

Charles L. Leland, 94, of Bridgewater died Dec. 9, 2006, at West Acres Nursing Home in Brockton, He was the husband of Virginia R. (Parker) Leland for 41 years.

He was born Dec. 6, 1912, in East Bridgewater, a son of Arthur and Mabel Leland.

He graduated from East Bridgewater High School in 1930 and attended Stockbridge College in Amherst.

Mr. Leland worked for the family business, Leland Farm, until 1965 when he went to work for A.R. Parker Co. also in East Bridgewater. He was deputy chief of the fire department and also served as selectman in that town.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Leslie Leland of West Tisbury, Jack Leland of Coppell, Texas, Judy Andrews of Buzzards Bay, and Scott Leland of Fort Myers, Fla.; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was the former husband of Marjorie (Leslie) Berry of Buzzards Bay. He was predeceased by his sons, Charles L. Jr. and Steven Leland.

A memorial graveside service will be held at a later date.

Marjorie L. Berry

Marjorie Leslie Berry, 89, formerly of Ft. Myers, Fla., and East Bridgewater, died on Dec. 27, 2006, at the Cape Cod Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Buzzards Bay.

She was predeceased by her husband William H. Berry and former husband Charles L. Leland.

Born in Whitman, the daughter of the late Frank & Alice Leslie, she graduated from East Bridgewater High School in 1935 as president of her class. She was an accomplished trumpet player and loved music.

Mrs. Berry worked at Sears & Roebuck prior to her retirement to Florida where she was an avid golfer and an active member of her church.

She was the loving and devoted mother of Leslie Leland of West Tisbury, Jack Leland of Coppell, Texas, Judith Andrews of Buzzards Bay, Scott Leland of Ft. Myers, Fla.; sister of the Frank E. Leslie Jr. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sons Charles L. Leland, Jr. and Steven A. Leland.

A memorial service was held on Dec. 30 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Margaret Gibbons

Margaret "Maggie" Gibbons died Dec. 31, 2006, at Moorings Park, Naples, Fla. Born Margaret Francis in 1910 in New City, N.Y. as a direct Blauvelt descendent, she lived in the ancestral family home, which is now the residence of The Historical Society of Rockland County.

She attended the Dwight School for Girls, in Englewood, N.J., The Racine School, and Columbia School of Business, and enjoyed a brief career as a Powers model before marrying John L. (Jack) Gibbons and settling into a lifelong role as helpmate, mother, and community volunteer.

Known for her sense of humor and cheerful generosity, Maggie never went anywhere empty-handed. Hers was a life devoted to others. In the 1960s she helped establish a state-of-the-art radiation center at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y. On Martha's Vineyard, where she summered for 53 years, she devoted time to the Community Services Thrift Shop, the Martha's Vineyard Hospital, and the Dukes County Historical Society. In Naples, she was a thousand-hour volunteer at NCH. Most especially, wherever she was, her church was uppermost. A faithful Alter Guild and ECW participant, Maggie lived as she believed.

She is survived by her son, John B. Gibbons (Judy), of Harrington Park, N.J., and two daughters, Molly Marx (Arthur), of Martha's Vineyard, and Sally Dunkley (Malcolm), of Naples, Fla., as well as six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Burial services will be private, in Nyack, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Maggie's honor may be made to Hospice of Naples, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105.