Obituaries

Posted January 11, 2007

Chauncey L. Christian Jr.

Chauncey "Bill" Lewis Christian Jr., 77, of Oak Bluffs died on Dec. 25, 2006 at the Harborside Healthcare Center in Mashpee. A memorial service will be held at a later date and a full obituary will appear in a later edition of The Times. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs.

Albert J. Castelli

Albert J. Castelli

Albert (Nick) Castelli, born in Argentina in 1916, died peacefully at Harborside Healthcare on Dec. 26, 2006. Educated in Argentina, he served the mandatory year of military service in Buenos Aires, then joined the staff of the prestigious Argentine newspaper, La Prensa. In 1944, Mr. Castelli was recruited by the Inter-American Training Administration, under the leadership of Nelson Rockefeller, to come to the United States for intensive training in the manufacture of paperback books, an industry then in its infancy. With that knowledge he was to return to Argentina to set up a company there. His office in New York was at PocketBOOKS, Inc., a subdivision of Simon & Schuster in Rockefeller Center. There he met his future wife, Ruth, an administrative assistant.

By 1945 World War II was winding down. With the surrender of Germany the shipping scene became chaotic, and it was obvious that moving the requisite machinery and materials to Buenos Aires would be impossible. Mr. Castelli was offered the vice presidency of the newly formed company, International Public Opinion Research (later known as International Research Associates) and accepted. Two years later, he was assigned to open a branch office in Buenos Aires, the seat of the dictatorship of Juan and Eva Peron. During the next four years their two daughters were born. But the political climate, turbulent at best, steadily worsened, and it became increasingly difficult to conduct an organization involving surveys and research analyses. Finally, the branch office was closed, and the Castelli family returned to New York.

Mr. Castelli became a U.S. citizen and served as vice president and a director of International Research Associates for 17 years. He left the company to accept a position as coordinator of international research at McCann Erickson. In 1963 he became an independent consultant and research analyst.

During his career, Mr. Castelli did studies for such companies as Standard Oil, Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, General Foods, Bovril of London, Time-Life International, NBC, and The Reader's Digest, among others. He was a guest speaker at numerous seminars, including the Schools of Business and Journalism at Columbia University and the Official School of Journalism in Madrid, Spain. He was a member of the International Advertising Association, the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the Overseas Press Club, among other organizations.

Known to his friends as Nick, Mr. Castelli was a brilliant man with a keen sense of humor and a deep interest in literature, music, and the performing arts. In addition to his business acumen, he was adept with tools, skilled at home design and adroit at carpentry. He was also an excellent cook and prepared memorable paella, to the delight of friends he made during the 18 years he and his family lived on Martha's Vineyard. He and his wife moved to Falmouth in 1998, where she continues to reside.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Castelli leaves two daughters, a son-in-law, two granddaughters and a great granddaughter, all of whom loved him dearly and will miss him sorely. They and his friends will remember him always for his strength, his kindness, his wit, his loyalty, and his generosity.

Marion W. Boales

Marion W. Boales of Aquinnah died on Jan. 3, at the Harborside Healthcare Center, Falmouth. She was 82. She was the mother of James P. Boales of Aquinnah, Margaret Smith of Florida, and Russell Smith of North Carolina. Services will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs.

Mary E. Morano

Mary E. Morano

Ms. Mary (Mebbit) Elizabeth Morano, after a courageous battle with cancer, died peacefully on Dec. 18, 2006, in Boston.

Mebbit was born in New York City in 1959. While Meb maintained a passion for the City her true love was for the Vineyard. She began summering on the Island in her childhood years. Between studies and travel, Meb always returned to the Vineyard.

Throughout her life Meb found magic; she loved art, and sailing and she skied whenever she could. Meb gardened with a passion to cook from her labors, all the while watching for birds. The tennis court became a place for Meb to find herself and her friends, as was her book club and the "beach gang."

In 1996 Mebbit and Charlie were married, soon to be joined by young Charlie and Mary Rose. As a loving wife and mother, Meb devoted herself to her family. With a keen eye and a gentle touch, she nurtured through a grave illness, teaching pride and strength.

There are many people whose lives have been touched by Mary Elizabeth. She is survived by her parents, Fred Burrell of Nyack, N.Y., and Mary Nichols of Vineyard Haven; her siblings, Amanda of Aquinnah and Sam of New York City. Along with Mildred Morano, Charlie's mom, Meb leaves aunts, uncles and cousins. She leaves nieces and nephews and innumerable friends and neighbors.

At peace with herself in the end, the world is a brighter place because of Meb, and her sense of joy will remain with us always.

Donations can be made to the Mebbit Morano Scholarship for Outstanding Tennis Playing Student Athletes, P.O. Box 1509, Edgartown, MA 02539.

Milton Mazer M.D.

Dr. Milton Mazer, 95, died on Jan. 7 in Longhill Assisted Living in Edgartown. He was the husband Virginia (O'Leary) Mazer, who predeceased him in 2000, and father of Mark Mazer of West Tisbury. A memorial service will be held at a later date and a full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Times.