Obituaries

Posted April 19, 2007

Dorothea R. Looney

Doris Frank

The family of Doris Frank is saddened to announce her death on April 11. She had been living for the last two and a half years in Brighton, at Chestnut Park, an assisted living facility in close proximity to her daughter's home. She died peacefully and of natural causes. She was 88.

Doris was born in the Ukraine, near Kiev, in 1918. With the rest of her immediate and some of her extended family, she fled the pogroms in 1921, moving across Europe in stealth until they finally sailed to Canada at some time in 1923. It is not certain if the port of sail was Liverpool, England or a port in Belgium.

Doris was raised and schooled in Montreal, where she lived with her other two sisters, Fannie and Ray, and her parents Benjamin and Sosia Black. In 1939 she attended an adult's socialist tennis camp in upstate New York where she met her future husband Gilbert Frank, to whom she was eventually married in 1941 in Montreal. They settled in Philadelphia, Pa., where Doris gave birth to her son Daniel in 1944 and her daughter Janet in 1949. During these years, in addition to being a mother and housewife, Doris was active in the League of Women Voters and various leftist Jewish organizations. Following the example of members of Gilbert's family, including his second cousin Hattie Jacobs and her husband George, and later his sisters Rea and Selma Frank, Doris and Gilbert moved to Martha's Vineyard in 1980. They lived there happily until Gilbert died in 2004.

Doris was throughout her life an observant Jew who cared passionately about the fate of the Jewish people, the state of Israel, and the learning of Hebrew and Yiddish culture. She and her husband were also avid lovers of nature and animals. They enjoyed the simple life they were able to achieve on Martha's Vineyard, and continued to have a wide circle of friends and social causes in which they participated well into their eighties.

Doris will be missed by her children Daniel Frank and Janet Gyatso, along with their respective spouses Doris Clerc and Charles Hallisey, her grandchildren Johanna, Jeremy, Michael, and Zoey Frank, as well as Sean, Stephen and Gina Hallisey, and her great-grandchildren Ben, Jillian and Allison Troth. Doris is also survived by Gilbert's sister Selma Frank of Vineyard Haven, and the following nieces and nephews who are children of her late sisters Fannie Silverman and Ray Yellin: Peretz, Ozzie, and Jerry Silverman, and Esther Wynn, Sorel Cohen, and Dorothy Yellin.

A graveside funeral was held on April 15, at the Hebrew Cemetery, West Spring St., Vineyard Haven. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.

Lawrence C. Kehoe

Lawrence Charles (Larry) Kehoe died on March 25. He was born to Agnes and Thomas Kehoe on May 2, 1922, in Camden, N.J.

He excelled at diving, breaststroke and butterfly while in high school, then worked as a builder before enlisting in the United States Navy Construction Battalion early in 1942. He served with the Sea Bees throughout the South Pacific, and enjoyed his time with the native Hawaiians, who were so impressed with his swimming and diving abilities that he was one of the first non-natives who was invited to use their outrigger canoes. He was also one of the original Frogmen, doing underwater construction and demolition long before they evolved into the Navy Seals.

After the war, Larry and several family members operated Sportland Pool in Wildwood, N.J., where he specialized in the 100-foot-high dive. It was there that he met Patricia Gallimore. They married in 1949, built a house in Medford Lakes, N.J., and raised four children.

Larry was the construction supervisor at Aluminum Shapes Inc. in Delair, N.J., for many years, fixing everything that could be fixed and inventing a device or procedure for anything that couldn't.

He also directed many other construction projects and particularly loved working with concrete. His extra time was devoted to family excursions, spending time at the Jersey Shore and Cape Cod in the summers and skiing in Pennsylvania and Vermont at every opportunity.

His wife, Pat, passed away in 1979, but he continued to have many adventures with his children: skiing and working in Colorado and Montana, scuba diving in the Caribbean, gold mining in the interior of Alaska and sailing his beloved Hobie Cat off the Jersey Shore.

He met Virginia Icke in Vail, Colo. They married and bought land on Martha's Vineyard where they planned to build, but Ginny died in 1984.

He met Elizabeth Jane McFarland in New Jersey and they were married on June 28, 1986. They moved to the Vineyard and built a home. Larry did many carpentry jobs on the Island, and marketed his ingenious Dovetail Spline system. He delighted in being a grandpa.

In 2001 he suffered a stroke, but with Beth's help, he made a remarkable recovery. He continued to enjoy his daily walks and the many birds that frequented the yard. His health began to deteriorate early in 2007, and he died at home in his favorite chair in the company of his wife Beth and daughter Kelly.

He was predeceased by his granddaughter Caitlin Kehoe; and his siblings Vera, Mary Jane, Mary Francis, Sylvester, James, and Thomas.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Elizabeth McFarland Kehoe; daughters Kelly, and Jennifer, and her husband Brook Delange; his son John, wife Kathy and her daughter Rachel, all of Montana; and son Peter, his wife Edie; daughter Casey Patricia, all of Florida; his stepchildren Beth, Tom, Pat, Meg, Jane, their spouses; and 13 grandchildren. He is also survived by Virginia's two children, Joan and Nancy and their children; and his brothers Richard, Bill, and Jack, along with their spouses; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held on March 30, at the Federated Church in Edgartown. The interment was held on April 2 at Holy Cross Cemetery in Mays Landing, N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard or the Steeple Fund of the Federated Church, P.O. Box 249 Edgartown, MA 02539.

George Silva

George "Bubbles" Silva died on April 12, while visiting a close friend in Hawaii with his wife Lynne. A memorial service will be held at St. Augustine's Church, on Wednesday, April 25, at 1:30 pm, with a burial service at the Lambert's Cove Cemetery. A potluck gathering follows at the Silva home in Longview.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in the name of George Silva to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038, to help fight this pervasive disease that dearly afflicted George and continues to afflict millions of others. A complete obituary will soon follow in a future edition of The Times.

Sylvia Roses

Sylvia Roses

Sylvia Roses of Oak Bluffs, died on April 8, at Coolidge House in Brookline. She was born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., on June 5, 1915. Sylvia grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y., and graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1932. She then went to New York University where she actively participated in college honor societies and held many offices. Sylvia was the first woman in history of NYU to be the circulation manager of a college yearbook. That was a remarkable achievement in those days. She received her degree in advertising and marketing in 1937 and then worked at the Packard Motor Car Company in the advertising department where she did copy writing and layout.

Sylvia married Dr. Joseph Roses in 1938 and worked as his dental assistant. She started a Girl Scout troop in New York City. After their children were born, it was PTA forever. She returned from attending her first PTA meeting and announced that she was vice president! The family received the award for the longest PTA membership without a break. Sylvia was the president of the organization twice and was always volunteered for school trips by her children.

Sylvia then worked in Boy Scouting. She was the den mother of Cub Scouts while Dr. Roses was a committee man in the organization. In 1953, the Roses family was the Scout Family of the year in New York City and with the press looking on, pictures were taken and the family was presented with a plaque from Mayor Vincent Impellitari at New York's City Hall.

Sylvia was active for years in the March of Dimes against polio and then became the Greenwich Village regional chairman whose area had the largest fund-raising effort of the whole city. Sylvia was invited to the mayor's residence, Gracie Mansion, by Mayor Wagner and his wife to attend a tea and receive a plaque. She was involved in the Girl Scout movement when her daughter became a Scout.

Sylvia was also cochairman for many years of the New York Settlement House, Greenwich House Antiques Show and was honored there when leaving New York with a large luncheon in appreciation of her work there.

Sylvia decided 30 years after graduating, to go to graduate school at NYU, where she took courses to be able to teach remedial reading to youngsters, and she then volunteered in this field. She had the happy satisfaction of reaching children who had fallen by the wayside in the learning process.

Dr. and Mrs. Roses became permanent residents of Martha's Vineyard in 1977 after having been summer residents since 1959. She volunteered at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital and was also a member of the Auxiliary. She was Vice President of the Friends of Oak Bluffs Council on Aging Board.

Sylvia was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Joseph Roses who died in 1991. She is survived by her daughter Johanna; son Adam and his wife Barbara and grandsons Matthew and Andrew, son Michael and his wife Elizabeth, and son Jonathan and his wife Lon. She is also survived by grandsons Gabriel and his wife Sue, Jonathan and his wife Karen, Aviva Ben-Ur and her husband Wim Klooster and their son Alden, Miriam Ben-Ur and her husband David Miller and their sons Avi and Noah, and David Ben-Ur and his wife Felkia Herman and their children Samuel, Nathan, and Abigail.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Vineyard Nursing Association, P.O. Box 2568, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 or to the Martha's Vineyard Hospital, One Hospital Road, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Patricia C. Corr

Patricia C. Corr

Patricia Cary Corr died at her Vineyard Haven home on April 15, 2007, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with breast cancer.

She was born in Oak Bluffs on February 17, 1930, to George W. and Elizabeth Mason Cary. She attended the Tisbury School until the eighth grade when her family moved to Taunton. She graduated from Taunton High School in 1947. She was particularly delighted when the Tisbury High School class of 1947 invited her to be part of their 50th reunion even though she didn't actually graduate with them.

On New Year's Eve, 1945, she attended a party with some friends where she met a young man named Robert Corr. This chance meeting began a romance that would last nearly 62 years. They married on October 20, 1951 and their union produced four children and eight grandchildren.

Professionally, Pat spent 20 years as personnel director of Wheaton College in Norton. Although her job was very demanding she also found time to volunteer for many causes. She was a member of the board of directors of the Taunton Girls' Club for more than 20 years and for some time volunteered as a cooking instructor. She was also very active as a member of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church and for a time was a teacher in the church school.

Upon their retirement, Pat and Bob moved back to the Vineyard and they took up residence in the Cary family home on William Street where she had grown up. Needing to find something to keep active outside her home, she began volunteering a few hours a week at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. While it began as a way to give back just a little bit to her community, she became so devoted to the hospital and its success, she eventually became director of volunteer services and spent every weekday there. Many will remember her "zipping" around the hospital facility on her electric scooter. The hospital wasn't the only beneficiary of her love of volunteering. She also donated many hours to the Vineyard Nursing Association, an organization of caring people who would, eventually, become her loving caregivers during the weeks leading up to her death.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Robert H. Corr of Vineyard Haven; four children, Michael H. Corr and his wife Judy, and Sandra Corr-Dolby of Vineyard Haven, Robert C. Corr of Boca Raton, Fla., and Jeffrey G. Corr of Taunton; eight grandchildren, Gregory Dolby, Melissa Dolby, Colleen Corr and Thomas Corr of Vineyard Haven, Jeffrey Corr II and Ryan Corr of Taunton, and Jennifer Corr of Edgartown. She is also survived by two brothers, John M. Cary of Spring Hill, Fla., and George W. Cary and his wife Ida of East Falmouth and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Saturday May 5, at 1 pm, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, N. Summer Street, Edgartown. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Pat requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Vineyard Nursing Association, Pain Management Fund, P.O. Box 2568 Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.