Obituaries

Posted May 24, 2007

Barbara L. Ferguson

Barbara L. Ferguson

Barbara L. Ferguson, 68, of Macungie, Pa., died May 16, in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, Pa. She was the wife of Peter V. Ferguson. The couple celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on Sept. 7, 2006. Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the Ruth E. (Blaisdell) and James Cutler Lamont.

Mrs. Ferguson was a medical secretary for many years, and a member of the Faith Presbyterian Church, Emmaus, Pa. She was a Rainbow Girl as a young girl, a leader for both Girl Scouts and Cadets, active in several newcomers' clubs in Connecticut, past president of the Acton Woman's Club and co-founder of Community Supper in Acton, past president of Binghamton, N.Y., newcomers' club, chairman of the board of trustees, member of the board of deacons, canvass, pastoral relations, stewardship, long-range planning committees, and founder and first director of the bell choir, all at the Acton Congregational Church. She also sang in the choir during all church affiliations and was bell choir director for Woodstock Congregational Church, Woodstock, Conn. She was active with Meals on Wheels in Lehigh County, Pa., and with the Women of Faith associated with Faith Presbyterian.

She was a long-time summer resident of Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association where she was involved as a docent at numerous events, and also was involved in knitting and quilting groups around the Island.

In addition to her husband, survivors include daughters, Susan F., wife of William Greenough of Stewartsville, N.J., Amy F., wife of Randy Victor of Utica, N.Y., and Deb W. Ferguson of Easton, Pa.; three grandchildren, Peter and Robert Greenough, and Jason Victor.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 29, at 11 am in the Faith Presbyterian Church, N. Second and Cherokee Streets, Emmaus, Pa. Arrangements by Schantz Funeral Home Inc. Online condolences may be made to www.schantzfh.com.

A memorial service will be arranged during the summer on Martha's Vineyard. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Martha's Vineyard Camp-Meeting Association Grounds Beautification, P.O. Box 1176, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

John P. Olsen III

John P. Olsen III

John P. Olsen III of Centerville died on May 20 in the Cape Cod Hospital. He was 49. He was born on April 8, 1958, son of Florence "Debbie" Olsen of Centerville and John P. Olsen Jr.

John attended the Tisbury School kindergarten and other classes for four years. At 9 he was accepted to the Perkins School for the Blind, attended the school for 14 years, graduating in 1981.

John was diagnosed with mytomic dystrophy. He was active in his younger years, even though he was blind. John loved music. He was loved by all the staff at the Kennedy-Donavan Center and the Gentiva Home Health Aids. He lived a happy life and we will miss him very much.

In addition to his mother, Florence, John is survived by his brother, Zebulon of Centerville; aunts, Esther Freitas and Shirley Smith of Vineyard Haven, Gloria Steere of Oak Bluffs, Janet Packish of Falmouth, Nancy Howes of Dennis, Emily Andrews of New Hampshire and Mashpee, Rosemary Finley of Alabama; uncles, David Steere of West Tisbury and Stephen Steere of Georgia. He also is survived by many cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his father.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, May 24, from 7 to 9 pm in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Ave. at Route 151, Mashpee. A funeral will be held Friday, May 25, at 2 pm in the funeral home.

Burial will be on Saturday, May 26, at 10 am in the Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road, Vineyard Haven.

Donations may be made to the Kennedy-Donavan Center, Attn: Cape Cod, 1 Commercial St., Foxboro, MA 02035.

Olive P. Tilghman

Olive P. Tilghman

Olive Pinney Tilghman died on May 7 at home in White River Junction, Vt. She had struggled courageously since she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2001 but always maintained her cheerful but feisty outlook on life.

Olive was born Aug. 6, 1923, on Staten Island, N.Y., to William W. Pinney Sr. and Margaret MacKenzie (Gostenhofer) Pinney. The family moved to Summit, N.J., in 1927.

For every summer of her life until 2006, Olive was on Chappaquiddick Island. She enjoyed all of the activities that the island provided - sailing, swimming, horseback riding, clamming, family picnics, and making beach plum jelly. She was very involved with Chappaquiddick tennis. She organized and managed the Bird Court Tennis Association and then the Tilghman Court Tennis Association. She was instrumental in the operation of the annual Chappy tennis tournament and a big supporter of the tennis program at the Chappaquiddick Community Center. She followed her father, Peter Pinney, as a board member of Camp Jabberwocky. Most of all, Olive loved a party, any party. But it was her birthday party on Chappy that was the high point of her year.

Olive's Chappaquiddick roots were both deep (part of the fourth of seven generations to summer on Chappaquiddick) and broad. Her Chappy cousins included the Childs, Pinneys, Birds, Basses, Gostenhofers, Turnbulls, Joneses, Phinneys and Knights. Twenty-five homes on Chappaquiddick have a connection to her extended family, including the home she and Hal built on Chappaquiddick Road on land originally owned by her parents.

She attended Kent Place School in Summit, and graduated in 1941 from St. Catherine's School in Richmond, Va. The summer before starting her freshman year at Wellesley College she met her brother's Kent School classmate and Harvard College roommate, Henry A. (Hal) Tilghman. She and Hal became engaged in the spring of 1942, and were married in December. While Hal served in the U. S. Navy in the Pacific, Olive worked in a public health laboratory.

After the war, Olive and Hal lived in many communities, Norwood; Southport, Simsbury and Yalesville, Conn.; South Orange, and Gladstone, N. J.; Charlottesville, Va.; and Norwich and Quechee, Vt. They occasionally spent extended periods of time on the Vineyard and two of their children were born at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital.

After her youngest child was born, Olive resumed her education, first at Upsala College in Newark, N.J., and then at Farleigh Dickinson University, Madison, N.J., from which she graduated in 1970. Olive taught at kindergartens and preschools in Morristown, N.J.; Charlottesville, Va.; and Hanover, N.H., until her retirement in 1986.

She and Hal retired in 1989 to Chappaquiddick. As a winter resident Olive was active in the Martha's Vineyard Garden Club, Edgartown Elementary School reading volunteer program, St. Andrews Episcopal Church Altar Guild and Chappaquiddick Community Center (CCC). She was a board member of the CCC and was the original organizer of the potlucks. Hal and Olive learned that they loved the Island for all seasons, not just summer.

Olive is survived by her husband of 64 years, Hal; her five children, Ruth Tilghman of Brattleboro, Vt., Thomas Tilghman of Lakeland, Fla., Peter Tilghman of Walton-on-Thames, England, Frank Tilghman of Newbury, Vt., and Lois Burriss of Norwich, Vt.; her daughters-in-law, Jo-Ann and Jeanne; her son-in-law, Reid; 12 grandchildren, Henry, James, Edward, Melissa, Katherine, Laura, Olivia, Carlos, Emile, Gregor, Lucy and Sam; five great-grandchildren, Fletcher, Sarah, Emma, Lily and TJ; her brother, Bill Pinney of South Dartmouth, and many Chappaquiddick relatives.

A memorial service was held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Norwich, Vt., on Saturday, May 12. A "Celebration of Her Life Party" is being planned at the Chappaquiddick Community Center on Aug. 11. Contributions may be made in Olive's memory to the Chappaquiddick Community Center, P.O. 2966, Edgartown, MA 02539 or St. Andrews Church, P.O. 1287, Edgartown, MA 02539.

Michael A. LaPolla, R.N.

There will be a gathering of friends for Michael A. LaPolla on Saturday, June 2, at 10 am on the grounds of the Vanderhoop Homestead in Aquinnah. Michael died on Oct. 31, 2006, in Derry, N.H., after a brief illness.

He was born Nov. 4, 1960, in North Kingston, R.I. He received a culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University and worked as a pastry chef in Florida. He later returned to the Northeast and graduated with a degree in nursing from the Community College of Rhode Island in 1984.

Michael spent the next 22 years in the medical field working in hospitals and nursing homes. At the time of his death, he was serving a director of nursing for resident care at Bel-Air Nursing Home in Goffstown, N.H. He became known to friends and colleagues on the Island when he was a nurse at Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and later served as executive director of AIDS Alliance of Martha's Vineyard.

Linda N. Bruno

Linda Napolitano Bruno, 60, of 103 Hillside Ave. Milford, Conn., died on May 17. Linda held a doctorate in psychology and was a professor at Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport, Conn., before her retirement. She summered on Martha's Vineyard.

Ms. Bruno is survived by her mother, Edith Napolitano of Orange, Conn.; daughters, Jessica (Scott) Mitchell of East Haven, Conn., and Audra (Greg) Jones of North Carolina; grandchildren, Christopher and Amelia Mitchell. She was predeceased by her father, Anthony Napolitano.

Friends are invited to a memorial Mass on Tuesday at 11 am at Our Lady of Victory Church in West Haven, Conn. Memorial contributions may be made to Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, P.O. 494, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Arrangements by the Porto Funeral Home, West Haven, Conn.