Obituaries

Posted August 2, 2007

John W. Norton

John W. Norton

John Warren Norton of Edgartown died on July 25, at Harborside Healthcare in Falmouth after a lengthy illness. John, better known as Warren, was born on December 17, 1917 in Edgartown where he lived all his life and was the son of Harold A. Norton and Margaret Kingston. He attended the Edgartown School.

After schooling he worked for Clem Norton on his dairy farm. He then worked for Phil Dube as a mason tender. In 1935 he met Gloria Authier of Vineyard Haven whom he dated until their marriage on March 25, 1940. He joined the State Guard until he joined the United States Army in 1944. Warren trained at Camp Wheeler in Georgia. He was assigned to service in Europe, but after being outfitted his orders were changed to the Pacific theatre. His first stop was in Cebu in the Philippines until the treaty was signed and then he was sent to Japan. After several stops in Japan he was finally stationed in Hokkaido and remained there until his discharge in October 1946 with the rank of First Sergeant.

Warren went to work for K.T. Galley & Company as a carpenter and foreman for about 40 years. He also worked for Stuart Avery at the Preservation Trust where he restored the old house that was moved from MacKenty Farm to its present location next to the Daniel Fisher House. He was also a volunteer fireman.

In his spare time Warren enjoyed flying, fishing, hunting, and golfing. He had his pilot's license and was a member of the flying club at Katama Airport. He was a member of the Martha's Vineyard Rod and Gun Club and joined the fishing derby for many years. He was also a member of the Edgartown Golf Club.

For many years he could be seen taking his dog for a run every morning at Katama. On one of those trips he discovered a lone swan with one wing. He went every day to feed and check on the swan. The bird looked for him every morning until summer came and his wing grew back and he was able to fly away. Warren loved the outdoors and nature.

Warren is survived by his wife, Gloria, of 67 years and his son, Robert W., both of Edgartown; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Lillian Wagner.

A graveside service was held in the New Westside Cemetery, Edgartown on July 27. Donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Services of Martha's Vineyard Community Services, 111 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

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.

Adeline Cabot

There will be a memorial service for Adeline Cabot, formerly of Prospect Hill, Chilmark, who died last March at the age of 106. The service will be on Sunday, August 5, at 2 pm, at Chilmark Community Church, Menemsha Cross Road.

Donald A. Gazaille

Donald A. Gazaille died at his home in Trevillians, Va., on July 24. He was born in Monaca, Pa., a son of Herman and Gertrude Gazaille. Mr. Gazaille grew up in Edgartown. He and his wife Mary moved to Virginia in 1993 and purchased the farm they both loved in 1994 in Louisa County.

Donald is survived by his wife, Mary E. Waller Gazaille; four stepdaughters, Elizabeth and Jessica Burnham of Edgartown, Rebecca Burnham of Louisa, Va., Sara Look of Pine Lake, Ga.; three step-grandchildren, Noah and Martha Scheffer of Edgartown, and Zelda Jane Look of Pine Lake, Ga.; two sisters, Yvonne Burnham, Madeline "Cookie" Perry; one brother, William Gazaille; and his uncle, Anthony Puwal, all of Edgartown.

Memorial services and interment will be private at a later date on Martha's Vineyard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Piedmont, 2200 Old Ivy Road, Suite 2, Charlottesville, VA 22903 or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Preddy Funeral Home of Gordonsville, Va.

Elizabeth M. Coe

Elizabeth M. (Peggie) Coe died on July 23, at Jennersville Regional Hospital, Penn Township, Pa., from complications after suffering two strokes during the past year. She was 85.

She was born on Dec. 22, 1921, in Schenectady, N.Y., to Roy C. Muir and Marian Bedford Muir. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Jerome T. Coe of West Grove, Pa.; a daughter, Wendy Coe Lott, and her husband, Jeffrey B. Lott, of Yorklyn, Del.; a son, Jerome Muir Coe, and his wife, Marianne Kah, of Houston, Texas; and two grandsons, Joseph Coe Lott of New York City and Michael Coe Lott of Yorklyn, Del. She was preceded in death by a son, Roy Muir Coe.

At Vassar College, she majored in music and drama, graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1942. Singing was an important part of her life. Early in World War II, she sang a weekly quarter-hour radio program as Beth Muir, aired by WGFM in Schenectady. She was later employed as performing talent and sound effects specialist at WRGB, the General Electric Company's first experimental TV station.

She was active in theater and music in both Schenectady, and later in the Greenwich, Conn., area. With the Schenectady Light Opera Company, she sang the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan's "Patience" and a lead as Serpolette in "The Chimes of Normandy." In Schenectady, she produced and performed in two short operettas written by her friend, Mary Elizabeth Caldwell: "Pepito's Golden Flower" and "Who Wrote Silent Night?" Another favorite role was as Lucy in Menotti's two-person opera, "The Telephone." Her small performing group in Greenwich presented works like "Robin Hood" and "Hansel and Gretel" at schools and nursing homes.

She sang with the Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church, Old Greenwich, Conn., and was also a soprano with the highly regarded Greenwich Choral Society.

Peggie Coe was an active volunteer in Schenectady with Junior League projects and in Greenwich as Music Committee chair of the Greenwich Library. She also served as tutor for English as a Second Language students in Greenwich and later she worked in the Town of Greenwich AIDS education office.

Among her favorite sports were tennis, bowling, and downhill skiing. The Coe family first skied on Vermont slopes, but later skied at Snowmass Village, Colorado. After the family moved to Greenwich, she joined her husband in racing and cruising sailboats. Their entry won the Luders 16 National Championship, sailed at Greenwich in 1968. In 40-Class sloops, she was a member of the winning crew for the 1987 Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week. They enjoyed summers and sailing with friends and family at their home in Vineyard Haven for nearly 20 years.

A memorial service will be conducted at First Congregational Church, Old Greenwich, Conn., on Friday, August 3, at 11 am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heifer International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, AK 72203-8058, or by phone to (888) 548-6437. Arrangements are being made by Foulk and Grieco Funeral Home, West Grove.

Judith M. Collins

A memorial service for Judith M. (Morse) Collins, 80, of Edgartown who died on October 25, 2006, will be held this Saturday, August 4, 11 am, at the Federated Church, S. Summer Street, Edgartown with the Rev. Gerry Fritz officiating.

She was the wife of Elbert B. Collins. Mother of Steven Collins of Atlanta, Ga., Gary Collins of Vienna, Austria, Marcia Fry of Wilmington, Del., Marilyn Batchelor of Kingston, and Pamela Cafiero of New Milford, Conn.; and sister of Marcia Airis of Edgartown. Donations in her memory may be made to the Vineyard Nursing Association, P.O. Box 2568, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Dolores A. Cavanaugh

Dolores A. Cavanaugh of Falmouth, 79, died peacefully on July 27 at Royal Nursing Home in Falmouth.

Born in Madisonville, Ky., she was the daughter of Maggie Beatrice and E.L. (Doc) Prow.

Her younger years were spent in the south. She was crowned "Little Miss Madisonville" at age five and grew up riding horses, hunting and fishing with her beloved "Doc".

With a photographic memory, she would be considered a "mensa" by today's standards. She graduated from a four-year college in less than two years and worked for a time on a top secret missile base in New Mexico before moving to the Cape in 1953 to start her family.

Dolores was an accomplished bowler, an avid mystery buff, a game show diva. But her greatest claim to fame was her being raised a true "Grits" (girls raised in the South). She had poise and charm, beauty and intelligence, and a fierce devotion to her family.

Her later years centered entirely on family, welcoming grandchildren and great grandchildren as if they were her first-born. She made every holiday special for us all. Even in failing health, she made sure the Christmas Eve feast was on the table. Her southern cooking will be sorely missed.

In addition to her mother, Dolores is survived by her sisters, Barbara Utley of Clarksville, Tenn., Marilyn Pierpont of Madisonville, Ky. She was the mother of Karen K. Blake of Vineyard Haven and Skip Blake of N. Falmouth. She was predeceased by her husband and her children, Douglas Blake and Lynda Russell, both of Falmouth.

She was Grandma to Jason, Alec, and Lynlee Gale of Martha's Vineyard, Coral Zine and Justyn Russell of Falmouth, Douglas, Sarah, and Dakota Blake of Falmouth, and Laura and Caroline Blake of Falmouth.

She was great-Grandma to Caleigh, Cassie, and Thomas Zine of Falmouth and Tegan Gale of Martha's Vineyard.

She leaves many nieces and nephews and many good friends as well. She was loved by all who knew her. Services will be announced at a later date.

Serena M. Gentile

Serena M. (Gonsalves) Gentile, 97, of 75A Wells Street and formerly of 176 South Main Street, Orange, died Saturday evening, July 28, following an illness. Born on October 24, 1909 in Oak Bluffs, she was a daughter of John L. and Fortuna "Anneta" (Andrade) Gonsalves and grew up in Oak Bluffs, graduating from Oak Bluffs High School in 1927.

Serena was married to Ernest J. Gentile on October 7, 1935, and had enjoyed 47 years together at the time of his death on November 21, 1982. They had lived in the Boston area for many years before moving to California in 1954.

While living in Palo Alto, Serena was a past President of the American Legion Auxiliary of California.

Survivors include her daughters, Frances P. Down of Greenfield with whom she lived, and Jacqueline L. Gardner of Three Rivers, Calif.; nine grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren; two step grandchildren; six step great grandchildren; a nephew; and two nieces.

Besides her husband Ernest, Serena was predeceased by four grandchildren and her sisters, Zelmira Sylvia of Nantucket, and Lucille Carter of Oak Bluffs.

A Memorial service will be held Sunday afternoon, August 5, at 4 pm at Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange. Deacon Joe Bucci of St. Mary's Church in Orange will officiate. Private interment will take place in Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.

There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301.

Witty's Funeral Home is directing the arrangements. Guest register and directions available at wittyfuneralhome.com.