Obituaries

Posted August 30, 2007

Theodore R. Bernard

Theodore R. ("Ted") Bernard died on August 27, at Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Ted was born August 3, 1948. He graduated from Martha's Vineyard High School in 1967, and then attended the Andover Institute of Business. Ted served in the Naval Reserves for six years before being honorably discharged from the Navy. He worked as the Highway Superintendent in Edgartown, and then went to work in the family business, taking over the management of Lou's Worry. He then went on to attend school for refrigeration and appliance repair and went into business for himself. Ted also spent several years driving a school bus in Edgartown.

Ted was a volunteer firefighter for many years. In 1989, he became an EMT as well. In 2002, Ted advanced his training to the level of an intermediate EMT, and by 2006 he had completed the requirements to become an EMT instructor. Ted was an active member of the Cape and Islands Critical Incident Support Team, helping fellow EMTs cope with the stresses of their work. Ted was also a CPR instructor.

Ted loved children and was delighted to have his granddaughter, Ella Blodgett, visit with him. He was fascinated with race cars, and spent several summers going to Seekonk Speedway, where he raced for a few years before his son Alex took over the driving. Ted was also involved in Pop Warner football, serving as a coach and as the director of the program.

Ted is survived by his wife, Barbara (Pina) Bernard; daughter Ellen Blodgett and her husband, Mark; son Alex and his wife, Kristen; his mother, Louise; his brother, Dennis; and his granddaughter, Ella Blodgett.

A graveside service will be held in the New Westside Cemetery, Robinson Road, in Edgartown on Thursday, August 30, at 12 noon with military honors offered by the Veterans of Martha's Vineyard. Visiting hours were on Wednesday at the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. Donations may be made to the Edgartown Fireman's Association, P.O. Box 737, Edgartown, MA 02539 or to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, PO Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Georgiana B. Kurth

Georgiana B. Kurth, 91, died peacefully on August 24, at The Bayberry House in Hyannis, where she was a resident. She was the wife of Conrad G. Kurth who predeceased her. She was born in Queens, N.Y., on October 11, 1915 to George and Blandina (Kneff) Ackermann. She was raised in Richmond Hill.

Mrs. Kurth lived in New York with her husband and her 10 children until 1956. The family moved to the Island and her 11th child, David, was born here. Besides raising her family, Mrs. Kurth was active in the American Legion Post 257 Auxiliary, serving as past president. She was a communicant of St. Augustine's Church in Vineyard Haven and served as president of the St. Augustine's Guild. She was also secretary to Dr. Charles Claydon at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital for several years. In her last years she was lovingly cared for by Ms. Ann Dobriante.

Mrs. Kurth is survived by her children; Conrad and his wife, Sara, of Edgartown; Pamela and her husband, Tom Zimmer, of New York; Jeffery and his wife, Ann, of Chilmark; Mark of Vineyard Haven; Gary and his wife, Beth, of Watertown; Gregory and his wife, Brenda, of Vineyard Haven; Deborah and her husband, Alex Searle, of Sandwich; Arlene Hinckley of Centerville; Wendy and her husband, Ron Winner, of Hyannis; Wayne and his wife, Gigi, of Conn.; 18 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren. Besides her husband, Mrs. Kurth was predeceased by her son David C. Kurth in 2000.

Her Mass of Christian Burial was held August 27, in St. Augustine's Church on Franklin Street in Vineyard Haven followed by a burial in Abel's Hill Cemetery in Chilmark.

Donations may be made in her memory to Good Shepard Parish of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 1058, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, or American Legion Post 257 Auxiliary, P.O. Box 257, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, or The Bayberry House, 7 Oak Hill Road, Hyannis, MA 02601.