Obituaries

Posted October 25, 2007

Michael Stewart

Michael Stewart died of a heart attack at his home in Mill Spring, N.C., on Oct. 11. He was 63 years old.

He graduated from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. He attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Reed College in Oregon. As a professional guitarist, he performed under his professional name of Backwards Sam Firk at a Wolftrap Folk Festival in Virginia and at various clubs in and around Washington. His last performance was at Aboveground Records in Edgartown several years ago.

For the past 20 years he has conducted an international business selling old records out of his home in Mill Spring, specializing in blues and folk artists of the 20s and 30s.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; his children, Jesse of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Carolina of El Cerrito, Calif.; his mother and step-father, Jean and Stan Wexler of North Tisbury.

Mary M. Walker

A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 pm in Our Lady Star of Sea Church, Massasoit Avenue, Oak Bluffs for Mary Maloy Walker of Vineyard Haven who died on Sept. 20. She was the wife of Richard Walker and devoted mother of Hamilton Walker. Donations in Mary's memory may be made to Vineyard House, P.O. Box 4599, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Virginia Hackney

A memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, Woodlawn Avenue, Vineyard Haven on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 am for Virginia Foster Hackney of Vineyard Haven, who died on Oct. 5. Donations may be made to any of the following organizations in Virginia's memory: Community Services of Martha's Vineyard, 111 Edgartown Rd.; Camp Jabberwocky, P.O. Box 1357; Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1197; Vineyard Playhouse, P.O. Box 2452; Martha's Vineyard Figure Skating Club, P.O. Box 2062, all in Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Elsie M. Dail

Elsie M. Dail

Elsie May Dail, age 89, of Miami, Fla., and formerly of Fair Lawn, N.J., and Oak Bluffs, died peacefully on Oct. 16, in Baptist Hospital of Miami, Fla.

Elsie was a wonderful mother, homemaker, and avid gardener, as well as a devoted employee of the New Jersey Bank in Paterson, N.J. After 28 years of service with the bank, Elsie retired to live in her cherished Island home in Oak Bluffs in 1992. She enjoyed many friendships from the Oak Bluffs Senior Center during her attendance there, and the fellowship at Trinity United Methodist Church. She was a longtime volunteer at the Community Solar Greenhouse (COMSOG), and enjoyed walking the many Vineyard beaches.

Elsie was predeceased by her husband, Jasper Carrol Dail in 1992. She is survived by her sister, Grace Krumwiede of Falls Church, Va.; daughters, Jacqueline Campbell of Birdsboro, Pa., and Nancy Streno of Miami, Fla.; grandchildren, Joseph Campbell of Waldwick, N.J., Kerri Hartzell of Birdsboro, Pa., Linda Smith-Fernandez of Fernandina Beach, Fla., and Michele Smith and Dawn Baker of Miami, Fla.; and, great grandchildren Alexander Baker of Miami, Fla., and Brett James Hartzell of Birdsboro, Pa.

She was remembered at a memorial service on Oct. 21, held at the Van Orsdel Funeral Chapel in Miami. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Community Solar Greenhouse, P.O. Box 2048, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Edwin S. Smith

Edwin S. Smith

Edwin Scott Smith of Oak Bluffs died on Oct. 18 of complications from cardiovascular disease. He was 70.

Mr. Smith was born on Aug. 18, 1937 in West Harwich, the son of Nathan Henry Smith and Edna Smith. After graduating from Harwich High School, Mr. Smith served in the United States Army for two years in Germany. When he returned to civilian life, he traveled throughout the states, married, and worked hard to support his growing family. Later he moved to Martha's Vineyard, and in 1979, established residency on Pacific Avenue where he frequently opened his home to Island families and friends needing a place to stay.

Mr. Smith was employed at the Vineyard Haven Post Office for eight years. Scott, or "Scotty" as he was called, was known for his good-heartedness and jovial nature. He also was an avid reader. Since he opened his mail before others got theirs, he would be the first to share stories that he read in newspapers and magazines. While delivering mail or visiting friends, he often kept something to read in his back pocket.

Short and stout, Mr. Smith was also a very strong and physically active man. He loved sports, and had a talent for working with horses, having owned a horse farm in Ocala, Fla. When Mr. Smith worked for a local landscaper, he dug all the holes and trenches by hand. Friends joked that even 20-year-olds couldn't keep up with him. When he left the company, his employer had to buy a bobcat.

Mr. Smith's interest in the Bible led him to study with Jehovah's Witnesses. He had questioned why churches did not practice the Christianity that Jesus taught. In the scriptures, he found meaningful answers that motivated him to share his faith with everyone he met. In the congregation, he found the company of close friends.

In 1990, while walking down the street near Five Corners, Mr. Smith was hit by a moving vehicle. The accident left him disabled. Despite the effects of physical trauma including partial brain damage, his faith, humor, strong will, and especially his love for his wife, the girl he knew since childhood, kept him going until his recent decline.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Marjean Smith of Oak Bluffs; his father, Nathan Henry Smith of West Harwich; four children, Cheryl Smith of Oregon, Edwin Scott Smith Jr. of California, Anthony Smith of Michigan, and Willie Smith of Oregon; eight step-children, Kermit McKinney Jr. of Utah, Cindy J. Maciarz, Sheila Cooper, Cheryl Tiller, Jacqueline Bonnecarre, and Charles McKinney, all of Georgia, Richard McKinney of Virginia, Michael McKinney of Michigan; a brother, Nathan Henry Smith Jr.; an aunt, several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 1 pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, State Road, West Tisbury. Donations may be made to the Martha's Vineyard Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, P.O. Box 1554, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Arrangements are under the care of Sperry and McHoul Funeral Home of North Attleboro.

Jeffrey D. Kelley

Jeffrey D. Kelley

Jeffrey Darrow Kelley, 55, of Williamstown, died on Oct. 18, at his home. He was born in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard on Nov. 2, 1951, a son of Robert and Dorothy (Scott) Kelley. He was a summa cum laude graduate of Boston College. He traveled to Europe, South America and the Middle East to set up new financial technologies, researched new learning programs for such organizations as the Educational Testing Service, developed new methods to prove the value of human capital in corporations and government, and formed new collaborations to begin transforming healthcare. Recently he was employed with museums and bookstores, including Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vt. He was a man of great passion and devotion for his family. Among his many interests were reading, art, music, world events, history, humor and hiking, from childhood on the shores of Martha's Vineyard to decades of exploring the landscape of the Berkshires and Vermont. His wit and charm were famous among all who knew him.

Survivors include his father and mother, Robert and Dorothy (Scott) Kelley of Edgartown; his loving wife of 35 years, Pamela N.(Stiller) Kelley, his sweetheart since high school on Martha's Vineyard, whom he married June 3, 1972 on Martha's Vineyard; daughter, Emily Darling and her husband John of Bondville, Vt.; sons, Ethan Kelley and his wife Linton Jack of Williamstown and Toronto, Canada; Seth Kelley a student at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine; sister Shirley Cioffi and her children Robin, Eric, Suzanne and Brian; sisters-in-law: Gayle Stiller and husband Bill, Goodie Corriveau and husband David; brother-in-law, Neal Stiller and wife Janet and their children Megan and Benjamin; and mother-in-law, Ruth Stiller. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Kelley Jr. He also leaves several grandnieces, grandnephews and many friends. And his faithful canine companion Zack.

Arrangements by the Flynn and Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, Adams.

Anna L. Hoglund

Anna Louise Correia Hoglund of Edgartown died on Oct. 8, at Martha's Vineyard Hospital after a brief illness, with her family at her side. She was born on June 4, 1910, in Edgartown, the daughter of John L. and Mary Bettencourt Correia. She was educated in the local schools and lived in Edgartown all of her life. As a child she lived on Cooke Street and recalled how it was paved with scallop shells. In the past few years she felt all of the new development was destroying the real character of the town. She will be remembered for being kind, caring, and creative, always dedicated to family and friends. She possessed a great sense of humor and love of practical jokes. In the early 1930s in concert with her two brothers, John and Manuel, her husband Johan Axel Hoglund, and their good friend, Eugene Gale, they executed an April Fools Day joke on the entire Island, which held the Island in suspense for almost a week attracting the Cape Cod Times news reporter and local media.

Anna was never idle and loved being a homemaker including gardening, flower arranging, cooking, crocheting, sewing, and making over 100 fine braided rugs for her home and friends. She enjoyed teaching others her skills.

Anna loved the holidays and assisted her husband, Axel "Jingles" as Santa Claus for the town of Edgartown for over 40 years. Her love for animals, especially cats, led her to an endearing friendship with AnnaBell Washburn, one of the founders of PAWS.

Anna was predeceased by her husband, Johan Axel Hoglund, her sister, Mary Medeiros, and her brothers, Manuel and John L. Correia. She is survived by her two daughters, Judith Bruguiere and her husband Robert of Edgartown and Joan Hoglund-Coward and her husband Jay Coward of Ben Lomond, Calif.; and five grandchildren, W. Erik Bruguiere, Nancy Bruguiere Morris, Suzanne Bruguiere Seymour, and Alyson and Arianna Coward, as well as five great grandchildren.

A graveside service for family and friends at the Westside Cemetery in Edgartown will be held on a date to be announced. Memorial gifts may be sent in her name to PAWS, P.O. Box 1636, Edgartown, MA 02539; Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, P.O. Box 1747, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557; or to the Martha's Vineyard Museum, P.O. Box 1310, Edgartown, MA 02539.

Phyllis G. Webb

Phyllis Gray Webb, 54, died Dec. 8, 2006. A native of Ft. Valley, Ga., she was born April 21, 1952, and was preceded in death by her parents Dr. and Mrs. Willis L. Webb.

Phyllis, better known as Gray to her friends, was a 1970 graduate of Ft. Valley high school and attended the University of Kentucky. After college she lived in Lexington Ky., until moving to Martha's Vineyard six years ago.

She is survived by her beloved daughter, Lollie D. Nabors of Atlanta, Ga.; also her brother Gregory B. Webb of Atlanta; sisters, Nancy W. Potter of Lexington, Ky.; Laura W. Byrd of Macon, Ga.; and Regina "Beanie" W. McDonald of Macon. She also leaves her two nieces Shana W. Passas of Palm Beach, Fla.; and Ashton G. Potter of Atlanta, Ga.

Wherever she went and wherever she lived she was loved. Not only will she be missed by her family but by hundreds of friends who will remember her kindness, generosity, and laughter.

A celebration of her life was held on Martha's Vineyard in July.

Antone V. Lima

Antone V. Lima

Antone V. Lima died peacefully in his favorite chair at his home in Tisbury, on Oct. 17, after watching the Red Sox play in an ALCS play-off game.

Tony, as he was known to all, was born in Tisbury to Manuel and Ida (Dias) Lima on February 16, 1926. He was predeceased by his parents, and his sisters, Helen Ferro, Mary Barrett, and Esther Nichols. He grew up and attended school here on his beloved Vineyard. He was an avid golfer and also enjoyed playing baseball and basketball. After graduating from high school he attended the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, graduating with an associates degree. He then proudly served his county in the United States Navy during World War II.

In the 1960s he became the superintendent at the Mink Meadows Golf Course, and took great pride in his work there for over 20 years. In June of 1962 he married Connie Viera. Over the next few decades they worked together to lovingly raise their three children in the home that he built on Lake Street. He was no stranger to Tashmoo and Lagoon ponds as he loved to shellfish. His backyard always boasted a bountiful vegetable garden every summer. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and grapes added to his harvest. The many fruit trees that he planted over the years stand as testament to his green thumb throughout his property.

Tony will be greatly missed by his sisters, Ida Machado, and Ginny Oliveira and her husband Guy, of New Bedford; and his brother Manuel of Vineyard Haven; as well as by his many nieces and nephews and their families.

Dad, "Our Hero," will always be in our hearts and in the hearts of all who knew him. He was a strong, honest, caring man and instilled those qualities in his own children, his son Marc, daughter Sonya and her fiancé Brian Maciel, daughter Kelly and her husband Tom Orcione, and his new granddaughter Renee. "Papa" will live on through his grandsons, "Lil" Tony and William. In the short time he knew them he taught them so much and showered them with an abundance of love. Whether he was Tony, Dad, or Papa, he will be missed and remembered by all.

A graveside service was held on Oct. 20, in Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven. Donations in his memory can be made to Martha's Vineyard Youth Hockey, P.O. Box 2319, Vineyard Haven, MA; Oak Bluffs School Class of 2008, P.O. Box 1325, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557; or to the charity of one's choice.

Bradford Norton

Bradford (Brad) Norton, a former construction supervisor at West Point Military Academy and a resident of New Windsor and Fishkill, N.Y., died on Oct. 7 in Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He was 89 years old.

Son of Benjamin and Anita Smith Norton, he was born on Dec. 29 in 1917, in Vineyard Haven.

He was predeceased by his wife, Loraine Kaleel, whom he married on August 25, 1945, in St. Mary's Church in Newburgh, N.Y. Loraine died in 2002.

Brad proudly served his country in United States Army, where he earned the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He received an honorable discharge on Jan. 5, 1947.

Survivors include his children, Gary Norton of Cornwall, N.Y., Lorraine Blaszak of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and Kathy Sylvester of Beaver, Utah; his sister, Loraine Armitage of Vineyard Haven; his grandchildren, Mark, Dennis, and Greg Norton, Shawn and Keith Blaszak, and Jason Sylvester; and great-grandchildren, Kayla and Scott Sylvester. He was predeceased by a grandson, Scott Sylvester. To send a personal condolence, please visit www.BrooksFH.com.

Catherine F. Mathiesen

Catherine F. Mathiesen

Catherine Frances Ryan Mathiesen, who with her husband George founded Chicama Vineyards in West Tisbury, the first bonded winery in the Commonwealth and the first successful winery on the Atlantic coast, died unexpectedly on Oct. 21, in Boston.

She was born in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1923, the third daughter of John Bernard Ryan and Harriet May Calkins. She excelled in school, and after graduating, worked briefly for the Buffalo Arms Corporation as a milling machine operator. She enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944, and for the duration of World War II, Catherine was a specialist third class at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., where she met her George Harry Mathiesen. They were married in 1945.

After the war, Catherine and George moved around the country as their family grew, living in California, Ohio, New York, and Martha's Vineyard. Catherine was fascinated by the world at large, and loved learning - especially about history, politics, and cooking. She did volunteer work, gardened, learned to ski, sail, weave, sew, hook rugs, and earned her pilot's license, all while raising six children.

Catherine and George shared a passion for wine, and they realized their dream of starting a winery in 1971, when they and their children moved to Martha's Vineyard to start Chicama Vineyards. In addition to her long days working at the winery and raising her family, Catherine volunteered at the Island Food Pantry and the Vineyard Haven Library.

Catherine was predeceased by her parents; sisters Gertrude and Mary; granddaughter Chance; son Michael, and beloved husband George. She is survived by her children, Kristen, Lynn, Paul, Tim, and Sean; her son-in-law, Stewart; daughters-in-law Alex, Dana, Robin, and Delphine; and grandchildren Rosemary, Wyndham, Hugo, and Wyatt. She will be greatly missed by both family and her circle of friends.

Services will be private. Donations in her name may be made to the Island Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1874, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.

William P. Sargent

William P. Sargent

William Paul Sargent, formerly of Gay Head, died Oct. 11 of endocarditis at the Rhode Island Hospital, Providence.

He was the husband of Megan Ottens-Sargent and the father of Ana Sargent.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2:30 pm, at the Unitarian-Universalist Society, 238 Main Street, Vineyard Haven.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to: The Moshup Trail Project, The Vineyard Conservation Society, The Wakeman Center, P.O. Box 2189, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

John D. Morelli

John D. Morelli died on Oct.17 at his home in Chilmark. He was born in Utica, N.Y. on April 30,1938 to John and Victoria (Martinelli) Morelli.

John graduated from Proctor High School and Utica College of Syracuse University with a bachelor of arts in English. He went on to earn his master's degree in English from the Bread Loaf School Of English Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.

John moved to Martha's Vineyard in 1966 and taught English for 35 years, retiring in 2001 as the head of the English Department.

John was loved and revered by his students and colleagues alike and will forever be remembered as a scholar, a friend, and a very special teacher. We will all miss his humor and his kind and generous spirit.

In 1990 John lost his beloved daughter, Kyra, in a tragic car accident. She was the love and the light of his life.

John is survived by his wife, Deborah Hilton Morelli; and stepchildren, Robert and Karen Hilton of Utica, N.Y., James Hilton of Atlanta, Ga., Amanda and Rich Smith of Buffalo, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren, Emily, Bradley, Claire, William, and Leah of Utica, and Jake and Alec of Buffalo. He also leaves his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jack and Elizabeth (Hubbard) Ovens of Clinton, N.Y.; and his sister-in-law Molly Kent and her daughter, Miranda of Tucson, Ariz.; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins, especially his cousin Elizabeth Hlavaty of Utica; and many, many friends.

John was predeceased by his parents, his daughter, and his father-in-law, M. Gilbert Hubbard.

His family wishes to thank Hospice and all of his wonderful and caring friends who were with John along the way. His funeral service was private. Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.