Eric W. Cottle

Eric W. Cottle, 92, of Menemsha died April 2, at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Marguerite (Bassett) Cottle. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 8, at 2 pm, at Abel’s Hill Cemetery in Chilmark, with the Rev. Arlene Bodge officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Menemsha Fisheries Development Fund, P.O. Box 96, Menemsha, MA 02552. Arrangements are in care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs.

Nancy Luedeman

Nancy Luedeman, 90, of Oak Bluffs died April 4. With her at the end were her daughters Allison and Anne and several friends. “Nancy was a giant in the Vineyard theatrical world, inspiring hundreds of young actors through her work with Island Theater Workshop’s Children’s Theater and more recently at The Vineyard Playhouse with 4th graders,” Vineyard Playhouse artistic director M.J. Munafo said.

Services were held at 4 pm yesterday, at Grace Church in Vineyard Haven.

Jonathan H. Churchill w/ photo

Jonathan Hand Churchill, 78, died March 26, in New York City due to complications from Lewy Body Disease.

A lifelong summer resident of West Tisbury, he was the son of Mary Hand Darrell and John Dwight Winston Churchill; and a stepson of Katharine Emmet Churchill. He was a grandson of Judge Learned Hand and the American author, Winston Churchill.

He was a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. After serving in the U.S. Army, he practiced corporate law in New York City. He is remembered fondly on Martha’s Vineyard and elsewhere as an avid sailor who took pleasure in cruising and racing his 1926 Q boat “Taygeta” and the 1979 trimaran “Moxie.” He navigated Moxie’s record-breaking win (64 hours, 48 minutes) in the 1987 Newport Bermuda Multihull Race. He is survived by his wife, Judith Gaebel Churchill; and stepbrothers Norris Darrell Jr. of Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., and Edgartown, Richard W. Darrell of Ft. Myers, Fla., Cass Canfield Jr., of New York City and Vineyard Haven.

A private memorial service will be held in New York City.

Donations in his memory may be made to Central Park Conservancy ( or Sail Martha’s Vineyard (

John D. Hare

John Donald Hare died in Rochester, N.Y., on April 3. He and his wife, Nancy, were longtime summer residents and very active in Gay Head/Aquinnah. Don and Nancy organized the library book sales each summer. They also hosted the annual Friends of Aquinnah Public Library luncheon at their home. In addition, they were very generous in support of Community Baptist Church and especially providing new pew Bibles a few years ago.

In addition to his wife, Don is survived by three children — Kathleen (Richard) Day, Christopher (Michelle) Hare, and Jonathan (Kimberly) Hare; and six grandchildren. He graduated from Harvard University and the University of Rochester Medical School, where he was a member of the microbiology faculty for 30 years.

A memorial service will be held at the Century Club in Rochester on April 17, at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Class of 1954 Scholarship Fund, 300 East River Road, Box 278996, Rochester, NY 14627, or the Pluta Cancer Center, 125 Red Creek Road, Rochester, NY 14623.

De Nyse W.T. PinkertonDe Nyse W.T. Pinkerton, 91, died on April 3 in Naples, Fla. Born December 3, 1917, daughter of Elbert B.M. Wortman and Dous Nash Wortman in Rochester, NY. She was raised in Utica, N.Y. and attended the Utica Country Day School, Smith and Hollins Colleges, and especially The Art Student’s League in New York City. She painted many pastel portraits during her marriage to Lee Turner. She also served on the board of the Baltimore Animal Aid Association. With her second husband, Edward C. Pinkerton, she continued to paint more portraits, many of which have been exhibited at The Peale Museum; The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Concoran Gallery, and The National Galleries in Washington, Philadelphia and New York. Mrs. Pinkerton and her husband retired to live in Mexico for six months each year. Upon the death of her husband, she made her home at Arbor Trace in Naples. She is survived by her first cousin, Denys Wortman, 71, of Vineyard Haven. Donations may be made in her memory to Ocean Conservancy, Arrangements entrusted to Naples Funeral Home, Davis Boulevard, .