Maribeth Priore


Maribeth Hemberger Priore, a longtime resident of Martha’s Vineyard, died suddenly after an accident at her home on March 5, 2017. She was 61.

Beloved wife of the late Robert Priore, Maribeth originally came to Martha’s Vineyard with her first husband, Jerry. After Jerry’s death in 1997, she met Bob, with whom she shared 18 years of love and adventure. From that first night at Lola’s until their last night at home, where she held Bob as he died on Feb. 25, 2017, they shared a special bond.

Maribeth loved writing, films, and photography, and was able to enjoy those passions through her varied career. She was a well-known fixture on the Island, having worked for WMVY, the Chamber of Commerce, Bunch of Grapes, and the Hall family’s movie theater business. Most recently she was a loving companion to acclaimed writer Peggy Freydberg.

She was born on Long Island to Robert and Nancy Hemberger. She is predeceased by her brothers Robert and Richard. She is survived by her sisters Tammi and Patricia, her stepsons Robert and Christopher, her daughters-in-law Jenafer and Stephanie, grandchildren Olivia and Owen Priore, and her many nieces and nephews.

Memorial funeral services for both Maribeth and Robert will be held on Saturday, March 18, in the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs at 1 pm, officiated by the Rev. Thomas Lopes, with burials following in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, with military honors for Robert provided by the veterans of Martha’s Vineyard. The family will begin receiving visitors in the funeral home at 12 pm. Donations may be made to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, “Infusion Center,” P.O. Box 1477, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.