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March 1, 2018
Myra Aaronson's father, Martin
Aaronson passed away on Thursday, March 1st. He had just
turned 98 in January, and was still living independently in
Florida with her mom.
Myra's contact information is:
126 Fourth Street
Dover, NH 03820
FROM PETER SHOULTS
Beginning of January mom came down for a week long visit with Kim and me in New Hampshire and proceeded to fracture her foot in a few days.
After a bit more than a week here with a boot, she felt very sick and about to pass out, which led to her being admitted to the hospital for
BPPV, UTI, possible stroke and / or heart issues. The first two were dealt with, and monitor the heart - was discharged. Then back into
hospital as she was having a very hard time breathing and getting up - turned out that her heart was in A-Fib as well as heart failure and
diagnosis was that she needed a aortic valve replacement.
Discharged again, with surgery scheduled for beginning of Feb. That surgery was
done, and she was discharged after a few days, and in less than a week after that, she went back to the hospital as she was coughing
constantly and could not lie down flat and breathe. That turned out to be an issue with fluid build ups and needing adjustments of meds.
She hopefully will be discharged tomorrow and go into rehab in Manchester for a couple weeks to build her strength back up and
hopefully get to a point where she may consider going back home to Vinalhaven.
If anyone would like to reach out to her, she can be reached
via my address:
c/o Peter Shoults
174 Wells Village Rd
Chester, NH 03036
service for Alan Deale at the Unitarian Church in Rockford
IL is on Feb 24 at 2:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m.
It will be streamed
live via the UU in Rockford IL.
with great sadness that we announce that Alan Deale passed away on
A service will be held at 2 pm February 24th at the Unitarian
Church in Rockford, IL.
A memorial service will also be held at 2 pm on March 24th at the
First Church in Portland Oregon.
Here is a link His obituary
from Portland: Alan
(1927 - 2018)
Kathleen info is:
55 Crystal Ave. PMB 248
Derry, NH 03038
is with great sadness that we have to announce that long time
shoaler and legacy creator, Ken Nygren as passed on January 10th.
He was the father of Kurt (Valerie Nygren) and Mark Nygren (Joy
Anderson) and grandfather to Kiley, Caitlin, Kieran, Colin and
Brandon Nygren and the ex-husband of Anita Nygren. ALL were good
A memorial service will be planned
and announced here and on the LOAS Facebook page. To send
condolences, Here are the addresses:
and Val Nygren
PO Box 473
17 Goldsmith Avenue
Greenlawn, NY 111740
and Joy Nygren
10 Rutledge Ave
Northport, NY 11768
in Ken's name can be made to the Friends of Harvard Public Library
made daily visits to our local library and he loved using the
computers, borrowing DVDs, and attending all the musical
performances they hosted!) or to the Star Island Corporation.
of Harvard Public Library
PO Box 506
Harvard, MA 01451
30 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Shelly & Tony Psaris asked me to
share the following information with you.
at 7:08 a.m., while
hospitalized at Memorial Sloan Kettering for Metastatic Cancer to
the lungs, our dearest 13 year old granddaughter, Jasmine Linghuai
Psaris, passed while her parents, our son Nick and his wife Antai,
were at her bedside. Later, her 16 year old brother Justin came to
say goodbye while we waited out in the hallway.We were on the way
in to the city to visit with her when our son notified us of her
passing. She had fought the good fight since August 2014 when she
was first diagnosed with Osteosarcoma of the right lower leg. Our
son and his family had moved back to New York City from Hong
Kong in Oct. of 2016 after some spread had occurred for the third
time. They had high hopes as did the rest of the family. Though
the treatments were state of the art, there was no longer hope in
sight and treatment was stopped. We will miss our darling,
talented, joyful, bright, artistic, clever, spunky little
sweetheart. She did not suffer in the end and passed in her
sleep-something we all would wish for in our final days. Thomas
Campbell said, "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to
die". Jasmine will live on in ours and anyone else's hearts
whose lives she touched.
following is their contact Information:
& Tony Psaris
6 Wintergreen Drive
Shelly cell - 631-879-7094
Tony cell - 917-445-2729
Michael Patrick King, father
of Gifford and Matthew King, died the morning of Saturday,
November 25 at home with Jane by his side after a long slow
A memorial service will be
held at the UU Church of Cherry Hill, New Jersey on Friday,
December 8th at noon with a luncheon to follow. The
family came together over the weekend and all is well.
406 North Walnut Street
Milford, DE 19963
315 Colburn Street
Dedham, MA 02026
Update on Sally Hamburger
On Monday August 21 of LOAS 2, Sally Hamburger
needed medical attention and left Star Island with Aaron and Julie
Mabey, her daughter. They went to the ER at Portsmouth
Hospital where Sally was treated and released. On the ride back to
New York, while stopping for a meal in New Haven, Sally fell-
unrelated to the medical condition for which she had just been
treated- in the restaurant and shattered the lower part of her
femur. She was taken by ambulance to Yale New Haven Hospital where
she had surgery on August 24th. It was a complex
surgery, however the doctors are optimistic about the outcome of
the surgery and expect that after extended rehab, Sally will be
able to walk with a walker and even still be able to bend her
knee. She is in a New York City Rehab Center on the
Upper West Side of Manhattan. Sally's e-mail: email@example.com
Update on Al Chu
Al Chu sends this note
regarding his illness.
I am so touched by all my friends at Star who
are concerned with my illness. Here is a short run down of
my problems: I had been affiliated with a chronic form of leukemia
for several years. It acted up again this year. Then
in July, I was sent to the emergency room by my doctor for
observation; it turned out I had a lot of fluid in my lung. I was
hospitalized for two weeks, during which some other problems
arise. I have been home recovering for a month.
Now that my internal problems are clearing up except for the
leukemia, I have to go back to my neural ophthalmologist to take
care of my blurred vision. Oh well, the vagary of my old
age. Thanks so much for everyoneís concerns. I
am still hopeful I will be able to come to Star next year.
Please send my regards to everyone. Al's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Update on Jeanne Lindquist
As many of you know, Jeanie Lindquist
underwent surgery for removal of a tumor in her head during LOAS
2. Jeanie and Michael received the pathology results a few days
ago, and are happy to report the tumor was a benign meningioma and
she will not need chemo. Jeannine looks forward to being at the
chairs meeting in November.
Jeanie wanted to
let everyone how very much she appreciates the flood of cards she
has been receiving, both following the death of her mom, Grace,
and since people heard the news of her own illness. Although she
is not able to respond to each card or note, she is moved by the
outpouring of love.
August, 2017 In Passing
Rudy Nashen - Old LOAS Shoaler
Rudy Nashan, passed away Wednesday August
9, 2017, at home. He was 94 years of age. He was born Rudolph
Reinhardt in Germany July 25, 1923, the son of Johanna Reinhardt.
He came to the United States in 1930 aboard the ship Europa at the
age of seven with a big sign around his neck with information for
him to be taken from Ellis Island and put on a train to meet with
his mother in Chicago.
Rudy settled into Chicago schools learned English and in time
changed his last name to his mother's married name of Nashan.
Rudy showed an early love for trumpet and studied it all through
school. With the outbreak of WWII, Rudy joined the US Army in 1942
and became a member of the US Military 740th Police Band. He
played trumpet and became a translator for German war prisoners.
For 65 years, Rudy remained close friends with other members of
After the war, Rudy was a student at the New England Conservatory,
where he met his first wife, Catherine Keller. He moved to the
Chicago Symphony in 1950 to fill a second trumpet position. He
remained there until 1963 under the leadership of conductor Fritz
Reiner. During that time he was also one of the founding members
of International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians and he
was elected Vice President of the Chicago Federation of Musicians,
Local 10. His union activity has been written about in the book
More Than Meets the Ear by Julie Ayer.
In 1966, Rudy left the union and joined the Syracuse Symphony
Orchestra as principal trumpet and Personnel Manager. After
Syracuse Symphony he worked for a period of time for the New York
State Council on the Arts. He then worked for the National
Endowment for the Arts and later became Executive Director of the
New Hampshire Art Association.
In 1989, Rudy retired and he and his wife Cathy moved to Belfast,
Maine with summers on Star Island, off the coast of New Hampshire,
They loved Belfast and he immersed himself into the community with
love and laughter. He coordinated the April Fools Follies with
humor for all, like playing a sled or a kitchen sink.
Rudy lost his wife, Cathy to cancer, after 40 years of marriage in
Rudy remained in the home at 3 Northport Avenue and moved on by
playing cribbage and spades with his buddies at the Co-Op. He
taught trumpet classes at University of Maine, Orono, gave classes
in classical music at the Senior College, managed the music at the
Unitarian Universalist Church, and organized a tennis group of
Scrappy Losers at the City Park.
Rudy met Patricia Dorsey in 2000, while playing bocce ball. They
later married. At the age of 84, Rudy and his wife Pat came in
second in the "Most Romantic Couple in Mid Coast Maine"
contest. They loved exploring Maine and travels to many other
Rudy was known for his sense of humor. During one of the Unitarian
Church auctions Rudy bought two toneless singing sisters and had
them perform on the balcony in their apartment before a large
crowd of people. He was also known for his funny pictures of cut
and pasted words and faces of many people in Belfast on covers of
New Yorker magazines.
He will be missed by his wife of 17 years, with whom he shared so
much; a son, Georges Nashan and wife Barbara Clement of Brooks; a
daughter, Rebecca Devereux of Jackson; foster daughter, Jeanne
Frazier of Los Angeles, CA; a brother; Carl Nashan and wife Julie
Ayer of San Clemente, CA, grandchildren; Kate Blackmon(David) of
Belfast and Sara Devereux of Portland, two step grandchildren;
Andrea Boothby Dole (Patrick) and family and Eben (Gokben) Boothby
and family; three step children, John (Susan), Stephen (Ashley)
and Christopher (Aimee) Beardslee, and their families; niece,
Erica Nashan of Georgia; nephew, Jeffrey Nashan of Montana;
cousins, Katrin Heckenkamp and Willi Heckenkamp plus many other
family members in Germany and special 'daughter' and friend
Elizabeth Bowen Chase.
A thank you to all the people from Home Health Care and Hospice,
especially Dave, who assisted Rudy in his last few weeks.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Rudy's life will be
scheduled at a later date.
Contributions can be made to Waldo County Home Health and Hospice
or a hospice group of your choice. Arrangements are under the
direction and care of Young Funeral Home and Cremation Services
Shoalers will remember Rudy for two traditions he encompassed;
Being the official LOAS Softball pitcher and his famour Music
Appreciation Workshop out on East Rock.
August, 2017 In Passing
Grace Lindquist - 98 Years Fully Lived
Grace Lindquist, lover of people, music, peace and justice,
died Sunday, July 30, at age 98. Her passing was peaceful as her
indomitable spirit bowed to a worn out body. A memorial service
will be held on Sunday, September 10, at 3:00 p.m. at the First
Church Unitarian on Foster Street, Littleton, MA.
Grace was born on June 12, 1919, in Rochester, NY, the fifth of
six children born to Gertrude (Heckman) and Lambert J. Van Dam.
She was married to Carl G. Lindquist for 43 years and to William
D. Hammond for 15 years.
In 1960 Grace and Carl arrived in Littleton with their two
children, David and Jeanie. She became active in community
affairs, Unitarian church life, and local political organizing.
She attended Unitarian conferences at Star Island, NH, for more
than 40 years.
Music was always at the forefront of her life. She sang and
played piano, guitar, viola, recorder, and many other instruments.
In 1965 she began teaching guitar and piano. She made friends with
all 330 of her students and their families. With some of her
students she created a jug band that performed for years locally.
She gathered other musicians around her for jam sessions and sing-alongs.
People and music fed her, energized her, and filled her life with
In the early 1960s Grace became involved with the struggle for
civil rights, Vietnam War protests, and the peace movement both
locally and nationally. Her activism continued for the rest of her
days. She participated in the final leg of the 1965 voting rights
march from Selma to Montgomery, AL. Very simply, she said,
"It changed my life."
As she aged and became less mobile, she held court in her
kitchen at what she referred to as her "command center."
There she socialized with her friends, followed the news, hosted
her womenís group, played music with her recorder trio, and
played competitive gin rummy games with anyone who wandered in.
She became a fervent Red Sox fan ("I canít believe I even
read the sports pages!") and would often share games with
daughter-in-law Kathy who would be watching from Nebraska at the
In 2015 she began working on her memoir which was published in
May 2017, to wide acclaim. There is a quote at the beginning of
her book by Albert Schweitzer: "The purpose of a human life
is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help
We celebrate a special life lived fully right to the very last
Grace is survived by her two children, David (and wife Kathy)
Lindquist and Jeanie (and spouse Michael McCallum) Lindquist; four
grandchildren, Stephen (and wife Kimberly) Lindquist, Erika
Sencenich, Sonia Grace Lindquist McCallum, and Samuel Lindquist
McCallum; Ingridís children, Joel Thomas and Jerlyn Thomas;
seven great-grandchildren; Becca, Christopher (and wife
Melissa), Hannah, Tyler, Danielle, Joshua, and Olivia Grace; a
brother, Robert (and wife Ethel) Van Dam; nieces, nephews and
their children; a dear German pen pal of 79 years, Heinz Borowski;
devoted and beloved caregivers; and hundreds of cherished friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Graceís name
to the ACLU (aclu.org) or the Ashby Land Trust (P.O. Box 144,
Ashby MA 01431).
is with great sadness that we inform you that that Alexandra Hill
died at home on April 15th, after living with cancer for 32
Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday,
June 3rd, followed by a reception in the Social Hall at the
Unitarian Society of New Haven.
service was planned by her during the last month of her life. We
will celebrate and honor her with the music and readings she
Megan will be joined by Edward Thompson, long time family friend
and minister of music at the Westport (CT) Unitarian Church.
New to LOAS will be the newsletter, titled "Life
Off A Star", created and maintained by Patti
Emmons. If you have noteworthy stories or would like to contact her,
the best way is via e-mail (click her name). Click the links below to
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