Current as of: March 12th, 2018

This page will contain timely news that is of interest about Star Island, LOAS and its' people. NEWER items will appear at the top, with past articles below. News will be kept for as long as deemed necessary. If you would like to offer a news item to be added, please contact the LOAS Webmaster.

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:

Myra Aaronson
126 Fourth Street
Dover, NH 03820

February, 2018
     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:
Nans Case
c/o Peter Shoults
174 Wells Village Rd
Chester, NH 03036

February, 2018
The memorial service for Alan Deale at the Unitarian Church in Rockford IL  is on Feb 24 at 2:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. EST). 

It will be streamed live via the UU in Rockford IL. 

February, 2018
It with great sadness that we announce that Alan Deale passed away on January 29th. 
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 Glengyle Deale DD (1927 - 2018)

Kathleen info is:

Kathleen Hunter
55 Crystal Ave.  PMB 248
Derry, NH  03038

January, 2018
Kurt & Ken
It 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 shoalers!

A memorial service will be planned and announced here and on the LOAS Facebook page.  To send condolences, Here are the addresses:
Kurt and Val Nygren
PO Box 473
Harvard, MA 01451

Anita Nygren
17 Goldsmith Avenue
Greenlawn, NY 111740

Mark and Joy Nygren
10 Rutledge Ave
Northport, NY

Valerie & KenDonations in Ken's name can be made to the Friends of Harvard Public Library (Ken 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. Addresses below:


Friends of Harvard Public Library
PO Box 506
Harvard, MA 01451

Star Island Corporation
30 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH  03801

December, 2017
Shelly & Tony Psaris asked me to share the following information with you.

On Monday morning 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.

The following is their contact Information:

Shelly & Tony Psaris
6 Wintergreen Drive
, NY 11727

Home - 631-928-7094
Shelly cell - 631-879-7094
Tony cell - 917-445-2729

December, 2017
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 decline.

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.

Contact information:

Gifford King
406 North Walnut Street
Milford, DE 19963

Matthew King
315 Colburn Street
Dedham, MA 02026

September, 2017
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:

September, 2017
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

September, 2017
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 as LOAS Pitcher 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 the band.
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 1993.
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 states.
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.
Music Appreciation on East Rock 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 Searsport. ( 

Old 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 joy.

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 same time.

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 others."

We celebrate a special life lived fully right to the very last hours.

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 ( or the Ashby Land Trust (P.O. Box 144, Ashby MA 01431).

April, 2017

It is with great sadness that we inform you that that Alexandra Hill died at home on  April 15th, after living with cancer for 32 months.

A 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.

Alex's service was planned by her during the last month of her life. We will celebrate and honor her with the music and readings she chose. 

Rev. Megan will be joined by Edward Thompson, long time family friend and minister of music at the Westport (CT) Unitarian Church.

All are welcome.

- Jeremy Hill


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