In Memory Of
Owen Calderwood, May 4, 2013
John Joseph Tropsa, February 12, 2012
John Joseph Tropsa, 83, of East Orleans, Massachusetts died Sunday, February 12, 2012, with his family at his side, after several years of battling a rare progressive disease.
He was a retired executive of the Micro Switch Division of Honeywell. Born in Stamford, Connecticut, March 28, 1928, the son of the late John Frank and Gertrude Tropsa. He was predeceased by three siblings, Louis F. Macsata, Alberta W. Macsata and Helen E. Marko.
Ellen Babcock Cuda, April 14, 2010
Ellen Babcock Cuda, of Boca Grande, FL, and East Orleans, MA , former resident of West Hartford, CT, died peacefully surrounded by her family on April 14, 2010, after a valiant battle with ovarian cancer.
Ellie is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Richard S. Cuda; sisters, Jean B. Harbeck, Hartland WI, Dozie A. Sheahan, Bridgehampton, NY, Courtney B. Bourntraeger, Pittsburgh, PA; her children, Corinne C. Ackerman (Michael), Malvern, PA, Fred B. Cuda (Eileen), Longmeadow, MA, and Beth C. Baker (Todd), New Canaan, CT; and her nine beloved grandchildren.
Herbert H. Bierkan, August 26, 2010
Herbert H. Bierkan 86 of East Orleans died at his home Thursday August 26, 2010. He was the husband of Louise (Hobbs) Bierkan for 19 years and the late Dorothy (Siegel) Bierkan for 42 years before her death in 1990.
Born in Hartford, CT, Mr. Bierkan was a 1942 graduate of Hartford Public Schools. He was a graduate of the American Institute of Banking, Hartford Chapter in 1952. Mr. Bierkan was vice president of Connecticut National Bank (Bank of America). He retired in 1985, after a 44 year career. During his retirement he served on various committees for Cape Cod Five Savings Bank.
Nauset, May 27, 2009
To our wonderful companion and best friend who brought much happiness to our family and friends, as well as to our many inn guests who always looked forward to your greeting upon their arrival. Our family still recalls the many tricks you performed for all to enjoy and your wonderful singing (howling) voice. You taught young Marley well as he has taken the position on your chair greeting guests and awaiting the UPS driver for an evening biscuit. While you didn't experience the beach for which you were named until you were age 5, you more than made up for lost time. We honor your life with us through this brief pictorial. See you at the Rainbow Bridge.
Pete & Denise Butcher, Ship's Knees Inn
James T. Roberts, December 16, 2009
James T. Roberts of East Orleans, devoted husband and father, on December 16, 2009 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Jim had a tremendous zest for life and lived it in a very robust manner. Whether it was driving his own Austin Healey racing car, flying his plane, or guiding his boat among the currents around the Cape, Jim truly enjoyed life. His quick wit and humorous outlook showed that he was always looking for the brighter side and could find humor in even the most mundane of human experiences.
Dr. George L. Robb, October 19, 2009
Dr. George L. Robb, 74, died unexpectedly from cardiac arrest on October 19, 2009. A beloved pediatrician for 37 years, Dr. Robb graduated from Mt. Hermon in 1953, Harvard in 1957, and Harvard Medical School in 1961. After an internship at Children’s Hospital in Boston, he served as Captain in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg from 1962 – 1964. He then settled in Westwood and began his pediatric practice in Dedham.
George was passionate about sailing and spent many vacations cruising with his family. He also loved music and sang in the Harvard Glee Club, Dedham Choral Society and the Chatham Chorale. He played piano, guitar, ukulele, bagpipes and the banjo.
Edith (Edie) Williams Dunham, October 2, 2009
Edith Williams Dunham, 86, of Naples, Florida, St. Huberts, New York, and East Orleans, Massachusetts died Friday, October 2 in Naples. The daughter of Charles Wyatt Williams and Hope Johnson Williams, she was predeceased by her husband William Putnam Dunham and daughter Susan Hope Dunham.
Mrs. Dunham is survived by her sister, Susan Williams Miller of Carmel, California, three children: Sally Dunham Taylor of Aurora, Colorado, William Putnam Dunham (Nelie Maitre) of Belmont, Massachusetts, Ann Dunham Hartson (Michael) of Keene, New York. She also leaves six grandchildren: Kevin Alan Taylor, Kristen Taylor D’Acquisto (Andrew), Hilary Ann Hartson, Brooke Michael Hartson, Henry Wyatt Dunham and Melanie Hope Dunham.
Howard T. Rourke, August 31, 2009
Howard T. Rourke, a resident of Palm Beach Shores, Florida died Monday August 31st at his summer home in Orleans, MA where he treasured time spent with family in Nauset Heights. Howard was born in Worcester, MA.
Howard was a graduate of Worcester Academy and Babson College and served in the Navy Air Corps, WWII and was a Lieutenant in the Artillery and served in Korea during the Korean War.
Howard is survived by 4 children: Jonathan (Lisa) of Belmont, MA, Jocelyn (Michael) Robinson of Troy MI, Susan (Steve) Sabacinski of Worcester and Andrea Rourke of Quincy MA. He leaves 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in death by his wife of over 50 years, Dorothy (Goehring); two sons, Steven in 1962 and William in 1997; as well as two brothers, William J Rourke (Worcester), Leo G. Rourke Jr., (VA), and two sisters, Maybelle Bruce (Worcester), and Barbara Langon (NJ).
Henry A. Palmer, May 23, 2009
Henry A. Palmer, loving and devoted husband of 50 years to his best friend and high school sweetheart, Janice Stuart Palmer, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at Hartford Hospital.
He was the proud father of Robert Stuart Palmer and his wife Renee of Storrs and of Scott Andrew Palmer of East Orleans, Massachusetts, and he was Pop-Pop to Caitlin Oriana Palmer and Madison Olivia Palmer of Storrs. Born in Albany, New York on January 6, 1936, he was the son of the late Delores and Henry Palmer and brother of the late Maria Hatker of Albany. He is also survived by many cousins.
June Zenke, March 16, 2009
Zenke, June A. (Knapp) Age 79, of East Orleans & formerly of West Hartford, CT & Boston, MA passed away on Mon., March 16, 2009 at Cape Cod Hospital.
She was the wife of the late E. Robert Zenke. She was the daughter of the late Harold & Julia Knapp. She also leaves behind her brother Harold C. (Carol) Knapp of Chatham, MA. She leaves behind her step-children Elizabeth (Sam) Ball of Hamden, CT, Scott (Carol) Zenke of Farington, CT & Michael (Ellen) Zenke of West Hartford, CT. She will also be missed by her grandchildren, Scott & Nancy Zenke, Emily & Alex Ball. She was predeceased by her stepson David Zenke.
June was an active member of the Cape Cod Symphony & she will be missed by her many friends. Arrangements will be made at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Cape Cod Symphony, Hyannis, MA.
Gustaf Andrew Karlson, December 7, 2007
Mr. Karlson was born in Worcester, the son of Albertina Swanson and Andrew Karlson, who emigrated from Sweden. He acquired his love of the outdoors in Worcester, where he hunted, trapped, fished and gardened. In 1933 he earned his bachelor of science degree in horticulture at the University of Massachusetts. There, he met his future wife, Myrtle "Wendy" Stebbins Gary. Though the Great Depression was at its worst, he immediately secured a position at North High School where he taught agricultural sciences for almost 30 years.
Mr. Karlson was a member of the Worcester County Teachers Association, for which he served as both president and board member. After school hours, he ran a landscape and nursery business. He worked actively with the Worcester Horticultural Society, and area farms and garden clubs. He also was a member of the Masons.
"Marcia" Gertrude Herrick Howe, February 11, 2001
She was the wife of Arthur A. Howe. Mrs. Howe was born and grew up in Canajoharie, NY as the only daughter on the championship Guernsey cow farm of Judge Newton J. Herrick. She remembered the beautiful cow faces as well as the very long horse drawn sleighs in the winter.
She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1924 with a major in art. She continued her studies at Pratt Institute, the Arts Students League in New York and in Provincetown. After marrying and moving to West Chester County, N.Y. she was a book illustrator, especially children's books, for several New York publishers, among them Oxford, MacMillian and Scribners and Doubleday. This was the dominant period of American illustrators for the reason that typesetting had made printed material extensive but photocopy had not yet been invented. Illustrators were in high demand and her children can attest to the family adjustments that were made to accomodate her artwork deadlines. The children were often coaxed into posing as models.