Rita Sharrie Grady

Rita “Sharrie” (Smith) Grady, 74, of Westborough, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at her home of cancer on 18 July 2016, surrounded by her loving family and her faithful companion, Frosty. Sharrie was a lifelong Westborough resident and a member of the East Falmouth summer community.

Sharrie Grady

Sharrie was first and foremost all about family. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Robert Grady, a Worcester native; their children Rob Grady of Manchester, Connecticut; Tim Grady and wife Tina of Hopkinton, Massachusetts; Mark Grady and wife Hui-Ting of Marlboro, Massachusetts; Meg O’Hara and husband Tim of Milton, Massachusetts; grandchildren Eamon, Aislinn, Cian, Shaelan, Mikayla, Liam, Emma, Will, and Josephine; siblings Paul Smith of New Hampshire; John Smith and wife Noreen of Charlton, Massachusetts; sister-in-law Kathy Smith of Paxton; sisters Jean Smith and husband Dennis Kennedy (deceased) of Newton, Massachusetts, Mary Cullen and husband Brien, and Marguerite Kerr and husband Tom, all of Westborough. Her brother, Tom Smith of Paxton, predeceased her.

In addition to a large extended family of nieces and nephews, cousins, and in-laws, she leaves her aunts Patricia Perron and Geraldine Duffy, both of Westborough, as well as many loving friends, especially Michele Gara of Vernon, Connecticut.

Sharrie lived a life of service. After graduating St. Mary’s High School in Milford and Anna Maria College, she began her career teaching on a reservation in Pueblo, Colorado, with the Extension Lay Volunteers of Chicago. She continued her passion for education by obtaining a master’s degree in reading from Worcester State College and teaching for many years in the Westboro School System. She continued to tutor into her retirement at Worcester Public Schools and the Worcester Senior Center RSVP Program. She was a committed parishioner at St. Luke’s Church, and especially enjoyed knitting prayer shawls and the activities of the Forever Young Group. Additionally, she taught Faith Formation at St. Luke’s SPRED Program, andwas an active contributor to the parish of St. Anthony’s of East Falmouth.

Service on the seas was also a love of Sharrie’s. In addition to her recreational boating and membership with the Duxbury Cruising Club, Sharrie was a dedicated member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadrons. Sharrie contributed many hours with her husband, Bob Grady, at Nobscot Sail & Power Squadron events including the annual holiday party, member picnic and the USPS booth at the New England Boat Show.

We will dearly miss Sharrie’s ceaseless energy and determination, her directness, her humor, and most of all her endless love and care. All of these traits have left an indelible imprint on her loved ones, especially her nine grandchildren with whom she shared a deep love.

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Jack Ed Banister

Loving husband and father, Jack Ed Banister, 86, of Hanover, Indiana, passed away peacefully 13 Oct. 2016. He was formerly employed by RCA in Camden, New Jersey, and retired in 1989 from GE where he was division vice president of the Government Communication Systems Division.

Jack BanisterJack had many memberships and honors which include Eagle Scouts, Coast Guard Auxiliary, United States Power Squadrons, Spring Hill Kansas Masonic Lodge #56, South Bend Scottish Rite, Murat Shriners of Indianapolis, Distinguished Hoosier, Aircraft Pilot Owners Association, M.E.N.S.A., Christian Ardinger Chapter of Sons of American Revolution, and the Society of Indiana Pioneers.He served honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1949 to 1954. Jack was an instrument-rated pilot for 60 years and flew missions for the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He had a wide range of interests, including sailing, amateur radio and teaching boating safety and celestial navigation. He was awarded the title of Kentucky Colonel in recognition of his accomplishments and outstanding service to the nation.

He was married to Frances Mae Harnett in Oakland, California, on 13 Oct. 1950. He is survived by his wife and others, including: his daughters Frances Ann Ebert of Auburn, Maine, Beryl (Kevin) Kelley of Berlin, New Jersey, and Leslie Banister of Chesilhurst, New Jersey; his sons Paul (Debbie) Banister of Hagerstown, Maryland, Dr. Mark (Suzanne) Banister of Plymouth, New Hampshire, and John (Suzanne) Banister of Rancocas, New Jersey; his sister Linda Jo; 12 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandsons.

Funeral services were held 17 Oct. 2016 at the Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport, Indiana.

Jack was a dedicated and active member of the Louisville Sail & Power Squadron and a past district commander for District 24. Even this year Jack served as the Squadron Commander’s Aid and as an at-large member of the Executive Committee.  Jack was a true gentleman, educator and friend. He will be missed by all of us who knew him and had the privilege of working with him.

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P/C Merle E. Miller, JN

Merle E. Miller of Newport, North Carolina, passed away 3 Oct. 2016 after a courageous six-year battle against cancer. Merle is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sharon; son Ross of Lenoir City, Tennessee; son Scott, daughter-in-law Tricia, and grandson Warren of Athens, Georgia; sister Marcia Kiechle of Newark Valley, New York; and brother Marvin of Columbia, Texas.

After graduating from high school in Middleburg, New York, Merle joined the United States Army and served with the 101st Airborne Division. He later attended the State University of Albany, New York, where he earned BS and MS degrees in business education. He served as president of Alpha Pi Alpha Fraternity. Merle taught business courses at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, New York, for 32 years where he founded and coached the boys’ soccer team and began a student work-study program.

Merle retired to North Carolina in 2001. He enjoyed golf with the “Hot Doggers” at Morehead City Country Club and fishing with members of the Saltwater Light Tackle Club, St. Egbert’s Holy Mackerel Fishing Club, and the FinAddicts. Merle was an active member of the Fort Macon Sail & Power Squadron, achieving the rank of Junior Navigator and serving as Commander. Merle and Sharon enjoyed traveling and took many cruises, visiting Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, the Normandy Beaches, and Paris.

In lieu of flowers, Merle’s family would appreciate memorial contributions to the Carteret Community College Foundation, Morehead City, NC 28557 for their scholarship fund.

Merle was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, teacher and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Lt/C Mary “Cathy” Hargan

Mary Catherine “Cathy” Killough Hargan, 69, of Florence, Kentucky, passed away peacefully in her sleep on 17 Aug. 2016 at her home.

Cathy was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Edward D. Killough and Louise Owen Killough on 5 Oct. 1946. She went to DuPont Manual High School in Louisville. She married James W. Hargan III on 13 June 1964 in Louisville. She worked as an accounting clerk for Convergys Corporation for 15 years. She enjoyed crocheting, watching Reds baseball and the Cincinnati Bengals, and challenging her friends to a fun game of Words with Friends. Cathy was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Louise Killough; sister, Bettye Sue Killough Jackson; and husband, James W. Hargan.

Cathy is survived by her companion and best friend, Dallas J. Farley; daughter, Kimberly Hargan Baker (David); son, James E. “Jamie” Hargan; son, Jeffrey Hargan (Lisa); son, Justin Hargan (Jamie); sister, Doris Jean Killough Morphew (Carl); 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Originally published in The Courier-Journal

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P/C Robert J. Seiferman, AP

P/C Robert J. Seiferman, AP photo

P/C Robert J. Seiferman, AP

P/C Robert J. Seiferman, AP, of Middletown Sail & Power Squadron/1 passed away on 18 June 2016. He was an Emeritus Member with 52 merit marks. Rob first joined United States Power Squadrons in 1958. He was a long-time dedicated member and remained active in the Middletown squadron until the week before his passing.

Rob had extensive knowledge of boating through his career in the marine industry. He had a passion for knowledge and shared it with anyone who wanted to learn. Over the years, he taught and proctored many USPS courses and seminars. He will be sorely missed.

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P/C John J. Gaffney, P

P/C John Gaffney, P, was a very active member of the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron/22). He was a past commander and involved in many activities and had several duties, one of which was coordinating the two local boat shows (Fort Myers and Bonita Springs) in the spring and fall of each year. He had been with the squadron 15 years. He was also involved in numerous other organizations, giving of himself selflessly and held together some that were teetering on disbanding. John had recently lost his wife and was himself battling cancer for a couple of years. He stayed active, especially enjoying lots of quality time with his family, especially his granddaughter. He was loved and respected by all that knew him. A truly great person.

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P/Lt/C Anne Schetter-Clark, JN

Anne Schetter-ClarkIt is with a very heavy heart that we announce the death of P/Lt/C Anne Schetter-Clark, JN, due to complications from uterine cancer. She was the beloved wife of Stephen Clark; loving mother of Rebecca Clark, Travis Clark, Caitlin Schetter, Mike Schetter, Eric (Liz) Clark, and Christine (Luke) Nezda; cherished sister of Greg (Denise) Ahlstrom and Dirk Ahlstrom; loving daughter of Marilyn Ahlstrom Tyler and the late Richard Tyler, and the late Beverly Burnside; fond sister-in-law of Ray (Judy) Clark and David Clark; dear aunt of several nieces and nephews; and loving grandmother of two.

Anne was born in San Diego, California, to parents Richard Tyler and Beverly Burnside and was raised by her stepmother, Marilyn Ahlstrom Tyler, and Richard Tyler. Anne graduated from San Diego State, with a degree in accounting and became a certified public accountant. Later, Anne attended law school, becoming a member of the California Bar on 2 Dec. 2009.

Anne had a passion for travel, journeying with Steve, the children, and the Ahlstrom family across the globe. Summers in Washington were Anne’s favorite, when she and Steve would lounge on the deck of their yacht with Ozzie, the family’s Portuguese Water Dog. Anne was also the treasurer for Bellevue Sail & Power Squadron.

A memorial to celebrate Anne’s life will take place on 30 April at 2 p.m. in Blakely Hall at 2550 NE Park Drive, Issaquah, WA 98029. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Anne’s name to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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P/Stf/C Rodney G. Landsman, AP

P/Stf/C Rodney G. Landsman, AP

P/Stf/C Rodney G. Landsman, AP

P/Stf/C Rodney G. Landsman, AP, passed away 23 Feb. 2016. He was the beloved husband of nearly 61 years to Dr. Sandra G. Landsman, loving father of Victoria Peterson, Jonathan and Lisa Landsman, Faith Landsman and Teri Mehrman, and Jill Landsman. He was also the loving brother of Rubyjean and Richard Gould, cherished grandfather of Aaron and Sarah Landsman and Michael Peterson, and uncle, cousin and dear friend to many.

He served as National Jewish Chaplain, District 8 Chaplain, and past Palm Beach Sail & Power Squadron Chaplain.  As a Life Member of the United States Power Squadrons, he served on national, district and squadron committees. Rod served as past Chaplain as well as treasurer for District 8 and Palm Beach Sail & Power Squadron.

He was an avid world traveler and an internationally recognized artist. He studied at Cranbrook Institute of Arts, Chicago Institute of Arts and Wayne State University. Rod was a lifelong educator and orchid enthusiast. Those who had the privilege knew he was a gentle, kind, caring and thoughtful man.

At District 8’s Fall Conference last year, when he gave his invocation, “the words he chose to use had been carefully selected to say thank you for the friendships he had made realizing that this was probably the last opportunity he would have to be with us and was choosing his time to say goodnight to us all.”

Please keep Rod in your hearts, and comfort Sandy and their children as they heal, surrounded by precious memories.

Using his own words which were synonymous to Rod, “And let us all say together, Amen.”

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Lt Richard G. Dexter, JN

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Longtime denizen of the Maine coast, Richard George “Dick” Dexter, 84, died at his residence on Dogfish Head on Sunday, 29 Nov. 2015. He was born in Boston on 23 Jan. 1931 to Anne N. and Willis P. Dexter. Dick’s piercing blue eyes and frank ways of expressing himself with his thick Boston accent will be long remembered and missed.

Dick Dexter

Dick Dexter

In the early 1980s, he settled permanently on Dogfish Head in the cottage built by his father during the 1950s. The land had been purchased by his great‐grandfather in 1889.

Always learning and yearning for knowledge, Dick could converse on any number of topics, his favorites being sailing, food and Model T Fords. People have said of him that he was never lacking in words. In later years, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University in 1986. It meant commuting back and forth from Maine to Boston for many weeks before graduating.

His membership in many organizations amounted to much more than simply being on a membership role. He was an active member of Wawenock Sail & Power Squadron, achieving the grade of JN. He instructed many courses and most recently served as flag lieutenant. His love of boating, especially sailing, gave him and his friends much enjoyment. During the 1970s, he crewed on an ocean racer out of Marblehead, Massachusetts, to such destinations as Newport, Rhode Island; Bermuda; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Monhegan Island and Portland in Maine. He sailed his boat out of Southport Island for many years as well. Dick will be sorely missed by his squadron.

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P/D/C Robert Newsom, P

By P/D/C Adriaan Veldhuisen, SN

Bob Newsom joined United States Power Squadrons in 1977 and earned 30 merit marks. Stop and think about that: He was an active contribution to our organization for more than 30 years!

Bob NewsomBob joined Helix Power Squadron, now disbanded, 38 years ago where he ultimately rose to the rank of their squadron commander. He then joined San Luis Rey Sail & Power Squadron, was active at the district level, and rose to the rank of district commander in 1993.

Bob celebrated his 61st wedding anniversary in June this year and went on a cruise from Vancouver to Anchorage in August. He passed away on Monday, 7 Sept. at Merci Hospital. His wife, Mary-Lou, told me that his death certificate reads, “Failure to thrive,” and we were able to laugh about that.

When I served as squadron commander in the year 2000, my mentors were E. Brian Smith and Bob Newsom. Also later, when I served as district commander in 2005, I could always count on Bob and a few like him for advice. At USPS, and San Luis Rey squadron in particular, we take support and mentoring very seriously. In other words, I learned from the best.

So here’s to Bob Newsom: May the road rise up to meet you and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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Josephine B. Altstetter, SN

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Josephine Barr Altstetter, 88, of Dearborn, Michigan, passed away on 10 Aug. 2015 under the care of Ford Village Hospice in Dearborn, Michigan, from bone cancer. Josephine married John Altstetter of Lima, Ohio, on 16 June 1951. Recently they celebrated 65 years of marriage together at the Ford Yacht Club in Gross Ile, Michigan, with their family.

Josephine was a long-time member and supporter of the College of Wooster Alumni Association, AAUW, American Association of University Women, Ford Yacht Club, United States Power Squadrons, FMCA, Family Motor Coach Association, Nomads, Stark County Foundation, and the Florence E. Barr Memorial Scholarship at GlenOak High School.

Josephine is survived by her husband John Altstetter, son Jeff, daughter Nancy and their families, one great grandchild, sister Lois Barr Cook, and brother Roy Barr and his wife Carol.

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