Obituaries

Colonel John J. Wessmiller

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Colonel John J. Wessmiller               Colonel John J. Wessmiller 98, of Chatham, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 5, 2017.             Colonel Wessmiller was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 29, 1919.  In 1940, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and participated in the invasions of Africa, Sicily, and Normandy. In 1945, he was commissioned in...

Celestia “Peggy” Vallie

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Celestia “Peggy” Vallie                   CHATHAM – Celestia “Peggy” M. Vallie, 92, of Chatham, passed away peacefully August 2, 2017 at Liberty Commons.  Peggy was born March 30 th , 1925, the daughter of Arthur Clark and Celestia (Eldredge). Her mother passed away after giving birth to Peggy and was raised by Cyrus and Roxana (Gould) Eldredge of West Chatham.                 Growing up she attend...

Adrienne M. Johnson

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Adrienne M. Johnson             Adrienne M. Johnson (Julian), 60, of Harwich Port; affectionately known as “A”, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Friday, August 4, 2017.              Daughter of the late Dorothy and Albert Julian of Dorchester, Adrienne is survived by her husband of 31 years, Joseph V. Johnson Jr., brother Paul Julian (Michelle) of Boston, beloved sisters Diane Shultz a...

Arthur Farrenkopf

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Arthur Farrenkopf           Arthur Farrenkopf, 62, of Laconia N.H. formerly of Chatham, passed away on May 23, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by his loving family.                         Born on Cape Cod on October 12, 1954, he was the son of Leo and Mary (Baker) Farrenkopf, Sr.  He was a commer...

Donahue, Elizabeth (Betty), A

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              Donahue, Elizabeth (Betty), A , passed away to be one of God’s angels on 7/11/17.               Born 6/6/28 in Jamaica Plains, Betty is predeceased by her younger brother Teddy, and parents Theodore & Catherine Forte Friberg. She is survived by her 8 children: son, Charles (& wife Jeannie) of Anchorage, AK; daughter, Susan of Lancaster, Pa.; daughter Teresa (& husband David) of ...

Sarah Tod Smith

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Sarah Tod Smith March 30, 1926 to June 6, 2017                 Sarah Tod Smith, known to her friends as Sally, died at home in New York City on June 6, 2017.  She was 91.               Sally was born Sarah Tod Lohmann in New Haven, Conn., where she attended the Foote School. She graduated from St. Timothy’s School in 1943 and received a BA from Vassar College in 1946.               A...

Jean M. (Griffin) Jahnke

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Jean M. (Griffin) Jahnke, 84, passed away peacefully at her home in Harwich on Saturday, July 8 th .               She was born and spent most of her life as a proud Abington resident.  She graduated from Abington High School in 1949 and Simmons College in 1953.  She was married to the man of her dreams and lived with him in the home they built together across from her parents and next door to her grandparents...

Eileen S. Kraus

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Eileen S. Kraus             Eileen S. Kraus, of West Hartford, Conn. and Chatham, born to Janet Maines Shanley and John Shanley and raised in Maplewood and Short Hills, New Jersey, died Saturday, July 1, 2017.             Always bound for breaking glass ceilings, Eileen began her life with a batting average better than most of the boys in her school and the dream of becoming the first woman to be a New York...

Capt. Howard M. “Mike” Veillette, USCG (ret.)               Captain Mike Veillette, 83, of Virginia Beach and Chatham passed away on June 21 at his home in Chatham.               He was born in Hartford, Connecticut to Howard and Anna (Walsh) Veillette. He was a member of the 1955 graduating class of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and spent a 30 year career with the Co...

Christine ‘Tina” Clark Spring

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Christine ‘Tina” Clark Spring    Christine (“Tina”) Clark Spring (Christine Clark, MD), 74, grandmother, mother, wife, pediatrician, and good friend, died at her home in San Francisco in hospice care on May 21 from metastatic breast carcinoma.     Dr. Clark was a lifelong summer resident of Chatham and Harwich. The highlight of each year was sailing on Pleasant Bay with her friends and six grandchildren....

David Murdoch, III

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David Murdoch, III, of Chatham died as the result of an accident on his boat on Monday, June 19 at the age of 78. David was born in Boston on November 16, 1938 to David Murdoch, Jr. and Doris Werner Murdoch. He was raised in Needham and Harwichport and graduated from Needham High School in 1956. Upon graduating, David enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he quickly achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant...

David Kermit Norris

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David Kermit Norris                     David Kermit Norris, 76 (known by friends and family as Kermit) of Chatham, passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Born in Canton, N.C. to Paul and Margaret Norris, Kermit grew up in the Carolina Beach area of N.C. He was married for 19 years to his high school sweetheart Betty with whom he had two children, David Jr. and Grace. He attended Methodist College in Faye...