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Taylor, Robert Frederick  
Robert Frederick TaylorRobert Frederick Taylor, 66, of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, passed away April 9, 2015 at the Veteran's Victory House Nursing Home in Walterboro, South Carolina. Bob was born in 1948 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. After graduating from Benton Harbor High School, he served in the US Navy and the Naval Reserve. He married Terry Luchenbill on September 25, 1992 in Baroda, Michigan. Bob was a respected piano tuner for over twenty-five years. He had a lifelong passion for growing flowers and herbs. As a Master Gardener, he created beautiful gardens. He enjoyed listening to music, taking photos and was a passionate Chicago Cubs fan. Bob is survived by his wife Terry of Hilton Head; step-daughter Kristine Steiner of Chicago; sister Sylvia Lieberg of St. Joseph, brother Ron Taylor of Benton Harbor, and sister Christine Castillo (Abel) of Columbia, MD. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Frederick and Frieda (Jonas) Taylor. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to: Friends in Faith Community Church in Eau Claire, Michigan and/or Harbor House Adult Day Services, Benton Harbor, Michigan online at www.cfsswmi.org .
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Published in The Island Packet from Apr. 18 to May 18, 2015
Thom, Anne-Marie  
Anne-Marie Thom November 13, 1921 - April 1, 2015 Anne-Marie Thom, 93, of Sun City and formerly of New York City died April 1st at home. She is survived by her two long time friends, Janet Van Name and Barbara M. Hinck of Sun City, a sister, three nieces and two nephews all living outside the area. Ms. Thom was born in Wilhelmshaven, Germany and came to Canada in 1926 with her parents and then to New York a few years later. A graduate of Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing in NY City, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Public Health Nursing and a Masters in Supervision and Administration from New York University. After graduation, she joined the Army Air Corps nursing division with the rank of Lieutenant and rose to the rank of Captain spending three years caring for wounded P38 pilots at an Army hospital in Oklahoma. In 1947, Ms. Thom joined the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) as a staff nurse and spent the next 13 years moving from staff to Supervisory positions. From 1960-1962, while on loan from VNSNY, she served as Project Director of Columbia University's Long Stay Hospital Study on patients in voluntary and municipal hospitals. She coauthored a report of this study which was recognized as a precursor to the many hospital utilization studies that followed. In 1962, she joined the Associated Hospital Service of New York, which later became Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Greater NY, to head its Home Care Department. For eleven years there she helped many metropolitan hospitals to establish Blue Cross participating home care departments and discharge planning units also working with many Visiting Nurse Associations and Health Departments in Greater NY and surrounding counties in these efforts. Appointed as Director of Utilization Review at BlueCross/Blue Shield in 1973, she helped develop a system of retrospective review of Medicare and Blue Cross patient records from hospitals, nursing homes and home health agencies. During these times, she held faculty appointments at Columbia University, NY Medical College and Cornell University-NY Hospital. In 1976, Ms. Thom became the Executive Director of the VNSNY and was responsible for many innovations there in the delivery of home health care services, retiring from that position in 1982. During all of these years she was an influential Board member on multiple health organizations and a frequent and popular speaker at local, state and national meetings on the emerging field of home health services and its significant value in providing an alternative to prolonged hospitalization. Arrangements by Sauls Funeral Home. Anyone wishing to, may send donations to the Friends of the Performing Arts of the Lowcountry for the Sun City Chorus or to the Visiting Nurse Service of NY, 107 East 70th Street, NY, NY 10021. (part of above data taken from VNSNY Newsletters)
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Published in The Island Packet from Apr. 9 to May 12, 2015
Towers, Charles Stewart - Walpole  
Charles Stewart Towers, 95, of New Pond Village, Walpole, Massachusetts, died on February 20, 2015, after a brief illness. He was the son of the late Admiral John Henry Towers and Lily Carstairs. Charles is survived by his wife of 70 years, Lois Williams Mason, and three daughters, Helen Wilber of Plainfield, VT; Lily Laing of Beaufort, SC; and Diana McNamara of Dedham, MA. He was preceded in death by his son, John Carstairs Towers. He leaves his niece Lynne-Riley Coleman, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He was born on January 19, 1920 in Washington, DC. He graduated from Avon Old Farms School in Avon, CT, and served in World War II as a Naval aviator. On November 24, 1944, he married Lois Williams Mason in Winnetka, Ill. He worked for the Grumman Aerospace Corporation in Bethpage, NY, and lived in Lloyd Harbor, NY; Beaufort, SC; and Calais, VT for many years. He later lived in both Dedham, and Walpole, MA. Charles's father, Admiral John Towers was an aviation pioneer who flew at the time of the Wright Brothers and in 1919 commanded the US Navy's successful first transatlantic flight. His godfather was the Antarctic explorer Admiral Richard E. Byrd. Charles followed in his father's footsteps, first flying for the Navy, and then privately until he was almost 80. He inspired his son and 2 grandchildren to become professional pilots, making an unbroken 4 generations of flyers dating back to 1911. Fondly known to his family as "Guv," Charles was an old school, self-reliant sportsman. Leary of the cost of sailboats, he simply built his own. Irked at the expense of airline tickets, he flew his family everywhere in his own small plane. He was a fierce competitor on the tennis court, a master of the social cocktail hour, an accomplished woodworker, photographer, backgammon player, and, above all, devoted to his wife Lois. In their long and loving marriage, they rarely spent a day apart. A memorial service will be held on July 11 at the Old West Church in Calais, VT. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, c/o the Charles Towers Memorial Fund, 1275 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, Dedham, MA 781 326 0500.
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Published in The Island Packet from Mar. 29 to Apr. 29, 2015
Tremitiere, Mary Ruth Carter  
Mary Ruth Carter Tremitiere died on April 2nd, at the Ridgeland Nursing Center in Ridgeland, SC. She was 101 years old. Born in Burlington, New Jersey on January 12, 1914, Ruth spent her youth in the Trenton area, where she attended Trenton High School and Trenton State Teachers College. Mrs. Tremitiere was the daughter of William B. Carter and Caroline M. Bartle. She had two sisters and one brother, all deceased, Helen, Jeanette and George. She married Charles Tremitiere in 1935 and they were preparing to celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary, when he passed in 2002. She is survived by two sons: William of St. Helena Island, SC and Lawrence and his wife Joan of Hardeeville, SC. In addition she is survived by her brother-in-law, Joseph Tremitiere, of Duxbury, MA, seventeen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and four nieces and five nephews. Ruth and "Charlie" initially lived in Trenton, NJ, but over the years, resided in Rochester, NY, Morrisville and York, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Bradenton, FL., Spartanburg and Rock Hill, SC. For the past five years, Mrs. Tremitiere resided in Bluffton, SC. Mrs. Tremitiere will be remembered for her deep devotion to her family and friends. She made lasting friendships wherever she lived, and was a strong "thread" between all branches of the family. She was an excellent writer and a creative artist. She had been a member of The Eastern Star and, most recently, a member of Low Country Presbyterian Church in Bluffton. A memorial service will be held for her at 11:00 AM, April 24 at Low Country Presbyterian Church, 10 Simmonsville Rd. and Hwy 278, Bluffton, SC. In lieu of flowers, family has requested that any donations be made in her name to Advantage Hospice, P. O. Box 161, N. Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland, SC 29936
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Published in The Island Packet from Apr. 20 to May 20, 2015

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Tartow, Joyce H.  
Joyce H. Tartow, 77, of Bluffton, SC and formerly of New York died Friday, March 20, 2015 at Coastal Carolina Medical Center. Mrs. Tartow was born on August 15, 1937 in Manhattan, New York, the daughter of the late Jack and Sadie S. Cohen. She received her formal education from Hunter College and ultimately Manhattan College, where she earned a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. She was a longtime teacher with the public school system of New York and subsequently was an adjunct teacher at Mercy College. She retired to Sun City-Hilton Head, SC where she was very active within the community. She participated with the bocce team, the bowling league, and enjoyed playing mahjong, samba, and canasta. She was also an avid gardener. She was a teacher for the driver's safety program at Sun City and was recognized as Teacher of the Year for two years in a row. She was the founder of Wheels and Meals and was a finalist for the Jefferson Award for her community service. She was also recognized by WSAV in Savannah for her community efforts. Mrs. Tartow is survived by her daughters, Ina Segnit (George) of Milton, NY and Robin Tartow of Seattle, WA; son, Randy Tartow (Colleen) of Boston, MA; sister, Lila Mait of Charlottesville, VA; brother, Ronald Cohen of Toronto; grandchildren, Jackson Segnit and Sam Tartow; several nieces and nephews and a host of extended family. She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Col. Martin B. Mait. A visitation was held Monday, March 23, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon with the funeral service beginning at 12:00 noon at Sauls Funeral Home, 90 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton, SC 29910. Burial followed the service at Six Oaks Cemetery, Sea Pines, Hilton Head, SC. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the World Wildlife Fund, http://bit.ly/joycetartow or to your local humane society.
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Published in The Island Packet from Mar. 24 to Apr. 24, 2015
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