Lena Marie Dyer (Spouse of Gerald W, Dyer)
Our beloved Lena Marie (DiGuiseppi) Dyer, 94, of Coto de Caza, California, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter, Susan, on December 15, 2020 after a brief illness.
Lena was born August 27, 1926, in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. She grew up in Kennett Square and graduated from Kennett Consolidated School. Lena was the sixth child of James and Lina DiGuiseppi (now deceased). She was pre-deceased by her brothers Lawrence, John and Sylvio and her sisters Edith Immediato and Rose Bertogli.
Lena married Gerald W. Dyer at St. Patrick's Church in Kennett Square December 8, 1949 and shared 71 years with him. They had four children: daughter Susan M. Hale of Coto de Caza, daughter Pamela Anne Chereb (David) of Mission Viejo, California, son Gerald Charles Dyer of Coto de Caza, and daughter Mary Lynn Dyer (Thomas Dore) of Santa Barbara, California.
She raised her family while accompanying her husband as he served 30 years in the U.S. Navy making her home at various times on the West Coast, the East Coast, Hawaii, Rome and Naples, Italy, and Sasebo and Yokohama, Japan. While living in Italy she visited Paris, London and Munich, Madrid and Lisbon. While in Japan she enjoyed a trip to South Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines. She was a selective and avid learner during her time abroad. She studied Italian during her residence in Italy, visited many sites in Rome, Naples and toured her parents’ birthplace in Abruzzi. While in Japan she took lessons in the art and technique of Sumi-e, Japanese flower arranging and began a collection of Imari ware.
Upon Gerald’s retirement she fulfilled a long-postponed dream. She entered San Francisco State University and graduated in 1983 with honors, after which they made their home in Southern California where their children had settled.
A reserved and private person, she enjoyed varied interests. she was an ardent gardener and spent much time pruning, trimming and communing with her plants. However, she was an accomplished cook picking up many influences and recipes wherever she travelled. She enjoyed cooking and hosting dinners for her family. An avid reader, she spent much time in the local library; her favorite author was Jane Austen
She is survived by her husband, her children, her grandchildren: Laura Kelly, Katherine Kempff (Marcus), Nicholas Dyer (Victoria), Matthew Dyer, Kristen von Werlhof and Andrew Hale, and her twelve great- grandchildren: Alexis, Piper, Wyatt, Parker, Chloe, Tessa, Bentley, Ethan, Eliza, Audrey, Lincoln, and Beckham.
A funeral Mass will be held at San Francisco Solano Catholic Church on January 4, 2021, and an inurnment will follow at Ascension Cemetery.
The family asks in lieu of flowers please consider a donation to your favorite charity in Lena’s name.
Crystal Malone Brown (Widow of Wesley A. Brown)
Crystal Malone Brown, whose pioneering efforts to end discrimination faced at the University of Vermont in 1945 and widow of the 1st African American United States Naval Academy Graduate, Lieutenant Commander Wesley A. Brown, Civil Engineer Corps, U. S. Navy (Retired), died February 25, 2021 at a senior living facility in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. She was 94.
The cause was attributed to cerebral vascular disease.
Crystal Ellen Malone was born in segregated Washington DC and graduated from Dunbar High School. She matriculated to the University of Vermont (UVM) where she obtained a Bachelor’s in Business in 1947. Crystal was one of only two black students on campus when in 1945 she was invited to pledge a white sorority.
Her story made national headlines when Alpha Xi Delta accepted her as a pledgee, a move that upset the national organization, prompting the national president to travel “to Burlington to try to dissuade 18-year-old Malone from joining,” according to the Vermont Quarterly online magazine. The college’s local chapter, however, heroically burned its charter and disbanded rather than give in to such racially segregationist practices.
A permanent exhibition was recently established concerning Crystal’s historic milestone and is on display at UVM, among other black university graduates who made noteworthy accomplishments.
Crystal married Wesley in 1964 and together they fought housing discrimination when denied by a white homeowner the ability to purchase their first house in West Hempstead, Long Island, New York due to race. The ensuing lawsuit resulted in a settlement after a nearly two-year legal battle. They would continue in the struggle to achieve racial justice and equality throughout their 49-year union.
The couple later settled in Washington DC in 1981 following her retirement after 30 years as an educator when she finished her final high school teaching position with the Uniondale School District in New York. They lived at the Rittenhouse in upper Northwest DC for over three decades.
Crystal and Wesley enjoyed extensive international travel, monthly celebrations of their wedding anniversary with champagne, outings with friends to the historic black communities of Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard and nearby Highland Beach in Maryland, hosting bridge tournaments and entertaining in their home.
Crystal was a deeply supportive Navy wife who partnered with Wesley in his unwavering commitment to the strategic initiatives and mission of the Navy and the U.S. Naval Academy. She stood proudly alongside him in 2008 when the Academy along with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael G. Mullen and other dignitaries in attendance dedicated its newly constructed $54 million Wesley A. Brown Fieldhouse athletic facility in his honor. Lt. Commander Brown passed away in 2012.
Additionally, Crystal devoted her life to arts and cultural activities. She worked tirelessly on behalf of educational programs for children, continued her efforts for social change through activism, held key leadership positions in The Links, Inc. and Circle-lets, Inc. and in other prominent local and national black civic organizations which served underrepresented communities.
Crystal was described as caring, charismatic, and full of moxie. Her leisure time was filled with a variety of creative activities including as an accomplished seamstress, who expertly sewed, crocheted, and knitted garments; Crystal also collected miniature trains and dabbled in oil painting. An adoring and giving mother, she was affectionately called “Pae” by her family who was at the core of her life.
Crystal was preceded in death by her brother, Stanley R. Malone, Jr., a leading civil rights attorney, and Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge. She is survived by her treasured three children, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, niece, nephew, godchildren, cousins, and a host of beloved and valued friends.
Private inurnment is pending at a future date at the U. S. Naval Academy Cemetery Columbarium in Annapolis, Maryland.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made “In Memory of Crystal Brown” for The Lieutenant Commander Wesley A. Brown ’49 Honor Scholarship. Donations by mail may be addressed to the attention of Liz Root, Director, Gift Administration, U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, 274 Wood Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21402, (410) 295-4126 or made online www.usna.com in tribute.
EDWARD C. WALLER
Vice Admiral Edward C. Waller, USN (Ret.) passed away peacefully on March 2, 2021, at the age of 95 at the home of his daughter in Annapolis, MD. He led a rich and wonderful life that included his best friend, for nearly 63 years until her death in 2013, his wife, Margaret "Marty" Clifford Gelly of Brentwood, CA and his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was born in Chicago, Ill, the son of Edward C. Waller, Jr and Miriam Hall Waller. He was raised by his mother's sister, Marcia Hall, and her husband, Louis D. Millen in Coronado, CA. His affection for the guidance and love showered on him by Louis Millen was never forgotten and he credited him for his many successes in life. Ed graduated from Coronado High School in 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Bainbridge, MD and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He reported to Pensacola, FL for flight training and received his wings in March 1951. Ordered to Patrol Squadron 50 in September 1951, he made two deployments in support of the Korean War. In 1954 he entered the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and obtained a BS in Aeronautical Engineering in 1956 and a MS Electrical Engineering in 1957. After a tour in Key West, FL, he attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI and then reported to VP-48 in Coronado where he helped introduce one of the first modernized airborne ASW systems to the Pacific Fleet. Admiral Waller graduated from the Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, MD in 1963 where he received the Navy League Award as the outstanding student for his class. He then became the Program Officer for the Air ASW Weapons System Project which led to the development of the P3C and S3A. His final two year at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, he was the Executive and Commanding Officer of VP-44. Admiral Waller was then assigned at the Pentagon having primary responsibility for the P3C development. In 1970, after graduation from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, he assumed command of the Amphibious Cargo Ship USS Charleston and took the ship around world delivering the first Seabees and construction materials to the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. Having been promoted to Rear Admiral in 1971, his flag rank jobs included: Commander Fleet Air Wings Pacific, command of the ASW Systems Project Office and head of ASW Division, OPNAV. He was appointed Vice Admiral in 1975 and was named Director Weapons Systems and subsequently appointed Director, ASW and Ocean Surveillance Programs and then Commander, U.S. Third Fleet in Pearl Harbor in 1979. On August 22, 1981, he became the 50th Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. Admiral Waller retired from the Navy on September 1, 1983 and joined the Lockheed-California Company in 1984 and in 1986 was named Vice President and General Manager-Government Programs followed by an appointment as Vice President ASW Systems, Lockheed Corporation. Since retiring from Lockheed in 1991, he consulted and served on the Board of Directors of a high technology company in the Washington, DC area. He and Marty moved back to their beloved home, Solitude, in St. Michaels, MD in 1988 and spent 25 years living on their 10 acre waterfront estate in an historic home welcoming children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, other family and friends to visit. They traveled extensively together or with friends and thoroughly enjoyed their retirement years together. Until Marty's death, they would spend an hour and a half each evening having dinner together talking about the day's events as they both were very busy with home projects, volunteer jobs and social engagements. In spite of Ed's tremendous professional successes, early familial challenges in his youth made his wife and children his number one priority. His very happy marriage and loving partnership with his wife and his hands-on job as dad was a wonderful example for his children who throughout their teen and early adult lives, he sent many letters of guidance and wisdom. In addition to his wife, Admiral Waller was preceded in death by a daughter, Kristen Leigh Waller in 1987 and his sister, Mary Waller Taylor. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Robin and John Marrah of St. Michaels, MD; son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Penny Waller of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; and daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and John Wilckens of Annapolis, MD; 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Four of his great grandchildren are named for him and have either Carson or Waller as first or middle names. And seven of his children, grandchildren or their spouses followed his footsteps and served in the U.S. Military: Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. Due to current Covid restrictions the Memorial Service will be on October 4, 2021 10:30am, at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel followed by his burial at the Naval Academy Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation (usna.com/donate). Arrangements are by the Framptom Funeral Home- Ostrowski Chapel, St. Michaels (www.framptom.com)
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Albert Gleaves Cohen (September 24, 1927 - March 31, 2021)
Albert Gleaves Cohen, minister, activist, ecologist and agitator, passed away on March 31, 2021. Albert was born in Washington, D.C. in 1927 to Evelina Gleaves Cohen and Albert Morris Cohen. Following in his father's footsteps, he graduated from the Haverford School, and then from the Naval Academy in 1949. He left the Navy in 1954 to join the ministry and attended the Graduate School of Theology at Oberlin College in Ohio. After becoming ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ, he spent five years running the youth program at Oneonta Congregational Church in South Pasadena, California. Albert spent most of his career ministering to students in the Ecumenical Campus Ministry, first at Cal State Fullerton and then at Cal State University, Los Angeles. In 1996 he took the position of Executive Director of the Southern California Ecumenical Council, from where he retired in his mid-80's. During his time working with young people on campus, he also found time to "make good trouble," attending peace marches, organizing protests, registering voters in Mississippi and in Selma, Alabama, organizing trips to U.N. environmental conferences and generally "speaking truth to power." Albert married Ann Appley in 1954 and they raised four children, Anne, Todd, Jean and Peter. His second marriage was to Faith Annette Sand in 1982, during which they raised Faith's two daughters, Heather and Heidi Pidcoke. His marriage to Faith Sand also brought five adult Brazilian children from Faith's previous life as a missionary in Brazil – Maria Aparecida Carneiro, Jose Vital da Silva, Vera Noble, Maria Aparecida Luiz and Marineusa Viehweger, as well as an 'unofficial' adoptive son, Erik Oberholtzer. For decades, Albert's home in Pasadena was a hub for colleagues, neighbors, friends, exchange students, theologians and anyone looking for community and lively conversation. He will be remembered as a man of spiritual poise, a "grass roots" advocate of social justice and the environment, with a deep and abiding commitment to prodding, pushing, pleading, and cajoling the world toward the right path - to preserve this earth and raise up those less fortunate. He was deep in the weeds of social change but saw clearly the way of faith. Albert was a father, a mentor, a companion, a teacher, a pastor and a friend. For many, he was all of these. Albert is also survived by 8 grandchildren in the US: Carolyne and Natalye Cohen; Alexi Grahm and Bria Corham; Jennifer Lathan, Bemnia Lathan, and Brozie Elijah Lathan; and Peter Cohen-Dobbins, and 6 surviving grandchildren in Brazil: Valdilene Heitele, Valdemir Luiz, Fabiano da Silva, Maybiane Feliciano, Douglas and Diego Carneiro. Albert was ever a purveyor of opportunistic advocacy, and in his spirit we include the following admonition: Pay attention to our earth and the people on it. Those in need are sometimes difficult to recognize. If you wish to be notified of services, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.Donations in Al's memory may be made to: Greta Thunberg's movement Fridays for Futurehttps://fridaysforfuture.org/ (Links to Climate Change organizations in yourarea/country)https://opencollective.com/fridaysforfuture-us (Link for the U.S.)OrTreePeople12601 Mulholland Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210https://www.treepeople.org/supportus
Published in Los Angeles Times on Apr. 11, 2021.
Angelo Semeraro (January 4, 1926 - April 5, 2021)
Angelo Semeraro was born in Utica, NY on January 4th, 1926 to Vito and Lucy Semeraro who were Italian immigrants from southern Italy. Angelo graduated from Thomas Proctor High School in 1944. He then attended the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, graduating in 1949 and considered this a wonderful life changing experience. He was called "Chief" by the first classmen since his profile resembled that of Chief Tecumseh's, a prominent Naval Academy monument. Angelo enjoyed a notable naval career that lasted 23 years, with tours in Korea, the Philippines, and Vietnam, before retiring as a commander. After his naval career, he enjoyed giving his love of the Navy to the country's youth by teaching NROTC at both Columbia University in New York, and Edmonds High School in Washington State, where he eventually settled with his family. His post Navy career also included teaching math at both the middle and high school levels. He retired from teaching after twenty years, in 1991. Angelo loved to travel and made a point of returning to Hawaii every year. His fondness for island life began after being stationed there with his family in the late 1960's. He also was an avid reader and always had a book nearby. His other love was his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother Frank Semeraro, his younger sister Mary Semeraro, and his son Timothy Prior.
He is survived by his wife Nancy (Earl- Prior) Semeraro and six of their seven children: Jeff Semeraro, Lisa (Powell) Semeraro, Greg Semeraro, Mary Lou (Lewis) Prior, Dave Semeraro, and Amy (Donegan) Semeraro. He also has 17 grandchildren. Angelo will be laid to rest at the Naval Academy but did not wish to have a service. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family would appreciate donations to: Alzheimer's Association.
Joy Lindy (Widow of Alan M. Lindy)
JOY CYNTHIA LINDY (nee COHEN) On May 10, 2021 (UPenn, '48). Beloved wife of the late Alan M. (USNA, '49). Loving mother of David C. (Ruth) Lindy, Kimberly Ruth Lindy, and Jeffrey M. (Nancy Librett) Lindy. Devoted grandmother of Alona (Matan), Maya (Shai), Sam, Caroline, Isaac, and Olivia. Also survived by 5 great-grandchildren. Services and interment are PRIVATE. Contributions in her memory may be made to American Jewish Committee, www.ajc.org or Planned Parenthood, www.plannedparenthood.org www.goldsteinsfuneral.com
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Published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on May 12, 2021.
Irma S. Weaver (10-21-1931 ~ 4-8-2021) - widow of Robert B. Weaver
Irma Louise Silvi was born October 21, 1931 in Walpole, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Peter and Rose (Di Santis) Silvi originally from Ascoli Piceno, Italy. She was the youngest of five brothers and sisters: John, Mary, James, and Eva. She attended Castleton University, formerly known as Castleton Teacher's College, in Castleton, Vermont, graduating with a BA in Education. Irma taught elementary school in Vermont before embarking on just the first of her travel adventures. In 1956 she and three friends picked up stakes and road tripped to Denver, Colorado. While living in Denver, Tom and Anne Pearsall set her up on a blind date with their good friend Capt. Robert B. Weaver, USAF. Irma and Bob were married in Walpole, MA in 1958 and Bob was the love of her life. The Pearsalls and the Weavers remained lifelong friends adding many USAF families, like Paul and Marge Briand and family, along the way. Irma and Bob, and over time their 3 children, were stationed in upstate New York, California, Colorado and the Philippines. While stationed in the Philippines they travelled extensively in Asia. And played a lot of golf! They retired, for the first time, in Ballston Spa, New York while Bob got his Ph.D. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Upon completion of his degree, the family moved to Dayton, Ohio where Bob had accepted a position as a professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology. During the twenty years spent in Dayton they made many lifelong friends. In the early '80s Irma and two friends started a gift and furniture boutique, The Designerie. After closing The Designerie, Irma continued her passion for apparel retail as a buyer and stylist for an exclusive Dayton boutique. Irma and Bob retired for the second time in the late 1990's and moved to Savannah, GA where they reunited at The Landings with the Pearsalls. These were busy years spent golfing, playing tennis, hosting dinner parties, attending book clubs, travelling all over Europe with friends, driving around the United States with their Mercedes car club and welcoming 5 grandchildren. In 2013, after Bob passed away, Irma split her time between her children's homes in Chicago and Marin County, CA. In 2018, Irma permanently moved to California settling in Sonoma, CA. Irma's family was the most important thing in her life. She was dearly loved and will be missed by her children Judith and her husband Steve of Mill Valley, CA, Robert and his wife Jordis of San Rafael, CA, Charles and his wife Suzanne of Chicago, IL. and her grandchildren Jordan, Emma, Lucy, Pepper, and Luka. Her ashes have been placed with Bob's at the United States Naval Academy Columbarium in Annapolis, Maryland. Contributions in Irma's name can be made to Hospice by the Bay, 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur, CA 94939 or online at hospicebythebay.org.
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