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In memory of John A. Farmakis (1923-2016)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Rev. John A. Farmakis died on January 24th, 2016 at the age of 92.


John was born on August 30, 1923 to Alexander Farmakis and Henrietta (Cunningham) Farmakis. He received a Bachelor of Art from the University of Pennsylvania in 1944. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1946, in hopes of serving the mission of the United Nations; he was stationed in Germany and served time in Fort Hood. After leaving the army, he enrolled in Harvard Divinity School. He received a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Harvard Divinity School in 1950, and continued on to study as a graduate student through the 1950-1951 academic year.


Rev. Farmakis was ordained to the ministry in 1952 by All Souls Universalist Church of Oakland, ME. He held a pastorate at All Souls from 1951 to 1953. He was next called to serve as minister to First Parish Church of Saugus, MA in 1953, and he remained there until he joined the United States Navy as a Chaplain in 1954.  He served as a Navy Chaplain for two years. Upon his release in 1956, he was called to the Unitarian Universalist Society of Stanford, CT, and he served as minister to the congregation until 1970. In 1970, he was called to serve as minister to the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence. Rev. Farmakis held that pastorate for eighteen years, and retired from active ministry on his sixty-fifth birthday in 1988. Following retirement, he served as interim chaplain to Manchester College, Oxford (now Harris-Manchester College) throughout the 1988 -1989 academic year.


Rev. Farmakis engaged within the denomination outside of parish ministry. He was active within the Universalist Service Committee (now Unitarian Universalist Service Committee) and the Universalist Historical Society (now Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Society), and served on the Advisory Board of the Universalist Service Committee from 1957 to 1961. He was a member of the Planning Committee of the Universalist Church of America; trustee of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) Metropolitan New York District; and member of the UUA Department of Overseas and Interfaith Relations Advisory Board from 1961 to 1964.


John was born in Philadelphia, and of Greek and Scottish decent. He remained always a staunch Philadelphian, and his grandfather, John P. Farmakis was instrumental in the building of the city’s St George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral. John deeply loved his family, and enjoyed reading, research, and participating in many Philadelphia-based community activities.


Of John, Rev. Judy Buck-Glenn writes:


"John was a dear friend of nearly thirty years. He was honest, honorable, kind, and deeply-read, with a keen mind and a passionate commitment to Enlightenment liberalism. He is deeply missed by a small circle of very devoted friends, who feel privileged to have known this quietly-rather-great man." 


He is survived by his nephew, John L. Farmakis, Jr., and his family, in addition to several close friends.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The John A. Farmakis Memorial Fund, Att’n Patrice M. Wiseley, University of Pennsylvania, Associate Director of Gift Planning Services, 3535 Market Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309.


Notes of condolences may be sent to John L. Farmakis Jr. at

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In Memory of Frances Jeanne Melis Mills (1942-2016)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 2, 2016



The Rev. Frances Jeanne Melis Mills died on February 2, 2016 at the age of 73.


Jeanne was born on October 18, 1942 to Francis Kenneth Melis and Frances Inez Esson Melis. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University in 1963, and a Masters of Education from Columbia University in 1965. She served in the then-newly-minted Peace Corps, where she taught English in South America from 1965 to 1967. She went on to receive a Master of Business Administration from Simmons College in 1983, and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 1997.


Rev. Melis Mills was ordained in 1997 at the Second Congregational Society, Unitarian Universalist in Nantucket, MA, and her ordination was the first in 150 years for the congregation. She spent the next thirteen years serving interim ministries; she held pastorates in Nashville, TN; Midland, MI; Tulsa, OK; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Huntington, NY; Schenectady, NY; Eugene, OR; and Savannah, GA. She retired from the ministry in 2010.


Jeanne’s life was rich with diverse experiences. During her time in the Peace Corps, she served as an education specialist for Colombia Educational Television, a post that included visiting public schools and helping teachers utilize television programming. After returning to the United States, Jeanne worked for the Western History Center at the University of Utah, on an Indian Oral History Project and taught in two Massachusetts public school districts. She settled in Massachusetts with her family in 1970, and worked with friends to launch the Scituate Environmental Effort S.E.E., an organization with a goal of preserving marshland from development and developing a successful recycling program within Scituate.  Later she worked as an archivist at the Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, MA cataloging and preserving history. After receiving her MBA in 1983, she worked for a time as a financial planner. She received the call to ministry in 1993 and enrolled in divinity school, thus beginning her final career journey.


Upon retiring from the ministry, she searched for a new home and settled at last in a charming cottage in Dorset, VT where she shared her “grandmother cottage” with family and friends.  She enjoyed feeding delicious food and fresh baked bread to all, while decorating her home with flowers from her garden.  Much energy was injected into the house by the antics of her beloved companions, her Manx cats, Lucy and Max. 


Her sister, Darleen, remembers Jeanne dearly as “a woman of great energy and interests who could accomplish much.” Family and friends remember her as an inspiring, caring and free-spirited person.  Fellow Peace Corps Volunteer, Stephen Sheppard remembers, “Jeanne was the best of us.  Giving, caring, unselfish.  Her good, positive, energy became part of us all from the moment she came into our lives so many years ago.  We miss her already.”


Jeanne is survived by brothers Richard and wife Marilyn Melis; Gerald and wife Gwendolyn Melis; sisters, Darleen Melis and husband Irving Ingraham, M.D.; and Carole Melis, Esq. She is missed by her two daughters - Nicole Mills and her partner Eric Whittelsey and their son, Henry Benson Mills-Whittelsey; daughter, Sara Mills and their father, Ellsworth Benson “Nick” Mills. Her nieces and nephews include Heather and Brian West and their children Kipp and Hadley; Kay Melis Pannier; Adrianne and Keith Melis, Leah and Alexander Ingraham.


A memorial service will be held at the United Church of Dorset, 143 Church Street, Dorset, VT onMarch 5, 2016 at 11:00AM with a reception following at the church.  Jeanne’s ashes will be buried next to her mother in the Esson Family Cemetery in Mt. Angel, Oregon during the family reunion in July.


In lieu of flowers, any donations may be sent to the Natural Resources Defense Council or the Knox County Humane Society in Rockland, Maine.


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In Memory of...Alan Egly (1931-2016)

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 26, 2016

The Rev. Alan L. Egly died on January 31, 2016 at the age of 84.


Alan was born on July 19, 1931 to Jesse and Ida Egly. He received a Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University in 1952; a Master of Divinity from Anderson College in 1956; and a Masters of Religious Education from Union Theological Seminary in 1967.


Rev. Egly was ordained to the Church of God in 1959 and served various parishes in Brooklyn before moving to All Souls Church of Brooklyn, NY in 1965. During his time at All Souls, the congregation came to identify as a Universalist Church, and now identifies as an ecumenical church. Rev. Egly was fellowshipped with the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1972. He served the Community Church of New York, NY as Minister of Education from 1972 to 1976 and as Associate Minister for Administration and Program from 1976 to 1977. He spent the next two years serving as interim minister to the First Unitarian Church of Westchester, NY and part-time minister to the First Unitarian Society of Rockland County of Ponomoa, NY. From 1979 to 1987, he served as Minister to the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Quad Cities, of Davenport, IA. He entered community ministry in 1987 and served as the Executive Director to the Doris and Victor Day Foundation from 1987 until his retirement in 2014.


He held a part-time pastorate with the Unitarian Fellowship of Burlington, IA from 1987 to 1995; was voted Minister Emeritus of the Burlington congregation upon his departure; and was voted Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Quad Cities in 2010.


Rev. Egly was committed to the denomination and sat on district and national committees. His roles included, but were not limited to treasurer of the Continental UU Ministers Association; Ministerial Settlement Representative to the Prairie Star District (PSD) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) for 8 years; active member of the PSD and PSD Annual Conference Planning Committee; and UUA General Assembly Planning Committee Member from 1984 to 1991. 


One of Rev. Egly’s proudest achievements was his action as founder of the Association of Small Foundations (now Exponent Philanthropy), the United States’ largest association of funders, dedicated to serving foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors.


Alan and his wife Patricia (Pat) expanded their family of four children with the addition of foster children, and the presence of foster children caused them to remain young in spirit. Alan and Pat worked with many neighborhood organizations toward their dream of maintaining safe and affordable neighborhoods. Personally, they renovated the homes on the block where they lived.


Alan was committed to the concept that each person was responsible for helping create a better world for all.  That sense of responsibility led him to speak often on individual rights. He lectured in many places of the right to determine passage from life to death.


Alan’s daughter, Lorrie, remembers her father as one who “spent his life in service.”


Alan's surviving family members include his wife, Patricia; children, Lorrie Copeland, Lisa (Peter) Lehmuller, Christian (Marie) Day and Yvonne Day; Peter Blaibel; Jeremy Sird; six grandchildren; and one brother.


In lieu of flowers, gifts to Final Exit or Compassion and Choices are suggested.


Condolences may be sent to Patricia Egly, 701 Iowa Street, Davenport, IA 52803.


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In Memory of . . . Jeanne "Holly" Bell (1930-2016)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Rev. Jeanne “Holly” (Millett) Bell died on January 22, 2016 at the age of 85.


She was born on December 9, 1930 to Robert N. and Leonora (Mann) Millett. Holly received a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in 1951, and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary in 1973, along with the Stevens-Gesner Project.


Rev. Bell was ordained to the ministry in 1973 by the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Greenfield, MA. From 1973 to 1974, she served as Chaplain to the Franklin County Public Hospital of Greenfield, MA. In 1974; she was called to serve as minister to Unity Church of North Easton, MA, and she held that position for the next 25 years. Upon her retirement from the ministry in 1999, she was voted Minister Emerita of Unity Church


Prior to entering ministerial fellowship, Holly served as Director of Religious Education to the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Greenfield, MA, from 1956 to 1970.  She was passionate about religious education, and held membership with the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA).


Rev. Bell served the denomination in various capacities. She volunteered with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Interdistrict Committee for Connecticut Valley, Metro New York and Joseph Priestley; the UUA Interdistrict Committee for New England; and the Ballou Channing District of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA). Additionally, she served as a UUA Ministerial Settlement Representative and a UUA representative to the National Council of Churches Commission on Women in Ministry.


Holly was deeply connected to nature, and enjoyed hiking, camping, canoeing, birdwatching, and gardening. She was a dog lover and an avid reader, and spent many summers at Star Island Family Conference and Retreat Center and Rowe Camp and Conference Center.


In addition to the outdoors, Holly enjoyed cooking, crafting and baking. She retired in 1999 to spend more time with her children and grandchildren, and they remember her lovingly. Holly’s children described their mother as a vocal advocate and protestor for fair and equitable treatment.


She is survived by her loving children, Peter M. Bell (Mary); Rebecca H. “Becky” Bell (Edward Green); and Elizabeth M. “Libby” Kellard (Robert); and adoring grandchildren, Emily Bell Springett (Doyle); Christopher H. Bell; Meghan E. Kellard; and Alyssa M. Kellard.  Holly was predeceased by her son Marc A. Bell, as well as by her sister Cheryl Herman.  She was the spouse of the late Hubert W. Bell and the late Gerald C. Bailey.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Congregational Unitarian Society of Bernardston, 46 Church St., Bernardston, MA.  A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.


In lieu of flowers, you are invited to honor the life and service of Rev. Jeanne “Holly” Bell with a memorial donation to the Unitarian Universalist Association. Please make checks payable to “Friends of the UUA” and mail to: Unitarian Universalist Association, Attention: Gift Processing, 24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210. Donations may be made online at:


Condolences may be sent to Rebecca Bell, 1603 Tina Lane, Castleton, NY 12033. 

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In Memory of . . . Marvin D. Evans (1925-2016)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The Rev. Marvin Davis Evans died on January 9th, 2016 at the age of 90.

Marvin was born on December 2nd, 1925 to Olaus Bowdoin Evans and Pearl Hutchinson Evans. He served in the United States Army after graduating high school, and participated in the liberation of Western Europe. Marvin received a Bachelor of Arts from Randolph-Macon College in 1949; and a Bachelor of Divinity from Meadville Lombard in 1963.

Rev. Evans was ordained to the ministry in 1963 by the First Unitarian Church of Richmond, VA. Rev. Evans served as minister to the Unitarian Church of Victoria, British Columbia from 1963 to 1967; minister associated with the University Unitarian Church of Seattle, WA from 1967 to 1969; interim minister to the Main Line Unitarian Church of Devon, PA from 1977 to 1978; Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Director of Church Staff Finances from 1978 to 1981; interim minister to the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship of Bellingham, WA from 1984 to 1986; and Minister Emeritus to the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship from 1988 until his death.

Rev. Evans was actively involved with the denomination. He served as a trustee or board member to the following organizations: the First Unitarian Church of Richmond, VA; the Vancouver Island Unitarian Committee; the British Columbia Unitarian Council; the Canadian Unitarian Council; UUA the Pacific Northwest District; the Puget Sound Unitarian Council; and the UUA Board of Trustees. Additionally, he served as a UUA Ministerial Settlement Representative and a Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) Good Offices Person.

Marvin and his dear spouse, Mary Hood Evans, moved to Seattle, WA in 1967 and joined University Unitarian Church of Seattle, where they remained dedicated members for thirty years. From 1967 to 1992, Marvin served on various boards, committees, and task forces, including Washington Citizens for Death with Dignity. Marvin was an active member of Cedars Church Unitarian Universalist, of Bainbridge Island, WA, from 2006 until his death.

Of his father, David Evans wrote: "Beyond family and a love of books and sailing, The Unitarian Church was very much in the center of my father's life. He greatly enjoyed the service he gave to the church, who in return have been very supportive of him in his 'radiant twilight years'."

He is predeceased by his spouse, Mary Hood Evans; and his son, Kent Hood Evans. He is survived by his son David M. Evans, and his daughter-in-law Alexis Johanson.

A memorial service will be held on February 13 at 3:00 PM (PST), at The Island School, 8553 NE Day Rd, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. The service will be hosted by Cedars UU Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: David Evans & Alexis Johanson, P.O. Box 377, Keyport, WA 98345.

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In Memory of . . . Kenneth Gordon LaFleur (1933-2015)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Rev. Kenneth “Ken” G. LaFleur died on December 5, 2015 at the age of 81.

Ken was born on December 14, 1933, to Daniel LaFleur and Louise Pelletier LaFleur. Ken received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maine in 1961; a Bachelor of Divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary in 1961 (later granted as a Master of Divinity) and a Master of Arts from Brandeis University in 1970.

Rev. LaFleur was ordained by the First Parish Unitarian Church of Castine, ME (now Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine) in 1954. He was called to the Castine congregation in 1954 and he served there from 1954 to 1958, and then again, for one year, in 1961. From 1958 to 1960, he also served as minister to First Parish in Northborough, MA. Ken served the First Parish in Wayland, MA from 1962 to 1969 and the First Universalist Church of Norway, ME and South Paris, ME from 1970 to 1972. He embarked on a thirteen year ministry in 1972, after being called to First Parish in Hingham, MA, Unitarian Universalist, known as Old Ship Church. Ken was voted Minister Emeritus of Old Ship Church in 1985.

Ken held membership with the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA), and was actively involved with the Maine UUMA and Central MA UUMA districts during the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s.

After his retirement from full time ministry, Ken taught history at Northeastern University in Boston, MA; served as the organist of two churches; helped found the AIDS support group of central Maine; wrote a weekly column for a central Maine newspaper; and served as part-time minister to All Souls Universalist Church of Oakland, ME.

Current minister of Old Ship Church, and direct successor of Rev. LaFleur, Rev. Ken Read-Brown, spoke highly of Rev. LaFleur’s time at Old Ship. Rev. Read-Brown wrote:


Ken's thirteen year ministry here at Old Ship was a time of healing and strengthening for our congregation; his ministry truly did make our congregation's shared ministry during more recent years possible. Ken was, not incidentally, one of the finest preachers in our or any denomination. But even more importantly, he was a fine, good, and gentle man.


Ken is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Helen Myrick LaFleur; daughter, Margaret LaFleur Asadoorian; sister-in-law Deborah Myrick Martin; several nieces and nephews; and many other family and friends.

Notes of condolences may be sent to Helen LaFleur, P.O. Box 110, East Vassalboro, ME, 04935.

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In Memory of . . . Matthew McNaught (1937-2015)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 12, 2015
The Rev. Matthew McNaught died on August 23, 2015 at the age of 77.

Matthew was born in Glasgow, Scotland on November 15, 1937. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Oxford University in 1962 and a Master of Arts from Oxford University in 1967. He graduated with a Diploma in Theology from Wells Theological College of England in 1964; and studied at Meadville Lombard Theological School in the early 1970’s.

Rev. McNaught was first ordained as an Episcopalian minister in 1964. He left the Episcopal ministry in 1971, and was fellowshipped as a Unitarian Universalist minister in 1972. He was called to serve as interim minister to the Redhill Universalist Church of Clinton, NC in 1972, and he held that position for one year. Rev. McNaught was ordained by the Community Church Unitarian Universalist of New Orleans, LA in 1973, and went on to serve as their minister from 1973 to 1979; minister to the First Unitarian Church of Austin, TX from 1979 to 1988; and minister to the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church of Lutherville, MD from 1988 to 1998. The Towson UU Church named Rev. McNaught Minister Emeritus in 1998. He went on to serve interim ministries at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale, FL from 1998 to 1999; King’s Chapel of Boston, MA from 1999 to 2001; the Unitarian Society of Germantown of Philadelphia, PA from 2001 to 2002; Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River of Chestertown, MD from 2002 to 2004; and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, VA from 2005 to 2007.

Rev. McNaught was involved with the denomination in various capacities. He served as Program Director of the Southwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute in 1979; Secretary of the Southwest Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association in 1981; President of the Southwest Minister’s Association from 1982 to 1983; Member of the Denominational Committee on Continuing Education for the Ministry in 1988; and Minister in Residence at the 1993 Star Island Arts Conference.

Matthew served as examining chaplain to the Bishop of Pittsburg from 1970 to 1971; as a Field Consultant with the St. Louis Educational Center from 1972 to 1978. He did chaplaincy work at the Orleans Parish Prison from 1977 to 1978 and at the Bastrop Federal Corrections Institution from 1983 to 1986. He served as the Unit Chair of the League of Women Voters from 1977 to 1979; and Chair of the Community Advisory Councils for New Orleans Public Schools in 1979. During his time in Maryland, Matthew served as President of the Maryland CRC and President of the Towson Ministers Association. He was involved with Maryland Against Handguns and co-founded the Maryland Interfaith Conference on Affordable Housing.

Matthew was passionate about Adult Religious Education and he helped build strong and vibrant programs within the congregations that he served. In the late 1990’s, he lectured at John Hopkins University on “The History of Liberal Protestantism”; and on “The Interface of Religion and Psychology.” He led seminars on “The Quest of Historical Jesus,” “The Theology of Soren Kierkegaard” and many others.

Matthew is survived by his wife, Anna Bennett McNaught; and his son, Mark Bennett McNaught.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Smile Train, an international children’s charity that offers cleft lip and palate surgery to children in developing countries. The organization has empowered local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their communities.

Notes of condolences may be sent to Anna McNaught, 742 E Lake Ave, Baltimore, MD, 21212; or to Mark McNaught, 15 Residence Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, 35000 Rennes, France.

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In Memory of . . . Rosemarie Carnarius (1938-2015)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 4, 2015
The Rev. Rosemarie Carnarius died on October 10, 2015 at the age of 76.

Rosemarie was born on November 27, 1938 to Karl Schnabel and Hilda Gertrud Barth, in Leipzig, Germany. She graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from Bucks County Community College in 1984; and with a Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1991.

Rev. Carnarius was ordained by the Monterey Peninsula Unitarian Church of Carmel, CA in 1992. She embarked on a two month lecture series throughout Germany in September 1992, at the invitation of the German Unitarians, and she preached at over 40 locations. She went on to serve as the Interim Minister to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne, WY from 1993 to 1994; Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, NM from 1994 to 1996; and Minister in Association at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, AZ from 1999 to 2002.

Rosemarie was born in Germany during a time of ruthless injustice and immeasurable tragedy. She was six years old when World War II ended, and fearing that she might be caught for political action against the communists, she escaped to West Germany at the age of seventeen. A deep thinker since childhood, Rosemarie’s early life experiences helped shape her ministry and writing.

Rosemarie was strongly committed to human rights, self-determination and peace with justice. She was actively involved with Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East, and in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001, she started a dialogue group called Inside Out, focused especially on the tragic conditions in the Middle East. In addition, she held membership with various organizations: the Mountain Desert District Chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association; International Association for Religious Freedom; Amnesty International; Bay Area Friends of Tibet; and The Northern Cheyenne Ministerial Association.

Rosemarie saw writing as her mission and purpose in life. Due to many complications from her hip surgery, Rosemarie’s ministerial career was cut short. Housebound by the complications, Rosemarie authored over a dozen publications. She was moved by the events of September 11, 2001, and subsequently authored five nonfiction books “on the urgency for personal and societal transformation”. Other published works included five volumes of poetry, two sermons, and Toward a Psychology of Wholeness - a Synthesis of the Knowledge of Modern Science and the Insights of the Mystics.

Rosemarie is remembered lovingly by her dear partner, Aston Bloom. Aston described Rosemarie as “thoughtful,” “humble,” and “one who was constantly thinking of others, even when she was dying.” Aston recalled a moment two weeks before Rosemarie’s death, during which Rosemarie noticed that Aston hadn’t been eating well, and sat her down to prepare a week’s worth of sample menus. Aston mused, “She never realized how special she was…I was her caregiver, and she was mine.”

She is survived by her long-time partner, Aston Bloom; son, Michael (Karla); daughter, Patricia (Brad); grandchildren, Ian Christopher, Kristen, Nicole, Michael and Lesley; sister, Karin (Rolf); nephews, nieces, and other relatives in Germany; as well as dear friends in both the United States and abroad.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. on November 21, 2015 at the UU Church of Tucson, 4831 E 22nd St, Tucson, AZ 85711.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Rosemarie’s life and work can be made to ANERA - American Near East Refugee Aid, 1111 14th St. NW, #400, Washington, DC 22225.

Condolences may be sent to Ms. Aston Bloom, or 88 S. London Station Road, Tucson, AZ 85748.

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In Memory of . . . Daniel J. Kane (1959-2015)

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 2, 2015
The Rev. Daniel Joseph Kane died at home in the arms of his husband on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at the age of 55.

Daniel was born on December 24, 1959 to James Edward Kane and Nancy Rita Lake Kane. He received a Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University in 1981; a Juris Doctor from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1988; and a Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in 2008.

Rev. Kane was ordained by the Arlington Street Church of Boston, MA on March 22, 2009. He was called to serve as the Interim Assistant to the Minister at Arlington Street Church from 2008 to 2009. He served as the consulting minister to the Unitarian Universalist Community of Lake County, of Kelseyville, CA, from 2011 to 2013; as Acting President of the Starr King Graduates Association from 2014 to 2015; and as a member of the Starr King Board of Trustees from 2014 to 2015.

Dan volunteered as a child and adult literacy tutor; a pro bono attorney for many organizations including the AIDS Legal Referral Panel; and a supply Protestant chaplain at Napa State Hospital, CA.

Prior to entering the ministry, Dan practiced as a litigation attorney in Oakland, CA and taught legal writing and research to law students. Dan and his husband, Darin, joined the Unitarian Church in Oakland in 1995, and Dan became involved with almost every aspect congregational life, including teaching religious education.

Dan gave up professional pursuits to take on his most important work as a stay-at-home dad—to which he was devoted and he considered the best work of his life. He managed the care of their infant boys and primary school-aged daughter with patience, undying love, and grace.

He loved to travel and together, he and Darin visited many parts of the world and more than half of the U.S. states. He particularly loved Pacific Islands and his family plans to scatter his ashes on one next year.

Reading (children’s and adult literature), cooking and eating, and keeping a home and garden along side Darin were all passions of Dan’s.

Of Dan, Darin writes: “Dan was a bright light in the lives of many.  He touched countless people with his compassionate, generous and loving spirit.  He will be mourned and missed by his entire family, his many friends and all the people he touched through his ministry and the way he lived his life.”

Dan is survived by his husband of twenty-two years, Darin Mikail Jensen and their children Ella James Jensen-Kane, Jack Thomas Jensen-Kane, Maxwell Josiah Jensen-Kane. He is also survived by his sister, Teresa Kane Rennia (Jeff Rennia); father-in-law, Bryant Jensen (Joan Levy); sister-in-law, Andrea Truly Jensen; brother-in-law, Steven Jensen (Gabrielle Savage); and numerous nieces and nephews, and best friends Joan Haratani, Thomas Daniels, and Russ Morgan, as well as the family’s Oakland Brown Dog, Fiona. He is predeceased by his parents, James Edward Kane and Nancy Rita Lake Kane, his mother-in-law, De Ane Cooper Jensen, and brothers-in-law Creyton Jensen and Todd Jensen.

A Celebration of Life will be held at First Unitarian Church of Oakland, CA, on November 14, 2015, at 5pm.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Our Family Coalition, an organization that seeks to create an inclusive and just world where all LGBTQ families with children have visibility and opportunities to thrive as valued participants in our schools, institutions, and communities.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 4712 Davenport Avenue, Oakland, CA 94619.

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In Memory of . . . Maurice W. Cobb (1918-2015)

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 9, 2015

The Rev. Maurice W. Cobb died on September 10, 2015 at the age of 97.


Maurice was born to Richard Cobb and Lelia Lampson Cobb on March 4, 1918. He received a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Crane Theological School in 1943; and a Master of Arts in philosophy from the University of North Carolina in 1953.


Rev. Cobb was ordained to the ministry in 1943 by All Souls Universalist Church in East Boston, MA. In 1944, he was called to serve the triangulated churches of Clinton, Red Hill, and Hopewell, NC, and he served the three until 1948. He ministered to Derby Line, VT from 1949 to 1953; Attica-Belleville, OH from 1953 to 1956; and Dolgeville and Salisbury Center, NY from 1956 to 1964. He spent the next twelve years serving as minister to the First Universalist Church in Brunswick, ME. He then served as minister-at-large to the First Unitarian Church of New Bedford, MA from 1976 to 1979, and assistant minister and religious education director to First Parish Unitarian in Billerica, MA from 1979 to 1983, at which point he retired from active ministry. He was named Minister Emeritus of the First Parish in Billerica in 1983. From 1998 to 2000, he ministered part time to the UU Church of Sanford, ME, and he was named Minister Emeritus of the church in 1999.


During Rev. Cobb’s twelve year ministry in Brunswick, he shared his passion for social action with the congregation. He helped create relationships between the church and local community organizations, several of which he founded. Such organizations included, but were not limited to, a suicide prevention program, the Bath Brunswick Food Co-op, and an Amnesty International group. Upon moving to Massachusetts, he served as a member of the Children’s Protective Services Board; North End Onboard; New Bedford Onboard; and the New Bedford Council on Addiction.


After his 1983 retirement, Maurice kept quite busy, discovering new interests and tending to old ones. He remained active in social justice organizations and served Amnesty International, Peace Action Maine, and AARP, among others. Maurice took a house design and construction course at the Shelter Institute and used his skills to build a house in West Newfield, ME. He loved his house, and enjoyed a thirty year retirement there. Vegetable gardening, traveling to visit family, letter writing, and the Red Sox, were some of his pleasures.


Maurice’s dear friend, Martha Gottlieb, explains, “The essential spirit of this man, as I see it, is of tolerance and deep compassion. Christian, you might say, though his theology was nuanced.”


Of Maurice’s ministry, Martha wrote:


"During those years in Brunswick if one wanted access to help or services that were hard to come by, Maurice was considered to be the one with the cosmic connection.  He worked with those who back then were not well served by the system.  Up until the day of his death he was aware that they are still with us, and they were in his thoughts."


Maurice is survived by his loving and close friend of 40 years, Martha Gottlieb; brother, Lawrence Cobb; nieces, Llynda Bigalow and Susan Engle; nephew, Richard Cobb; nine great nieces and nephews; several great-great nephews; and a host of long-time friends.


A memorial service will be held on October 24, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church, 5 Lebanon St., Sanford ME 04073.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the charity of your choosing.


Notes of condolences may be sent to Maurice's brother, Lawrence R.Cobb, 77 Cedar Ridge Dr., Shelburne, VT, 05482; Maurice's niece, Llynda C. Bigalow, 77 Cedar Ridge Dr., Shelburne, VT, 05482; and to Martha Gottlieb, 93 Head Tide Road, Whitefield, ME. 04353.

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