The Rev. Robert “Bob” Nelson West

The Rev. Robert “Bob” Nelson West, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association from 1969 to 1977, died on September 27, 2017 at the age of 88.

He is survived by children Robert Jr., Charles, Thomas (Amy), and Mary Catherine Pinto (Josh); grandchildren Lila and George West, and Lily and Oliver Pinto; grandchild Phoebe; and sister Rilla Krebbs. He was predeceased by wife of 65 years Nancy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lynchburg College, 1501 Lakeside Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24501.

A memorial service is being planned; details will be released as they become available.

Notes of condolence can be sent to Thomas West, West88@verizon.net.

A more complete obituary will be forthcoming after biographical research has been completed.

The Rev. Dr. John Burton Wolf

The Rev. Dr. John Burton Wolf died on September 19, 2017 at the age of 92.

He is survived by wife of 65 years Barbara N. Hudgins Wolf, son John David Wolf (Anita Jacobson Wolf) and daughter Catherine Elizabeth Wolf, grandson Aaron Michael Wolf-Johnson (Kayla Wolf-Johnson); and great-granddaughter Willow Rose Wolf-Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John B. Wolf Memorial Fund, c/o All Souls Unitarian Church, 2952 S. Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74114. The memorial fund will be distributed based on Rev. Dr. Wolf’s wishes and the wishes of his family.

A memorial service was planned on September 25, 2017 at All Souls Unitarian Church (address above).

Notes of condolence can be sent to the family at All Souls Unitarian Church (address above).

A more complete obituary will be forthcoming after biographical research has been completed.

The Rev. Carl Haycock Whittier, Jr.

The Rev. Carl Haycock Whittier, Jr. died on July 7, 2017 at the age of 87.

He is survived by daughters Sarah Whittier and Nancy Whittier (Kate Weigand); and grandchildren Jonah, Eva, and Isaac Weigand-Whittier.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA and Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, P.O. Box 329, Northampton, MA 01060.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060.

Notes of condolence can be sent to Sarah Whittier at 190 Chestnut St, Florence, MA 01062.

A more complete obituary will be forthcoming after biographical research has been completed.

Barbara Wagner

Barbara Wagner

Barbara Wagner

Barbara Wagner, 80, the widow of the Reverend William G. Wagner, died February 17, 2017, in Getzville, NY. Born Barbara McCarthy in Lockport, she earned a BFA from University of Buffalo, then went on to graduate studies at Westminster Choir College, and advanced organ study at the Munich Conservatory in Germany. She was noted for having both a wit and an ability to personally connect with people, and she employed those attributes as she pursued her passion – music, particularly choral music.

She was in her 50th year directing the choir of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo when she retired as the church’s music director in 2012. During her tenure, the church became known for the high quality of its music. The church choir made two European tours, recorded for American Public Radio, and performed locally with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Barbara also taught vocal music at Nichols School for 25 years and served for 12 years as music director at Temple Beth Am. She had shorter term positions directing other community choirs, but is especially noted as the founding director of the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, which she led for 10 years. Her vision for that chorus was that they would not be known for “camp and schlock,” as many gay singing groups are, but would have a repertoire which included many challenging classics.

She was a founding member of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network, served on the Hymnbook Commission which produced “Singing the Living Tradition,” and chaired the Task Force which compiled the hymnbook supplement “Singing the Journey.” In 2002 she was awarded the Erie County Music Educator/BPO Award for Excellence in Choral Education. In recent years, as Wagner’s health declined, she was able to hold onto music. As long as she could, she played the piano at her care center residence.

Barbara is survived by a sister, Jeanne Gunby; two daughters, Carrie Martin of Hamburg, and Molly Wagner of Sydney, Australia; and six grandchildren.

Harriet Ruth Wyman

Harriet Wyman

Harriet Wyman

Harriet Ruth Wyman, 92, widow of the Rev. Gerald K. Wyman, died March 26, 2011 in Torrance, CA. The Wymans had served Universalist congregations in Canton, Waterville and Caribou, ME, and the UU Church of Greater Lansing, MI. Her husband died in 1970. Harriet worked for the Attorney General’s Section of the Michigan Department of Transportation for 24 years, retiring as an office manager. After retiring in 1984, she enjoyed square dancing, swimming, walking and the company of her friends. She was a very loving mother to her son and daughter. Her son died in 1985, after a 20-year battle with multiple sclerosis. In 2003, she moved to California to be near her daughter and family.

The Rev. Robert James Wrigley

Bob Wrigley

Bob Wrigley

The Rev. Robert James Wrigley, 75, died April 25, 2011 by his own act, after years of chronic pain. He acted in fear of increased pain and diminished personal autonomy. Bob described himself as a peace monger, social activist, trade unionist, and —he imagined—a stone mason. Born in Albany, NY, he gained a reputation for being very outspoken, losing his post as junior minister in Providence, RI, when he was reported to have compared Castro to Christ. He left the US and went on to serve First Unitarian in Toronto, ON and then First Unitarian in Edmonton, AB. He next worked as subsistence farmer on his quarter-section in Peers, AB. He is survived by his wife, Naomi Rankin, and their daughters Katherine Malka Wrigley and Elsa Magdalena Wrigley, and his two daughters from his first marriage, Elizabeth “Lise” Anne Wrigley and Jessica Susan Machado (Celso), two grandchildren, and his “twin” sister Susan Jane Pearson. He was predeceased by his grandchildren, Maya Tello-Wrigley and Flora Machado. He was a member of the Edmonton Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. He leaves us with these remarks: “The highest form of bliss comes from living with a certain degree of folly” – Erasmus. And finally, “That’s all she wrote.”

Pauline Rendall Woodman

Pauline Woodman

Pauline Woodman

Pauline Rendall Woodman, 73, wife of the Rev. Richard M. Woodman, died February 27, 2012 in Dover, NH. She spent her early years in Cambridge MA and in Milton, NH. She attended U. Mass. and then married John Rosado. They settled in McLean, VA where she raised her family. Pauline was an active leader at the Unitarian Church of Arlington, VA and the regional denominational association. In 1984 she wed the Rev. Richard M. Woodman. They bought a house in Dover, NH. For more than a decade they traveled together to a number of communities in the Northeast while Dick served as interim minister to nine UU churches there. Following retirement, they returned to Dover and Pauline turned her attention to homemaking and doing extensive research on family history; she discovered that she and Dick were cousins, sharing several 17th century ancestors. She is survived by her husband; her son Jeffrey Rosado, his wife and stepson; by a granddaughter; by her daughter, Janet Rosado, her husband and their children; and her brother, Skip Rendall.

The Rev. Robert Sumner Wolley

Robert Wolley

Robert Wolley

The Rev. Robert Sumner Wolley, 82, died Dec 25, 2009. As a student at Tufts he suffered a paralyzing back injury. He was told he might never walk again. He not only walked but had brief baseball and hockey careers and sailed on the Great Lakes. He went on to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees at St. Lawrence University. In addition to his years in the UU ministry he was a high school English teacher. He enjoyed golfing and won several tournaments as a member of the Woods Hole Golf Club Throughout his life he had a passion for writing. He published several books and poems. He recently worked to help people publish books devoted to helping seniors find love again. Marilyn J. Wolley, his wife of 46 years, died in 1995. He is survived by their children Cheryl, Andrea and Charles, two grandchildren and a brother.

The Rev. Dr. Prescott B. Wintersteen

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. Prescott B. Wintersteen, 92, died June 9, 2005. He was the son of Unitarian minister Roy Brown Wintersteen. He served congregations in Marblehead, Milton, Salem, and Stoughton, MA. The First Parish in Milton named him Minister Emeritus in 1976. He served as a Navy chaplain from 1941 to 1961. At one time, he was on the bridge of the USS Augusta with General George Patton at the invasion of North Africa. His articles appeared in Journal of Liberal Religion, the Christian Register, and Navy publications. He was the author of Christology in American Unitarianism. Surviving are his children, Prescott Jr. of Pittsburgh, PA; Wendy Wintersteen Girdosky of Tucson, AZ; Jeremy of Boston; and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wives Dorothy (Down) Wintersteen and Sheila (Mills-Storey) Wintersteen.