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A memorial service and kiddush will be held June 29, 2002 at Chabad of Port Washington, 80 Shore Rd., for Moe Jaffe. The services begins at 9:30 a.m. The kiddush will follow at 12:30 p.m. All family and friends welcome.

Dr. Ralph U. Whipple, NC Medical Examiner and longtime Manhasset Urologist, died June 8, 2002, six days before his 90th birthday. He was born in Jersey City, NJ, on June 14, 1912. He was educated at Princeton University, NJ, and then graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Following several internships and residencies, he established a urological practice that spanned over 26 years, on LI, based on fairness and patient concern. He was well loved by his peers and patients alike.

In 1948, he married English born Joan Hopkins and upon his death, the couple had been together for over 54 years. Soon after their marriage, they began their family of five children, Pamela Whipple-Kelly, Patricia, Ralph Jr., Richard and Roberta Whipple, and along with their mother, all survive him. He also had nine grandchildren, the oldest of which Diane Alexis Whipple, a graduate of Manhasset High School was tragically killed 17 months ago in San Francisco.

For the past eight years, Dr. and Mrs. Whipple had been residents of Norwalk, CT, living by the water of which he loved. He had been active in the Men's Club and enjoyed the friendships made there. He was known for his ebullient spirit, sense of humor, his ability to lead and relate to people an his interest in his family and his profession. He also is remembered, especially in the '80s, with his wife, as an avid sports fan, attending the many sports contests that Diane competed in, no matter where the event took place.

A small family memorial service is planned for July 20 at Collins Funeral Home, East Ave., in Connecticut, followed by a reception at his home.

Gerald Fabrique Weary died June 4, 2002 at his home in North Newcastle, Maine, at the age of 91. He was born in Chester, NE, on Nov. 26, 1910. His childhood was spent in Nebraska's small towns situated along rivers and in the and hills of western Nebraska. In those years he learned to love the out-of-doors, where he spent many hours hunting, fishing, swimming and hiking.

Mr. Weary graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with high honors. He studied pipe organ for four years, played for daily chapel and in churches. While at Wesleyan he decided to become a Unitarian minister and entered Meadville Theological School at the University of Chicago in 1933. He was awarded the Cruft Fellowship for graduated study abroad upon his graduation in 1936. He spent the year studying at the University of London School of Economics and cycling throughout England, Scotland and Ireland, and traveling on the Continent.

In 1937, Mr. Weary married Alma Feldman and accepted a call from a Unitarian church in Wichita, KS. After a few years there, he moved to Bloomington, IL, the church of Adlai Stevenson. A new group of young Unitarians in Port Washington was looking for a minister in 1945 and called Mr. Weary. From small beginnings, the church grew to a membership of 400 in 13 years, having built an attractive new church. Today that church is known as the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, located in Manhasset on spacious grounds provided by funds secured by Mr. Weary as a bequest. The church also has a foundation, the Veatch Program, as a part of that bequest. It gives many grants to charitable causes and to numerous churches to promote Unitarianism.

Subsequent ministries were in Ithaca, NY, and Roslyn Hill Chapel in Hampstead, London, England.

In 1972, Mr. Weary retired to his home in North Newcastle to continue his vocation of tree farming, begun in 1956. In 1980 and 1999, he was named the Outstanding Tree Farmer of the State of Maine. His early years of outdoor activities were continued until his death, but rather in the woods than in the prairie of Nebraska. Husband of the late Alma (June 11, 2002). He is survived by his children, Catherine H. W. Shaer and William A. Weary; grandchildren, Matthew and Emily; and a sister, Louise Catlett.

Alma Feldman Weary, 88, died June 11, 2002, a short hospital stay away from her home on the Sheepscot River in North Newcastle, Maine. She was born Feb. 24, 1914 in Giltner, NE. Until she entered college, she lived in this rural area of southeastern Nebraska. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1937. In 1937 she married Gerald Fabrique Weary, a Unitarian minister. They were married almost 65 years.

Mrs. Weary's career was varied. She was senior case worker in an agency that placed children for adoption and worked with unmarried mothers and juvenile delinquents. During WWII, she was the home service supervisor for the American Red Cross in Bloomington, IL. She was always actively involved with the church school in the churches her husband served, sometimes as director of the school, other times counseling and helping teachers. She accepted responsibility for planning and conducting worship services for the children. In her later professional years, she taught a Buckley Country Day School, Roslyn. She was a devoted wife and mother of two children.

The Wearys retired to their home in North Newcastle in 1972. The place named Green Circles had been their summer home since 1950. It was known locally as Weary's Tree Farm. Mrs. Weary enjoyed her vegetable, fruit and flower gardening. She worked as a volunteer on Saturday mornings at Skidompha Public Library for many years.

Mrs. Weary is survived by her children, Catherine H. W. Shaer and William A. Weary; and grandchildren, Matthew and Emily. Her husband, Gerald Fabrique Weary, died June 4, 2002.


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