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Kelly Lynne Gartley
Richard G. Higgins
Kurt E. Nagel
Kelly Lynne Gartley
Kelly Lynne Gartley, 47, died August 25, 2008, at St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, FL. She was born in Stuart, FL and was a lifelong resident of the Treasure Coast.
Kelly was a graduate of Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. She was the community services coordinator for the city of Port St. Lucie for the past three years and a member of the Council on Social Agencies.
Survivors include her son, Mark Gardner of Port St. Lucie; daughter, Suzanne Stewart of Port St. Lucie; brothers, Tony Gartley of Ohio, Danny Gartley and Donny Gartley, both of Port St. Lucie, Jack Gartley of Tennessee, Terry Kible of San Diego and Ty Kible of Melbourne; sisters, Michele Kiefer of Stuart and Melissa Logan of Bell; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Scott Gartley; and her parents, Jack and Wilma Gartley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 22594, West Palm Beach, FL 33406.
Richard G. Higgins
Richard George Higgins, age 64, passed away on Tuesday, July 29th at Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe.
Rich grew up in New Jersey and went on to Catholic University in Washington DC, where he met his wife Jean. They were married in 1972 and moved to Maine where he enlisted in the Coast Guard, serving as a Bosun's Mate and his crew's rescue swimmer.
He attended the University of Maine, Orono and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Civil Engineering. He was recruited by the Boeing Company and then Rich and Jean moved to Seattle in 1979. Rich started as an engineer on the 757 Wing Stress Design Team and served in a series of jobs, including his favorite position, Chief Engineer of Maintenance. He ended his career as Vice President of the Americas for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
While with Boeing, his lifelong love of history helped him establish long term friendships around the globe from Europe to Asia to South America. Rich began serving on the University of Maine Engineering Department Advisory Board in 2002 and joined the Board of Visitors providing oversight for the University of Maine system in 2012. The Engineering Department Materials Testing Laboratory at Orono is named for Rich and Jean.
Rich retired from Boeing in 2005 and moved to Santa Fe with Jean. He served on the Board of the Santa Fe Opera, chairing the Infrastructure Committee and serving as the historical consultant for next year's new production of Cold Mountain. He further pursued his lifelong interest by receiving his Master's degree in Military History from Norwich University. He led numerous staff rides for the US Military at Pecos National Historical Park, which enabled him to meet young officers whose units were deploying to Afghanistan, teaching them the importance of terrain in battle tactics. He also spearheaded the building of a trail on the Glorieta battlefield at Pecos National Historical Park, which was dedicated in 2009.
Most importantly, Rich was known for his sense of humor, diversity of interests, sharing and telling of stories, and his relentless pursuit of knowledge.
Rich is survived by his wife Jean of Santa Fe, NM, his sister Georgene Aranowski, his brother Mark Higgins (Nancy), and his daughter Colleen, of Denver, CO.
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Kurt E. Nagel
Kurt E. Nagel, age 57, passed suddenly Monday, September 8, 2008 at Bolingbrook Adventist Hospital in Illinois. He was a resident of Romeoville, IL since 1978 and was formerly of Des Plaines. Kurt was a veteran of the US Navy and a Romeoville Police Officer retiring in 2007 after 22 years of service. Kurt graduated with a master's degree in Justice Administration from Norwich and was presently teaching Criminal Justice for Phoenix University.
He is survived by his loving wife, Portia Nagel; and was the devoted father of Mercedes Nagel and Sean Nagel; dear brother of William (Laura) Nagel, Dennis Costello and Kathleen (Doug) Collet; fond uncle of John, Jenny, Grant and Kaitlyn.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John Costello, Betty and Jesse Barajas, and Alfred Nagel.
Mary Tucker, who completed the degree requirements of the MSOL program this past November, passed away on March 15th, 2009 at 5:45pm, after a sudden and unexpected health condition. She was to receive her degree at the 2009 School of Graduate Studies Commencement.
We have come to learn a lot about Mary through her participation in the program; much of it inspirational. Over eighteen months of study, Mary overcame her share of personal hardships, but in her own humble, self-effacing way, she marched on, overcoming the challenges with spirit and determination. Even during those times of juggling the duties as mother, school administrator, and graduate student, it was Mary who would find the time and strength to help others. She truly adored her classmates and felt very much a part of the Norwich family. She so looked forward to seeing everyone at graduation.
It has been said many times that mere words cannot express our truest feelings under such sad circumstances, but it can be said that Mary Tucker is one of the brightest stars that can be seen in the universe of humanity and for that we are thankful to have known her.