In Memoriam

Rosalie Roush

Rosalie Roush (Broder) graced our world for 63 vibrant and affectionate years, leaving an enduring legacy. While Boston was her home, her heart wandered through the captivating landscapes of Mackinac Island, Michigan, Indiana, and Florida. Serenely, on July 29, 2023, Rosalie embarked on her next journey from the haven of her own abode.

We remain deeply grateful for her lasting contributions, as she was an integral part of the Lighthouse ArtCenter board and committee for many years.

Susan Bardin

In loving memory of Susan Elizabeth Bardin, who departed this life peacefully in her sleep, with her family by her side on August 23, 2022. Susan was born February 20, 1959 in Cincinnati Ohio, and spent her childhood in Huntington, Long Island, New York.  She led a team at Peacock + Lewis Architects, her second family, for over 30 years.

Susan is survived by her husband O’Neal Jr., daughter Lindsay Elizabeth and sons O’Neal III and James Matthew (Kristen), grandchildren Harley Elizabeth and James Jr.

Dr. Vincent D. Palumbo

Dr. Vincent D. Palumbo, local oral/ maxillofacial surgeon, passed away on Wednesday, June 29 after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Born on December 10, 1934 in Newark, NJ, he was one of nine children. A Golden Gloves Champion boxer in high school, he graduated from the University of Maryland, where he starred on the boxing team, twice winning the national lightweight title. Dr. Palumbo was elected to the Maryland Boxing Hall of Fame & University of Maryland Sports Hall of Fame.

Dr. Palumbo is survived by his wife of 64 years, Anne C. Palumbo, PhD. Both Vincent and Anne are generous supporters of Lighthouse ArtCenter.

Evelyne Bates

Evelyne Bates was born April 27, 1930, and passed away on May 21, 2022 at age 92 after battling cancer courageously. For more than 50 years, she symbolized what people expected from an art community – poise, grace, dignity, beauty, and service.

Evelyne was the face of Lighthouse ArtCenter from the moment she entered the center’s door in 1967 She was the receptionist and later appointed the Assistant to the Director where she remained for 22 years before retiring in 1992 .

Maria Tritico

Maria Nicole Tritico, born November 17, 1988 and tragically taken from us December 7, 2020.

Maria was a bright shining light who saw opportunity instead of despair, ability instead of homelessness, and a pathway for every victim out of sex trafficking. Maria's star had but just begun to shine.

Charles C. Gruppe

Charles Camille Gruppe passed on 31 October 2019 in Vero Beach, Florida at VNA Hospice House. He was born on 1 July 1928 in New York, NY to Paulo and Camille Gruppe. He had one brother, Henry E. Gruppe (1929-2008).

Barbara Jean Kirsch
1934 – 2018

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Barbara Kirsch. Barbara was such a big part of the Lighthouse ArtCenter and her absence will be deeply felt. An active member since 1996, Barbara served on the Board of Directors, chaired many events, served on committees and participated as an enthusiastic student of art.

Cornelia T. Bailey
1930 - 2017

​Cornelia T. Bailey was a generous member and supporter of the Lighthouse ArtCenter since 1997. Her contributions helped to nurture arts and cultural programming to over 20,000 guests annually in and around our cultural heartbeat  in northern Palm Beach County.

Mrs. Bailey’s passion for the arts extended to many organizations including the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Norton Museum of Art, and Palm Beach Opera.  Her lifetime commitment to philanthropy extended to health care organizations from Florida to New York.

“Philanthropic families create significant legacies that benefit generations, we celebrate the opportunities Cornelia T. Bailey provided the Lighthouse ArtCenter, and we will carry on our work in her honor,” said Nancy Politsch, Executive Director.