Ruth E. Van Brakle, of Edgartown, died suddenly on Sunday evening, April 5, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. She was 73.

She was the mother of Renee Metell and Karen Van Brakle. A graveside service for the interment of her cremains will be held on Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. in the Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road, Vineyard Haven, officiated by Rev. Roger Spinney.

Donations may be made in her memory to the MV Shellfish Group, P.O. Box 1552, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. A complete obituary will appear in a later edition of the Gazette.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.