Olive Elizabeth Nagel was known for her fine cooking, which nourished three generations of the Osborne and Ham families, for whom she worked as a cook and housekeeper.
She died at home on Buell Lane in East Hampton on May 28. She was 88.
She was born in New London, Conn., on Feb. 22, 1923, to Charles Henry Nagel and the former Edith Mildred Richards. Her father died when she was 14 and two years later, Ms. Nagel moved to East Hampton to take a job with the Nelson Osborne family. She worked for the family until 1970, when she moved in with Alice D. and Lewis Ham.
According to Eleanor Osborne Ratsep of East Hampton, “she was a loyal friend” to the families.
Ms. Nagel is survived by a cousin, Alice Humeniuk, of Cape Canaveral, Fla., her only known relative.
The Rev. Thomas Schacher of the East Hampton Presbyterian Church officiated at a graveside service at Sterling Cemetery in Greenport on Friday.