Joan Marie Reyes of Sag Harbor and Middlebury, Vt., died there on Oct. 20, 2010, after a yearlong bout with esophageal cancer at 75.
She was born on Feb. 9, 1935, to John Ozalis and the former Mildred Hand-Richardson in Sag Harbor, and grew up in Philadelphia.
Ms. Reyes attended Olney High School in Philadelphia and the Sacred Heart Academy in Sag Harbor. While in Philadelphia, she was a cellist in the Youth Symphony Orchestra and was also in the youth choir.
Ms. Reyes worked at Cablevision in East Hampton and provided child care to several families in Sag Harbor in her later years. She played the organ at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton for many years and was a member of the Sweet Adelines in the Hamptons. Her family said she enjoyed music, poetry, and reading.
She is survived by her former husband, Anthony Reyes of East Hampton, and her two children, Cassandra Reyes Richard of Panton, Vt., and Mark A. Reyes of Brentwood. Ms. Reyes was predeceased by her sister, Florence Field, and is survived by a sister, Mildred Vagranos of Zephyrhills, Fla., along with two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor on Friday, Aug. 5, the Rev. Mark Philips presiding, followed by burial at the Most Holy Trinity Cemetery in East Hampton. “We waited for the summer because that was her favorite time. She loved to hang out out at Long Beach, and she spent many hours there writing poetry,” her family said.
The family suggested donations to the John Jermain Memorial Library’s archive department, 201 Main Street, Sag Harbor 11963.