Nancy Anne Byrne of Woodcock Lane in East Hampton died on Nov. 1 while on vacation in Orlando, Fla. She was 41. Her familh did not provide the cause of death.
Born in Monmouth, N.J., on May 27, 1971, she was adopted and raised on Shelter Island by Bob and Anne DeStefano. She attended school on Shelter Island from kindergarten through her 1989 graduation. While in high school, she played on the field hockey and golf teams and was a class officer.
She was a strong golfer, her family said, and won the Gardiner’s Bay Country Club’s junior division in 1985 and was a runner-up four times. She continued to emulate her father, playing for fun, sinking long putts, and making incredibly long drives until the last few years of her life, they said.
After graduating from high school, she enrolled in Monmouth University in New Jersey, from which she received a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1993. She subsequently attended — and was employed by — Manhattan College while working on her master’s degree.
At various points in her life, Ms. Byrne worked for her parents in the golf shop at the Gardiner’s Bay Country Club on Shelter Island. She also worked as a residence hall director at the State University at Stony Brook, where she was given awards for her work and dedication to the students. She also worked in publishing for two years and for the Shelter Island Police Department.