obituaries

Esther Laufer died at home on Highland Lane in East Hampton on Sunday at the age of 101. Mrs. Laufer had been a concert pianist and a piano teacher. “One of the highlights of her life was playing a Rachmaninoff piece during a piano lesson and...
Arthur E. Connors of Cooper Lane, East Hampton, who served as an assistant captain with the East Hampton Fire Department, died of a brain aneurysm on Jan. 13 at Ochsher North Shore Medical Center in Slidell, La. He was 90. “A wonderful man,...
Milton Freeman, an art collector and enthusiastic theatergoer who for many years owned 1780 Antiques House in Water Mill, died on Sunday at Southampton Hospital. He was 92. He was a designer of bed linens and bath towels when, in 1952, friends...
John Robert Lemmon, a craftsman who also painted landscapes and seascapes, died of lung cancer on Dec. 5 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vt. He was 69. Mr. Lemmon had lived in East Hampton his entire life, but spent time at his...
Carl Victor King, a Vietnam veteran who came from a large East Hampton family, died on Jan. 3 of complications during heart bypass surgery at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Manhattan. He was 71. After he graduated from East...
Nancy Janssen, one of the first female members of the Montauk Fire Department, serving as an emergency medical technician, died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease on Jan. 20 in Lancaster, Tex. She was 76 and had been ill for the last five...
Joseph John Brennan, who had been the superintendent of the East Hampton Town wastewater treatment plant from 1986 to 2001, died at home on Montauk Avenue in Sag Harbor on Saturday. He was 62 and had been ill for about a year and a half, his wife,...
Jane Wilson, whose singular landscape paintings, many inspired by the East End, secured her reputation as one of the leading painters of the postwar era, died of heart failure on Jan. 13 at the Calvary Hospice of the Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home...
Jean-Claude Baker, a charismatic maitre d’hotel and restaurateur who owned Chez Josephine in New York and found sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of his working life at his house in East Hampton’s Northwest Woods, died last Thursday...