obituaries

A memorial service will be held on Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Southampton Presbyterian Church for Charlotte Fordham Rogers Smith of Water Mill, who died of pneumonia at Southampton Hospital on Dec. 14 at the age of 95.
“She was the strongest woman I ever met,” Jenna Vertullo’s mother, Gail Lia, said Tuesday of her daughter.
Nancy Brunn, who taught art and a high school-level art history class at the Montauk School, died at home on Accabonac Road in East Hampton on Dec. 31. She was 67 and had primary progressive aphasia, a degenerative brain disease, her family said.
Joyce L. Coleman, a nurse’s aide and an expert scallop-shucker, died on Dec. 29 at home on Spring Lane in Sag Harbor. Her family said the cause was a pulmonary embolism. She was 62. Ms. Coleman worked for many years taking care of residents...
“There’s only two kinds of music,” Jeff Golub reportedly said, “the kind that’s from the heart and the kind that’s not.” That observation was not just an accurate assessment of music, about which the...
Tyler Robert Buckley, who was 22 years old, died at Southampton Hospital on Sunday evening after being found  without breath in his mother’s, Susan Buckley’s, house on Crystal Drive in East Hampton. He had been sick for several...
Eva Ecker, who survived the Nazi period in Hungary during World War II, died on Dec. 29 at home in Springs. She had just finished dinner and was sitting with family. During the war, Ms. Ecker helped to protect and hide her younger sister, Juidith...
Margaret Keller, the matriarch of an extended family and a charter member of the Montauk Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary, died of natural causes on Sunday at Southampton Hospital. She was 87 and had lived in the same house on South Delphi...
Sydney Steven Griffin, a longtime resident of Northwest Landing Road in East Hampton and a dedicated merchant seaman, died on Christmas Day at Southampton Hospital. He was 76 and had been in declining health for several years.