obituaries

Richard Balcuns, known to his friends and family as Zeke, died in his sleep on July 29 at home in Hither Hills. A longtime resident of Montauk, he had suffered from heart disease for several years, but his death was unexpected, his family said.
Ronald Senkirk, an executive at Ralph Lauren who had a long career in cosmetics, design, and fashion, died of cancer on May 30 at NYU-Langone Medical Center in Manhattan.
Shirley Ardell Ross Ruppel, a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor, died on July 29 at Southampton Hospital.
A gathering to celebrate the life of Kevin Callahan, a longtime resident of Sag Harbor who died on Dec. 27, 2014, at the age of 64, will be held on Saturday at the home of his brother Michael Callahan in Sag Harbor.
Anthony Hmielenski, who owned the Sag Harbor Launderette for more than 35 years and built the current laundromat on Main Street there, died on July 28 in a rehabilitation facility in Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Audrey Patricia Pickens, a retired New York City public school guidance counselor, died of cancer on Saturday at her home in Sag Harbor Hills. She was 72 years old and had undergone treatment for many years.
A memorial service for Joseph T. Dembia, who died on Feb. 26 of this year at the age of 93, will be held on Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Wainscott Chapel on Wainscott’s Main Street. Mr. Dembia was a summer resident of that hamlet for 58 years.
Harry B. Hansen Jr., formerly of Amagansett, died on July 4 at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. He was 84.
Martin P. Messinger, a retired attorney who represented CBS and Westinghouse Broadcasting, died at home in East Hampton on July 19. He was 66; the cause of his death is unknown.
Patrick J. Schaefer, a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor, former Marine, and member of the Pierson High School boys basketball team that won a New York State championship in 1978-79, died at Stony Brook University Hospital on July 15.
Fay F. English died at home on Buell Lane Extension, where she grew up, on July 17. She was 75.

Funeral Mass Saturday in East Hampton
Through more than 20 years as a public school teacher and many years volunteering with organizations such as the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons and the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society, Joy Lupoletti’s life on the East End was characterized by a call to public service.