obituaries

The Star has received word of the death of Phebe M. Smith, an East Hampton native who was a descendent of the Dominy family of furniture and clock-makers. Mrs. Smith died on Sept. 25 at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, Wyo., having come down...
Sybil Rose Gurka of East Hampton died on Dec. 7 of complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.
Frank Bradbury Hollenbeck, 84, a prolific architect who also was an artist and singer, died at his Springs house last Thursday with his wife at his side.
Nursing was Janice Blair Whalen’s “true calling,” her husband, Richard Whalen, said, and she was “immensely proud” to have become a certified nurse’s aide in New York State, having previously worked in that capacity for seven years with the United States Veterans Administration in California.
James Elsworth Lowe, a longtime radio personality, composer, and recording artist who lived his later years in East Hampton, died on Dec. 12 at home after a long illness.
Kenneth Stewart Freese, a carpenter who had been a quarterback on the East Hampton High School football team and also lettered in track and tennis, died in East Hampton on Nov. 30 at the age of 56.
Herbert A. Nixon Jr., who lived in East Hampton for about 35 years and worked for the town’s Highway Department for more than 18, died of heart failure on Dec. 7 at Southampton Hospital.
Jean F. Lester, who worked for more than 30 years for the East Hampton School District, died on Dec. 6 at home in Springs.
Cheryl Merser, an author of books on topics such as gardening and cooking, as well as a sought-after ghost writer, died of cancer at home in Sag Harbor on Dec. 6. She was 65 and had been ill for five years.
Devon R. Parent, who graduated from East Hampton High School with the class of 2003, died at home on Friday at the age of 31.
A memorial service for Marian Ford Pryce of Sag Harbor will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Bridgehampton.
Donald Mendres, who owned Hampton Teak in Wainscott and lived on Kettle Hole Road in Montauk for 15 years, died at home on Nov. 15, apparently of a heart attack. He was 72 and had been ill for about six months.
Rhoda H. Bation, who came to know East Hampton several decades ago when her son Matthew S. Dienstag was living here, and who retired here in 1999, died in her sleep on Friday at his house in Rock Stream, N.Y., in the Finger Lakes region. She was 79.