Recent Stories: Obituaries

Star Staff
August 25, 2016
Donna Lynn Steckowski, who had been a volunteer emergency medical technician and most recently worked in a CVS pharmacy, died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Md.

Donna Lynn Steckowski, who had been a volunteer emergency medical technician and most recently worked in a CVS pharmacy, died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Md., on Aug. 15, from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema. She would have been 56 in three days.

Star Staff
August 25, 2016
Word has been received of the death of Edward Havens Conklin, an 11th-generation Bonacker from one of East Hampton’s founding families, a longtime resident of the South Fork, and a veteran of the Korean War, on June 16 at his home in Southwest Harbor, Me.

Word has been received of the death of Edward Havens Conklin, an 11th-generation Bonacker from one of East Hampton’s founding families, a longtime resident of the South Fork, and a veteran of the Korean War, on June 16 at his home in Southwest Harbor, Me. He was 80.

Star Staff
August 25, 2016
Henry E. Dankowski Jr., a farmer, builder, and longtime resident of Wainscott and East Hampton, died on Aug. 10 at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton.

Henry E. Dankowski Jr., a farmer, builder, and longtime resident of Wainscott and East Hampton, died on Aug. 10 at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton. He was 91 years old and had been in ill health for some time.

Irene Silverman
August 25, 2016
M. Bernard Aidinoff died of heart failure at his Manhattan home on Aug. 8 at the age of 87.

In a 2004 interview published in Harvard Law Today a year after his 50th law school reunion, M. Bernard Aidinoff was asked whether he considered the practice of law a profession or an industry.

Star Staff
August 25, 2016
Martha M. Buffo, who founded the outreach program at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Bridgehampton, died at her home in that hamlet on Friday, surrounded by family.

Martha M. Buffo, who founded the outreach program at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Bridgehampton, died at her home in that hamlet on Friday, surrounded by family. She was 81 years old and had been diagnosed with lung cancer several months ago.

Star Staff
August 25, 2016
Mary Maxine Dowling Clark, a front desk clerk at the East Hampton Library in the 1970s and ’80s, died of cardiac arrest on Aug. 3 in Denver, where she had lived for the last eight years.

Mary Maxine Dowling Clark, a front desk clerk at the East Hampton Library in the 1970s and ’80s, died of cardiac arrest on Aug. 3 in Denver, where she had lived for the last eight years. She was 79 and had been in good health, even having had a swim the day she died.

Star Staff
August 25, 2016
Winifred Goddard, who ran the Grandview Manor inn and restaurants in Montauk with her husband, Sidney Goddard, during the 1950s and ’60s, died in the Masonicare adult home in Wallingford, Conn., on July 1.

Winifred Goddard, who ran the Grandview Manor inn and restaurants in Montauk with her husband, Sidney Goddard, during the 1950s and ’60s, died in the Masonicare adult home in Wallingford, Conn., on July 1. She was 102 and had been in hospice care for some time with Parkinson’s disease, her family said.

Star Staff
August 18, 2016
David Lee Brown, a well-known metal sculptor and Pratt Institute arts educator who lived in Springs before moving to Southampton some years ago, died on Friday after an illness.

David Lee Brown, a well-known metal sculptor and Pratt Institute arts educator who lived in Springs before moving to Southampton some years ago, died on Friday after an illness. He was 77.

Mr. Brown was born in Detroit in January 1939 to Raymond Brown and the former Ruth Crowthers and graduated from Cass Tech High School there.

Star Staff
August 18, 2016
Edna Yardley, a retired real estate broker and longtime East Hampton resident, died at home on Sunday.

Edna Yardley, a retired real estate broker and longtime East Hampton resident, died at home on Sunday. She was 76, and had had cancer for just under a year.

Star Staff
August 18, 2016
Visiting hours for Frederick E. Sellers Jr., who died on Monday in Cape Coral, Fla., at the age of 78, will be held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton tomorrow.

Visiting hours for Frederick E. Sellers Jr., who died on Monday in Cape Coral, Fla., at the age of 78, will be held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton. Mr. Sellers, who was known as Fred, lived in Springs for many years.

Star Staff
August 18, 2016
Francesco Bologna, a noted artist and longtime East Hampton resident, died on Tuesday at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in South­ampton.

Francesco Bologna, a noted artist and longtime East Hampton resident, died on Tuesday at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in South­ampton. He was 89. A full obituary will appear in a future issue.

No funeral services will be held, according to his wishes. The family plans a celebration of his life at a date to be announced.

Star Staff
August 18, 2016
June Ellen Heath of Montauk, the wife of the legendary jazz bassist Percy Heath, has died.

June Ellen Heath of Montauk died at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton on Saturday. She was 90, and had been diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago.

Star Staff
August 18, 2016
Olive Marie Hildreth, who sang for 40 years with the Sweet Adelines, died on Aug. 6 at home on Collins Avenue in East Hampton.

Olive Marie Hildreth, who sang for 40 years with the Sweet Adelines, died on Aug. 6 at home on Collins Avenue in East Hampton. She was 93 and had been ill with dementia for four years.

Mrs. Hildreth was born on Feb. 6, 1923, at Southampton Hospital to Louis Ranalli and the former Mildred Kinkaid. She grew up in East Hampton, Greenport, and Sag Harbor.

Star Staff
August 18, 2016
Peter Graham Delany Sr., a summer resident of East Hampton who was the chief operating officer and head of production of Delany Products, a commercial plumbing manufacturer, died of a heart attack at his office in Charlottesville, Va., on July 21.

Peter Graham Delany Sr., a summer resident of East Hampton who was the chief operating officer and head of production of Delany Products, a commercial plumbing manufacturer, died of a heart attack at his office in Charlottesville, Va., on July 21. He was 70 years old.

Star Staff
August 18, 2016
Vincent Grippa, the owner of Jewels by Virtu on Main Street in East Hampton for nearly 20 years, died at his Dune Alpin Farm residence here on Aug. 4.

Vincent Grippa, the owner of Jewels by Virtu on Main Street in East Hampton for nearly 20 years, died at his Dune Alpin Farm residence here on Aug. 4. Mr. Grippa, who had had two strokes within the last eight years, was 93.

August 11, 2016
Irma Ann Damark, a lifelong East Hampton resident and a longtime owner of Damark’s Deli on Three Mile Harbor Road, died on Saturday at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Westhampton Beach at the age of 89.

Irma Ann Damark, a lifelong East Hampton resident and a longtime owner of Damark’s Deli on Three Mile Harbor Road, died on Saturday at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Westhampton Beach at the age of 89. She had had Alzheimer’s disease for several years.

Star Staff
August 11, 2016
Jean C. Lane, an art professor who, after retiring in 1986, moved to Sag Harbor and devoted much of her time to the fight for clean water, died of lymphoma on April 18 in Seattle.

Jean C. Lane, an art professor who, after retiring in 1986, moved to Sag Harbor and devoted much of her time to the fight for clean water, died of lymphoma on April 18 in Seattle. She was 93.

Carissa Katz
August 11, 2016
A paddle-out in memory of Russell Drumm will be held at Ditch Plain Beach in Montauk on Saturday at 8 a.m.

A paddle-out in memory of Russell Drumm will be held at Ditch Plain Beach in Montauk on Saturday at 8 a.m. Mr. Drumm, who died on Jan. 16, was a journalist, author, surfer, sailor, and a founder of the Montauk Oceans Institute at the Montauk Lighthouse.

Star Staff
August 11, 2016
Paul B. West, a retired patent lawyer who was a longtime summer resident of East Hampton Village, died at home in Manhattan on July 20.

Paul B. West, a retired patent lawyer who was a longtime summer resident of East Hampton Village, died at home in Manhattan on July 20. He was 88 and had been ill with cancer for two years.

Star Staff
August 11, 2016
Peter F. Clifton, an educator at two prestigious independent schools who ran the Harvard College Fund for 10 years, died at home in Water Mill on Aug. 3

Peter F. Clifton, an educator at two prestigious independent schools who ran the Harvard College Fund for 10 years, died at home in Water Mill on Aug. 3. He was 90 years old and had had Alzheimer’s disease for five years.

Mark Segal
August 4, 2016
John Jonas Gruen, a writer, critic of several arts, composer, and photographer who for more than five decades chronicled this country’s loftiest cultural circles, died on July 19 in his apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

John Jonas Gruen, a writer, critic of several arts, composer, and photographer who for more than five decades chronicled this country’s loftiest cultural circles, died on July 19 in his apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He was 89 and had been ill for five weeks.

Star Staff
August 4, 2016
Joseph Howard Mintzer, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, died in his sleep on July 22 at the home of his companion, Lucy Silver, in Niantic, Conn.

Joseph Howard Mintzer, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, died in his sleep on July 22 at the home of his companion, Lucy Silver, in Niantic, Conn. Mr. Mintzer, a resident of East Hampton and Boca Raton, Fla., was 93 years old.

Star Staff
August 4, 2016
Kenneth Alan Johnson, an attorney and investment adviser, an athlete and an elder of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, died on July 13 at the age of 57 of amyotrophic laterals sclerosis, which is known as A.L.S. or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Kenneth Alan Johnson, an attorney and investment adviser, an athlete and an elder of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, died on July 13 at the age of 57 of amyotrophic laterals sclerosis, which is known as A.L.S. or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He had been ill for three years.

Star Staff
August 4, 2016
Leslie M. Walker, a horticulturist who lived in Springs for 35 years, died of an undetermined cause on July 26 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Leslie M. Walker, a horticulturist who lived in Springs for 35 years, died of an undetermined cause on July 26 in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 67.