Recent Stories: Obituaries

Star staff
April 17, 2014

Antje Katcher, a Springs poet, publisher, and photographer, died of pancreatic cancer on April 7. She was 66.

Ms. Katcher, a person of wide-ranging interests and talents, was also a professional translator, political activist, and financial analyst.

In 1988, she founded Three Mile Harbor, a poetry journal, which evolved into an independent press that published books by poets such as Enid Dame, Jean Kemper Hoffmann, and Pamela Kallimanis.

Star staff
April 17, 2014

Cornelius O’Connell, a retired East Hampton school administrator who was known as Neil, died at Southampton Hospital on April 8. He was 70 and had been ill with pneumonia.

Mr. O’Connell began his career as an elementary school teacher and then became an assistant principal.

Star staff
April 17, 2014

Jean K. Lenahan, a former chef at Trail’s End restaurant in Montauk, died on April 7 at Southampton Hospital just one day shy of her 76th birthday. She had been ill for a short time.

Star staff
April 17, 2014

John David Leo, who retired as East Hampton’s assistant postmaster in 1982 after 25 years with the Postal Service, died of leukemia on Feb. 26 at home in Matthews, N.C. He was 92.

Prior to his tenure with the Postal Service, Mr. Leo was a truck driver for Schwenk’s Dairy and Railway Express, and he transported South Fork potatoes and produce to Hunts Point Market in New York City. He moved to North Carolina in 1998.

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April 17, 2014

John Spencer Davis Jr., an interior designer, artist, and musician, died on March 25 in Alexandria, Va. Mr. Davis, whose last years were spent on Maidstone Lane, East Hampton, in a house owned by his parents for about 50 years, was 64. He had been ill for a long time, his family said.

Known as Jock, he was born in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 24, 1949, to Spencer Davis and the former Sarah Kimball. He attended the Landon School in Bethesda, Md., until ninth grade, and graduated in 1968 from the Salisbury School in Connecticut.

Star staff
April 17, 2014

Joyce King, who grew up in East Hampton and graduated from East Hampton High School, died on Friday at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Fla. She was 70. Her cause of death was complications related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, her family said.

Ms. King was born on May 15, 1943, in Babylon to James and Muriel Southard. Her husband, Preston King, died before her. For many years, she and Mr. King lived in Hampton Bays.

Star staff
April 17, 2014

Morton S. Eisenberg, a psychiatrist in private practice and on the staff of New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, died on March 27 at his Manhattan residence from complications of prostate cancer. He was 93 and had been ill for one year.

Some of Dr. Eisenberg’s happiest hours were spent in East Hampton, where he had a close circle of friends and enjoyed going to the beach, landscaping and gardening, and long games of chess. Tennis was also a passion, and he continued to play well into his 80s.

Star staff
April 17, 2014

A self-taught architectural draftsman and dedicated enthusiast of politics, sailing, skiing, and waterskiing, Otis Allan Glazebrook IV of Bell Road in Springs died on March 28 at home. He was 65. The cause of his death was not known pending a coroner’s report, his life partner, Mary Trabona, said.

Star staff
April 17, 2014

Skipworth Duncan Ho died at her house in Wainscott on April 7 at the age of 83. She had been ill for some time, her family said.

Born in Bronxville, N.Y., to Perry Duncan and the former Eleanor Murray on Oct. 11, 1930, she attended the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass., and graduated from Bennington College.

“She was a very beautiful woman,” said her daughter Francesca Weaver. “She was an amazing, colorful, crazy person.”

Star staff
April 10, 2014

Adele Haney, who with her husband and other family members worked at the Royal Market, which became the East Hampton I.G.A. Foodliner, died at Southampton Hospital on Friday. She was 93.

Mrs. Haney was a hairdresser who established her own business in the 1950s. In 1960, a year after the Royal Market became the I.G.A., she gave it up to become the store’s cashier and bookkeeper, working alongside her husband and her sister, Margaret Wade, and brother-in-law. She remained in the post until the business was sold in 1998.

Star staff
April 10, 2014

Earl Lee White Jr., a retired aviation radar technician and resident of Springs, died at home on March 26. He was 84 and had been ill for some time.

Star staff
April 10, 2014

Visiting hours for Jean K. Lenahan of South DeWitt Place, Montauk, who died on Monday, will be at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

A Mass will be said for her on Saturday at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk at 10:30 a.m., with burial to follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery in East Hampton. An obituary for Mrs. Lenahan, who was 76, will appear in a future issue.

Star staff
April 10, 2014

A memorial service for Robert A. Dhaemers, an artist who lived in Springs and Oakland, Calif., will be held in mid-June.

Mr. Dhaemers’s nephew, Mark Dhaemers of Las Vegas, who is planning the service, cared for his uncle during his final illness.

 

Star staff
April 10, 2014

Helen Irene Hillman, a real estate agent with the Mrs. Condie Lamb Real Estate Agency in East Hampton for many years, died on March 26 at Southampton Hospital after a long illness. Well-known in the community, she was on the East Hampton School Board for six years and had been a member of the East Hampton Town Anti-Bias Task Force and the board of the East Hampton Day Care Center. She was 73.

Star staff
April 10, 2014

Larry Zarsky, an entrepreneur who left a definitive mark on the clothing and licensing industries, died in East Northport on March 31 at the age of 72. A resident of East Hampton for many years, he had been ill with mantle cell lymphoma for six weeks.

Star staff
April 10, 2014

Margaret Bryan Hedges-Yost, a summer resident of Wainscott for many years, died on March 18 in Syracuse following a stroke. She was 102 and had lived in the Menorah Park senior citizens home there for five years.

Mrs. Hedges-Yost, who was known as Peggy, was a psychiatric social worker at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City for several years before moving to Syracuse in 1941 with her husband, Herbert Hedges Jr. There, she went to work for Child and Family Services then chose to stay home to care for their sons.

Star staff
April 10, 2014

Mary Ann Zappetti of East Hampton, a former school psychologist and administrator, died on March 31 at a hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla., while on vacation. She was 71.

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April 10, 2014

Steven Allan Whitis, who grew up in East Hampton and attended the East Hampton schools through 11th grade, died in Brookhaven Hospital on March 18 of complications from surgery, his family said. He was 68.

A resident of Medford, he ran E-Z Sewer and Drain on Long Island. He ran Stinky Steve’s when he lived in Hancock, N.Y. He had also lived at different times in Setauket and Coram. In his spare time, he enjoyed drawing and building model cars, his family said.

David E. Rattray
April 6, 2014
Peter Matthiessen, one of the leading figures of American literature and a man whom many on the South Fork thought of as one of their own, died yesterday at his house in Sagaponack at 86 on the eve of publication of what he had said was his final novel, "In Paradise."

Peter Matthiessen, one of the leading figures of American literature and a man whom many on the South Fork thought of as one of their own, died yesterday at his house in Sagaponack. He was 86. The cause was acute leukemia, his son Alex Matthiessen told The New York Times.

Star staff
April 3, 2014

Berenice D’Vorzon, an artist whose commitment to feminism, Judaism, and the environment was reflected in her work, died on March 26 at Kittay House in New York City after a long illness. She was 82.

Star staff
April 3, 2014

Dorothy N. Harrington, a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor, died of cancer on Friday at Southampton Hospital. She was 93 and had been ill for the last six months.

“She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother,”  her daughter, Marcia Scarlato of Sag Harbor, said.

Star staff
April 3, 2014

John Haessler, the owner of the Seafood Shop in Wainscott for 28 years and a former teacher at the East Hampton Middle School, died at home in East Hampton on Feb. 21 with his family by his side. He was 68 and had been ill.

Star staff
April 3, 2014

Priscilla Morgan, a theatrical agent who forged strong ties with East Hampton’s creative community during the many summers she spent here, died at home in Manhattan on Sunday. She was 94.

Miss Morgan was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Oct. 10, 1919, to Henry Southmayd Morgan, an inventor and early protégé of Thomas Edison, and the former Marian Barradale. In 1932 the family moved to Manhattan, where she lived for the rest of her life.

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April 3, 2014 </