Recent Stories: Obituaries

Star Staff
June 30, 2016
A memorial service will be held tomorrow for Alton Terry Gholson, who died on May 31 at the age of 61 in Las Vegas, where he had lived for the past 13 years.

A memorial service will be held tomorrow for Alton Terry Gholson, who died on May 31 at the age of 61 in Las Vegas, where he had lived for the past 13 years. The service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton, of which Mr. Gholson had been a member, from 7 to 9 p.m. Mr.

Star Staff
June 30, 2016
Marie Judith Fenley Esposito of Montauk, who was introduced to the hamlet as a teenager in 1955 when her grandfather built a house on East Lake Drive, died on June 21.

Marie Judith Fenley Esposito of Montauk, who was introduced to the hamlet as a teenager in 1955 when her grandfather built a house on East Lake Drive, died on June 21. She was 76.

Star Staff
June 30, 2016
Raymond John Warme of Montauk, a retired construction contractor, died at Stony Brook Hospital on June 26 of complications following surgery.

Raymond John Warme of Montauk, a retired construction contractor, died at Stony Brook Hospital on June 26 of complications following surgery. He was 78 years old.

Star Staff
June 30, 2016
Susan W. Duke, who grew up in Laredo, Tex., and moved north with her husband to live in Noyac and Sag Harbor for 31 years, died Monday at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quogue.

Susan W. Duke, who grew up in Laredo, Tex., and moved north with her husband to live in Noyac and Sag Harbor for 31 years, died Monday at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quogue. She was 61 and had had a debilitating bowel disease for many years.

Star Staff
June 23, 2016

A wake for Marie Fenley Esposito, 76, of Montauk will be held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be said on Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk. Mrs. Esposito died on Tuesday at the St. James Rehabilitation Center. A full obituary will appear in a future issue.

Star Staff
June 23, 2016

A celebration of the life of Robert L. Peters, a 1969 East Hampton High School graduate who died on Oct. 18 at the age of 64, will be held on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Robbie and Kori Peters’s house at 4 West Way in East Hampton. All will be welcomed and have been invited to share memories of Mr. Peters at the gathering.

Star Staff
June 23, 2016
Loretta Lynch, a former custodial worker at East Hampton High School whose care extended to all of the students she came in contact with, many of whom called her “Ma,” died on June 6 at the William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Fla.

Loretta Lynch, a former custodial worker at East Hampton High School whose care extended to all of the students she came in contact with, many of whom called her “Ma,” died on June 6 at the William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Fla. She was 77 and had been diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer in late May.

Star Staff
June 23, 2016

Ronald Budd Hildreth, a retired international patent lawyer and law school lecturer, died at home in Montauk on Tuesday. He was 82 and had a stroke, his family said.

Mr. Hildreth was in the 11th generation of Southampton Hildreths. He was born on June 24, 1933, in Bay Shore to Joshua Budd Hildreth and the former Jane Haag and grew up in Blue Point.

Star Staff
June 23, 2016
Virginia Natalie Veronica Stier, a Montauk resident who was active in the community and known for her hospitality, died on Sunday, at Southampton Hospital.

Virginia Natalie Veronica Stier, a Montauk resident who was active in the community and known for her hospitality, died on Sunday, at Southampton Hospital. She was 85 years old and her death was attributed to natural causes.

Star Staff
June 16, 2016
Chester Laird Uncapher and his wife earned dual pilot’s licenses in 1975, attending adult-education classes together in the evenings.

Chester Laird Uncapher and his wife earned dual pilot’s licenses in 1975, attending adult-education classes together in the evenings. Every summer, the couple hosted a pancake breakfast inside an airplane hangar attached to their house in Michigan, with friends either driving or flying in. They often served upward of 200 pancakes.

Star Staff
June 16, 2016
Lester Forbell Jr., who was called Zeke by family and friends, died at home on Queens Lane in East Hampton on June 7.

Lester Forbell Jr., who was called Zeke by family and friends, died at home on Queens Lane in East Hampton on June 7. He was 61 and had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer last summer.

Star Staff
June 16, 2016
Stephen Soreff, a sculptor who had taught design for many years at C.W. Post College of Long Island University, died of lung cancer on April 23 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Stephen Soreff, a sculptor who had taught design for many years at C.W. Post College of Long Island University, died of lung cancer on April 23 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He was 85 years old.

Star Staff
June 9, 2016
Alexander Mellon Laughlin Jr., a summer resident of East Hampton who had a career in private equity after working in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, died of a heart attack on June 1 while playing in a United States Senior Golf Association tournament at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton.

Alexander Mellon Laughlin Jr., a summer resident of East Hampton who had a career in private equity after working in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, died after a heart attack on June 1 while playing in a United States Senior Golf Association tournament at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton.

Star Staff
June 9, 2016
A memorial service for Fritz Henry Riege, a retired coast guardsman and Montauk resident who died on June 27, 2015, in Anderson, S.C., will be held at the Montauk Community Church on Saturday.

A memorial service for Fritz Henry Riege, a retired coast guardsman and Montauk resident who died on June 27, 2015, in Anderson, S.C., will be held at the Montauk Community Church on Saturday at 2 p.m. A portion of his ashes will be spread off Montauk and a wreath thrown on the water in his honor during the Blessing of the Fleet there on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Star Staff
June 9, 2016
Lester Forbell, a mechanic for the East Hampton Town Highway Department who was known to friends and family as Zeke, died at home on Tuesday.

Visiting hours for Lester Forbell Jr. of Queen’s Lane, East Hampton, will be held this evening from 7 to 9 at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. Mr. Forbell, a mechanic for the East Hampton Town Highway Department who was known to friends and family as Zeke, died at home on Tuesday. He was 61.

Star Staff
June 9, 2016
Sonya Scofield, the nurse at the Montauk School for over 30 years, died on May 25 in Orlando, Fla.

Sonya Scofield, the nurse at the Montauk School for over 30 years, died on May 25 in Orlando, Fla. She was 82.

Star Staff
June 9, 2016
Stephan Edward Deal, a former merchant mariner who lived for 27 years in Montauk, where he worked most recently for Prado Brothers Plumbing and Heating, a division of Marshall & Sons, died at Stony Brook University Hospital on May 20.

Stephan Edward Deal, a former merchant mariner who lived for 27 years in Montauk, where he worked most recently for Prado Brothers Plumbing and Heating, a division of Marshall & Sons, died at Stony Brook University Hospital on May 20. He was 53, and had complications after undergoing heart surgery.

Star Staff
June 9, 2016
Alton Terry Gholson, who grew up in Bridgehampton and lived in Las Vegas for the past 13 years, died at Centennial Hills Hospital in Las Vegas on May 31.

Alton Terry Gholson, who grew up in Bridgehampton and lived in Las Vegas for the past 13 years, died at Centennial Hills Hospital in Las Vegas on May 31. The cause of death was sudden cardiac arrest, his brother Ronald L. Gholson of Westhampton Beach said. He was 62 years old.

Star Staff
June 9, 2016
Virginia Archer, a longtime Montauk resident and member of the Montauk Community Church choir, died at Southampton Hospital on May 31.

Virginia Archer, a longtime Montauk resident and member of the Montauk Community Church choir, died at Southampton Hospital on May 31. Ms. Archer, better known as Bonnie, had had kidney trouble, her daughter Lisa Ward said. She was 75.

Star Staff
June 2, 2016
A service for Virginia Archer of Montauk, who was known as Bonnie, will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Montauk Community Church.

A service for Virginia Archer of Montauk, who was known as Bonnie, will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Montauk Community Church. Ms. Archer died on Tuesday at Southampton Hospital.

Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Montauk Community Church, P. O. Box 698, Montauk 11954. A full obituary will appear in a future issue.

Star Staff
June 2, 2016
John Tilley, a longtime member of the Springs Fire Department and the East Hampton Town Marine Patrol, died at home on May 1 in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., under hospice care.

John Tilley, a longtime member of the Springs Fire Department and the East Hampton Town Marine Patrol, died at home on May 1 in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., under hospice care. He was 80.

Mr. Tilley had seen the world from aboard the Sea Owl as a member of the Navy and was a volunteer fireman for 55 years, serving in Blue Point before joining the department in Springs.

Star Staff
June 2, 2016
Marie Antoinette Kiembock, a lifelong resident of East Hampton whose plentiful breads and cookies were enjoyed by family and friends, died of cancer on May 19 at her eldest son’s home in Homosassa, Fla., surrounded by family.

Marie Antoinette Kiembock, a lifelong resident of East Hampton whose plentiful breads and cookies were enjoyed by family and friends, died of cancer on May 19 at her eldest son’s home in Homosassa, Fla., surrounded by family. She was 82 years old and had been in hospice care for several days.

Star Staff
June 2, 2016
Pearlina Alberta Moseley, known to many as Sister Mama, died on May 21 at home in Springs. She was 79.

Pearlina Alberta Moseley’s roots were firmly planted in Jamaica, where she learned from a young age how to grow fruits and vegetables and to take care of animals like cows and goats. In her lifetime, Mrs. Moseley, known to many as Sister Mama, would nurture a family that grew to include 9 children, 34 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.

Star Staff
June 2, 2016
Philip John McSweeney, a commercial fisherman who served as a spokesman for Long Island fishermen’s interests in Washington, D.C., and twice ran for East Hampton Town office, died on May 29 at his home in Corinth, Me.

Philip John McSweeney, a commercial fisherman who served as a spokesman for Long Island fishermen’s interests in Washington, D.C., and twice ran for East Hampton Town office, died on May 29 at his home in Corinth, Me. He was 75 and had been diagnosed with cancer a year ago.