Recent Stories: Obituaries

Star Staff
September 21, 2017
Cheryl O. Lewis of East Hampton, who was born at Southampton Hospital, worked there as a nurse’s aide, and died there on Sept. 3, was a woman of deep faith, her sister, Gail Harris, said this week, always keeping a Bible with her.

Cheryl O. Lewis of East Hampton, who was born at Southampton Hospital, worked there as a nurse’s aide, and died there on Sept. 3, was a woman of deep faith, her sister, Gail Harris, said this week, always keeping a Bible with her. “There is nothing too hard for God,” she would often say. Ms. Lewis, who was eventually forced to retire because of a disability, had been in poor health for some time, Ms. Harris said. She was 68.

Star Staff
September 21, 2017

A resident of Morris Park Lane in East Hampton since 1974, Collis E. Russell died at home on Aug. 24. He was 71.

Born in Moore County, N.C., on May 2, 1946, to William and Augusta Russell, he attended school there and in Bridgehampton, where he moved with his family. On Sept. 12, 1964, he married Linda Sue Ward. The couple relocated to East Hampton, and Mr. Russell worked as a window washer for more than 25 years across the East End.

He is survived by his wife and three daughters, Faye Russell, Felicia Russell, and Sonja Russell, all of East Hampton, and by two sons, Kyle Russell of East Hampton and Chris Russell of Maine.

Nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 20 nieces and nephews also survive.

Star Staff
September 21, 2017
Frank Danielo, a part-time resident of Lazy Point, Amagansett, who had summered in Amagansett from the time he was a child and was the treasurer of the Napeague Mobile Home Park, died on Sept. 10 at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn.

Frank Danielo, a part-time resident of Lazy Point, Amagansett, who had summered in Amagansett from the time he was a child and was the treasurer of the Napeague Mobile Home Park, died on Sept. 10 at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn. He was 67 and had been diagnosed a year ago with Merkel cell carcinoma.

He was born in Flushing on Feb. 16, 1950, the son of Frank Danielo Sr. and the former Celia Stringle. He served in the Army Reserve from 1969 through 1973.

Mr. Danielo attended John Bowne High School in Flushing and received a degree as a radiologic technician from St. Anthony’s in Queens. He worked in radiology management for private offices and hospitals.

Star Staff
September 21, 2017
John B. Olszewski, who had moved in June from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to West Palm Beach, Fla., died at Good Samaritan Hospital there on Aug. 22 of prostate cancer.

John B. Olszewski, who had moved in June from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to West Palm Beach, Fla., died at Good Samaritan Hospital there on Aug. 22 of prostate cancer. He had been ill with heart problems and other cancers for 10 years.

Mr. Olszewski, a Sag Harbor native, trained after high school to be a meteorologist for the United States Air Force, and served for 21 years as a technical sergeant with the title of weather officer on bases in Austria, Germany, Greenland, Maine, and New Jersey. After leaving the Air Force, he moved back to Sag Harbor and worked from 1969 to 1986 as caretaker of the East Hampton Library, while also looking after three estates in East Hampton Village. In November 1977 he married Doris Kabelitz of Sag Harbor, who survives.

Star Staff
September 21, 2017

Margaret Hindra, who came to the United States from Ireland in the early 1950s as a young woman and later retired to Springs with her husband, Valentine Hindra, died on Sept. 1 at home at Windmill Village in East Hampton. She was 83 and had Parkinson’s disease, her son, Matt Hindra, said.

Mrs. Hindra was a strong force in their family, a matriarch, he said, and the center of a large group of friends.

She was born a twin on Nov. 28, 1933, to Timothy Buckley and the former Mary Sexton on the family farm.

She would be one of the couple’s 15 children, among the family’s youngest, and attended a one-room schoolhouse with students coming from three farming families spread out across 50 miles of the rural Cork landscape.

Star Staff
September 21, 2017
Peter Brian Schaefer of East Hampton died on Aug. 27 at Stony Brook University Hospital of injuries suffered in a fall two days earlier while he was out to dinner with his family in Southampton. He was 32.

Peter Brian Schaefer of East Hampton died on Aug. 27 at Stony Brook University Hospital of injuries suffered in a fall two days earlier while he was out to dinner with his family in Southampton. He was 32.

“He was one of the brightest lights in my life,” his mother, Joanne Schaefer, said. “Our hearts are shattered.”

Mr. Schaefer put his family first and lived life to the fullest, his family said in material prepared for an obituary. They also called him loving, smart, and fun to be with. “That grin of his would get you every time,” they said.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 16, 2017
Services for Allan Alvarez, a 21-year-old Pierson High School graduate who died in a motorcycle accident on Thursday night, will be held over three days, starting Saturday night.

Services for Allan Alvarez, a 21-year-old Pierson High School graduate who died in a motorcycle accident in Shinnecock Hills on Thursday night, will be held over three days, starting Saturday night. 

Mr. Alvarez's family will hold visiting hours at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m., and then on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be said on Monday at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Sag Harbor. Burial will follow. 

Star Staff
September 14, 2017
Barbara Jordan of East Hampton died on Sept. 5 at San Simeon by the Sound nursing home in Greenport. She was 82.

Barbara Jordan of East Hampton died on Sept. 5 at San Simeon by the Sound nursing home in Greenport. She was 82. 

Although a date has not yet been set for a memorial, it will be held at the East Hampton Methodist Church, where Ms. Jordan was a member. An obituary will appear in a future issue.

Star Staff
September 14, 2017
Carol A. McCallion, a resident of East Hampton for many years and more recently of Naples, Fla., died on Sept. 1 at Southampton Hospital.

Carol A. McCallion, a resident of East Hampton for many years and more recently of Naples, Fla., died on Sept. 1 at Southampton Hospital. The cause of death was a heart attack, her family said. She was 74.

Born Carol Scoppa on Jan. 8, 1943, in Brooklyn to Philip Scoppa and the former Elisa Bellincampi, she attended Fort Hamilton High School. She moved to East Hampton in 1964 after her marriage to Donald McCallion. 

She worked as an office assistant at the Condie Lamb Real Estate Agency in East  Hampton, and, over the years, was active in the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church Parish Council, the Italian American Club, and the Council of Catholic Women.

Star Staff
September 14, 2017
A funeral for Cheryl O. Lewis of Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton, who died on Sept. 3 at Southampton Hospital, will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton.

A funeral for Cheryl O. Lewis of Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton, who died on Sept. 3 at Southampton Hospital, will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton. 

An obituary for Ms. Lewis, who was 68, will appear in a future issue.

Star Staff
September 14, 2017
There will be a celebration of the life of Christopher Holden at the Shagwong Tavern in Montauk on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m

There will be a celebration of the life of Christopher Holden at the Shagwong Tavern in Montauk on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Mr. Holden died of a heart attack at home in Montauk on May 11. He was 58.

Star Staff
September 14, 2017
The Very Rev. Denis C. Brunelle will officiate at a memorial service for Patricia A. Arceri on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Scoville Hall in Amagansett.

The Very Rev. Denis C. Brunelle will officiate at a memorial service for Patricia A. Arceri on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Scoville Hall in Amagansett. Mrs. Arceri, who lived in Amagansett, died on July 14 at the age of 85. The family has suggested donations in her name to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.

Star Staff
September 14, 2017
George Edmund Butts Jr., who was 82, died at home on Shelter Island on Sept. 5. A former resident of Sag Harbor and its mayor from 1985 to 1991, he had been in failing health for the last few years.

George Edmund Butts Jr., who was 82, died at home on Shelter Island on Sept. 5. A former resident of Sag Harbor and its mayor from 1985 to 1991, he had been in failing health for the last few years.

Mr. Butts had been a contractor who took over his father’s business, George Butts Builders. He and his wife, the former Nancy A. Friscia of Shelter Island, lived on the island for 17 years, and he had served as its dog warden. His daughter Jacqueline Butts Minetree said, “He loved, loved, loved animals,” and that he included his family, children and grandchildren, in boating, which was a huge part of his life. He owned a boat for more than 30 years and was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadron.

Star Staff
September 14, 2017
John Victor Willenborg of Vero Beach, Fla., who as a year-round resident of Montauk had helped spearhead the drive to build a new building for the growing congregation of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, died on Aug. 28 at the Palm Garden Health and Rehabilitation Center in Vero Beach.

John Victor Willenborg of Vero Beach, Fla., who as a year-round resident of Montauk had helped spearhead the drive to build a new building for the growing congregation of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, died on Aug. 28 at the Palm Garden Health and Rehabilitation Center in Vero Beach, three weeks after his 75th birthday. He had been in declining health in recent months and died in his sleep, a member of his family said. 

Mr. Willenborg and his family began summering in Montauk in the 1970s, eventually settling year round in a house on Davis Drive. He was a Eucharistic minister at St. Therese as well as a reader. He also was a member of the Montauk Lions Club. 

Star Staff
September 14, 2017
Vincent Longo, whose distinguished career as a painter and printmaker spanned more than six decades and whose influence as a teacher was felt by three generations of artists, died at home in Amagansett on Sept. 4.

Vincent Longo, whose distinguished career as a painter and printmaker spanned more than six decades and whose influence as a teacher was felt by three generations of artists, died at home in Amagansett on Sept. 4 with his wife, Kate Davis, at his side. He was 94 and had had cancer for 18 months.

Although he came of age as a member of the New York School, from the beginning and throughout his career his work remained resolutely his own. It was rooted in geometry, a deep understanding of the effects of color, and boundless curiosity about the art and philosophy of other cultures as well as his own.

Star Staff
September 14, 2017
Walter F. Hardy, who since 1970 had spent summers at his family’s house on Gerard Drive in Springs, died suddenly on Sept. 2.

Walter F. Hardy, who since 1970 had spent summers at his family’s house on Gerard Drive in Springs, died suddenly on Sept. 2. Mr. Hardy, who was the athletic director of Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, Md., collapsed at the school that day. He had had a heart condition, friends said. He was 50 years old. 

He was remembered as “an outgoing, playful, gregarious person and a joyful and engaging individual, who loved life and was always fun to be around,” and a fixture at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett.  

Star Staff
September 14, 2017
William Houston Mann of Southampton and Palm Beach died of pneumonia on Aug. 27 at Southampton Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was 91.

William Houston Mann of Southampton and Palm Beach died of pneumonia on Aug. 27 at Southampton Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was 91. 

Mr. Mann was a founding member of the St. Luke Institute in Maryland, a Catholic healing ministry. His family said he was an international leader dedicated to education and integrated psychological, spiritual, and physical care, and he served as chairman of its board for 30 years. He received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award from the pope in 2006. 

Star Staff
September 7, 2017
Bonnie Feldman Reiss, who helped numerous students go to college through the Reiss Family Scholarship Fund, died at her New York City apartment on Monday at the age of 72.

Bonnie Feldman Reiss, who helped numerous students go to college through the Reiss Family Scholarship Fund, died at her New York City apartment on Monday at the age of 72. She had spent the final weeks of her life at the house she built on Apaquogue Road in East Hampton, which she loved. Her family said the cause of death was pancreatic cancer.

Ms. Reiss graduated from the Garden School and from New York University and the N.Y.U. School of Law, where she became vice chairwoman of the board of trustees. She worked as a lawyer in New York City for more than a decade, representing the Federal Trade Commission, Macmillan Publishers, and J.C. Penny, before she chose to concentrate on being a parent and doing educational and charitable work.

Star Staff
September 7, 2017
A graveside service for Eleanor Belle Dordelman, a native of Amagansett who died on June 20 in Palm Bay, Fla., will take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton, the Rev. Scot McCachren officiating.

A graveside service for Eleanor Belle Dordelman, a native of Amagansett who died on June 20 in Palm Bay, Fla., will take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton, the Rev. Scot McCachren officiating. The name of the cemetery was incorrect in an obituary last week.

Star Staff
September 7, 2017
Patricia Elizabeth Holmes-Mackay died on Aug. 12 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City of liver disease, the culmination of lifelong health problems. She was 50 years old.

Patricia Elizabeth Holmes-Mackay died on Aug. 12 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City of liver disease, the culmination of lifelong health problems. She was 50 years old.

Known as Trisha, Ms. Holmes-Mackay was a registered nurse who specialized in oncology, one of the very few certified in that medical specialty. She also used her nursing expertise as a consultant to law firms in wrongful death cases.

  Ms. Holmes-Mackay received a bachelor of science in nursing and a registered nursing degree at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. She worked at Boston Children’s Hospital from 1988 to 1992, at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset from 1992 to 2004, and at Huntington Hospital the following year.

Star Staff
August 31, 2017
Eleanor Belle Dordelman, who was born in Amagansett and was married to Carl Dordelman, a former chief of the East Hampton Village Police Department, died on June 20 at William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Fla., following a massive stroke.

Eleanor Belle Dordelman, who was born in Amagansett and was married to Carl Dordelman, a former chief of the East Hampton Village Police Department, died on June 20 at William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Fla., following a massive stroke. She was 89.

“Mom was a very loving and caring mother,” said her daughter Adell Cohen of Barefoot Bay, Fla. “She was always smiling. Anyone who remembers mom would say that as well.” 

Eleanor Belle Dordelman was born on Oct. 18, 1927, in Amagansett to Robert Reed and the former Florence Belle Miller. She grew up there and graduated from East Hampton High School. 

Star Staff
August 31, 2017
Francis H. Wyss, formerly of East Hampton, died on Saturday at the Orchard Nursing Home in Granville, N.Y. He was 93 and had been in deteriorating health for several years.

Francis H. Wyss, formerly of East Hampton, died on Saturday at the Orchard Nursing Home in Granville, N.Y. He was 93 and had been in deteriorating health for several years.

In World War II, from 1943 to 1945, Mr. Wyss, whom friends called Frank, served with distinction in northern France, the Ardennes, the Rhineland, and Central Europe. His family wrote that “because of his heroic service, he was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.”

Star Staff
August 31, 2017
Judith Ackerman, who had been ill for many years, died at home on Georgica Road in East Hampton on Aug. 9 at the age of 75.

Judith Ackerman, who had been ill for many years, died at home on Georgica Road in East Hampton on Aug. 9 at the age of 75. Her family said her health had been compromised by a number of ailments, including a heart attack and stroke.  

Known as Judie, Mrs. Ackerman and her husband, Leonard I. Ackerman, had been high school sweethearts in Rochester. They celebrated their 55th anniversary last month. In 1972, they became year-round East Hampton residents when he moved his law practice here. 

Star Staff
August 31, 2017

At the age of about 15, Julio N. Tubatan left Ecuador for Montauk, working at Gurney’s Inn for three years before returning to his home country, and in 1980, emigrated to the United States for good, living briefly in Queens, before returning to Montauk, where he would stay for the next 37 years and would raise a family of his own. 

He was one of nine children. His entire family eventually joined him and his oldest brother in the U.S. They were among the first Ecuadorean immigrants to settle in Montauk. 

Mr. Tubatan died on Aug. 25 after falling into Montauk Harbor. His cause of death is still pending, though police have said foul play is not suspected. He was about a month shy of his 58th birthday.