Recent Stories: Obituaries

Star Staff
January 12, 2017
David P. Krusa, a former commercial fisherman who had put as much energy into developing an offshore tilefish harvest as he did writing poetry and fiction, died of congestive heart failure on Jan. 4 at home in Montauk.

David P. Krusa, a former commercial fisherman who had put as much energy into developing an offshore tilefish harvest as he did writing poetry and fiction, died of congestive heart failure on Jan. 4 at home in Montauk. He was 75.

Star Staff
January 12, 2017
Janet Maloney, who in the late 1970s inherited a house on Springs-Fireplace Road that had belonged to her cousin Merrill Millar Lake, died of natural causes at her Manhattan residence on Jan. 4.

Janet Maloney, who in the late 1970s inherited a house on Springs-Fireplace Road that had belonged to her cousin Merrill Millar Lake, died of natural causes at her Manhattan residence on Jan. 4. She was 91.

Star Staff
January 12, 2017
Polly Kraft, an artist and longtime Wainscott summer resident, died on Jan. 1 at home in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., of pancreatic cancer.

Polly Kraft, an artist and longtime Wainscott summer resident, died on Jan. 1 at home in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., of pancreatic cancer. She was 89.

Star Staff
January 12, 2017
Tere LoPrete, a book designer whose credits included the first edition of Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” and books by Julia Child, Tom Wolfe, and James Michener, died at home in Wainscott on Dec. 27 surrounded by friends and family.

Tere LoPrete, a book designer whose credits included the first edition of Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” and books by Julia Child, Tom Wolfe, and James Michener, died at home in Wainscott on Dec. 27 surrounded by friends and family. She had overcome breast cancer years ago, but had a recurrence about two years ago, friends said. She was 90 years old.

Star Staff
January 12, 2017
Thomas Edmund Andres of Springs-Fireplace Road in Springs died on Sunday at home after an accidental fall.

Thomas Edmund Andres of Springs-Fireplace Road in Springs died on Sunday at home after an accidental fall. He was 56 years old.

Star Staff
January 12, 2017
Ursula Ahnelt-Yezil of Springs died on Jan. 2 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan.

Ursula Ahnelt-Yezil of Springs died on Jan. 2 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. She had been ill with cancer for five years and died of a stroke. She was 72.

Star Staff
January 12, 2017
Ute von Engelhardt, one of the first Pan American World Airways stewardesses and a longtime resident of East Hampton, where she worked at a number of well-known shops, died unexpectedly on Dec. 31 while visiting her sisters in Germany.

Ute von Engelhardt, one of the first Pan American World Airways stewardesses and a longtime resident of East Hampton, where she worked at a number of well-known shops, died unexpectedly on Dec. 31 while visiting her sisters in Germany. She was 74 and had not been feeling well before leaving this country on a holiday visit.

January 5, 2017
Daniel Ryan Shields Sr., who had been a painting contractor, an East Hampton Town Parks Department employee, and an Amagansett Fire Department captain, died on Dec. 27 at Southampton Hospital of congestive heart failure and complications of the disease.

Daniel Ryan Shields Sr., who had been a painting contractor, an East Hampton Town Parks Department employee, and an Amagansett Fire Department captain, died on Dec. 27 at Southampton Hospital of congestive heart failure and complications of the disease.  He was 79 and had been ill for some time.

Star Staff
January 5, 2017
Dianne d’Etreillis Roussel, who was an artist and designer from a young age and through Roussel Art Conservation, a family firm, worked on Ronald Reagan’s official White House Christmas ornament and many sculptures at Lincoln Center and Rockefeller Center, died on Dec. 25 at Haven Hospice in New York City of complications of lung cancer.

Dianne d’Etreillis Roussel, who was an artist and designer from a young age and through Roussel Art Conservation, a family firm, worked on Ronald Reagan’s official White House Christmas ornament and many sculptures at Lincoln Center and Rockefeller Center, died on Dec. 25 at Haven Hospice in New York City of complications of lung cancer. She was 56.

Star Staff
January 5, 2017
A graveside service was held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Amagansett on Saturday for Edna Mae Steckowski, 86, who died on Dec. 28 at her Miankoma Lane, Amagansett, home, which she and her husband built in 1950.

A graveside service was held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Amagansett on Saturday for Edna Mae Steckowski, 86, who died on Dec. 28 at her Miankoma Lane, Amagansett, home, which she and her husband built in 1950. A descendant of some of the original East Hampton settlers, Mrs. Steckowki, who spent her entire life in Amagansett, had had Alzheimer’s disease for many years.

Star Staff
January 5, 2017
Irving Schiffman, a former textile executive and a summer resident of East Hampton for more than 50 years, died at his Manhattan residence on Dec. 15 of congestive heart disease.

Irving Schiffman, a former textile executive and a summer resident of East Hampton for more than 50 years, died at his Manhattan residence on Dec. 15 of congestive heart disease. He was 92 and been ill for 18 months.

Star Staff
January 5, 2017
Matthew Henry Yuska of Accabonac Road in East Hampton died of pneumonia on Dec. 22 at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook

Matthew Henry Yuska of Accabonac Road in East Hampton died of pneumonia on Dec. 22 at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook. Mr. Yuska, who was 87, was born on Jan. 7, 1929, in East Hampton to Paul Yuska and the former Stella Munchi.

He is survived by a son, Jonathan Yuska of East Hampton. His wife of 68 years, the former Delia Maranville, died on Oct. 23.

Star Staff
December 29, 2016
Andrzej Wasilewicz was an actor, writer, director, producer, and musician, but he also was a political activist who fought for democracy in Poland.

Andrzej Wasilewicz was an actor, writer, director, producer, and musician, but he also was a political activist who fought for democracy in Poland. On Dec. 13, the anniversary of the day in 1983 that martial law was imposed there, Mr. Wasilewicz died of complications of Parkinson’s disease at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn. He was 65 years old.

Star Staff
December 29, 2016
Bernard A. Barnes, a longtime teacher and art director in the Newburgh City, N.Y., School District who spent summers on Gardiner Drive in Amagansett for more than 50 years, died of cardiopulmonary arrest on Dec. 16 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Bernard A. Barnes, a longtime teacher and art director in the Newburgh City, N.Y., School District who spent summers on Gardiner Drive in Amagansett for more than 50 years, died of cardiopulmonary arrest on Dec. 16 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He was 87 and had been ill for a week.

Star Staff
December 29, 2016
Margaret Negro, who lived in Springs and wintered in Port St. Lucie Fla., died on Dec. 14 at her house in Florida. She was 92 and had recently been in declining health.

Raised by a single mother who struggled to provide for her children on slim public benefits and what she could earn through sewing, Margaret Negro went on to become a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and a trailblazer in many ways.

Star Staff
December 29, 2016
Rae Burgess, who was 96, died on Monday at Southampton Hospital.

For several decades there was barely a day when Rae Burgess could not be seen taking a brisk walk along the highway in Montauk, “waving to all,” her daughter Ginger Spinelli wrote. “Weather never stopped her and she pushed on to the next sunny day,” continuing her walks well into her 80s.

Star Staff
December 22, 2016
Allene Talmage, a teacher at the Springs School for more than 20 years who was known for her dedication to children, the natural world, and the Springs community, died at the age of 93 at Southampton Hospital on Nov. 17.

Allene Talmage, a teacher at the Springs School for more than 20 years who was known for her dedication to children, the natural world, and the Springs community, died at the age of 93 at Southampton Hospital on Nov. 17. Her family said Alzheimer’s disease had begun to affect her in 2007.

Star Staff
December 22, 2016
Cecilia Coleman, who spent summers in Montauk from the 1960s until recently, died on Dec. 10 at Astor Terrace, the rehabilitation unit of the Odd Fellow Home nursing facility in Green Bay.

Cecilia Coleman met Arthur L. Coleman Jr., a radiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, in 1950. On their first date, wrote her son Edward Coleman of Green Bay, Wis., and Tulsa, Okla., they went into a Catholic church near the hospital and lit a candle together. She “silently prayed that he might be the one,” he wrote. The couple married on May 26, 1951, at the Church of St.

Star Staff
December 22, 2016
David Lee, who had owned a jewelry store in Sag Harbor and was active in many facets of the Sag Harbor and East Hampton communities, died on Nov. 29 at the Southampton Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.

David Lee, who had owned a jewelry store in Sag Harbor and was active in many facets of the Sag Harbor and East Hampton communities, died on Nov. 29 at the Southampton Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. He was 88 and had been in declining health following a series of falls in October.

Star Staff
December 22, 2016
Herbert Knoblach, a Montauk resident who was a pioneer in mako shark fishing and had worked at Hither Hills State Park and the Montauk Marine Basin, died at home on Friday of the complications of diabetes.

Herbert Knoblach, a Montauk resident who was a pioneer in mako shark fishing and had worked at Hither Hills State Park and the Montauk Marine Basin, died at home on Friday of the complications of diabetes. He was 84 years old and had been ill for two years.

Star Staff
December 22, 2016
Marian Ford Pryce, a retired nurse anesthetist who started spending summers in Sag Harbor in 1936 and lived in the Chatfield’s Hill neighborhood, died on Nov. 15 at Stony Brook University Hospital at the age of 82 following a stroke.

Marian Ford Pryce, a retired nurse anesthetist who started spending summers in Sag Harbor in 1936 and lived in the Chatfield’s Hill neighborhood, died on Nov. 15 at Stony Brook University Hospital at the age of 82 following a stroke. Her death was sudden, her daughter, Courtney Pryce-Hudson, said, despite her having been ill with cancer that had gone into remission.

Star Staff
December 22, 2016

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 with an infection four days before. She was 91 years old.

Star Staff
December 15, 2016
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.

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.

Star Staff
December 15, 2016
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.

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. The cause had not yet been determined, his family said.