Recent Stories: Obituaries

February 26, 2015

 

Dorothy Margaret Cebulski, who spent summers on the South Fork from childhood before moving here full time over 30 years ago, died in her sleep at home on Napeague on Feb. 15. She was 81 years old.

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February 26, 2015

 

The East Hampton Star learned this week of the death on June 10 of Emmy Langer Schaeffer, who summered in East Hampton and Amagansett for over half a century and became a full-time resident of East Hampton in 1993. She had overcome Parkinson’s disease, melanoma, and a severe stroke in her final years, dying in her sleep at home in Santa Fe, N.M. She was 95.

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February 26, 2015

 

Marjory Dippel Brown earned a degree as a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City and later received a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Ramapo College of New Jersey. She went on to have a fulfilling 30-year career as a psychiatric nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y., her family said.

Ms. Brown, who was born and raised in Sag Harbor and graduated from Pierson High School, died on Feb. 9 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium, Md. She was 75. No cause of death was provided.

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February 18, 2015

Scott A. Fleischer, who lived part time in Springs for 22 years, died at home in Manhattan on Jan. 31, not Feb. 7, as reported here last week.

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February 18, 2015

Thomas Patrick Boyle, a musician, songwriter, and nature photographer who worked at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton for 30 years, died on Feb. 10 at the home of two close friends, Fran and Frank (Bucky) Silipo, in Springs, where he had lived for the last five months. He was 64 and had cystic fibrosis his entire life.

A professional guitarist and singer, he played with local bands like Me and the Boys, the Frank Brothers Band, and TomKat Duo, and with the well-known band Hot Wax band during the 1980s and ’90s.

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February 12, 2015

Scott A. Fleischer, a vice president of marketing at Panavision New York who was respected in the film industry, died in his sleep at home in Manhattan on Jan. 31, his family said. No cause of death was provided. He was 67.

“Scott was passionate about family and the film industry, but equally as passionate about East Hampton,” his family said in a statement. He owned a house on Between Lane in Springs for 22 years. “He felt truly at home on the beach before the ocean with a fishing pole in hand.”

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February 12, 2015

A celebration of the life of Jerry Ruschmeyer, a former Montauk sportfishing captain who died on Jan. 24, will take place at Hungry Harry’s BBQ Lakehouse in Land O’ Lakes, Fla., on Feb. 21, not Feb. 25, as had been reported in an obituary for him last week.
 

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February 12, 2015

Antoinette D’Angelo, a longtime resident of Sag Harbor and North Haven who once ran Sag Harbor’s Emporium Hardware Store with her husband, was a true Rosie the Riveter, joining the war effort by helping manufacture planes for the Navy at the Grumman plant in Bethpage after the United States entered World War II.

She died on Sunday at the Westhampton Care Center after a brief illness. She was 92.

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February 12, 2015

Bonnie Lee Cullum, who was the office manager at Robert E. Otto Glass in Wainscott for 33 years, died at Wilson Regional Medical Center in Johnson City, N.Y., on Feb. 4 at the age of 71. She had cancer and been ill for a long time, her family said.

A 1961 graduate of East Hampton High School, Ms. Cullum worked briefly as an operator for Bell Telephone before joining Otto Glass. She also worked as a secretary at Hampton Tank Gas Services in Bridgehampton for eight years, retiring in 2006.

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February 12, 2015

Faye D. Maxey, a retired East Hampton Village dispatcher, died at South­ampton Hospital on Jan. 23. She was 66. No cause of death was provided.

After graduating from East Hampton High School, Ms. Maxey joined the Navy during the Vietnam War. She lived in Maine for a few years after her military service and then moved back to East Hampton.

In addition to dispatcher, she had been a member of the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association, a special police officer for the village, and a volunteer with the East Hampton Fire Department.

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February 12, 2015

Robert T. Olson, a World War II veteran, lover of art, literature, and jazz, and a former president of the Duck Creek neighborhood association, died at his Squaw Road, East Hampton, residence on Feb. 3 following a heart attack. He was 93.

Mr. Olson purchased waterfront property on Squaw Road in 1950 and in 1956 built a house so he could live on the water and keep a sailboat there. In 1970, he built a house for his parents next door.

February 11, 2015

An obituary that appeared in The East Hampton Star on May 12, 1938, incorrectly gave the names of Phoebe Scott of Amagansett’s mother and first husband.

Her mother was the former Harriet Miller; her stepmother, the former Abigail Topping, married her father, Daniel Loper of Springs, after her mother’s death.

Mrs. Scott’s first husband was Edward Payne. She married James H. Scott some time after Mr. Payne disappeared in about 1885, following his departure for a school for sailors in New York City. She was born on June 25, 1853, in Springs.

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February 11, 2015

Jordan L. Gruzen, an architect whose firm played a significant role in the landscape of New York City, died of cancer on Jan. 27 at home in Manhattan’s Battery Park City on Jan. 27  He was 80 and had been ill for the past year.

Mr. Gruzen lived in the apartment buildings and houses he designed, including the building on South End Avenue where he died. He summered in Amagansett for more than 50 years, living at Lazy Point for the last eight and building a house on Cranberry Hole Road, which is to be completed in June.

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February 5, 2015

Denise Parker, an actress and the widow of the abstract painter Ray Parker, who lived in New York’s Greenwich Village and East Hampton, died on Jan. 20 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital following a stroke. She was 86.

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February 5, 2015

Douglas Pierson Strong, who had been a Wainscott potato farmer and longtime volunteer with the Bridgehampton Fire Department, died on Sunday at home in Richfield, N.C., at the age of 92. He had had Alzheimer’s disease.

A 12th generation farmer and volunteer firefighter for over 70 years, Mr. Strong also worked for East Hampton Town and was a member of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church.  

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February 5, 2015

A wake for Jeremiah Harrington of East Hampton, who died in a car accident last Thursday in Sarasota, Fla., will be held tomorrow from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Graham Funeral Home in Rye, N.Y. A funeral will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, also in Rye.

An obituary for Mr. Harrington, who was 67 and known as Jerry, will appear in a future issue.

 

Star staff
February 5, 2015

Jean McGrath counted her family among her greatest interests. A mother of three, grandmother of nine, and great-grandmother of eight, she was a knitter, baker, and seamstress who enjoyed embroidery and loved to read.

Mrs. McGrath worked as a secretary at Windward Realty in East Hampton for nearly a decade and was an administrative assistant at the Stella Maris School in Sag Harbor for over 20 years.

She died at Southampton Hospital on Jan. 19 after an illness of several weeks. She was 89.

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February 5, 2015

Jerry Russell Ruschmeyer of New Port Richey, Fla., a Montauker who moved to Florida, where he was the captain of sportfishing boats for many years, died on Jan. 24 at Tampa General Hospital two weeks after suffering a brain aneurysm. He was 64 years old.

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February 5, 2015

Peter Remington Nixon, who had been an East Hampton Little League coach and Cub Scout leader when his son was younger and worked as a viticulturist, died on Sunday in Millerton, N.Y. He was 62 and had been ill with cancer for a year.

“Children just flocked to him,” said Emily Liss, his former wife.

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January 29, 2015

Arthur E. Connors of Cooper Lane, East Hampton, who served as an assistant captain with the East Hampton Fire Department, died of a brain aneurysm on Jan. 13 at Ochsher North Shore Medical Center in Slidell, La. He was 90.

“A wonderful man,” his daughter Pamela Schenck said.

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January 29, 2015

Carl Victor King, a Vietnam veteran who came from a large East Hampton family, died on Jan. 3 of complications during heart bypass surgery at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Manhattan. He was 71.

After he graduated from East Hampton High School, he joined the Army in the mid-1960s, seeing action in Vietnam. When he returned, he moved to Hampton Bays and later Flanders. He was most recently living in Riverhead, where he had moved last year. He worked as a self-employed plumber.

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January 29, 2015

Esther Laufer died at home on Highland Lane in East Hampton on Sunday at the age of 101. Mrs. Laufer had been a concert pianist and a piano teacher. “One of the highlights of her life was playing a Rachmaninoff piece during a piano lesson and later learning that Rachmaninoff himself had heard and admired her rendition,” her family said in an email. Her prized possession was a Hardman baby grand.

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January 29, 2015

John Robert Lemmon, a craftsman who also painted landscapes and seascapes, died of lung cancer on Dec. 5 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vt. He was 69.

Mr. Lemmon had lived in East Hampton his entire life, but spent time at his partner’s, Carrie Kessler’s, farm in Corinth, Vt.

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January 29, 2015

Milton Freeman, an art collector and enthusiastic theatergoer who for many years owned 1780 Antiques House in Water Mill, died on Sunday at Southampton Hospital. He was 92.

He was a designer of bed linens and bath towels when, in 1952, friends introduced him to Robert Ullman, a press agent working in the theater world of Broadway. Both men enjoyed attending the theater, and a lifetime partnership was formed. They also made regular trips to the city’s art galleries and museums.