Recent Stories: Obituaries

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April 16, 2015

Connie Jenny Anderson, who performed onstage and on television with Milton Berle, Jackie Gleason, Sid Caesar, Jimmy Durante, Red Skelton, and Ronald Reagan, among many other popular entertainers, died suddenly of cardiac arrest on April 7 at Southampton Hospital, her family said. She was 91.

Ms. Anderson, who was a resident of the South Fork since 1958, most recently lived at the senior citizens housing development on the grounds of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett.

Star staff
April 16, 2015

Visiting hours for Gerard D. Wawryk of Sag Harbor, who died at Stony Brook University Hospital on Sunday, will be tonight from 7 to 9 at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor. A funeral Mass for Mr. Wawryk, who was 68, will be said tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in that village. An obituary will appear in a future issue.

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April 16, 2015

Robinson Allen Grover, a philosopher, teacher, and patron of the arts who split his time between East Hampton and West Hartford, Conn., died of myelodysplastic syndrome on March 28 at the Reservoir, a hospice in West Hartford. His family said he never complained about his illness, “calmly showing us all how to go forward with honesty, dignity, and grace.” He was 79.

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April 16, 2015

Stuart Hall Bartle, a psychiatrist, advocate for the mentally ill, and summer visitor to East Hampton for many years, died at home in Cambridge, Mass., on March 26. He was 90 and had been ill for several months.

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April 16, 2015

Trond A. Myhr, a general contractor and master carpenter in East Hampton who had served in the Navy on nuclear submarines in the 1970s, died at his New York home on April 7. He was 61 and had had cancer for about a year.

Born in Bergen, Norway, in 1953, Mr. Myhr immigrated with his parents, Svein and Ruth Myhr, to this country as a child. He grew up in Huntington Station and learned carpentry working with his father during summers.

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April 16, 2015

Vivienne Caviglia, a former professional ballroom dancer and teacher who lived in Montauk for many years, died on March 27 at Sunridge at Desert Springs Care Facility in El Paso, Tex. She was 100.

Born on May 8, 1914, and raised in the Bronx, Mrs. Caviglia was the only child of Aristides Whitehead and the former Annita Pagani, Italian immigrants. When she was 7, she and her mother spent a year with relatives in Valenza, Italy. She graduated from Evander Childs High School in the Bronx and attended Hunter College before pursuing a career in dance.

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April 13, 2015

Patrick Keller, a Montauk resident and former East Hampton Town recycling center supervisor, died on Friday at Southampton Hospital. He was 63. A wake will be held on Monday at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass will be said at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk on Tuesday at 11 a.m. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of The Star. 

Star staff
April 9, 2015

Dorothy Ann Barnes, whom many knew at the Barnes store in Springs, which she and her husband, the late Clarence Barnes Sr., ran for more than 30 years, died at home on Springs-Fireplace Road on March 28. She was 78 and had cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for several months.

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April 9, 2015

Elba Tramontano, a former beauty queen who owned the Park Place Beauty Salon in East Hampton for 35 years, died on April 1 at the Oak Hollow Nursing Center in Middle Island. She was 99 and had Alzheimer’s disease for the last five years.

Mrs. Tramontano was born on Sept. 8, 1915, in Salamanca, Spain, one of 14 children of Miguel and Ortiz Hernandez. She grew up in Havana, Cuba, where in 1938, at the age of 23, she was named Miss Havana Cuba in a pageant that involved a swimming contest and swimwear and formal wear competitions.

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April 9, 2015

A memorial service for Robert Farrar Capon, an Episcopal priest who once served at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton, will be held on Saturday at 4 p.m. at St. Luke’s Chapel in Wading River. Mr. Capon died on Sept. 5, 2013, at the age of 87.

Star staff
April 9, 2015

Jacqueline Szczepankowski was proud of her roots on the South Fork, and they ran deep. In 1686, her ancestor Ezekiel Sandford, a wheelwright, built the original bridge that connected Bridge Lane to Sagg Road, giving Bridgehampton its name.

Mrs. Szczepankowski died at home on Wainscott Main Street on March 11. She was 85 and had been in declining health for the past two years.

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April 9, 2015

Joyce Ruth Silver, 81, a psychotherapist who had an early career as an artist working in jewelry, textiles, and paint, died at her New York City home on March 5. A part-time Water Mill resident, she had had cancer for two years.

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April 9, 2015

Ralph J. Ficorelli Sr., a co-owner of Suburban Sanitation and a leader in the Sag Harbor American Legion, died on Sunday at Southampton Hospital. He was 81 and had been ill.

Mr. Ficorelli ran Suburban Sanitation in Sag Harbor with Jack McLaughlin. The company provides residential and commercial waste removal, as well as snowplowing and other services. He lived on Joseph Francis Boulevard in Sag Harbor.

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April 9, 2015

Richard Alan Ensor, a man of diverse accomplishments who lived on the South Fork between the 1970s and the 1990s, died at the hospice division of St. Albans Hospital in Queens on Jan. 24 after having had a stroke six weeks earlier. He was 93.

Star staff
April 9, 2015

Thomas D. Musnicki of Garden City, a native of Bridgehampton, died on March 20 at Winthrop Hospital in Garden City after a short illness. He was 69.

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April 2, 2015

A graveside service for Charles Robert Recktenwald of East Hampton, who died on March 25, will be held at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton on May 2 at 1 p.m. Mr. Recktenwald, known as Jed, was 81. An obituary will appear in a future issue.

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April 2, 2015

Jennifer Skemp O’Grady spent nearly every summer of her 72 years in Sagaponack. Her grandfather had purchased a large swath of land running from Daniel’s Lane and Town Line Road down toward the beach. She spent many of her childhood summers in a cottage rented from the White family.

Mrs. O’Grady, of Sandy Hook, Conn., died of lung disease in the company of her family on March 23 at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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April 2, 2015

Michael Brian Hessler, a retired New York City police officer who lived in Montauk until last year, died at Stony Brook University Hospital on Jan. 29 after a long illness. He was 75.

In 2000, he moved from Florida to Montauk, where Mr. Hessler “toughed out” the winters, to make his wife happy and be closer to family, his granddaughter Jessi Carlson said. Last year, he and his wife decided they didn’t need all the room in their house on Kirk Avenue and moved to Ridge.

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April 2, 2015

Nella Martin, a homemaker who raised eight children, was known as a crochet expert others called upon for guidance with a project. Though it was a skill she learned early in life, as she grew older she crocheted more frequently. She specialized in making baby clothes and baptismal outfits, and kept a room filled with yarn and wool.

Her daughter JoAnn Martin, who lived with her, said she often found that her mother had fallen into a nap in her crochet chair with a needle still in her hand.

Star staff
April 2, 2015

Nella Martin, a homemaker who raised eight children, was known as a crochet expert others called upon for guidance with a project. Though it was a skill she learned early in life, as she grew older she crocheted more frequently. She specialized in making baby clothes and baptismal outfits, and kept a room filled with yarn and wool.

Her daughter JoAnn Martin, who lived with her, said she often found that her mother had fallen into a nap in her crochet chair with a needle still in her hand.

Star staff
March 26, 2015

A wake for Geraldine Pluenneke, who died at home in Montauk on Tuesday, will be held tonight from 7 to 9 at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. A service will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton. An obituary will appear in a future issue

March 26, 2015

Irene M. O’Neill enjoyed spending time at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett, decorating, and entertaining friends, family, and guests at her bed-and-breakfast.

“She was out in the Hamptons for 20-plus years, and absolutely loved it there,” said her daughter Eileen O’Neill of Brooklyn. “She was really part of the community.”

Ms. O’Neill, a native of Liverpool, England, who moved to the South Fork over 20 years ago, died at home on Old Stone Highway in Springs on March 10. She was 83 and had cancer for the last two years.

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March 26, 2015

Jacqueline Szczepankowski of Wainscott died at home on March 11. She was 85. An obituary will appear in a future issue.  

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March 26, 2015

Dr. Morton Goldfarb, a urologist associated for many years with Brunswick Hospital in Amityville, of which he became medical director, died in Boynton Beach, Fla., on March 11 of lung cancer. He was 88 and had been ill for less than four months.

Dr. Goldfarb, a graduate of New York Medical College who had served as president of the Nassau County Medical Society, did his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, where he met Dorothy Jean Johnston. The couple married on March 14, 1953, and soon moved to Massapequa, where they raised four children.