Recent Stories: Obituaries

Star Staff
November 16, 2017
Semira Breitweg of Flaggy Hole Road in Springs, who moved full time to East Hampton after the death of her husband in 1994, died on Monday at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Westhampton Beach.

Semira Breitweg of Flaggy Hole Road in Springs, who moved full time to East Hampton after the death of her husband in 1994, died on Monday at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Westhampton Beach. She was 95. The family will receive visitors on Sunday between 2 and 4 p.m. and 7 and 9 at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. On Monday at 10 a.m., there will be a funeral Mass said at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton, followed by burial at Calverton National Cemetery. The family has suggested memorial donations to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.

An obituary will appear in a future issue of The Star.

Star Staff
November 16, 2017
Gary M. Brady of Boatheader’s Lane, East Hampton, died of a heart attack at home last Thursday.

Gary M. Brady of Boatheader’s Lane, East Hampton, died of a heart attack at home last Thursday. He was 64.

Mr. Brady settled in Montauk after serving for four years on a refueler tanker in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Growing up in West Hempstead, he and his father had gone out to Montauk on fishing trips. Once he was living there, he got his license and his own charter boat, the Sandpiper. He loved fishing in Long Island waters, both offshore and in the bays. 

In Montauk he and his wife worked for a flooring company, and he was a member of the Montauk Friends of Erin. Once they had moved to East Hampton, he worked for many years doing carpentry and construction jobs, as well as a certain amount of estate care. 

Star Staff
November 16, 2017
Norman Larson Morton Sr., a lifelong baseball and tennis player, died on Oct. 31 at home in Stuart, Fla.

Norman Larson Morton Sr., a lifelong baseball and tennis player, died on Oct. 31 at home in Stuart, Fla. He was 92 and his health had been declining.

Mr. Morton was born in Roselle, N.J., on Feb. 12, 1925, to Norman Morton and the former Ida Larson. He went to school there and graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in business administration. His earned run average record while a pitcher at Rutgers has yet to be broken, according to his wife. 

Mr. Morton served as an ensign in the Navy for more than two years in World War II, in both the Mediterranean and the Pacific.

Star Staff
November 16, 2017
Pauline Vigorita, who had spent summers with her husband and children in a cottage on Gerard Drive in Springs since 1975, died on Saturday.

Pauline Vigorita, who had spent summers with her husband and children in a cottage on Gerard Drive in Springs since 1975, died on Saturday. She was 94.

Ms. Vigorita was of Neapolitan and Sicilian descent and never lived far from the sea, first in Brooklyn, then Long Beach, then on the shore of Gardiner’s Bay. She loved the scent of the ocean and bay and the wildlife, sunrises, sunsets, and full moons, her family said.

She was born on June 18, 1923, in Brooklyn to Vincent Sabella and the former Amelia Caserta, and attended Bay Ridge High School and Ladycliff College at West Point. She was an accomplished pianist and studied at Julliard. After World War II, she married a Navy veteran, Dr. John L. Vigorita, a Manhattan surgeon. He died in 1981.

Star Staff
November 16, 2017
Yaedi E. Ignatow, a poet, screenwriter, playwright, and filmmaker, died in Tucson on Oct. 9. She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer four years ago.

Yaedi E. Ignatow, a poet, screenwriter, playwright, and filmmaker, died in Tucson on Oct. 9. She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer four years ago. 

Although primarily a poet and playwright, Ms. Ignatow also worked on the East End between 1995 and 2003 for the Hamptons International Film Festival, Harold Shepherd Real Estate, Allan M. Schneider and Associates, and as an administrative assistant to Budd Schulberg, the Academy Award-wining screenwriter of “On the Waterfront.”

Star Staff
November 9, 2017

From his stint in the Navy, where he played the bugle, to the nightclubs of New York City during the modern jazz heyday, music and the exploration of human consciousness were key parts of Fred W. Nagel’s life. The former Jungian psychotherapist and licensed real estate agent died on Oct. 21 after a series of illnesses. He was 86.

Mr. Nagel had been a summer resident of Amagansett, having built with his own hands a small place in the dunes, completing it in 1963 with his sister, Arlene Coulter, and their respective spouses. More recently, he lived in Springs with his wife, Nancy Peabody, who died in 2010, in a house they called Quince de Mayo. He had earlier marriages to Patricia Buris and Suzanna Ellard.

Star Staff
November 9, 2017

Henry John Flohr, an Army veteran and longtime East Hampton resident, died in the Hospice and Palliative Care branch of the Northport V.A. Medical Center on Saturday. He had been diagnosed a year ago with stomach cancer and was in hospice care for a month. He would have turned 78 on Tuesday.

Mr. Flohr was born on Nov. 14, 1939, in Islip, one of four children of the former Frieda Lackmeyer and Henry J. Flohr Sr. His family moved to East Hampton when he was 2 years old. Mr. Flohr attended the Springs School and graduated from high school in Florida, because his father moved the family there when he opened a business in New Port Richey.

Star Staff
November 9, 2017
Jennifer Anne Balnis, a former East Hampton resident who had moved to Mount Pleasant, S.C., recently, died at home on Sept. 16. The cause was brain cancer, her family said.

Jennifer Anne Balnis, a former East Hampton resident who had moved to Mount Pleasant, S.C., recently, died at home on Sept. 16. The cause was brain cancer, her family said.

She was born on Jan. 23, 1973, in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx. She grew up in Massapequa Park, one of two children of John Hajko and the former Nora Adams. 

She graduated from Massapequa High School in 1991 and received an associate’s degree from Nassau Community College, while also attending Stony Brook University and working as a waitress at the Boathouse in Montauk, among other spots, in the summers. She later worked in catering for Nick and Toni’s and at the Ross School cafeteria in East Hampton.

Star Staff
November 9, 2017
Peter Macgregor-Scott, an award-winning film producer who spent as much time as possible in East Hampton during the last six years, died on Oct. 29, after being thrown from a taxi in New York City when the driver failed to realize Mr. Macgregor-Scott was following another passenger into the vehicle.

Peter Macgregor-Scott, an award-winning film producer who spent as much time as possible in East Hampton during the last six years, died on Oct. 29, six and a half weeks after being thrown from a taxi in New York City when the driver failed to realize Mr. Macgregor-Scott was following another passenger into the vehicle. He was 69 years old.

Born in Maidenhead, England, three days after Christmas in 1947 to the former Joyce Harries and J.C. Macgregor-Scott, he grew up in his native town as well as in London. After graduating from Dover College, he went to work for Pinewood Studios in England as a producer. 

Star Staff
November 9, 2017
Raymond Michael Cappiello, who had been the owner Manucci’s and the Shark Shack restaurants in Montauk, died on Oct. 20 at Southampton Hospital.

Raymond Michael Cappiello, who had been the owner Manucci’s and the Shark Shack restaurants in Montauk, died on Oct. 20 at Southampton Hospital. The cause was metastatic lung cancer, with which the 68-year-old had been diagnosed three weeks earlier. 

His wife of 48 years, Eileen Cappiello, described him as a meticulous “numbers man” who had spent decades in the insurance business before buying a house on Essex Street in Montauk and taking a gamble on the restaurant game. 

Star Staff
November 9, 2017
Shirley Plitt, who spent her childhood summers on Shelter Island and met her husband, who also spent summers there, through mutual summer friends, died last Thursday at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue, where she had been taken a few days before.

Shirley Plitt, who spent her childhood summers on Shelter Island and met her husband, who also spent summers there, through mutual summer friends, died last Thursday at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue, where she had been taken a few days before. She was 93 and had been diagnosed with cancer two years ago.

Star Staff
November 2, 2017
Bradley Stanley Marmon, the longtime owner of White’s Pharmacy, one of East Hampton’s oldest businesses, died on Sunday morning, some two weeks before he would have celebrated his 92nd birthday.

Bradley Stanley Marmon, the longtime owner of White’s Pharmacy, one of East Hampton’s oldest businesses, died on Sunday morning, some two weeks before he would have celebrated his 92nd birthday. Mr. Marmon was a resident of an elder care facility in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., having been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about two years ago and he had had two strokes, his family said. 

Mr. Marmon bought the pharmacy and the building at 81 Main Street in East Hampton Village in 1954 from William White, whose father had owned the drugstore as well as another in Montauk. In East Hampton, the pharmacy was descended from the 19th-century E.B. Muchmore drugstore. 

Star Staff
November 2, 2017
Lydia Shaternik, who first came to Montauk when she married a Russian whose family lived there, died on Friday of complications from a gastrointestinal illness at Southampton Hospital.

Lydia Shaternik, who first came to Montauk when she married a Russian whose family lived there, died on Friday of complications from a gastrointestinal illness at Southampton Hospital. She was 87.

She and her husband, Theodore Shaternik, spent time on weekends and in the summers in Montauk, but did not live there year round until 1976. Once there, Ms. Shaternik quickly became involved in the community, working at the Montauk Community Church rummage sales and holiday fairs, becoming a member of the Friends of the Montauk Library, and volunteering at Meals on Wheels. She also contributed to church sales by becoming a plant propagator and selling the baby plants there.

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 30, 2017
Visiting hours will be held at the Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home in Northport, where he grew up, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

A funeral service for Dennis O'Grady of Montauk, who died following a car accident in that hamlet on Sunday afternoon, will be held on Friday. Mr. O'Grady, who was 50, grew up in Northport, and visiting hours will be at the Nolan and Taylor-Howe Funeral Home there from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. According to the funeral home, words of remembrance will be said at about 8 p.m.  

Mr. O'Grady was a yacht captain and diesel marine engineer who loved boats, friends said. For 25 years, he lived on the Eskimo, a restored 38-foot Hatteras docked at the Star Island Yacht Club and Marina in Montauk. Most recently, he was living on a 50-foot Gibson houseboat at the Montauk Yacht Club, where he repaired boats. 

Star Staff
October 26, 2017

Doris Geneva Franzone died at home in Montauk on Aug. 23, surrounded by her family. She was 88 and had developed heart disease six months ago.

Ms. Franzone met her future husband, Lawrence Franzone, in New York City when she was working at Stouffer’s restaurant, in the financial district, and he was working at AT&T and would have lunch there. They married in 1951 and moved to Montauk in 1958, when AT&T transferred him to the South Fork. Her father-in-law had bought two lots in Montauk right after the war for $100 each. The young couple “put up a little Cape Cod house,” Ms. Franzone was quoted as saying in her husband’s obituary.

Star Staff
October 26, 2017

Miriam Hammer was “perky and loving to the end,” according to her family. An exceptional cook who lived with her family on Gardiner’s Bay in Springs, she often presided over a dinner table of 20, as well as “clambakes and beach parties galore,” her daughter, Elizabeth Cafiso of East Hampton, said.

Mrs. Hammer died on Oct. 10 at the age of 103. A native of North Adams, Mass., she loved East Hampton and planted roots here, becoming involved in politics and other affairs and advocating care of the environment. 

Star Staff
October 23, 2017

Visiting hours for Ray Cappiello, who died on Friday, will be held on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Raynor and D’Andrea, 683 Montauk Highway in Bayport.

A funeral Mass will be said on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk, with burial to follow at Fort Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Cappiello was a member of the Montauk Chamber of Commerce and had served as chairman of the chamber’s board for 11 years.

A full obituary will appear in a future issue of The Star. 

Star Staff
October 19, 2017
William E. Havens Jr., a 12th-generation bayman and almost lifelong Amagansett resident, died on Sept. 28 in Boca Raton, Fla., after a series of illnesses.

William E. Havens Jr., a 12th-generation bayman and almost lifelong Amagansett resident, died on Sept. 28 in Boca Raton, Fla., after a series of illnesses. He was 65.

Mr. Havens had recently moved to West Palm Beach, Fla., to be nearer his daughter, Rebecca Havens, who attends Florida Atlantic University.

Mr. Havens and other members of his family were featured in Peter Mat­thiessen’s book “Men’s Lives,” which chronicled the work of East Hampton’s baymen; one chapter was titled “Summer of 1983: The Havens Crew.” 

Star Staff
October 19, 2017
Donald Swanton of Dayton Lane, East Hampton, a recognized expert on investment tax credits, died on Sept. 23 at Southampton Hospital of coronary thrombosis.

Donald Swanton of Dayton Lane, East Hampton, a recognized expert on investment tax credits, died on Sept. 23 at Southampton Hospital of coronary thrombosis. He was 69.

Mr. Swanton’s career began when, having received an engineering degree, he was on the team at Grumman Aircraft in Farmingdale, where he helped design the first lunar lander. He subsequently became a certified public accountant.

He was born in Brooklyn on Oct. 16, 1947, one of two sons of the former Marie Brown and Herbert Swanton. He grew up in Valley Stream and graduated from Chaminade High School in Mineola. His engineering degree was from Villanova University in Pennsylvania. He then obtained a master’s degree in business from Adelphi University.

Star Staff
October 19, 2017
Rose Mae Clark, an 11th-generation resident of East Hampton and Amagansett who was known for helping the needy, died at home of cancer on Oct. 6 at the age of 73.

Rose Mae Clark, an 11th-generation resident of East Hampton and Amagansett who was known for helping the needy, died at home of cancer on Oct. 6 at the age of 73.

Ms. Clark was described as a one-woman charity drive, and, in the 1990s, acted as the precursor of the area’s food pantries. Perfectly fine vegetables with cosmetic blemishes from Vicki’s Veggies in Amagansett might go to a 90-year-old neighbor. She clipped coupons for food bargains for those in need, and kept her eyes peeled for furniture that she could give away. A bunk bed she found at the town dump went to a family with children. 

Star Staff
October 19, 2017
Thomas J. Leo, a character actor and comedian, died on Saturday at the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead of complications of late-stage dementia. He was 80.

Thomas J. Leo, a character actor and comedian, died on Saturday at the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead of complications of late-stage dementia. He was 80.

Mr. Leo’s theater work in New York City included playing a beggar in “The Threepenny Opera” at Lincoln Center and a small part in Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories.” He had roles with the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival in “A Comedy of Errors” and in a musical version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” On the South Fork, he often had roles in the performances of the Community Theater Company, Dark Horse Productions, and the Southampton Players.

Star Staff
October 12, 2017
Bonnie Jacobson, a therapist in private practice in Manhattan for more than 40 years and an adjunct professor of applied psychology at New York University, died at the age of 74 at Lenox Hill Hospital on Sept. 30 after a long illness.

Bonnie Jacobson, a therapist in private practice in Manhattan for more than 40 years and an adjunct professor of applied psychology at New York University, died at the age of 74 at Lenox Hill Hospital on Sept. 30 after a long illness. She had been a part-time Springs resident for many years.

Dr. Jacobson was a founder of the New York Institute for Psychological Change and a founding member of ELEM, a charitable organization for Israeli youth. She created and endowed a psychology program for N.Y.U. interns, providing psychological help for students in underserved public schools.

Star Staff
October 12, 2017
A funeral Mass for Donald Swanton of Dayton Lane, East Hampton, who died at Southampton Hospital on Sept. 23 at the age of 69, will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton.

A funeral Mass for Donald Swanton of Dayton Lane, East Hampton, who died at Southampton Hospital on Sept. 23 at the age of 69, will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery in Queens. 

An obituary for him will appear in a future issue.

Star Staff
October 12, 2017
Visiting hours for William E. Havens Jr., an Amagansett bayman who had been a passionate advocate for commercial fishermen and who died on Sept. 28 in Boca Raton, Fla., after a series of illnesses, will be tomorrow at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton from 7 to 9 p.m.

Visiting hours for William E. Havens Jr., an Amagansett bayman who had been a passionate advocate for commercial fishermen and who died on Sept. 28 in Boca Raton, Fla., after a series of illnesses, will be tomorrow at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton from 7 to 9 p.m.

A graveside service will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove Cemetery on Windmill Lane in Amagansett. 

An obituary for Mr. Havens will appear in a future issue.