Recent Stories: Obituaries

Star Staff
May 17, 2018
Jean Elizabeth Rosen, 86, an advanced emergency medical technician in East Hampton for many years who had moved to Monroeton, Pa., and later to Dallas, Ga., died on Nov. 7, 2017, at the Wellstar Paulding Nursing Center in Dallas.

Word has been received of the death of Jean Elizabeth Rosen, 86, an advanced emergency medical technician in East Hampton for many years who had moved to Monroeton, Pa., and later to Dallas, Ga. She died on Nov. 7, 2017, at the Wellstar Paulding Nursing Center in Dallas. 

Mrs. Rosen, a daughter of John Loewen and the former Anna Liebschutz, moved here at the age of 17, graduated from East Hampton High School, and lived here with her husband, George Benjamin Rosen, until their retirement. Described by her family as a “talented beautician,” she volunteered her time as an A.E.M.T. with the East Hampton Ambulance Squad, for which her husband was a driver. She was also a Sunday school teacher at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton. 

Star Staff
May 17, 2018
Peter Lowenstein, a world traveler and pilot, died at home on Lake Montauk on May 4. He was 83 and had been ill with heart disease for two years.

Peter Lowenstein, a world traveler and pilot, died at home on Lake Montauk on May 4. He was 83 and had been ill with heart disease for two years.

Mr. Lowenstein was born in Offenbach, Germany, on Feb. 4, 1935, the only child of the former Edith Kahn and Ludwig Lowenstein. When he was 3, he and his mother were sent to a holding camp in France and his father was detained in Germany. They were able to escape in 1938, going first to Belgium and then to the United States in 1941, settling in Manhattan’s Washington Heights. His family said they became “American overnight, never speaking German, and embracing the new culture and language.”

Christopher Walsh
May 17, 2018
Roberta Gosman Donovan, a vibrant and vital figure at Gosman’s Restaurant in Montauk for more than 50 years and a former member of the East Hampton Town Planning Board, died at home in Montauk last Thursday.

Roberta Gosman Donovan, a vibrant and vital figure at Gosman’s Restaurant in Montauk for more than 50 years and a former member of the East Hampton Town Planning Board, died at home in Montauk last Thursday. The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Mrs. Gosman Donovan, who was 85, had previously endured a long bout with cancer.

As the face of Gosman’s Dock, she was unfailingly gracious to the public, her family said, and was equally sensitive and supportive to the large work force that staffed Gosman’s Restaurant year after year.

Star Staff
May 10, 2018
Caroline Abrams Griffiths may have stood only 5 foot 3 inches tall, but “her strength and resiliency were readily apparent,” her family wrote. “She was that matriarch of the Griffiths family who could cook boiled cake or shift a manual vehicle better than anyone you may know.”

Caroline Abrams Griffiths may have stood only 5 foot 3 inches tall, but “her strength and resiliency were readily apparent,” her family wrote. “She was that matriarch of the Griffiths family who could cook boiled cake or shift a manual vehicle better than anyone you may know.” 

Mrs. Griffiths, who died on Feb. 18 at the age of 91, raised seven children in Amagansett and “left a wealth of lessons and memories for her family and friends to enjoy,” they said. 

Born to Abner Morton King and the former Marietta Abrams on April 24, 1926, at the King family homestead on Old Montauk Highway in Amagansett, she was the youngest of 13 children. She attended the Amagansett School, but did not graduate from high school. 

Star Staff
May 10, 2018
A celebration of the life of Peter Lowenstein of Montauk, who died on Friday, will be held at Rick’s Crabby Cowboy on East Lake Drive in Montauk on June 2 from 1 to 5 p.m.

A celebration of the life of Peter Lowenstein of Montauk, who died on Friday, will be held at Rick’s Crabby Cowboy on East Lake Drive in Montauk on June 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. Mr. Lowenstein, who was born in Germany, was a childhood survivor of a Nazi camp. After coming to the United States, he studied chemical engineering at Pratt Institute, then served in the Army, before operating the American Renolit company. He retired to a life of activism and activity in Montauk. Mr. Lowenstein was 83 and had been in poor health for about two years. An obituary for him will appear in a future issue.

Star Staff
May 10, 2018
A memorial for Robert Dennis Anderson, who died on April 21, will be held at the Windmill II community room today at 5 p.m. Windmill II is at 219 Accabonac Road in East Hampton.

A memorial for Robert Dennis Anderson, who died on April 21, will be held at the Windmill II community room today at 5 p.m. Windmill II is at 219 Accabonac Road in East Hampton.

Star Staff
May 10, 2018
Mae Frances Harden, a nurse at Southampton Hospital for 33 years, died on April 30 at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue after a brief illness. She was 88.

Mae Frances Harden, a nurse at Southampton Hospital for 33 years, died on April 30 at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue after a brief illness. She was 88.

Mrs. Harden, who lived in East Hampton, earned her nursing degree at St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in New York City and, while working as a nurse, went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the State University at Oneonta and a master’s degree at Long Island University’s C.W. Post College.

At Southampton Hospital, where she began working in 1965, she rose to become the day-shift nursing supervisor and eventually transitioned into the role of patient advocate. She served as president of the Patient Representative Association of New York. 

Star Staff
May 10, 2018
Marie L. Rosso, a teacher and artist who was a longtime Springs resident, died on May 3 at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital after an extended illness.

Marie L. Rosso, a teacher and artist who was a longtime Springs resident, died on May 3 at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital after an extended illness. She was 89.

A woman whose family described her as having an adventurous spirit, she had traveled extensively, especially enjoying the art of Turkey, Morocco, and Mexico.

She was born Dec. 31, 1928, in Buffalo, one of eight half brothers and sisters, whom she helped raise and put through college. She received an undergraduate degree at the State University at Buffalo and a master’s in studio art from Ohio State University. She went on to become a teacher at Hunter College Elementary School in New York City. 

Star Staff
May 10, 2018
Steven Paul Marcus of Montauk and Manhattan, a literary critic and a former dean of Columbia College, died on April 25 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital at the age of 89. His death, from cardiac arrest, resulted from an infection following a successful operation for a broken hip.

Steven Paul Marcus of Montauk and Manhattan, a literary critic and a former dean of Columbia College, died on April 25 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital at the age of 89. His death, from cardiac arrest, resulted from an infection following a successful operation for a broken hip. 

Star Staff
May 10, 2018
Timothy James Egan of Merritt, N.C., died on April 21 at the Vidant Cancer Center in Greenville, N.C.

Timothy James Egan of Merritt, N.C., died on April 21 at the Vidant Cancer Center in Greenville, N.C. He was 59 and had been ill for 18 months.

Mr. Egan was an athlete who excelled at arm wrestling, a bayman, and an outdoorsman who loved being on the water. He grew up in East Hampton and graduated from East Hampton High School with the class of 1977. Before moving to North Carolina in 2008, he and a friend owned Outlaw Guide Service in East Hampton, which ran guided sea duck and Canada goose hunts throughout the East End. He brought friends to East Hampton and guided them on hunts after moving south.

Star Staff
May 10, 2018
William J. O’Connor died at his Montauk home on April 27 of cancer after a long illness.

William J. O’Connor died at his Montauk home on April 27 of cancer after a long illness. He was 84.

Known to friends as Teach, Mr. O’Connor retired in 1989 from a career in teaching and moved to Montauk full time in 1992, where he designed and helped build a family house. He also took a job as an irrigation specialist at Montauk Downs, a state golf course, where a bench is to be dedicated to him in a private ceremony.

He was born in the Bronx on Oct. 6, 1933, one of four sons of the former Nora Collins and Henry O’Connor. He grew up in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and graduated from Dobbs Ferry High School before studying at the University of Miami for two years and then earning a teaching degree from the State University at Albany.

Star Staff
May 7, 2018
A memorial service and viewing for Marie L. Rosso of Springs, who died last Thursday, are planned for Saturday at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton.

A memorial service and viewing for Marie L. Rosso of Springs, who died last Thursday, are planned for Saturday at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. The viewing is to take place from noon to 1 p.m., with the service immediately follwing until about 2:15 p.m. Burial will follow at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton.

Ms. Rosso, a teacher and artist, was 89. A full obituary will appear in a future issue.
 

Star Staff
May 3, 2018
The family of Mae Harden of East Hampton, who died on Tuesday, will receive visitors today from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton.

The family of Mae Harden of East Hampton, who died on Tuesday, will receive visitors today from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. 

A funeral Mass will be said tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. Ms. Harden was 88. An obituary will appear in a future issue.

Jennifer Landes
May 3, 2018
Judith and Gerson Leiber, 97, died hours apart.

“Sweetheart, it’s time to leave,” Gerson Leiber said to Judith Leiber, his wife of 72 years, late Friday night. By 5 a.m. on Saturday he was gone, and she died shortly afterward, at 10:30, according to Jeffrey Sussman, a longtime friend and biographer of the couple.

“They died within five hours of each other,” he said on Monday of the couple known to friends as Gus and Judy. “It was the end to a perfect love story.”

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 29, 2018
Judith Leiber, an internationally known handbag designer, and her husband of 72 years, Gerson Leiber, a noted abstract painter, died on Saturday at home in Springs.

Judith Leiber, known around the world for her bejeweled and whimsical handbags, and her husband, Gerson Leiber, a noted abstract painter, died at home in Springs on Saturday.

Their deaths came only hours apart, according to Ken Yardley of Yardley and Pino Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. They were 97.

Mr. Leiber, who died first, was found early Saturday. His wife passed away just a few hours later.

The couple were married for 72 years. They had owned a house in Springs since the mid-1950s. On their Old Stone Highway property, they created the Leiber Museum, where they showcased Ms. Leiber's evening bags and Mr. Leiber's art and gardens that were open to the public.

Star Staff
April 26, 2018
Francis J. Kiernan Sr., known better as Coach or Fran — a World War II veteran and longtime East Hampton High School athletic director and championship-winning coach — died at home in Boynton Beach, Fla., on April 13. He was 107.

Francis J. Kiernan Sr., known better as Coach or Fran — a World War II veteran and longtime East Hampton High School athletic director and championship-winning coach — died at home in Boynton Beach, Fla., on April 13. He was 107. 

His 1952 football team, which won the Little Six Conference Championship, remains the only football team to have gone undefeated and untied in Bonac history, which dates back to 1923. 

At a celebration in his honor at the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett in 2002, the anniversary of the ’52 championship, his former players remembered him as not only a beloved coach, but as having shaped their lives. 

Star Staff
April 26, 2018
Susan Clark Costabile Bubna, a registered nurse, drama teacher, and Bible study leader who grew up spending summers in Montauk, died on March 22 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo., after battling breast cancer for 30 years. She was 6

Susan Clark Costabile Bubna, a registered nurse, drama teacher, and Bible study leader who grew up spending summers in Montauk, died on March 22 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo., after battling breast cancer for 30 years. She was 61.

Ms. Bubna, known as Susie, was born in the Bronx on June 9, 1956, to Douglas Costabile and Doris Bingham. After spending her childhood in Murray Hill, N.J., she attended Brown University, where she majored in medieval Renaissance history. Three years later, she received a nursing degree from Rhode Island College. 

She began her professional career at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J. It was while attending church in Summit that she met Stephen Bubna, the man she would marry on Dec. 26, 1981.

Star Staff
April 26, 2018
William Alfred O’Donnell, an active member of the running community and a master swimmer, died at his Cedar Street, East Hampton, home on Monday at the age of 65. His death, attributed to heart failure, was unexpected and occurred in his sleep.

William Alfred O’Donnell, an active member of the running community and a master swimmer, died at his Cedar Street, East Hampton, home on Monday at the age of 65. His death, attributed to heart failure, was unexpected and occurred in his sleep.

An outstanding athlete, surfing, swimming, and running were Mr. O’Donnell’s passions. He ran the New York City and Boston marathons numerous times, as well as a marathon in Kona, Hawaii. He took part in half-Iron Man competitions and numerous triathlons and was a member of the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s master swim team for 15 years. Over the years, he went to Rincon, Puerto Rico, many times to swim in its warm ocean waters. He was a founding member of the Old Montauk Athletic Club. 

Star Staff
April 19, 2018
Clegburgh Hepburn Moseley of Springs, who worked for the East Hampton Town Highway Department for more than 10 years, died at home on Friday of cancer, his family said.

Clegburgh Hepburn Moseley of Springs, who worked for the East Hampton Town Highway Department for more than 10 years, died at home on Friday of cancer, his family said. He was 78.

Mr. Moseley, who was known to friends and co-workers as Mr. T, was born on Aug. 11, 1939, in Riverside, Hanover, Jamaica, to Julia Cunningham and Ethan Moseley.

Before coming to the United States, Mr. Moseley was a carpenter and a farmer, growing fruit and vegetables and raising cows, pigs, and goats. He cared for a large number of pet pigeons, and, his family said, they would become excited when they heard the sound of his approach on a Honda 50 motorcycle, which he rode everywhere.

Star Staff
April 19, 2018
A celebration of the life of Geraldine F. Tomitz, who died on Dec. 28, will be held on May 4 and 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Montauk Community Church.

A celebration of the life of Geraldine F. Tomitz, who died on Dec. 28, will be held on May 4 and 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Montauk Community Church. Friends have been asked to take “baked goods and good stories, for this is what she loved most.”

Star Staff
April 19, 2018
Friends of Margaret Logan, who died last year, and her husband, Charles Coulter, who died in 2016, will gather for a celebration of their lives on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton.

Friends of Margaret Logan, who died last year, and her husband, Charles Coulter, who died in 2016, will gather for a celebration of their lives on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton. The Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson will lead the service, and friends have been invited to share their remembrances. 

The couple lived in Southampton Village for many years. Ms. Logan died in hospice care in Pennsylvania on Dec. 31.

Star Staff
April 19, 2018
Mr. Shelley, a summertime resident of Sag Harbor for many years, died at home in Brooklyn on April 3. He was 90 and had experienced a number of complications, including lung infections, as he was wheelchair-bound and hospitalized for a year after he was hit by a car on Bridgehampton’s Main Street on Jan. 18, 2009.

In 58 years of practicing law, one highlight of Heywood Shelley’s distinguished career was his representing the New York Mets, including writing the lease for Shea Stadium. His firm, Carter, Ledyard, and Milburn, “had a box just four back from the Mets dugout,” his daughter, Alexandra Shelley, wrote in a eulogy, “behind that of the Whitney family, who owned the team, but in front of Donald Trump’s.” She and her father went to every opening day at Shea from the time she was 6. 

Star Staff
April 19, 2018
Joan E. Damm, a member of the Montauk Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary for many years and its former treasurer, died at Stony Brook University Hospital on April 5 after having been flown there that day because of a brain aneurysm. She was 77.

Joan E. Damm, a member of the Montauk Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary for many years and its former treasurer, died at Stony Brook University Hospital on April 5 after having been flown there that day because of a brain aneurysm. She was 77.

Ms. Damm was the owner and manager of the Rod and Reel Motel in Montauk’s dock area from 1970 to about 1976. She was employed at several businesses in the hamlet after that, including as a cashier at the Montauk Yacht Club’s restaurant and for Charlie Grimes at Grimes Contracting for many years. In about 2000, she went to work for Perry B. Duryea and Sons, where she remained the bookkeeper until her death. 

Star Staff
April 19, 2018
Lucille Carmella Malouche, an active member of the Montauk community who was a nurse and lieutenant commander in the Navy during the Korean War and World War II, died at the United Hebrew Geriatric Center in New Rochelle, N.Y., on Nov. 20, 2017, at the age of 97.

Lucille Carmella Malouche, an active member of the Montauk community who was a nurse and lieutenant commander in the Navy during the Korean War and World War II, died at the United Hebrew Geriatric Center in New Rochelle, N.Y., on Nov. 20, 2017, at the age of 97. 

Ms. Malouche was born in Highland, N.Y., on Aug. 28, 1920. After attending elementary school in Yonkers and graduating magna cum laude from New Rochelle High School, she spent two years at Hunter College before studying at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan to become a registered nurse.