Recent Stories: Obituaries

Star Staff
July 2, 2015

A Mass for Lawrence A. Franzone of Hayes Road in Montauk, who died on Sunday at Southampton Hospital at the age of 91, will be said today at 10 a.m. at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk. An obituary will appear in a future issue.

Star Staff
July 2, 2015
James C. Federico, who owned Federico’s Superette in Sag Harbor for many years, died on June 15 at the age of 80.

James C. Federico, who owned Federico’s Superette in Sag Harbor for many years, died on June 15 at the age of 80. Mr. Federico had cancer for more than two years and spent his final days surrounded by his family at home in Sag Harbor.

Star Staff
July 2, 2015
Leslie Ann Mandel-Herzog of Wainscott and New York City, an investment adviser who developed what was at one time the largest private mailing list in the country, which was known as the Rich List, died at Southampton Hospital on June 23 of complications related to kidney stones.

Leslie Ann Mandel-Herzog of Wainscott and New York City, an investment adviser who developed what was at one time the largest private mailing list in the country, which was known as the Rich List, died at Southampton Hospital on June 23 of complications related to kidney stones. She would have celebrated her 70th birthday this month.

Star Staff
July 2, 2015
Margaret Becker, an active community volunteer who with her husband established the Becker Home Center, a Montauk hardware store, died on Monday at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton.

Margaret Becker, an active community volunteer who with her husband established the Becker Home Center, a Montauk hardware store, died on Monday at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton. She was 90 years old and had been in declining health for about eight months. She was known to friends and family as Peg.

Star Staff
July 2, 2015
Mary Sireci died unexpectedly on June 20 at home in Sag Harbor.

Mary Sireci had “a wry sense of humor” and was “unfailingly kind and inclusive,” her mother, Henrika Conner of Springs, wrote. “She loved being with people, but usually preferred doing things for them, not they for her.” She was a cheerleader who encouraged friends to reach goals they sometimes didn’t even know they had.

Star Staff
July 2, 2015
Theodore Shaternik of Montauk, a former New York City firefighter, died at home on Sunday. He had been ill for nine months and was under the care of East End Hospice at the time of his death.

Theodore Shaternik of Montauk, a former New York City firefighter, died at home on Sunday. He had been ill for nine months and was under the care of East End Hospice at the time of his death. He was 86 years old.

Star Staff
July 2, 2015
William A. Praetorius, a former Manhattan and Amagansett resident who worked in real estate and earlier in a variety of high-level corporate positions in direct-to-physician pharmaceutical advertising, died on June 23 in Bennington, Vt., of pneumonia, his family said.

William A. Praetorius, a former Manhattan and Amagansett resident who worked in real estate and earlier in a variety of high-level corporate positions in direct-to-physician pharmaceutical advertising, died on June 23 in Bennington, Vt., of pneumonia, his family said. He was 91.

July 1, 2015

Visiting hours for Lawrence A. Franzone of Hayes Road in Montauk will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. Mr. Franzone, who died on June 28 at Southampton Hospital, was a longtime member and former chief of the Montauk Fire Department.

June 29, 2015

A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Montauk Community Church for Theodore Shaternik of Benson Drive, Montauk, who died on Sunday at 87.

Following the funeral, a celebration of his life will be held at the Clam and Chowder House at Salivar's on the Montauk docks. It will begin at about 12:30 p.m.
 

Star Staff
June 25, 2015
A memorial service for Melvin Charles Bennett of Springs will be held on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Maidstone Park pavilion in Springs.

A memorial service for Melvin Charles Bennett of Springs will be held on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Maidstone Park pavilion in Springs. Mr. Bennett, a mason and handyman, died of lung cancer on Feb. 25. He was 61.

Star Staff
June 25, 2015

David L. Scott, a restaurateur who vacationed in Montauk for many years and retired there in the late 1990s to fish and cook for family and friends, died after a two-month illness on June 9 at Southampton Hospital. He was 73.

Star Staff
June 25, 2015
Visiting hours for John J. Wilson, 85, of East Hampton, who died in Huntington on Sunday, will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton.

Visiting hours for John J. Wilson, 85, of East Hampton, who died in Huntington on Sunday, will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. A funeral Mass will be said on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton.

A full obituary will appear in a future issue.

Star Staff
June 25, 2015
A funeral Mass for Mary Sireci of Sag Harbor, who died on Saturday, is to be said this morning at 10 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton.

A funeral Mass for Mary Sireci of Sag Harbor, who died on Saturday, is to be said this morning at 10 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. A graveside service will follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery on Cedar Street.

Star Staff
June 25, 2015
George J. Hoffman, an educator, school administrator, and community activist, died at home in Brooklyn on Sunday.

George J. Hoffman, an educator, school administrator, and community activist, died at home in Brooklyn on Sunday. He was 101, and had been in hospice care for two days.

Star Staff
June 25, 2015
James Salter, an author best known for his 1967 novel, "A Sport and a Pastime," died on Friday in Sag Harbor.

James Salter, an author best known for his 1967 novel, “A Sport and a Pastime,” died on Friday in Sag Harbor during a physical therapy session after resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. He was 90.

Star Staff
June 25, 2015
John Peter Hayden, an artist who split his time between the South Fork and West Palm Beach, Fla., died on Sunday at his house on Richardson Avenue in Springs.

John Peter Hayden, an artist who split his time between the South Fork and West Palm Beach, Fla., died on Sunday at his house on Richardson Avenue in Springs. He had prostate cancer, but made it to his 90th birthday, just nine days before his death, and celebrated it with a group of friends.

Star Staff
June 25, 2015
Apart from a year at the Sorbonne in the early 1960s and another living in London in the early 1970s, Laurie M. Adams lived all of her 73 years in New York.

Apart from a year at the Sorbonne in the early 1960s and another living in London in the early 1970s, Laurie M. Adams lived all of her 73 years in New York. For the past 60 years, she divided her time between New York City and East Hampton, as her parents had before her.

Star Staff
June 25, 2015
Leland Jennings Burnett Jr., whose career in electrical engineering included a Saudi Arabian pipeline, designing and installing television stations, and a navigation system for the United States’ Polaris and Poseidon submarines, died on June 11.

Leland Jennings Burnett Jr., whose career in electrical engineering included a Saudi Arabian pipeline, designing and installing television stations, and a navigation system for the United States’ Polaris and Poseidon submarines, died on June 11 at Southampton Hospital after a brain hemorrhage, his family said. He was 89.

Star Staff
June 25, 2015
Sondra Lynn of East Hampton, who practiced acupuncture and herbal medicine for many years before being diagnosed with leukemia four years ago, died on June 18 at home. She was 57 and her mother was by her side.

Sondra Lynn of East Hampton, who practiced acupuncture and herbal medicine for many years before being diagnosed with leukemia four years ago, died on June 18 at home. She was 57 and her mother was by her side.

Star Staff
June 25, 2015
Word has been received here of the death in Arlington, Tex., of Viola O. Tilstra, who was born and brought up in Montauk.

Word has been received here of the death in Arlington, Tex., of Viola O. Tilstra, who was born and brought up in Montauk. Mrs. Tilstra came down with a bacterial infection six weeks before her death, her family said, and her health declined steadily afterward. She died in Arlington Memorial Hospital on April 18 at the age of 88.

June 25, 2015
Westa Vespa Delagi, an artist and teacher, died at home in Stuart, Fla., on May 7 at the age of 104.

Westa Vespa Delagi, an artist and teacher, died at home in Stuart, Fla., on May 7 at the age of 104.

Known as Essie to her family, Mrs. Delagi was a longtime resident of Springs, where she found Accabonac Harbor, with its clear air and tranquility, the perfect spot for her art studio.

Star Staff
June 25, 2015
William Ford, who grew up in Bridgehampton and went on to become a major in the Army and a decorated veteran of the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, died on April 18 at Walter Reed Hospital. He was 87.

Word has been received here of the death of William Ford, who grew up in Bridgehampton and went on to become a major in the Army and a decorated veteran of the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. Mr. Ford died on April 18 at Walter Reed Hospital, the national medical military center in Washington, D.C., of complications from chronic lung disease. He was 87.

Star Staff
June 24, 2015

A funeral Mass for Mary Sireci of Sag Harbor, who died on Saturday, is to be held Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. A graveside service will follow at the Most Holy Trinity Cemetery on Cedar Street.

Jennifer Landes
June 23, 2015
The East Hampton artist was a pioneer of feminist art and one of the earliest faculty members at Cal Arts.

Miriam Schapiro, a pioneer of feminist art and one of the original members of the California Institute of the Arts faculty, died on Saturday. She was 91.