Frank Konzet, who lived year round in East Hampton from 1975 to 2005, when he started spending winters with his wife in Sebastian, Fla., died on Sunday of heart failure at age 87. His health had been declining for several years.
Mr. Konzet and his wife owned several retail businesses in East Hampton, among them Cate’s Country Crafters. They had five children, who survive. According to his daughters Korine and Kathy, their father’s “pride and joy was spending time with his five children and eight grandchildren.” They found it significant that he died on Mother’s Day, because he had missed their mother so much since her death almost nine years ago.
Francis Henry Konzet was born on Dec. 24, 1924, in Bayside, Queens, the only child of Francis Henry Konzet and the former Florence Kelly. He went to Sacred Heart School. He served with the Army in Italy in World War II until being honorably discharged as a sergeant.
In February 1951 he married the former Marilyn Rogers and they brought up their children in Great Neck, where he was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church until the family moved to East Hampton to live after they had spent many summers here. Once here full time, he joined Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Mr. Konzet was a volunteer with the Springs ambulance company and with the Veterans of Foreign Wars. His daughters wrote that he loved his garden and grew prize tomatoes. He was also an accomplished woodworker and could build “anything and everything.”
Four of his five children live in East Hampton. They are Kevin Konzet, Kathy Konzet, Korine Konzet, and Keri Dayton. Karen Alogna lives in Oyster Bay. He is also survived by five grandsons, three granddaughters, and one great-grandchild, who is en route.
A wake will be held tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. A funeral service will be held at Most Holy Trinity on Saturday at 9:30 a.m., followed by burial in Most Holy Trinity Cemetery.