Claudine Calma Purcell

Claudine Calma Purcell
Claudine Calma Purcell

    Claudine Calma Purcell, who grew up in East Hampton and then moved to Arizona after finishing high school here, died in an accidental drowning on Aug. 23 in Ahwatukee, Ariz. She was 32.
    Ms. Purcell was a real estate agent in Gilbert, Ariz., where she lived. She was described by a sister, Charlene Thomas of East Hampton, as a “really great person. She was caring and loving and would go out of her way for anybody.”
    “She was all about family, being with family,” Ms. Thomas said. She was a loving aunt to her nieces and nephews, she said, and particularly enjoyed scrapbooking.
    She was born in Brookhaven on Sept. 19, 1978, to Tomas Calma, M.D. and the former Heike Rams. Her father died when she was a child, and her mother later married Gary T. Purcell. The family lived on Stokes Court here, and she attended the Stella Maris School in Sag Harbor before East Hampton High School. In Arizona she attended Scottsdale Community College.
    The combined Calma-Purcell family was a big one. In addition to her mother and Dr. Purcell and Ms. Thomas, she is survived by: Brian Calma of Corona, Calif., Derrick Lonk of Las Vegas, Rudy Lonk of Cutchogue, John Calma of Coram, Thomas Calma of Venice, Calif., Maricar Bochicchio of St. James, Tina Calma Etts of Melville, Christopher Calma of Bethpage, Tess Solik of New York City, Clem Calma of Lindenhurst, Vincent Calma of Copiague, Christine Musalo of Massapequa Park, Constance Scarpa of Amityville, and Andrew Calma of Inverness, Fla. A grandmother, Johanna Rams, lives in Gilbert.
    Visiting hours for Ms. Purcell were Sept. 1 at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Her funeral was on Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton.