Tara Loper-Mansir of Springs, a mother of four and the founder of Nana Cares, died on Sunday of cervical cancer. She was 43 years old.
Born in Southampton on Feb. 24, 1969, to James H. Loper Jr. and the former Kattie R. O’Sullivan, Ms. Loper-Mansir graduated from East Hampton High School in 1988 and from the White Plains, N.Y., Berkeley Business School in 1990. She later attended the State University’s Empire College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., studying psychology until she was too ill to stay in school.
She married Richard R. Mansir in 2005. He survives, as do her four children, Amber Gregg, 22, Kattie Fraola, 16, Audrey Mansir, 7, and Aidan Mansir, 5. She also leaves her father, who lives in Hurlock, Md., and two sisters, Teresa Loper Schurr of Springs and Tina Loper-Ozturk of Montauk.
In addition to spending time with her family, Ms. Loper-Mansir loved to go camping and to bake. She owned many pets, her family said, including dogs, cats, and guinea pigs. She was a church administrator at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton.
Ms. Loper-Mansir founded Nana Cares, an organization to help the sick and less fortunate, in honor of her mother, who died in 2010. Her sister Teresa, who worked with her in the organization, said yesterday that “she was my hero,” and said she would continue what her sister began.
Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. A funeral mass will take place tomorrow at 10 a.m. at St. Luke’s. Burial will be private.
Memorial donations have been suggested to Nana Cares, 81 Newtown Lane, Suite 303, East Hampton 11937, which will donate part of the funds raised to the Coalition for Women’s Cancers, Lucia’s Angels, East End Hospice, and the Retreat.