Alice N. DeSilvia, a former nurse who had lived in Springs for more than 20 years, died on Feb. 22 at home in Antigua after a prolonged illness. She was 84.
“She was a tough woman,” her granddaughter Cerene DeSilvia said, “but she lived life and she enjoyed it. She had diabetes. We would say, ‘No sugar!’ She would say, ‘What’s this life if I can’t have a little sugar?’ ”
Born Alice Naonie Nathaniel in Antigua on May 9, 1927, she grew up in Freetown Village there. She attended nursing school and became a practicing nurse in her native land. Twenty years later, she married Claudius DeSilvia, who predeceased her. The two moved to Springs in the 1980s.
Mrs. DeSilvia was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton. Her family said she always looked forward to spending her days at the East Hampton Town Senior Citizens Center, where she had many friends.
In January she moved back to the island where she was born, her granddaughter said.
She is survived by six children, Margaret Rose, Wosworth DeSilvia, and Stanley DeSilvia of Antigua, Evance Scarlet of Pine Coast, Fla., and Patricia Melvin and Genevieve Willock of East Hampton. She is also survived by six stepchildren — Patrick, Evanson, Criston, Emil, Steve, and Fisroy DeSilvia, all of the Bronx — 28 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held yesterday in Antigua.
The family has suggested donations in her name to Calvary Baptist Church, 60 Spinner Lane, East Hampton 11937, or the East Hampton Town Senior Nutrition Program, 159 Pantigo Road, East Hampton.
Sharon Bistrian, 60
Sharon Elizabeth Bistrian, a mainstay of Bistrian’s Sweet Corn farm stand in East Hampton for almost 40 years, died on Tuesday following a long illness. She was 60 years old.
Ms. Bistrian was born in Southampton on Oct. 28, 1951, the daughter of Sydney Dimon Payne, who predeceased her, and the former Shirley Marie Lester, who survives.
She married Michael Neal Bistrian, who also survives, on Sept. 22, 1973, after graduating from East Hampton High School. In addition to the farm stand, across the street from the East Hampton Village Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street, Ms. Bistrian also ran a hairdressing business from her home. Most recently, she was a resident of Oakview Highway in East Hampton.
“She loved that corn stand,” her sister, Allison Lupo of Amagansett, said. Ms. Lupo added that her sister was a big fan of country music, and loved spending time with her grandchildren.
In addition to her mother, husband, and Ms. Lupo, Ms. Bistrian is survived by her son, Brian Christopher Bistrian of East Hampton, and three brothers, Sidney Herbert Payne of South Carolina, Wesley Bennett Payne of Albany, and Larry Allen Payne of New York City.
She is also survived by 2 grandchildren and 19 nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Oakview Cemetery in Amagansett. The family has suggested contributions to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.