Karin Bennett, 91

Oct. 22, 1920 - April 10, 2012

    Karin R. Bennett, who was known to East Hamptoners as the cake lady of Springs, died on Tuesday at the Westhampton Care Center. She was 91 and had been a resident there for some time.
    Born on Oct. 22, 1920, Ms. Bennett immigrated to the United States in 1927 from Oslo with her parents, John and Lisa Forest, and a sister. She lived in Sharon, N.D., Chicago, Port Washington, and Brooklyn before moving to the South Fork.
    Mrs. Bennett met the man who was to become her husband while attending St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton. She and Melvin W. Bennett were married on Sept. 7, 1941. The newlyweds lived in Amagansett before moving to their longtime home on Old Stone Highway in Springs after Mr. Bennett returned from service in World War II.
    Mrs. Bennett’s Old Stone Highway kitchen, where many local children got a peek at the intricately decorated birthday cakes she baked for them, was a happy place. 
    In addition to baking, Mrs. Bennett taught church school at St. Peter’s Episcopal Chapel in Springs. As a young woman, she had been a housekeeper for the William C. Ford family.
    Mr. Bennett died in 2003. Their only child, John  (Jay) Bennett, who lives in East Hampton, survives, as do two grandchildren. Her sister, Lilla Olenyn of Fairfax, Va., is no longer alive.
    A wake is to be held today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton, with a funeral tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Green River Cemetery in Springs. Those wishing to make memorial donations, may do so to the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service at dsfhs.org.