Lisa Craine

Oct. 30, 1960 - April 14, 2012

    Lisa Karsten Craine, a real estate agent with Brown Harris Stevens, died at home in East Hampton on Saturday at the age of 51. She had been ill with colon cancer for three years.
    Therese Bertsch, her stepsister, who gave Ms. Craine’s eulogy yesterday at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, said afterward, “She had a wonderful relationship with the community. She loved everything about East Hampton. The schools, the local shopkeepers.”
    “She was interested in holistic health and promoting nutrition in the community. She liked running. She liked reading. She was a spiritual person. It was all about body, mind, and spirit.”
    Ms. Craine, who was born in Middletown, N.Y., on Oct. 30, 1960, to Bertil W. Karsten and the former Joan Lamey, studied massage therapy at the Swedish Institute in New York City. It was there that she met her future husband, Denis Craine, an East End native. They soon married and moved to East Hampton.
    Mr. Craine, a cancer survivor from childhood, was a community activist. He died in 2002 of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Finding herself a single mother after her husband’s death, Ms. Craine became active in community life, as well.
    The Craines had three children, all of whom survive and live in East Hampton: Dakota Lee Craine, Tiaghe Craine, and Cella Marie Craine. Ms. Craine also helped raise Mr. Craine’s two sons from a previous marriage, Dylan Craine and Jesse Craine. They survive her as well.
    “She was very active in her children’s lives,” Ms. Bertsch said.
    She is also survived by two sisters, Deborah George of Goshen, N.Y., and Pamela Thors of Edgartown, Mass., and by a brother, Bertil Karsten of Montgomery, N.Y.
    Ms. Craine was buried in Most Holy Trinity Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to Friends of Lisa Craine, in care of Christina Cacioppo, 50 Hamilton Street, Sayville 11782.


The family of Lisa Craine and her deceased spouse Denis Craine would like to thank all the many friends, neighbors, community members, colleagues, and shopkeepers who provided so much kindness and support to Lisa and her children, Tiaghe, Cella, and Dakota. We are deeply indebted to each of you who have helped the family on this journey. Thanking you most sincerely Therese Craine Bertsch (sister in law/aunt)