Irene Larsen of Montauk died suddenly after collapsing on April 25 in Fort Pierce, Fla. She was 71. No cause of death was provided.
“She was very fun-loving,” her older sister, Claire Forde, said yesterday. “She loved the ocean. She loved Montauk.”
“She was a homemaker,” Mrs. Forde said, adding that after her children moved out she went to work at the Wavecrest resort for many years and did other jobs around Montauk. “She loved gardening. She even worked in the nursery in town.”
A member of the Montauk Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary, she attended St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church. She and her husband, George Larsen, would spend a couple of months every winter at their house in Fort Pierce.
Born on July 20, 1940, to the former Alice Gagnon and Daniel J. McNulty, she attended school in Brooklyn until she moved with her parents to Wantagh. After graduating from high school there, she met Frank Antino, who would become her first husband, at a dance. They settled in Lake Ronkonkoma and had two children, both of whom survive, Susan Dickerson of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Francis Antino of Shoreham.
The couple enjoyed camping, and their favorite destination was Hither Hills State Park in Montauk. After Mr. Antino died, she continued her camping trips, and about 30 years ago she met Mr. Larsen, who was the Hither Hills superintendent. The two went on to marry and make their home in Montauk.
Besides her husband, children, and Mrs. Forde, who lives in Lake Ronkonkoma, she is survived by another sister, Florence Campanero of Wantagh, and six grandchildren.
Two siblings, Ann Serrago and Daniel McNulty, predeceased her.
A funeral service was held at St. Therese on May 1. She was buried in Fort Hill Cemetery in Montauk the following day.