Lorraine M. Krupinski, who as a single mother of three built one of the first houses on Front Street off Gardiner Avenue in Springs in the 1950s, died in her sleep at home on Friday. She had been in declining health and was 87 years old.
Mrs. Krupinski, born to Edward McKeever and Emma Weber McKeever on Dec. 26, 1924, in Flushing, Queens, grew up there and graduated from Flushing High School. Her first husband, Harry P. Kane, was a high school football player, she was a cheerleader, and they fell in love and married young.
In 1957, after Mr. Kane died, Mrs. Kane decided to take her children away from Flushing. Saving her money, she bought land on Front Street and had a house built. At the time of her death she was living on Muir Boulevard in East Hampton; she also had lived on Springs-Fireplace Road.
After moving here, she met and married Bernard Krupinski Sr., the owner of Bennie’s Deli, where she helped out. They had a daughter, now Bernette Schoenster of East Hampton. In addition to caring for the children, she went on with her education, attending Suffolk Community College in the 1980s, but her family said she loved being a homemaker. Mr. Krupinski died in 1986.
“She was well known for walking her dachshund dogs on Springs-Fireplace Road,” Ms. Schoenster said yesterday. Her mother also enjoyed swimming, ice-skating, and often went fishing off Gann Road on Three Mile Harbor and at Louse Point in Springs. Though not rich, “She was always known for having an open door to anybody who needed a place to stay,” Ms. Schoenster said. “She loved her grandchildren,” she said, and taking part in their lives.
In addition to Ms. Schoenster, Mrs. Krupinski is survived by her children, Candace Kane and Cynthia Kane Greenberg, both of East Hampton, and Russell Kane of Orlando, Fla. A sister, Roseann McKeever Wallack of Amagansett and seven grandchildren also survive.
Mrs. Krupinski was buried at Fort Hill Cemetery in Montauk on Monday, where a service was conducted by an old friend, the Rev. Charlene Hartwell.
Ms. Schoenster suggested that donations in Mrs. Krupinski’s name could be made to the Meals on Wheels Association of America, 203 South Union Street, Alexandria, Va. 22314.