Frank J. Cafiso

Nov. 16, 1933 - July 9, 2012
Frank J. Cafiso

    Frank J. Cafiso, who ran North Main Street Cleaners in East Hampton from 1952 to 1995, died at home on July 9 in Port Saint Lucie, Fla. He was 78. The cause was liver cancer, his family said.
    Mr. Cafiso served stateside in the Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion, both in Port Saint Lucie and the East Hampton post. He was also in the Knights of Columbus of Sag Harbor and Port Saint Lucie, the Rotary Club, and the Elks Club.
    He was born on Staten Island on Nov. 16, 1933, to George and Josephine Cafiso. When he was 4 or 5, his family moved to a house on Accabonac Road in Springs. After a time, they moved to Sag Harbor, where he would remain until his retirement, when he moved to Florida. His son Frank Cafiso of Sag Harbor, who is known as Jay, took over the dry cleaning business and has continued to run it.
    Mr. Cafiso was described as a faithful East Hampton High School sports fan, who was particularly devoted to the Bonackers football team.
    In addition to the son who runs the cleaners, Mr. Cafiso is survived by his wife of 57 years, Connie Cafiso of Port Saint Lucie, a daughter, Constance M. Early of Hampstead, N.C., another son, Jeffrey Cafiso of Sag Harbor, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He also leaves a brother, George Cafiso of East Hampton. His brother Vinnie Cafiso died before him.
    A Mass for Mr. Cafiso will be said at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sag Harbor at 11 a.m. on Aug. 18. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
    A memorial for Mr. Cafiso was held at the Port Saint Lucie American Legion Post 318 on July 21.
    The family has suggested memorial contributions to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 Southeast Indian Street, Stuart, Fla. 34997.
Irving Levine, 92
    Irving Levine, an engineer and psychologist who spent much of his later years living on Sandra Road in Springs, died on July 22 at the St. Johnland Nursing Center in Kings Park. He was 92.
    Mr. Levine was born on Feb. 2, 1920, in New York City, the son of Abraham Levine and the former Bella Lechowitsky, and grew up in Passaic, N.J. He earned a master’s degree in engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology in 1943, and another master’s, this time in psychology, from Sierra University in 1987.
    He served in the Navy in 1943, during World War II, and later worked for the National Bureau of Statistics in Maryland. In 1949, he received an award from the Department of Commerce for exceptional service.
    His engineering career took him afterward to AIL Systems of Deer Park and Sperry Instruments of Lake Success. He eventually founded the Framing Workshop of Huntington, which he ran before retiring to East Hampton. 
    In 1988, Mr. Levine married Sarnell Ogus. He was previously married to Jean Mensing. In addition to Ms. Ogus, he is survived by two daughters, Susan Stutzman of Oakland, Calif., and Sally Esposito of Huntington, and two sons, Peter Levine of Huntington and Adam Levine of Huntington Station. He leaves five grandchildren.
    According to his family, Mr. Levine was a lifelong fan of classical music and audio engineering. Woodworking was his hobby. As a young man, he loved to swim, camp, and hike, especially in the Catskill Mountains.