Leane B. Cheek, a retired speechwriter for the New York City Department of Aging, died on Sept. 12 at Southampton Hospital after a brief illness. She was 78. Mrs. Cheek lived on Augie’s Path in East Hampton for 13 years.
She was born in Manhasset to James Bancroft and the former Ethyl Creselius. She graduated from Manhasset High School and went on to attend Smith College, where she graduated with the class of 1956. Later in life she studied psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York City.
Her daughter Catherine Charest of East Hampton said her mother spent many years as an advertising copywriter in New York before joining the city’s Department of Aging, where she worked until her retirement in 1999.
Mrs. Cheek is survived by another daughter, Molly Murray of Studio City, Calif., and a son, Wesley Cheek of South Hadley, Mass. She leaves two grandchildren. A brother, James Bancroft of Eugene, Ore., also survives.
A funeral was held on Tuesday at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church.
John Ketcham, 85
John Ketcham, who grew up on Newtown Lane in East Hampton, died on July 27 at Cedar Lodge Nursing Home in Center Moriches after an illness of several months. He was 85.
Mr. Ketcham was born on July 16, 1927, in Southampton to Lyman B. Ketcham and the former Helen Conklin. He was self-employed, said his niece, Nancy Parsons of Los Angeles, working as an electrician specializing in wiring of lamps. He did jobs in this capacity at Guild Hall in East Hampton, Ms. Parsons said, and was a member of the Presbyterian Church in East Hampton. “He liked music,” she said.
Ms. Parsons is Mr. Ketcham’s sole surviving relative. Her mother, Mr. Ketcham’s sister, Edna Ketcham Parsons, formerly of McGuirk Street in East Hampton, died before him, as did his brothers, Robert and Charles.
Mr. Ketcham was cremated at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Center Moriches on July 28.
“He was a nice man,” his niece said. “He had a nice personality. He was liked by so many people.”