Elizabeth Marie Dragotta, a lifelong resident of Amagansett and East Hampton, died on Sunday while vacationing with her family in Palm Beach Shores, Fla. She was 74 and had been ill for some time.
Ms. Dragotta was born at Southampton Hospital on May 5, 1938, to Mark Ryan and the former Marie Mott. She was raised in Amagansett and lived in East Hampton during adulthood, said Michael Fasano, her son-in-law. She later returned to Amagansett, living there for another decade until relocating to Hawthorne, N.J., where she spent her final years with her daughter, Debra Fasano, and her family.
A graduate of East Hampton High School, she married her high school sweetheart, Frank Dragotta, on Dec. 29, 1956. Mr. Dragotta died in 1997.
Ms. Dragotta — Liz or Betty to her friends, Nannie to her grandchildren — worked for the East Hampton School District for 15 years, Mr. Fasano said, serving as a classroom assistant at the John M. Marshall Elementary School.
Her greatest pleasures in life were her family, going to the beach, sailing with friends, and shopping, particularly at Chico’s in East Hampton, said her family.
In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, Ms. Dragotta is survived by her son, Joseph Dragotta of Pleasanton, Calif. She is also survived by her brother, Mark Ryan of East Hampton, and six grandchildren.
Visiting hours was held yesterday at the Scillieri Funeral Home in Paterson, N.J. Additional visiting hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. The Rev. Steven E. Howarth will preside at a funeral on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Amagansett Presbyterian Church, to which Ms. Dragotta belonged. She will be cremated at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Paterson, N.J.
The family has suggested donations to the Amagansett Presbyterian Church Scoville Hall restoration fund at P.O. Box 764, Amagansett 11930.