Jessie Fick

Jessie Fick

    Jessie Fick, who lived in the house she was born in on Division Street in Sag Harbor for all of her 97 years, died on Oct. 15 at Southampton Hospital. She had recently been in declining health, her family said, and had been homebound for the last couple of years.

    As a young woman, Mrs. Fick went to work at the Bulova watchcase factory in Sag Harbor, where her future husband also worked. When she would go out with Henry Fick, she wouldn’t have to go far to find him: He lived in the house next door on Division Street, where their granddaughter now lives.

    The couple were married on June 4, 1942, after Mr. Fick had joined the Army. He was later deployed overseas. They raised three children, all of whom survive: Ronald Fick of Wainscott and Sharon York and Susan Pluchino, both of Sag Harbor.

    Mrs. Fick did soldering and assembly work at Bulova until the day it closed, more than 30 years ago. She attended St. Andrew’s Catholic Church down the street from the factory and was one of the founders of the Sag Harbor Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary.

    She was born on May 24, 1916, to Antone Valancius and the former Susan Bumbly, who were Lithuanian immigrants. Growing up in Sag Harbor, she loved to play basketball. In later life, she always had a basketball hoop on the garage.

    “She was a big family person,” Ms. Pluchino said yesterday. Sunday was a special day in the Fick family. “She cooked dinner for 12 every Sunday until she was in her late 80s.”

    She never took a vacation, and never got on an airplane, her family said. She enjoyed soap operas, but most of all, reading. She would read any book she was given, usually at the rate of a book a day. She particularly liked mystery novels.

    Mr. Fick died in 2006. Besides her children, Mrs. Fick is survived by three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was buried at Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor.

    Donations in her memory can be made to the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 2725, Sag Harbor 11963.