Lucy Cuomo

Lucy Cuomo

       Lucy M. Cuomo, who lived on Cranberry Hole Road in Amagansett for 60 years, died in East Hampton on Oct. 23. She was 89.

       Ms. Cuomo had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about a month before her death, her family said. She spent her last month being cared for by East End Hospice at her daughter Teresa English’s house in East Hampton.

       She was born on Dec. 12, 1923, to Stefano Napolillo and the former Saueria Prudente in the family farmhouse on Montauk Highway in Amagansett. The farm was just west of Cranberry Hole Road, on the north side of the highway.

       She attended the Amagansett School and East Hampton High School. During her high school years, she worked in Sag Harbor at the Bulova watchcase factory.

       During the Hurricane of 1938, she told her children, she was in the Amagansett School while trees were falling all around.

       When she was a senior in high school, she met and fell in love with her future husband, James S. Cuomo, who was stationed in Montauk with the U.S. Army. She left school, and the couple married in about 1942, Ms. English said.

       For a time she worked for Republic Aviation, then went with her husband to Washington State before he was deployed during World War II.

       After her husband was sent overseas, she worked in a manufacturing plant making machine-gun ammunition. After a few months she returned to Amagansett, where her husband joined her after the war.

       “She always talked about how Amagansett was back then, how quiet it was,” Ms. English said. “She used to pick berries and beach plums and dandelions.”

       She attended church regularly at St. Peter’s in Amagansett.

       After living for some years in her mother’s house, the couple moved into a new one next door on Cranberry Hole Road, where she would spend the rest of her life.

       When the war was over, she took on a new role, that of homemaker. The couple raised three children, Ms. English and Donna Cuomo, both of whom live in East Hampton, and James M. Cuomo, now a resident of Amagansett.

       She loved working with her hands, knitting, crocheting, making jewelry, and painting, her family said. She also enjoyed golf, yoga, and bowling in a league. She was a member of the East Hampton YMCA-RECenter and worked out several days a week. “She was a gym rat,” Ms. English said.

       Besides her children, Ms. Cuomo is survived by two sisters, Sue Cilli of Melbourne, Fla., Agnes Napolillo of Boynton Beach, Fla., and a brother, Stephen Napolillo of Amagansett, as well as six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

       She was buried at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery in East Hampton on Oct. 26.

            Her family has suggested donations in her name to the East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.