Agnes E. O’Callaghan, an East Hampton native and former owner of the East Hampton News Company, died of congestive heart failure on Nov. 22 in Newport Beach, Calif. She was 88.
For more than 20 years, Mrs. O’Callaghan and her husband, Richard O’Callaghan, who died a little more than a year ago, presided over the East Hampton News Company on Main Street as a friendly gathering place. In addition to selling 2,000 copies of The New York Times on Sundays, it sold stationery, magazines, and toys. The store windows, which Mrs. O’Callaghan decorated, were known for creative arrangements.
During her lifetime, Mrs. O’Callaghan never strayed far from Main Street, although she had spent the past two winters in Newport Beach to be close to her daughter and her family. She had managed Hampton Scene, a Main Street fashion shop, and also worked in retail sales at Mark, Fore and Strike, a clothing and sporting goods store. Known to many as Aggie, she is remembered by the family as a loving and great mom, having a passion for home decor, loving to dance, and frequently wearing dark sunglasses.
Mrs. O’Callaghan was born on Church Street in East Hampton to William and Mary Hudson on April 11, 1925. A graduate of East Hampton High School, she lived in the same house on Palma Terrace for nearly 60 years. She and Mr. O’Callaghan were married in 1968. She was previously married to Samuel Nasca Jr., who died in 1963. Their daughter, who survives, is Denise M. Valenti of Newport Beach. Mrs. O’Callaghan also is survived by two grandsons and four great-grandchildren, who called her Mom Mom.
A memorial service is planned for late January in East Hampton. Memorial donations have been suggested for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis 38105.