Elfriede Field, whose first job after emigrating from Germany in 1954 was assembling watches at the Bulova factory in Sag Harbor, died at home in East Hampton on Friday of complications of heart disease. She was 80.
Mrs. Field met and married Russell Field of East Hampton shortly after the end of the war in Germany, where he was stationed as an Army policeman.
“They were married three times,” her son, Russell Field Jr. of East Hampton, said. “The first time in a German church because it was the law, then in an Army chapel, and when they came here they were married again.”
He said he came directly to East Hampton with his mother and father when he was 4. His mother found work as a waitress in addition to her job at Bulova and being a homemaker. She was a wonderful cook, who specialized in dishes from the old country such as wiener schnitzel, weisswurst, and sauerbraten, he said, and a gardener, who specialized in flowers, especially roses. She had opened her home here as a foster parent to 10 children over the years. Her husband died before her.
She was born in Landshut, Germany, on Feb. 5, 1933, a daughter of Anton Kiembock and the former Franziska Huber. In addition to her son, Mrs. Field is survived by a brother, Bernhard Kiembock of East Hampton. She was predeceased by another brother, Anton Kiembock, and a sister, Zita Worm. She also leaves two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours were held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on Monday, and a Mass of Christian burial was said at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton on Tuesday, the Rev. Donald Hanson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions were suggested for the East Hampton Fire Department, 1 Cedar Street, East Hampton 11937 or East End Hospice, 481 Westhampton-Riverhead Road, Westhampton Beach 11978.