Greta A. LaMonda, who had worked as a waitress at the 1770 House in East Hampton and at Sag Harbor Industries, died on July 2 at Southampton Hospital after a short illness. She was 89.
“Family is an amazing thing, and our mom held hers closely in her loving heart,” said her daughter Pamela Jaffie, who lives in Hicksville. “Family was everything to her.”
Mrs. LaMonda lived on Muir Boulevard in East Hampton for 22 years and previously in Sag Harbor. She was a 4-H leader, working with the civics organization to provide hands-on, real-world experience, and was a member of the International Association of Rebekah Assemblies, the service-oriented organization that was originally the female auxiliary of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
A native of Vermont, she was born on June 16, 1924, in Charleston, just a few miles from the Canadian border, to Harold B. Lafoe and the former Pearl Gray. She attended high school in nearby Orleans.
She married Harry LaMonda, who survives, on Jan. 17, though her daughter was not sure of the year. The couple raised six children.
In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. LaMonda is survived by her children Diana Darrell of East Hampton, MaryLou Zuchelli of North Massapequa, Sherrill Naster of Candler, N.C., and Harry LaMonda of Shirley. Another child, Leslie LaMonda, died before her.
She is also survived by three siblings, Dooreen Roberts of Winter Park, Fla., Vernal Lafoe of Inverness, Fla., and Louis Lafoe of Leesville, La. Two brothers, Leon Gage and Thomas Lafoe, died before her. Sixteen grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews also survive.
“The love of family was her biggest thing,” Ms. Jaffie emphasized. “She loved so many people as if they were her own, including her sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy Darrell, Eddie Zuchelli, Dave Naster, Ruth LaMonda, Harry Jaffie, and Barbara LaMonda.”
A celebration of Mrs. LaMonda’s life was held on July 7 at the East Hampton home of her grandson Trevor Darrell and his wife, Cynthia. Kelly LaMonda, an ordained minister and Mrs. LaMonda’s granddaughter, officiated.
Mrs. LaMonda’s ashes will be buried at Brownington Center Cemetery in Brownington, Vt. Her family has suggested memorial donations to the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service, 103-6 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays 11946 (also at dsfhs.org), or the East Hampton Ambulance Association, 1 Cedar Street, East Hampton 11937.