Adelaide Lizza, a third-generation Amagansett native known as Tea to friends and family, died on Aug. 17 in Palm Bay, Fla., where she had been living recently with her children. She was 78 years old.
Mrs. Lizza was born at the family house on Amagansett Main Street on May 4, 1935, to Dr. Frederic Finch and the former Frances Hammond. She was the youngest of seven siblings, and the last survivor.
She graduated from East Hampton High School and Brockport State Teachers College, with a B.A. in physical education, and went to work at a school in Oyster Bay, where she met her husband-to-be, Nicholas Lizza. They were married on Aug. 8, 1959, and spent summers in Amagansett while living in Syosset and Muttontown.
They moved to Amagansett full time in the early 1970s. A member of the South Fork Country Club, Mrs. Lizza played an enthusiastic game of golf and also enjoyed clamming and crabbing. Her family said she was known for “living the Bonac life” and helping others, as well as her crab quiche and clam pies, which she prepared for many local events and family occasions.
Mr. Lizza died in 1998. Four daughters survive. They are Carla Lizza Costello of Palm Bay, Karen Fanuzzi of Juno Beach, Fla., Lauren Bates of East Hampton, and Kristen Lizza of Palm Bay. A fifth daughter died at the age of 10 months.
Six grandchildren survive as well, as does one great-grandchild.
No wake was held. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Sept. 14 at the Amagansett Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Steven Howarth officiating.
Mrs. Lizza was cremated. Her family has suggested memorial donations to the American Heart Association at donate.americanheart.org.