Nancy Mulinelli, who was active in the recovering community and who helped the learning-disabled members of East End Special Players, died on Aug. 17 at Stony Brook University Hospital of the complications of coronary disease, from which she had suffered for some time. She was 71.
Ms. Mulinelli moved to the East End about 27 years ago, living in East Hampton and, more recently, in Sag Harbor. She had worked at the Ross School as an after-school coordinator, where friends said she doted on children’s laughter and joy. She also worked with historic films and, for a brief time, relocated to the West Coast.
She was born to Carlo Mulinelli and the former Idalia Estremera in New York City, and was raised there as well as on western Long Island. She worked in production for High Times magazine in the 1970s. Before settling here, she lived for a time in Puerto Rico.
“The beauty of our area suited her to a T,” a friend, Kathy Rae, wrote to The Star.
Ms. Mulinelli loved reading, disappearing “for days in the wonder of words,” Ms. Rae said. She was a writer and a poet, Ms. Rae added, writing that “the serenity of the local fellowships gave her peace and clarity.” She also loved the theater, which drew her to the Special Players, and had participated in local stage productions.
A memorial service is planned on Sept. 14 at the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor at 11 a.m. Donations in her memory have been suggested for the Special Players, P.O. Box 232, East Hampton 11937 or to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, P.O. Box 901, Wainscott 11975.