Vera Napoli

May 5, 1943 - Jan. 1, 2014
Vera Napoli,  June 5, 1943 - Jan. 1, 2014

       Vera Ladick Napoli, a longtime East Hampton resident and employee of the Bridgehampton National Bank, died at home in East Hampton on New Year’s Day. She was 70 and had been diagnosed with cancer three months ago.

       She was born Vera Charlotte Ladick on May 5, 1943, in Flushing to Walter F. Ladick Sr. and the former Anna Elias. Both her parents were children of immigrants from what is now the Czech Republic. In 1945, the family moved to Miami, where Ms. Napoli spent each school year when she was growing up, returning to Holbrook in the summer, where the family had purchased a former dairy farm and orchard.

       She graduated from Miami Edison Senior High School in 1961, and later attended a two-year secretarial program at Charron-Williams Commercial College in Miami, graduating in 1966.

       She married John F.X. Napoli of East Hampton on Jan. 21, 1967, and the couple moved to the South Fork, living first in Amagansett, then in East Hampton. They eventually built a house on Coronet Lane, where they lived together for 38 years. Ms. Napoli and her husband eventually separated.

       Shortly after moving to the South Fork, Ms. Napoli took a job with the Bridgehampton National Bank, where she worked until her retirement in 2001, holding positions in the finance and accounting departments, as a customer service representative, and a receptionist.

       Ms. Napoli enjoyed arts and crafts, photography, traveling, and baking. “She was the consummate nice person who never had an unkind word about anyone,” wrote her daughter, Michelle A. Napoli. “She always put others before herself, and found true pleasure in making other people happy, whether it be by giving a small gift, baking a cake, or sending them a card.”

       A member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton, she enjoyed helping with the church’s Silver Tea at Christmastime over the years.

       In recent years, she split her time between East Hampton and Punta Gorda, Fla., and last year spent part of the winter visiting with her daughter in Las Vegas and with friends in North Carolina and Florida.

       Besides her daughter, who lives in Las Vegas and East Hampton, she is survived by a brother, Walter F. Ladick Jr. of Patchogue, and two nephews.

       A service for Ms. Napoli will be held at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, with Rev. Msgr. Donald M. Hanson presiding. Following a funeral Mass, a celebration of her life will be held at Nichol’s restaurant in East Hampton.

       Her ashes will be spread in a waterfall at a later date.

       The family has suggested donations to Fighting Chance, P.O. Box 1358, Sag Harbor 11963, or East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.