Alida Hope Quintilian, a former respiratory therapist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center who retired to Springs, died at home on Feb. 12. Known as Hope, she was 85 and had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October.
“She willed herself to make it to her birthday,” her daughter Nancy Rosato of Manorville said. “That was my mom.”
Mrs. Quintilian fell in love with Clearwater Beach in Springs, where she looked out over Gardiner’s Bay to the boats and watched sunsets for 35 years.
She also enjoyed many hours at the East Hampton Town Senior Citizens Center, where she was part of a caring circle of friends. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, mah-jongg, and other group activities.
Mrs. Quintilian was born on Feb. 11, 1929, in New York City to Perce Witter and the former Mary Hamilton. An only child, she grew up on Charles Street in Greenwich Village.
In the midst of a blizzard on Jan. 26, 1948, she married Nunzio Quintilian. They were together until Mr. Quintilian’s death in 1994.
The couple raised their family in Syosset. Mrs. Quintilian went on to attend Nassau Community College in Garden City and became certified in respiratory therapy.
In addition to Ms. Rosato, Mrs. Quintilian is survived by two other daughters, Patricia Quintilian of Williamsburg, Mass., and Alida Q. Thompson of Briones, Calif., and a son, Paul Quintilian of San Francisco. Five grandchildren also survive.
A funeral service will be held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on March 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the East Hampton Town Senior Citizens Center, 128 Springs-Fireplace Road, East Hampton 11937.