Jean Lenahan

April 8, 1939 - April 7, 2014
Jean K. Lenahan April 8, 1939 - April 7, 2014

Jean K. Lenahan, a former chef at Trail’s End restaurant in Montauk, died on April 7 at Southampton Hospital just one day shy of her 76th birthday. She had been ill for a short time.

Born on April 8, 1939, in the coal-mining town of Oneida, Pa., to Nicolas Krutz and the former Anna Kakalecik, Mrs. Lenahan, one of 15 children, grew up and attended high school there. She first came to Montauk in 1954, when she was 15, traveling with Catherine Ecker, a longtime friend of her family. Ms. Ecker, who owned Trail’s End, asked her to work at the restaurant for the summer, and after a few years, she became a year-round resident.

She and her future husband, Robert A. Lenahan Sr., met at Trail’s End, where he was a part-time bartender. They were married in June 1960, and between 1961 and 1965 had four children. He died in 1992.

Mrs. Lenahan is survived by her children, Robert A. Lenahan Jr. of Portsmouth, N.H., Vincent Lenahan of Atlanta, and Lucille Lenahan and Joseph Lenahan, both of Montauk. Several of her siblings also survive, as do six grandchildren and 35 nieces and nephews.

 A funeral Mass was offered on Saturday at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk, of which Mrs. Lenahan was a member, with the Rev. Michael Rieder officiating. Burial followed at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery in East Hampton.

The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Montauk Fire Department Ambulance Company, 12 Flamingo Avenue, Montauk 11954, or the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York 10016 or kidney.org.