Dorothy Cebulski, 81

April 17, 1933 - Feb. 15, 2015


Dorothy Margaret Cebulski, who spent summers on the South Fork from childhood before moving here full time over 30 years ago, died in her sleep at home on Napeague on Feb. 15. She was 81 years old.

At 16, Mrs. Cebulski was camping with her family at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk when she met Eugene Cebulski, a lifeguard in his early 20s. They were married on Oct. 4, 1953, and went on to raise four children in Brooklyn and then in South Ozone Park, Queens, while he worked as a transit police officer. They spent summers in Amagansett until 1983, when they moved to their waterfront house full time.

Mrs. Cebulski, who always enjoyed singing, sang in the choir at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in South Ozone Park for many years. Locally, she was a member of the Hampton Chorus and the choir at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton, of which she was a devout parishioner.

A member of the Sunshine Club, AARP, and the American Legion Auxiliary, she was also a football fan of the New York teams, and followed pro golf as well, her family said. She was a good card player who had a regular game with friends before she fell ill. She attended the East Hampton Town Senior Citizens Center, the family said, and enjoyed it. Her cats also brought her great joy, according to relatives.

One of six children, Mrs. Cebulski was born on April 17, 1933, in Brooklyn, to Walter and Margaret Lagarenne. She grew up in Flatbush and graduated from high school there. She later worked as a bank teller, and, after her children were born, in a dress shop.

Three sons and a daughter survive. They are David Cebulski of Ponte Vedra, Fla., Richard Cebulski of Massapequa, Catherine Fromm of Amagansett, and Daniel Cebulski of East Hampton. She also leaves a brother, Robert Lagarenne of West Islip, six grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Her husband died in 2009. Her brothers Jean, Harold, and Walter also died before her, as did her sister, Florence.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations have been suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, online at, or to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, P.O. Box 901, Wainscott 11975.