A graveside service was held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Amagansett on Saturday for Edna Mae Steckowski, 86, who died on Dec. 28 at her Miankoma Lane, Amagansett, home, which she and her husband built in 1950. A descendant of some of the original East Hampton settlers, Mrs. Steckowki, who spent her entire life in Amagansett, had had Alzheimer’s disease for many years.
She was born in Southampton Hospital on March 24, 1930, to Gilbert Parsons and the former Edna Bennett. She and Stanley Steckowski Jr. of Sagaponack, a Navy veteran of World War II, were married on April 18, 1948.
A homemaker, Mrs. Steckowski was particularly adept at sewing and was a longtime member of the Amagansett Presbyterian Church sewing club and its craft group, which raised many thousands of dollars for the church over the years. She loved fishing on her husband’s boat, as well as reading and gardening, and was a member the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion.
The couple raised three sons, all of whom survive: Gilbert Steckowski and Barry Steckowski of East Hampton, and Peter Steckowski of Huntington. Mrs. Steckowski is also survived by four grandchildren. A daughter, Gay, died in infancy.
Toward the end of her life, Mrs. Steckowski was cared for by East End Hospice, with a hospice worker on hand at the time of her death. The family has suggested that donations in her memory be made to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.