Obituaries

Thomas J. Wheeler is being remembered as a golfer, drummer, and family man this week after a car accident claimed his life on Saturday. He was 43 and lived in Sag Harbor.

David A. Salkind, who became an enthusiastic member of the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett after discovering a passion for golf in his 50s, died at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset on March 29 of complications from lung cancer.

Katherine Eisenhower Roueché, a 50-year resident of Stony Hill Road in Amagansett and the niece of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, died on Feb. 25 at the Hampton Care Center in Southampton of a heart attack.

James M. Struble, a carpenter and master craftsman who lived in East Hampton for the past 25 years, died here on March 28. He was 44.

Visiting hours will be held tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton for Dianna Lee Kane, a lifelong East End resident who died at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset on March 28 following a long illness. She was 61.

A heart that Lawrence Wesley Miller III carved into a tree at Albert’s Landing is an enduring memento of his love of his wife. He carved it and the pair’s initials back in 1983, three years after their marriage, and it remains today.

Mary Margaret Postich, who with her husband moved to Oakview Highway in East Hampton 30 years ago, died on Monday at Dominican Village in Amityville. She was 93.

A master carpenter and furniture maker, William Clifford Vail of Indian Hill Road in East Hampton died Friday at Stony Brook University Medical Center. He was 59.

Joan Catherine Wells Vagan, who lived on Norfolk Drive in Springs for 20 years, died at home on Monday of complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She was 78.
People who didn’t know her background might have recognized her as a character, and wondered where she came from. The answer was well known here: She was a member of the 16th generation of Gardiners, the first English family in East Hampton, whom some viewed as local aristocracy.