Obituaries

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.