Obituaries

Edith Dallas Ernst married into one of the most influential art families of the 20th century, and she became inextricably linked to them and their accomplishments, but she was not one to rest lightly on others’ laurels.

Michael Elwood Gochenour died at home in Delray Beach, Fla., on May 30 after his esophagus ruptured.

Melvin Eugene Riddick, the treasurer of Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton from 1979 to 1994, died in North Carolina on April 19.

Ms. Posillico, a Springs resident, died at Southampton Hospital on June 1 after an illness. She was 79.

John Lockman Helmuth Jr. died on May 15 in Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, two days after having a massive stroke. The former East Hampton resident was 70 years old.

Janice S. Brightwell, whose family was responsible for keeping a large portion of Napeague in a pristine state, died on May 30 at Twomey Hospital in Sumter, S.C.. She was 96.

Olive Elizabeth Nagel was known for her fine cooking, which nourished three generations of the Osborne and Ham families, for whom she worked as a cook and housekeeper.

Mr. Signorile died on May 24 in Westhampton of complications following an April 30 stroke. He was 87.

Richard E. Hoyt Sr., a self-described Bonacker who worked for many years in telecommunications, died of cancer early Saturday morning at home in East Hampton Village. He was 77 years old.