obituaries

Karen Rickenbach Mesiha, 54, a survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, and the daughter of East Hampton Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. and his wife, the former Jean Smith, died of cancer on Dec. 12 at St. Francis Hospital in Flower Hill, a village in Nassau County, after a long illness.
The family of Gilbert E. Kaplan, who died in New York City on New Year’s Day, will receive friends today at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel, 1076 Madison Avenue, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Erika Reider Mark of Manhattan, who owned a house in East Hampton Village for over 30 years and was a member of the East Hampton Tennis Club and the Noyac Golf Club, died in New York City on Tuesday.
Catherine Gagliotti, a retired East Hampton schoolteacher, died at home on Pantigo Road in East Hampton on Tuesday at the age of 79.
Irving Hirschberg, a year-round resident of Amagansett for the last 35 years, died at Southampton Hospital on Dec. 30 following a heart attack.
Daisy C. Bowe, who had a positive impact on hundreds of students at the Bridgehampton School over her 30-year career, died on Tuesday.
Patricia Story, the East Hampton High School nurse for 25 years who cared for children with AIDS after her retirement, died on Dec. 13 at Avow Hospice in Naples, Fla.
Antoinette O’Connor, a part-time resident of Montauk for 43 years who was called both Rose and Toni, died on Dec. 5. She was 85 and had had a respiratory illness for about eight years.
Mike Kirshenbaum, a retired director of personnel for the Department of the Navy, died at Southampton Hospital on Friday at the age of 96. The cause was attributed to congestive heart failure and pneumonia.