obituaries

Donald R. Smith of Manhattan and East Hampton died on Nov. 5 of prostate cancer. He was 80.
Lisa Anne Hegner Ward, a Montauk woman who was devoted to her church, her children’s schools, and to East Hampton High School’s basketball teams, died at home on Feb. 5. She was 55.
Deborah Lee Scheffer of Montauk died unexpectedly on Friday at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital of complications related to childbirth. She was 36. She is survived by her husband, Daniel Scheffer, and the couple’s two sons, Coen, age 4, and...
Michel Berty, an international businessman and IT pioneer, died at home in Wainscott on Feb. 12 of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 78.
Herbert Haucke of Montauk, a partner in an insurance firm in Manhattan that he built into a successful business, died on Feb. 1 at the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead after a fall. He was 84.
Frances Edith Wright Bennett of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., died at home on Feb. 6 of cardiac arrest at the age of 99. Mrs. Bennett was married on Aug. 23, 1939, to Richard Bacon Bennett of Old Saybrook, Conn., who had East Hampton roots, and she had...
Mary Ellen Thiele Rooney, a writer and photographer with a great sense of adventure who was born in Bridgehampton — and was for many years one of the East End’s inspiring personalities — died at home in Hudson Heights, N.Y., on Feb. 5 after an...
Gandolfo Vincent DiBlasi of Manhattan, a renowned lawyer who was known to friends and colleagues as Vince, died on Jan. 14 from complications of pneumonia. He was 64.
Giacomo A. Lucente, a World War II Army veteran and a former bartender at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post when it was on Main Street in East Hampton, died of lung disease last Thursday at the age of 90.
Visiting hours for Mary Ellen Thiele Rooney will be Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Brockett Funeral Home on Hampton Road in Southampton, with a prayer service at 3 p.m. Burial will be private on Monday at the Sacred Hearts Cemetery in Southampton. A...
Roseanne Monaco, a resident of East Hampton for 25 years and a part-time resident of Montauk for 20 years before that, died at home in Morristown, N.J., on Jan. 25 after a long illness. She was 86.
James Robert McCrosson, who ran a real estate development and construction business in the Sag Harbor area, died on Jan. 10 at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue. He was 69.
John Pellegrino, who lived on and off in East Hampton and Springs from the 1970s through the early 2000s, died in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on Jan. 24. He was 76.