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|Obituary from either the Spangle Sentinel or Spokesman Review in Spangle,
WA, Dec 28, 1935:
BLUNCK, Chris-His home was at Spangle Wash. Age 82 years. He had lived
there 25 years. Survived by his wife, Amalia; 4 daughters, Mrs. Bertha
Hill of Spokane. Mrs. Freeda Long of Seattle. Mrs. Anna Tolle of Orland, Cal;
Mrs. Cecilia Burns of Spangel: 2 sons, Fred H. of Artoise. Cal; Carl of
Spokane; 25 grandchildren. 25 great grandchildren. He was a member of the
Masonic lodge No. 131 of Spangle, Wash. Funeral Thurs., Jan 2, at 2p.m.
from the Christian church at Spangle, Wash. Dr. H. A. VanWinkle will
officiate. Interment at Spangle Wash. SMITH FUNERAL HOME in charge."
Obit from either the Spangle Sentinal or Spokesman Review, Dec. 12,
Obit from the Spokesman Review , Friday Oct 11, 1940, p. 10:
Obit from the Spokesman Review, Sunday, Aug. 21, 1932:
Norbert Bauermeister, 69, of rural Ossian, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Caylor Nickel Medical Center in Bluffton.
"A good father and loving husband."
The Wells County native was a retired lifelong area farmer, had worked at Earth Construction as superintendent for 22 years, was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 43 in Decatur and a Korean War Army veteran.
Surviving are his wife, Alice E.; a daughter, Tina M. Bauermeister of Poe; sons Tony R. and Terry N., both of Ossian; brothers Lester and Glenn, both of Ossian; and sisters Lavon Scherer of Hoagland and Arline Koomjohn of Oswego, Ill.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Amy L.
Services are 1:30 p.m. Sunday at New Hope Lutheran Church, Ossian, with calling one hour before services. Calling is also from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Elzey & Haggard Funeral Homes, Ossian Chapel. Burial with military graveside services will be in Elhanan Cemetery, Ossian.
Memorials are to the church or Home Health Care.
Dorothea Ruth Isch, 87, of Bradenton, Fla., a retired elementary school teacher, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Blake Medical Center.
The Bluffton, Ind., native was retired from Fort Wayne Community Schools System after 32 years of service, a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Retired Teachers Association and came to Manatee County from Fort Wayne in 1977.
Surviving are her husband, Reuben; daughters Carolyn Suwyn-Oser of Atlanta and Janice Hite of Dallas; sons Jerry of Fort Wayne and Thomas of Simi Valley, Calif.; sisters Mary C. Moyer of Fort Wayne and Josephine Madden of Vienna, Va.; brothers Roger Bentz of Berne, Ind., and Herbert Bentz of Detroit; and nine grandchildren.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Manasota Chapel, Bradenton, with calling one hour before services. Burial will be in Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton.
Memorials are to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238 or Christ United Methodist Church, 5512 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207.
Donald "Doggie" Raymond Eckert Sr.
Donald "Doggie" Raymond Eckert Sr., 68, of Huntington, a Korean War Army veteran, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at home.
The Huntington native was owner/operator of Eckert's Barber Shop, retired in 1989 from Noll Printing after 28 years of service, was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and a recipient of the Purple Heart.
Surviving are his wife, Katherine; a daughter, Lisa J. Hiner of Huntington; a son, Donald Jr. of Grand Rapids, Mich.; brothers Thomas E., Fredrick A., David P., Kenneth L. and Raymond F. Jr., all of Huntington, and Charles E. of Hutsonville, Ill.; sisters Betty Kindler, Mary Jane Bartrom and Diana M. Carl, all of Huntington, and Marylin R. Hayes of Lincolnville; five grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Huntington. Calling is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today and also from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at Hart Funeral Home, Huntington. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery.
Memorials are to Huntington County Hospice or Home Health Care.
Dorothy F. Warstler
Dorothy F. Warstler, 85, of Chandler, Ariz., and formerly of Auburn, Ind., died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Chandler Health Care.
The DeKalb County native was a homemaker and a member of Dayspring Community Church, formerly the Auburn Missionary Church.
Surviving are a son, Michael A. of Chandler; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth L., a daughter, Nancy J. Bruhn, and a brother.
Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo, Ind., with calling from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Auburn.
Memorials are to the church.
Vern W. Schweitzer
Vern W. Schweitzer, 86, of Kendallville, a self-employed contractor, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
The Hudson native retired in 1980 as owner/operator of Kendallville Heating & Air Conditioning Co. and was a member of First Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are a son, Alanson of Clifton, Va.; daughters Nora Page of Rome City, Marcia Bonner of Muskegon, Mich., Jane Nowak of Kendallville, Kathy King of Cicero and Kitty Alspaugh of Troy, Ohio; a sister, Martha Strite of Niles, Mich.; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary A., in September, and also two brothers and a sister.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville, with calling from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Kendallville.
Memorials are to the church or to the donor's choice.
James L. Clark
James L. Clark, 79, of Hartford City, a member of Milard-Brown American Legion Post 156 in Montpelier, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
The Hartford City native retired in 1983 from Overhead Door Corp. after 35 years of service, was an area farmer, active in Blackford County 4-H where he was a former leader of Horse & Pony Club, a member, deacon, trustee and Sunday School teacher at Independence Church of Christ, a member of Carpenters & Joiners Union 2047 and a World War II Army veteran.
Surviving are a son, Everett L. of Hartford City; daughters Linda D. Crabtree of Montpelier, Nancy Hedden of Auburn and Gloria S. Clark of Pennville; a sister, Glendora Booher of Warren; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma I., a brother and a sister.
Services were today at Glancy Funeral Homes, Walker Chapel, Montpelier. Burial was in Brookside Memorial Park, Montpelier.
Memorials are to the church.
Patricia Ann "Paddy" Andorfer
Patricia Ann "Paddy" Andorfer, 65, of Keystone, a retired teacher's aide, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
The Columbus, Ohio, native retired in 1994 from Adams/Wells Special Services after 24 years of service, was a member of JT5 Home Economic Club and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bluffton.
Surviving are her husband, Philip E.; a son, John G. Patterson of West Vancouver, Canada; daughters Kim Becher of Berne, DeAnn Hogston of Bluffton and Kelly Pearson of Attica; her mother, Diana Macaluso Donavan of Sun City, Ariz.; a stepson, Paul A. of Albion; stepdaughters Amy Crabill and Mary Johnson, both of Churubusco, Sarah Simmions of Columbus City and Carol Andorfer of Fort Wayne; and 21 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, John A. Patterson, and a son, Michael D. Patterson.
Services are 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bluffton. Calling is from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Thoma-Rich Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, Bluffton. Burial will be in Alberson Cemetery.
Memorials are to the Diabetes Fund or Wells County 4-H Association.
Agnes E. Lawyer
Agnes E. Lawyer, 82, of Dallas, former owner of Erwin Studio in Fort Wayne, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Doctors Health Care Center.
The Fort Wayne native had also worked for the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception and St. Vincent dePaul Catholic churches as a housekeeper, was a former member of Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Rosary Sodality, Catholic Order of Forresters, Catholic Business Women and Secular Order of Franciscans Third Order.
Surviving are a daughter, Patricia K. Burford of Dallas; brothers John D. and Donald R. Starr, both of Wooster, Ohio; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Friday at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, 8669 Auburn Road, with calling one hour before services. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials are to Masses.
Russell C. Burton
Russell C. Burton, 72, of Roanoke, a retired glazier, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Lutheran Hospital.
The Huntington native retired in 1989 from Local Union 1087, was a member of American Legion Post 0160 and Ageless Iron Tractor Club. Surviving are his wife, Lou Ann; a daughter, Susie Meyers of Roanoke; brothers Loren of Cromwell and Arthur of Roanoke; a sister, Violet Wolf of Roanoke; and two grandchildren.
Services are 11 a.m. Monday at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, with calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens.
Memorials are to the American Cancer Society.
Bessie E. Olinger Caudill
Irene “Deede” Corlett Windust died suddenly December 15 at her home in East Hampton. She was the only daughter of a theatrical family—her parents were both dancers affiliated with Castlehouse, the school founded by Irene and Vernon Castle.
Born July 6, 1921 in New York, she started teaching dance in her mother’s social dancing school in Daytona Beach at age 13. At 15 she made her Broadway debut in “Sea Legs.” Gummo Marx spotted her and brought her to Hollywood to be in a movie called “College Holiday” with Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen.
She won a scholarship to Rollins College in Orlando, where she majored in English with a minor in theater; she taught modern dance there as well. She was instrumental in changing school policy, moving dance from the physical education department to the fine arts department. During the summer months, she joined the Band Box Players in Suffield, Connecticut as an apprentice and then actress. “I was a kind of character ingenue” is the way she described herself. In the late 1930s Eva LeGallienne cast her as Belle in Eugene O’Neill’s “Ah, Wilderness!”
Ms. Windust hit Broadway in 1940 in “Glamour Preferred,” directed by Antoinette Perry, and later in “Johnny 2 by 4”—both flops. Soon after she had her first Broadway hit in “By Jupiter” starring Ray Bolger and directed by Joshua Logan. In 1943 she was “The Girl on Broadway,” making the cover of Look magazine. When “By Jupiter” closed she went on tour with “My Sister Eileen.”
It was during the run of “By Jupiter” that Josh Logan introduced her to Bretaigne Windust, director of Broadway hits “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Life with Father,” “State of the Union,” “Hasty Heart,” and the musical “Finian’s Rainbow.” Married in 1945, the couple lived a bicoastal life. Mr. Windust directed for Warner Brothers while Ms. Windust won a supporting role with Helen Hayes in “Happy Birthday.”
Their home in Beverly Hills was a haven for New York stage actors busy doing film and hungry for live theater—Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Ward Bond, James Stewart, Harry Bellaver, the Frederic Marches, Ruth Hussy, Kent Smith, Dorothy McGuire, Wendell Corey, Harry Carey Jr., Margaret Sullavan, Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne and Joseph Cotten. They honed their musical skills by forming the LaJolla Players and mounting a production of “Sabrina Fair” starring Joseph Cotten, Ms. Windust was cast for a part after someone said, “Get Deede Windust, she has great legs. She can wear shorts!”
Her career in Hollywood included live broadcasts of Hallmark Hall of Fame and Matinee Theater, and filmed TV productions of “The Gale Storm Show,” “Wagon Train,” “Bachelor Father,” “Parish” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”
After the death of her husband in 1960, she moved back to New York and did television commercials. After summering in East Hampton, she moved to East Hampton permanently in 1968. The stage attraction returned and she became involved with Maidstone Regional Theater, both as an actress and in fund-raising for many years. In 1982, she and four women founded the Community Theater Company of the Hamptons Inc. and she remained president of the group until 1996. She said “I’ve been very fortunate. My connection to the theater has nurtured my whole life.”
A second marriage to Latimer Maxwell ended in divorce.
Ms. Windust is survived by her daughter, Penelope Windust of Provincetown, Massachusetts; and two granddaughters, Arcadia Conrad and Brittany Haid.
Memorial services will be held at a future date. Contributions made in her memory to the Actors Fund or ARF would be appreciated by the family.
Issue Date: Southampton Press 12/23/1999
Vincent P. Aery
Vincent Peter Aery of Sag Harbor died at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica, Queens on December 19. He was 59.
Born November 28, 1940 in Baldwin, he had been an East End resident for 55 years. He attended Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary School and Southampton High School. A retired New York State Police officer and proprietor of Pete Aery Inc., Mr. Aery was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a founding member of Southampton Golf Club. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Southampton, Long Island East Ski Club, USS Heritage Reunion Group and the Sag Harbor VFW.
After completing his service in the Navy, Mr. Aery worked for the Suffolk County Water Authority for four years before starting his own business, which contracted for underground utilities. He also attended Suffolk Community College for two years.
Mr. Aery is survived by his wife, Beth; a stepson, Troy Conrad of East Hampton; a sister, Margaret Rist of Southampton; and four brothers, Paul of Saranac Lake, New York; John of Yorktown Heights, New York; Christopher of Hampton Bays and James of Southampton.
Prayer services were held at J.M. O’Connell Funeral Home in Southampton
on Tuesday. A funeral service was held on Wednesday at Sacred Hearts of
Jesus and Mary Church; Reverend Monsignor Edmond Trench officiated. Burial
followed at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton.
Jean M. Berkoske
Jean M. Berkoske of West Palm Beach, Florida and formerly of Southampton, died at Columbia Hospital in West Palm Beach on December 6 of a heart attack. She was 92 and had been a member of the second graduating class of the Southampton Hospital School of Nursing in July 1928.
Born in Ostrolenka, Poland, Mrs. Berkoske came to the United States in 1909 with her mother Veronica to join her father, Jan, who had already emigrated to the U.S. She was a nurse for 41 years, including time as the first visiting nurse in Palm Beach County starting in 1947. She was a private duty nurse for 20 years before retiring in 1962.
A memorial mass will be held at St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church in West Palm Beach on January 9 at 1 p.m. Another memorial service will be held in Southampton at a later date. In accordance with her wishes, Mrs. Berkoske’s cremated remains will be scattered over the Gulf of Mexico. Northwood Funeral Home in West Palm Beach handled funeral arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Lighthouse for the Blind, 7810 South
Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach 33405 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Southampton artist Kitty Brandfield who lived on Halsey Neck Lane for 35 years, died December 17 at the age of 89.
Over the years, Ms. Brandfield had many local exhibitions of her work. She was a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York and she frequently showed her work there.
Ms. Brandfield is survived by a sister and three nieces, including the
writer Erica Jong who delivered the eulogy at her aunt’s funeral.
Retired New York City Fire Department Chief Francis Cruthers died at home in Southampton of pancreatic cancer. He was 73 and had been battling the disease for 18 months.
Born in Somerville, Massachusetts on March 14, 1926, Mr. Cruthers was raised in The Bronx where he attended Morris High School. In September 1942, when he was 16, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the 101st Airborne Division and joined in the D-Day invasion at Normandy. He was reported missing in action and was twice awarded the Purple Heart for wounds incurred in Holland and Belgium.
In 1949, Mr. Cruthers was appointed a fireman in the New York City Fire Department. Rising rapidly through the ranks, he was promoted to the highest uniformed position, Chief of Department, in 1978 and retired in 1981. He lectured and consulted on fire-related topics during his retirement. He and his wife Jean also had a home in Jupiter, Florida.
Mr. Cruthers is survived by his wife of 22 years, Jean. He was predeceased in 1976 by his first wife, Peggy, with whom he had five children, Frank, Barbara, Thomas, Peggy, and the late James. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary D’Ambiose and Rita Wolfburg.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home in Farmingdale. Burial was at Pinelawn National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice, Box 1048, Westhampton
Beach, New York 11978.
Joseph W. Onisko
Joseph W. Onisko, 87, died December 17 at the home of Carol Olejnik, daughter of his longtime companion, Lena Olejnik, who died three years ago. The cause of death was ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which was complicated by a stroke Mr. Onisko suffered 16 months ago.
A native of Sag Harbor, Mr. Onisko graduated from Pierson High School in 1930 and attended Duke University. He returned home before graduating because of the Great Depression and worked as a machinist for Agawam and then Grumman Aerospace operating at that time in Sag Harbor at Long Wharf. After retiring, he worked as a gardener at an East Hampton estate. During World War II, he served aboard the USS Benson, which was stationed alongside the USS Missouri when the treaty that ended the war was signed.
Mr. Onisko was an avid athlete whose favorite sport was baseball. He remained a fan throughout his life and enjoyed attending spring training sessions in Florida. According to the family, he remembered fondly watching Babe Ruth play at the Polo Grounds. He also enjoyed fishing and clamming in local waters, and frequently provided dinner from the bays for his extended family. He thought of Ms. Olejnik’s 15 grandchildren as his own, bringing them to the beach and teaching them how to fish.
Predeceased by a brother, John, and a sister, Mary Wilson; Mr. Onisko is survived by two brothers, Frank and Vincent; a sister-in-law, Helen, of Sag Harbor; a sister, Roslyn of New York City; and a nephew, William Onisko of Sag Harbor.
Funeral services were held on December 20 at St. Andrews Church in Sag Harbor. Burial followed at the church cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor.
Memorial donations may be made to Sag Harbor Ambulance, Box 2725, Sag
Harbor; Dominican Sisters Family Health Service, Box 1028, Hampton Bays;
or East End Hospice, Box 1048, Westhampton Beach.
Charles P. Kyle
Charles P. Kyle of Noyac died at Southampton Hospital on December 16. He was 88.
Born in Massachusetts, Mr. Kyle was a superintendent for the New York City Department of Sanitation. He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and had been a member of Holy Name Society.
Mr. Kyle is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons, Jim of Connecticut and Dennis of Katonah, New York; a daughter, Kathleen Ficorilli of Hampton Bays; and five grandchildren, Jessica and Christopher Kyle, Jennifer Manstrelli, Patrick Ficorilli and Sara Molgano. He was predeceased by two brothers, John and Leo.
Prayer services were held at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor on Friday. A funeral service was held at St. Andrew’s Church on Saturday. Burial followed at the church cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance
Corps, Box 2725, Sag Harbor.
Marie Manning Gary
Marie Manning Gary died at the Westhampton Care Center on December 15. She was 99.
Born in New York City on October 7, 1900, she attended public schools in East Orange, New Jersey. After school, she worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and W. & J. Sloan Company in New York. In 1960, she moved to Southampton and worked as a clerk for Hildreth’s Department Store for 22 years until she retired in 1982. She was a member of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church and its Altar Rosary Society as well as a volunteer at the Parrish Art Museum and Southampton Nursing Home.
Predeceased by her husband John in 1952, she is survived by a son, Richard of Malibu, California; and two grandchildren, Amanda Gary and Dylan Gary.
The family received friends at the J.M. O’Connell Funeral Home in Southampton
on December 17. A funeral service was held at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and
Mary in Southampton on December 18; Reverend Paul Gary, Mrs. Gary’s nephew,
officiated. Burial was at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury.
John O. Sherry
John O. Sherry of Sag Harbor died at Southampton Hospital on December 16. He was 76.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri on October 7, 1923, Mr. Sherry had been a resident of Sag Harbor for more than 30 years. Mr. Sherry was a first lieutenant in the Air Force and flew 65 bombing missions over Europe. After military service, he worked in the advertising business for a few years. In 1949, he began writing novels and operated a dairy farm in Virginia for seven years. When he gave up farming, he worked for the Book of the Month Club in New York as a reader until 1966 when he retired and moved to Sag Harbor.
In 1964, he wrote a play, “Abraham Cochran,” which had a short run on Broadway. He wrote three novels, “The Departure” in 1963, “The Loring Affair” in 1965 and “Pistolero’s Progress” in 1966, which was made into a movie by MGM Studios. His memoirs were published in 1985.
Mr. Sherry is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy; three daughters, Linda Sherry of San Francisco, Sylvia Sherry of Maryland, and Anne Sherry of East Hampton; a brother, Earl C. Sherry Jr. of Florida; and four grandchildren.
There were no services. Arrangements were by J.M. O’Connell Funeral
Home in Southampton.
Henry ‘Bud’ Jones
Henry Floyd (Bud) Jones of Water Mill died at his home on December 20 at the age of 84.
Born in Bridgehampton on July 20, 1915, Mr. Jones graduated from Southampton High School and married Helen Burnett in 1939. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II, and worked for the Long Island Lighting Company for 40 years before retiring to enjoy his family and many hobbies, including service as commodore of the Bullhead Yacht Club.
An active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Southampton, Mr. Jones was also a volunteer at the Southampton Hospital Thrift Shop. Known for his love of adventure, he enjoyed traveling and learned to fly at the age of 79.
Predeceased by his wife, Helen Burnett Jones, in 1989, Mr. Jones is survived by a sister, Erma Wilkins of Southampton; his children and their spouses, Kay Jones, Jeff and Linda Jones, all of Water Mill, and Barbara and Steven Micari of Hampton Bays; and five grandchildren, Leslie Jones, Megan and Jeffrey Jones, Stacey and Leigh Micari.
Visitation was scheduled at Brockett’s Funeral Home in Southampton;
a funeral service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m.
today, Thursday, December 23. Memorial donations are requested to be made
to the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service or to the First Presbyterian
Church of Southampton. Burial will be at the family cemetery on Flying
John Olden Sherry
Novelist and playwright John Olden Sherry died at Southampton Hospital on December 16. A longtime resident of Sag Harbor, he was 76, and had been suffering from advanced lung disease (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) since last February.
Mr. Sherry, who made a brief appearance as “the Sage of Sag Harbor” in the novel, “A Frolic of His Own,” written by his friend William Gaddis, was also a poet, and to many friends of all ages who sought his counsel, a philosopher and mentor. Mr. Gaddis, an East Hampton resident, died one year ago to the day of Mr. Sherry’s death.
Mr. Sherry was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and at 17 he enlisted to serve in World War II. As a 1st lieutenant in the Army Corps Bomb Squad and a bombardier, he flew 65 combat missions in Europe and North Africa, earning a Campaign Ribbon with four Bronze Stars and an Air Medal with 12 Oak Leaf Clusters.
Following the war, Mr. Sherry worked at the Chicago advertising firm of Needham, Lewis and Brorby and later attended the New School in New York City on the GI Bill. At the ad agency, he met his wife-to-be, Dorothy Briggs, and they were married in New York City in 1949. Mr. Sherry and his wife, who survives him, marked 50 years of marriage last January.
Mr. Sherry and his wife moved to Europe and he began a career as a novelist. He recalled in his 1984 memoir, “Maggie’s Farm,” that his first novel—“The Departure”—was “timed by some oddity of chance to coincide with the arrival” of his first daughter, Linda Sherry. She and two other daughters, Sylvia and Anne Sherry, also survive.
Other novels by Mr. Sherry are “The Loring Affair” and “Pistolero’s Progress,” for which he wrote the screenplay for a major motion picture starring Glenn Ford, Angie Dickinson and Chad Everett. Titled “The Last Challenge,” it was released in 1967.
Produced plays include “Abraham Cochrane,” which appeared on Broadway in the early 1960s and starred Bill Travers and Ann Harding, and off-Broadway productions of “The Icing,” “The Admissions Chairman” and “The Basket Case.”
His memoir, “Maggie’s Farm,” is an often hilarious accounting of his several years in the 1950s as a Virginia dairy farmer trying to support his young family and his love of writing. At the time of his death, he was at work on a prequel to “Maggie’s Farm.”
The Sherrys moved to Sag Harbor in 1960. He worked for a decade as a reader for the Book of the Month Club, reviewing up to a dozen books a week and suggesting selections.
Mr. Sherry is also survived by four grandchildren, Jonathan and Emma Wirth and Samuel and Travis Little, and a niece, Leticia Sherry Magwitz.
Mr. Sherry’s wife and daughters are planning a memorial gathering in
the summer of 2000 for Mr. Sherry and his only brother, Earl Courtwright
Sherry, who died in September. The family suggests memorial donations be
sent to the Friends of the Sag Harbor Library or the Sag Harbor Historical
Regina Coker of Eastport died Monday, December 13 at the age of 75 at Central Suffolk Hospital in Riverhead.
Born in Brooklyn on February 21, 1924, Ms. Coker is survived by her daughters, Julie Sokel of Virginia and Carol Zielinski of Hampton Bays; two brothers, Arthur Babinski of Delaware and Edmund Babinski of Virginia; two sisters; Irene Wagner of East Moriches and Alice Janis of Florida; and eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, December 15 at St. John’s Roman Catholic
Church, Center Moriches. Interment followed at Calverton National Cemetery
in Calverton, New York.
Jean H. Burns
Jean H. Burns died Wednesday, December 15 at her home in East Quogue at the age of 75.
Mrs. Burns was born in Brooklyn. She is survived by her husband, Vincent J. Burns; her four children, Dennis of Bedford, Kevin of Manhattan, Kathleen of Bedford and Patricia of Levittown; two sisters; Mildred and Marie; a brother, George; and six grandchildren, Maureen, Matthew, Elizabeth, Joseph, Jessica, and Wyatt.
Religious services were held Saturday, December 18 at 8 p.m. at R.J. O’Shea Funeral Home. A private committal took place on Monday, December 20.
Donations to the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service of Hampton
Bays would be appreciated.
Sverre Larsen died Thursday, December 16 at his daughter’s residence in East Marion at the age of 98.
Mr. Larsen’s wife, Svea Elvira Kronquist died recently. He is survived by his daughters, Ingrid Micari and her husband Thomas of Hampton Bays, and Anna Woznick of East Marion; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Marie Larsen; a brother, Einar Larsen of Dumont, New Jersey; 10 grandchildren, Thomas J., Brian S., Julie S. and Jeff A. Micari, Jennifer, Mary, Anna and Catherine Woznick, Patricia Jeski and Johan Karsten; and five great-grandchildren, Kristie Jeski, Johan Karsten III, Kristoffer J. Larsen, Ryan Woznick and Camryn.
Sons of Norway services were held Friday, December 17 at J. Ronald Scott Funeral Home. A funeral service was held Saturday, December 18 at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hampton Bays and burial followed in Flanders Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church of
Hampton Bays or Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Aquebogue would be appreciated
by the family.
Ruth Mae Mayo
Ruth Mae Mayo died Friday, December 17 at Central Suffolk Hospital in Riverhead. She was 68.
Mrs. Mayo was born in Flanders and attended Bell A.M.E. Zion Church and Westhampton United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker and also worked as a farm laborer and home health aide.
Mrs. Mayo is survived by her daughters, Doris Joseph of Southampton and RuthAnn Mayo of Westhampton Beach; a brother, William Mayo Jr. of Westhampton Beach; two sisters, Dorothy Brown of Westhampton Beach and Minnie Baldwin of East Moriches; a grandson, Dmitri Bell; a son-in-law, Lambert Joseph; a brother-in-law, Fletcher Baldwin; a sister-in-law Laura Mayo; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 22 at Follett & Werner
Funeral Home, Westhampton Beach.
Agnes B. Ullman
Agnes Brodsky Ullman of Hampton Bays died Tuesday, December 21 in her sleep after a long illness at the age of 81. She worked as a volunteer for the Humane Society of Ft. Myers and for the Family and Children Services of Catholic Charities.
Mrs. Ullman is survived by her husband Edward; the couple would have celebrated their 66th anniversary on Christmas Eve. She is also survived by a son, Edward Jr., and two grandsons, Allen and Arthur.
A memorial service will be scheduled for a future date.
Issue Date: Southampton Press 12/23/1999