Former Southampton resident Dan Klugherz died in Sarasota, Florida
on February 27 at the age of 84. A long-time resident of Southampton, he
was an enthusiastic golfer and a member of the Southampton Golf Club.
Mr. Klugherz was an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His widely
shown and televised film, “The Real Julia,” concerned Dr. Muriel Gardiner’s
rescue of scores of Jews from Nazi Vienna. The film, which corrected the
Lillian Hellman memoir of her own role in the events, premiered at Guild
Hall in East Hampton in 1988.
His other film credits include, “Marked for Failure,” “Women in Sports,”
“The Great Black Hope,” “American Samoa: Paradise Lost?” and many others.
Mr. Klugherz also directed “Twentieth Century” for CBS and “NET Journal”
and “The Fifty-first State” for PBS.
Film awards presented to Mr. Klugherz include the Blue and Red Ribbon
of the American Film Festival, Cine Golden Eagle, NEA School Bells Award,
and Best Documentary of the Year (TV-Radio Life Magazine).
Mr. Klugherz was a second lieutenant during World War II, serving in
the Signal Corps as a cameraman, writer and director.
In addition to his wife, Patricia Klugherz, he is survived by two daughters,
Alice Klugherz and Tan Kamine; a grandson, Jack Kamine; and a sister, Marjorie
Adelbert P. Dordelman died at his home in Sag Harbor on February 27.
He was 94.
A lifelong resident of Sag Harbor, he attended Pierson High School
and served in the Army during World War II. He worked as a stationary engineer
for Suffolk County for 20 years at the Riverhead Jail, drove a taxicab
in Manhattan, was a deck hand on the steamer Shinnecock, a driver for Socony
Oil, and worked for the East Hampton Town Highway Department.
Mr. Dordelman was a past member of the Sag Harbor Fire Department,
Otter Hose Company, and a member of Wamponamon Lodge of the Masons, and
the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Predeceased by his wife, Nancy (Gilbride), in 1993, and a son, Adelbert,
who was killed in World War II, he is survived by five step-children, Catherine
Openhowski of East Quogue, Margaret Perry of California, Joan Tebbe of
Missouri, Nancy Sabatino of Florida, and T. Denny Gilbride of Florida;
many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was
predeceased by three stepchildren, Charles and Jim Gilbride and Mary Schweinsburg;
and three siblings, Carl, William and Raymond.
Prayer services were held on February 29 at the Yardley and Pino Funeral
Home in Sag Harbor. A funeral was held on March 1 at the Old Whalers Church
in Sag Harbor; the Reverend Christine Grimbol officiated. Burial followed
at Oakland Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps,
Box 2725, Sag Harbor, New York 11963.
Anna Armusewicz of Southampton died at Southampton Hospital on February
27. She was 85.
Born January 19 in Jersey City, New Jersey, she had been a resident
of the area for 65 years. She devoted her life to making a home for her
family and was a past member of the Southampton Golf Club.
Mrs. Armusewicz is survived by her husband, Vincent; three sons, Richard
of Southampton, and Vincent and Robert of Water Mill; two daughters, Carol
Benjamin of Southampton and Marcia Liebert of Pluffton, Indiana; a sister,
Mary Lamiak of State College, Pennsylvania; 24 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren;
and one great-great grandchild. She was predeceased by two sons, Thomas
in 1978 and Philip in 1997.
The family received friends at the J.M. O’Connell Funeral Home in Southampton
on Tuesday. Her remains were cremated.
Memorial donations may be made to Southampton Village Ambulance Corps,
Box 832, Southampton, New York 11969.
Mario Gerardi of Bridgehampton died at Southampton Hospital on February
27. He was 92.
Born in Italy on February 6, he attended school in Sicily, and served
in the Italian Navy in World War II before coming to the United States
in 1946. He worked at Eclipse Mattress in Brooklyn for six years before
moving to Southampton and working at the Bulova watch factory from 1952
to 1968, when he retired. In 1970, he moved to Florida and returned to
Bridgehampton seven years later. He was a member of the Southampton Full
Mr. Gerardi is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nancy; three sons,
Vito and Peter of Southampton and Thomas Speedling of Hampton Bays; and
three daughters, Mary Sellentin of Bridgehampton, Helen Poehnelt of Flanders
and Catherine Rosko of Tennessee; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family received friends at the J.M. O’Connell Funeral Home in Southampton
on Tuesday. A funeral was held Wednesday at the Southampton Full Gospel
Church; the Reverend Donald Havrilla officiated. Burial followed at Southampton
Memorial donations may be made to Mission Reach Out Haiti, Box 126,
Southampton, New York 11969.
Ethel Miller Culver
Ethel Miller Culver of Westhampton Beach died Tuesday, February 8 at
the Westhampton Care Center at the age of 102. She was born in New York
City to Fredrick and Elizabeth Morrison Miller on November 12, 1897.
The Miller family moved to Westhampton Beach in 1914. Her father owned
and operated the Westhampton Press. Mrs. Culver graduated from Westhampton
Beach High School in 1918, and married Harold Field Culver in 1919.
Mrs. Culver was a member of St. Mark’s Church, first president of the
Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW in Quogue, a member of the Daughters of America,
the East End Quilters and the Episcopal Church Women’s sewing group.
Mrs. Culver is survived by her five children, Robert of North Babylon,
Clara Hulse, Harold Culver of Westhampton Beach, Ethel Clark of Skaneateles
and Virginia Gilmore of Westhampton, 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren
and four great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Harold, and her daughter,
Lorene Cyphers, predeceased her.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Follett & Werner
Funeral Home in Westhampton Beach on Wednesday, February 9 and on Thursday,
February 10. A service for the celebration of her life was conducted by
The Reverend David Plank, a family friend. Interment followed at the Westhampton
Edward J. Zebroski
Edward J. Zebroski of Aquebogue died on Tuesday, February 11 at Central
Suffolk Hospital at the age of 70. He was born on January 9, 1930 to Charles
Zebroski and Marie Radjeski-Zebroski in East Quogue.
Mr. Zebroski was the youngest member of the East Quogue Fire Department
before he was married, and also held the position of Peconic Bay U.S. Power
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Kaminski; his daughters, Alexandrea
of Queens and Jean of Hicksville; his brothers, John and Larry of East
Quogue; and his sisters, Josephine Morton of East Quogue and Dorothy Servello
The family received friends on Monday, February 14 at the Reginald
H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead. A Mass of Christian Burial was held
on Tuesday, February 15 at St. Isidore’s Church in Riverhead with Monsignor
John Mirecki officiating. Interment followed at St. John’s Cemetery in
John J. Loetscher Sr.
John Joseph Loetscher Sr. of Hampton Bays died on Friday, February
18 in his home at the age of 92. Mr. Loetscher was a retired Power Distributor
for Con Edison in New York City. He was also a member of the Southampton
Mr. Loetscher is survived by his companion of over 20 years, Christine
Ross; his children, Rosemary Schofield, Rita Resling, Richard Loetscher,
John Joseph III and his wife Maxine, all of Hampton Bays, and Janet Weggeland
and her husband Duane of Palm Bay, Florida and Robert Loetscher and wife
Bonnie of Vancouver, Washington. He is also survived by 24 grandchildren,
29 great-grandchildren, his nephew, Robert Blasius of Tamarac, Florida,
and the family of Christine Ross.
A Parish Prayer service, Hampton Bays Fire Department service and a
service by Reverend Dr. Roger Kleinheksel from the Manorville Community
Church were held on Sunday, February 20 at the J. Ronald Scott Funeral
Home. A Funeral Mass was held on Monday at St. Rosalie’s Church with his
grandsons Ralph and Ronald Schofield, John Joseph III, Eric, Bobby and
Marc Loetscher, and Henry and Jeffery Resling acting as pallbearers. Interment
followed at Good Ground Cemetery in Hampton Bays.
In lieu of flowers, donations to East End Hospice or the American Cancer
Society would be appreciated.
Theodore C. Martz
Theodore C. Martz of Manorville died on Thursday, February 24 at Brookhaven
Memorial Hospital at the age of 81. Mr. Martz was born in Wading River
on November 11, 1918.
Mr. Martz is survived by his children, Theodore, Ronald and Kenneth,
all of Manorville; his sisters, Estelle Rykaczewski of Riverhead, Mary
Fleischmann of Jamesport, Helen Martz of Wading River, Catherine Aprea
and Alice Aprea of Manorville and Rosalie Mikata of Florida, and his three
Funeral arrangements were made by Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home
in Center Moriches. Visitation took place on Friday, February 25. A Mass
of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, February 26 at St. Peter
and Paul Church in Manorville. Interment to follow at St. Isidore’s Cemetery
Sally A. Van Bokkelen
Sally A. Van Bokkelen of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn died Thursday, February
3 at the age of 77. She was born on February 25, 1922 in Bay Ridge, and
moved to Bradenton, Florida eight years ago from Remsenburg.
Ms. Van Bokkelen was an educator and administrator at Fort Hamilton
High School in Brooklyn for 25 years. She then pursued a career in interior
design in Manhattan and the Hamptons. She held a bachelor’s degree from
Notre Dame College of Staten Island and a master’s degree from Columbia
University and a certification as an interior designer from the New York
School of d his wife Irma of Richmond, Texas, Jack Lorenz of Pelzer, South
Carolina, David Lorenz of Riverhead and his sister-in-law, Janice L. Lorenz
of Newport, Rhode Island; and many nieces and nephews. His mother, Muriel,
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 3 at J. Ronald Scott
Funeral Home in Hampton Bays with Reverend Walfred Scofield of the First
Congregational Church of Riverhead officiating. Burial will follow at Calverton
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to East End
Hematology and Oncology of Southampton, Southampton Hospital, Hampton Bays
Volunteer Ambulance and/or East End Hospice.
Edward Howell Best
Edward Howell Best of Southampton and Westhampton Beach died Monday,
May 22 at the age of 79.
Mr. Best served in the Army Air Force during World War II with the
427 Nightfighters Squadron and was employed at Grumman Aerospace for over
50 years. He is survived by his daughters, Allison and Karen, and his son,
Jonathan, and his daughter-in-law Eileen.
A viewing was held at Follett & Werner Funeral Home in Westhampton
Beach on Thursday, May 25. Funeral services followed on Friday, May 26
at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to East
End Hospice, Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, New York 11978 or the American
Cancer Society in memory of Edward H. Best.
Elizabeth W. Havens
Elizabeth (“Libby”) White Havens of Hampton Bays died at the age of
81 at the Riverhead Nursing Home on May 25 after a long illness. Her family
was at her side.
Born in Good Ground in 1918 to Fredrick and Rachel White, she graduated
from Hampton Bays High School in 1938 as valedictorian of her class. She
resided in Hampton Bays with her husband, Carl, for over 60 years and served
as the District Clerk for the Hampton Bays School District. She was past
president of the Good Ground Cemetery Association and of the WSCS of the
United Methodist Church of Hampton Bays.
Her hobbies included gardening, dressmaking, card playing, painting
and entertaining family and friends. Mrs. Havens and her husband Carlton
(“Red”) loved to travel across the United States in the family recreational
vehicle. She was also active with the Girl Scouts of America during the
She is survived by her husband, Carlton; her daughter, Carel and son-in-law
Adam Hosa; and her daughter, Fredricka, and son-in-law George Hughes, all
of Hampton Bays. She is also survived by five grandchildren and their spouses—Elizabeth
Leishman and husband Jerry of Plainview, Debra McKay and her husband Chris
of Hampton Bays, Adam Hosa III and his wife Robyn of Port Richie, Florida,
Robert Hughes and his wife Nancy of Brentwood, and Jonathan Hughes and
his wife Colleen of Alexandria, Virginia. Mrs. Havens was the great-grandmother
of Heather, Jay, Brandi and Hayley. Her sister, Jessie O’Connell of the
Riverhead Nursing Home, also survives her. Another sister, Dorothy Smith
of Florida, predeceased Mrs. Havens.
After a private cremation, she will be buried in Good Ground Cemetery.
Rita D. Fox Ryan
Rita Dolores Fox Ryan, 82, of Stuart, Florida and Westhampton Beach
died suddenly on Saturday, May 20, in Martin Memorial Hospital South in
She was a native of New York City where she graduated from St. Catherine’s
Hospital School of Nursing. During World War II, she worked as a phlebotomist
with the Red Cross. Before retirement, she was a registered nurse and homemaker.
In Westhampton Beach, Mrs. Ryan was a member of the Church of the Immaculate
Conception and the Westhampton Country Club. In Stuart, where she resided
for 21 years, she was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Stuart
Yacht and Country Club. Her hobbies included golf and bridge.
Mrs. Ryan is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert J. Ryan, M.D.
of Stuart and Westhampton Beach; a son, Robert J. Ryan Jr. of College Station,
Texas; four daughters, Mary Patricia Ryan of Kew Gardens, Dolores Reynolds
and husband Bruce of Taghkanic, Theresa McEntee and husband Philip of Plandome,
and Elizabeth Ryan Byrnes, M.D. and husband Dennis of Greenwich, Connecticut;
a brother, Vincent Fox and wife Sheila of New York City; a sister, Catherine
Coulton of Wichita, Kansas; and three grandchildren. Her children James
Michael and Laura Marie predeceased her.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Church of the Immaculate
Conception at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 24.
Contributions may be made to Mercy Medical Center, 1000 North Village
Avenue, Rockville Centre, New York 11570.
Anna T. Barta of Center Moriches died at Central Suffolk Hospital on
May 24 at the age of 90.
Born October 13, 1909, in New York City, she was the daughter of Joseph
Michalek and Anna Pospisil. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Barta was employed
as a dressmaker for Henri Bendel in New York. Predeceased by her husband,
Charles, she is survived by two sons, Charles of Remsenburg and William
of Medford. Two grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive.
A funeral service was held at the Reginal H. Tuthill Funeral Home in
Riverhead on Friday, May 26, with the Rev. John P. Fahey Jr., Pastor of
the United Methodist Church of Riverhead, officiating. Interment followed
on Saturday, May 27, at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Elmhurst, Queens.
Jana Hunsaker died Sunday night of an aortic aneurysm at the home of
a friend in Hampton Bays.
Ms. Hunsaker, who was in her 50s, was the Director of Tennis at the
National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens for 13 years. She coordinated
the U.S. Open, public and private school tennis championships, and a number
of tennis clinics and programs.
Two sons, David and Doug Sachs, survive the deceased.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the R.J. O’Shea Funeral
Home in Hampton Bays.
Dorothy K. Weber
Dorothy K. Weber died on Thursday, May 18.
“Dorie” was born on August 16, 1925, in New York City. She graduated
from Hunter High School and Hunter College, where she earned her bachelor
of science degree. Mrs. Weber earned advanced degrees in English and Library
Science at the University of Connecticut and the City University of New
York, respectively. Her career included classroom teaching and numerous
supervisory and administrative positions in the New York City School system.
Mrs. Weber also contributed to the underprivileged youth of New York.
Mrs. Weber was known as “Shane” by her husband of 47 years, William
P. Weber, who survives her. Other survivors include her brother, Donald
F. Kauer of Honolulu, and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to a charity
Helen Hoffman Spitzer
Helen Hoffman Spitzer died on Sunday, May 21, after residing at the
Riverhead Nursing Home for two years. She celebrated her 100th birthday
there with family and friends on May 1.
A long-time resident of Westhampton Beach, Mrs. Spitzer was born on
April 30, 1900, in St. Paul, Minnesota. She and her twin sister, Ruth Hoffman
Brooks, were artists and authors. The twins studied art at L’Ecole des
Beaux-Arts in Paris. Their works were shown in various New York galleries.
Traveling to Iraq for Ruth’s marriage to Douglas Brooks, an engineer for
the British government, the sisters turned the experience into their first
book in 1938, “We Married an Englishman.” After a successful book tour,
their publisher encouraged them to return to Iraq where they wrote “Our
Arabian Nights,” a study of harem life learned firsthand. The sisters also
wrote “We Lead a Double Life,” and a children’s book entitled “Little Arab
Helen Hoffman traveled around the world with the historian Hendrik
VanLoon on the Franconia. The couple held a joint exhibit of their art
in New York City. In 1942, she married Silas Spitzer, Food Editor of Holiday
Magazine. Together, they made the rounds of famous restaurants and purchased
a barn in the Village of Westhampton Beach where they entertained their
many famous friends.
Mrs. Spitzer’s twin sister and her husband both predeceased her.
Robert A. Gelzer
Robert A. Gelzer died suddenly at Nassau County Medical Center on May
20 at the age of 52.
Mr. Gelzer, a truck driver for the Suffolk County Department of Public
Works, resided in Brentwood but was formerly of Hampton Bays. He served
in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam conflict and belonged
to the American Association of Retired Persons and The Disabled American
He is survived by his daughter, Danielle I. Gelzer of Hampton Bays;
his son, Frederick Gelzer of Shirley; and his mother, Elise Stahr Lawrence
of Hampton Bays; his grandson, Talen-James Gelzer; his brothers, David
Gelzer of Ohio, Christopher Lawrence of Hampton Bays, and Henry Lawrence
Gelzer of Maine; and his sisters, Brenda Gelzer-Hill of Hampton Bays and
Linda Heartly Scott of Pennsylvania.
Reverend Madden, Interim Minister of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in
Hampton Bays, conducted services at the J. Ronald Scott Funeral Home on
Wednesday, May 24.
Burial followed at Calverton National Cemetery.