|Robert H. Coons
Robert H. Coons died on Wednesday, January 16 after a long illness.
He was 78.
Mr. Coons spent 33 summers in Quogue. He was a trustee of St. John’s
Lodge No. 1 of the Masons. He was also a member of the VFW and the Shinnecock
Hills Golf Club.
He is survived by his wife, Jean; four sons, Henry, Timothy, Michael,
and Louis; and nine grandchildren.
The family would appreciate contributions in Mr. Coons’ memory to the
Avon Old Farms School, 500 Old Farms Road, Avon, Connecticut 06001.
Jean Patchett Auer
Jean Patchett “Pancho” Auer of Westhampton Beach and La Quinta, California,
died Tuesday, January 22 after a long battle with emphysema. She was 75.
Born in Preston, Maryland, Mrs. Auer became a nationally known photographic
model in the 50’s and 60’s, gracing the covers of more than 40 magazines,
including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Life.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Louis; her daughter, Amy
of Westhampton Beach; her sister, Mrs. J. Fred King of Georgia; and her
brother, J. Frank Patchett Jr. of Maryland. Mrs. Auer was predeceased by
her son, W. Bartlett Auer.
A service was held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert,
California on January 28. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate
contributions to the American Lung Association, 1740 Broadway, New York,
New York 10019 or the charity of choice.
Mildred June Stiansen
Mildred June (Sis) Stiansen, a resident of Hampton Bays for 40 years,
died at Southampton Hospital on Sunday, January 27. She was 61.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Norman Stiansen Sr.; her
son, Norman L. Stiansen, Jr. and his wife Rosemary of Hampton Bays; her
daughter, Sandra DiBona and her husband Jeffrey of Connecticut; her grandchildren,
Peter L., Tara E., and Anna R. Stiansen of Hampton Bays and Jeffrey, Lindsay
and Rebecca DiBona of Connecticut; her sister, Margie Burba, and her brother
Thomas Kiefer both of Bay Shore.
Visiting hours were held at the J. Ronald Scott Funeral Home on January
30. Her funeral service will be held Thursday, January 31 at 11 a.m. at
the funeral home. Interment will be at the Good Ground Cemetery in Hampton
Anthony Leanza of Westhampton Beach died at his home on Tuesday, January
22. Mr. Leanza was born in Italy on September 19, 1919.
He is survived by his five children, Anthony Leanza Jr. of Westhampton
Beach, Christine Barnes, Pat Leanza, Wayne Leanza, and Stefan Leanza; his
brother, Frank Leanza; his sister, Mary Visci; and nine grandchildren.
A prayer service was held at the Follett & Werner Funeral Home
on January 25, followed by services at the Sons of Italy. A Mass of Christian
Burial was celebrated by Father Bergin on January 26 at the Church of Immaculate
Conception in Quiogue. Interment followed at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle
Adolfina Lonski of Speonk died at her home on Wednesday, January 23.
She was born in Poland on June 10, 1909.
Predeceased by her husband, Leonard Lonski, she is survived by her
son, Stanley L. Lonski; two grandchildren, Nicole and Leonard Lonski; and
great-grandson Zachary Lonski.
A funeral service was held at the Follett & Werner Funeral Home
on January 26 with Father Bergin officiating. Interment followed at Mt.
Dominique Del Monte
Dominique Del Monte, who divided his time between Water Mill and Key
West, Florida, after his retirement, died on Wednesday, January 23, in
Key West after a long illness. He was 76.
Born in 1925, in Paris, France, he was the son of Cuban parents who
were in France at the time on temporary assignment for the Cuban military.
His parents returned to Cuba soon after he was born and he spent his early
years there, receiving his education in Havana.
In 1950, he left Cuba for the United States and became a resident of
New York City. He pursued a career in the publishing business, specializing
in Spanish language publications distributed mainly in Central and South
America. He retired in 1989.
According to his longtime companion, Richard Jones, Mr. Del Monte will
be remembered for his involvement in the social life of Water Mill and
Key West and for his active participation in many civic and charitable
In addition to Mr. Jones, he is survived by relatives in New York and
Mr. Del Monte was interred in Miami. A requiem mass will be announced
at a later date.
Henry James Jr.
Henry James Jr., a longtime summer resident of the Hamptons, died on
Monday, January 21, in North Branford, Connecticut.
Mr. James was librarian emeritus of Sweet Briar College in Virginia.
He graduated from Yale University in 1940 and received master’s degrees
from Stanford and Columbia universities. In retirement, Mr. James was an
alumni activist for Yale University and a docent at the Yale Center for
Mr. James is survived by his daughter, Emily Jones of Connecticut;
and two brothers, Daniel of New York City and Philip James of New York
City and Southampton.
Ruth Hansen of Southampton died of natural causes on Thursday, January
24, at Southampton Hospital. She was 93.
Mrs. Hansen was born on March 18, 1908, in Brooklyn to George and Mary
She provided child care for many families in the Southampton Shores
area and in Southampton for many years, and was a member of Our Lady of
Poland Church in Southampton.
Mrs. Hansen is survived by a daughter, Grace Hansen of Southampton;
a son, Brian Hansen of New Jersey; four grandsons, Matthew Hansen and Brian
Hansen of New Jersey, Clifford Stoodley of New York and Mark Hansen of
Montana; two granddaughters, Linda Fenichel, and Jennifer Hansen of New
Jersey; a granddaughter, Nicole Stoodley of New York; and a grandson, Jason
Stoodley of New York. She was predeceased by her husband, George Hansen,
who died on March 25, 1980.
The family received friends on Sunday at the J.M. O’Connell Funeral
Home in Southampton. A mass of Christian burial was held Monday at Our
Lady of Poland Church in Southampton, with Reverend Stanley Kondeja and
Deacon James Ashe officiating. Interment followed at Southampton Cemetery.
Clovis M. Campbell
Clovis M. Campbell of Brookhaven, and formerly of Sag Harbor, died
on Saturday, January 26, at Stony Brook University Hospital. She was 55.
Born in Sag Harbor on May 18, 1946, to Sam and Evelyn (Edwards) King,
she attended Pierson High School, Southampton College and Hofstra University.
Ms. Campbell was a special education teacher for 32 years at Frank P. Long
School in Brookhaven and was a member of the South Bay Art Association.
According to her family, she loved to paint watercolors and loved animals.
She is survived by her mother, Evelyn King; a daughter, Kimberley J.
Campbell of Brookhaven and Clemson University, South Carolina; a sister,
Dorothy Kessen of East Hampton; a brother, Lenis Hearn of Michigan; and
six nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her father, Sam King.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday at the Yardley and Pino Funeral
Home in Sag Harbor. Interment was at Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society would
be appreciated by the family.
Florence B. Olenik
Florence B. Olenik of Sag Harbor died on Tuesday, January 29, at Southampton
Hospital. She was 84. A resident of the area since 1940, she had previously
lived in Glendale, Queens.
Mrs. Olenik was born on February 3, 1917 to Arthur and Emma F. (Diefenbach)
May. She worked at Rowe Industries in Sag Harbor, and, according to her
family, enjoyed gardening, cooking, bird watching, and reading.
Mrs. Olenik is survived by a daughter, Linda Olenik of Sag Harbor;
a son, William Lucia of Oklahoma; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth B., who died in 1982.
Services are scheduled today, Thursday, January 31, at 11 a.m. at the
Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor, with Reverend Richard Ploth
of the Old Whalers’ Church of Sag Harbor officiating. Interment will be
at Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance
Corps, P.O. Box 2725, Sag Harbor, New York 11963, would be appreciated
by the family.
Valerie J. Meduski
Valerie J. Meduski of East Quogue died at Central Suffolk Hospital
on January 22. She was 69.
For over 35 years, Mrs. Meduski was a member of the East Quogue Ladies
She was predeceased by her husband, Michael Meduski. She is survived
by her son, John Howell of Mattituck; her daughter, Candace Howell of Westhampton
Beach; four grandchildren, Krystle, Kristin, Shawn, and Jessica; and her
sister, Betty Young of Arizona.
A private Memorial Service was held for family and friends on January
24 and Friday, January 25 at Follett & Werner Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the East Quogue Rescue
Squad in the name of Valerie Meduski.
Josephine Nastri of Southampton died on Tuesday, January 29, at Southampton
Hospital. She was 85.
Funeral arrangements, which were incomplete at press time, are under
the direction of the J.M. O’Connell Funeral Home in Southampton. A complete
obituary will appear in next week’s edition.
George Grun of Water Mill, an attorney for the Suffolk County Legal
Aid Society, died on Tuesday, January 29. He was 57.
Visiting hours will be on Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the
Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton.
Helen W. Dombkowski
Helen W. Dombkowski of Bridgehampton died on Tuesday, July 30.
Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the J.M. O’Connell Funeral
Home in Southampton, were incomplete at press time.
Jeanne S. Campbell
Prominent sportswear designer and longtime Westhampton resident Jeanne
S. Campbell died on Wednesday, July 24, at the Oxford, New York, home of
her daughter, Jean E. Peterson, after complications resulting from a stroke.
She was 82.
A memorial service was held on Saturday at the Behe Funeral Home in
Oxford with Reverend Allen C. Lang, pastor of the United Church of Oxford
officiating. A complete obituary will appear in next week’s paper.
Henry Golightly, a longtime resident of Sagaponack, died at his home
in New York City on Wednesday, July 17.
Mr. Golightly was the founder and president emeritus of Golightly International,
a management consulting firm whose clients included a number of aviation
companies and executives, as well as advertising agencies in the U.S. and
abroad. He was also emeritus officer at large of Just One Break, a philanthropic
and social service agency in New York City that provides job placement
and career opportunities on a volunteer basis for handicapped individuals.
A memorial service will be held today, Thursday, August 1, at 11 a.m.,
at Christ Church in New York. A graveside burial service is scheduled on
Friday, August 2, at 2 p.m. at the Sagaponack Cemetery on Sagg Road, opposite
the historic house on Sagg Main Street that was Mr. Golightly’s home for
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Just One Break would be appreciated.
A memorial service for Mrs. Katherine Straus, who died on February
23 in St. Louis, will be held at St. Andrew’s Dune Church in Southampton
on Sunday, August 4, at 4 p.m., followed by a reception at 5 p.m. at the
Old Post House Café, 136 Main Street, Southampton.
Mrs. Straus’s family invites all friends to attend.
Eileen P. O’Connor
Eileen P. O’Connor, of Southampton and Marco Island, Florida, died
at her home in Southampton on Saturday, July 27. She was 69.
Mrs. O’Connor was born in New York City on December 12, 1932, to Martin
and Ann (Dillon) Madden, immigrants from Ireland. She grew up in Manhattan
and Queens, attending Richmond Hill High School and working in Manhattan
before her marriage.
In 1954 she married William
O’Connor of Queens, who became an attorney and an executive vice president
of Phillip Morris Inc. The O’Connors were avid travelers and made journeys
to Ireland, Europe, Egypt, Israel, and Alaska, among other locales.
A devout Catholic, Mrs. O’Connor served as a CCD teacher and a Eucharist
minister in parishes on Long Island and Marco Island. She also donated
her time to important charities, particularly Wishing Well and Meals on
Wheels and was a member of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church in Southampton.
According to her family, much of her adult life was dedicated to being
a loving wife and generous and spirited mother to her seven children.
Mrs. O’Connor is survived by her husband, William J. O’Connor; three
sons, Kevin and his wife Debbie
O’Connor of Arkansas, William B. and his wife Sandra O’Connor of Virginia
and Thomas S. and his wife Michelle O’Connor of California; and four daughters,
Jeanne O’Connor of New York City, Carolyn Fortin and her husband Brad of
Massachusetts, Cathy O’Connor of Utah and Christy O’Connor of Massachusetts.
She is also survived by four grandchildren, Connor, Brendan and Ryan
Fortin of Massachusetts and Liam O’Connor of Arkansas; a brother, Martin
Madden of California; and two sisters, Margaret Duffy of Staten Island
and Theresa Raiola of Lake Ronkonkoma.
The family received friends on Sunday and Monday at the J.M.
O’Connell Funeral Home in Southampton. A mass of Christian Burial was
held on Tuesday at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church in Southampton,
with Reverend Jeffrey Madley officiating. Interment followed at Sacred
Hearts of Jesus and Mary Cemetery in Southampton.
Donations to East End Hospice, Post Office Box 1048, Westhampton Beach,
New York 11978; or the Wishing Well Foundation, 5051 Castello Drive, Suite
1, Naples, Florida 34103, would be appreciated by the family.
Mildred V. Halfacre
Mildred V. Halfacre of Southampton died on Thursday, July 25, at her
residence. She was 84.
Mrs. Halfacre was born in New York City on September 11, 1917, to William
and Catherine (Martin) Rigaud and grew up in the Washington Heights section
She was a longtime summer resident of Southampton and became a permanent
resident in 1980. As an active member of Our Lady of Poland Church in Southampton,
this past year she instructed a group of youngsters to prepare them for
First Communion. Mrs. Halfacre enjoyed many activities and especially enjoyed
various exercise programs and walking.
She is survived her niece, Marilyn Kayner and her husband Jack of Connecticut;
a nephew, Richard Simpson and his wife Eleanor of Massachusetts; a godson,
Stephen Caudana of California; and numerous other godchildren, great-nieces
She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, William (Billy) Halfacre,
a prominent society orchestra leader and musician who died on July 9, 2000.
The family received friends on Sunday at the J.M. O’Connell Funeral
Home in Southampton, where a prayer service was officiated by Reverend
Stanley Kondeja. A mass of Christian burial was held on Monday at Our Lady
of Poland Church with Reverend Stanley Kondeja officiating. Interment followed
at Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx.
Donations to East End Hospice, Post Office Box 1048, Westhampton Beach,
New York 11978 would be appreciated by the family.
Elizabeth (Betty) Pogue Mansfield of Sag Harbor died on Monday, July
29, at Southampton Hospital. She was 77. A resident of Sag Harbor for seven
years, she had previously lived in New Rochelle.
Born in Brooklyn on October 25, 1924, to William and Annie (Curry)
Pogue, she graduated from Girls High School in Brooklyn and from New York
University, where she majored in physical therapy.
In 1994, she retired from private practice in Scarsdale, completing
a career of 46 years which included posts as chief therapist at White Plains
Hospital Medical Center, clinical professor at Ithaca College at Albert
Einstein Medical Center in The Bronx, staff/consultant therapist at the
Home for Aged Blind in Yonkers, and work at the New York Institute for
Education of the Blind in The Bronx, the Hospital for Joint Diseases and
New York Orthopedic Hospital in New York City, Huntington Hospital in Pasadena,
California, and Zamenhoff Clinic in Tel Aviv, Israel.
She was a life member of the American Physical Therapy Association
and was on the advisory committee for Camp Atwater in North Brookfield,
Massachusetts. She was also an active member and former treasurer of the
Sag Harbor chapter of AARP. She enjoyed fishing with friends aboard her
boat, “Therapy II.”
Ms. Mansfield is survived by her brother, William “Bill” Pogue of Texas;
and two cousins, Beryl Thorne of Sag Harbor and Jeanne Bromley of North
Haven. She was predeceased in 1978 by a son, David.
At her request, there were no formal funeral arrangements.
Memorial donations to the Eastville Community Historical Society would
be appreciated by her family.
Leonard (Sonny) Cuffee died at his home on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation
on Monday, July 29. He was 62.
Visiting hours were held on Wednesday at the Brockett Funeral Home
in Southampton. A funeral service will be held today, Thursday, August
1, at 2 p.m. at the Shinnecock Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow
at the Shinnecock Cemetery.
A complete obituary will appear in next week’s paper.
Robert C. MacRae
Robert Clark MacRae of East Hampton died at his residence on Sunday,
July 28. A resident of East Hampton since 1990, he was 82.
Mr. MacRae graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University and was a
member of the Fairleigh Dickinson Alumni Association.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was vice president
of United Jersey Bank in Oradell, New Jersey, until his retirement in 1979.
He was a past president and member of both the Englewood and Oradell,
New Jersey, Lions Clubs and a member of Lions International. He was also
active on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and a past vice chairman.
Mr. MacRae served as vestryman at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Englewood
and was an active parishioner of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton.
He is survived by two daughters, Christy Stevenson and Robin MacRae,
both of New Jersey; two grandchildren, Sean and Kelsey Stevenson; and a
son-in-law, David Stevenson.
A memorial service will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal
Church in East Hampton, with Reverend Darwin Price officiating. Funeral
arrangements were under the direction of the Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. MacRae’s name to St. Luke’s Episcopal
Church would be appreciated by the family.