Miscellaneous Suffolk County, New York Obituaries - 2002

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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 Bays.

Anthony Leanza
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 Village, Queens.

Adolfina Lonski
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. Pleasant Cemetery.

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 organizations.
In addition to Mr. Jones, he is survived by relatives in New York and Miami.
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 British Art.
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
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 (Boland) Barth.
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 Auxiliary. 
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
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
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
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 many years. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Just One Break would be appreciated.

Katherine Straus
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 of Manhattan.
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 and great-nephews. 
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 Mansfield
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 Cuffee
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.


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