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Obituaries January 20, 2011

Posted on 19 January 2011

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Jeanne Salerno

Jeanne Salerno died peacefully at her Sag Harbor home on January 14, 2011 in the comfort and company of her family. She was 62.

She was the cherished wife of Frank Salerno for almost 40 years and was the loving mother of Nancy Hallock and Amy Salerno, both of Sag Harbor and of Anthony Salerno of Westport, Conn. She cherished her time with granddaughters Carolyn, Emily, Abby and Lizzie Hallock.
The family noted that Mrs. Salerno’s journey through life — marked by extraordinary compassion, optimism and humor — brought her lifelong friends.

She loved being a parishioner of St. Andrew’s Church, they said, where she was lector, served on the Parish Council, developed the Consolation Ministry, and led a Renew 2000 community prayer group.
Mrs. Salerno was a respected nurse educator. Most recently, she served as Director of Education at Westhampton Care Center and also at the Hampton Care Center in Southampton.

Previously and for a number of years, she held that position at Southampton Hospital, where she also served as head of Quality Improvement. Mrs. Salerno was an adjunct professor of nursing at Suffolk Community College. In the early 1970s, she had been named the youngest-ever head floor nurse at Einstein Hospital in the Bronx. She also explored psychotherapy, becoming a licensed therapist through the Augusta Webb Institute. Inspiring and supporting new nurses was dear to her heart.

Since was a little girl her love and commitment to learning always brought her to the top of her class at Our Lady of Solace grammar school (Bronx), Presten High School (Bronx), and Niagara University School of Nursing, which was attended on a full Regents Scholarship. Later, she earned an M.S. in Clinical Nursing from Adelphi University with a 4.0 GPA.

Mrs. Salerno was the eldest daughter of Irene and Fred Wezel of the Bronx, both deceased. Her three sisters – Joan, Janet and Jane – mourn her passing, celebrate her life and cherish memories of their lively girlhood together.

“Mrs. Salerno leaves a legacy of kindness and compassion to all whose lives she touched,” said the family. “She devoted her life to her relationships with others. Her warm smile and calm nature brought comfort to all who knew her. Jeanne excelled in all she did in life.”

Visiting hours were held on Sunday, January 16 and Monday, January 17 at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home, followed by a funeral Mass on Tuesday, January 18 at St. Andrews Church in Sag Harbor.


Jessie Z. Passamonte
Jessie Z. Passamonte, a resident of Gingerbread Lane in East Hampton since 1958 died at her home on January 17, 2011. She was 89 years old and had previously lived in Sag Harbor.

She was born in Sag Harbor on August 7, 1921 to Stanley and Victoria (Juste) Zelinski. She graduated from Pierson High School. The wife of the late Charles Passamonte, she was a homemaker and also worked at Bulova in Sag Harbor.

Mrs. Passamonte leaves two children, Charles Justin Passamonte of East Hampton, and Donna Marie Passamonte of East Moriches. Also surviving are sisters Mary Ruppert of College Point Queens and Sag Harbor, and Nellie Doroski of Cutchogue. She is predeceased by a sister and a brother.

A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, January 20 at 11 a.m. at Most Holy Trinity R.C. Church in East Hampton. Interment will follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to IGHL (Independent Group Home Living), 65 Pine Street, East Moriches, N.Y. 11940.


Rob Hess
Rob Hess, a resident of Sag Harbor since 1986, died peacefully at his home on January 5, 2011 surrounded by his family. He was 57. Mr. Hess was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in early November and quietly battled the cancer with the support of his family and close friends.

He was born in St. Paul, Minn. on May 21, 1953 to Dr. William Hess and Loretta Rooney Hess. He grew up in East Marion on the North Fork of Long Island, where his father worked as a research scientist on Plum Island. From 1960 to 1964, the family lived in Kenya, East Africa where Dr. Hess was stationed and Robert Hess attended British boarding school before returning to Long Island. Mr. Hess graduated Greenport High School in 1971 and Boston University in 1976.

After college, Mr. Hess lived in Los Angeles and worked construction as a member of the L.A. Painters Union. In 1985, he returned to the East End to join Shaw Aero Devices as a quality assurance engineer, later moving into sales administration. He married Mary Lynne Thorp in 1986 and the couple made Sag Harbor home for the next 25 years. He remained with Shaw Aero until 1993, when the company relocated to Florida.

In the years following, Mr. Hess was business manager with the Fred Stelle Company, an architecture firm in Bridgehampton and later served as practice manager at Hamptons Gynecology & Obstetrics in Southampton. In 2007, Mr. Hess opened LABL, a small clothing store in Sag Harbor that blended fashion with art, and carried the unique designs of several local artists. The business was a labor of love for Mr. Hess, who especially enjoyed visiting vendor showrooms with his children, Kirsten and David, hosting trunk shows with pizza and music and having people dropping in to say hello. Most recently, he enjoyed his role as proprietor of the Otter Pond House, a small bed and breakfast he started in 2010. But his proudest title was that of Dad.

His family describes Mr. Hess as a hands on do-it-yourself guy with an eye for design and attention to detail that was apparent in the various projects he did for his home and family. He re-fiberglassed his old Boston Whaler and this past summer was meticulously restoring the Ensign he and his wife sailed most every weekend.

“Mostly Rob loved the idea that he was a part of the fabric of the Sag Harbor community,” noted his family. “From nursery school days at Stella Maris to the day his second child graduated on the hill at Pierson High School, as a member of the Breakwater Yacht Club before he could afford a boat to his brief tenure with the Chamber of Commerce, these connections were important to him.”

“He liked running errands in town and meeting people along the way … coffee beans from Java Nation, his almost-daily trips to the hardware store, pizza at Conca’s, Wednesday night sailing on Blue Blazer,” they added. “Rob loved calling this village home. He will be remembered for his quick wit and humor as well as his deep love of, and eclectic taste in music.”

In addition to his wife Mary Lynne and two children, Kirsten and David, Mr. Hess leaves a brother, Brian Hess, sister-in-law, Suzanne MacNeille and nephews, Ryan and Stephen Hess of New York City.
His ashes were buried in a private ceremony at Oakland Cemetery and a memorial celebration was held at the Breakwater Yacht Club on January 10.

The family wishes to thank all those who attended and “appreciates the way in which we were embraced by your thoughtfulness and caring.”

“Rob’s pride in his family was matched only by theirs in him. He will be missed,” they added.
Memorial gifts in Mr. Hess’ memory may be made to Fighting Chance or East End Hospice.

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Donald Doctorow
Donald Doctorow, a resident of Scarsdale, N.Y. for over 50 years, passed away on Thursday, January 13, 2011. He was 88 years old.

Mr. Doctorow was born in New York on August 19, 1922 and was the son of David and Rose Levine. He was the devoted husband of the late Elly Miller Doctorow who predeceased him in June of 2007.
Mr. Doctorow was the loving father of Jeffrey (Tracy), David (Crystal) and Jonathan (Lisa), grandfather of Siena, Sarah and Louis. He is also survived by his brother E.L. Doctorow (Helen) of Sag Harbor.

Mr. Doctorow was a W.W.II Army veteran. He was an avid tennis player, enjoyed golfing and sang opera, belonging to the New Rochelle Opera along with being both a pianist and guitarist. A chapel service was held at George T. Davis Funeral Home in New Rochelle on Sunday, January 16 with interment following in the Sharon Gardens Cemetery, Valhalla, N.Y.

Wallace Edward Kirkman
Wallace Edward Kirkman died on December 26, 1010. He was 84 years old.

He was born in Hawthorne, N.J. on May 20, 1926 to John and Ella Kirkman. Mr. Kirkman was educated in New Jersey, then made his life in Ohio where he worked 46 years for the National Cash Register Company.
Mr. Kirkman is survived by his wife Shirley Kirkman, his sister Beverly Wolpack and brother in-law Mitchel Wolpack of Sag Harbor, and Glen E. Cerrato, nephew.

Mr. Kirkman left his heart in Sag Harbor where he summered for many years. He will be so missed by his family and friends.

Robert Ulrich Schwartz

Robert Ulrich Schwartz, 88, of Sag Harbor, passed away at his home on December 9, 2010 after a lingering illness. Mr. Schwartz was born New York City on August 8, 1922 to Wellington and Ottilie Schwartz. He moved to Brooklyn as a young child, and then spent the rest of his youth in White Plains, where he was the youngest to achieve Eagle Scout status at age 14.

He graduated from Hobart College in 1949, after serving as Radio Operator in the Army Air Corps, 420th Bomb Squadron, from 1942 to 1946.

Mr. Schwartz, known by his many friends as Bob, was a salesman and an entrepreneur, achieving national recognition selling postage machines in New York City for Pitney Bowes. Striking out on his own he sold everything from shark’s teeth to anti-freeze. He eventually landed on the idea of selling posters of movie stars that began with an advertisement of Humphrey Bogart in Life Magazine and Rolling Stone that started the poster craze in the late 1960s. He started Personality Posters, a store that sold posters and novelty items, which grew to three locations in Manhattan. He went on to form Ludlow Sales in 1976, selling black and white photos and sepia print post cards of celebrities, movies stars, and musicians. The business was eventually sold to Classico San Francisco in 1990.

Mr. Schwartz was an avid boater and sailor, and always loved to be entertained by friends and family. He and his wife frequently cruised in Eastern Long Island, Connecticut and Rhode Island and had many adventures traveling up and down the Intracoastal Waterway, and among the tropical islands of the Bahamas and Florida.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara Dexter Schwartz; his son Erik Schwartz, wife Lisa Zawadzki Schwartz, and their children Ezra, Ava, and Jack; step-children Kathleen Boyer, Christian Cooke, Kevin Cooke, Deirdre Cooke, and Brian Cooke and 10 step-grandchildren, and seven step-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister Elise Vons Ulrich. The memorial service was held at The Boathouse Restaurant on Gann Road, East Hampton on December 13. Mr. Schwartz was entombed at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y. Monetary donations can be made on his behalf to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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