Eileen R. (Mc Partlin) Essay, 71, passed away January 3, 2014 at Southampton Hospital with her family by her side. Mrs. Essay was born in Bridgeport, Conn. August 16 1942 to Frank and Madeline Mc Partlin. Her family moved from Connecticut to Sag Harbor when she was 6 years old. Mrs. Essay attended St. Andrews Parochial School through 8th grade and continued her education at Pierson High School graduating in 1960. She attended Good Counsel College (currently known as Pace University) graduating in 1964 with a degree in English. Shortly after graduating college Mrs. Essay was hired by the Sachem School District in the greater Ronkonkoma area on Long Island. She taught 2nd and 3rd grade at both the Cayuga and Gatelot Elementary Schools.
She met her future husband Robert Essay at the Hansom House in Southampton in the late fall of 1968. She accepted her first date going to the Annual Southampton Fire Department Banquet in January 1969. They married April 3, 1971 and settled down in Southampton. Their son Robert Jr. was born in 1973 followed by a daughter Kathleen three years later. After the birth of her son Mrs. Essay devoted all of her time to raising her children.
In 1981 she and her husband purchased a plot of land in Fort Pierce, Florida. They built a family home complete with a guest house in 1986. Since then they have enjoyed spending part of the winter months at their second home entertaining friends and family.
Mrs. Essay was active in church activities at the Basilica Parish at Sacred Hearts. This included being a member of the Altar Rosary, Prayer groups and senior citizen luncheons sponsored by the Church. Mrs. Essay was also involved in “Meals on Wheels.” This is where a home cooked meal was supplied by members of the group to seniors in need throughout the community. Mrs. Essay was an avid reader and in her later years turned to books on tape.
Mrs. Essay was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 16. Despite this disability Mrs. Essay would never complain about her situation.
“She showed us how to live with challenges by radiating an upbeat positive spirit that was infectious to everyone she met,” said the family. ”A fighter to the end she carried such zest for life each and every day. When facing a difficulty no matter big or small she would simply adapt and overcome. She was generous with her love, kindness, empathy, time and made friends wherever she went”
Mrs. Essay was predeceased by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Essay Sr. and children Robert Essay Jr. of Southampton, Kathleen Essay and son-in-law Francisco Romero Baez of Jackson Heights, Queens.
She is also survived by grandchildren Alex and Isabel Romero Essay, a brother F. Joseph Mc Partlin and sister Marie T. (Mc Partlin) Brenner both of Sag Harbor.
Burial was at the Sacred Hearts Roman Catholic Cemetery, Southampton.
In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests donations be made to the Dominican Sisters of Human Resources of the Hamptons.
Joan C. Egan
Joan C. Egan, former parish secretary at St. Andrews Church in Sag Harbor, doed in West Palm Beach, Fla. , on January 11. She was 81 years old.
Born November 13, 1932 in Rockville Centre, L.I., she was the daughter of Einar and Agnes (Kelly) Christiansen.
Mrs. Egan was an involved and dedicated mother and grandmother, loved her six children and five grandchildren. She enjoyed simple pleasures like playing cards and board games with family and friends, challenging herself with gigantic jigsaw puzzles, and laughing her way through life. Her working life was varied, and included employment as the parish secretary at St. Andrew’s R.C. Church in Sag Harbor, as well as other employment in East Hampton. Following a move to Florida in 1973, she worked for the Palm Beach County Utilities Department, Nurmi Electric, and Southern Linens. She took great joy in assisting others and always keeping fresh coffee available. She liked, and was well-liked by many colleagues at all her workplaces.
Mrs. Egan is preceded in death by her siblings Harold and Don Christiansen (Jane), Mildred McLeod (Don), Thelma Herzog (Joseph), Elizabeth Hoffman (Robert), and Dagney Patthey (Frank) as well as her husband Thomas Francis Egan and their first-born son Thomas. She is survived by her children James (Nancee), Margaret, Kevin (Jan), Patrick (Becky) and Kathryn, as well as her grandchildren Diana, Kelly, Jennifer, Sarah, and Ryan.
A funeral mass will be held at St Andrews R.C. Church on Monday, January 20, at 10 a.m., after which she will be interred beside her husband in St. Andrew’s Cemetery, Sag Harbor.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.