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Obituaries 4.21.11

Posted on 22 April 2011

Joyce Crews-Manigo

Joyce Crews-Manigo, a lifelong member of the Bridgehampton community passed away on Saturday, April 16. She was 52 years old.

Born on December 10, 1958, Mrs. Crews-Manigo graduated from Bridgehampton High School in 1977. Her husband, Thomas Manigo, as well as her children, Edith, Johnelle and Juwon, and her grandchildren, Jurisha, Akayda, Levelle, Octavia and Jeiziie, survive her.

Mrs. Crews-Manigo was an intrinsic part of the Bridgehampton Union Free School District, where she was employed as the district clerk and guidance secretary for over two decades.

“Joyce Manigo was the consummate school professional,” said Bridgehampton Superintendent Dr. Lois Favre. “She was proud of the work she did on behalf of children. As the new superintendent, within minutes of meeting her I realized her love and dedication to family, her church, and the students and staff of the Bridgehampton School community. And she was so proud of the rich history she, her children and grandchildren shared at the Bridgehampton School.”

“She is the backbone of our school, and the epitome of all that is special about Bridgehampton School,” continued Dr. Favre. “She is sorely missed, and the impact of her loss remains to be seen.”

“She was a remarkable woman who is to be admired for her dedication to her family, her church, and her work as the district clerk and as the guidance secretary,” said school board member Elizabeth Kotz. “She did it all and did it well. What a tremendous loss for all of us.”

The wake for Mrs. Crews-Manigo will be held on Friday, April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the First Church of God in Christ of Bridgehampton. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at the Southampton Full Gospel Church, with burial immediately following at the Southampton Cemetery on North Sea Road and County Road 39 in Southampton.

A gathering after burial will be held at the First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton.

Margaret A. (Maggi) Witty

Margaret A. Witty, known as Maggi, a long time resident of Springs passed away on Saturday April 16 after a long illness. She was 50 years old. Born on December 5, 1960 to the late Margaret F. Witty and Michael J. Witty Sr. of Sag Harbor, Ms. Witty was known as an accomplished musician and singer/songwriter.

Ms. Witty grew up in Sag Harbor where she attended St. Andrews School and Pierson High School. As a child, she began playing guitar in the third grade and could be found strumming it every spare moment she had.

After High School, Ms. Witty moved to New York City to pursue a career in music, performing at such venues as Kenny’s Castaways, The Lone Star Café, The Bitter End, and The Dugout. Returning to the East End, she performed at the Stephen Talkhouse, Guild Hall and a number of other local venues.

Ms. Witty also had a passion for antiques, which she turned into a small business when she opened The Country Girl Antiques in Bridgehampton. She loved to travel and spent time in South America, Central America, Europe and the Caribbean. She also had a great love for animals and wildlife.

Ms. Witty is survived by her companion of 25 years, Steven Brennan, and her sisters Gena Alloca, Michele Witty, Mary Witty and Maureen Houfe, her brother Patrick Witty, and four nephews and one niece.

Visiting was at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor on Wednesday, April 20. Burial will be today, Thursday, April 21, at Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor.

Memorial donations have been suggested to The Humane Society or the Animal Rescue Fund.

Carol Whitney Thomason

Carol Whitney Thomason, a resident of North Haven for 40 years, died at her home on April 15. She was 63 years old.

Mrs. Thomason was born on August 6, 1947 in Chicago, Ill. to the late William Whitney and Jean Dingee Harold.

Mrs. Thomason, a graduate of Wells College, was the owner of Morris Studio in Southampton.

Her deep faith and her faith community was of great important to Mrs. Thomason, said her family, which she helped cultivate as the superintendent of the Sunday school, elder and deacon at the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor. Her desire to give also extended to her work as a hospice volunteer for more than 20 years.

In addition to her charity work, Mrs. Thomason loved animals and walked her dogs faithfully. She was also an avid traveler, having recently visited Alaska and the Grand Canyon.

“She was a beloved mother, wife and friend; sweet dreams,” said her son Neal.

Mrs. Thomason is survived by her husband, Jim Thomason, and son Neal James Thomason, of Sag Harbor.

Visitation was held on Monday, April 18 at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor. A funeral was held on Tuesday, April 19 at the Old Whalers Presbyterian Church of Sag Harbor.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to East End Hospice or The First Presbyterian “Old Whalers” Church of Sag Harbor.

Rosalie Belle Jacobs

Rosalie Belle Jacobs, a longtime resident of Sag Harbor, died in Southampton on April 19 at the age of 93.

Mrs. Jacobs was born on October 18, 1917 in Montauk, to Samuel and Mildred (Payne) Loper.

Mrs. Jacobs worked for many years in retail as the proprietor of The Cracker Barrel on Main Street in Sag Harbor.

Mrs. Jacobs is predeceased by her husband Stanley Jacobs. She is survived by her children Carolyn Martin of Sag Harbor and Robert Jacobs of Warrenton, Va., sister Janet Lavinio of Water Mill, and four grandchildren, two great grandchildren and six nieces and nephews.

Visiting will be held on Friday, April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Yardley & Pino funeral home in Sag Harbor. A funeral will be held on Saturday, April 23.

In lieu of flowers, memorial Donations can be made to the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the First Presbyterian “Old Whalers” Church of Sag Harbor.

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