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No News on Murder

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Rumors this week that police had a suspect in the Labor Day weekend murder of Jessie Burke, 100, remained unconfirmed this week. In the meantime, local police maintain they have been paying the area in North Haven greater attention.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Police Department Public Information Office said the department didn’t comment on suspects, unless they were looking for someone and were seeking the public’s help.

“We don’t disclose that type of information,” she said.

And as neighbors around Payne Avenue — where Mrs. Burke was found sitting in her den on Sunday, August 31, with a bullet wound in her head — continued to express their concern that an arrest has not been made, Southampton Town Police confirmed this week that they have had additional patrols in the area since the murder.

North Haven is part of the same sector as Noyac  — 43 — and as a result is monitored three shifts a day, seven days a week by a car dedicated to that sector, said Southampton Town Police Lieut. Robert Pearce this week. While he did confirm that there are times when the car would be pulled from the sector if it was needed in another sector, he said “never is there a time when someone would call for assistance and be told there was no one to help them.”

In the case when a car was pulled from sector 43, the car that patrols Bridgehampton, sector 42, would be called in to include Noyac and North Haven in their patrol.

Lt. Pearce said that, since the murder, the area around Payne Avenue has been receiving “additional coverage.”

“We’re telling officers to make sure they check the area, and officers have been directed to increase their presence in North Haven,” said Lt. Pearce.

In addition, he said, “some officers who reside in the area have been directed to pay attention to the area.”

Jessie Burke was found dead by her daughter, Margaret Jean Burke, who had just returned from running errands on the afternoon of August 31. The two women shared the house at 36 Payne Avenue, which is owned by the younger woman. There was no visible sign of forced entry into the house and it does not appear that anything has been stolen or removed from the house. Police have questioned family members, including Jean Burke, for background, and have removed a rifle from the house, and officers have since returned to the neighborhood to speak to neighbors.

“The extra patrols are there to make everybody feel safe,” said Lt. Pearce.

Obituaries September 11

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Jessie Margaret (Daisy) Burke

Jessie Margaret (Daisy) Burke was found dead in her home at 36 Payne Ave., North Haven, on Sunday, August 31, 2008. She had celebrated her 100th birthday on August 7.

Mrs. Burke was born in New York City on August 7, 1908 to Jane Brown McLaren of Perth, Scotland, and Alexander MacLean of Inverness-shire, Scotland. Mrs. Burke’s mother died four years later, and she and her infant brother, Duncan, were escorted to Inverness-shire, where she was raised by her grandparents, Duncan and Jessie Chisholm MacLean, on their sheep farm at Old Town of Aigas, Beauly, Scotland. She attended Eskadale School in Eskadale from 1913 to 1917, at which time she transferred to St. Mary’s School for Young Ladies in Elgin. She spoke frequently and lovingly of her grandparents and her life in Scotland as this period was always one of her happiest memories.

She returned to America on the Cameronia II in July of 1923 to live with her father and step-mother, Cecilia Magee, of Southampton. Her brother, Duncan, joined them shortly after. She graduated from Southampton High School in 1925 and X-Ray technician school in Manhattan in 1928. Her first job was with Bendinen Schlesinger.

She married James A. Burke of New York City in 1931 and they settled in Woodside, NY, spending most summer vacations in Noyac. After her husband died in 1965, Mrs. Burke, having purchased a home in Pompano Beach, Fla., enrolled in Florida Atlantic University, graduating with an AS degree in nursing. She returned to Noyac and worked as a RN in Southampton Hospital. Mrs. Burke was an avid bird watcher and animal lover. Her home was never without a pet, usually more than one. She belonged to the Bridgehampton Bridge Club and played weekly contract bridge until a few months before she died. She was also a retired member of the Southampton Garden Club, having been an active member for years.

Mrs. Burke is survived by her four children, Jean Burke of North Haven, James Burke of Florida, John Burke of California and Judith Schiavoni of Sag Harbor; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She requested cremation and that there be no showing nor memorial service of any kind. Her family is honoring her wishes. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Sag Harbor Ambulance Corps, PO Box 2725, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.


Phyllis Wright Parash

Phyllis Wright Parash, a longtime resident of Southampton and more recently of Sag Harbor, died on Sunday, September 7, at the Southampton Hospital, of complications from myelofibrosis and acute leukemia. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Paul Parash, in February of this year.

Born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, on September 3, 1947, Phyllis was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth B. Wright.  The Wright family moved to Southampton in 1950 and Phyllis attended Southampton Schools.  After high school, Phyllis married Douglas Goodale and lived with him in New York City, where she gave birth to her son, Brian Kenneth Goodale. 

Phyllis worked in New York for an architectural firm, John Carl Warnecke, and a law firm, Kramer Levin, before returning to Southampton in the mid 1970s to become the co-owner/manager of East End Computers with her son Brian. Consulting privately with clients in the computer and real estate fields, in the 1980s, Phyllis became one of the first computer-savvy individuals on the East End; her Hampton Road store was frequented by many leading prominent east end writers who were just beginning to become computer literate, including Craig Claiborne, Linda Bird Francke, Joseph Heller, Joe Pintauro and others, with whom she developed close friendships.

In 1997, she married Paul Parash, the co-owner of Sip-n-Soda in Southampton After selling her business, Phyllis worked for the Southampton Association as well as other private clients. She and Paul moved to Sag Harbor, where they were well known for hosting soirees attended by their wide circle of friends at the Madison Street home she loved. According to her sister Elizabeth, “Phyllis was the best cook and hostess I’ve ever known.”  She attracted people because of her infectious enthusiasm for life, and will be remembered for her love of her large and close family, her loyal friendship, her passion for music and singing, and for her fierce determination and indomitable spirit.  At the age of 60, Phyllis executed a perfect cartwheel on the beach at the celebration of her granddaughter’s second birthday. She also loved warm climates and owned a beachfront home in San Pancho, Mexico, where she and many Southampton friends enjoyed vacations.

Avid readers, Phyllis and Paul were members of both a play-reading group and a book club.  Phyllis is survived by her son, Brian Goodale and his wife Helen, three step-sons, Paul, Nicholas and Mark Parash; six brothers and sisters, Elizabeth Wright, Penny Wright, Dorothy Reilly, Kenny Wright, and Douglas Wright, and a half-sister, Suzanne Klein; two sisters-in-law, Megan Christian Wright and Robin Koral Wright; three brothers-in-law, Wayne Grothe, David Beier, and Michael Reilly; and three granddaughters, Lindsay Siefert, Taylor Goodale and Fionnuala Goodale.  Also among her survivors are her nieces and nephews, Sarah and Colin Reilly, Spencer, Lianna and Georgia Wright, Hope and Alex Reese, Genna and Ellis Beier, Bella Wright and Grady Klein.

Visitation will be held at the O’Connell Funeral Home between 2 and 4 p.m. and 7 and 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 11.  A private memorial service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to The Phyllis Wright Parash Fund, John Jermain Library, 201 Main Street, Sag Harbor, New York 11963.


Ethel Bookstaver Charach

Ethel Bookstaver Charach, 100, of Patchogue, died on August 30, 2008. Born and raised in Sag Harbor, where she was known as “Bookie”, Mrs. Charach graduated Pierson High School. At the time of last years’ 100th Anniversary of Pierson, she was recognized as the school’s oldest living alumnus.

She was also a graduate of Hunter College. She moved to Patchogue in 1940 where she was a long time member of Temple Beth El of Patchogue and a founding member of the Patchogue Chapter of Hadassah. For many years she volunteered at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Charach is survived by her son Benjamin “Jeff” and his wife Carole of Bayport, as well as her two grandsons, Craig and Adam. She was predeceased by her husband Charles in 1978.

Friends and relatives gathered on Tuesday, September 2, at Bayport–Blue Point Funeral Home, where a religious service was celebrated with Rabbi Joel Levinson officiating. Interment followed in Patchogue Hebrew Cemetery.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to Brookhaven Hospice, 105 West Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772 or Temple Beth El 45 Oak Street, Patchogue, NY 11772.


Frank LoPinto

Frank LoPinto, 82, of Emerald Isle, North Carolina, passed away Friday, September 5, 2008 at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C.

Graveside funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 13, at Seaside Memorial Park, Swansboro, N.C., with Father Donald Baribeau of St. Milred RC Church, Swansboro, N.C., officiating. 

Mr. LoPinto retired after 50 years in the fashion industry on 7th Avenue in New York City. He also served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

Mr. LoPinto is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Rose M. LoPinto.

Survivors include his son, Dr. Joseph F. LoPinto and wife, Gail of Sag Harbor; daughter, Jodie L. Folk and her husband, Tom of Fairfax, Va.; four grandchildren; two sisters, Sylvia Adamo of Pennsylvania, and Vinnie Oskapinski of Arizona.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home, Swansboro Chapel.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to the charity of ones choice, in honor of Mr. LoPinto.

Private electronic condolences may be left for the family at www.jonesfh.org.   





Investigate 100-Year-Old’s Death in North Haven

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As Suffolk County Police continue their investigation into the murder of 100-year-old Jessie Burke of North Haven, the attorney for Mrs. Burke’s daughter, Margaret Jean Burke, who found the elederly woman shot to death, denies the younger woman was in any way responsible for the crime.

“We absolutely, emphatically deny Jean was involved,” said Colin Patrick Astarita, Jean Burke’s attorney.

Jessie Burke was found by her daughter, shot in the head on Sunday afternoon about 12:45 in the house at 36 Payne Avenue shared by the two women.

According to police, Jean Burke, 76, had left the house late on Sunday morning to go shopping and do errands, leaving her mother in a chair in the den. Among the errands was a stop at the town transfer station on the Bridgehampton Turnpike. On Monday morning, police closed off the transfer station to conduct a search. An employee said they had been looking for a gun, but it is unclear if any had been found.

When Jean Burke returned from her errands about an hour later she found the elderly woman in the same place she left her, shot. Police described the elder Mrs. Burke, who celebrated her birthday on August 7, as ambulatory, able to move around and feed herself, and quite lucid.

“She was able to do the New York Times crossword puzzle every week,” said Det. Lieut. Jack Fitzpatrick of Suffolk County Police Homicide.

On Sunday evening about 8 p.m., a handful of reporters waited behind a line of yellow tape while police escorted Jean Burke from the house and into a waiting unmarked car. When the officer left the car momentarily, a stunned-looking Ms. Burke opened the car an approached the reporters.

“I don’t understand what is being said,” said Burke, “I’m just in a daze. I’m dazed.”

Ms. Burke was helped back into the car by the police officer and her sister, Judy Schiavoni, who, according to neighbors, regularly visits with her mother. Jean Burke was then driven to her sister’s house, said Lt. Fitzpatrick. She has remained there since Sunday, said Astarita.

“She can go home, but she wants to stay at her sister’s house,” the lawyer said. “She’s still very upset; she lived in that house for 17 years. She doesn’t know what to do.”

Jean Burke, a former corrections officer, ran unsuccessfully for mayor of North Haven in 1994, running as an independent against Robert Ratcliffe. She was vehemently opposed to a deer hunt the village proposed.

By Monday morning, narrow Payne Avenue was jammed with reporters and television crews from local and metropolitan stations. A large white crime scene van was parked up the driveway, which led to the house tucked in the woods and back off the road.

One neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said she had not seen the elder Mrs. Burke leave the house in the past three years except for the occasional doctor’s visit. She said she was not aware of anything unusual until she looked out the window Sunday afternoon and saw police at her neighbor’s house

“I did not hear any gun shots,”she said.

She added that Jean Burke had come into her yard Sunday afternoon while the investigation was being conducted, and, telling the neighbor she was not allowed back in her house during the course of the investigation, asked to use the neighbor’s bathroom. She was stopped by police who told her she couldn’t go in the neighbor’s house until they wiped the blood from her hands, which they did.

Lt. Fitzpatrick said he had interviewed both sisters for background, and said that Jean Burke appeared “visibly and appropriately upset,” after finding her mother.

He added that there was no evidence the sisters or the mother argued or fought with each other.

“In fact it’s just the opposite,” said the detective. “The picture we’re getting from both sisters is that they all got along.”


On Monday afternoon, Det. Lt. Fitzpatrick said there was no sign of forced entry, nor was there any indication that anything had been taken from the house.

“Clearly the house had not been ransacked,” said Lt. Fitzpatrick in an interview.

Fitzpatrick declined to say how many times Jessie Burke had been shot. He declined to say if they had found the murder weapon, or if guns were kept in the house.

When asked if neighbors should have any concern for their safety, Lt. Fitzpatrick said Southampton Town Police had indicated there was no evidence of criminality in the neighborhood that would lead them to believe neighbors were in danger.

When asked why Jean Burke may have felt it necessary to hire a lawyer, Astarita said, “Well, you have police all over your house…”

Astarita added that he is also working as a liaison between the Burkes and the police.

“We want to be as helpful as possible,” he said, “and we’re cooperating in any way we can.”

Astarita said his client has willingly submitted to all tests and questioning, including having her hands tested for gunpowder residue.

“We’ve released her [1996 Toyota] to them and she’s even given them her clothes,” said Astarita. In addition, Jean has given police a list of all people who have worked at the house in recent months.

The family is hunkering down, he said, and Jessie Burke’s other children, two sons, are coming from out of state for services.

By Tuesday afternoon, the yellow police tape had been taken down around the Burkes’ home on Payne Avenue, but the investigation was continuing.

“We’ll continue to look into [Jessie Burke's] life to see if there is anything that may have led to this,” said Fitzpatrick.

No charges have been filed, and the investigation is continuing.

Police are asking anyone with information about the case to contact the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

 Additional reporting by Melissa Lynch and Kathryn G. Menu

Top: Jean Burke, who discovered her mother’s body on Sunday, in photo above, was helped into a police car by a police officer and her sister, Judy Schiavoni, Sunday night and driven to a relative’s house.(robbie vorhaus photo).