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Obituaries September 18

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Philip H. Bucking

Philip H. Bucking, a resident of Sag Harbor for 47 years and longtime proprietor of the Sag Harbor Variety 5 & 10, died in Bangor, Me. on Monday, September 15. He was 67 years old.

Born in Babylon, L.I. on August 24, 1941, he was the son of the late Philip H. and Lorraine (Albin) Bucking.

Mr. Bucking was a graduate of State University of New York at Farmingdale, and was an engineer by trade, working at the Bulova Watchcase Factory in Sag Harbor. An active member of the community, he was a member of the Lions Club and the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce. As an avid outdoorsman he was a member of the Noyac Sportsman’s Club.

Mr. Bucking is survived by his wife, the former Roseann Musicaro, and sons Philip Bucking (and wife Diane), James Bucking (and wife Cathy), and Greg Bucking, and daughter, Lisa Field.

He is also survived by siblings Elizabeth, Russell, Joan and Paul and grandchildren Elizabeth, Laura, Sara, Grace, Katie, Christopher, Stephan and Heidi.

Visiting will be at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home on Friday, September 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be said at St. Andrew RC Church in Sag Harbor on Saturday, September 19, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Andrew Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Cormaria Retreat House or the Stella Maris Regional Catholic School.


Emily Jane Fletcher

Emily Jane Fletcher, known as Jane Fletcher, died peacefully at Southampton Hospital on August 4, 2008.  She was born May 5, 1921 to Charles T. Shaw and Emily Yardley Shaw at Southampton Hospital.

She graduated from Pierson High School in 1938 and attended Ithaca College graduating in 1942 majoring in music. While employed as the choir director at the Kerhonkson Methodist Church in upstate New York, she met her future husband, Rev Douglas Fletcher, and they were married in 1944. They had two sons, Donald Shaw, born in 1946 and Bruce Douglas in 1949.

Mrs. Fletcher was a public school music teacher for six years and then taught fifth grade at Sag Harbor Elementary School for 20 years. She was for 50 years either the choir directory or organist — and many times both — at the parishes in which her husband ministered.

She enjoyed doing puzzles such as crosswords, cryptaquotes and jigsaws. She wrote poetry throughout her life. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and was always involved in the churchs activities and committees.

She is survived by her remaining son, Bruce and his wife, Bette Lou and their two sons, Jonathan Douglas and Kyle Donald of Sag Harbor. She is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Janice, the widow of Donald Fletcher, of Chardon, Ohio and her two sons: Christopher Fletcher and his wife, Kimberly and their three children Jacob, Jordan and Jonah of Oklahoma City and Douglas and his wife Erica of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her husband predeceased her in 2005. Her son, Donald, predeceased her in 1978.


Terence Peter Ward

Terence Peter Ward, formerly of Sag Harbor, and recently a resident of the Manors at Hobe Sound, Florida, died August 27, 2008 at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Fla., from complications due to pneumonia,

Terry, as he was known by family and friends, was 44 years old.

Mr. Ward was born in Southampton Hospital on July 15, 1964, the fourth child of Helen and Richard L. Ward of Sag Harbor. His parents have both predeceased him.

Mr. Ward is survived by his sisters, Pamela Hudson of East Hampton, Deborah A. Mahoney of St. Augustuine, Fla., and brother Richard L. Ward Jr., of Grove City, Ohio.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Andrew RC Church on Saturday, September 27, at 10:30 a.m.

Obituaries August 7

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Billie Ann Taulman, Sag Harbor’s ‘Cigarette Lady’

Billie Ann Taulman of Sag Harbor, born in Placer County, California on October 6, 1929, expired early Sunday morning, August 3, at Southampton Hospital after a very long illness. She is survived by her two younger sisters, Lillie Brown and Elsie Taulman, both still residing in California. On their mother’s side, the Taulmans are descended from Mary Ball Washington, George Washington’s mother.

Taulman is further survived by her life-partner in the arts of 54 years, Prof. Annselm Morpurgo, also known as Artemis Smith. The Taulman-Morpurgo partnership, Artemis Associates, was active in the 1950’s in both advertising and for activism on behalf of the many human rights movements then in their formative years.

Taulman began her artistic and activist career in Berkeley, California in the late 1940’s while on a Regents scholarship to USC and while simultaneously as an active member of the famed Berkeley Circle Players and prominent on the Committee to Elect Actress-Congresswoman Helen Gahagan Douglas to the United States Senate. Taulman was herself being groomed to run for Congress, but fell prey to the Nixon character assassination campaign leveled against Douglas, according to Annselm Morpurgo. Blacklisted along with her cohorts, she suffered a mental breakdown and dropped out of school, said Morpurgo.

In December of 1954, on her return from a European tour paid for by her Berkeley friends, many of them later celebrities, Taulman met Morpurgo (then known under the pen name of Diana Carleton Rhodes). She decided to remain in New York City and form a feminist alliance both politically and in the arts. She became Art Director at Roy Garn Advertising where Morpurgo was already established as Creative Director and Head of New Business. Later, and with Morpurgo, Taulman went on to work for Save the Children Federation and for Print Magazine.

In 1957, Taulman was interviewed by Eleanore Roosevelt for a post as special assistant at the United Nations, to work on the Bill of Universal Human Rights and also to be groomed to run for the U.S. Senate, said Morpurgo. The security check that followed, and what may have been dirty tricks played by the J. Edgar Hoover boys known to have targeted potential leaders of the human rights movements, led to a second mental breakdown from which Taulman never fully recovered, said Morpurgo.

Morpurgo never gave up on Billie and eventually took her to Sag Harbor where she was allowed to follow whatever path she chose. For a greater part of her life kept medication free under the care and protection of Annselm and The Savant Garde Institute, Taulman was able to find a new and powerful niche in the arts.

Addicted to tobacco by the psychiatric profession, said Morpurgo, she became known in Sag Harbor as ‘The Cigarette Lady’ who sat on a bench on Main Street each day for more than thirty years entertaining admirers with tall tales from her vast imagination. Everyone knew they were being told fantasies, said Morpurgo, but they loved to listen to her anyway because of the valuable insights they contained about issues great and small.

A memorial service over Taulman’s grave at Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor is scheduled for 2 p.m., Sunday, August 10. All are welcome to attend.


Eugene W. Ebeling

Eugene W. Ebeling of Sun City Center, Florida, formerly of Sag Harbor and Woodhaven, N.Y., died July 4 in Sarasota, Florida.  He was 98.  He was a summer resident of Sag Harbor, for 36 years, before settling full time in Florida.  He was born in New York City to Eugene and Charlotte Ebeling on May 19, 1910.

Dr. Ebeling practiced dentistry in Woodhaven, Queens after graduating from Columbia University School of Dentistry in 1932, until his retirement in 1970. He was a member of  the Queens County Dental Society and American Dental Association. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 70 years, currently with Wamponamon Lodge 437, and was a past master of Hillside Lodge 894 and a member of the Scottish Rite.

Dr. Ebeling was predeceased by his wife Georgiana and is survived by his daughter Marilyn Arents of Brookfield, Connecticut, daughter and son in law Elaine and Paul Stoll of Sarasota, Florida, sister Charlotte Quintana of Denville, New Jersey, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on August 16, 2008, at Incarnation Lutheran Church, Bridgehampton with the Rev. Rose Ann Vita officiating. Memorial donations can be made to Incarnation Lutheran Church.


Emily Jane Fletcher

Emily Jane Fletcher, former teacher and church organist, died at Southampton Hospital on August 4. She was 87 years old.

Born in Southampton on May 5, 1921, she was the daughter of Charles and Emily (Shaw) Yardley.

Mrs. Fletcher was the widow of the Rev. Douglas Fletcher, who predeceased her in 2004. She is survived by a son, Bruce Fletcher, of Sag Harbor.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 8, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian “Old Whalers” Church in Sag Harbor. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, or the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.

A full obituary will appear next week.


James Sterling, Jr

James Sterling, Jr., a resident of Sag Harbor, died at the Westhampton Care Center on Saturday, August 2. He was 80 years old.

Born in Southampton on April 29, 1928, he was the son of James S. and Mary (McDonough) Sterling, Sr. Mr. Sterling, who had a career as a title insurance underwriter, lived in Sag Harbor most of his life, except for a period from 1991 to 2004 when he lived in Gettysburg, Penn. A graduate of Pierson High School and Georgetown University, he served in the U.S. Army from 1946-1948 in the Korean War.

Mr. Sterling was the husband of the former Nancy Nolan, who predeceased him.

He is survived by children Marie Page of Sag Harbor, Nancy Davidson of Florida, Jim Sterling of Jacksboro, Tenn., Maryanne Piccione of Sag Harbor and Patrice Davidson of Calverton, L.I.

He is also survived by a brother, George Sterling, of Maplewood, N.J.

In addition he is survived by 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three nephews.

Services were held at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor on Tuesday, August 5. A funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, August 6, at St. Andrew RC Church in Sag Harbor. Interment followed at St. Andrew Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Sag Harbor VFW Post  9082.