A long-time resident of the East End, Frank L. Marcantonio passed away on August 21 at the age of 83. Born October 22, 1924 to Samuel and Sadie Marcantonio in St. Ann’s Parish in Brooklyn, NY this son of an immigrant’s son spent his childhood in Brooklyn before moving to the small town of Millerton, NY in Dutchess County at the age of 8.
He lived with his mother and four year younger sister Lucille on the second floor of a turn-of-the-century farmhouse that housed Parker’s Boulevard Rest, his father’s popular restaurant and bar. One of 21 members of Millerton High School’s class of 1941 like most of America he woke on the fateful morning of December 8, 1941 to find his country at war. Although still only 17 he felt the immediate need to serve. Showing an initiative that would serve him throughout his life he convinced his recruiting officer he was of age and reported to duty.Â
He took his place as one of the men of Company D, 1st Battalion of the Army’s 158th combat regiment, the famed Bushmasters. One of the most highly decorated units of the Pacific campaign he saw action in the jungles of New Guinea in 1942-43 and the following Phillipine campaign. He was awarded the Bronze Star for action under fire and honorably discharged in 1946.
Returning to Millerton he married Mary Steutzel in 1947. The first of his family to attend college, he graduated from Boston University in 1951 with a BS in education and sports education. He spent the 1950’s as a high school science teacher and football coach in the Delavan/Mochiches School system in northwest New York State. Fate brought him to the East End in 1959 when an opening at Pierson High School materialized. Together with wife and three children he moved to East Hampton where he later taught at Southampton High School.
He found his true calling in the mid-1960’s when he traded his teaching job for a real estate license. With an encyclopedic knowledge of local farmers, builders, developers and investors he became one of the most active agents in large scale land transactions in the area. Perhaps best known for his creation of the co-op conversion process he was alternatively partner, marketer and agent for projects such as the Ocean Dunes, Driftwood on the Ocean, Atlantic Terrace, East Hampton House and Port Royal.
Throughout his life Mr. Marcantonio loved to travel. He was particularly at home in London where he found friends, business opportunities and a sense of place equal to that of any other home he had. Fact is there were few spots in this world he did not see and enjoy. His travels brought him full circle to Sag Harbor, his home for the past 11 years, the village he had first worked in almost 50 years ago.Â Â
Still active until shortly before his death from lymphoma his interest in travel and business was only superseded by his duties as a member of the vestry in the Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor and his love of his family. He is survived by his fourth wife, Janice Oleanor, three children, Frank L. Marcantonio of Boynton Beach, Florida, Robert Kirby Marcantonio and his wife Noelle of East Hampton and Susan P. Coursey of Wainscott and five grand-children.
He will be sorely missed by many who knew him for his humor, intelligence and courage. A viewing will be held at Yardley and Pino Funeral in Sag Harbor on Friday from 7-9 p.m. All are invited to attend his memorial service at Christ Episcopal Church, Hampton and East Union Street, Sag Harbor on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. A post-Memorial celebration will be held in the Community Hall after services. In lieu of flowers donations should be made to Christ Episcopal Church, PO 570, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.
Jane Marie Hansen
Jane Marie Hansen a long time resident of Noyac, passed away at home on August 22, 2008, after a long illness. She was born on January 3, 1927 in New York City to the late Leo and Marion Grant.Â
After attending St. Agnes High School in Whitestone, New York, she briefly attended Queens College before entering the field of business.
In 1947 she married, George G. Hansen in Flushing following his return from the US Army Air Force. They moved to Uniondale, Long Island and summered at Hilltop Acres in Sag Harbor, and subsequently moved to Noyac. She was a member of St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church.
After raising her children, Mrs. Hansen re-entered the work force and pursued a successful career in real estate. She was associated with Harold F. Robertson Realty as well as Harbor Cove Realty. After retiring, she continued to enjoy her expanding family and the beautiful beaches and sites of the East End.Â Mrs. Hansen and her husband also had the opportunity to travel extensively, including visits to Ireland and Norway. She was a member of the Noyac Civic Council and the United Cerebral Palsy of New York.
Mrs. Hansen is survived by her husband George, her daughter and son-in-law Kathleen and Michael Ruotolo, son and daughter-in-law Thomas and Wendy Hansen, son and daughter-in-law Robert and Cynthia Hansen, son and daughter-in-law John and Sharon Hansen, daughter and son-in-law Susan and Thomas Morrissey and son and daughter-in-law Paul and Cathy Hansen.
In addition, she is survived by 12 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, her sister and brother-in-law Mary Ann and William Leahy, her sister-in-law Grace Birnstiel, as well as many nieces, nephews, dear friends and her loving caretakers.
Funeral services were held at St. Andrew Church on Monday, August 25, followed by interment at St. Andrew Cemetery.Â
Donations, in Mrs. Hansen’s name, can be made to East End Hospice of
Westhampton Beach, or the Alzheimer’s Association.