Wanda Ann Casale
Wanda Ann Casale lost her short but courageous battle with cancer on January 11, 2010 in Anna Maria, FL.
Born on October 21, 1953 in New York, NY, she grew up in Westchester, spending her summers in Wainscott. After earning a degree in literature from Iona College, Ms. Casale traveled extensively in Europe.
Shortly after the birth of her daughter Dana, Ms. Casale decided to pursue a career in nursing. While studying at Pace University in Westchester, she worked as a waitress and bartender in Sag Harbor. Upon completion of her degree, she purchased a home in Springs and began a 20-year career as a registered nurse at Southampton Hospital, the last 12 years of which she spent in the emergency department. Her commitment to her job was obvious to everyone who visited the ER, especially on Christmas, said her daughter. This is when she would wear her ‘special Christmas outfit’ (a pair of hospital scrubs she had decorated with ornaments, candy canes and tinsel) just to put a smile on her patients faces.
In addition to her reputation as a dedicated and caring nurse, Ms. Casale will be remembered for her passion for flowers and gardening. She grew fields of cosmos, zinnias, dahlias and more to be sold at her beloved flower stand, Bonac Blooms. She spent countless hours arranging her bouquets to be displayed in Ball Mason jars shaded by a turquoise beach umbrella at her little white wooden stand on Springs Fireplace Rd. A few other places she may have been spotted — besides work or the field — are the beach, yard sales and ‘lilacing.’
In 2005 Ms. Casale moved to Anna Maria, FL to be closer to her mother, who had been diagnosed with cancer. After her mother passed away, she started on her next adventure, working as a travel nurse in ER’s from Texas to Minnesota and Connecticut to California. Joined by her partner of nine years, Douglas Radtke of Minnesota, and Olaf, their chocolate lab, the trio traveled across the country in their RV, discovering hidden coastal towns that reminded her of “how Sag Harbor used to be.”
Ms. Casale is survived by her daughter, Dana Casale of Anna Maria, FL; her father, Dr. John B. Casale, Jr of Vero Beach, FL; and all of her nine siblings, of which she was the second oldest: John Casale, III of New York, NY; Dr. Charles Casale of Falmouth, MA; Mary Novak of Parkton, MD; Toni Krouse of Arundel, ME; Dorothy Hand of Sag Harbor; Donna Durkin of Biddeford Pool, ME; Pete Casale of Montauk; Anastasia Casale of Sag Harbor; and Kitty Fantini of New York, NY. Her mother, Ann Casale, predeceased her in 2007.
The family is asking that donations be made in celebration of Ms. Casale to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shore Bird Protection, a small non-profit organization in the Gulf Coast town that Ms. Casale, her mother and her daughter have all decided to call home. Please send checks payable to AMITW 2213 Avenue B Bradenton Beach FL 34217.
A Memorial Service will be held this Saturday, June 12, at 10 a.m. at the Wainscott Chapel on Main Street in Wainscott.
Joseph J. Kelleher
Joseph J. Kelleher, a 20-year resident of Wainscott, died in his home on Tuesday, June 8. He was 86 years old.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on June 5, 1924, Mr. Kelleher was the son of John Joseph Kelleher and Alice Barry.
He graduated Syracuse University with a B.S. in Engineering, and later became a magazine publisher. Mr. Kelleher was a veteran of World War II, where he served as a tank commander from 1941 to 1945, and was active in the original Bridgehampton Roadrace Circuit.
He is survived by his wife, Helen M. Kelleher, children Quent of New York City, Owen of New Jersey, and Ian of California and Canada, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by sons Craig and Marko.
The family asks that memorial donations be made to Dominican Sisters Aids Charities, P.O. Box 1028, Hampton Bays, NY 11946-0404.
Michel Perodin, a 48-year resident of Sag Harbor, died in Southampton Hospital on Wednesday, June 2. He was 73 years old.
Born in Haiti on February 4, 1937, Mr. Perodin was an employee of Southampton Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Marie Robert, brothers Mandel Perodin of East Hampton, and Baston Perodin of Canada, sisters Monique Perodin of Canada and Ghislaine Jocelyn of Boston, MA, children Michelle Gregory of Virginia Beach, VA, and Sam Perodin, Danielle Perodin, and Eddie Perodin, all of Sag Harbor, granddaughter Jalen Gregory, and 26 nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 11 and services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12. Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery. The family asks that donations be made to the Community Bible Church, The American Heart Association, or the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Georgann (Marino) Sammis of Bay Shore, who spent summers in Noyac for most of her life, died suddenly on May 31, 2010.
She was the daughter of George and Mary Grace Marino, who predeceased her. She is survived by her husband G. Gordon Sammis (Joyce), children Donna Barrett (Andrew), Karen Buono (Joseph) and George Sammis (Joyce), and grandchildren Kyle, Nicholas, Joseph, Jonathan, Daniel and Elisabeth. She is also survived by her brother, Carl Marino (Barbara), niece Debra Marino-Kressberg and nephew Carl Marino, Jr.
Interment will be in Sag Harbor at a memorial service to be announced.