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Obituaries August 27, 2009

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Augusta (Uta) Haye

Augusta (Uta) Haye, a resident of Sag Harbor for 44 years, died at Southampton Hospital on Thursday, August 20. She was 88 years old.

Born Augusta Theresia Thomas on May 22, 1921 in the city of Makassar on Sulawesi Island, Indonesia, she lived an idyllic life in a beautiful place, said the family. This abruptly changed with the Japanese invasion and occupation on Indonesia during World War II. It was during this time she lost touch with most of her family.

She married a Japanese national, Tomio Sugawara, and had a son, Tamikazu. After the war she moved to Mr. Sugawara’s home in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, where they had their daughter, Retsko. After three years, her first marriage ended and she moved to Yokohama, Japan.

In Yokohama, she married Earl W. Haye, a U.S. Army soldier stationed in Japan. Mr. Haye’s Army career lasted over 20 years and the family lived in Japan, New York, Texas and France. Together Mr. and Mrs. Haye raised five children — Earl Jr., James, Otto, Eric and Edward. In 1965, Earl Sr. retired from the Army and the family settled in Sag Harbor. Mrs. Haye was a homemaker throughout her life, but she also worked in the local factories and as a nurse’s aide in the 1970s and ‘80s. After Earl Sr.’s death in 1985, she had an emotional reunion with Tamikazu and Retsko and their families.

Mrs. Haye had a passion for traveling and recently spent time in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. She also received a great deal of fulfillment from gardening and devoted much energy and effort creating natural beauty in her gardens. Her involvement in the Sag Harbor United Methodist Church was also extremely important to her, and her work for the church touched many lives. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Mrs. Haye was predeceased by her husband, Earl, her sons Tamikazu, Earl Jr., and her daughter Retsko. She is survived by her sons Otto, Eric and Edward, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 24, at St. David A.M.E. Zion Church in Sag Harbor where the Sag Harbor Methodist Church has been holding services.


Francis Manelski

Francis Manelski, age 87, of Shelter Island, died peacefully in his home this past Wednesday, August 19, from cancer, only four weeks after he had been diagnosed.

Born to Andrew & Mary Manelski on a farm in Hicksville, NY in 1921, Mr. Manelski (“Big Papa”) was one of six children.

Mr. Manelski attended Hicksville High School where, in his senior year (Class of ’39), he was captain of the football team. He also enjoyed being a caddy and this was where his love of golf sprouted, as in his adult years he was an avid golfer and a member of the Southampton Golf Club.

In 1942 he entered the service and was selected for the Naval Cadet Aviation Program. He served in WWII and upon his discharge from active service as a Navy lieutenant, he became a private pilot instructor. In 1948 he was hired by TWA as a first officer. Mr. Manelski was called back to active duty during the Korean conflict where he flew transports into Korea from Japan for two years. In 1953 he returned to TWA. Over the next 33 years, he rose to become one of the company’s most senior and respected pilots.

During his TWA tenure, Mr. Manelski accomplished a number of “firsts”, among them the first Paris-to-San Francisco non-stop flight [20 1/2 hours]. He was especially proud of his time at TWA, where his dedication and work ethic were demonstrated in many aspects, among them the fact he never took a single sick day in his 33 years.

Mr.Manelski had three children: Lee Francis Manelski [since deceased in 1991], Maureen Manelski of Shelter Island Heights and Andrea (Manelski) Shastid of Louisville, Ky. In addition, he is survived by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Manelski spent a lot of time in Sag Harbor and could often be found hanging out at his daughter’s business, the Dock House, said the family. He hoped to move to the village as he so loved it here.

In the mid 1970s, Mr. Manelski purchased beachfront land on Lily Pond Lane in East Hampton and rehabilitated the existing house. Over the next 20 years, this became his favorite spot; a place where family and friends came to enjoy the beach and his company. He loved to entertain, said his family, and his summers were especially delightful for him, as he opened his home to family and friends and his 4th of July get-togethers (and the front row seating for the fireworks show) were legendary. In 2001 he moved to Shelter Island and built another family home on Westmoreland Drive; again, always wanting to be on the water.

Mr. Manelski was an individual who believed strongly in his family. He loved his children and was known as a “softie” to his grandchildren.

“He was renowned for his sense of humor and his love of practical joking. He was quick of wit and always had a twinkle in his eye; his humor was inclusive and gentlemanly in nature, so that even though one might be the butt of a joke, it was impossible not to join in with his contagious laughter,” said the family.

“He considered himself blessed: with friends and family and with his career. He often mentioned that he was lucky in life and felt that the phrase “there but for the grace of God go I” was meant for him. One of his final requests was for people not to feel saddened by his passing…. but rather to celebrate his memory,” said the family.

Donations in his memory may be made to East End Hospice.