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Mary Ellen Wilcox


Mary Ellen Wilcox died Monday, June 9, at her home in Sag Harbor.

She was born on August 7, 1947, to Seeley and Dorothy (Cyr) Wilcox. Her childhood days were spent in Ferrisburg, VT, in the fields and pastures along Little Otter Creek.

She graduated from Vengennes Union High School and Johnson State College, where she was known for her athletic ability. She was one of two women to ever be recognized by the college for female athletic ability.

Later, she earned her master’s degree and professional diploma from Manhattan College, in Riverdale, New York.

Ms. Wicox moved to Westchester County, New York, in 1969, and began her career in education in the Lakeland School district, which spanned a total of 32 years; 10 years as a 6th grade social studies teacher and the remaining time as a guidance counselor in the middle schools.

She is survived by her life partner of 33 years, Ann Wallingford and her beloved King Charles Spaniel, Tucker. She leaves two brothers, Gary, of Liberty, New York, and Marvin (Marty), of Keene, New Hampshire. There are two nieces and three grandnephews. Of significance to her is her chosen family in Kentucky. Brother-in-law Leroy and his wife Barbara Wallingford of Maysville, Kentucky, nephew Darrin Wallingford and daughters Eve and Andie of Lexington, Kentucky, and niece Lisa and husband David Hamm, and sons Tyler and Austin of Maysville, Kentucky.

Her life was so enriched and blessed with numerous friends. She took great comfort and peace in nature through gardening, quietly observing and bonding with special critters.  She frequently said, “Nature centers me.” She also enjoyed cooking, kayaking, biking, watching women’s sports but most importantly being with her friends and family. After moving to Sag Harbor, she became a volunteer at the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry, which gave great meaning to her life. She would say, “I came home with so much more than I gave.”

Plans for a memorial service to honor Mary’s life are, at present, incomplete. However, it will be held at the Old Whalers’ Church in Sag Harbor, with the pastor, Mark Phillips officiating.

Memorial donations should be given to either the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry, 44 Union Street, P.O Box 1241, Sag Harbor, NY 11963, or to the East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton, NY 11978.

Patrick Noel Moloney

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Patrick Noel Moloney, born in Limerick City, Ireland, passed away from complications from pancreatic cancer on May 14. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth for 50 years, father of five and grandfather of seven, with another grandchild due in August. His brother, William, and sister, Moira, predeceased him in Ireland.

Mr. Moloney was an inveterate sportsman, with a particular interest in hurling, rowing, Irish football, and all forms of Gaelic games. He was an avid golfer, or as he would say, “hacker,” and had his first hole in one at Hampton Hills Golf Club on July 2, 2013, while in the midst of chemotherapy treatment.

He was a member of the New York Athletic Club for 25 years, the Shamrock Golf Club for 35 years, the Smithtown Landing Men’s Golf Association for 41 years, and a lifetime overseas member of the Ballybunion Golf Club in County Kerry, Ireland.

Mr. Moloney founded Independent Investors, Inc., in 1983 after spending 25 years in the fiduciary division at Chemical Bank. He and his wife Elizabeth founded The Moloney Family Foundation in 2013 to further their philanthropic ideals.

“He was a true Irishman but never forgot what the United States meant to him,” said the family. “He will be missed by so many.”

A funeral Mass was held at St. Andrews R.C. Church in Sag Harbor on May 17.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to the SCA Indian Province, the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, or the Lustgarten Foundation.

Robert L. Carter

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Robert L. Carter of McKeesport, Brooklyn, New York and Sag Harbor, beloved husband and father passed away peacefully in his room on Memorial Day, May 27, 2014 at the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Joanne Williams Carter, his children Tiffany Carter, Janine Carter and their spouses, his son Anthony Prendatt-Carter, granddaughter Gabrielle Prendatt-Carter and his great-granddaughter Sparkle. Robert Carter served his country and his community with honor and was a member of the Chelberg Battle Post of the American Legion in Sag Harbor. He will always be greatly loved. Robert was 81 years old.

A private cremation is planned, with a memorial service at Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor at a later date.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Eastville Community Historical Society, and/or to Christ Episcopal Church, Sag Harbor.

Manfred Sobotka

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Manfred Sobotka, a resident of Sag Harbor for 41 years, died at Southampton Hospital on Sunday, May 4. He was 84 years old.

Born in New York City on November 17, 1929, he was the son of Frederick and Lillian (Roberts) Sobotka.

Mr. Sobotka had a career as an aeronautics and electrical engineer. Working for A.I.L. he traveled extensively for 29 years in the United States and worldwide working on government space projects. After retiring he worked an additional 17 years for Southampton Lumber Corp., followed by driving the school bus for both Sag Harbor and East Hampton school districts.

Mr. Sobotka was a graduate of Farmingdale College and Hofstra University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving three years, and was a member of the Patchogue American Legion.

Mr. Sobotka is survived by his wife, the former Frances Bill. He is also survived by children Fred Sobotka of O’Fallon, Mo., Patrick Page of Nescopeck, Penn., Debra Maceluch of Yaphank, L.I. and Kendell Thommen of Sag Harbor.

He is also survived by a sister, Meredith Perone, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, Peter Page, and a sister, Nadine Berardi.

A graveside funeral service was held Saturday, May 10, at Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor, followed by interment.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Sag Harbor.

Warren Stewart Wolf

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Warren Stewart Wolf, 86, husband of the late Ina Hundinger Wolf, passed away unexpectedly on May 11, 2014, in Norwalk, Conn.

Mr. Wolf was born September 5, 1927 in Brookline, Massachusetts and grew up in Bronxville, New York, graduating from Bronxville High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Science in 1952 and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1953, both from Lehigh University. Mr. Wolf was a long-time resident of both Larchmont, N.Y. and Sag Harbor and recently of Darien, Conn.

He is survived by his daughters Barbara Wolf, of Baltimore, Md., Louise Ferencz, of Wilton, Conn., his brother Charles Wolf and Charles’ wife Minnie Wolf of Eureka, Calif., his grandchildren, Emily and Matthew Ferencz, son-in law John Ferencz.

He had more than a 50-year career as a chemical engineer and built a successful chemical corporation. He was a ham radio enthusiast (call sign “N2CNH”) and an avid boater. His incredible generosity, charm and wit will always be remembered by those who were privileged enough to know him.

A memorial church service was held at Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Westport, Conn. Remains were interred in the family plot at Christ’s Church in Bronxville.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to Boys and Girls Club or America, the American Heart Association, or The American Cancer Society.

Arnold J. Cox


Arnold J. Cox, a retired Boston police officer, died at his home there on Friday, May 16. He was 58 years old and had previously lived in Sag Harbor.

Born in Southampton on July 22, 1955, he was the son of Arnold C. and Ellen (Menaik) Cox, both deceased. He is survived by his sister, Nora Cox Conahey of Sag Harbor.

Mr. Cox was a 1973 graduate of Pierson High School and attended Stonehill College in Brockton, Mass.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 21, at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor. Interment was at Oakland Cemetery.

Marie Elizabeth Duman Coyle


Marie Elizabeth Duman Coyle, a resident of Sag Harbor for the past 13 years, died at Southampton Hospital on Monday, May 19. She was 97 years old.

Born on January 11, 1917 in Akron, Ohio, she was the daughter of James and Anne (Springer) Duman. Prior to moving east she had also lived in Port Washington, L.I.

Mrs. Coyle was a homemaker.

She is survived by her children, Marie (Richard) O’Connell of Cottage Grove, Minn., Patricia Kaiser (Karl) of Sag Harbor, Peter Coyle of Durham, N.C., and Lorraine Coyle of Sag Harbor.

She is also survived by grandchildren Beth, Amy, Cathy and Christopher, and great-grandchildren Jackson, Savannah, Cash, Christopher, Wyatt and Chloe.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Bill, Raymond, Regis, Louis, Leonard, Urban and Alma, all of Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

A funeral Mass will be held this Friday, May 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Andrews R.C. Church in Sag Harbor. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, Hampton Bays.

Obituaries, February 2, 2011

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Ruth McDaniels

Ruth McDaniels Lukmire Neil Frick of Savannah, Ga. and Sag Harbor, passed away suddenly on January, 15, 2011 after suffering a stroke.

A native of Oak Park, Ill, Mrs. Frick grew up in Maplewood, N.J. After completing her studies in three years at Trenton State Teachers College, she taught kindergarten in Livingston, N.J. for 30 years, numbering the current governor of New Jersey among her students. Before moving to Savannah in 1985, she resided in Essex Fells, N.J. For 40 years, she maintained a residence in Sag Harbor where she spent summers and worshipped at the historic Old Whalers’ Church.

The daughter of Shyrock Parkhurst and Eleanor (Comstock) McDaniels, she was predeceased by sisters Elizabeth Brown of Lebanon, Ohio and Dorothy Kylberg of Scotia, N.Y.

She is survived by her husband William Frick of Savannah and four children; Judith Temple (Robert) of Columbia, Md., Gregory Lukmire (Nan) of Arlington, Va., Joanne Wootton (Frank) of Durham, N.C., and Patricia Radford (Charles) of Aiken, S.C., 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was widowed by her husbands Edwin W. Lukmire of Essex Fells, N.J., and Harry Neil of Savannah, Ga.

A woman who relished contact with people, she immediately became involved in the life of The Landings in Savannah. A member of Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, she sang in the choir and hosted the Bible study group on the day of her demise. An enthusiastic bridge player, dancer and golfer, she also served as president of the Garden Club. An accomplished cook, she loved to entertain and travelled widely.

A memorial service was held at the Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 22, 2011. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Savannah Hospice where she slipped away peacefully in the arms of her family.

William Logan

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William Logan, a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor, died at the Westhampton Care Center on January 24, 2011. He was 87 years old.
Born in Sag Harbor on October 22, 1921, he was the son of Leroy and Mary (Fox) Logan.

Mr. Logan was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II from 1942 to 1945. He was a member of the Southampton Town Police Department.
Mr. Logan was predeceased by his wife, the former Elaine Ficorilli. He is survived by children Ronald Logan of Water Mill and Barbara Vorbs of Bellmore.

A Mass was said on January 26 at St. Andrew R.C. Church in Sag Harbor, with interment at Calverton National Cemetery.

Blaise Puzio
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Blaise Puzio, a longtime Sag Harbor resident, passed away January 21, 2011 at Avow Hospice in Naples, Fla. He was diagnosed one month earlier with Stage 4 Lung Cancer and spent his last weeks at his sister Linda’s home in Naples.

Mr. Puzio was born July 21, 1938 in New York City. He attended Industrial Arts High School in Manhattan and was graduated from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, N.Y. He owned and operated a fine clothing establishment in Lawrenceville, N.J. for many years. After moving to the East End in the early 1980’s, he opened Blaise’s Hair Cutting Studio in Bridgehampton and retired in 2007. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, painting and his legion of best friends.

“Mr. Puzio will be missed by all who knew and loved him for his insightful nature and fun loving spirit,” said the family.

Mr. Puzio is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Robert Morris of Sag Harbor and Naples; his brother, Michael Puzio of Sag Harbor and Old Tappan, N.J.; nieces Patricia Squires of Stamford, Conn.; Michele Desai of Greenwich, Conn. and Sag Harbor and Elizabeth Morris of New York City.

A memorial is planned for mid-summer in Sag Harbor.

Joseph Rozzi

Joseph (Chubby) Rozzi, 91, passed away on November 27, 2010 in Fayetteville, Penn., where he had lived since 2001.

He was born in Sag Harbor on October 3, 1919 to Ricardo and Anna (Faccini) Rozzi and was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Catherine (Bianco) Rozzi, in 1986. He was also predeceased by his parents and 10 brothers and sisters. He is survived by his son, Ronald J. Rozzi, and his wife, Claire Rozzi, also of Fayetteville, Penn. and his grandson, Michael R. Rozzi and his wife, Holly Dove Rozzi of Hampton Bays, New York.
Mr. Rozzi was employed by Grumman Corporation at the Agawam Plant in Sag Harbor for many years and later he was employed by St. John’s Church in Southampton.

He proudly served his country during World War II from March 1943 to October 1945 when he was in the 3rd Army under General George S. Patton and in the 204th Combat Engineer Battalion. He took part in campaigns in the Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Rozzi receive two Purple Hearts, the Good Conduct Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal along with five Battle Stars.

Mr. Rozzi was a long-term member of the Sag Harbor Fire Department and the American Legion Post 388.

His ashes will be interred at St. Andrews Cemetery, Sag Harbor in a private ceremony.


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Frank Joseph Santacroce
Frank Joseph Santacroce, a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor, died at Southampton Hospital on Wednesday, September 30. He was 93 years old.
Born in Sag Harbor on June 28, 1916, he was the son of Joseph and Mary (DiBenedetto) Santacroce.
Mr. Santacroce was involved in the automotive business in various capacities from 1935 through 2002 when he reluctantly retired at the age of 86 due to failing eyesight.
Mr. Santacroce served with the U.S. Army during World War II, from December 1942 to October 1945, in the 36th Infantry Division, A Company, 111th Engineers. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart among a number of other awards. He was also an active communicant of St. Andrews Church where he often participated in fundraising, including every Tuesday for 27 years working Bingo.
He was a member of the Chelberg-Battle Post of the American Legion No. 388 in Sag Harbor since 1945, and its commander from 1949 to 1950, and for ten years was a member and chairman of the Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals.
His formal schooling ended after ninth grade at Pierson High School; but, said his family, he was always well informed and well read.
Mr. Santacroce is survived by his wife, the former Anne Terese Tedesco. He is also survived by their children Peter (Ellen) Santacroce of Hampton Bays, Michael (Colleen) Santacroce of Sag Harbor, Susan (Kevin) Mandaville of Newfane, N.Y., and Cathy (Harold) Worwetz of Bridgehampton.
He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Pauline Hawker and their infant son, Frank Joseph Santacroce, Jr.
He is also predeceased by his siblings, James Santacroce, Robert Santacroce and Jeanette Santacroce Tedesco.
He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Jennifer Santacroce, Kevin Santacroce, Nina Santacroce, Anna Santacroce, Jessica Worwetz, Katie Colangelo, Dawn Croisdale, Jeff Mandaville and Jason Mandaville; and four great-grandchildren, Cody Abt, Ethan Abt, Rhys Manadaville and Bethaney Mandaville.
Services were held at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home on Friday, October 2, and Mass was said at St. Andrews Cemetery on Saturday, October 3. Interment followed at St. Andrews Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Sag Harbor American Legion, the John Jermain Memorial Library or the Sag Harbor Ambulance Fund.

Ray Spahn
Raymond “Ray” Spahn, 57, died in his home at 68 Island View Drive West, Sag Harbor, on Saturday, October 3 after a battle with cancer surrounded by his family and his faithful pup, Smudge. Mr. Spahn shared his life with his domestic partner and companion, Stan LaFlotte, for more than 18 years.
Mr. Spahn is survived by his brother, Jeffrey Spahn; sister, Kathleen Spahn; nieces Christina and Adrianna; great-nieces Madison and Jillian; nephews Frank, Mike, Darryl, and Asa.
Mr. Spahn was born on July 22, 1952, in Rockville Centre, New York, to the late George Raymond Spahn and Virginia (Ginny) Marie Murphy.
He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Cooper Union School of Art in 1976, and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture on scholarship in 1975. Prior to moving to Sag Harbor, he lived in New York City at East 10th Street.
Mr. Spahn’s landscape pastels were exhibited for 25 years, in galleries in the New York City area and on the East End of Long Island.
He received honorable mention in a juried exhibition at the Parish Art Museum in Southampton, taught at Guild Hall in East Hampton, the Victor D’Amico Institute of Art (Art Barge) in Amagansett, and the Montauk Art Association. Mr. Spahn was guest artist at the Ross School and at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor. As a member of the East End Artist Alliance, he participated in fund-raising for The Nature Conservancy.
Mr. Spahn’s work also included being a houseplant retail manager at Marder’s Garden Center for several years, a retail clerk at Eddie Bauer, and a postal worker at the Sag Harbor Post Office.
Mr. Spahn’s passion for nature drew him to the East End for its dramatic qualities of light, and the open and wide landscapes of the farms, ocean and skies. His work reflects that passion and his commitment to interpret the beauty of the East End.
“During his life on the East End, Ray has worked with the local community establishing many sincere friends and co-workers,” read a statement. “His spirit for the natural environment that he so successfully captured in his artwork will be with us and will continue to enrich out lives.
“Those of us who have been fortunate to be part of his life will miss him dearly, and will always cherish the time spent with him. And those who only knew his artwork, will understand the loss of such a creative spirit.”
Visiting will be at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor on Saturday, October 10 from 2 to 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be contributed to Sloan Kettering Cancer Research, ARF Animal Rescue, East End Hospice, or Doctors Without Borders.