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Obituaries January 21, 2010

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Gertrude E. Ferrara

Gertrude E. Ferrara, a resident of 34 Union Street in Sag Harbor for the last 60 years, died of congestive heart failure on January 13, 2010 at her son’s home in the Springs section of East Hampton. She was 88 years old.

She was born in New York City to Robert MacGarva Sr. and Gertrude (McDonald) MacGarva on December 23, 1921. In 1926, when she was five years old, the family moved to the East End after Mrs. Ferrara’s father, a Navy electronics technician in W.W. I and employee of the New York Telephone Company, was transferred to East Hampton as a line and switchboard supervisor. Her mother worked as a secretary and suffragette and Mrs. Ferrara grew up on McQuirk Street in East Hampton.

She went on to work at the Bulova Watchcase factory and the Grumman Aircraft plant in Sag Harbor and retired from the Sag Harbor Savings Bank. Her first husband, George Hand, was a farmer from Bridgehampton whose ancestors were among the earliest settlers there. Her second husband, the late Leonard Ferrara, also of Bridgehampton, worked as a Long Island Railroad track foreman.

Mrs. Ferrara is survived by her two sons, Robert Hand Sr., a decoy artist in Sag Harbor, and Richard Ferrara Sr., a barber in Springs in East Hampton. One of four children, Mrs. Ferrara is also survived by her three siblings, Capt. Richard MacGarva, USCG, retired, of North Haven, Robert MacGarva Jr. and Mary Jane Anderson, both of East Hampton. Other survivors include four grandsons, one great grandson 11 nieces and nephews, many great nieces and nephews and one great, great nephew, Liam Griffiths of Bristow, Virginia. She is predeceased by a grandson, Peter Ferrara.

A member of St. Andrew’s parish in Sag Harbor, Mrs. Ferrara was a charter member of the Columbiettes and a graduate of East Hampton High School’s class of 1939. She had also been a past member of the L.V.I.S. and the Legion Auxiliary.

Her son, Richard, said that because his mother was born in New York City and was a colloquial East Hampton uptowner, “she always claimed under her breath and with a certain remorse, that she could never be a real Bonacker.”

A Columbiettes service was held at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor on Friday, January 15. A Mass followed on Saturday, January 16 at St. Andrew’s R.C. Church in Sag Harbor with interment at St. Andrew’s Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice, PO Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978-7048.


Lawrence Early

Lawrence Early, a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor, died at his home on Tuesday, January 19, 2010. He was 59 years old.

Mr. Early was born in Southampton on June 23, 1950 to Charles and Marion (McNally) Early, both deceased. He worked as a golf club manager at the Sag Harbor Golf Course and was the companion of Wendy Blodgette, who passed away in October of 2009.

Mr. Early is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Early Sallinger, of East Hampton, and grandchildren Stephen T. Early, age 7, Erik Sallinger, age 11 and McKenna Sallinger, age 8. Also surviving are two siblings, Eddie Early and Mary Hobbs. Mr. Early is predeceased by siblings Noreen Maier, Dorothy Ryder, Jake Early, Charles Early, Tom Early, Bud Early, Denis Early, Robert Early and Vinnie Early.

Mr. Early, a veteran, served in the U.S. Marines.

Memorial services for Mr. Early will be held at a later date.


Joyce M. Griffith

Joyce M. Griffith, resident of North Haven for 15 years, died at Westhampton Care on Wednesday, January 13. She was 78 years old.

Born in Yonkers, N.Y. on October 1, 1931, she was the daughter of Alexander and Ina (Waugh) McIlroy. She had previously lived in Scarsdale, N.Y.

Mrs. Griffith served on the North Haven Architectural Review Board, was a deacon of the First Presbyterian “Old Whalers” Church and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She graduated Gorton High School in Yonkers, and Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School.

Mrs. Griffith is survived by her husband, Howard, and children Jim H. Griffith of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and Glenn A. Griffith of Sag Harbor. She is also survivbed by a granddaughter, Alison Savage, of Hartsdale, N.Y.

Services were on Saturday, January 16, at the Sag Harbor First Presbyterian Church, which is where memorial donations may be sent.


Joseph Alfons Ryder

Joseph Alfons Ryder, of Roanoke, Virginia, died at home on Sunday, January 17, 2010. He was born on August 8, 1922 in North Haven, a son of the late Alfons and Kamila Ryder. He was a graduate of Pierson High School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.

Mr. Ryder was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theater. He retired in 1985 following a lifelong career as a metallurgical engineer with General Electric in Schenectady, New York and Salem, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Stephanie Danowski of Riverhead, Nell Marciniak of East Hampton and his brothers, Anthony Ryder of Massilon, Ohio, Stanley Ryder of North Haven.

He is survived by his wife, Jeane Devins Ryder; two daughters and one son-in-law, Elizabeth Ryder of Roanoke, Virginia; Rebecca Ryder and Gordon Hogg of Lexington, Kentucky; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Joseph Ryder, Jr. and friend, Brenda Hayes of Newport, Virginia; Gregory and Adrienne Ryder of Blacksburg, Virginia; Thomas and Jacqueline Ryder of Roanoke, Virginia; eight grandchildren, Jesse Dukes of Charlottesville, Virginia; Joseph III, Amy, and Holly Ryder of Newport, Virginia; Andrew and Jeane Marie Ryder of Blacksburg, Virginia; Samuel and Callan Ryder of Roanoke, Virginia; one great-granddaughter, Makaya Hagan of Newport, Virginia; and his sister, Jean Melton of North Haven.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, January 20, at Oakey’s East Chapel, Roanoke, Virginia, with the Rev. Msgr. Thomas Miller officiating. Interment followed in Old Dominion Memorial Gardens in Botetourt County, Virginia. The family received friends on Tuesday at Oakey’s Funeral Service East Chapel, Roanoke, Virginia.


Catherine Openhowski

Catherine M. Openhowski of East Quogue died peacefully on January 15, 2010. She was 83 years old.

Born February 18, 1926 in Sag Harbor to James Gilbride and Nancy King. Mrs. Openhowski attended St. Andrew’s R.C. Elementary School and Pierson High School.

In later years she worked at Lentin’s in Riverhead and over 20 years at East Quogue Liquors. She was Past President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the V.F.W. Post 5350 in Quogue and volunteered for many years with the Dominican Sisters.

She is survived by her children Diane Drost of Minnesota, JoAnn Doyle of East Quogue, David Doyle of Florida and Tad Openhowski of South Dakota. She is also survived by grandchildren Kelly Krantz and Samantha Drost of Minnesota; Sean, Cory and Robert Doyle of Westhampton Beach; Rachael and Teddy Openhowski of South Dakota and two greatgrandsons, Tyler and Kyle Krantz.

She was pre-deceased by her brothers and sisters, Charles, James and Denny Gilbride, Mary Schwiensburg, Peggy Perry and Joan Tebbe. She is survived by one remaining sister, Nancy Sabbatini of Florida.

Arrangements were entrusted to R. J. O’Shea Funeral Home, Inc. in Hampton Bays. A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rosalie’s R.C. Church with an interment following in Oakwood Cemetery, East Quogue.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the East Quogue Volunteer Ambulance would be appreciated.