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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.





Obituaries November 5, 2009

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Jack O’Donnell

Jack O’Donnell, 81, passed away peacefully on October 15. He was a longtime resident of Sag Harbor where he owned several businesses including Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant, White-O’Donnell Real Estate and most recently Spots General Store.

Prior to moving to the East End he co-produced, with Gus Schirmer, several theatre works in New York City including a revival of “The Boyfriend” and “A Party With Comden and Green” at the Cherry Lane Theatre. And for those who can remember, he was a popular bartender at Out of This World in Wainscott.

He is survived by his partner Carl Casman, and his two nieces, Catherine Soderqist and Mary Ann Sullivan, and nephew Frank Walsh.

A memorial service is being planned for spring 2010.


Anthony J. Ryder

Anthony Ryder, 95, of Basking Ridge, NJ, formerly of Massillon, Ohio and Sag Harbor, NY, passed away after a short illness on October 26, during a visit at the home of his son in Naperville, IL.

Born of Polish immigrants in Sag Harbor on December 28, 1913, Mr. Ryder was one of six children raised in the farm house on North Haven which is situated next to what is now known as Ryder’s Pond. He attended Pierson High School and graduated with a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1935.

Mr. Ryder relocated to Massillon, Ohio shortly after graduation where he found employment with the Griscom Russell Company for whom he worked for many years as a welding engineer and factory manager. He received several patents and contributed to the war effort through the production of torpedo tubes and special systems (desalination units) for submarines. Later in his career he worked for Babcock & Wilcox and played an important role in the manufacture of nuclear power systems for the US Navy.

In 1943 he married Beatrix Bates, a native of Massillon. Together they raised three sons. 

In 2002 Beatrix passed away after a lengthy illness during which time she was devotedly cared for by her husband.

Hobbies included reading, photography, golf and gardening. Although Mr. Ryder had only one hole-in-one, he scored his age or lower several times while in his late 80’s and early 90’s. His gardening activities provided neighbors with tomatoes wherever he lived. His photography chronicled the growth of his extended family on Long Island throughout his frequent visits to North Haven.

Mr. Ryder’s quiet strength, unfailing common sense, and loving spirit will remain an inspiration to his family. 

Mr. Ryder is lovingly remembered by his sister Regina Melton, of North Haven, his brother Joseph Ryder of Roanoke, Va., his three sons and their spouses, Michael and Nonie Ryder of Naperville, Ill., Joseph and Jonni Marie Ryder of Basking Ridge, N.J., and Steven and Shirley Ryder, of Madison, AL, as well as seven grandchildren, several great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Ryder’s life was celebrated at a funeral mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Naperville on October 27, followed by interment on October 29 in Massillon, Ohio.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Thomas OSJ (Haiti Twinning), 1500 Brookdale Rd., Naperville, IL, 60563.


Elsie King

Elsie King, a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor, died at her home on Tuesday, October 27. She was 91 years old.

Born in in Sag Harnor on December 29, 1917, she was the daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Welk) Baer. She was a graduate of Pierson High School and had worked at the Bulova Watchcase Company.

Mrs. King loved knitting and crocheting and had been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sag Harbor chapter of the AARP.

Mrs. King was predeceased by her husband, Charles J. King, and  a sibling, Kosty King.

She is survived by children Patricia Eckey of Sag Harbor and Elilzabeth Sullivan of East Quogue.

She is also survived by grandchildren Michelle Dutcher, Thomas Everett, Tara Farrell and Meghan Sullivan; three great-grandchildren Danielle Bennett, Keri Dutcher and Seth Farrell, Jr.; one niece and four nephews.

Legion Auxiiary services were held at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home on Friday, October 30. Mass was said at St. Andrew R.C. Church on Saturday.

Interment followed at St. Andrew Cemetery.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to East End Hospice, PO Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY , 11978, or the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, PO Box 2725, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.


Obituaries October 29, 2009

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Dorothy M. Ryder

Dorothy M. Ryder, a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor and North Haven, died at Southampton Hospital on Monday, October 26. She was 82 years old.

Born in Sag Harbor on October 17, 1927, she was the daughter of Charles and Marion (McNally) Early.

Mrs. Ryder was a graduate of Bridgehampton High School and was wife, mother and cook.

She enjoyed being a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, serving as past president and selling chances and poppies to raise money for the cause. She also enjoyed trips to Foxwoods and Atlantic City with her friends and family.

“She treasured her family and was a wonderful mother and great grandmother,” said family members. “She will be greatly missed.”

Predeceased by her husband, Stanley J. Ryder, she is survived by their children, Kathy Kelly of Hampton Bays, Beth O’Sullivan of Sag Harbor, Stan Ryder of North Haven and Patty Bock of East Hampton.

She was predeceased by siblings Noreen Maier of North Haven, Charlie Early of Florida, Bob Early of Aquebogue, and Jake Early, Dennis Early, Tom Early, Buddy Early and Vin Early, all of Sag Harbor. She is survived by siblings Eddie Early and Lar Early of Sag Harbor and Mary Hobbs of Florida.

She is also survived by nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held today, Thursday, October 29, at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mass will be said on Friday at noon at St. Andrews R.C. Church. Interment will follow at St. Andrews Cemetery.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to The Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the American Legion Auxiliary.


Donald J. Douglas

Donald J. Douglas, a resident of Sag Harbor for ten years, died at Stony Brook University Hospital on Monday, October 26, He was 79.

Born on November 9, 1929 in Queens, N.Y., he was the son of Chalres V. and Gertrude (Cassidy) Douglas. He had also lived in Piscataway, N.J.

Mr. Douglas was president of Fiat Chemical, Inc. in Piscataway until his retirement. He was a past president of the Sales Association of the Chemical Industry, the Chemist Club of New Jersey, of which he served as secretary/treasurer and board member, and the Knights of Columbus.

He attended St. Johns Preparatory School in Danivers, Mass.; Manhasset High School, Manhasset, L.I.; and Manhattan College.

Mr. Douglas served in the U.S. Air Force from 1949 to 1952 and was the recipient of the Korean Service Medal.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jeanne M. Ryan, and their children: R. Gregory Douglas (Lynne) of Columbia, Md., Keith Edward Douglas of Sag Harbor, and Donna Douglas Bartley (Parker) of Pittsburgh, Penn.

He is also survived by siblings Charles V. Douglas, Jr., G. Bruce Douglas, Patricia Douglas, Diane Grant, John Douglas, Carole Damiano and Maryann Western.

He is also survived by four grandchildren, Maura and Andrew Douglas and Parker and Griffen Bartley.

Visiting will be at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mass will be said on Friday, October 30, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrews Church. Interment will follow at Calverton National Cemetery.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to St. Andrews Church.


Eileen Farnam

Eileen Farnam, a 35 year resident of Noyac, died in Sag Harbor on Friday, October 23, she was 56 years old.

Born in Queens, N.Y. on December 4, 1954, she was the daughter of James and Marjorie (Tuohey) Farnam.

She had previously lived in Bethpage, L.I. and graduated Plainedge High School in 1972.

She is survived by siblings Janet Skelly (Mike) of Brentwood, Thomas Farnam of Sag Harbor, Joseph Farnam (Alicia) of Southampton, Donald Farnam (Liz) of Riverhead, Christopher (Colleen) of Water Mill, Kathleen Pesenhefer (Glenn) and James Farnam (Robin) of Hampton Bays.

She is also survived by 15 nieces and nephews.

Mass will be said today, Thursday, October 29, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrews R.C. Church. Interment will follow at St. Andrews Cemetery.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps.


Edith A. Smith

Edith A. Smith, a former bookkeeper at the Emporium Hardware Store in Sag Harbor, died at her home in Springs, East Hampton, on Thursday, October 22. She was 68.

Mrs. Smith was born in Southampton on November 6, 1940, the daughter of Kenneth P. and Estel Avens.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dennis A. Smith and is survived by their children John A. Smith of Sag Harbor and Eric P. Smith of Santa Cruz, Calif.

She is also survived by siblings Fred Avens, Robert Avens, Mary Athetstone and Helen Martin.

She is also survived by five grandchildren and eight nieces and nephews.

She was a graduate of Southampton High School.

Services will be held Sunday, October 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home. Remains were to be cremated.