Elba Tramontano, Of Park Place Salon

Sept. 8, 1915 - April 1, 2015
Elba Tramontano, Sept. 8, 1915 - April 1, 2015

Elba Tramontano, a former beauty queen who owned the Park Place Beauty Salon in East Hampton for 35 years, died on April 1 at the Oak Hollow Nursing Center in Middle Island. She was 99 and had Alzheimer’s disease for the last five years.

Mrs. Tramontano was born on Sept. 8, 1915, in Salamanca, Spain, one of 14 children of Miguel and Ortiz Hernandez. She grew up in Havana, Cuba, where in 1938, at the age of 23, she was named Miss Havana Cuba in a pageant that involved a swimming contest and swimwear and formal wear competitions.

Mrs. Tramontano met her husband, Frank Tramontano Sr., in 1958 while he was vacationing in Cuba. Their son Frank Tramontano of Port Jefferson said she was an independent woman who had spoken out against Castro. His father “had to kind of sneak her out,” he said. “She came into Georgia and he scooped her up there. She escaped, really.” They were married that year.

Her son also described her as an eccentric person who was fun-loving, giving, and hard-working. Over the years, her salon catered to local women as well as to celebrities including Lauren Bacall and Morgana King. “Her salon was open seven days a week because that’s what she liked to do,” he said.

The couple first lived in Manhattan, where Mrs. Tramontano worked in a beauty salon on Madison Avenue. They moved to Montauk in 1975.

“She always said East Hampton was the most beautiful place in the world,” Mr. Tramantano said, noting that she was a member of the Ladies Village Improvement Society.

Mrs. Tramontano’s husband died in 1994. In addition to her son Frank Tramontano, she is survived by another son, Michael Tramontano of Charlotte, N.C., and three grandchildren. A private family gathering was held, and her ashes were joined with those of her hus