Obituaries

Shana Rimel Conron, who held top legal posts with Citibank and was chairwoman of the board of directors for Citibank Delaware before retiring to Sag Harbor in 2004, died on Dec. 19. She was 79 and had been in declining health.
Josephine Valenti Johnson, an artist and art historian who lived in Springs during its Abstract Expressionist heyday, died at her Southampton home on Dec. 29. She was 90.
Ruth Elizabeth Gaynor of East Hampton, who was a domestic employee for a number of celebrities for over 50 years, died of pulmonary failure at home on Town Lane on Dec. 30. She was 84, and had been ill for two weeks.
John Ely of North Haven died at Stony Brook University Hospital on Jan. 1 of leukemia. He was 70 and had been ill since July.
Harvey J. Horowitz, a corporate lawyer and longtime resident of East Hampton, died at the New Jewish Home, a rehabilitation facility in New York City, on Dec. 22 of complications of lymphoma. He was 75 and had been ill for six months.
Clarke Whitehead, a public school teacher in New York City who spent summers in Sag Harbor, died of heart failure at his home in Brooklyn on Dec. 8. He was 48, and had been ill for two years.
James W. Lester, a lifelong bayman, fisherman, and Amagansett resident, died at home after a long illness on Dec.10 at the age of 77.
Visiting hours for Elizabeth Carroll, 82, of East Hampton, who died on Monday, will be held today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton.
A graveside service for Jehovina Kelsall will be held on Wednesday at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton.
Josephine Wilson Murphy, 92, died on Dec. 7 at her New York City home.
Gail M. Murray, an award-winning breeder of Siamese cats, died of Alzheimer’s disease in Great Barrington, Mass., on Dec. 3. A longtime East Hampton homeowner, she was 88 and had been ill for several years.
Visiting hours for Rose Tekulsky of East Hampton will be held tonight from 6 to 8 at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton.
Jay P. Jarboe, who was a pilot for the heavy metal bands Motley Crue and Def Leppard and later for commercial airlines, died of a cardiac aneurysm in Naples, Fla., on Dec. 14. A frequent visitor to Montauk, he was 64.