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Anna Marie Nassauer, 92

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 15:24

Anna Marie Nassauer of East Hampton Village died at home on Dec. 28. She was 92 and suffered from dementia.

Mrs. Nassauer was born at Southampton Hospital on Oct. 29, 1928, one of two children of Joseph T. Septynski and the former Marion C. Babinski, both of immigrant Polish families of merchants and farmers. She was brought up on Gingerbread Lane in East Hampton, and also lived in Bridgehampton, until she was 15, when the family moved to Sayville. She graduated from Sayville High School, always hoping, said relatives, to return to East Hampton.

While still in Sayville, she worked as a teller at Oystermen's Bank & Trust. She met her husband, Stuart E. Nassauer Jr., while volunteering there at a bazaar at Saint Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Church, where she was a eucharistic minister. They married in the spring of 1951 and the following year built a house on Bay Avenue in Bayport. They adopted and raised five children there, moving back to East Hampton in 1986 with their youngest daughter. Mr. Nassauer died in October 2019. 

Mrs. Nassauer enjoyed Main Beach and also, from 1987 to 2016, her eucharistic service at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church here. She loved walking along Newtown Lane and, from her house on Dayton Lane, looking at the wildflowers across the street on Jonathan Dayton's farmland, and at the dogs playing in their own yard.

She and her husband were enthusiastic travelers, and particularly looked forward to going to Bermuda and Hawaii. They took some 30 cruises, some with their children.

Mrs. Nassauer was "a loving mother and devoted wife," her family said. She is survived by her five children: Ann Nassauer Walsh of Holly Springs, N.C., Mary Mitchell of Palm City, Fla., Martha Coleman of Otego, N.Y., Joseph Nassauer of Mount Sinai, and Christopher Nassauer of Coram, as well as by 16 grandchildren. A cousin, Irene Mahoney of Southampton, who was as close as a sister to her, also survives. Mrs. Nassauer's brother, Joseph Septynski, died before her, in a veterans' nursing home.

Because of Covid-19, there was no wake. A small Mass was said at Most Holy Trinity on Jan. 2 and was streamed live for those unable to attend. Burial followed in the church cemetery on Cedar Street. Memorial donations to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, a place that both Mrs. and Mr. Nassauer "were passionate about," have been suggested, at P.O. Box 2616, East Hampton 11937.
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Correction: An earlier version of this obituary gave the incorrect birth year for Mrs. Nassauer and the wrong place of death. She was born in 1928 and died at home in East Hampton, according to one of her sons. 


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