Barbara Anhalt, who in her more than 50 years here worked at several mainstays of downtown East Hampton, from Guild Hall to Bank of America to the office at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, died of pulmonary artery disease on June 7. She was 80.
A nature lover, she enjoyed being by the water during any season, whether at the ocean or the bay. Clamming was a favorite pastime, and later in life, when visited by her two grandsons, she would drive to Montauk to take them fishing on a Lazybones charter boat. Fresh seafood at Gosman’s was part of their tradition.
She was born on Sept 8, 1942, to Ernest and Irene Anhalt in Nassau County, where she graduated from Malverne High School. In 1964 she married Marvin W. LaMoore and moved to East Hampton when he took a position with the village police department. They were divorced in the late 1970s, and Ms. Anhalt never remarried.
She was diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2016. Her daughter, Christine Andert, would travel to East Hampton from Arizona to look after her, but during Covid she relied on her first cousin Diane Scanlon of Southampton to help get necessities to her.
“Diane was instrumental in her being able to stay in East Hampton as long as she did,” her daughter wrote. Ms. Scanlon would often visit, and drove Ms. Anhalt to many doctor’s appointments, whether in Riverhead or Stony Brook.
In December of 2021, her daughter moved Ms. Anhalt out to Arizona to live with her. She then moved to the Beatitudes independent living facility in Glendale, Ariz., where she enjoyed being visited by her grandsons.
In addition to her daughter and niece, Ms. Anhalt is survived by a son, William LaMoore of Wewahitchka, Fla., and two grandsons, Michael Eyde of Peoria, Ariz., and Christopher Eyde of Fort Bliss in El Paso, Tex. She also leaves a son-in-law, Stephen Andert, and in addition to Ms. Scanlon and her husband Gene, she leaves another niece, Susan Fairchild of Vasalia, Calif.
A funeral service has yet to be planned. After cremation in Arizona, her ashes will be returned to New York, and a small portion will be sprinkled over the East Hampton bays that gave her so much joy.