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Obituaries

Susan C. Kosche

Susan Kosche of Wilton, Conn., a longtime vacation-home owner in East Hampton, died of complications of Covid-19 on April 28 at the Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, Conn. She was 80.

May 14, 2020
Maria P. Robbins, Author, Was 77

Maria Polushkin Robbins, the author of more than 30 cookbooks and children’s books, died at home in Springs on May 5. She was 77.

May 14, 2020
Carl Hribar, 77

Carl Hribar, an architect who practiced in New York City and Sag Harbor, died of respiratory arrest at Stony Brook University Hospital on April 26. He was 77.

May 7, 2020
Shirley Mole, 81     

Shirley Anne Lesko Weinstein Mole of Sag Harbor, a singer and aficionado of the Great American Songbook, died on March 25 in Fort Mill, S.C., of complications related to congestive heart failure. She was 81.

May 7, 2020
Ronnie L. Wyche, 67

Ronnie L. Wyche, a former resident of Wainscott and Sag Harbor who was a corrections sergeant with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, died last Thursday at Quantum Rehabilitation and Nursing in Middle Island. He was 67 and had been ill with Covid-19 for two weeks.

May 7, 2020
Corey Jay Bennett

Corey Jay Bennett, who grew up in Springs and attended East Hampton High School, died of a drug overdose on April 27 in Florence Township, N.J. He was 30, and his last known place of residence was Long Beach, Calif.

May 7, 2020
Cyril Fitzsimons, Barefoot Bon Vivant, Was 77

Cyril R. Fitzsimons, an Irish barkeep whose duneside roadhouse on the Napeague stretch lives on in memory as an emblem of carefree summers past — when the rum flowed and sunburned people sang along to the sweet pulse of a steel-pan band — died on April 24 from complications of Covid-19.

May 7, 2020
Cheryl Bedini, 55, Java Nation Owner

Cheryl Bedini, who had trained to be a lawyer but returned to her beloved Sag Harbor for good in 1993 to open the Java Nation coffee roastery on Main Street with her husband, Andres Bedini, died on April 22 at home of a heart attack. She was 55.     

Apr 30, 2020
Ken Weldon, Softball Legend

Fifty of those who played with and against Kenny Weldon in Amagansett’s slow-pitch softball league during the course of almost half a century turned out at the Terry King ball field’s parking lot Saturday afternoon to wish him a fond, final farewell as Mr. Weldon’s daughters, Christine Indeglia and Melissa Wallace, played Carly Simon’s “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” which had been his wish.     

Apr 30, 2020
Gene Friedman, Director of Photography, 92

Gene Friedman, who directed photography for television commercials and industrial films and made several short films about dance, including one featured in a recent Museum of Modern Art exhibition, died in his sleep at home in Wainscott on Saturday. He was 92. The cause was congestive heart failure.     

Apr 30, 2020
Joseph Francis DeDeyn     

Joseph Francis DeDeyn, who lived for many years in group homes in East Hampton, died on April 19 of complications from the Covid-19 virus. He was 68.

Apr 30, 2020
Jessica Chew Martin     

Jessica Chew Martin, who grew up in Montauk, died on April 1 at home in Larkhall, Scotland, of complications from Covid-19. Ms. Martin’s father, Thomas Edward Chew, died when she was a baby. She was raised by her mother, Deborah Burdick Chew Coen, and stepfather, Brian Coen. An obituary will appear in a future issue of The Star.

Apr 30, 2020