January 05, 2011
Kay Wilkinson, 103
Kay Wilkinson, the mother of East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, died on December 29. She was 103 years old.
Although her full name was Mary Kathryn Wilkinson, she preferred Kay. She was born on December 3, 1907 in Southampton, New York. Raised there, she later attended State University of New York at Potsdam and later gained her Masters at Crane School of Music.
Kay married John F. Wilkinson in 1936 and they raised four children in both the Bronx and Montauk. Later in life, she and her husband retired full-time to Montauk where she worked 16 years as a part-time Montauk annex clerk for the Town of East Hampton. She devoted considerable time as both the organist and choir director at St. Therese in Montauk.
She is survived by three children: John of Montauk, Peter of Cape Coral Florida and Bill of Montauk. Her daughter Joan is deceased. Kay has 10 grandchildren and 13 great grand children.
A life long champion of music and music education, in lieu of flowers, donations should be directed to St. Therese of Lisieux Parish in Montauk and earmarked for choir and music education.
A funeral service occurred at St Therese in Montauk at 10 AM yesterday. Internment will take place at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Southampton.
Susan Marie Abel Harris, 62
Susan A. Harris died peacefully at her home in Fremont, CA on December 29 after a four-month battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her friends, sister and her two dogs, Jesse and Rosie.
Sue was born in NYC at the then Columbia-Presbyterian MedCenter on August 20, 1948. She lived with her parents in East Hampton.
She was a member of the class of EHHS '66 and graduated from the Columbia-Presbyterian School of Nursing with a BSN.
In 1971 she headed west to Stanford, CA where she worked in the cardiac ICU and the Cardiac-Cath Lab and Interventional Radiology up until her cancer side-lined her at the end of August.
She is survived by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. William G. Abel of East Hampton and her sister, Nancy Jean Abel of Fremont, CA.
She didn't want any memorials or services. But, she would love donations to her favorite Dog Rescue: Schwarz Family Foundation/Toy Breed & Shih Tsu Rescue/ 1555 S. Winchester Blvd/ San Jose/ CA 95128.
Her two Shih Tsu Rescues were a major part of her life.
She wished to be cremated and her ashes scattered in California.
Katy Stewart, 12
Katy Stewart grew up in Sag Harbor and was well known and loved throughout the entire East End. She was born in Southampton Hospital and was a life-long resident of Sag Harbor. Katy died last Thursday after battling a rare form of liver cancer for nearly two years.
Ironically, the day also marked her parents' 16th wedding anniversary, fitting for a child who was a perfect embodiment of her parents' love. She battled her disease bravely and with great courage. Her godparents, Kevin and Kathy Murphy said, "Katy's smile and courage during her illness brought together the entire East End community. There was a tremendous outpouring of prayers, love, words of encouragement and endless generosity from friends, family, and strangers alike. Katy was an inspiration to us all."
Katy attended Sag Harbor Elementary School and Pierson Middle School where she had many friends and teachers she loved dearly. She felt so warmed and comforted by all the love they gave her. Katy's friends were very important to her and she loved spending time with them. She missed going to school during her illness, but was always most happy when her friends and family were close by.
The emotional support of the East End community sustained Katy and her family throughout her illness. The teachers of all the East End schools, colleagues of her mother and father, as well as community members, reached out to the Stewart family in countless ways and kindnesses. Every evening, someone dropped off dinner, others sent beautiful gifts, or expressed their love and support through thoughtful notes and gestures.
The boys in Katy's class shaved their heads when Katy lost her hair due to her chemo treatments. The girls in her class organized lemonade stands. One day the entire East Hampton High School wore yellow shirts that read "Katy's Courage" in her honor—an event organized by the East Hampton Coaches Association.
Katy is survived by her parents, Jim and Brigid Stewart and her brother, Robert Stewart, from Sag Harbor, and her grandparents Mary Collins of Massachusetts and Elizabeth and Walter Stewart of Aquebogue. There is a wake today and this evening at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton.
The funeral will be held tomorrow, at 10:30 AM at Saint Andrew's Church in Sag Harbor.
The family has requested donations be made to the Max Cure Foundation, Inc.