Obituaries 12/12/13


Mary E. Hamma

Mary E. Hamma, a resident of Sag Harbor Village for over 25 years, passed away at Southampton Hospital on December 8. She was 87 years old. The daughter of Irish immigrants, Mary and Michael Fitzpatrick, she was born in the Bronx, NY on October 21, 1926.

Mrs. Hamma was raised in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn where her parents owned a soda fountain and deli. She attended Bushwick High School and Scudder Secretarial School. Early in her married life she moved with her family to Valley Stream where they lived for 15 years. She subsequently lived in Fort Salonga, L.I.; Las Colinas, Texas; Miller Place, L.I. and Huntington, L.I.

Before moving to Sag Harbor, Mrs. Hamma worked as a teaching assistant at Fort Salonga Elementary School for several years and later as an executive secretary for Mobil Oil in Manhattan.

Mrs. Hamma was a member of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton, where she was a frequent participant in their Bible study group. She was also a member of the Homemakers of Sag Harbor, a hospital volunteer at Southampton Hospital, and an officer in the Sag Harbor chapter of AARP.

Mrs. Hamma was predeceased by her husband of 35 years, Robert Hamma, and by her siblings Richard Fitzpatrick and Bernice Fitzpatrick.

She is survived by her children Susan Hamma and her husband, Chris Thompson, of Sag Harbor; Nancy Hamma of East Quogue; Robert Hamma and his wife, Kathy Schneider, of Granger, IN; and Gerard Hamma of Wilmington, DE. She is also survived by grandchildren, Erica Thompson and Daniel Thompson of Sag Harbor, Kathryn Clavin and Brendan Clavin, formerly of Sag Harbor, and Perri Hamma, Danae Hamma, Natalie Hamma, Peter Hamma, Christine Hamma, and Sarah Hamma.

Visitation at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor will take place on Friday, December 13 at 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral mass is to be held at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton on Saturday, December 14 at 9:30 a.m. with internment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or East End Hospice.


Eva Mae McDonald Collins

Eva Mae McDonald Collins of East Hampton died at the Westhampton Care Center on Tuesday, December 3. She was 88.

Born October 22, 1925 to Charles Leonard and Mary Jane (Burke) McDonald, Mrs. Collins grew up in the fishing village in Montauk. When the family home was lost in the 1938 Hurricane, the McDonalds moved to another location in Montauk. Mrs. Collins spent her childhood in Montauk, attending Montauk Elementary School, and living in the hamlet until she was married .

Mrs. Collins graduated from East Hampton High School in 1942. In 1951 she married James Collins and together they built a house on Cove Hollow Road in East Hampton, which is where they raised their four children.

Mrs. Collins worked part-time jobs during her married life — her first job was at the Amaden-Gay Agency and she worked as a bookkeeper for long time family friend John Defalco Builders — but her family always came first.

She was a devout Catholic and church was a very important part of her life.

Mrs. Collins leaves behind her sisters, Frances Ecker of Montauk and Celina Seitz of East Hampton. Her four children, Jim Collins Jr. and Laurie of Southampton, Chuck Collins and Ellen of East Hampton , Patty Collins Sales and Tony, of East Hampton, and Teresa Collins of Amagansett also survive, as do her grandchildren, who called her Nana, James Collins III, Patrick Collins and Chrissy, Tara Ann Collins, Charlie Collins, Bill Collins, Molly Sales and Becca Sales, and a great grandson Patrick Collins, Junior. A large extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins also survive and mourn her loss.

Mrs. Collins was predeceased by her husband, Jim, in 1986 and her brother Vincent McDonald. Her beloved grandson Gregg Lee Rickards died in 2012.

Funeral services were held Monday at Most Holy Trinity Church in East Hampton, with family friend Msgr. Charles Guarino officiating. Burial followed at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery in East Hampton.

The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Westhampton Care Center, Montauk Food Pantry, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, In Jordan’s Honor, or the charity of their choice.