Kathleen F. McFall

Sept. 20, 1943-Dec. 21, 2017

Kathleen Flannery McFall of East Hampton Village died unexpectedly last Thursday night at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 74 and had generally been in good health.

Mrs. McFall, known to friends as Kay, had both a long career with the Sayville Union Free School District and with the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her husband said that she was recognized both for her service at the national convention of the D.A.R. in Washington, D.C., and also in New York State for her service as an outstanding educator. 

She was born at Southampton Hospital on Sept. 20, 1943, to the former Olive Butcher and Joseph D. Flannery. She grew up in East Hampton and graduated with a Regents scholarship from East Hampton High School with the class of 1961. She graduated from the State University at Geneseo in 1965 with a B.A. in library education and went on to earn her master’s degree in library science at Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science at the C.W. Post campus. Since 1973, Mrs. McFall had earned 75 additional graduate and in-service credits.

She joined the East Hampton chapter of the D.A.R. in 1976 and was involved in several key leadership positions, including as state regent, while also working as a librarian and library media specialist in Sayville.

Her interest in history led her to become involved in the East Hampton Historical Farm Museum on North Main Street, as well, and she became a member of that museum’s board of directors. She was a volunteer there, participating in the making of clam pies and serving at a community dinner as recently as October.

On Feb. 10, 2006, she married Kenneth J. McFall, who survives and whom she had first met in 1967. Upon marrying Mr. McFall, he said, she inherited his three children from a former marriage: Maureen Cayer of Chicopee, Mass., Sean McFall of East Hartford, Conn., and Kenneth Christopher McFall of Agawam, Mass., as well as three grandchildren and one great-grandchild, who all survive.

The family will receive visitors today from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. Tomorrow morning there will be a graveside service at 10:30 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church’s cemetery on Cedar Street. The family will be planning two memorial services for later in the new year.