Obituaries

Mr. Conklin, 89, who was afflicted with Parkinson’s disease late in life, died after 10 days of pneumonia on Sept. 29 at Orchard Pointe in Surprise, Ariz. He was buried with military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, Ariz.
Eileen Zagar, who with her husband owned and operated Mirko’s restaurant in Water Mill for just shy of 30 years, died last Thursday at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care on Quiogue.
A funeral Mass for Shannon Cecilia Whelan, formerly of Sag Harbor, will be said on Saturday at noon at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sag Harbor.
Jehovina Kelsall, a collector of and dealer in antiques who at one point owned a store in East Hampton with her late husband, Trevor Kelsall, died at home in East Hampton on Dec. 23 of a presumed heart attack. She was 81.
Shana Rimel Conron, who held top legal posts with Citibank and was chairwoman of the board of directors for Citibank Delaware before retiring to Sag Harbor in 2004, died on Dec. 19. She was 79 and had been in declining health.
Josephine Valenti Johnson, an artist and art historian who lived in Springs during its Abstract Expressionist heyday, died at her Southampton home on Dec. 29. She was 90.
Ruth Elizabeth Gaynor of East Hampton, who was a domestic employee for a number of celebrities for over 50 years, died of pulmonary failure at home on Town Lane on Dec. 30. She was 84, and had been ill for two weeks.
John Ely of North Haven died at Stony Brook University Hospital on Jan. 1 of leukemia. He was 70 and had been ill since July.
Harvey J. Horowitz, a corporate lawyer and longtime resident of East Hampton, died at the New Jewish Home, a rehabilitation facility in New York City, on Dec. 22 of complications of lymphoma. He was 75 and had been ill for six months.
Clarke Whitehead, a public school teacher in New York City who spent summers in Sag Harbor, died of heart failure at his home in Brooklyn on Dec. 8. He was 48, and had been ill for two years.
James W. Lester, a lifelong bayman, fisherman, and Amagansett resident, died at home after a long illness on Dec.10 at the age of 77.
Visiting hours for Elizabeth Carroll, 82, of East Hampton, who died on Monday, will be held today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton.
A graveside service for Jehovina Kelsall will be held on Wednesday at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton.
Josephine Wilson Murphy, 92, died on Dec. 7 at her New York City home.
Gail M. Murray, an award-winning breeder of Siamese cats, died of Alzheimer’s disease in Great Barrington, Mass., on Dec. 3. A longtime East Hampton homeowner, she was 88 and had been ill for several years.