Laura Ann L’Esperance died in her home on September 22. She was 49.
Born in New York City, she was a daughter of Ellen and Dr. Francis A. L’Esperance Jr. of New York City, Water Mill and Palm Beach. She attended The Convent of the Sacred Heart and graduated from St. Paul’s School, Tulane University, and the Gemological Institute of America.
At age 12 she was a tri-state figure skating champion and won several competitions in the Northeast. She trained at Sky Rink in New York and in Sun Valley, Idaho, with Peter Dunfield. In addition to skating, Ms. L’Esperance was an accomplished equestrian and enjoyed open water scuba diving, survivors said. She was a volunteer at the New York Junior League and made her debut there.
Ms. L’Esperance, a gemologist, worked with several jewelers, including Buzz Baumgold Fine Jewelry, Harry Winston and Kaufmann de Suisse.
She is survived by her parents; her brother, Francis A. L’Esperance III; her sister, Linda L’Esperance Lartigau; and her daughter, Winston Aylesworth Rossetter.
A funeral took place on Thursday, September 26, at The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, followed by a private burial at the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Cemetery in Southampton.
Memorial donations may be made to the Southampton Fresh Air Home, 36 Barkers Island Road, Southampton, NY 11968; www.sfah.org.