Mina Barstow Knauer
Mina Barstow Knauer of Hampton Bays died on April 25 at the Suffolk Center in Patchogue. She was 81.
Born on April 1, 1932, to James Douglas Barstow and Beulah Delong, both of whom predeceased her, she lived in Scotia, New York, with her parents and older sister, Jane, who also predeceased her. She graduated from Scotia High School in 1950 and Russell Sage College in Troy in 1954. In college, she majored in Spanish and French and studied in Spain as the college’s first foreign exchange student.
In 1954, she moved to New York City, where she worked for the General Electric Company. There, she met Arthur F. Knauer and they married in 1955. The couple had two children, Judith Marie and William James, raising them in Roslyn and Manhasset.
Divorced in 1972, she began a career at Vogue magazine in 1975. In 1981, she moved to Florida to pursue another dream. She returned to Long Island, settling in Hampton Bays, in 1985 to be closer to her family and to start a second career as a Spanish interpreter and tutor. Later she worked at a local radio station, retiring in 2004.
Her hobbies included painting, creative writing, singing, acting and volunteering at the Southampton Animal Shelter.
She is survived by her two children, Judith Knauer Kuhn and her husband Herman, and William James Barstow Knauer and his wife Joanne; five grandchildren, Wendy Corrigan, Eileen Hoffman, Danielle Kuhn, Emily Knauer and David Kanauer; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the J. Ronald Scott Funeral Home in Hampton Bays. A prayer service will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the Reverend George Mangan of the Hampton Bays United Methodist Church officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, www.southamptonanimalshelter.com.