, 2022-08-04 01:47:06,
Jeanne Patricia Marriner, sailor/navigator, PR maven and savior of the Peconic Bays, as well as a beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 1, 2022. She was 93 years old.
Jeanne was born on Feb. 23, 1929, in Flushing, N.Y., the only child of Adler William Wentzel and Jeanne Mathis Wentzel. Her childhood was spent wintering in Flushing and summering in Southampton.
When she was 15, she met her true love and future sailing skipper, Philip Richard Marriner, at a high school dance. They enjoyed a whirlwind courtship until Phil was called up to the Naval Air Force in April 1945.
Jeanne graduated from Flushing High School with high honors (“Jeanne, Jeanne, with her eyes so blue and her IQ of 152”) and then matriculated at Queens College, where she majored in English literature/creative writing and joined Phi Sigma Sorority. After college, Jeanne was hired at Time Inc. Life Magazine as an editorial trainee. At the end of her first year, the fashion department, impressed with her writing and style, asked her to join them.
Jeanne married Phil on June 11, 1949, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Flushing. The reception was at the Bayside Yacht Club.
While Phil was finishing his B.A. and MBA at Hofstra University, Jeanne commenced work there as the assistant to the dean of students.
Jeanne and Phil made their home first in Westbury (where daughter Gayle was born) and then Centerport (where son Blake was born), up the hill from Centerport Yacht Club, their home away from home where they successfully raced Comets, Stars and Thistles up and down the Eastern Seaboard, and started the Penguin Frostbite Fleet.
In 1963, Jeanne and Phil purchased their first summer home at the mouth of Deep Hole Creek in Mattituck and joined Mattituck Yacht Club and Old Cove Yacht Club, where many of Phil’s summer childhood friends raced and their children learned to sail. Jeanne became rear commodore of Mattituck Yacht Club and totally revised the Junior Sailing Program, gearing it toward FUN, seamanship and competitive racing, with a team racing component for the advanced junior sailors that had them traveling to, meeting and competing with yacht club junior sailors throughout Long…
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