Star T. Waage, 82, a resident of Chatham since 1956, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2012 in the presence of her children, Roger and Kim. In addition to her children, Star is survived by five grandchildren: Roger’s three children, Dalton Lee Ling of St. Augustine, Florida; Cody Roger Ling of Washington, DC; and Garrett Wyatt Ling of Chatham, and Kim’s two children: Miles Peter Farber and Morgan Star Farber, both of Chatham. Star’s family was the light of her life. Star was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 17, 1930 to Margarethe Amlie Paetzell and Eugene F. Tansey. Star was raised in Great Kills, on Staten Island, New York, along with her younger brother, Norman Frederick Tansey. As a child, Star lived for a time on the family farm in Bergen, Norway. As a result, Star was fluent in Norwegian.
Star graduated from Tottenville High School in 1947. In high school, Star excelled in sports and was approached to pitch professional softball during World War II. At her mother’s urging, Star finished high school instead. Following graduation, Star attended IBM trade school before obtaining employment in Manhattan.
Star married a high school classmate, Robin Dyke Ling, in 1950. In 1956, the young family moved to Chatham. Robin and Star established a home at the corner of Route 28 and Malabar Road in West Chatham. They opened a Chinese import shop nearby, which Star managed. In the mid-1960’s, Robin and Star built the house on Winter Home Road, which remained Star’s home for the rest of her life. The property reflects Star’s many talents both inside and outside the home that she loved so much.
As a young girl, Star took up ice skating on Jack’s Pond on Staten Island, and it remained her favorite sport. Nothing could keep Star off Ryder Pond once it froze. Star was always on the pond, keeping the ice clear and smooth for skating and ice hockey. Ice fishermen were quickly shooed off. In her later years, boating with Kim’s family on Pleasant Bay and North Beach became the Star’s favorite pastime in the warmer months. Star volunteered countless hours for various community groups. She served as teacher at the First United Methodist Church, cub scout den mother and girl scout leader.
Star was the first female district manager for Cumberland Farms. Her area included Plymouth and the entire Cape and Islands. Star retired in 1980 when she married Captain Thomas C. Waage, a pilot with Eastern Airlines. Tom and Star maintained a home outside Atlanta, GA area for five years, but Star would invariably return to Chatham as summer approached. Star treated Tom’s children and grandchildren as her own: Linda Rethman and her daughter, Christin; Mark and his son, Christian; and Cheryl Waage. Tom and Star travelled extensively, and having been bitten by this bug, after Tom’s death, Star regularly joined Kim and her family on their many trips to Holland, England, Italy, Florida, California and the Caribbean. Star also loved her many trips to Disneyworld with Roger and his family. One could say, “Star’s bag was always packed.” A celebration of Star’s Life will be held at the First United Methodist Church, Cross Street, Chatham on May 5, 2013 at 1 pm. Burial will be private at the Seaside Cemetery in Chatham.
Donations in her memory may be made to Wildcare at www.wildcarecapecod.org