Jocelyn Stuart Clapp Ozolins


Jocelyn Ozolins of Orient, N.Y., formerly of New York City, died in February 2024 from complications of breast cancer. She was 65 years old.

Jocelyn was born in 1958 in Newark, N.J., to Neale Wilke Clapp and Sandra Clapp (née Nachowitz). She was raised in St. Thomas, USVI and Chatham, N.J., with her sister, Robin, and her half-sister, Liz. She moved to Michigan to attend the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she earned a B.A. in English and art history, and then to New York City, where she lived until moving to Orient in 2001. Later in her career, she attended Syracuse University, where she earned an M.S. in library and information science (2014). Pursuing a mid-career change while managing her family and professional commitments was challenging, and Joce became a valued mentor and model for others in the class navigating their own complex paths.

Jocelyn loved living in New York, where she worked as a picture researcher and senior account executive for The Bettman Archive, later Corbis/Bettman. She was perfect for the job — not only because of her impressive and sometimes absurdly detailed command of the faces, names and stories behind so many historical images, but also because of her legendary and ceaseless curiosity about any idea or event that stirred her imagination. Jocelyn’s friends and relatives knew that even the most casual reference to a book, song or oddball historical figure that she found interesting was likely to elicit either a little-known fact that would expand your knowledge of the subject or a thought-provoking question that would test it in the most good-natured way.

When she moved to Long Island, she became a librarian, first at Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport (2005-14) and then, after earning her M.S., at Shelter Island Public Library, where she was head of reference until her death. She also managed the Shelter Island library’s readers advisory, collection development, adult programming and the mystery book club. She loved these roles, in part because she loved books but also because she loved the patrons. She enjoyed matching people to the resources to satisfy their own curiosities and she loved the stories, questions and ideas they brought. She treated the library and its patrons as a learning community, and never stopped envisioning better ways to serve that community through her work.

Jocelyn married Helmars (Mari) Ozolins in 1997 and they raised two sons: Evan (25) and Alex (22). She was a warm and loving mother who gave her sons her excellent sense of humor and appreciation for music and art. She appreciated their individuality and loved to tell stories of their adventures in college, at work, or in navigating young adulthood. She was immensely proud of both of them.

Jocelyn loved gardening and was both an avid gardener and a collector of gardening books. She volunteered a significant amount of time at her sons’ elementary school, where she successfully applied for grant funding to support her project — developing a butterfly garden, which still blooms today at Oysterponds Elementary School.

One of Jocelyn’s favorite parts of living in Orient was the community of year-round residents and friends she found there. She especially loved the Country Store, and would make a point to bring out-of-towners in for their excellent baked goods and coffee and, of course, the Orient vibe.

Jocelyn is survived by her two sons and her husband, as well as her sister, Robin, and her half-sister, Liz, and their children, Liam, Nora and Peter. She is also survived by her uncle and aunt, Bill and Joanne Clapp, and many cousins on both sides of her family — all of whom miss her dearly.

A small family memorial gathering is planned for spring. Donations in memory of Jocelyn can be made to the 21st Century Fund of the American Library Association.

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