Miscellaneous Suffolk County, New York Obituaries - 2002

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Robert A. Bormuth
Robert A. Bormuth of Southampton died on Tuesday, September 24, at Stony Brook Hospital after a brief illness. He was 76.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 29, at 3 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Southampton. Funeral arrangements, incomplete at press time, are under the direction of the Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton.
A complete obituary will appear in next week’s edition.

Florence A. Heilbrunn
Florence A. Heilbrunn of Riverhead, formerly of Hampton Bays, died at Central Suffolk Hospital on September 21 on her 83rd birthday.
Predeceased by her husband, John Heilbrunn, a local banker, she is survived by two daughters, Diane Reiner and her husband Raymond; Marjorie and her husband William Siegmund; two sons, Jack and his wife Maryann, and Stephen and his wife Connie; and five grandchildren, Jacob Reiner, Janel and Jayna Heilbrunn, and Shanna and Laura Siegmund. 
Prayer services were held Tuesday, September 24 at the Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead. A mass of Christian burial took place on Wednesday at St. Rosalie’s Roman Catholic Church in Hampton Bays. Interment followed at the Calverton National Cemetery. 

Ronald J. Moss
Longtime Quogue resident Ronald J. Moss died on Tuesday, September 3, following a lengthy illness. He was 72.
Mr. Moss, an attorney, spent much of his career in advertising and public service, first as chairman of Kenyon & Eckhardt Advertising and then as Commissioner of Commerce and Tourism for the State of New York. 
He was for many years a weekend resident in Quiogue and then Quogue, and eventually lived in Quogue full-time. He was active in the East End Democratic Party, and ran unsuccessfully for Southampton Town supervisor and mayor of Quogue. He was also a member of the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department.
Mr. Moss was a founding board member, officer and lifelong generous supporter of AMREF US (African Medical and Relief Foundation), also known as The Flying Doctors of East Africa, a Nairobi-based non-profit organization that was started by his long-time friend and fellow Quogue resident, Dr. Thomas Rees. AMREF has worked since 1967 to improve the lives and health of the people of Africa through sustainable development, and today it is the largest non-governmental health organization of its kind in the region.
He was a significant figure in the early days of the anti-war movement when it moved from college campuses into mainstream politics, and attempted to change the policies of the Democratic Party regarding the Vietnam War. He was an early supporter of Bobby Kennedy, an advisor to his campaign for the New York Senate seat in 1964, and also an advisor to his presidential campaign in 1968. Earlier, he had worked on Adlai Stevenson’s presidential campaign. He was also a Democratic district leader in New York’s 67th Assembly District with his lifelong friend Ronnie Eldridge, until recently a New York City Council member. 
An early and active supporter of women’s causes, Mr. Moss was one of only three men on the board of the Woman’s Action Alliance, a national feminist information and action group founded by Brenda Feigen and Gloria Steinem. Speaking of Mr. Moss, Ms. Feigen said, “Ron was there from the beginning, not only for his business expertise, but with his enthusiastic spirit and willingness to help us accomplish our vision.” He served as the finance chair for Bella Abzug’s New York City mayoral campaign in 1977, and was a board member of the United States Committee for UNICEF and Planned Parenthood.
In the 1980s, while serving as commissioner of Commerce and Tourism for New York State under Governor Mario Cuomo, he worked extensively on the “I Love New York” advertising campaign and helped obtain the rights to the Billy Joel song “I’m in a New York State of Mind.” As commissioner he was involved in publicizing the restoration of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. He was instrumental in getting Lee Iacoca involved in this project and in the Lady Liberty celebration in1986 that was covered in The New York Times in a front-page story.
Mr. Moss was born in New York City and grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey. He left high school after his sophomore year and entered the University of Chicago as part of an experimental program. He graduated at the age of 19, and then received his law degree from Rutgers Law School. When he returned to New York, he was required to get a high school equivalency certificate before he could take the bar exam . 
He opened his practice in 1955 and in 1960 formed the law firm of Blumenthal, Barandes, Moss, Matson and Arnold.
In 1970, he joined Kenyon & Eckhardt, a large New York advertising agency, as general counsel. He subsequently was elected chairman of the board and remained at the agency for 15 years. 
Mr. Moss loved Long Island and was an avid fisherman, an accomplished amateur musician (pianist) and lover of sports and the theater.
Mr. Moss, formerly married to Sylvia Moss, is survived by two daughters, Hayley and Julie; his mother, Lee Moss; an aunt, Marilyn Sussman; two cousins, Richard Gershman and Larry Gershman; and a nephew, Dr. Thomas Kramer.
A gathering of Mr. Moss’ friends will be held in New York City on October 15. For information, inquire at myway1930@hotmail.com. A family service was held earlier.
In lieu of flowers, donations to AMREF, 19 West 44th Street, Room 710, New York, New York 10036 would be appreciated by the family. 

Evelyn M. Bell
Evelyn M. Bell of Riverhead died at Central Suffolk Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility on Saturday, September 21. She was 79.
Born in Brooklyn on February 7, 1923, to Stephen and Mary (Chicoski) Korzenieski, she was the former proprietor of Bell’s Food Market in Hampton Bays and Alfred’s Meat Market in Polish Town, Riverhead.
Mrs. Bell is survived by two sons, Remy M. Bell and Howard and his wife Allison Bell, all of Riverhead; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Howard M. Bell.
The family received friends on Monday at the DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck, where religious services wereavid J. King, a one time Sag Harbor Fire Chief, and Mary H. King. She graduated from Pierson High School in 1946 and married Simon Stella of Amagansett.
She resided in California but often returned to Sag Harbor, to the sea and family that she loved. Family illness brought her home later in life to care for her mother and business matters. After residing in Sag Harbor for several years, she returned to Southern California to attend to the growing needs of her great-grandchildren. 
According to her family, her never-ending compassion for others was always most important throughout her life and the care and comforting of the unfortunate or incapacitated was the highest priority. Her family also acknowledged that there were many people other than her own children who knew her as “Mom.”
She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Walkley of California; a son, Ronald Stella of California; a granddaughter, Michelle Brown of California; a grandson, Michael Walkley of California; and eight great-grandchildren, Garrett Brown, Conner Brown, Logan Brown, Kelsey Brown, Korie Walkley, Kortnie Walkley, Karlie Walkley and Kambrie Walkley. She was predeceased by a brother, Morley King.
Services will be held on Saturday, September 28, at 1 p.m., at Chapel of Remembrance in Arcadia, California, and on Monday, September 30, at noon at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor, with Rosary at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at St. Andrews Cemetery in Sag Harbor.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Golda’s House Animal Rescue, Post Office Box 1992, Arcadia, California 91077 would be appreciated by the family. 

Denise M. Le Bihan
Denise Marianne Jeanne Le Bihan of Water Mill died at her residence on Tuesday, September 17, with her partner, Jesse Lorraine F. Woo, at her side. The cause of death was complications associated with lung cancer. She was 60.
Ms. Le Bihan was born on December 29, 1941, on the streets of Quimper, Brittany, which was embroiled in combat during World War II. At that time, hospitals were reserved for Nazi casualties of the German occupation. She spent her earliest years being raised by her grandmother, Marianne “Meme” Guidal, on the family’s cliffside farm on the coastline of Brittany. 
At the age of 10, she was taken to Paris and lived with her French-speaking younger sisters and was given the responsibility of helping to raise them. Having been raised on a farm speaking only Breton, a Gaelic tongue, the French language and Parisian lifestyle were all but inaccessible to her. 
In later years she returned to Quimper and taught her grandmother how to sign her own name, replacing the “X” which had served as her signature for more than 50 years.
Ms. Le Bihan came to the U.S. in 1961, sponsored by a French family who had hired her as a governess. The job market was difficult for a young farm woman who spoke only Breton and French and she subsequently worked in New York City as a crepe maker a La Crepe on Wall Street, and as a taxi driver. Living with her friend Janette Allard, also of Brittany, she developed her English language skills and attended the Swedish Institute of Massage, graduating in 1969. It was in this capacity that she met and became the live-in companion of the late Susan Fulop, eventually of Water Mill.
During their 25-year relationship, Ms. Le Bihan learned Ms. Fulop’s native language of Hungarian and accompanied her on travels around the world. While they wintered in Florida and spent the rest of the year in Water Mill, Ms. Le Bihan developed her skills as an amateur photographer, cook and tennis player, winning runner-up in the 1984 Rod Laver International. She also enjoyed landscaping, home improvements, construction and backgammon, and had won several local championships.
She was very proud of her American citizenship and incorporated the date of the event into her license plate, 1111 USA. According to her family, she was a kind and generous woman possessed of a mischievous sense of humor and unflagging energy.
Ms. Le Bihan was a member of Our Lady of Poland Church in Southampton and Saint Julian’s of Norwich of Bellport.
She is survived by her partner of five years, Jesse Lorraine F. Woo, formerly of New York City; a sister-in-law, Elaine Kiang of New York; longtime friend Janette Allard of New York; and three siblings, Jean Luc Le Bihan, Catherine Beer and Christiane Bourgeois, and their respective spouses, children and grandchildren.
Services will be held on Sunday, September 29, at noon, at the Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton, with Reverend Lynette Curley and Father Stanley Kondeja officiating. Interment will follow at the Water Mill Cemetery.
Donations to the Mautner Project, 1707 L Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036, memo: the Denise Le Bihan Memorial Fund, would be appreciated by the family. 

Mary J. Rodgers
Mary J. Rodgers, a longtime resident of Quogue, died on September 6 in Augusta, Georgia after a long illness. She was 69.
She was born in Southampton on May 6, 1933 to the late Alglaira and Clarence Dyson. As a child, she attended school in Quogue and Westhampton Beach High School. 
She is survived by a daughter, Geryl Alleyne, and her husband, Osbert, of Georgia; a son, George Miller, and his wife, Regla, of Florida; four grandchildren, Star Rodgers, Lisa Miller, Michael Miller and Jamal Alleyne; a sister, Clarice Robbins, of Quogue; a brother, Richard Dyson and his wife, Connie, of Westhampton Beach; and many nieces and nephews. 

Kenneth Woods
Kenneth Woods, of Long Island City and Southampton, died on August 17. He was 78.
Born in New York City in 1923, Mr. Woods was raised primarily by his grandmother, who was, by his account, a strict disciplinarian and a major influence throughout his formative years.
Prior to serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in Burma and India, Mr. Woods began a lifelong interest in jazz. While still in his teens, he saw many of the legendary bands and vocalists in person during live shows at the famed Savoy Ballroom and at various jazz clubs located on 52nd Street in Manhattan.
Following his discharge from the service, Mr. Woods attended college in New York City and began his career as a uniformed court officer in the Bronx Civil Court System. In 1968, he was promoted to assistant court clerk, followed a year later by his promotion to senior court officer in Queens County Supreme Court.
By the time of his retirement in 1988, Mr. Woods held the position of associate court clerk. He also served as the first president of the New York State Tribune Society, formed in the early 1960s to address minority representation issues in the court system.
In the late 1980s, Mr. Woods discovered jazz programs being broadcast from WPBX at Southampton College. After becoming a supporting member of the station, he started volunteering his time behind the scenes. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Woods was persuaded by then-station manager, Buffalo T. Jones, to host his own on-air jazz shift Tuesday mornings. “Buffalo hoodwinked me!” he always fondly recalled about the days when WPBX was affectionately known to listeners as “The Sound Alternative.”
Mr. Woods served as the station’s jazz director for several years, devoting countless volunteer hours to recruit and train many of WPBX’s former jazz djs; patiently explaining the operation of studio equipment, and offering equal doses of encouragement and anecdotes from his 40-year storehouse of jazz memories.
He was also the contact person for the jazz record labels and directly responsible for the rapid growth of the CD library. Ken Woods resigned from WPBX in August of 1999, when the station’s direction started to move away from jazz programs produced and presented primarily by local hosts.
Mr. Woods was a volunteer for Southampton’s Pianofest for several years, and a key member of the Litchfield Jazz Festival advisory board. At this year’s festival, Director Vita Muir delivered a moving tribute to the contributions of Mr. Woods, noting that he played a major role in helping make the Litchfield Jazz Festival one of the largest such events in the country in just a few short years. Mr. Woods was also an active supporting member of WBGO, Jazz 88 in Newark, New Jersey.
Along with his wife, Jewel, Mr. Woods is survived by a son, Kevin.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 19, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at St. Peter’s Church, located at 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street in Manhattan.


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