Miscellaneous Suffolk County, New York Obituaries - 1999

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Eva O. Rubin
Eva O. Rubin, 73, a Holocaust survivor and resident of Orient since 1980, died of the blood disease myelodysplasia on Aug. 27 at Eastern Long Island Hospital. 
Mrs. Rubin was born in Vienna, Austria, on Aug. 15, 1926, to Alfred and Johanna (Auffaerber) Oser. When Germany annexed Austria in 1938, 12-year-old Eva escaped with her parents, a younger brother and forged passports, moving from Czechoslovakia to Switzerland, Nottingham and Manchester in England, where her father died, finally reaching New York City. 
In Manhattan in 1946, she met Stanley Rubin at a private reading group and they married two years later. She worked for 27 years with New York City Board of Education in the city schools system as a school secretary in Ridgewood, Queens. 
The couple moved to Orient in 1980. Almost immediately, she became involved with the church, museum and school, serving as substitute secretary at Oysterponds School, member and treasurer of Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport, secretary of Oysterponds Historical Society, and member of North Fork Animal Welfare League. 
Besides her husband of 51 years, Stanley, she is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Finn of Cherry Hill, N.J.; a son, Lawrence, of Southold; and five grandchildren.
On Monday, Sept. 6, the Rubins will both be honored at a dinner-dance celebrating the 98th anniversary of Congregation Tifereth Israel. "It will be a joyous, wonderful celebration, as she would wish," Mr. Rubin said. "She never awoke in a depressed mood and had a wonderful outlook on life," he added. "That cheerful mood carried through the day. Her family had an inborn disposition of dignity and hope, and she faced every situation with courage and hope."
His words were echoed in a eulogy at Orient Central Cemetery on Sunday, Aug. 29, given by Rabbi Howard Diamond, formerly of Congregation Tifereth Israel, who conducted graveside services assisted by Rabbi Harold Spivack. "Her heart was in her face, in her always-ready smile and always-cheerful disposition," Rabbi Diamond said. Arrangements were handled by S.B. Horton Funeral Home, Greenport.

Bente Friis Snellenburg
Bente Friis-Sorensen Snellenburg of Southold died on Aug. 30 at University Medical Center in Stony Brook. She was 68.
Of Danish-Jewish descent, she was born Dec. 30, 1930, in Esbjerg, Denmark. During World War II, the 12-year-old daughter of RadioInspektor Hans Christian and Maria (Koch) Friis-Sorensen ran oranges and newspapers in the Danish Underground. 
After the war, she worked in modeling and stage dancing in Copenhagen before, in 1950, at age 20, emigrating to the U.S., where she joined the Women's Army Corps and served as a recruitment poster girl. 
She graduated with a B.A. degree in English literature from Upsala College and a master's degree in education from Columbia University, and taught elementary school at Peconic School and in the BOCES reading program. In Southold in 1955, she met and married a Southold attorney, now Judge Joseph Snellenburg II.
Mrs. Snellenburg was a member of Southold Universalist Church, Southold Historical Society, Eastern Long Island Hospital Auxiliary and Literacy Volunteers. She also acted in several North Fork Community Theatre productions in the 1960s, notably in "The Glass Menagerie." Southold friends described her as "a breath of fresh air" and "a very refreshing spirit."
Besides her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Birgit, of Arlington, Va., Kirsten, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Kristine, of Southold. Also surviving in Denmark are her sister, Birgit Blok of Charlottenlund and several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral arrangements were handled by DeFriest Funeral Home, Southold. Cremation was private. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5, at First Universalist Church, Southold.
Memorial donations may be made to Southold Fire Department Rescue Squad.

Ann T. Jablonski
Lifelong Cutchogue resident Ann T. Jablonski, 82, died on Aug. 28 at Eastern Long Island Hospital. 
Born on Sept. 9, 1916, to Peter and Antonia (Deerkoski) Kurkoski, she was a devoted homemaker and member of Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church in Cutchogue and its Rosary Altar Society. 
She is survived by her son, Kenneth, of Spring Valley, Ohio; a daughter, Sharon Surozenski of Shelter Island; two sisters, Stephanie Jurgielewicz of Pennsylvania and Alice Salter of Cutchogue; and three grandchildren. Her husband, Chester, predeceased her in 1988.
The family received friends on Monday, Aug. 30, at DeFriest Funeral Home, Mattituck, where parish prayer services were held that evening. The Celebration of the Liturgy of Christian Burial was offered on Tuesday at Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church, the Rev. Walter Rudnicki officiating. Interment followed at Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery, Cutchogue.

Edward J. Kaczorowski
Longtime North Fork resident Edward J. Kaczorowski, 82, died after a long illness on Aug. 26 at Eastern Long Island Hospital.
Born March 21, 1917, in Brooklyn to Peter and Mary Kaczorowski, he was educated and raised in Hempstead and was a World War II veteran who served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army in the D-Day invasion force. 
Upon retiring in 1970 as a district manager for H.C. Bohack Company, he moved to Cutchogue and became sexton for Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church. "He served the church for 16 years in a 24-hour job, keeping the grounds and buildings immaculate. He was very proud of that," said his son, Stephen Kaczorowski of Greenport. 
Moving finally to Greenport, the avid golfer was a member of Island's End Golf and Country Club in East Marion, American Legion Griswold-Terry-Glover Post No. 803 in Southold, and the Holy Name Society at Our Lady of Ostrabrama. 
He was predeceased four years ago by his wife of 55 years, Jennie. Besides his son, he is survived by a daughter, Jane Matalone of Hempstead; three brothers, Frank and Charles of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Walter, of Willis Wharf, Va.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were conducted on Aug. 30 in Hempstead, followed by interment at Calverton National Cemetery.

Beatrice Lillian Horn
Beatrice Lillian Horn, a former resident of Greenport and Southold, died Aug. 27 at Park Health Center, Bridgeport, Conn. She was 92.
Born in Brooklyn on Feb. 13, 1907, to John and Emma Bradburn, she attended Washington Irving High School and New York University, moving to Greenport in 1946 where she and her husband, Frank Edwin Horn, developed a summer cottage colony.
After her husband died in 1966, Mrs. Horn moved to Colonial Village in Southold. She had been active in the Greenport PTA and Greenport Presbyterian Church and taught dressmaking and tailoring in adult education classes. She became Mattituck librarian in 1965, a position she held for several years. Upon retiring, she moved to Stuart, Fla., and finally Bridgeport in 1981. 
She is survived by a son, Frank, of Cape Coral, Fla.; a daughter, Susan, of Greenport; a sister, Gladys Bangal of Oceanside; five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends tomorrow, Sept. 3, from 10 to 11 a.m. at S.B. Horton Funeral Home, Greenport, to be followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at Greenport's Sterling Cemetery. 
Memorial donations may be made to Eastern Long Island Hospital. 

Robert E. Lindsay
Robert E. Lindsay, a lifelong resident of Mattituck, died Aug. 31 at his home. He was 95.
Mr. Lindsay was born on March 11, 1904, to James and Mary (Drumm) Lindsay and was the postmaster at Mattituck post office for over 30 years. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus and Mattituck Lions Club and an active member for many years of the Mattituck Fire Department. 
"He loved his garden and working outside in his yard, and farming in his spare time on his family's potato farm," said his daughter, Patricia Johnson of Mattituck. 
He is also survived by a son, William, of Chester, Vt.; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Anna, in 1987.
Visiting hours will be today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at DeFriest Funeral Home, Mattituck. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Sept. 3, at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church, Mattituck, to be followed by interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Cutchogue.
Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978. 

Charlotte Zahra Bloom
Greenport native and former Riverhead resident Charlotte Zahra Bloom, 55, of Torrance, Calif., died suddenly on Aug. 26 in Fresno, Calif. 
Born May 13, 1944, to Charles and Alice (Bouchard) Zahra, she lived in Riverhead until her marriage in 1965, when she moved to Torrance.
She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Frank Roger Bloom; two brothers, Charles Zahra of Mattituck and Ronald Zahra of Smyrna, Ga.; and a sister, Janette Toma of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Cremation was private.

George I. Lester
George I. Lester, who after serving as band director at Mattituck High School for 21 years took up the baton as the conductor of Riverhead's "No Doubt World Famous Monday Night Band," died at his Wading River home Tuesday night after a lengthy battle against kidney cancer. He was 61.
Born and raised in Quogue, Mr. Lester graduated from Westhampton Beach High School and earned his undergraduate degree at the Crane School of Music at SUNY/Potsdam. He received his master's from NYU.
"He was a phenomenal conductor," said his wife, Ronnie. "He gave it all he could."
During his 10 years as a faculty member in the William Floyd School District in Shirley, he taught music to Bruce Petrucci, who later succeeded him as Mattituck's band director. Mrs. Lester said: "It was a lifelong friendship and it was wonderful that he could literally pass the baton over to him."
After retiring from Mattituck, Mr. Lester spent five years directing the "World Famous" Monday night band, composed of local music lovers who gather weekly just for the fun of playing together. He lived in Wading River for the past 26 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Amy Dan of Deer Park; a son, Todd Lester of New York City; stepchildren Jennifer Flanigan of Paris, Madeline Koczela of Elkton, Md.; his mother, Wilma Kelley, and a sister, Sandra Brunson, both of Charlotte, N.C.
A memorial service will take place tonight (Thursday, Sept. 16) at First Universalist Unitarian Church in Southold, with interment Friday at Quogue Cemetery. Arrangements are through the Alexander-Tuthill Funeral Home in Wading River.
Memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Cancer Association in Evanston, Ill., or Friends of Music at Mattituck High School. 

Reggie L. Brown
Lifelong North Fork resident Reggie L. Brown, 45, died on Sept. 11 at New York University Medical Center in Manhattan.
He was born in Mattituck on Dec. 11, 1953, to James and Dannie Mae (Williams) Brown. He attended Riverhead High School and worked as an assistant manager for Agway in Riverhead for 26 years.
"He was an all-round person who loved his children," a family member said. "Everyone loved him."
Mr. Brown was predeceased by a son, Reggie Brown Jr., in 1984. He is survived by his wife, Ivory (Trent); his parents; three sons, Tramaine, of Riverhead, Carl Obie of Copiague, and Terrance, of Florida; three daughters, Tarshea and Trannessa Brown and Lashelle Flippen, all of Riverhead; two brothers, James Jr., of Dover, Del., and Carl, of Riverhead; two sisters, Portia Trent and Valerie Brown, both of Riverhead; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Sept. 16, at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home, Riverhead. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Galilee Church of God in Christ, Flanders. Interment follows at Riverhead Cemetery. 

Edward Brochard
Longtime Mattituck resident Edward Brochard, 92, died on Sept. 11 at Central Suffolk Hospital.
Mr. Brochard was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 6, 1907, to George and Catherine (Hunter) Brochard. After serving with the U.S. Army in World War II, he went on to a long career as a civil engineer.
Formerly of Jackson Heights, Queens, he was a resident of the North Fork for the past 50 years. He was a member of North Fork Country Club.
Predeceased by three brothers, John, George and Francis, and a sister, Grace Brochard, he leaves five nephews, 11 grandnieces and six grandnephews.
The family received friends on Monday, Sept. 13, at DeFriest Funeral Home, Mattituck, where parish prayer services were held that evening. The Celebration of the Liturgy of Christian Burial was offered on Tuesday at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church, Mattituck. Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

Raymond Thomas Flanagan
Raymond Thomas Flanagan, 92, of Mattituck, died Sept. 13 at Central Suffolk Hospital in Riverhead.
The son of Malachi and Florence (Hopf) Flanagan, he was born in New York City on Dec. 21, 1906. He graduated from New York University Business School in 1939 and worked for Kraft Food Co. in New York as an accountant. 
After retiring in 1971, he moved to the North Fork and later worked for his daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Donald Scott, at Southold Pharmacy until he was 91 years of age. He also served as a poll watcher at Laurel School and was an avid reader and patron of the Riverhead and Mattituck libraries.
Predeceased by his wife, Edna Louise, in 1975, Mr. Flanagan is survived by two daughters, Joan Tyrer and Carol Scott, both of Southold; two sisters, Claire Flanagan and Marie Angrason, both of East Meadow; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Visitation was Wednesday at William F. Coster Funeral Home, Cutchogue. A funeral mass will be offered today, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, Southold. Memorial donations may be made to the Mattituck Fire Department rescue squad or Advent Lutheran Church, Mattituck.

Alfred William Rose
Alfred William Rose of Orient passed away at the San Simeon Nursing Home on Sept. 8, 1999. He and his wife (Betty) of 60 years retired to Orient from Silver Spring, Md., in 1978. They had been summer residents on the North Fork for over 50 years but for the last 25 years had divided their time between Naples, Fla., and Orient. 
Mr. Rose was born and educated in Englewood, N.J. He graduated from Colgate University in 1933, and received his M.A. in education from N.Y.U. in 1939. He taught science and mathematics and was an athletic coach at Englewood Junior High School, where he met his wife-to-be, Elizabeth Hukill of Ridgewood, N.J. They married in 1939.
Near the beginning of World War II, he enlisted in the Army Signal Corps and served as an officer during the war. He worked as a cryptanalyst and also taught cryptography at the Army Security Agency. In his later career, Mr. Rose served the U.S. Department of Defense at The National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, Md., as a Budget Officer in Research and Development, until his retirement in 1974. 
Al Rose especially enjoyed music, and played clarinet in Colgate's Marching Band and saxophone in jazz orchestras during his high school and college years. He was both an avid bowler and golfer. He was a member of Island's End Golf and Country Club and the Orient Yacht Club. He and Mrs. Rose attended both the Methodist and Congregational churches in Orient.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Rose is survived by two children, Susan Rose Channing of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Donald B. Rose of Rutherford, N.J. He leaves three grandchildren, Alfred W. Rose II, James T. Rose and Haley E. Channing. He also is survived by two brothers, Howard, of Sacramento, Calif., and Philip, of Vero Beach, Fla., and a sister, Dorothy Svenson of Rochester, N.H. 
A graveside service will be held in Orient Central Cemetery, Saturday, Sept. 18, at 1:30 p.m. with the Revs. Jim Cavanaugh and Fred Moore officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to DeFriest Funeral Home, Southold.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to either of the Orient churches, the Orient Rescue Squad, or the First Congregational Church of Naples, Fla.

Ruth C. Goodale
Ruth C. Goodale, a longtime resident of New Suffolk, died at her home on Sunday. She was 86.
Mrs. Goodale was born in Brooklyn on April 29, 1913, to Charles and Gertrude (Buttermilch) Hempel. A devoted homemaker, she began to visit the North Fork in 1933 and became a permanent resident in 1971.
She was a member of Eastern Star and was active in her senior citizens' club and Cutchogue United Methodist Church. She was a former member of Cutchogue Homemakers.
Predeceased in 1988 by her husband, Andrew, she is survived by her children, William, of New Suffolk, Robert, of Cutchogue, and Andrea Rive, also of New Suffolk; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
The family received friends on Monday and Tuesday at DeFriest Funeral Home in Mattituck, where Eastern Star services were offered on Tuesday evening. Funeral services were Wednesday morning at Cutchogue United Methodist Church, the Rev. Christopher Doyle officiating. Interment was in Cutchogue Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be sent to Cutchogue United Methodist Church.

Henry G. Jacobi
Longtime Southold resident Henry G. Jacobi died at Eastern Long Island Hospital on Sept. 18. He was 84.
Mr. Jacobi was born in the Bronx on Nov. 18, 1914, to Henry and Clara (Langer) Jacobi. He enjoyed a long career as a railroad engineer for New York Central Railroad.
A resident of Southold for the past 50 years, he also lived in East Marion and Greenport. He was an operator of a ham radio and CBs and enjoyed watching pro wrestling with his wife of 64 years, Alice. 
In addition to his wife he is survived by his children, Henry, Michael and Robin, all of Southold, Iris Begora of Orient and Kathleen Conklin of North Carolina; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. His sister, Agnes "Peggy" Banick, predeceased him.
Graveside services were offered on Monday morning, Sept. 20, at Southold Presbyterian Cemetery by the Rev. Peter Kelley. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of DeFriest Funeral Homes.
Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978, or to the Southold Fire Department Rescue Squad, Main Road, Southold, NY 11971.

James Edward Johnson
James Edward Johnson, 62, of Greenport died Sept. 9 at his residence. 
Born in Quitman, Ga., on May 2, 1937, he was the son of Frank and Betty (Thomas) Johnson. He worked for many years in the dietary department at San Simeon by the Sound nursing home in Greenport, until his illness prevented it. 
"James was noted for his quiet, soft-spoken demeanor," said a tribute from his family. "He was a 'gentle' man in every sense and was loved by all who came in contact with him."
Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Nora; four daughters, Claudette Welch of Greenport, Pamela Washington of San Antonio, Texas, Anita McDaniels of Naples, Italy, and Margie Johnson of Savannah, Ga.; four sons, Michael, of Palm Dale, Calif., Wayne, of Monrovia, Calif., and Freddy and Leonard, both of San Antonio, Texas; five sisters, Evelyn, Frankie Mae, Lucille, Emeris Jean and Marjori; one brother, Frank; 22 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation was Monday, Sept. 13, at S.B. Horton Funeral Home, Greenport. A funeral service was held later that day at Clinton Memorial AME Zion Church, Greenport, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Herring officiating. Interment followed at Sterling Cemetery, Greenport.

Stella Scalia
Former North Fork resident Stella Scalia died at her home in Pompano Beach, Fla., on Sept. 15 at the age of 89.
Mrs. Scalia was a former resident of Paradise Point, Southold, and Garden City. She was predeceased by her husband, John, in 1973, and is survived by four sons, Peter, of Westbury, John Jr., of Old Brookville, N.Y., Robert, of Southold, and Frank, of Huntington. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at St. Joseph's Church in Garden City. Burial was at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury.

Joseph A. Swotkewicz
Joseph A. Swotkewicz of Riverhead died Sept. 20 at his home after a long illness. He was 51.
The son of Philip Swotkewicz and Frances Alaimo, he was born in Greenport on April 14, 1948. He worked as a private secretary. 
He is survived by his partner, Bob Angus; his parents; and two brothers, Philip Jr., of Jamesport and Frank, of Mattituck. 
Visiting hours will be held today, Sept. 23, at F.J. McLaughlin Funeral Home, Riverhead, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 24 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Riverhead. 

Muriel D. Maher
Muriel D. Maher of Greenport died Sept. 4 at University Hospital in Stony Brook. She was 79.
She was born June 6, 1920, in Brooklyn to Edgar and Frances (O'Donald) Maher. A retired employee of Time magazine, where she was special assistant to Clare Booth Luce, she moved to Greenport 20 years ago.
She is survived by three brothers, Walter, of Hilton Head, S.C., Francis, of Milford, Pa., and John, of Richwood, Ky.; three sisters, Dorothy Davy of Vincentown, N.J., Joan Robinson of Callawassie Island, S.C., and Margaret Duffney of Manhattan.
A funeral mass was offered at Church of the Epiphany in Manhattan on Sept. 18. 

Carolyn Fay Schmidt
Carolyn Fay Schmidt of Darien, an artist and interior designer, died Monday, Sept. 13, at Stamford Hospital. She was 50.
Born Nov. 20, 1948, in Kingston, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Marian Fay Dempsey and John J. Dempsey.
Mrs. Schmidt earn her BA at Rosemont College in Rosemont, Pa., and her master's of fine arts at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She was a respected artist and popular interior designer through her business, Country Interiors in Darien.
She is survived by her husband, John T. Schmidt of Darien; and her brother, William Dempsey of San Francisco, Calif. Mr. Schmidt summered in East Marion and Greenport.
A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, at St. Thomas Moore Church, 374 Middlesex Road, Darien.
Memorial contributions may be made to Institute, 505 E. 70th St., New York, NY 10021; or to Stamford Hospital Health Foundation, Dialysis Unit Fund, 2015 W. Main St., Stamford, CT 06902.


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