Miscellaneous Suffolk County, New York Obituaries - 1999

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Howard C. Lucas
Howard C. Lucas, president of Lucas Ford Lincoln Mercury of Southold, died on Sept. 25 at his Southold home. He was 65.
Mr. Lucas had been selling Fords for 43 years, according to a family statement, and was a Ford dealer in Southold for the last 10 years. His dealership received Ford's highest honor, The President's Award, again this year. 
According to a statement by his son, Howard Lucas Jr., "He loved to sell cars and did so on a daily basis. He loved his work so much he never planned to retire."
The community benefited from his years of interest in Boy Scouts, Kiwanis and church, the family statement continued. "With all he accomplished in business and the community, he was a man who cherished and loved his family and friends above all else. The pride and the love he had for his loved ones was his life."
Mr. Lucas was born on July 13, 1934, to Horace and Catherine Lucas at East Northport, where he was raised and educated, and where he continued to reside until moving to Southold 10 years ago. He also built a getaway home on Brant Lake in the Adirondacks. An active man, he enjoyed skiing, hunting, fishing, camping, boating and, more recently, golfing.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Evelyn; and besides Howard Jr., another son, Eric; a daughter, Susan Santiago; his mother, Catherine Lucas Gorman; and four grandchildren. 
Visitation was held on Tuesday and Wednesday at Brueggemann Funeral Home, East Northport. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 30, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, East Northport, to be followed by interment at Genola Rural Cemetery. 
Memorial donations imay be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church expansion fund, Box 242, Greenport, NY 11944; or Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, Mass. 02215.

Laura D. Case
Peconic native and longtime Southold resident Laura D. Case, 83, died of cardiac arrest on Sept. 22 in Stuart, Fla.
Mrs. Case had moved to Florida in 1985, and after suffering a stroke in 1997 had resided at Martin Nursing and Restorative Care Center. 
She was born in Peconic on Sept. 19, 1916, to Alexander and Eva (Yakabowski) Zebroski, and was married to Gerald Case. He predeceased her in 1962.
Two sisters, Agnes Pollock and Natalie Hass, and two brothers, William and Julius Zebroski, also predeceased her. She is survived by a daughter, Geraldine Schwab of Southold; a sister, Jennie Belenski; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. 
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church in Cutchogue. Arrangements have been entrusted to DeFriest Funeral Home, Southold.
Memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 85 Marcus Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788.

John Charnews Jr.
Lifelong Southold resident John Charnews Jr. died on Oct. 1 at University Medical Center in Stony Brook. He was 66.
Mr. Charnews was born in Southold on June 11, 1933, to John and Julia (Dzenkowski) Charnews and attended Southold public schools. Upon completion of his education, he worked on his family's farm.
According to a family statement, he will be best remembered "as a person who loved birds and took great care in keeping the Main Road of Southold village clean of garbage. Each morning he would take his brown paper bag and clean litter from the sides of the road."
Predeceased by a brother, Edward, he is survived by his brothers, Daniel and Clement, both of Southold.
Visiting hours were held at DeFriest Funeral Home, Southold. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Oct. 4 at St. Patrick R.C. Church, Southold, followed by interment at St. Patrick's Cemetery. 

George H. Fonde
Mattituck resident George H. Fonde, 50, died at his home on Sept. 29. He also had lived in Aquebogue and the Cutchogue-New Suffolk area. 
Mr. Fonde had been associated with New Suffolk Shipyard. A family statement described his talent and interest in marine woodworking and sailing, adding, "George was also passionate about classic cars and enjoyed gathering knowledge about antique and collectible automobiles." 
He was born in Huntington on April 10, 1949, to George H. Fonde Jr. and Pauline (Carroll) Fonde. He graduated from Huntington schools and Eastwood School in Oyster Bay, and attended the University of Miami for several years.
Predeceased by his father, he leaves his mother, Pauline (Polly) of Centerport; a brother, Billy, of Chantilly, Va.; and a two sisters, Virginia and Carol Fonde, both of New York City. 
Memorial services will be conducted by the Rev. Churchill Pinder on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Church, Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to DeFriest Funeral Home of Mattituck.

Helen Dorsey Hawthorne
Helen Dorsey Hawthorne, 91, a Cutchogue resident since 1973, died at her home on Oct. 3 in the supervisory care of East End Hospice. She formerly resided in New York City and Peekskill, N.Y.
She was born in Peekskill to Jeremiah and Mary (Banfield) Dorsey and graduated from Drum Hill High School and Scudder School in New York City. She continued her studies at the New School for Social Research and worked in Manhattan as a secretary with the London Assurance Company for several years.
From 1951 until her retirement in 1973, Mrs. Hawthorne was employed as administrative secretary to the executive directors of YMCA International Committee. 
She married Dr. Edward Hawthorne, a New York City educator and headmaster, on Dec. 26, 1935.
According to a family statement, Mrs. Hawthorne was a volunteer for 15 years at St. Barnabas House on Mulberry Street in New York City, where she ran a workshop on carpentry for troubled children and assisted in the care of children in the residents' infirmary.
"She enjoyed traveling to England, Switzerland and Mexico," the statement added. "At these places she visited numerous YMCA centers and attended professional conferences."
Besides her husband, she is survived by many nieces and nephews. Five brothers and five sisters predeceased her.
A memorial service was held in Peekskill yesterday at Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home. Donations in Mrs. Dorsey's name may be sent to East End Hospice, Box 1048, Riverhead Rd., Westhampton Beach, NY 11978, or to a hospice of the donor's choice.

Anne C. Anderson
Anne C. Anderson of Greenport died at her home on Oct. 5. She was 89.
The daughter of John and Lillias (Smith) Currie, she was born in the Bronx on May 10, 1910. She lived in New York City and worked for the New York Heart Association before moving to Greenport in 1967. 
Predeceased by her husband, James, in 1983, Ms. Anderson is survived by a son, James Jr., of Pelham, N.Y.; a brother, John Currie of Leesburg, Fla.; and two grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held today, Oct. 7, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at S.B. Horton Funeral Home, Greenport. A funeral mass will be offered at St. Agnes Church, Greenport, on Oct. 8 at 9 a.m., followed by interment at the church cemetery.

John Lawrence Kinsella
Former Southold resident John Lawrence Kinsella of Vero Beach, Fla., died on Sept. 29 at Indian River Memorial Hospital in Vero Beach. He was 87. 
Born July 2, 1912, in New York City to Joseph and Emily (Doogue) Kinsella, he attended St. Lawrence Academy and St. Ignatius Loyola Schools in New York City and graduated from Asbury Park (N.J.) High School. 
He attended Dartmouth College before being appointed to the New York City Police Department in June 1940, retiring in 1972 as assistant chief inspector, having served as acting chief inspector. 
According to a statement, Mr. Kinsella "commanded the Bureau of Special Services at a tumultuous time, when providing security for our president and chiefs of foreign countries was increasingly a challenge." 
Upon retirement, he moved to Seal Cove, Maine, where he was appointed code enforcement officer. In addition to his work in law enforcement, he was a member of the Honor Legion, Holy Name Society, Emerald Society and the Causeway Golf and Country Club in Southwest Harbor, Maine.
In Southold, where he lived from 1983 until relocating last year to Vero Beach, he was a member of Island's End Golf and Country Club. 
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Cynthia, and a niece, Jane Mohring.
Cremation in Florida was private. A funeral mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 12, at St. Patrick R.C. Church in Southold. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens. Local funeral arrangements were handled by William F. Coster Funeral Home of Cutchogue.

Julia V. Mang
Julia V. Mang died at San Simeon by the Sound nursing home in Greenport on Oct. 5 at the age of 94.
She was born in Brooklyn on July 24, 1905, to James and Bridget (Woods) Byrne. She was a homemaker and a longtime resident of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where she was a parishioner of St. Anselm's R.C. Church. She moved to San Simeon in May.
Predeceased by a son, Francis, in 1932, and her husband, Frank, in 1990, she is survived by two sisters, Margaret Lyons of Mattituck and Eileen Christensen of Queensbury, N.Y.
The family will receive friends at DeFriest Funeral Home, Mattituck, at 9 a.m. on Oct. 8. A Celebration of the Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church, Mattituck, Father Peter Allen officiating. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn.

Mei Savage Brady
Noted North Fork artist and sculptor Mei Savage Brady died Friday, Oct. 8, at her home in Mattituck. She was 78 years old.
Ms. Brady's works were exhibited widely on Long Island and in New York City over the past 50 years. She was honored for her work by the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, the Hecksher Museum in Huntington, Guild Hall in East Hampton, the East End Arts Council in Riverhead and the Smithtown Arts Council. Several of her pieces are in the permanent collection of the Islip Art Museum. 
Ms. Brady was born Jan. 1, 1921, to Anthony and Mary (Choprowski) Savage in the hamlet of Brookhaven on one of Long Island's first duck farms. She graduated from Bellport High School in 1938 and studied painting and drawing in New York City in the early 1940s. In the 1950s, artist Philip Evergood of East Patchogue became her mentor. She painted throughout her adult life, and her most recent work currently is on exhibit at the Clayton & Libertore Gallery in Bridgehampton. 
A spokesperson at the gallery described the Brady exhibit as a "new phase" of "semi-abstract" black and white paintings that had been completed since March of this year. 
Ms. Brady also was an active environmentalist. She was instrumental in the founding of the North Fork Preservation Society in the late 1960s and, later, the creation of the North Fork Environmental Council.
A statement released by family members said: "All who knew and loved Mei Savage Brady will miss her endless energy, talent and generosity of spirit and mind." 
Surviving are Ms. Brady's husband, Warren; her daughter, Melinda Munford Jaques of Water Mill; two sisters, Veronica Bergin of Westhampton and Helen Adams of Center Moriches; her brother, Benjamin Savage of Brookhaven; two granddaughters; and a stepgrandson. She was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Savage of Center Moriches. 
A funeral mass was celebrated Monday morning at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Mattituck with Father Peter Allen officiating. Burial followed at Cutchogue Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the F.J. McLaughlin Funeral Home of Riverhead.

Andrew Catalano
Andrew "Andy" Catalano, a 73-year-old resident of Peconic, died suddenly on Monday, Oct. 11.
Mr. Catalano was perhaps best known locally for operating the flower stand next door to Southold Town Police Department headquarters in Peconic. He was an avid gardener, with a special interest in roses and perennials.
He was born in Italy on March 25, 1926. He lived in Farmingdale, N.Y., for 23 years before moving to the North Fork 18 years ago. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a horticulturist at SUNY/Farmingdale.
Mr. Catalano and his wife of 53 years, Phyllis, enjoyed taking the bus for shopping trips to Greenport, Riverhead and East Hampton.
In addition to Mrs. Catalano, he is survived by two sons, Vito and Vinny; a daughter, Maria; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at William F. Coster Funeral Home in Cutchogue. The funeral will take place tomorrow, Friday, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart R.C. Church in Cutchogue. Father Peter Allen will officiate. 
Burial will follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Winifred Jamieson Weiss
Winifred Jamieson Weiss of Cutchogue died from heart failure at her residence on Oct. 7. She was 73.
Born on Oct. 21, 1925, in New Hampshire to Reginald and Margaret (Simpson) Jamieson, she was raised and educated in Brooklyn. 
For many years she worked as a bookkeeper alongside her husband, Albert Weiss, who was the president of Weiss Instruments, an industrial company in West Babylon. 
The couple lived in Lynbrook, Nassau County, and summered in Cutchogue from the 1950s until, in 1993, they converted their summer bungalow into their permanent home. 
Mrs. Weiss was a member of North Fork Chorale and Sunshine Society. "She was an avid reader and enjoyed art throughout her life, as a painter in all media and, in later years, as a sculptor," said her daughter, Janet Best of Merrick. 
Besides Ms. Best, she is survived by three sons, James, of Miller Place, John, of Mt. Sinai, and Stephen, of Bayport; a brother, Stuart Jamieson of Florida; and six grandchildren. Her husband predeceased her in 1994. 
Visitation was held on Oct. 9, followed by a funeral service at William F. Coster Funeral Home, Cutchogue. Cremation was private.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Sunshine Society, P.O. Box 251, Southold, NY 11971.

Rudolph Rom
Former New Suffolk resident Rudoph Rom died in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Monday, Oct. 11, at the age of 64. He was a resident of Port St. Lucie at the time of his death.
Mr. Rom lived on the North Fork from 1960 to 1989. During those years, he worked as a union millwright, and was employed by various firms on Long Island.
He was born in Brooklyn on Nov. 24, 1934. His parents were Rudolph A. and Petronella (Onody) Rom.
Surviving are his mother, of New Suffolk; his wife, Judy; a sister, Patricia Garsik of Cutchogue; and a stepdaughter, Heid Schuhmann-Fahlberg of Lake City, Fla. 
The funeral was held Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. Private cremation followed.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Bertha Bergen
Longtime Mattituck resident Bertha Bergen, 84, died on Sept. 23 in Gastonia, N.C.
She was born in New Suffolk on April 13, 1915, the daughter of Albertus (Bert) and Patience Raynor. She attended New Suffolk School.
Mrs. Bergen worked as a home health-care aide and operated a hair salon out of her home in Mattituck.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Olmsted Bergen, and is survived by a daughter, Marjorie Baunach of Gastonia; a sister, Doris Demchuck of Maryland; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The family held a graveside service at Cutchogue Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by DeFriest Funeral Home of Mattituck.

Sally De Carlo
Southold resident Sally De Carlo died of congestive heart failure at University Hospital in Stony Brook on Sept. 8. She was 89 years old.
Mrs. De Carlo was born in Shenandoah, Pa., on Nov. 15, 1909, the daughter of Alexander and Antonina (Koraleski) Osekavage. She attended school in Shenandoah and later moved to New Jersey. She married Dominick De Carlo in 1930. Her husband died in 1972.
Mrs. De Carlo lived in several New Jersey communities, including Newark and Nutley, where she resided for 42 years before moving to Southold two years ago to live with her daughter, Dolores Alexander.
Mrs. De Carlo was a production worker with the Continental Can Company in Newark for 25 years. She served for 12 years as president of the Belleville (N.J.) senior citizens club's Wednesday group, and was a member of St. Mary's R.C. Church in Nutley.
On the North Fork, Mrs. De Carlo regularly visited the Southold Town Nutrition Center in Mattituck, which was "a wonderful place for her to meet new friends," according to her daughter, Ms. Alexander.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. De Carlo is survived by a son, Richard De Carlo of Boca Raton, Fla.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
The funeral service and burial took place Sept. 18 in New Jersey. 
A North Fork memorial service is planned for sometime next month.

Marguerite Conway
Longtime Southold resident Marguerite Conway died on Oct. 16 at Eastern Long Island Hospital. She was 91.
Mrs. Conway was born in North Kingstown, R.I., on Dec. 10, 1907, to George and Matilda (Vogel) Ehrhardt, who had both participated in the opening of the Oklahoma territory in 1893. Her mother was a native of Kansas and her father was a member of the Seventh Cavalry Band. He became the last keeper of Horton Point Lighthouse, where Marguerite lived with her family for 19 years.
A graduate of Southold High School's Class of 1927 and Brooklyn Hospital Nursing School, she practiced private duty nursing in New York City and in 1933 joined the nursing staff of Greenport Hospital.
Five years later, in 1938, she left the hospital and married William B. Conway of Southold. The devoted homemaker was a member of Southold Historical Society, Southold Archeological Society and a charter member of the Cherokee Heritage Society of Oklahoma.
She was predeceased in 1978 by her husband of 50 years, and in 1997 by a daughter, Marguerite Williams of Big Timber, Mont. She leaves a son, George, of Southold; a daughter, Joan Jacobs of West Point, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The family received friends on Sunday, Oct. 17, at DeFriest Funeral Home, Southold, where parish prayer services were offered that afternoon by the Rev. George Michell. The Celebration of the Liturgy of Christian Burial was conducted Monday at St. Patrick R.C. Church, Southold, the Rev. Martin Osborne officiating. Interment followed at St. Patrick's Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Southold Fire Department Rescue Squad, Main Road, Southold, NY 11971.

Robert P. Wassuta
Robert P. Wassuta of Southold, formerly of Riverhead and a central figure in North Fork fishing, died suddenly on Oct. 13 at University Medical Center at Stony Brook. He was 52.
Mr. Wassuta was born in Queens on Aug. 21, 1947, to Paul and Alice (Stellwagon) Wassuta. A veteran of the U.S. Marines, he became a licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain and owned and operated the Wego charter boat. In addition, having moved to Southold 15 years ago from former residences in Riverhead and Eastport, he operated the WeGo Fishing Bait and Tackle Shop in the old Port of Egypt in Southold. 
In his wake, writes Marty Garrell in his North Fork Outdoors column in The Suffolk Times today, "lots of surf fishermen are going to feel devastated, having lost the eyes and ears of the North Fork beaches." Bob Wassuta "was a special contact for me for many years," Mr. Garrell continues. "If I wanted personal information ... about what fishing was like on what beaches on what tides at what time of day, I could get a reliable report [and] exactly the right lure or tin for the moment." 
Mr. Wassuta leaves his wife, Susan Cox. The family received friends on Oct. 14 at DeFriest Funeral Home in Southold, where religious services were offered that evening and the following morning by the Rev. Carl Weaver. Cremation followed.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 

Thelma Clara Rausch
Thelma Clara Rausch of Cutchogue, 91, died on Oct. 18 at San Simeon by the Sound in Greenport.
Born on Oct. 28, 1907, in Jamaica, Queens, to George and Clara (Friberg) Ilofgren, she was a homemaker and office worker with Rausch Insurance.
A former resident of West Hempstead and Seminole, Fla., she was predeceased by her husband, Charles, in 1996. She is survived by a son, Roy Rausch of Lake Park, Fla.; a daughter, Lynda Rehm of Cutchogue; a sister, Gloria Nass of Centerport; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation took place yesterday at William F. Coster Funeral Home, Cutchogue, and was followed by funeral services there in the evening. The Rev. Peter Kelley officiated. Interment will take place this morning at Greenfield Cemetery, Uniondale. 
Memorial donations may be sent to San Simeon by the Sound or Shriners Hospital, Tampa, Fla.

Lillian Bergen Brown
Mattituck native Lillian Bergen Brown, 84, died on Oct. 14, in Pittsford, N.Y., with her daughters at her side.
Born Feb. 7, 1915, the youngest of five children, to Iola and George Bergen, she graduated from Mattituck High School in 1934 and attended nursing school in Brooklyn. 
During World War II, she worked at the ration board and met and married Wayland Brown in 1946. The couple moved to Long Acres Farm in East Marion, where Ms. Brown was a 50-year member of East Marion Community Church and served on various church committees. 
Her husband died in 1977. She left the farm in 1991, moving to Colonial Village in Southold, where she resided for the following six years. Her final move was to Rochester, N.Y., to be near her daughter, Irene Utter of Fairport. Ms. Utter stated that her mother continued to make new friendships there, and was referred to as "the sweet lady with a wonderful smile."
She is also survived by her daughter, Lois Wing of Caribou, Maine; her stepdaughter, Genevieve Salminen of East Marion; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
Visiting hours were held on Oct. 18 at DeFriest Funeral Home, Southold. A funeral service on Oct. 19 at East Marion Community Church was followed by interment at East Marion Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or to East Marion Community Church.

Elizabeth Rutkowski Rice
East Marion native Elizabeth Rutkowski Rice, 79, died on Oct. 21, at Santa Paula Hospital, Santa Paula, Calif. 
A resident of Simi, Calif., and for many years of Canoga Park, Calif., she was born on May 10, 1920, to Clementina (Lonski) and Anthony Rutkowski on the family farm in East Marion, land now occupied by Island's End Golf and Country Club. 
She attended East Marion and Greenport schools, graduating with the Class of 1938, and continued her education at Northwest Institute of Medical Technology, Minneapolis, Minn.
Upon graduation, she took up her lifetime vocation as a laboratory and X-ray technician, interning at Paducah, Ky. She followed her chosen career at hospitals in Ravenna, Ohio; Eastern Long Island Hospital, Greenport; Central Suffolk Hospital, Riverhead; Mineola, N.Y.; Miami, Fla.; and Canoga Park, until her retirement in 1992. 
Her marriage to Wilbur Thompson of Cleveland, Ohio, ended in divorce. Some years later, she married Harley Rice, U.S. Navy (Ret.). 
Her brother, Stanley J. Rutkowski of East Marion, described Ms. Rice as "very generous and considerate. She enjoyed opera and loved to sing," he said.
Predeceased by her husband, Harley, and a brother, Leonard, she leaves two daughters, Roxanne Rice Rute of Florida, and Patricia Thompson Vincent of Oxnard, Calif.; two brothers, Anthony J. Wisowaty of Greenport, and Mr. Rutkowski; four granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters.
Cremation was private. A religious memorial service and interment will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 29, at Oakwood Memorial Park, 22601 Lassen St., .Chatsworth, Calif. 

Alice C. Leslie
Alice C. Leslie, 89, a Southold resident since 1978 and an accomplished sculptor and artist, died on Oct. 12 at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston. She had moved to Boston two years ago to be near her daughter, Alice M. Leslie. 
Born in New York City on Dec. 11, 1909, to Augusta and Vincent Clark, she was raised and educated in the city. Until moving to Southold, she resided in Manhasset, where her husband, Charles J. Leslie, M.D., was a pediatrician. 
Ms. Leslie enjoyed drawing from early childhood. A member of the Manhasset Art Association, she sold her watercolors and oil paintings in local art shows and won awards. As a Southold resident, she took lessons with Cutchogue artist Jackie Penney, and the two became close friends. 
"She loved to garden and was a beautiful seamstress," said her daughter, Alice, who also described her mother as "the kind of person who always made you feel special. She struck people like that, on meeting her. She had an illumination about her." 
Her husband of 52 years predeceased her in 1987. Besides Ms. Leslie, she is survived by her daughter, Helen, of San Francisco, Calif.; two sons, Charles, of Darien, Conn., and Lawrence, of Pawlet, Vt.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
Visitation on Oct. 15 was followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Boston. Interment on Oct. 16 was at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. 
Memorial donations may be made to the Lauren Leslie Fund, Stamford Hospital, Shelburne Rd., Stamford, CT 06902. 

Jacqueline Occhiogrosso
Jacqueline Occhiogrosso of Southold, formerly of Oakdale, died at her home on Oct. 21, at the age of 63. 
Born in Brooklyn to Joseph and Estelle (Knortz) Weber, she was trained as a mental health therapy aide and worked at Central Islip State Hospital. She moved to Southold in 1985. 
Ms. Occhiogrosso was also a licensed real estate broker and certified antiques appraiser, who "frequently held estate sales and was always gathering knowledge about glassware and oriental carpets," according to family members.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas; seven children, Claire and Gregory, of East Marion, Francis and Victor, of Southold, Paul, of Patchogue and Thomas Jr. and Jeannie, of Bohemia; a brother, Robert Weber of New Windsor, N.Y.; two sisters, Grace Saxon of Huntington and Jean Bassett of Danbury, Conn.; and 11 grandchildren.
The family received friends on Saturday and Sunday at DeFreist Funeral Home, Southold, where parish prayer services were held Sunday afternoon. The Celebration of the Liturgy of Christian Burial was offered on Monday at St. Patrick R.C. Church, Southold, followed by interment at St. Patrick's Cemetery.


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