|Sophie T. Sledjeski
The former owner of Porky's Restaurant in Greenport, Sophie T. Sledjeski,
82, died on Jan. 4 at her Greenport residence. She had lived in Greenport
for 52 years.
She owned and operated the North Road restaurant for many years with
her husband, Walter, who died in 1983. The site is currently occupied by
The Shady Lady.
Born in New Suffolk on June 13, 1917, to Konstanty and Wladyslawa (Szorcz)
Slivonick, Mrs. Sledjeski was a member of Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church
She leaves her children, Richard, of Greenport, and Mary Ann of Kansas
City, Mo.; a sister, Mary Moisa of Greenport; two grandchildren; and one
The family will receive friends today, Jan. 6, from 2 to 4 and 7 to
9 p.m. at DeFriest Funeral Home, Main Road, Southold, where parish prayer
services will be held at 8 p.m. The Rev. Walter Rudnicki will offer the
Celebration of the Liturgy of Christian Burial on Friday at 10 a.m. at
Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church on Depot Lane, Cutchogue. Interment
will follow at Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Greenport Fire Department Rescue
Squad, 236 Third St., Greenport, NY 11944.
Nellie Sarkus, 82, a lifelong resident of Southold, died Jan. 1 at
Parker Jewish Institute of Geriatric Care in New Hyde Park.
Born March 1, 1917, to Mary (Rosinauskas) and William Zukas, she was
a member of St. Patrick R.C. Church in Southold, the Rosary Society, Catholic
Daughters and the Knights of Lithuania.
She leaves her husband of 58 years, Peter J. Sarkus; a son, Peter,
of New Hyde Park; two sisters, Adelaide Flynn and Helen Verity, and a brother,
Michael Zukas, all of Southold; and three grandchildren.
The family received friends on Monday, Jan. 3, at DeFriest Funeral
Home, Southold, where parish prayer services were held that evening by
the Rev. George Michell. He also officiated at the Celebration of the Liturgy
of Christian Burial on Tuesday at St. Patrick R.C. Church, followed by
interment in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
Nikola Galjanic, 52, an East Marion artist, died on Jan. 6 at Eastern
Long Island Hospital as a result of an auto accident on Route 48.
Born in Croatia on March 1, 1947, to Nikola and Katica (Bonifacic)
Galjanic, he was a pen and ink artist of mostly nautical scenes, beachscapes
and seascapes, said his wife, Lisa.
"He loved the sea and was an avid reader and collector of rare nautical
books," she added, "especially books about whaling and log books by whalers.
He was a beloved husband and father and loved by all who knew him."
Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by his sons, Nicholas and
John, both of East Marion; a son and daughter from a former marriage, Zelimir,
of Woodside, Queens, and Biserka, of Croatia; and a brother, Marijan, of
Cremation and services were Monday at Washington Memorial Park Crematory
in Coram, under the direction of William F. Coster Funeral Home, Cutchogue.
A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, on Truman's Beach
on the Orient-East Marion causeway, to be followed by burial of cremated
remains in Long Island Sound.
Victor A. Grabowski
Victor A. Grabowski, 81, a retired school custodian and lifelong resident
of the North Fork, died on Jan. 9 at Eastern Long Island Hospital.
Mr. Grabowski was born in New Suffolk on March 29, 1916, the son of
Peter and Wanda (Januick) Grabowski, and resided first in Mattituck, and
then in Cutchogue for the past 23 years.
He retired in 1986 as a custodian with Mattituck-Cutchogue schools,
where he had been employed since 1963. Prior to 1963, he was a farmer.
He was a charter member of the Mattituck Fire Department and a lifelong
member of Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church and its Holy Name Society.
He is survived by his wife, Victoria; three children, Peter, of Pleasantville,
N.Y., Joan Jacobs of New Suffolk, and Carol Giacone of Lakewood, N.Y.;
a stepdaughter, Agnes Tatro of Oklahoma; two sisters, Lucy Troyan of Aquebogue,
and Frances Grabowski of Mattituck; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A sister, Agnes Grabowski, preceded him in death.
Visiting hours were yesterday at DeFriest Funeral Home, Mattituck.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 13, at
Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church in Cutchogue, to be followed by interment
at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Cutchogue. Memorial donations may be made to
the Cutchogue Fire Department Rescue Squad or Eastern Long Island Hospital.
Andrew T. Stamboulidis
Andrew T. Stamboulidis, 70, a textile firm executive and prominent
Greek-American of Greenport and Whitestone, Queens, died on Jan. 6 at New
York Hospital from heart failure.
Mr. Stamboulidis was born in Piraeus, Greece, on Feb. 15, 1929, and
first came to the U.S. in 1949 on a 16-month tour of duty during service
in the Royal Air Force of Greece. He later returned to the U.S. as a student,
graduating from City College of New York with a bachelor's degree in business
In 1990, after a 38-year career, he retired as vice president of administration
and market research for the textile firm Westpoint Pepperell, now Westpoint
He was a member of Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church
of Mattituck, and from 1982 through 1985 was a member of the New York City
Consumer Affairs Council advising Mayor Koch and the consumer affairs commissioner.
As a leader in the American Hellenic Educational and Progressive Association,
he served as supreme governor of the national organization, president of
Hermes Chapter No. 186 and founder of Parthenon Chapter No. 495 in Whitestone.
He was also a fund-raiser for the Cooley's Anemia Foundation and chairman
for three consecutive years of the annual Greek Independence Day parade
in New York City.
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Sophia (Nicholas); a sister, Marika
Apostolidis of Piraeus, Greece; a daughter, Elizabeth Simadis, and two
sons, Theodore Stamas and George Stamboulidis, all of Queens; and seven
Services took place on Monday at St. Nicholas Church in Bayside, followed
by interment at Flushing Cemetery.
Chauncey F. Reeves
Greenport native Chauncey F. Reeves of Riverhead died on Jan. 9 at
Central Suffolk Hospital. The lifelong North Fork resident was 96.
An accomplished carpenter, according to his family, he retired as a
sheet metal worker from K.G. Brown Manufacturing in Mattituck. The family's
statement added, "He loved working in his yard and was a wonderful dad
and grandfather and will be sorely missed."
Mr. Reeves was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Riverhead.
Born Jan. 1, 1904, in Greenport to Isabelle (Robinson) and William
Reeves, he was predeceased by his wife, Jean, in 1997. He leaves two sons,
Jack and Donald Reeves, both of Greenport; a daughter, Claudia Bertorello
of Riverhead; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
The family received friends on Jan. 11 at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral
Home, Riverhead. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated yesterday at
Grace Episcopal Church, the Rev. Richard Norris officiating. Interment
followed at St. John's Cemetery in Riverhead.
Janet H. Persell
Janet H. Persell, 91, a longtime summer resident of Cutchogue, died
Dec. 3  at Alexandria (Va.) Hospital.
"She lived many places as an Army wife," said a niece, Joan Techet
of Mattituck and Raleigh, N.C., "but she always thought most fondly of
her days at Cutchogue" from 1914, when her family built a home on Peconic
Bay, into the 1930s. She moved to the Washington, D.C., area after the
death of her husband of 55 years, Col. Robert A. Persell.
She was born in Brooklyn on March 22, 1908, the daughter of William
Holden, for whom Holden Avenue in Fleet's Neck is named. She graduated
from the Cathedral School of St. Mary in Garden City, and became an interior
decorator before marrying and raising a family. Her hobbies included golf,
bridge, needlepoint and sketching and painting birds.
Surviving are her son, Robert A. Persell Jr. of Alexandria, Va.; two
grandsons; and three great-grandchildren. Mrs. Persell was buried Dec.
8 at Arlington National Cemetery.
Arthur Elwood Pelton
Arthur Elwood Pelton, a longtime resident of Garden City who lived
in Southold a short time before his death, died on Jan. 8 at age 73 in
a nursing home at Rutledge, Tenn.
Mr. Pelton made many friends here in the senior daycare program while
residing in Southold with his daughter, Darlene Siracusano.
The son of Grace (Cornelia) and Arthur Fenner Pelton of Monticello,
N.Y., he was a veteran of the 13th Air Force, having served in Manila,
Philippine Islands. He was a retired teacher of industrial arts and former
coordinator of the adult education program at Hewlett-Woodmere public schools
in Hewlett, N.Y.
He received his bachelor's degree from SUNY/Oswego, a master's degree
from New York University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.
Besides Ms. Siracusano, he is survived by another daughter, Dr. Lynette
Atkins of Rutledge; his former wife and the mother of his children, Carol
Sandford, also of Southold; a sister, Jean Shields of Fort Myers, Fla.;
and a grandson.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 13, at DeFriest
Funeral Chapel in Southold, the Rev. Richard Mowery officiating. Interment
will follow at Calverton National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Eastern
Tennessee Chapter, 1924 Alcoa Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920.
Gladys K. Horton
Orient native Gladys K. Horton died on Jan. 4 at her home in Manorville.
She was 85.
Family members noted that her favorite color was shiny gold "as it
resembled her love and kindness. She will always be remembered for her
kind heart and her hardy laughter," they added. "She enjoyed her life to
the fullest, her grandchildren being the center of her life."
Mrs. Horton was a pink lady with Central Suffolk Hospital for many
years and a member of Women of the Moose and Catholic Ladies Auxiliary
of Sts. Peter and Paul in Manorville.
Born Aug. 13, 1914, to Anna (Remski) and John Droskoski, she was predeceased
by her husband, Alex Horton Sr., and a grandson and great-grandson. She
leaves a son, Alex Jr., of Manorville; three sisters, Helen Sledjeski of
Mattituck, and Mary Lawson and Stella Radford, both of Pompano Beach, Fla.;
four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The family received friends Jan. 6 and 7 at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral
Home, Riverhead. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 8 at
Grace Episcopal Church, Riverhead, the Rev. Frederick Hart officiating.
Interment followed at St. Isidore's Cemetery in Riverhead.
Joan C. Von Eiff
Joan C. Von Eiff of Southold died on Jan. 4 at Cape Coral Hospital
in Florida. The cause was cancer, family members noted. She was 57.
With her husband, Donald Von Eiff, she founded Freetime Graphics, a
commercial art advertising agency in Oakdale, where the couple resided
for over 25 years before moving to Southold in the 1980s. They became permanent
residents here upon retiring in 1992, and also spent time at their home
in Fort Myers.
A longtime member of First Baptist Church of Greenport, Ms. Von Eiff
was active in her last years at Mattituck Presbyterian Church. "We will
remember her by her strong Christian convictions, and are comforted by
her trust in Christ," said her son, William Von Eiff of Greenport.
She also was a well known tennis player in North Fork tournaments,
having excelled over the years in both women's doubles and mixed doubles.
Born in New York City on June 17, 1942, to Sonia (Keyser) and Chester
Miller, she grew up in Garden City and graduated from Garden City High
School. After studying secretarial work at Katherine Gibbs School of Business
in Manhattan, she worked as a secretary at Newsday for a few years, and
also in a bank, before her marriage in 1964.
In addition to her husband, son William and father, currently of Fort
Myers, Fla., she leaves two other sons, James, of Sayville, and Keith,
of Riverhead; a brother, Robert Miller of Dix Hills; a sister, Janet Cboski,
also of Fort Myers; and four grandchildren.
Visitation was held on Jan. 7 at the DeFriest Funeral Home in Mattituck.
The Rev. George Gaffga of Mattituck Presbyterian Church officiated at funeral
services in the DeFriest Chapel on Jan. 8, followed by interment at First
Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Southold.
Memorial donations may be made to Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs,
CO 80995, or World Vision, c/o Account No. 4090-3080, P.O. Box 70200, Tacoma,
Helen Thompson Conway
Helen Thompson Conway, 92, a school teacher and lifelong resident of
Southold, died on Jan. 13 at Eastern Long Island Hospital.
Mrs. Conway went on to a career in education after graduating from
Southold schools and New Paltz College. She taught school in Calverton
and was a "teaching principal" at the Peconic School, retiring from the
Southold school system in 1969.
According to her family, she was a parishioner of St. Patrick R.C.
Church in Southold and a devoted homemaker who enjoyed cooking for her
large extended family.
Born in Southold on Nov. 18, 1907, to Katherine (Carey) and John Leo
Thompson, she was predeceased by her husband, W. Jerome Conway, her son,
Jerome, and five siblings: Katherine Kaelin; Francis "Possum," Clement
and James Thompson; and Margaret Wheeler.
She leaves her children, Susan Sepenoski, Mary Conway and J.L. Conway,
and her sisters, Anne Gagen and Marian Goubeaud, all of Southold; seven
grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
The family received friends on Jan. 14 at DeFriest Funeral Home in
Southold, where a parish prayer service was conducted that evening by the
Rev. Martin Osborne. He also officiated at St. Patrick Church at the Celebration
of the Liturgy of Christian Burial on Jan. 15, followed by interment at
the church cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Southold Fire Department Benefit
Fund or Southold Free Library.
Jean M. Baker
Lifelong Southold resident Jean M. Baker, 82, died on Jan. 16 at her
home on Youngs Avenue.
She was born on April 21, 1917, to Ernest and Edna (Spooner) Morrell
at their home on Depot Lane, Cutchogue. She graduated from Southold High
School, Class of 1936. After graduating from a secretarial school in Boston,
she worked with Fred Kaelin Insurance Company in Cutchogue, and then for
Roy Reeve Insurance Company in Mattituck.
After retiring from the insurance industry, she went to work at North
Fork Bank, retiring a second time in 1990.
Mrs. Baker was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Southold, Tap
Root Writers Group (now known as the Mavericks), East End Doll Collectors'
Club and the Southold Historical Society.
Her son, Christopher Walsh of San Diego, Calif., described her as "an
avid doll collector, who had many stories about her childhood days on the
North Fork published in the Peconic Bay Shopper."
Predeceased by her husband, Paul, in 1992, and by her siblings Dorothy,
Lois, Helen, Winifred, Virginia and Wesley, she leaves her daughter, Susan
Seuferling of Commack; her other son, Paul Baker of Southold; a sister,
Kathryn Reeve of Cutchogue; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 this morning, Jan. 20, at
First Presbyterian Church, Southold, the Rev. Peter Kelley officiating.
Interment of cremated remains will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan.
22, at Willow Hill Cemetery, Southold. Arrangements are in the care of
DeFriest Funeral Homes.
Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Southold
or Cutchogue Free Library.
Ellen G. Herrmann
Ellen G. Herrmann, well known as "Nanny" to many in Southold, Mattituck
and Greenport, died on Jan. 12 at Eastern Long Island Hospital. The Southold
resident was 71.
Born Nov. 23, 1928, in Astoria, Queens, to Robert and Albertine (Berzett)
Walsh, she was a nine-year member of the Triangle Dart League in Greenport
and enjoyed playing bingo.
Predeceased by her husband, Andrew, in 1988, she is survived by six
daughters, Georgia LaPorte of Greenport, Gale Menard of Lisbon Falls, Maine,
Rose Tarpey of Mattituck, and Mildred Jimenez, Kane Herrmann and Gladys
Herrmann, all of Greenport; three sons, Andrew, of Greenport, Dennis, of
East Marion and Gary, of Southold; two sisters, Gladys Lebovitz and Lorraine
Walsh; two brothers, Robert and William Walsh; 17 grandchildren; and two
The family received friends Jan. 13 at S.B. Horton Funeral Home in
Greenport, where the Rev. Martin Osborne conducted services on Jan. 14.
Interment followed at Calverton National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association of
Nassau-Suffolk, 225 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788.
Eusebio Roberto Bell
Eusebio Roberto Bell of Greenport died of a heart attack on Jan. 12
at University Medical Center in Stony Brook. He was 46.
Mr. Bell was born in Curacao on July 17, 1954, to Ruben and Catherine
(Smith) Bell, and was employed as a painter at Brewer Yacht Yard in Greenport.
He is survived by his wife, Vera (Smith) Bell; his mother and children,
Jarad and Ebony, all of the Bronx; three stepchildren, Catherine Hackett
of Roosevelt, Wayne Brathwaite of Cutchogue and Irene Bell of Greenport;
and three brothers, John, of Greenport, Cecil, of the Bronx, and Julio,
of St. Thomas, V.I.
Visitation was held on Jan. 15 at S.B. Horton Funeral Home, Greenport,
where services were celebrated that day by the Rev. D.D. Davis of Bethel
Pentecostal Church. Interment followed at Sterling Cemetery, Greenport.
Rosemarie Burnside, 78, a braillist who owned Burnside Gallery in Greenport
during the 1980s, died on Jan. 17 at Greenwich Woods Health Care Center,
Prior to moving to Connecticut, Ms. Burnside lived in Garden City and
Cutchogue. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy, Brentwood, and attended
Good Counsel College in White Plains. A certified expert in writing braille
for the use of the blind, she worked as a volunteer with Recordings for
the Blind and the Industrial Home for the Blind.
Predeceased by her husband, Paul, she leaves her children, Susan Grancio
of Sparta, N.J., Joseph Donnelly of Louisville, Ky., Raymond Donnelly of
Garden City, and Kathleen Kilbride of New Canaan, Conn.; 12 grandchildren;
and seven great-grandchildren.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Jan. 21,
at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Garden City, to be followed by interment at
Mt. St. Mary's Cemetery in Flushing, N.Y.
Memorial donations may be made to Helen Keller Services for the Blind,
Garden City Chapter, c/o Wassmer, 20 Wyatt Rd., Garden City, NY 11530,
or North Fork Environmental Council, P.O. Box 799, Mattituck, NY 11952.
Jean M. Hallock
Lifelong Greenport resident Jean M. Hallock, 72, died Jan. 15 at Eastern
Long Island Hospital.
Born Nov. 13, 1927, to Mary (Gaghan) and George Mulhall Sr., she graduated
from Greenport High School in 1945. She was a longtime employee of the
Arcade Department Store in Greenport.
She married Caryl Hallock Jr. in 1948. He predeceased her in 1985.
"Family was everything to her," said her son, Gregory Hallock of Greenport.
She is also survived by a daughter, Caryl Jarres of Candia, N.H.; a
sister, Anna Cooper, also of Greenport; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22,
at St. John's R.C. Cemetery in Riverhead. Arrangements are in the care
of S.B. Horton Funeral Home, Greenport. Memorial donations may be made
to Greenport Fire Dept. Rescue Squad.
Jamesport native Josephine "Jay" Machinchick, 91, died on Jan. 15 at
University Hospital in Baltimore, Md.
Born March 13, 1908, she grew up on a farm in Jamesport with five brothers
and sisters. With her husband, Anthony, she lived on Depot Lane in Cutchogue,
where he was a partner in Cutchogue Trucking Co.
Mrs. Machinchick became a skilled golfer, winning several trophies
as a member of North Fork Country Club.
After her husband died in 1966, she moved to Ostrander Avenue in Riverhead,
her home for the next 29 years. Most recently she moved to Maryland to
be near her son. "Jay's family was always an important, central focus for
her," the family noted. Two sons, Robert and Frederick Machinchick, two
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren survive her.
Visitation was Tuesday, Jan. 18, at F.J. McLaughlin Funeral Home, Riverhead.
A funeral mass was celebrated yesterday, Jan. 19, at St. Isidore's R.C.
Church, Riverhead, followed by interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Cutchogue.
Thomas M. Walsh
Thomas M. Walsh of Key Colony, Fla., formerly of Bellport and Southold,
died on Jan. 10 at South Miami Hospital, Fla. He was 71.
The third of six children, he was born in Boston on May 19, 1928, and
after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, graduated from Boston University
with a degree in journalism. In 1953, he moved to Long Island to work on
the Long Island Advance, and later for the Suffolk County Probation Department,
retiring in 1987.
He also worked in alcoholism treatment and education as a continuing
education adjunct professor at SUNY/Stony Brook. A trustee of Bellport
Library and member of Riverhead Rotary Club, Mr. Walsh lived in Southold
for 14 years during the 1970s and 1980s, according to his daughter, Mary
Beth Morales. She described him as "an avid sailor, voracious reader and
devoted husband and father."
He is also survived by his wife, Marcelle; three sisters, Sr. Anne
Martina, a Sister of Charity in New Jersey, Mary Iantosca and Dorothy McCormack;
and a brother, Joseph Walsh. A son, Christopher, predeceased him in 1991.
Memorial services will be held in Florida and Bellport. Donations in
Mr. Walsh's name may be made to the American Lung Association.
Doris Elaine Wilson Colon
The first executive director of Community Action of Southold Town,
Doris Elaine Wilson Colon, died on Jan. 15 at University Medical Center
at Stony Brook.
A Greenport native, one of six children born to the late Daniel and
Vernice Wilson, she was educated at Greenport elementary and high schools,
graduating in 1958, and attended Suffolk Community College. Family members
noted how she eagerly looked forward to attending class reunions and to
seeing former classmates and teachers.
In 1964, Ms. Colon was recruited by local residents to serve as a volunteer
and secretary of a new antipoverty group in Greenport called Community
Action Group, soon to become CAST Inc.
In January 1966, she was appointed CAST's community advocate, and two
years later its supervisor of programs. These included tutorial, adult
education, typing and shorthand classes, a thrift shop, housing, and several
youth programs, such as recreation, summer employment, new breed talent,
summer lunch, and more. She also ran CAST's annual Christmas drives.
Ms. Colon was appointed the first executive director of CAST by the
Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk County. With the incorporated board
of CAST, she wrote and submitted the North Fork Head Start proposal.
Her dedication and talent for community service became clear when she
joined Clinton Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Greenport as a young woman.
She served the church in many capacities and on several committees, first
as a Sunday school assistant and member of the junior choir, youth fellowship,
youth drama group and Greenport Village youth fellowship. She also acted
as youth coordinator in the church's outreach free breakfast program for
migrant workers and their families.
In later years, she was a member of the senior choir, trustee board,
women's day program, and served as church secretary and director of Robert
Perry Day Care Center.
In her immediate family, she leaves two daughters, Lori Ann Wilson
and Kim Vernice Wilson; two sons, Victor Colon Jr. and Carlos Colon; a
sister, Delores Davis; two brothers, Percy and Reginald Wilson; three granddaughters;
and one grandson.
The family received friends at S.B. Horton Funeral Home on Jan. 20.
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Herring and Pastor Adrienne Green officiated at funeral
services on Jan. 21 at Clinton Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church. Interment followed
at Sterling Cemetery in Greenport.
Memorial donations may be made to CAST Inc., 116 South St., Greenport,
Albin E. Pietrewicz
Cutchogue native and lifelong resident and farmer Albin E. Pietrewicz,
76, died on Jan. 21 at Eastern Long Island Hospital.
Reflecting his farming interests, Mr. Pietrewicz was a past director
of Long Island Cauliflower Association, a former member of Cutchogue Chamber
of Commerce, and a member of Farmers Co-op. An avid golfer, he was an ex-chief
of Cutchogue Fire Department and a member of the Polish Democratic Club.
He was born on Dec. 16, 1923, the son of John and Elizabeta Pietrewicz,
and was educated to ninth grade before becoming a self-employed farmer.
He leaves his wife, Stella; a daughter, Sandra Blampied of Middletown,
N.Y.; three stepsons, Stanley Drozdowski of Hampton Bays, Steve Drozdowski
of Patchogue and Richard Drozdowski; a sister, Stella Slavonik of Riverhead;
and two grandchildren.
Visitation was Sunday at William F. Coster Funeral Home, Cutchogue.
A funeral mass was offered Monday, Jan. 24, at Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C.
Church, Cutchogue, followed by interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Cutchogue.
Memorial donations may be made to Cutchogue Fire Department.
Lorraine E. DeAlbertis
Greenport native Lorraine E. DeAlbertis, a resident of Southold, died
on Jan. 18 at Eastern Long Island Hospital at the age of 77. She had retired
from Village Liquors in Southold, which she operated with her late husband,
Ms. DeAlbertis was born Oct. 17, 1920, to Adele (Longetti) and Nicholas
Busso, and attended Greenport schools.
She leaves a son, John A. DeAlbertis III of Kresgeville, Pa.; a brother,
Joseph Busso of East Marion; a sister, Evelyn Field of Wantagh; five grandchildren;
and nine great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was also predeceased
by a daughter, Patricia Coutts.
The family received friends Jan. 21 at DeFriest Funeral Home, Southold,
where parish prayer services were conducted that afternoon by Sister Sheila
Molloy. The Celebration of the Liturgy was offered Jan. 22 at St. Agnes
R.C. Church, Greenport, by the Rev. Msgr. Charles Guarino. Interment was
at Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery, Cutchogue.
Sandy J. Dee
Known throughout the North Fork for her Cutchogue store, Pets Express,
Sandy Dee of Riverhead died on Jan. 24 at University Medical Center at
Stony Brook. The cause of her death was injuries she incurred in an auto
accident that took place in front of her Main Road store. She was 62.
Born May 13, 1937, in Lawrence, L.I., she was the third of 10 children
to Robert and Anne (Recupito) Dee. "We were working people who came from
nothing," Sandy said in a 1995 oral history created with her friend, Anne
MacKay of Orient. She went on to describe how she was taken out of school
at age 14 to sell greeting cards on the street all day and was the main
support of an impoverished family by age 18, taking various factory jobs
on Long Island.
She moved to Riverhead in 1965. In 1973 she formed a partnership with
a friend, Doris Annabel, that evolved into the four-person company, Pets
Express, in 1990. The other partners were her living companion of 26 years,
Ellen McCabe of Riverhead, and Kelley McGivney of Cutchogue.
"As a partner she was honest to a fault," said Ms. Annabel on Wednesday.
"It's tough to have a long-term partnership. She was the best there was."
"I don't mind working until I die," Sandy's oral history continues.
"I'm not interested in money, clothes or a bank account. You're leaving
it all here - you could drop dead the next minute. W - -- all the people
I care about ... what really matters is love, trying to help your fellow
human beings, to reach out a hand if you can."
Indeed, Ms. MacKay recalled her as "the most generous person I ever
knew. She'd give you anything if she thought you needed it." Maria ("Mexie")
Okula of Shirley, Sandy's sister, told how "she loved having Saturday night
dinners with her two nieces, Nicole and Christina, followed by pinochle
games afterward with her family."
She was predeceased by her parents, a brother, Ronald, and three sisters,
June Otten in 1981, Roberta Dee in 1994, and Patti DeFontes in August of
1999. Besides Ms. Okula, she leaves her sister, Stephi Clement of Shirley,
and three brothers, Donald, of Riverhead, Chris, of Holtsville, and Bob,
Cremation was private. A memorial service will take place in Cutchogue
at a date and place to be announced.
John J. Castoldi
Mattituck resident John J. Castoldi, 83, died of natural causes on
Jan. 24 at Eastern Long Island Hospital.
A carpenter by trade, Mr. Castoldi moved to Mattituck 10 years ago
Born in New York City on Feb. 1, 1916, to Angelo and Fausta (Paietta)
Castoldi, he served as an Army cook during World War II, and was a member
of the Carpenters' Union, Italian-American Club and Mattituck Lions.
A granddaughter, Lisa Castoldi of Southold, said, "He enjoyed doing
crossword puzzles and was very interested in linguistics and foreign languages,
especially Italian, which he spoke, and Italian culture and cooking."
Predeceased by his wife, Iona, in 1995, he leaves two sons, Douglas,
of Southold, and Ronald, of Wantagh, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours were held yesterday at William F. Coster Funeral Home,
Cutchogue. Graveside services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. today, Jan.
27, at Calverton National Cemetery.
Lewis D. "Rip" Pemberton
Lewis D. "Rip" Pemberton, 81, a native of Greenport, died on Jan. 20
at El Paso, Texas, where he was a longtime resident.
An Army veteran of World War II and veteran trustee of V.F.W. Post
812, he was a retired director of the State of Texas Veterans Administration.
Preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane, he leaves his companion,
Margaret Wieland; two daughters, Harriet Sturgeon and Becky Weathers; a
son, Mike Pemberton; two sisters, Zola Peckham and Norma Dalaker; four
brothers, Donald, of Greenport, and Douglas, Sherrill and Hector Pemberton;
five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held on Jan. 24 at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery
Clara T. Allen
Former Southold resident Clara T. Allen, 89, died on Jan. 24 at Morris
Hills Nursing Home in Morristown, N.J. She had moved to New Jersey from
her Gagen's Landing home in 1987.
Ms. Allen was born May 13, 1910, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Gertrude (Neat)
and Harry Townhill. She had worked as a secretary for White Plains Presbyterian
Church and later for Westchester County Bar Association in White Plains.
Predeceased in 1996 by her husband, Dr. W. Paul Allen, she leaves a
son, Warren, of Washington, N.C.; a daughter, Janet, of Ypsilanti, Mich.;
a brother, Harry Townhill of California; four grandchildren; and three
The family will receive friends today, Jan. 27, at DeFriest Funeral
Home, Southold, beginning at 1 p.m. Graveside services and interment under
the auspices of the Rev. Peter Kelley are at 3 p.m. this afternoon at First
Presbyterian Cemetery in Southold.
Elizabeth M. Bonardi
Elizabeth M. Bonardi, 82, died on Jan. 22 at her Cutchogue residence.
A homemaker, she was born Feb. 22, 1917, in Allentown, Pa., to Joseph
Bach and his wife, the former Miss Wargo.
The former resident of Long Island City was a member of American Legion,
Columbiettes and Southold-Peconic Senior Citizens.
Her husband, Levio, predeceased her in 1984. She leaves a son, Robert,
of Astoria, and daughter, Barbara Garbe of Norcross, Ga.; a sister, Christine
Singer of Schenectady, N.Y.; and five grandchildren.
Visitation was Monday, Jan. 24, at William F. Coster Funeral Home,
Cutchogue. A funeral mass was offered on Tuesday at Our Lady of Ostrabrama
R.C. Church, Cutchogue, followed by interment at Calverton National Cemetery.
Charles A. Hess
Former Southold resident Charles A. Hess died on Jan. 21 at San Simeon
by the Sound. He was 99.
Mr. Hess was born in New York City on Nov. 14, 1900, to Henry and Clara
(Werkmeister) Hess, and was a private secretary for Cox & Stevens,
a Manhattan yacht brokerage firm.
Formerly of Bellville, N.J., he moved to Southold in 1979 and to the
nursing home in 1994.
Predeceased by his sister, Ruth Hess, he leaves a cousin, Chris Burke
of East Northport.
Visitation was yesterday at DeFriest Funeral Home, Southold, where
parish prayer services were held last evening. The Celebration of the Liturgy
of Christian Burial will be offered today, Thursday, at 10 a.m. at St.
Patrick R.C. Church, Southold. The Rev. George Michell will officiate.
The funeral procession will leave DeFriest's at 8:30 a.m. on Friday for
interment at East Ridgelawn Cemetery in Clifton, N.J.