Miscellaneous Suffolk County, New York Obituaries - 2000

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Fay Victoria Small
Fay Victoria Small, 74, a music teacher, died on Jan. 26 at her Cutchogue home.
Previously of Mattituck and Northport, Ms. Small graduated in May, 1992, from SUNY/Stony Brook with a B.A. cum laude in music. She taught piano in her home, both in Northport and in Cutchogue. 
Born May 3, 1925, in Brooklyn to Eunice (MacDermott) and Theodore MacDonald, she was raised in a musical family, later singing alongside her mother in the Northport Methodist Church choir. She became a member of North Fork Chorale upon moving to Mattituck. 
She enjoyed all of the classical keyboard repertory and playing the works of Debussy, Beethoven, Bach, Schubert and Rachmaninov. Her husband, James Small, a retired high school teacher of Spanish, said she was also "very fond of jazz, and played for several high school shows in Northport in the 1970s."
Parents here enjoyed the regular summer recitals she gave with her students, according to her daughter, Coleen French of Bloomfield, N.J., who believes her mother had some 30 private piano students from Riverhead to Greenport, and that some went on to make careers in music. "She taught and played up until a few weeks ago," Ms. French said. She also enjoyed travel and sailing with her husband over the past 40 years, especially to South America. 
She is also survived by a son, Barry, of New Canaan, Conn.; a brother, Robert MacDonald of Poughkeepsie; and three grandchildren.
The family received friends on Jan. 28 at William F. Coster Funeral Home, Cutchogue, where a private service was conducted. Interment of ashes took place Jan. 29 at Washington Memorial Park, Coram. 
Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.

Daniel Murray
Daniel Murray of Mattituck, formerly of Riverhead, died of lung cancer on Jan. 28 at Central Suffolk Hospital. He was 63, and a well-known North Fork poet and professor of English at Suffolk Community College until his retirement in 1992.
A member of Long Island Poets and Writers, he lived in Mattituck for five years, after residing in Riverhead for 15.
Among his literary achievements were the 1993 Henley Award from the Poetry Society of America; a State University of New York Chancellor's Award for excellence in teaching; and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, SUNY Research Foundation and Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony.
A widely published poet, Mr. Murray was the author of "Short Circuits," "Casualty Claim," "None of This Is on the Map," and a final homage to Long Island, "Duck!"
Born Nov. 13, 1936, in Orange, N.J., to James and Catherine (Cavanaugh) Murray, he is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, of Mattituck; his daughter, Patricia Ronan of Brooklyn Heights; his brother, John, of Baiting Hollow; and his sister, Cathleen, of Rockville Centre.
Visiting hours were held at DeFriest Funeral Home, Mattituck. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Monday, Jan. 31, at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Mattituck, followed by interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches. 

Jack A. vanRyswyk Jr.
North Fork native Jack A. vanRyswyk Jr. of Hartland, Vt., died suddenly on Jan. 26. He was 45.
The son of Jack and Sara (Bassford) vanRyswyk Sr., he was born in Greenport on April 2, 1954. He graduated from Mattituck High School in 1973 and moved to Hartland in 1981 where he worked as a finish carpenter and framer. Mr. vanRyswyk was an avid hunter and a very giving man, according to friends and family, always helping out those in need. He was a member of the Elks Club in Windsor, Vt.
He is survived by his companion of more than 15 years, Andrea Bates of Hartland; his mother, Sara Tuthill of Hartland; two sons, Justin Bates and Jacob vanRyswyk of Hartland; a daughter, Carrie vanRyswyk of Manorville; and a sister, Adriana Rohrbach of Mattituck.
A memorial service was held on Jan. 29 at Quechee Community Church. Burial will follow at a later date at Hartland Village Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to his family in care of Sara Tuthill, 19 Lord Road, Hartland, Vt. 05048.

Walter C. Williams
Southold native Walter C. Williams, 87, a former fire commissioner and assistant postmaster, died on Jan. 27 at Martin Memorial Hospital in Florida. He'd lived in Stuart, Fla., since 1978.
Mr. Williams served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946. He retired as assistant postmaster in 1971, after 34 years with the U.S. Postal Service. In addition to being a member of the Board of Education, VFW and American Legion, he was a trustee of First Universalist Church in Southold. 
After moving to Stuart, he again became involved in his community, serving on the board of directors of Cedar Pointe Condominium, as well as directing its recreational events.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Marjorie Tabor Williams; two sons, Gary, of Temperanceville, Va., and William, of Longwood, Fla.; a stepson, Kenneth Goldsmith of Patchogue; two stepdaughters, Marilyn Sutherland of Himrod, N.Y., and Beth Broadbent of Elkton, Md.; and 11 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. at First Congregational Church, Palm City, Fla. Donations may be made to a charity of choice.

Bertha H. Pendzick
Bertha H. Pendzick, 86, a lifelong resident of Mattituck, died on Jan. 28 at Riverhead Nursing Home. 
The daughter of Stella (Maziejeski) and Alexander Danowski, she was born in Mattituck on July 17, 1913. At one time she made the famous pizza pies at Fisherman's Restaurant in Cutchogue. 
She is survived by her son, Paul Pendzick of Allentown, Pa.; two daughters, Elizabeth Ireland and Frances Baldwin, both of Mattituck; two brothers, Frank Danowski of Atlanta, Ga., and Lawrence Danowski of Pawtucket, R.I.; three sisters, Pauline Richter of Center Moriches, Victoria Heaney of Greenport, and Josephine Santacroce of Georgia; 18 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. A son, Bruno, predeceased her.
Visiting hours were Monday, Jan. 31, at DeFriest Funeral Home, Mattituck. A Mass of Christian Burial was officiated by Ms. Pendzick's grandson, the Rev. John Pendzick, on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church, Mattituck. Interment followed in St. John's Cemetery, Riverhead. 

Frederick 'Frank' Bryant
Frederick Bryant of Cutchogue, 67, a migrant farmworker who was also known as Frank, died of natural causes on Jan. 13 at his home, a migrant workers' residence on Depot Lane. 
Mr. Bryant was born on Nov. 11, 1932. Nothing more is known about him and there are no known family survivors. He leaves many friends here. 
Visitation was held on Monday, Jan. 31, at William F. Coster Funeral Home, Cutchogue. Interment took place on Feb. 1 at First Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Southold.

Charles Robert Sanford
Southold native Charles Robert Sanford, a resident of Chama, N.M., died suddenly on Jan. 20 at St. Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe. He was 78.
Born in Arshamomaque on July 16, 1921, the son of Dorothy (Van Wyck) and Charles L. Sanford of Sanford Brick Yard, he graduated from Southold High School in 1939. During his school days, he was employed by David Rothman of Rothman's Department Store and Charles Kramer of Kramer's Drugstore. 
Sandy, as he was known, enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940 and served in the South Pacific during World War II. During the war, while stationed at Rapid City, S.D., he met and married Anna Maria Martinez, his wife of 56 years. 
A longtime resident of Kansas City, Kan., he worked as a flight engineer for TWA for 35 years, and was honored as TWA's "man of the year" in 1979. Retiring in 1985, he continued to fly his own plane and made many flights right up until his death, following interstate highways as his guide.
Florence S. Corwin of Southold recalled her brother's great sense of humor. Although he spent much of his life elsewhere, she said, "he really appreciated the beauty of the North Fork. While stationed at Rantoul, Ill., for example, he wrote home, 'This place has as much scenery as the inside of a coffee can.' " 
Besides his wife and his sister, he is survived by a daughter, Sandra Crane, of Chama; a son, Charles L. Sanford of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; a brother, Louis N. Sanford of Virginia; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His brother, Walter H. Sanford of Southold, predeceased him last May.
Cremation was private. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mary A. Magrino
Mary A. Magrino of East Hampton, an Orient summer resident for many years, died on Jan. 13 at the age of 94.
Born in Orange, N.J., in 1905, to Rosina (Raimondi) and Antonio Magrino, she spent most of her life in Orange, having left school in third grade to help raise her younger brothers and sisters. 
She worked for Westinghouse for 20 years, retiring in 1970, and also helped to raise a nephew, Joseph L. Magrino, Jr., after his mother died when he was six months old. Mr. Magrino, who became a Wall Street attorney and lived in Orient for 30 years, predeceased her in 1996. 
Ms. Magrino moved in 1995 to Huntting Lane Rest Home in East Hampton where, according to a great-niece, Sarah Magrino, she became a good friend of her neighbor Martha Stewart. 
She was the last surviving member in a family of eight siblings, Joseph, Anthony, Etta, John, Charles, Rose and Adeline. Two nieces and four great-nieces survive her.
Services in East Hampton on Jan. 29 were followed by interment at Orient Central Cemetery. Arrangements were in the care of S.B. Horton Funeral Home, Greenport. 

Herman Charles Heess Jr.
Herman Charles Heess Jr., a retired fireman and 14-year resident of East Marion, died peacefully at his home on Jan. 27. He was 77.
Mr. Heess was born in Glendale, Queens, on March 29, 1922, to Herman and Elizabeth Heess, and graduated in 1940 from Newtown High School in East Elmhurst.
In World War II, he served with the Army Air Corps as a P-51 pilot and member of the 161st Tactical Reconnaissance Squad, attaining the rank of captain. He retired in 1976 as a captain with the New York City Fire Department after 30 years of service, and in 1986 moved to East Marion from Valley Stream.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Florence (ne Kienzle); his sons, Tom and Greg; and a stepbrother, Cornelius Werberig. 
The family received friends on Jan. 29 and 30 at S.B. Horton Funeral Home in Greenport. Interment took place on Jan. 31 at Calverton National Cemetery. 

Hetty T. Kamphausen
Hetty T. Kamphausen of New York City died at New York Hospital on Dec. 21 at the age of 73. She was the daughter of the late Rudolph and Mehitabel (Townsend) Kamphausen, founding owners of Townsend Manor Inn in Greenport, where she spent much of her childhood.
Ms. Kamphausen grew up in Manhasset, graduating from Friends' Academy in Locust Valley, N.Y., and attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
In her youth, using "Terry Linden" as her professional name, she was a fashion model with several magazines and agencies. She then worked for 13 years as an executive secretary to the president of Rozay-Markus Inc., as well as other real estate firms in the city. 
Robert DiGiacomo of West Chester, Pa., a stepson, recalled "her great love of animals, evidenced by her many pets throughout her life. She designed and made custom coats for dogs, which she distributed through her mail order home business," he said.
Besides her stepson, a brother, Carl Kamphausen of Phippsburg, Maine, and Southbury, Conn., and two step-granddaughters survive her. 
Cremation was private, followed by burial at sea. 

Patricia E. Breese
Patricia E. Breese, a writer, artist and lifelong resident of Greenport, died suddenly on Feb. 4 at University Medical Center at Stony Brook. She was 52.
Born Aug. 14, 1947, to Raymond and Anna (Actu) Ciacia, she graduated from Greenport schools and attended Southampton College and Suffolk County Community College.
Well known for her driftwood and clay sculptures, exhibited in Greenport's annual Footfalls and elsewhere, Ms. Breese was also a member of East End Arts Council in Riverhead.
"She was one of the kindest, warmest people and had a wonderful laugh, right from the belly," recalled Sandra Scoppettone of Southold, one of many friends. 
A member of St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport, Ms. Breese also attended First Reformed Baptist Church in Mattituck. A family statement noted, "It was because of her faith that she frequently conducted Bible classes with other women."
She was manager of Liberty Self-Stor on Horton's Lane, Southold, where she was taken ill the day before her death, the statement continued. The family wishes it known that she was an organ donor. "Because of her gift of life, six people are known to have benefited from her gift. [We] take great comfort in knowing that someone's heart is beating because of her. Even in death she lives!"
Predeceased by her father, a master boat builder, she leaves her mother, Anna (Ciacia) McCook of Beaufort, N.C.; her fiance, Richard (Rick) Purcell of Greenport; also in Greenport her former husband, Harry Breese, and their children, Amber Breese Smith and Harry Breese Jr.; two sisters, Dianne Reinhardt of East Windsor, N.J., and Carol Wallinga of Rush, N.Y.; and three grandchildren. 
Visitation was Monday, Feb. 7, at DeFriest Funeral Home, Southold. A Celebration of the Liturgy of Christian Burial was offered Tuesday at St. Agnes R.C. Church, followed by interment at St. Agnes Cemetery. 
Memorial donations may be made to East End Arts Council, 133 East Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901, or Ronald McDonald House, 267-07 76th Ave., New Hyde Park, NY 11042.

Kathleen Mary Anderer
Kathleen Mary Anderer of Southold, 85, died at her home on Feb. 5. 
Upon completing high school and further studies at Grace Institute, she worked as a telephone operator with N.Y. Telephone Co Born Nov. 30, 1914, in New York City to James and Mary (McCrystal) Kearns, she moved to Southold from Flushing, Queens. 
Mrs. Anderer was a member of the St. Patrick Church Rosary Society, the Legion of Mary, North Fork Parish Outreach and Southold-Peconic Senior Citizens.
She is survived by her husband, Henry; three sons, James, of Cold Spring Harbor, Denis, of Evanston, Ill., and Peter, of Greenport; a daughter, Kathleen Sullivan of Slingerlands, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation was Feb. 7 and 8 at William F. Coster Funeral Home in Cutchogue. A funeral mass was offered yesterday at St. Patrick R.C. Church, Southold, followed by interment at St. John's Cemetery, Middle Village. Memorial donations may be made to L.I. Alzheimer's Foundation, 5 Channel Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050.

William J. Murphy
William J. Murphy of Southold, 69, died of lung cancer at San Simeon by the Sound nursing home in Greenport on Feb. 7. 
The son of John and Virginia (Hauser) Murphy, he was born in Greenport on Aug. 14, 1930. Mr. Murphy worked as a truck driver out of Riverhead, and made many friends on the road. "Most people who got to know him liked his kind, gentle and humorous personality," wrote Mary Krause of Greenport, widow of Mr. Murphy's half-brother, Charles Krause, who died in 1996.
Services will be held at a later date.

Lt. Col. Carl McCamish
Air Force fighter pilot Lt. Col. Carl Bruce McCamish, USAF, Ret., died on Feb. 1 at his Morton Street apartment in Greenwich Village, New York City. He was 75, and had lived in Southold for the past 15 years. He'd also lived in Riverhead. 
Born June 29, 1924, in Knoxville, Tenn., to Bernola (McMurray) and Haws McCamish, he entered the Air Force in 1942 and served as a fighter pilot during World War II and the Korean War. He was active until 1959 and then stayed in the Reserves. He flew F-86s and Mustang fighter planes, and trained pilots in peacetime.
Lt. Col. McCamish was a member of the American Legion and MACH Busters Association of the Air Force. Mach Busters flew faster than the speed of sound. As his family noted, "He loved his country and was proud of his service to it."
His career was the most important thing in his life, said his wife, Rosemary McCamish, who added: "He was a riot, with a great sense of humor. His many friends in the city will always remember him for his fun and wonderful stories." 
Besides Ms. McCamish, he is survived by a son, Boyd, of Florida, and a brother, Joseph McCamish of Knoxville.
The funeral was yesterday, Feb. 9, at First Universalist Church in Southold, followed by private cremation and burial with military honors at Calverton National Cemetery. 

William J. Clark
Former Mattituck attorney William J. Clark of Allentown, Pa., died at the age of 91 on Feb. 5 at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. 
Born May 21, 1908, in Brooklyn to Patrick and Mary (Sullivan) Clark, he was educated at St. John's College and St. John's Law School. In 1960, in his 50s, he became a self-employed attorney in Mattituck. 
He leaves his wife, Esther; his children, William Jr., of Queens, John, of Mattituck, and Marcella Tatum of Allentown; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Jane, predeceased him.
Visitation was Feb. 7 at William F. Coster Funeral Home, Cutchogue. A funeral mass was offered Tuesday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Mattituck, followed by interment at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury.

Paul A. Eckardt
Paul A. Eckardt, 82, a founder and former chief of operations with Suffolk County Police Department, died at his Greenport residence on Feb. 6. 
Born Oct. 29, 1917, in Brooklyn to Nina (Phillips) and Carl Eckardt, he received his law degree in 1942 from Columbus University in Washington, D.C. Having summered in Greenport since childhood, he moved here permanently in the 1950s. 
Mr. Eckardt was a World War II veteran, having served with the Coast Guard in the Pacific. He married his wife, Patricia, who also served with the Coast Guard, upon their discharge in 1945. 
His entire professional life was spent in law enforcement, at first with the Food and Drug Administration and then with the district attorney's office in Riverhead before SCPD was founded. 
Predeceased by his wife in 1998, he is survived by six daughters, Paula and Jean, both of New York City, Mary, of California, Nancy Fusco of Southold, Joan Pack of Florida, and Jane, of Illinois; two sons, Mark, of Shelter Island, and John, of Greenport; and 14 grandchildren. 
Visitation was Feb. 9 at William F. Coster Funeral Home, Cutchogue. A funeral mass will be offered at 10 a.m. today, Feb. 10, at St. Patrick Church in Southold, to be followed by interment at St. Patrick's Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis Missionary Union, c/o Sister Catherine Lee, 31-33 Oliver St, Apt. 1A, NY, NY 10038.

Helena C. Buhler
Helena C. Buhler of Southold died of cancer at her residence on Feb. 2 at the age of 66. 
A homemaker, she was born in the Bronx on Jan. 15, 1933, to Lenore (Reinschmidt) and Frank Fleischman. Her family came to the U.S. from Alsace-Lorraine several generations ago.
She moved with her husband of 45 years, William Buhler, to Southold three years ago from Pelham Manor, N.Y. She greatly enjoyed singing in the church choir of the New Apostolic Church, first in White Plains, then in Medford. A choir of 80 sang at her funeral, Mr. Buhler said. 
Also surviving are three sons, William Jr., of Germany, Robert, of Lake Carmel, N.Y., and Christopher, of College Point, N.Y.; a sister, Lenore Bruchbacher of Massapequa; two brothers, Ralph Fleischman of Maryland, and Philip DeCamp Fleischman of Martha's Vineyard; and three granddaughters.
Visitation was Feb. 4 at William F. Coster Funeral Home, Cutchogue. A funeral service was conducted the following day at New Apostolic Church, Dix Hills, with private cremation at Washington Memorial Park, Coram. 
Memorial donations may be made to Eastern Long Island Hospital, Greenport, NY 11944.

Thomas C. F. Lowry
Thomas C.F. Lowry, 76, died at his New Suffolk residence on Feb. 11. 
He was born Dec. 6, 1923, in Hartford, Conn., to Sue (Falls) and Ralph Lowry. He received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Hartford, a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, but never used the title "Doctor."
A Navy pilot in World War II, Mr. Lowry worked in book publishing and editing with Bennett Cerf, the Random House publisher. A friend of 32 years, the writer and Suffolk Times contributor Ronnie Wacker, who wrote a portrait of Mr. Lowry and his wife, Anne, in these pages last year, described him as "an interesting conversationalist, with a great love of language. Precise with words and with an acerbic wit, there was no small talk, and he was not a person to be ignored, yet he was capable of unusual acts of thoughtfulness."
Ms. Wacker recalled, for instance, the time 15 or 20 years ago, when he learned semantics had been her favorite college subject. "Tom brought me a boxed set of the complete Oxford English Dictionary for my birthday." The two families used to get together at 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoons "for Tom's extraordinary martinis," she said. 
A family statement noted that he wrote wonderful letters to the editor and spoke his mind on issues of concern to him. "Until recent years," Ms. Wacker added, "he had a luxuriant mustache, which he trained to curl at the ends." 
Mr. Lowry is survived by his wife, Anne DeRonge Lowry; two sons, Bradford, of London and Norway, and Houston, of Avon, Conn.; and two daughters, Morgan, also of Avon, and Katherine, of Manchester, Conn.
The family received friends on Feb. 13 at William F. Coster Funeral Home, Cutchogue. The Rev. Lynda Clements officiated at a funeral service on Monday, Feb. 14, at Cutchogue Presbyterian Church, followed by private cremation.
Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978, or Dominican Sisters Health Services, 103 West Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays, NY 11946.

Esther M. Moore
Greenport native Esther M. Moore, 89, a longtime resident of East Marion, died on Jan. 23 at Central Suffolk Hospital. 
The daughter of Adeline and Benjamin Macomber, she was born Oct. 20, 1910, and was predeceased by her husband, Carl Moore, and sister, Betty Gray. She is survived by several cousins.
A statement issued by her cousin, Audrey White, and a close friend, Leo Levine, both of Greenport, noted: "Esther loved to spend her summers at Trumans Beach with her friends. Her ashes will be dispersed on the Long Island Sound at a future date. All who loved her will have a memorial service at that time." 

Victoria Gloria
Longtime Orient resident Victoria Gloria, 87, died on Feb. 10 at her home.
She was born in New Haven, Conn., on Nov. 2, 1912, to John and Anna (Slaga) Staron. After moving to Long Island from Bridgeport in 1922, she worked with her husband, Anthony Gloria, on the Hallock and Krupski farms. Ms. Gloria had lived in Orient since 1933.
Predeceased by her husband in 1990, and her daughter, Joan Dors, in 1996, she is survived by a daughter, Frances Eissler of Cooperstown, N.Y.; a son, Robert Gloria of Orient; a brother, Peter Staron of Greenport; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
The family received friends on Feb. 13 at the S.B. Horton Funeral Home in Greenport, where wake services were conducted that evening by Sister Sheila Molloy. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered by the Rev. Msgr. Charles Guarino on Feb. 14 at St. Agnes R.C. Church, Greenport, followed by interment at the church cemetery.

Stella Starsiak
Stella A. Starsiak, 81, a longtime resident of Cutchogue, died on Feb. 13 at the Jamesport home of her eldest daughter, Carol Loper, where she had resided for the past two years. 
Born in Utica, N.Y., on Sept. 13, 1918, to Sabina (Cohanski) and Peter Lachick, she lived in Cutchogue from her early youth, and was a member of Women of the Moose, Riverhead Chapter No. 1118, for over 21 years. 
A homemaker, Ms. Starsiak enjoyed flowers, gardening, crocheting and knitting, Ms. Loper said. 
She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley, and three brothers, Joseph, Chester and Edwin Lachick. Besides Ms. Loper, she is survived by her daughters, Evelyn Blinn of Bohemia, Jean Drozd of Aquebogue, and Loraine Starsiak of Mattituck; five sisters, Mary Columbus of Riverhead, Wanda Danowski of Baiting Hollow, Helen Gadzinski of Faith Oaks, Calif., Josephine Berezny of Riverhead, and Dorothy Haupt of South Jamesport; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held yesterday at William F. Coster Funeral Home, Cutchogue. A funeral mass will be offered at 10 a.m, today, Feb. 17, at Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church in Cutchogue, to be followed by interment at Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery. 

Alexis Olsen
Alexis Olsen of Riverhead, formerly of Greenport and Southold, died suddenly on Dec. 20, 1999, at a private residence in Medford. She was 48.
The daughter of Warren and the late Hopp (Vannaman) Olsen, she was born in Glen Cove on July 18, 1951, and moved to Greenport in 1984. A homemaker, she later resided in Southold for a few years before relocating to Riverhead four years ago. She was a volunteer with the soup kitchen run by First Congregational Church of Riverhead. 
"She could make a joke out of anything," said her daughter, Stacey Schweitzer of Mattituck. Ms. Olsen enjoyed reading biographies, mysteries and suspense novels, music and playing the piano. "She was like a surrogate mother to her friends' children," her daughter added, "and was always there for anyone in need."
Besides Ms. Schweitzer and her father, Ms. Olsen leaves her husband of 23 years, James Morrison; three sons, Jose Figueroa of Gowanda, N.Y., Alexander Morrison of Stony Brook, and James Morrison of Connecticut; her daughter, Kim Porter of Bethpage; a sister, Meredith Olsen of Medford; a brother, Peter Olsen of Huntington; and four grandchildren. 
Cremation was private. A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at First Congregational Church of Riverhead. 

Sophie Biggs
Sophie Biggs, a longtime Mattituck resident, died on Feb. 10 at Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, L.I. She was 89 years old and had lived at A. Holly Paterson Nursing Home in Uniondale for the past seven years.
Ms. Biggs, who enjoyed flowers and gardening, was born in Elizabeth, N.J., on Oct. 6, 1910, to Lottie (Lapinski) and Frank Zaleski. 
She resided in Mattituck almost her entire life, and enjoyed a long career with Hazeltine Electronics, working part-time when the company was based in Mattituck, and then as a supervisor for several years in Riverhead. 
Predeceased by her husband, Albert Biggs, in 1964, she leaves her brother, Joseph Zaleski of Mattituck, and her nieces.
Funeral services in the care of DeFriest Funeral Homes were conducted Feb. 12 by the Rev. Peter Allen at the graveside in New Bethany Cemetery, Mattituck. 

Arthur G. Truckenbrodt
Longtime Southold resident Arthur G. Truckenbrodt, 91, died on Feb. 7 at his Orient residence.
Mr. Truckenbrodt was born in Brooklyn on Oct. 19, 1908, to Anna (Hagner) and George Truckenbrodt. A member of the American Stock Exchange, he moved to Southold in 1934 and ended a long career as a stockbroker when he retired in 1974 from Burnham & Company. 
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Ruth Ruppert; his son, Arthur R. Truckenbrodt; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Private services were under the direction of S.B. Horton Funeral Home, Greenport.


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