Miscellaneous Suffolk County, New York Obituaries - 2000


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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 in Cutchogue.
She leaves her children, Richard, of Greenport, and Mary Ann of Kansas City, Mo.; a sister, Mary Moisa of Greenport; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. 
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
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
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 Croatia.
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 administration.
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 Stevens. 
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 grandchildren.
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 [1999] 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, WA 98481.

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 great-grandchildren.
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
Rosemarie Burnside, 78, a braillist who owned Burnside Gallery in Greenport during the 1980s, died on Jan. 17 at Greenwich Woods Health Care Center, Greenwich, Conn. 
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. 

Josephine Machinchick
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, NY 11944.

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, John.
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, of California. 
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 from Wantagh.
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 in Texas. 

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 great-grandchildren. 
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.

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