J. Kevin McDonald
Riverhead resident J. Kevin McDonald, 59, died April 12, 2001 at Christa House, West Babylon, N.Y.
Mr. McDonald served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1982, and was a member of the VFW and American Legion in Riverhead. Born Oct. 4, 1941, to John and Agnes (Gunning) McDonald in Brooklyn, he was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Ellen, in May 2000. A sister, Anne McDonald of Calverton, survives.
Cremation was private. Arrangements were entrusted to Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home, Riverhead. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Jerome W. Lupia
Jerome W. Lupia of Indiantown, Fla., former proprietor of the Village Inn in Riverhead, died on April 10, 2001 at a hospice in Indiantown in his 81st year.
Mr. Lupia moved to Florida 12 years ago, having spent all of his life in Riverhead. Born Sept. 27, 1919, he worked for Weller Refrigerators for many years and at the Beehive ice cream shop on Main Street before buying the old Sullivan's Hotel, which he renamed the Village Inn, which in turn became Tweeds after Mr. Lupia sold the business 20 years ago.
He served with the U.S. Army 8th Infantry Division during World War II and took part in the Normandy Landing and battles in Italy and Luxembourg. After the war he worked a few years as a clamdigger and remained an avid fisherman and clammer all his life.
He was a member of Riverhead Elks, Moose and VFW, and a founding member of the Flanders Men's Club.
He leaves his wife, Dorothy; four children, Sherri Anne Gartley of Indiantown, William, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Sharon McGovern of Commack, N.Y., and Jerry, of Marlton, N.J.; his siblings, Rita Cain of Flanders, Benjamin, of Hampton Bays, and Joe Hojenski of Portland, Ore.; and six grandchildren. A brother, Louis, predeceased him.
Services were held April 13 in Stuart, Fla.
Mary C. Spacek
Mary C. Spacek, 69, formerly of Jamesport, died April 3, 2001 in Fort Pierce, Fla.
She lived in Jamesport from 1968 to 1991, during her husband Charles Spacek's 30-year career as postmaster of the Laurel post office. She was a member of the Altar Rosary Society of St. Isidore's R.C. Church in Riverhead.
Ms. Spacek was born in Brooklyn to the late Walter and Bertha Przetakowski and lived in Maspeth, Queens, before moving to Jamesport. She worked in New York City as a bookkeeper with a Wall Street law firm until her children were born. She moved to Florida 10 years ago.
Besides her husband of 46 years, Charles, she leaves three daughters, Judith Jones of New Berlin, N.Y., Nadine Dischner of Checktowaga, N.Y., and Christine D'Arcy of Lancaster, N.Y.; and three grandchildren.
Services were held in Fort Pierce, with interment at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.
John C. Carnella
John C. Carnella of Riverhead died April 11, 2001 at Central Suffolk Hospital. He was 81.
Mr. Carnella was retired after 60 years from local 3 I.B.E.W. He was a World War II Army veteran and former member of VFW Post No. 783 and Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge No. 1742.
He was born March 6, 1920, to Joseph and Raeffaele (Guagliardo) Carnella in Brooklyn, N.Y. "He was a man with an inner sense of righteousness and morals that were second only to his love for family," said his granddaughter, Michelle Sparacin. "There wasn't a dance he couldn't dance and a game he couldn't play. His convivial essence will live forever in the hearts of all who knew him."
He leaves his wife of 55 years, Jean (nee McNevin); two sons, Joseph and James, both of Copiague, N.Y.; two brothers, Fred, of Beach Bottom, Pa., and Peter, of Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Marie Esposito of Deer Park and Olive Viggio of Roanoke, Va.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation was April 13 and 14 at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home, Riverhead. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, April 16, at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, Riverhead, with the Rev. Thomas Coby officiating. Interment followed at Calverton National Cemetery.
Janice Kander of Riverhead died on April 11, 2001 at Central Suffolk Hospital after a long illness. She was 72.
Born in Southampton July 8, 1928, to Frank and Carrie (Yousik) Alec, Ms. Kander graduated from Riverhead High School and worked with Kandor Construction in Riverhead. She served as secretary and treasurer of the Riverhead Garden Club.
Surviving are her husband, Clarence, son, Lawrence, and daughter, Lorraine Cassidy of Jamesport.
Cremation was private. A funeral mass was offered Monday, April 16, at St. Isidore's R.C. Church, Riverhead, with Father Joseph officiating. Arrangements were in the care of F.J. McLaughlin Funeral Home, Riverhead.
Pauline J. Freeborn
Pauline J. Freeborn of Riverhead died April 10, 2001 at her residence.
Ms. Freeborn was born to Bartholemew and Victoria (D'Allesandro) Camarata in Kingston, N.Y.
She is survived by her husband, Gustav; one son, Richard, of Riverhead; three daughters, Christine Herold of East Patchogue, Leslie Kelly of Ohio and Judith Raczko of Holtsville; two brothers, James Camarata of Hicksville and John Camarata of Islip; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A sister, Barbara Luksik of Pittsburgh, Pa., predeceased her.
Visitation was April 13 and 14 at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home, Riverhead. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 16 at St. Isidore's R.C. Church, Riverhead, with Msgr. John Mirecki officiating. Interment followed at Calverton National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.
Dorothy I. Thomas
Dorothy I. Thomas died at age 81 on April 5, 2001 at a nursing home in Pennsylvania. A longtime resident of Glen Cove, N.Y., she lived in Riverhead for 15 years from the mid 1980s before moving to Lewisburg, Pa.
The daughter of William and Eleanor (Green) Black, she was born May 8, 1919, in Brooklyn and raised in Garden City, N.Y. Ms. Thomas was a graduate of Garden City High School and Packard School of Business in New York City. She retired as office manager of Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove, after 30 years and was a former member of the Community Hospital at Glen Cove Auxiliary.
She is survived by a son, G. William Thomas of Winfield, Pa.; two daughters, Barbara Thomas and Bette Dick, both of Riverhead; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services took place in Glen Cove. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.