Robert M. Morris
Robert M. Morris of Riverhead, formerly of Nashua, N.H., died at Central Suffolk Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility on Oct. 2, 2002. He was 82.
He was born on Sept. 14, 1920, in Nashua to Philip and Josephine (McQuestin) Morris. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater. He owned and operated Morris Office Outfitters in Nashua, from which he retired in 1987. He married Lois McDonald in 1983, and they moved to Riverhead 3 1/2 years ago.
His survivors include his wife; two daughters, Patricia Daszewski of Lake Grove and Deborah Lee Washwick of Baiting Hollow; three sisters, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Oct. 5 at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead.
Clara D. Sieminski
Clara D. Sieminski died Sept. 28, 2002 at Riverhead Nursing Home. She was 93.
The daughter of Martin and Victoria (Trojanowski) Gatz, she was born in Jamesport on Aug. 9, 1909. She worked as a homemaker and later at Hazeltine Electronics in Riverhead, from which she retired. Ms. Sieminski was a member of the Jamesport Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary.
She loved flowers and gardening, said her daughter, Marion, of Riverhead. Other survivors include a son, Edward, of Shelton, Conn.; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, John, in 1995 and by a son, John, in 1969.
A funeral mass was offered on Sept. 30 at St. Isidore's R.C. Church in Riverhead. Interment followed at the church cemetery.
Elizabeth J. Shalvey
Former Blue Top Inn owner Elizabeth J. Shalvey died Sept. 30, 2002 at her home in Cutchogue. She was 71.
The daughter of Joseph and Victoria (Drobet) Bugdin, she was born in Jamesport on Nov. 9, 1930, and moved to Cutchogue 49 years ago. She was a member of the Cutchogue Fire Department Women's Auxiliary and Marian Council Columbiettes. Ms. Shalvey was an avid card player and bowler.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Thomas; a son, Thomas Jr., of Cutchogue; two daughters, Catherine Russo of Mattituck and Deborah Shalvey of Florida; a sister, Ann Lenceski of Southold; and four granddaughters. She was predeceased by a sister, Louise Grohoski.
Visitation was Oct. 2 at William F. Coster Funeral Home, Cutchogue. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Oct. 3 at Sacred Heart R.C. Church in Cutchogue, followed by interment at the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Cutchogue Fire Department, East End Hospice or Sacred Heart Church.
Loretta H. McAvey
Loretta H. McAvey died May 30, 2003 at Central Suffolk Hospital in Riverhead. She was 79.
She was born in Queens on April 10, 1924, to Mary and James Coghlan. Ms. McAvey is survived by two sons, James and Robert; two daughters, Kathleen Madigan and Maureen Langhaar; and a brother, John Coghlan. Her daughters Laurie and Geraldine predeceased her.
Visitation was last Sunday at F.J. McLaughlin Funeral Home in Riverhead, followed the next morning by funeral services at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, Riverhead. Ms. McAvey was buried at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.
David A. Oliver
David A. Oliver of Flanders died May 27, 2003 at Central Suffolk Hospital in Riverhead. He was 48.
Born Feb. 10, 1955, to Donald and Mildred Oliver, he was raised in Riverhead and lived in the area all his life. He married Barbara (nÉe Suchodolski) Oliver in 1975. Mr. Oliver worked at B & V Enterprises of Quogue for 27 years, where his boss, Butch Abbey of Hampton Bays, became his best friend. Work aside, he was busy with Flanders Fire Department, volunteering there for over 10 years. Mr. Oliver was an avid racecar fan, according to a family source, and served as crew chief for another close friend, Steve Tooker of Riverhead, at Riverhead Raceway.
Mr. Oliver is survived by his wife and two daughters, Sally and Amy, of Riverhead; three sisters, Shirley Elliston of Arizona, and Suzanne Mitchell and Tracy Oliver, both of Riverhead; seven brothers, Donald Jr., William, Fred, Steven, and Daniel, all of Riverhead, Harry, of California, and Richard, of North Carolina.
Visitation was May 30, followed on May 31 by funeral services, both at F.J. McLaughlin Funeral Home of Riverhead. Cremation was private.
Fannie Lee Miles
Fannie Lee Miles of Riverhead died May 30, 2003 at Central Suffolk Hospital, Riverhead. She was 88.
She was born May 7, 1915, to Edmonia (James) and Jacob Parrish in Carterville, Va., and moved to Riverhead as an infant. After graduating from Riverhead High School, Ms. Miles spent the next 50 years working as a domestic employee for the family of Jacob and Natalie Harding of Riverhead. During this time, she met and married Howard Miles, who predeceased her. Ms. Miles was a member of Riverhead's First Baptist Church.
She is survived by two brothers, Charles and Richard, both of Hightstown, N.J.; two sisters, Dorothy Tyler of East Windsor, N.J., and Florence Weeks of Lackawanna, N.Y.; and a stepdaughter, Bessie Gebbins of Virginia.
Ms. Miles's funeral service was June 4 at First Baptist Church of Riverhead, with the Rev. Charles Coverdale officiating. Interment followed at Riverhead Cemetery. Seay Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.
John Stonebanks III
John Stonebanks III, 61, died April 8, 2003 at his home in St. Pete Beach, Fla.
He was born in Southampton on Aug. 20, 1941, raised in Riverhead and lived in Mattituck for five years before moving away from the North Fork. A graduate of Admiral Farragut Academy in New Jersey and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, he worked as a Suffolk County Water Authority hydrogeologist for 23 years. Mr. Stonebanks was an avid boater, artist, writer and actor.
Predeceased by his mother, Margaret Mohns, he is survived by a brother, Alan Mohns of St. Pete Beach.
Services took place in Florida.