Mary Lupton Goodale

11/22/2010 1:00 AM |

Mary Lupton Goodale, lifelong resident of Riverhead and Long Island’s East End, died on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, from complications of a stroke. She was born on Nov. 26, 1917, in New York City, the daughter of Russell and May Lupton.
Mary graduated from Riverhead High School in 1936, a valedictorian of her class. She went on to obtain a B.S. in education from the University of Minnesota in 1940. Following graduation, Mary taught kindergarten in Katonah, N.Y.
On April 6, 1942, Mary married Jesse R. Goodale II. They lived in a house on the family farm in Aquebogue. In 1948, Jesse founded Riverhead Building Supply Corp. Over the following decades, Mary was involved in many community organizations and events. She was a member of Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue for well over 60 years, during which she served for many years as superintendent of Sunday School and, for decades, a member of the church choir. She was also deeply involved in numerous committees and other church activities.
Her other community activities include a long involvement in Girl Scouting. She served as president of local Girl Scout councils and was a major figure in their consolidation into a Suffolk County Girl Scout Council. She also served as volunteer piano accompanist for students engaged in competitive singing events over Long Island for many years. Her involvement in community activities are too numerous to list.
Mary is survived by her husband of 68 years, Jesse; and five children: Diane (Roman) Sadowy, Carol (William) Cambi, Jesse R. (Donna) Goodale III, Russell C. (Cathy) Goodale and Edgar F. (Nancy) Goodale. They all live in Riverhead and surrounding communities. Fourteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren also survive her.
The family received visitors Nov. 19 at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead. Funeral services were held Nov. 20 at Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue. Interment followed at Aquebogue Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name can be sent to Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue or Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead.

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  • Mary’s been a blessing to the community and her family. May God bless her now in her eternal place of rest. We pray for the family for healing and strength during this difficult time of transition.