Hedwig Hodukavich, a lifelong resident of Riverhead, died on January 15, 2011, after a long illness. She had been residing at the Riverhead Care Center, and died at the age of 96.
Hedwig was born in New Britain, Connecticut, on November 16, 1914. She was the daughter of Nick and Emily Hodukavich, Polish immigrants who were Long Island East End farmers.
Hedy, as she was known, worked at Riverhead Savings Bank for 48 years, ending her career in 1982 as Assistant Vice President in the Mortgage Department. She thoroughly enjoyed her work; in fact, finance and the stock market were her hobbies. After her retirement she lived with her parents, caring for them in their declining years. Hedy loved her family and enjoyed her many nieces and nephews.
Hedy was a devout Roman Catholic, attending both St. Isidore and St. John’s churches, and was an active member of the Rosary Altar Society at St. Isidore for many years. She looked forward to the annual Polish Town Fair and helped wherever she could.
Hedy is survived by her sisters, Mary Stravinski of Riverhead, Stella Kiernan of Mattituck and Theresa Skonieczny of Caribou, Maine; and 25 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, John and Stanley Hodukavich; and sisters, Lottie Hodukavich and Frances Seitz.
Friends may visit on Friday, January 21, 2011, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at St. Isidore Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, January 22, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram.
This is a paid notice.