Ann S. Kozenka

02/01/2012 9:56 AM |

Longtime Aquebogue resident Ann S. Kozenka died Jan. 28 at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. She was 93.

She was born July 23, 1918, in New Suffolk to Julius and Helen (Visinski) Zultoski. She married William Kozenka in Riverhead on Sept. 20, 1936.

Ms. Kozenka held many different jobs during her life. In her younger days, she was employed by musician and bandleader Freddy Martin. During World War II, she was a riveter at Republic Aviation on Long Island, where she worked on the P-47 Thunderbolt, also known as the “Jug” — the largest, heaviest and most expensive fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single reciprocating engine.

Family members said, however, that she was happiest being a homemaker and working in her yard, which she continued into her early 90s.

Predeceased by her husband in 1988, Ms. Kozenka is survived by her daughters, Carol Roberts of Port Jefferson Station and Cynthia Slivonik of Aquebogue; her sister, Felicia Koroleski of Peconic; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 4, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Isidore R.C. Church in Riverhead, followed by interment at the church cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead

Donations may be made to St. Isidore R.C. Church Capital Campaign Fund or Westhampton Care Center.