Cecile Courville

03/03/2014 1:57 PM |

Cecile (Ceil) Courville, passed away Feb. 26, 2014, at a long term care facility near her home in Riverhead, after suffering a stroke in January. At her bedside was her husband of 60 years Edward, her son Mark and his wife Patti.

Cecile May Madaio was born the youngest of nine children in Worcester, Mass. in 1931 to Margaret and Pasquale (Patsy) Madaio. By age 22 she married Edward Courville and soon after relocated to Little Silver, N.J. for Ed’s job with Bell phone company. After ten years of marriage they adopted two children and eventually moved to Upper Montclair, N.J. for years where they forged a life long bond with friends Peter and Bonnie Merkel and their two children David and Renee. Their final move to Glen Ridge is where they remained until 1984, and with both kids graduated from Glen Ridge High School, Ed retired (the first time) from his executive job on Wall Street with AT&T.

The couple traveled the New England states the following year seeking a bed & breakfast business venture and decided on the Hamptons where they bought and restored the three-century-old historic “Old Post House Inne” and restaurant in the village of Southampton. They have the distinction of successfully renovating and operating their quaint accommodations business in a historic landmark building in the business community until selling in 1999 when they retired permanently.

On Sept. 13, 2013 Cecile and Ed celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

She is predeceased by her daughter Janine Talmage of Riverhead, who died in 2013. In addition to her husband, son and daughter-in-law, Ceil is survived by her grandchildren, Taylor Talmage, 20, and Clayton Talmage and her brother-in-law James and wife Joan of Mass. She is also predeceased by all her siblings Frank, Joseph, Nancy, Helen, Anthony, Philip, George, Ralph “Buddy”, most of who had lived in Massachusetts.

Funeral services were held March 2 at Alexander Tuthill Funeral Home in Wading River. Burial took place at Calverton National Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John The Baptist Church, 1488 North Country Road, Wading River, NY 11792