Former longtime Wading River resident Stephanie Gates of Rock Hill, S.C. went to be with the Lord April 18, 2015. Stephanie was born May 10, 1921, to John and Mary Bonk. She married George H. Gates Jr. in 1938 and they made their home in Wading River. George passed away in 1983.
Steffie, as she was known to family and friends, was a kind and gracious lady with a beautiful spirit. She loved her home and was well known for her beautiful gardens, fabulous Christmas cookies, and award winning cheesecake and jams.
Stephanie was devoted to her family, raising two daughters, Virginia Nosal of North Carolina and Phyllis Waski of Wading River; and a son, George Gates III, who predeceased her in 2013. She also leaves behind two sons-in-law, Matthew Nosal, and Stephen Waski. She also adored her grandchildren, Edward, Geoffrey, Andrew and Sandra and her five great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Matthew, Collin, Meghan and Nathaniel.
In the community, Stephanie loved working for more than 40 years for Little Flower Children’s Services in Wading River and had been an active member of Wading River Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
She will truly be missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service will take place at at time and date to be announced.
This is a paid notice.