10/18/16 2:00pm
10/18/2016 2:00 PM

Longtime Riverhead resident Constance “Connie” W. Lull died Oct. 17 at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. She was 75.

The daughter of William Wiley and Edith (Fredericks), she was born April 9, 1941, in Southampton. As a child, she rode in the rodeo, earning many medals.

Ms. Lull had received a bachelor’s degree and worked as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Calverton during the 1960s.

She served as a past trustee and deacon for First Congregational Church of Riverhead.

For nearly three decades, Ms. Lull, along with her husband, former town councilman James “Jim” Lull, ran the Riverhead Country Fair. They were honored by the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce in 2011 for their years of service. They also founded the Bread & More INN soup kitchen at First Congregational Church.

Ms. Lull was a member of Riverhead Townscape for many years, and she, along with Jim, started the Riverhead Townscape Concert Series. After Mr. Lull died in 2012, Ms. Lull was instrumental in getting the series named after her late husband. Music was important to the Lulls, and they were also active in the Riverhead Music Boosters, which helped keep music in Riverhead schools during times of austerity.

Family members said that Ms. Lull was a “lifelong lover of animals, always donating blankets and food to local shelters and rescuing all the family pets from shelters.” She was also a member of PETA.

Predeceased by her husband in 2012 and her son James in 2016, Ms. Lull is survived by her daughters, Cindy Hill and Carrie LaCombe; her son Jason; and nine grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors Thursday, Oct. 20, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Tuthill-Mangano Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral service will take place 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at First Congregational Church of Riverhead. Cremation will be private.

Memorial donations can be made to Bread & More INN, 103 First St., Riverhead, NY 11901 or North Fork Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 297, Southold, NY 11971.



10/18/16 12:59pm

William R. Killian, retired U.S. Air Force chief master sergeant, passed away Oct. 14, 2016, with his family by his side.

He was born in Brooklyn Dec. 4, 1921, to William and Mary (Terney) Killian.

Chief Killian entered military service in August 1942 and retired in 1981 after serving for 40 years. Among his awards and decorations, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Airman’s Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Prisoner of War Medal and many more.

In 1944, while serving in World War II as a radio operator/aerial gunner, his B-24 Liberator was shot down over enemy territory. Two days later, he was captured by the Germans and became a POW at Stalag Luft IV. He participated in the 86-day, 488-mile forced march before he was liberated on April 26, 1945.

On May 18, 1946, he married the former Margaret M. Joyce. Together they made their home in East Meadow before moving to the North Fork in 1971.

Predeceased by his wife of 70 years on July 3, 2016, he is survived by his children, Bill Killian Jr. of Mattituck, Peggy Killian of Southold and Charlie Killian of East Quogue; a sister, Mary; three grandchildren, Krista Maldonado, Heather Killian and Courtney Killian; and a great-granddaughter, Michaela. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Frank and Paul Killian.

The family will receive visitors Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery in Cutchogue.

Donations to Mattituck or Southold fire department rescue squads would be appreciated.

This is a paid notice.