Bertha McKay, a native of Riverhead, died April 15 in Union City, Ga. She was 98.
The daughter of Stefan and and Helen Paskiewicz, she was born Nov. 8, 1915. She married Frank J. McKay June 29, 1940. They lived in Riverhead until 1978 and then retired in Englewood, Fla. Bertha moved to Georgia in 2005.
Bertha was a member of St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church and Polish Hall Ladies Auxiliary in Riverhead. After moving to Englewood, she became a member of St. Raphael R.C. Church.
Predeceased by her husband in 2001, Bertha is survived by her daughters, Patricia (Peter) Bilski of Elgin, S.C., Helen (Robert) Askin of Fallston, Md., and Barbara (Donald) Scheu of Fayetteville, Ga; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
James R. Golden Sr. of Riverhead died April 13 at Riverhead Care Center. He was 82.
Mr. Golden was born June 15, 1931, in Riverhead to Viola Blanche (Homan) and John Golden. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955 as a an aviation machinist mate, 3rd class. Following his military service, he worked at Grumman in Calverton as an inspector.
He is survived by his wife, Joan (née Mortimer); his son, James R. Golden Jr. of Australia; his daughters, Diane Wilhelm of Calverton and Janet Walsh, Maureen Talmage and Eileen Thieme, all of Riverhead; his sister, Jesse Palmieri of New Jersey; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral service will take place Monday, April 21, at 9 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, officiated by Father Larry Duncklee. Interment will take place at Calverton National Cemetery.
Edward Mickaliger of Riverhead died April 14 at Riverhead Care Center. He would have celebrated his 101st birthday on April 15.
He was born April 15, 1913, in Riverhead to Martin and Catherine Mickoliger and, after serving in the military from 1942 to 1945, worked as a salesman for Carl and Bob’s in Riverhead.
Family members said Mr. he enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Mr. Mickaliger was predeceased by his wife, Bertha, and is survived by his brother, Stanley Mickaliger of Mattituck, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family will receive visitors Friday, April 18, from 2 to 6 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral service will take place Saturday, April 19, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at St. Isidore R.C. Cemetery in Riverhead.
John M. Urevich of Riverhead died April 11. He was 48.
John was born to John and Arlene Urevich and attended Riverhead High School.
He was affiliated with many fire fighting organizations, serving as chairman for Central Pine Barrens Wildfire Task Force; chairman of the board of New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy; volunteering for Riverhead Fire Department Ever Ready Engine Company #3 and the Riverhead Exempts Volunteer Fireman’s Association; serving as an ex-chief for Flanders Fire Department; treasurer of Suffolk Fire Chief’s Council and treasurer of Suffolk County Fire Districts Managers’ Association.
According to family John greatly enjoyed volunteer fire fighting. They described him as a “leader of the fire service who always led behind the scenes.” He also enjoyed spending time building model rockets, spending times with his family and his dogs, Peyton and Peggy Sue, whom he referred to as “the girls.”
John is survived by his wife of 18 years, Catherine (née Stotsky); his dogs; his parents; his sister and brother-in-law, Laura and David Minsk; his nephews, Daniel, Justin and Noah Minsk; his sister-in-law, Patricia Stotsky; aunts; cousins; great-nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.
Arrangements were handled by McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. Cremation was private. A celebration of life service will take place Saturday, May 10; details will be announced.
Memorial donations may be made to Kent Animal Shelter, 2259 River Road, Calverton, NY 11933 or New York Wildlife Academy, care of: Central Pine Barrens Commission, 624 Old Riverhead Road, Westhampton, NY 11978.
This is a paid notice.
Harold (Red) Ratcliff of Flanders died April 12 in Laurel. He was 76.
Mr. Ratcliff was born July 7, 1937, to William and Helen (Travis) Ratcliff. From 1954 to 1962, during the Korean War, he served as a U.S. Navy aviation machinist mate. Most recently, Mr. Ratcliff was employed as a truck driver by Montecalvo Inc., in Speonk.
He was predeceased by his wife, Karen (née Flynn) Ratcliff, Jan. 30, 2o14 and is survived by his son Vaughn Michand of Flanders; his daughter, Tammie Hildesheim of Laurel; his brother, John, of Georgia; his sister, Phyllis Walker of Georgia; and seven grandchildren.
The family will receive visitors Tuesday, April 15, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead, with a funeral service taking place during the evening hours. Interment will take place Wednesday, April 16, at 10 a.m. at Calverton National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Boots on the Ground, P.O. Box 675, Bellport, NY 11713.
Lifelong Riverhead resident Garrett W. Jackson died April 10 at his home. He was 60.
He was born May 13, 1953, in Riverhead to William and Virginia (Harris) Jackson and was employed by Stony Brook Hospital in tech support.
Mr. Jackson was predeceased by his brother, Gerald Braunskill and is survived by his wife, Roseann (née Ranaldo); his brothers, Bruce Simpson and Ralph McLoud; and his sisters, Sheryl Simpson-Cason, Mary Ann Braunskill, Dana T. Braunskill and Evette Simpson.
The family will receive visitors Saturday, April 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, April 13, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral service will take place Monday, April 14, at 10 a.m. at Galilee Church of God in Christ in Riverhead, officiated by the Rev. Roy Pennon. Interment will take place at Riverhead Cemetery.
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