Lifelong Riverhead resident V. Avis Tuthill Reeve died peacefully at her home Dec. 17. She was 94.
Born Sept. 26, 1919, to Vivian (Hallock) and Sherwood Tuthill, she attended Riverhead schools and Wheelock College. She taught kindergarten for many years in the Middle Island and Coram school districts until retiring to care for her family and flower gardens.
Predeceased by her husband, Richard, she is survived by her daughter, Susan, and son, Richard (Debbie), both of Riverhead; sisters, Janet Doughty of Warwick, N.Y., and Betty Ebetino of Venice, Fla.; grandson, Terry (Jennifer) Vrooman of Pleasanton, Calif.; two great-granddaughters; and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were handled by Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.
This is a paid notice.
Shawn D. Grant died Dec. 14 at his Riverhead home. He was 45.
He was born Aug. 2, 1968, in Greenport to Elias and Virginia Grant and graduated from Westhampton Beach High School in 1986. He was employed as a custodian at Brookhaven National Lab. Family members said he enjoyed music.
Mr. Grant was predeceased by his brother Michael Grant and is survived by his wife, Sharlene, of Riverhead; his parents, of Southold; his children, Shakeera Parker and Shawn Jr., both of Riverhead, and Evette Ruffin of Brooklyn; his brother Elias Grant III of Maryland; and two grandchildren.
The family will receive visitors Friday, Dec. 20, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral service will take place Saturday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m. at Galilee Church of God in Christ, Riverhead. Interment will take place at Riverhead Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice.
Former Riverhead resident Kathy L. Moodie of Heathsville, Va., passed away at her home Dec. 4, 2013. She was 68.
Kathy was born at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport in 1945 and grew up in Riverhead.
She lived in Triangle, Va., and for many years was a registered nurse at the U.S. Department of State. She retired in January 2008 to Heathsville, where she indulged her passions for boating and crabbing on the Coan River, cooking and spending time with her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.
Kathy was predeceased by her father, William Keller, and brother Robert Keller. She is survived by her husband, Nelson Moodie Jr.; daughters, Abigail Campbell and Amanda Teague; their spouses, Michael Campbell Jr. and Robert Teague; grandchildren Lauren Campbell and Myles Teague; mother, Elizabeth Keller; siblings William Keller Jr., Ruth Muschamp, Christine Hilliker and James Keller; aunts, Pauline and Helen Case and Dorothy Kappenburg; and uncle, Richard Keller.
A private service will be held for immediate family. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Mid County Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 355, Heathsville, VA 22473.
This is a paid notice.
Stephanie P. Biviano of Jamesport died Dec. 7 at Hospice Inn in Melville. She was 60.
She was born Aug. 14, 1953, in Brooklyn to Alphonse and Gertrude Sagnelli and married Anthony Biviano on Sept. 27, 2012, in Riverhead.
For many years, Ms. Biviano was a Weight Watchers leader in Riverhead. Family members said her Weight Watchers family was very important to her and she was a source of inspiration to many in the community.
Predeceased by her father, Ms. Biviano is survived by her husband; her daughter, Brittany Prim of Riverhead; her mother; and her sister, Terri DeMao of North Carolina and brother, Thomas Sagnelli of Clifton Park, N.Y.
Visiting hours were held starting Dec. 9 at Coster-Heppner Funeral Home in Cutchogue and continue Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will take place Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church in Riverhead, followed by interment at the church cemetery.
Former Calverton resident Rita T. McMahon of Middle Island died Dec. 5 at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. She was 88.
She was born in Manhattan May 1, 1925, to John and Amelia McGuire. She was a librarian at Riverhead Free Library and family members said she was a people person who loved reading, gardening and playing cards.
Predeceased by her husband, Joseph, in 2000 , Ms. McMahon is survived by her daughter, Rita Strein of Selden; her sons, Edmond King of Indiana, Stephen King of New York and Tom King of Clifton, Va.; her sisters, Carol Meyers and Joan Kuba; her brother, Daniel McGuire; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family received visitors Dec. 8 at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral service took place Dec. 9 at St. Isidore R.C. Church in Riverhead. Interment followed at Calverton National Cemetery.
Vincent J. Bonta of Jamesport died Dec. 3, 2013. He was 83 years old
He was born Dec. 3, 1930, to Vincent and Margaret Bonta in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where he attended public school and Ft. Hamilton High School. During the Korean conflict, he served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged as a sergeant after five years of service.
On June 4, 1955, he married Dorothy H. Condon in Richmond Hill, Queens.
Vincent had been a television director in his early years and later enjoyed a career of over 30 years as an advertising executive with Ted Bates. In 1985, he was recognized as advertising executive of the year.
For the past 20 years, he lived in Jamesport and was a communicant of Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Mattituck.
Predeceased by his wife on Jan. 7, 2010, he is survived by his daughter, Ellen Bonta; his son and daughter-in-law, John and Kathy Bonta; and two granddaughters, Michelle Tarnor and Emily Bonta.
The family received friends Dec. 5 at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck, where parish prayer services were conducted by Deacon Jeff Sykes. The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated the morning of Dec. 6 at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church, Monsignor Joseph W. Staudt officiating.
Interment with U.S. Air Force honors was at Calverton National Cemetery.
This is a paid notice.
Mildred C. Martin of Cutchogue and Waccabuc, N.Y. died Oct. 26. She was 91 years old.
The family received visitors Oct. 29 at Coster-Heppner Funeral Home in Cutchogue. A funeral service took place Oct. 30 at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Mattituck. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery in Queens.
A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Riverhead News-Review.
Lifelong Riverhead resident Jane Nugent Wanat died Oct. 17 at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. She was 81 years old.
She was born April 19, 1932, in Riverhead to Victor and Elizabeth Nugent and graduated from Riverhead High School in 1952. A homemaker, Ms. Wanat loved gardening, basket weaving and quilting, according to family members, and was involved in many organizations including the National Audubon Society, the World Wildlife Fund, the Arbor Day Foundation, the Riverhead Garden Club and the North Fork Basket Weavers Guild.
Predeceased by her son Gery Robert, Ms. Wanat is survived by her husband, John; her son John Jr. and daughters, Jane M. and Victoria Wanat and Lynn Barauskas; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The family received visitors Oct. 20 at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral service took place Oct. 21 at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church in Riverhead followed by interment at the church cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410 or the World Wildlife Fund, P.O. Box 97180, Washington, DC 20090-7180.