Leona Yousik

03/22/2011 5:08 PM |

Leona Yousik of Riverhead, known as “Lee,” died March 15 at the age of 84.

She was born Oct. 7, 1926, in Townsville, N.C., to Lewis and Virginia (Newby) Eastwood. At age 12, she moved with her family to Riverhead, where she graduated from Riverhead High School in 1944.

According to family, she enjoyed bowling, softball and golf and loved to travel. She was active in politics and was a founding member of the Young Republicans Club. Family said she was an avid Jets fan and admirer of Joe Namath, and for many years her license plates read JETS-12. She also loved Derek Jeter and the Yankees, they said.

Ms. Yousik was the proprietor of the restaurant and pub at Indian Island Golf Course in Riverhead for 17 years, until her retirement in 1992.

Predeceased by her husband, Chester, in 1989, and her son Chester Jr. in 2005, she is survived by her sons, Michael, of Riverhead, and Tim, of Shirley; her daughter, Cheryl Williamson of Bullock, N.C.; her brother, Lewis Eastwood of Riverhead; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held March 21 at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. Family and friends celebrated her life afterward at The Birchwood in Riverhead.