Arne S. Abrahamsen

Arne S. Abrahamsen (“Abe”) of Riverhead died April 8 at the age of 72, at the sudden end of a two-year struggle with lung cancer and its effects.

Born Aug. 14, 1938, in Spangereid, Norway, Arne came to New York as an infant, when his parents returned. He was married for 38 years to Charlene (née Zalesky), who survives him.

He was a retired New York Telephone lineman. He served in the U.S. Army with distinction from 1962 to 1964. Arne held leadership positions as Commander of American Legion Post 273; officer of the 4th Division Suffolk County American Legion; Chef de Gare of Voiture 713, La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (aka Forty & Eight); officer of Riverhead Elks Lodge No. 2044; and president of Peconic Lodge Sons of Norway. He was also an RV camper and member of Good Sam RV Club.

In addition to his wife, Arne leaves an aunt and loving cousins in the United States and Norway.

Visiting hours were held April 12 and 13 at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead, where a service will take place Thursday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Center Moriches.

Donations for nurses’ training may be made to Joseph A. Kirk, Voiture 713, La Societe des Forty & Eight, P.O. Box 5616, Bay Shore, NY 11706.

This is a paid notice.