Sophie O’Kula

Sophie V. O’Kula, a longtime resident of Riverhead, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Apple Rehabilitation Nursing Home in Old Saybrook, Conn. She was 97 years old.

She was the daughter of Felix and Viola Bilski of Riverhead.

Sophie was employed for many years by Crescent Duck Processing Company and the Town of Riverhead. She was in her 50th year with the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 2476 of Riverhead. She loved flowers and gardening.

Sophie was predeceased by her husband, Joseph J. O’Kula; her son, Joseph F. O’Kula; and her siblings, Stanley, Joseph, Felix, Edward, Walter, Harold, Frankie, John and Fannie.

She is survived by her daughter, Jean Nigosanti of Westbrook, Conn.; her sister, Emily Ambrose of Jamesport; her granddaughters, Deborah Bauer of Old Saybrook, Sharon Nigosanti of Deep River, Conn., and Susan Nigosanti of Westbrook; her great-grandchildren, Julianna and John Senn of Ivoryton, Conn.; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will take place Friday, June 24, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A service will be held Saturday, June 25, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Isidore R.C. Church in Riverhead. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, also in Riverhead.

This is a paid notice.