Stephen James Punda Jr.

Former Riverhead resident Stephen James Punda Jr. of Tallahassee, Fla. died  May 23, at Big Bend Hospice House in Tallahassee. He was 66. 

A son of Stephen James Punda Sr. and Mary Krukowski Punda, he was born April 21, 1950, in Riverhead.

Mr. Punda worked at the North Florida Fairgrounds for many years and also enjoyed ringing the bell for the Salvation Army for many years during the Christmas season. Family members said he was a faithful parishoner at St. Louis Catholic Church and was a 4th degree Knight with Knights of Columbus.

Predeceased by his father and his brother, David Alan Punda, Mr. Punda is survived by his mother; his brothers, Joseph and Thomas, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial visitation will take place Thursday, June 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 3, at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church Cemetery in Riverhead.

Memorial donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice or the Salvation Army.