Helen Stapon Polak

On Friday, Jan. 24, 2019, Helen Stapon Polak, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away at the age of 96. Helen was born in Aquebogue, N.Y., but lived most of her life in Riverhead, N.Y. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, and her two daughters, Carol James and Sharon Wood.

Helen loved animals, especially German shepherds. She raised and bred them for over 50 years. She was very dedicated to the breed and loved competing in dog shows. Her kennel won multiple ribbons and she was really proud of the dogs she raised. Helen also had a love for flowers and gardening. As long as it wasn’t snowing, she would be outside in her vegetable garden or working on her potted plants. There wasn’t a plant that couldn’t flourish under her care. Her biggest joy, though, were her family and friends. Helen was a friend to everyone and was always happiest when people would stop by “for a bite to eat.”

Helen is survived by her grandchildren, Chris James, Tanya Hausner Ormand, Norman Nicholas Wood, Charlotte Wood, Jennifer James and Melody Wood; and nine great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, from 9 to 11 a.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home, located at 336 Marcy Ave. in Riverhead, N.Y. The family asks for anyone coming to the service to please wear blue; it was her favorite color.

This is a paid notice.