by Barbara Guarino Kruk

When we take our marriage vows and the officiant says, “in sickness and in health, till death do us part,” how long is an appropriate time to set aside for mourning your spouse? There are many societies that have strict laws regarding the duration of one’s widowhood. Now, over the ages, through different cultures and decades, that has changed. Primarily, during the early years of our history, and throughout the ages, women, mainly for financial reasons, tended to marry as soon as what mandated by their culture. Men, traditionally married much sooner especially when small children were involved.
Mary Anita Martin, widowed in 1958 at the age of thirty-four, with a large family to support, never remarried. When the love of her life, her husband Leslie John Martin died, she never found another man who could capture her heart. She raised her large family with great love, enduring all the hardships that come with single parenthood.
On September 9, 2016, Mary Anita Martin, died at the age of ninety-two. She was survived fifty-eight years of widowhood, and finally was reunited with the love of her life in Heaven. We can only imagine the joy of this reunion.
During her time here on earth, Mary had endured much sorrow. Two of her beloved sons, Eugene and Bernie, died before her own passing. There is no greater loss than the death of a child, and Mary lost two of her children; but with the love and support of her family she survived.
Mary left a profound legacy originally created by her and her beloved Leslie. Seven children, seventeen grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Just think of all the stories she would have to share with her dear husband.
Sylvia Davis, age 78, of Mastic, passed away on August 26, 2016. She is predeceased by her parents, Charles and Lydia Davis, and by her siblings, Charles, Howard, William, Lydia, Richard and James Davis and Virginia Miller, Marion Draper and Elizabeth Delfyette. She is survived by her siblings Gilbert Davis and Victoria Scott and countless nieces, nephews and friends. She will be missed by all who knew her. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. Chief Harry Wallace of the Poospatuck Reservation presided over a native drum ceremony in Sylvia’s honor. A funeral Mass was held at the Zion Episcopal Church in Douglaston, NY. Interment followed after the service to the Zion Episcopal Cemetery.

Faith E. Decoursey, age 54, of Mastic, died peacefully at her residence surrounded by her loving family, on September 9, 2016. Faith was born into a large family in Queens, New York. She was a clerical assistant for Rochem International. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed going to Osprey Park, being at the water and nature. She like the musical sounds of the blues. Faith was a hard worker and liked to shop. She cherished a simple, quiet life with her loving husband and family. Faith is survived by her husband Dennis of sixteen years. She was the cherished sister of Colleen, Dorothy, Debbie, Dale, Barry, Gary, Terry, Glenn and John, as well as many nieces and nephews. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. Wake services were conducted by St. Jude’s RC Church. Cremation services took place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches.

Mary Anita Martin, age 92, of Mastic Beach, died at Suffolk Center for Rehabilitation, on September 7, 2016. She was born in New York and was a homemaker. A good cook, excellent baker, Mary enjoyed country music especially Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. She enjoyed playing cards and Scrabble. Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband Leslie John Martin who died in 1958 as well as two son Eugene and Bernie. She is survived by her children Donald (Vincenta), Gary (Tracy), Arlene (Paul) Murphy and Cindy and grandmother of seventeen, great-grandmother of twenty-three and great-great-grandmother of two. Family and friends were welcomed at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley on Monday. Interment took place at Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale.

Nicholas Visceglie, age 35, passed away suddenly at his Mastic Beach residence. Nicholas was a kind, loveable person with a great sense of humor. He adored his children, loved his family, and always looked out for his father, Chris. He enjoyed the outdoors; camping at Southaven Park, fishing, crabbing, and boating. Predeceased by his brother, Christopher, Nicholas is survived by his children; Nicholas, SkyeAnn, and Tyler of Mastic Beach, parents; Christopher J. of Calverton, Patricia of Mastic Beach, siblings; Kara of Babylon, and Eric of Auborn, NY. Private cremation was held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches. A memorial Mass was held at St. Jude’s R C Church, Mastic Beach with Msgr. John Heinlein officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic.

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