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Obituaries

GRANNY by Barbara Guarino Kruk Love, such a small word, with profound meaning. We love in so many different ways. When we are children we love our parents, grandparents, siblings in a childlike way. As we mature our love deepens as we come to understand and appreciate the sacrifices our parents and family have made to give us a good life. We fall in love, raise a family, and the cycle of life continues with love at its core. There are those among us who exude love. People naturally gravitate to their good nature and open loving spirit. For some, the ability to give affection is so normal they don’t even realize how they impact those around them. Alberta D. Medea was a person who drew people to her heart. Her easy, nurturing ways made anyone who met her immediately adore her. She was the matriarch of her family and all their extended friends. She was Granny to all. Alberta came from a large family and was one of six children. She grew up in an era when honesty and commitment were not buzz words used in meaningless conversation, but words that people lived by. Words like honor and fidelity were virtues. An era of great patriotism, as evidenced by her love for her country and those who selflessly fought to keep it free. She had been active in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for the better part of her life. She was very close to her younger sister Dolores Bopp who is the sole survivor of the six siblings. Alberta was fortunate to have found love with two wonderful men. She had been married for fifty years to Richard Steen when he passed away. She eventually met and married her second husband Peter Medea and remained with him for thirty-seven years until his death. Alberta was lucky in love. Unfortunately, her beloved daughter Janet Archer, died before her. Alberta has left a wonderful legacy. She was the beloved mother of Karen Goetschius and her husband Walter. Eleven grand and sixteen great grandchildren were very blessed to have known this wonderful woman. She was a playful and sociable person. Everyone who met her loved her. She enjoyed being with people and was the queen the “penny” card game that she weekly hosted. She enjoyed gambling and taking trips to Atlantic City, she worked on ceramics and loved the singer Jerry Vale. On September 20th, 2016 the family and friends of Alberta Medea suffered a tremendous loss with her passing, the lady who was Grandma to all will be sorely missed but fondly remembered. Mary Ann Mazziliano, age 61, a 30 year resident of East Moriches, passed away in Riverhead on September 14, 2016. Mary Ann was retired from North Fork Bank. She leaves behind her beloved children Joseph Jr., Jillian, Mikki, dear sister Linda and brother Joseph. She also leaves behind her cherished grandchildren Alicia, Kayla, Ashlee, Ryan, Ava, Ariana, Alexis and Ryleigh. Mary Ann is also pre deceased by her husband Joseph in March 2016. A private cremation was entrusted to Wesche Funeral Home Inc., Center Moriches. Alberta D. Medea, age 94, of Shirley, died surrounded by her loving family at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital on September 20, 2016. Alberta was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania and was a homemaker. She was a loving person and very sociable. Until recently, even given her advanced age, she was still active with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed going to Atlantic City and was the host of a weekly “penny” card game. She loved the musical sounds of Jerry Vale and she liked to travel. She will be sorely missed by her canine companions Buzzy and Holly. Alberta was lucky to have loved two wonderful men. Her first husband, Richard Steen to whom she had been married for fifty years, and Peter Medea her second husband of thirty-seven years, both of which predeceased her, as well as her beloved daughter Janet Archer. She was the loving mother of Karen (Walter) Goetschius, the cherished grandmother of eleven and great-grandmother of sixteen. Alberta came from a large family and was one of six. She is survived by her sister Dolores Bopp. Family and friends were welcomed at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. Wake prayers were conducted by Msgr. John Heinlein who also celebrated a Mass at St. Jude’s RC Church. Entombment took place at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale. Stella Modzeleski, age 94, of Center Moriches on September 18, 2016. A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. John the Evangelist RCC on Wednesday September 21, 2016. Stella is pre deceased by her husband Frank in 1971 and leaves behind her beloved children Ann and Michael. Stella was laid to rest with her husband Frank in Holy Rood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Wesche Funeral Home Inc., Center Moriches. Judith Anne Moran, age 73, of Shirley, was called home to Heaven on September 21, 2016. She passed away at the home of her son in Mastic Beach, while under hospice care. Judy, as she was affectionately known, was born in New York and worked for many years as a meat packer for King Kullen in Shirley. She was truly a devout woman and worked tirelessly for St. Jude’s Parish where she was a Eucharistic Minister and member of the Baptismal team. She was a member of the St. George Seniors, loved to watch crime dramas on television, traveling, and going to the beach. She made the best Italian sauce. She will be sorely missed by her feline companion Moochie and her canines Peanut Butter and Freedom. Judy is survived by her two children, Richard (Susanne) and Kelly. She was the loving grandmother of Abigail and Patrick and sister of Daniel Moran. Family and friends were welcomed at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. Wake prayers were conducted by Msgr. John Heinlein and a Mass was celebrated at St. Jude’s RC Church. A private cremation took place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center Moriches.

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