by Barbara Guarino Kruk
It is easy to relate to people with whom you share a common thread. Family values, work ethic, a sense of place and of home and commitment to providing a better quality of life for those you love. For more years than I can remember we patronized the small storefront restaurant locally known as the Village Host. It was convenient, clean and the food was good. But that wasn’t the only reason why our family went there; these were people that we understood. Nick and his wife Georgia were very much like me and my husband Connie. While they both were born, and raised in Greece, they were very American in their thinking.
Nick and Georgia were only in their early twenties when they came to America to make a better life for themselves. Hard work was to be expected; self-sacrifice and a lasting commitment to the goals they had set for themselves was the driving force in their lives. Connie and I were in our mid-twenties when we embarked on a journey that has spanned forty years since we first opened Roma Funeral Home. Like Nick and Georgia there have been many challenges, both financially and emotionally, through those many years. They like us have worked side-by-side with the dream of making a better life for our children.
Nick Imprixis, only sixty-eight, had been ill for quite some time, but his fighting spirit would never let him lose faith that a cure was just around the corner. He drew his strength from the love of his soulmate Georgia. A beautiful, strong, hardworking woman who has stood shoulder to shoulder with the man she has loved for the past forty-five years.
Their two sons, Jimmy and Mike, have been steadfast in their devotion to their parents. Recognizing from their earliest memories the hard work and sacrifice of their parents, these two wonderful young men have made their parents so proud. They were both classmates of my own two children Matt and Kelly and graduates of William Floyd High School.
Nick Imprixis has left an indelible mark on anyone who knew him. He was kind and funny and when you ate in his restaurant it felt like you were visiting with old friends. He and Georgia would come sit and talk and serve a delicious family style meal. We shared the growing pains of running our own businesses and raising a family. Their boys, much like our own children, were raised on the premises of both a restaurant and a funeral home. They absorbed many of life’s lessons, but the most important thing they learned was love. Love for “Sunflowers, I must have sunflowers. They were Nick’s favorite flower. He made a garden filled with them.” Such a small gesture but so powerful. It was a detail that meant so much to this woman who had been wife and friend for a lifetime. I wonder if he knew that the over seventy varieties of this plant known as Helianthus came from the Greek origin of words sun and flower. Sunflowers are a happy flower and a hardy plant. Georgia made sure the love of her life had the flower he loved to grow.
I truly feel the ache that has filled Georgia’s heart with the passing of her best friend, her lover and her workmate. While it was Nick who died, a part of Georgia was taken with him. She lamented to me as we embraced, “This isn’t the way it was supposed to end.” How right you are old friend. But sadly, we don’t get to choose how it will end. The one thing that I know for sure is that the two handsome young men that she raised will always be there to comfort and protect her, because they had a great teacher in their father, Nick Imprixis.
Charles Ancona, age 45, passed away suddenly at his Shirley residence. Born in New York, NY and a resident of Shirley for forty-five years, Charles is survived by his mother; Lillian Ancona of Minnesota, siblings; Joan (Stephen) Plesnik of Miller Place, Maryann Ancona of Ohio, Frances Meyer of Minnesota, John Ancona of Shirley, and Jacqueline Ancona of Bellport. Private cremation was held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches. Family and friends gathered for memorial visitation at Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic with inurnment services following at Washington Memorial Park, Mt. Sinai.
Frederick Buddenhagen, age 90, passed away at Peconic Bay Medical Center. Born in Brooklyn and a resident of Eastport, Frederick served in the United States Army during WWII. He was a very talented man; he liked to build dog houses and wishing wells, and was extremely proud of his water wheel, which he had worked on for a very long time. He enjoyed listening to country music, especially Johnny Cash, and watching old westerns. Frederick is survived by his wife; Lorraine of Eastport, children; Laurie Reuben (Brett Reubenstein) of N. Shirley, Tina (Joseph) Gerbino of Ronkonkoma, grandchildren; Dylan and Alexis Reubenstein, Toni and Vincent Gerbino, and his feline companions; Susie, Rags, and Patches. Family and friends gathered for visitation at Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic. Private cremation was held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches. Interment with Full Military Honors followed at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton.
Nick Imprixis, age 68, of Shirley and Holiday Florida, lost his valiant battle with his illness and passed away at his home in Florida. Nick was born in Neospyrgos, Greece and was a local businessman for many years. He was the owner of the Village Host restaurant in Shirley. He was a hardworking man, devoted husband and father. He loved to tend his garden and was a kind and generous man. Nick is survived by his wife Georgia of forty-five years and his two sons Jimmy and Mike, with siblings residing in Greece. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. A Mass was conducted by Father Andrew from Saint John’s Greek Church in Blue Point. Interment took place in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches.
Grigori Kostikov, age 66, passed away at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, Patchogue. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Grigori came to the United States in 1993. He was very proud to be an American citizen and was very proud to call the United States his home. Grigori was employed as an electrical engineer with Spellman H.V.C. in Hauppauge. He was an extremely hard worker who enjoyed fixing up his home, liked working with electronics, traveling to Pennsylvania, and really enjoyed shooting. More than anything though, Grigori adored and cherished his wife, Iryna. Surviving Grigori are his wife; Iryna Kovalska of Mastic Beach, son Dennis Kostikov of Kiev, Ukraine, two grandchildren, very dear friends; Alex Tyshko of Pennsylvania, Nicholas Gritsik of Brooklyn, Lynda Tadder of New Jersey, and his extended family at Spellman H.V.C. Family and friends gathered for visitation at Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic. Cremation followed at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches.
Jose A. Ramirez, age 70, passed away at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, Patchogue. Formerly of Glendale and resident of Mastic for eight years, Jose was on a bowling league, enjoyed building model planes and helicopters, playing Lotto, and most of all, Jose loved playing with his grandson; Justin. He is survived by his son; Alexander (Jackie) Ramirez and grandson; Justin Ramirez. Private cremation was held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches. Arrangements were under the direction of Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic.