Theresa Kilduff

07/10/2012 4:57 PM |

Theresa Kilduff of Cutchogue died June 18 at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport. She was 95.

Born in Queens, she worked until her retirement at Queens College and moved to Cutchogue in 1977. Although she led a very full and active life, traveled extensively throughout the world and even climbed a mountain in Iceland to celebrate her 80th birthday, she believed Cutchogue and Causeway Beach were the most beautiful places of all, family members said.

Over the years Ms. Kilduff volunteered as a “Pink Lady” at Eastern Long Island Hospital. She was an avid reader and patron of Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library and the arts in general, according to family members, and played bridge routinely until just a few years ago. She enjoyed regaling listeners with stories from her many travels, had a vast knowledge of current events and delighted in sparking lively conversations, they said. She willingly lent a helping hand to anyone who needed it, they added, was a wonderful friend to many, and will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

When referring to her many journeys abroad and within the United States, family said, she would say that when her time came to depart this world, “Don’t feel sorry for me; I’m going on the final vacation and I don’t have to make travel arrangements!”

Predeceased by her husband, Thomas, and her son Thomas, Ms. Kilduff is survived by her son Dennis, of Washington State, and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 14, at 8:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church in Cutchogue. A brunch in celebration of her life will follow for those who choose to attend.