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11/14/17 12:45pm

Valerie Kremer Reeve

Valerie Kremer Reeve passed quietly on Nov. 6 at the age of 63 from breast cancer.

Valerie was born in Hartsdale, N.Y. Nov. 5, 1954, the daughter of Drs. William and Laura (Hill) Kremer. Along with her sister Corinne (born in 1950), she attended Rye Country Day School.

In 1972 Val was granted early admission to Hood College when her family moved to Fredrick, Md. She transferred to Dickinson College her sophomore year and graduated in 1976. Val went on to receive her master’s degree in art history from University of Virginia in 1978, with a specialty in quattrocento painting. She later received a master’s degree in fine art from Parsons School of Design in 1988.

It was at Parsons that she met her future husband, C. Foster Reeve, whom she married in 1993. They resided in Brooklyn until the birth of their first child, Bridgit, in 1994, then moved to Greenport in 1995. Their second child, Laura, was born in 1998.

Valerie was an active and talented artist and showed her work in many New York City galleries over the years. She was also a prolific writer of poetry and prose, and enjoyed the company of local writers and writing groups. Valerie devoted much time to her church, First Presbyterian Church of Southold, where her commitment to enhancing the lives of others found fertile ground. She often volunteered at Maureen’s Haven, helping serve the needs of those trying to get back on their feet.

Valerie will be remembered for many things by many people: her unvarnished views, her compassion, wisdom and humor about the things she experienced across the arc of her life; a devoted mother and wife who celebrated the full and continuing education of her family with many trips abroad, where she could share her knowledge of history and art. Valerie brought light into every room she entered, and that light will continue to shine with those who had the good fortune of knowing her.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at First Presbyterian Church of Southold

The family requests a a small donation to a homeless shelter for children, Clairvaux Farm, 21 Veazey Cove Road Earleville, MD 21919, one of Val’s favorite charities.

This is a paid notice. 

11/14/17 10:57am

William Louis Fibkins

At the age of 83, Bill has jumped on his bike for his last ride. He passed away peacefully at home Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Peconic.

Born in Enfield, Conn., to William and Jean Fibkins, he was raised in Nantasket Beach, Mass. He spent his summers working at Paragon Park, either cooking lobsters or running the roller coaster. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in education, and a master’s degree and doctorate’s degree in psychology and counseling from Syracuse University.

Bill spent his life improving how schools, teachers and students interacted. He founded the first “Teacher Center,” where teachers could learn and share from their peers. He spent the rest of his time working with students by creating groups for them to share. After he retired he continued his efforts by publishing over 14 books to help educators become better related to their students and peers.

Bill was an athlete his whole life. He was a runner and then moved on to the gym every day and biked two or three times a day until his illness stopped him.

As much as Bill loved his work, his main love was his family. He and his wife, Kathy, married 38 years ago and brought up their five sons together to be a family and then became grandparents to eight grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his wife, Kathy; sons, William and Brand, of Edwards, Colo., Brian, of Mastic, Shawn, of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Dan, of Hampstead, N.C.; grandchildren, Kaitlin and Kristina of East Moriches, Sophia, of Edwards, Colo., twins Jack and Andrew, of Pompano Beach, and Harry, George and Teddy, of Hampstead; brother Paul, of Paramus, N.J.; and a sister, Kathy Jacobs of Hull, Mass. He was predeceased by his brother Bob.

The family will receive visitors Friday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 6 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Saint Patrick R.C. Church in Southold, Father John Barrett officiating. The Rite of Committal will be private.

The family respectfully requests no flowers. Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.

This is a paid notice.