09/29/15 4:49pm
09/29/2015 4:49 PM
Rosemary Ashton

Rosemary Ashton

Rosemary E. (Mahnken) Ashton age 52, originally from Southold, passed away Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at Life Care Center of Acton following an extended illness. She was the loving mother of Holly Ashton of Richmond, Va.  (more…)

09/29/15 4:36pm

The Rev. Richard Edward Ploth, formerly of Cutchogue, died Sept. 20 from complications following a stroke. Recently of Dover Plains, N.Y., he was a resident of The Grand nursing home in Pawling, N.Y., for the past two months. He was 81.

“Dick” was born in Oceanside on Oct. 6, 1933, to Edward and Adelaide Combs Ploth. He graduated from Oceanside High School in 1951. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin and Hebrew from Wheaton (Ill.) College and a Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Dick was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA by the then Brooklyn-Nassau Presbytery on Long Island and began his many pastorates at Yaphank Presbyterian Church, followed by service to the Waverly (N.Y.) Presbyterian Church and then as executive presbyter for Northern New York Presbytery. He also worked as a management consultant for Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., and served several small churches who were without a full-time pastor.

In 1992 he came to Long Island Presbytery as interim executive presbyter, and in 1994 began a string of pastorates, including the Presbyterian churches of East Moriches, Remsenberg, Sag Harbor and Setauket and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Jamesport.

In 2006 he followed his wife, Lynda, to Ossining, N.Y., and Hudson River Presbytery, where she served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Ossining. During their nine years there, he served the Presbyterian churches in Scotchtown and Chester. He officially retired in 1998 but continued to work until his health failed him in 2013.

Dick served on many councils and committees of the larger church, on community boards and projects and was a sought-after keynote speaker. His wife said, “He was gifted with eloquence, intelligence, a deep sense of humor and the absurd, and held every audience captive with his pithy stories and his rich theological thinking.”

The Rev. Ploth was an active member of several Rotary Clubs over the years, including as president in the Wavery, Greenport and Ossining clubs. He had several types of pilot’s and instructor’s licenses, was an avid motorcyclist and a dedicated sailor.

In addition to Lynda, his wife of 33 years, he is survived by their son, Joel Clements; his children, John, Rick, Ivy Ann and Allan Ploth; his brother, David Ploth; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown.

09/29/15 3:51pm

John P. Sullivan of Cutchogue died Sept. 22, 2015. He was 85.

He was born in Springfield, Mass., March 1, 1930, to Daniel and Mary (Toomey) Sullivan and received a Bachelor of Arts in business administration.

For many years, he served as administrator for the Navy PX Exchange.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and served as commander of American Legion Post 803 in Southold.

John was a devout Catholic and a generous contributor to his church and many other charities.

He enjoyed playing golf, traveling with his wife, Arlene, to Europe and Florida in the winters, and dining out with John and Rose Berryman of Southold.

John was also comfortable in the kitchen, where he cooked and prepared gourmet meals daily. Everyone enjoyed his baked clams, which were served at his annual “Trim the Tree” party.

He is survived by his wife and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends were welcomed Sept. 25 at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck, where the American Legion held services and Deacon Jeff Sykes conducted prayer services. The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 26 at Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church in Cutchogue by Monsignor Joseph W. Staudt. Interment took place at Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery in Cutchogue.

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09/29/15 3:28pm

Judith Peyser was born Judith Nowith to Nathan and Ida Nowith Aug. 31, 1932. Nathan and Ida were immigrants from Russia and Poland.

Judith was the youngest of two daughters. She had many fond memories of her parents, one of which was her father waiting for her in the rain, more than once, at the school bus stop so she wouldn’t have to walk home without being under an umbrella. She remained with her parents until her wedding day, May 17, 1953, when she married Ralph Peyser.

After a short while, Judith and Ralph told their friends they were moving to Long Island. But Long Island, to them, was a small neighborhood in Flushing, Queens, called Auburndale. Then in May 1959, with their second child on the way, they moved again all the way to Whitestone, Queens.

In 1968, in order to help with the family’s financial situation, Judith went to work. Initially, she worked for McFadden Bartell, a magazine publishing company in Whitestone. Judith met and became friends with a co-worker who was able to help her get a job for Ralph with Consolidated Edison. She subsequently got herself a job there, where she worked until retirement.

Judith resided in that same complex in Whitestone until May 2015. At that time — even she agreed — it was a good idea with her mobility failing to move in with her loving son, Steven, in Jamesport. In less than a week she felt quite at home in her new apartment in Steve’s house knowing it was built with every conceivable handicap provision.

Judith had an insatiable appetite for reading and would spend most nights reading until she fell asleep, often with a book or magazine still in her hands. She had a love for cats and had several in her lifetime.

She will be missed by all who knew her but mostly by her beloved son, Steven. Sadly, she passed on Sept. 24 at the age of 83.

Graveside services were held Sept. 28 at Cutchogue Cemetery, where Rabbi David Altman, spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Shalom, officiated.

DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home assisted the family.


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