The family of First Lieutenant Joseph Theinert met with Shelter Island
community leaders Sunday to plan funeral services for their son, who
was killed in Afghanistan on Friday.
many as 1,000 people are expected to attend the services. A procession
will begin at Gabreski Airport after his scheduled arrival at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, June 9, and will reach Shelter Island via Sag Harbor later
Services will be conducted over the following
two days. A wake will be held on Thursday, June 10 at Our Lady of the
Isle Catholic Church from 2 to 9 p.m. On Friday, June 11, funeral
services will be held at 1 p.m. under a large tent at the Shelter
Island School. A reception will follow on the grounds of the American
Legion Hall; Legion facilities will also be open during wake hours for
veterans, servicemen and others needing a place to gather. Interment
will be at Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Cemetery immediately after the
Family members have expressed their gratitude for the outpouring of support from Shelter Islanders and others.
can help the community in this unprecedented local effort to remember a
fallen hero. Contributions are welcomed by the family and should be
directed to the contacts below:
Food and beverages: Single
serving containers for beverages please. Food donations for servicemen
and for the funeral reception are welcome. The refrigerated Fire
Department truck will soon be on site at Legion Hall.
Lee Oliver (631) 375-6751
Jim Oliver (631) 885-4899
Buses and vans are needed to transport people from North Ferry to the
funeral services and from the School/Legion area to the cemetery and
Chief William Rowland, Shelter Island Fire Department
Thank you to the many Island residents who volunteered; no additional
housing offers will be needed. Family members, servicemen and others
needing accommodations during the two days of services should contact
Jane Spotteck at 766-5376 or 749-1968.
Monetary donations in memory of Lt. Joseph Theinert will be deposited
in a dedicated account set up by the Shelter Island Lions Club, P.O.
Box 760, Shelter Island, NY 11964. Please make checks out to the Lions
Club Foundation and indicate Theinert Memorial in the memo line. The
donations will be used to help defray the cost of the funeral;
additional proceeds will be given in Joey’s name to charities to be
determined by the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to a scholarship fund set up through the Shelter Island School.
Donations payable to the Shelter Island School, with Theinert Memorial
Fund in the memo line, may be mailed to P.O. Box 2015, Shelter Island,
Cards may be sent to the Kestler-Theinert family at P.O. Box 604, Shelter Island Heights, NY 11965.
under “Latest News” for updates on the funeral schedule. A website is
being created for the family and should be online soon at
fallensoldiersi.com. The Shelter Island Police Department will also
answer any questions at 749-0600.