Irene J. Diaz

Irene Joyce Diaz of Greenport passed away June 30 at the age of 84 after a long illness.

A homemaker, Ms. Diaz spent her life entertaining the neighborhood kids and taking care of her cats.

She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Joseph N. Diaz; her son Joseph Jr.; and two brothers, Clarence and Leroy Powell. Ms. Diaz is survived by her brother Richard Powell and her sister, Davin Sable; her daughter, Maria Kleppinger, of Telford, Pa.; her son John A. “Tony” Diaz of Howes Cave, N.Y.; four granddaughters, E. Tobie DelGaudio, Mary Joyce “Liz” Ricketts, Erica Steindle and Karina Hayes; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews — including Richard H. Diaz, who grew up in her home.

The family received visitors at Defriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold, with services and interment at Sterling Cemetery in Greenport.

Memorial donations may be made in Ms. Diaz’s name to either Southold Animal Shelter or Spay, Alter, Vaccinate Every Stray (S.A.V.E.S).

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