Joseph A. Cherepowich of East Marion died Oct. 26. He was 73.He was born Sept. 5, 1946, to Sophie Troyan and Joseph Cherepowich in Greenport, N.Y.
Mr. Cherepowich earned a bachelor’s degree from Marist College.
He married Susan Green Feb. 23, 1969, in Greenport.
Mr. Cherepowich served in the National Guard and had a 38-year career with McMann Price Agency in Greenport.
He received the Rotarian of the Year and Paul Harris Fellowship awards. Mr. Cherepowich was a member of the East Marion Fire Department, Rotary Club of Greenport, Greenport Village tree committee and Oysterponds Board of Education. His family said his hobbies included gardening, farming, fishing, traveling with his wife and entertaining his grandchildren with his stories and jokes.
Mr. Cherepowich was predeceased by his parents and his sister Helen Polak. He is survived by his wife; children, Heather Walker (Gene), Jennifer Payne (Billy) and Joseph Cherepowich (Kate); his sister Marion Santaroce of East Marion; and seven grandchildren, Brendan and Brittany Walker, Madison and Abigail Payne and Anna, Alec and Evan Cherepowich.
Visitors will be received Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport, where a firematic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. with the East Marion Fire Department. A funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport. Interment will follow at East Marion Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the “Joe Cherry Choo-Choo” Restoration Project. Checks may be made payable to the Rotary Club of Greenport Charitable Fund, Inc., and mailed to Heather Walker, 2530 Gillette Drive, East Marion, NY 11939.
This is a paid notice.