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Toward the end of December, Doug Mathie received a call about an elderly woman who had died in hospice.

Mr. Mathie, funeral director at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home on Main Street in Greenport, picked up the woman’s remains and set about preparing for her services. But he ran into a problem: READ

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Bethzy Lopez in 2012.  (Credit: Fe Fuerza Vida, Spanish language newspaper of the Diocese of Rockville Centre)

Bethzy Lopez in 2012. (Credit: Courtesy of Fe Fuerza Vida, Spanish language newspaper of the Diocese of Rockville Centre)

Bethzy Lopez lived life to the fullest, those who knew her said.

The 7-year-old loved dressing up and painting her fingernails: pink and purple were her favorite colors to splash on the end of her fingers.

The Greenport girl also loved attending birthday parties, going to church and playing with her two younger siblings.

“No matter what her obstacles were she just charged right through them,” said Sister Margaret Smyth of the North Fork Spanish Apostolate, who was close with Bethzy and her family. “She was bright, funny, and bilingual.”

Bethzy died Sunday after living with a genetic disorder that affected her heart and lungs, and prevented her body from getting enough oxygen. She was tethered to an oxygen tank by a tube inserted in her throat and she was the size of a 1 1/2-year-old child, Sister Margaret said.  (more…)

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TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | George Costello Sr. speaking during the San Simeon fundraiser in Greenport in July 2011.

Funeral services have been scheduled for George Costello Sr. of Greenport, a partner in the Costello Marine dock and bulkhead construction business and the driving force behind the volunteer restoration of Greenport’s historic roller rink, who died on Dec. 28 at age 63.

Visiting will take place at the Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport on Tuesday evening, Jan. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. Father Thomas Murray, pastor of St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport will lead a service at the funeral home on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Arshamomaque Cemetery, also in Greenport.

Mr. Costello was at work on a job in Southampton when he collapsed Friday, said longtime friend Fred Schoenstein of North Fork Welding. He was taken to Southampton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“It’s just a sad, sad story,” said Mr. Schoenstein, who added that his family began its business 30 years ago at roughly the same time Mr. Costello and his brother, John, a former Greenport Village Board member, launched Costello Marine. “George was an amazing character and one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met,” he said. “This really takes the wind out of your sails.”

A Vietnam War veteran, Mr. Costello was known for his involvement in numerous community projects, particularly the restoration of the historic roller rink at the Burton Potter Legion Hall on Third Street. He and his fellow volunteers were named The Suffolk Times’ “civic people of the year” for 2011.

“His dedication to Greenport was unbelievable,” said Craig Richter, Burton Potter Post commander and a fellow rink project volunteer.

Mr. Richter said the legion should redouble its efforts to complete the project in Mr. Costello’s memory.

“This was his baby and he really stepped up to the plate,” said Mr. Richter. “He enjoyed it and knew it was good for Greenport. We’ve got to get it done.”

In July 2011 the San Simeon by the Sound nursing facility honored the Costello family, particularly George and John, for taking such an active role in the community.

“I’ve known George for a very long time,” said Mary Bess Phillips, the operator of Alice’s Fish Market in Greenport and a current Village Board member. “He will be very sorely missed.”

The Costello family asked for donations to the Burton Potter rebuilding fund.