07/30/14 8:00am
07/30/2014 8:00 AM
The landmark Latham Farm Stand and its views of the bay. (Credit: Suffolk Times, file)

A Suffolk Times file photo of the landmark Latham Farm Stand and its views of the bay.

Ed Latham spent his last moments of life in the same place he spent his first moments of life, his home of Latham Farms in Orient.

He wouldn’t have it any other way.

“He was born on the farm and wanted to die on the farm,” said his nephew, Dick Leslie, also of Orient. “He wanted to watch his crops grow… He spent his last few weeks watching the corn come up.”

Mr. Latham, who was a prominent figure in Orient and known for his family farm, died on Friday, July 25, after a long struggle with artery disease.

Ed Latham

Ed Latham

He had turned 92 on June 6. (more…)

12/09/13 10:55am
12/09/2013 10:55 AM

Stephanie P. Biviano of Jamesport died Dec. 7 at Hospice Inn in Melville. She was 60.

Ms. Biviano was a Riverhead Weight Watchers leader  for many years.

The family will receive visitors Monday, Dec. 9 and Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will take place Wed., Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church in Riverhead. Interment will take place in the church cemetery.

A complete obituary will follow.

11/01/12 2:38pm
11/01/2012 2:38 PM

Anthony Matteoni, 88, of Greenport died Oct. 28. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport.

Memorial donations may be made to Peconic Landing EAF.

A complete obituary will appear in the Nov. 8 Suffolk Times.

11/01/12 2:32pm

Sister Sheila Hughes (Aunt Margaret) went to her eternal reward on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. She was 94 years old and dedicated 76 years as a Sister of St. Dominic. Sister Sheila ministered as a teacher for almost 30 years. She spent some time in Southold as she cared for her ailing eldest niece, Eileen (Orientale) Quinn.

Sister Sheila is survived by her sister, Joan Lombard of Florida; her sister-in-law, Ruth Hughes of Babylon; and numerous loving and faithful nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sisters of St. Dominic, 555 Albany Ave., Amityville, NY 11701.

This is a paid notice.

11/01/12 2:14pm
Joyce Markisz Skwara

Joyce Markisz Skwara

Joyce Markisz Skwara, 88, passed away peacefully at her home Oct. 29, surrounded by her devoted family, after a brief illness.

Joyce was born in Holyoke, Mass., March 17, 1924, to Anthony and Anna (Barnas) Markisz. Her parents and sisters, Viola Markisz, Jane Markisz Cynarski, and her beloved husband, Chester H. Skwara, predeceased her.

Joyce attended Holyoke High School, graduating in 1942. Her friendly personality and natural communication skills were recognized early in her life when she was hired as an executive assistant at the Spaulding Golf division in Chicopee, Mass. She lived with her parents and sisters in Holyoke’s Riverside Polish community, where her father worked at the American Writing Paper Company paper mill and her mother worked as a seamstress at Skinner Satin Company. Joyce was extremely popular and had many friends from her childhood that she maintained a close relationship with during her entire life.

She married the love of her life, Chester Henry Skwara of Peconic, on May 20, 1950, at Mater Dolorosa Church in Holyoke, where both of their parents had also been married. They were fortunate to have had a fulfilling marriage, working the family farm in Peconic, and joyfully celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2010.

They are survived by four children, Chester H. Skwara Jr. of Greenville, S.C., Captain David M. Skwara of Annapolis, Md., Paula S. Croteau of Southold and Patricia Knez of Riverhead.

In 1968 the Skwara family farm was sold and Joyce began a successful career at North Fork Bank and Trust Company. She initially worked as a teller at the Southold branch, training and befriending John Kanas, who eventually became the bank’s president. Joyce was quickly promoted to manager of the Love Lane branch in Mattituck. She made many business friends and was an active member of the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce. She was proud of Love Lane’s development and was often asked to judge the Little Miss Mattituck contest. Again, her affable personality and genuine ability to communicate with people led to her promotion to vice president in the public relations department. She retired in 1996 at the age of 72.

As a devoted parishioner of Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church in Cutchogue, Joyce was an active member of both the Rosary and Columbiette societies. She regularly participated in monthly altar duty and felt honored to carefully iron the sacred altar linens. She was a frequent volunteer at Community Outreach and an officer at the Southold Senior Citizens Group. Joyce lived an extremely productive and happy life and lived by one motto, “You will be happy when you give to others,” hence family and friends always came first. Her days were often spent enjoying a good cup of coffee at her kitchen table while taking numerous phone calls, mostly listening and offering gentle caring words to friends and family. Words cannot express how deeply Joyce’s “words of wisdom” will be missed.

Joyce leaves behind beloved grandchildren Andrew Skwara of Nashville, Tenn., Evan Skwara of Denver, Colo., April Rice of Jacksonville, Fla., Andrea Skwara of Brooklyn, N.Y., Ivy Jane Croteau and Markis Croteau of Southold, N.Y., and Laura Knez of Riverhead, N.Y. Joyce also had three great-grandchildren.

The family, who surrounded her with love during her brief illness, will hold a wake Friday, Nov. 2 at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold. A funeral Mass will follow at Our Lady of Ostrabrama on Saturday, Nov. 3. A traditional corned beef and cabbage luncheon will be held in her honor at the family home on Wells Road in Peconic following her burial.

In lieu of flowers, it was her wish to have donations made to Stony Brook University Medical Center, Emergency Room Nurses, Attn: Susan Kahn. Susan and her team of caring nurses have been the guardian angels in the years of caring for Joyce and her family.

This is a paid notice.