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Ramsey- Shep/Chow mix male/neutered 3 years old Ramsey is up to date with vaccines. What’s not to love about Ramsey we challenge you to try? Come visit Ramsey at the Smithtown Animal Shelter you won’t be disappointed.


Agnes – Brown Tabby Female/Spayed 3 years old. An awesome cat for an awesome home!! Agnes is sweet, lovable, affectionate simply a great cat.









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Obituary - Donald H. Kondenar

KONDENAR - Donald H., life long resident of Smithtown, NY on April 11, 2014 at the age of 70. Donald was an ex Chief of Dept., Trustee and 50-year member of the Smithtown Fire Dept. Retired from Local # 25 I.B.E.W. They Shall Not Be Forgotten. Proud Vietnam Veteran of the United States Coast Guard. Beloved spouse of Claire McVeigh. Devoted son of Dorothy and the late Matthew Kondenar. Loving father of Richard (Karen) Kondenar, Gregory (Leane) Kondenar. Cherished grandfather of 13. Dear brother of Matthew (Jayne) & Robert (Patricia) Kondenar.  He is survived by many other family members and friends. 

Firematic services were held at the funeral home. Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, Smithtown. Interment followed St. Patrick’s Cemetery. In Memory of Donald H. Kondenar. Donation can be made to: Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters, Burn Center Fund, Inc P.O. Box 765, Smithtown, New York 10006

Arrangements entrusted to the professional care of The Branch Funeral Home and Vigliante family. 190 East Main St., Smithtown, L.I., N.Y. www.branchfh.com


Obituary - Michael A. Trotta

TROTTA, Michael A. age 26 of Smithtown passed away on April 2, 2014. He was the beloved son of Michael (Jaclyn) Trotta and Joyce  M (Cliff) Moody. Cherished brother of Joseph, Nicholas, Thomas, Jake and Leah. Loving Grandson of Agnus Trotta, Marge Bentley, Vicki (Allan) Sundheimer and June Moody. He is survived by many other family members and friends. Religious Service was celebrated at the funeral home. Cremation was private.

Arrangements entrusted to the professional care of Branch Funeral Home of Smithtown and Vigliante family. Online guest book at www.branchfh.com



Obituary - Edward Hansen

HANSEN, Edward, born June 17, 1937, passed away peacefully at home with family and loved ones on April 13, 2014.  Loving husband of Margaret (nee McCann) for 53 years.  Cherished father of Margy (Ike), Eddie (Tiffany), Liz (Joe), Ellen (Dan), Mary (John), Clare (Lenny), John (Leslie), Catherine (George), Joseph (Sarah), and Christine (Evan).  Adoring grandfather of 24.  Born in the Bronx and raised in Brooklyn, brother of the late Sister Mary Edna.  Graduated St. Francis Prep in 1955.  Proud US Navy Veteran from 1955-1959, stationed in Jacksonville, FL.  44 year resident of Smithtown.  Ed worked for the Long Island Railroad for 33 years as a Conductor/Trainman.  He was an Ex-Captain of the Smithtown Fire Department Engine Co. #5.  He served the department for 30 years.  They moved to Vero, FL and resided there the past 12 years.  He enjoyed coaching baseball at CRAC and Smithtown YMCA, SFD softball, and he was a private pilot and a piano virtuoso.  Visitation Fives Smithtown Funeral Home, 31 Landing Ave. Smithtown.  Firematic Services Tuesday 7:00 PM.  Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday 10:00 AM at Christ the King RC Church in Commack.  Interment St. Patrick Cemetery in Smithtown.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: FDNY Burn Center, 21 Ashe Loop Circle, Bronx, NY 10475.  www.fivesfuneralhome.com


Obituary - Constance "Connie" Ruth Purick Hunter

In Loving Memory Constance Ruth Purick Hunter

Beloved Constance “Connie” Hunter, 72, passed away peacefully and surrounded by loved ones on April 1, 2014 at Spring Arbor Assisted Living in Raleigh, North Carolina.  

She was born on February 22, 1942, to parents Harold and Gertrude (Luther) Purick.  She grew up with sisters Nancy and Susan in Smithtown, Long Island, New York.  

Connie graduated from Smithtown High School in 1959. She played field hockey, danced the twist, led her cheerleading squad, was elected prom queen and voted Most Popular. She went on to achieve a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics from Cornell University in 1963. There she met the love of her life, her husband of 51 years, Thomas Malcolm Hunter.

She put her creativity, passion and intelligence into making a home for Tom and her four daughters. She sewed clothes, covered “mushroom” baskets for her friends and made Halloween costumes for her kids. Connie never missed a chance to make a holiday special. She was a great cook who was ahead of her time preparing healthy meals for her large family. She was a talented decorator with an expertise in wallpapering, stenciling and furniture restoration.  She had a quick, dry wit, a green thumb and was one heck of a tennis player.

Connie was one in a billion. To know her was to know warmth, love and happiness.  She cherished beach vacations and belly laughs with friends.  She loved fresh flowers, tea and scones, hot fudge sundaes, and the sounds of babies and laughter. Connie was a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and a loyal friend. Above all she was a lady. She will be missed.

Connie is survived by her husband, Thomas Malcolm Hunter; sister Susan Purick Collins; daughters Mary Hunter Hieronimus, Tamara Hunter Durham, Rebecca Hunter Markley, and Sarah Hunter Cassetta and 13 grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister Nancy Gene Purick.  

A private memorial service will be held later this year to honor and celebrate Connie’s loving legacy.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation: https://www.michaeljfox.org

In memory of Constance Hunter

For donation acknowledgement: The Hunter Family - 7817 Mayapple Place - Raleigh, N.C. 27613


Obituary - Emrick Richard Milligan

MILLIGAN -Emrick Richard, age 60, Saint James, New York on March 20 2014.  Emrick was born on September 29, 1953, in Queens, New York to Merinda (Ditta) and Frank Milligan, who served as a Nurse and Military Policeman in the United States Army, respectively.  Emrick grew up in Nesconset and attended Smithtown High School. He was an active member of the Boy Scouts and achieved the Eagle Scout ranking.  He married Lorena Valencia Monge in January 1984. Emrick first became a licensed funeral director, but ultimately decided to go to medical school, earning his Doctorate at the University of Guadalajara and completing his residency at Stony Brook University and Brookhaven Hospital.  He first practiced emergency medicine and then went into family practice in order to spend more time with his family. Emrick was a respected and beloved physician to many residents of the Saint James community and beyond.  He also served as the physician to many Long Island Fire Departments. Emrick enjoyed jazz, contemporary art, fishing, wine, and he most adored his beagle and basset hound. Those who knew him well were fond of his sense of humor and generosity.  He is survived by his three children: Victoria, Craig, and Cassandra; his siblings: Barry, Melinda, and Robert, as well as many nieces and cousins. 

St. James Funeral Home - North Chapel 551 North Country Road, Route 25A, St. James, NY  11780