Marian C. Bitzer of Riverhead, formerly of Greenport, died at the Acadia Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation on Sept. 10, 2018. She was 91 years old.
She was born on March 31, 1927 in New Suffolk to Jessie (Majewski) and William Gaffga. During her lifetime she enjoyed collecting angels and attending church service. Some of her favorite pastimes included going on cruises, playing cards, playing bingo and an occasional trip to the casino. Above all else, she cherished spending time with her family, who meant everything to her and whom she loved dearly, family members said.
Predeceased by her husband Robert G. Bitzer, her son Joseph Gordon Sr. and her brother William Gaffga Jr., she is survived by her children Robert (Susan) Gordon of Bivalve, Maryland, Sharon (Jack) Rumpler of Southold, Marilee (Duncan) Fuss of Baiting Hollow, her daughter-in-law Elizabeth Gordon of Southold, her sister Theresa Boken, 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Oct. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold, where religious services officiated by the Rev. Dr. Peter J. Kelley will be conducted at 6 p.m. Interment will take place on Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m. at Calverton National Cemetery. The funeral procession will be leaving the funeral home at 8:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to her great-grandson, Dylan Newman, who is battling cancer. Donations can be sent to 485 Gardiners Lane, Southold, New York 11971.