Eleanor Regina Scholtz, of Riverhead, wife of the late Irving John Scholtz, died Aug. 12, 2019. She was 93.
She was born Aug. 27, 1925, to Joseph and Helen Bulak and grew up on a farm in Aquebogue.
After graduating from Riverhead High School in 1944, she went to work as a radio technician for the Radio Communications Association (RCA) receiving station located in Riverhead. As a technician she received and sent messages in Morse Code at 16 words per minute. She later went to work for the United States Life and Title Company where she retired in 1989.
On Oct. 31, 1948, she married Irving John Scholtz. The couple resided in Riverhead.
Family members said she will be remembered as a gracious and kind woman, full of spirit, charm, laughter and love, who enjoyed gardening, journal writing, reading, and walking. Her devotion and love of family were the anchors of her life.
She was extremely proud of her children, daughter Diane Collins and her son, the late Donald Scholtz. She was known as Nana to many, especially her grandchildren: Ruthann (Ray) Collins Gagliano; Corinne (Jimmy) Scholtz Barkan; James Scholtz; Kerin (Brian) Collins Voytek; Christopher (Heather) Scholtz and Joshua (Meredith) Scholtz. She was also survived by three great-grandchildren; brother Elliot Bulak and sister Lillian Schmitt as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and son she was predeceased by her sister Jeanette Sydlowski; brothers: Joseph Bulak, Leonard Bulak and Ray Bulak and son-in-law Edward Collins Jr.
The family will receive visitors Monday, Aug. 19, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Tuthill-Mangano Funeral Home in Riverhead. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
Memorial donations can be made to East End Hospice or the American Heart Association.