Elaine C. Olsen of Riverhead died Sept. 21, 2022 at C.the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue. She was 97 years old.

With her late husband Ernest, she owned and operated Homeside Florist in Riverhead.

Predeceased by her husband of 67 years in October 2018, she is survived by her children Andrea Hanulec, Sondra Furedy, Kris Olsen, and Penny Goodale and by 10 grandchildren.

Visitation was held Thursday evening, Sept. 22 at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead.

A funeral service will take place Friday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. at Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue. Interment will follow at Calverton National Cemetery.

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