MaryEllen Kociszewski

May 19, 1927 ~ February 17, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old


         We celebrate the remarkable life of Mary Ellen Kociszewski who passed away on February 17, 2023 at the age of 95.  Mary Ellen was born at Southampton Hospital on May 19, 1927 to Mary and William Gaines.  She had two brothers Christopher and William, and one sister Sarah (Sally) Clarke.  She was predeceased by sister Sally, brothers William and Christopher, sisters in law, Patricia Gaines and Clara Barsczski and brothers in law, Henry (Hank) Clarke and Peter Barsczski.

          Mary Ellen worked at Southampton Hospital where she met the love of her life, Bogdan (Bobby) Kociszewski.  They were married at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church on August 10, 1948 and remained married until Bobby’s death in 2000.

          Mary Ellen and Bobby worked side by side at Southampton Restaurant, better known as BK’s, on Elm Street.  She was well known for her delicious desserts such as angel food cake, lemon chiffon, cherry cheesecake, brownies, and pistachio cake.

          Mary Ellen will be greatly missed by her five children, Camellia Gallow, Patricia Berkoski, Bogdan (Bobby) Kociszewski, Marjorie Grefe, and Mary Ellen Beirne as well as her daughter-in-law Teresa Kociszewski, and sons-in-law Michael Gallow and Gerald Beirne.

          Mary Ellen has ten grandchildren Tracy Kociszewksi, Keith Greene (deceased), Vanessa Nielsen, Ryan Kociszewski, Kevin Greene, Craig Berkoski, Bryan Gallow, Shaun Gallow, Kristen Gallow and Jacqueline Beirne, and their spouses who she loved as her own Kate Berkoski, Kristin Greene, Dean Nielsen, Jennifer Gallow, Carolyn Kociszewski, Robin Greene, and Bridgette Coughlin.

          Mary Ellen also has eleven great grandchildren who will dearly miss their great grandmother: Avery Greene, Aiden Greene, Evelyn Berkoski, Karleigh Gallow, Keith Greene, Hazel Greene, Garrison Nielsen, Eoin Gallow, Catherine Beirne, Kieran Gallow, and Victoria Nielsen.

          She is survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

          The wake will be held at O’Connell Rothwell Funeral Home on Wednesday February 22 4pm-8pm.  A mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday February 23 at 10:30am at the Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Southampton, NY.

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February 22, 2023

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
O'Connell-Rothwell Funeral Home
30 Little Plains Road
Southampton, NY 11968

Funeral Mass
February 23, 2023

10:30 AM
The Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
168 Hill Stree
Southampton, NY 11968

Interment following funeral service
February 23, 2023

Sacred Hearts-Jesus/Mary Cemetery
231 County Road 39A
Southampton, NY 11968


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