Sendlewski, Madelyn 9 comments below
She was born May 28, 1952, in Riverhead to Frank and Florence (Densieski) Sendlewski. She was raised in Riverhead and graduated from Mercy High School in 1970 before attending Sacred Heart College in Belmont, N.C.
She worked in the banking and finance industry and earned her associate real estate broker's licence. She became a Riverhead Town tax assessor in 1990, when she was appointed to a vacancy. Ms. Sendlewski was re-elected four times, holding the position for 17 years until retiring on disability in 2007.
Ms. Sendlewski was a parishioner of Church of the Harvest in Riverhead and, according to her brother Martin, was dedicated to her faith and her church. She was a volunteer at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead and a member of the Polish Town Civic Association.
She was a fundraiser who wanted to help maintain the "quality of the community," according to her family. After receiving dialysis in uncomfortable chairs in the unit at Central Suffolk Hospital, she raised enough money to donate 15 chairs to help other patients receiving treatment there. As a member of the Polish Town Revitalization Committee, Ms. Sendlewski helped raise money to plant trees and improve curb and sidewalk conditions around Polish Town. She also helped get donations for decorative shutters and window boxes to be installed on Polish Town homes.
Ms. Sendlewski was the recipient of two organ donations, and she worked on an advocacy campaign for Town Hall employees to become organ donors, according to a 2001 News-Review article about her experiences.
Predeceased by her mother in August, she is survived by her father and her siblings, Mary Ann Mercer of Murphy, N.C., Martin, of Baiting Hollow, and Michael, of Cut¬chogue.
Visiting hours were Oct. 29 and continue today, Thursday, Oct. 30, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 31. Interment will follow at St. Isidore R.C. Cemetery in Riverhead.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation, 1300 Roanoke Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901.
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