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Ethel Dermody (née Ellis) died peacefully on Nov. 10.
Ethel was born Feb. 24, 1918, to Roy and May (née Barry) Ellis. She married her beloved husband, Joseph L. Dermody, in 1942. He predeceased her in 1961.
Ethel worked as a secretary at the East Islip schools until she retired in 1973.
She is survived by her daughter, Janet Dermody, and her husband, Michael Bayer, of Monkton, Vt., and her son, William Dermody, and his wife, Nancy, of Cutchogue. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kirsten Petras and her husband, Ed, of St. Louis, Mo.; Brenden Bayer and his wife, Becky, of Valparaiso, Ind., and Shannon Bayer of Washington, D.C. She leaves behind her great-grandchildren, Eli, Rhiannon, Emily, Meagan and Colton, and especially Justin, who was always there joking and laughing with her about wonderfully silly things.
She was the fond aunt of many nieces and nephews, particularly Barbara Walsh (née Ellis) and her husband, Michael, and Rob Ellis and his wife, Linda.
A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2009.
Arrangements are in the care of DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home.
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