Updated: Susan J. Lupinacci, mother of Huntington Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, died Tuesday at her home in Huntington Station. The lifelong Station resident was 67.
The supervisor issued a statement saying, ““I am devastated by the sudden loss of my beloved mother. She was the glue that held our family together. My mother’s life centered on family and friends, she put everyone before herself and she had an enormous amount of love to give. She was a compassionate person who instilled the importance of helping others in me and my entire family and her absence from our lives is an immeasurable loss. I am so fortunate to have had a mother who loved me unconditionally and supported me wholeheartedly in my many endeavors. I will cherish the countless memories that we shared, and never forget the pride she had when I took the oath of office as Huntington Town Supervisor at our alma mater, Walt Whitman High School. I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers of support and healing during this painful time.”
Born on Dec. 1, 1951, to parents Joseph and Ann Di Spirito, Susan grew up on 7th Avenue North with her brother and sisters, graduating from Walt Whitman High School with the Class of 1969. Her family owned Di Spirito Meat Market, the prominent pre-urban renewal Huntington Station butcher shop on New York Avenue, which was later relocated and renamed Whitman Meats. She had a career as a professional gardener and caterer and moved just four blocks from her childhood home to reside at 11th Avenue with her husband, Sal Lupinacci, for more than 40 years.
She is survived by her husband, as well as son, Chad; daughter Allison Belfiore; grandchildren Paul Joseph Naclerio, a United States marine, and Sal Anthony Belfiore, a student at Walt Whitman High School; brother Edward Di Spirito and sisters Dolores Kenny and Connie Di Spirito, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at M.A. Connell Funeral Home and St. Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church in Huntington Station, dates and times have yet to be determined.
Services are scheduled for Monday, Jan. 21, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM and 7:00 PM-9:00 PM at M.A. Connell Funeral Home, 934 New York Avenue, Huntington Station.
A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, January 22, at 10:45 AM at St. Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church, 21 East 9th Street, Huntington Station.