Susan J. Lupinacci, 67, a lifelong Huntington Station resident and mother of Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, died on Tuesday, Jan. 15 in her home on 11th Avenue, Supervisor Lupinacci said in a statement released last Wednesday.
In his statement, Lupinacci said, “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,” Lupinacci said.
Susan Lupinacci was born on Dec, 1, 1951 to Joseph and Ann Di Spirito. She grew up on 7th Avenue North in Huntington Station 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.
Lupinacci 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.
In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by a daughter Allison Belfiore, brother Edward Di Spirito, sisters Dolores Kenny and Connie Di Spirito, two grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family will receive friends at M.A. Connell Funeral Home Monday, Jan. 21. Funeral services will be held at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at St. Hugh of Lincoln R.C. Church in Huntington Station. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Huntington.