Alice E. Moraitis, an East Setauket native who was the daughter of the family who owned the Poulos Farm on Pond Path, died Jan. 19 at the age of 84 in Ikaria, Greece.
Moraitis was born in 1927 on the farm, a property of more than 20 acres that was at one point home to more than 3,000 chickens, cows, goats and sheep, according to her son, George Moraitis. Her family operated the farm as a dairy and egg delivery business until the 1960s, after which point it became a 15-bedroom boarding house for workers and students and eventually became the present-day Pond Path Estates.
Following her graduation from Setauket High School, Moraitis went to work at Delano Studios in Setauket, a maker of ceramic products, her son said.
She met her future husband on the farm, where he sought work after he served in the Navy during World War II. The couple lived in Port Jefferson for many years before retiring to Florida and eventually to Greece. According to George Moraitis, the couple was also featured in author David Buettner's 'Blue Zones' series about longevity and health.
Alice Moraitis was a founding member of the Philoptochos, the Society for the Poor of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption in Port Jefferson, often holding luncheons or fundraisers for the church.
"[She] will always be remembered as a brave, loving, and giving person who had a zest for life," George Moraitis said. "She will be greatly and deeply missed and forever in our hearts."
She is survived by her husband of more than 67 years, Stamatis; sisters Daisy Moraitis and Ethel Contogine; son John and his wife Angela; son George and his wife Barbara; daughter Maria and her husband John Geralis; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.