Brenda A. Grodski, a gardener, proprietor of the Long Island Perennial Farm in Riverhead, and a great supporter of veterans’ causes and other charities, died of liver failure on May 18 at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She was 62.
Ms. Grodski, an East Hampton native, was born to William and Florence Talmage at Southampton Hospital on Sept. 11, 1950, and went to East Hampton High School.
“She was so generous and loving; she was a wonderful person,” said John F. Grodski of Riverhead, her husband of more than 30 years.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from an upstate college, Ms. Grodski became a lab technician at Southampton Hospital. She contracted hepatitis C, and had a long illness during which she had a liver transplant. Throughout that time, “she never complained,” her husband said. “She was just wonderful with people.”
Family was central to his wife, Mr. Grodski said, and she loved to cook, especially for family affairs. She had helped her father, a World War II veteran, fight for veterans’ benefits, and became a staunch supporter of all veterans. Ms. Grodski “had a big heart,” said her husband, and supported every charity she could.
An antiques collector, she had amassed between 300 and 400 salt and pepper shakers.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, John Grodski Jr. of Wading River, and a daughter, Tara Bennett. Two brothers, Mark Talmage and Billy Talmage, and a sister, Christine Talmage, all of East Hampton, survive, as do two grandchildren.
A wake was held on May 22 at the McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. Ms. Grodski was cremated, and her ashes will be buried at St. John’s Cemetery in Riverhead.
Her family has suggested donations in her memory to any organization for veterans.