Judith A. Blake

Dec. 7, 1944 - January 11, 2019
Judith A. Blake, Dec. 7, 1944 - January 11, 2019

Judith Ann Blake, a longtime resident of Montauk who moved to Riverhead in 2008, died at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care on Quiogue on Friday of complications of diabetes. She was 74.

She was born in New Britain, Conn., on Dec. 7, 1944, one of two daughters of Ralph Venegas, known as Bob, and the former Elizabeth Blackmore. She grew up on Osborne Lane in East Hampton, graduating from East Hampton High School with the class of 1962.

In 1964 she married Ronald Blake of Montauk. The couple lived in Montauk from 1970 to 2008, when they moved to Stoneleigh Woods in Riverhead. Mr. Blake survives.

Ms. Blake worked at Ronnie’s Deli in Montauk from 1979 to 2003, although she was primarily a homemaker. She was a member of the Montauk Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, the Montauk PTA, and the Montauk Community Church.

When she moved to Riverhead she became a member of the First Congregational Church, working at the thrift shop and crocheting prayer shawls for parishioners who were homebound. The Rev. Sean Murray was to preside at a service for Ms. Blake there today at 11 a.m. Yesterday afternoon and evening, the family received visitors at the Tuthill-Mangano Funeral Home in Riverhead. Ms. Blake was cremated; her ashes will be buried later at Fort Hill Cemetery in Montauk.

In addition to her husband, Ms. Blake is survived by her children, Jeff Blake of East Islip, Deborah Frasca of Great River, and Lauren Hatch of East Hampton. Her sister, Susan George of Amagansett, and seven grandchildren also survive.

The family has suggested memorial donations for East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.