Margaret Caroline Urvalek of Flagler Street in Montauk died on Monday at Southampton Hospital at the age of 84 of natural causes. Her family said she was the family matriarch and “more than a glass-half-full kind of woman.” They said she was elated about being a grandmother and great-grandmother and was known to call herself Old Grandma when she asked any of them to come sit with her.
Ms. Urvalek had lived in Montauk for the last five years. She went to the Senior Citizens Nutrition Center every day, where she took cakes she had baked for friends. She also enjoyed occasional trips to a casino to play slot machines.
Born to Edward and Catherine Reich Born on May 28, 1927, in Queens, Ms. Urvalek married Arthur William Urvalek in 1947. They lived in Sayville before moving to Elmhurst, where they raised three children. She worked for many years for HIP, the Health Plan of New York, in Astoria, Queens. When the couple retired, they moved to Greentown, Pa., where she lived until her husband’s death in 1996.
Ms. Urvalek’s favorite holiday was Christmas, and she loved the Montauk St. Patrick’s Day parade. She liked to play cards and was delighted to be able to see her great-grandchildren in a dance recital or talent show.
Ms. Urvalek’s three children survive. They are Gregory Urvalek of Albany, Sharon Urvalek of Dunmore, Pa., and William Urvalek of Montauk. She also is survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and by a sister, Ethel Stalder of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Her siblings, Edward Bohn and Mary Kelly, died before her.
Ms. Urvalek attended Mass, which was a lifelong practice, at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, where she also assisted at annual rummage sales. A Mass was to be said there for her this morning. A wake had been held yesterday at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. She will be buried at Queen of Peace Cemetery in Howley, Pa., near her husband.
Memorial donations have been suggested to the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation at montaukplayhouse.org or to the Ambulance Company of the Montauk Fire Department, 12 Flamingo Avenue, Montauk 11954.