Longtime Southampton resident Camille Marhefka Gosiewski died on September 18 at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton. She was 90.
Born on June 14, 1923, in Shamokin, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Andrew and Frances Marhefka. After graduating from elementary and high school in Shamokin, she traveled to Baltimore, where she worked for the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft plant as one of the first female aircraft inspectors during World War II. She studied metallurgy and drafting at Johns Hopkins University in preparation for this position.
At war’s end Ms. Gosiewski entered the hospitality business and worked the East Coast restaurant circuit as a waitress at the Breakers Hotel in West Palm Beach, the Samoset Resort Hotel in Rockland, Maine, and, finally, at Terry’s Tavern at the Irving Hotel and Herb McCarthy’s in Southampton, during the 1950s and 1960s.
She met her future husband, John L. Gosiewski, in Southampton. At the time he was the manager of Julius Keller’s Canoe Place Inn and Ed Moore’s Park Hotel in Southampton.
In 1954 the couple opened the Southampton Motel on North Highway in Southampton and in 1972 they opened the John Bull Room Restaurant at the same location, which they operated together until Mr. Gosiewski died in 1977. Ms. Gosiewski then continued to operate the motel and restaurant with her children until 1997.
Her hobbies included singing with The Sweet Adelines Choral Group, working with the Ladies Cooperative Extension and being an active parishioner and ecumenical minister at Our Lady of Poland Church in Southampton.
She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Denise and Barry Smith of Water Mill, Cynthia Gosiewski of Florida, and Suzanne and Mark Antilety of Southampton; and son and daughter-in-law, Philip Gosiewski and Holly Faison of New Jersey. She is also survived by grandchildren, Joshua Smith, Jessica and Thomas Marchese, Zach, Alex and Lauren Antilety, Cameron Faison; and a great-grandson, Colin Marchese.
Interment of ashes will be private. Friends are asked to make donations in her name to the Our Lady of the Hamptons Regional Catholic School, 160 North Main Street, Southampton, NY 11968.