DonnaJean Forker-Cutrone, described as a loving Islip mother who enjoyed horseback riding and was a longtime fan of the "King of Rock and Roll," has died. She was 50.
She enjoyed Elvis Presley so much that she had a memorabilia collection and a jacket with the legendary entertainer's picture on the back, said her husband, Michael J. Cutrone, 53.
He said her favorite Elvis song was the classic "Don't Be Cruel."
"I'm going to miss the things she used to do," he said.
Every year during the Halloween season, she carved pumpkins, one of her favorite pastimes, and each December she displayed around their home the 3-foot Christmas dolls, outfitted in different attire, that she collected, Cutrone said. For his birthday, she'd bake a white cake with chocolate frosting, one of his favorites.
"She wasn't much of a cook, but she loved to bake," her husband said.
Forker-Cutrone was a Newsday employee for 27 years, working in the pressroom. She would also make coffee for co-workers to brighten their day.
"She was my best friend," said her sister, Lisa Peterson, 49, of Amityville. "She loved Pepsi and junk food. Anyone that knows my sister knows that was her trademark."
She remembered Forker-Cutrone accompanying her on a business trip to Orlando, Fla., where they swam with dolphins at SeaWorld.
Forker-Cutrone had a stroke four years ago, which left her mostly incapacitated, said her husband, who often visited her at Broadlawn Manor nursing home in Amityville. She died Wednesday of a heart attack.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her parents, Mary and Paul Forker of Bay Shore; and two sons, Chris Cutrone, 21, and Michael Cutrone III, 19, both of Islip.