Laura S. Hawryluk

laura hawryluk

October 22, 1960 ~ March 13, 2021

Born in: Brooklyn, NY
Resided in: Brookhaven, NY

A quiet service for Laura will be livestreamed on Friday March 19 at 11:00 am on the link below. Lauras family is planning a memorial service, in the near future, to allow family members, friends and colleagues to come and celebrate the life of this remarkable woman, who was truly loved, respected and cherished by everyone who was fortunate enough to be a part of her extraordinary journey on earth.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating in Laura’s name to:

Good Shepherd Hospice, Port Jefferson, NY

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Alley Cat Allies  https://     See hyperlinks at the bottom of this page




Visitation - Private for Family Only: March 19, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

Service: March 19, 2021 11:00 am

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

Private- Cremation:

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Laura S. Hawryluk 's name.

Alley Cat Allies


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Good Shepherd Hospice

200 Belle Terre Road
Port Jefferson, NY

Memories Timeline


  1. I am beyond heartbroken to learn of Laura’s passing. She was not only my supervisor, who made going to work every day a breeze, she was also a friend. A friend who was caring, funny, smart, and generous to a fault. I’ll miss seeing her in the office when I get to visit, and our too infrequent lunches. To Tim and her sisters, I offer you my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of dear Laura.

    • candleI am so heartbroken to hear of Laura’s passing. She was not only the best boss I have ever had but a great friend as well. I will miss sitting around the table at lunch exchanging crazy cat stories with her. I know her Woody and Russell were there to greet her on the other side. Our dept will never be the same as Laura is simply irreplaceable. With much love to Tim and all of her family.❤

  2. So very sorry to hear of this loss. Laura and I had been in touch frequently during this last year of uncertain times. My sympathies to all of her family. I will miss seeing her and working with her.

  3. A Wonderful warm human being. Always smiling, Laura impacted many many lives. You will be missed

  4. I have known Laura since she started in Micro, was there when she met Tim who was part of the Tegtmeyer lab as was I. Laura and a few of us went on a diet challenge many years ago. It made dieting fun. And I remember when she wore contacts: they were blue. But those are fun things. The serious: Laura was the kindest person I know. She cared about and helped every person in that department. When I returned to visit, she always greeted me with a hug. My condolences to Tim and her family. With my love

  5. I’m so sorry to hear of Laura’s passing. I am privileged to count her as a friend for 30 years. My thoughts are with Tim and her family. I am going to miss her beautiful smile. XOXOXO

  6. Laura was a very special person I met her at Stony Brook she was generous kind and dedicated to her job! She will be really missed ! A one of a kind!

  7. Laura exuded warmth and charm – I first met her in 1983, but really got to know her in the 1990’s and when I learned to appreciate her talent organizing & motivating people; moving projects along, and smoothing interactions — all done with a ready smile. The love she shared with Tim was a joy to see. My heartfelt sympathies to Tim & her family.

  8. candleWe are sorry for your great loss!!! Always in our thoughts and prayers!
    Annette & Charlie LaPalme, Family

  9. Laura was a special person. She was never too busy to help me with stupid budget or grant questions, even when swamped with her own work problems. We often laughed and joked about how hard it was to get stuff done at Stony Brook. I owed her a huge debt for having patience with me when I was new in my job. I’m really going to miss seeing her and giving her a hug in her office. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Thank you for sharing her with us!

  10. It was most heartbreaking to learn of Laura’s passing. Too young to die. Yesterday when we learned about her was a dark and most difficult day and a shock as my last conversation with Tim a week before she died was that he was hoping to have her home. Her personal and professional friends lost a most kind and always giving person who brightened up the day when you saw her.

  11. Laura was a very kind and gentle person with a passion for animals. Rest in peace Laura.

  12. Laura, I am so sad to hear of your passing. As kids, we all lived in Brooklyn, so close to each other. Then everyone moved away & we didn’t see each other anymore. I look forward to seeing you & all our family again in heaven. I love you! RIP.
    Cousin Bobby Mistretta ❤️🙏

  13. Laura, I remember all us cousins getting together every Sunday on Webster Ave. You are in my heart and prayers until we meet again.

  14. Tim, my heart goes out to you. . .I have never met Laura, but believe from the earlier messages I read, that she was warm and wonderful to all who knew her. May the good Lord bless her with happiness and love always.

    Vinny from Imports

  15. I am so unbelievably sorry for the tragic loss of Laura. From all of the stories I have heard over the years, she was a phenomenal woman. My heart is with you Tim and all of your family members during this difficult time. We love you and are here with you.

  16. My deepest condolences at this terrible time. I am very sorry for your loss and the struggles endured. We are keeping you both in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Good morning to your and your family.

    I feel compelled to light a candle in Laura’s honor even though I have never met or communicated in any way. After reading about Laura’s passing and everything she was about, I felt the need offer everyone my support-she sounds like an awesome lady and she was so very young to pass. Laura sounds like a fine Lady who is fond of the many things that I am and I am very sad to hear about this. 🙁 I love cats love and support cats as much as I can, hospice, and all the other charities you list since I’ve had previous/good experiences with all of them in one way or another. Please accept my deep condolences for your loss of Laura. I know this time is very difficult for everyone and I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers for peace, comfort during your grieving process, and solace knowing Laura is not suffering anymore. I will also pray to and for Laura to help all of you and look over you now and in the future with her departure. God bless all of you and please take care of yourselves during this difficult time-I hope you all feel a little bit better knowing that Laura is watching over you right now and know that you are all blessed for having this wonderful Lady as part of your life!

  18. candleWe write to express our support for Tim, his and Laura’s family. We are so sorry for your loss. Words are inadequate. We wish you strength.

    Kate Stebe and family

  19. ” Tim I do like that shirt” I’ve said over and over as he appears at work with one that was just right for the weather or the occasion. With the broadest of smile, he’d respond “My wife has been shopping again!” I knew Laura only by the way Tim lit up when he spoke of her. I am deeply saddened to learn of her passing. Tim, may God give you all the strength you need at this difficult time.

  20. This is such a heartbreaking loss. Laura was such a beautiful person, inside and out. Her smile was infectious—her qualities were absolutely beautiful. She touched my life, and I am forever grateful.

    I have many childhood memories that I will always hold dear with Laura and her family. Laura shared her passion for animals with me, and we would talk endlessly about the joys of having them in our lives.

    We are so sorry for your loss, and we are praying for strength. God has gained an incredible angel that will watch over you all.

  21. candleThere are no words to express how much I already miss Laura. Though my retirement and her illness have kept us apart, our phone calls would last for hours. We could go for weeks without talking, then pick up right where we left off. She was that one true friend I could trust with anything, and she was one of the kindest people to ever walk the face of the earth. Generous to a fault, loyal and dedicated, she was the glue that held the Micro department together. She helped fill our offices with laughter – and even kittens! She probably never knew how many lives she touched. I am devastated by the cruelty of her illness and by losing her too soon. I will always love her dearly.

  22. candleSo heartbroken to hear about Laura’s passing. Remembering a time in Brooklyn when we were all together. RIP with our God in heaven, until we meet again cousin. 💕

  23. Our Heartfelt Sympathy to Tim and the families of Laura. The sweetest women/neighbor who we miss terribly! May she be at Peace and lay on the beautiful beaches of Heaven. Love you, Jan, Robert, and Reece Lynch

  24. Hi Tim,
    We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May happy memories
    of her bring some comfort, peace and strength during this time.

  25. candleI remember Laura and Maria hanging out in Maria’s room (the only person my mother allowed upstairs)
    I remember the smell of acetone as they constantly did their nails.
    I remember they’d let me hang out with them even though I was much younger…God Bless them because I know I was probably a pain..
    I remember she and my sister as the only ones who called me “Pish”
    I remember Laura laughing at everything that came out of my mouth…even if I didn’t think it was that funny.
    I remember Pink Floyd 8 tracks they would play in the car.
    I remember her smile and her kindness
    I remember her warmth and how easy going she was.
    I am heartbroken to hear of her passing. Hugs to Tim, Kelly, Joanne (a.k.a “MA”) and the entire family. May you find peace when thinking of who she’s connected with in heaven and know that she is at peace.
    May the grief and sadness pass quickly and the beautiful memories of Laura last forever. Hugs.

  26. candleMy sincere condolences to Tim and the Hawryluk family in the lost of dearly beloved Laura. Tim I pray that the memories you both made together will be a source of comfort for you. Please know that I will continue to pray for you. She is not suffering anymore. God bless you always.

  27. Dear Timothy,
    My truest most heartfelt condolences to you and your family. “If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.” – James O’Barr

  28. candleDear Timothy,
    Sorry for your loss Tim.
    My heartfelt condolences to you and family. May god give you all strength that you need this time.

  29. Tim, I’m very sorry to hear about Laura’s passing. May God give you strength at this time of sorrow. I shall keep Laura, you and her family in my prayers. Eternal rest grant unto her, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

  30. John 11:25 “Jesus said to Martha, I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die”.
    Dear Tim,
    My deepest sympathy to you and the family. May she rest in peace. May God comfort you and your family during this difficult time.

  31. There are some people in your life, that when you meet them, you know they are a quality person. Laura was absolutely that kind of excellent person with a kind heart that set her apart. I am grateful to have had time with her during our last visit to your home. We laughed, we cried and shared stories that for my lifetime will, at the memory of them, make me smile. Words seem inadequate to express my sympathies to you Timmy. Please know however that you and your beautiful wife will always have a place in my heart. Knowing her has been a gift.

  32. I’m sending my deepest sympathy and condolences to Tim, JoAnn, and Kelly and to all of Laura’s family and friends.

    Laura is at peace and suffers no more. She lost a hard battle with cancer that she had fought for the past couple of years. I feel heartbroken and gutted that she is gone, way beyond sad. Laura and I were dear friends for 47 years. Since I moved out of state, we would catch up and laugh during marathon phone calls and reconnect as although no time had lapsed since our last visit. I miss her dearly.

  33. This is the saddest news in a year full of sad news. Laura was truly unique and wonderful. I always hoped I could work with her again; interacting with Laura was something to look forward to. God bless Tim and the rest of Laura’s loved ones.

  34. My heart is broken, Laura was a beautiful friend with a heart of gold.
    May she rest in peace with Russy and Woods by her side.

  35. candleThe loss is immense, matched only with the countless memories of Laura’s love and kindness. There are few in this world that are so giving of themselves as she was. Her caring spirit will last within us on and on.
    …with my deepest sympathy

  36. candleHi Tim,

    My thoughts and prayers goes out to you during this difficult time. My heart truly goes out to you and your family. May she rest in peace.

  37. candleWorking with Laura was inspirational as she put so much energy into helping everyone succeed. She not only kept the Microbiology Dept. on track and made sure countless grant applications were submitted, she also helped to make it a fun place to work. One special example is that she always volunteered to organize the catering and decorating for the annual Oktoberfest party. Laura was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed, but the ways she made our lives better will live on in our memories.

  38. candleTim , I am so sorry for the loss of your wife and best friend Laura. She was such a gracious and generous person. She made my family feel so welcomed when we visited you. Our thoughts are with you. John Hawryluk

  39. I am so heartbroken, to hear, of the passing of my cousin, Laura. My deepest condolences, go out to Tim, and to Joann, Kelly, Fran and Trish…and a host of other family members. Having said that, I am so happy and grateful that Laura was surrounded by so many wonderful friends, and co-workers, over the years. I appreciate all the comments posted, as I learned a bit more about my cousin. I am proud of her success and accomplishments, most of all, happy she had all of you in her life. She is loved, and will be missed. Rest in peace, dear cousin.

  40. candleMy deepest condolences to Tim and family. Tim may God give you strength at this difficult time and just remember Laura will always be with you in your heart. Hold on to all those special memories you made together. They will be with you forever. May she rest in peace.

  41. Laura was a cherished wife, sister, aunt, great aunt, friend, supervisor. A gentle soul with a quick smile and a ready hand for anyone in need, Laura was respected for her intelligence, wisdom, and dedication in all she did. In her life, too short in years, Laura was a beloved soul. Her kindness and compassion left an indelible impact on those who knew her and her memory will always be a blessing.

  42. Words can not express my sadness for the loss of Laura. Over the years we developed a wonderful work relationship and friendship filled with personal discussions and intermixed with laughter. Laura was a daily positive force exuding energy, a smile and kind words to everyone she interacted with. Laura’s tireless work for Microbiology will be greatly missed, but her attitude, pleasant nature and friendship are irreplaceable. Tim my sincere condolences for the loss of your partner and friend. She has touched all of us here and this gem of a person will be sorely missed by all.

  43. I have known Laura for nearly 30 years, from the time she first arrived at the Microbiology Department and I was a graduate student. From the first, she was one of the most open and endearing people I have ever met. Despite how hard she worked all the time, she was the friend who was always there, to offer a word of encouragement, to hold your hand, to just sit and chat and enjoy each other’s company. My condolences to Tim and her family.

  44. candleLaura was my guardian for all the years I have worked at Stony Brook. She was a true friend who listened to my hopes and fears, my stories of my children, my family, and my lab. I am deeply sad that she is gone.

  45. Finding the right words for this immensely sad occassion is very difficult, There are conflicting emotions of rage and sorrow. Rage because we were robbed of a truly wonderful person, and sorrow because we will no longer have the privilege of seeing and talking to her.
    Tim, she was an extraordinary person, and please accept my most sincere condolences, as well as to her family

  46. candleTo my lifelong friend. You will live forever in our thoughts. You have touched us like no other person will ever. Doug and I are heartbroken that you suffered so long. I know you are at peace but will always selfishly wish you were with us. Thank you Laura for being a part of our lives. Love you forever.

  47. Laura was a wonderful person. Expert at her job, hard-working, and helpful way beyond duty. But outside of the job, a very warm, friendly, intelligent understanding person. A constant bright spot in my day. I miss her a lot.

  48. I was so sorry to hear of this news about Laura. My condolences to Tim and her family. I know the loss that you are experiencing since my wife Diana passed away in Feb of 2020. Laura was a friend from Life Sciences for 30 years and we always had a few minutes to chat when we would see each other in the hallways. She was one of the most lovely persons that I have ever known. I will miss her greatly. It is comforting to know that she is at peace.

  49. Tim,

    I am so sad to hear about Laura. She was sweet and so kind and I feel very lucky to have known her. It was clear just by the way you spoke to each other that what the two of you had was extremely special.

    My condolences to you and her family for your loss.

  50. candleWords cannot express how sorry we were to hear about Laura. Our deepest sympathies to you Tim and both of your families. I hope knowing that she is at peace brings you a little comfort.

  51. candleDeepest sympathy to Laura’s friends and family. Laura will be remembered fondly by her colleagues. She was a wealth of information and easy to talk to. Laura will be missed by many and remembered with love and fondness by all.

  52. It is so hard to believe that Laura is gone…….How can I find the proper words to express my sadness for her loss? Please accept my deepest sympathy to Laura’s family. She is such a friendly, helpful person. I will miss her a lot.

  53. I just learned that Laura passed away and am deeply sorry to have lost a wonderful colleague. I knew Laura for many years since I came to the University. She was the nicest person someone who possibly meet. A very smart yet compassionate woman she was. Laura will be dearly missed by many.

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