Miscellaneous Nassau County, New York Obituaries


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John Bednarz Jr.

John Bednarz Jr. of Glen Cove on March 19, 2001. Beloved son of John and Christine. Loving brother of Christine, Michael and the late Mimi. Dear brother in law of Janice. Cherished uncle of Kaylin, Karissa, Kirsten and Kieran. The family will receive friends Thursday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, 220 Glen St. Glen Cove. Funeral mass St. Hyacinth Church Friday 9:30 a.m. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery.

Beverly Buxton

Beverly Buxton of Huntington on March 8, 2001. Beloved wife of Timothy. Loving mother of Ryan. Cherished daughter of Anthony and Jane Varderosa. Adored granddaughter of Edna Sofield. Dear sister of Michele, in-law of Clarence and Barbara Buxton. Also survived by 25 nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at Dodge Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass of Christian burial Monday 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's R.C. Church, Glen Cove. Interment private.

Daniel A. Salmon

Daniel A. Salmon of Glen Cove on January 11, 2001 age 77. Noted N.Y. educator. Husband of the Late Marilyn F. Father of Trina (Bill Sullivan) and Patrice. Brother of Dr. Robert (Sheila), pop-pop of Peter, Kaitlyn and Chloe. Gathering held at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, burial was private. Donations to PEIR @ Hofstra University, University College Hall, Hempstead.

Philip A. Voysey

Philip A. Voysey of Locust Valley on March 12, 2001, age 96. Husband of the late Elice and Dorothy Kipp, father of Phylis Harris, brother of Frank, grandfather of Elise. Service to be held at Locust Valley Reformed Church Friday March 23rd at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Locust Valley Cemetery, arrangements by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home.

Edward O'Brien

Edward O'Brien of Glen Cove on March 11, 2001, age 82. Husband of the late Alice, step-father of Edward Rieff and Dennis Rieff. Burial Calverton National Cemetery, arrangements by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home.

Helen E. Hinnegan

Helen E. Hinnegan of Piqua, formerly of Glen Head, on March 18, 2001. Loving aunt of John (Ursula) Hinnegan. Also survived by her grand nephews Patrick and Michael Hinnegan and her great grand nephew Chace Hinnegan. Helen is pre-deceased by her 6 brothers and her parents. Visiting Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass Thursday 9:30 a.m., St. Boniface Church, Sea Cliff. Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery, Old Brookville. Contributions may be made to St. Boniface Church, 12 Main Ave, Sea Cliff.

Fatima Gaziz Dimsuya

Fatima Gaziz Dimsuya was born on April 16, 1905 in Irkutsk in the Baikal region of Siberia. A child of a farmer and shopkeeper, she grew up there with several brothers and sisters and lived there until she was 15, at which time, she, her parents and siblings escaped from Siberia's increasingly oppressive communism. Fatima and her family endured a complicated journey, fording numerous rivers and hiking many miles across the Siberian and Manchurian backcountry until arriving at a small settlement in northern Manchuria where they decided to stay.

In Manchuria, Fatima married Din with whom she had three children and adopted one: Celal Din of White Plains, NY, Mustakim Dimsuyu of Queens, NYC, Sadiye Dudin of Littlefork, Minnesota (1927-2000) and Emir Dimsuyu of Queens NYC. After Din's death, Fatima married Maki Gaziz with whom she had three more children: Safuk Dimsuyu of Glen Head, Bibinur Sayeed of Roslyn Harbor and Devlet Gaziz of Queens, NYC. The communists took her husband Maki away in 1945 and Fatima never remarried after this. To support the large family, she milked cows, picked crops and ran errands for her neighboring Manchurians. As a result of increasing communist oppression in 1957, Fatima escaped with her 7 children from Manchuria to Turkey for the promise of freedom.

She and her family remained there for 4 years. In 1961, Fatima decided to move with her children to the United States with the hopes of achieving the American dream. She lived in Queens from 1961 - 1976 and moved to Long Island in 1976 where she lived with her daughter Bibinur in Roslyn Harbor until her death on November 2, 2001. Neighbors and friends always remember her as the smiling, friendly but quiet lady who would sit for many hours on the bench on her daughter's property enjoying the scenery and sounds of nature.

Fatima leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She helped to raise her grandson Sameer A. Sayeed of Roslyn Harbor with whom she lived and could frequently be seen riding around with in her favorite Cadillac around the various towns and villages of the North Shore. Fatima will be dearly missed. Her death also marks the end of and era as Fatima was one the last of the early 20th Century Siberian Tatars who left Siberia and managed to make it to the U.S. The Siberian Tatars are part of the greater ethnic group known as the Tatars who controlled much of Russia and Eastern Europe from the 1500's to the 1800's. Prayer Vigil was held at the Islamic Association of Long Island, Selden. Interment was at Washington Memorial Park, Mt. Sinai, NY. Arrangements handled by Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head.

Ralph A. Alexander

Ralph A. Alexander of Glen Head, NY on November 2, 2001. Combat Veteran of WWII, serving in the Pacific theater as a Staff Sergeant with the United States Army. Beloved husband of Emilie. Loving father of David (Carol) and Richard (Loretta). A loving grandfather and great grandfather. Visiting and funeral was at Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Interment at V.A. National Cemetery, Calverton, NY.

Kenneth C. Stengel

Kenneth C. Stengel of Glen Cove, suddenly on November 4, 2001. Cherished son of Beatrice and the late Casey. Beloved brother of Valerie Chmela and Dave Clare. Loving brother-in-law of William Chmela. Dear cousin of Al (Lia) & Alicia. Visiting was at Whitting Funeral Home in Glen Head. Funeral was held at St. Boniface Martyr Church in Sea Cliff. Interment at Locust Valley Cemetery.

Ruth Aileen Brunner

Ruth Aileen Brunner of Glen Cove died on November 1, 2001. Peg, as she was known in the community, was a long time resident of Glen Cove where she actively served on many boards and committees during her lifetime. Peg strongly believed in the importance of working as a volunteer in the community. She was a former three times Regent of the DAR, Oyster Bay Chapter. Peg was also President of the PTA and active for many years in the Nassau County Girl Scouts. In addition, she was involved as a fundraiser for the Morgan Park Concert Series as well as charity work for the Variety Club of New York. At her church, she was a Moderator for the Presbyterian Women. Peg utilized her musical talents by playing the piano and entertaining groups including senior citizens at the former Presbyterian Home. For more than a decade Peg was secretary to the Glen Cove School Board. Peg loved writing and created many speeches and promotional pieces for organizations. During the 1970's, she also wrote Peg's Column for the Record Pilot.

Peg Brunner is survived by her husband, Edward and their children, Richard (Lois) of Long Beach, IN, Robert (Cheryl) of Roanoke, VA, Douglas (Christina) of Longmeadow, MA and Conni (Donald) of Woodland Hills, CA. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Tanya, Stanton, Steven, Joey and Hannah. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday November 11, 2001 at the First Presbyterian Church in Glen Cove. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home in Glen Cove.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in the memory of Peg Brunner to the First Presbyterian Church in Glen Cove, 7 North Lane, Glen Cove, NY 11542.

Alice A. Luchsinger

Alice A. Luchsinger of Glen Cove, on November 2, 2001 age 76. Primary school teacher for Glen Cove Public School System for many years. Wife of Charles R., mother of William B. (Elizabeth), Robert E. (Gloria), Victoria M. Pagano (Kenneth) & James F. (Amy). Sister of Margaret Harvey, grandmother of 12, also many nieces and nephews. Service held at St. Paul's Church, Highland Rd., Glen Cove. Funeral arrangements were made by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home. Donations in memory of Alice may be made to L.I. Alzheimer's Foundation, 5 Channel Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050.

Lee Drucker

Lee Drucker was a long-time resident and realtor in Glen Cove. He was 82 when he passed away in Seattle on October 24th where he had moved in March of this year to be near his son, Robert and daughter-in-law Lydia. Lee served as a photographer in WWII, stationed in Canada. He graduated from NYU after the war.

Although many of his dearest friends died before him, he continued to make new friends. The Creative Writing class at the Senior Center was one where his writings delighted his classmates with his wit and humor. He joined a Book Club in town and added his thoughtful perceptions of the literature being discussed. The "letters to the editor of our local papers will be recalled by many residents...even after he moved to Seattle. The following is an excerpt from an essay which he wrote recently:

"Aging has, I now recognize, mellowed me, made me more tolerant,has washed my blackboard clean. Past unhappiness is indeed past and I'm more appreciative of my luck, of what and whom I've experienced, loved and enjoyed. Writing gives me intense pleasure without delusions of Ôgenius' and with no urgent need for seeing my computer hackery in print. I live each day, one by one, sucking up pleasures without enough time for all of them, while trying my small best to imprint my ideals for a better world, here and far, upon neighbors and friends. Life's been bittersweet but, in the main, good. I know full well that there are many less fortunate than I."

Donations may be sent to National Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St. Amherst, Ma 01002 in Lee's name. A memorial meeting is being planned shortly for Lee's friends.

Jay W. Luyster

Jay W. Luyster, 42, from Ronkonkoma, originally from Glen Head, suddenly on October 30, 2001. Beloved husband of Rosemary (Bartley). Loving father of Jasmine and Jayson. Devoted son of Ruth and Jack. Brother of Wayne, Jimmy, and Ronnie. Uncle and friend of many.

John Marino

John Marino, of Deer Park, died on March 1, 2003. Brother and brother-in-law of Francis P. and Laura. Also survived by many other family members and friends. Arrangements were made by the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Farmingdale. Funeral Mass at St. Kilian RC Church. Interment St. Charles Cemetery. 

Stella Areces

Stella Areces, of Farmingdale, died on March 1, 2003. Wife of the late Manuel. Mother of Eileen Moreno. Also survived by many other family members and friends. Arrangements were made by the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Farmingdale. Funeral Mass at St. Kilian RC Church. Interment Mount St. Mary's Cemetery. 

Marion Staudermann

Marion Staudermann, longtime resident of Bethpage, died on March 2, 2003 from complications of a recent stroke. Mother of Peggy and Rick. Sister of Florence Key. Grandmother of Christopher, Daniel, Holly, Brook, Eric and Matthew. Great-grandmother of Bailey, Taylor and Chase. Arrangements were made by the Arthur F. White Funeral Home. Memorial Mass at St. Martin of Tours RC Church. Cremation private. Donations in Marion's name may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. 

Roger Buttner

Roger Buttner, of Bethpage, died on March 2, 2003. Husband of the late Irene. Father of Donna, Edith, Margo, Patty and Nancy. Grandfather of Joey, Kim and Kelly. Arrangements were made by the Arthur F. White Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Martin of Tours RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Donations in Roger's memory can be sent to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852. 

Jennie Valvo

Jennie Valvo died on March 3, 2003. She was born in 1905 in Italy. Wife of the late Frank. Aunt of John, Salvatore and Frank Beninati and Anna, Frank and Arthur Chiappisi. Arrangements were made by the Arthur F. White Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Kilian RC Church. Interment St. Charles Cemetery. 

Teresa Heinz

Teresa Heinz, of Riverhead, formerly of Woodhaven, died on March 3, 2003 Teresa was known to her friends and neighbors as "The Sunshine Lady." Wife of John. Mother and mother-in-law of Robert and Anna, James and Maria, Virginia and Jack and Janet and Frank. Sister of George. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of four. Arrangements were made by the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Farmingdale. Funeral Mass at St. James RC Church. Interment St. Charles Cemetery. 

Mary Bedsole

Mary Bedsole, of Old Bethpage, died on March 4, 2003. She was predeceased in 1973 by her husband Allan (Skip). Mother of Edward, Allan, Donna Hickey, Jack and Bonnie "Jill" McGowan. Mother-in-law of Norma, Linda, the late Brian Hickey, Laurie and John McGowan. Sister of Frances Pittman and Nolda Santorelli. Grandmother of 16. Great-grandmother of eight. Arrangements were made by the Arthur F. White Funeral Home. Service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Interment LI National Cemetery. 

Bernard F. May

Bernard F. May, of Farmingdale, died on March 4, 2003. Husband for 53 years of Dorothy (nee Schmitt). Father of Lois (George) Dieter and Bernard (Lisa) May Jr. Brother of Margaret Finn, Edmund May and Dorothy Petry; predeceased by Mary Kollmer, Jacob, John and Raymond May. Grandfather of Christine, Kevin, Patricia and the late Elian Dieter and Kathleen, Michael, Robert and Thomas May. Arrangements were made by the Arthur F. White Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Kilian RC Church. Interment St. Charles Cemetery. Donations in Bernard's memory can be sent to Farmingdale Adult Day Care, 407 Main St., Farmingdale, NY. 

Philip L. Connell

Philip L. Connell, of Farmingdale, died on March 4, 2003. He was a retired superintendent of the NY Dept. of Sanitation. Husband of Shirley. Father of Steven and Deborah. Father-in-law of Carolyn. Grandfather of Stacy, Karyn, Cherie, Christine and Kerri. Great-grandfather of Haley and Nicholas. Arrangements were made by the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Farmingdale. Funeral Mass at St. Kilian RC Church. Interment Calverton National Cemetery. 

Paula Bernstein

Paula Bernstein, a native of Brooklyn, died on April 1, 1998 in Aptos, CA. She was 77 years old. For the past 11 years Paula has resided in Great Neck where she was an active volunteer in a literacy teaching program, a defensive driving program for seniors and a senior craft shop. 
Paula and her late husband Jackson and her two sons lived in Queens until 1951 when they moved to Fall River, MA, where they were blessed by the birth of her daughter. She was well known in the community as a practitioner and instructor of dental hygiene. Paula was also very active in Little Theater and many other charitable community organizations. 
Paula is survived by three children, Barbara Kearns of Swansea, MA, Stephen Bernstein of Ohio and Larry Bernstein of California; two loving daughters-in-law, Marti Bernstein of Ohio and Patricia Bernstein of California. She also has three grandchildren, E. Thomas Kearns of Swansea, Michael Bernstein of Ohio and Eli Bernstein of California; and one great-grandchild, Matthew of Ohio. Paula is also survived by her brother, Robert Hoffman of Virginia; his daughters, Susan and Laurie; by her sister, Dorothy Dixon of Arizona; and a nephew, Michael Siegel. 
In lieu of a memorial service her children are assembling a memorial album for her. Any sentiments, anecdotes, photographs or any other sharing may be sent to Larry Bernstein, 211 Martin Dr., Aptos, CA 95003 and will be greatly appreciated. 

Irving Gerald Moshinsky

Irving Gerald Moshinsky, 81, of Chapel Hill, NC formerly of Glen Head and Roslyn, died on April 6, 1998. Born in Brooklyn, he earned his bachelor's degree in art from Pratt Institute and his master's degree in art from NYU. During WWII he was a sergeant and an Army engineer in the 606th Camouflage Battalion in France. 
While in France, Mr. Moshinsky painted pictures of residents and upon his return met a 55-year-old woman whom he had painted when she was 5 years old. He had planned to visit her family again during the summer. He was fluent in five languages and traveled every year to Europe where he painted landscapes in watercolor. He won many awards for his work and was a member of the Salmagundi Art Club in NYC. 
Mr. Moshinsky taught WPA artists in New York and was an art teacher at Roslyn High School where he was called Mr. Mo. He was founder and president of the LI Advertising Company in Roslyn. One of the first homeowners in Glen Head, he lived in Radcliffe Manor from 1951 through 1976, and all his children graduated from the North Shore School System. He later moved to Roslyn. 
Mr. Moshinsky was predeceased by his wife Florence. He is survived by his second wife of 24 years, Romola; his children, Barbara (Michael) Tannenbaum of Port Jefferson, Susan (Louis) Cataliotti of East Norwich and David of Babylon; his stepchildren, Peter and Alice Rock; his brother George; and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughters, Judy Moshinsky Talbot and Nancy Moshinsky and his sister Sylvia Grant.
Cremation in Chapel Hill was private. There will be a memorial service in New York at a later date. 

Robert J. Fagan

Robert J. Fagan, 51, passed away at home on April 19, 1998 after a year-long illness. Bobby was a resident of Great Neck all his life. He served the Great Neck community over the years as a member of the Elks Club, the Great Neck Memorial Day Parade Committee and the Holly, Jolly Santa Claus for the Great Neck Business Association. Bobby is survived by his wife Janet; an aunt; several nieces and nephews, cousins and an enormous circle of friends. Funeral Mass celebrated at St. Aloysius Church on April 22 and interment followed in All Saints Cemetery under the supervision of the Great Neck Funeral Home. 

Roger Hyman MD

Roger Hyman MD, 54, former president of the New York Radiological Society, died on April 28, 1998 at North Shore University Hospital. 
At the time of his death, Dr. Hyman was chairman of the Department of Radiology at North Shore University Hospital, a position he held since 1993. For 17 years before that, he was chief of the hospital's Division of Neuroradiology. A neuroradiologist who was a leader in both his hospital and in national and state professional organizations, he had been on North Shore's medical staff since 1972. 
Before serving as president of the society in 1992-93, Dr. Hyman had been its president-elect and secretary treasurer. 
"Roger touched each of our lives in a special way," said Mitchell Goldman, MD, associate chairman of the Department of Radiology at North Shore and a longtime colleague of Dr. Hyman. "He was a great leader, teacher and mentor and a man of tremendous dignity and bravery." 
Dr. Hyman received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and his medical degree from the State University of NY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. His internship was at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NY and his residency in diagnostic radiology at St. Luke's Hospital Center where he also served as chief resident. 
Within his profession nationally, Dr. Hyman held many offices. He was a member of the American College of Radiology's Board of Chancellors at the time of his death. He also had been speaker and before that vice speaker of the college and a member of its Council Steering Committee, Commission on MRI and Neuroradiology, Commission on Goverment Relations and Commission on Economics. Dr. Hyman also served on the US Food and Drug Administration's Radiological Devices Panel and on the American Society of Neuroradiology's Committee on Training and Standards of Practice. He also had been president of the LI Radiological Society. 
Dr. Hyman was an avid fisherman, scuba diver and underwater photographer. 
He is survived by his wife, Susan Hyman, MD, a pediatrician affiliated with North Shore University Hospital; two sons, Keven and Douglas; his parents Charles and Ruth; and a brother Lawrence. 

George E. Wolf

George E. Wolf died in his sleep on Sept. 16, 1998. Born in Denver, CO in 1918, he was a resident of Great Neck since 1920. He was a 1937 graduate of Great Neck High School where he was a member of the Junior Players. As a teenager and young adult he was known in the community for his creative movie productions, some of which were shown at the Bank of Manhattan Community Room. During WWII, as a member of the 829th Signal Service, he was stationed in North Africa and Italy. He attended NYU where he earned a BA and MA in motion pictures and communications. Initially he was a script writer, director and worked in production, while being active in the GN Community Theatre. He most recently worked as a professional actor in commercials, print media, theater and movies. Always involved in the community, George was a GN Republican committeeman, Elder of the Community Church of GN, past master of the North Shore Lodge, member of NYU Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Board, historian for the 829th Signal Service Association and in 1993 served as a 4th division marshall in the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. He was the son of the late Harry J. and Carolyn W. Wolf and brother of the late Harry J. and William Robert Wolf. He is survived by his wife, Jane Molleson Wolf; daughter, Pam Wolf O'Callaghan (GNS '81) and granddaughter, Kate Molleson O'Callaghan of Framingham, MA; sisters-in-law, Mary V. Molleson of NYC and Elizabeth Wolf of Beverly Hills, MI and several nieces and nephews. 

John F. Blaha 

John F. Blaha, 89, father of John W. Blaha of Great Neck, died on Oct. 26, 1998. He was the beloved husband of Margaret Wirth Blaha for 64 years and the father of John W. Blaha and the late Robert L. Blaha. He is survived by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was an attorney for almost 70 years with his law office in Elmhurst. He was president emeritus of the Elmhurst Lions Club and devoted parishioner of St. Anastasia, Douglaston.
During his younger days he played semi pro baseball for the Corona Aces and football. He was shortstop on the Newtown H.S. Baseball Team of 1925 when they won the NYC championship. He was a wonderful man and will be missed. 

Memorial Mass for Jose "Pepe" Marino 
A Memorial Mass for dear friend Jose "Pepe" Marino, born April 22, 1944, who passed away Dec. 12, 1998, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Aloysius Church, 592 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. 

Irene Mones

Irene Mones, 95, died Jan. 10, 1999. Although a short-time resident of Great Neck, this grandmother of eight and the great-grandmother of seven, enjoyed her final years nearby great-grandchildren and her son, Robert and daughter-in-law, Ellen. Irene, the youngest of 10 children; the only one born in America, grew up on the Lower East Side and, eventually, lived in Brooklyn. In 1927 she married Isidore L. Mones, physical education instructor in the Brooklyn public school system and co-owner of Kee-Wah Camps in the Berkshires. Later she lived in Connecticut and Florida. She moved to Great Neck in 1994. She was a member of the Temple Israel of Great Neck Mitzva Group. She and her late husband, known to Kee-Wah campers as "Uncle Izz" had another child, Helen, who passed away in 1971. She is survived by her son, Robert of Great Neck; granddaughter Karen Mones Levy and her husband Daniel; their children, Sarah, Yael, Isaiah and Maya of Great Neck. Other survivors include grandsons, Peter of Manhattan, Stewart of Oregon, Andrew and his wife Trish Vawter of Manhattan, Donald and Liz Baird Mones, their children, Kevin and Michael of Bellmore. Also surviving are granddaughters, Melissa Baten Caswell and husband Lee Caswell, and their child, Helena of Palo Alto, CA; Blythe Baten and Amanda Baten of Manhattan. Services were held on Jan. 17. Interment at Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, Queens.

Edith Jellinek

Edith Jellinek, a long time resident of Great Neck, passed away on July 22, 2000, at the age of 85. She was the wife of the late Dennis Jellinek also from Great Neck. Mrs. Jellinek was born in Zilina, Czechoslovakia on Aug. 21, 1914. She immigrated to Ecuador, South America in 1939 with her husband. Mrs. Jellinek, her husband and daughter came to New York in 1946 and settled in Great Neck about 1952. She was a socialite and artist.
A loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend. Edith maintained her warmth, vibrance and humor throughout her life. She endured many trying and difficult times with courage, honor and love. She was wonderful lady who took care of everyone; she was loved deeply and will be missed.
Mrs. Jellinek was preceded in death by her daughter Kathryn White of New York, NY, and her sister Valerie Spitzer of W. Palm Beach, FL. She is survived by her niece Tamara S. Kee and nephew Kenneth R. Kee of Portsmouth, VA; her nephew John J. Spitzer of Rochester, NY; her niece Tam M. Spitzer of Spencerport, NY; her great-nephew David H. Kee and his wife Carol S. Kee of Sterling, VA; her great-niece Tara M. Spitzer of Rochester; and her great-nephew Ian M. Spitzer of Spencerport.
Arrangements were made by Riverside Nassau North Chapel, Great Neck.

Veto B. Mickus

Veto B. Mickus, 62, died on July 28, 2000. He was born in Luoke, Lithuania and his family escaped from there when he was a child. A Catholic priest helped the family come to the US where they settled in Great Neck. He attended Great Neck High School and was a Golden Gloves boxer. 
Mr. Mickus was drafted into the Army after high school. He served five tours of duty in Vietnam with the Infantry, Airborne Divison and Green Beret Special Forces. He was a member of the Parachute Team "Golden Knights," a precision team. He had over 5,000 jumps on his record. He later joined the Sky Soldier Parachute Team of the 173rd Airborne. He also studied karate in the Army and was a 3rd Degree Black Belt. 
During his tour in Vietnam, Mr. Mickus was injured and had extensive surgery. The surgery was not successful and he became totally deaf and disabled. He was highly decorated, receiving many medals including four Purple Hearts and three Bronze Stars. He was the last of the 82nd Airborne Green Berets. 
Mr. Mickus retired and moved with his family to Abington. He was a life member of the D.A.V. Chapter 115 of Willow Grove, the American Legion, VFW and Military Order of the Purple Heart. He was also a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Church of Abington. 
He is survived by his wife, Anna L. (Diena); children, Christopher J. Mickus and Therese A. Crafdock (Terry); sister, Regina Dombraski of Great Neck; two brothers, Edward and Stanley; grandson and godson Thomas Hunter Craddock; four nieces and one nephew. 
A Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady Help of Christians Church. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. 

Stephen M. Smeja

Stephen M. Smeja, of Great Neck, died on Aug. 20, 2000. Husband of Margaret. Father of Stephen III, Michael, karen and Mary. Father-in-law of Lynne and Carl Blonsky. Grandfather of six. Brother of Frances Rehm. Arrangements were made by the Fairchild Funeral Chapel, Manhasset. Funeral Mass at St. Aloysius RC Church. Interment All Saints Cemetery. 

June N. Bruce

June N. Bruce, a long time resident of Great Neck, died on Aug. 22, 2000. She was the beloved companion of Joseph Hazel. Mother of Diane Bruce and Claudia Forest. Grandmother of three.

Frances DiApice

Frances DiApice, of Great Neck, died on Dec. 21, 2000. Mother and mother-in-law of Gary and Linda, Patricia and Alan Leibowitz, Jay and Dawn, Donna and Michael Evola. Grandmother of Frankie, Candice, Joseph, Ava, Devon, Hailey and Michael and Jonathon. Also survived by two brothers and three sisters. Arrangements were made by the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Farmingdale. Funeral Mass at St. James RC Church. Interment Pinelawn Memorial Park. 

Willis R. Urban

Willis R. Urban, of Great Neck, died on Jan. 10, 2001. Husband of the late Stephanie. Father of Barbara Mazza, Diane Urban and and Robert Urban. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of two. Arrangements were made by the Fairchild Funeral Chapel, Manhasset. Interment All Saints Churchyard.

Julie Koen

Julie Koen, 53, of Lake Success, died on Jan. 17, 2001. She was employed by the Community Nursery School in Great Neck. She taught young children creative movement and dance at the school and Temple Beth-El Early Childhood Center. She loved to dance and spent many years at the Zawaki Dance Studio. Wife of Robert. Mother of Jennifer Horowitz and Jonathan Koen. Mother-in-law of Mark Horowitz. Daughter of Jerome and Norma Marsh of Livingston, NJ. Daughter-in-law of Martah Koen and the late Bernard Koen of Great Neck. Sister of Amy Katz and Cindy Dolgin. Arrangements were made by Riverside Nassau North Chapels, Great Neck. Service officiated by Rabbi Jerome Davidson at Temple Beth-El of GN. Interment Beth David Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Julie Koen Memorial Foundation, c/o 14 Meadow Woods Rd., Great Neck, NY 11020, which will be donated to fund breast cancer research. 

Helen Josephine Wade Chesney

Helen Josephine Wade Chesney, 86, lifelong resident of Great Neck, died on Jan. 15, 2001. Wife of 67 years of Donald Chesney. Mother of Pamela Faulk of Levittown, Susan Wieczorek of Venice, FL and Barbara Danese of Jacksonville, FL. Sister of Aline Matthews and William Wade of Venice, FL, Ethel Railsback of Odessa, FL, Virginia Rose of Warrenton, OR and Richard Wade of Wilmington, DE. Grandmother of Peter Faulk, Paul Faulk, Dina Allen, Anthony DeStefano, Elizabeth Mosely and Jeffrey Danese. Aunt of nine nieces and nine nephews. Great-grandmother of four. Mrs. Chesney worked for the Great Neck News, Suburb Wright of GN and 25 years for Ziegler Chemical Company. Arrangements were made by the Fairchild Funeral Home, Manhasset. Mass at St. Aloysius Church. Interment All Saints Cemetery. 

Harriet Goodbinder

FOCUS (Foundation of Community Unified Services Inc.) sadly reports the death of one of its members, Harriet Goodbinder, who died on New Year's Day. Harriet and her husband Arnie lived in Great Neck with their two sons, Glenn and Charles for 32 years. Charles moved to Wisconsin to go to college and remained there to live. Glenn, a dentist, lives with his wife and two lovely children in Whitestone. Harriet and her husband had been teenage sweethearts and Harriet's life was shattered when Arnie died on a brain tumor a few years ago. Harriet, forever a fashion trend setter, was always perfectly turned out and was gradually getting on with her life when she became sick with a rare form of lupus. Her death was untimely and particularly sad for her FOCUS friends with whom she had a great rapport. Harriet had a very sharp wit, and we will miss her. 

Mike Master

Mike Master, who would have been 78 on Jan. 31, died on Jan. 14, 2001. He was devoted husband of 52 years to Doris, beloved father of Bob and Lisa and father-in-law of Nancy Goldhill and Ken Park. He adored his grandchildren, Benjamin, Ilana and Maya and was a loving brother to Herb. A graduate of CCNY, he was employed by Abraham & Strauss for 32 years as a financial officer in the Collection Dept. After he retired, he and his wife moved to Great Neck, where he participated in the many intellectual activities of the town and was an avid folk dancer. He was a member of Professional and Executives in Retirement, a group which meets at Hofstra University and was also treasurer of his building co-op for many years. He was much loved by and will be missed by all who knew him. Those who wish, may make contributions to the Great Neck Library in Mike Master's name for the establishment of a collection of materials on labor history.


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