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RICHARD BROWN, 49 
Worked as bus mechanic for Transit Authority 
Sunday, June 01, 2003
Richard S. Brown, 49, of Westerleigh, a lifelong Staten Islander who was a bus mechanic, died yesterday in Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze. 
Born in Grasmere, he lived there for five years before relocating to New Dorp, Graniteville and then finally to Westerleigh. 
He was a graduate of New Dorp High School. 
Mr. Brown was a bus mechanic for the city Transit Authority at the Castleton Depot in West Brighton for 22 years, and was still employed up until the time of death. 
Known as a handy type, Mr. Brown also enjoyed playing cards with his boyhood friends, doing crossword puzzles, watching sci-fi movies and the television show "Star Trek," and loved classical music. 
"He was a soft-spoken, kind man with a big heart," said his brother, Bob. 
His father, Thomas, died in 1984, and a brother, Thomas Jr., died in 1988. 
In addition to his brother Bob, surviving are his mother, Dorothy Brown, and a brother, Edward. The funeral will be Tuesday from the Harmon Home for Funerals, West Brighton, with a mass at 11 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, also West Brighton. Burial will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery, West Brighton. 

MICHAEL F. ROCHE, 53 
Retired service technician for telephone company 
Sunday, June 01, 2003
Michael F. Roche, 53, of Bay Terrace, a retired service technician, died Friday at home after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. 
Born in Manhattan, he moved to the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn before moving to Stapleton in 1962. He settled in Bay Terrace in 1978. 
Mr. Roche worked for 33 years as a service technician for the company that is now known as Verizon in both Manhattan and on Staten Island before retiring in April. 
He was a graduate of Monsignor Farrell High School and was a member of the school's track and football teams. He also attended Wagner College, Grymes Hill. 
Mr. Roche was a member of the Communications Workers of America, Union Local 1102, and was a parishioner of St. Charles R.C. Church, Oakwood. 
An avid New York Mets fan, he also enjoyed camping, gardening and traveling to such places as Bermuda and Hawaii. He also liked listening to Irish music, especially his father's band, Jackie Roche and his Irish orchestra. 
"He was a loving husband, and a devoted and supportive father. He'll be missed by all who loved him for his quick Irish wit and his good-natured smile," said his wife of 33 years, the former Ellen Fiori. 
"We'll always remember our uncle for his many uses for tie wrap, and for his never-ending cheer of 'go Johnny.' We'll never forget him. He was a wonderful man," said his nephew, Dan Twomey, on behalf of Mr. Roche's many nieces and nephews. 
In addition to his wife and his nephew, surviving are his son, Michael T.; two daughters, Mary and Katie Roche; three brothers, Jack, Terry, and Dan; four sisters, Carol Anne Fricke, Maureen DeTheresa, Patricia Meagher and Christine Acovino, and three grandchildren. The funeral will be Tuesday from the Casey-McCallum-Rice South Shore Funeral Home, Great Kills, with a mass at 9:15 a.m. in St. Charles Church. Cremation will follow. 

HELEN ANSTETT, 79 
Former Islander was a banker 
Saturday, June 07, 2003
Native Staten Islander Helen Marie Anstett, 79, of Pearl River, N.Y., a former banker, died Wednesday in Nyack (N.Y.) Hospital. 
Born Helen Marie Donaldson in Grant City, she attended New Dorp High School before relocating to Blauvelt, N.Y., in the 1940s. She spent the last 24 years living in Pearl River. 
Mrs. Anstett took dancing lessons at the Island's former Julia Gorman Dancing School. She then became a member of the Gae Foster Girls, and danced in the Roxy Theatre in Manhattan during the early 1940s. 
"She was always very outgoing," said her sister, Elsie Mackey. "She loved talking to people and was pleasant company." 
Mrs. Anstett worked at Marine Midland Bank in Blauvelt for 25 years until retiring in 1965. 
Her husband, Robert, died in 1997. 
In addition to her sister, Elsie, Mrs. Anstett is survived by her son, Mark; her daughter, Roberta Bentley; her sister, Agnes McIsaac; her brother, Dan; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
The funeral will be Tuesday from the Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home, Pearl River, with a mass at 10 a.m. in St. Catharine's R.C. Church, Blauvelt. Burial will follow in Fred Loescher Veterans Cemetery, New Hampton, N.Y. 

ANGELO CACCESE, 89 
Founded tire company 
Thursday, June 26, 2003
Native Staten Islander Angelo Charles Caccese, 89, of Hollywood, Fla., the founder of Caccese Tire Company and Carwin Auto Parts, died Thursday in Hollywood Medical Center. 
Born in New Brighton, Mr. Caccese -- who was more affectionately known as "Charlie" -- relocated to Westerleigh in the late 1940s. Beginning in the 1970s, he wintered first in Pembroke Pines, Fla., and then Hollywood, where he spent most of his time since the 1980s. 
Mr. Caccese attended Curtis High School. 
He served as a sergeant in the Army, from 1943 to 1946, stationed in the southern United States and the Washington, D.C., area. During his military days, he worked as an automotive and artillery mechanic. 
After World War II, Mr. Caccese bought a Gulf gas station at the corner of Richmond Avenue and Victory Boulevard and extended his business to include the now-adjoining Caccese Tire Co. in Bulls Head. In the 1960s, he sold his share of the gas station and the tire company and began Carwin Auto Parts in Dongan Hills. After retiring in 1976, Mr. Caccese helped his son run his own business -- Charley's Tire Warehouse -- located next door to the former Carwin Auto Parts. 
Mr. Caccese remained active after retiring. A member of the Christ the King Council, Knights of Columbus, West Brighton, he served as a past grand knight and district deputy. He was also a member of the North Shore Rotary Club, where he served as president from 1974 to 1975. 
A member of the Kells-Grennie Post, American Legion, New Dorp, Mr. Caccese served as president of his condo association in Florida from 2000 until the time of his death. 
An avid golfer, he practiced the sport diligently in his earlier years. 
A parishioner of Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, West Brighton, Mr. Caccese served as an usher there for many years. 
While living in Florida, he was a parishioner and usher at St. Matthew's R.C. Church in Hallandale. 
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Mary D'Alessandro; his son, Charles; his daughter, Carol Tillona; his brother, Anthony; his sister, Gemma Caccese, and three grandchildren. 
The funeral will be Saturday from the Casey Funeral Home, Castleton Corners, with a mass at 10 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will follow in Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp. 

VICTORIA KOWALSKI, 89 
Was a homemaker 
Thursday, June 26, 2003
Lifelong Staten Islander Victoria Kowalski, 89, of Port Richmond, a homemaker, died yesterday in St. Vincent's Hospital, West Brighton. 
Born Victoria Wysienski in New Brighton, she was brought to Elm Park as a child. She moved in Port Richmond in the late 1960s and to Silver Lake Specialized Care Center, Brighton Heights, last year. 
Mrs. Kowalski attended Port Richmond High School. 
She worked for a short time at Procter & Gamble's former Port Ivory factory before dedicating her time to her family. 
A parishioner of St. Adalbert's R.C. Church, Elm Park, Mrs. Kowalski was a member of its Mothers Club. 
In her leisure time, she enjoyed knitting and taking care of her grandchildren. 
Mrs. Kowalski's husband of more than 50 years, Casimir, died in 1998. 
Surviving are her daughter, Evelyn Coscia, and five grandchildren. 
Her daughter, Anne Bartolo, died in 1990. 
The funeral will be Saturday from the Harmon Home for Funerals, West Brighton, with a mass at 10:15 a.m. in St. Adalbert's Church. Burial will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery, West Brighton.

LORETTA DUIGNAN, 98 
Caring homemaker 
Saturday, June 07, 2003
Former New Dorp resident Loretta Duignan, 98, a homemaker, died yesterday in Eger Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, Egbertville, where she had been residing for two years. 
Born Loretta Dunne in Manhattan, she moved to Oakwood 37 years ago and later settled in New Dorp. 
"She was loving and caring and loved to be with her family especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren," said her daughter, Susan Magill. 
Mrs. Duignan enjoyed playing bingo and going to Atlantic City. 
She was a parishioner of St. Charles R.C. Church, Great Kills. 
Mrs. Duignan's husband, George, died in 1964. 
In addition to her daughter, Susan, she is survived by two more daughters, Ellen O'Connell and Loretta Summa; 13 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. 
Mrs. Duignan was preceded in death by her three sons, George, Andrew and Lawrence. 
The funeral will be Monday from the Hanley Funeral Home, New Dorp, with a mass at 9:15 a.m. in St. Charles Church. Burial will follow in St. Raymond's Cemetery, the Bronx. 

HOWARD STELLWAGEN, 81 
Retired bank officer, was member of 2 parishes 
Sunday, June 01, 2003
Howard Stellwagen, 81, a retired bank officer, died of cancer Friday in his Eltingville home. 
Born and raised in Manhattan, Mr. Stellwagen moved to Staten Island in 1964 shortly after marrying. 
After residing briefly in South Beach and Grant City, he and his family settled in Eltingville. 
Mr. Stellwagen was drafted by the New York Giants to play baseball when he was out of high school, but he never joined the team, according to his family. 
He got a job at the Merchant Bank of New York, where he worked as an officer for 40 years until retiring in 1981. 
A devoted Catholic, he was a parishioner of both Holy Child R.C. Church, Eltingville, and Holy Rosary R.C. Church in South Beach. 
His hobbies included fishing and gardening, but his passion was always his love for animals, especially dogs and a special four-legged companion, Toby, a German shepherd. 
"He always had a great sense of humor, and I will deeply miss him," said his daughter-in-law, Dr. Teresa Stellwagen. 
His wife of 30 years, the former Mary Mione, died in 1987. 
Mr. Stellwagen is survived by his son, Andrew, and younger twin brothers, John and Kenneth. The funeral will be tomorrow from the A. Azzara Funeral Home, South Beach, with a mass at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Grasmere. 

GERALDINE JAKUBOWSKI, 82 
Huguenot homemaker enjoyed her grandchildren 
Sunday, June 01, 2003
Geraldine Jakubowski, 82, of Huguenot, a homemaker, died Wednesday in Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze. 
Born in Greenfield, Tenn., she moved to Port Richmond in 1945 before settling in Huguenot in 1948. 
Mrs. Jakubowski was a member of the AARP and was a parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea R.C. Church, Huguenot. 
She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. 
Her husband of 49 years, Francis L., died in 1991. 
Surviving are her sons, Stephen and Frank; her daughters, Ellen Dubrosky and Janet Agugliaro; her sister, Katherine Dunlap, and 12 grandchildren. The funeral will be Wednesday from the John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals, Eltingville, with a mass at 9:45 a.m. in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. Burial will follow in Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp. 

GENEVIVE ROMANO, 76 
Was telephone operator 
Sunday, June 01, 2003
Genevive Romano, 76, a former telephone operator, died Friday in her New Dorp home. 
Born Genevive Siembak in Johnstown, Pa., she moved to Manhattan in 1950 before settling in New Dorp a year later. 
She worked for the former New York Telephone Co. as an operator for six years before giving birth to her son, Thomas, in 1956. 
Mrs. Romano was a parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Peace R.C. Church in New Dorp. She was also a member of the New Dorp chapter of AARP. 
In her free time, Mrs. Romano liked to play bingo and take trips to Atlantic City. 
Her husband of 51 years, Joseph, died last year. 
In addition to her son, Thomas, she is survived by a sister, Mary Klasek, and a grandson. The funeral will be Tuesday from the Hanley Funeral Home, New Dorp, with a mass at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. Burial will be in Moravian Cemetery, also in New Dorp. 

EMMA SUE CHAMBLISS, 95 
Virginia native was active in St. Philip's Baptist 
Sunday, June 01, 2003
Emma Sue Chambliss, 95, of New Brighton, an active church member and a Staten Islander for 41 years, died Wednesday in St. Vincent's Hospital, West Brighton. 
Born in Broadnax, Va., she moved to Port Richmond in 1962, then settled in New Brighton. 
Mrs. Chambliss was an active member of St. Philip's Baptist Church, Port Richmond, where she was the oldest member of the Mothers of the Missionary Society. 
In addition to her church activities, she enjoyed shopping and traveling. 
"She was a God-fearing woman who loved life," said her granddaughter, LaWanda Hines. 
Mrs. Chambliss' husband, Junious, died in 1947. 
Surviving are her two sons, Ralph and Norman; three daughters, Mable Gordon, Arlethia and Rosa Hines; 21 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be tomorrow with a service at 10 a.m. in St. Philip's Church. Burial will follow in Silver Mount Cemetery, Silver Lake. The Scamardella Funeral Home, West Brighton, is handling the arrangements.

EDNA F. MULLIN, 99 
Westerleigh homemaker 
Sunday, June 01, 2003
Edna Florence Mullin, 99, of Westerleigh, a homemaker and lifelong Staten Islander, died Friday in Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center and Home. 
Born Edna Florence Owens in Mariners Harbor, she moved to Port Richmond before settling in Westerleigh during the 1950s. 
A dedicated wife and mother, Mrs. Mullin was a member of the Unity Council, Daughters of America, and active in the Sons of Civil War Veterans Auxiliary Council. 
She enjoyed reading, crocheting and doing crossword puzzles. 
Mrs. Mullin would have been 100 years old July 26. Her husband, James, died in 1960. 
Mrs. Mullin's son, Robert, died in 1991. 
Surviving are 13 nieces and nephews. The funeral will be Tuesday with a service at 10 a.m. in the Harmon Home for Funerals, West Brighton. The Rev. Charles Baldini of Immanuel Union Church, Westerleigh, will officiate. Burial will be in Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp. 

DOROTHY McDERMOTT, 93 
Was a homemaker 
Sunday, June 01, 2003
Dorothy McDermott, 93, a lifelong Staten Islander who was a homemaker, died Friday in her Castleton Corners home. 
Born Dorothy Thompson in West Brighton, she settled in Castleton Corners in 1947. 
Mrs. McDermott was a graduate of Curtis High School. 
A parishioner of Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church in West Brighton, she was also a member of the church's St. Joseph's Guild. 
Mrs. McDermott enjoyed cooking and baking. "My favorite dish is the lemon meringue pie that she used to make," said her daughter, Mary Ellen Sedita. 
Surviving are her husband of 61 years, James; her daughter, Mary Ellen; two sons, James Ronald and Michael, four grandchildren and a great-grand daughter. The funeral will be Tuesday from the Harmon Home for Funerals, West Brighton, with a mass at 10 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will follow in Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp. 

ANNIE MAE LLOYD, 63 
Therapist, accomplished cook 
Sunday, June 01, 2003
Annie Mae Lloyd, 63, a lifelong New Brighton resident and masterful chef of soul food, died Thursday at home. 
The centerpiece of her large family, Ms. Lloyd "was a soul food gourmet," said her brother, Tommie. Among her many specialties, Ms. Lloyd made perfect pig's feet, collard greens, sweet potatoes and potato salad. 
"She made dinner for my birthday every year," said Tommie Lloyd. 
"She cooked and cared for everybody," said her daughter, Janice Lloyd. 
A graduate of McKee High School, Ms. Lloyd worked at the former Willowbrook State School as a mental hygiene therapist from 1970 to 1983. She was also a carrier for the Advance for many years and was once honored by the newspaper with an award of excellent service. 
She was an active member of the city Housing Authority's Advisory Council at the Richmond Terrace Houses. Ms. Lloyd also enjoyed dancing, trips to Atlantic City and caring for her family and friends. 
She was a member of many churches, including the New Direction Baptist Church in New Brighton. 
"If anyone knows Annie, they knew she loved helping anyone who came across her path," said Lisa Koger, a close friend of the family. "She especially enjoyed helping her family." 
"Mom, you're really going to be missed," said Ms. Lloyd's daughter, Sheila Leverette. 
Surviving are her son, David; five daughters, Sheila Leverette, Dianna, Janice, Ruebena and Blanche; her brother, Tommie; a sister, Helen Taylor, 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The funeral will be Tuesday from the Stradford Funeral Home, Tompkinsville, with a 10 a.m. service in Mount Sinai United Christian Church, Tompkinsville. Cremation will follow.

CLARENCE SAYERS, 76 
Army veteran also worked for Brooklyn Union 
Sunday, June 01, 2003
If you watched a football or baseball soar through the air on Staten Island during the 1940s and 1950s, chances are that Clarence Sayers stood on the receiving end. 
Native Staten Islander Clarence "Boop" Sayers, 76, of Plainfield, N.J., a retired bus driver and well-known Island athlete, died Thursday in St. Peter's Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J. 
Born in Stapleton, he lived in New Brighton and West Brighton for a short time before moving to Plainfield in 1970. 
Mr. Sayers worked as a bus driver for the Metropolitan Transit Authority on Staten Island and in Manhattan for many years, retiring in 1988. Prior to that, he worked for the former Brooklyn Union Gas Co. in Grasmere. 
He was a graduate of Curtis High School. 
Mr. Sayers served as a private in the U.S. Army for two years following World War II. 
An all-star athlete, he played football with various Island teams, including Granito-Smith, the Stape Invaders, the Dees and the Fairways. He received a second nickname, "Bootie," because of his extraordinary kicking skills, said his sister, Barbara Shannon. 
When living in their Stapleton home, Mrs. Shannon recalls fond memories of the days her brother played football at the former Thompson Stadium in Stapleton. 
While her mother prepared supper, "Now kicking for the extra point is Bootie Sayers!" could be heard from the stadium's public address system right through their kitchen window. Her mother would proudly reply, "That's my son," Mrs. Shannon said. 
He also played baseball with teams such as the Brown Bombers, Leiblich Bakers, Krueger Beer and the Rinky-Dinks. During the 1970s, he umpired in the ASA Softball League on the Island. He enjoyed watching sports of any kind, and his hero was Jackie Robinson, said Mrs. Shannon. 
When he found time off the roads or away from the field, Mr. Sayers could be found trying his luck in Atlantic City. 
But his secret talent was reserved for garnishing his home with his handyman skills. Mr. Sayers crafted cabinets, chairs, yard furniture and finished his basement and garage. 
His first wife, the former Ruth Robinson, died in 1956. He was also predeceased by two sons, William, who died in 1991, and John, who died in 1990. 
In addition to his sister, Barbara Shannon, surviving are his wife of 42 years, the former Mary Morris; daughters Shelly and Laura Sayers, Robin Perry and Toby Russell; brothers Ronald and William Sayers; another sister, Eleanor Bellamy, 18 grand- children and 13 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be tomorrow with a service at 11 a.m. from the Scamardella Funeral Home, West Brighton. The Rev. Donald Goodson, pastor of Summerville United Church, Mariners Harbor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Scotch Plains, N.J. 

MAUD CORDES, 83 
City agency supervisor 
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Lifelong Staten Islander Maud Cordes, 83, of Port Richmond, a retired supervisor for the city Department of Social Services, died yesterday in St. Vincent's Medical Center, West Brighton. 
Born Maude Nevin, she grew up in New Brighton and settled in Port Richmond in 1965. 
A 1936 graduate of Curtis High School, Mrs. Cordes worked for 20 years as a financial supervisor for the Department of Social Services in St. George. She retired in 1983. 
She loved to crochet and made baby sweaters "for anybody who had a baby," said her daughter, Margaret Riviello. 
Mrs. Cordes played bingo, and especially enjoyed the games at St. Stanislaus Kostka R.C. Church in New Brighton. 
She was a former parishioner of St. Paul's R.C. Church, New Brighton. 
Her husband of 49 years, Henry (Tex) Cordes, died in 1991. 
In addition to her daughter, Margaret, surviving are two more daughters, Frances Ruggiero and Sharon Calkins; a sister, Catherine Keppler, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandsons. 
The funeral service will be tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the Casey Funeral Home, Castleton Corners. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, West Brighton. 

HELEN CARSTEN, 61 
Was doctor's assistant 
Thursday, May 01, 2003
Lifelong Tottenville resident Helen Carsten, 61, a retired assistant at an Island doctor's office, died Tuesday in Staten Island University Hospital, Prince's Bay. 
Born Helen Russell, she attended Tottenville High School. 
Mrs. Carsten worked for 11 years as an assistant at Dr. Aziz S. Hasan's office in Tottenville. She retired in 1982. 
"I married the girl next door," said her husband of 41 years, William. Growing up, the two attended the same schools and church, and lived only blocks away from each other. 
Described by her family as a "lover of the water," Mrs. Carsten enjoyed swimming and snorkeling in Key West, Fla., for the last 10 years. She also liked camping and often traveled with her husband in their motor home to visit national parks. 
The couple enjoyed strolling around their neighborhood together, as well as visiting Wolfe's Pond Park. 
"She loved to spend time with her granddaughters, Katie and Kelly," said her husband. The grandchildren inherited her love of swimming, he said, and she often had problems getting them out of the water. 
Mrs. Carsten was a parishioner of Our Lady Help of Christians R.C. Church, Tottenville. 
In addition to her husband, William, and her granddaughters, surviving are her daughter, Helen Carsten; three brothers, Philip, John and Thomas Russell, and two sisters, Catherine Legault and Marion Ledwon. 
The arrangements, including cremation, are being handled by the Bedell-Pizzo Funeral Home, Tottenville. 

CLYDE KELLY, 44 
Former groundskeeper 
Thursday, May 01, 2003
Clyde S. Kelly, 44, of New Brighton, a former groundskeeper, died Sunday in St. Vincent's Medical Center, West Brighton, of complications from diabetes. 
Born in Laurinburg, N.C., he moved to Staten Island in 1974 and settled in New Brighton in 1988. 
Mr. Kelly held several jobs over the years. He last worked for two years as a seasonal groundskeeper at a local cemetery. 
He enjoyed walking, bike riding and collecting movies. 
Mr. Kelly was a former member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, West Brighton. 
"He was a happy, loving person and he'll be truly missed," said his sister, Keisha Haney. 
In addition to his sister, surviving are a son, Asa Pless; his father, Odell; two brothers, Wallace and Boyce, and three more sisters, Frowman Miller, Sharon Ellis and Sylvania Lewis. 
The funeral service will be tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Full Gospel Tabernacle Church. Burial will be Saturday in Silver Mount Cemetery, Silver Lake. The arrangements are being handled by the Scamardella Funeral Home, West Brighton. 

JANET MILIUS, 61 
Was the co-owner of a traveling pony ride company 
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Former Staten Islander Janet K. Milius, 61, of Jackson, N.J., the retired co-owner of Ponies for Parties, died Saturday in CentraState Medical Center, Jackson. 
Born Janet Billsborrow in Manhattan, she was brought to New Dorp as a child and lived there for 19 years before moving to Bay Terrace. She later lived in Prince's Bay and Annadale before relocating to Englishtown, N.J., in 1965 and to Jackson in 1993. 
A graduate of New Dorp High School, Mrs. Milius worked as a secretary for Johnson & Johnson in Manhattan until her marriage to Robert Milius. 
The couple wed in 1961 in Texas, where he was stationed in the Army. They also lived in Columbus, Ga., during his military service. While in Georgia, Mrs. Milius did secretarial work for a law firm. 
In her teen years, she learned to ride horses at the former Franzreb Stables in Sunnyside, and appeared at many local horse shows. 
The interest in and love for animals she developed during that time eventually led to her life's work. She and her husband owned Ponies for Parties, a traveling pony ride company, for 25 years. The company hosted many children's parties in private homes and provided horse-drawn coaches for weddings and many various events and fund-raisers, including several at Historic Richmond Town. She decorated the ponies with bright-colored ribbons and bows. The company also had a petting zoo featuring baby goats, sheep, rabbits and ducks. Mrs. Milius' son, Matthew, took over the business when she retired. 
"She loved animals and devoted her life to the business," said her mother, Flora Billsborrow. "She really put her heart into it." 
Mrs. Milius belonged to a Toms River spa, and enjoyed swimming, exercising and relaxing in hot tubs. 
She also volunteered at a local senior citizen home in New Jersey each Christmas, wrapping gifts. "Everyone loved her, she was the most unselfish person I knew, just like her father was," added her mother. 
Mrs. Milius' husband, Robert, died in 2000. 
In addition to her mother, Flora, and her son, Matthew, she is survived by another son, William; her daughter, Laura Trevean, and three grandchildren. 
The funeral was yesterday in the Clayton Funeral Home, Adelphia, N.J. The Rev. Deidre Thompson, of Old Tenant Presbyterian Church, Manalapan, N.J., officiated. Burial took place in Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, N.J.

JAMES WILSON, 59 
Engineering supervisor worked for RCA and AT&T 
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Lifelong Staten Islander James J. Wilson Jr., 59, a retired engineering supervisor, died yesterday at his Westerleigh home. 
Born in Meiers Corners, he was brought to Westerleigh as a child. 
Mr. Wilson worked as an engineering supervisor for RCA in Bayonne, N.J., for 25 years. After retiring from that position, he worked as a video engineer for AT&T at its Teleport office in Bloomfield for 10 years. 
A graduate of McKee High School, he received degrees from both Wagner College and the RCA Institute in Manhattan. 
Mr. Wilson served in the National Guard and belonged to the Nipper Club, an RCA retirement club. 
He also enjoyed gardening and was "well-known for his tomatoes," said his wife of 34 years, the former Marianne Kicos. 
Mr. Wilson also enjoyed company and family fishing trips. He and his family traveled annually to Lancaster, Pa., in January; Myrtle Beach, S.C., in May, and visited the New England states after Labor Day. 
In addition to his wife, Marianne, surviving are his two daughters, Karen A. Davis and Elizabeth Wilson, and a sister, Janet S. Maule. 
The Meislohn-Silvie Funeral Home, Port Richmond, is handling the arrangements, which include cremation in Rosehill Crematory, Linden, N.J.


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