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Jean E. Giffone, of Amityville, died on unexpectedly on Dec. 8, 2004. He was a retired employee of General Electric. Mother of Tom. Sister of Tom Galliano. Arrangements were made by the Arthur F. White Funeral Home. Graveside service at St. Charles Cemetery. Herbert C. Meyer, of Old Bethpage, died on Dec. 8, 2004. He was a doctor of podiatric medicine with a practice in Flushing. Husband of Virginia. Father of Deborah Susan Fautsch and Sheree Ann Meyer. Father in-law of Lee David Fautsch. Brother of the late George D. Meyer, MD. Grandfather of Justin and Kristin Fautsch. Arrangements were made by the Arthur F. White Funeral Home. Funeral services took place in Iowa. Isabel Totoro, of Bethpage, died on Dec. 10, 2004. She was preceased in 1975 by her husband Anthony. Mother of Michael Totoro, Marie Neidecker and Frances Totoro. Grandmother of four. Arrangements were made by the Arthur F. White Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Martin of Tours RC Church. Interment LI National Cemetery, Pinelawn. Leo Joseph (Jupe) DeBobes, of Bethpage, died on Dec. 10, 2004. He was a US Navy WWII veteran. Husband of the late Virginia Rita. Father of Leo III, Francis and Janine, Gregory and Diana, Mary Jane, Martin and Denise, Rosemarie and Tony. He was predeceased by his infant son, Edmund. Brother of Rose Kmertz, Edmund, John, Richard and the late Robert. Grandfather of Brendan, Erin, Sean, Billy, Ginny, Frankie, Jillian, Jenna and the late infant, Matthew Joseph. Arrangements were made by the Arthur F. White Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Martin of Tours RC Church. Interment LI National Cemetery, Pinelawn. Jeannie S. Welter, of E. Farmingdale, died on Dec. 11, 2004. She was a 57-year member of the E. Farmingdale Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the Daughters of Scotia. She was predeceased by her husband John. Mother and mother-in-law of Jeanne Mitchell, Ruth and Vincent McKie and John and Carol Welter. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 19. A firematic service was held at the Arthur F. White Funeral Home. Interment Pinelawn Memorial Park. Russell G. Carpenter, of Farmingdale, died on Dec. 14, 2004. A WWII veteran, he was former commissioner of the Farmingdale Fire Dept., life member, Benevolent Association, financial secretary of Hook and Ladder. Husband of Muriel. Father and father-in-law of Charlene and Kenneth Tortoso, Russell W. and Barbara, Gary and Christine Thompson. Brother of Lorraine Crawford and Edward K. Carpenter. Also survived by 11 grandchildren. Firematic and religious services were held at the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Farmingdale. Marguerita T. Mathews, of Rhinebeck, died on Dec. 15, 2004. Wife of the late Charles. Mother and mother-in-law of William and Amy, Margaret and Nicholas Yaworski, Jane Mathews, Patrick Mathews and Elizabeth and Timothy Greco. Sister of Charlotte Perry. Also survived by 10 grandchildren. Arrangements were made by the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Farmingdale. Funeral Mass at St. Kilian RC Church. Interment Calverton National Cemetery. Richard D. Hart, of Farmingdale, died on Dec. 16, 2004. Father of Richard. Son of Elizabeth and Richard. Also survived by many family members and friends. Arrangements were made by the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Farmingdale. Cremation private.

Donald J. Phelan, 83, of Cranford, NJ, died on Dec. 18, 2004 at the Father Hudson House in Elizabeth, NJ. Mr. Phelan was born in Manhattan and was raised in Pleasantville, NY. He lived in Farmingdale and Lakewood, NJ, before recently moving to Cranford. He retired in 1998 as a professional photographer after owning his own business, Don Phelan, Inc., since 1980. During WWII he served with the US Navy as an aerial photographer first class where he earned his air crew wings and the Philippine Liberation Medal with a Bronze Star.

Mr. Phelan was a past president of the Viceroy Civic Association of Farmingdale as well as being a past president of the LI Advertising Club. He was a member of the Navy League and was a past president of the Jets Parking and Chowder Society.

Mr. Phelan is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lillian Chester Phelan; two sons, Joseph Phelan of Madison, CT, and Don Phelan of Avon, CT; four daughters, Beth Brown of Richmond, VA, Nina Aldrich of Oakhill, VA, Janet Collins of Cranford and Winnie Scuteri of Clinton, NJ. Also surviving is a sister Eileen Sobka of Long Beach, CA, and 14 grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by the Gray Memorial Funeral Home, Cranford. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Dec. 22 at St. Michael's RC Church, Cranford. Interment Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Father Hudson House, 111 DeHart Pl., Elizabeth, NJ.


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