Obituaries
Wolfgang E. Besser, of Great River, formerly of Breslau, Germany, Palm Coast, FL, and Farmingdale, died on Feb. 10, 2009. Born May 7, 1930 in Schweidnitz, Germany. He was a sports columnist for German newspaper Staats-Zeitung. He was a proprietor of the Observer Newspapers and Soccer Week. Husband of Maria. Father and father-in-law of Barbara Besser Reyes (Pablo), Susan Ippoliti and Katrin Colbert (John). Opa of Victoria, Christopher, Katrina, Alison and Margaret. Funeral Mass was held at St. Kilian R.C. Church. Entombment St. Charles Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home. Ann Appel, of Farmingdale, died on March 1, 2009. Wife of Ewald. Also survived by many other family members and friends. Funeral Mass was held at St. Kilian RC Church. Interment Calverton National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home. Anthony S. Russo, 65, of West Babylon, passed away March 3, 2009. Former owner of Fantasy limousine. Husband of Mary. Son of Nunzio and the late Sophia. Father of Dawn Maniglia and Desiree Russo. Grandfather of Matthew and Ciara. Brother of Joseph Russo, and his wife, Mary. Arrangements were made by Arthur F. White Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held March 6 at Our Lady of Grace RC Church with entombment following at St. Charles Cemetery. Harry Schaeffer "Jim", of South Farmingdale, passed away on March 4, 2009. Korean War Air Force veteran, retired U.S. Customs Inspector. Husband of Elizabeth. Father of James (Maribell) Schaeffer and Suzanne (Michael) Pitcher. Grandfather of Jonathan, Jessica, Janet, Jake and Hailey. Arrangements were made by Arthur F. White Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held March 9 at St. Kilian RC Church with interment following at Calverton National Cemetery. Dorothy B. Wood, 85, of South Farmingdale, passed away March 4, 2009. Predeceased in 1996 by her husband, Stanley Wood. Mother of Steven Wood and Gail Sinatra. Great-grandmother of Brian, Kevin, Thomas, Christopher and great granddaughter, Adrianna. Arrangements were made by Arthur F. White Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held March 4 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church with interment following at Calverton National Cemetery. Francis J. Drugan, of Massapequa, died on March 5, 2009. Father of Mary Brynes and Kevin. Brother of Madeline Drugan and Nora Barton. Grandfather of Erin and Michele Brynes. Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church, Massapequa. Interment St. Charles Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home. Theresa F. Griffith "Terry," 64, of Bethpage passed away March 5, 2009. Wife of William. Mother of John, Steven, Theresa Turcio and the late William. Grandmother of William, Melissa, Tyler, Jessica, Luke and Olivia. Arrangements were made by Arthur F. White Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held March 9 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church with interment following at Pinelawn Memorial Park. Donations in Terry's name may be sent to the Memorial and Honor Program-F, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905. Perry K.L. Jung, of Farmingdale, died on March 7, 2009. Husband of the late Chung Ping. Father of Suzanne Wong. Also survived by many other family members and friends. Interment Pinelawn Memorial Park. Arrangements entrusted to McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home. Felisa M. Baltazar, of West Islip, died on March 7, 2009. Mother of Josefina Penzes. Also survived by many other family members and friends. Funeral Mass was held at St. Kilian RC Church. Interment Pinelawn Memorial Park. Arrangements entrusted to McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home. James R. Murphy, 64, of Levittown passed away March 7, 2009. U.S. Navy veteran, 1961-1965. Husband of Charlene. Father of James Murphy (Danna), Cathleen Majkut (Jack), Colleen Fleischer (Steve), Kerri Coppola (Tommy), and Elizabeth Murphy. Brother of Maureen Brown. Grandfather of Kristin, James, Erin, Matthew, Julianna, Kailee-Rose, Thomas, Megan, Shane, Jayden and ?. Arrangements were made by Arthur F. White Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held March 11 at St. Martin of Tours RC Church with interment following at Calverton National Cemetery. Donations in James' memory may be sent to Amyloidosis Research Foundation (7151 North Main St., Suite 208, Clarkston, MI 48346, www.amyloidosisresearchfoundation.org). Matthew J. Tischler, of Farmingdale, died suddenly on March 8, 2009. He was a police officer with NYPD 105th Precinct. He was a member of the NYPD Football Team. Son of Barbara and the late James. Brother of Stephanie Tischler and James Tischler. Nephew of Robert and Catherine Clyne, Vincent and Judith Mallia, John and Sandra Clyne, Scott and Mary Wilson, Richard Tischler, Robert Tischler, Kevin and Marie McCue and Diane Tischler. Also survived by 18 cousins. Funeral Mass was held at St. Kilian RC Church. Interment Pinelawn Memorial Park. Arrangements entrusted to McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home. Stephanie Varela, of Farmingdale, died on March 9, 2009. Wife of the late Manuel. Mother of Theresa Diaz. Also survived by many other family members and friends. Interment Pinelawn Memorial Park. Arrangements entrusted to McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home. Albert R. Schultz, of North Massapequa, died on March 10, 2009. Husband of Joan. Father of Susan Schultz and the late Robert Schultz. Loving father-in-law of Lee Schultz. Grandfather of Amy Lynn Schultz. The funeral was private. Arrangements entrusted to McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home.

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