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Unclaimed Veterans Receive Proper Burial

Final resting for 34 veterans and nine spouses of veterans 

 

On Saturday, June 22 dozens of veterans and supporters of the Missing In America Project (MIAP) turned out at Long Island National Cemetery (LINC) to help give a proper burial for 43 unclaimed veterans and unclaimed spouses of veterans, some who have been unclaimed for more than 95 years.

 

Civil War and historical re-enactment members of Company K, 67th New York Volunteer Infantry, 39th New York Volunteer Infantry Garibaldi Guard, Winslow’s Battery 1st New York’s Light Artillery, and Major Robert Burns and Squad of the 11th Regular U.S. Volunteers were present for a significant tribute to two of the unclaimed veterans. Army soldiers Henry Eggers and Emanuel Lederer, both having served in the Civil War, were finally put to rest. Eggers remains have been on the shelf of a local funeral home since 1921; Lederer’s remains, the longest unclaimed ashes in this specific burial effort, have been on the shelf 1917.

 

This interment at LINC in East Farmingdale, was coordinated by National Representative John Calderelli, of MIAP, and American Legion Post 1244. More than 26 service organizations, including the Greenlawn Fire Department, American Legion Riders and Color Guards, and Nassau County fire and police units participated in the coordination of the ceremonies and final placement in the columbarium at LINC. 

 

These cremains are not from deaths related to war. These are local residents who have died and were cremated. In many cases, for unknown reasons families do not come back to claim the funeral remains or make a decision with what to do with the ashes. 

 

The following are the names of the unclaimed veterans who received a proper burial on June 22, including, if known, their last known residence, branch of service, war era, birth and death dates. The remains of each veteran will be placed in niches on a recently built columbarium at LINC with proper identification, in case of a future retrieval request.

 

Lonnie Belcher, St. Albans, Army, WWII, b.12/23/1914, d. 1/24/1990

 

Arthur S. Boege, Garden City, Navy, b. 1897, d. 10/27/1963

 

Earnest Broadhurst, Hempstead, Navy, WWII, b. 1/21/1911, d. 7/3/1960

 

Mortimer Carpe, Fresh Meadows, Army, WWII, b.11/8/1913, d. 9/3/1990

 

Christopher Cunningham, Jr., White Plains, Army, WWII, b. 8/28/1925, d. 4/6/1978

 

Walter W. Debooy, Flushing, Army, WWII, b. 8/8/1915, d. 11/23/1986

 

Lawrence R. Doernberger, West Hempstead, Army, WWI, b. 4/12/1899, d. 9/9/1969

 

Henry Eggers, Brooklyn, Army, Civil War, b. 1842, d. 11/26/1921

 

Walter James Freund, Forest Hills, Army, WWII, b. 10/23/1908, d. 2/8/1989

 

Leo Fridkin, Jackson Heights, Army, WWII, b. 6/17/1897, d. 3/18/1970

 

Leo Graham, Lloyd Neck, Coast Guard, WWII, b. 8/19/1923, d. 1/9/1969

 

Charles Emory Gumaelius, Hempstead, Army, WWI, b. 11/5/1903, d. 8/24/1971

 

Doris B. Heller, St. Albans, Army, WWII, b. 7/6/1914, d. 7/23/1988

 

Edwin C. Hicks, East Elmhurst, Marine Corps, WWII, b. 1/9/1919, d. 2/21/1992

 

Elmer H. Hintz, Manhasset, Army, WWI, b. 1/8/1898, d. 12/27/1970

 

Thomas R. Jordan, Brooklyn, Army, WWII, b. 1/31/1907, d. 9/25/1999

 

Harry Kahn, Flushing, Army, Mexican Border Action, b. 4/22/1886, d. 9/23/1964

 

Emanuel Lederer, New York, Army, Civil War, b. 1842, d. 8/21/1917

 

Robert E. Link, Rego Park, Army, WWII, b. 3/20/1918, d. 10/4/1994

 

Ernest A. Loeffler, Flushing, Navy, WWII, b. 1/10/1908, d. 3/4/1966

 

Ogden Hall MacGillivray, Flushing, Navy, WWI, b. 5/11/1897, d. 5/19/1965

 

Joseph Macklin, Long Beach, Navy, WWI, b. 3/15/1896, d. 5/21/1985

 

John K. Martin, Jamaica, Army, WWI, 9/30/1895, d. 3/17/1985

 

Barry Mayer, Port Washington, Army, WWI, b. 3/31/1894, d. 5/1/1965

 

Edwin Ellis Nugent, Manhasset, Navy, WWI, b. 5/6/1896, d. 6/3/1965

 

Vincent O’Brien, Forest Hills, Army, WWII, b. 10/10/1915, d. 8/13/1985

 

Martin Orman, Forest Hills, Navy, WWII, b. 2/12/1907, d. 6/26/1986

 

Ralph W. Pittman, Bayside, Army, WWII, b. 2/8/1924, d. 8/20/1988

 

Rudolph A. Ray, Bronx, Army, WWII, b. 9/21/1922, d. 1/2/1988

 

Edward W. Rosenberg, Astoria, Army, WWII, b. 7/12/1921, d. 5/3/1986

 

Barney Schneider, Sunnyside, Army, WWII, b. 10/20/1906, d. 9/7/1989

 

John Thom, Post Washington, Army, WWII, b. 11/7/1919, d. 4/12/1982

 

Paul T. Wood, Flushing, Navy, WWII, b. 11/13/1912, d. 2/18/1995

 

Herman Wooden, Jamaica, Army, WWII, b. 5/9/1922, d. 10/29/1995

 

Spouses of veterans

 

Charlotte A. Abarno, Douglaston, b. 2/16/1913, d. 4/5/1991

 

Ruth S. Block, Kew Gardens, b. 1/4/1922, d. 3/3/1996

 

Edna S. Boege, Garden City, b. 1900, d. 10/23/1966

 

Agnes Brush, Flushing, b. 2/23/1904, d. 6/12/1982

 

Eleanore Carey, Garden City, b. 1900, d. 10/22/1961

 

Florence Etringer, Howard Beach, b. 6/17/1901, d. 1/25/1984

 

Margaret Gero, Commack, b. 6/16/1900, d. 7/11/1985

 

Elizabeth Knepper, Corona, b. 1/12/1912, d. 2/10/1985

 

Clara Stone, Flushing, b. 10/11/1898, d. 12/20/1984

 

On May 19, 2012, Long Island veteran organizations and funeral homes gave proper military burials to more than 50 unclaimed veterans’ cremated remains at LINC. 

 

According to the National Registry of Funeral Directors, New York State allows unclaimed cremated remains to be placed in a tomb, mausoleum, crypt, niche in a columbarium, or to be buried in a cemetery, or scattered at sea, but not before 120 days after cremation. Permanent records must be kept by the funeral homes of the disposition of the remains. The law went into effect on Nov. 11, 2010 – Veterans’ Day – providing the flexibility and liability protections necessary for funeral directors and veterans’ organizations alike to carry out a proper burial. 

News

These days Long Island residents are trying to save a buck whenever and wherever they can, especially when it comes to property taxes. To try and lend a helping hand, Republican Sen. Kemp Hannon and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano recently teamed up for a property tax exemption workshop at the Farmingdale Public Library.

 

Communications Director Randolph Yunker with the Nassau County Department of Assessment explained that the workshops, which are held throughout the year in various communities, are a collaborative effort to bring the Nassau County Department of Assessments operations from Mineola to different communities, such as Farmingdale. He added that applications were on-hand in case any attendees were first-timers or pursuing a renewal of an existing exemption. 

If you stopped by the Farmingdale Public Library this past week, perhaps you noticed all of the paintings and art pieces currently on display. For the entire month of July, the library will feature the many styles of artist/poet Ruth Lawrence.

 

“I’ve been exhibiting for quite a few years,” said Lawrence, “I am always happy to show my work.”

 

Lawrence, 87, of East Meadow, said she first began painting at just 12 years old. She recalls, at the time her sister had been dating someone who worked at an art supply store, and had gotten her some oil-based paints as a present. 


Sports

Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament. 

July 6

Farmingdale Greendogs 7 - Seaford Vikings 6 (8U)

 

Syosset Cubs 18 - Plainview Hawks 1 (12U)

Runners and walkers from Farmingdale and all over Long Island and beyond are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5 Kilometer courses on Long Island at the Saturday, August 9th Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint.

 

The Run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve. 

 

The leading Nassau County law firm of Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello has signed on to be the new lead sponsor of the event, with partner John Dunne and his wife planning on running the 5K distance. The Lynbrook Runner’s Stop will be back as the presenting sponsor.  


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Wounded Warrior Dinner - July 16

Youth Council Concert - July 17

Roller Rebels Tryouts - July 19


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