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Obituay: Gonzalez, Efrain

Efrain Gonzalez, formerly of Farmingdale, New York, passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Fraser Health Center, Hilton Head Island, SC, at the age of 97. Mr. Gonzalez was born in Jayuya, Puerto Rico on February 22, 1917. He was one of nine children born to Bernabe and Baudilia (Hernandez) Gonzalez,

 

A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Gonzalez attended City College of New York and later worked for Republic Aviation and Grumman Aircraft Corporation, While at Grumman, Mr. Gonzalez was proud and honored to be part of the project team to work on the Lunar Exploration Module (LEM) that made the first manned landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969 as part of the Apollo 11 space flight, His signature is on the inside of the LEM on the moon.

 

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Maria Teresa (Del Rio) Gonzalez, of Hilton Head Island; daughter, Enid G. Anderson, of Hilton Head Island and son, Efrain J. Gonzalez, of Brooklyn, NY. Also surviving him are his grandsons Andrew Hegedus (Kathryn), and

Adam Hegedus (Carrie); great-grandchildren Maggie Hegedus, Clara Hegedus, Olivia Hegedus, Grace Hegedus, and Charlie Hegedus, and a wonderfully supportive extended family that he loved deeply including Lisa Anderson (Robert), Robert Anderson (Amelia) and great-grandchildren Natalie Anderson, Verity Murphy and Caroline Anderson, Also surviving him are his brother Joseph A. Gonzalez and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Mr. Gonzalez was predeceased by his beloved daughter Christine Marie; sonin-law William G. Anderson; and by his siblings, Gilbert Gonzalez, Tito Gonzalez, Rafael Gonzalez, Miguel Gonzalez, Vidalina Lagares, Antonia Rivera, and Carmen Gonzalez.

 

A memorial mass was held at Holy Family Church, Hilton Head Island, on Friday, March 21, 2014. Funeral services will be held in Farmingdale, NY. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014 at St. Kilian Church in Farmingdale, NY, at 9:45 a.m., followed by burial with military honors at the Long island National Cemetery. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory and Arthur F, White Funeral Home are handling the arrangements for the family. www.theislandfuneralhome.com., www.arthurfwhite.com.


News

Over Labor Day Weekend, from Aug. 29-Sept. 1, the American Airpower Museum in East Farmingdale, treated Long Island locals to a once in a lifetime experience, taking visitors high above the clouds during its Warbird Weekend: Salute to Airpower. 

 

To kick off the celebration, on Aug. 28, tens of thousands of Long Islanders who worked in local defense plants, but were never given an official “thanks” for a job well done, were honored by the Museum. 

Sometimes when you do a job for a customer, you really have to expect the unexpected. 

 

In the case of German Cabral and Jason Galvin, energy efficiency advisors with the Farmingdale-based Green Homes Long Island, this was just the case. Who could have imagined that while trying to figure out the best way ot lower a client’s energy bills they would solve a 20-year-old mystery? 

 

On Aug. 20, certified energy efficiency experts did a home energy audit for Plainview resident Seymour Bosworth, with the goal of lowering the homeowner’s energy use by 25 percent or more. 


Sports

 

The 2014 Farmingdale Flag Football season kicked off with a blast on Sept. 7.

 

3rd Grade Division

 

The Texans and the Jets played a great opening weekend game, with the Texans getting the victory.  For the Texans, touchdown pass from Joseph Spano to Jaxon Parisi with 20 seconds in the half broke a tie that the Jets never came back from.  The Jets were led by Brendan O’Keefe, who had two rushing touchdowns and Jimmy Caputo, who picked off a pass at the goal line.

 

Farmingdale State College’s women’s tennis team opened the 2014 season with an 8-1 victory over John Jay College (0-1) on Sept. 3. The Rams (1-0) held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play before sweeping the singles matches.


Calendar

Joint Networking Event - September 10

Sept. 11 Anniversary - September 11

Downtown Music Festival - September 13


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