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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

Starting July 26, the St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church in Farmingdale will feature a production of the hit musical, The Wizard of Oz. 

 

Based on a classic tale—first penned as a children’s novel by L. Frank Baum in 1900 and later transformed into a major motion picture by Metro-Goldwyn Meyer in 1939— The Wizard of Oz tells the story of a girl named Dorothy Gale, played by Zoe Neyer, and her dog Toto, who after being thrown into a twister end up in the Land of Oz. 

 

Trying to find her way home, Dorothy meets Glinda the Good Witch of the North, played by Angela Roedig, who instructs her to “follow the Yellow Brick Road.”

Farmingdale females were out in force on July 12, to represent their hometown at the 31st annual Long Island Women’s 5 kilometer run sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club. 

 

Bob Cook, who owns the Runner’s Edge shoe and sports apparel store on Main Street, said that attendance at this year’s race was the highest in the race’s history, with more than 500 women competing for the grand prize. 

 

According to Cook, over the years, the race has attracted the likes of world-class runners and Olympians from all over the state, racing for the $500 grand prize.


Sports

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

July 13

Plainedge 12 - Island Trees 2 (9UB)

 

Ozone Howard Huskies 14 - Wantagh Hawks 1 (9UA)

The Farmingale Devils Travel Baseball teams were in action during The 4th of July weekend and provided fireworks in two different states.

 

The 11U Devils won their third tournament this year. They traveled  to Connecticut for the fourth of July tournament. The Devils lost game one on Saturday 7-5 to the Connecticut Defenders and won game two 17-0,The Devils advanced to the playoff round and would meet the Defenders again .The bats were on fire all day led by Big Joe Mcgrath and Nick Franco.The Devils beat the Defenders 11-5 and advanced to the championship to play the number one seed and undefeated Hit Club. The Devils jumped out to 4-2 to lead .The game was tied at 9-9 going to the 6th inning and the Devils would score 2 runs and hold on to win the tournament. The Devils had 52 hits and scored 44 runs,Big Joe had 4 doubles a triple, Nick Franco had 8 hits. Anthony Quatromani 8hits.Matt DiSanti drove in the last run in the championship game. Tim Dorman 6 hits. Patrick Quinn 5 hits and 6 stolen bases. Nick O'Connor 3 hits and 4 stolen bases. Kyle Gaertner 6 hits and was winner pitcher in championship game. Patrick Sanchez was the winning pitcher in semi-final game.


Calendar

Monty Python - July 23

After Hours Networking - July 24

Music Under The Stars - July 25


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com