Born: July 24, 1932
Died: Feb. 8, 2014
Agnes DiChiara, long-term former resident of Garden City, passed away from complications after heart surgery this past Saturday.
While living in Garden City she was a very active community member, serving on the boards of Welcome Wagon, the Children’s Medical Fund of New York, as well as their Garden City chapter, and as the first two-term president of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce. She was a truly exceptional person and motivating force in the Garden City community.
On Aug. 25, 2013, Ann Wassmer passed away at the age of 97. She was the former president of the Garden City League and for more than 16 years, spearheaded various efforts to help raise funds primarily in support of Camp Helen Keller.
The Garden City resident retired from the league in 2006 but attended all of their events as well as the annual Camp Helen Keller show in Farmingdale.
Louise was the beloved grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of three.
She was employed by and volunteered at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ for over 25 years and was also an accomplished bridge player.
Marie loved to spend time with her family and her friends. Her wonderful attitude, calming ways and sweet personality had been shared with anyone who came in contact with her. She was a woman who accepted people for who they were and she was not judgmental.
Dorothy Stanton Outlaw died on May 15 at age 94. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Dorothy worked as an overseas telephone operator during World War II. She moved to Floral Park with her husband, John Marshall Outlaw, in 1952. Mother to three children, Dorothy loved reading books, was active as a Cub Scout Den mother and later in life became an accomplished oil painter. Sometime after her husband’s death in 2003, she moved to Garden City, where she much enjoyed gathering with friends at Lord & Taylor for lunch. She was also a big fan of Sweeney’s Uptown Grill, Minado’s Japanese Seafood Buffet in Carle Place and the Jolly Fisherman in Roslyn.
Dorothy was 100 percent Irish and took special pride in her cousins who were New York City Police and fire department members. Her son Wade Outlaw died in 2007. She is survived by her daughter Keddy Ann Outlaw-Johnson, son-in-law Tom Johnson and son Christopher Outlaw, daughter-in-law Judy Outlaw, as well as grandchildren Chris Lee Outlaw, Kate Outlaw, Cody Outlaw and Jesse Outlaw. Dorothy loved to socialize and had many friends at Cherry Valley Apartments in Garden City. She spent the last year of her life in Fredonia, NY, under the care of her family and many kind members of the local hospice team. A memorial mass will be held at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Garden City on June 8,. Donations in her memory may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.
Robert Alexander Studwell passed away on March 13, two months before his 90th Birthday. He was born in Brooklyn on May 13, 1923 and moved to Garden City when he was three months old. He graduated from Garden City High School in 1940 where he excelled in athletics and was awarded a football scholarship to Colgate University. A leg injury after his freshman year ended his days of playing football so he transferred to the Coast Guard Academy in Fort Schuyler, New York where he graduated with an engineering degree and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Navy. He served as a second engineer during World War II on oil tankers crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
Garden City’s Wren family has announced the death of Mary Alice Wren, a writer, teacher and journalist who died from Alzheimer’s disease on Nov. 6.
Ms. Wren, a resident of Garden City for 41 years, was formerly a teacher at Adelphi University, an editor for Vantage Press and a freelance writer of essays, short stories and reviews for publications such as Ms., Newsday and The Village Voice.
Dorothy B. Fisher, 90, died May 19, a resident of Peconic Landing in Greenport.
Mrs. Fisher was born in 1922. After graduating from Ohio’s Oberlin College in 1944 with a major in physics, she accepted a position at Bell Telephone Labs in Manhattan, where she worked from 1945-1948, and volunteered at the United Nations from 1948-1952. The only female in the class, she met her husband David during a summer physics course at the University of Chicago. They were married in 1946.
Angelo Bona, formerly of Floral Park, died at 85 on May 3, 2012, in West Palm Beach, FL. A WWII veteran, Angelo lived and worked in Floral Park as well as in the surrounding areas for over 50 years. Although a painting contractor by trade, he enrolled in art classes at the Art Students League in Manhattan and his hard work and talent earned him a two-year scholarship.
He left the house painting business to pursue his personal expression in fine art. Angelo’s building on Tulip Avenue, Floral Park, which once headquartered the house painting business, became a private art studio in which he pursued and developed his passion. Local residents would often see his latest sculptures displayed in front of the studio: Angelo’s large and unique abstract art pieces were known as somewhat of a landmark throughout Floral Park.
Gerard L. DeFina, a longtime educator in the Garden City schools, passed away at age 73 on April 12, 2012 in Delaware. A beloved teacher for the 34 years he worked here, Jerry was constantly involved in creative projects: he was a pioneer in open education and helped design and teach in the “Mod Quad” at Stewart School, which was modeled on the schools he had studied about while in England in conjunction with Oxford University. Later, he helped found the Gifted and Talented program at Stewart, which he taught in for many years, with both programs emphasizing independent as well as group study. He and Frank DeMonaco were also known for their annual musical productions involving the entire graduating class of Stewart School. After an 11-year tenure at Stewart, he moved to the middle school, where he taught collaboratively in various units, finally returning to Stewart in his last year, where a retirement tribute was held in his honor. Many former students returned to surprise him with reprises from Stewart shows they had performed in under his direction. (Since his shows had become such a long-standing tradition, after his retirement he was invited back to continue his yearly productions at both Stewart and Stratford schools).
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