Catherine Naples (nee Flori), of Glen Head, born in Italy on Jan. 29, 1903, one of four children born to Frank and Madeline Flori. Catherine came to America when she was 6 months old. She was educated in the US and met her future husband Anthony Naples. Anthony married Catherine when she was 17 years old in 1920. They started their life together with a struggle that continued throughout their lives. Mother of 18 children, but sadly raised 10. Despite the grief they face, with the loss of so many children, they continued on with their lives together and made their days as happy as possible.
During her life as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt and friend, she was involved in many different types of activities. She was determined to better the society that her family lived in. She dedicated time and energy to many organizations including the VFW and the Rebekahs. Although she was involved with these groups and organizations, she was still able to maintain a home, raise 10 children and run an Italian delicatessen that was located in Glen Head known as Carl's Deli.
After 56 years of marriage, Catherine buried her husband. Not one day had passed when she hadn't thought of him. But she continued on with her life to love and cherish the young people around her. During her years of motherhood, which never ended until the day she died, she was blessed with 34 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Catherine always had a love and skill for games. In her recent years she continued to enjoy and win many bingo games, and the truth is, there is not a grandchild in the family who can say they beat her twice in a row at a game of rummy. Her great sense of humor and witty remarks always kept visitors entertained. Catherine is a woman that you cannot sum up in one word; she is a woman who will never die in our hearts. Even though we will never hear her laughter again, we know she is gone but she will never be forgotten.
She was a special gift to all of us.
Catherine is also survived by her children, Dr. Jerry F. Naples, Rosemary Gorrono, Dolores Nelson, Robert Naples, Anthony Naples, Carl Naples, and Catherine Francis.
Louis F. Iraci, 83, of Old Brookville, died on Jan. 9, 2000. He was a US Army veteran of WWII. Brother of Dr. Joseph Iraci and Salvatore Iraci. Uncle of Rosalie and Joseph. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass at St. Hyacinth Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Mildred Isbenjian (nee LaTourette), of Glenwood Landing, died on Jan. 10, 2000. She was a life long member of the Glenwood Presbyterian Church and a member of Glenwood Landing American Legion Auxiliary Unit #336. Wife of the late Onnig. Aunt of nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Interment Roslyn Cemetery.
Raymond V. Nolan, 79, died on Jan. 11, 2000. He was a decorated WWII Army veteran, served for 20 years in the Army Reserves, was a life member of American Legion Post #497 and with the Baldwin Fire Dept. for 14 years. Husband of Emma (nee Rochler). Father of Linda Van Velsor (David). Grandfather of Kathryn (John), Vicki, David, Patrick and Sean. Also survived by one great-grandchild Riley Nolan. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral services. Interment Pinelawn Memorial Park.
Jeanne E. Divonzo, of Sea Cliff, died on Jan. 12, 2000. Born in Locust Valley, she was a housewife. Wife of John. Mother of Barbara Stevens (Alan) and Lisa Vizza (Bob). Grandmother of Diana Grace "Sweet Pea" Vizza. Sister of Edna Loftus and the late Edward Lehmann. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at St. Boniface Martyr Church. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery.
Rosella Deasy, 98, died on Jan. 12, 2000. Wife of the late Daniel. Mother of Rosemary (and the late James Growney), Daniel (Elaine), Joanne (Emil Sebetic), Richard (Barbara) and Patricia (Joseph Abruzzo). Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of 26. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Church. Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery.
George E. Bouton, of Glen Head, died on Jan. 13, 2000, in his 101st year. Husband of the late Irene. Father of Irene Olmstead. Grandfather of six. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral service at the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove. Interment East Hillside Cemetery.
Dell Rogers, of Glen Cove, died on Jan. 14, 2000. Daughter of Mary A. Darson. Sister of Margaret Darson, Darlee Mulling, Alvonzia Darson Jr. and Thomas Darson. Godmother of AJA Bruster, nephew Jawaan and many other nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Service at Calvary AME Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Theodore John (T.J.) Zebrowski
Theodore John (T.J.) Zebrowski, well-known PAL lacrosse director and beloved coach, died suddenly on Jan. 15, 2000 at the age of 45. T.J., who resided in Sea Cliff with his wife, Pat, and children, Beau and Blair, was vacationing at his Mt. Snow ski house when he succumbed to a massive heart attack.
Residents of our North Shore community were stunned and shaken with the news of T.J.'s death. Know for his quick wit, easy laugh and generous spirit, he touched everyone around him, children and adult alike. During spring lacrosse season, T.J. could be found on the school athletic fields morning and afternoon, coaching both Beau and Blair's teams. He had nothing but words of encouragement for everyone. A big "teddy bear" of a man, children on his teams remember him best as being both fun-loving and fair. After every game, he could be seen distributing lollipops to his players from the back of his car.
Another of T.J.'s passions was gourmet cooking. Pat would often come home from work (where she's a sales agent at Sherlock Homes Realty in Sea Cliff) to be greeted by a multi-course meal and several friends and family members ready to feast at T.J.'s spontaneous invitation. He spoke enthusiastically of remodeling his kitchen to make it a chef's 'state-of-the-art' dream. T.J. took great pride in his beautiful home overlooking Hempstead Harbor. He loved watching the boats and sunset every evening while enjoying a good cigar. Summer days would find T.J. giving banana boat rides to his children and their friends in the back of their home.
Besides his wife and children, T.J. is survived by his mother, Genevieve "Gert" Zebrowski; sister Elaine Clark; three brothers, Ray Ratkowski, Albert Zebrowksi and Robert Zebrowski; and longtime friend and partner at Formedia, Inc., in NYC, Kevin Fiume. Visiting will take place at the family residence in Sea on Jan. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the T.J. Zebrowski Memorial Fund.
Katherine Ketcham, of Sea Cliff, died on Jan. 18, 2000. Born in Glen Cove, she was a housewife. Mother of Gary (Donna), Luann (Sandra) and the late John. Grandmother of Antonio and Larissa. Also survived by many friends and relatives. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral service. Interment Fresh Pond Crematory.