Brunhilda Gonzalez, a former Glen Cove school crossing guard and member of the Glen Cove Special Police, died on Aug. 12 at her home in Mountain View, HI.
Ms. Gonzalez, the mother of former City Councilman Steve Gonzalez and former US Marine Corps Sergeant Richard Gonzalez, was a visible fixture in Glen Cove in every job she worked. When she first moved to Glen Cove in 1956, she began working as a nurse's aide in the maternity ward at Glen Cove Community Hospital. Her son Steve remarked, "The chances are that if you were born between 1956 and 1969 at Community Hospital, my mom cared for you."
In the fall of 1969 she began her career as a school crossing guard at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Woolsey Avenue. When she later worked at Woolsey and Dosoris, she was known as "the lady with the red moped," as that was her mode of transportation to and from work. Ms. Gonzalez was known to remark that her greatest satisfaction on her job came from keeping children safe and making wonderful new friends.
Ms. Gonzalez was a member of the Glen Cove Special Police during the 1970s and won a number of contests for her expert practice shooting at the Glen Cove Pistol Range.
Although she had resided in Hawaii for the past 12 years, Ms. Gonzalez made a point to take annual vacations to Glen Cove to visit relatives and old friends.
In addition to her sons Steve and Richard, Ms. Gonzalez is survived by daughters-in-law Elaine Quinones of Glen Cove and Laura of Mountain View, HI; sister Louise Cano of Franklin Square; two brothers, David Tieso and Junior (Maria) Tieso of Quebradillas, PR; two grandchildren, Christina and Rachel, and a great-grandson, Elijah. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Patrick's Church, with interment at Locust Valley Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home in Glen Cove.
Edward K. Mallon, 72, of Glen Cove, longtime resident of Port Washington, died on Aug. 9, 2003. Edward is survived by his sons, Michael, Timothy and Patrick. He was the former dock master at Purdy's Shipyard in Port Washington. Arrangements were made by Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Services were private.
Maria Avendano (nee Miranda), 68, of Glen Cove, died suddenly on Aug. 9, 2003. Wife of the late Osvaldo. Mother of Maria, Arturo and Viviana. Sister of Ana, Maria, Esmeralda and Rosa. Grandmother of nine. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Burial in Chile.
Eric McDonald Curry, of Glen Cove, formerly of Nova Scotia, died on Aug. 12, 2003. Longtime companion of Rose Subinski. Father of Wade (his girlfriend Mary Ellen) and Arthur (Karen). Grandfather of Thomas and Dawn. Great-grandfather of Jacqueline, Nicholas and Gwendeline. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Interment private.
Brunhilda Gonzalez, of Glen Cove and Mountain View, HI, died on Aug. 12, 2003. She was a former school crossing guard, Special Police. Wife of the late Juan M. Mother of Steve (former city councilman of Glen Cove) (Elaine) and Richard (Laura). Sister of Louise Cano (Marcelino), David Tieso and Junior Tieso (Maria). Grandmother of Christina and Rachel. Great-grandmother of Elijah. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass at St. Patrick's RC Church. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Rotary - Gift of Life.
Josephine Dwyer, of Port Jefferson Station, formerly of Glen Cove, died on Aug. 14, 2003. Wife of the late Edward J. Mother of Sharon Krahm, Bob (Judy) and Eddie (Tanya). Grandmother of Jamie, Edward Jr., Allison, Robbey, Kimberly, Dianna, Kayce and Ray Jr. Also survived by two sisters, Stella and Vicky and two brothers, Tommy and Al Malon. Arrangements were made by the Marcus L. Bianconi Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral services conducted with the clergy of St. Patrick's RC Church officiating. Interment LI National Cemetery, Pinelawn.
Maria Rosa DiBlasio, 68, of Glen Cove, died on Aug. 14, 2003. Wife of the late Gerardo. Mother of Anthony. Sister of Donato Cipriano. Aunt of Josephine, Michael and Donna. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass celebrated at St. Rocco's RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
James B. McGrady (Spider), retired detective NCPD, of Glen Cove, died on Aug. 16, 2003. Husband of the late Irene F. Father of Patricia Sample (William), James J. (Angie), Ann Mullen (Pat), Eileen, Michael (Eileen), Jane Sheils (Terry), John (Lynn), Carol Bednartz (Dan) and Richard (Ann Marie). Grandfather of 21. Great-grandfather of four. Brother of Jane Hahn and the late Judy Blankmeyer and John. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass celebrated at St. Hyacinth Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.