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Elmer A. Kirsch, of Glen Cove, died on Oct. 11, 2003. He was 90 years old. He was loved and admired by Dorothy, his wife of 59 years; sons Michael (Margery) and Martin (Valerie) and six grandchildren: Jonathan (Karen), Rebecca, Lisa (Christopher), David, Daniel and James.

A resident of Glen Cove for well over 50 years, Mr. Kirsch was born and raised in NYC, where he graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School. He was also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he played water polo on the Varsity Team and was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. He served in the US Army during WWII.

Locally, he was active in scouting, was a Little League coach, a supportive PTA participant, an active member of Congregation Tifereth Israel and a long-time member of the Glen Cove Yacht Club.

Arrangements were made by Riverside-Nassau North Chapels, Great Neck.

Mary E. Dellavecchia, 88, of Glen Cove, formerly of Roslyn and Greenvale, died on Oct. 13, 2003. Beloved wife of the late Carmin J. Loving mother of Maryann Valenti (Robert) of Brattleboro, VT, Jane Lynch (Daniel) of Glen Head, Charles (Linda) of Sea Cliff and Linda Mocerino (Robert) of Sea Cliff. Grandmother of Christina, Brian, Michael, Leslie, Mark , Christopher, Cara, David, Greg and Lauren. Great-grandmother of three. Arrangements were made by the Roslyn Heights Funeral Home. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.

Lenward (Buddy) Spellman, 75, of Locust Valley, died on Oct. 17, 2003. He worked for Grumman Aircraft for 42 years and was remembered as a trim, athletic golfer who liked to croon R&B tunes as the radio played. When his family moved to Locust Valley, he became an active minister in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Mr. Spellman is survived by his wife Ruby. He was the father of Cynthia Watson (Ted) and Lenward R. (Patricia). Brother of Katharine Cullum and George (Wessie). Grandfather of Theodore III Coby, Kirsten and Jennifer. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Glen Cove.

Richard I. Purnell, of Locust Valley and Fishers Island, NY, died on Oct. 21, 2003. Husband of Marguerite H. Father of Marguerite W. and Peter F. (Suzanne). Grandfather of Jimmy, Teddy, Bobby and Henry. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral service at St. John's of Lattingtown. Donations in Richard's name may be made to Princeton University Class of 1940, Memorial Scholarship Fund, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center or the Kent School.

Shaun Murray, of Glen Cove, died on Oct. 21, 2003, after a painful battle with cancer. Son of Genevieve Matthews Reilly and Frank. Brother of Michael and Doreen Reilly. Companion of Donna Billings. Cousin of Colleen, Posy and Patricia. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass celebrated at St. Boniface Martyr Church, Sea Cliff. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery.

Pauline Dodge Pratt Webel, matriarch, philanthropist and outdoor woman, died on Oct. 21, 2003 at North Shore University Hospital at Glen Cove. She was 95. The cause of death was complications from pneumonia. Mrs. Webel was born in 1908, daughter of Marshall Jewell Dodge and Priscilla Barnes. In 1930 she married Frederic Richardson Pratt, an executive with Mobil Corp. whose grandfather founded Pratt Institute and was a partner of John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil. Mr. Pratt died in 1966 and in 1969 she married Richard K. Webel, a renowned landscape architect of Innocenti & Webel. Mr. Webel died in 2000. Mrs. Webel was active in many charities most notably in Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing in NYC and Trudeau Sanitorium in Saranac Lake, NY.

In 1971 she gave the citizens of Jasper County in South Carolina a library in memory of Mr. Pratt that was designed by Mr. Webel. In 1988 she raised most of the funds to create a museum in Ridgeland, SC, to which she donated her extensive collection of Low Country Indian artifacts and rare prints, maps and artifacts of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. In 1987 she co-authored with writer, Nancy Dunnan, the book The Jewells and the Dodges, An American Saga. The book traced the history of her family, most notably her great-grandfather, Marshall Jewell, who was a three-term governor of Connecticut, Minister to Russia and Postmaster General of the United States under President Grant.

Mrs. Webel is survived by two sons, Robert G. Pratt of St. Simons Island, GA, Arthur D. Pratt of Naples, FL; a stepson, Richard C. Webel of Locust Valley; a daughter, Polly Brown of Santa Fe, NM; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. A service will be held at St. John's of Lattingtown on Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Frederic R. Pratt Memorial Library, c/o Jasper Country Chamber of Commerce, Box 1267, Ridgeland, SC 29936.

Richard Creede, of Freeport, died on Oct. 22, 2003. He was Executive Director of the Glen Cove Beautification Commission. Beloved life partner of the late Raymond Paul for 20 years. Loving brother of Kevin and half brother of Doris Schenk (nee Creede). Dear uncle of William Schenk and Doreen Varner. Also survived by five grand-nieces and nephews. Loved and supported by the Paul family and many friends. Donations to Hospice Care Network or Christa House would be appreciated.

Ralph G. LaBella Jr., of Bayville, formerly of Glen Cove, died suddenly at North Shore University Hospital on Oct. 22, 2003 at the age of 50. Born and raised in Glen Cove, he attended Glen Cove schools and Nassau Community College. Mr. LaBella, a real estate/mortgage broker and tax accountant, was the owner of LaBella Real Estate in Locust Valley and maintained his offices on Forest Ave. for many years. He leaves his wife, Diane, and three daughters, Adele Lee, Lisa and Jaime as well as his parents, Jane and Ralph LaBella Sr.; two sisters, Jane Baer (Thomas) and Anne Siegel; and three brothers, Robert, James (Christine) and John LaBella. Also surviving are 21 nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head.

Frank J. Sobieski, 86, of Glen Cove, died on Oct. 22, 2003. Husband of the late Anne K. Brother of Mae Chrzanowski, the late Gladys, Stanley, John, Chester and Edward. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass at St. Hyacinth RC Church. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery.

Agnes E. Marshall, of Locust Valley, died on Oct. 23, 2003. Wife of the late John. Mother of Priscilla Thomson (Bill) and John (Debbie). Sister of Phina Hickey. Gram of Rachel. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery.

Matty Capobianco, of Locust Valley, died on Oct. 24, 2003. Companion of Jan Strickland. Son of Velma Gartner and the late Rocco Capobianco. Brother of Susan, Edith and Karen. Also survived by 10 nieces and two great-nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Graveside service at Holy Rood Cemetery.

Helen K. Gumbrecht (nee Veroxie), of Glen Cove, died on Oct. 25, 2003. Helen was a life-long resident of Glen Cove and had a love of animals, nature and the arts. She was a ballerina in her younger years and later taught ballet to local children. Wife of the late Arthur F. Mother of Diana Hyatt (Robert), Daniel (Enriqueta), Ronald (Noree) and Thomas (Mary). Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of seven. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass celebrated at St. Hyacinth Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.


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