Catherine M. Clibborn Collings, 95, died on April 25, 2008. She was a parish and national leader in the Episcopal Church during the 58 years that she resided on Long Island. She was born in Edmonton, Canada on Dec. 6, 1912, and grew up in Victoria, Canada. She was raised by her mother, Catherine Louisa Servos Clibborn, after her father was killed during WWI.
Catherine received a B.A. from Victoria College, a B.S. in nursing from the University of British Columbia and Vancouver General Hospital and M. A. in nursing education and administration from Teachers College, Columbia University (1945). As the youngest R. N. in British Columbia to take the nursing exam, she scored the highest in the province. She became a pediatric nurse and by the age of 32, she had served as director of nurses and instructor of nursing education at Medicine Hat General Hospital at the University of Alberta. She was assistant superintendent of nursing at Vancouver General Hospital and was offered the position of superintendent of nursing. While studying in New York City, she met Tom J. Collings, press agent for the Algonquin hotel, designer of transparency and projector equipment and holder of several patents. They were married in 1945.
In 1954, when Catherine and Tom moved from Forest Hills to Sea Cliff, she became an active member of the community, St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Sea Cliff and the Episcopal Diocese of LI, holding numerous leadership positions. She resided in Sea Cliff for 19 years, Glen Head for 20 years and Greenvale for 10 years before returning to Sea Cliff for one year until moving to Sunharbor Manor, Roslyn, where she resided for one year.
She was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader for many years, actively supported the Community Concert Series and LI Philharmonic and was a member of the North Shore Schools' PTAs and the Coordinating Council. At St. Luke's she was founding librarian, a Sunday School teacher, chair of the Lay Pastoral Care Committee and a member of the vestry, Altar Guild, Women's Guild and choir.
Her leadership in the Diocese of LI included: First woman president of the Family Consultation Service, first woman elected to the Diocesan Council, chair of "Evening at Jones Beach" fund aisers, Episcopal Church Women president and vice president, chair of numerous diocesan committees, advisor to the bishops, three-time delegate to National Triennials and representative to The Presiding Bishop's Fund, United Thank Offering and Episcopal Charities. On the national level, Catherine served as the first woman president of the Church Army of the Episcopal Church and later as president of the National Institute for Lay Training.
In 1962 Catherine was honored with the Diocesan Cross. In 1963 she was selected as Mother of the Year by St. Francis Church, Levittown, and in 1989, she was the recipient of the Father Huntington Award.
Beyond her leadership and devotion to nursing and her church, service to her community, she will be remembered for her knowledge of theology, her fashion, her warmth, altruism and inspiration of all who knew her, her love of children, gardening and music.
Mother of Catherine Faith Kappenberg (John) and Thomas Barclay Collings (Kimiyo). Grandmother of Geoffrey and Lien.
A memorial service will be held on May 17 at 11 a.m at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 253 Glen Ave., Sea Cliff. Memorial donations may be sent to St. Luke's Book of Remembrance Fund, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 253 Glen Ave., Sea Cliff, NY, 11579, or ECW (Episcopal Church Women) Diocese of Long Island, Attn: ECW Treasurer, 36 Cathedral Ave., Garden City, NY 11530.
Catherine M. Roraback, of Glen Cove, died on May 5, 2008. She was a professor of nursing at Hunter College for many years and was a faithful and active parishioner of St. Boniface Church in Sea Cliff. Daughter of the late George and Camille Roraback. Sister of the late Peter and his wife Veronica Roraback, Sr. Aunt of Jane (Bill) Massey, Peter (Heather) Roraback, Jr. and Nancy (Ernie) DeMarzo. Also survived by great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at St. Boniface Martyr Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
o Red A. "Red" Werino, of Glen Cove, died on April 30, 2008 at age 87. Longtime devoted member of Glen Cove Elks Lodge #1458. Pre-deceased by one week by his wife Ann. Father of Dianne Lee (Jack) and Joan Grenier (Dennis). Grandfather of Marissa Damiano (Nick), Candace Alessandro (Ralph), Nicholas, Adam and Troy Grenier. Arrangements were made by the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Mass at St. Patrick's RC Church. Interment private.
Everett H. Sujecki, lifetime resident of Glen Cove, died on April 21, 2008 at age 84. Husband of Florence (nee Dudojc) for 60 years. Father of Frank (Maryann) and Gailmarie. Son of the late Lillian and John. Brother of Doris Spalding and the late Edward, Mildred Duncan, Lillian McNaughton, Alice Mackney, Herbert, Harold, and John. He served in WWII as a sergeant in the USMC for three years in the South Pacific. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass at St. Boniface Martyr Church. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery.
Donald G. Breining, of Glen Cove, born May 20, 1923 in Brooklyn, died peacefully at home on April 14, 2008. A longtime area resident, he graduated from Poly Preparatory School in 1941 and majored in chemical engineering at the University of Maryland. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp where he was a member of the Air Transport Command. His unit received a Presidential Citation in 1943 for their unprecedented operation in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations establishing a continuous military aerial supply line in what is now commonly referred to as "Flying the Hump."
Returning after the war, Don followed his father into Wall Street where he became a technical analyst at Fiduciary Trust Company and subsequently created the equity newsletter Vanguard Reports which provided specific guidance to technical stock traders. His passion for the stock market continued throughout his life and literally until his death where only weeks before he died, he opined: "Bear Sterns is worth more than the $2 J.P. Morgan is offering..." Its offer was subsequently raised to ten dollars. He was happiest knee-deep in stock charts - Value Line in one hand, his trusty HP-12c calculator in the other - divining buy signals from daily stock tables.
During the late 1960s, Don left Wall Street to become a private investor, which suddenly gave him more free time to pursue interests such as boating, where he taught himself celestial navigation and spent endless hours cruising Long Island Sound. He was also an avid golfer and played for more than thirty years at the Creek Club, often musing: "I may not have played well on the course - but I never lose rolling for drinks after the round!"
His dry sense of humor, intellectual curiosity and kindness will be missed by all. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Lynn); children Donna Blass (Laurence) of Garden City, Richard (Jenny) of Ridgewood, NJ, and Christopher, of Glen Cove, as well as grandchildren, Lindsay and Todd Blass, and Kelsey, Peter and Tory Breining. Arrangements made by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Highland Rd., Glen Cove on May 15 at 11 a.m. Donations may be made to Hospice Care Network: 99 Sunnyside Blvd. Woodbury, NY 11797 or Lindsay Blass' "Team in Training" fund, c/o The Leukemia and Lymphoma Soceity, Long Island Chapter, 555 Broadhollow Road, Suite 403, Melville, NY, 11747 or www.active.com/donate/tntliny/tntlinyLBlass.
Joan H Hawkey died unexpectedly on April 30, 2008 at her home in Brookville. She was 79 years old. She was born September 29, 1928 in New York City to the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry U. Harris of Brookville. Joan was graduated from Green Vale School, Garrison Forest School and Smith College (Class of 1950). For 10 years after college, Joan worked at the United Nations. She married Harold W. Hawkey (of Sheridan, WY) in 1958. Harold worked at Texaco and in 1960 they were transferred to locations such as San Juan, Puerto Rico; Monrovia, Liberia; Kingston, Jamaica; and Christianstead, St. Croix before returning to Brookville in 1968. Joan was an active member of a number of community organizations for many years and was devoted to conservation and the environment. She was a former president of the North Country Garden Club of Long Island and a long-time board member and chairman of many committees including co-chairperson for Garden History and Design. She also served on the boards of Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay and the North Country Community Association. Joan was a great supporter and active volunteer for the Nassau County Chapter of the American Red Cross and Planned Parenthood for many years. She was also associated with the Humes Japanese Stroll Garden in Mill Neck and a longtime volunteer for the Green Vale School and St. John's of Lattingtown Church. In addition to her community work, Joan ran the Women in Business Conference at C.W. Post College for two years as director. This conference focused on impressive women business leaders inspiring women in business. She was the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Francis Harris of New York City and the late Mr. and Mrs. Edwin S. Webster of Boston, MA. She is survived by her husband, Harold W. Hawkey; and her children, Harold W. Hawkey, Jr (Jackie) and Elizabeth Hawkey; her two grandchildren, Sarah and Grace Hawkey; and her siblings Evelyn Van Ingen (Glen Head), Melova Harris Livens (Lincoln, MA) and David Webster Harris (Stamford, CT). In lieu of sending flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Nassau County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Garrison Forest School in Baltimore, MD, or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements were made by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Service was held at St John's of Lattingtown and private burial held at Memorial Cemetery of St John's Church in Laurel Hollow.
George A. Gennity Jr., lifelong resident of Glen Cove, passed away at age 54 on May 3, 2008 from lung cancer. George was a Glen Cove High School 1973 graduate and served in the U.S. Navy. Son of Barbara Bowe Rooney (Pat) and the late George A. Gennity Sr. Brother of Brian (Karen) and Colleen Caruso (Michael). Uncle of Amanda and Eric Caruso and Kelley and Diane Gennity. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Patrick. Private burial at Mount St. Mary's Cemetery. Donations can be made in memory of George A. Gennity Jr. to Hospice Care Network, 99 Sunnyside Blvd., Woodbury, NY 11797 (832-7100).
Robert Melchione of Glen Cove. Son of the late Armand and Adrienne. Father of Raymond and Christopher. Brother of Carol Parsons. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Patrick.
Joseph L. Vetrone, former Glen Cove City Judge for 29 years, died on May 7, 2008. Husband of Theresia. Father of Joseph (Diane), James, Joyce (Kevin) Cunniff and Jon (late Margaret). Brother of Ann (Pat) Siniscalchi. Grandfather of Nicole, Matthew, Sean, Jordan and Jenna. The family will receive friends Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, 220 Glen St., Glen Cove. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Patrick Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Donations in his name may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-1942.