Obituaries

Peter J. Hurley, 80, died on Jan. 12, 2009 at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, MA, following an extended illness. Born in Beverly, MA, son of the late Michael and Helena (McGrath) Hurley, he was raised in Manchester and had lived in Glen Cove and Glenwood Landing for the past 50 years. Pete, as known to all his friends, lived and worked and retired in Glenwood Landing. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War, receiving the rank of sergeant. He was a member of Amaral Bailey Post, American Legion in Manchester-by-the-Sea and also a member of the American Legion in Glenwood Landing.

Surviving him are one brother Thomas S. Hurley of Manchester-by- the-Sea; one sister Cynthia Maguire of Denver, CO; 10 nieces and nephews including William E. Hurley of Essex; and close friends, Robert L. Malvino, Kenneth Uihlein and Sean Grennan; and many other friends from Heartbreak Hotel, Seaman Fuel and The Cozy Corner. He expressed that when his day came to make sure to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the veterans hospital in East Northport for keeping him healthy and comfortable. He also wished to thank Dr. Schlitz for taking care of him for so many years and all his friends who stopped in to see him over the past couple of years.

Robert J. Merkel, of Traverse City, MI, died on Jan. 18, 2009 at the age of 82, after a long illness. Bob was born in Glen Cove, attended St. Patrick's School, St. Dominick's High School and was a Navy veteran of WWII. After the war, he attended Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute graduating with an engineering degree. He later founded his own company in Grand Rapids, MI, Merkel Engineering Co. before retiring to Traverse City.

He is survived by his wife Joanne; his children, Patricia, Brian, Alyson and Kevin; and his four grandchildren. He also leaves brothers, Eugene (Dorothy), Donald (Julie); sisters, Betty Wright and Marian Caggiano. He was predeceased by his brother Paul (Catherine).

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 22 and interment was at Resurrection Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MI.

John Francis Flynn, of Glen Head, died on Jan. 21, 2009. Husband of Margaret. Father of Ann, Michael and Joan. Grandfather "poppy" of Erin, Jacqueline, Daniel, Ryan and Megan. Brother of Paddy and Mary. He is also survived by nieces and nephews in the USA and Ireland. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Klaus Herzel, of Glen Head, died on Jan. 22, 2009. Husband of Rosa. Father of Jennifer and Ingrid (Vinny) Buffolino. Grandfather of Vincenzo. Religious service held at the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove.

Ruby Mederos, of Glen Cove, died on Jan. 23, 2009 at age 71. Mother of Marlo Graziose and Jessica Mederos. Grandmother of Julia and Monica.

Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass St. Hyacinth RC Church. Burial Pinelawn Memorial Park.

Leonard J. Connolly, Esq. of Lattingtown, died suddenly on Jan. 24, 2009. After graduating from St. Francis College and Cornell Law School, Len spent his entire career as a corporate attorney in New York City; first with Olwine Connelly Chase O'Donnell and Weyer and then with Dechert LLP.

After his retirement he became an adjunct professor of law at Hofstra Law School. In the last few years he conducted a well-regarded seminar on Corporate Governance. In addition to his legal work, Len had a general interest in reading, writing, politics and his emails to family and friends were amusing and delightful to read.

Len served the Village Lattingtown as village justice for many years and participated in the State Magistrates Association. He also served the Homeowners Association, Lattingtown Harbor Association, for a term as treasurer and also as general advisor. He was a member of the Beaver Dam Winter Sports Club and was, until a few years ago, an enthusiastic dancer, a tennis player and roller blader. He was still able to enjoy ballroom dancing and biking.

Len was admired for his wonderful sense of humor, his intelligence and his sense of fair play. His family will miss him terribly.

Husband of Janet (nee Maroney); Father of Deirdre (Hamish Norton), Ursula ((Bill Weiss), Janet (Kaj Gyr) and Annie (Chris Lodge). Grandfather of William, Nina, Wilson, Blair, Dylan, Oliver, Angus, Graham and Marina.

Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass at the Church of St. Patrick. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Giuseppe (Joe) Bilotto, 88, a prior lifelong resident of Locust Valley, died on Jan. 24, 2009 after losing his battle to cancer at CST San Antonio, TX.

Giuseppe is survived by his four children, Antonio Bilotto (Dolores) of Albuquerque, NM, Dr. and attorney Gerard Bilotto of White Plains, Vinnie Bilotto (Renee) of San Antonio and Mary Prefer (Randy) of Denver, CO; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his current wife Margaret Bilotto; and numerous other relatives and friends. Giuseppe was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters and wife Violetta Bilotto, the mother of his children.

Giuseppe was born Oct. 20, 1920 in Avellino, Italy, to Antonio and Carolina Bilotto. He served in WWII with the Italian Army as a young man and entered the United States of America in 1954 with his two young children, Antonio and Gerard, while his wife Violetta preceded him a year earlier. Giuseppe and Violetta had two additional children and raised their four children in Locust Valley while Giuseppe worked in the construction industry including the Twin Towers and the Verrazano Bridge. He was an obsessive gardener and grew his own vegetables and fruits. He had quite the green thumb. Where there was soil he would plant and whatever he planted always took on life. After retirement at age 62, he spent part of his time in Florida and enjoyed visiting his children and grandchildren and continued his passion for gardening. He was a devoted father, loving each of his children wholeheartedly.

Giuseppe was an incredibly passionate grandfather and a friend to many. He helped numerous individuals from the generosity of his heart and touched many lives. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

A funeral service to celebrate Giuseppe's life will take place at the Marcus L. Bianconi Funeral Home, 62 Cedar Swamp Rd., Glen Cove, on Jan. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass will be held Jan. 31 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Rocco's Church followed by interment at Holy Rood Cemetery.

Drew Patrick McQuair, of Glen Cove, died on Jan. 26, 2009. He was a member of the Matinecock Rod & Gun Club. Son of Charlie G. and the late Valerie. Brother of Gordon and Jim. Uncle of Charles, Wendy and Kerry. 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. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Animal Lovers League, 40 Shore Rd., Glen Cove, NY 11542. Theresa M. Solomito (nee Biscardi) of Glen Cove, died on Jan. 26, 2009. Wife of the late Joseph Sr. Mother of Joseph (Debbie) Jr. and Donna (Robert) Sciarra. Grandmother of Jeanmarie (Brian), Peter and Amber. Sister of Gennaro "Henry" and Al "Fronzie" (Mary) Biscardi. Special sister-in-law, aunt and friend to many. You will be truly missed and always loved. Visiting Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Whitting Funeral Home, 300 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Hyacinth RC Church, Glen Head. Interment private.

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