Marc DeSimone, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of American Community Bank, headquartered in Glen Cove, died on Dec. 20, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. DeSimone was with the bank since its inception in 2000, first as senior vice president and chief lending officer. He was named president and chief executive officer in 2003 and chairman of the board of directors in 2008.
Mr. DeSimone was 51. Raised in Plainview and a longtime resident of Smithtown, his career included the roles of bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, executive vice president and chief lending officer for Bank of Smithtown and vice president and commercial lending officer with Long Island Commercial Bank. He earned a B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, and an M.B.A. in finance from Hofstra University in Hempstead.
Mr. DeSimone is survived by his wife, Deidre; son James; daughter Allie; stepson Paul; stepdaughter Melanie; and brothers Robert and Scott.
Rinehart Baron, formerly of Glen Head, died on Jan. 12, 2009 at the Cottages at Brushy Creek, a nursing facility in Greer, SC. He died of complication of Parkinson's disease at age 76. He had been employed as a research scientist and technical writer at several industries on Long Island before retirement. He and his wife Martha moved to Greenville, SC, in 2005 to live near their daughter Melanie Baron-Alpert, her husband Richard and their children, Alex and Adina. Their daughter Erika Pretell lives in Redwood City, CA, with her husband Eduardo and children, Sofia and Marco. A memorial service will be held on Feb. 7 at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association (APDA) or the Alzheimer's Association.
Rose L. Coco, of Glen Cove, formerly of Hempstead, died on Jan. 20, 2009. Wife of the late Nicholas. Mother of Michael (Mary Beth), Veronica Herring (Daniel) and Nicholas (Marie). Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of three. Visiting held at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass at St. Patrick's RC Church. Interment Long Island National Cemetery.
Leonard J. Connolly, Esq., of Lattingtown, died suddenly on Jan. 24, 2009 at age 71. Husband of Janet (nee Maroney). Father of Deidre (Hamish Norton), Ursula (Bill Wiess), Janet (Kaj Gyr) and Annie (Chris Lodge). Grandfather of William, Nina, Wilson, Blair, Dylan, Oliver, Angus, Graham and Marina. Visiting at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass at St. Patrick's RC Church. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery. Donations may be to the charity of your choice.
Iginio L. Ghesi, of Glen Head, died on Jan. 24, 2009. Husband of Gaetana. Father of Lawrence, Laura Lasky (Steve) and Linda Puchall (Abraham). Grandfather of seven. Uncle of Rosa. He was a long time member of Sea Glen Tennis at Cedarbrook. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at St. Boniface Martyr Church, Sea Cliff. Interment Mount St. Mary's Cemetery, Flushing.
Thomas R. Martin, of Locust Valley, and formerly of Glen Cove, died on Jan. 25, 2009 at age 85. A WWII veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps., he was a retired Nassau County detective, former superintendent of the Glen Cove Police Dept., past commissioner of Public Safety and Lt. Colonel N.Y. Guard. Husband of Fay. Father of Linda Weppler (Tom), Patricia McIntyre, Cathy, Michael (Naomi), Thomas, Daniel and Debra (Joe). Grandfather of Kenneth, Darienne, Todd, Keri, Jaclyn, Tasha, Joseph and Nicholas. Great-grandfather of Devan, Leah and Kylie. Visting at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass at St. Patrick's RC Church. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery.
Edmund H. Doogan Jr., formerly of Brookville, died on Jan. 27, 2009 in his 95th year. Husband of June. Father of Edmund H. III, Kathleen Damerel (George), Vincent, Peggy Margiotta, Thomas (Lori), Joan James (Eric) and the late James. Grandfather of seven and great grandfather of eight. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at St. Paul the Apostle Church, Brookville. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Contributions may be made to VNA of Central Jersey, 176 Riverside Ave., Red Bank, NJ 07701.
Rosemary K. (Kirby) Olsen, "Rory," 69, died peacefully on Jan. 28, 2009 at Rhode Island Hospital. Born in Glen Cove, she was the beloved wife of Richard A. Olsen. Born in Glen Cove, a daughter of the late Vincent C. and Rosella M. (Mizvesky) Kirby, she lived in Barrington for 41 years.
Mrs. Olsen received her bachelor's degree from C.W. Post College in 1962. She was a library assistant for the Barrington Public Library for 23 years before retiring in 2001. Rosemary was a communicant of St. Luke Church. She was a member of the Friends of Barrington Public Library.
Mrs. Olsen was a former Barrington Brownies and Girl Scout leader and a volunteer teachers aid at Sowams School. She enjoyed reading, cooking and solving the New York Times crossword puzzles.
Besides her husband of 46 years, she is survived by two daughters, Rosemary A. Olsen of Glen Cove and Susan E. Olsen and her husband Steven K. Paulini of Cleveland Heights, OH; a son Richard K. Olsen of Wakefield; three grandsons, Alexander K., Baxter J. and Coleman R. Paulini; and a brother James Kirby of Syracuse, NY. She was the sister of the late John Kirby.
Her funeral was be held on Feb. 2 from the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, Riverside, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Luke Church, Barrington. Burial in Forest Chapel Cemetery. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Rosemary's memory to the Barrington Public Library, 281 County Rd., Barrington, RI, 02806 would be deeply appreciated.
Elizabeth (O'Mara) Klare, formerly of Sea Cliff, passed away peacefully on Jan. 29, 2009 in Rheinbeck, NY at the age of 91. Wife of the late Edwin. Mother of five children, Elizabeth Osmers (Robert), Suzanne, Edwin, Paul and William. Grandmother of four, Elizabeth Licciardi (Vincent), Eileen Osmers, William Jr. and Justin Klare; and great grandmother of two, Marianne and Robert Licciardi. Elizabeth will be most remembered for her high spiritedness and dedication to all that would make the world a better place to live. She was a registered nurse. She loved to paint and garden. As a devoted member of St. Boniface Martyr Church, she belonged to the Peace and Justice Committee. She was one of the founders of the Sea Cliff Landmarks Society and later became its president. She also volunteered and became president of the AHRC volunteer group in Brookville. She was born of Irish and Norwegian parents and will be remembered by many for her love of the Irish spirit. Elizabeth's life touched and enriched so many and she will be deeply missed. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at St. Boniface Martyr Church. Interment V.A. National Cemetery, Calverton.
Dorothy L. Whelan, of Glen Cove, died on Feb. 3, 2009. Wife of the late John P. Mother of Mary (Frank) Quigley, Dorothy E. (Philip) Bonano, Bernadette (Paul) Cain, James (Lisa) and the late Joan. Grandmother of 10. The family will receive friends from 5 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 10:15 a.m. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.