Obituaries

William Ernest Farrington, age 76, a long time former Sea Cliff resident, living in Missoula, MT, died after a six month battle with cancer on Feb. 4, 2009.

Will Farrington was born in Nappanee, IN. He graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, IN, and earned a master of fine arts degree from Cooper Union in New York City. Will served with the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany from 1956 - 58. In 1970 he married Susanne Fried and moved to Sea Cliff where they had two children, Adam and Berry.

The Farringtons resided in Sea Cliff and also had a residence in Hamilton, NY. For over 30 years Will contributed his talents, time and enormous energy to the Village of Sea Cliff and its creative community. In 1973 he was awarded the prestigious White Cap Award for exemplary service to the village. He was an active member of both the Landmarks and Beautification committees as well as the Sea Cliff Village Museum. As a master calligrapher, he gave generously of his time designing and drawing many calendars and posters for the Village of Sea Cliff. He was also a noted graphic artist who participated in many of the local exhibits and art events.

For many years Will worked as a graphic artist in New York City. In 1965, he became an art professor at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, teaching calligraphy and graphic design. After a long, inspiring career, he retired in 1998.

While residing in Sea Cliff, Will was an ardent member of the Muttontown Unitarian Fellowship and the Island Scribes. The Island Scribes is a Baldwin-based group of artists who promote and teach the art of calligraphy.

Will moved to Calgary, Canada, after his retirement to pursue his love of an active outdoor life of hiking, skiing, kayaking and jogging. In 2007, he moved to Missoula, MT, and continued his art work and exhibited widely there.

He is survived by his ex-wife Susanne, of Hamilton, NY; his son Adam and his wife Amy of New Orleans; his daughter Berry and her husband Peter Delong of Minneapolis, MN; and a grandson Walter Delong. Memorials maybe made to the Missoula Public Library Foundation in Missoula, MT.

Sydney Holmes Bales, of Locust Valley, died on Feb. 21, 2009 at age 86. Wife of the late William A. Mother of Peter R. and William A. Jr. (Gioia). Grandmother of Keegan, Ryan, Caroline, Melissa and Dylan. Arrangements made by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Service at St. John's of Lattingtown. Interment private. Luis Raul Cedeño, of Tyrone, passed away Feb. 23, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Maria Teresa Cedeño of Tyrone; daughter, Anabell Montano and her husband Ricardo of Fairburn; granddaughter, Tatiana Adria Montano of Fairburn; daughter, Jacklyn Cedeño of Tyrone; mother, Annabell Martinez of Fairburn; sisters, Lucy Cedeño of Puerto Rico; Marisa Cedeño of Puerto Rico; brothers, Eddie Cedeño of Fairburn; Raul Cedeño of Puerto Rico and. A memorial service was held Feb. 25 at Saint Matthew Catholic Church with Deacon Bill Hampton officiating. Inurnment at Georgia National Cemetery. Those wishing may send an online condolence at www.parrottfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were made by the Parrott Funeral Home and Crematory, Fairburn (770-964-4800). Harry E. Francis, of Glen Cove, died on Feb. 24, 2009 at age 73. Husband of Susan. Father of Diane Hollobaugh (Heath), Joann and Michael. Brother of Beatrice, the late Robert, Marjorie and Herbert. Grandfather of Gary, Jennifer and Haley. Visiting at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Interment East Hillside Cemetery. Sisto Celenza, of Glen Cove, died on Feb. 25, 2009 at age 90. Husband of the late Anna. Father of Teresa Maura (the late Matteo), Angela Tiberia (Mario), John (Louise), Maria Cerullo (Lee), the late Angelina and Catherine. Brother of the late Louis. Grandfather of 20. Great-grandfather of 18. Great-great grandfather of one. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visiting at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Mass at the Church of St. Rocco. Entombment St. Charles Cemetery. Ernest J. Anzalone, lifelong resident of Glen Cove, died on Feb. 25, 2009 at age 87. Husband of Antoinette. Loving father of Etta Newell (Raymond), Tony (Maureen), Michael, Vicky Graziosi (Dino). Grandfather of Michelle, Tina, Joseph, Melissa, Joanie, Cathy, David and Agnes. Great-grandfather of 12. Visitation at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Mass at St. Hyacinth RC Church, Glen Head. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery. Judith A. Kielbasa, of Glen Cove, died on Feb. 26, 2009 at age 62. Mother of R.J. (Jessica), Dawn and Donna. Daughter of the late John and Ruth Johnson. Expecting grandmother of her first grandchild. Also survived by many dear friends. Judy worked at St. Christopher Ottilie for several years. Judy had a simple philosophy for a happy fulfilling life, and that was: "You will never be poor while you have a loving family around you." While Judy may have left this earth, her memory will live on, in the hearts of those who love her. Visiting held at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Mass at St. Hyacinth RC Church, Glen Head. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery. Nancy Lomenzo, of Glen Cove, died on Feb. 28, 2009 at age 100. Wife of the late Frank. Mother of Rosemary Vilella and Herbert Lomenzo. Grandmother of Jack and Jackie Vilella, Robert, Francis, Jan and Justin; and great-grandmother of eight. Visiting at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Mass at St. Patrick RC Church. Entombment Holy Rood Cemetery. Paul Ceglia, lifelong resident of Locust Valley, died on Feb. 28, 2009 at age 79. He was a US Air Force veteran. Husband of the late Lorraine A. Father of Paul Alan, Glen and Laurel Fagiola. Brother of Arnold, Evelyn Mercadante, Doris and Angelo. Grandfather of six. Reposed at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Interment private. Virginia M. Nihill, of Glen Head, died on March 1, 2009 at age 86. Wife of the late Adrian T. Mother of Eric, Connie Meine, Christopher and Judith DeRicco. Grandmother of 10 who gave her great joy. Arrangements by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass held at St. Boniface Martyr Church. Interment private. Jacqueline G. Loew, of Glen Cove, died on March 4, 2009 at age 81. Mother of Cynthia Frank (Robert), Gregory Tull (Diane) and William Tull Jr. Grandmother of Chelsea, David, Hayley, Alison and Christopher. Great- grandmother of Chloe. The family plans to celebrate her life at a later date. Arrangements made by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Interment private. Arthur J. "A.J." Ledzian, of Glen Cove, died on March 5, 2009 at age 63. Son of Althea and the late Arthur Z. Brother of David A., Mark (Katie) and Melissa Hason (Kevin). Uncle of Wayne, Jennifer, Kaitlyn, Justice and Ian. Great-uncle of James. Arrangements made by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass at St. Patrick RC Church, Glen Cove on March 14 at 10 a.m. Interment private. Donations may be made to St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl,, Memphis, TN 38105 or stjude.org. Francis X. Coleman Jr., of Glen Head, formerly of Port Washington, died on March 6, 2009. He was a retired partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co., director and founder of Clever Devices, DPC Data. He served on the boards of Fordham Preparatory School and Friends Academy for several years. He was the best friend and husband of Agnes. Father of Janice (Jeff) Graham, Ellen (Bill) VanHerwarde, Denys (Jeff) Gross, Francis X. III (Buddy) (Christine) and the late Neil Coleman (Hilda). Grandpa of 11. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Hyacinth. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank's memory may be made to Fordham Prep, East Fordham Rd., Bronx, NY 10458 or Hospice Care Network, Woodbury, NY 11797.

Charles Luchsinger, TV pioneer, cartoonist and inventor, passed away on March 6, 2009 due to complications from congestive heart failure. He was 94. Charles was born on Sept. 5, 1914 in Moline, IL. During high school, he worked at a Texaco gas station to help support his entire family during the Depression. He went on to Chicago and studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He freelanced and worked for various ad agencies in Chicago and New York before being drafted in June of 1942 at age 30. He served in the U.S. Army for four years during WWII.

After his military service, Charles had his first TV show - Cartoon TeleTales, which aired on Sunday evenings in the 1950s. Charles drew the characters, as his brother Jack told the stories. Charles and Jack claimed they had a TV show before anyone even had a TV set. Three years after the demise of Cartoon TeleTales, Charles created another TV show called Jolly Gene and His Fun Machine. It debuted on ABC in 1953. It was a fun machine that was "Home" for a family of puppets. Charles operated the machine and drew cartoons. It was cramped quarters for operating puppets, drawing cartoons and keeping all the balls and whistles operating. Despite all of that, it was a top-rated daytime children's TV show on ABC.

Charles was a "brilliant" cartoonist whose gags have appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, Liberty, The New Yorker and other national publications. He developed toys and games including Fiddle Straws, Kookie Chick, Looney Cycle, Bobbin Noggin and Tickle Bee, a top seller for 25 years and still receives orders some 50 years later.

"Chuck the Duck" as close friends called him, gained national recognition through his television shows, cartoons and top selling games and earned a spread layout in 1956's Life Magazine as well as a guest spot on the Today Show with Hugh Downs. He went on to work for Norcross Greeting Cards and continued with his cartoon illustrations for books and magazines. He created and authored over 50 animal characters and a hundred stories that all told a simple tale with a moral and lesson to be learned by all "especially the young and the young at heart."

Charles tirelessly devoted himself to numerous community activities, including serving on the Glen Cove PTA, coaching Little League baseball and was a devoted parishioner at St. Paul's Church in Glen Cove, where he taught religion and organized various church activities.

For all the successes in Charles' life, being a devoted husband, father and grandfather was the most important thing in his life. He touched many lives and hearts with his warmth, kindness, generosity, love and gentle way that will be missed by all who knew him.

Charles Robert Luchsinger was the beloved husband of the late Caroline and Alice. Devoted father of Bill (Liz), Bob (Gloria), Tori (Kenny) and Jimmy (Amy). Cherished grandfather of 12: Andrew, Holly, Brian, Matthew, Christopher, Lisa, Amy, Daniel, Alyssa, Nicholas, Tommy and Ryan. Dear brother of Velma Stanley, Richard and Jack Luchsinger. Loving uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Service at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Interment St. Paul's Cemetery.

Argirios Nickas, of Bayville, Jensen Beach, FL, and Patras, Greece, died on March 6, 2009 at age 77. He was past president of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection. Former CFO of Forstmann-Leff Assoc. Husband of Helen. Father of Angelo, Athena Nastasi (Robert) and Tina Conway (William). Brother of Sophia Christian (William). Grandfather of Christopher, Nicholas, Matthew, Anthony, Argirios, Thomas, Eleni, John and Nitsa. Also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation and service at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery. Arrangements by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection Building Fund, 1400 Cedar Swamp Rd. Brookville, NY 11545. Vivian B. Youngs, of Old Brookville, died on March 6, 2009 at age 88. Vivian was well known as the wife of the late John, owner of Youngs Farm in Old Brookville. She was a farmer's wife for 56 years. While busy working with John, she followed her interests in sewing, knitting and antiques. She was a graduate of Katherine Gibbs of New York City in the early 1940s where she developed her excellent bookkeeping skills. Always with hat and gloves, she worked for Mark Cross during the war. She served on the boards of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cedar Swamp Historical Society and the Sea Cliff Homemakers. Vivian is survived by her children, Jo-Hana Youngs Gooth (William) and Paula Youngs Weir (Richard III). Grandmother to Richard IV, Abby, Remsen, Beagan and Liam. Great-grandmother to Tabor. Arrangements made by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Graveside service held privately. A memorial service will be held at Brookville Dutch Reformed Church on April 4 at 4 p.m. Donations may be made to Agricultural Society of Queens, Nassau & Suffolk Counties, Old Bethpage Village, Round Swamp Rd.. Old Bethpage, NY 11804 or Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main St., Oyster Bay, NY 11771.

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