Obituaries

SSGT Rugierre "Ray" Caglioti USMC Ret., 78, of Punta Gorda (former Sea Cliff resident) passed away April 24, 2009 surrounded by family.

He was born on Oct. 18, 1930 in Inwood, NY, to Joseph and Angela Caglioti. One of five brothers, Ray joined the Marine Corps and proudly served during the Korean War with E Co., 2nd BN, 7th Marines in the 1st Marine Div. He was part of the 'Chosin Few' at the Chosin Reservoir, was wounded in combat during the Battle of Yalu and was distinguished with several military honors which he accepted with humility. After the Corps, Ray went on to work in sales within the HVAC industry where he touched many lives and made many life-long friends.

He is survived by and will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 56 years, Josephine; his son Mark 'Bear' Caglioti; son, daughter-in-law and grandsons, Christopher and Elani, Arlen Ray and Mark Anthony Caglioti; daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, Lee Alice Caglioti and James Hamilton, Jimmy and Jaynelle Hamilton; his brothers Thomas, Anthony and Victor (preceded in death by Dominic) and many beloved nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

In accordance with his wishes, a small, private ceremony for burial at sea will be conducted by his family with a celebration of his life to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Miriam Dare Guido passed away at age 89. She was a retired professor of library science at Queens College, Phi Beta Kappa honoree and beloved wife and mother. She was the daughter of a priest of the Orthodox Church, a Ukranian order recognized by the Vatican. When her father, Father Vladimir Derzeruka died, the 8-year-old child was placed in a convent in Astoria, Queens, until three older sisters took over in the midst of the Great Depression and put their two younger sisters through Bryant High School.

A gifted student, Miriam won a scholarship to the first class of the newly-founded Queens College, but was forced to go to work at age 17. With the U.S. entry into WWII, she married her husband, Richard Guido, in '42 and gave birth to twin sons in a 4-bed rural hospital in Independence, KS. Post-war, the young family returned to Long Island, where she raised her sons, while her husband returned to finish college and ultimately establish his own business. At 40, her sons as cadets in the Air Force Academy in Colorado, she returned to Queens College to earn a BA and two master's degrees. She went on to work at New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, Montclair State U. in New Jersey and returned to Queens College as a professor of library science and head cataloguer.

She has resided on East Island in Glen Cove for 49 years. She leaves her husband of 66 years, Richard (Dick) Guido; sons, Richard L. and Robert V. Guido and spouses; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildre.

Angelo C. Grecco, of Hicksville, died on April 29, 2009. Husband of Catherine. Father of Josephine (Dermot) Joyce and Ben. Grandfather of Gina, Robert, Steven and Patrick. Brother of Thomas and the late Geraldine. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass celebrated at the Church of St. Patrick. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Mary Rose Sheelen, of Glen Cove, died on May 1, 2009. Wife of the late Raymond A. Mother of Mary Ellen Wefer (Douglas), Anne Peterson (Mark), Raymond A., Jr., Regina Hoppey (Michael) and John F. Grandmother of eight. Sister of Anne Wells and James McNelis. Funeral Mass was held May 4 at St. Patrick's RC Church. Interment William Doyle Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ. Further information Whitting Funeral Home, 300 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head, NY. Joseph F. Carucci, of Glen Cove, died on May 2, 2009. Father of Joseph P. Jr. and Laura Carucci. Brother of Lois Ann and the late Angelo Jr. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Patrick. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Carmen Flora Mercado, of Glen Cove, died peacefully on May 2, 2009 at age 83. Mother of Albert, Judy, Patricia, Eddie and Carmen Luisa. Grandmother of five and great-grandmother of four. Sister and friend and special "mom" to Geraldine. She was the light of our lives; may she shine eternally. Flora was loved by so many in the community and we thank all for their love and support. Arrangements by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass held at St. Patrick RC Church. Interment private. Georgia G. Koufakis, of Brookville, died tragically on May 2, 2009 at age 83. Wife of John for 60 years. Mother of John (Shailja), Steven (Eileen), and Michael (Lynne). Sister of the late Nicholas. Grandmother of 11. Arrangements entrusted to Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Visiting at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection. Service Thursday 10 a.m. at the church. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection, 1400 Cedar Swamp Rd., Brookville, NY 11545.
Donna J. Gabrus
Donna J. Gabrus, of Glen Cove, died on May 4, 2009. She was a dedicated nurse for 34 years at Glen Cove Hospital. Daughter of Rita and William. Sister of Jayne E. (Richard) Sand. Aunt of Christopher (Terry), Jill (Chris), Michael, Blake and the late Jenny. Great-aunt of Madison, James, Cate and Christopher. Niece of Sophie Luzynski. The family will receive friends Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, 220 Glen St., Glen Cove. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Patrick Friday at 10 a.m. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.

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