Vernon G. Graham, 87, of West Kingston, passed away Dec. 20, 2010. He was the husband of the late Laura (McClain) Graham. Born in Middletown, CT, he was a son of the late Carl R. and Isabelle E. (Davies) Graham.
Vernon enlisted in the Navy on Jan. 15, 1942. After seeing action at the invasion of Sicily, he attended Yale, RPI, Bowling Green and Ohio State Universities receiving his masters in mathematics and an advanced degree in mathematics from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He retired from the Naval Reserve a LTJG.
Jo-Hana Youngs Gooth, of Old Brookville, died on Dec. 19 2010 at age 62. Wife of William P.J. Mother of Beagan and Liam. Sister of Paula Y. Weir (Richard). She was also a cherished aunt. President of the Agriculture Society of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk County. Founder of Youngs Farm Annex. Member of Daughters of American Revolution, Oyster Bay Chapter. Visitation at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Service at Brookville Reformed Church. Interment Brookville Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Agricultural Society of Queens, Nassau & Suffolk County or the Brookville Reformed Church.
Mary D. Hablitz, of Bayville, died on Dec. 18, 2010 at age 95. Wife of the late Harry. Mother of the late Marylyn Curran (the late James J.) Grandmother of Pamela Henry (James), Gwendolyn Steell and Merrilee Filasky. Great-grandmother of Katie, Sasha, Sophie, Heidi, Dylan and the late Allison. Arrangements entrusted to Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Services held privately. Donations may be made to Portledge School, Allison P. Henry Studio Art Fund, 355 Duck Pond Rd., Locust Valley, NY 11560.
Olive R. Montello, of Glen Cove, died on Dec. 17, 2010. Wife of the late Dominick. Mother of Mark, Nick, Chris and John. Sister of Edna, Diane, the late Hariette, Dorothy, Cecelia, Ella, Neil, Richard, John and William. Grandmother of Nicole, Nick, Jessica, Willy, Kristopher, Elizabeth and Hunter. Also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. Service at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Interment private.
Michael J. LaBella, of Locust Valley, died on Dec. 17, 2010 at age 93. He was a WWII veteran. Husband of the late Mary. Father of the late Michael and Angelo. Brother of the late Angie Ronaldo. Grandfather of Debbie (Frank), Michael (Tina), Robert (Dorothy) and Christopher. Great-grandfather of David, Michael, Ryan and Sebastian. Father-in-law of Donna. Visiting at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Mass at the Church of St. Rocco. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery.
Joanne Kay, of Sea Cliff, died on Dec. 17, 2010. Daughter of the late Fred and Ruth Kay. sister of Allan Kay and Diane Bonke. She is also survived by two nieces, one grand-nephew and one grand-niece. Funeral service Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Whitting Funeral Home, 300 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head. Interment private. Contributions may be made to United Methodist Church of Sea Cliff, 420 Carpenter Ave., Sea Cliff, NY 11579.
William C. (Bill) Boruta, of Glen Cove, died on Dec. 16, 2010. Son of the late Edward C. and Anastasia. Brother of Alice (Joseph) Scala and Edward C. Jr. Uncle of Elizabeth and Eileen. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Hyacinth. Interment St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Brookville.
Michael G. Sterzel, of Glen Head, died on Dec. 16, 2010. Son of Denise and the late Paul. Father of Lara Murray-Sterzel. Life companion of Jennifer Vandehey. Brother of Joseph (Kathryn). Grandson of Elsie Nicholas. He is also survived by his nephew Ethan. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at St. Boniface Martyr Church, Sea Cliff. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.
Helene Craig, of Glen Cove, died on Dec. 15, 2010 at age 90. Born in Mogador, Morocco on July 15, 1920, she is descended from several distinct worlds: Her Sephardic roots date back to the Spanish Inquisition of 1492 when many Jews fled to North Africa. Another branch of her family goes back to the ancient Phoenicians, a civilization of traders who plied the waters of the Mediterranean. She was raised and taught to speak French, Hebrew as she attended French boarding school at the Lycee de Jeunes Filles in Casablanca. She grew up in the Roaring ’20s, which was her favorite era. Her passion was dance. Her family moved to Brooklyn in 1939 and soon she met and married the love of her life, Larry, in 1942 during WWII. Their family moved to Glen Cove in 1954 where they raised their son Geoffrey and daughter Lisa. She never gave up her passion for dancing and would still take classes in New York City at the New Dance Group. She was a fabulous cook, cooking both French cuisine and Moroccan specialties. Known to her friends as “Muzzie,” she always kept her strength, refinement and generosity. Helen was the wife of the late Laurence B. Mother of Geoffrey and Lisa. Sister of Victor, Leonard, Gloria, Stanley and the late Jacques. Grandmother of Amanda and Antonia. Great-grandmother of Andre, Lili and Kylie. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Service at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove.
Michael “Ski” Gudelauski, age 48, of Sea Cliff, formerly of Collinsville, IL and Laguna Beach, CA, died on Dec. 11, 2010. Former husband of Bonnie Boisits. Father of Nathan, Suzi and Chase. Brother of Michelle O’Rourke. Also survived by loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. He was a devoted Operation Desert Storm veteran. He proudly served as a Special Forces Green Beret. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Memorial service was held at Christ Church. Interment private. In lieu of flowers donations for the care of his son can be made to: The Chase Edwards Fund, c/o Chase Edwards Art Gallery, 15 E. Main St., Oyster Bay, NY 11771.
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