Mary Finnegan Hicka, of Glen Head, formerly of Flushing, died on Nov. 16, 2009. She was a retired New York City school teacher. Wife of the late Frank Finnegan and Aloysius Hicka. Mother of Mary Mansfield (Bill), Stephen Finnegan and Kevin Finnegan (Martha). Grandmother of Patrick and Brian Mansfield, Tara, Maureen, Daniel (Erin), Katie, Shane, Isabelle and Josephine Finnegan. Sister of Lawrence Steele (Noel) and the late Frank Steele. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Hyacinth R. C. Church, Glen Head. Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Hackensack, NJ. Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.
Vito A. “Tony” Leopardi, of Glen Head, died on Nov. 15, 2009. Husband of Andreana. Father of Giovanna Daniels (Peter) and Donald (Donna). “Nonno” of Giordana, PeterJames, Michela, Anthony and Caterina. Brother of Cecilia Marchetti. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Boniface Martyr Church, Sea Cliff. Interment Mount St. Mary’s Cemetery, Flushing. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The ALS Association, Greater New York Chapter, Development Dept., Beth Mohsinger, 42 Broadway, Suite 1724, New York, NY 10004.
Joan Fasano, of Glen Cove, died on Nov. 14, 2009. Wife of the late Nicholas. Mother of Anthony. Sister of James, Helen, Dottie and Grace. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Rocco. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Philip “Cally” Basile, of Glen Cove, died on Nov. 13, 2009 at age 52. Husband of Maria. Father of Samantha and Kayla. Brother of Andrew (Linda), Rose Ann Cicalese (Joe) and Joseph. Son-in-law of Antonia and Giuseppe Savagnano. Brother-in-law of Joann Capobianco (Thom). Uncle of Andy, David, Michael, Jonathan and Christopher. Visiting and prayer service held at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Joseph La Rocca, of Glen Cove, died on Nov. 11, 2009 in his 89th year. Husband of the late Helen. Father of Joseph Jr. (Janice), Cassandra and Claudia. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of five. Visiting at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Mass at St. Patrick RC Church. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery.
Edward T. Yavoski, a lifelong resident of the Gold Coast, died on Nov. 10, 2009 at age 86. Born in Oyster Bay, Ed lived in Locust Valley in the house he built in 1953 with his late wife Clara (nee Chebuske), his daughter Linda Leddy (Allentown, PA), and son Tom Yavoski (Plano, TX). Ed was a most devoted and loyal husband and a happy and caring father. In addition to his children, Ed is survived by his grandchildren, Greg Leddy, Jessica Leddy Carter and Zach Yavoski; son-in-law Joe Leddy and daughter-in-law Mitzi Yavoski. Also survived by his sister Brenda Wozack (Walter).
Ed knew, and was known by, a great many people across Long Island. From the age of 16, he was a drummer in a three-piece polka band, playing most every weekend at weddings and dances. As a carpenter (Local 7), Ed built homes and offices throughout the area. And in his later years, he enjoyed just sitting in the front yard tending his beautiful flowers and talking to people who passed by. His smile will be missed by his family, friends and neighbors.
Visiting held at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass at St. Hyacinth RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Arthur F. Merrick, 82, of Little River, SC, and formerly of Sea Cliff, died Aug. 30, 2009. Husband of Patricia. Father of Nancy (Patrick) Furlong of Glen Cove and Patricia (Patrick) Turbitt of Lagrange, NY. Grandfather of Emily Furlong and Matthew Turbitt. There will be a funeral Mass Saturday, Nov. 28 at St. Boniface Martyr Church, Sea Cliff at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Merrick’s ashes will be interred at Locust Valley Cemetery immediately following.
Robert C. Picoli, of Old Brookville, died on Nov. 4, 2009 at age 89. Past member of the NYSE. Husband of the late Donna. Father of Eden Barnes, Megg Hoffman and Robert C. Jr. Brother of Doris McKeon and the late Henry Picoli Jr. Grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of two. Arrangements entrusted to Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. A graveside service was held privately at Locust Valley Cemetery. Donations may be made to Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club, 135 Forest Ave., Locust Valley, NY 11560 or Atlantic Salmon Federation, PO Box 807, Calais, ME 04619.
Jessie Mae Carpenter, formerly of Glen Cove, died on Nov. 3, 2009 at age 94 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse. Born in 1915 in Aiken, SC, she moved to Glen Cove, NY in 1930 where she raised two daughters, was a self-employed beautician for 57 years and spent most of her life in service to others, before relocating to Liverpool, NY, in 2005.
Jessie was predeceased by her husband Whitfield Carpenter and daughter Doris James. She is survived by a daughter, Janet Grant (Syracuse); and grandchildren, Robin Grant and Sheila Grant (Syracuse), Cheryl Grant and Gary Grant both residing in Glen Cove, Phyllis Hefner and a son-in-law, Dennis Hefner also residing in Syracuse, Fred James Jr. (California), Franklin James (Huntington Station), Kathleen Gad, Deborah James, Michele James and Carolyn James, all residing in Georgia, and Scott James who resides in Dix Hills. She also has 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grands.
Services will be held at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, 26 Franklin Avenue, Glen Cove (676-1180) on Friday, Nov. 13. Reception will be at 11 a.m. Funeral services begin at noon, followed by burial at Long Island National Cemetery. For directions or information: www.dodgethomas.com.
Jessie was a giver - it was her nature to help others; generous to a fault, she couldn’t bear to see anyone suffer or go without. All whom she met fell in love with her. We feel blessed to have been a part of her life and she ours. Our hearts are truly broken at her passing.
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