Edward A. Bartell, 73, died at his home in Treasure Island, FL, on May 8, 1999, after a brief illness. Born in Pawtucket, RI, he moved with his family to Great Neck and later lived for many years in Glen Cove. After his Army service in the Pacific during WWII, he became a member of Local 138, the International Union of Operating Engineers. He became a master of his trade, especially adept at operating cranes on floating barges. Many collegues regarded him as the best in his field.
During his career Mr. Bartell worked on the Shinnecock Canal, the Northport Power Plant, Shoreham, Long Beach railroad and numerous other projects, retiring after 47 years of service in the union. His nephew, Jim, said that in later years he could have opted to work on easier machines but when Ed retired, he was still running a crane.
"Our family is very proud of all he did," said his daughter, Linda McGinn. His skill and ability took him as far away as Greenland and parts of Europe, and for many years, he owned his crane and a barge which he based in Glen Cove. Always avidly interested in construction projects, he could relate information about bridges, buildings, tunnels, piers, in countless cities and towns.
Besides his daughter, Edward Bartell is survived by two other daughters, Judy Ferrara and Nancy Clark; brothers John Michael and Paul; a sister, Helen Lawlor; three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were made by the Great Neck Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Aloysius RC Church. Interment Calverton National Cemetery.
Theresa J. Vanagas, of Great Neck, died on May 16, 1999. Mother or Richard, Barbara and John. Sister of Katherine Banchor and Pauline Ziegler. Arrangements were made by the Great Neck Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Aloysius RC Church. Interment All Saints Cemetery.