Rosalind Nyman Joel, the mother of famous singer/songwriter Billy Joel, died last Sunday at the age of 92. The Hicksville resident, who was involved with numerous charities and organizations in the community, was the inspiration behind Billy's song, “Rosalinda’s Eyes," off his 1978 album 52nd Street. One of the famous lyrics from the song is “I’ve got music in my hands; The work is hard to find; But that don’t get me down; Rosalinda understands.”
Rosalind was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 15, 1922 to Philip and Rebecca Nyman who emigrated from England. She met her husband, Howard, in 1942 while attending a City College of New York musical production. The couple married three years later and had their son, William "Billy" Martin Joel in 1949. Later on they adopted their daughter, Judy, who was the daughter of Rosalind’s late sister, Muriel. The couple’s marriage lasted 11 years until they divorced in 1957.
The Hicksville community mourned the loss of a life-long resident and civil servant last week, as they remembered Warren Uss. Uss passed away July 15.
Karl Schweitzer, Water District treasurer, described Uss as very active in the community and “always willing to step up and do what was right for the cause.”
“He was always willing to step up and be the voice of the person who didn’t want to step up. He was the voice of not just reason, but people who didn’t want to cause waves. He always had something to say and you always knew where he stood,” says Schweitzer.
Rev. Dr. Theodore S. Grant, longtime Hicksville resident and 32 year member of the Hicksville Fire Department passed away on April 16, 2014.
Rev. Dr. Grant joined Heavy Rescue Company 8 and the Hicksville Fire Department as Department Chaplain in 1982. Since then he has served tirelessly in this role. From the Annual Memorial Day Service to the wakes and funerals of members and their relatives, his presence has been a staple in the Hicksville Fire Department for the past 32 years. He has also been a member of the fire police since 1993.
May 1, 2013
First Anniversary In Heaven
All too quickly you left us one year ago. The loss of you is still overwhelming. Every day that goes by, we miss you more and more. Your were my protector and my strength. As our love for you continues to grow, the emptiness in our lives without you also grows. You left a big hole in our hearts that can never can be mended. Missing you yesterday, today & all of our tomorrow’s. Our lives are not the same.
Your wife, Pat, Suzanne and Marc, Ellen, Stacey and Brian, Kelly, Jessica, Kyle, Elizabeth, Liam, Caroline, Emma, Ian and Ryan
Rev. Dr. Theodore S. Grant, a long time Hicksville resident and noted Long Island minister, psychotherapist, social service entrepreneur and education died of pancreatic cancer on April 16, 2014. He was 86.
Born on June 18, 1927, the eldest son of Stanley and Dorothy Grant, “Ted” was raised on a farm in East Meadow. Grant served with distinction in the U.S. Army before entering the ministry. He received his undergraduate and master's degree from Adelphi University. He earned his doctorate from San Francisco Seminary and was an adjunct professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University from 1979-90.
Former Hicksville resident Kenneth Vianest passed away on March 3 at age 85. He was a proud Navy veteran and retired NY Telephone Special Services. The Port St. Lucie, FL resident was the beloved husband of the late Josephine Vaio. He was survived by dear brother Francis and dear brother of the late Gus and William. Vianest was a loving father to three daughters, June Zounek (Robert), Judy Vianest-Piccolomini (Joseph), and Jayne Vianest-Cunningham (Guy) and devoted grandfather of four grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and one step great-grandson. He was also the loving uncle of many nieces and nephews and beloved companion of Marianne Boruch. A memorial mass was held at Holy Family Parish Church in Hicksville. Entombment was in Plainlawn Cemetery, Hicksville. Arrangements were entrusted to McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home Inc.
William A. Granville, 86, passed away Feb. 23. Granville was the retired principal of East Street School. The Bethpage resident was the beloved husband of Joan M. Granville and loving father of Eileen Bleistein, Robert, Raymond, William, Cathleen Ober and Steven. He was the dear brother of James and Robert. Granville was the proud grandfather of 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, Feb. 26, at St. Martin of Tours RC Church, Bethpage, followed by interment with military honors at St. Charles Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Arthur F. White Funeral Home, Inc.
Thomas F. Nagle was born in Brooklyn in 1928, raised in Jamaica, Queens and spent most of his life in Hicksville, until he moved to Guilderland in October 2012. He graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1951. Nagle enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1950, was drafted in 1952 and completed his training on Parris Island, distinguishing himself as an Expert Marksman. He served in Nara, Japan during the Korean War. Nagle moved to a Levitt home on Blueberry Lane, Hicksville with his wife and infant daughter in December 1954. Nagle welcomed four more children, two girls and two boys, later becoming a grandfather nine times and a great-grandfather twice. He was a leader in the community. His life ended Jan. 31 in Guilderland, New York at age 85.
In the early 1950’s as suburbia was expanding, residents of New York City were looking to raise their families in the suburbs. The local communities were beginning to boom with the invasion of new homes, young families and veterans of World War II looking to settle in. One such family was Micki and Walter Wells. They came to Hicksville and moved onto Moeller St. with their daughters.
Walter, a veteran of the “silent service” served in the Pacific aboard SS329, a submarine called the Chub. He wasn’t here very long before he found out that the sirens and air horn going off day after day was the local (Hicksville) Volunteer Fire Department sounding out their alarms for members to respond to the emergencies. So on June 9, 1953, Walter was issued badge #538, and assigned to Chemical Co. #3.
Last week the unthinkable happened to the Hicksville Crusaders Football and Cheerleading program. Mike Torrellas, the organization’s founder and leader passed away suddenly at the age of 53. Family and friends filled the pews of St. Ignatius Church to pay homage to a person who made Hicksville a better place for our kids.
Everything about Mike was unassuming. With his sunglasses and hooded sweatshirt, Mike could have easily been mistaken for a truck driver who took a wrong turn down Andrews Road; but make no mistake, he was the face and lifeblood of the Hicksville Crusaders.
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