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.
Edwin A. Hodkinson Jr., 64, a longtime Hicksville resident, passed away Nov. 17. Hodkinson was a former Town of Oyster Bay Sanitation employee. He was the loving father of Edwin, III, and his wife, Heather. Proud Pop-Pop of Macayla and Colin. Dear brother of Janise Fallon (John), Diane Zabbia (late Vincent) and Michael Hodkinson. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass was held Thursday, Nov. 21, at St. Ignatius RC Church, Hicksville. Cremation was private. Arrangements were entrusted to the Arthur F. White Funeral Home, Inc.
Dorothy Edith Wilkenshoff, 85, passed away on Nov. 3 at Westminster Nursing Home in Rock Hill, S.C.
A service and burial will be held in Astor, Florida.
Rev. Charles A. Gartner, of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, died on Sept. 12. Former associate pastor of Our Lady of Mercy R. C. Church where he served for over 30 years. Beloved uncle of Rosemary, Joann, Sr. Bernadette and great uncle of Stephanie. Devoted brother of the late Rita and foster brother of John. Dear friend of Elaine. Mass was held at Our Lady of Mercy R. C. Church in Hicksville. Entombment at Holy Rood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes in Hicksville.
Mary J. Vissichelli, of Hicksville, died on Aug. 14, 2013. Beloved wife of the late Rocco. Loving mother of Dennis (Monica) and Michael (Dawn). Cherished grandmother of three. Dear aunt of many nieces and nephews. Resposing was held on Aug. 15 at the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes in Hicksville. Mass was held on Aug. 16 at St. Ignatius R. C. Church. Interment was at Long Island National Cemetery.
John Willford of Hicksville, died on Aug. 2. WWII Navy veteran. Beloved husband of the late Anne. Loving father of Patricia Krumholz, Pamela Jones, Jacqueline Schell and Deborah Pavlat. Cherished grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of 10. Treasured great-great-grandfather of two. Services were held at Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes in Hicksville. Funeral service was held on Wednesday, Aug. 7, with interment at Calverton National Cemetery.
Edward A. Resch, long time resident of hicksville, 89, passed away on July 7 of natural causes. He was from Maspeth Queens and was a New York City Firefighter for 42 years. He is now at rest with his beloved wife Dorothy K. Resch. Survived by his children Jack, Christine, Theresa, Edward, and Thomas and 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Edward served in the Army AirForce, at the age of 18. He lived a long happy life.
Helen Trubinski, member of the Hicksville Homemaker’s Council, for more than 40 years, passed away on June 4, always volunteering and teaching classes. Helen will be missed greatly.
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