Mary Etta (Meb Gleckler) Martin, the wife of Charles P. Martin and resident of Trumbull, CT died on July 13, 2012 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Born in Mineola, New York on January 6, 1931, the daughter of Harry and Margaret (Dolliver) Gleckler, she is survived by her husband and their seven children and their spouses: Cathleen and Vincent Prespentt of Farmington, New Mexico; Chuck and Julie of Waterford, Connecticut; Maureen and Tony Riggsbee of Youngsville, North Carolina; Tim and Maria of Plano, Texas; Theresa and Pete O’Callaghan of South Glastonbury, Connecticut; Pat of Seymour, Connecticut and Michael and Sharon of Seymour, Connecticut. She was the proud grandmother of 14 grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Margaret (Gleckler) Brose of Bellarie Bluffs, Florida; her brother Calvin Gleckler of Old Bethpage, New York, her brother-in-law James Martin and his wife Jacqueline of Pompano Beach, Florida; her sister-in-law Loretta Gleckler of Bay Shore, New York, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by both of her parents and her brother Harry Gleckler.
Alton B. Giese passed away on June 20, 2012 at the Townhouse Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Uniondale. He was born November 21, 1922 to Christian and Margaret Giese of Hicksville, owners of the original Giese Florist on Lee Avenue, Hicksville (which is now known as the Giese Community Park). Alton and his brother, Wesley continued to run the business until the late 1970’s, when they moved their flower shop to South Broadway (next to Robert Chevrolet). Mr. Giese and his wife, Bernice, retired to Southampton where he was very active in the Bayview Oaks Civic Association. Alton had been a member of the New York State Farm Bureau and a lifetime member (along with his wife Bernice) of the William M. Gouse, Jr. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3211, of Hicksville. He had two daughters, Susan and Arlene, and three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A memorial service was held at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Levittown. His cremains were interred at the L.I. National Cemetery, Pinelawn. Contributions to the Food Pantry at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church are requested in his memory.
Florence B. Kiesel (nee Milacek), of Clarence Center, NY, formerly of Hicksville, passed away peacefully on her birthday, April 29, 2012. Beloved wife of 54 years to John Kiesel. Dearest mother of Deborah (Phillip) Bova, Geralyn (Larry) Connell, Brian (Lorraine) Kiesel, Lisa (Roger) Kobierecki and the late Nancy Anne Kiesel. Cherished grandmother of Stephanie, Michael, Robbie, Marston, Daniel Bova, Russell Kobierecki, Joseph, Jessica, Jade and Matteo Kiesel, foster child Travis. Great-grandmother of Michael Marston. Sister of Dorothy and Edward Milacek. Sister-in-law of Ann Packard, Frances (Walter) Stahle, Rosemary Kiesel, Walter (Caroline) Walker and the late Marion and Joseph Kiesel, Catherine Walker and Marie Milacek. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. Florence was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary American Legion Post #838, a dedicated volunteer at the Clarence Senior Center who enjoyed helping to pack for our troops.
Arrangements were made by the Amigone Funeral Home, Clarence Center, NY. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Church.
He is reunited with his beloved wife Gloria who preceded him in death. He is survived by his son William H. Jr. (Patricia); daughters, Gail Castoro (Carl), Allison Rozario (Dennis); 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren who knew him as “Opa.”
Dennis Joseph Epilone, formerly of Hicksville, passed away on April 19, 2012 suddenly. His children, Hicksville residents, are Stephanie, Joseph and Michael Epilone. Dennis was loved and adored in the Hicksville community and could always make everyone laugh. He will be sorely missed by many of us. He was so proud of his kids and loved them with all of his heart. He loved watching them play on their Hicksville teams and was so proud to witness his son Joseph hit the first ever home run over the fence on the new turf fields at Abe Levit Park. His family wishes to thank everyone who has been supportive during this time of loss.
Former member of The Marian Guild and Hicksville Homemakers.
Stella Gavril, longtime resident of Hicksville for over 50 years, passed away on Feb. 12, 2012. Her husband, Leo, also deceased, had been employed as an engineer with Grumman. Her daughter, Sally, also deceased, had been a teacher at Lee Avenue Elementary School.
Frank Portelli, 80, of Hicksville, formerly of Brooklyn, passed away Feb. 23, 2012. Husband of the late Jean. Father of Joann and John (Lina). Grandfather of Elizabeth. Arrangements were made by Arthur F. White Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held Feb. 27 at St. Martin of Tours RC Church with interment at St. Charles Cemetery.
William J. Kelly Jr. (retired FDNY), formerly of Hicksville, passed away on Feb. 3, 2012. He was ex-chief Levittown Fire Department. Husband of the late Lillian. Father and father-in-law of William III and Kathleen, James and Pamela and Eileen and Bruno Fellin. Grandfather of Lauren, Ryan, Shannon, Marissa, Luke, Matthew and Cara.
Arrangements entrusted to McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Farmingdale. Firematic services was held at the funeral home. Funeral Mass was held at St. Kilian RC Church. Cremation private.
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