Francis E. Aracil, of Hicksville, died on Dec. 19, 2010. He was a WWII Army Engineers veteran. Husband of the late Rosa. Father of Charleen (Richard) Niznik, Frank (Eva) Aracil and Betty-Jo Aracil. Grandfather of William ( Colleen) and Edward Zukowski, Andrea Aracil and Nicholas Simonson. Great-grandfather of Catherine Zukowski and William Zukowski III. Arrangements entrusted to Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, Oyster Bay. Funeral services private.
Gerald R. Calandrillo, of Hicksville, died on Dec. 26, 2010. An AAF decorated war veteran, he was a retired plant operator, Hicksville Water District. Husband of the late Antoinette. Father of Gerald (Kathy), Laura Sorace and Jeanne Lopez. Brother of Marie and Frances. Grandfather of four,
The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Levittown Chapel. Interment Calverton National Cemetery with honors.
Annette Lynch, of Hicksville, formerly of Corona, Queens, died on Dec. 21, 2010. Wife of the late Joseph P. Sister of the late John Cipriano (Joan). Sister-in-law of Theresa McCoy, George McCoy and Ralph DeFarlo. Aunt of Joi Cipriano, John Cipriano and many nieces and nephews. The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Levittown Chapel. Mass at Holy Family RC Church. Interment Calverton National Cemetery.
Charles Lester Iehle, of Hicksville, died on Dec. 19, 2010. He was past commander of VFW Post 3211. Beloved husband of the late Madelyn. Loving father of Carol Nelson and Ellen Charpentier (Carlos). Cherished grandfather of Olivia. The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Hicksville Chapel. Interment Plain Lawn Cemetery.
Arthur J. D’Amato, of Hicksville, died on Nov. 24, 2010. A veteran of Korea, he was retired from Sperry Corp. Devoted brother of Vincent and the late Lillian. Dear uncle of many nieces and nephews. The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Hicksville Chapel. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Frederic A. Krahn, 93, of Hicksville, died on Nov. 16, 2010. He was a founding member of the Hicksville Public Library Book Club, founding member of the east Meadow Film Society and editor of the Educational Film Guide 1949-55. He is survived by his son Rick Krahn (Peggy Rakas); daughter Liz Rock (David); and grandchildren, Heather, Michael and Julianna. Reposed at the Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Home. Services Nov. 19 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Nov. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. Cremation private.
Janet Ann Palmese (nee Terrell), of Hicksville, died on Nov. 12, 2010.
Janet was a lifelong resident of Hicksville and graduated from Hicksville High in 1952. She was the beloved wife of the late Carmen and is survived by her five children: Daniel (Madeline) Kerhonkson, NY, Gary (Irene) of Hicksville, Karen Grappone (Paul) Hillsborough, NJ, Edward (Lanjo) of Hicksville and Thomas (Carmela) of Merrick. Loving nana to her seven grandchildren: Laura, Mary Ellen, John, Christina, Nicholas, Marina and Francesca and grandnana to Audri, Liam and Evelyn.
The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Hicksville Chapel. Mass at Our Lady of Mercy RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation to your favorite charity in Janet’s memory would be appreciated.
Henry (Hank) E. Frey, of Hicksville, 76, passed away on Oct. 6, 2010. Hank graduated from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He then worked for Sperry (later Unisys) in Great Neck as an electrical engineer. When the union organized he became a union steward. Hank liked his job of helping people and providing information and support.
After Hank retired he worked part time for his son Russ’ computer business. He continued as a volunteer to Unisys retirees with such things as medical questions. Hank loved going to the Y in Plainview.
Jean Christ Loken died peacefully on July 17, 2010. Jean was born on Feb 8, 1945 to Ingrid and John Christ. She attended the Hicksville schools graduating in 1962, graduated from Wagner College, Staten Island, and received a master’s in library science from Columbia University. She worked as a reference librarian at the Dakota County Libraries in Minnesota. In 1995, Jean made medical history by becoming the first Minnesotan to receive a Left Ventricular Assist Device after a massive heart attack, which sustained her for three months until she received a heart transplant. Jean was very active in transplant support groups and organ procurement organizations.
She was an avid quilter, winning prizes at both the county and state level and quilted for many charities. Recently, until her death, Jean devotedly served as the Minnesota coordinator of the Home of the Brave Quilt Project. This project honors families of fallen Minnesota soldiers who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with a handmade Civil War reproduction quilt.
Jean is survived by her husband Steven; children, Robert and Diana; two grandchildren, her mother, Ingrid Christ Middleton of New Market, VA; sisters, Dorothy Lagerroos of Grand View, WI, and Sue Brown of Equinunk, PA; brothers, Rick Christ of New Market, VA, and Jerry Christ of Fitchburg, MA . Pictures of Jean’s life, her quilts, and her many passions can be found on the family website, www.sjloken.com.
Nancy Kostel-Donlon, 52, a lifelong Queens and Long Island native, passed away on Sept. 17, 2010 from a ruptured brain aneurysm. Born on July 10, 1958, she had just celebrated her 30th anniversary as a nurse, educator and mentor. She spent her entire professional life helping to save countless lives and her last official act was to donate her organs so that others may live, see and fight diseases like cancer and diabetes. Her most recent accomplishment was helping to a establish a stroke treatment center at the world renowned St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn.
In addition to the countless hours spent at St. Francis, she and her family are tireless fundraisers for NSSA – Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism. They have two children, Alex 16 and Brianna 13. Her son Alex was diagnosed with autism when he was 18 months old. She has made his treatment a very personal cause.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Donlon, a retired NYC transit policeman. He spent countless hours at Ground Zero immediately after the attack on 9/11 aiding in the search and recovery. Today he works for EDEN II and runs two group homes on Long Island for young adults with Autism. He is also the president of the Holy Family CYO and coaches several teams. She is also survived by her brothers, Andy and Mike, and her sister Faith, all lifelong New Yorkers.
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