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.
Robert M. Schmelzle, of Hicksville, passed away peacefully, on Aug. 26, 2010. Beloved husband of Wilma. Devoted father of Peter Marion, Robert S. Schmelzle, Susan J. Salmon (Eddie), Janet Schmelzle, Thms Marion (Margaret), Timothy Marion (Kris), Kathy Fischer (Kenneth), Kathy Yuill (Gil). Adored grandfather of 17 and great-grandfather of two. The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Hicksville Chapel. Funeral service at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Hicksville. Cremation private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Stephen’s Memorial Fund.
Mary Szczesniak, of Hicksville, died on Aug. 9, 2010. Mother of Joseph (Ann) Szczesniak, Helen Brennan and Steven. Grandmother of Joseph (Melissa) Brennan, Jennifer Brennan, Michael Szczesniak, Stefanie Szczesniak and Joanna Szczesniak. Great-grandmother of Naomi and Lily Brennan. Family and friends may visit at the Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Home, 125 Old Country Rd., Hicksville, on Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Cremation private.
Josephine Kluck, of Hicksville, passed peacefully on July 24, 2010. Beloved wife of Robert E. Devoted mother of Robert J., Stephen and Thomas. Cherished sister of Frank, Jack and the late John. Loving grandmother of Stephanie and Gabrielle.
The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Hicksville Chapel. Mass at St. Ignatius RC Church. Interment St. Charles Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in her memory would be appreciated.
Walter Eskil, 81, of Hicksville, passed away surrounded by his loving family on July 17, 2010. Beloved husband of 51 years to Millie. Loving father of Donna and Denise Jackson (Ivan). Cherished grandfather of Dana and Scott Jackson. His beautiful smile and great sense of humor will never be forgotten. He proudly served in the army during the Korean War. Retired NYPD mounted unit.
A religious service was held July 19 at the Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Home, Hicksville.
Kathleen J. Collins, of Hicksville, died on June 28, 2010. Wife of Walter J. Mother of Walter (Karen), Raymond M. (Mary), James T. (AnnMarie), Patricia A. Collins-Sullivan and the late Kevin C. Grandmother of Benjamin, Megan, Ashley, Jaclyn, Christopher, Elisa and Zachary. The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Hicksville Chapel. Funeral Mass Saturday at St. Ignatius RC Church. Interment St. Charles Cemetery.
John Philip Martarello, 73, former resident of Hicksville, lately of Lima, OH, passed away on June 28, 2010.
Former husband of Anna (nee Pavlicek). Father of John III and Tina Wallace. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of three. Beloved of Barbara Sellers. Brother of Rosie, Janet, Joey and the late Mary and Angelo. He was a graduate of Hicksville High School Class of 1954. He was retired from a lifetime of trucking and was NYS Truck Rodeo 5 Axel Champion 1968, 69, 70.
Nancy Lizza, of Hicksville, died at age 90. Wife of the late Americo (Bill). Mother of Marianne Dickson (Charles), Peter (Carolyn) and Doris Bailey (Robert). Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of five.
Friends may call Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Hicksville Chapel, 47 Jerusalem Ave. (corner of W. Marie St.). Mass Saturday, June 19 at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Bette Meyer, of Hicksville, died on June 1, 2010. She was a member of St. Ignatius RC Church for 60 years. Wife of the late Frank V. Mother of Richard D. Powers (Mary), Frank M. Meyer (Buz) and Margaret Tannen. Grandmother of five and great-grandmother of six. The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Hicksville Chapel. Mass at St. Ignatius RC Church. Interment St. John’s Cemetery, Middle Village. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Ignatius Human Services, 129 Broadway, Hicksville, NY 11801, in her memory would be appreciated.
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