Tina Capuano, a 22-year volunteer at St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center, in Roslyn, and esteemed member of The Guild of St. Francis Hospital auxiliary died April 16, 2005 at her New Hyde Park home. She had been ill for several months with cancer but died peacefully in the company of her family.
Tina was the devoted wife of Vincent and mother to Christine (Kleint) and Janet. She showered her family and friends with warmth and love, qualities she also brought to her volunteer work when greeting and assisting visitors at the Hospital's front desk and gift shop. She was 77 years old.
She always expressed a gentle soul and a nurturing spirit. She was a devoted mother and housewife, as well as caregiver to her parents, who resided with the family until their deaths. Despite the demands of her immediate family, Tina was also devoted to assisting elderly family members, making daily trips to Brooklyn and Queens as a caregiver for an aging aunt.
Her focus was always on her children and her family, and Tina took great pleasure in cooking and spending time with them at home. Those who knew her said she had a gift of always making people feel welcome and comfortable.
Her remarkable gift for helping others also led her to teach children's religious education at her parish church, Notre Dame of New Hyde Park. In 1983, at the suggestion of friends and neighbors, Tina began her volunteering at St. Francis Hospital, first with a few hours of general assistance in the patient care areas, then as an attendant at the front desk and at the hospital gift shop where she procured the shop's religious merchandise.
She then became active in The Guild of St. Francis Hospital, the Hospital's fundraising auxiliary for which she served as a board member for nearly a decade. She could always be counted on to assist in any task, whether assisting with a sweepstakes mailing or in revising the organization's by-laws and nominating officers. On behalf of the hospital, she chaired the annual Guild spring and fall luncheon committees, and helped organize the flower sales, Holiday Fair, Tree of Lights memorial program, and House and Garden Tour. She enjoyed volunteering at the hospital's Annual Golf Classic and meeting singing legend Perry Como, who attended the event on several occasions.
In 1996, she accepted a nomination to serve as corresponding secretary and then served as first vice president for two, two-year terms. Her contributions helped The Guild become the most successful Hospital auxiliary on Long Island, with more than 1,000 members.
Born in Brooklyn in December 1927, she and her husband Vincent grew up together as the children of close family friends. They knew each other since birth and were married for 57 years. Together they had three children. She is survived by her daughters Christine, son-in-law Don Kleint and loving granddaughter, Catherine; daughter, Janet Capuano, and sister-in-law Doris Belllina.
Funeral services were held on April 19. Those interested in making a contribution in her name may do so to Good Shepherd Hospice, 4747-20 Nesconset Hwy., Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776.
Carmela A. Vassino, of New Hyde Park, died on May 8, 2005. Mother of Barbara (Frank) Parilla, Anita Vassino and Janine (Rick) Hough. Grandmother of Frankie, Michael and Daniel Parilla, John Adamoo, Ricky and Maggie Hough. Sister of Linda Iaffaldano and Patricia Cervone and the late Joseph Cervone. The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, New Hyde Park. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of the Snows RC Church. Entombment Pinelawn Memorial Park.
Albert Kreutner, 98, son of the late Frederich Kretuner and Luise Brenn Kreutner, died on May 11, 2005. A native of Bahlingen am Kaiserstuhl, Germany, Albert arrived in New York in 1927. His first job was a cleaner for Merkl's Butcher Shop in Queens, eventually becoming its owner. Albert also proudly served as cook in the US Army at Fort Dix in New Jersey during WWII. Following his retirement, Albert moved from New Hyde Park, where he had lived for over 40 years, to North Carolina in 1987, eventually moving to Charleston, SC to be with his grandchildren in 1995. For the last eight years, he has been living in the Sandpiper Assisted Living and Convalescent Home in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Albert is survived by his sister, Marie Emilie Olszewski of Westwood, NJ; his daughter-in-law, Karen Kreutner; his five grandchildren and their families, including four great-grandchildren: Erik and Katie Kreutner and their children Mary Clare and Owen of Charleston, SC, Kara and Jay Montgomery and their daughters Ally and Hannah of Columbia, SC, Jason and Tasha Kreutner-Eady and their daughter Kessler of Mt. Pleasant, Kevin Kreutner and Lourdes Lamela of Washington DC and Andrew Kreutner and Rebecca Phillips of Charleston; and his former son-in-law Roswell Valentine of Huntington. He was a devoted dog owner, most recently of Lucky, a special schnauzer.
He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Karl, August and Fritz; his sisters, Liesel and Emilie; his wife Helen; his daughter Claire and his son Albert Jr.
Funeral services will be held at the Simonson Funeral Home, 119-04 Hilliside Ave., Richmond Hill at 10 a.m. on June 4. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.