Marjorie Vasiliadis Zaros
Marjorie Vasiliadis Zaros, a LI educator in guidance counseling and music for 40 years, died at her home in Farmingdale, following an eight-year battle with breast cancer.
A versatile teacher, she began a career in music education in 1956 at the Northport Public Schools where her creative projects drew considerable community recognition. In 1959 she transferred to the South Huntington public schools where she met her husband Woodrow Zaros, then principal. They discovered only after marriage that they held the same orchestra seats at the Metropolitan Opera, but his were the odd series, hers the even.
As a music teacher her growing interest for the individual concerns of students led her to guidance counseling, which she did at the Wantagh Public Schools for 30 years, until her retirement in 1999.
Marjorie Zaros was born 1935 into a musical family in Huntington. Her mother, Sophia Vasiliadis, was a founder of the Huntington Concert Association and encouraged her daughter in piano studies. In 1956 Mrs. Zaros received her BA from SUNY Postdam, The Crane School of Music, where she performed the Beethoven 3rd piano concerto with the Potsdam Symphony. Subsequently, she received a master's degree in music education, followed by another Masters in Guidance Counseling, both at Hofstra University.
Over the years, Mrs. Zaros was the acknowledged matriarch of a large extended family, that included Zaros, Vasiliadis, Tsantilas with children and friends, and hosted regular reunions at homes in Farmingdale, Ridgefield Park, NJ and Jacksonville, FL. She is survived by her husband Woodrow of Farmingdale and Jacksonville, FL; brothers: Nicholas Vasiliadis of Los Angeles, CA, Charles Vasiliadis of Reston, VA, Constantine Vasiliadis of Mahwah, NJ and children: Mark of Farmingdale, Michael of Jacksonville, FL and Melissa Tommazzo of Cliffside Park, NJ.
Arrangements were made by the Connell Furneral Home, Huntington Station. Funeral Mass at St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church, Pulaski Road, Greenlawn. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the breast cancer foundation of choice.
Wayne Corrigan, 49, a native of Levittown, lost his battle with heart and lung disease and died on July 12, 2006 of cardiac arrest.
Wayne was a pitcher on the Division Avenue High School baseball team and was all-county pitcher in 1974 and 1975. He was the starting quarterback on the football team, leading the team to an undefeated regular season in 1975. His former teammates described him as a winner on and off the field. He was known for his leadership skills and strong right arm.
An ex-teammate, Bill Euell of Orange, CA, said, "I played baseball with and against Wayne for about 10 years and he was without a doubt the best pitcher I have ever played with. We also played football together at Division and his record as our QB speaks for itself."
One of Wayne's closest friends, Steve Coglianese of Farmingdale, said, "Wayne was always looking out for me and he was always there at the drop of a hat when I needed him for anything. He was a superstar athlete and more importantly a stand-up guy."
In 1975 Wayne visited his brother Skip who was in the Army stationed in Fort Gordon, GA. He was 15 years old and two years away from throwing three no hitters in the Levittown West Little League. He put on an Army baseball uniform and pitched for his brother's intramural team at Fort Gordon.
"Wayne was always a big kid and had a strong arm. Being so young and playing against a bunch of soldiers, he really showed what he was made of that day, " said Skip Corrigan of Levittown.
Wayne attended Central Arizona Community College on a baseball scholarship. Wear and tear on his arm from years of pitching ended his dreams of playing professionally, his brother said. Wayne was a supervising messenger for the State Supreme Court for six years.
Wayne is survived by his brother Skip; his daughter Megan E. Corrigan of Brunswick, GA and his sister Regina Ochwat of Farmingdale.
A Mass was held at St. Bernard RC Church on July 17. Burial Holy Rood Cemetery. Scholarship fund donations may be made payable to Megan E. Corrigan, c/o Steve Coglianese, Toscano & Slimmer Inc., 256 A W. Old Country Rd., Hicksville, NY 11801.
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