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Obituary: Gloria Elizabeth Sullivan

Gloria Elizabeth Sullivan, a long time Manhasset resident, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 3. She is survived by her husband of 70 years Gene, her children Eugene Jr., Edward, Robert, and Elizabeth, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Their daughter Ann died in infancy.

She was born Gloria Roesch in Brooklyn in 1921. Her family moved to Astoria, Queens when she was 4. She attended St. Jean Baptiste High School in Manhattan and then Grace Academy. Her first job was as an executive secretary.

She married her childhood sweetheart, Gene Sullivan, in 1943 at the height of WW II. In 1951, they moved to their first home in Wantagh, N.Y. While raising five children, she found time to begin her life-long commitment to volunteer service, both at the Mercy League and at the newly formed parish of St. Frances de Chantal.

Gloria and Gene, moved to Manhasset in 1965. The family joined St. Mary’s R.C. Church upon their arrival and have been active parishioners ever since. Gloria also became involved as a volunteer at St. Francis Hospital at a time when it was a sanatorium for children with rheumatic heart disease. Over the next 25 years, she continued her volunteer work, eventually taking over the job of coordinator of volunteers, a position she held for 20 years. Gloria also served as President of The Guild of St. Francis Hospital from 1976 to 1979. She was named to the Town of North Hempstead Women’s Roll of Honor in 1999 in recognition of her over 22,000 of volunteer service.

St. John’s University recognized Gloria’s service with the Mother Elizabeth Seton Metal in 1987. Catholic Charities of Rockville Centre awarded her the Caritas Award, their highest honor. She was a Dame of the Sovereign Order of Malta and a Lady of the Holy Sepulchre.


Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders. 


“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”

A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus. 


“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.

Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”


On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.

In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.


Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

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