Robert Beatty Peelle, 93, died peacefully in his sleep March 16, 2013 with his youngest daughter by his side. He was born May 26, 1919 in Brooklyn, NY, a ‘birth-right’ Quaker, the oldest of the four children of Henry Edmund Peelle and Inez Beatty Peelle.
Bob was raised in Forest Hills, NY, and attended public elementary school there. Secondary school education was at Friends’ Academy of Locust Valley, NY. At age 16, he was admitted to Swarthmore College, PA, and graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1939. He earned an MME from NYU in 1941 and an MBA from Columbia University in 1979 at age 60.
Bob married Gertrude Elaine Maginniss (Gemmy), also a 1939 Swarthmore graduate, on April 11, 1942. They first lived in Schenectady, NY, where he worked for General Electric. They reared their six children in Manhasset and Roslyn, NY, while he worked for the Peelle Company, a multi-generation family business manufacturing industrial and elevator doors, based first in Brooklyn, then Bay Shore, NY. Bob and his brother eventually headed the company and oversaw its expansion to several operating plants. The two brothers retired in 1989, the control of the company being passed on to Bob’s nephew and middle son. After living half a century on Long Island, Bob and Gemmy moved in 1996 into the Rydal Park retirement community. Gemmy pre-deceased Bob in 2008.
Beloved husband and father, Edward Leon Bezkor, 85, of Manhasset, New York passed away peacefully on April 1, 2013 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was born in the Bronx to Albina and Theodore Bezkor. He earned a masters degree in engineering from Columbia University and was honored with the Tau Beta Pi National Award for distinguished scholarship and exemplary character. Ed served in the Army Corps of Engineers as part of the post World War II peacetime force. He was employed as a civil engineer by Parsons Brinkerhoff and was then hired by Gibbs & Hill as project manager for the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant.
While living in Manhasset, Ed was a member of the American Legion Post 304, Knights of Columbus, and a communicant at St. Mary’s Church. He was also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. An avid outdoorsman, Ed enjoyed camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking, and snow skiing. Family camping trips were a time that Ed could share life lessons like the importance of planning and preparedness, respect for nature, and his love for the outdoors.
Being a man of great character and a kind heart, Ed led by example. Providing, protecting, and caring for his family were the most important things to him. He will be dearly missed by his wife of 45 years, Doris; son Bob, daughter-in-law, Bonnie, and grandson, Barrett; and son Eddie.
Victor P. Kawiecki, Sr., age 83, of Port Washington, passed away on January 30, 2013. He was a Korean War Medic and retired electrician of the Manhasset School District.
Victor was the beloved husband of Eileen; loving father of Kathleen Lewis (William), Alice Feldt (David), Victor Jr.(Graciela), Elaine, Patricia Weber (Matthew), Eileen Orpheus (Edward), and Nora. Adored grand- father of William Jr., Victor and Catherine Lewis, Crystal, Andrew and David Jr. Feldt, Shannon Kawiecki, Joanna and Monica Weber as well as one great-grandchild, Sean Feldt. Brother of Wanda Simoroski.
Burial was Feb. 2 at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church, with interment at Holy Rood Cemetery.
Dr. Stuart L. Yunis, a pioneer in the field of nephrology, passed away on March 16. He was 79 years old.
Dr. Yunis was a well-respected physician – and a beloved family man. He left Dartmouth following his third year, receiving early admission to SUNY Syracuse medical school. After graduation, he became chief resident at LIJ and later became double board certified in both internal medicine and nephrology. Dr. Yunis founded a very successful medical practice in Lake Success with specialists in every field. He also created the first in-house dialysis department at LIJ and later moved to St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, where he launched the in-house dialysis unit.
Marilyn D. Furlong, long time resident of Manhasset passed away on March 9, 2013. Loving wife of 62 years to Robert H. Furlong. Beloved mother of Patricia Furlong McCarthy (Christopher), Robert Harry Furlong Jr. (Lenore), Anne Furlong Whalen (Stuart) and James William Furlong (Kathleen). Cherished grandmother of 11 and great grandmother of three. Sister of Thomas W. of Mission Viejo, CA and Lorraine of St. Louis, MO.
She was in repose at the Fairchild Funeral Chapel, 1570 Northern Blvd Manhasset on March 12 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass was Wednesday, March 13 at St. Mary’s RC Church in Manhasset.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Francis Hospital Foundation, Office of Development & Public Affairs, 100 Port Washington Blvd., Roslyn, NY 11576.
A long time native of Long Island, Eric Gunner Carlson passed away peacefully at Saint Francis Hospital in Roslyn on the morning of Jan.26, 2013. Carlson was born June 22, 1924 to Helen and Gunner Carlson. Both parents emigrated from Sweden and came to Glen Cove, NY in the early 1900s. The family moved to Roslyn in 1925, and Carlson attended the local schools where he was selected as an actor for the WPA Federal Theater Project in Roslyn. He graduated from Roslyn High School in 1941 and enrolled in Cornell University that fall.
Carlson took a leave of absence from Cornell and entered the military in February of 1943 where he became a corporal with the 87th Division when he was transferred to the Air Corps. There Carlson received his bombardier wings as a Second Lieutenant at Victorville, CA in June, 1944. Carlson served with the 351st Bomb Group in the 8th AAF in England during WWII, where he participated in 13 B-17 combat missions and received the Air Medal and the Medaille De la France Liberee.
Anne Elizabeth Hunter MacIntosh (nee Anne Elizabeth Hunter), known to many as Granny Anne, died peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 24 at her home in The Bristal at North Hills. She was 89.
Frank J. Gaston, 94, of Manhasset, passed away on Feb. 18, 2013. Beloved husband of Helen, who predeceased him. Devoted father of Nancy Foreman and Margaret Hand, loving grandfather of seven grandchildren, proud great-grandfather of four great-grandchildren and loving uncle of three nephews and nieces. He was director of Special International Studies at the Conference Board from 1944 until his retirement. Funeral at Fairchild & Sons Funeral Home at 10 a.m. on March 2, 2013, 1570 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, NY 11030. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice Care Network.
Grace Hicks Johns, 91, died Feb. 8, 2013. She is survived by her children: Betsy H. Johns and her husband Steven Green of Westbury; C. Andrew Johns and his wife Susan of Port Washington, and Susan J. Esworthy and her husband David of Mount Airy, MD. She is also survived by her brother Harry L. Hicks, formerly of Manhasset and Shelter Island, NY, and now of Williamsburg, VA. She was Gigi to her seven adored grandchildren: Joanna and Mallory Green; Chris, Bryan, and Evan Johns; and Julie and Tim Esworthy. She was predeceased by her husband Carl O. Johns, Jr., of Manhasset, and was sister of the late Everett K. Hicks of Port Washington and Helen H. Coulter of Chester, CT. Her funeral service was held at the Community Reformed Church on Plandome Road, with Rev. Steven D. Pierce officiating.
Grace Van Nostrand Hicks was born in Little Neck to H. Leslie Hicks and Louise Van Nostrand Hicks, and lived on a farm overlooking what is now Little Neck Parkway. She recalled ice skating to school, attending Sunday school and Christian Endeavor groups at her church, riding horses and going to friends’ homes in areas that are now the Long Island Expressway. She attended grade school at PS 94.
Maureen Mahoney Rice, age 83 was the beloved wife of Richard, loving mother of Kathleen and Stuart Harris, Sheila and David Gleason, Mark and Nancy Rice, and Brian Rice and Robert Goldrich. She was the proud grandmother of Amanda, Morgan, Brett, Casey, and Jaime. She was the dear sister of the late Patricia Cavallero and daughter of the late New York State Senator Francis J. Mahoney and Catherine Mahoney.
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