William C. Aden, Jr., longtime Manhasset resident and avid volunteer in the lives of the community’s youth, died Dec. 30, 2009 in Chapel Hill, NC, ending a struggle with muscular dystrophy. He was 76 years old.
Bill was an active, outgoing, gregarious man who never found himself in more welcome company than when surrounded by a crowd of high-spirited children. He had a natural, easy way with them and involved himself everywhere in their play. His own son led him in 1978 to Plandome’s Boy Scout troop 71, and there he found his true calling.
William D. McGuinness, of Norwalk, CT, formerly of Huntington, CT, Pittsburgh, PA, and Manhasset, died surrounded by his family on Dec 15, 2009, at the age of 87. Bill was the loving husband of Catherine (Murphy) McGuinness, who predeceased him. He is survived by his children, Kenneth D. McGuinness, and his wife, Jeanne Anne Norton of Albany and New York, NY; Monica M. McNally, and her husband, Francis of Lee, NH; Sheila M. Wall, and her husband, Richard of Norwalk, CT and William Danner McGuinness, Jr. and his wife Lorena of Albany, NY, and 11 grandchildren.
Mary L. Beier, of Manhasset, died on Dec. 30, 2009. Mrs. Beier is survived by her son Christopher Rourke Beier, who now lives in Fort Collins, and by her daughter Jean Clare Beier Murphy, and son-in-law Chuck Murphy (also of Manhasset), who now live in Chicago. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and dear friends.
Born Mary Louise Cregan on Nov. 13, 1941 in Elmhurst, Mrs. Beier was the daughter of Patrick and Mary (O’Rourke) Cregan, immigrants to New York from Ireland. She attended St. Bartholomew School in Elmhurst and graduated in 1959 from Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School in Brooklyn.
She moved to Manhasset with her husband and mother in 1972. Until the birth of her children, she worked as an executive assistant at the FBI Offices at the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Her children, Jean and Chris, graduated from Manhasset High School. She later worked for many years in the office of Dr. William Shea in Manhasset.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, and her sisters Kathleen C. Mallison formerly of Manhattan, and Eileen C. Twomey formerly of Port Washington.
A memorial gathering will be held at the family home on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 1-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities USA, at P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297-1066 or at www.catholiccharitiesusa.org.
Edward F. Sheerin, formerly of Plandome, died on Dec. 28, 2009.
He was the beloved husband of the late Marilyn, loving father of Matt (Jen), Janine (Joe), Suzanne (Doug) and Kate. He was the cherished grandfather of Courtney, Tommy, Kacey, Conor, Annie, Jack and the late Haley. Edward Sheerin is survived by his brothers, Larry and Michael.
Mr. Sheerin was an ex-chief of the Plandome Fire Department.
A funeral Mass is being held on Dec. 31 at 10 a.m., St Mary’s R.C. Church, Manhasset.
Donations may be made to Marist Brothers, 1241 Kennedy Blvd., Bayonne, NJ 07002 or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245.
Louise Hasteadt, former resident of Manhasset, died in April in her 96th year. Devoted wife of the late John Hasteadt, she was involved in this community for over 60 years. She began serving as a Girl Scout Troop leader and then joined the newly formed Manhasset Community Club. As a member of the Church of Our Saviour, Lutheran, Louise served on the Planning Committee for the yearly World Day of Prayer services with other women of all faiths. She also served on the Community Liaison Committee of Manhasset.
At her church’s Rummage Sale she could be found supervising the baked goods table for which she had prepared many delicious items. She was most proud of her time on the church’s Memorial Fund Committee that worked on the design and the installation of the Rose Window in the sanctuary of the church.
Survivors include a son, J. Robert; a daughter, Betty; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Louise will be remembered by family and friends as a warm and compassionate woman who loved her family, her home, her church and those around her.
Armen A. Dildilian, 86, of Port Washington, died on Dec. 1, 2009 at the Hospice Inn in Melville. He was the husband of Margaret A. Dildilian for over 61 years.
Mr. Dildilian was born on Jan. 28, 1923 in Athens, Greece, where his parents Aram and Christine Dildilian had fled as refugees from the Armenian genocide taking place in Anatolian Turkey. Mr. Dildilian arrived in the San Francisco Bay area with his parents directly from Ellis Island at the age of 5 months and called himself a native San Franciscan. He was a resident of Port Washington for the past 40 years.
Gerson Seldin, formerly of Manhasset and Port Washington, died on Oct. 30,, 2009. He was 93, born July 29, 1916 in New York City. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Sylvia, his daughter Sharon and his brother Murray.
Those close to Gerson will remember him for his loving commitment to family, friends and community. Colleagues and friends describe Gerson as a very kind, generous, philanthropic and scholarly person.
Beth McKenney Dahlman passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009 at home in Manhasset. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, she graduated from Peabody High School and attended Carnegie Tech as a drama major. After college, she worked as a character voice artist on-air at KDKA radio. During the war she worked at Carnegie Steel in Pittsburgh and later was a driver for the American Red Cross in Georgia, after her marriage to William “Bill” Dahlman in 1943.
Gennaro Faustino Parrella (known as Gene) died on Nov. 4, 2009 at the age of 86 following a long illness. He was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on Sept. 27, 1923 to Faustino and Consiglia Parrella. He married Florence E. Lechleider on Nov. 11, 1961, and had been a resident of Manhasset since 1966.
Allen Gardner Weise died on Oct. 17, 2009 in Glen Cove Hospital of respiratory failure. He was 86. Allen was born on April 2, 1923 in Washington, DC. He lived there until after WWII.
Allen enlisted in the Navy and served as a lieutenant j.g. in the Pacific on mine sweepers for three years. After discharge from the Navy in 1946 he returned to George Washington University, where he was a chemistry major, to complete his BS degree. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
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