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.
Donald Everett Axinn, a resident of Sands Point, died on Tuesday, Oct. 13 following a brave battle with cancer. He was 80 years old.
Mr. Axinn spent 50 years as a developer, writer, philanthropist and filmmaker. His parents emigrated from Russia during the Pogroms. A first-generation American, he built the Axinn name into one of the most respected with regard to building and investing in the New York metropolitan area. He designed and developed several million square feet of award-winning buildings and office parks before merging in 1999 with Brandywine Realty Trust, a NYSE company. He sat on their board of trustees for many years.
Gretchen was a prominent real estate broker – realtor in Manhasset and ahead of her time as a working woman professional, a resident of Munsey Park since 1945 and the senior most member of North Hempstead Country Club. She was very active with bringing the Girl Scouts to Manhasset. Gretchen was well read, traveled the world and was loved by many.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 25 years, Edward L. Dominge Jr. and Frederick Frank Travers.
She is mother of Barbara Wellbeloved, Gretchen Ann Travers and Richard Myers Travers. Grandmother of Robert (Melanie) Wellbeloved, Tremain (Ambra) Wellbeloved, and Blair (Nicole) Wellbeloved, Brad and Theodore Travers, as well as great-grandmother to nine children.
Memorial gifts in celebration of Gretchen’s life may be made to the Emma Willard School, 285 Pawling Avenue, Troy, NY 12180. Gifts should read alumni: “In Memory of Gretchen Travers Dominge.”
Frank J. Pastor passed away on Aug. 30, 2009 after a long illness. He was born July 12, 1943 in Queens, NY.
Frank graduated from Manhasset High School in 1961. He completed his bachelors of architecture at the University of Notre Dame in 1966.
A longtime resident of Manhasset, Frank worked as an architect in New York City. He worked for several firms starting with the Eggers Group, where he was senior vice president, with the most recent firm being STV Incorporated. He was a company man who gave it his all for 40 years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Alice and their three children, James, Frank and Christopher; daughters-in-law Patricia, Cheryl and Cyndi and seven grandchildren: Taylor, Brendan, Angelica, Alex, Max, Emma and Gus and his brother John of Florida.
Friends and family paid their respects at Fairchild Funeral Home. His Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mary’s Church. Frank was laid to rest at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
In our minds and hearts, we know his faith sustained him. He has fought a good fight, he has finished his course, he has kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)
Donations can be made in Frank’s memory to St. Francis Hospital Foundation – Pastoral Care Fund, 100 Port Washington, Blvd., Roslyn, NY 11576.
After a lengthy illness, M. Michael Cerick of Manhasset died peacefully at home surrounded by his beloved family on Aug. 1, 2009.
Michael was born on September 17, 1921, in Bozava, Croatia, and immigrated to the United States at the age of 7. He enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 18, and served in the South Pacific in World War II. After an honorable discharge, he joined the New York City Police Department and attended Columbia University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Longtime resident of Manhasset, Michael worked at several publishing firms starting as an account executive at The Wall Street Journal and ending as publications manager of Industrial Equipment News at Thomas Publishing Company.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Alma and their six children, Kathy, Michael, Richard, Kenneth, Lisa, John; daughter-in-law Gail, sons-in-law Michael and Charles and 14 grandchildren: Kate, Liane, Michael, Ryan, Matthew, Julie, Mark, Scott, Nicole, Andrew, Michael, Lauren, Caroline and Jack.
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