Renata Maimone covered the Village of Bayville's activities in Bayville Briefs for almost two decades, and reported on the Locust Valley School District meetings for the Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot. She also wrote Musings, an occasional column, in which she shared her wisdom with readers.
On April 13, 2005, at age 87, Renata Maimone of Bayville passed away in the company of her loving family. Renata was one of those rare people for whom the word "wisdom" truly applies. Renata was wise in the only way one can be wise; she was wise about how to live, and why we live. It was her ability to share that wisdom with family and friends that made her so truly unique. She was universally loved by all whose lives, however briefly, were touched by her.
Renata leaves many grieving friends from every part of her long and rich life. Born in Berlin in 1917, she grew up in a home that was deeply connected to the vibrant cultural life of Berlin in the 1920s and 1930s. Her family home was a gathering place for musicians, singers, and writers. As an only child, she connected with music in a way that would shape her entire life. Fleeing Germany with her parents in 1939, she arrived in the United States as a refugee. With characteristic resolve and courage her father re-established his Berlin practice as an ophthalmologist in Boston, and her mother, a former opera singer and renowned voice teacher in Berlin, joined the faculty of New England Conservatory of Music. Renata began her career as a soprano in Boston, while making her way in her adopted country. She met her husband Joseph Maimone in a touring opera company, and they married shortly thereafter, settling in New York City. Her first son, Jeffrey, was born in 1949, followed by Mark in 1952. The family moved to Long Island in 1954, living first in Glen Head, and later in Roslyn Harbor.
Renata concentrated on raising her family during the 1950s and 1960s, but continued to develop and share her own musical talents, first locally, and then for the entire community of Long Island. An accomplished recorder player, Renata began introducing Long Island to baroque music by teaching the recorder to children and adults. During the 1970s, she co-founded the Long Island Baroque Ensemble with Sonia Grib, and the ensemble thrives to this day. During the 1980s and 1990s, her musical influence on the cultural life of Long Island increased. She helped numerous classical musicians and ensembles find their way, as a member of the board of directors for ensembles, as a trusted advisor, and as a member of the New York State Council on the Arts. In 1992, she helped inspire her daughter-in-law Margaretha Maimone to continue her own legacy of enriching the cultural life of Long Island by founding the concert series Ridotto in Huntington. She remained a trusted advisor to Ridotto to the end.
Renata and Joseph moved to Bayville in 1986, primarily because of Renata's passion for swimming. Once her children were born, her family was a frequent visitor to Bayville's Stehli Beach. Throughout her life, she would swim each day of the summer in Long Island Sound, continuing to swim over a mile each day until the last few months of her life. Each year, she was celebrated as the oldest swimmer in the Red Cross Swim Across, crossing Oyster Bay Harbor for the last time in 2004 at age 87 with her son Jeffrey. Renata, encountered daily during her long walks along Mill Neck Bay near her home, was a vital part of the Bayville community. She was active in support of many local environmental causes, wrote for the Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot, and was known and loved by all.
For those who knew her, even if only for a moment, her wisdom and dignity were immediately apparent. For those who knew her well, she became a vital part of their lives, in her modest way teaching by example the value and beauty of a life well lived. She had great dignity, and treated all with respect. She was truly loved, and will be deeply missed.
Renata leaves behind her sons Jeffrey and Mark, their wives Hung and Margaretha, and her grandchildren Lynne, Andrea, and Max. The funeral is private, with arrangements entrusted to the Oyster Bay Funeral home. A memorial celebration with family and friends will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Renata requested that donations be sent to the Ridotto Arts Organization, 4 Rolling Hills Drive, Huntington, NY 11743.
Nuncy J. "Jerry" Alfano, 87, formerly of Bayville, died on April 8, 2005. He was past commander of Bayville American Legion Robert H. Spittle Post #1285. Husband of the late Helene. Father of Christopher and Letitia Torres (Vincent). Grandfather of Vincent, Christine (Edgar) and Toni Ann. Great-grandfather of Vincent, Jenna and Alexandra. Brother of Thomas, Camilla and the late Joseph, Teresa and Joan. Arrangements were made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Graveside services at Bayville Cemetery.
Rachele DeLisa, of Oyster Bay, died on April 10, 2005. Wife of Francesco. Mother of John (Patricia), Thomas and Anna Rosa Diana (Michael). Grandmother of Franco, Lucy and Giovanni. Sister of Giustina Abbruzzese (Joseph) and Matilde Zozzaro (Michael). Also survived by many nieces and nephews in America and Italy. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Rocco. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Dorothy T. Gillies, of Locust Valley, died on April 8, 2005 at age 92. Wife of the late John W. Mother of Bruce (Lillian). Grandmother of James (Wendy). Aunt of Forrest (Kip) Towl. Service held at St. John's of Lattingtown and interment private. Arrangements made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Donations may be made in Dorothy's name to St. John's of Lattingtown, Locust Valley, NY 11560 or Rota Care Free Clinics, c/o Rotary International, 1220 Front St., Uniondale, NY 11553.
Joseph R. Minichello Jr., 55, of Hicksville, died suddenly on April 10, 2005. He is survived by his daughter Emily and her mother Jean. Brother of Jennifer, Jaclyn Janaszak (Steve), James (Susan) and Joy. Uncle of Brittany and Michelle. Arrangements made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Gertrude's RC Church. Interment private.
Kimberly Ann Rojek-Guevara, of Bayville, died on April 8, 2005. Wife of Ernesto. Daughter of Kenneth and Mary Ann Rojek. Sister of John (Amy), Doug (Mareen), Scott, Thomas and Michael. Aunt of Tommy. Arrangements made by the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, Oyster Bay. Celebration of the Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Gertrude's RC Church. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery.
Frederick Willits Seaman, Jr., 86, of Bayville, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2005, following a short illness. He was the husband of the late Carolyn Mason Seaman, the father of Frederick Willits Seaman III, Carol Hicks Seaman, Robert Langdon Seaman and John Mason Seaman (Debra). He was the grandfather of Brent Nash Seaman, Eric Mason Seaman and Austin Roberts Seaman.
Born in Glen Cove, NY on July 28, 1918, he was the son of Frederick Willits Seaman and Eda Hicks Seaman, the brother of John Samuel Seaman, Samuel Albertson Seaman and Matilda (Tay) Seaman Spencer.
He attended George School, a Friends school in Newtown, PA. He was employed at the Sperry Gyroscope Company in Lake Success during the beginning of WWII when he enlisted in the US Army Air Force and was stationed in India.
Following WWII, Fred and his two brothers, John and Bert, established Seaman Seacraft Company, Inc. in Roslyn, the business later moved to Locust Valley. Seaman Seacraft built custom wood auxiliary sail boats and custom wood power boats. They also built wood class sail boats, most notably the Seaman Lightning, of which over 300 were built. The business operated a service and repair boat yard as well. Fred Seaman later began U.S. Yacht Paint, Inc. with his partner John Pettit. In his later years, he established and operated Seaman Yacht Sales in Port Washington.
In 1950, Frederick Seaman married Carolyn Mason and they enjoyed their life together, raising their four children in Bayville, sharing in their children's adult lives and in their grandchildren's lives.
He was a member of the Manhasset Friends Meeting, along with his family.
Interment at Youngs Memorial Cemetery in Oyster Bay. Arrangements were made by Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Donations in Frederick W. Seaman's memory may be made to the American Friends Service Committee, Human Relief Fund, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.