Robert G. Mira, 53, of Locust Valley, died on Jan. 24, 2009. Husband of Rosemary Burgos. Father of Teresa and Daniela. Son of Alicia Mira. Son-in-law of Jose and Hilda Burgos. Brother of Maria Victoria Loren and Christina Mira Voigtsberger. Also survived by six nephews. Arrangements were made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Mass at St. Dominic's RC Chapel. Donations may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 75 Maiden Lane., Suite 603, New York, NY 10038.
Rita Rothmann Curran, who had lived in Oyster Bay, for over 77 years, died January 23, 2009 in Westfield, NJ where she resided for the last 13 years. Born Rita Rothmann, Mrs. Curran was the daughter of the late Paul and Gertrude Rothmann, former owners of Rothmann's Inn in East Norwich.
An accomplished pianist, Mrs. Curran began playing the piano at age 8. She graduated from St. Dominic High School as Salutatorian and received her Bachelor of Science degree from The Juilliard School of Music in Manhattan. Although piano was her major, Mrs. Curran learned and played all instruments, including violin, during her intensive training at Juilliard. Prior to teaching music at the Syosset Split Rock School, she did graduate work towards her Master's Degree at the Columbia University Teachers College.
Mrs. Curran was married to former New York State Senator Henry M. Curran. High school sweethearts, they were married for over 50 years. During Mr. Curran's political career in the New York State Senate, Mrs. Curran had the pleasure of entertaining many political leaders with her music, including former Vice President and NY State Governor, Nelson Rockefeller.
Mrs. Curran generously volunteered her time and talent to St. Dominic Parish performing as an accompanist for weddings and funerals for over 15 years. She also was an accompanist for Oyster Bay High School and St. Dominic High School in the support of many high school musicals. Finally, Mrs. Curran volunteered her time to local nursing homes and hospitals.
Mrs. Curran was a member of the St. Dominic Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Dominic Choir organist, the Glen Cove, NY Hospital Auxiliary and the Holy Trinity (NJ) Senior and Rosary Club and Westfield, NJ Music Club.
Predeceased by her beloved husband, Henry M. Curran and her sister Gloria O'Rourke, Mrs. Curran is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Lecia and James DeHaven of Westfield, NJ and her three sons, Henry of Gulfport, FL, Paul and wife Linda of Winchester, TN, and Peter and wife Beth of Nashua, NH. In addition to her children, Mrs. Curran is also survived by her sister, Paula Colton Woods of Stratford, CT along with grandchildren Bret Curran, Blair Curran, Peter Curran, Patrick Curran, Derek Curran and Lecia Curran together with several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Dominic Chapel by Monsignor John J. Bracken, Vicar General of the Brooklyn Diocese. Interment was in Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury, NY.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her name to Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ (www.centerforhope.com)