Sheldon (Shelly) Marksohn, of Long Beach, died on March 9, 2009. Brother of the late Walter Marksohn. Brother-in-law of Edie Marksohn. He is survived by six nieces and nephews. He was a longtime employee of We Transport. Funeral services were private. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Disabled American Veterans or the Make a Wish Foundation. For Further information www.fpdevinefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were made by the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, Oyster Bay.
James J. Reardon MD, died on March 13, 2009 in Manhattan. Formerly of Brookville. A gifted surgeon and loving father, Jim is survived by his children, Alexes, Ashe, William, Daly, and former wife Robin. Brother of Gerard (Cheryl), Kathleen DiPersio (Richard), Betty, Dennis (Christine), Michael, and the late Suzanne. Brother-in-law of James Eng. Jim grew up in Elmont and developed a passion for horticulture and the arts at an early age. Generous and selfless, Jim will be missed by family, friends, and colleagues. Funeral Service St. John's of Lattingtown Church. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery.
Joseph A. Pufahl
Joseph A. Pufahl, of Locust Valley, died March 14, 2009 at age 88. He will be remembered for his accomplishments as an inventor, entrepreneur, pianist, composer, machinist, carpenter, pilot and boatman, but his love of family and friends will be his legacy.
Known to countless people as "Papa Joe," he had a sharp intellect, boundless energy and a remarkable ability to help people find their own uniqueness. With only a high school degree, he first found work in the garment industry in New York during the Great Depression and worked his way up to part owner before launching his own companies. He held 28 patents in diverse fields including: manufacturing technologies, adhesive tape design, label manufacture and marine technologies. His companies employed hundreds in the design and manufacture of products used in fashion, textile bonding, graphic arts, automotive, transportation and other key industries. In 1965 he founded Adchem Corporation, an adhesives manufacturing company now based in Riverhead.
His ability to relate to and inspire his children and grandchildren was matched by his curiosity and honest interest in people from every walk of life; he was equally comfortable interacting with janitorial staff or Ph.D.s, engaging even the most learned in discussion of physics, chemistry, biology, or education.
Joe was instrumental in the start up of his daughter Kathryn's company, Beds and Borders, a leading supplier of unique annuals throughout the northeast. After her death in 2003 "Papa Joe" and "Grandma Flo" dedicated their lives to the support of family, friends and community.
Despite injury to his shoulder in childbirth, Joe was an excellent athlete who built his own water skis in the early 1950s, before they were commercially available. He became a graceful slalom water skier and later an avid snow skier.
Joe is survived by his wife Florence; his sons: John (Cheryl) of Huntington; Joseph M. (Sandra) of Cutchogue; Robert (Carol) of Huntington Bay; and nine grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care Network, 99 Sunnyside Blvd., Woodbury NY 11797 or to the Kathryn Pufahl Pediatric IBD Research Fund, Box 1656, 5 E. 98th St., New York, NY 10029.
Paul Hotine, of Bayville, died on March 14, 2009 at age 94. Uncle of Robert Hotine, Carolyn Schneider, John Hotine, Lucille Griffin, William Hotine, Peter Hotine, Collette Pirie, Susan Clark, Pamela Clark and Bernice Hotine. Arrangements entrusted to Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. A memorial service was held at the Village Church of Bayville on March 25. Interment private.
John N. Grassi, of Fruitland Park, FL, formerly of Woodside and New Milford, NJ, passed away on March 18, 2009 at the age of 95. Husband of the late Rose Grace. Father of Lucille Grassi Martinez. Grandfather of Lisa Navarro (Carlos), Nicole Irizarry (Angelo), and John A. Gonzales. Great grandfather of seven and great-great-grandfather of two. Great uncle of Corinna Pillari (Louis) of Bayville, NY. Arrangements were made by Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral Mass St. Dominic RC Chapel. Entombment Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, NY.