Maud Brand, 99, of Oyster Bay, formerly of Manhattan, died on Dec. 31, 2011. Wife of the late Charles. Mother of James (Maureen), and Janice (Robert Grady). Grandmother of Sarah. She was a WWII veteran and recipient of the U.S. Medal of Freedom. Arrangements were made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral service in the funeral home chapel. Interment private.
Marsha Mercadante (nee Lowery), of Oyster Bay, died on Dec. 29, 2011. Mother of Christian. Sister of Cheryl (John) Gorman. Aunt of Erin (Jim) and John III. Arrangements were made by the Francis P.DeVine Funeral Home, Oyster Bay. Funeral service held at the funeral home. Interment St. John’s Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Little Shelter Inc., 33 Warner Rd., Huntington, NY 11743.
Ida Shorr, formerly of Douglaston, died on Jan. 1, 2012. Wife of the late Jules. Mother of Judy and Glenn. Grandmother of Michael and Mackenzie. Arrangements were made by the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, Oyster Bay. Funeral services private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the AHRC (www.ahrc.org), 189 Wheatley Rd., Glen Head, NY 11545-2699.
James C. DiGiovanni, 92, of Bayville, died on Jan. 3, 2012. Husband of Rosalie for 64 years. Father of Carl (Patricia), Robert, Janet Wallick (Brad) and the late Susan. Grandfather of Jason, Amanda Harding (Keith), Alexandra, Gregory, and Douglas. He was a WWII veteran and past commander of Bayville American Legion Robert H. Spittel Post 1285. He was also a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. Arrangements were made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Gertrude RC Church. Interment LI National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, LI Chapter, 555 Broad Hollow Rd., Ste. 403, Melville, NY 11747, would be appreciated.
Harry J. Porteus Jr., of Bayville, died on Jan. 3, 2012. Father of Julie and Jamie. Companion of Lizabeth Printess. Son of Harry and Margaret. Brother of Stephen (Lucy), Gerard (Holly), Margaret (Bradley) Kahler, Kevin (Vicky). Uncle of Fritz and Sandra Kahler. Arrangements were made by the Francis P.DeVine Funeral Home, Oyster Bay. Funeral Mass at St. Gertrude’s RC Church. Interment Bayville Cemetery.
John T. “Jackie” McGrorty, 79, of Bayville, died peacefully on Jan. 2, 2012. Husband of Grace for 54 years. Father of Robert (Jill), William (Gaye), Gracelyn Harvey (Tracey) and John (Carol). Grandfather of Christine, Devon, Travis, Jessica, Sean, Ashlynn, Ian and the late Matthew. Brother of Thomas (Mary), James and the late Joseph. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was an honored Korean War veteran, member of Bayville Fire Co., retired Town of Oyster Bay employee and will be remembered most as a co-owner of Bayville Beverage. Arrangements were made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Gertrude RC Church. Interment private. In lieu of flowers donations in his name to Hopes & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund, 161 Fort Washington Ave., Irving Pavillion 7th floor, New York, NY 10032 would be appreciated.
Michael (Nickey) Ammirata, 83 years, of Palm Coast, FL, passed away on Nov. 13, 2011. He formerly lived in Bayville. His wife Bella Ammirata of 59 years was with him. His children are Rosemary and David Morgani, Michael Ammirata and Larry Ammirata. He and his brother Fred had a service station in Syosset for 32 years.
There will be a memorial Mass on Jan. 7 at St. Gertrude’s in Bayville at 11 a.m.
Lore Hohmann, of Oyster Bay, passed away on Dec. 22, 2011 at 91. Wife of the late Fred Hohmann. Mother to her daughter Heidi. Sister to the late Eberhard and sister-in-law to Gertrud Baerwald. Aunt to Monica, Gisela, Karin, Ingrid, Hans and Helmuth. Arrangements were made by the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, Oyster Bay. Cremation private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hospice Care Network and the ASPCA.
Mary Borg, age 103, of Flushing, formerly of Bayville, died peacefully on Dec. 1. 2011. Mother of Joseph (Mary), Mary Boccia (Raphael) and Eugene (Kathleen). Arrangements were made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Gertrude RC Church. Interment Bayville Cemetery.
Carolyn Fostel, 62, of Oyster Bay, passed away peacefully on Dec. 15, 2011 of complications from a rare blood disorder.
A former assistant vice president community relations marketing manager at Astoria Federal Savings, she was admired by not-for-profit leaders throughout Long Island and the metropolitan area for her leadership, guidance, support and endless efforts to foster networking and collaborations. She was the founder of Astoria Federal’s “Kids Tools for School” program. Now in its twelfth year, it provided school supplies to thousands of disadvantaged Long Island schoolchildren each fall.
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