Louise Catalano, 92, of Woodbury, formerly of Flushing, died on June 2, 2009. Wife of the late Stephen. Mother of Lucille Talenti-Parisi (Salvatore) and the late Thomas Catalano. Grandmother of Gina Talenti, Gregg Catalano (Debrah), Stephen Catalano (Karen), Anthony Talenti (Kathleen), Christina Natale (Jerry) and Daniel Lynch (Denise). Great-grandmother of eight. Sister of Gloria Carpentari. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Arrangements were made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Dominic’s RC Chapel. Interment Mount St. Mary’s Cemetery, Flushing.
Christopher Randolph, retired President and CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, died at the age of 64 on May 22, 2009 in New York. The Marine Corps announced his death from brain cancer, on behalf of his wife, Patsy, and children, Kate and Christopher. Christopher led a life of service, with the staunch belief in the power of education and a fierce devotion to Marine tradition. Christopher Fitz Randolph was born in New York City on July 14, 1944, the younger of two sons of Haughton and Gwen Randolph. He was raised in New York City and East Hampton and attended The Browning School, where he served as a trustee and chairman of the board. In 1968, he received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was the 16th generation of the Randolphs to attend the University and went on to serve on their national Development Council. Upon graduation, Christopher voluntarily served in the Marine Corps as executive officer and commanding officer of Mortar Battery, 2d Battalion, 12th marines in Vietnam and Okinawa. Following his tours, he finished a Marine Reserve commitment in 1973 as a captain. This was just the beginning of a long, multi-disciplined career and the foundation of his leadership. Upon his return from Vietnam, Christopher accepted a position with New York’s senior United States Senator, Jacob K. Javits, as a senior staff member in Washington and later as a finance director for his campaign. While in Washington D.C., he met his wife Patsy Lyons Randolph, who served as a special assistant for the Senator. After leaving Washington DC and politics behind, finance beckoned. During the 80s and 90s, he worked as a vice president at Salomon Brothers, and as a managing director of Lehman Brothers in public finance. Following his Wall Street career, he served as executive vice president and director of Academic Management Services, a leader in tuition payment plans and student loans. Thirty-five years after his honorable discharge from the United State Marine Corps, he returned to Washington and accepted the role of President and CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. “Leading this Foundation and serving the needs of our Marine families have been a great privilege, bringing together so many important aspects of my life – my time in the U.S. Marine Corps, my profound belief in the power of higher education and a focus on family.” Christopher wrote shortly after his diagnosis. The mission of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is to provide scholarships for higher education to deserving sons and daughters of Marines and children of former Marines, with particular attention being given to children whose parent was killed or wounded in action. In 1962, after learning that a Marine World War II Medal of Honor recipient could not afford to send his child to college, Brigadier General Martin F. Rockmore and a small group of his Marine friends, including Jack Kreindler, the owner of the 21 Club, decided to help. General Rockmore and his Band of Brothers organized a charity ball and used the proceeds to provide scholarship assistance. In December of that year, the first “Leatherneck Ball” was held in New York City and enough funds were raised to award a $1,500 scholarship. Since 1962, they have awarded more than 22,500 scholarships and bonds totaling more than $39.2 million. Mr. Randolph once shared: “We are all Americans looking to honor our past, preserve our ideals and invest in our future.” In addition to Patsy, his wife of 35 years, and his daughter Kate and son Christopher, Mr. Randolph is survived by two brothers, Haughton Randolph of Mexico City, Mexico, and Frank Randolph, of Longview, WA; his sister, Anne Randolph von Kuhn, of Birmingham, AL, and his mother, Gwendolyn Randolph Franklin, of New York City. Arrangements were made by Oyster Bay Funeral Home. The family has requested donations in Chris’s name be made to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, www.mcsf.com. Memorial Services will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Cold Spring Harbor.
Helen Angels (1923-2009), 86, passed away at home in Laurel Hollow, on the afternoon of May 20, 2009. Helen grew up in Greenwich Village the youngest of six siblings. During WWII she met her husband, then Staff Sergeant, George Angels. They married in September of 1945. Helen loved music, especially Jazz, and could tear up the dance floor better than anyone, most recently at the 2006 wedding of her eldest grandchild. Helen’s love of fashion was continuous throughout her life and she was always impeccably dressed right down to her Ferragamo shoes. Helen also loved cooking and entertaining. She will be remembered in the kitchen for her fabulous holiday meals which will never be matched. Helen was also politically active and donated to a variety of charitable organizations. She was smart, quick-witted, and always in on the joke. Helen is survived by her daughter Lynda, her son Geoff and his wife Lee Ann. Her grandchildren Jonathon and Samantha along with her husband Alex. Those who knew her say she was “one of a kind”. Funeral services at Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery.
Rhudean Johnson (Johnson) passed away on May 15, 2009 at the age of 79, of Glen Cove, NY. Mother of Gwendolyn Williams, Darryl, Channa and the late Adrienne. Grandmother of Kareem, Dennis, Deshawn, Ramish, Rashad, Menesha, Iregna, Melody, Brittany and Anandi. Great-grandmother of 4. Daughter of the late Owen Fuller and Winifred Cigorns. Also survived by her close friends Tia Goodrich, Joanne and Jeremy Sasso, Marie Rocco and Doug Stoer. Arrangements were made by Oyster Bay Funeral Home. The funeral services were held at Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Interment Pine Hollow Cemetery.
Ronald C. Vandenberg passed away on May 28, 2009 at the age of 75. Longtime companion of Joan Hedrick. Brother of Richard (Janet). Uncle of Rick (Cindy) and Tracey (Matt). Great uncle of Ricky and Haley. Ronald served in the United States Navy. He is also a longtime member of the East Norwich Fire Company #1 and formerly a member of the Glenwood Fire Company. Arrangements were made by Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral services private. In lieu of flowers please make donations to North Shore Animal League, 25 Davis Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050.
Frank R. Strigaro passed away on May 19, 2009 at the age of 79. Husband of Marilyn. Father of Thomas (Krissi), and Keith. Grandfather of Joshua, and Krissi Grace. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Arrangements were made by Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral Mass St. Gertrude RC Church. Interment St. Patrick’s Cemetery.
Charlotte D. Smith, lifelong resident of Oyster Bay, died on May 14, 2009. Aunt of Linda L. Gier and Carol McDonald. Great-aunt and godmother of Jackie Brode; great-aunt of Roy, Alex, Jeff, Edward, Mary and Linda Beth.
She was a longtime organist at St. Paul’s Methodist Church. She was an employee of Snounders Corner Drug Store for over 60 years and a dedicated active member of the Community United Methodist Church. Arrangements were made by the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, Oyster Bay. Funeral service at the Community United Methodist Church. Interment St. John’s Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Community United Methodist Church, Route, 106 East Norwich, would be appreciated.
Eugenia Bernacchio (nee Salerno), 86, of Bayville, died on May 17, 2009. Wife of the late James. Mother of Vera (Sal) and James (Marsha). Grandmother of Anthony, James, Adam, Josh and Jennifer. Arrangements were made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Gertrude’s RC Church. Interment Mount St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Giovanni A. Furino passed away on May 3, 2009, at the age of 79. Husband of Jeanette (nee Vuozzo). Father of Jean Marie Mimmo (Michael) and John. Grandfather of Anthony, Marie, Michael, John, Alexa, Jenna, and Giavanna. Arrangements were made by Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Memorial Mass St. Gertrude RC Church. Interment private. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association, PO Box 55071#15530, Boston, MA 02202-5071.
Bertha Reese passed away April 26, 2009, at the age of 86. Wife of the late Lonnie O. Daughter of the late Kate Furrell. Godmother of Jacqueline Francis. She will be missed by her extended family Kenneth and Ethel Wright. Bertha relocated to Oyster Bay form Dadeville, Alabama in the early 1950s. It was then that she moved her membership to Mt. Olive Baptist Church under Christian Experience. She was an active member of Floral Ways and Means Ministry and the Culinary Committee. Arrangements were made by Oyster Bay Funeral. Visiting was held at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, with funeral services immediately following. Interment Calverton National Cemetery.
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