Natalie Caracciolo of Locust Valley, formerly of Glen Cove, passed away on Jan. 27, 2014, at the age of 94. She was pre-deceased by her husband Walter. She is survived by her daughters Diane Jordan Ursprung (pre-deceased by Kip) of Brookline, MA; Jane Armstrong (Jim) of Lattingtown; Liz Krumenacker of Winthrop, MA; Annemarie (Romesh Vaitilingam) of Bristol, England; in addition to her grandchildren Meredith D’Agostino (Mark), Blake, Cordelia (Greg Baer), Lindsay, Brett, Cara and Marco and her nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her brother Alfred Tufo and her sisters Carmella and Edith and Julia Sedmak.
Robert M. Passero died suddenly on Jan. 24, 2014, at age 51. Resident of Auburn, NY, formerly of Bayville. Beloved son of Bella Lozito (Pat), and Sonny Passero. Beloved companion of Dina Annese. Loving brother of Thomas (Jacqueline), and Stephen (Michelle). Proud uncle of Jessica Burden (Joseph), Thomas, Jenny Vasquez (Juan), Craig, and Dakota. Visiting Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral Mass St. Gertrude RC Church, Bayville. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to Smile Train, 41 Madison Ave., 28th FL, New York, NY 10010 would be appreciated. www.oysterbayfuneralhome.com
Edwin T. “Buddy” Ellison died on Jan. 26, 2014, at age 70. Lifelong resident of Bayville. Beloved husband of Lorraine. Loving father of Emily and the late Lynn. Dear stepfather of Patti King and the late Lorraine Hughey. Cherished brother of Harold (Patricia), Donald (Arlene), and Suzy Ellison Scovil. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 45 year Active Member and Ex-Chief of Bayville Fire Co. No. 1. Past Commander of American Legion Robert H. Spittel Post 1285. Retired Nassau County Deputy Sheriff for over 30 years. Visiting Oyster Bay Funeral Home, 261 South St., Oyster Bay. Funeral Mass St. Gertrude RC Church, Bayville. Interment Bayville Cemetery. www.oysterbayfuneralhome.com
Kathryn Abbe, who began her professional career as a freelance photographer in 1944 when few women were in the field, died at home in Brookville on Jan. 18. She was 94 and had been ill for only a week.
Mrs. Abbe and her identical twin sister, Frances, were born to Francis and Kathryn McLaughlin in Brooklyn on Sept. 22, 1919. They grew up in Wallingford, Conn. A Voightlander camera they received as a high school graduation present sparked their lifelong passion for photography. She and her sister enrolled at Pratt Institute in the late 1930s, studying painting with Reginald Marsh, but an elective course in photography proved decisive.
Florence Ludlam (nee Gallagher) of Syosset, died on Jan. 29, 2014 in the comfort of home and family.
Devoted and adored wife of the late Al Ludlam Sr. Beloved mom of Al Jr. (Ginna), and grandma to Meghan and Melissa. Sister of the late Horace, William, David, and Katherine Gallagher, Mary Brooks, and Lydia Kania. Survived by nieces and nephews Diana Kania, Florence LaConti, David, Sean, James, and Daniel Gallagher, and Tami Lynn Auricchio, and Godson Charles Bullard. Affectionately known as Aunt Florence to the Foley family.
Mary D. Schaefer, of Brookville, a summer resident of Sag Harbor for more than 50 years, died at Glen Cove Hospital following a short illness on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. She was 93.
Born in Brooklyn on Oct. 14, 1920, she was the daughter of Melbourne and Mary (Considine) Lucas. The family relocated to Oceanside, Long Island, in 1926. Mrs. Schaefer was the second in her family to graduate from Oceanside High School, a high school that her offspring attend to this day.
Kathleen R. Gallagher, wife of the late Edward A. Gallagher and longtime resident of Locust Valley and Baiting Hollow, NY and Vero Beach, FL, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 1, 2014 at her daughter’s home surrounded by family.
Mrs. Gallagher was born on May 8, 1924 to John and Kathleen Reilly of the Bronx. She had one older sister, Ednajane Checca, whom she adored. She proudly attended the Academy of Mount St. Ursula, the College of New Rochelle and graduated from Cornell University in 1945. A bit of a maverick in her time, while at Cornell and, unbeknown to her parents, she took flying lessons paid for with unspent food and gift money—notwithstanding that she had never previously been a passenger on a plane. She would often tell her children with a laugh that after sharing her excitement with her father, her mother put a stop to that learning experience.
Alice Irwin Barnes, who went to high school at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, passed away in November with her family at her side. She was 50.
A rare and aggressive carcinoid sarcoma was revealed during an unrelated surgery, and despite the best efforts of the excellent doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering, it was a short battle.
But the sorrow of Alice’s passing is tempered by the good she was able to do for those she left behind. “Alice was always taking care of other people, and never herself,” said her husband, George Barnes. “Even at the end, she was always very positive.”
John Zisko of East Norwich died on Jan. 15, 2013. Beloved husband of Barbara. Loving father of Allison (Robert) Wildermuth, Paul, and Kristen Witkowski. Cherished grandfather of Matthew and Grace. Dear brother of Evelyn duBourg. Family received friends at the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home Inc., 293 South Street Oyster Bay. Funeral Mass held at Chapel of St. Dominic’s. Interment at Locust Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the OCD Foundation (www.ocfoundation.org/affiliates/nyc/)
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