Nicolina "Nikki" Frappaolo (nee Sasso) died on Dec. 11, 1999. She was the proprietor of Bruce Travel Agency of Port Washington for many years. She was the wife of Henry Frappaolo and sister of Victor and Vincent Sasso. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Stuart K. Choate Jr., husband of Dorothy L. Choate and recently moved resident from Vermont to retirement residence Diamond Ridge, Troy, NY, died on Dec. 23, 1999 at Samaritan Hospital in Troy. He was born in NYC on April 5, 1913, the only child of Stuart K. and Carolyn Fordyce Choate Sr. A member of Delta Tau Fraternity, Mr. Choate was graduated in 1934 from Amherst College with a BA degree in economics. His public school education had been in Port Washington. Upon college graduation he joined Newell-Emmett Co. (now Cunningham & Walsh), NY advertising agency in media research and buying for 10 years. Following a severe 1944 bout with poliomyelitis, he and his late wife Joyce Nye Choate moved to the San Francisco area, settling in San Mateo.
His subsequent career in California was eclectic; Editor Western Advertising magazine, 1946-53; research director, San Francisco Chronicle, 1953-55; editor, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1963-68; president International Writers Workshop, 1976-82; and editor, California College of Podiatric Medicine and Hospital, 1967-71. In addition to his own public relations and advertising agency for 20 years, he taught advertising at San Jose State College and Columbia Community College. His clients were principally in the health and political fields.
In a subsequent family move to Sonora, CA, north of Yosemite, Mr. Choate served the County of Tuolumne as management analyst for eight years, then retiring at age 69. Among his governmental activities he established rural transportation with a Federal Section 147 grant, prepared the county's first affirmative action plan and formulated a two-county community action agency. his personnel hiring interviews included over 3,000 candidates ranging from nurses' aides to assistant district attorneys.
His professional memberships and organizations have included the Academy of Political Science, Advertising Association of the West, Alpha Academy Delta Sigma (Stanford advertising honorary), American Marketing Association, American Society for Public Administration, Central Sierra Economic Development District, E Clampus Vitus historical society, National Society of Industrial Editors, National Association of Counties, Sales Executives Association of San Francisco, San Francisco-Oakland Newspapter Guild and the San Francisco Press and Union League Club.
While working in San Mateo County, he was a volunteer for the Family Service Agency and the San Mateo Library, serving as vice president in both organizations; he was elected an honorary member of the San Mateo Historical Society. As a Vermont volunteer, Mr. Choate was president of the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, associate editor at Burr and Burton Seminary, board member of the Manchester Historical Society and communications consultant for the Equinox Terrace residence.
As a free lance writer, he wrote over 100 columns of homely chatter for the Vermont News Guide and prepared extended articles for the Manchester Journal and other media. He collaborated with his wife in video taping and marketing her seven-year exercise program at the Equinox Terrace, now sold in over 40 states. He has also been a commercial artist member of the Southern Vermont Art Center.
A lifelong Episcopalian, Mr. Choate was an altar boy and Sunday School teacher at St. Stephen's in Port Washington, culminating in recent years as bishop's warden for a California parish. He has been a lector in the west and in England's Church of England.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Little Choate; his sons, Roger Choate of Stockholm, Sweden, and David Choate of Sonora, CA; granddaughter, Abigail; and great-granddaughter, Sofia.
Arrangements were made by the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, Waterford, NY. Inurnment at Alta Mesa Cemetery, Palo Alto, CA.