LouAnn Caramanica Veccia, who lived life with zest, love and much laughter, lost her courageous 11-month battle with CNS Lymphoma on June 30, 2005. LouAnn was born in Port Washington and attended St. Peter of Alcantara Elementary Schol and Paul D. Schreiber High School. Although she moved from Port Washington to work in the insurance field, marry, and have a child, Jamie Cara Favata, she always called Port Washington "home" and returned often to visit her many family and friends. LouAnn met the love of her life, Richard Veccia, and married him four years ago, in a beautiful and fun-filled wedding in Key West. They lived in West Islip, where LouAnn was a loving, dedicated mother to her daughter and enjoyed entertaining. She has joined her sister MaryLou Caramanica and many missed family members. Besides her husband, Richard, and daughter, Jamie, she is survived by her parents, John and Catherine Caramanica of Port Washington; in-laws, James and Georgine Veccia of Hilton Head, SC; siblings, John and Karen Caramanica of Rockwall, TX, Mary and Paul Mongelli and Patrick and Rosemary Caramanica of Bellmore; brother and sister-in-law, James and Alice Veccia of Medford and Steven and Maria Veccia of Massapequa; and many nieces and nephews, who will miss her wacky sense of humor, love and consideration of all. Donations in LouAnn's memory may be made to Cancer Care, c/o 15 Sands Pl., Port Washington, NY 11050.
Theodore La Mont, 83, of Port Washington, died on July 18, 2005. He is survived by his wife Evelyn; his children, Theodore (Christine), Jeanne (Tom) and Evelyn Burack (Kenneth); six grandchildren; one brother and two sisters. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church. Interment St. Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx.
Sara (Sally) Jane Whiteman Sonneland, 79, died on San Antonio, TX, on July 21, 2005. Sally was born July 26, 1925 in Greenville, PA to Samuel Dickey Whiteman and Margaret Rambo Wallace Whiteman. She married Joseph August Sonneland Dec. 27, 1948. He died in 1996. Sally is survived by two children, Andrew Whiteman Sonneland and his wife Jane Predoehl Sonneland and Eliza Dickey Sonneland; two grandchildren, Heather Jane Musch and Andrew Whiteman Sonneland Jr.; also brothers, Samuel Dickey Whiteman Jr. and Joseph DAvid Whiteman; dear friends and sisters-in-law, Mary Nette Sonneland Parriott, May Kelly Whiteman, Beverly Dunn Whiteman; and numerous nieces and nephews whom she adored.
A life Episcopalian, she attended Episcopal schools in South Dakota, Ohio and graduated in 1942 from Hastings High School in Nebraska. She was a graduate of A.A. Stephens College, Columbia, MO in 1944, and attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. After their marriage, Sally and Joe lived in New York City, Brooklyn and the north shore of LI. While living in Port Washington, she was active in community volunteerism as a profession and an avocation. A member of the Junior League of Brooklyn and North Shore, she was elected to serve on the National Board of the Junior League of America representing metro New York and New Jersey. She served on numerous community health and welfare boards and was instrumental in establishing one of the first volunteer bureaus in the New York Metropolitan area. She was on the administrative staffs of hospitals on LI as well as Director of Volunteers and Community Relations.
In 1986 the Sonnelands moved to Grand Island, Nebraska, where they lived until Joe's death. In 1997 Sally moved to Boerne, TX, where she had been actively involved in the P.E.O., book clubs and many volunteer activities. Sally never met a stranger and will be dearly missed by all whose lives she touched. Arrangements were made by the Ebensberger Funeral Home, Boerne. A memorial service and Eucharist was held at St. Helena's Episcopal Church, Boerne.
Edwin C. Wallace Jr. died at his home in Virginia Beach on July 23, 2005. He was born in Mineola on Nov. 25, 1927, the son of the late Edwin C. Wallace Sr. and Ellen Jensen Wallace. Ed was brought up in Port Washington where he was never far from the water, his lifelong love. He loved to sail in LI Sound and fish and crab with his uncles in the many creeks near his home. He graduated from Manlius Military School in Syracuse and after a term at the Citadel, he joined the US Army. He served in the Medical Corps and was honorably discharged at the conclusion of WWII. He graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, IN, and soon returned to LI. He worked for a predecessor of Citicorp and as a stock broker for George H. Walker Investment Co. in NYC before being recruited to join the National Bank of Commerce (currently BankAmerica) in Norfolk by John Alfriend. Mr. Alfriend told him that if he came to Norfolk to work for the bank he would never regret it. In the years that followed, Mr. Alfriend would frequently ask him if he regretted his move, and Ed always answered "never." Ed remained at the bank through many mergers and retired as the Corporate Executive Officer, Human Resources. He graduated from Stonier Graduate School of Banking, where his thesis was selected for the libraries of Rutgers University and Harvard University. He was an instructor in Human Resources at the Stonier School of Banking, the Virginia Bankers School and Old Dominion University. He was a founding member of the Institute of Management at Old Dominion University.
Active in the community, he co-chaired the first Job Fair, which was sponsored by the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce. He was founding member and chaired the urban Coalition of Norfolk (later became the Urban League). He was a founding board member and first president of Junior Achievement. He was also active in banking organizations, serving on the Personnel Commission of the American Bankers Association and later on the Personnel Commission of the Bank Administration Institute. He was the first person to chair both committees. He also served on the American Bankers Association by testifying before the US Congress on employment issues affecting banks. He was appointed by the governor to the Board of Visitors of Norfolk State University and served two terms, including one as Rector of the Board. He helped launch the Norfolk State University Celebrity Tennis Tournament, which was a source of funds for NSU scholarships.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Helen V. Preti; three children, Leslie Wallace Foster ( AL) of Gloucster, VA, Brian K. Wallace (Lizle) of Virginia Beach, Dr. Edwin C. Wallace III (Tracie) of Howie in the Hills, FL; two step-children, Monique Preti Jones Herning (George) and Todd J. Preti (Tricia) of Virginia Beach; grandchildren, Holly, R. Cory, Melissa, Bryan and Billy Foster, Brooke, Ashley and Hailey Wallace, Stephen and Whitney Wallace, Lauren, Taylor, Sarah and Michelle Jones, Brent, Megan, Emily and Merrick Preti, Kyra Herning; and one great-grandson, Shaine Wallace; his cousins, William Arstrong of Ft. Myers, FL, and William Hurst of Flagstaff, AZ; and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his first wife, Barbara Stout Wallace.
Arrangements were made by H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Virginia Beach. Burial private. Memorial contributions may be made to Chesapeake Bay Academy Student Financial Aid, 821 Baker Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462 or a charity of your choice.