Theresa M. Guzzello (nee DeLaura), 91, of Port Washington, died on Nov. 29. 2006. Theresa is survived by her sons, Joseph (Peggy), Michael (Gina) and George Greco. She was predeceased by her son Eugene. Also survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements were managed by the Austin Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Chapel service Dec. 2. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Donations in her memory to the Port Washington Fire Dept. 423 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050 would be appreciated.
Donald J. McCloskey
Donald J. McCloskey died peacefully at St. Francis Hospital on Dec. 6, 2006. He was born in Albany and received his elementary education at the Albany Academy. He then attended the NY Military Academy and the Peddie School in New Jersey, graduating in 1942 at the onset of WWII.
He served as a flying officer with the 15th Air Force based in Italy and was decorated with the Purple Heart, two Air Medals, three Bronze Stars and was cited for the Silver Star. Upon his return from overseas duty, he married Barbara Torrey of Springfield, MA, in June of 1945. He was stationed at Langley Field in Virginia until his honorable discharge soon after VJ Day.
Don attended Amherst College, living with his wife and baby in the GI Village college housing. He was head of the House Management Committee and a member of DKE, serving as president in his senior year.
Following his graduation in 1949 he joined Cannon Mills Inc., a major textile company, where he became vice president, heading two divisions. One of his many creative marketing ideas saw the placement of the first non-food items into supermarkets, designing the fixtures and placing them in major chains throughout the US. He went on to become president of American Actives, a textile design company and of Ehrhardt Manufacturing CO., a vertical textile company.
At age 73, finding retirement less than satisfying, he founded Realty Viewing Network Co., a computer software company, and designed Listnet, a Multiple Listing System for the real estate industry.
Don was an avid tennis player and golfer and enjoyed skeet shooting. He was a member of the Mashomack Club of Shelter Island, serving on the Central Steering Committee, Gardners Bay Country Club of Shelter Island and the DKE Club of NY. He was a parishioner of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church for the past 50 years.
He was predeceased by son Mark W. McCloskey in 2002. Don is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years and their wonderful children, Karen Maiorano (Steve), Heather Beck (Kevin), Bruce McCloskey (Gina) and Ronni Connelly; grandchildren, Chris (Randy) and Michael Lumi, Sean and Patrick McCloskey (mom Peggy), Luke, Keeva and Zephyr Beck and Alec McCloskey. Don and Barbara were blessed this November by the birth of their great-grandson, Benjamin Lumi.
A memorial service celebrating Don's life will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Port Washington on Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. The family will receive guests in the church parlor directly following the service. They request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Don's name to St. Francis Hospital.
Alec Noga, 81, died on Dec. 8, 2006. Alec was a long time resident and businessman (Noga Gas Station and Noga Parts House) of Port Washington. A WWII veteran of Normandy, he was a member of the VFW, Elks, American Legion, Port Washington Polish Association and the Gordon Highlander Pipe Band. Beloved husband of Dorothy. Loving father of Linda Noga-Wilkin, Carol Neal (John) and Kenneth (Ameena). Adored grandfather of Jennifer, Sharon, Stephanie and Robert. Dear brother of Adam, Fran, Wilma, Agnes and the late Peter, Bruno, Mary, Gene and Bernice. Son of Anna and Joseph Noga. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Interment Calverton Cemetery.
Rinaldo P. Facinelli, 86, of Bayside, died on Dec. 19, 2006. Rinaldo was the owner of Rinaldo's Restaurant, 32 E. 32nd St., Manhattan. His family and friends will miss his homemade sausages, wine and grappa. He is survived by his wife Irma; his daughter Roberta (Tom Benson); and his grandchildren, Elaina and Victoria. Also survived by brothers Mario and Raymond; nieces and nephews. Arrangements were managed by the Austin Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Religious service Dec. 22 at the United Methodist Church. Interment St. Charles Cemetery. Donations in his memory to Hospice Care Network, 99 Sunnyside Blvd., Woodbury, NY 11797 would be appreciated.
David P. Wolk, a longtime resident of Port Washington, died Dec. 10, 2006 after a long hospitalization. Dr. Wolk practiced surgery in Great Neck for over 30 years until illness forced his retirement in August 2005. Born in Cambridge, MA, he was a graduate of Brown University and Tufts University Medical School. Following a year of internship in Chicago, he completed his surgical training as a resident at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center and then as a fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan.
Dr. Wolk was a dedicated surgeon who loved his work and treated his patients with great care and attention. He was an active member of the New York Head and Neck Society and its president from 2000 to 2001. Dr. Wolk is survived by his wife Karen and daughters Jessica of San Anselmo, CA, Kimberley of Port Washington and Leah of Jackson, NH.
There will be a memorial service in celebration of David's life on Jan. 21 at 3:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock, Manhasset. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Francis Hospital or the National Marfan Foundation, 22 Manhasset Ave., Port Washington would be appreciated. Arrangements were managed by the Austin Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington.
Rose Graham, 91, of Port Washington, died on Jan. 3, 2007. Rose was predeceased by her husband Joseph. She is survived by her children, Joseph, William, Barbara Howard, James and Deborah Pitts; one son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, seven grandchildren and two nephews. Arrangements were managed by the Austin Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Eleanor Dorothy Weaver, 102, formerly of Port Washington, died on Jan. 3, 2007 at Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center in Lenox, MA. Born in Brooklyn Dec. 28, 1904, daughter of Leo and Eleanor M. Brady Schultz, she attended schools there as well as Penn State University.
Prior to her marriage in 1928 to her late husband, Allan Weaver, she had worked for Bell Laboratories at AT&T in New York City as a secretary and supported the war effort spotting airplanes off the LI coast during WWII. Avid sailors, Mrs. Weaver and her husband had been long time members of a yacht club in Port Washington.
Mrs. Weaver is survived by her daughter Marjorie Cartwright of Valatie, NY. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Calverton National Cemetery.
Helen Thompson Matthews, of Wellesley, died Jan. 4, 2007. She was 89. Born in Bath, ME on Sept. 19, 1917, she was the daughter of Helen E. (Triggs) and Harold Low Thompson. She graduated from Brunswick High School in Maine and Wellesley College, Class of 1939. She was raised by her aunt, Ruth E. Thompson and uncle, Earle S. Thompson following the tragic death of her mother.
She resided in Port Washington for over 45 years with her late husband, William T. Matthews, and they spent their summers in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Following the death of her husband, she returned to being a resident of Wellesley where she resided with her grandson, William T. Matthews II and his wife, Deborah Katz. She is the mother of the late William P. Mathews and the late Margaret T. Matthews. She is survived by her three grandchildren, William T. Matthews, Charles P. Z. Matthews and Colleen E. Matthews, and her loyal companion, Lucy.
Grandmother, role model, friend, Scrabble champion and beloved -she will be truly missed. Contributions may be made in memory of Helen T. Matthews to the North Shore Animal League.
Peter Lorson, 71, died suddenly of heart failure at his home in Southwick, MA. Pete was an avid sailor and sports enthusiast. After growing up in Plandome, he graduated from Manhasset High School and Lehigh University with a BS degree in engineering in 1957. He spent his career with Sperry Gyroscope (now Lockheed Martin).
An accomplished lifelong sailor and senior judge, Pete was most often found near the front of the fleet in dinghy and one design racing. He joined the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club in the 1950s and served as Commodore 1986-87. He later was chairman of the Regatta Committee and ran the highly successful Manhasset Bay Fall Series until he retired to Florida in 1999. He was active in frostbite sailing for decades and reigned as commodore of the Frostbite Yacht Club in 1966. While a resident in Florida in recent years, Pete was a sought after judge and campaigned a radio controlled Soling 1 Meter. Commodore Lorson also had tremendous experience as a blue water sailor, and had been a member of the Storm Trysail Club since 1968 where he was an active volunteer at many Block Island Race weeks and held the office of treasurer for seven years ending in 1998. Pete was certified as a judge by US Sailing in 1981 and was later elevated to senior judge.
Pete's love of the New York Yankees manifested itself in his naming of his first boat, a Meteor class sloop, Yankee Clipper. She was followed by a Manhasset Bay one design called Yankee, which he sailed to an array of championships.
Pete is survived by Sally, his devoted crew member and wife of 47 years, his son Pedro, daughter Mimi Berry (the immediate past commodore of the Frostbite Yacht Club); and by four granddaughters, Maura, Sabrina, Courtney, and Brooke.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to US Sailing at http://www.ussailing.org/olympics/documents/donationform.pdf or PO Box 1260 Portsmouth, RI 02871.