Obituaries

Gilbert (Gedaliah) Beck, 1917 - 2007, died quietly on Aug. 18, 2007, with his son, Kevin and daughter-in-law, Heather, at his bedside in Thousand Oaks, CA. He was 90 years old at the time of his passing but still full of love and happiness. Gilbert is survived and fondly remembered by his daughter, Margaret, and her sons, Matthew, C.J., wife, Holly, and children, Cal and Molly, and J.J.; son, David, wife, Helen; and son, Kevin, wife, Heather, and children, Luke, Keeva and Zephyr. Mr. Beck lived a long, publicly gregarious, privately ruminative, generous and, for the most part, healthy life.

After raising his children in Port Washington and being extremely active in PYA sports and other community activities, he moved to Florida, Israel and finally California sharing his unique, accepting perspective with anyone he encountered. His most valued experiences were with children in the neighborhood, on the sidewalk, in the market or in the park. Gil was always ready with a smile and an affirmation of their youth, joy and playfulness. If there was anything he could do he was doing it from giving out candy to the children in Israel to financial support for family members or friends.

In his several roles, Gilbert, Gedaliah, Dad, Pa, Daddo, and Grandpa will be missed but always remembered in those whose lives he touched. His spirit will undoubtedly live on in the memory of those he left behind.

Services will be held at L.I. National Cemetery on Sept. 17 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Gilbert (Gedaliah) Beck Children's Love Fund, 2223 Kelmscott Court, Westlake Village, CA 91361. The proceeds from this fund will be distributed to the children of Jerusalem, Israel.

Filomena (Fanny) was born in Port Washington, the youngest of six siblings. She spent almost her entire life in Port Washington, moving at age 91 to Cooper City, FL.

Fanny lost her husband Anthony Villani in 1967. She is survived by her son, John S. Villani and his wife Weslee of Wappingers Fall, NY. She is also survived by her daughter Cathy Esposito and her husband Frank of Cooper City, FL. She is survived by four grandchildren, Melanie Haley and husband Bob of Kings Park, Dr. Victoria Steinberg and husband Dave of East Fishkill, NY, David Esposito and wife Elise of Blackburg, VA, and Jonathan Esposito of Tamarac, FL. She has four great-grandchildren, Julia Haley, Rob Haley, Kenny Steinberg and Bradley Steinberg.

She was predeceased by three brothers, Augustine DeFeo, Dominick DeFeo and Salvadore DeFeo and two sisters, Elizabeth Pennetti and Mary DeMeo, all of Port Washington. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Following the death of her husband, Fanny worked for many years as a food server in the Port Washington school cafeterias, including Main Street School and Schreiber High School retiring at age 90. Our beloved matriarch will be forever loved and missed.


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