Joseph Dellavecchia, lifelong resident of Port Washington, passed away on Jan. 23, 2008. He was blessed with a full and active life which began with his birth on June 2, 1924. His parents, Carmine and Anna Dellavecchia came to this country as immigrants from Italy. Joe was raised in a loving family that included four sisters, Minnie, Josephine, Concetta and Angie. All preceded him in death.
Joseph entered the U.S. Army soon after graduating from high school. He was proud to have served his country with courage and bravery. As a decorated WWII hero, Joseph earned and was awarded a variety of honors and medals including the Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star and the Silver Star. He was a distinguished warrior in Co. G 2nd Infantry Regiment 5th Division. Joseph will go down in history as being part of "The Great Generation."
Upon his return to his hometown, Joe benefited from the GI Bill and was able to further his education. On June 19, 1949 Joe married the love of his life, the former Marie Salerno, also from Port Washington. Together they raised five children. This year would have marked their 59th wedding anniversary.
In 1953, he started his own landscaping business, Joseph Dellavecchia Landscape Contractor. His strong work ethic and boundless energy allowed Joe to successfully manage this business throughout the duration of his life. The word "retirement" was not part of his vocabulary.
Along with his devotion to family and loyalty to friends, Joe dedicated himself to a variety of organizations. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the John Michael Marino Lodge, the Brave Hearts, the North Shore Elks Lodge (Past Exalted Ruler - twice), the Knights of Columbus (Past Grand Knight), the Port Washington Masonic Lodge and the Manhasset Chapter of Cancer Care.
Joseph is survived by his loving family, his beloved wife, Marie; his two sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph Jr. (Cecillia) and Anthony (Shu-Lee); three daughters, Donna, Deborah and Anna; son-in-law Robert. Joe cherished his grandchildren, Aleta, Anthony Jr., Tiffany and Bianca. As part of a large extended family Joe also had many nieces and nephews.
The world will not be the same without this unique and fine man. He was loved by many. May his outstanding qualities live on through those whose lives were touched and influenced by him.
Margaret Busse (nee Dykes), of Bethpage, formerly of Port Washington, passed away Jan. 24, 2008. Wife of the late Edward. Mother of Deborah Christopher (Alan Thompson), David Busse (Rosemarie) and Kim Simmons (Michael). Grandmother of Allison, Shawn, Kelly and Jake. Sister of James, Bernard and Richard Dykes. Arrangements were made by Arthur F. White Funeral Home. Cremation was private. Memorial visitation was held Jan. 28 at the funeral home. Donations in Margaret's name may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.
Robert W. Doyle, a retired NYC police detective, 73, of Port Washington, died on Jan. 26, 2008. Robert is survived by his children, Patricia Farrell (John), Judy and Diana; his grandchildren, Kieran and Elizabeth; his sister Elaine; and his former wife Frances. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Cremation Fresh Pond Crematory, Middle Village. Donations in his memory to Survivors of the Sheild, Officers Memorial Fund for Widows and Children, PO Box 100177, Staten Island, NY 10310.
Margaret Gruger, 88, resident of Anderson, SC, passed away in Atlanta, GA on Jan. 27, 2008. Born in Toulon, IL, to Otto and Rhoda Bacmeister she moved with her family to Port Washington in 1929, where she attended elementary, junior high, and high school. Later, she studied architecture at Carnegie Technical Institute and designed a house for her sister, which stood on 99 Bayview Avenue in Port Washington for 50 years. Margaret and her husband Ted were avid members of the North Shore Yacht Club until their move to South Carolina in 1982; she was also a dedicated volunteer at St. Francis Hospital and for Meals on Wheels. Margaret had no children; she is survived by her sister, Lucretia Harrison, of Port Washington, and several nieces and nephews.
Elizabeth "Betty" Albano, of Port Washington, formerly of Williston Park, died on Feb. 1, 2008. Wife of the late Salvatore "Red." Mother of Margaret and Andrea. Mother-in-law of Glen Smith and Wayne Willert. Grandmother of Wayne and Glen. Sister, aunt and friend to many. Arrangements were made by the Fairchild Funeral Chapel, Manhasset. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church. Interment LI National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Family and Friends of Sands Point Nursing Home (for entertainment use).