Renee A. Greenspan (nee Leibowitz), of East Norwich, passed away on April 21, 2009 at the age of 78. Wife of Elliott S. Greenspan. Mother of Stephen (Stephanie), Michael (Ellyn) and Charles (Susan). Grandmother of Samantha, Lesley, Zachary and Maxwell. Sister of Roberta. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Arrangements were made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. A Graveside service will be held at Mt. Hebron Cemetery.
Emil "Jerry" Difede, of Port Washington, passed away on April 23, 2009 at the age of 85. The cause was cancer.
Jerry was born in Astoria, NY, of Italian immigrants, James and Gemma Difede. Raised in the apartment above his father's barber shop and dry goods store, he began a life of achievement beyond what he could have foreseen.
Jerry served in WWII, earning three Bronze Stars for service at Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of the Romagen Bridge. When not caring for wounded soldiers as a medic, he would entertain troops with his jazz trio. Music remained a big part of his life and his Sinatra-esque voice could be heard in many a local piano bar.
After the war, Jerry began a corporate career that led him to serve in several senior corporate positions, most notably at Black & Decker, where he directed the introduction of one of the most popular consumer products of the time, the Dustbuster vacuum. Taking early retirement in 1982, he spent the remaining years of his life singing, clamming and publishing his real estate magazine Portfolio of Homes, which allowed him to surround himself with one of his favorite things - the many wonderful women in the real estate industry.
Jerry Difede is survived by his beloved and devoted Anne Bowie Vavrinec; his three children, Joan, Jim and Jennifer; their mother Doris Difede; and his sisters, Rose and Gloria. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May17, between 2 and 4 p.m. at Fairchilds Funeral Home in Manhasset.
Peter Kenny, 66, died of Multiple Myeloma on April 24, 2009. Peter, the son of Peter and Jenny Kleskowski, grew up in Port Washington where his family has lived for over 100 years. He graduated from St. Peter's and Schreiber High School in 1960.
Peter served as police commissioner of Port Washington and was in the Marine Corps Reserve. He was owner and president of Lighting Maintenance. Peter was a member of Protection Engine Company and former president of the Polish American Association of Port Washington.
Peter is survived by his wife Phyllis of Mattituck; son John (Kiersten) of Aquebogue; daughter Katy Poot (William) of Royersford, PA; sister Ellen Stratton (Douglas) of Hillsdale, NJ; brother Bruce of Port Washington; and five grandchildren, Andrew and Jaime Poot and Johnathan, Lauren and Megan Kenny.
Contributions in Peter's memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society, Eastern Division, Inc., Attn: Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.