Peter Anthony Rizzo, Jr., age 93, of Weston, FL. passed away on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. A former resident of Sea Cliff and Glen Cove. A proud WWII veteran of the China-Burma- India campaign where he served as a communications specialist attached to the Flying Tigers, a volunteer group comprised of the Chinese and American Air Forces, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps/ Past Commander of American Legion Post 336, Glenwood Landing, from 1964-1966; 64-year member of the Plumbers Local 200; volunteer at St. Francis Hospital and retired Town of Oyster Bay plumbing inspector. He was preceded in death by his spouses, Rose Marie D’Alessio Rizzo and Marie Bencivenga Rizzo; his parents, Angelina and Peter Rizzo as well as six brothers and sisters. He is the beloved father of Roseann Staple and step-father of Charlene Bencivenga. Grandfather of Robyn (Kevin) Benson and Jason (Natalie) Staple. Great grandfather of Ryan Anthony Benson and Averi Rose Staple. Peter is also survived by his sister-in-law Helen D’Alessio of Glen Head, many nieces, nephews, God-children and close family friends, Janice and Steven Scifo. Mass of Christan burial will be Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 in Florida. Interment will take place at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, North Lauderdale, FL with Military Honors. Arrangements by T. M. Ralph Funeral Home 371 NW 136 Ave. Sunrise, FL 33325. 954-587-6888
Francis Thomas O’Leary of Roslyn passed on Nov. 14, in his 87th year. Francis had a full life from Hells’ Kitchen to Sunnyside to serving as a tail gunner in the Navy during World War II. He was a dedicated father and husband who owned and ran many bars in New York City and worked at the race track for years to take care of his family, the love of his life, wife Laureen O’Leary, and their three children, Ryan, Brent and Heather. He was known for his class, toughness, heart and wit. He touched many lives and will be missed. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Roslyn Heights Funeral Home. Family and friends can leave messages of condolence at RoslynHeightsFH.com.
Carol Lee Bailey, a longtime resident of Sea Cliff who relocated to Waltham, MA a few years ago died in her sleep on Friday, Nov. 8 from complications from COPD. Carol was an active member of Roslyn Presbyterian Church in Roslyn and Trinity Church in Waltham, MA. She was an avid Mets fan although since her move to Boston, the Red Sox also enjoyed her allegiance. Carol moved to Massachusetts in 2010 to be near her daughter Kate, and grandchildren Maeve and Reese Burnham. Carol is survived by her sisters Leslie Eve McHale, Beverly Bailey Shields and daughters Leslie Marie O’Shea, Jean Patricia O’Shea and Kathryn Eileen Burnham. In addition to Maeve and Reese Burnham, she is survived by grandchildren Jakob Parker, Cierra Borgers and Gabrielle Bailey. Carol died at peace and with faith in Christ’s redemptive love.
Irwin Plotkin of East Hills passed away peacefully in his 82nd year on September 2 at Franklin Hospital after a long and courageous battle with a chronic illness.
Irwin will be remembered by his community of East Hills for playing a central role in planning, implementing and leading a new seniors committee in East Hills. In 2012, he was honored with the Village’s “Outstanding Community Leader Award” for his vision, which led to the committee’s widespread success, and for serving as the committee’s chair for 5 years.
Anne Anne Bonczek of Roslyn Heights died recently at 94 years of age. Loving wife of the late Edmond A. Bonczek. Devoted mother of Wendy. Special mom to Liz Yorio and Patti Vlatuza. Cherished sister of Stanley Zatwarnicki and the late Ricky, Billy, Helen and Jean. Sister-in-law of Madeline and Betty. Anne will be dearly missed by all her friends and Bingo buddies. Proud den mother to grand cats Grey Cloud, Cinnie, Cha-Cha, Teenager, Chow-Chow, Callie and Honey Boo-Boo. Funeral mass and burial were held Friday, Aug. 27. Arrangements were entrusted to The Roslyn Heights Funeral Home.
Gladys M. Peel, a long time resident of Roslyn Heights, died recently at age 95. She spent her entire working career at the former Long Island Lighting Company. She was an avid traveler, visiting many places in the world. Preceded in death by her long time friend and companion, Gerard E. Keeler. Survived by many cousins, who will always love her. Funeral liturgy was held July 22 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Roslyn. Interment Roslyn Cemetery.Funeral arrangements entrusted to Roslyn Heights Funeral Home.
Dr. Alfred Stracher, a pioneer in the role of contractile proteins in biological processes, died on May 8 at the age of 82. The cause was complications from leukemia.
Over five decades, Dr. Stracher’s research on neuromuscular and neurodegenerative diseases shed new light on the structure of contractile proteins in muscle and platelets. Along with Dr. Paul Dreizen, he elucidated the two-chain structure of the molecule known as “myosin,” and defined the presence of the light chains in the molecule, which are now known to be an integral part of the structure. His investigation of the presence of contractile proteins in cells other than muscle, led to the coining of the phrase “non-muscle motility” which is in use today to describe the movement of all cell types using structural proteins similar to those present in muscle.
Michael L. Greenberg, 58, of Chapel Hill, NC died unexpectedly of a heart attack on April 10. He was a prominent research scientist who helped develop life-saving drugs. He is survived by his beloved wife, Robin; his adored daughter, Rachel; his sister, Sharon (Margolin); his brother, Richard; his aunt and uncle, and many beloved in-laws, nephews, a niece, cousins and friends. Michael was born in Brooklyn and was raised in Roslyn. He graduated from Roslyn High School in 1972, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team. He had a special passion for the Duke Blue Devils basketball team and the Boston Red Sox.
Dr. Stuart L. Yunis, a pioneer in the field of nephrology, passed away on March 16. He was 79 years old.
Dr. Yunis was a well-respected physician – and a beloved family man. He left Dartmouth following his third year, receiving early admission to SUNY Syracuse medical school. After graduation, he became chief resident at LIJ and later became double board certified in both internal medicine and nephrology. Dr. Yunis founded a very successful medical practice in Lake Success with specialists in every field. He also created the first in-house dialysis department at LIJ and later moved to St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, where he launched the in-house dialysis unit.
Morris Welte died at his home in Southampton on Feb. 27, surrounded by family. Born on a day of the year now assured a place in the history books, Sept. 11, 1912, Welte enjoyed two careers in his lifetime after traveling the world as a radio operator aboard ships and planes.
The youngest of three boys, Welte emigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe and grew up in New York City. His parents split up when he was just three years old, after which he went to live with foster families. He ended up living at an orphanage starting at age 9 and credits his upbringing there with teaching him right from wrong and how to be responsible.
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