Sgt. Maj. Ernest J. Turner Rapelyea, a 1963 Westbury High School graduate and retired member of the U.S. Army, passed away at age 69 on Jan. 16, 2014 in Goose Creek, South Carolina.
Born in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Charles and Deloise Rapelyea and husband to Linda Turner. After high school, he joined the United States Army and served for 30 years, retiring as a Sergeant Major. He served during Vietnam and was proud to be a paratrooper assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. He worked as a truck driver and a contract monitor at the Charleston Air Force Base. He is survived by his wife, Linda Turner; two daughters, Yvonne Turner of Goose Creek and Nicole Turner of Charleston; granddaughter, Autumn Turner of Charleston; four brothers, Charles Rapelyea of Tampa, FL, Melvin Rapelyea of Betterton, MD, Brian Rapelyea of NY and Kevin Rapelyea of NY.
Ressurreicao “Gloria” Dias of Carle Place died at the age of 88 on Nov. 28, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Antonio, devoted mother of Maria (Fernando) Lucas, Joe Dias and Teresa (Nelson) Ines. Loving grandmother of Emily, Ryan and Hailey. Also survived by her sister Carma and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral mass was held Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at Corpus Christi Church. Interment was in Holy Rood Cemetery.
One year ago, on November 8, 2012, my mother, Charlotte Kraemer, passed away in her home in Westbury surrounded by family. Born on March 20, 1918, she was almost 95 at her death. In her early childhood Charlotte Adelle
Bostelmann Kraemer moved to Westbury with her parents Meta and William Bostelmann and her brother William Everitt Bostelmann. With the exception of a brief period when she lived in New York City after her marriage, Charlotte became a lifelong resident of Westbury. Charlotte attended high school at the prestigious Northfield Academy in Mount Hermon, Massachusetts from which she graduated in 1935. While there, she picked up the nickname “Charlie” and was heavily involved in the Northfield community. She began her extra-curricular involvement with membership in the chorus in 1933 and 1934. At this time sports were more or less intramural at Northfield rather than teams and
Charlotte was a member of the East Hall Volleyball team in 1933 and the East Hall swimming and basketball intramural teams in 1934. By the time she graduated in 1935, she had been recognized as one of the top athletes at Northfield and was selected for the senior swimming team of 1935, the “Yale” Basketball team and the All Star Basketball Team of 1935. Always civically minded, Charlotte was a member of the Forum Club, which was a literary society that met to discuss plays, primarily those of O’Neill. While at Northfield she continued her hobby of stamp collecting.
Frances A. Outram was born Frances A. Williams in Columbus, Ohio (Franklin County) to Margaret and Frank Williams Sr. were she lived with her five siblings, Frank,Willie, Clifford, Duval, Ethal and her step dad “Papa Dad Brown,”(all preceded her in death). She remained on Hildred Ave. in Columbus for 27 years.
Frances attended the Ohio State University where she met her husband of 30 years Robert Arthur Outram (preceded her in death). The two had three children-Barry of Fort Lauderdale, Arthur of Boca Raton and Denise of NYC. They resided on Bragg St. in Dayton, Ohio until 1950 when Robert took a engineering job with Sperry Inc, at which time they moved to 138th St. in NYC, and from there to Great Neck, then to Westbury.
Gail Widro (Tilton), 63, of Westbury, formerly Levittown, died on August 31 after a courageous, seven year battle with colon cancer. A fixture in the community, Gail volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader for Troops 1169 and 1061, was a Cub Scout Leader, and was actively involved in Boy Scout Troop 507. She was a long time coach for the Levittown Swimming Association (LSA) for Bluegrass Pool and later Carman Ave. Pool. In addition, Gail was an active member of the PTA, she often ran blood drives, was involved at School Board meetings, and could regularly be seen working the votes as a supervisor for the County Board of Elections. Gail had a passion for animals. Starting at an early age as a junior collie club member she helped her parents, raise, breed, and show collies. After attending Farmingdale and earning a BS in Dairy Science from the University of Georgia; Gail worked as a dog groomer in Bellmore for 25 years. She was the beloved wife for 41 years of Arnold, loving mother to Amanda, Matthew, Bryan, and Marianne, caring sister to Alicia Bulger (Jim), Nancy Tilton, Tom Tilton (Kelly), and Jena Pinkham. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held at Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Levittown Chapel. Funeral mass was held at St. Brigid R.C. Church. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice Care Network, 99 Sunnyside Blvd, Woodbury, NY 11797.
On July 27 Greta Tomic died peacefully in her sleep, with her three children at her bedside. Greta lived in Carle Place and Westbury from 1960 through 1996 with her family. Her husband Fletcher predeceased her in 2000. Greta was born in 1931 and brought up on Cape Cod, and returned there for her retirement years. Greta was the daughter of Hjalmar and Betty Jensen, Swedish immigrants who owned a dairy farm. The home she built for her retirement is located on the old farmland.
Henry Damashek immigrated to America from Poland in 1947, with just seven silver dollars. He had served in World War 2, and his son Scott says that experience made him so grateful to be in America. He was the “proudest American you would ever meet” his son Scott said. Damashek served in the Russian and Polish army, as well as the American army during the Korean War. He would always fly the flag and was often seen proudly wearing his veteran’s hat.
Not only was Henry known for his patriotism, but his generosity.
John Joseph Russell of 135 Post Avenue, Westbury, N.Y. passed away on May 16, 2013. He was 95 years of age. His ashes will be buried in Arlington Cemetery in Washington, DC. Married for 61 years to the late Arlene Muller, he is survived by his four children, seven grandchildren and five great grandsons. John Russell served his country proudly as an officer in WWII and was wounded in combat soon after his platoon crossed the Rhine into Germany. He was a serial entrepreneur who started and ran a number of successful businesses in Westbury, starting with Gyro Brass Manufacturing and ending with Russell Biomagnetics, from which he retired at the age of 88. He loved golf, the trotters and inventing new products for which he held a number of patents including one for an early single handle faucet design, and others for a number of therapeutic magnet applications. John Russell was an eternal optimist who always saw the possible and never let failure sidetrack his dreams. May his positive spirit live on in those he leaves behind.
Arthur Gittens, formerly from Westbury, passed away in Spring Hill, Fl. on March 5th, 2013 in his 86th year. Gittens was a New York City native was a graduate of Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades, which during that time was a premier high school, requiring an entrance exam for admittance.
Gittens volunteered for the U.S. Navy and did a four year stint. He was discharged with the rank of RM2C, Radioman 2nd Class.
Elizabeth Thomson Boepple, 96, of Peabody, MA and formerly of Carle Place, beloved wife of the late Alfred J. Boepple, died March 28th,at Brooksby Village in Peabody surrounded by her family.
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