Michael Papantoniou, born in Cyprus but formerly of Commack, passed away on December 3, 2011. This religious, loving, and courageous man moved his wife and seven children to America to protect them from the war and for them to have a better life. He was married to Helen Papantoniou for 59 years. Father to Tony, Bessy, Miltiadis, Maria, Gus, Chris and Tommy. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mary Rose Rado, 81 of Spring Hill, Florida, passed on Sept. 26, 2011. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Anthony. Mary is survived by her children, Stephanie, Mark, Joseph A. Rado and Kristi Kellermann. She also leaves her nephew, Joel and niece, Dorothy Rado and nine grandchildren. Mary will be laid to rest with her husband in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Since Mary was a 32-year breast cancer survivor, her family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to American Cancer Society. Arrangements were made by Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes, Spring Hill. Condolences may be made at www.brewerfuneral.com online obit (352-688-4991).
Lilyan M. Schmitz, of Westbury, died Aug. 24, 2011. Beloved wife of the late Bernard. Mother of Bernadette (Kenneth) Reilly. Grandmother of Bryan and James (Dinara) Herrick. Great-grandmother of James Herrick. Sister of Mae Arieto, Helen Marmion and the late Margaret Heins. Also survived by several nieces and a nephew. Arrangements were made by the Donohue Cecere Funeral Home, Westbury. Memorial Mass will be held Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope RC Church. Donations in Lilyan’s name may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Rd., Wilton, N.H. 03086.
Lillian was born April 27, 1955, in Westbury, to Brice and Jean Childs. She was one of seven children. Lillian graduated from Westbury High School in 1973. She joined the United States Navy in 1974, and trained as a cryptologist (CTO), eventually obtaining the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class. She was a Vietnam-era veteran, receiving medals for National Defense, Good Conduct, meritorious service commendation and foreign duty overseas commendation. She completed training in Orlando, FL, Navy A-schools in Pensacola, FL, and specialized training at Goodfellow AFB in Texas; she had subsequent tours of duty at the Pentagon and Naval Station, Rota, Spain where she was Honorably Discharged in 1979.
Doris Prokopiak-Fichter, daughter of the late Joseph and Wanda Prokopiak and sister of Eileen Kosik, passed away of cancer on June 22, 2011 at age 68. Wife of the late Richard. Mother of Arlene, Edward, Lea, Debra and the late David. Grandmother of Aiden and Avery. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Coram.
The Hon. John Joseph Kennelly, of Mattituck, died on June 25, 2011. He was born April 11, 1923 in Brooklyn. He is survived by his children, Katherine Butler of Collingswood, NJ; Teresa Kennelly of Hillsborough, NJ; Loretta Prizzi of Greensburgh, PA; Roseanne Karmel of Tom’s River, NJ; Thomas Kennelly of Kokomo, IN; Mathew Kennelly of Ridge, NY; John Kennelly of East Rockaway, Nora Scaglione of Tonawanda, NY; Martha Kennelly of Mattituck; and Paul Kennelly of Tom’s River, NJ. He was predeceased by his wife Katherine and his son Peter. His wife Katherine died in 2007, they were married for 58 years.
Pauline Sikora, of Westbury, died on June 7, 2011. Beloved wife of the late Theodore. Dear mother of the late Paul. Loving sister of Jeanne Dirr. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. The family received friends at the Donohue Cecere Funeral Home, Westbury. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated on June 10 at St. Brigid’s RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Pauline’s memory to the American Heart Association, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049 or www.americanheart.org. would be appreciated.
Catherine Telese, lifelong resident of Westbury, died on May 20, 2011 at the age of 95. She was a member and past president of Maria SS. Dell’Assunta Society. Beloved wife of the late Joseph. Loving mother of Joan Alfieri (Philip Sr.) and Frank. Cherished grandmother of Philip, Phyllis, Frank and Joseph and great-grandmother of Alexandra, Gabrielle, Katerina, Jennifer, Phillip Jr., Diana, Joseph Jr. and Cynthia. Dear sister of the late Dominic Russo. Arrangements were made by the Donohue Cecere Funeral Home, Westbury. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Brigid’s RC Church. Entombment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Lois R. Schall, of Westbury, passed away March 6, 2011. Wife of the late William. Mother and mother-in-law of Ruthann and Joe DeStefano of Ft. Salonga and Susan and Bill Jones of Farmingdale. Sister of Frederick Mosher, Estelle Dunn and the late George Mosher. Grandmother of four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements were made by Arthur F. White Funeral Home. A religious service, Pastor Julia Yim presiding, was held March 10 with interment at Pinelawn Memorial Park.
Kenneth S. Jenks, of Westbury, beloved husband of Josepha, died peacefully Feb. 18, 2011 at Winthrop Hospital after a short illness.
Mr. Jenks, born in Manhattan on Aug. 5, 1919, grew up in Brooklyn. He left his studies at St. John’s University behind to join the U.S. Army in August 1938. His military service included time with the 1st, 9th and 65th Infantry Divisions, primarily as an artillery supply officer.
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