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George H. Smith, Jr.

September 23, 2021

George H. Smith, Jr. 86 of Flushing, N.Y. passed away on September 23, 2021. He is survived by his beloved wife Lynda (Sinclair), his cherished sons Matthew (Katherine), Kyle (Elizabeth), and 7 adored grandchildren Liam, Paige, Rylan, Gavin, Olivia, Kieran and Tegan. He is also survived by his loving sisters-in-law Pamela Rodney (Peter), Diane Sinclair and Donna Smith. George is predeceased by...
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Margaret "Peggy" McKeon

September 21, 2021

On Tuesday September 21st, 2021 Margaret "Peggy" McKeon joined her beloved husband Ambrose in Heaven. She is survived by her sons Michael, Danny and John; daughters-in-law Joanne and Gini; grandchildren Kellie, Mike, Kristen, Kevin, Brittany, Steven and Ryan and her great grandsons Brandon and Conor. Peggy was an active member of the Little Neck community for over 5 decades and resided there...
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Elena DiMeo

September 14, 2021


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Lucy Giaramita

September 7, 2021


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Ann B Masucci

September 1, 2021


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Carmela Conti

August 21, 2021


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Elvera L. Costa

August 10, 2021

Mom, sister, aunt, grandma Elvera, Elvie, Ve, Aunt VeVe - whatever we called her she was a symbol of the greatest generation and our unfailing matriarch. When my dad died, she was sure she would be following him shortly. She made me promise to follow her final requests down to the red dress she would wear. Well, that was in 1986, the red dress didn't survive, but she went on to live till her...
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Joan C Shaffer

August 7, 2021

Joan was born at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City on December 25, 1941, to Joseph and Christine Komara. A Christmas Baby! She was a big sister to Susan, who arrived 4 and 1/2 years later. After graduating from Bayside High School, Joan worked at General Motors in New York City. After taking years off to start and raise a family, Joan went to work at the American College of Angiology,...
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Vincent Paul Sherman

July 1, 2021

Vincent Paul Sherman, a loving big brother, father of two and a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, was a talented and widely-respected senior litigator. Vince passed away on July 1st at the age of 53. Born on February 5, 1968, in Alabama, to the late Vincent Joseph and Lorna Mae Sherman, he had been a dedicated and loving son. Vince graduated in 1990 from Princeton University's School of...
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Madeline M. Haussner

June 25, 2021

Madeline Haussner, of Little Neck, NY passed away peacefully on Friday, June 25, 2021, at the age of 90. Born July 24, 1930 to Frank and Madeline McGuiness, she was married to the love of her life, John, for 48 years. She was a proud homemaker, raising her family with love. She was an accomplished artist, administrative assistant and published author. Madeline was a loving mother to John,...
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Marie Lamb

June 23, 2021

Marie Lamb was born Georgia Marie Coston, she never liked her first name, on March 12, 1931 in Bertie County North Carolina. She was the youngest daughter of sharecroppers John and Celia Coston. Nicknamed "Moody Gal" for her expressive face and uninhibited opinions, she joined her siblings in the fields picking cotton and tobacco by the time she was 13. Although the work was hard and her family...
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Helena McGeough

May 29, 2021

Helena McGeough passed away on May 29, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Joseph. Loving mother of Una, Paul (Lauren) and Brendan. Cherished grandmother of 4 grandchildren.
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Mary Louise McLaughlin

April 30, 2021

Mary Louise McLaughlin passed away on April 30, 2021. Beloved daughter of the late John and Margaret (Babe) McLaughlin. Dear sister of the late John Jr (Toni), the late H. Kelly (Gail) and Gregory (Victoria) McLaughlin. Also survived by 10 nieces and nephews and 27 grand nieces and nephews.
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Rosanne M. Ferdico

April 17, 2021

With great courage and grace Rosanne passed away Saturday, April 17. Her trust in God and joyful anticipation of what was to come was a gift and lesson in faith to all who loved her. Rosanne was a life-long member of St. Fidelis RC Church, where her funeral Mass was celebrated. A graduate of Flushing HS and Queens College, Rosanne worked at the VA Hospital in Manhattan for 42 years before...
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Mae Ferranti

March 18, 2021


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Agnes Kinsley

March 17, 2021

Agnes Kinsley (nee Baugh), 86, passed away peacefully on the morning of her favorite holiday, St. Patrick's Day. Beloved wife to her husband Arthur. Loving mother to her son Patrick and his partner Marie, and her daughter Kathleen and her late husband Eddie. Adoring grandmother to John Brian, Megan, Tom and Kerry. Agnes was born in Brooklyn, but as a very young child moved to Queens. This is...
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Josefa "Fifi" Lafuente

March 15, 2021

Josefa (Fifi) Lafuente age 94 of Woodside, NY passed away peacefully on March 15, 2021 at Brandywine Assisted Living with her daughters at her side. Beloved wife of the late Francisco F. Lafuente. Devoted mother to daughter Susana Landa and her husband Joseph C. Landa of Douglaston, NY and her daughter Jackeline Lafuente Cooperman of Medway, MA. Loving Abuela to Joseph, Alexander and Daniel Landa...
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William Edwin Dykes IV

March 1, 2021

William (Billy) Edwin Dykes IV, age 66, passed away unexpectedly, early in the morning of March 1, 2021 in Queens NY after a month-long battle with Covid-19. Billy grew up in the Lakeside, a cooperative community of Greenbelt, MD until the Dykes moved to Richmond, VA during his teenage years, where he first began his entrepreneurial endeavors. Billy was the first to make his way to California in...
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Francis F. Hubert

February 26, 2021

Francis Hubert, 83, of Manhattan, NYC., passed away on Friday, February 26, 2021. Francis was born on March 31, 1937 in Manhattan, NYC to Michael and Florence Hubert. He is preceded in death by his parents, son (Frankie), sisters Annie, Patsy, Geraldine, Coo, and his brother Joey. Francis, a Marine Veteran, is survived by his wife Yvonne, daughters Donna (Angelo), Kathy (Vinnie) and...
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Bridget Bunker

February 21, 2021


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Patrick Rooney

February 13, 2021


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Robert F. O'Donnell

February 7, 2021

O'Donnell, Robert F. on February 7, 2021. Beloved brother of Jean Dillon (Christopher), Ruth O'Donnell, Dorothy Butler (John), James O'Donnell (Doreen), John O'Donnell (ChrisAnn). Loving uncle to nieces Kathryn, Meghan, Shannon, Erin and Salina Gibbs (Rodney) and nephews Patrick, James, Patrick, Shawn, and Thomas Foster III. Cherished great uncle to Layla, Rodney and Thomas Foster IV
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Rafal R. Kowal

January 26, 2021


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Anthony Scalzo

January 20, 2021


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Irene Vasilis

January 19, 2021


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Priscila A Nano

January 15, 2021


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Ryun Kim

January 8, 2021


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Edward F. Mungiguerra

December 2, 2020

Edward F. Mungiguerra passed away peacefully on December 2, 2020. He was a former NYPD officer of the 109th Precinct and a veteran of the Marine Corp. Edward was married for 52 years to Alicia Mungiguerra (Wilkinson) who predeceased him. He is survived by his son Robert (Claire) and stepson Edward (Frances) and his grandchildren Jennifer Ferri (Michael), Marissa Moriarty (Michael), Sara...
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Agnes Iraggi

November 24, 2020


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Arthur Katselianos

November 9, 2020

In order to ensure the safety and well-being of those who enter our facility we ask that you adhere to our Covid Policy: Maintain the regulated six-feet distance and give appropriate distance to others Face coverings must be worn at all times Use hand sanitizer Our chapel capacity is 25 people at any time so we ask that you keep your visit brief in order to allow others to do the same Our...
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Jerry Zerboulis

November 8, 2020

In order to ensure the safety and well-being of those who enter our facility we ask that you adhere to our Covid Policy: Maintain the regulated six-feet distance and give appropriate distance to others Face coverings must be worn at all times Use hand sanitizer Our chapel capacity is 25 people at any time so we ask that you keep your visit brief in order to allow others to do the same Thank...
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Sun Ok Choi

November 8, 2020

In order to ensure the safety and well-being of those who enter our facility we ask that you adhere to our Covid Policy: Maintain the regulated six-feet distance and give appropriate distance to others Face coverings must be worn at all times Use hand sanitizer Our chapel capacity is 25 people at any time. Thank you
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Nancy M. Rello

November 3, 2020

On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, Nancy M. Rello, a loving wife, loving mother, loving grandmother and great grandmother passed away at age 90. Nancy was born on February 22, 1930 in Akron, Ohio to Joseph and Rose Flaccavento. On July 2, 1950 she married Dominick Rello. They raised two sons, Thomas and Joseph in Queens, N.Y. Nancy was preceded in death by her father, Joseph and her mother,...
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John Francis O'Neill

October 28, 2020

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020 A World Champion Dad, John F. O'Neill passed away at home. He was 89 years old. John was born On November 17, 1930 in Cloghane, County Kerry, Ireland and came to NY in 1949. John served in the U.S. Army and then married Bridget O'Boyle(predeceased) and raised 6 children in the Bronx and Little Neck: Jacqueline, John Jr.(Christine), Robert(Lisa), Patrick(Lisa), Kevin...
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Thomas C. Dinegar

October 27, 2020

A celebration of the life of Thomas C. Dinegar will be held on Thursday, October 29th from 6:00-8:00 PM, and Friday, October 30th from 4:00-8:00 PM. Tom passed away on October 27th, 2020 just a week shy of his 66th birthday. He was a loving father, a hopelessly romantic husband, and a terrible cook. Tom leaves behind his wife Karen and three children, Devon, Meghan and Thomas - all who remember...
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Rosemary Braz

October 21, 2020

Rosemary Braz, age 77, of Orlando, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2020. She was born November 3, 1942 in College Point, New York. Rosemary pursued her education at the State University at Potsdamn and later began her career as an elementary school teacher. She also received a Master of Education degree from C.W. Post on Long Island. Rosemary met her late husband, Ronald Braz, while teaching...
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Joan E Viesta

September 18, 2020


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Jang Y Lee

August 4, 2020


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Richie Dinarte

July 20, 1989 - July 7, 2020


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Alfred Robert Koch, Jr.

June 26, 2020

On June 26th Alfred Robert Koch Jr. passed peacefully in his sleep at home in Douglaston, New York. He was 96 years old. Beloved husband of Violetta Mascia Koch for 72 years. Devoted father to Madeline, Marcia Ann and Alfred Robert Koch III. Loving father-in-law to Monique Koch. Cherished grandfather to Alexander and Olivia Koch. He is survived by his brothers Henry and Richard Koch. He was born...
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Gloria E. Malhame

January 15, 1924 - June 25, 2020

Gloria E. Malhame (nee Mallouk), known to her friends as Googie, passed away peacefully at the age of 96 at home surrounded by family.She was predeceased by her husband George and two sons, Charles and Edmond. She is survived by six of her eight children: Therese, James, Elizabeth (Chris Gallagher) , Jean, Mary and Thomas. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren....
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Joseph W. Stock

June 15, 2020

Joseph W. Stock passed away peacefully in Stuart, Florida on June 15, 2020 after a short illness. He was born in NYC on February 9, 1929 to Joseph and Veronica Kennedy Stock. His father passed away soon after his birth, leaving his mother to raise both him and his older sister Yvonne. Joe enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1946. He served for three years as a fighter plane mechanic, attaining the...
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Bonna Bishop

June 14, 2020

Bonna Bishop passed away on June 14, 2020. During her more than 107 years of life Bonna Marguerite Bequette Bishop enjoyed a series of great adventures. Born in Livingston, MT, Bonna subsequently lived in the states of Washington, Montana, Illinois, Wisconsin and New York. Always a journalist at heart, she worked in jobs ranging from selling ice cream to public stenographer. During her work in...
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Arlene Helen Ayvazian

April 14, 1946 - April 14, 2020

Arlene H. Ayvazian of Bayside, NY passed away on her 74th birthday, April 14, 2020 after a short but brave fight with COVID-19 Coronavirus. Arlene was born in Astoria, NY on April 14, 1946 to Adam "Tom" and Alta(Buddin) Magliochetti. She is survived by her husband, Peter Marchisello, her two sons, Brett Ayvazian and his wife Kathy, and Adam Ayvazian and his wife Carrie, her three grandchildren...
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Yong Han

March 11, 2020


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Joseph Del Pizzo

February 29, 2020


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