by Barbara Guarino Kruk

There comes a point in our lives when we step back and reflect on our lives. All the sacrifices we made, all the highs and the lows come together in a mosaic called life. Of course, we sometimes have regrets, but they too are all part of the big picture. We see our accomplishments as well as our failures, and with any luck it all balances.
What is the thing for which you are most proud? Are you proud of a prosperous and illustrious career? Does a heroic event that brought you fame and notoriety make you proud? Perhaps an overwhelmingly successful portfolio has made you boast to family and friends. What is your legacy and how will others remember you?
For Nicholas Eichinger, his greatest achievement, the thing that he was forever grateful, was being the father to his four children. Sadly, Nick was only fifty-eight years old when he left this world, yet in those years he left a lasting and indelible impression on so many people. His pride was real and unconditional; his pride was love. He loved being a Dad.
Nick Eichinger was a man who embraced life. He loved to be out in nature. He often took his whole family to Otego, in upstate New York, where they could ride quads in the woods, fish, hunt, and enjoy life. He would also venture to Florida to visit childhood friends and family.
He was the king of the BBQ, cooking for the family in the yard he so lovingly tended. One of his talents was the ability to create things with his hands. He was a sports fan, especially baseball, and claimed allegiance to the NY Mets.
His playful side included swimming in Lake Ronkonkoma, and being a faithful spectator at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, where he might have thrown back a beer or two. It was all about having a good time and being with the family. He enjoyed playing chess, checkers and card games.
Nick was a classic rock fan who listened to WBAB, Zeppelin, Van Halen, Black Sabbeth, and AC/DC. He was an action and adventure movies fan with some of his favorites being Star Wars, the Matrix trilogy, as well as SyFy. Star Trek’s Spock epitomized his mantra, “Live long and prosper.”
The family he so loved began with his wife Senita. He was the devoted father of Michelle, Melissa, Nicholas Jr., and Matthew, and the cherished grandfather of Lane, Dylan, Luna, and brother of Rosemary and brother-in-law of Robert. Nick was the adored uncle of Jessica, Jamie, Anthony, and Robert.
Nick Eichinger’s greatest gift was the love he received from his children. He was proud to be called Dad.
Thaddeus “Ted” Brandt III, passed away on May 7, 2016, surrounded by his family. Born May 17, 1958 to Ted and Betty Brandt, he graduated Riverhead High School in 1976 and loyally served in the United States Navy from 1977-1981 on the USS AMERICA. He married Jill Wilczewski in 1981 and together they had two children. Ted managed West Cove Farms, Kanas family estate from 1999 until the time of his death in 2016. He is survived by his wife Jill, son Thaddeus Thomas the IV and his wife Cherie and his granddaughters Aubrey, Emmee, and Ellee, and by his daughter and best friend, Kristin. He is also survived by his mother Betty, sister Linda Galka and her husband Richie, brothers Michael, Jim and his wife Tracy, and sister Patti, as well as many more family members and too many friends to list. Arrangements were entrusted to Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. A prayer service conducted by Father Henry Leuthardt was held at the funeral home. A sailor’s burial at sea took place. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Ted’s name to: The Lustgarten Foundation, 111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714 or Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park, PO Box 57, East Moriches, NY 11940.

Nicholas Eichinger, Sr., age 58, died on March 30th, 2016. He was a man of many interests and hobbies. He was a man who embraced life and shared his love with everyone. He was a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. His legacy lives on with his wife Senita, and his beloved children Michelle, Melissa, Nicholas Jr., and Matthew. He was the proud and loving grandfather to Lane, Dylan, and Luna. Also surviving are his sister Rosemary and brother-in-law Robert. He was the adored uncle to Jessica, Jamie, Anthony, and Robert. Family and friends gathered at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley for a memorial service to celebrate the life of this wonderful man.

Cosimo Picca, age 66, of Mastic, passed away on May 14, 2016. He is survived by his beloved wife Filomena, his loving sons Joseph and Gregorio, his brother Frank and grandchildren, Enzo, Luca and Massimo. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held at St. John’s RC Church and interment followed Mass to Holy Sepulchre Cemetry in Coram.

Amelia Ranieri, age 85, of Center Moriches, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2016. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Vincent in 2011. She is survived by her loving children, sons Robert and Steven, and daughter Linda LaClair. She is also survived by her sister Carol Fazio. She leaves behind nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all who knew her. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home A funeral Mass was held at St. John’s RC Church in Center Moriches and interment followed to Calverton National Cemetery.

Estelle Schulz, age 90, passed away quietly at her Florida residence surrounded by her loving family. Native to the Mastic area, Estelle loved Chinese auctions and playing Bingo. She loved to cook and took great pride in taking care of and maintaining her home. She was a loving, kind, and generous lady who loved visiting with family and friends. Estelle is survived by her siblings; Larry (Eileen) Schulz, Dennis (Barbara) Schulz, Betsy Schulz, grandson; Lance (Patricia) Schulz and three great-grandchildren. Committal prayers were offered by Deacon Sonny Pagnotta with interment following at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton. Arrangements were under the direction of Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic.

Eva Vogt, age 68, passed away on May 4, 2016 at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, Patchogue. Born in Bay Shore, NY and a resident of Mastic for thirty-five years, Eva loved to cook and watch cooking shows, such as Rachel Ray and Paula Dean. She enjoyed playing 500 Rummy and watching the Price is Right, but more than anything, Eva loved being with her grandchildren. She loved and adored them and took great joy in showing them off to everyone. Eva is survived by her children; Timothy (Sherry) Vogt, Tammy Ney, Frank Vogt, and grandchildren; Krystal Ney, Felicia, Alyssa, Timothy, and Connor Vogt. Family and friends gathered for visitation at Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic. Funeral services were followed by interment at Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale.

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