by Barbara Guarino Kruk

Faith can be your most powerful weapon against the daily struggles of life. The belief that a Divine being is forever at your side can empower you to fight against all odds. Even in the face of hopelessness, a strong foundation steeped in religious belief can fortify you to withstand the worse.
The frail body of Margaret Mary Tullo arrived into our care following a journey from her daughter’s home in Virginia. At ninety-one, her once beautiful features were still visible in spite of her advanced years. A glow of serenity basked her snow white hair. She was not afraid to die; she had lived her life in the manner prescribed by her unwavering faith. Death was her reward.
Her family shared with me a glimpse of her life. She was a simple woman whose life centered around her family and her faith. She had been a devoted wife to the love of her life, her husband Joseph who died more than a decade earlier. She was an avid gardener, and loved being outdoors. Sunday dinners with her children and extended family brought her great joy. Margaret was a diehard NY Yankees fan and enjoyed American movie classics.
What was so special about this relatively simple woman? Margaret was blessed with a natural ability for wisdom. She was wise in the ways of nature and life. She evoked a genuine love and kindness toward everyone. Children and animals loved her and she in turn gave so much love to them.
Her best friend, her ninety-four year old sister Lucy Musetti, who lived next door, would spend endless time on the phone after Margaret moved to Virginia. They would say the rosary while on the phone, both of them with unshakeable faith in the power of prayer and devotion to the Blessed Mother.
Margaret loved to watch EWTN, the religious network cable program. She devoutly went to Mass for as long as she could before her illness made it impossible to do so.
Margaret Mary Tullo was a woman whose unconditional love touched so many lives, a woman of faith who lived her life with dignity and respect. Her rosary was her jewelry, her faith was her gown; her love was her crown.
My heart was filled with sadness when ninety-four year old Lucy had to say farewell to her younger sister. They had shared so much during their long lives, had seen so much sorrow as well as much joy. Two sisters joined by blood and forged by love and faith. It will be hard, but Lucy will go on saying her rosary with the knowledge that her baby sister is right by her side fingering the beads as they pray.
Margaret Mary Tullo, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and servant to the Lord, may you find your eternal happiness in the arms of Jesus.
Vicki Brooks, age 59, a 15 year resident of Moriches, passed away on May 20, 2016 in Good Samaritan Hospital. A retired nurse from Catholic Health Services in Farmingdale, Vicki leaves behind her beloved father James Yantz, dear sister Cindi, brothers James and Michael. Family and friend gathered at Wesche Funeral Home. A service was held by Deacon Patrick LaBella. A private cremation followed. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Wesche Funeral Home Inc., Center Moriches.

Arline C. Large, 97 years old, of Mastic Beach, slipped peacefully in the arms of the Lord on Thursday, June 9th, 2016. Arline was born in Brooklyn and became a sales associate with JJ Newberry’s Dept. Stores. She was a tireless volunteer with the Girl Scouts, was a Scout Leader, basketball coach, Election Board Inspector, Brookhaven Memorial Hospital volunteer, Senior Citizen Club Presendent, Board Member with the Mastic Beach Property Owners Assoc. and a Gold Card holder. Widowed in 1994 after almost fifty-seven years of marriage to Nicholas P. Large, she is survived by her daughters, Gwendolyn (Joseph) Fazzina and Marilynn (Richard) Shultz. She was the beloved grandmother of eleven and great-grandmother of thirty. Arline was predeceased by her brother Charles B. Bahr and her loving great-grandson, RJ Kruse. Family and friends were welcomed during visitation at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. Funeral services took place at Grace Lutheran Church, Mastic Beach. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

Joseph K. Linguiti, age 25, of Manorville, passed away on June 5, 2016. He is survived by his loving family, his parents Kenneth and Janet Linguiti, his sister Jennifer and two nieces. He will be missed by all who knew him. 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 was private.

Patricia A. McKenna, age 54, of Manorville, passed away on June 1, 2016. She is survived by her loving husband Kevin, her beloved daughters, Colleen and Lauren McKenna, her mother Eileen Randolph, sisters Sharon Beebee and Michelle Sherwood, and brother Robert Beebee. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. Father Francis Pizzarelli said evening wake prayers. A funeral Mass was held at Sts. Peter and Paul RC Church in Manorville and interment followed to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to East End Hospice, PO Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.

Josephine Piliero, age 70, of Manorville, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2016. She is survived by her beloved husband Vincent, her loving daughters, Maria and husband Fred Aleaga, and Vicky and her husband Richard Oswald. She also leaves behind her brother Frank Garcia and seven grandchildren. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held the at St. John’s RC Church in Center Moriches and interment followed to St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.

James Russo, Sr., age 82, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2016, at his Shirley residence. James was a carpenter and fisherman who loved the water, swimming the entire beaches of Long Island to Hawaii. Predeceased by his wife; Patricia and daughter; Patricia Ann, James is survived by his sons; James, Joseph, and John, daughters; Teresa Moylan and Mary Russo, seventeen grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren. He will be sorely missed. Cremation was held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches. Arrangements were under the direction of Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic.
Margaret Mary Tullo, 91, years old, died peacefully in Virginia, on June 4, 2016. Margaret was born in Brooklyn, but lived for most of her life in Mastic Beach. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph, and cherished mother of Willie (Barbara), Anthony (Josie) and Palma (Cullen) Hutchinson. She was the adored grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of twelve. She was the devoted sister to Lucy Musetti. Family and friends were welcomed during visitation at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. where wake prayers were conducted by Msgr. John Heinlein and a Mass was offered at St. Jude’s RC Church. Entombment took place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Coram, NY.

Steven R. Walters, Sr., age 49, passed away suddenly on June 1, 2016 at his Patchogue residence. A native resident of Patchogue, Steven was a huge Rangers and Jets fan, loved NASCAR, and loved watching Outdoor Life Network. More than anything, Steven loved and adored his family and was ecstatic when he became a grandfather. When he smiled, his eyes twinkled. Steven is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of thirty years; Leslie, children; Steven R., Jr. (Kelly) Walters, Jessie Walters, Amanda Walters, grandson; Steven R. Walters, III, siblings; Eileen (Nick) Logaccio, Retta Ann Conklin, Shaun Monroe, and forever faithful, canine companion; Libby. He will be missed terribly by so many. Family and friends gathered for visitation at Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic. Funeral prayers were offered by Rev. John Fleischman of Christ Lutheran Church, East Moriches. Interment was held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches.

Helen Wilson, age 85, a 20 year resident of Manorville, passed away on May 22, 2016. Helen was retired from the NY Telephone Co., and an active member of the senior citizens in her community of Greenwood Village and a member of the NY Telephone pioneers. She is predeceased by her husband Joseph in 1998 and grandson Jason in 2011. Helen leaves behind her beloved sons; Thomas, William, Kevin, Joseph and cherished 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian burial was held at Sts. Peter and Paul RCC before being laid to rest at Calverton National Cemetery with her husband Joseph. funeral arrangements entrusted to Wesche Funeral Home Inc., Center Moriches.

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