by Barbara Guarino Kruk

As parents we do everything we can to protect our children. We watch out for their safety, we monitor their friends and keep close tabs on what they are doing. Once they become adults we take a half step back and breathe a little easier. Of course, we never stop praying for their wellbeing, which then includes their spouses and children. Therefore, in a nutshell, we never stop worrying about the health and safety of our children.
I become very upset when we are entrusted to assist families with the death of their children. To me, it does not matter if the child is a minute old, or a hundred years old; this is someone’s child. When the mother of Heather Marie Waid came to us for assistance, I was sad. Heather as it turns out went to school with my son Matt. The mere thought of losing a child, even though they are a grown adult, is beyond unimaginable. Just when you thought that you, their parent, would outlive them, they are dead. How can this tragedy even be possible? You did everything you could do to keep them out of harm’s way, and yet they are gone.
How can it be that we must bury our baby? Heather Marie Waid was forty-one years old and the mother of two children. “She was a great Mom,” said her son Andrew. Her pretty daughter Alexis proudly announced, “I look just like my Mom.” Andrew and Alexis, her loving children, are fortunate, because people who love them surround them. The memory of Heather Waid will live on through them.
Heather had an adventurous gypsy spirit. She loved life and tried to live it to the fullest. She was an animal lover, with cats being her favorite. She made the best rice and beans and was a cleaning fanatic. She loved going to the beach and being outdoors.
For her family, the lovely, vibrant, vivacious Heather will live on forever.
Herbert Kronman, age 87, a lifelong resident of center Moriches, passed away on June 7, 2016 in Beachwood, Ohio. Owner and operator of Center Moriches paper Herbert was a member of the Jewish Center of Moriches, the masons in Westhampton and president, treasurer and trustee of the Jewish Center. Mr. Kronman will be sorely missed by his beloved wife Joan. He also leaves behind his loving children Steven, Bruce, Celia and cherished grandchildren. A service was at the Jewish Center. Mr. Kronman was laid to rest in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Wesche Funeral home inc., Center Moriches.

Donald Lesnak, age 67, passed away at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, Patchogue. Born in Brooklyn, NY and resident of Mastic Beach for fifty years, Donald enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved his truck, but more than anything, Donald loved his wife. Surviving Donald are his wife of forty-three years; Dorothy, son; Donald (Charlene) Lesnak, grandchildren; Tyler, Jacob, Victoria, mother; Delores Lesnak, siblings; Emily Lesnak, Charles Lesnak, Frank Lesnak, Helene Blatter, Steven Lesnak, and devoted canine companions; Lily and Nacho. Family and friends gathered for visitation at Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic. Funeral prayers were offered by Msgr. John Heinlein of St. Jude’s RC Church, Mastic Beach. Interment was held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches.

Anthony Paul Lucidi, age 79, of Manorville, passed away on June 16, 2016. Born in Glen Cove, to Enrico & Rose Lucidi, the oldest of 5 children. Pre-deceased by his parents and his brother Carl. Survived by his beloved wife Dolores, his children, Kevin (Jane), Debbie (Steve), Mark (Jolayne), Anthony (Cathy), LauraAnn (Jimmy) & his siblings Richard, Phillip, and Rosemarie. Poppy to 11 and great-grandfather to 1. Dad was a kind gentle soul…who loved life & his family. Words cannot express how much we will miss our Dad, but we take comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering. Every time we gather around the table to eat, we will remember his insatiable appetite, whenever we smell the fragrance of a flower, we will remember his passion for gardening & whenever we laugh we will remember his beautiful & embracing smile. Our Dad was bigger then life, his loving knew no bounds and he will forever live within our hearts. You can rest in peace now our beloved father, because you are finally home. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home in Center Moriches. A funeral Mass was held at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church. A military burial was at Calverton National Cemetery.

Jeffrey Prince, age 59, a 17 year resident of Manorville ,passed away at home on June 9, 2016 surrounded by his family. Mr. Prince was vice president of operations in King Kullen in Bethpage. Jeffrey leaves behind Ge his beloved wife Kathleen, devoted mother Louise, loving children Kimberly and Erin. Jeffrey will also be missed by his siblings Cynthia and Mark. Family and friends gathered at Wesche Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial was at St. Johns RCC, Center Moriches. A private cremation followed. In lieu of flowers family ask donations to Good Shepard Hospice. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Wesche Funeral Home Inc., Center Moriches.

Heather Marie Waid, age 41, of Mastic Beach, died suddenly o June 28, 2016. Heather was born in Cobleskill, New York , attended William Floyd High School, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed being with her family, was a good cook, and an animal lover. Her children Andrew C. Waid and Alexis Rabstejnek survive her, as does her mother Anita Andren, Pop Jim Duffy, and her grandmother Beulah Waid. Her siblings Debbie (Willie) Tagliafero, Ronald (Myumi) Andren, Jennifer Lebrun, and Anita (Michael) Koch, and extended family from Sharon Springs, NY, as well as many nieces and nephews. Family and friends were welcomed at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. Msgr. John Heinlein conducted wake prayers. A private cremation took place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches.

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