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Obituaries

LOVIN’ LIFE
by Barbara Guarino Kruk

I admire people to live their life as if each day was their last. Some people have the ability to seize every moment and make the best of any situation. Young or old, healthy or ill, rich or poor, they see the silver lining in every cloud.
At only fifty-six years old, Vincent Joseph Bonanno, had already led a full and interesting life. He was a man who embraced his inner child and never let go of his youthfulness.
Vinny was the quintessential man. He loved his toys; trikes and cycles. He was a Harley devotee. He was a sports fan with a special interest in the New York Rangers. He was a music buff with his taste running to hard rock and the time honored Led Zepplin. Vinny was a bowler, a fisherman and a golfer.
His eclectic tastes included afascination with skulls and tattoos. He was a member of the Cigar Club, Brothers of the Leaf, Village Headquarters. A good Bourbon was one of his many pleasures.
For all his interests, his most endearing quality was his love of family. Vincent Joseph Bonanno was a real man who knew how to love. He came from a loving, close knit family.
Vinny was the devoted husband to Debra who was his soulmate and best friend. He was a wonderful and caring brother to his sisters Nancyann (Bill) Bammert, Annette Bonanno and Fran (Stephen) Imperatore. He was the loving uncle of Amanda (Will) Knoth and Kyle and Devin Imperatore.
As rough as be liked to seem, beneath that outer surface was a loving and gentle man. He was an animal lover as was evident by his affection for his two canine companions Jax and Harley.
Vincent Joseph Bonanno is riding his Harley on the road to Heaven!
Vincent Joseph Bonanno, age 56, of Manorville, died at Peconic Bay Medical Center on July 4, 2016. Vincent was born in New York and was a Supervisor for the Dept. of Transportation in Hampton Bays. Vincent loved Harleys, trikes, fishing, bowling, skulls, tattoos, drinking Bourbon and was a diehard New York Rangers fans. He enjoyed listening to hard rock music and was a fan of Led Zepplin. He enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Cigar Club, Brothers of the Leaf, Village Cigar Headquarters. His feline companions Jax and Harley will sorely miss him. Vincent is survived by his beloved wife Debra. He was the loving brother of Nancyann (Bill) Bammert, Annette Bonanno and Fran (Stephen) Imperatore. He was the loving uncle of Amanda (Will) Knoth and Kyle and Devin Imperatore. Family and friends were welcomed at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. Interment took place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Gerald Byrnes, age 73, passed away at Oasis Rehabilitation and Nursing, Center Moriches. A local resident of Mastic Beach for fifty years, Gerald served honorably and proudly in the United States Marine Corp. He loved the Yankees and the NY Post. Gerald is survived by his children; Joseph of Shirley, Christopher of Mastic Beach, Matthew of North Carolina, Maryann Trapani of Middle Island, grandchildren; Gianna Byrnes of Shirley, Michael Manchese of Coram, Jennifer Abondondillo of Miller Place, Nicholas Byrnes, Hanna Byrnes, Noah Byrnes, all of North Carolina, two great-grandchildren, siblings; Gladys (Julius) Manchese, Dorothy Leiva, and Patricia Mahoney. Family and friends gathered for visitation at Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic. Interment, with Full Military Honors, was held at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton.

John Eilenberger, age 89, passed away at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, Patchogue. A resident of Yaphank for six years, John enjoyed playing Bingo and loved wildlife. He is survived by his children; Karl Lankop, Roseanne Shea, granddaughter; Mia Lankop, niece; Ruth DeZego, six grand-nieces, two grand-nephews, and five great-grand-nieces and nephews. Family and friends gathered at Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic for Memorial Services.

Albert A. Reid, age 87, of Shirley, died on July 4, 2016. Albert was born in New York and was a mechanic for NYS TOD. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards with the family, was a history buff. shooting, collector of knives, guns and lighthouses. He enjoyed easy listening music, was an avid reader especially of WWII and Civil War history. Dogs Rocky, Dathne, Violet, Phoenix, will surely miss him. He was the beloved husband for the past sixty-nine years to Ann, loving father of cookie (Ron) Perron and Patricia (Richie) Cinquemani, he was predeceased Diane Rajotte, cherished grandfather of seven, great-grandfather of eleven and great-great-grandfather of two. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley and interment took place at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale.

Barbara Rego, age 78, of East Moriches, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2016. She is survived by her beloved husband Ronald, her loving children, Todd, Stephen, Alicia Giangarra and Jeanine Sienkiewicz, her brothers, Paul Haas and Andrew Graham, and sister Jane Foerster. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held at Sts. Peter and Paul RC Church in Manorville with interment following to Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale.

Susan “Suzie” Resta, returned to her heavenly home on July 8, 2016 surrounded by her family and friends. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her throughout her long battle with Alzheimer’s and Breast Cancer, and ultimately gave her peace.Susan was born to the late Rose and Angelo Bochichio, in Brooklyn, NY on July 13, 1933. She was the youngest of ten. She graduated from high school and was the first and only sibling to receive a High School diploma. Suzie worked as a factory worker for A&P and then devoted many years to the Sterling Coat Company in Brooklyn, where she worked with all of her sisters. After her marriage to Gus and the birth of her daughters, the family moved to Shirley to begin their new life.Suzie dedicated her life to raising her kids, and then in 1985 she began her career as a paraprofessional in the William Floyd School District. Suzie loved working with the kids and teachers, bringing smiles and laughter to everyone she touched. Sue was the neighborhood “mom,” caring for family friends like her own, making her home “their home” and feeding everyone an amazing abundance of Italian food. Susan was the loving and devoted wife of her late husband, Cosimo “Gus” Resta and was cherished by her daughters Linda Resta and Denise Resta-Tobin and her son, Kenny Resta.Susan was the proud grandmother to Kenneth and Renee Resta, Brandon and Zachary Jones,Nicholas and Joshua Tobin and great-grandmother to Kenneth and Nicole Resta, Samantha,Sabrina and Gregory Kazdan. Family and friends will be received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. Internment took place at St. John’s Cemetery in Queens, NY following a Mass at St. Jude’s Church in Mastic Beach.

Richard J. Schmitt, age 76, of Manorville, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on July 5, 2016. A beloved member of the community, Richard worked for many years at his family business, Schmitt Farms in Manorville. He is survived by his adored wife Dianne, his loving children, Ronald Bruyette and Bonnie Goldspinner, and his sister Dorothy Caracci. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home in Center Moriches. A funeral Mass was held at St. John’s RC Church and interment followed to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Natalie Sinkunas, age 99, of Center Moriches, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2016. She is predeceased by her husband John and daughter Frances Manz. She is survived by her daughter Georgia Burnard, sons Christopher Klein and Earl Klein, eleven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and twenty-one great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements were entrusted to Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. St. John’s RC Church conducted a prayer service at the funeral home. Interment was private.

Ethel Sykora, age 91, passed away at Westhampton Care Center, Westhampton. Born in NYC, NY and resident of Shirley for thirty years, Ethel was a member of the Mastic Senior Recreation Center. She was affectionately known as “Master Sweeper of the outside and inside”, was a great dancer, and loved Frank Sinatra. Predeceased by her husband; Jerry Sykora and grandson; Neil Belanger, Ethel is survived by her children; Nancy (Joseph) Belanger of Shirley, Jerry Sykora of Shirley, grandaughter; Tina Amalfitano of Shirley, great-grandchildren; Luke Amalfitano of Shirley, Bryana Kern of Sayville, siblings; Helen Correro of Central Islip, and Rudy Macharik of Pennsylvania. Family and friends gathered for visitation at Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic. Following funeral services, interment was held at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton.

James P. Waldron, formerly of Manorville, passed away on June 23, 2016 in his 86th year. Survived by loving and devoted wife, Elvira. Also, survived by loving daughters Anette (Robert) Meier, Cynthia (Alfred) Brown. Cherished grandfather to Robert and Caitlin. Active member in Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, American Legion, and Moose Lodge. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held at St. John’s RC Church in Center Moriches. Interment followed to Calverton National Cemetery where the United States Army held military honors..

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