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Obituaries

AN ERA LIKE NO OTHER
by Barbara Guarino Kruk

The men and women who came of age during World War II have left an indelible legacy to America’s rich history. These were Americans who came out of the Great Depression and the years that led up to a global war. Many of whom were immigrants; who embraced their new country and all its traditions. They were strong of both mind and body and their moral fabric was woven by the faith of their heritage. Scattered across the vast American landscape they enriched our country with the values they brought with them from across the ocean and around the world.
Alice M. Trnka is a shining example of this era. She was strong of body and mind. She raised her family to honor and respect others. They were tough and learned the meaning of sacrifice for the common good. After all, we were fighting a “good” war. A war that would bring freedom to the very lands from which they had left. It was an era of undaunted patriotism. Young boys falsified their birth certificates just to join the armed services. I know, my father, did exactly that in order to serve shoulder to shoulder to his five older brothers.
At ninety-five years old, Alice Trnka, was still a sturdy woman. Not a wrinkle marked her ivory skin and strong jaw. A beauty in her younger days, she still maintained the shadow of former self.
She was a devoted wife to her beloved Lawrence, and loving mother to her children. Sadly, she outlived her children, but luckily found her grandchildren to be as loving and caring as her own offspring.
When her grandson Larry came to drop off her personal items he had but one request, “Make sure my grandmother has her glasses on.” As you might imagine, that is a somewhat usual request, especially if someone wore glasses all their life. I didn’t give it another thought until the day of the wake. I was putting the final touches on her hair and makeup and remembered the glasses. To my shock, they were deeply tinted sunglasses. I thought surely this must be a mistake, but put them on her anyway. Before the family entered the chapel for first visitation I had to ask, “Larry, did you by chance give me the wrong glasses?” He laughed, “No. I guess I should have told you they were sunglasses. For the past twenty years, after some kind of eye surgery, she was never without her sunglasses.” I breathe a sigh of relief and smiled. I have to say, Alice looked very cool in her dark shades.
Alice is now reunited with her beloved husband and loving children. She has left her mark with the legacy of her grandchildren.
Loreto Carnevale, age 85, of East Quogue, passed away on August 2, 2016. He is predeceased by his beloved wife Josephine. He is survived by his sons; Mario, Larry, Paul, Mike and Louie, and his sister Maria Antinacci. He also leaves behind five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. Father Paul Dahm officiated the funeral Mass at St. John’s RC Church in Center Moriches. Interment followed after Mass to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram.

William B. Barr, age 78, of Moriches, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2016. He is survived by his beloved wife Carol, his loving children; sons Billy and Dan, and daughters Karen Waldorf and Dianne Barr, and his sisters, Catherine Van Bell and Barbara Goldrick. He also leaves behind four grandchildren. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held at St. John’s RC Church and interment followed to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery where the United States Army performed military honors.

Margaret Belz, age 88, of Shirley, passed away on July 27, 2016. She is predeceased by her beloved husband Edward. She is survived by her loving sons; Edward and his wife Pat, and Francis and his wife Dawn. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held at St. Jude RC Church in Mastic Beach and interment followed afterwards to Calverton National Cemetery.

Barbara Calabrese, age 78, of Manorville, passed away on July 26, 2016. She is predeceased by her husband and survived by her loving sons Stephen and Christopher Williams. She also leaves behind her sister Dorothy Leddy and her three beloved grandchildren. The family received loved ones and friends at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. The funeral Mass was held at St. John’s RC Church in Center Moriches and interment followed to Calverton National Cemetery.

Bruce A. Croly Jr., age 50, of Selden, passed away on July 30, 2016. Bruce worked for many years as an emergency serviceman for PSEG. He will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his parents, Bruce A. Croly Sr. and Corrine Van Note, his son Brian, and his brothers Craig and Scott Croly. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. Pastor Mark Hurd of the Manorville Community Church officiated a prayer service at the funeral home. Interment was private.

Susan Kecza, passed away on July 22, 2016 at the age of 72. Susan leaves behind her beloved children Nicholas, Carla, Barbara, cherished grandchildren Brian, Dylan, Kylie and great-grandchild Caelyana. Friends and family gathered at the funeral home. A Prayer was held before she was laid to rest with her husband Charles in Calverton National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Wesche Funeral Home Inc., Center Moriches

Renee King, age 90, of Center Moriches, passed away on July 26, 2016. She is predeceased by her husband George. She is survived by her son George and his wife Christine and her grandchildren George and Angelina. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. St. John’s RC Church conducted a prayer service at the funeral home, and interment followed to Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale.

Mildred Slifstein, age 81, of Center Moriches, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2016. She is predeceased by her husband Robert. She is survived by her children; sons Barry and Eric, and daughter Meryl Schonfeld. A service was held at the Jewish Center of the Moriches and interment followed to New Montefiore Cemetery in Farmingdale.

Alice M. Trnka, age 95 years old, of Mastic, left this world for her Heavenly home, on August 2, 2016. Alice was born in Manhattan and was a homemaker. She was predeceased by her loving husband Lawrence and all her children. She is survived by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great, grandchildren. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley and interment took place at Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale.

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