A TRUE MARINE
by Barbara Guarino Kruk
It takes a special person to become a member of the Marine Corps. A driving personality, unwavering courage and unshakeable patriotism, seem to be the hallmark traits of a US Marine. If only one word were required to define a Marine, it would be “dedicated”. Dedicated to the pursuit of freedom, the protection of liberty and unfailing honor. These are the men and women who are first on the ground in any conflict. Their specialized training makes them stronger, tougher and more disciplined than other groups.
Ronald John Jones, 1934 ~ 2016, was a true United States Marine. He lived by the Marine code of conduct. He was a man of integrity, with great devotion to God, family and country. A family man who cherished his wife Barbara for the past forty-four years. He was the proud and loving father to his two adoring girls, Stephanie and Cynthia.
Ronnie and Barbara suffered a devastating blow when their beloved Stephanie died, but they held strong to their belief in the Lord and their love for each other.
A hard worker, Ronnie retired for the King Kullen Supermarket chain after many years. He was a simple man who enjoyed the gifts of the sea and nature. An avid fisherman, Ronnie, loved going to Smith’s Point and being at the beach.
Men like Ronnie Jones want and need to help others. He decided early on that he wanted to give back to his community. He promptly joined the Mastic Beach Fire Department and has been an active and steadfast member, having achieved the honorable status of life time member. It was there, with his brother firemen, that Ronnie found his second home.
Ronnie and his family have been devoted members of St. Jude’s Parish. He joined the Shrine Knights of Columbus and was always willing to help with the cause.
If there was one word to define Ronald John Jones it would be “Dedicated”. A true Marine to the end.
His family is asking that donations in his memory be made to the St. Jude’s Shrine Capital Campaign.
Patricia Carroll, age 65, of Shirley, passed away peacefully on August 21, 2016. She is survived by her beloved husband James, her loving children; son James, and daughters Danielle Chadwick and Christine Carroll, her brother Joseph Hansman, and her sisters, Cathy Gusso, Eileen Yanatos, Mary Scipione, and Laurie DiPalma. She also leaves behind eight 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 to Calverton National Cemetery.
Louis W. Cordeiro, age 65, of Center Moriches, passed away on August 22, 2016. He is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen, his loving daughters, Heather Reed, Nicole Kelly and Jaime Cordeiro, and his brother, Manuel Cordeiro. He also leaves behind his grandchildre, Isabella and Noah Reed, Kaitlin and Sean Kelly, and Teagan MacDonough.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 Navy performed military honors.
Ronald John Jones, age 81, of Shirley, died after a valiant battle with his illness. Ronald was born in Newark, New Jersey and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1954 to 1962. He worked for many years in King Kullen. A true fishing enthusiast, he loved to go to the beach, and be outdoors. He was a life time member of the Mastic Beach Fire Department, the Marine Corps League and the St. Jude Shrine Knights of Columbus. He was predeceased by his cherished daughter Stephanie. is survived by his beloved wife of forty-four years Barbara and his loving daughter Cynthia. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. Fr. Ron Richardson of St. Jude’s RC Church conducted wake services and a Mass was offered. Interment with military honors took place at Calverton National Cemetery.
Rosemarie Lasky, age 61, of Center Moriches, passed away on August 23, 2016. She is survived by her mother Marina Cruz, her sister Marina Ridley and her beloved niece. The family received loved ones and friends at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. Father Felix from St. John’s RC Church officiated a prayer service at the funeral home. Interment was private.
Terry Opitz, age 63, of Center Moriches, passed away on August 16, 2016. A retired nutrition supervisor at Brookhaven Memorial hospital leaves his beloved son Jason Opitz of Georgia. Mr. Opitz was cremated under the supervision of Wesche Funeral Home Inc., Center Moriches.