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Obituaries

A LOVING MOTHER
by Barbara Guarino Kruk

Sharing a home with a parent has its rewards, as well as its problems. In the eyes of our parents we are still their children, regardless of age. I can relate to this because, while I do not live with my Mother, she lives across the road from me, I see her every day. I am fortunate to have her with me especially given her age, but at times she forgets that I am getting older as well. The upside of parents living with you is that they bring another dimension into a household. When my children were still living at home having grandma and grandpa always in their lives was a beautiful thing for all of them.
After an arduous battle with her illness, Dorothy F. Charon, at sixty-five years old, was called home to Heaven on August 29th, 2016. Surrounded by her loving family, she spent her last days in the care of the devoted folks at the new hospice facility at the Kansas Center in Quiogue.
Dorothy was born in Brooklyn to a large, loving family. She worked for many years for Citi Bank. When she moved to Shirley in a home she shared with her daughter and son-in-law she wanted to get back to work. Soon, her love of children led her to seek a position with the school district. She became a lunch monitor at William Floyd Elementary. She loved working with the children and stayed there for many years.
Mystery novels were here favorite reading genre. She was accomplished at crocheting, making many beautiful items for family and friends. Scratch off tickets, slot machines and Bingo were her enjoyment.
Kindness and consideration were the hallmark of this devoted mother, grandmother and sister. She loved being with family. She had a passion for children.
Dahlilia, her feline companion, will sorely miss her.
She was the beloved mother of Lauren Burzynski and Paul Charon, grandma to Brandon, Justin, Matthew, Paul Jr. and Jayden, sister to Al, Billy, Joan, and Lawrence Jr. Lauren’s husband Edward with whom she lived was a big part of her life. To care for a parent is one thing, to care to a parent-in-law is quite another obligation, yet Edward embraced her with open arms.
Dorothy F. Charon, one of our beloved “lunch ladies” will be very missed.
SPECIAL POINT OF INFORMATION
Please remember that anyone who is currently acting, or has been, or will be appointed, Power of Attorney for a loved one, that authority ceases upon the death of the person granting that power. I cannot tell you how often families come to finalize arrangements with the thought that they still maintain the authority granted in their original appointment. Power of Attorney ends at death.
Dorothy F. Charon, age 65, of Shirley, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family at the Kanas Center hospice facility on August 29, 2016. Dorothy was born in Brooklyn and after retirement went to work for the school district as a lunch monitor at William Floyd Elementary where she continued to work for many years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed mysteries novels. She loved playing Bingo, slot machines and scratch off tickets. Dorothy was kind and considerate. Her life was all about her loving family. She is survived by her daughter Lauren (Edward) Burzynski and son Paul Charon. She was the cherished grandmother to Brandon, Justin, Matthew, Paul Jr. and Jayden. Dorothy was the devoted sister to Al, Billy, Joan and Lawrence Jr. She will be sorely missed by her feline companion Dahlilia. Family and friends came to say farewell to this wonderful woman at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. Wake prayers were conducted by Father John Fitzgerald from St. Jude’s RC Church. Cremation took place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches.

Adam James Fletcher, age 33, passed away at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, Patchogue. A native of Bay Shore, and resident of Mastic Beach, Adam was a Life Boy Scout with Troop 250 Bay Shore. He enjoyed traveling and camping with the Boy Scouts, music, dancing, and science. He was known to be a real rebel and a prankster. Adam is survived by his wife; Vanessa Fletcher, daughter; Anaiah Fletcher, siblings; Warren E. Fletcher III, Daniel Fletcher, parents; Edna and Warren W. Fletcher. Private cremation was held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches. Memorial Services were later held at Grace Lutheran Church, Mastic Beach. Arrangements were under the direction of Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic.

Lawrence, S. Gualtieri, age 85, of Bradenton, FL and Mastic, on August 27, 2016. Dear husband of predeceased Rose Gualtieri. Loving father of Larry (Charlotte), Carmine & Vincent (Angela). Cherished grandfather of five grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Beloved brother of Marie Theresa Mauro and Rosalie Toledo. Retired detective of the Suffolk County PD & formerly a member of the Port Authority PD. 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 afterwards to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery where the United States Navy held military honors.

Martha O’Brien, age 56, a 50 resident Center Moriches, passed away on August 13, 2016 surrounded by her family after battling a long illness. Martha was born inhuntington. Martha is retired from UPS in Farmingville and also worked at Moriches Bay Realty. She loved the beach and many other wonderful things. Martha is pre deceased by her son Ryan Thomas in 1992 and sister Betsy Meyer in 1982. She will be sorely missed by her beloved husband Neil, loving children Colleen Marie, Kelly Elizabeth, Shayne Thomas, dear sisters Mary, Laura, Theresa, brothers Peter, Michael and cherished grandchildren Liam and Cara. She will also be missed by a host of nieces and nephews. Family and friends gathered, a Mass of Christian burial was held at St. John’s RCC in Center Moriches. Mrs. O’Brien was laid to rest in Mt. Pleasant cemetery with her son Ryan. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Wesche Funeral Home Inc., Center Moriches.

Phyllis Messina, age 74, passed away at her Mastic residence surrounded by her loving family. Born in Brooklyn and resident of Mastic for forty-five years, Phyllis liked to spend her time playing Bingo and going to Atlantic City. She enjoyed music, dancing, and loved her ever faithful, canine companions; Princess, King, and Patches. Phyllis is survived by her children; Frederick Bungus of Mastic, Steven Spiecker of Moriches, Susan Rodriguez of Mastic, John Spiecker of Shirley, Donna Messina of Florida, Anthony Messina of Mastic Beach, seventeen grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and siblings; Ellen Papakonstantis of Queens and Elizabeth Breder of North Carolina. Family and friends gathered for visitation at Davin’s Funeral Home. Prayer services were offered by Msgr. John Heinlein of St. Jude’s R C Church, Mastic Beach. Cremation services were held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches.

Milton Rodriguez, age 57, a local resident of Mastic Beach, for the past 30 years passed away suddenly on August 16, 2016. A veteran of the USMC, Mr. Rodriguez went on to be a mechanic in the Bronx. He was an extremely proud American. He was a member of the NRA and a historian of American history. Milton leaves behind his mother Angela, beloved wife Loyda, loving daughters Loyda, Angela, Tinamarie and loving brothers Jeffery and Kevin. Family and friends gathered at Wesche Funeral Home Inc., in Center Moriches. A prayer service was officiated by Deacon Patrick LaBella. Mr. Rodriguez was laid to rest at Calverton National Cemetery with full military honors.

Efrain Serra, age 80, passed away at Beth Israel Hospital, New York City. Born in Puerto Rico and resident of New York City, Efrain enjoyed fishing, socializing, and was the family comedian. He is survived by his children; Julieanne Serra, Blanca Serra, Efrain Serra, Jr., all of NYC, five grandchildren, and siblings; Carmen Konkel and Theodore Serra. Family and friends gathered for visitation at Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic. Funeral prayers were offered by Msgr. John Heinlein of St. Jude’s R C Church, Mastic Beach. Interment was held at St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale.

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