by Barbara Guarino Kruk
Twins, whether identical or fraternal, hold a special bond. They are more than just siblings. Our family has been blessed with twin little girls. They are inseparable. Even now that they are in school and have been separated, they still manage to find each other on the playground. They, like most twins, are each other’s best friend. They often develop their own language and, when separated at birth, once reunited they will have surprisingly similar personality traits; thus challenging the theory of nature vs. nurture.
On October 28, 2016, after a difficult battle with his illness, Anthony Joseph Giunta, Jr., at the age of fifty-seven passed away. He was a hardworking man who loved his family. He was a kind and sociable man who enjoyed being with extended family and friends. His twin, Joseph, is devastated by his death. “Part of me has died with my brother” lamented the heartbroken twin.
Just when life seemed so sweet; his recent marriage of only two years to his wife Maryann and the birth of his first grandchild Olivia Rose. He had everything to live for until his illness got in the way. Anthony, only fifty-seven, had so much life and love to share. He was a hard worker and enjoyed being with family and friends. He was a loving father to Diana, Alyssa and Anthony, a devoted brother to Antoinette, Linda and Joseph, and friend to everyone who knew him.
Life will follow the rhythm of nature and wounds will heal and the memory of a wonderful man, Anthony Joseph Giunta, Jr., will live on in the hearts and minds of all those who loved him. Beautiful baby Olivia Rose will me to treasure stories told to her about her Grandpa and he will continue to see the world through her eyes.
Albert Columbano, age 83, of Shirley, died at his residence on October 31, 2016. Albert was born in Brooklyn and had served honorably in the United States Army. He was a telex operator with Western Union. Albert, one of seven children, was the last of his family. He was a NY Mets Baseball fan, enjoyed fishing, cooking and the musical sounds of the Rat Pack. He was an avid reader of the daily newspaper and enjoyed current events. He was the loving granddad to his furry canine granddogs Lily, Sophie and Belladonna. Albert was predeceased by his wife Maria. He is survived by his sons Jack (Rosanne) and Carlo (Dawn) and his beloved grandchildren Luca and Alina. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. Wake prayers were conducted by Msgr. John Heinlein of St. Jude’s RC Church. Interment with military honors took
Anthony Joseph Giunta, Jr., age 57, of Mastic, died at Stony Brook University Hospital on October 28, 2016. Anthony was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and was a construction worker for the Island Drywall Company in Patchogue. Anthony is survived by his beloved wife Maryann, and his loving children Diana Anselmo, Alyssa and Anthony III. He was the cherished grandfather of Olivia Rose. He was the adored brother of Antoinette (Chuck) Salzman, Linda (Carmine) Tufano and Joseph (Nancyann). Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. Wake prayers were conducted by Msgr. John Heinlein and a Mass of offered at St. Jude’s RC Church. Interment took place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches.
Mary Ann McManus, age 87, of North Carolina, formerly of Center Moriches, passed away peacefully on November 1, 2016. She is predeceased by her beloved husband John, and also her brothers; Paul Smith, Francis Lysogorski and Andrew Lysogorski. She is survived by her loving daughter Nancy McManus of North Carolina and her sisters; Christine Williams and Rosalie Masuck. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held at the St. John’s RC Church in Center Moriches and interment followed to Calverton National Cemetery.
Gian M. Russo, age 39, of East Moriches, passed away on October 22, 2016. He is survived by his loving parents, Joseph and Kathryn Russo, and his siblings, George, Virginia and Marietta Russo. He also leaves behind eight nieces and nephews and two great nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held at St. John’s RC Church in Center Moriches and interment followed to Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale.