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Obituaries

MISTER TOUGH GUY
by Barbara Guarino Kruk

When someone comes across as being tough or strong-willed they are often perceived at being mean and uncaring. I have found over the course of my life, that those persons who are hardboiled on the outside are often the most loving and caring people I know. They are all too often labeled as head strong and argumentative. Let’s face it, sometimes, you just need to be the “boss”. I have a sign in my own office that says, “I not bossy, I just have better ideas.”
FRANK ROBERT WAHL, died at Bell Haven Skilled Nursing Center on December 19, 2016, after a long battle with his illness. He was by all accounts a “tough guy” with a strong opinion on almost everything. Yet, he was a man who for most of his adult life was a giver. He gave willingly and selflessly of his time and talents in the service to others. He began his public service career as a New York State Park Police Officer and rose to the rank of Sergeant. In speaking with one of the officers who worked under him I got a true glimpse of the man. Speaking with reverent candor the officer said, “I was assigned to his unit. He was a tough SOB but the fairest guy I ever met. He took all us rookies, many of us just kids, and taught us how to not only be better officers, but better men. He was by the book all the way and rarely let anyone slide, but he doled out justice evenly and without prejudice.”
Frank was a man of deep rooted opinions and was not afraid or ashamed to share his views on any subject. For so many of us who have become poster children of ‘political correctness’ that attitude can be quickly misinterpreted. He said what he believed and cared less if you found it not to your taste. He was honest and straight forward. His fellow officer went on to say, “In the trenches, when one of his men got sick, to jammed up, he was the first to lend a hand or give advice. We called him Mother Hen; of course… not to his face.”
How do you sum up the life work of a man who gave so willingly of his own time? Frank believed in longevity and commitment as attested by his family life. Married to Beth Wahl for forty-nine years, he was dedicated to her and his children. They were devoted to each other. When Frank needed skilled nursing care Beth placed him close to home. She wanted and needed to be there for him; and she never missed a day going to the nursing home to spend time with the man she loved. Together, both husband and wife, have devoted thousands of hours of volunteer time to this community. Beth works tirelessly to improve the quality of life of this community and has headed up many organizations. For his part, Frank was a life time member of two ambulance companies, Shirley and Mastic.
He was a loving father and grandfather to his three children, Frank (Lisa), Jennifer and Jamie and adoring grandfather to Rebecca, Leana, Johnnie and Rachel.
Frank Robert Wahl would not have been nominated for any Miss Manners awards for his political correctness but, in the trenches, where it really counts, he was the man you wanted by your side.
We thank him for his service to this community.
Walter Berky, passed away quietly on December 17, 2016 at his Manorville home during a snowfall. Walter was born in Wilmington Delaware in April of 1942 to Earl and Evelyn Berky. The family moved often in his early years living in eastern Pennsylvania before settling in South Jersey. Walter enlisted in the USAF in March of 1962 and completed training as an Apprentice Airframe Repairman before being stationed at Westhampton Air Force base serving there with 52nd Fighter wing. During this period he met his future wife Jeanne Rotundo of Hampton Bays. Walter was discharged honorably at the rank of Airman 2C in March of 1966. Walter then returned to South Jersey working for several years at the Philadelphia plant of Boeing Vertol. During this time qualified for an FAA Airframe and Power plant (A&P) license. In December 1970 Walter returned to Long Island joining the NY Army National Guard where he served as a Senior Fire Control Operator assigned to Batt. B, !/244h at the NY-25 (Rocky Point) Nike Missile Site. He served in this capacity until the site was decommissioned in the summer of 1974. In 1974 Walter was reassigned to the Army Aviation Support Facility #1 at Islip Airport where he worked his way up to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4(CW4) supervising the Production Control section of this facility. He served in F Co. 1/142 Avn. during this period. Walter retired in 2002. Walter is survived by his beloved wife Jeanne, loving sons Andy and Nick and cherished grandchildren Kristin, Brittany, Bronson and great-grandchildren Kyleigh and Natalie. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Wesche Funeral Home Inc., Center Moriches.

Genevieve A. Meade, age 88, of Center Moriches, passed on December 18, 2016. Genevieve is survived by sons Gary and Kelly, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Reposing was held at Sinnicksons Moriches Funeral Home in Center Moriches. Religious services were held at the funeral home.

Raymond Moran, age 76, of Manorville, passed on December 17, 2016. He was predeceased by his wife Josephine. Raymond is survived by daughter Irene Consiglio, sons Raymond and Keith, brother Butch, sisters Sharon McCaffrey and Cheryl Albers and six grandchildren. Family and friends were welcomed at Sinnicksons Moriches Funeral Home in Center Moriches. Religious services were held at the Funeral Home. Interment followed to Pinelawn Memorial Park.

Eric R. Merz, age 66, of Shirley, died at his residence on December 14, 2016. He was born in West Point, New York and was a software developer. He owned his own business Q Systems Inc. located in Shirley for the past twenty years. He enjoyed sailing, loved politics, classical music and was an avid reader. Eric was the beloved husband for twenty-eight years of Barbara, devoted father of Aimee` and David, cherished son of Josephine and loving brother of Car, Jon (Claire). Arrangements were entrusted to Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. A private cremation took place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center Moriches. The family is planning a memorial service to be held in the spring. Donations made to the Visiting Nurse Foundation in Eric’s name

Janet F. Rianti, 59 years old, of Shirley, died on December 17, 2016 at her residence. Janet was born in Greenlawn, New York and was a sales associate at Sam’s Club. Her interests ran the gambit from gardening, being outdoors, going to the beach to bowling, Bingo and going to the casino. Janet enjoyed the musical sounds of 40s music. She was a strong-willed woman, a devoted wife and mother and a cherished grandmother. She was a hard-working woman. Janet is survived by her children Jodi (Nathan) Mynarcik, Joseph Jr. (Nicole) and Dana, she was the cherished grandmother of Kade, Giuliana, Landon and soon would have another on the way. She was the devoted sister to Andrew Mark and Cathy Norman. Family and friends came to bid final farewell to this beloved woman at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. A private cremation took place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches.

Sylvia Tardona, age 77, of Center Moriches, passed on December 18, 2016. Sylvia was well known in the town of Center Moriches because she worked at King Kullen for many years. She is survived by sons Frank, Scott and Perry, brother Michael McQuilton and five grandchildren. Visitation was held at Sinnicksons Moriches Funeral Home in Center Moriches. Mass was held at St. Johns RC Church in Center Moriches.

Frank Robert Wahl, age 75, of Mastic, died at Bell Haven Skilled Nursing Home in Brookhaven on December 19, 2016. Frank was born in Queens and became a New York State Park Police Officer and achieving the rank of Sergeant before retirement. He was a life time member of both the Mastic and Shirley Ambulance Companies. He was a car enthusiasts and enjoyed working on his 1985 Camaro. He was a fan of the band Queen, enjoyed listening to the rock and roll oldies and traveling. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Beth) Wahl to whom he was married for the past forty-nine years. He was the cherished father of Frank (Lisa), Jennifer, and Jamie. He was the cherished grandfather of Rebecca, Leana, Johnnie and Rachel. Flanked by NYS Park Police Honor Guard, visitors were received at Roma Funeral Home to pay tribute to a man who dedicated his life to the service of others. Wake prayers were conducted by Msgr. John Heinlein of St. Jude’s RC Church where a Mass was offered. Interment took place with police escort at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches. Donations in his honor can be made to the Shirley or Mastic Ambulance Companies.

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