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Obituaries

A CENTURY PLUS
by Barbara Guarino Kruk

Wow! Lately, we have been blessed with serving several families with loved ones who have reached or surpassed one hundred years old. I always feel sorry that I was not able to sit and talk with these folks. The stories that would have to share would be amazing. To think of the progress they have been witness to is mind blowing. When we think of the strides in technology in just the past decade; now think of those same strides times ten. The knowledge and experience of these people is incredible. I would loved to have shared some of their experiences. If life is based on history, imagine how much they have seen in their century here on earth.
Annette J. Gravagna was born in 1916 and would have celebrated her 101th birthday this January. Sharing photos and memories with her daughter Laurie was a great experience. She was born in an era of American greatness and ingenuity. She lived through the Great Depression and learned early on the value of frugality.
Annette was by all accounts a beautiful woman. Even at one hundred plus she radiated a life lived well. Her early photos portrayed an elegant, stylish and sophisticated woman. She was always impeccably dressed and fashionably put together.
She had lived through the tumultuous years during World War II, and then met the love of her life, her beloved husband Thomas. Even though she was still in the prime of her life after his death in 1967, Annette did not remarry. She surrounded herself with her loving and devoted children, working and being independent, and sharing her time between living in the northeast and wintering in Florida.
An intelligent and active woman even well into her older years, Annette kept herself busy and engaged with family and friends. She enjoyed listening to the music of her Italian heritage as well as Glen Miller and the American classics. She loved to shop and play card games with her friends.
These one hundred plus years were grand and interesting for Annette J. Gravagna. She loved to share her stories with her family and friends. She was proud of her past and lived in the present. Now, finally, after all these years she is once again reunited with the love of her life, Thomas.
Happy 101 Birthday in Heaven!
Lisa Ann Borden, age 54, passed away in Manhasset on December 22, 2016. Lisa was retired from the legal aid society. She leaves behind her beloved husband James, loving mother Barbara and dear sister Dana. Family and friends gathered. A service was held, officiated by Deacon Patrick LaBella. Lisa was laid to rest in Calverton National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Wesche Funeral Home Inc., Center Moriches.

Eugene DeThomas, age 71, of Center Moriches, passed away on December 25, 2016 in Port Jefferson. Eugene leaves behind his beloved wife Muriel. A brief service was held at Wesche Funeral Home before being laid to rest in Calverton National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Wesche Funeral Home Inc., Center Moriches.

Annette J. Gravagna, age 100, of Shirley., died peacefully surrounded by her loving family, on December 30, 2016 at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. Annette was born in Hempstead and was a sales associate for Bloomingdales’s in Garden City. She enjoyed traveling, sewing, cooking and the musical sounds of her Italian heritage as well as the music of the American Classics. She loved spending her winters in Florida with her son and daughter-in-law. She enjoyed shopping and playing card games. Annette was the loving wife of Thomas who passed away in 1967. She was the beloved mother of Laurie and Ken Nilsen and Thomas Anthony and Rita Gravagna. She was the cherished grandmother of Chris, Michelle, Thomas, Jennifer and Laurie Ann and great-grandmother of Coutney, Taylor and Michael. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley and wake prayers were conducted by Father Felix of St. John’s RC Church. Interment took place at Long Island National Cemetery, Pinelawn, NY.

Joanne Kijowski, age 58, a lifelong resident of Mastic, passed away on December 26, 2016. She leaves behind her beloved mother Joan, loving children Amy, James, dear siblings Catherine, Harry, Matthew, Tracy, George, Patricia, and Richard and cherished grandchildren James, Leah and Brian. Family and friends gathered. A service was held officiated by Deacon Patrickand LaBella. Joanne was laid to rest in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Wesche Funeral Home Inc., Center Moriches.

Jerry Sanita, age 95, of East Moriches, passed on December 21, 2016. Jerry served in World War II from 1942 to 1945. He is survived by wife Matilda, sons Gerald and Jeff, daughter Joan De Simone, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Reposing was held at Sinnicksons Moriches Funeral Home in Center Moriches. The United States Army conducted Military services at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Johns RC Church in Center Moriches.

Kevin Michael Schroeter, age 48, of Mastic Beach, died after a long battle with his illness on December 26, 2016 at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. Kevin who was disabled from birth was born in the Bronx, NY. He enjoyed the outdoors and camping, he rode his bike everywhere; he volunteered at St. Jude’s RC Church, loved listening to rock and roll music and watching old Westerns on television. He was the life of any party and a natural comedian. Kevin loved to make people happy. Kevin who never married is survived by his loving sister Susan, he was the cherished uncle of Nicole, John Anthony, Cristina, Victoria, Robert, Patrick, Abigail, Aiden, Hailey and Stephanie. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley and wake prayers were conducted by Msgr. John Heinlein of St. Jude’s RC Church. Cremation took place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches

Edith Sellers, age 72, passed away at her Bohemia residence. A resident of Medford for thirty years, Edith was retired from Grumman Northrop in Calverton, where she had been employed as Vice President of Human Resources. She enjoyed playing games on the computer, was a huge dog lover and donated to everyone. She loved and cherished her family and made sure they were always provided for. Edith is survived by her son; Ronald of Mastic, grandchildren; Nick Sellers of Mastic, Scott Sellers of California, siblings; Florence (Donald) Calandra, Frederick Davis, and her ever faithful, canine companion; Daisy. Cremation was held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches. Arrangements were under the direction of Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic.

John Joseph Tramuto, age 72, formerly of Shirley, and of Boynton Beach, Florida, died in Shirley on January 3, 2017. John was born in Brooklyn and have served honorably in the United States Navy. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, doing auto repairs, was a fan of Giants and Jets Football as well as Mets Baseball. He enjoyed winters in Florida. His greatest love was time spent with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Christine. He is survived by his devoted children Matthew (Kim), Michael, and Michele. He was the cherished grandfather of CJ, Jaclyn, Michael Jr., Jake, Joseph, Jocelyn and Brandon. Also surviving are his two sisters Joan and Camille. 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. Entombment took place in Boca Raton Florida.

Joan Wimpelberg, age 74, of Moriches, passed away on December 15, 2016 in Bellport. Joan was a retired real estate appraiser in Center Moriches. She leaves behind her beloved husband David, loving mother Anna, children David (Tammy), and Daniel (Flo), dear siblings Susan, William, Richard, and Thomas and cherished grandchildren Raven, Devin, Lorraine and Kayla. Family and friends gathered to remember a beautiful soul. A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. John’s RCC. Joan was laid to rest in Calverton National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Wesche Funeral Home Inc., Center Moriches.

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