THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD
by Barbara Guarino Kruk
We as Americans saw the most hallowed tradition steeped in historical rite this past Friday. On the twentieth day of January, 2017 we came together as a people to witness the exchange of power from one President to another. This peaceful transition of power is the foundation, and one of the most fundamental tenets of our democratic way of life. We all were given the right to choose our candidate, and as with any contest, there was a winner and a loser. Whether or not your chosen candidate won or lost is secondary to the most important element of the process – the freedom to choose.
Many have expressed their trepidation over our new President, which is their right. However, we must, whether we approve of this appointment or not, give him a chance to fulfill at least some of his election campaign promises. I fervently believe that anyone who seeks office, especially that of the Presidency, truly wishes to do a good job. How many among us have privately, maybe even publicly, blasted an elected official for doing a poor job, mocking them as being “politicians” and part of the big political machine. Now, for the first time we have a President who is not part of the political establishment and not beholding to all the special interest groups; this is novel.
Those who came to demonstrate their disappointment over the outcome of the election and to disrupt the Inauguration ceremonies were wrong. Not in the fact that they wanted to voice their opinion, but in the manner in which they executed their right to disagree. Destroying property, injuring the police, disrupting and disturbing the peace is not your given right; that is criminal.
A true example of civil demonstration was conducted by the nearly million women and their supporters who peacefully voiced their opinion. They were able to send their message in an organized and respectful display of solidarity for their cause. This was democracy at its finest. No one got hurt, no property was destroyed and their message was received loud and clear.
Only time will allow us and history to judge the outcome of this Presidency, yet we need to give this man a chance to try to unclog the political machine which is terribly broken. Success is measured by action and progress. The old saying, “You need to crack a few eggs to make a great omelet.” Sometimes change is difficult and even painful but necessary. There will be pain; but with God’s guidPolitics, like life, is a series of trials and errors; victories and defeats; births and deaths. As with the loss of a loved one, there is always difficulty with transition. Things have changed; sometimes dramatically, but we learn, we heal, we forgive and then we find peace and stability. Death is the great equalizer. Death is freedom from the burdens of sickness, responsibility, and stress. It is the greatest of all transitions, and while it will cause profound sorrow it is the natural order of the cycle of life. The greatest of all changing of the guard.
William Carl Boocock, age 59, of Mastic Beach, died suddenly on January 16, 2017. William was born in Hempstead, and had served honorably in the United States Armed Services. He was a machinist with Industrial Fasteners. He loved race cars, building and repairing cars, fishing and boating. He is survived by his wife Donna, and his loving children John, Robert, Lindsey and Farah. He is also survived by his mother Mary and five siblings. He will be sorely missed by his canine companion Georgie. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley where wake prayers were conducted by Rev. John Ryan of St. Jude’s RC Church. Interment with military honors took place at Calverton National Cemetery.
Edward Kaniecki, age 92, passed away on December 6, 2016 at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, Patchogue. Born in Natrona, Pa. and a resident of Mastic Beach for fifty-six years, Edward served honorably in the United States Army during WWII and was retired from Eastport High School where he was employed as a teacher. He was a master gardener of trees and taught children this skill at Yaphank Farms. Edward enjoyed helping people finish school and learn to speak English, and loved playing Santa Claus at various events at schools and libraries. He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years; Mary Therese, children; Gerardine (George) Panuthos of Florida, Cecile (Robert) Prevete of Shirley, Alexandra Kaniecki of Brooklyn, Maria (Salvatore) Migliara of North Carolina, Madalyn (Peter) of Massachusetts, Paul (Andrea) Kaniecki of Mastic Beach, Kristina (Andrew) Snow of Ohio, thirteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and faithful canine companions; Shiloh, Moose, and Peanut. Following private cremation at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches, family and friends gathered for memorial visitation at Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic. Funeral Mass was held at St. Jude’s RC Church, Mastic Beach with Fr. John Ryan officiating. Inurnment services, with full Military Honors, was held at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton.
Rosalie Koenig Maisonet, age 62, passed away suddenly on January 15, 2017 at Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook. Born in New York, NY and resident of Mastic Beach for thirty-three years, Rosalie was very involved with Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, Mastic Beach. She was a Pioneer and looked forward to going out for Ministry Service. Rosalie enjoyed traveling, loved the sun, boating, camping on the beach and bonfires. She adored her family and cherished spending time with them. An amazing woman, Rosalie not only loved life, but she lived it, not taking one day for granted. She is survived by her husband; Margaro “Junior” Maisonet, children; Alona (Benjamin) Gerhauser of Center Moriches, Benjamin (Renee) Carrick of Farmingville, grandchildren; Alexander, Kayleigh, Joshua, Emily Gerhauser all of Center Moriches, siblings; Seena Koenig, Diane Koenig, Michael Koenig, Eric Koenig, Evelyn Koenig, Billy (Lorrie) Baretto, Robert Baretto, Peter Baretto, Mildred (Arthur) Johndro, Tracie Medina, canine companions; Chica, Bernie, Mollie, and cat; Rosie. Family and friends gathered for visitation at Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic. Private cremation followed at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches.
Gerard Muller, age 92, passed away on December 3, 2016 in his Mastic Beach residence, surrounded by his loving family. Formerly of New York City and a resident of Mastic Beach for seven years, Gerry served honorably in the United States Army during WWII and was an Off-Broadway actor. He was an avid reader of James Patterson novels, was a big Giants fan, went to the very first Mets game in 1963 at the Polo Grounds, and in his younger years, enjoyed skiing in the Alps. Gerry loved to sing and cook, and had a wonderful, never ending sense of humor. More than anything, he was an amazing, devoted father, serving as best friend and confidante to his daughter Nicolle. Predeceased by his wife; Gloria, Gerry is survived by his daughter; Nicolle Muller of Mastic Beach, brother; Norman (Sue) Muller of Old Westbury, nieces; Manda Muller-Kalimian of Locust Valley, Marty Muller of Sag Harbor, and feline companion; Dotty. Family and friends gathered for visitation at Davin’s Funeral Home, Mastic. Private cremation was held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches.
Paul “Papa” Riccio, age 59, passed away on January 1, 2017 in Patchogue, A local resident for 40 years, Paul retired from Walbaums in Center Moriches. Paul leaves behind his loving children; Jesse and Candice, dear siblings Frank, Gloria, Loretta, Carmen, Anne, Sallyann, Salvatore, and Lawrence and cherished grandchildren; Ariana, Alyssa, Alina, and Hailey; and great-grandchildren Amelia and Brayden. He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Family and friends gathered. Paul was laid to rest at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center Moriches. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Wesche Funeral Home Inc., Center Moriches.
Evans J. Richards, age 76, passed away on January 1, 2017. Evans leaves behind his beloved wife Shirley, loving children Jerry, Cheryl, Donna and cherished grandson Chase. Family and friends gathered at the funeral home. A private cremation followed. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Wesche Funeral Home Inc., Center Moriches.
Pauline E. Tardd, age 90, of Center Moriches, formerly of North Carolina, passed on January 1, 2017. She is survived by daughter Josha Henderson-McQuade, brother Thomas, sister Frances Terry, grandchildren; Tashara, Kiana, Tyrin, Tiesha and Nolan and great-grandchildren; Marquise, Jalen, Alana, Laila, Selma, Serena, Kirin, Tyannah and Kiltrin. Reposing was held at Sinnicksons Moriches Funeral Home. Religious services were held at New Bethel First Pentecostal Church in Bellport. Interment was held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.