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Obituaries

Geraldine BastableGeraldine Learie (Howell) Bastable – April 2, 2017
Geraldine “Gerry” H. Bastable, born January 12, 1920 in East Moriches, Long Island as the oldest of three children of Ridgeway Taylor and Ruth Learie Howell, passed away peacefully at the age of 97 on April 2, 2017 at Francis House, Syracuse, NY. Barely five feet tall, she was affectionately known by many as “Big Gerry”. She graduated from Center Moriches High School and became a registered nurse after completing nursing school at The Brooklyn Hospital, where she worked as a surgical nurse. In 1944, she married Stephen Bastable, MD and in 1947 they moved to Syracuse, where her husband practiced as an orthopedic surgeon and co-founded what is now the Orthopedic Residency at SUNY Upstate Medical Center. Gerry was a member of the Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church and the Crouse Hospital Auxiliary, was an active United Way supporter, and served as a volunteer with the American Red Cross Nursing Services. Her pride and passion for the profession of nursing were manifest in the precision, discipline, detail, and compassion she practiced in every aspect of her life.
Gerry never lost her love for Long Island and everything related to the ocean—the beaches, the sun, the sand, the birds, and being on the water in her Boston Whaler. While she traveled many places, her favorite destination was Hawaii and the Lago Mar Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, FL., which she and her husband visited annually for over 50 years. For decades, Gerry swam daily in the Nottingham High pool, an exercise routine that, no doubt, contributed to her good health and mobility. She enjoyed all things homemade and handmade, including cooking and baking, leather working and pottery, gardening, and creating beautiful garments with her sewing group for over thirty years. Gerry was known for her exceptionally strong will, self-driven personality, solid work ethic, and a deep loyalty to and love for family and friends. She was always there for anyone who needed her.
She had special pride in the military service of her father (US Coast Guard-WWI), brother (US Navy-WWII), husband (US Army-WWII), grandson (US Navy), granddaughter (US Navy) and her grandson-in-law (US Navy), forever honoring what they did for their country.
Gerry was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Stephen Bastable, MD in 2000 and her sister Ruth Jacqueline Hololob, Yaphank, NY. She is survived by her daughter Jill H. Bastable, MD of East Moriches, NY, son S. Jeffrey (Susan) Bastable of Fayetteville, NY, grandchildren S. Garrett Bastable of Fayetteville, NY and Leigh Bastable Poitevent (E. Scott) of Charlestown, MA, great-granddaughter Marion Learie Poitevent, and her brother LeGrande R.(Jane) Howell of Eliot, ME.
The family wishes to express sincere thanks to the caregivers at Brookdale Manlius, Hospice of CNY, and Francis House and to her personal caregiver Galina Radchuk, all of whom assured comfort and caring to life’s end and made sure her treasured smile was lasting.
Contributions may be made in her name to the Orthopedic Research and Education Fund (noted in the “for” line) with checks payable to the Upstate Foundation, 750 East Adams St., CAB 326, Syracuse, NY 13210 or to Honor Flight Syracuse, PO Box 591, Syracuse, NY 13209.
A private celebration of Gerry’s life will take place at a later date. Arrangements being handled by Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel. For condolences to the family please go to fairchildmeech.com.

Salvatore Cataldo, 79, of Shirley, Long Island, New York, passed away on Friday, March 18, 2017 at the Vancouver General Hospital. Born in Kelowna, British Columbia to Mike and Dorothy Jensen, he lived most of his life in Kelowna and West Kelowna.
Martin was a passionate man who enjoyed automotive He worked as the owner of Martin’s Custom Automotives in West Kelowna. In his spare time he enjoyed building classic cars, playing board games, sailing and watching TV (especially coking shows).
Martin was extremely loving and proud of his three daughters, Jennifer Jensen, of Vancouver; Ali Jensen of Whistler; and Kathryn Jackson and her husband Kevin of Nelson. He is also survived by his sister Jane Jensen, of Kelowna; his wife and best friend, Allison (Smith) Jensen; his two sisters, Janice Jensen of Kelowna; and Aubrey Williams and her husband Simon, of Toronto; his brother Harold Jensen of Vancouver; as well as his many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other friends.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 20, 2017 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at the Walter Williams Family Funeral Home, 986 E 15th Street, Vancouver, British Columbia. Memorial donations may be made in Martin’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society, PO Box 9452, West 31st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia 050 505.
Arrangements entrusted to Roma Funeral Home, Shirley, New York.
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FRANCIS ROGER BRATBY, 76, of Center Moriches, lost his long battle with his illness and passed from this world on April 4 2017. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was a respected software engineer. He retired from Northrop Grumman where he worked for many years. Francis enjoyed traveling and listening to classic rock. He was an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction. He was a great cook who enjoyed eating. He loved the outdoors and liked skiing, boating, water sports and golfing as well as bowling. He was a long-suffering fan of the Philadelphia Eagles Football franchise. Francis is survived by his loving wife Kathleen and was the beloved father to his four children Gregory (Maria), Cynthia (David) Andus, Jennifer (Kyle) Molder and Eric Bratby. He was the cherished grandfather of Sarah and Amanda. Visitation was held at St. John the Theologian Orthodox Church in Shirley where services were conducted by Rev. Jonathan Ivanoff. Interment took place at Holy Ascension Orthodox Cemetery in Frackville, PA. Arrangements entrusted to Roma Funeral Home in Shirley.
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APRIL ANN RILEY, 75, of Shirley, fought a valiant battle with her illness for twelve years and passed to her heavenly reward on April 4, 2017. April was born in New York and was a homemaker. She loved nature and being outdoors. She enjoyed listening to relaxing music, spending time with her family and especially with her grandson John. April loved to celebrate events; birthdays and holidays. She enjoyed going to restaurants and fine dining. April is survived by her loving husband William to whom she had shared her life for the past thirty-three years. She was the beloved mother of Kendra (John) Bogetti, John and Patrick and cherished grandmother to John Bogetti III. She was the devoted sister of Jacqueline Lawless, Douglas Dawson, Dennis Dawson, Gail Smith and Maureen Messner. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley on Monday. A Mass was offered at St. Jude’s RC Church in Mastic Beach on Tuesday at 10:00 am. Interment took place at Calverton National Cemetery.

 

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