LENA D’ARCO, 94, of Shirley, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital on July 29th, 2017. Lena was born in Ponza, Italy. She was a seamstress by trade. Lena was a twin to Lina Scotti, her best friend. She enjoyed gambling, playing poker, card games and going to the casino. She was a social butterfly, enjoyed Italian music, cooking and sewing. She is survived by her twin sister Lina Scotti, her nephew Neil Scotti and niece Shirley Ann Javitz, Silvio Nucci, and Albie Nucci,. She was the cherished great aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was a member of the St. George Seniors. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. A Mass was offered on Monday at 10:00 am at St. Jude’s RC Church. A private cremation followed at Mt. Pleasant in Center Moriches.
DEACON THOMAS J. GILLEN, 70, of Shirley, was called home to his Heavenly Father, on July 28th, 2017, while being treated at Stony Brook University Hospital. Tom, born in Brooklyn, was one of six children born to Joseph and Ann Gillen. He retired from NY Telephone/Verizon in 2001. He was ordained a Deacon of the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1976, graduating from the very first class of the Diaconate. He was a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus with the Queen of All Hearts Council #4126 for over fifty years; a member of the St. Jude’s Men’s Group, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and the Third Order of St. Dominic. He loved to cook and was a great fan of the famous chefs Julia Child and Jacque Pepin. He enjoyed fishing, sports and was a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball. He loved all types of music and played the guitar. He is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen to whom he had been married for the past forty-seven years. He was the loving father to Thomas Jr. (Stacie), Peter, and Matthew. He was the cherished grandfather to Thomas William, Brieanna, Timothy, Sienna, Aidan, Sadie and Reese. He was the devoted brother to Michael, JoAnn Zech, Patricia Johnson, Margaret Muller and Margaret Dunphy. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home on Monday and Tuesday. A Mass of Transferral was offered at St. Jude’s RC Church on Tuesday evening. The funeral mass was held on Wednesday at 10:00 am also at St. Jude’s. Interment took place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Coram.


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