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Obituaries August 25, 2016  RSS feed

Obituaries

GIUSEPPE TARANTO died on Monday, August 22, at the age of 81. He was the beloved husband of Palma Taranto, loving father of Joseph Taranto, father-in-law of Josephine and cherished grandfather of Palma Lisa and Joseph Michael. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, August 27, at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, Ridgewood, followed by entombment at St. John Cemetery Cloister, Middle Village, under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Ave., Maspeth. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, https:// www.lungcancerresearchfoundation.org.

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ANNETTE BENSEL of Glendale died on Sunday, August 21, at the age of 80. A native of Brooklyn, she was the devoted mother of Robert Bensel. Services were offered at Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Ave., Ridgewood, by Reverend Michael Ross, followed by cremation at Fresh Pond Crematory, Middle Village.

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LINDA O’NEILL died on Sunday, August 21, at the age of 93. She was the beloved wife of William A. O’Neill, loving mother of William O’Neill and Patrick O’Neill, mother in-law of Mereya and cherished grandmother of Jamal and Corey. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, August 26, at St. Adalbert’s Church, Elmhurst, followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Ave., Maspeth.

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JOHN O’SULLIVAN died on Sunday, August 21, at the age of 83. He was the husband of the late Susan O’Sullivan, loving father of Mary J. Fava and John O’Sullivan, father-in-law of Pat and Diane, cherished grandfather of Danny, Patrick, Maeve and Allis and dear brother of Cornelius O’Sullivan and Patrick O’Sullivan. He is also survived by numerous loving nieces, nephews and friends. He was a U.S. Army veteran. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Wednesday, August 24, at St. Mary’s Church, Woodside, followed by interment at St. Michael’s Cemetery, East Elmhurst, under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Ave., Maspeth. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Flushing House, 38-20 Bowne St., Flushing, NY 11354.

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HELEN HINSOHN of Flushing died on Saturday, August 20, at the age of 71. A native of Brooklyn, she was the dear sister of Andrew Kollmer. Services were offered at Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Ave., Ridgewood, followed by cremation at Fresh Pond Crematory, Middle Village.

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WILLIAM KUBLER died on Saturday, August 20, at the age of 73. He was the beloved companion of Annette Pagnotta for 28 years and was a loving father, cherished grandfather and dearest brother. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Services will be offered at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, at Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Ave., Maspeth, followed by interment at St. John Cemetery, Middle Village.

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MICHAEL S. VACCARO of Maspeth died on Thursday, August 18, at the age of 85. A native of Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Vincenzo Vaccaro and Angelina Cavola. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean War and was a teacher at Most Holy Trinity School from 1954 through 1972 and Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village from 1972 to 2001. Michael had a loving relationship with Jim Tierney that began in 1954. It was a marriage and remains one in the Vaccaro family. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Monday, August 22, at Our Lady of Hope Church, Middle Village, followed by cremation at Fresh Pond Crematory, Middle Village, under the direction of Seneca Chapels, 494 Seneca Ave., Ridgewood. His ashes will be interred alongside his partner Jim in County Clare, Ireland. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Callen-Lorde Clinic, 356 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011.

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MARIA KAESTNER died on Tuesday, August 16, at the age of 88. She was the wife of the late Juan Kaestner, loving mother of Maria C. Acosta and Gladys Figone, mother-in-law of Holguer and the late Juan, cherished grandmother of Katty, Andy, Ariel and Gabriela and great-grandmother of Darius, Layla, Cyrus, Brooke and Greyson. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A private cremation was offered on Thursday, August 18, at Fresh Pond Crematory, Middle Village. Memorial services were offered on Monday, August 22, at Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Ave., Maspeth.

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JOSA ARDELJAN of Las Vegas died on Monday, August 15, at the age of 77. A native of Yugoslavia, he was the beloved husband of Rachila Ardeljan. Services were offered at graveside at All Faiths Cemetery, Middle Village, by Reverend Gheorghe Schouip, under the direction of Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Ave., Ridgewood.

DONALD GITLITZ died on Sunday, August 14, at the age of 84 after a long battle with cancer. Born in 1932, Don married his high school sweetheart, Mae. After graduating from Fordham University, he went into the Army and became a lieutenant. Donald was a lifelong entrepreneur who started the American Electrofax Corporation in 1965. He also had a love of dinosaurs and helped launch “Dinosaurus” magazine as its executive vice president in 1994. Donald is survived by Mae; children Suann and George, Gail and Tom, Craig and Maria, and Donna and Jeff; and grandchildren Tara, Sheri, Melissa, Shannon, Evan, Alex, Jennifer and Joseph. Services were offered on Thursday, August 18, at the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, Saratoga Springs, NY. He was interred on Friday, August 19, at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, NY. In lieu flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Youth Program, 83-17 78th Ave., Glendale, NY 11385.

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GARFIELD GUNDERSEN of Glendale died on Sunday, August 7, at the age of 88. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret and his son Lawrence. He is survived by daughters Janet Leonhardt, Linda Schaefer, Susan Vignola and Patricia Sena; sons-inlaw Kenny and John; brother Lawrence; sister Louise Mercer; 11 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Wednesday, August 9, followed by interment alongside his wife at St. John Cemetery, Middle Village, under the direction of Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village.