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Obituaries January 8, 2009  RSS feed

DEATH NOTICES

IRENE HIGGINS of Ridgewood died on December 30, 2008 at the age of 61. A native of Ridgewood, she was the widow of the late James, devoted mother of Jennifer Tonns, James, Kevin, and Brian, dear sister of Jack Wall, Patricia Carucci, Dorothy Frare, Shannon, Nicole, Morgan, Briget, Kirsten and Sean; also survived by six grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Matthias Church followed by interment in Linden Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Peter J. Geis Funeral Home, 57-34 Catalpa Avenue, Ridgewood.

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FRIEDERICK HAHN of Middle Village died on December 30, 2008 at the age of 67. He was the dear friend of Albert J. Speranza, brother of Audrey Dimenna. Cremation was in Fresh Pond Crematory under the direction of the Michaels Funeral Home, 79-22 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

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GERTRUDE STEINITZ died on December 29, 2008 at the age of 79. She was the widow of the late Ronald, dear aunt of Donald Sorensen. Private cremation was held at the Fresh Pond Crematory under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

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CECILIA WADE died on December 28, 2008 at the age of 67. She was the beloved wife of Ernest J., devoted mother and mother-in-law of Keri-Ann and Michael Donohue, Sean and Jessica Wade and the late Vincent Wade, dear sister of Bernadette McDonnell, fond grandmother of Vincent. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Adalbert's Church followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

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CATHERINE BARTELL died on January 1, 2009 at the age of 96, She was the devoted mother of Anna Jendresky and Raymond Lasak, dear sister of Frances Maciewski and Helen Wesolowski, fond grandmother of Raymond, Jennifer, Linda, Laura, Elise and Leana, great-grandmother of Addison, Anthony, Dilyn and Christina. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Adalbert's Church followed by interment in St. John's Cemetery under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

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CATHERINE DEAN died on January 1, 2009 at the age of 92. She was the widow of the late George, devoted mother of Robert, James, Brian, Kathleen Tyrrell and the late George, sister of the late Peter, Buddy and Mazie; also survived by eighteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Transfiguration Church followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

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MARIE BENINTENDO died on January 1, 2009 at the age of 93. She was the widow of the late Joseph, devoted mother of Jacqueline Heppa, Frank and John, dear sister of Maggie Boccomino, Nettie Sparanese, Michael DePietro and Theresa Innelli, fond grandmother of Maria, Carolyn, Travis, Elliott, Jonathan, Matthew and Christopher, great-grandmother of Marissa, Jessica, Matthew, Sarah, Eagan, Dylan, Isabella, Maya and Owen. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of Hope Church followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

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THOMAS TINNENY died on January 2, 2009 at the age of 60. He was the beloved husband of Constance, devoted father of Thomas and Raymond, dear brother of Danny, Mary, Liz, Alice and the late Cathy, Vicky and Bobby. He was a Vietnam War U.S. Army veteran. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of Hope Church followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

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WILLIAM A. BERNITT III died on January 3, 2009 at the age of 60. He was the devoted father of William A. IV and Andrea Lauda, father-in-law of Nick, dear brother of Veronica de Wilma, Bertha Bernitt and the late Elizabeth, fond grandfather of William V, Nicholas and Daniella. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of Hope Church followed by interment in Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, New York under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

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LOUIS "Smitty" SMITH of Glendale died on January 3, 2009 at the age of 69. He was the dear brother of Ann Smith. He was a member of Sgt. Edward R. Miller Post 7336, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Sacred Heart Church followed by interment in Calverton National Cemetery under the direction of the Glendale Walsh- LaBella and Son Funeral Home, 70-17 Cooper Avenue, Glendale.

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CAROL WIEBER of Ridgewood died on January 2, 2009 at the age of 65. A native of Queens, she was the devoted mother of Lisa Hernandez, beloved companion of Edward Arcario. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church followed by cremation in Fresh Pond Crematory under the direction of the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood.

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LIDIA KIRZHNER died on January 5, 2009 at the age of 55. She was the beloved wife of Andrei Mikhailov. Cremation was in Fresh Pond Crematory under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

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MARY BONGIORNO died on January 2, 2009 at the age of 84. She was the devoted mother of Frank. Services were held at the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village followed by cremation in Fresh Pond Crematory.

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RONALD O. KOOP died on January 1, 2009 at the age of 41. He was the devoted father of Kimberly, Christina and Ronald, loving son of Ronald O'Brien. Services were held at the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village followed by cremation in Fresh Pond Crematory.

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CARMEN VILLAO died on January 1, 2009 at the age of 55. She was the beloved wife of Galo, devoted mother of Minnie Sarria, Kenia and Stephanie, dear sister of Fernando, Catalina, Maria, Martha, Ines and Nicholas, fond grandmother of Jayden. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Brigid Church followed by interment in St. John's Cemetery under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

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EVA SZIGETVARI died on December 29, 2008 at the age of 94. She was the widow of the late Steven, dear aunt of Andrea Birnbaum. Cremation was in Fresh Pond Crematory under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

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IVAN W. LEWIS died on December 28, 2008 at the age of 81. He was the beloved husband of Natalie, devoted father of Alston, Merit, Venna, Vern, Queen Anne, Larney, Shanette, Regina and Nancy, dear brother of Vernon; also survived by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services were held at the East New York Seventh Day Adventist Church followed by interment in Forest Green Park Cemetery under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

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MARGARET J. GUNDERSEN died on December 27, 2008 at the age of 74. She was the beloved wife of Garfield, devoted father of Patricia Sena, Susan Vignola, Linda Schaefer, Janet Leonhardt and Lawrence; also survived by eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Sacred Heart Church followed by interment in St. John's Cemetery under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

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BERNHARD KURRE died on December 27, 2008 at the age of 76. He was the husband of the late Anna, devoted father of Bernie and Debbie Neller, dear brother of Ida Sumprer, Peter Kurre and Sophie Bender; also survived by five grandchildren. Services were held at the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village followed by interment in St. Charles Cemetery.

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ANDJEKO TOPALOV died on December 25, 2008 at the age of 71. He was the beloved husband of Karolina, devoted father if Milan and Lillian Petsche, dear brother of Steve Topalov; also survived by two grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church followed by interment in All Faiths Cemetery under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

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PATRICIA MATILDA HARMENS died on December 26, 2008 at the age of 69. She was the widow of the late Walter, devoted mother of Theresa and Walter. Services were held at the Hess- Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village followed by interment in All Faiths Cemetery.

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STEVEN J. KNAUFF of Vineland, New Jersey died on January 5, 2009 at the age of 50. A native of Ridgewood, he was the beloved husband of Deborah, devoted father of Jennifer, and Steven (both Knauff) and Michael Morris, dear brother of Deborah Nick and Edward, son of the late Edward and Elizabeth; also survived by one grandchild and nieces and nephews. Religious services will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. at the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood officiated by Msgr. James Kelly followed by cremation in Fresh Pond Crematory.

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