Richard Bomze has passed away at age 76. His love for the racing industry is legendary and his contributions far-reaching. Richard was a founding member of the Belmont Child Care Association, and former board member.
He was owner and president of Star Sports Corp., which published American Turf Monthly. He was also a past president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. He is survived by his wife, Diane, daughters Dana and Jennifer, a sister, Sandra, a brother, Edward, and four grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory be made to The BCCA. The Belmont Child Care Association, 2150 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont, NY 11003. Mark checks “In memory of Richie.”
Rosemary Wlach, 86, died on March 3. Beloved wife of the late Michael, Sr. Devoted mother of Michael. Jr. (Maryellen). Dear sister of Agnes and AnnaMae. Cherished grandmother of Christopher and Aidan. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral mass was held at Our Lady of the Snows RC Church with interment at Calverton National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to Society of Jesus, New York Province Jesuits, 39 East 83rd Street, New York, NY 10028.
Eno W. Kroeger, 72, of Floral Park, died on March 8. He was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1941. Funeral services were held on March 12 at Our Lady of Victory RC Church in Floral Park, with interment at Pinelawn Memorial in Farmingdale.
Mary Sikes, of Floral Park, died on Feb. 22. Beloved wife of the late Barton. Loving mother of Thomas and his late wife Charlotte, Richard and his wife Geraldine. Cherished grandmother of Christopher, Karen, Richard and John, and great-grandmother of Christopher, Julia, Jack and Madison. Services were held at New Hyde Park Funeal Home. Mass was held at St. Hedwig’s RC Church in Floral Park, with interment at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.
Gary Menkel, 92, of Floral Park has died. Beloved father of Robert and Carrie. Predeceased by loving wife of 65 years, Margot, father-in-law of Robert Meadow and Maureen O’Hara, grandfather of Jacqueline and Nicole and companion of Eva Englander. Engineer, designer, painter, music lover, and maker and fixer of everything, refugee from German Holocaust.
Kathleen McKenna, 86, a long time Floral Park resident, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 15. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Alvin McKenna, her son Bruce and daughter-in-law Catherine, two grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. Services were held at Dillon & Smith Funeral Service of Sand Springs, OK.
Joan F. Cokelet, 80, formerly of Galway, NY, passed away on Feb. 23, at the Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs. Cokelet was born on July 19, 1933 in Floral Park, daughter of the late Thomas and Frances Trainor. She is the widow of Ronald W. Cokelet Sr. Survivors include her children, Maria (James) Wojna of Concord, CA, and their children, Sarah and Alisha; Constance Stockwicz of Clifton Park and her children, Michael, Chelsea and Paul, Jr.; Christina (Timothy) Garland of Ballston Spa and their children, Sean, Jonathan and Patrick; and Michele (Richard) Mone of Stillwater and their children Brandon, Kyle and Ashley. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her son, Ronald W. Cokelet Jr., and her siblings, Thomas and James. Services were held on Feb. 26 at Chase-Smith Family Funeral Homes in Mechanicville, NY. Funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, in Hagaman, NY, with interment at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Hagaman.
Thomas Catalano, of Floral Park, died on Feb. 14. Beloved husband of Peggy. Devoted father of Christopher, Patricia and Michael. Loving son of Marjory and Thomas. Dear brother of Karen and Joseph. Reposing was held at Hess Miller Funeral Home, in Middle Village. A mass was held at St. Stanislaus Church, in Maspeth. In lieu or flower, the family requests donations be made to Anchor Program Fund, Inc., Town of Hempstead Department of Parks and Recreation, 630 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach, NY 11561-5297.
Patricia DiGuiseppe (nee Barbarito), 58, of Floral Park, died on Feb. 20. Loved by companion Gene Paternoster; daughter Melissa; grandsons Isaiah and Mathew. Sister of Irene, Deborah (James) and Barbara (Daniel). Aunt of Thomas (Gina), Lee, David and Jennifer. A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, March 1 at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory RC Church in Floral Park.
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