James D. “Spyder” Neillands Sr., of Glen Cove, died on Dec. 13, 2009 in his 95th year. Husband of the late Sally (nee Slater). Father of Gary, Sandy (Mike McCloskey) and the late James D. Jr. Brother of the late Richard G. Grandfather of two oldest granddaughters, Kimberly (Neillands) LoMedico of North Miami, FL, and Karen Neillands Jr. of Huntington, NY, and also Keely (Tom) and Ian McCloskey. Great-grandfather of Jake and James.
He was a WWII Army Air Corps veteran serving on the 20th USAAF in the Pacific Theatre. He was an Exempt member of the Glen Cove Fire Dept. Hook & Ladder, a member of American Legion Young Simmons Post 1765 and member of the Glen Cove Hall of Fame.
He worked for many years, along with his son, as an international transport of thoroughbred fine equine. He worked for F.B. Pratt and was considered a true Gold Coast survivor.
A graveside service was held at St. Paul’s Churchyard Cemetery on Dec. 21. Arrangements under the direction of Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Donations may be made to Young Simmons Post, PO Box 337, Glen Cove, NY 11542.
Nora P. Stingi, of Sea Cliff, died on Dec. 21, 2009. Wife of the late Peter J. Mother of Elizabeth Ayres (Timothy), Peter R. (Anne Marie), Nancy Alt (Joseph) and Richard (Monica). Grandmother of Catherine, Spencer, James, Andrew, Julia, Daniel, Mary and Julia. Sister of Edward and the late Terrence and Richard O’Regan. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at St. Boniface Martyr Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104.
Thomas Mahares, 92, of Delray Beach, FL, formerly of Glen Cove and Mattituck, died on Dec. 26, 2009. He is survived by his wife Helen (Strategos); daughters, Pamela (James), Betty (the late Steve), Joanne (Pericles) and grandchildren, Paul and Diana. Arrangements were made by Fairchild Sons Funeral Home, Garden City. Funeral service at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Paul, Hempstead, Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment Greenfield Cemetery.
Joseph F. Blumhagen, formerly of Oyster Bay. Husband of the late Anne. Father of Deborah Blumhagen, Donna Lorenzen, Dawn Blumhagen and Deanna Spinelli. Grandfather of Krystal, Joseph, Ralph, Johnnie and Dawn and great-grandfather of Jamison. Brother of Helen, Pat, Maryanne, Frances, Donald and the late Robert. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at St. Patrick’s RC Church. Interment private. Contributions may be made to your local chapter of the A.S.P.C.A.
Mary Elizabeth Eaton Meek, of Mountain Rest, SC, formerly of Glen Cove, died Dec. 18, 2009. She was born on April 26, 1937.
Mother of Karen (Ricky) Cox, Kathy Keppen, Howard (Janis) Stimis, Therese (Benjamin) Stimis-Boisson, predeceased by Michael Stimis. Loving grandmother of Justin, Christopher Cox and Danielle Evans, Jay and Molly Keppen, Jenna and Lauren Stimis, Paul and Ryan Walker. Great-grandmother of three. Mary is survived by her brothers, Thomas and Edward Eaton and her sister Peggy Carlstrom. She is sister to James and John Eaton. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Interment St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Brookville.
Frank Carbonaro, of the Bronx, died on Dec. 19, 2009 at age 74. Beloved husband of Joan. Loving father of Denise and her husband John Macchione (of Glen Cove) who was like a son to him. Dear brother of Pat. Cherished grandfather of Christine, Michael and Sara Beth. Cherished great-grandfather of Frankie. Visiting and prayer service held at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Interment private.
Robert J. McCormack, of Glen Cove, died suddenly but peacefully on Dec. 17, 2009 in Florida. He was a decorated Vietnam veteran. Loving father of Jonathan and husband of Melinda. Beloved son of Maria and Bertram. Cherished brother of Barbara Marzulli and James McCormack. Devoted uncle of Jim Marzulli, Anthony Guttilla and the late Joanne Guttilla. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral at Huntington/Cold Spring Harbor United Methodist Church. Internment at Calverton National Cemetery.
Christine Bernarz, of Glen Cove, died on Dec. 17, 2009. Beloved wife of the late John. Devoted mother of Chris, Michael (Janice) and the late Mimi and John Jr. Loving grandmother of Kaylin, Karissa, Kirsten and Kieran. Dear sister of Stella, Michele and Helen. Also survived by her loving nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Hyacinth. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery.
Yvonne M. McDougal, of Glen Cove, died on Dec. 15, 2009. Sister of Harold F. McDougal. Also survived by her nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Friday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, 220 Glen St., Glen Cove. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Patrick Saturday at 9:45 a.m. Interment St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Brookville.
James E. “Ace” Baker, of Locust Valley, died peacefully on Dec. 15, 2009. Mr. Baker retired in 1991 from Nassau County as the deputy commissioner of General Services in charge of the Division of Purchase and Supply. He was appointed to his purchasing position by then County Executive Ralph G. Caso in Jan. 1971. During his two decades of service Mr. Baker directed and oversaw the purchasing of all County materials, equipment for such entities as the Nassau Coliseum, 19 story Medical Center, the District Court Complex and many others.
Prior to serving at Nassau County, Mr. Baker was the director of purchasing for the Town of Oyster Bay for six years and prior to that was a senior electronic buyer for Reeves Instrument Corp. in Garden City for 14 years.
Mr. Baker was a 50-year member of the Locust Valley Fire Department and served as chief of the Department from 1967 to 1969 and secretary-treasurer of the Fire District from 1970 to 1972. In addition Mr. Baker served in the U.S. Army and was later recalled to active duty as an enlisted reservist during the Korean conflict.
He served as a member of the Nassau County Republican Committee for 16 years and was a former president of the Locust Valley Republican Club.
Husband of Marion (nee Bozzello) for 57 years. Father of Linda Baker, Jeffrey E. Baker (Jessica) and the late James E. Baker, Jr. Grandfather of Thomas Lopez, Christina Lopez, Zachary, Edmund, Jennifer, James A., Jack and Liam Baker. Great-grandfather of Kayla, Thomas Jr. Olivia and Breonna Lopez. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visiting Thursday from 7 to 9 and Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Whitting Funeral Home, 300 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head. Funeral service 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Locust Valley Fire Department, 228 Buckram Rd., Locust Valley, NY 11560.
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