Henry P. Stemcosky, born July 4, 1920 in Shenandoah, PA, passed away on Jan. 30, 2010, referred to himself as the original Yankee Doodle Dandy. The family moved to Glen Cove where he grew up with many fond memories of fishing, clamming and boating.
Henry was preceded in death by his four brothers, Chester, Eddie, Norby and Bernie and his sister Angie. Henry and Marian were married for 66 years before her passing. They were married on Oct. 10, 1944 while on furlough from the famed United States Army 9th Fighter Squadron.
Henry was also a proud graduate of the Chico Flying School in 1942 before heading overseas. Henry, a WWII staff sergeant with the 49th Fighter Group 5th Air Force, had the honor of being in the first fighter outfit to land in the Japanese capital of Tokyo during General MacArthur’s command and credited for the destruction of 276 enemy planes in combat. Henry was awarded the American Service Medal. Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and WWII Victory Medal. Henry was crew chief mechanic for his squadron’s operation of the P-38 “Lightnings” in Japan, the Philippines and Okinawa and felt immense pride in keeping the bomber planes in tiptop shape and ready for combat.
Henry was employed by Republic Aviation on Long Island, continuing his work building planes for the military. Upon moving to Tucson, he was employed at Davis Monthan Air Force Base where he felt blessed to be able to continue working with his passion for planes. Much to his amazement, some of the very same planes Henry built for the military early in his career were also the very same planes he later retired at the Davis Monthan Grave Yard. Henry got a great deal of satisfaction from this full circle achievement in his aviation career.
Henry is survived by his only child Carol and was very proud “PopPop” to his grandchildren, Justin, Tina and Cereeda who were his world. A most proud American to serve his country and the best dad and grandfather anyone could hope for. Now Henry has met his desire to once again be with his wife Marian.
Arrangements were made by the East Lawn Palms Mortuary.
Clifford N. Davis, age 92, died on Feb. 21, 2010 at North Shore/Glen Cove Hospital. He was a Sea Cliff resident since his marriage to Jean Thackeray 66 years ago. One of nine children, Mr. Davis was born in a one-room cabin, a land-grant homestead in Cameron, MT.
A graduate of Boseman’s Montana State University, he was a physicist for Sperry Gyroscope (now part of Unisys) for 30 years, rising to a managerial position. Until his death, he was an active member of the Sea Cliff Beautification Committee. His landscaping and gardening expertise was honed by his 15 years as a volunteer at Westbury Gardens and 10 years at Planting Fields in Oyster Bay. He was a recipient of a Sea Cliff White Cap Award for service to the community that also included a stint as chairman of the planning board under former mayor Edward Stiles, a teacher of bread-baking to the young students at Sea Cliff Elementary School, a board member of Troop 45 of the Boy Scouts of America, and in 1955, of Sea Cliff Little League.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Gary of Brooklyn; daughter Dorean Langsdon of Paris, France; and grandsons Nicholas Davis and Ian Spencer Langsdon. A memorial gathering for his many friends is planned for the spring. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Lung Association National Headquarters, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800. Washington, DC 20004.
Grace Morace, of Glen Head, died on Feb. 21, 2010. Wife of the late Tony. Mother of Anthony. Grandmother of Anthony, Ashley and Kylie. Sister of the late Angelo, Pat, Sal and Ann. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Glenwood Landing Auxiliary of the American Legion and the Sons of Italy, Glen Cove Lodge. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Rocco, Glen Cove. Interment V.A. National Cemetery, Calverton.
Catherine M. Dituro, of Locust Valley, died on Feb. 16, 2010 at age 93. Sister of Bartholomew (the late Dorothy), Thomas (Lena) the late Anna Simone (the late Pasquale), the late Tony (the late Frances) and the late Vita Grosso (the late Louis). Godmother of Maria Fanelli. Aunt of many nieces and nephews. Visiting at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Mass at St. Gertrude’s RC Church, Bayville. Entombment Holy Rood Cemetery.
David H. Carson, of Glen Head, died on Feb. 14, 2010. Husband of Mary. Father of Kevin (Theresa), Garry (Diane), Kelly (Maria), Erin Davids (Larry), Arthur (Marilyn) and the late Moira. Grandfather of Ryan, Corey, Jack and Ashley Carson and Meredith, Meryl and Mike Davids. Great- grandfather of Hailey. Brother of Jill Concannon, Gretchen Ross, Peter, Rory and Arthur. He was honored to be a member of the Breakfast Club. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Boniface Martyr Church, Sea Cliff. Interment Mount St. Mary’s Cemetery, Flushing.
Martin R. Schlau, of Glen Cove, died on February 13, 2010 in his 87th year. Husband of Ruth for 57 years. Father of Andrew (Kim) and Audrey. Grandfather of Kiril, Erika and Charlie Schlau. Service held at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Officiated by Rabbi Irwin Huberman. Interment Beth David Cemetery.
Joseph N. Stimola Jr., of Glen Cove, died on Feb. 13, 2010. Husband of Nancy. Father of James. Son of Evelyn and the late Joseph N. Sr. Brother of Sharon Bales, Joanna Fairchild, Maureen Huson, Nick, Greg and Paul. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visiting Thursday and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Whitting Funeral Home, 300 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head. Funeral service 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Locust Valley Reformed Church, Locust Valley. Interment private. Contributions may be made to a foundation to be set up in Joe’s name. Further information on the foundation will be posted on www.joestimola.com.
John Brunter, of Glen Cove, died on Feb. 12, 2010. Husband of Jean. Father of Ted and Randy (Patti). Grandfather of Jessica, Steven, Eric, Rebecca and Katerina. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Hyacinth Friday, Feb. 19 at 9:30 a.m.
Mary Biggers, of Sea Cliff, died on Feb. 11, 2010. Wife of the late David. Mother of Ronald and the late David Jr. Also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at St. Boniface Martyr Church. Interment Brookville Cemetery.
Howard W. Jones, of Bethpage, died on Feb. 10, 2010 at age 87. He lived his later years in Bayville. Husband of the late Agnes. Father of Thomas (of Bayville), Patricia Clark, James and Deborah Kuscsik. Grandfather of Brian, Courtney and Margaret. Great-grandfather of Kathryn. Visiting and Service at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Interment Calverton National Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Uniformed Firefighter’s Association, c/o Widow’s & Children’s Fund, 204 East 23rd St. New York, NY 10010.
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