Elena V. (Helen) Benson died on July 22, 2014, after a long illness. Beloved wife of the late Robert E. Cherished mother of Elena Ganzenmuller (Peter), William M.(Sara), David P. (Lorimer Burns). Predeceased by children Christine Pell and Robert E. Jr. Loving grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of 10. Graduate of Adelphi University. She was an avid Bridge player and enjoyed reading the Bridge columns from many newspapers. Funeral arrangements private. Memorial gifts may be made to the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club, 113, Glen Cove Ave., Glen Cove, NY 11542.
Glen Cove resident Mayer Udell, longtime owner of London Jewelers, with stores in both Greenvale and Manhasset, recently passed away. He was 96.
Udell arrived in America from Poland in 1939. He worked in his family’s sweater factory business. Udell mastered that business and opened two of his own factories in Bay Shore and the Bronx, which were great successes.
He met Fran London and married her in 1946. He then the sold sweater factories and took over the London Family jewelry business with Fran. Together they had two sons: Dr. Ira Udell in 1947 and Mark Udell in 1951.
Born in Brooklyn, NY on April 7, 1928, Charlie passed away on Friday morning, June 20, 2014, at the age of 86. The son of the late Frieda (Krauss) and Joseph Schmitt, Charlie was a resident of Brightview, North Andover, MA, former resident of Andover, MA, and longtime resident of Glen Cove, NY.
Charlie attended Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY and Columbia University and served in the U.S. Army where he earned the Korean Service Medal with Bronze Service Star and the United Nations Service Medal. He received his army training at the Leadership School at Fort Dix, NJ. He met his loving wife of 61 years, Beverly, through a mutual friend and married on June 13, 1953. Charlie discovered Glen Cove one day while sailing on Long Island Sound when the boat ran ashore. He spent more than five decades in Glen Cove where he was a member of the Sea Cliff Yacht Club and the Hempstead Harbor Club. Charlie had a passion for sailing and also designed and built sailboats. Charlie also loved to build fine furniture, a skill he learned from his father in his cabinet making shop in Brooklyn.
Maureen Verdon, long-time resident of Glen Cove, and a friend to many, sadly passed away last week after a serious, although mercifully short-lived illness. Many in Glen Cove knew Maureen; her lilting British accent, hearty laugh and wise-cracking good humor were unmistakable. Born and raised in London to Irish parents, she spent most of her life in Glen Cove. Some remember her from the Powers Chemco company, others knew her as the sassy waitress at the old Delicious Pizza on Forest Ave., where she waitressed for 14 years. She delighted in the innocence of children, and although childless herself, she happily watched generations of Glen Cove families as they grew up. She ingratiated herself to people of all ages, because she possessed high energy, a “can do” attitude and a youthful exuberance. Maureen also had a definite sense of right and wrong, and she was always ready to fight for anyone who had been somehow treated unjustly. One would always be glad to have Maureen on one’s side.
Gloria Katz Markman, of Great Neck and Wellington, FL, died on July 17, 2014 at age 91. Beloved wife of the late Daniel Katz and the late George Markman. Loving mother of Dr. Jay Katz (Marilyn) and Dr. Roger Katz (Daryl). Proud grandmother of Grant Daniel Katz. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove.
Elias Joseph “Al” Stetz, Commander in the U.S. Navy (retired) of Locust Valley, died on July 19, 2014, at age 81. Beloved husband of Nancy Burke Stetz. Loving father of Marion Walsh Esq. (Will) and Susan Trout. Dear brother of Alice Kishanuk, Ed (Freda) and Lori Tewalt (Ron). Proud grandfather of Kate Mullen, M.D. (Dave Gorin Ph.D.), Anna Walsh, William Elias Walsh, Marshall Joseph Trout, Richard Walsh and Nancy Trout. Also survived by many loving relatives. Visitation was at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas Glen Cove. Mass at the Church of St. Patrick. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. Donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project.org. DodgeThomas.com.
Reinhardt A. Andersen of Glen Head died on July 18, 2014. Beloved husband of Nancy. Loving father of Reinhardt, Jr. (Grace), Pauline and Christian. Cherished grandfather of Marisa, Reinhardt, III and Cole. Dear brother of Doris Giambruno. Visiting held at Whitting Funeral Home, 300 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head, www.whitting.com. Funeral service held at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 16 Glenwood Rd., Glen Head. Interment Memorial Cemetery of St. John’s Church, Cold Spring Harbor. Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.
Mariangela Gallizzi, formerly of Glen Cove, died on July 13, 2014, at age 87. Beloved wife of the late Francesco. Loving mother of Silvana Belcaro (Giuseppe) and the late Giuseppe (Vincenzina). Dear sister of Agostino, Rosa, Isabella and Leda. Proud grandmother of Sonia, Salvatore, Francesca, Angela, Maryann and Francesca. Special great-grandmother of Romina. Visitation was held at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Mass at the Church of St. Rocco. Entombment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Wesley C. Van Dyke of Glenwood Landing and Sea Cliff, died on July 14, 2014 at the age of 88. Husband of Nancy. Father of Judy Ortega (John), Linda D’Amorr, James (Patricia) and stepson Timothy Zalesky (Mary). He is also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ex-member of Sea Cliff and Massapequa Fire Departments; U.S. Army, Grumman Aircraft and Halm Industries. Visiting held at Whitting Funeral Home, 300 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head, www.whitting.com. Funeral service held at the Reformed Church of Locust Valley, 115 Ryefield Rd., Locust Valley. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery, Port Washington. Contributions may be made to the church.
Elaine D. Stone of Glen Cove died on July 12, 2014, at age 77. Wife of Wendel P. Mother of Maxine, Sharon, Lawrence, Withman, Cleveland and Castel. Sister of Raymond, Yvonne and Althea. Grandmother of 24. Great-grandmother of 13. Reposed at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Service at First Baptist Church. Burial at Roslyn Cemetery. www.DodgeThomas.com
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