John M. Klett also known as Grandpa John by many, beloved in New Hyde, who served as a Memorial Park attendant for over a decade in the village, passed away on Sunday Sept. 28.
A tree will be planted and a plaque will be installed at Memorial Park in John’s honor at this park that he loved so much.
Born April 18, 1927 the youngest of twins by five minutes. They were born to Elizabeth and Martin Klett in Queens Village, he had three siblings his twin brother Martin an older sister Betty and younger sister Dorothy.
Stewart Manor resident Kathleen Springer, a beloved teacher at Hillside Grade School in New Hyde Park for 39 years (previously Kathleen Alexander) who grew up in neighboring Garden City, died on Friday, Aug. 8 after a 6-year valiant and tireless battle against ovarian cancer. She is predeceased by her parents, George Thomas Springer and Mary Gloria Logan Springer, and her older brother, George Thomas Jr. She is survived by William (Pamela) Springer and their children, Alexandra and Christopher of Rye, NY, Ken Springer and his children, Michael (Stephanie Loftus), Kenneth (Jennifer Logan), Thomas Springer, all of Ridgewood, NJ and William (Forest Kettler) of Washington D.C., Marianne (Joseph Judge) and their children Kathleen, all of Virginia Beach, and Mary, of Arlington, Virginia, Carole and her daughters, Lauren and Annadora of Arlington, MA, Jeanine of Floral Park, and Patrick (Sunny) Springer and their children, Hana, Logan, and Patrick of Ridgewood, NJ. Loving grand aunt to August, Eleanor, Paloma, and Lucille Springer of Ridgewood and dozens of cousins. She was well loved and had many friends including her close friend, Lyn Beck of Franklin Square who was one of her primary caretakers.
Jane Veroxie-Nyquist of Locust Valley, New York, formerly of Glen Cove, passed away on Saturday, April 5. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter, who passed away on March 9, 2013. Loving Aunt of Jaclyn, Steven, Mary Frances and the late Kathryn. Niece of Doris and John Burns and Joan Mynarkiewicz. Dear sister of the late William and Joseph. Cherished daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine.
Jane was a devoted and integral part of Anton Community Newspapers in Mineola from 1976 to 1998. She served as our technical support advisor, providing her expertise in writing computer programs to ensure smooth operation, and was promoted to Second Vice President in 1982, a position she held until her departure from the company in 1998. In addition, several of her family members were employed at Anton at various times. Jane always considered her co-workers as “family”. Even after leaving her employment with Anton, Jane kept in touch with many of the employees, often getting together for dinner or meeting in the city to enjoy a Broadway play. Her husband, Peter, was also an employee of Anton for many years and at the time of his death held the position of General Manager.
The New Hyde Park community, as well as music students and teachers across Long Island, lost a prominent businessman and a cherished friend. Thomas Catalano Jr., general manager of Catalano Music, passed away at the age of 54 after a valiant battle with cancer on Feb. 14.
Tom worked as the general manger of his father’s music store, Catalano Music, for 32 years. Despite his diagnosis of multiple myeloma in February of 2013, and the aggressive nature of his disease, he continued to work until August 2013.
Herbert A. Nestler, 101, died on Feb. 11, Born on the Lower East Side of New York City to Jacob and Esther Trachtenberg Nestler, Herbert was the middle of three sons. He was raised in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Although his family was poor in resources — he and his two brothers shared a single bed for much of their childhoods — they were rich in spirit within a tight community of close family and friends. Herb graduated from New Utrecht High School and became the first in his family to attend college, obtaining a BA from
Brooklyn College in 1933, their first graduating class as an independent campus. He later obtained an MA in Zoology from Columbia University, after which Herb joined the New York City school system as a Biology teacher at Andrew Jackson High School. He then became Chairman of Biology and General Science at Franklin K. Lane High School, later moving in the same position to Martin Van Buren High School. He retired from the school system in 1972 after 37 years of service. During this period and for several years after retirement, he taught various courses in biological sciences at a number of colleges and universities, including Brooklyn College, Hofstra University, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He authored several books and created audiovisual teaching aids focused on numerous topics in the natural and physical sciences. He was the consummate teacher who had a unique ability to explain complicated principles and to share his enthusiasm for nature. Generations of his students in high school and college, as well as campers at
Camp Starlight, Starlight, PA, became enraptured by the miracles of the living environment.
New Hyde Park Memorial High School graduate Bruce Allen Balton, 56, of Milford, PA, died unexpectedly at his home on Oct. 4. He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and best friend to all of us.
Balton was born May 17, 1957 in Queens to the late Albert and Theresa Malin Balton. He lived in Brooklyn and then New Hyde Park.
Balton married Terry Elizabeth Kenneally Balton 27 years ago on July 19, 1986. They moved to Dingman Township 25 years ago, recently rebuilding their home that was lost to a fire two years ago. They had two children, Ryan Shawn, 24 and Dustin Patrick, 22.
“Beth” Gonet, passed away on May 24 at Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington NJ following a brief illness. Former resident of New Hyde Park, until 2006 when she and her husband Henry, moved to Independence Manor in Flemington, NJ. Beth was predeceased by her husband, Henry, who passed in 2007.
Robert “Bob” Valli died May 30, at his home in New Hyde Park, after a three-year battle with brain cancer. He was 76. Valli was the consummate gentlemen, an accomplished businessman and enthusiastic volunteer. He will be remembered by family and friends as an avid golfer, fitness enthusiast, tri-athlete, sailor, and most of all a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Joseph Vincent Franco, 96, born Giuseppe Vincenzo on December 10, 1916 to Francesca (Lagana) and Ignazio passed away on Friday, April 26. He was brother to Charlie, Vinny, Millie and Mamie. He graduated from Textile High School, and began to hone his craft in the electrical trade, which became his career. In 1942, he wed Frances Miceli, who predeceased him after 55 years of marriage. His daughter Jeanne Carter, sons-in-law Leward and Michael, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren survive Joe.
Richard Stein passed away on Feb. 15. Born on Aug. 29, 1930 in Manhattan and raised in New Hyde Park. Beloved husband to Jane (nee Parrott) for 59 years. Loving father of Rick Stein Jr., Susan Stein, Michael (Maryann), the late James (Debbie), & Paul (Deidre).
Caring grandfather of Kristen Stein Goldberg(Andrew), Kelly Stein Russo (Nick), Kerianne Stein, Craig Posner (Michelle), Kimberly Stein, Mollie Stein, Natalie Stein, Douglas Posner, Sofia Stein, Montana Stein, Montgomery Stein and great-grandfather of Angelo James Russo. Richard was a friend and mentor to many. Dick was also very active in many organizations; BPO Elks of New Hyde Park, New Hyde Park Lions Deputy District Governor & President with over 50 years of service, President of R&S and Son’s Inc. Electrical Contractor, Nassau Electric League where he was the President & Board of Directors, ran Christmas tree lot for Lions Club, Chairman of the Examining Board of Electricians of the Town of North Hempstead, United States Army Veteran of the Korean War.
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