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.
Gloria Maglio died on Aug. 23, 2011. Beloved mother of Vicky Olsen and Francis Maglio. Cherished grandmother of four and great-grandmother of 11. The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, New Hyde Park. Funeral Mass was held on Aug. 27 at Our Lady of the Snows RC Church. Interment St. John’s Cemetery.
Albert J. Mayce, of Williston Park, died on July 20, 2011. He was a member of the Williston Park Fire Department Co. #3 and Williston American Legion Post #144. Husband of the late Marianne. Father of John (Sandra), Barbara Smith (Jeff), Joanie Shannon (Richard), Albert (Linda), Marianne Salerno and Julia Ward (James). Grandfather of 14. Arrangements were made by Weigand Bros. Funeral Home, Williston Park. Funeral Mass at St. Aidan’s Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Albert’s name to St. Aidan’s Church Outreach Program.
Jeffrey T. Hallock, of New Hyde Park, died on July 10, 2011. Beloved husband of Eileen. Loving father of Jeffrey and Britta and stepfather of Petra Skahill. Cherished grandfather of Robbie, Courtney and Christopher. Brother of Robert Hallock and Marilyn Bailey. Reposed at New Hyde Park Baptist Church. Arrangements were made by Fairchild Sons Funeral Home, Manhasset. Interment Melville Cemetery.
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