Sophy Toppin, age 90, of Wantagh. Organist/choir director for 61 years. Past dean, Nassau Chapter, American Guild of Organists. Survived by her children, Paulette Schiff, Alleyne and William and grandchildren, Kathryn Good-Schiff and Rujuta. Her funeral service was held on Jan. 8 at the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown. Memorial gifts to the church or St. Catherine of Siena Nursing Home, Smithtown.
Kenneth Schember, of Levittown, died on Oct. 22, 2010. Husband of the late Elizabeth. Father of Robert, Joanne Wickey (James) and the late Kenneth. Grandfather of Chantelle, Katie, Kenneth, Kristy and Jesse. The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Hicksville Chapel. Interment LI National Cemetery.
Michael J. Minogue, 81, of Levittown, who served as Wantagh’s Fire Chief died this past Oct. 16, 2010 after a long illness. He had served some eight years in the Chief’s Office.
“Big Mike,” as he was affectionately known, due to his 6’ 8” height started his career with the Wantagh Fire Department on March 6, 1962 and was assigned to Engine Company 2 in the north zone.
In 1966 he attained the rank of lieutenant, held that position for two years and became captain in 1968. He served in that capacity for three years whereby he set his sights on the Chief’s Office. In 1974 he became 3rd assistant chief and moved through the ranks becoming chief of department in 1980 and serving until 1982.
Alice M. Wasielewski-Sanchez, of Levittown, died on Oct. 6, 2010. A parishioner at St. Bernard RC Church, she was a member of the Rosary Society and Catholic Daughters. She was past president of The American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, Hempstead. Wife of the late Theodore Wasielewski and the late Michael Sanchez. Mother of Kevin (Karen), Cheryl Cruthers (Tom), Craig (Carolyn), Renee Levy (Robert), Michael Sanchez (Jane), Michele Gunderson (William), Adriane Herbert (Michael), Katherine D’Arpa (Joseph) and Jannine Sanchez. Sister of Helen Renee Patterson. Grandmother of Eric, Ryan, Shawn, Melissa and Dylan. Grandmother of Michael Sanchez’s 12 grandchildren.
The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Levittown Chapel. Mass at St. Bernard RC Church. Interment Calverton National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Vincent de Paul Society Ministry, St. Bernard’s Church, 3100 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown, NY 11756, in her memory, would be appreciated.
Albert G. Harrison, of Levittown, died on Oct. 4, 2010. He was a Korean War Army veteran and a member of American Legion Post #1711. Husband of Margaret M. Father of Maureen Cruikshank (Peter), Michael (Laura), Eileen Jones (Dennis), John, Kevin (Claire) and Terence (Rob). Brother of Marie Kenney and the late Charles. Grandfather of Kate, Megan, Brian, Sean, Sean Michael, Nicole, Connor, Joseph and Christopher. The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Levittown Chapel. Mass at Holy Family RC Church. Interment St. Charles Cemetery.
Lieutenant Colonel Harold F. “Hootch” Meyers (U.S.A.F. Ret.), 43, was laid to rest on Sept. 23, 2010. A former resident of North Levittown, he passed suddenly at his home in California after serving some 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, having retired this past April.
It was his desire as a young man growing up in Levittown to become a pilot and at age 18 he joined the U.S. Air Force.
His persistence, along with schooling, eventually led to his attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During his climb up the ladder he worked at various bases, held a position in the Pentagon and became the pilot he had always desired to be.
Hootch, as he was affectionately known, a name that was scrolled beneath the cockpit of the jets he flew was considered “a man’s man.” He held some of the highest combat numbers in the history of the U.S. Air Force and at one time the U.S. Navy tried to recruit him to fly for them.
Janice L. Botti (nee Crozier), of Levittown, died on Sept. 7, 2010. Beloved wife of Richard. Loving mother of Jacqueline Livoti (Robert), Barbara and Kimberly. Dear sister of Jill (Gordon) and Gary (Linda). Cherished nana of Brooke and Elizabeth. The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Levittown Chapel. Mass at the Levittown Community Church. Interment Calverton National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cancer Care of LI, 20 Crossways Park Dr. N., Woodbury, NY 11797.
William J. Shea, age 77, of Oyster Bay, formerly of Levittown, died on Aug. 23, 2010. Father of Christine Fischer, Virginia Shea (Tim Nugent), Michael Shea (Ingrid) and William Shea (Linda). Grandfather of Peter, Jade, Michaela, Katelin, Rebecca, and Nicole. Twin brother of Marilyn McDermott (Phil). Uncle of Philip McDermott (Gody). Also survived by relatives and friends. Arrangements were made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral Mass St. Dominic RC Chapel. Interment Calverton National Cemetery.
Salvatore LaRussa, beloved husband of Elizabeth (Betty) LaRussa of Arnold, MD, and loving father of Patricia LaRussa of Sea Cliff, Robert LaRussa of Arnold, MD, and Lori LaRussa of Arnold MD; devoted grandfather of Stephanie Augresani of Annapolis, MD, John LaRussa of Arnold, MD, William LaRussa of Arnold, MD, Robert LaRussa of Arnold, MD, and Joseph LaRussa of Arnold, MD. He is also survived by brothers, Frank and Anthony and by sisters Rose, Mary and Rita.
Paul Cramer, of Levittown, died on June 28, 2010. Husband of the late Florence. Father of Jeanann D. Maniaci (Steven). Grandfather of Edward, Danielle and Steven Jr. The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Levittown Chapel. Entombment Pinelawn Memorial Park.
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