Henry E. Lapine, Jr., of Levittown, died on June 30. Beloved husband of Heather. Devoted father of Jill and Sara. Loving son of Henry Sr. and the late Joanne. Dearest brother of Denise, Sandy, Leslie, Robert, Stephen, Timothy, Ann and the late Paul. Also survived by many brother and sister-in-laws. Funeral mass was held at Holy Family Church, in Hicksville. Cremation was private. Arrangements entrusted to McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home Inc.
Althea A. “Kitty” Bishop, of Levittown, in her 100th year, died on June 26. Beloved wide of the late Albert. Loving mother of William (Carole), Kevin (Christine) and Christine Bishop. Dear sister of Nora Bittner. Cherished grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of 11. Dear aunt of many. Services were held at Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes in Levittown. Mass was held at St. Bernard RC Church. Interment at Calverton National Cemetery.
Dr. Vladimir Rus, 86, of Levittown, passed away at his home on June 11. Dr. Rus was born in Zlonice, Czechoslovakia. He grew up under Nazi occupation, and spent time in an internment camp. He later attended law school at Charles University in Prague but was forced to emigrate at the time of the Communist takeover in 1948. He lived in a displaced persons’ camp in Italy for two years, before immigrating to the U.S. in 1950. He met his future wife, Viola Daphne, in South Carolina in 1952, and the couple married that year in New York City.
Dr. Rus completed his PhD in German Literature and Language at NYU in 1963. The couple moved to Greenport, on Long Island and, in 1959, to Levittown, where they resided up to the present.
Dorothy Stamper, wife to Jim, mother to David and Lynn, second mother to Katie, P Jay, Jodi and Cliff, grandmother to Ethan, Emma, Addison, Frankie, Ally, Alden and Eldric, daughter to Richard and Dorothy Young, sister to Pat, Ricky, and Billy, beloved sister-in-law, aunt, friend, so much to so many, passed away on May 22. Dorothy did not live an extraordinary life, but she did make those lives she touched extraordinary. She gave her love unconditionally and made few demands. Seldom seen without a smile, Dorothy brightened the darkest of times. The world has suffered a loss now that she is gone although the world will never know, but those whose lives she touched will know.
Pokorny, Edna M., of Levittown, died on May 16. Fifty-year member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 9592. Beloved wife of the late Aldrich W. Pokorny. Loving mother of William (Pamela), John (Kathleen McHugh), Gerard, Mary Ellen Blasenstein (Robert), Ann Marie, and the late Thomas and the late Roger (Evelyn Cortes). Cherished grandmother of eight and dear aunt of many. Services were held at Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Levittown Chapel. Funeral mass was held at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Interment was held at St. Charles Cemetery in east Farmingdale.
Kelly, Helen M. of Levittown died on March 26. Associate member of Sisters of St. Joseph and Catholic Daughters. Loving mother of Robert Gushue (LoAnn), Deborah Stella (Vincent), Sharon Rowell (Bruce) and the late Francis (Patricia). Cherished grandmother of six great-grandmother of three. Services were held at the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes, Levittown Chapel, with a liturgy at St. Bernard RC Church in Levittown. Interment at St. John’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Sisters of St. Joseph, 1725 Brentwood Road, Brentwood, NY 11717 or St. Bernard Outreach Program, 3100 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, NY 11756 in her memory would be appreciated.
Stecher, Lillian (Ehrlich), 86, passed away in her sleep on March 2, after a long fight with cancer. Proud to be a New Yorker, she was the dedicated wife of the late Harry Stecher and amazing mother of son Allen Stecher and wife Arlene and daughter Debra (Stecher) McKosky and husband Robert. “Grandma Daisy”, as she was known by many, a reference to her alter ego of Daisy the Clown, was proud of learning how to juggle as she frequently uplifted the spirits of hospitalized children. Lillian was the cherished Bubbe to granddaughter Meriah Anne McKosky and grandson Jacob Harrison McKosky and wife Virginia. Aunt Lillian loved her nephews Paul Zam and godson Robert Zam and partner Mary Grover. Lillian was partner in crime with her late sister Jeanette. She loved playing a vital role for 38 years at Hofstra University where she became the editor of the bulletin. Very active in her community, Lillian served for many years with honor and dedication as president of her condo association. A voracious reader, talented gardener and formidable Scrabble opponent, Lillian had an incredibly contagious sense of humor with a one of a kind personality. Anyone who knew her observed her energy and her love of life. A celebration of Lillian’s life was held at New Montefiore Cemetery, West Babylon, on March 10 at 11:30 a.m.
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