Ken Benson, an original Levittown resident (63 years), passed away on March 7, 2011 from natural causes. He was 92 years old. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in combat in the European Theatre during WWII in the 44th division, 71st infantry regiment. He was a staff sergeant and was awarded the Bronze Star for his bravery. After the war, he, (like many other soldiers) and his family settled down in a new community built specifically for the returning G.Is. This community would eventually be named Levittown. He rented one of the first 2000 homes built on the north side of Hempstead Tpke., west of Jerusalem Ave. He later then bought the house.
Stephen Hutnik, of Levittown, died on Feb. 23, 2011. Father of Jessalynn, Robert, Jennifer and Thomas. Brother of Denise, John M. (Lorraine), Robert (Ellen), Nancy Montgomery (James), Marie and the late William. Uncle of many nieces and nephews.
The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Levittown Chapel. Mass at St. Bernard RC Church. Cremation private.
Bertha Amendola, a longtime resident of Levittown, died on Feb. 1, 2011. Mother of Thomas Amendola and Joanne McMahon. Sister of Ann Maneri and Vito Verni. Sister-in-law of Esther. Aunt of Russell, Michael and Matthew. Grandmother of Michael, Stephen and John. The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Levittown Chapel. Mass at St. Bernard RC Church. Interment St. Charles Cemetery.
Marie L. Molloy, of Farmingdale, formerly of Levittown, passed away on Jan. 19, 2011. Wife of the late George W. Mother and mother-in-law of Debra M. and Gerry Hall, Bridget E. Molloy, Holly and Zhihau Shum and the late Michael P. Molloy. Sister of Janice Reggio. Grandmother of Sean, Bryan, Aidan, Riley and Landon. Arrangements entrusted to the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Farmingdale. Funeral Mass was held at St. Kilian RC Church. Interment Calverton National Cemetery.
Rabbi Meyer A. (Mike) Rosen, of Kings Park, died on Jan. 11, 2011. He was born on June 14, 1927. Son of Hyman (d) and Clara Rosen (d). Loving father of Harvey J. Rosen (Rose Heller-Rosen), Robert M. Rosen (Karen Harth-Rosen), Mindy C. Rosen-Pape (Keith R. Pape), Jonathan I. Rosen (d). Adored grandfather of : Alison Rosen-Sutherland (William Sutherland), Gillian P. Rosen, Adam D. Rosen, Daniel H. Rosen, Rianna M. Rosen, Renee D. Rosen, Keith G. Pape (Jacqueline Pape), Jonathan P. Pape (Maria Pape), Maxwell B. Pape, Samantha P. Pape, Raymond Rosen, Victoria Rosen. Great-grandfather to Aiden Pape. Brother of Jack Rosen (d), Mary Rosen-Fruchter (d), Sarah Rosen-Lerner (d). Memorial service to be announced at a later date and time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice of Suffolk, 505 Main St., Northport, NY 11768.
Margaret M. Coyne, of Burlington, died on Jan. 15, 2011. She was a member of the Columbiettes and the Rosary Society. Wife of the late Richard. Mother of Brendan Coyne, Jeannine and Gary Clayton, Richard and Peg Coyne, Chris and Joann Coyne, Mark Coyne, Meg and Joel Coyne-Contreras and Noreen Coyne. Sister of Kathleen Davis, William Ferguson, James Ferguson and John Ferguson. Grandmother of seven. Aunt of many nieces and nephews. The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Levittown Chapel. Mass at St. James RC Church. Interment Calverton National Cemetery.
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.
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