Dr. Louis V. Pisciotta, former choir director and organist at the Church of Saint Mary, Manhasset, died on Feb. 12, 2011. During his tenure from 1969 through 1994, he developed the modern music program for the parish. He recruited a choir where there had previously been none and introduced the use of cantors, instrumentalists and new hymnals. These greatly expanded the musical possibilities at the time. In 1988, he led the choir to Italy where they sang in Florence, Assisi and Rome. The highlight was a Papal audience during Holy Week where they sang for Pope John Paul II.
Dr. Pisciotta was a longtime resident of Manhasset, attending St. Mary’s Elementary School and Manhasset High School. He earned music degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, Columbia University, the University of Nebraska and finally a PhD from Indiana University. Besides his work at St. Mary’s, he was a Professor of Music at Queensborough Community College for 25 years. Dr. Pisciotta was also a published composer of many liturgical works, including motets and a setting of Panis Angelicus, which was recently performed by the St. Mary’s Adult Choir. His funeral was held on Feb. 22 with singing provided by numerous former and present choir members. He will be greatly missed.
Lorraine Luciani Ralph, of Southampton, and formerly of Manhasset, passed away on March 2, 2011. She was the devoted daughter of predeceased Tom and Rose Luciani. Survived by, and cherished cherished wife of Skip, loving mother of four daughters; Caroline, Kiki, Liz, and Melissa, mother-in-law of Sean Kenlon and Mark Ughetta, and grandmother extraordinaire of Kade, Kelly, Caroline Rose, Kyle Kenlon and Jack Ughetta.
Lorraine lived life to the fullest and thoroughly enjoyed any chance to spend time with her beloved friends and family. She will be remembered for her generous spirit, warm heart, sense of humor and exuberant laughter.
Virginia T. Cosgrove, 79, of Wakefield, RI, passed away Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 in her home.
Born in New York, NY, Ginny was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Domanico) Russo, and the wife of the late James F. Cosgrove.
A longtime resident of Manhasset, Ginny spent summers in Narragansett before moving to Wakefield permanently three years ago. She was a graduate of Pembroke College at Brown University, a member of the Dunes Club in Narragansett, and enjoyed playing tennis, golf and bridge.
Francis (Frank) J. Sorg Jr. 89, of Scottsdale, passed away on Feb. 3, 2011. He was the oldest and last surviving child of Francis and Emily Sorg, born in the Bronx. He was a successful businessman, financier, philanthropist, and family man. His early days on Wall Street at Sorg (Financial) Printing Co. with his first wife, Florence, of 35 years, he launched a life of adventure as he became involved with non-profit hospitals, politics, the entertainment world, and international businesses.
Ellen Chaney Wilkie, 88, a former resident of Plandome, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010 in Southbury, CT. She and her late husband, James Sadler Wilkie had been residents at Pomperaug Woods for the past 15 years. Prior to that they had lived in Plandome and Manhasset for over 40 years.
Ellen Wilkie was previously married to the late John T. Robinson who also resided in Manhasset where they raised their three children, Patty Robinson Mutkoski of Ithaca and Southold, NY, Penny Robinson Blaisdell of Marblehead, MA and their late son, John Thomas Robinson Jr., who formerly resided in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Ellen Wilkie was very involved with Long Island activities serving in the North Shore Junior League, The Southern Society and was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church. She was an avid artist and was a graduate of Parson’s School of Design and The Chevy Chase School. She is survived by her two daughters, six grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. She will be buried in Rapidan, VA where her late father, a renowned Columbia Presbyterian Neurologist, Dr. Beverley Chaney owned the Spring Hill Farm.
Irene Zabicki, 91, longtime resident of Manhasset, passed away Dec. 24, 2010 at Regent Care Center, Oakwell Farms, San Antonio, TX. Devoted wife of the late Benny P. Zabicki; loving mother of William, Benjamin and Judith; cherished grandmother of three, and great-grandmother of seven.
A Mass of Celebration of Life was held Dec. 30 at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in San Antonio. Interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on Jan. 13, 2011.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 are encouraged.
Victor J. Carbonaro of Roslyn, died Jan. 2, 2011 after a brief illness.
Born in Brooklyn, Victor graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in 1937. He received a BS in mathematics from the College of William and Mary in Virginia in 1941 and then worked at Lehman Brothers in New York City. He served in the Army in World War II and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes. After the war, he began a 43-year career in the law. He acted as Village Justice for East Hills for a number of years.
Longtime Manhasset resident Frank McCarney passed away just before the holidays. He died peacefully in his sleep at age 82. A Boston native, Frank moved to New York after serving in the armed forces during the Korean War. He arrived in Strathmore Vanderbilt with his young family in 1965, having recently been promoted to corporate secretary and treasurer of Scandinavian Airlines System. At age 34, he was then the youngest senior executive in the airline industry.
Having received his undergraduate degree from Clark University, Frank went on to obtain his master’s degree in business administration from St. John’s University where he became an adjunct professor. He was an active member of the Manhasset community, having among other things volunteered his financial skills to the Strathmore Vanderbilt Club, where he served many years as treasurer under another longtime Manhasset resident, Ed Devlin.
Harriet Brensic died on Jan. 5, 2011. She was a longtime resident of Manhasset and Port Washington. Harriet was president of the IHM and worked for Dr. Keller and Dr. Sheehan for 35 years. She also started the library in St. Mary’s Elementary School. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph; loving mother of Paul (Liz) and Tom (Lloyd Lederkramer); cherished grandmother of James and Lauren. Arrangements were made by the Fairchild Funeral Chapel, 1570 Northern Blvd., Manhasset. A funeral Mass was held Jan. 8 at St. Mary’s RC Church, Manhasset. Interment at Mt. St. Mary’s Cemetery in Flushing.
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