Fred R. Hallett, Sr. died peacefully on the morning of June 2, 2011, after a long and courageous battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Fred was born July 15, 1936 in Ludlowville, NY, a son of the late Ulysses S. Grant and Katie L. (Garnsey) Hallett, and at a young age his family moved to Lodi, NY. Upon graduation from South Seneca High School at the age of 16, he took advantage of the opportunity to study at New York University School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance while working full time in the insurance industry. After obtaining his business degree in accounting, Class of ’57, Fred served proudly in the United States Marine Corps and in the Lebanon Crisis of 1958. In 1970 he became president of D.J. Colby Co., Inc. Under his leadership, the company grew into one of the premier insurance underwriting agencies in the nation. He loved the business and continued working until shortly before his passing. The family lived in Plandome Manor from 1977 to 1992, where Fred was very involved in the track and field program.
Susan M. Perovich, beloved wife of Thomas J. Perovich for 57 years, died Sunday, May 15, 2011 at her home in Flower Hill, Manhasset. With her family by her side, Susan lost her five-year battle with ovarian cancer. She is survived by her three sisters: Helen Capone and her husband Raymond; Linda Carey and her husband Robert; and Valerie Pettinelli.
Susan was born in Brooklyn, NY, Feb. 2, 1934, to Nicola and Mamie Pettinelli. She grew up in Astoria, and in 1953 married Tom, her high school sweetheart. In 1960 they moved with their growing family to Flushing, Queens. In 1972, upon moving to Manhasset, Susan became active in the Women’s Club of Flower Hill, worked at St. Francis Hospital for about 30 years in various capacities including the office of patient relations, and was an avid golfer and longtime member of Plandome Country Club. Susan also loved playing bridge both online and with her friends in the community.
Richard Furlong, 82, of Spring Hill, Florida and Becket, Massachusetts, formerly of Manhasset, passed away on April 15, 2011, at home and in peace with his loving wife of 53 years, Elissa, by his side. A memorial service in his memory will be celebrated at St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Manhasset on Saturday, May 21, at 1 p.m.
Dick was born in Rockville Centre and lived with his wife, Elissa, in Manhasset for more than 40 years. He was a Korean War era veteran, serving as a second lieutenant in Japan. In 1956, Dick began a legal career, which spanned more than 35 years and included an appointment as a judge of the Nassau County District Court in the mid 1970s.
Rosalie T. Losito, of Manhasset, passed away on April 20, 2011.
Beloved wife of Dr. Francis Losito. Loving mother of Vincent, Daniel and Marissa. Devoted sister of Marie Casella and Conrad Casella. Cherished grandmother of Matthew, Michael, Melissa, Christopher, Andrew and Mitchell. Sister-in-law of Frank and JoAnn Lawlor and aunt of Bryan and Kevin Lawlor.
Visitation was April 25 and 26 at the Fairchild Funeral Chapel, 1570 Northern Blvd., Manhasset. Funeral Mass was Wednesday, April 27, at St. Peter of Alcantara Church, Port Washington, with interment following at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 245 Old Country Rd., Melville, NY 11747; St. Francis Hospital, 100 Port Washington Blvd., Roslyn, NY 11576; or The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714.
James Gahan, 77, formerly of Manhasset, died on May 7, 2011.
Beloved husband of the late Peggy; loving father of Patricia (Martin),Thomas (Dolores), Michael (Marni) and William (Cynthia). He was cherished grandfather “Poppy” to Patrick, Quinn, Molly, Regan, James, Casey, Haley, Augusta, Bridie, Mairead, Mackenzie, Declan, Owen, Reed and Elena.
He was a loyal friend and mentor to many. He will be missed but not forgotten.
Family received friends May 9 at the Fairchild Funeral Chapel, 1570 Northern Blvd., Manhasset. The funeral Mass was May 10 at 10 a.m., at St. Peter of Alcantara Church, Port Washington.
In lieu of flowers, donations to North Shore LIJ Hospital are greatly appreciated.
Linda Chase, of Manchester and London, England, has died of cancer April 8, 2011 at age 69. Linda grew up in Manhasset and had lived in Britain for 40 years.
Linda graduated from Manhasset High School, class of 1959, where she was chairman of the student congress, captain of the Orange Team, a cheerleader and played cello in the school orchestra. She was active in the Congregational Church Pilgrim Fellowship. She studied English and creative writing at Denison University in Ohio and graduated from Bennington College in Vermont. After graduation, she moved to San Francisco where she worked as a theater costume designer. She met the British academic Paul Broda and, after insisting on seeing the Grand Canyon first, married him and left for the United Kingdom in 1967. They lived first in Edinburgh, Scotland, and later in Manchester, England. Although the marriage eventually failed, they remained good friends and Linda stayed in England.
John E. Dutra III, 86, of Bedford, NH, died April 17, 2011 after a lengthy illness. The son of John E. and Marie (Nunes) Dutra, he was born in Niles, CA on July 27, 1924.
John entered the U.S. Navy on October 26, 1942, was selected for the V12 Officers Training program, and was commissioned on March 6, 1945. His service in the Navy included World War II, Korea and Vietnam. While stationed in Florida, California, Hawaii, Japan, and New York, he was assigned to eight different ships, commanding five of them: the USS Osprey, USS Bunting, USS George A. Johnson, USS Durant and the USS Epping Forest. In addition, as captain of the USS Durant, he was the youngest skipper of a destroyer in the Navy. His shore duty included serving as the Aide to the Admiral at the US Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA, serving on the staffs of Pacific Fleet Headquarters (CINCPAC) in Honolulu, HI and MSTS Atlantic in Brooklyn, NY. After 27 years of service he retired from the Navy in 1969 with the rank of Commander, followed by a second career as a hospital and school administrator.
Dr. Louis V. Pisciotta, longtime Manhasset resident, passed away on Feb. 12, 2011, at the age of 86. He was the son of Joseph Pisciotta and Olinda Anello Pisciotta (both deceased). He was predeceased by one brother, Joseph C. Pisciotta.
Louis graduated from Manhasset High School. He received a BS in Piano from Juilliard School of Music, MS in Music from the University of Nebraska, and a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition from Indiana University. He was a member of the American Guild of Organists. He taught piano and was the accompanist for the famed Boys Town Choir in Nebraska; he was an assistant professor at Indiana University; he was a professor of Music Theory and Composition at Queensborough Community College until his retirement; and he was head organist and choir director for St. Mary’s Church in Manhasset for 25 years. He was a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher. He was a prolific composer; he wrote and published music for voice and for many instruments.
Louis is survived by his sisters, Vita Pisciotta of Vermont, and Olinda Wheatley Bradshaw of Indiana. He is also survived by several nephews and nieces, and great-nephews and great-nieces, in Indiana, New Jersey and New York.
Richard B. Locher, 86, died March 15, 2011 after an extended hospitalization following surgery. He was the husband of Eileen L. (Morris) Locher.
Mr. Locher was born February 20, 1925 in Utica, NY. Son of Harry O. and Rose (Brady) Locher. After graduating from Regis High School in New York City, he entered the army and served in the Philippines during World War II.
Upon discharge from the army, he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University. He worked as National Accounts Sales Manager for Fisher-price Toys for 25 years and with Selchow & Righter maker of Scrabble, Parcheesi and Trivial Pursuit as vice-President of sales for 10 years.
Kazimer Nawojchik died peacefully at home surrounded by his family in Port Washington, on Saturday evening, April 9, 2011. He was born in 1923 in Brooklyn and graduated from Jefferson High School. He attended Queens College and Delahanty Institute with the goal of becoming a fireman.
Hearing the call to join the fighting forces in WWII, and after reading All Quiet on the Western Front, “Kaz” decided he never wanted to fight in the trenches. Always an avid swimmer and loving the sea, Kaz and a friend went off together to sign up for the Navy. But finding the Navy enlistment line too long, the pair headed to the Coast Guard recruitment booth, and Kaz trained for the LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) service, earning the rank of Seaman First Class. While waiting to be “called up,” he took a job as a propeller welder for the Curtis Wright Aircraft Company.
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