Franklin R. Liebert, former mayor and longtime resident of Garden City, died in Williston Park on Sept. 14, 2009 at the age of 80. He was born in Astoria, Queens, attended Brooklyn Tech High School and graduated from Purdue University with an electrical engineering degree in 1951. After college he worked for Sperry Gyroscope/Rand for over 40 years on aerospace and defense radar systems.
The Village of Mineola lost an important part of the community on June 9, 2009 when Rae Sellitto died at the age of 86. Mrs. Sellitto was a loving sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.
She was adored by members of the Mineola Leisure Club and Mineola Golden Age Club, where she made many friends among the seniors living in the village, and loved being a part of those organizations.
Brian S. Saloy, of Mineola, and a former Garden City resident, passed away on April 24, 2009. He was 34. He was the loving son of Stephen and the late Maureen; beloved brother of Gregory (Allison); Loving fiancée of Maria Calabrese; devoted grandson of Viola Hand.
Freida Graef (Ohlmann) (nee Heinbockel) 104, of Mineola, formerly of New Milford, NJ, died on May 9, 2009. Loving wife of the late John Ohlmann (1941) and Albert K. Graef (1971). Beloved mother of Barbara Ann Ohlmann Hartig of Mineola, Marie Murrell of Dumont, Doris McCauley of New Hampshire and the late Albert J. Graef (2004). Adored grandmother of 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Cherished aunt of Dorothy Sahli, John and Robert Ohlmann and John and Robert Heinbockel. She was predeceased by her brothers, Henry and Walter Heinbockel and sister Meta Muller. Services were held in New Jersey.
William John Gregory died of cancer on Jan. 29, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA, at the age of 69.
A former native of Williston Park, William was born at Nassau Hospital in Mineola on Feb. 19,1939. He attended St. Aidan’s School and served as an altar boy. He graduated from Chaminade High School in 1957 and received his B.A. in philosophy from St. Bernard College in 1961.
Frank DeSantis, 85, of Overland Park, KS, passed away on April 21, 2009. Frank was born on May 24, 1923, in Tufo Di Minturno, Italy, to Pasquale and Francesa DeSantis. He lived most of his life in the New York City area and was retired to Port St. Lucie, FL, for 23 years. He was a WWII Army veteran serving in the South Pacific. Frank was a produce manager for A&P. He loved hunting, fishing, bowling and making his own wine. He stayed very active and strong up to his time of death.
Frank was preceded in death by his daughter Mary DeSantis; and his sister Antonette Iannotta. He is survived by his wife Rose DeSantis; his son Frank DeSantis (Margaret) of Leawood, KS; his brother Larry DeSantis (Agnes) of North Carolina; sisters, Jenny Mazzucco (Angelo) and Lydia DeSantis, both of New Jersey. Frank also leaves five grandchildren, Catherine DeSantis (Shane), Andrew DeSantis, Regina McDonald (Devon), Anthony DeSantis and Michael DeSantis.
Arrangements were made by the McGilley State Line Chapel, Kansas City, MO (816-942-6180). Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of the Nativity, Leawood, KS. Entombment Mt. Moriah Cemetery.
Thomas J. Wrenn, 86, of Mahwah, NJ, passed away on April 20, 2009. He was born on Dec. 29, 1922.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Angela Wrenn of Mineola; and grandchildren, Vivian and Jimmy Wrenn of Mineola; and daughters, Teresa (Patrick) Garcia of Staten Island and Maureen (William) Hickey of Rockford, IL. Also survived by his brothers, Francis X. Wrenn of Hawthorne and John J. Wrenn of Colorado; nieces and nephews, Mary and Francis Wrenn of Hawthorne, David Wrenn of Virginia, Patricia Connelly and Thomas Higgins of Mahwah, Daniel Connelly and Charles Connelly of Allendale, Mary Beth Knors of Byrum, John Connelly and Thomas Connelly of Connecticut, John Wrenn and Kathy Selchert of Colorado.He served bravely and honorably in the U.S. Army 17th Field Artillery Observation Battalion, 1st Army, 5th Corps in Normandy, Ardennes and Czechoslovakia. He was a proud member of the Williston American Legion Post #144 for over 50 continuous years and more recently enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow servicemen at the Mahwah VFW Post #7124. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, Corpus Christi Council $2502. He was a teacher in Mineola for 44 years and a former village trustee of Williston Park.
Arrangements were made by the Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, Ramsey. Funeral Mass celebrated April 24 at Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, Mahwah. Interment Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ. Memorial donations may be made to the Mahwah Memorial Post #7124, PO Box 97, Mahwah, NJ 07430. Send tributes, memories and condolences to www.vanemburghsneider.com.
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