Irving P. Graeb Jr., of Roslyn, passed away on Sept. 10, 2010 in the Bronx, where he was born on Sept. 19, 1922, the son of Irving and Frances Graeb. Irving attended Great Neck schools. He was valedictorian of Great Neck High School. He attended Dartmouth and earned his B.S. and M.B.A. at New York University. During WWII, he served in the U.S. military in England.
Former Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon, a resident of Rockville Centre, died on Sunday, Aug. 15. He had lymphoma and was 76 years old. His career as District Attorney spanned 31 years, one of the longest terms in New York State. In the 2005 election, Dillon lost to current Nassau County DA, Kathleen Rice.
“Today we mourn the loss of a friend and top crime fighter Denis Dillon. Serving Nassau families for eight terms as District Attorney, Dillon protected the way of life we’ve all come to expect in Nassau County. We extend our hearts and prayers to the Dillon family and wish Denis Godspeed,” Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said in a statement issued Aug. 15.
District Attorney Kathleen Rice also issued a statement: “It is with profound sadness that I learned this morning of District Attorney Dillon’s passing. There exists no doubt that he was a man of integrity, of principle and of tireless commitment to our community. His service was never about him, but about advocacy that he believed would help others. That selflessness spanned the length of his lifelong public service and will remain an inspirational pillar of our office long after his passing. Our community is less today because of this loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with the Dillon family during this difficult time. May he rest in peace knowing that his memory and his influence have left an indelible mark on a community that will forever be grateful for his service.”
Abe R. Druss (Aug. 14, 1906-June 18, 2010), going on 104 years old, passed away among family and friends at his home in Roslyn Heights (since 1952). Throughout his 103 years, Abe Druss earned the love and respect of all those he touched. Born in Brooklyn, he graduated from Erasmus Hall High School when he was 15. Abe attended Columbia College, graduating in 1928, where he was on the wrestling team and was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu. After Columbia, Abe worked on Wall Street. He was on the floor when the market crashed in 1929. Abe was an adventurer. In 1933 he left his job on Wall Street and took a solo trip around the world, including a climb to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite, clad only in moccasins and shorts.
The staff of Anton Community Newspapers has lost a good friend and faithful co-worker. Carol Pytel, traffic manager for our art department for many years, passed away on July 15 after her remarkably brave battle with cancer.
Frank Papa, age 86, passed away in Tucson, AZ, on July 7, 2010. He was born in Manhattan, the son of Anthony and Concetta Papa. He spent most of his life with his late wife Bess Papa in their home in Roslyn Harbor. He was the proprietor of Sav-on Auto Accessories in Flushing. He was a member of the Sons of Italy and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Roslyn Harbor. He was a veteran of World War II serving in both Europe and the Pacific. He took great pride in maintaining his beautiful gardens. He is survived by his current wife, Mary Blakely Papa, his son, Stephen Francis Papa, his daughter, Debbie Papa O’Donnell, his grandson, Drew Francis Papa, his daughter-in-law, Josie Winter Papa, his son-in-law, Daniel O’Donnell, his sister Mimi Califano, his brother, Jimmy Papa and many nieces and nephews. Services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Roslyn Harbor on July 14. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank’s name may be made to the American Heart Association at (www.americanheart.org).
Selma Bakst Silverman died at age 83 on June 19, 2010. She was a most beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She brought beauty into the world and shared it with those
Helen (Moskal) Stasky, of Roslyn Harbor and North Palm Beach, died on June 16, 2010 at home surrounded by her family. Devoted and “Best” mother (mother in-law) to Cheryl (Victor) Mora of Roslyn Harbor, Chuck (Jane) of Throgs Neck and Chad of Hong Kong. Survived by her mother, Helen Moskal of Glen Cove and Vero Beach, and sister Joan Wansor of Glen Cove. Cherished aunt of Tucker and Wendy.
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