Herbert H. Beardsley passed away at home on Jan. 26 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease after a full, happy and blessed life. He is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Carolyn, and children Nancy (Thomas) Lyon of North Babylon, NY, Ruth (Thomas) Beardsley Sansone of Bethany, CT, James (Karen) Beardsley of Chevy Chase, MD and Susan (Marcell) Easter of Charleston, SC, and grandchildren Victoria and Michael Lyon, Alexandra and Nicholas Beardsley, and Maxwell and George Easter.
He was born on July 14, 1929 and grew up in Flushing, Queens, son of Wilhelmina (“Minnie”) and Herbert H. Beardsley. He graduated from Columbia University and Philadelphia Divinity School. He spent his entire professional life as an Episcopal priest. He began his career as the curate of the Church of the Advent in Westbury, becoming the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Gulph Mills, PA and returning to Advent as rector in 1965, where he served for the next 30 years.
Upon his retirement, he and Carolyn moved to eastern Long Island, where he was an interim rector and supply priest to several parishes in Suffolk County for many years. He was actively engaged and well known in his communities as a member of or serving in volunteer capacities for numerous organizations. More significantly, he will be remembered as a kind and gentle man who was loved and respected by all.
Services held at Church of the Redeemer, 13225 Sound Ave., Mattituck, NY. In lieu of flowers, anyone inclined to make a memorial donation is asked to give to Church of the Redeemer at the above address, or to East End Hospice, www.eeh.org.
Jennie M. Napoli, of Westbury, passed away on Aug. 30, 2012 in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Richie Napoli. Devoted mother of Richard Napoli. Proud grandmother of Michelle and Devin. Loving sister of Frances Daubert and James Caronia. Memorial mas was scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 6 at St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church in Westbury. Interment at Long Island National Cemetery, Pinelawn, N.Y.
James A. Delisio of Levittown passed away on August 24, 2012. (Veteran of Army Air Force WWII). Husband of Ruth. Father of James E. (Mary), Ellen Delisio and John P. (Liesl). Grandfather of JP, Rebecca and Gabriel. Brother of Louis. Arrangements were made by Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was at Holy Family RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Born May 4, 1920 to Maurice and Estelle Grey, Richard Edman Grey died peacefully on July 20 at his residence in Miami. Richard grew up in Woodmere, NY and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. While serving in the army during WWII, he married the love of his life, Ruth, his wife for the past 68 years.
Richard and Ruth lived in Westbury, NY for 59 years and in Miami for four years. He enjoyed a long and successful career in sales working for Luxor Lighting, DuroTest, and Westron.
Sister M. Antoine Daniel Knipfing, SSND, 100 years of age, of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 345 Belden Hill Road, Wilton, CT died on June 15, 2012. Born in Westbury, NY, she attended St. Bridget’s School, Westbury High School and St. Savior H.S. in Brooklyn. She was a teacher, professor and administrator during her 80 years as a Notre Dame nun. She was the ninth child of fourteen children born to the late Michael and Anna Knipfing of Westbury. She was the last survivor of those fourteen siblings but is survived by more than 100 nieces and nephews who loved her greatly and many of whom came from around the country to attend her 100th birthday celebration last November. Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 21, 2012 in the SSND Villa Chapel, Wilton, CT with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bethel, CT. Memorials to SSND Mission Advancement Fund, Wilton, CT 06897 will be appreciated.
Florence Elizabeth Butts Clark, at the age of 80, went to her eternal resting place on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 12:30 a.m. at home in Greensboro, North Carolina. Florence was born on May 4, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York. Florence and the late Rudolph H. Clark, Sr. were longtime residents of Westbury Hills. Their sons, Rudolph “Rudy” Clark, Jr. and Dr. Steven Clark were students in the local school system. Florence was an active and passionate member of the community. She worked as a teacher and guidance counselor for the NYC Board of Education before her retirement. Her three passions were playing bridge (diamond level champion), swimming, and gardening. In 2007, Florence relocated to Greensboro from Westbury to be near her son, Rudy. She is survived by her brother Charles (wife Arlene) of Brooklyn, New York. Florence leaves to carry on a legacy of education and family values, two sons – Rudy H. Clark, Jr. (wife Michelle) of Greensboro, NC and Dr. Steven Clark (wife Thanh) of Carmel, IN. She was Nana to her six grandchildren – Aaron, William, Gregory, Sydney, Benjamin, and Sophia.
Sister Anne Marie Dorff, SSND, who taught school for many years and was principal of a single school for three decades, died of cancer on April 30, 2012 at Villa Notre Dame Wellness Center in Wilton, CT. She was 74 years old and had been a professed member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 54 years.
Dorothy Anne Dorff was born on March 28, 1938, in Brooklyn, the first of five children of Anna Maria (Seith) and John Joseph Dorff. From her first days in school at St. Anselm in Brooklyn she was educated by SSNDs. She graduated from high school at the Notre Dame Aspiranture in Fort Lee, NJ, in June 1955 and later that summer entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She was given the religious name Anne Marie and made her first vows in July 1957.
People who knew Ghazi Y. Khankan will always remember his velvety voice, his silvery white hair, his unmitigated commitment to justice in Palestine and his vision for Muslim contribution to American society. A pioneer in broadcasting, he launched Arabesque radio in 1967 – the longest running radio Arab-issues radio program in America. His work with the late Dr. Mohammad T. Mehdi put Khankan at the forefront of political advancement for Arab and Muslim Americans.
A native of Syria, Khankan studied at the Lycee Francais, at Aleppo College, and at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He completed his education at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in the fields of business administration and international relations (1954-1960). He was the director of the Organization of Arab Students in the U.S. and Canada (1960-1964), and is past president of the National Council on Islamic Affairs (NCIA).
In a glowing review by critic Judith Crist of Clarissa Watson’s first book, The Fourth Stage of Gainsborough Brown, she stated, “The protagonist is my kind of female: a grown up gal with brains, charm, and attractive foibles – a flesh and blood sleuth who’s coincidentally a lady.” Clarissa Watson fit the description perfectly.
Author, art consultant and gallery director, Clarissa Watson of Glen Cove, Sassetot le Mauconduit, France, and formally of Upper Brookville, died on March 17, 2012 in Saint-Cloud, France, just three weeks short of her 94th birthday. She still had crime on her mind and was gathering ideas for the new book she was writing.
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