John H. Strada, formerly of Westbury, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Lake Canadaigua, NY, on Oct. 12, 2009. He was 73 years old.
Cecil Kenneth Watkins passed away on Oct. 10, 2009 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Valerie Morgan Watkins; daughters, Kara Watkins Tillman and Keri Watkins; sisters, Caroline Townes and Ruth Ross; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Watkins, Shirley Mack and Ruby Rolle; brothers-in-law, John Mack, Anthony Rolle and John Townes; son-in-law Emmanuel Tillman; granddaughters, Amadia Tillman and Elysia Tillman; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who will miss him greatly. He was preceded in death by his brother LeRoy Watkins Sr.; sister Henrietta “Mazie” Smith; and nephew Michael Velazquez.
Alice Virginia Benzie Dowden, a resident of Williamsburg, VA, former longtime resident of Brookville, died on Oct. 27, 2009. Born March 3, 1922, she grew up in what was then known as Wheatley Hills, before it became part of the Village of Brookville. She was a Navy WAVE during WWII (chief yeoman) and a longtime employee of Long Island University, retiring as executive assistant to the president. Loving wife of over 61 years to John B. Dowden. Mother of Michael J. Dowden. A wake was held at the Whiting Funeral Home, Williamnsburg. Service at St. Bede’s Church.
Former Laurel resident Robert Lawrence Daly died July 1, 2009 at Flint River Memory Care in Macon, GA. He was 79. He was born in Mineola on Jan. 30, 1930 to Michael and Violet (Corson) Daly. He graduated from Westbury High School in 1947 and joined the Army upon graduation. In 1950, he earned an associate degree in refrigeration from Long Island Agricultural and Technical Institute (now SUNY Farmingdale).
At 92, Marion “Tess” Teslik was an independent, quick-witted, working woman with a flair for fashion.
Growing up in Jamaica, Queens, Ms. Teslik attended finishing school after her high school days and later enrolled at Fordham University.
She attended three years of college before meeting her husband, Alexander, Jr., while on a train traveling between New York and Connecticut. They later married and Ms. Teslik, an only child, went on to have three children, Alexander, Steven and Melanie.
Westbury resident Iris Wolfson, a tireless education advocate for the students of Nassau County and 30-year board member of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES), died on June 10. She was 78 years old.
“New Yorkers everywhere are indebted to Iris,” said Nassau BOCES Board President George Farber. “Whether in her local roles in Nassau County or in her statewide role as a member of the Board of the New York State Teachers Retirement System, she influenced the policies and procedures that govern our schools. Her business acumen, determination, focus and compassion cannot be replaced.”
Frank D. Mandaglio Jr., of Glen Cove and Westbury, died on Feb. 16, 2009 at age 62. Nephew, cousin and friend. Reposed at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Service and interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
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