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Miscellaneous Obituaries
Queens Co., NY

DOROTHY M. PILITZ of Glendale died on April 6, 2001 at the age of 78. She was the beloved wife of Harry, devoted mother of Arleen Tzoucalis, Dianne Morgan and Thomas Pilitz; also survived by six grandchildren. She was a member of AARP. Services were held at the George Werst Funeral Home, 71-41 Cooper Avenue, Glendale, officiated by Pastor Michael T. Ross. Interment was in Cypress Hills Cemetery.

ROSE MAUCERI of Ridgewood died on April 5, 2001 at the age of 77. A native of Brooklyn, she was the widow of the late Anthony, devoted mother of Nicolette Latorre and Angela Patrisso; also survived by three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Matthias Church, followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Peter J. Geis Funeral Home, 57-34 Catalpa Avenue, Ridgewood.

AMELIA DíAGOSTINO died on April 5, 2001 at the age of 84. She was the widow of the late Frank Sr., loving mother of Marie LaBrie, John, and Frank Jr., dear sister of Mary Decker and Jean Christiano, cherished grandmother of Suzanne, Michelle, John and Melissa, great-grandmother of Jessica, Andrew, Paige and Collin. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, followed by interment in Pinelawn Memorial Park. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

JOSEPHINE J. ZAHN died on April 2, 2001 at the age of 64. She was the beloved wife of Robert, loving mother of Joann DeNardo, Carolyn Hummell, and Robert Jr., dear sister of Ann Obre, Angelina Phelps, and Theresa Bochow; also survived by eleven grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of Hope Church, followed by interment in St. Charles Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

RENEE M. GAUGER died on April 4, 2001 at the age of 37. She was the beloved wife of Christopher, cherished daughter of Joseph and Hermine Grippo, loving mother of Jessie, devoted sister of Jeannette Jones, cherished grandmother of T.J. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Andrew Church, followed by interment in St. Andrewís Cemetery, Sag Harbor. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

FRANK INNAMORATO died on April 5, 2001 at the age of 48. He was the loving brother of Isabella Briggs, Josephine, Charles and the late John, and brother-in-law of Curtis and cherished uncle of Alyssa Paige, dear nephew of Helen Hatgis, Virginia and Leonard Campanelli, and John and Geraldine Florio. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Maryís Church, followed by interment in Long Island National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

MAUREEN CIGNA of Elmhurst died on April 6, 2001 at the age of 58. She was the widow of the late William DiBisciglie, loving mother of Karen Cigna Schwartzberg and mother-in-law of Ken, dear sister of Debra Karduna, cherished aunt of David, Rachel and Megan, dear friend of Pepe. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Stanislaus Church, followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

JOHN HOLMES formerly of Ridgewood and Glendale died on April 1, 2001 at the age of 80 in Largo, Florida. He was the husband of the late Mildred (Rasmussen); also survived by two brothers, five sisters and stepson William Rasmussen. Interment was in Hollywood Memorial Park, South Miami, Florida.

ARTHUR C. HUBER, formerly of Glendale died on April 2, 2001. He was the husband of the late Barbara, devoted father of Thomas; also survived by two grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. James Church, Seaford, followed by entombment in St. Johnís Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Homes, 125 Old Country Road, Hicksville, New York.

FRANCISCO JULBE of Brooklyn died on April 2, 2001 at the age of 65. A native of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, he was the beloved husband of Isabel Ramos, devoted father of Jose, Frankie, Osbardo, Rene, Carlos, Martha, Genara, Isabel, Jennie, Madeline, Demaris, Diana, loving son of Jenara, dear brother of Josephine and Raymond; also survived by seventy-eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services was held at the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood, followed by interment in Pinelawn Memorial Park.

ROSIE KOENIG of Ridgewood died on April 5, 2001 at the age of 94. A native of Planania, Gottschee, Austria, she was the widow of the late Josef, devoted mother of Walter, Alma Marven, Margy Loser and Zita Seunig; also survived by nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, followed by interment in Linden Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood.

RICHARD D. HONEMAN of Forest Hills died on April 4, 2001 at the age of 63. A native of Flushing, he was the dear brother of Janet Windus. Services were held at the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood, followed by cremation in Fresh Pond Crematory.

HEDY JURAN of Glendale died on April 9, 2001 at the age of 86. A native of Gottschee, Austria, she was the devoted mother of Helga Meneilly, Elfrieda Hutter and Lilly Bartell; also survived by nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Sacred Heart Church, followed by interment in Cypress Hills Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the George Werst Funeral Home, 71-41 Cooper Avenue, Glendale.

WILLIAM J. NICKEL of Ridgewood died on May 16, 2001 at the age of 75. A native of Ridgewood, he was the husband of the late Margaret, devoted father of Susan, William, Andrea, John and Michael, dear brother of Thomas Nickel, fond grandfather of Andrew, Stephanie, Tiffany, William, Tiana, Matthew and Nathaniel. He was a veteran of World War II, U.S. Army Technical Sergeant and served in Germany, France and Belgium. Interment was in Calverton National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Peter J. Geis Funeral Home, 57-34 Catalpa Avenue, Ridgewood.

MICHAEL COUSIN died on May 16, 2001. He was the husband of the late Jean, loving father of Rose Weins and Carol Edenbaum, dear brother of Grace Scalise and brother-in-law of Sal, cherished grandfather of Daura, Darren, Justin, Michael, Brandon and Ashton. He was longtime president and CEO of Cross County Federal Savings Bank in Middle Village. He also served on several boards, including the Selective Service Board and was active in NEW YORK CITY politics for more than 50 years. Until his passing, he served as president and founder of Eliot Enterprises, also based in Middle Village. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady Of Hope Church, followed by interment in St. Johnís Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

MICHAEL F. FLANNERY died on May 21, 2001 at the age of 49. He was the beloved husband of Jeanne A. Kelly, loving son of the late Harold and Alice, dear brother of Ellen Vanzandt, Betty Ann Cassandra, Harold and Patrick; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Transfiguration Church, followed by interment in St. Johnís Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

BELLE GROSSMAN died on May 17, 2001 at the age of 87. A native of Middle Village, she was the beloved wife of Abe, devoted mother of Frances Holzman, dear mother-in-law of Paul; also survived by two grandchildren. Services were held at the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, followed by interment in Long Island National Cemetery.

JOSEPH RUZIEKA died on May 20, 2001 at the age of 81. He was the son of the late Charles and Hedwig, dear friend of Audrey and Joseph Catapano. Services were held at the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, followed by interment in Pinelawn Memorial Park.

GEORGE P. MAGGIO of Glendale died on May 16, 2001 at the age of 87. He was the beloved husband of Ellen (nee Gilsenan), devoted father of Ellen Amendola, Sr. Loretta Maggio O.P., Phyllis Inguire and George P. Maggio; also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was a member of Retirees Club of Local 707. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Pancras Church, followed by interment in St. Johnís Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the George Werst Funeral Home, 71-41 Cooper Avenue, Glendale.

DIANE RIEHL of Middle Village died on May 21, 2001 at the age of 54. She was the beloved wife of Alfred P., devoted mother of Dawn, Michelle and Heather, loving daughter of Frederick, dear sister of Arlene, Frederick and Lynn; also survived by one grandchild. Services were held at the Michaels Funeral Home, 79-22 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, followed by interment in Lutheran/All Faiths Cemetery.

JENNIE TROPIANO died on May 18, 2001. She was the widow of the late Anthony, loving mother of Vincent, cherished grandmother of Jennifer and Michelle, great-grandmother of Austin, Justin and Joseph. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Margaretís Church, followed by interment in St. Johnís Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

JENNIE LEASE died on May 17, 2001. She was the widow of the late John, loving mother of Frances Borg, Margaret DeStefano, Lena Sinisi and the late John, dear sister of Rod Abrahamsen; also survived by nine grandchildren and twelve-great-grandchildren. Services were held at the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth, followed by interment in Pinelawn Memorial Park.

CHARLIE ZAPATA died on May 17, 2001. He was the cherished son of Mariela and Dario, loving brother of Danny and Michelle, cherished grandson of Cruz, Jesus and Aura. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Maryís Church, followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

JOSEPH F. BAUER JR. (Joe Cool) died on May 16, 2001. He was the cherished son of Jeryl and Joseph Sr., loving brother of Robert, dear nephew of John and Diane and June Keller. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Adalbertís Church, followed by interment in Maple Grove Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

NICOLAE MUSI of Ridgewood died on May 21, 2001 at the age of 57. A native of Tulcea, Romania, he was the beloved husband of Gina Gioga, devoted father of George and Valentin Musi, loving son of Anastasia, dear brother of Elena and Hrsula Musi. Services were held at the Descent of the Holy Spirit Romanian Orthodox Church, officiated by Reverend Viorel Dimitrescu, followed by interment in Lutheran/All Faiths Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Morton Funeral Home/ Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood.

LEONARD G. TOELK of Brooklyn died on May 14, 2001 at the age of 55. A native of New York, he was the devoted father of Jeanmarie Tagliareni; also survived by three grandchildren. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Services were held at the Morton Funeral Home/ Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood, followed by interment in Calverton National Cemetery.

PAULINA TANASE of Ridgewood died on May 12, 2001 at the age of 59. A native of Draganesti De Vede, Romania, she was the beloved wife of Cornel Rosu, dear sister of Ioana Tanase. Services were held at the Morton Funeral Home/ Ridgewood Chapels 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood, followed by interment in Drananesti De Vede Cemetery, Romania.

BART VITOLO of Coxsackie, New York, formerly of Ridgewood, died suddenly on May 11, 2001 at the age of 43. A native of Brooklyn, he was the beloved husband of Karen L., (nee Hoefer), devoted father of Nicole, Jacalyn and Matthew, loving son of Rachel Delequilla and the late Louis Vitolo, dear brother of Tullio Delequilla, Lance Vitola, and Athena Lynam; also survived by several aunts, uncles and nieces. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St Maryís Church in Coxsackie, followed by cremation at the Wiltwyck Crematory in Kingston, New York.

MARIA E. BONILLA of Ridgewood died on July 26, 2001 at the age of 66. A native of Puerto Rico, she was the devoted mother of Carmen, Mariana and Carlos; also survived by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was a member of Sinai Christian Church. Interment was in St. Charles Cemetery, under the direction of the Wasmund & Sorice Funeral Home, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood.

CATHERINE SPERA died on July 24, 2001 at the age of 94. She was the widow of the late Vincent, loving mother of Paul and Vincent Spera, cherished grandmother of Chris, Chuck, Ken, Lawren, Vinny, Anthony and Joe, and great-grandmother of Cory and Cameron. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Maryís Church, followed by interment in St. Johnís Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

ELIO MALFATTI died on July 20, 2001 at the age of 77. He was the husband of the late Lina, loving father of Livia Allen, Jiuliana Brinskelle, Mariarita Averna and the late Joseph, dear brother of Livia Marshall, Pia Tenaglia and Anne Bottamedi, fond grandfather of Joseph, Kristin, Julia and Thomas. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, followed by interment in Linden Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Hillebrand Funeral Home, 63-17 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park.

JUANA MEZA of Waldorf, Maryland died on July 29, 2001 at the age of 89. A native of Chongoyape, Peru, she was the devoted mother of Velma J. DeBoard. Services were held at the graveside, followed by interment in Trinity Memorial Gardens. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Morton Funeral Home/ Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood.

TERESA SCHWEGLER of Royal Palm Beach, Florida died on July 26, 2001 at the age of 79. A native of New York, she was the devoted grandmother of TerriAnn Schwegler. Services were held at the graveside, followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Morton Funeral Home/ Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood.

DAVID G. SROUR JR. of Ridgewood died on July 21, 2001 at the age of 74. A native of New York, he was the beloved husband of Margaret Ann, dear brother of Barbara Vensky and Joseph Srour. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Aloysius Church, followed by interment in Calverton National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood.

ANNA BISSMAIER of Ridgewood died on July 27, 2001 at the age of 90. A native of Hechtstatt, Germany, she was the widow of the late Christ, devoted mother of Barbara Markson, Christ Bissmaier; also survived by three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were held at the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood, officiated by Reverend Albert Potgeiter, followed by interment in Lutheran/All Faiths Cemetery.


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