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Miscellaneous Obituaries
Queens Co., NY

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FRANK J. MODAFFERI of Ridgewood died on January 22, 2003 at the age of 61. A native of New York, he was the beloved husband of Joni, devoted father of Salvatore, Thomas and Joseph, loving son of Lucy and Tom Fritz, dear brother of Betty Porrello, fond grandfather of Thomas, Samantha, Jacquelyn and Ashley. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, followed by interment in St. Charles Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Peter J. Geis Funeral Home, 57-34 Catalpa Avenue, Ridgewood.

WILLIAM J. MOHR JR. formerly of Glendale died on January 9, 2003 at the age of 62. He was the loving husband of Felicia (nee Bianchi), beloved father of Caroline and Joseph DeFelice, Frances and Jimmy Wittreich and William III and Jennifer Mohr, devoted grandfather of Joseph, Dana, Felicia, Samantha, John, Kaitlin and William IV, dear son of William Sr. He was a former scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 383. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Pancras Church, followed by cremation in Fresh Pond Crematory. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the George Schwille Funeral Home, 66-32 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale.

JOHN E. COLLINS (JACK) died on January 24, 2003 at the age of 70. He was the loving father of Susan Acosta and father-in-law of David, dear brother of Gerald Collins, Brendan Collins, and the late Patrick Collins and brother-in-law of Eleanor, Catherine, and the late Gayle, cherished grandfather of A.J. and Liam, devoted companion of Nancy Burke. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Transfiguration Church, followed by cremation in Fresh Pond Crematory. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

JOSEPH COLUCCIELLO died on January 23, 2003 at the age of 66. He was the beloved husband of Clara, dear brother of Orlando, Angelina Gangi, and Lena Truppi; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Savior Church, followed by interment in St. John Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

CAROL LaGRANDIER died on January 25, 2003 at the age of 57. She was the dear sister of Lynne Neve. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of Hope Church, followed by interment in Lutheran/All Faiths Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

JOSE ABREU died on January 20, 2003 at the age of 60. He was the beloved husband of Maria. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Mary’s Church, followed by interment in Lutheran/All Faiths Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

WALTER PANESSO JARMILLO died on January 22, 2003. He was the dear brother of Sandra Panesso. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, followed by cremation in Fresh Pond Crematory. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

CARMEN L. KRESSE died on January 21, 2003 at the age of 63. She was the beloved wife of Edward. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, followed by interment in St. John Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

WILLIAM LaGRANGE died on January 22, 2003 at the age of 85. He was the husband of the late Caroline, devoted uncle of Warren LaGrange. Services were held at Trinity-St. Andrews Church, followed by interment in Cypress Hills Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

MARGARET J. FERRARA of Breezy Point died on January 27, 2003 at the age of 92. A native of New York, she was the widow of the late Dr. Jerome Ferrara, devoted mother of Bernadette Weimer, Ann Margaret Currie, Geraldine Boccia, Charles, Paul and Jerome Ferrara; also survived by sixteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Thomas Moore Church, followed by interment in St. Charles Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood.

ROSE ANN SINGH of Jackson Heights died on January 26, 2003 at the age of 54. A native of New York, she was the loving daughter of Millie. Services were held at the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood, followed by cremation in Fresh Pond Crematory.

ANNA CUMMINGS of Ridgewood died on January 24, 2003 at the age of 75. A native of Brooklyn, she was the dear sister of Mary Cummings and Raymond Cummings. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, followed by interment in St. Charles Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Morton Funeral Home/ Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood.

PHILIPP HAUSER of Glendale died on January 22, 2003 at the age of 89. A native of Feketisch, Austria-Hungary, he was the beloved husband of Katharina Bieber, devoted father of Nikolaus and Ludwig Hauser; also survived by two grandchildren. Services were held at the Morton Funeral Home/ Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood, officiated by Reverend Albert Potgeiter, followed by interment in Linden Hill Cemetery.

JOHN J. KIERNAN died on January 28, 2003 at the age of 65. He was the husband of the late Patricia, devoted father of John J. Jr., Patrick and Michael Kiernan and Doreen Kiernan-Hinz, loving son of Catherine, dear brother of Nancy Bracco and Joseph; also survived by seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Reposing at Colonial Funeral Home, 2819 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Religious services will be held on Friday at 9 a.m., followed by interment in Resurrection Cemetery.

ROSEANNE REIMANN (nee Cavanagh) of Tempe, Arizona, formerly of Ridgewood, died on January 16, 2003 at the age of 68. She and her late husband Jimmy were the owners of Jay Kay Candy Company on Cypress Avenue in Ridgewood for many years. She was the devoted mother of Joann, Matthew and Denise, dear sister and sister-in-law of Helen and Alex Guilmin, dear grandmother of Jaymie, Craig and Rose, fond aunt of Kathy and Jeanne. Memorial services were held at the Newcomer Family Mortuary in Scottsdale, Arizona.

WALTER J. STEINMETZ of Glendale died on April 5, 2003 at the age of 68. A native of Ridgewood, he was the beloved husband of Inge (nee Sternecker), devoted father of Walter J. Jr., Leonard M., and Thomas C. Steinmetz; also survived by two grandchildren. He was a retired FDNY firefighter. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Pancras Church, followed by interment in St. Charles Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the George Werst Funeral Home, 71-41 Cooper Avenue, Glendale.

MARINE CPL. ROBERT MARCUS RODRIGUEZ died on March 27, 2003 at the age of 21. A resident of Maspeth, he gave his life serving his country in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was the loving son of Clemente and Amarilys Hernandez, dear brother of Hector, Hyda, Glenda and Moura; also survived by 17 nieces and nephews. Proud to serve his country, Cpl. Rodriguez joined the Marines at age 17 and was assigned to the 1st Tank Battalion of the 1st Marine Division. Remaining viewing is at Village Chapels, 67-67 Eliot Avenue, Middle Village, Thursday, 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, April 11, 10 a.m., Blessed Sacrament Church, 198 Euclid Avenue, Brooklyn, followed by burial in Long Island National Cemetery.

TIMOTHY CURRAN died on April 1, 2003 at the age of 59. He was the beloved husband of Eileen (nee O’Connor), loving son of Hannah, dear brother of John and Kathleen Davey. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Pancras Church, followed by interment in Calverton National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Schwille Funeral Home, 66-32 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale.

JOSEFINE RENN (nee Feisthammel), age 81, passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2003 at her home. She was born and raised in Romania and lived in Ridgewood for 35 years before moving to Milford, Pennsylvania in 1990. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Saint Vincent DePaul R.C. Church in Dingman Hills, Pennsylvania. She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband Michael, who died on May 24, 2002. Survivors include her two loving daughters: Anne Guimond of Parsippany and Josephine Schultz of Milford; her dear stepdaughter Margarete Bonkiewicz of Endwell, New York; and her eight cherished grandchildren and four cherished great-grandchildren. Her funeral was held on Wednesday, April 9, 2003 at 10:15 a.m. at the Par-Troy Funeral Home, 95 Parsippany Road, Parsippany (1-973-887-3235 or www.partroyfuneralhome.com). The liturgy of Christian Burial was offered at 11:15 a.m. at Saint Christopher Church, 1050 Littleton Road, Parsippany. Interment was in Linden Hill Cemetery.

VERONICA O’MALLEY died on April 5, 2003 at the age of 71. She was the devoted mother of Janet, Steven and Dennis. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Teresa Church, followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

ALFRED JOHN MANN died on April 5, 2003. He was the beloved husband of Mary, devoted father of Joan, William, John and Alfred; also survived by six grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Pancras Church, followed by interment in Long Island National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

EILEEN HERLIHY died on April 3, 2003 at the age of 100. She was the devoted aunt of Harry Jones. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of Mercy Church, followed by interment in St. John Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

JOYCE KRESLOFF died on April 5, 2003. She was the devoted friend of Mildred Saxe. Services were held at the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

MIROSLAV IGNJATOVIC of Glendale, died on April 2, 2003 at the age of 37. A native of Uzdin, Yugoslavia, he was the beloved husband of Milena, devoted father of Brittany and Steven, loving son of Borka Andric and Nikola Ignjatovic, dear brother of Slavica Ignjatovic, cherished grandson of Draginja Todosijevic; also survived by godparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Services were held at the Peter J. Geis Funeral Home, 57-34 Catalpa Avenue, Ridgewood, officiated by Father Djokan Majstorovic, followed by interment in Lutheran Cemetery.

JOHN KOENIG of Glendale died on April 2, 2003 at the age of 53. A native of Brooklyn, he was the beloved husband of Marie, devoted father of John, dear brother of Gerald Koenig. He was a member of Gottscheer Vereinigung Kranken Unterstuetzen, proprietor of Music by Johnny Koenig. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Sacred Heart Church, followed by interment in St. Charles Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood.

ANTON MIKLITSCH of Ridgewood died on April 6, 2003 at the age of 90. A native of Merlinsraut, Gotschee, Austria, he was the husband of the late Paula, dear brother of Johann Miklitsch. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Matthias 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.

DANTE COLAIANNI of Brooklyn died on April 6, 2003 at the age of 72. He was the beloved husband of Grace, devoted father of Daniel Colaianni; also survived by four grandchildren. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Finbars Church, followed by interment in Cemetery of The Resurrection. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Morton Funeral Home/ Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood.

MARIA E. MATEUS died on January 29, 2004 at the age of 95. She was the devoted mother of Frank. Services were held at the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, followed by cremation in Fresh Pond Crematory.

ALBERTA URBAITES died on January 28, 2004 at the age of 87. She was the devoted mother of Michael. Services were held at the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, followed by interment in Cypress Hills Cemetery.

KATHE STEINCKE died on January 26, 2004 at the age of 94. She was the devoted mother of Henry, Peter and Margaret. Services were held at the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, followed by interment in Maple Grove Cemetery.

JOHN VAGIUNIC died on January 25, 2004 at the age of 49. He was the beloved husband of Dobrila, devoted father of Sasha and David, dear brother of Maria and Elaina. Services were held at the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, followed by cremation in Fresh Pond Crematory.

AGNES M. ABBOTT died on January 25, 2004 at the age of 96. She was the devoted mother of John and Kathleen; also survived by three grandchildren. Interment was in St. John Cemetery under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

CLARA RAGONES died on January 27, 2004 at the age of 99. She was the devoted mother of Emil. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Holy Spirit Church, followed by interment in St. John Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

OSVALDO SANTIAGO died on January 28, 2004. He was the loving son of Osvaldo, Sr. and Pilar, dear brother of Jose. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Barbara Church, followed by interment in Cypress Hills Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Hess-Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

JOSEPH A. FINK died on January 30, 2004. He was the beloved husband of Ruth, devoted father of Patricia Murtha, Kathleen Metz and Michael Fink; also survived by six grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Pancras Church, followed by interment in Lutheran/All Faiths Cemetery.

JENNIE MATUSEWICZ of Elmhurst died on January 30, 2004 at the age of 88. She was the widow of the late Frank, devoted mother of Jean Artese and Elaine Romano, dear grandmother of Donna, Joseph and Susan, great-grandmother of Michael. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Adalbert Church, followed by interment in St. John Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

FERDINAND (Freddy) TALIERCIO died on January 29, 2004 at the age of 83. He was the dear brother of Michela, Ralph and the late Vincent and Maria Grazia, fond uncle of Joey, Patrick, Lisa Dettling, Joseph, Vincent and AnneMarie; also survived by numerous great-nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Stanislaus Church, followed by interment in St. John Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

VINCENT P. WADE died on January 27, 2004 at the age of 23. He was the loving son of Ernest and Cecilia, dear brother of KeriAnn Donohue and Michael and Sean and Jessica Wade; also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Adalbert Church, followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

THOMAS G. MARRON died on January 27, 2004 at the age of 89. He was the dear uncle of Robert and Thomas Marron and Gary, John and Paul Ryan. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Mary Queen of Heaven Church, followed by interment in St. Charles Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

JOHN BARCOSKY died on January 26, 2004 at the age of 83. He was the dear brother of Sophie (Pat) Makarok. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Adalbert Church, followed by interment in St. John Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

ANDREW ALONGE died on January 11, 2004 at the age of 89. He was the beloved husband of Josephine, devoted father of Genevieve Alonge, Andrea Alonge Guzman, Josephine Alonge Smyth and Janine Alonge Rodriguez, dear brother of Vivian Montante, Salvatore and Angela SanGiorgio, dear grandfather of Janine, Anthony, Andrew, Michael, Antonio and Vincent. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, followed by cremation in Fresh Pond Crematory. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

SOPHIE PETSCHAUER of Woodhaven died on January 26, 2004 at the age of 84. A native of Massern, Gottschee, Austria, she was the widow of the late John, devoted mother of Edna Yonke and Marian Pando, mother-in-law of Wolfgang and Wilfred, dear grandmother of Christina and Katherine. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, followed by interment in St. Charles Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Walsh-LaBella & Son Funeral Home, 70-17 Cooper Avenue, Glendale.

CARMEN WARREN of Brooklyn died on February 3, 2004 at the age of 64. A native of Lares, Puerto Rico, she was the widow of the late Eddie, devoted mother of Lillian and Dede, loving daughter of Inocencia Lopez. Religious services were held at the Morton Funeral Home/ Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood, officiated by Deacon Philip Ehresmann, followed by interment in Rosedale Cemetery.

CARMEN POPESCU of Ridgewood died on January 24, 2004 at the age of 60. A native of Bucharest, Romania, she was the devoted mother of Claudia, dear sister of Gratiana. Religious services were held at the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood, officiated by Reverend Viorel Dimitrescu, followed by interment in Lutheran/All Faiths Cemetery.

NICOLA RUSOVAN of Ridgewood died on January 29, 2004 at the age of 72. A native of Banovo-Selo, Yugoslavia, he was the beloved husband of Cathrina, devoted father of John and Kathy, father-in-law of Barbara, dear grandfather of Chasity, Ashley, Tanya, Sonia and the late Chris; also survived by four great-grandchildren. Religious services were held at the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood officiated by Deacon Philip Ehresmann, followed by interment in Linden Hill Cemetery.


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