| The Association
has recently been advised of the passing on of the following Shipmates
Page last updated: 23 September, 2017
Names and information listed below have been furnished to the Association by others.
The information is deemed to be creditable, however the accuracy of the data is not guaranteed.
Obituaries, when available, are posted for informational purposes only, and will remain
posted for approximately one (1) year after receipt of notification of the shipmate's passing.
* Individuals are listed by Date of Death.
* Obituaries are listed Alphabetically
||Date of Death
|Perri, Anthony J.
||January 15, 2015
|Dinkelmeyer Robert P.
||February 4, 2015
|Olszewski, Francis D.
||May 20, 2015
|Neithamer, Calvin D.
||May 24, 2015
|Walser, Charles C.
||July 29, 2015
|Rose, Alvan N.
||May 30, 2016
|Enrico, Roger A.
||June 1, 2016
|Lewis, Ogden L.
||June 25, 2016
|Steffen, David A.
||August 24, 2016
|Guthrie, George H. Sr.
||September 9, 2016
|Demers, Robert M.
||October 6, 2016
|Perillo, Nicholas "Nick" J.
||46-48||October 22, 2016
|Janis, Henry C.
||November 25, 2016
|Small, Paul E.
||December 3, 2016
|Zembroski, Joseph S.
||December 11, 2016
|Manuel, Claude A.
||January 5, 2017
|Hartzell, Charles W.
||January 30, 2017
|Ives, Charles K.
||February 15, 2017
|Cunningham, Patrick J., Col. USA
||1993 - 2017
||March 24, 2017
|Martin, William W.
||March 27, 2017
|Raecek, Ronald J.
||April 12, 2017
|Curran, Michael F.
||70 - 71
||May 14, 2017
|Keefer, Wayne L.
||47 - 48
||May 21, 2017
|Baker, Robert M.
||69 - 72
||June 24, 2017
|Lail, Clyde L.
||45 - 47
||August 8, 2017
|Deal, Joseph W.
||CL92||47 - 48||August 15, 2017||Yes
|Martin, William R. Capt.(Ret)
||75 - 76
||August 31, 2017
|Cann, Raymond V.
||64 - 68
||September 17, 2017
Sharpsburg, MD – Lieutenant Commander Robert Merle “Bob” Baker, U.S. Navy (Retired), 67, of Sharpsburg, MD passed from this life on Saturday, June 24, 2017 after a lengthy and gallant battle with cancer.
He was the son of the late Merle C. Baker and Betty L. (Stottlemyer) Baker.
He is survived by Carol G. Baker, his loving wife of 40 years; son Staff Sergeant Ryan Christopher Baker, USMC of Jacksonville, NC; stepdaughter Tracy Niedzielski (Mark) of Marlborough, MA; stepson P. Wesley Caldwell of Florida; sister Judith Baker of Hagerstown, MD; sister Nancy O’ Sullivan of Washington, D.C.; sister Susan Baker of Sterling, VA; and five step grandsons.
Born and raised in Smithsburg, he was a 1967 graduate of Smithsburg High. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a radioman aboard USS Little Rock (CLG-4) in the Mediterranean. After his enlisted service, he obtained an Associates’ degree from Hagerstown Junior College and subsequently received a BA in International Studies from American University. He entered U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School in 1977 and was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer. Over the next 16 years, he served in a variety of billets, including Communications, Navigation, Operations, and Executive Officer on a variety of ships, and was a Piloting and Celestial Navigation Instructor at Officer Candidate School. He retired from active duty in 1993. He was a veteran of the Gulf War, and was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon for participation in minesweeping operations in Kuwaiti waters. Following his naval service, he was instrumental in establishing a Navy Junior ROTC Program at Annapolis High School, and served on the faculty as the Naval Science Instructor for the next 18 years, retiring in 2011. During his tenure, the Annapolis unit was judged as number one in the nation by the U.S. Navy League in 2008. Following his second retirement, he returned to Washington County and settled near Dargan.
He was a member of Williamsport United Methodist Church Williamsport, MD, where he volunteered with the Clothes of Hope, the Shepherd’s Table, and was an active member of the church choir, the Adult Fellowship, and the United Methodist Men.
He was also a frequent volunteer at the Williamsport Community Food Bank. He was also a member of the Board of Directors for the USS Little Rock Association, and was active with the Association’s scholarship program for many years, most recently chairing the Scholarship Committee.
He was also a member of the Military Officers Association of America, The Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 24, and the Williamsport American Legion Post #202.
Bob loved music, and in addition to singing with his church choir he sang with WitnesSing for many years, a group of Christian singers based in Anne Arundel County.
He was a songwriter, who loved to play his guitar and perform at various church venues.
A celebration of life will be held at Williamsport United Methodist Church 25 E. Church St. Williamsport, MD at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 30, 2017, officiated by Rev. Susan E. Boehl.
Family and friends may pay their respects in the church sanctuary 1 hour prior to the service on Friday from 1:00-2:00 pm. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bob’s name to the John R. Marsh Cancer Center 11110 Medical Campus Rd. Suite 129 Hagerstown, MD 21742 or Hospice of Washington County 747 Northern Ave. Hagerstown, MD 21742 or the USS Little Rock Association Scholarship Fund c/o Frank Berglas 63 Barnes Rd. Stamford, CT 06902-1201.
Raymond V." Sparky" Cann, 72, of Keansburg, passed away on Tuesday, September 19th, at home. He was born in Newark, lived in Hillside, prior to moving to Keansburg in 1970.
After serving a 4-year, tour of duty in the United States Navy, on the USS Little Rock. Raymond secured a position in the Outside Plant Test Set Design Department then what was Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey. In 1970 he moved to Keansburg and commuted to and from work.
His interest in environmental issues led to membership in Monmouth County Friends of Clearwater (MCFC) and election to the board of directors and finally as president of the Friends. He held the position of Treasurer for 10 years, which included Head of Finance for the annual Clearwater Festival at Sandy Hook, New Jersey. In 1996 Raymond was appointed to the first Keansburg Environmental Committee and served as its chairman for 3 years. Since MCFC is a member of the Monmouth County Arts Council he was appointed by the MCFC board to be their representative with voting privileges to the Arts Council.
In June of 2000 he retired from the External Standards Department of Lucent Technologies in Holmdel, New Jersey but did not stop being active. Raymond became an active member of the Keansburg Historical Society and a volunteer in both the Tree and Beautification Committee and the Friends of the Keansburg Waterfront Public Library. This year as people talked of increasing arts related activities in town he decided to join in this project.
He is survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews all over the country and his dear friends around Keansburg.
"What tomorrow brings, we can't be sure, only that what we do now; will surely influence the future.” - Raymond Cann
Family will be accepting friends on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9pm at the Jacqueline M. Ryan Home for Funerals 233 Carr Ave. Keansburg. On Friday there will be a 10:15am Mass at St. Ann’s Church, Keansburg. Burial to follow at Hillside Cemetery, Scotch Plains.
Col. Patrick J. Cunningham, director of Naval & Military Park, guided park through lean times
On Saturday, the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park will open for the season. But it won't be the same as it has been, for more than two decades. The man who guided the park from lean years into a major Canalside tourist attraction - sometimes refusing to accept a paycheck while secretly paying other workers' salaries - will not be present.
Retired Army Col. Patrick J. Cunningham, the park's executive director, died Friday after a long illness.
"He was an extraordinary gentleman with a vast knowledge of military experience gained over 30 years," said Donald A. Alessi, chairman of the Naval and Military Park's board of directors.
A major figure in the Western New York military community and an advocate of fellow veterans, Cunningham had embraced the opportunity to take the helm at the park 24 years ago.
"He went so far as to loan the park money to meet payroll," Alessi said. "He did this without telling anyone or expecting any thanks. He had a real passion for the park and considered it a labor of love."
On Friday, the American flag on a ship mast situated at the entrance to the park, and another next to the gangway on the USS The Sullivans, were both lowered halfway in Cunningham's honor.
The 78-year-old Cunningham would have turned 79 next week. His wife, the former Sheila Shivens, died on June 12, 2014.
Cunningham died surrounded by his five children and his brother, Bishop Robert J. Cunningham of the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst.
Cunningham, a Williamsville resident, died from a respiratory illness attributed in part to his exposure to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War.
"For the last eleven years, Col. Cunningham was not only my commanding officer, but my friend," said John M. Branning, a retired Navy senior chief petty officer who serves as the park's superintendent of ships.
In addition to his war service, Cunningham later supervised the Army's budget while he was assigned to the Pentagon. He returned home to the Buffalo area in 1989, after serving three decades in the Army.
When he was offered the top post at the park in 1993, Cunningham eagerly accepted it and the challenges of "continuing the military heritage and legacy of the park," Branning said.
"We have seen a historic rise in attendance and have been visited by people from over 100 countries and all 50 states last year," Branning said. "Because of Col. Cunningham's strategic vision in approving displays and updating existing displays, he truly advanced the visitor experience here."
Knowing that he was in failing health, Alessi said, Cunningham provided the board with a succession plan. And in fact Thursday night the board appointed Retired Coast Guard Capt. Brian Roche as the new executive director, with the intention of having Cunningham stay on as executive director emeritus.
"They were going to work side by side in the transition period and had been looking forward to it," Alessi said.
Cunningham's devotion to this region went beyond the military. He had also served with the Boy Scouts of America, Greater Niagara Frontier Council, and in previous years as a youth football and basketball referee.
Cunningham frequently spoke at veterans events and served on committees to nominate local high school graduates for the country's military academies.
In addition to his brother, survivors include three sons: Michael, Sean and Patrick; two daughters, Colleen Burns and Kathleen; a sister Eileen Korn, and 14 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday by Bishop Cunningham in St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1700 N. French Road, Getzville.
Burial with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
MISSOULA — Michael “Smick” Curran, 66, of Missoula passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017, on the USS Little Rock, of natural causes.
He was born on March 13, 1951, in Bedford, Ohio, to Ray and Kathleen Curran. He lived on the “Curran Hill,” until age three, when the family moved to Glendora, California. In 1970 he joined the Navy, and was stationed on the USS Little Rock in Europe. Following his Naval service, Mike and a couple friends embarked on a memorable Caribbean sailing adventure. After a brief stint at sea, he returned to the U.S. and in 1973 moved to Missoula, where he met the love of his life on Halloween, Sarah McNerney.
They married on Feb. 29, 1988. Mike loved to joke that he only had to buy an anniversary gift every four years.
He was a member of the Laborers Union for over 40 years. Always willing to lend a helping hand, he took great joy in helping anyone and everyone he met, and throughout his career he mentored many at Missoula Sheet Metal. Upon retirement Smick dedicated his time to various charitable organizations. He loved volunteering at Meals on Wheels, DAV (Disabled American Veterans), the Missoula Senior Citizens Center, and served as an Missoula County Election Judge.
A fearless dreamer, he marched to the beat of his own drum. You’d never see him without his signature bandana, or flashing the peace sign, and he had an affinity for vibrant Hawaiian shirts.
He was passionate about many unique and varied pursuits. He enjoyed sailing, gambling, watching the Griz, taking walks, building haunted houses, winning blue ribbons for baked goods at the county fair, and traveling. A true Pisces, he made sure to check his horoscope everyday. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with friends and family.
Mike is survived by his wife Sarah, a son, Aiden, and a daughter, Reilly. He is also survived by many siblings and a large extended family.
Visitation will be on Monday, May 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home, followed by a celebration of life at The Public House (130 E. Broadway St.) from 3 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please send donations to Missoula Meals on Wheels.
Joseph William Deal of Upper Darby passed into eternal life on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Spring Village at Floral Vale in Yardley. He was 88.
Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Deal was a long time resident of Upper Darby where he was a member of St. Laurence parish. He was a recent resident of Spring Village for the past 3 years.
Joe retired 1993 from Sysco Foods and previously worked for D.J. McNichol Trucking Company. Joe also served as an Upper Darby police officer.
Mr. Deal was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy serving aboard the USS Little Rock and was trained in San Diego as a deep sea diver working with the Merchant Marines port-o-calls all around the world. He was a member of the USS Little Rock Association, he will be honored with a burial at sea.
Joe's gentlemanly and generous manner endeared him to all who knew him. His larger than life presence touched the lives of many friends, family, neighbors and co-workers alike .
Beloved husband of the late Eleanor (Brennan), Mr. Deal is survived by his loving children, Kevin J. (Eileen), Colleen M. (Michael), Sean F. (Janice) and Maureen B. Lennon (Jeff).
He is the devoted grandfather of Jeffrey (Daniella), Lauren (Miguel), Patrick, Meredith, Ryan and Bridget and the proud great grandfather of Sophia.
Joe's family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the staff at Spring Village at Floral Vale in Yardley for their exceptional and loving care.
Family and friends are invited to call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Laurence Church, 8245 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA 19082 where his funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Interment is private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Laurence Church Memorial Fund, 30 St. Laurence Road, Upper Darby, PA 19022.
Dracut, MA - Robert J. Demers, 75, a longtime Dracut resident passed peacefully on Thursday, October 6, 2016, with his loving family at his side. He was the husband of Judith Ann (Mullin) Demers with whom he shared 52 years of marriage.
Born in Washington, Vermont on September 20, 1941, he was a son of the late Willie Joseph and Alice Noella (Tousignant) Demers. Bob proudly served in the United States Navy from May of 1960 through March of 1964. He served aboard the USS Little Rock CLG-4, now a museum located on Lake Erie in Buffalo, NY, which toured the Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, Black Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea. He later worked for RCA, GE, and Martin Marietta for 30 years, all in the same location. After his retirement from Martin Marietta, he worked part-time for 17 years at AG Hardware in Lowell.
Bob held Life Membership in the Dracut American Legion Post 315, Dracut Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9307, Franco-American Veterans Post 4, USS Littlle Rock CLG-4 Association, and the United Sates Navy Cruiser Sailors Association. He greatly enjoyed gardening and traveling in his spare time, and was known as a handyman who could fix everything. Everyone that knew him loved him immensely.
Along with his wife, Judith, Bob is survived and will be deeply missed by his two daughters, Denise Merkh and her husband Jim of Dracut, and Cheryl Arsenault and her husband Kevin of Dracut; three grandchildren, Scott Garcia, Sara Arsenault, and Tim Arsenault, all of Dracut; six brothers-in-law, Roland Demers of Dracut, Richard Mitchell of Illinois, David Ayotte and his companion Ellen of Lowell, Donald Ayotte and his wife Pam of Lowell, Danny Ayotte of Lowell, and Dale Ayotte and his companion Bambie of Lowell; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Bob was the last of ten children, brothers, Clement and Lawrence Demers, and sisters, Beatrice Frechette, Claire Bellefuelle, Cecile (Gendron) Scheys, Florence London, Rita (Demers) Demers, Mary Allen, and Jeanne Mitchell.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on TUESDAY, October 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Ave, Dracut. Robert's service will be held from the funeral home on Wednesday, October 12, at 9 a.m. with his Funeral Mass to follow at 10 a.m. in St. Marguerite D'Youville Church, Dracut. Burial will be afterwards at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Chelmsford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dracut American Legion Post 315 P.O. Box 7; Franco-American Veterans Post 4 P.O. Box 304; or the Dracut Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9307 P.O. Box 126. For directions, or to leave an online condolence, story, or message, please visit www.dracutfuneralhome.com, or find us on Facebook under "Dracut Funeral Home".
DINKELMEYER, Robert P., 67, passed on Wednesday, February 4,2015 of Westwood, NJ.
He served in the US Navy from 1966 to 1972, participated in the Arab-Israeli 6 Day War, was certified as Licensed Boiler and Pressure Vessel Engineer - Blue Seal during his time in the Navy. Robert was a member of the National Association of Power Engineers, a member of the U.S. Navy Cruiser Association and member of U.S.S. Little Rock Association.
He was a graduate of Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. A former President of St. Joseph Regional High School Touchdown Club, avid fan of Ohio State Football and a former coach of the Westwood Baseball Association. He worked for Ingersoll Rand as a Sales Manager for 24 Years then was the Owner/Manager of Industrial Resources, LLC in Westwood, NJ.
Cherished son of the late Robert and the late Josephine. Beloved husband of Dolores (nee Piano). Loving father Robert P., Timothy O. and his wife Jennifer and Christopher R. and his wife Wilma. Grandfather of Kayla Lynn and Sommer Grace .
Roger A. Enrico was born on November 11, 1944 to Italian immigrants in Chisholm, MN. He attended Babson College where he studied business administration. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam era.
Enrico began his business career with General Mills as a brand manager for Wheaties. In 1971 he joined PepsiCo, and later served as brand manager for Cheetos and Fritos before heading operations in Japan and South America. In 1983, at the age of 38, he was appointed CEO . That year he signed Michael Jackson, and later sugned Lionel Richi to a multimillion-dollar marketing deals.
He was the Chairman of PepsiCo from 1996 to 2001, and Chairman of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc from 2004 to 2012.
Roger served on the Board of Directors of the National Geographic Society, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Solar Electric Light Fund, and the American Film Institute.
He died June 1, 2016, aged 71, while snorkelling in the Cayman Islands where he had a home.
RAWLINGS - George Henry Guthrie Sr., 74, passed away Friday, September 9, 2016, at his home in Rawlings, MD. Born July 14, 1942 in Allegany County, MD he was the son of the late Donald Raymond and Etta Hazel (Flanagan) Guthrie. He was also preceded in death by his sister Rosalie Jane Tevalt.
George was a 1960 graduate of Allegany High School, served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Little Rock, and retired from the Laborer's Local 616. He was a member of the Keyser VFW Post #3518.
He is survived of by his wife of 52 years, Lorraine Mildred Llewellyn Guthrie; two daughters Vicki Lynn Wharton and husband David Perry, and Dawn Etta Groves; one son, George Henry Guthrie Jr and fiancee Carrie Powell; ten grandchildren, Justin David Guthrie, Brooke Ashley Guthrie, Lexi Nicole Guthrie, Hannah Elizabeth Lowery, Sarah Nicole Lowery, Jessica Brooke Wharton, Jade Lynae Wharton, Holly Nicole Wageley, Adam David Wharton, Troy Daniel Baker; eight great-grandchildren Aiden David Guthrie, Paisley Rose Guthrie, Charles Robert Spiker, Ella Grace Aronhalt, Mason David Swanger, MaKenna Jane Wageley, Brennan Allen Wharton, Gracelynn Ann Wharton; and three nephews Frederick Roy Lee, Donald Ray Lee, his wife Alesia, and Dennis Rex Lee, all of Rawlings and many great nieces and nephens.
PScarpelli Funeral Home, P.A. is assisting the family and services will be private at Rocky Gap Vetrans Cemetary. Those wishing to honor George's memory can do so by making contributions to the Rawlings Volunteer Fire Department, 18900 Volunteer Dr SW, Rawlings, MD 21557.
Charles “Charlie” W. Hartzell age 75, a lifelong Cameron, WV resident, died January 30, 2017 in Marietta Memorial Hospital after battling Alzheimer’s Disease for several years.
He was born June 7, 1941 in Cameron, the son of the late John William and Lucy Keenan Hartzell.
He graduated from Cameron High School in 1960 and married the love of his life, Joanne in 1962; was a US Navy Veteran, having served aboard the USS Little Rock with tours in the Mediterranean Sea and the Honor Guard in Washington, DC; and was a retiree of PPG Industries, Natrium, WV where he retired in 2001 after 35 years of service.
Following his retirement, he took several camping trips out West, treating his grandchildren with an opportunity of a lifetime seeing the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, thunder snow in June at Jackson Hole, WY, and fished the Snake River; and he loved to hunt, fish, and camp with his family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie Hartzell, a sister, Betty Sue Hartzell Ernest; and a daughter, Laurie Hartzell Murphy.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Joanne Stephens Hartzell; his children, Tim (Leslie) Hartzell, Tracey (Michael) Anderson, and Heather (Brent) Clark; a sister, Carol Ann Hartzell Stern; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-9pm at Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 400 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville where funeral services will be held Friday at 4pm with Evangelist Steve Fuchs officiating.
Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to WV Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org/wv.
Charles Kenneth Ives longtime resident of Guilford, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Beloved husband of Penelope (Penny) Parker Ives.
Charles was born on March 18, 1928 in New Haven, son of the late Joseph and Stella Vendetti Ives. He was the loving father of Clifford Ives of Key West, FL, Cynthia Ives of Prudence Island, RI, Laura Jean Ives of Live Oak, FL, Joseph Ives and Adams Ives both of Guilford. Loving grandfather of Cara, Kat, Autumn, Trinity and Parker and great grandfather of Adrian.Predeceased by a sister Rita Ives Cassella. Also survived by several nieces and nephew.
Prior to enlisting in the Navy and proudly serving his country during World War II, Mr. Ives was attending West Haven High School. Owned and operated numerous hair salons throughout the New Haven area for over 25 years. He last owned and operated Charles Hair Fashions in Guilford from 1966 until 1978.
Condolences may be sent to:
Mrs. Penelope Ives
2180 Boston Post Rd
Guilford CT 06427-4342
Henry was born on September 5, 1936 and passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016.
Henry was a resident of Sumter, South Carolina at the time of his passing.
Mr. Janis retired from the U.S. Navy with over 24 years of service and while in the Navy he was under five commands.
He was married to Arlene.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday December 1, 2016 in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel with full military honors. Interment will be private.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday November 30 2016 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Bullock Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corp 601 W. Hamilton Street Allentown PA 18101 or to a charity of one's choice.
MANSFIELD: Wayne L. Keefer, age 89, of Mansfield and former Shelby resident died Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Wedgewood Estates in Mansfield in the company of his wife and children.
He was born October 1, 1927 in Lucas County, Toledo, Ohio the son of the late Tim L. and Ardella M. (Robertson) Keefer. He was a 1945 graduate of Willard High School. Wayne served in the United States Navy and was a Veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict. Wayne was a 36 year employee of Fisher Body in Mansfield retiring in 1992. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Shelby where he sang in the choir, UAW Retirees where he was past vice chairman. He enjoyed Shelby genealogy and singing for many years with the Fun Center Chordsman. He was an avid sailor on Clearfork Reservoir and enjoyed many Windjammer voyages on the coast of Maine.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 69 years, whom he wed on October 3, 1948: Doris L. (Smith) Keefer, of Mansfield; 2 daughters: Norma M. Keefer (Michael Iding) of Centerville, Ohio and Pauline L. (Samuel) Patton, Jr. of Mansfield; a son: Kevin A. Keefer (June Jeffers) of Stony Point, NY; 2 grandchildren: Katie (Miguel) Resto and Nick Keefer; 2 sisters: Elaine Martin of Sandusky, Ohio and Beverly Jean Yoha of Florida; Many step grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.Friends and family are welcome on Friday, May 26, 2017 from 10-11 AM at Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be held on at 11 AM. Rev. Carl G. Beighley will officiate. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby with military honors. Memorial expressions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio or to the charity of the donor's choice.
HICKORY - Clyde Lincoln Lail, 90, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Trinity Village after a brief illness.
Clyde was born on February 11, 1927 in Alexander County to the late Curvie P. and Carrie Flowers Lail. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Wilma Eckard Lail and a number of brothers and sisters.
Clyde was a Navy veteran of WWII, he was retired founder, co-owner, operator and Chairman of the Board of Studio Q Furniture, and was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Clyde was named Catawba County Small Business Person of the Year in 1990. Clyde served on numerous committees of Good Hope Lutheran Church including Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, Church Council member and President of the Congregation. He also served on the Board of NC Lutheran Services for the Aging for a number of years.
Surviving are his daughter, Rebecca L. Carter of Hickory, two sons, Gary Neil Lail and wife Susan of Granite Falls, and David Clyde Lail and wife Cathy of Hickory, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a sister Hazel Lail Hubbard of Bethlehem and a brother Jack C. Lail of Asheboro.
Condolences may be made online at www.hickoryfh.com. Online condolences can be made at www.hickoryfh.com. Arrangements are with Hickory Funeral Home.
LEWIS - Ogden Northrop , known as "Denny," of New York City and Quogue, NY died on June 25 at age 73 after several years of declining health.
He was predeceased by his adored only child and namesake, and is survived by Susan, his devoted wife of 42 years; brother William Hall Lewis, III (Barbara); nephew W.H. Ramsay Lewis (Julia) and great-nieces Amelia and Cecily; sister-in-law Margaret High.
He was a litigation partner of the New York firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. Denny received gratification as Chair of the Pro Bono Committee, especially when a capital case sentence was reversed. When of Senior Counsel status, he became a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School from 2004-2010. Civic-minded in both NYC and Quogue, he sat on numerous boards as director and president. Denny was a graduate of the Buckley School, Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College (Phi Beta Kappa), Christ Church, Oxford (Keasbey Scholar), and Harvard Law School.
A lover of the sea, he served as Navigator on the "U.S.S. Little Rock."
He will be remembered as a keen scholar of history and the law, a wise mentor with an open door, and a respected consensus builder of gentle temperament. He was known for his immeasurable benevolent heart.
The family requests no flowers. Those who desire to honor Denny may consider a contribution to the American Friends of Christ Church, Inc., 3900 NYS Rt. 22, Willsboro, NY 12996, or Saint Thomas Church Choir School, 202 West 58th St., NYC, NY 10019. In fulfillment of his wishes, a private graveside service is being held in the Quogue Cemetery.
Claude Ashton Manuel, 88, husband of Annie Harvey Manuel, died Thursday, January 5, 2017 in Fairfax.
Claude was born in Sycamore on August 4, 1928 and was the son of the late Asbury C. and Lizzie Mae Mixson Manuel. He was a member of the Fairfax First Baptist Church and an active member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans where he served as treasurer, the current chairman of the board at Water Holidays in Santee, served the town of Fairfax for 17 years as a member of the town council, served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Little Rock from February 1946 to December 1947, performed contract work for Exxon and was a member of the Jaycees and was a Masons.
Claude was a maintenance supervisor for the Allendale Correctional Institute during their early years, served as maintenance supervisor for Scotsman Ice Systems and owned and operated Manuel's Supply and Equipment for many years before retirement. After retirement he enjoyed many hours in his shop repairing golf carts.
Graveside funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Mrs. Annie Harvey Manuel; a son, Larry (Lynn) of Fairfax; a daughter, Claudia (Tim) Medlin of Sumter; two sisters, Mrs. Ralph (Jean) Ferguson of Fairfax and Mrs. Sherrill (Faye) Cochran; and four grandchildren, Miss Collins Medlin of Salt Lake City, Utah; Miss Ashton Medlin of St. Augustine, Florida; Miss Anissa Manuel of Bluffton; and Miss Claire Manuel of Fairfax.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 9, 2017 at Keith Smith Funeral Service, 128 Water Street, Allendale, S.C.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Fund at P.O. Box 1025, Fairfax, S.C.
CAPT William Raymond Martin, USN (Ret.) passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2017.
A native of Denver, Colorado, CAPT Martin was the son of the late Hugh Martin and Claire Connell Martin. A graduate of the University of Denver and the National War College, he was commissioned in 1951 and retired in 1983 having commanded USS Farragut (DLG-6), USS William V Pratt (DLG-13) and USS Little Rock (CG-4) Ashore, he served in a variety of positions on the Navy Staff (OPNAV), the Joint Staff (JCS), the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and as Executive Assistant to the United States Representative to the NATO Military Committee. He attended the Russian Language School and was an interpreter for NATO, serving in Geneva and Moscow. Also he was the last Captain of the USS Little Rock (CG-4) which was the flag ship of the 6th Fleet and is now in a museum in Buffalo, NY. His final assignment was as Commander "Governor" of the United States Naval Home in Gulfport, MS.
CAPT Martin is survived by his wife, Joyce B. Martin; his son, CAPT Michael L. Martin, USN (Ret.) (Theodosia) of Box Elder, SD; his daughter Patricia C. Martin of Arlington, VA; two stepsons, Ernie Williams (Cathy) of Smyrna , GA, E. Cameron Williams of Dahlonega , GA, and two stepdaughters, Cheryl Dolan of Hilton Head, SC and Samantha Williams of Tryon, NC. Also surviving are twelve grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
A Catholic Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Tryon, NC on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
Burial will follow in Polk Memorial Gardens, Columbus, NC with military rites conducted by the Polk County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m Monday evening at McFarland Funeral Chapel in Tryon, NC with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
An online guest register is available at www.mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com
William "Bill" W. Martin, 80, died March 27, 2017 at his home in Eastham, MA after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer.
He was born to the late William H. and Mildred (Toomey) Martin on January 18, 1937, in Boston, MA. He was pre deceased by his parents, and a sister, Maureen Martin Helms. Bill graduated from Greenfield High School in 1956, Cushing Academy in 1957, and received a B.S. Degree from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT in 1961. At UConn, he was a member of the varsity football team.
Following college, Bill joined the US Navy and completed Officers Candidate School in Newport, RI. Bill retired from the Navy Reserve as Lt. Commander. After his full time naval service, Bill had a long career as a Sales Manager and Manufacturers Rep.
Bill was a long time resident of Foxboro, MA, where he and his wife of 50 years, Stephanie Chad Martin, raised their family, and where he volunteered for many years as a youth sports coach, including baseball and CYO Basketball. He was a long-time enthusiastic fan and season ticket holder of the New England Patriots.
In addition to his wife, Stephanie, Bill is survived by four children: Maryanne M. (Robert) Roy of Aldie, VA; William H. (Candice) Martin of North Attleboro, MA; Christine M. (Kenneth) Kerr of Leesburg, VA; and Chad M. Martin of Foxboro, MA. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Nicole and Michael Roy; Brieanna, MacKenzie, William and Baillie Martin; Caitlin, Dylan and Lauren Kerr; and Tristian Martin DeWitt of North Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to VNA Hospice, 434 Route 134, Suite D-3, South Dennis, MA 02660.
A viewing will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 30th at Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA. A funeral Mass will be at 11 AM on Friday, March 31st at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 61 Canal Rd., Orleans, MA, followed by burial at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Ave., Bourne, MA at 1:15 PM.
For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com
Calvin D. Neithamer, age 89, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015 at St. Vincent Health Center, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Erie on May 12, 1926, the son of the late Walter E. and Marian Pinches Neithamer.
During WWII, Cal graduated from Academy High School (1943) and was admitted to the Navy V-12 program at Yale University. He graduated as an ensign with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He was recalled to active duty in the Korean War, and ended his naval career as a Lieutenant. Cal had a 40-year career in marketing with General Electric.
He traveled to many countries, including China, Japan, South America, India, Scotland, and Italy. He served as the local and national president of the Elfun Society. Upon his retirement from GE, Cal became the Executive Director of the Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System (ACES), a position he held for 13 years. He received their Outstanding Citizen Award in 1998. Cal was an exceptional amateur golfer, and won several championships, including many at Lake Shore Country Club, where he had been a member for 65 years. He was a proud member of the League of the Lower Lakes, the oldest amateur golf league in the United States. He was inducted into the Erie District Golf Association Hall of Fame in 1994, and the Erie Metropolitan Chapter Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 51 years, Grace Tarno, and his brother, Dr. Richard W. Neithamer. Cal is survived by his wife of 14 years, Mary Lou Reslink Neithamer, his children, Heidi Rees and her husband Tom, Dr. Calvin D. Neithamer and his wife Susie, all of Virginia, and Dr. Julie Lewis and her husband David of Erie. He is further survived by eight grandchildren, Lee, Elizabeth and Brian Rees, Jason and Gregory Neithamer, and Henry, Grace and Emma Lewis, as well as five great-grandchildren.
SOUTH DEERFIELD - Francis D. Olszewski passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at his home on River Road in South Deerfield. His loving wife of 63 years, Elaine (Rogalski) Olszewski was by his side.
Born Oct. 1, 1928, at his family home on River Road, Francis was a son in a family of eight children. Francis was predeceased by his parents Stefania (Mioduszewski) Olszewski and Jan Olszewski, as well as his brothers Anthony, John and Theodore and sisters Helen, Anne and Genevieve. Francis attended Deerfield Elementary, Deerfield High School and graduated from Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton.
Fran enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1946 and served on the USS Little Rock until 1948. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal. After discharge from the U.S. Navy, Fran worked for William E. Gass and honed his skills as a carpenter doing restorations in Old Deerfield and Ashfield. Francis was a licensed pilot and co-owned an Interstate airplane at that time. In 1958 he began teaching carpentry at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School where he was a mentor to and well respected by area tradesmen. He retired as department head of carpentry in 1990.
Francis was a member of the Deerfield Lion's Club and the American Legion. He served the town of Deerfield as assessor and zoning board member. Francis enjoyed his family and many family gatherings. He enjoyed making furniture for family, doing his yard work, working in his garden and golfing.
He is survived by his loving wife Elaine, his brother Ralph of Whately, and his three daughters, Kathleen (Paul) Jagodzinski of Hatfield, Nancy (Alfred) Haskins of Sunderland, and Joann (David) Vachula of Orleans. Francis is also survived by four grandchildren, Kara, David Francis, Kimberly and Lauren, and four great-grandchildren, Alexa, Sophia, Grayson and Weston. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, May 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, May 27, at 9 a.m. from Wrisley Funeral Home to the Holy Family Church at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St., Greenfield, MA 01301, the Renovation Fund at the Holy Family Church in South Deerfield, or the South Deerfield Fire Department.
Nicholas James Perillo, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Nicholas James Perillo of Gillette, NJ, formerly of New Providence, passed away on October 22, 2016, at the age of 88.
Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 in the Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial, 646 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, October 26, beginning in the funeral home at 10AM followed by the Funeral Mass celebrated in Our lady of Peace Church South Street, New Providence at 11AM. Interment in St. Teresa Cemetery Passaic Avenue, Summit.
Nicholas was the founder and president of Perillo Motor Lines in New Providence, NJ for over 60 years.
As a proud WWII Navy Veteran, he was the Assistant Director and Past President of the USS Littlerock Association, Commander of VFW Post 190, Head Usher at Our Lady of Peace Church, member of the American Legion, and honorary member of the Paca Club.
As a highly recognized WWII veterans' advocate, he was instrumental in creating Veterans Memorial Park in New Providence, where annual memorial services continue to be held to recognize past and present US service men and women.
Nicholas will always be remembered as being the family jokester, a kind-hearted soul to both family and strangers, alike. He and Grace could always been found lighting up the dance floor for their 66 years of marriage.
He is survived by his wife, Grace, his children, James, Warren, Jo-Ann, and Connie, grandchildren William, Warren, Daniel, Jamie, Joseph, James Jr, Kelsey, Roxanne, and Bryce. In addition, he leaves 4 great grandchildren, Nicholas, Sofia, Matthew, and Hayden.
He will be truly missed.
In lieu of flowers kindly consider donations to the USS Little Rock Association Descendant Scholarship Program at usslittlerock.org or to:
c/o Frank Berglas
63 Barnes Rd.
Stamford, CT 06902.
Anthony J. "Smacky" Perri, 86, of Carbondale died Thursday, January 15th at home. His wife, the former Mary Willis, died in 2011.
Born in Carbondale, son of the late Thomas and Adelaide Smith Perri, he was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. He was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, class of 1946. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, having served on the USS Little Rock. He was a member of the American Legion Albert H. Crane Post 221, Carbondale, and the USS Little Rock Association. After his stint in the Navy, he also served in the Merchant Marine. Before retirement, he was a self-employed contractor.
He was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan, who with his wife and son, Anthony, enjoyed traveling to Florida for spring training.
Surviving are three sons, Anthony Perri Jr. and wife, Jamie, Melbourne, Fla.; John Perri and wife, Joanie, Carbondale; and James Perri and wife, Debbie, Carbondale; six grandchildren, Trace, Luke and Dillon Perri, Melbourne; Camryn J. and Kyle Perri and Samantha Rogowski, all of Carbondale; three sisters, Alberta D'Nicoula and husband, Peter, Easton; Anna Mae Morack, Carbondale; and Madalin Jacques and husband, James, Virginia Beach, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Jerry, Thomas, Vincent and Donald Perri; and two sisters, Rose Reznak and Theresa Morris.
A funeral was performed by Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home Inc., 55 Lincoln Ave., Carbondale, preceded by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. Entombment at Our Mother of Sorrows Mausoleum, Finch Hill.
Memorial donations may be made to the Darren Daulton Cancer Foundation, 1339 Chestnut St., Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 17, 2015
Ronald J. Raecek, 75, of Old Saybrook, beloved husband of Toni (Bonetti) Raecek, died Wednesday April 12, 2017 at his home with family at his side. He was born October 31, 1941 in Middletown, the son of the late Joseph and Lucy ( Soklowski ) Raecek and had lived in New Britain prior to moving to Old Saybrook 20 years ago.
Ron was a Cum Laude graduate of Porter & Chester School of Design. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Radar Specialist on the U.S.S. Little Rock. Ron worked as a Machine Design Engineer most notably at Textron Aerospace and Standyne spanning over his 35 year professional career. He was a communicant at Saint John Church in Old Saybrook and was a member of the VFW Post 511 in New Britain.
Ron enjoyed fishing, boating and was a fan of the New York Yankees and New York Giants. For many years, he enjoyed his time on Long Island Sound with his fishing pole in the water.
In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by his sister, Rita (Hugh) Lambert of Florida, his two sons, Ed and his wife Tracey Raecek, of Florida, Jonathan and his wife Julie Raecek of Plano, Texas, and his five grandchildren, Noah, Tristan, Jack, James and J.J. Raecek.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Ron's name to the Yale - New Haven Smilo Clinic @ https://www.givetoynhh.org/ or to Saint John Church, 161 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475. To share a memory of Ron or send a condolence to his family please visit www.rwwfh.com Arrangements by the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook.
Alvan "Al" Nathan Rose, 75, of Brunswick, OH passed away Tuesday May 31, 2016 at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland after a battle with skin cancer. He was born July 8, 1940 to the late Harriett and Donald Rose.
He served on the USS Little Rock as a YN3 (1959-1961) in F Division.
He is survived by his loving daughter Deborah, son-in-law Brian, and his grandchildren, Jacob and Amanda.
He is preceded in death by his parents Harriett & Donald Rose and his wife Barbara.
Friends may join the family for visitation on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, 1642 Pearl Road, (1/2 mile south of Route 303) Brunswick, OH 44212. A Funeral Service will be held Friday, June 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home.
There will be a visitation one hour prior at 10:00AM. Interment will follow at Hope Memorial Gardens in Hinckley, Ohio.
Memorial contributions to American Melanoma Foundation, melanomafoundation.org would be appreciated.
Virginia Beach - Paul Edward Small died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on December 3, 2016. He was born in Monroe City, IN on March 7, 1928 to Elizabeth Snyder and Bernard Small. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1946 and retired as a FTMC in 1968. He married the love of his life, Alice Joan Standley in Springfield, OH and moved shortly thereafter to the Tidewater area. They lived in Aragona Village and raised their three children there until 1979 when he took a retirement position in Naples, Florida. He was a lifelong member of the Springfield Lions Club and VFW Post 1031. They returned to Virginia Beach in 2015.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, his children Teresa Tignor (Carl), Larry Small (Carolyn) and Alice Knehr, 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. By his request no services will be held. He was a loving and faithful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be sorely missed by everyone who had the privilege to know him.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Dec. 4, 2016
David Allen Steffen born November 11, 1942 to Walter and Bertha (Wienke) Steffen.
David graduated from Woodstock High School in June, 1960. He attended Coyne Electrical School in Chicago and graduated from there on May 5, 1961. He worked at Admiral Corp. in Harvard for four (4) years and then joined the US Navy on May 10, 1965. He was stationed in Norfolk, VA aboard the USS Sierra AD-18 and then was in the Mediterranean Sea, off Gaeta, Italy aboard the USS Little Rock CLG4 as an Electrician's Mate Petty Officer 3rd Class. He was separated Honorably on April 30, 1969. He served 2 years In-Active Reserves and was discharged May 9, 1971.
He began working for Illinois Bell Telephone Co. on August 28, 1969. He retired from the Telephone Co. on November 30, 1994.
He is survived by wife, Connie (Pedersen) who he married February 28, 1970 and one son, Randal D. Steffen (Elizabeth Williams) and one grandson, Wm. Quin Steffen.
He was preceded in death by his parents (Wlater & Bertha Steffen) and brothers Wm. and Donald.
Dave was an avid modeler, first with control line airplanes, then moving to gas powered and eventually radio control airplanes. He also flew radio control gliders, as well as built and flew kites from which he took aerial pictures. He also enjoyed plastic truck models. After retirement he started building cenent lighthouses with flashing lights.
Dave worked on achieving an Amateur Radio License and holds an Extra Class License with the call letters of AK9X.
Dave was always an avid bicycler accumulating over 250,000 miles. Riding across the United States (California to Florida) the first time in January 1995. He joined the McHenry County Bicycle Club in 1995. He remained active until 2012 when medical issues started to take its toll.
He enjoyed car trips, first with a tent and his VW Bug. Then a small camper after starting his family. They visited many State Capitals, National Parks, and other places of interest. He has hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon Twice.
Charles Callaghan Walser, 72 of Canon City, Colorado, died on July 29, 2015.
Known as Chuck or Charlie, he was born to Charles B. Walser and Dorothy Lou (Callaghan) Walser on October 7, 1942. After spending his early childhood in Littleton, Colorado, he moved to Canon City where he resided for over 60 years, until the time of his death. Chuck graduated from Canon City High School in the class of 1961. While at CCHS he was on the color guard and worked, during the summer months, at the Royal Gorge. Chuck attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, where he was in Navy ROTC and was on the drill team. Chuck married Judy Minor in 1965.
Chuck served honorably in the United States Navy from 1966 to 1968 aboard the USS Littlerock stationed in Gaeta, Italy. In 1968 Chuck returned to Canon City to operate the family business, the Fremont County Abstract Company, with his grandfather, Ralph Callaghan. Later, he founded the Custer County Abstract Company. Chuck was President of the Land Title Association of Colorado and was actively involved in the local community serving as President of Rotary Club, the Canon City-Valdai Russia Sister City Association, Fremont Center for the Arts, and the Music and Blossom Festival. He served on the Board of Directors of the St. Thomas More Hospital. He was also active in Jaycees, the Fremont County Republican Committee, the Maserati Club of Colorado, and the Other Dino club. He founded the Moretti Club of America.
Chuck had a life-long passion for travel. He traveled extensively with family and friends in Russia, Europe, North Africa, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the United States. Along the way, he developed life-long friendships around the world. He was an advocate for cultural exchange programs, including the Rotary student exchange and the Canon City-Valdai Sister City Association exchanges of Russian students, businessmen, and other professionals. He believed that people around the world could be friends, even when their governments were not.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his two sons, Nikolaus Broughton Walser, of New York City, New York, and Alex Christian Walser, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the Canon City-Valdai Sister City Association, the Valdai Orphanage, Fremont Center for the Arts, Rotary International Exchange Student Program, or the USS Littlerock Foundation.
First Sergeant USMC Retired
Joseph Stanley Zembroski, age 86, of Erie, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at Manchester Commons. He was born on November 12, 1930, in New Haven, Conn., the son of the late Joseph ("Jake") and Mary Casner Zembroski.
Joseph enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps and served with pride for 20 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War where he received two Purple Hearts and the Korean Service medal with 3 Bronze Stars and also served in Vietnam where he received the Vietnam Service medal with 3 Bronze Stars and the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat along with 2 Combat Action ribbons with gold star. Following a highly decorated career with the Marines, Joseph retired from there in 1968 and then took a position with the Yale University Police department. He worked there for 20 years until retiring in 1988, and then returned to Erie. Joe was a life member of several military organizations, including the National Board of Directors for the Marine Cadets of America, Marine Corps League - Lake Erie detachment, Marine Corps Association, Order of the Purple Heart and the Military Order of Devil Dogs (Pound 20). He also belonged to the VFW Post 4789, Elks Lodge 1414, American Legion Post 11, and Siebenbuerger Club, along with the Knights of Columbus, where he was a Fourth degree.
Besides his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by a sister, Jean McDermott.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Forrester Zembroski; a daughter, Cindy Zembroski of Erie; and a son, Gregory Zembroski of Portland, Ore. He is the brother of Helen Hitzfeld (Floyd) of San Antonio, Texas; Mary Cylke (Kurt) of Great Falls, Va.; Margie Savino of New Haven, Conn.; and Anthony Zembrowski of Branford, Conn. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call at the John J. Quinn Funeral Home, West 9th and Liberty St., on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and are invited to attend Prayer Services there Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial, with military honors, will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Marine Cadets of America, c/o Quinn Funeral Home, 728 W. 9th St., Erie, PA 16502.
Published in the Erie Times-News from Dec. 14 to Dec. 15, 2016