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Deceased Shipmates
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The Association has recently been advised of the passing on of the following Shipmates

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Page last updated: 25 October, 2021

Names and information listed below have been furnished to the Association by others.
The information is deemed to be credible, 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

(Listed by date of death)

Name Ship Year(s) Date of Death Obit ?
Cooney Jr., David M. - QMQSN CL 92 45 - 49 February 4, 2016 Yes
Parrott, Louis J. - FN CL 92 46 - 48 January 20, 2020 Yes
Reinhardt, John A. - MUCS CLG 4 74 - 76 April 22, 2020 Yes
Gittins, Melvin H. - S1c CL 92 45 - 46 September 1, 2020 Yes
Noren, Dennis A. - OSSN CLG 4 73 - 75 October 1, 2020 Yes
Cartier Jr., Roland C. - BM3 CLG 4 70 - 73 October 22, 2020 Yes
Krueger, Milton E. - CDR CLG 4 71 - 73 October 28, 2020 Yes
Grantham, Noel (Paul) - FTCM CLG 4 72 - 74 November 10, 2020 Yes
Vieira, Frank - FC3 CL 92 46 - 48 November 12, 2020 Yes
Bullers, Clark A. - ? CLG 4 69 - 69 November 13, 2020 Yes
Emery, Richard C. - DC2 CLG 4 59 - 64 November 16, 2020 Yes
Sutton, Phillip M. - RD3 CLG 4 64 - 66 November 29, 2020 Yes
Martin, Robert E. - BTFN CL 92 48 - 49 December 6, 2020 Yes
Eichhorn, Curtis L. - BMSN CLG 4 72 - 73 December 9, 2020 Yes
Orlowski, Edward S. - PFC CL 92 48 - 49 December 11, 2020 Yes
Moody Sr., Paul R. - FN CL 92 45 - 49 December 14, 2020 Yes
Cunningham, John D. - SN CL 92 49 - 49 November 29, 2020 Yes
Doucette, Norman C. - BT2 CLG 4 62 - 66 January 3, 2021 No
Mitchell, John J. - CAPT/CO CLG 4 67 - 68 January 16, 2021 Yes
Beardsley Sr., Frederick G. - EN2 CLG 4 59 - 62 January 16, 2021 Yes
Balbo Jr., Henry G. - F2c CL 92 46 - 47 January 30, 2021 Yes
Mentzer, Ray G. - LT CLG 4 61 - 63 February 27, 2021 Yes
Walts, Roger - GMM2 CLG 4 62 - 64 March 9, 2021 Yes
Beale, Alan M. - MM3 CLG 4 59 - 62 April 2, 2021 Yes
Stitelman, Martin - LTJG CLG 4 59 - 62 April 15, 2021 Yes
Montefusco, Joseph E. - RM3 CLG 4 72 - 75 May 10, 2021 Yes
Skay, John J. - BT3 CLG 4 66 - 70 May 22, 2021 Yes
DiBello, Peter C. - S1c CL 92 46 - 48 June 11, 2021 Yes
Casabona, I. George - Y2c CL 92 64 - 68 June 11, 2021 Yes
Scott, Hugh S. CLG 4 68 - 71 June 11, 2021 Yes
Eddington, Dan A. - RD3 CLG 4 68 - 70 June 14, 2021 Yes
Wellman, Clyde W. - MM1 CLG 4 62 - 64 June 21, 2021 Yes
Nelson, Gerard L - CDR CLG 4 59 - 62 July 6, 2021 Yes
Dennewitz, Donald C. - SN CLG 4 71 - 72 July 26, 2021 Yes
Wagner, Ronald E. - SN CLG 4 62 - 64 July 30, 2021 Yes
Blaisdell, Obert F. - BM3 CLG 4 66 - 68 August 14, 2021 Yes
Moriarty, Michael F. - ? CLG 4 70's September 7, 2021 Yes
Karlsen, Gustav E. - LTJG CLG 4 61-64 September 12, 2021 Yes
Bojanowski, Chester J. - ENS CLG 4 68 - 70 September 26, 2021 Yes
Del Guidice, Joseph B. - SN CLG 4 60 - 62 October 10, 2021 Yes

(Listed alphabetically)

Balbo Jr., Henry G.

(March 9, 1928 - January 30, 2021)

Henry G. Balbo passed away at Regency Grande Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dover, NJ on January 30, 2021, at the age of 92.

He was born in Jersey City on March 9, 1928, and proudly served in the United States Navy as a Tin Can Sailor from 1946 -1948. He married his sweetheart Suzanne (Maresca) in 1950 and they would be together for 52 years.

Henry played semi pro Babe Ruth baseball @ Pershing Field in Jersey City. He attended night school and graduated from Seton Hall University then moved out to the country to Morris Plains in 1962 where he would raise his two daughters and get involved in the community coaching baseball. He was very proud of his affiliation at MCHS Athletics Department and was instrumental in constructing the concession at the football field, he was a true Crusader. He worked for I.T.T in Clifton as a personnel manager in the Avionics Division for 30 years before retiring in 1988. In 1994 he moved to Ortley Beach with his adoring wife and loved to spend time at the beach and have close proximity to Atlantic City. In 2016 he moved to the Carriage House in Mt. Arlington, NJ where he made some wonderful friends. Henry enjoyed all types of music. He entertained his family and friends by playing the piano , organ and harmonica. Dancing to Frank Sinatra tunes were part of the joy he shared with his wife Suzanne and after her death his companion of eight years , Mary Schmid (2013)

Henry was the life of the party and like most that knew him it was a special time when you saw him. He will be most remembered for his optimism, great sense of humor, his ability to tell jokes, and of course his eggplant parmigiana. "Heaven gained a good one".

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 52 years, Suzanne (Maresca) Balbo in 2003, his sister Beatrice (Betty) Nasisi and by his son in-law Peter Lyden in 2019.

Henry is survived by his loving daughters Donna M. Lyden of Denville, NJ and Susan and her husband Joseph Addesso of Southport, NC. He is also survived by his grandchildren Monica and Eric Roman, Renee and Tim Van Oudenaren, Dayna and James Lane, Peter and Dayna Lyden, Caroline Addesso and Julia Addesso as well as his great grandchildren Leah Marie and Jenna Roman, Lyla and Luke Van Oudenaren, Ronald and Roxanne Lane and Harper and Cody Lyden.

A memorial service for Henry will be planned in the near future under the direction of Norman Dean Home for Services 16 Righter Avenue Denville, NJ 07834

Memorial donations can be made in Henry's memory to the Breast Cancer Foundation or to the Tin Can Sailors by way of

( Posted on Little Rock website 3/21/2021 )

Beardsley Sr., Frederick G.

(August 12, 1939 - January 16, 2021)

Frederick George Beardsley, 81, of North Platte is now attending races in heaven with his eternal savior. Fred passed away unexpectedly at his home on Jan. 16, 2021.

Fred was born on Aug. 12, 1939, to William Melvin and Thelma I.J. Radcliffe Beardsley in Gothenburg. Fred married Donna Bruns on Nov. 12, 1963. They raised their three children, Katherine, Fred Jr. and Debra in North Platte, where they lived their entire 57 years of marriage.

Fred grew up in Gothenburg, graduating with the class of 1957. Following graduation, Fred enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he spent four years from 1957 to 1962, traveling and enjoying many wonderful places. He loved telling stories about his Navy experiences.

After his discharge from the Navy, Fred primarily worked in the grocery business. He worked at Gibson's for nine years and Safeway for 16 ½ years. He then spent 18 years as a greeter at Walmart and was remembered as the man with all the pins on his vest, who would say "Hi, Hi, Hi, fill it up," and the fact he always said he was "Super!"

Fred enjoyed life. His favorite things being His Lord and Savior, his family, classic cars, classic country and gospel music and stockcar racing. Fred owned and drove his own stock car for four years. When his family grew, he decided to sell his car and help his best friend on his pit crew. Fred had been to racetracks in many states. When planning a vacation, he would check to see where there would be races. Fred and Donna had traveled to all 50 states.

Fred was a member of Bethel Evangelical Free Church since 1989. He was also a member of the American Legion, VFW and the Fraternal Order of theEagles.

Fred was preceded in death by his son, Fred Jr.; his parents, Bill and Thelma Beardsley; brothers, Bernard, Maurice and Lee Beardsley; sisters, Sarah Jane Parker and Winona Sedlacek; grandson-in-law, Steve Scott; in-laws, Fred and Effie Bruns; sisters-in-law, Esther Beardsley, LaVonna Beardsley and Laura Mae Hunt; and brothers-in-law, Millard Parker, Louis Sedlacek and Clyde Hunt.

Fred is survived by his wife, Donna; daughters Kathy (Larry) Walker of Gering and Deb (Jeff) Foote of North Platte; grandchildren, Fred III (Ashley)] of Burleson, Texas, Jennifer (Hayden) Green of Katy, Texas, Katie (John Einfalt) Scott and Kristi Walker of Gering, Kelsey (Kyle) Bryan of Red Cloud and Kolby (Shelby Strong) Foote of Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Ireland, Tucker, Macie and Maddilyn; sister-in-law, Kay Beardsley of Sterling; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce (Dan) Dolan of Omaha; and many nieces, nephews and their children. Fred loved them all.

Fred will also be missed by his non-biological son, Bryan (Christine) Herrick and their children and grandchildren: Kandy, Casey (Ben), Katrina (Corbin), Karmen, Kamryn, Corey, Colesyn, Kierstyn, Maci and Bentley, Amelia and Arthur; plus several children whom he often claimed as his own through Donnas 47 years of childcare.

Memorials are suggested to the Bethel Evangelical Free Church Project Fund or the Lincoln County Raceway. Online condolences may be shared at

Funeral Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Bethel Evangelical Free Church at 2700 W. Philip Ave. The service will follow all current health directives regarding COVID-19 and masks are required. The service will be livestreamed via the Carpenter Memorial Chapel Facebook page. Interment will follow the service at the Merna Kilfoil Cemetery, just west of Merna. Visitation and book signing will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with family present 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Casual dress is requested. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.

( Posted on Little Rock website 1/24/2021 )

Beale, Alan M.

(1958 - April 2, 2021)

BEALE, Alan M. April 2, 2021. Survived by his loving wife Bridget of 63 years; son Douglas Beale; daughter Denise Keller; granddaughters Amanda Smith and Rachel (Bassam) Haddad; great grandchildren Nikolai and Kaliana.

Alan was a Navy man and a Stationary Engineer, for many years, working at Xerox and Delco in Rochester. He was a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan who also loved crossword puzzles and jazz music. Alan and Shannon were in love with the idea of living on the water, which is why they chose to make their home on Sodus Bay, and later in Fair Haven.

A Celebration of Life will be held on June 20, 2021, beginning at 2:00 PM at the Beach Shelter Pavilion, in Fair Haven State Park. The obituary will also be published in the Sunday April 10, 2021 edition of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

( Posted on Little Rock website 4/26/2021 )

Blaisdell, Obert Frank

September 24, 1947 - August 14, 2021

Obert Frank, 73, left this world and into the arms of his loving Lord and Savior, Jesus.

Obert entered this world on September 24, 1947, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Herman Frank Blaisdell and Gertha Ellen Tucker.

Obert attend schools in Chance Loeb, Texas, and graduated from Silsbee, Texas. Obert served as Boatswain Mate in the US Navy aboard the Sixth Fleet Flagship USS Little Rock. After serving his military obligation, he attended and graduated from the Department of Public Safety in Austin, Texas, as a Highway Patrol stationed in Zavala, Texas. In November 1968, he married his high school sweetheart, Donna Lynn Webb of Silsbee, Texas. Returning to his hometown of Lumberton, Texas, he began working for Alton Hughes Security at Texaco Refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. After about six years, Obert left and went to work for the police department of Lamar University, working himself up from patrolman to Assistant Chief and Director of Parking. Obert retired from Lamar in 2012 and had served as a Peace Officer for 47 years.

Obert loved to hunt and fish and sports. He was a devoted Dallas Cowboy Fan. He and Donna loved to travel and did so until his health started declining.

Obert was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, one son, Barry Glenn Blaisdell and daughter-in-love, Michelle McCow, two grandchildren, Ciara Rainn Blaisdell and Gunnar Gage Blaisdell, three sisters, Shirley Lamey Holland (Henry), Bertha Lamey Lanier, and Gertha Lamey White, three nieces, 4 nephews, 2 great nieces, 4 great nephews, Mother-in-Love, Geraldine Buxton Webb, and Sister-Love, Paula Webb Stevens (Mark).

Expressions of gratitude to Mill Creek Nursing Home in Silsbee, Texas, and Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas, for the care and compassion shown to Obert and his family.

( Posted on Little Rock website 8/28/2021 )

Bojanowski, Chester J.

(January 22, 1947 - September 26, 2021)

Chester John "Chet" Bojanowski, age 74, of Ocean Isle Beach, NC passed away on Sunday the twenty- sixth of September 2021 in the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center, Bolivia, NC.

het was born in Washington, PA on the twenty-second of January 1947 to the late Chester J. Bojanowski, Sr., and Regina Jankowski Bojanowski.

A graduate of Canon-McMillan High School ('64), Canonsburg, PA, Chet then attended the University of Mt. Union ('68), Alliance, OH where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and later graduated from Miami University ('72), Oxford, OH with his MBA in Finance. He attended Officers Candidate School and was commissioned in the US Navy in 1968, serving proudly on the USS Little Rock (Gaeta, Italy) and on the USS Biddle (Norfolk, VA).

In addition to spending quality time with his family, some of his other loves included: planning fishing trips to Canada and ski trips to Copper Mountain, CO; golf, beach, boating, vacations in Cancun, and cruises to about anywhere.

Surviving are his loving wife of fifty-two years, Dr. Kathleen Cassidy Bojanowski, Th.D., two sons: Brian Bojanowski and wife Wendi of Rock Hill, SC, and Dan Bojanowski and wife Erika of Republic, MO; eight precious grandchildren: Peace, Blake, Josiah, Wyatt, Jubilee, Solomon, Reuben and Immanuel Bojanowski.

( Posted on Little Rock website 10/3/2021 )

Bullers, Clark A.

(February 4, 1950 - November 13, 2020)

Clark A. Bullers, 70, of Erie and the family farm in Corsica, died Friday, November 13, 2020 at UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie.

Born February 4, 1950 in Erie, he was the son of the late Raymond and Martha MaGill Bullers.

He was a 1968 graduate of Harborcreek High School and completed the apprentice program at General Electric.

Mr. Bullers proudly served in the US Navy and spent his time at sea sailing on the USS Little Rock.

He was employed as an electrician and retired as Safety Supervisor from General Electric.

His memberships included being a member of the North East Masonic Lodge #399, the American Legion and Loyal Order of the Moose Clubs of Erie, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and Fireman's Clubs of Brookville.

His daughter, Jessica (Daniel) Dessauer and his sister, Darlene Kroneberg survive him.

( Posted on Little Rock website 9/1/2021 )

Cartier Jr., Roland, C.

(October 26, 1952 - October 22, 2020)

Roland C. Cartier, Jr., age 67, a longtime resident of Lowell died unexpectedly Thursday, October 22, 2020 at his home. He was the beloved husband of Michelle L. Largay.

He was born in New Haven, CT on October 26, 1952, and was a son of the late Roland C. Cartier, Sr. and the late Eleanor (Gilson) Cartier.

An honorably discharged veteran, Roland proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

Roland worked tirelessly throughout his life on behalf of veterans, especially those in the Greater Lowell community.

Prior to his retirement, Roland was employed as a Veteran Peer Specialist by Community Teamwork Inc. in Lowell.

He was a longtime member of the Lowell Veteran's Commission, Dom Polski Club, and the Centralville Social Club, all in Lowell, a member and acting treasurer of The Heart of a Traveling Soldier, and a member, founder, and former chairman of the Helping Hands Veteran Club.

In his free time he enjoyed collecting military coins.

In addition to his wife, Roland is survived by his two sons, Roland C. Cartier, III and his partner Heather of Spring Hill, FL and Robert Cartier of Lowell; two daughters, Renee Cartier of Manchester, NH and Kristen Karhan of Lowell; seven grandchildren, Kayla Rameriz, Katelyn Cartier, Alexis Agrella, Chace Cartier, Robert Cartier, Alaya Molina, and Alanna Molina; three great grandchildren, Adam Spooner, Jr., Abriella Spooner, and Ashton Spooner.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Roland's Life Celebration at the MCKENNA-OUELLETTE FUNERAL HOME, 327 Hildreth Street, Lowell on Sunday, November 1st from 2:00 until 4:00 pm. His Military Funeral Honors will be held on Monday at 1:00 pm at WESTLAWN CEMETERY on 215 Boston Road in Lowell.

( Posted on Little Rock website 11/1/2020 )

Casabona, I. George

(1928 - June 11, 2021)

Ignatius George Casabona, 93, passed away on June 11, 2021 at RWJ Univ. Hospital in Rahway, NJ. Born in Buffalo, NY to Salvatore and Carmela Casabona, he grew up in Paterson, NJ and attended elementary school at St. Michael's in Paterson. As a boy, George worked as a shoe-shine boy to make some extra money to help his mother. He was also an altar boy at St. Michael's Church in Paterson. He was a graduate of Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield, NJ in 1945. Upon completing High School, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the US Navy during World War II as a 2nd Class Petty Officer. He served in the Mediterranean and Europe on USS Little Rock before being honorably discharged in 1948.

George met Angelina Patetta at the Evergreen Lodge in Springfield, NJ and they were married in 1953. They were married for 46 years until her death in 2000. They settled in Garwood, where he would live for 65 years before moving to Scotch Plains 18 years ago.

George worked with General Motors for 34 ½ years as a Computer Supervisor before retiring. Through General Motors, he was awarded the "Man of the Year" award for his outstanding working in community affairs. George served his community tirelessly in many capacities. He served as a Garwood Councilman for 5 years, served as Mayor for 3 years, and also worked as the Tax Assessor and Court Clerk. He was a lifetime member of the Garwood Fire Department and an Exempt Fireman. He was instrumental in building the Garwood Underpass and the Garwood Baseball Fields. During Garwood's 100th Anniversary Celebration, he served as the Grand Marshall.

George was a man of many passions. He was an avid Yankee fan, enjoyed going to Atlantic City with his daughter, and loved going on vacation to Wildwood Crest with his daughter and grandson. He enjoyed cooking and making sauce for the family. His greatest passion always remained his family. He was truly the rock of the family. He was loyal, caring, and loving, and always had a kind word for all. He will be greatly missed.

George was predeceased by his parents, Salvatore and Carmela Casabona; his wife, Angelina Casabona; his sister, Lillian; and his brother, Samuel. He is survived by his son, George Michael Casabona and his wife, Karen; and by his daughter, Anne Kettles. He is also survived by his beloved grandson, Alex, whom he treasured more than anything. He leaves behind many loving family members, including his niece, Camille Jadelis and her husband, John, and their daughter, Gina; his nephew, Mario Gurrieri; and his loyal friends and members of the community.

( Posted on Little Rock website 6/12/2021 )

Cooney Jr., David M.

(October 23, 1928 - February 2, 2016)

David M. Cooney Sr., 87, of Sugar Notch died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. At the time of his death, David was residing with his wife and family in Glenmoore. David was named after his maternal grandfather, David Lewis, and uncle, Brig. Gen. David C. Lewis, a graduate of West Chester University, 1932.

Born Oct. 23, 1928, in Sugar Notch, he was the son of the late Manus J. Cooney and Winifred L. Lewis. David was a 1946 graduate of St. Mary's High School.

David served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Little Rock, USS Oregon City and LST 1032 as chief quartermaster of navigation. He received an honorable discharge from the Navy and returned to Sugar Notch.

In 1952, David went to Buffalo, N.Y., and began his career with American Airlines in Buffalo, N.Y., and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

In 1953, David returned to marry his grade/high school sweetheart, Barbara M. (née Munley), of Wilkes Barre/Scranton, also a graduate of St. Mary's High School. Returning to Buffalo with his wife, David worked more than 35 years, retiring from American Airlines in Dallas/Fort Worth in 1986.

Traveling to family for weekends and holidays, David and his wife never lost touch with their Pennsylvania roots. Upon retirement, David and his family moved to Mountain Top, where David and his wife were active members of St. Jude's Parish, and worked part-time for PNC Bank of Wilkes-Barre. In 1990, David, along with his wife, returned to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, where they were active in St. Michael's Church, Grand Prairie, Texas, and enjoyed travelling to Las Vegas, Nev., and Wilkes Barre/Philadelphia to visit family.

David was also a member of the American Legion and the American Airlines 3 Diamond Club. He was also an avid sports fan of the Texas Rangers and his beloved Buffalo Bills.

David is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara M. Cooney (née Munley), who currently resides in Glenmoore with family.

Preceding David were brothers, Manus J. Cooney, former vice president, PECO, and his wife, Cecilia Cooney, Wayne; and John Cooney, USAF, Tucson, Ariz.

David is also survived by his brothers, F. Donald Cooney, MD, and wife, Clare, Potomac, Md.; Hon. Joseph F. Cooney, founder of University Legal Services (ULS), Washington, D.C., and wife, author L. Marie Guillory, Washington, D.C.; and Thomas P. Cooney of the Architect & Engineering Group, and wife, Nancy, Laflin. David is also survived by his sister, Winifred Cooney Gomeau, RN, Old Saybrooke, Conn.

In addition to his wife, Barbara, of 63 years, David is survived by his family, son, David M. Cooney Jr. and wife, Marian (Cacchioli), and granddaughters, Katie and Keira, Glenmoore; son, Joseph F. Cooney and wife, Kathy (Lichtel), and granddaughters, Sarah and Grace Ann, Bel Air, Md.; and daughter, Barbara Cooney Boese and husband, Charles, and grandson, Kyle, Keller, Texas. David is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews who have always brightened his life.

A celebration of David's life with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Elizabeth Church, Fellowship Road and Pottstown Pike, Chester Springs, where he and his wife were parishioners. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Private interment will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township, Wilkes-Barre.

"If roses grow in Heaven, Lord please pick a bunch for me, Place them in my Father's arms and tell him they're from me. Tell him we love him and miss him, and when he turns to smile, put a hand upon his shoulder and hold him for a while. Because remembering him is easy, we do it every day, but there's an ache within our heart that will never go away."

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

( Posted on Little Rock website 9/18/2021 )

Cunningham, John D.

(1930 - November 29, 2020)

John D. Cunningham passed away peacefully on November 29, 2020 at the age of 90.

John was a proud Navy veteran that served in the Korean War and loved his country, and he later worked for US Steel as a Millwright for 37 years. He enjoyed all animals especially dogs, the Dallas professional football team, Penn State football, and was an avid hunter.

He was the beloved husband of 67 years to Catherine Louise Cunningham; loving father of Nancy Rizzo (Edward) and Jim Cunningham (Emily); grandfather of John Cunningham (Josh Berg), Edward Rizzo (Keri), Ryan Cunningham (Nicole), Jessica Cunningham, Jim Rizzo (Heather), Matt Rizzo (Rachel), J.D. Cunningham (Jaimee); great-grandfather of Lexi, Izzy, Jack, Stella, Hadley, Quinn, Ryleigh, and Ryder; brother to Cabrini Emplit (Ray).

John was preceded in death by his son John R. Cunningham and daughter-in-law Eleanor Cunningham.

Family and friends are invited to John's Life Celebration Visitation on Tuesday, December 22, from 6-8PM, at the Beck-Givnish Life Celebration Home, 7400 New Falls Rd., Levittown, PA 19055. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John's name to your local animal shelter or to Wounded Warrior Project online at

( Posted on Little Rock website 7/16/2021 )

Del Guidice, Joseph B.

(February 6, 1941 - October 10, 2021)

Joseph Brian Del Guidice, 80, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 10, 2021.

Son of Carmine and Florence (nee Ford) Del Guidice. Joseph was born in Hackensack, New Jersey on February 6, 1941, and attended Fort Lee High School in Fort Lee New Jersey. Joseph served his country in the Navy from 1958 thru 1962. He served onboard the USS Little Rock (CLG4), a guided-missile cruiser, and sailed the oceans and seas of the world. The USS Little Rock participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis as one of the blockade vessels.

Predeceased by his parents, and sister Patricia Ann Hallam (nee Del Guidice), Joseph is survived by his daughter, Laura Ritenour, of Odenton Maryland, his son, Trevor Del Guidice, of Portland Oregon, and step-son Jarad Arnold of Oregon City Oregon. He is also survived by his sister Carolean Devine (nee Del Guidice), of Marlton, New Jersey and his brother, Richard Del Guidice of Hamburg, New Jersey; as well as three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, eleven nieces and nephews, and seventeen grandnieces and grandnephews.

Memorial services are pending.

( Posted on Little Rock website 10/14/2021 )

Dennewitz, Donald C.

(August 18, 1950 - July 26, 2021)

Donald C. Dennewitz, 70, of Chillicothe, passed away early Monday morning on July 26, 2021 at his home, following an extended illness.

He was born August 18, 1950 in Sandusky, Ohio, son of the late Paul Curtis and Norene Doris Dennewitz. On December 13, 1997, he married his beloved wife Karen (Shuster) Dennewitz, and together they shared nearly 24 years of marriage.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children, Donald (Sara) Jr., and Ryan (Krista); step-children, Candice (Christopher) Hixon, and Joshua (Anna) Childs; grandchildren, Noah and Nora Dennewitz, Kendal Dennewitz, Troy and Lauren Hixon, and Delilah Childs, Tyler and Dravin; and his sister, Marla (Terry) McNabb.

Donald was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Navy, serving during Vietnam. He went on to work for the Chillicothe VA Medical Center as a Psychiatric Nursing Assistant for over 43 years before he retired in 2015. In his free time, he loved traveling to Sandusky and Lake Erie with his wife Karen, exploring new places along the way. He also loved being outdoors and working in his yard when able.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation services will be performed.

( Posted on Little Rock website 10/2/2021 )

DiBello, Peter C.

1928 - June 11, 2021)

Peter C. DiBello, 93, of Syracuse, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 11, 2021. He was born to the late Agostino and Camilla (Oscuro) DiBello and entered the US Navy in 1946 at the age of 17 and served on the US Little Rock. Pete was always a hard worker, starting from picking beans at a young age and then working at various local businesses. He retired from Niagara Mohawk as a display specialist after 38 dedicated years.

Peter dedicated a lot of his time and life to St. John the Baptist Church; he volunteered for the food pantry and festivals, ushered and served during daily mass, and was an active member of the Holy Name Society. He also worked at the NYS Fair at Bersani's Restaurant, serving beer to patrons and assisted a with visitors at the main gate. Peter was quite the handyman and was often considered a "jack of all trades". Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his beloved grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his wife, Patricia (Allen) DiBello; brothers, Lenny, Luke, and Joe; and a sister, Mary DiBello.

Peter is survived by his children, Michael DiBello, Odetta DiBello and Marijean (Joe) Mehlek; grandchildren, Peter, Jimmy and Christopher; a sister, Julia DiBello; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

( Posted on Little Rock website 7/3/2021 )

Eddington, Dan A.

(May 25, 1947 - June 14, 2021)

Eddington, Dan A. 5/25/1947 - 6/14/2021 Kalamazoo, Michigan Age 74, passed away at Rose Arbor Hospice on Monday evening, June 14, 2021 following a lengthy illness.

Dan was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on May 25, 1947, the son of James H. and Frieda (Buetler) Eddington. Dan dearly loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He had many passions and hobbies, including target shooting. He was quite a marksman and enjoyed rifle shooting at the Kalamazoo Rod & Gun Club, where he was a Board member for many years. Dan was an expert at re-loading and making his own ammunition.

As a family man, he and the family would spend time camping at Yankee Springs, as well. Dan was employed as a printer at the Upjohn Company and retired after 30 years of dedicated service.

On December 22, 1967, Dan wed the former Judy DeVries, and they enjoyed nearly 50 years of marriage prior to her death in July of 2017.

Besides his beloved wife, Dan was preceded in death by his parents, a baby brother, James Dennis Eddington and his uncle Ed Buetler. He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Randy Eddington and Jennifer (Jim) McCarthy, along with his grandchildren, Deanna Fagerness, Sarah (Justin Rozema) Fagerness, Elizabeth (Collin) Prideaux; and great grandchild, Asher Prideaux.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place and the family will have a private graveside service with full military honors, at Fort Custer National Cemetery where Dan will be laid to rest with his late wife, Judy.

( Posted on Little Rock website 6/17/2021 )

Eichhorn, Curtis L.

(July 18, 1949 - December 9, 2020)

Curtis Lee Eichhorn, 71, resident of Pendleton, Indiana, passed away Wed., December 9, 2020 from complications of COPD and lung cancer. He was born July 18, 1949 in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Dr. Elmer and Vera (Davis) Eichhorn.

Curt's family moved to Middletown, Indiana when he was two years old. He graduated from Middletown High School, 1967, attended Vincennes University 1967-69, and began employment at Guide Lamp, General Motors, Anderson, briefly working before being called by the U.S. Draft, which prompted him to enlist in the U.S. Navy, serving 1969-1973. Stationed out of Providence, Rhode Island, he served on the U.S.S. Hugh Purvis (WWII Destroyer, DD-709) and, later, the U.S.S. Little Rock (Light Cruiser w/ Guided Missiles, CLG-4), out of Norfolk, VA. Naval travels provided an opportunity to see the world, including two Mediterranean tours, visits to England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, with his ship, narrowly surviving the tail-end of a hurricane during an Atlantic crossing. Curt recently discovered the U.S.S. Hugh Purvis Reunion Association and the U.S. Navy Destroyer Veterans, affectionately called Tin Can Sailors. Upon re-uniting with fellow sailor buddies of long ago, he faithfully attended annual "Hughey P" Reunions, 2013-2018, at various eastern U.S. destinations.

After U.S. Naval service, Curt returned to Middletown, resumed his Guide Lamp employment, retiring in 2001 after 32 years. Curt and wife, Susie, married in 1976, first lived in Middletown before moving to Pendleton in 1985. He has been a member of Middletown Masonic Lodge, Chapter 271, since 1974. During late 1970's-to-mid-1980's, he was active in the Middletown Chapter of Indiana Jaycees, a local community service organization. After retiring from Guide, he obtained a realtor's license in 2005, was first employed with Century 21, Anderson, later Wood Realty Group, Pendleton, and most recently Re/Max Performance, Fortville.

Childhood memories included accompanying his father on veterinary calls, family pets, summers at Silver Lake, riding dirt bikes & motorcycles with his brothers, and sentimental days of growing up in the small, close-knit community of Middletown. He attended Middletown United Methodist Church, and played various saxophones and drums while a member of the Middletown High School dance band, marching band and choir.

Curt loved his corvette, playing golf and was a self-taught, avid guitarist. He purchased his first 12-string Martin in Newport, Rhode Island, 1970, while serving in the Navy, and never parted with it. His love of guitar accelerated greatly during the last ten years. He spent hours playing every day, searching-buying-selling guitars, and could typically be found quietly strumming his guitar, providing the oh-so-pleasant background music, during any occasion when family and friends gathered, and almost every evening while his wife, Susie, prepared their evening meal. He greatly enjoyed his family, was a loving father to three children, and cherished his eight grandchildren who brought a special joy. He and Susie loved spending time with many dear friends, loved to host and attend family gatherings, and enjoyed many trips with both family & friends to their Florida condo and other U.S. destinations, as well as Europe, Canada and the Caribbean. He was a beloved member of both the Eichhorn and Painter families, devoted many years to the care and keeping of the Painter family farm, and passionately believed it is one of the finest family homesteads in Henry County. Curt never complained, even while facing health challenges. His positive attitude and caring nature will be sorely missed.

Curt is survived by his wife of 44 years, Susan Jean (Painter) Eichhorn, two sons and a daughter: Jeffrey B. Eichhorn (Candice) of Middletown, Bradley C. Eichhorn of Richmond, Ky, and Jobie Lynn (Eichhorn) Zeigler (Timothy) of Fishers; eight grandchildren, Savannah, Isabella, Samuel, Logan, Lance, Lillyana, Chloe and Sawyer Eichhorn, all of Middletown; three devoted brothers: Gregory Eichhorn (Irene), of League City, Texas, Victor A. Eichhorn (Middletown), and Dr. Daniel R. Eichhorn (Carole) of Middletown, many nieces, nephews, cousins, a maternal aunt, and his beloved Painter family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Vera.

( Posted on Little Rock website 12/30/2020 )

Emery, Richard C.

(November 11, 1939 - November 16, 2020)

BELGRADE LAKES—Richard C. Emery passed away at Maine Medical Center in Portland on November 16, 2020, following several years of failing health.

He was born on November 11, 1939, in Benton, the son of Carroll and Marguerite (Peters) Emery.

Shortly after graduating from Lawrence High School, class of 1959, Richard enlisted in the U.S. Navy. The Navy recruiter lived next door. He served in the Navy from August 1959 to April 1979.

During his tour of duty in the Navy he served on the U.S.S Little Rock CLG 4, the U.S.S. Waldo County LST 1163, the U.S.S. Davis DD 937, the U.S.S. H.W. Gilmore AS 16 and the U.S.S. Caron DD 970. Richard retired as Chief Petty Officer and moved to Pascagoula, Mississippi where he was employed at Ingalls Shipyard until 1999, retiring as a supervisor. Then came the call of the Maine lakes and woods and he moved to Long Pond in Belgrade Lakes where he resided until his death.

Richard was predeceased by his parents; his son, Eric Emery; and his brothers-in-law, Robert King and Daniel Bacheller.

He is survived by his daughter, Carrie (Rob) Vigue; his sisters, Carolyn King and Gail Bacheller; his brother, Bernard (Dru); his daughter-in-law, Pam Harrington; his granddaughter, Sydney Emery; his grandsons, Dylan Emery and his companion, Amy, Justin (Melisa) Vigue and daughter, Raegan, Dana (Leah) Vigue and daughter, Lyla; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.


Please consider donations to St. Judes Children Research Hospital or the Travis Mills Foundation.

( Posted on Little Rock website 11/25/2020 )

Gittins, Melvin H.

(March 26, 1922 - September 1, 2020)

Melvin Heber Gittins, 98, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at his home in Roy.

He was born March 26, 1922 in Smithfield, Utah to Thomas Henry and Katie Stone Gittins. He was raised and educated in Smithfield, graduated from high school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII aboard the USS Chandler and the USS Little Rock. He was honorably discharged as a Seaman First Class. He was so dedicated and proud if his military service. We are so thankful for his commitment and sacrifice.

He married Verda in 1948 and she preceded him in death on May 28, 1979. They had a daughter Nancy and grandson, Michael. On June 21, 1989, Melvin married Carlene Andrews in Clarkdale, Arizona.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Melvin worked for many years in logistics at Hill Air Force Base. He retired at age 55 and enjoyed his life and family.

He loved traveling. He and Carlene were great snowbirds and saw it all. He was a quiet, gentle man with a well-developed sense of humor. His greatest love was his sweetheart, Carlene. Mel and Carlene enjoyed traveling in their RV across the West from Mexico to Canada and lived in Arizona for a number of years. He enjoyed camping and family reunions with his brothers and sisters. He loved sitting around the campfire in Montana with his step-family, Jerry, Chris, Roger, Sherry, Peggy, Blair, Wayne, and grandchildren. We loved and enjoyed him so.

Melvin is survived by his wife, Carlene; 15 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Odean McCann, Farr West and one brother, Odell Gittins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Verda and ten siblings.

Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Melvin Heber Gittins, please visit our floral store.

( Posted on Little Rock website 9/16/2020 )

Grantham, Noel (Paul)

(June 5, 1942 - November 10, 2020)

Paul Grantham, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 78 on November 10th. He was born on June 5, 1942 in Albuquerque, NM.

Paul is survived by his wife of 55 years, Midge, son Dale (Annette), grandsons Kenny (Willow), Kevin (Kessara), 4 great-grandchildren, sister Ann Carr, brother-in-law Bill Vodarski (Kay), and numerous nieces and nephews. Paul was preceded in death by his parents William Noel Grantham and Florence May Milroy, sisters Betty Akin and Billie Hurttgam , and brother Griff Grantham.

Paul retired after 20 years in the US Navy as a Master Chief. His civilian career included Tacoma Boat and retirement from Boeing.

Past-time activities included Seattle Seahawks, dancing, USS Little Rock reunions, woodworking, and volunteering at the American Lake Veterans Golf Course.

Paul was loved by all!

Viewing will be held 3-6 pm, November 23rd at Hill Funeral Home in Puyallup, WA. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 1:30 pm November 24th at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to American Lake Veterans Golf Course.

(Posted on Little Rock website 11/17/2020)

Karlsen, Gustav (Gus) E.

(1938 - September 12, 2021)

PEAKS ISLAND – Gustav Engeland Karlsen, 83, passed away peacefully on Sept. 12, 2021 at Gosnell House in Scarborough, Maine.

He was born and raised in Central Connecticut until age 15 when his parents returned to their native Norway after his machinist father retired. After completing one year of high school in Norway, Gus returned to Connecticut by himself to finish high school, staying with his former neighbors, the Polanski family. He then went on to attend Upsala College in New Jersey where he received a B.A. degree in French Language and Culture. Gus was on his own and did not have enough funds to pay tuition, but Upsala saw his potential and granted him a full scholarship. After college he joined the U.S. Navy, becoming an officer, serving on the guided missile cruiser The USS Little Rock. And after his completion of his 3-year commitment, he signed up to become a staff officer assigned in London. That enabled him to exchange visits with his father in Norway. Since he was proficient in 4 languages (Norwegian, English, French and German) he was called upon to serve as an interpreter when the U.S Navy interacted with France and Germany. After 6 years of active duty he remained in the Naval Reserve for another 19 years.

Gus eventually settled in the Portland, Maine area and pursued a 23-year career with the US Postal Service. He was a postmaster several times and ultimately became an international consultant going to developing countries in the Western Pacific to help strengthen their administrative staff. During this period, he met and married Ann Katt Karlsen, and left his extended state of bachelorhood. They were married for 36 years, making homes in Falmouth, Peaks Island and Naples, Fla. Their mutual love of sailing provided wonderful trips on boats of all sizes. After Gus procured a 100-ton master's license, he became a relief captain of the Schooner Bagheera, now based in Portland Harbor. Gus was part of the crew that sailed it to Maine from Maryland after its cross-country trip from the West Coast upon purchase. He also served on the Schooner Lady Stirling, sailing out of Naples.

Gus was quite proud of his involvement with the Alta Society of Norway, a group of retired Norwegian seamen who maintain and sail a WWII minesweeper, now moored in Oslo as a museum ship. When the USCG Cutter The Eagle was in Portland for the Tall Ship celebration, in 2015, Gus was its liaison officer. The Eagle is known as "America's Tall Ship" and is the largest tall ship flying the U.S. flag.

Known for his charm, good nature, and great sense of humor, Gus was also very generous with his time as an active Rotarian, since 1976, and a member of the USCG Auxiliary -Flotilla 96 in Florida, serving as its Staff Officer for Diversity. As a proud member of the Little Rock Association, he attended many of their reunions and maintained lifelong friendships. Never forgetting his humble roots, Gus was also generous with those in need. Since 1992, Gus was a loyal member of Sons of Norway and a founding member of Maine Nordmenn, a Sons of Norway lodge in Portland, serving as its first president in 2002. He was also involved with the American Legion on Peaks Island. Both he and Ann were avid tennis players, both on the courts of TEIA on Peaks and in Pelican Bay, Naples.

He is survived by his wife Ann Katt Karlsen, his sister Ann K. Freud, his nephews, Bill Freud, Jared Katt and Bryan Katt and five great-nieces and nephews. A Memorial Gathering will be held at Harbor View at Jones Landing, Peaks Island, on Monday, Oct. 11 at 11:45 a.m. Casco Bay Lines has a ferry boat leaving Portland at 11:15 am. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Rotary Club of Portland Maine Charitable Account PO Box 8283 Portland, ME 04101, or your preferred charity. For additional information please contact Bill Freud at or on mobile 303-249-5070

( Posted on Little Rock website 10/1/2021 )

Krueger, Milton E.

( June 25, 1932 - October 28, 2020

CDR Milton E. Krueger, USN retired, of Eugene, Oregon passed away of natural causes on October 28, 2020 in Portland.

Milt was born to Olinda and Otto Krueger on June 25, 1932 in Fullerton, North Dakota. The family moved to Newberg, Oregon soon after and became lifelong farmers. Milt was a talented athlete and attended Linfield College on a basketball and baseball scholarship and graduated with honors in 1955. He later joined the U.S. Navy where he ultimately served his country for 23 years, including two active-duty tours in Vietnam.

Milt's military career brought him to San Francisco in the 1950s where he met the love of his life, Lee, shortly before he was shipping out to Japan. Not wanting to lose his love while away, he proposed marriage and brought her with him to Japan, where they lived for two years and started a family with the birth of their first daughter. Over the following decades there were many tours of duty, and cross-country moves in addition to the birth of two more daughters.

After retiring from the Navy, Milt worked in the private sector and lived in Moorestown, NJ before retiring for good in 1996 and moving back to Oregon. Milt was very active in retirement as an officer on the board of several Eugene organizations and member of the Military Officers Association of America. With farming in his blood, he took pride in growing beautiful flowers around his yards. If you didn't find him working outside, you would find him watching sports of any kind on TV.

Milt is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lee Krueger, his three daughters, Karen Winkler, Kim Silva and Suzanne Krueger-Nasman, four grandchildren, Natalie Nasman, Alexi Silva, Lauren Silva and Ben Nasman, and his sister Annetta McCright


A private ceremony will be held at the Willamette National Cemetery where he will be laid to rest.

( Posted on Little Rock website 7/9/2021 )

Martin, Robert E.

(September 30, 1930 - December 6, 2020)

Robert E. Martin passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at Achieve Rehab and Nursing Facility in Liberty, NY. He was 90 years old. Son of the late Bernard and Anne Murray Martin, he was born on September 30, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY.

Robert proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1948-1952 during the Korean War. After his Honorable Discharge he became a Superintendent for the International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local 1 in New York, NY. Robert was a member of the American Legion Mulligan-Eden Post #1573 in Harriman, NY, as well a member of St. Anastasia Church in Harriman, NY, and attended Calvary Chapel Grace Fellowship Church in Tuxedo, NY.

Survivors include his loving wife Mary Burrall Martin at home, his children: Daniel Martin and his wife Valerie, of Staten Island, NY; Robert Martin of Spring Valley, NY; Laura Martin of New Windsor, NY; Gary Martin of Monroe, NY; Thomas Martin and his wife Jennifer, of Chester, NY; James Farrell and his wife Cindy, of Albany, NY; Daniel Farrell of Ocala, FL; and Patricia Niemann and her husband Mike, of Monroe, NY; his brother James Martin of Greenwood Lake, NY; his grandchildren: Bridget, Ashley, Kaitlyn, Gregory, Matthew and his wife Liz, Janine, Courtney, Patrick, Lindsey, Lexy, Patricia, Joanie, DJ and his wife Alex, Jake, and Brian, and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters: Ann Blanchet and Jane Chaplin, and his grandson Daniel.

Services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Associaltion, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

( Posted on Little Rock website 8/18/2021 )

Mentzer, Ray G.

(June 3, 1936 - February 27, 2021)

York - Ray Galen Mentzer, of York, went to be with his lord and savior on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 12:00 pm at the age of 84. He was the loving husband of Patricia A. (Gable) Mentzer, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage.

Ray was born in Waynesboro, PA on June 3, 1936, and was the son of the late George and Emma Belle (Strosnider) Mentzer. Ray Was the principal of Centerville Elementary School. He also had a 22-year career as a commander in the Navy.

Besides his wife, Patt, Ray is survived by his son, Eric Ray Mentzer, and wife, Lorna of York, three grandsons, one granddaughter, two granddaughters in law, two great-grandsons.

Viewings for Ray will be on Sunday, March 7 from 1-4 pm at Burg Funeral Home, Inc., 134 W. Broadway, Red Lion. A Masonic service will begin at 3:45 pm, Sunday, at the funeral home. A viewing will also be held on Monday, March 8 from 9-11 am at the funeral home. A service of Honor and Praise will then begin at 11 am with his pastor, Brian Rice, of Living Word Community Church in York, officiating. Burial will take place at Susquehanna Memorial Gardens with full military honors being presented by the York County Veterans Honor Guard.

( Posted on Little Rock website 10/25/2021 )

Mitchell, John J. - CAPT/CO

(1920 - January 16, 2021)

John "Jack" Mitchell, Annapolis, MD was a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 1942) when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7 1942. A week later, as a newly-minted Ensign he set out to join the fleet in the Pacific.

Jack's first assignment at sea was aboard the aircraft carrier USS Wasp CV 7. On 15 September 1942 the WASP was attacked by the Japanese. In the attack 176 WASP crewmen died and scores were injured including Jack who was badly injured. He spent a year back in San Diego recuperating.

Returning to the fray before the war ended, Jack served on the destroyer USS Moale DD 693, participating in the battles for Leyte and Iwo Jima as well as and others. After the war ended, he toured the world on the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge CV 45, and the cruiser USS Salem CA 139.

Jack continued on with his career in the Navy, attaining rank of Captain, and was notably the Commanding Officer of USS LITTLE ROCK CLG 4, a guided missile cruiser, when in 1967 the "Six Day War" broke out between Egypt and Israel, in which USS LIBERTY came under attack. Jack rushed LITTLE ROCK to the stricken ship, sailing tight circles around it to guard it from more harm until survivors could be removed.

Jack retired from the Navy in 1972, and married the next year. He and his wife Kieran moved into Westbriar in Vienna, VA and soon thereafter, and he took up a keen interest in community and county real estate development issues. For 32 years, Jack was the President of Westbriar Civic Association, promoting its interests in matters coming before the Vienna Town Council and the Fairfax County Government.

"Jack has been saying for a long while he would like to live to be a hundred," his wife Kieran related. His wish came true in August 2020. "A nice round number, easy to remember," she quipped.

Jack passed away on January 16, survived by his wife, their son Michael, two grandchildren in Winchester, VA and their daughter Heather in Fairfax City, VA.

( Posted on Little Rock website 1/28/2021 )

Montefusco, Joseph E.

(September 10, 1952 - May 10, 2021)

Joseph Edward Montefusco, 68, of Belleville; formerly of Jersey City; entered into eternal rest on Monday, May 10, 2021 surrounded by his caring children. Joe was a retired mechanical engineer, but his proudest achievement was honorably serving in the US Navy during Vietnam. "Veteran" is a title he wore proudly.

Joe is the beloved son of the late Robert and Estelle Montefusco; the caring and deeply loved father and father-in-law of Angela Mercado and her husband, Ruben Jr.; Amanda Ramchandani and her husband, Dinesh; and Joey Montefusco; the most loving, proud grandfather of Elijah, Noah, Nevaeh, Bella, Rubiana, Collin and Kiran. Joe is also survived by his adoring older brother, Donald Montefusco, beloved nieces and nephews and countless extended family and friends who he left a lasting impression on. He loved all and will be missed by many.

Visitation is Friday, May, 14, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Riotto Funeral Home & Cremation Company, 3205 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City (For GPS Navigation, it is best to use our parking lot address: 14 Stagg Street). Funeral Mass is Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM at St. Ann's Polish Roman Catholic Church, Jersey City. Private Cremation will follow.

( Posted on Little Rock website 5/14/2021 )

Moody Sr., Paul R.

(June 10, 1929 - December 14, 2020)

Paul R Moody, Sr went to be with the Lord Monday, December 14, 2020.

He was born June 10, 1929 in Morgantown, WV, a son of the late Argil and Grace (Westfall) Moody. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline (Bates) Moody, daughter Barbara Kulow, and two sisters, Hilda Ridel and Edna Marie Moore.

Paul was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Steubenville, Ohio. He was a Navy Veteran, serving on the USS Little Rock. He also served in the West Virginia National Guard. He was a truck driver for many years and also worked in construction until his retirement. He enjoyed many years after retirement going camping, fishing and gardening. He was also a member of Weirton VFD Company One.

He was blessed with 63 years of marriage with his wife Pauline, and had seven children. He is survived by his daughters, Anna Haggerty, Pam (Pete) Huzey, Patricia (Ralph Jr) Taylor, Sandra Nation, Janice (Brian) Striker, and son, Paul R. (Elizabeth) Moody ll, 18 grandchildren, 24 great- grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

( Posted on Little Rock website 3/3/2021 )

Moriarty, Michael F.

(June 8, 1952 - September 21, 2021)

Michael F. "Mike" Moriarty, 69, of Medina, died on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, following a brief illness. Born June 8, 1952 and he was the son of Francis E. Moriarty and Betty A. (Wright) Moriarty.

Mike was a 1970 graduate of Medina High School. Mike served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era aboard the USS Little Rock and USS Dewey from 1971-1975. He was employed by Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable) from 1984-2018, retiring as a Sr. Digital Electronics Headend Technician. He was very passionate about his work and a mentor to many of his co-workers. An avid amateur radio operator (WZ2MM).

Mike was an active member of the Orleans County Amateur Radio Club. He was a tenacious, talented and accomplished home renovator. Mike enjoyed music and performed as a singer during the late 1960s through the 1980s and thoroughly enjoyed singing the music of crooners such as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. He was a hard-working individual with an amazing work ethic. Michael was a reliable, loving and caring son, brother, husband, father and friend with a wonderful, happy and fun-loving spirit.

Michael is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years, Wendy A. Moriarty; children, Kelly A. Moriarty of Medina, Michael E. (Angela) Moriarty of Medina and Margaret A. "Maggie" (Saul Cruz) Moriarty of Boston, Mass.; sisters, Patricia Harmer and Margaret "Molly" (Scott) Pritchard of Medina; grandchildren, Izaiah Rhim, Jarin Rhim, Riley Black, Vincent and Dominic Moriarty; many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters- and brothers-in-law, close friends and workmates.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, Sept. 17, from 4-7 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where his services will also be held on Saturday, Sept. 18, beginning with military honors at 11 a.m. and memorial service to follow. Masks will be mandatory. Memorial donations may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, P.O. Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240 or the Orleans County Amateur Radio Club, 14069 W. County House Rd., Albion, NY 14411. Share condolences at

( Posted on Little Rock website 9/30/2021 )

Nelson, Gerard L.

(March 30, 1925 - July 6, 2021)

NELSON, Gerard L. "Rod", Commander U.S. Navy (Ret.), 96, successfully completed his last tour of duty on this planet and was called to his heavenly home in the early morning hours of July 6, 2021, where he now is reunited with the love of his life and wife of 46 years, Anna May Berry Nelson. Also joining in the celestial reunion party are his parents, Louis Paul Nelson and Flora Giorgio Nelson; and his sister, Mae Jocelyn Nelson Buckner. He is survived by his son, L. Paul Nelson II (Lee); his daughters, Leslie Ann Nelson Pereira (Charles), Kathryn Berry Nelson Sarver (Tim) and Laura Nelson Kallestad (Mike); and his grandchildren, Jeb Sarver (Samantha), Amanda Sarver (Shawn), Benjamin Sarver (Libby), Zachary Pereira, Katie Pereira, Anna Kallestad, Joseph Kallestad, Katie Turlington; five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Rod was born in Staten Island, N.Y., on March 30, 1925 and at a young age, moved with his family to Bath, Maine. He always considered the mid-coast Maine area to be his home. He attended Morse High School and Fryeburg Academy. He then graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in the wartime class of 1943-2. Too young to serve, his father had to grant permission for Rod to join the USCG-Merchant Marine as an engineer. During the war, he served on four ships providing ammunition, food and other essentials to U.S. troops and allied countries. He loved the work but he disliked "being on a ship that couldn't fire back at the enemy." In 1946, Rod accepted his commission to the U.S. Navy as an Ensign. Over the next 25 years, he served on several ships including destroyers, amphibious assault ships, LSDs and guided missile cruisers. His land-based assignments included Auburn University, Ft. Ord, California, Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, Bahrain Island in the Persian Gulf and the Pentagon. He also served as Port Services Officer for the Naval Station Norfolk and his last tour was as the Executive Officer for the Naval Station Norfolk. He retired from the Navy in 1971. During his service, he was awarded many decorations, medals, badges, commendations, citations and campaign ribbons. Rod was also a Mason and a member of Solar Star Lodge #14 A.F. & A.M, Bath, Maine.

Following his distinguished service in the Navy, Rod remained in Norfolk, Virginia, and was employed by QED Systems, Inc., as well as Old Dominion University, where he was assistant director of ODU's physical plant.

In 1996, Rod lost his beloved wife and favorite golf partner, Anna May, following a long battle with cancer. Together they raised four children, golfed, bowled, traveled, gardened and loved each other, their home and their grandchildren.

Rod proudly dedicated his life to the service of his country. To those who knew him well, he was a rascal and raconteur, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, uncle, jack-of-all-trades, a good neighbor and a devoted friend.

He will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a date to be announced.

Our family is deeply grateful to Phil and Rachel, Mike and Beverly; "good neighbors" does not begin to describe all they did for him; to his caregivers, Yolanda, Anastassia and Tatiana, who put their hearts into their care for him; and to all of his family and friends for enriching his life.

( Posted on Little Rock website 7/25/2021 )

Noren, Dennis A.

(January 21, 1955 - October 1, 2020)

Dennis Albert Noren, 65, was called home to our Lord October 1, 2020.

He was born on January 21, 1955 in Youngstown, Ohio.

He attended St. Joseph the Provider Catholic grade school in Campbell, Ohio and graduated from Campbell Memorial High School in 1972. He joined the Boy Scouts of America and proudly earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended Youngstown State University for two years before joining the United States Navy. In 1975, when the Suez Canal reopened, he was stationed on the cruiser USS Little Rock, the only American naval ship in the convoy. While based in Gaeta, Italy, he served aboard the Admiral’s flagship as a radar technician. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he joined the Army National Guard.

Dennis was predeceased by his parents, Mary Louise Lencyk Noren and Albert William Noren. He is survived by his two daughters, Rachel Lee (Ryan) Unger of New Port Richey, and Madison Taylor Noren of Largo; two granddaughters, Sabreina and Bella, and two sisters, Mary Ann (Roger) McManus of Westfield Center, Ohio and Judy Noren of West Palm Beach.

Dennis was a helpful soul and will always be remembered for his caring heart. He was a true American patriot with love for family and country. He was an avid sports fan, cheering on his Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays and Buccaneers!

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, October 24 at 1:00 p.m. at A Life Tribute Funeral Care in Largo, Florida for family and friends to gather. A military service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Inurnment will be private.

Well done, good and faithful servant!

( Posted on Little Rock website 10/22/2020 )

Orlowski, Edward S.

(1927 - December 11, 2020)

ORLOWSKI, Edward S. passed away Friday, December 11 while doing his morning regime. He had his routine planned out to read his morning paper from start to finish, getting his walk in and hitting his heavy bag which kept him motoring until his heart gave out at the age of 94.

He was born and raised in Boston enjoying his freedom to do as he pleased. He self-educated himself past his high school years living and learning through books. His passion for adventure led him to join the military and off he went to sea in the Navy during World War II joining the boxing team. He couldn't wait to be a part of the Marines during the Korean War experiencing the best time of his life writing about it and having his written words placed in the Marine Corps Museum in VA. He was honored with the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. The military molded his outlook on life and he brought this outlook with him while bringing up his five children.

His love for country and family meant everything to him and he liked to be heard so he decided to use the paper to form his opinions for everyone to hear. He always said, if I only had a memory. He remembered all of his military years and never stopped living until he was knocked out.

Ed was predeceased by his wife Barbara Ahern Orlowski, his Polish immigrant parents Karolina Klatha and Francis Orlowski and his sister Veronica Miller from Everett, MA. Living relatives are his three daughters, Andrea Lavitt of Ellington, Carloyn Mangiofico of Stafford, Doreen Moore of Manchester. His two sons Steven Orlowski of Ellington and Mike Orlowski of West Hartford. He has eight loving grandchildren, Michelle Simpson of Georgia, Leanne and Logan Moore of Manchester, Matt and Nicole Orlowski of Ellington, Nick, Ryan and Adam Orlowski of West Hartford and two great grandchildren, Joseph and Barbara Simpson of Georgia.

Ed was a strong independent minded proud man who loved his family and lived his life to his standards. To respect his ongoing privacy, there will be a private ceremony on his 95th birthday, December 26, with military honors at the Ellington Cemetery, Ellington CT. Burke-Fortin Funeral Home has been entrusted with Edwards care. For online condolences please visit Much thanks and appreciation to the state police and Ellington responders who did their part with dignity and respect in transporting Ed to another place in his life.

( Posted on Little Rock website 4/30/2021 )

Parrott, Louis J.

(March 3, 1929 - January 20, 2020)

Louis J. “Jim” Parrott – 90, of West Peabody and formerly of Lowell, died Monday, January 20, 2020 in Tallahassee, Florida. He was the beloved husband of the late Patricia A. (Ryan) Parrott.

Born in Lowell, MA on March 3, 1929. He was the son of the late Louis J. and Marion (Dube) Parrott. He was raised and attended school in Lowell. Louis was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II and served from 1946 to 1949.

Louis worked as a truck driver for many years for Capital Motors in Lowell. He has been a resident of West Peabody or over forty years a member of St. Adelaide’s Church.

Family members include his loving son Gary Parrott of Monticello, Florida; daughters, Brenda Barnard of St. Helens, Oregon and the late Ann Casey; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren; he was the brother of the late Donald Parrott.

His funeral will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Thursday, January 30 at 11:00 AM. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Chelmsford. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.

( Posted on Little Rock website 10/28/2020 )

Reinhardt, John A.

(September 5, 1939 - April 22, 2020)

John Allen Reinhardt, 80, of Wiscasset, ME died Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Freeport ME. Born in Evanston, IL on September 5, 1939, the son of Ralph and Virginia Reinhardt.

John graduated from the University of Illinois and received a master’s degree in voice from Catholic University in Washington, DC.

John went on to serve 23 years as a Chief Musician in the U. S. Navy. John married Marie A. Mosesso in Royal Oak, MI on March 17, 1978 and together they performed with the U.S. Navy Band and the “6th Fleet Singers" in Italy, Europe, North Africa, and Asia. Marie was a teacher at the “Joshua Barney School" in Gaeta, Italy.

John and Marie moved to Wiscasset, ME in 1992 where he taught music at Lincoln Academy for one year, was chairman of the Historic Preservation Committee, past president of Stewards of the Sheepscot and a member and cantor at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Newcastle, ME.

After retirement John formed his own opera company, “The Pocket Opera Players" and presented operas in English for school children.

In addition John was a pilot of small planes. He loved flying, antique dealing, and singing. He sang professionally in Europe and in the United States.

John is survived by his wife, Marie A. Reinhardt of Wiscasset, a daughter Laura Reinhardt Steele and her husband Walter of Brentwood, CA, a son Jonathon and his partner Clint McCall of Tucson, AZ, a sister Arden Thompson and her husband Dan of South Bristol, ME, two grandchildren, Benjamin and Julia Steele and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at St. Patrick's Church at a later date.

( Posted on Little Rock website 10/2/2020 )

Scott, Hugh S.

(August 31, 1948 - June 11, 2021)

A larger than life figure in the lives of those he loved, Hugh Scott was a paradigm. He was a unique, curious, kind, thoughtful, generous and caring soul who loved honest, intellectual conversation and banter. He could (and would) argue and dissect theory with the best of them. Hugh loved history and was an avid crossword and Sudoku player; he enjoyed bridge and card game rapport with friends and family; and he also balanced his time amongst books and rounds of golf.

Hugh served 4 years in the United States Navy as an electrician. During his time in the service he was able to explore the Mediteranian and forged lifelong friendships. Those that are close to Hugh are familiar with his Gaeta, Italy stories. They were some of his favorites. He loved exploring and his Navy brothers became essential friendships in his life. A proud member of the USS Little Rock, he will forever be a part of its brotherhood.

Following his service he joined his Father, Linus Scott, at Calumet Armature & Electric. Climbing the ranks he eventually became President and General Manager of Calumet Armature. Spanning a 40 year career, Hugh was an instrumental pioneer for driving the necessary business evolution required to keep a small business alive and thriving. Times were not always easy, but Hugh, alongside many great individuals, endured and proved an example to his children that faith, tenacity, grit, and endurance are key when confronting adversity.

Hugh was a family man who communicated his love and adoration for his children by bragging about them to anyone and everyone he could. He may have even embellished a story or two a bit. He not only loved his children but he adored his grandchildren. During the last spring of isolation, quality bonding between "Baba Hugh" and the four year old Rory proved to be memorable and meaningful. The love they had for each other was sweet and tender. When Hugh lost his leg, Rory said, "Baba Hugh! Your leg fell off!" Every conversation moving forward involved Rory asking Baba Hugh how his leg was and it always ended with Rory exclaiming that he still had both his legs.

Hugh also was able to introduce his grandchildren to other things he loved in life. He indoctrinated Sloane into Chicago Cubs baseball when he introduced her as a newborn to spring training and then hosted her at her first (of many) Wrigley field pilgrimages. Hugh taught Sloane that peanuts, hot dogs, and ice cream can balance hope and expectations through lifelong fandom. He also introduced Henry to the joy of backyard bbq and birthday party celebrations consisting of grilling, hors d'oeuvres, kid party platters for noshing, and ice cream cake.

Hugh was an amazing cook whose love of planning and hosting evolved over his lifetime. Hugh had a longstanding love of food and perfecting a meal. A "bit" of a culinary snob, Hugh enjoyed discussing and dissecting each meal he made for ways he could improve on it the next time with the verve of a strategic brigade de cuisine. He showed his love through his sharing of the time and energy in preparation of food with friends and family. His culminating annual master performance was centered around the legendary Christmas Eve family dinners: Beef Wellington and Chateaubriand were two of his favorites that took weeks of preparation and full days of focused execution.

Hugh taught his children to purposefully explore life, take chances, chart a course, persevere, and be humble enough to know you don't know it all. One of the biggest life lessons Hugh shared that he had learned over the course of his life is that control is an illusion. He embraced organic shared experiences and encouraged his kids to live with "fire in the belly." Family was paramount to Hugh and there was nothing he wouldn't do for those he loved.

He is preceded in death by parents Linus Leon Scott and Alice Margaret Scott, and sibling Linda Lee Washington. He is survived by his caring wife Gail Scott; his children Jeff (Darcy), Kathryn, Kimberly, Daniel, and Matthew; grandchildren Sloane, Henry, and Rory; sibling Carol Roberts and husband Bruce. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives and friends.

The Celebration Service in honor of Hugh Stuart Scott will be held on July 24, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crete, Illinois. Timeline: A one hour observation will be held at 9:30 am. Followed promptly by the service. Concluding with a luncheon in the fellowship hall adjacent to the church.

( Posted on Little Rock website 7/25/2021 )

Skay, John J.

(1947 - May 22, 2021)

On May 22, 2021, Age 74, of Laurel Springs, NJ; Beloved husband of Ruth (nee Webster); Loving father of Sherry Schlagle (Andrew) of Gloucester Twp., NJ and Kelly Gillies (Joseph) of Woolwich, NJ; Cherished grandfather of Brayden & Kylie Gillies and Dear brother of Thomas Skay and the late Margaret O'Brien & William Skay.

John proudly served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a Machinist at the Phila. Naval Shipyard for 33 years. John was a longtime member of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, an avid golfer and most importantly a dedicated family man.

John's family will receive friends on Thursday Evening, May 27th, 6-8 PM & on Friday morning 10-10:45 AM in the Sanctuary of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Rd., Haddonfield, NJ; his Service will follow at 11 AM. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of John may be made to Melanoma Research Alliance, 730 15th Street, NW, Fourth Floor, Washington, DC 20005 (Please indicate that the gift is in memory of your loved one) or via

( Posted on Little Rock website 6/4/2021 )

Stitelman (Stillman), Martin - LTJG

(Sept. 1, 1936 - Apr. 15, 2021)

Martin Stillman died peacefully in his Lake Park home at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife Carol Cohen of Oakland, brother Leonard Stitelman of Albuquerque, daughter Ruth Dashiell (Dan) of Orinda, son Mark Stillman (Kate) of Boise, stepson Brian Cohen (Randy) of Beverly Hills and stepdaughter Dana Cohen (Jeff Simon) of Piedmont; and 9 grandchildren.

Stillman, known to family and friends as Marty, was born and raised in Brooklyn New York. He was a tall, wiry kid who excelled in all athletics, with his brother Len having fond memories of him playing baseball in empty lots with his friends. He attended Columbia University and received an Economics degree in 1958. After college he entered active duty in the US Navy, serving aboard the USS Lake Chaplain from 1958 to 1959, and the USS Little Rock from 1960 to 1961. During a record review, his commanding officer gave Stillman a mark of "Outstanding performance, a very fine officer" and remarked "under the leadership and guidance of Lt Stillman, the 2nd division was one of the best divisions of the Pre-Commissioning Detail at Personnel Inspection" and "…a fine subordinate who is cheerful and loyal in executing the orders of his superiors." He served in the Naval reserves for 13 years, rising to rank of Lieutenant Commander at the time of his honorable discharge in 1974.

Marty changed his name from Stitelman to Stillman (hat tip Bob Lipsyte), moved to San Francisco in 1963, married Bernice Elaine Zuckerman in 1966, and started a family in Danville and Lafayette in the late 1960s. He worked 10 years for Prudential Insurance company as Associate General Manager of Real Estate investments, and in 1973 realized his dream of founding Stillman Commercial in Walnut Creek. According to his resume, as Managing General Partner, Marty "aggressively managed properties to maintain high occupancy rates, quality tenants and maximum property values."

In 1986 Marty married Carol Cohen and started a new chapter in his life. He enjoyed traveling with Carol, visiting all corners of the world. For many years Marty shared office space with Richard Singer whose wit, charm and caring heart made him a great friend. He loved playing tennis with friends, cherishing his weekly doubles matches with Norman Licht, Chuck Batts and Rick Hazard. He always made it a priority to be involved with Ruth, Dan, Mark, Kate and their children as they raised their own families. And he embraced his expanded family, creating strong bonds with Dana, Jeff, Brian, Randy and their children. In his later years, Marty embraced learning through The Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning in San Francisco with his good friend Harry Citron.

According to his son Mark, "He was a great father with a good heart. He was always there for me, and he taught me so much. He left me with happy memories of playing tennis together, watching action movies, traveling and always cheering me on in everything I did. Over the last 5 years we spent a lot of quality time together and I am proud to be called Marty's son. I love and miss you dad! And I'll never forget you."

Contributions in Marty Stillman's memory may be sent to: The Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning, 2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117.

( Posted on Little Rock website 6/20/2021 )

Sutton, Phillip M.

(1945 - November 29, 2020)

Neptune City - Phillip M. Sutton, of Neptune City, passed away peacefully, November 29,2020 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He was 75 years old.

Phillip was a State Exempt Firemen who proudly served the Neptune City Fire Department for 52 years, serving as Chief in 1980 as well as 2012. He was also proud of his services in the Navy. He enjoyed times on his boat fishing, the New York Giants and model trains.

He will be missed by all that knew him and his furry friends.

Surviving are his loving wife of 52 years Carol Sutton, his two sisters-in-law Patricia Hendrickson, Sharon Helmer and husband Don, his brother-in-law Roger Hall, and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing on Friday, December 4,2020 from 4pm to 8pm with a 6:30pm funeral service, and a 7pm Fireman's service at Francioni, Taylor & Lopez Funeral Home, 1200 10th Ave, Neptune. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, or Neptune City Fire Department.

( Posted on Little Rock website 12/6/2020 )

Vieira, Frank

(January 12, 1946 - November 11, 2020)

Frank Vieira, 92, of New Bedford passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at his residence to join his angel, Evelyn. Frank was the husband of the late Evelyn (Cardoza) Vieira who passed away November 1st, 2015. They were married on January 12, 1946. Frank was born in New Bedford, son of the late Joseph Vieira and Mary R. (Vital) Vieira. He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church.

He is survived by two daughters, Carol Machado and her husband Richard Machado of FL and Deborah Vieira and her husband John Krivak of Falmouth; two granddaughters, Charlene Vermette of FL and Jennifer Rose of FL, as well as five great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews.

He was pre deceased by his brothers, the late James Vieira, Dennis Vieira, and Gilbert Vieira.

Frank was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Navy as a third class Petty Offifer on the U.S.S. Little Rock, CL92, and the U.S.S. Donner, LSD. He served in the European Mediterranean 6th Fleet. He also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve at the rank of Sergeant. He was employed at the Paul A. Dever State School from 1957 through 1973.

He was elected Bristol County Commissioner from 1973through 1979, serving two years as Chairman, elected Bristol County Treasurer from 1979 through 1989 and served as Chairman of the Bristol County Retirement Board from 1979 through 1989. He was elected to the Massachusetts County Personnel Board, representing Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, and Dukes Counties.

Frank served on the board of Trustees for Bristol County Agriculture High School, the Paul A. Dever State School and he served on the first board of trustees for Bristol Community College. He was a member of the New Bedford Park Commission from 1962 through 1972 and the New Bedford Conservation Commission from 1969 through 1970. He was a recipient of the Community Leader of America award in 1969.

Frank retired in 1989 after 33 years of public service.

He was the former President of A.F.S.C.M.E. local #651 and served on the executive board of Massachusetts A.F.S.C.M.E. council, Boston #41.

Frank was a life member of VFW Post #3260 and American Legion Post #166, and Post Commander of the Portuguese American War Veterans Post #1.

He was a life member of the U.S.S. Littlerock Association, serving several years on the board of directors, a member of the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, DC and a member of the U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Association.

He was very devoted to his wife of 69 years and his family. He especially enjoyed entertaining his family in his home on the holidays. He and Evelyn were avid Karaoke singers and enjoyed their time singing with their friends.

Frank was very patriotic and was proud to be an American. His daily routine started with reading the newspaper and watching the TV news, being concerned about New Bedford, Massachusetts, the United States and how world events affected our lives.

His services will be held at a later date in St. Mary's Church, 343 Tarkiln Hill Rd., New Bedford. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or The Salvation Army, 619 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA 02740; For online tribute,

( Posted on Little Rock website 11/12/2020 )

Wagner, Ronald E.

(August 1, 1943 - July 30, 2021)

Ronald "Ron" Edward Wagner, 77, peacefully entered Eternal Life on July 30th, 2021, by his family's side at the VA CLC in Iron Mountain, MI. He was born and raised in Champaign, Illinois, but spent most of his life in the Upper Peninsula.

Ron was born on August 1, 1943, son of the late Edward and Bernadine Wagner. He graduated from Holy Cross Catholic School and then Champaign Senior High School in 1961. Following high school, he joined the United States Navy and served on the USS Little Rock in the Mediterranean until 1964. Ron worked as a carpenter most of his life, working for Khoury's Furniture and retiring from Bob's Homes. After retiring, he continued to "use his hands and brain to make many unique items out of wood," as he would put it. Throughout the years, he participated in many craft shows in Michigan and Wisconsin.

Ron was very devoted to his Catholic faith. He belonged to Immaculate Conception Parish, where he spent many years as an Eucharist Minister. Besides going to church weekly, Ron looked forward to getting together with a very special group of friends: Roger Krebsbach, Bill Hasse, and Walt Arnold for prayer group every Monday. Another interest of Ron's was traveling. He and his youngest daughter, Hannah, enjoyed traveling the United States and Mexico together. Besides spending time sightseeing with Hannah, Ron enjoyed sitting on the beach reading the Bible and Catholic books.

Ron is survived by his three children: Sherri (Darren) Petschar, and Hannah Wagner, both of Kingsford, and Edward Wagner of Iron Mountain; five grandchildren and one grandson due in September; one great-grandchild; and five siblings: Barbara Forgette, and David (Elaine) Wagner of Iron Mountain, Mary Howard, Susan Grace (Randy) Rominger, and Richard Wagner, all of Champaign County, Illinois.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Bernadine Wagner, and three brothers-in-law, Gary Grace, Robert Forgette, Sr., and Kennith Howard.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 6th from 9:00 am - 10:30 am at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Funeral services will immediately follow at 11:00 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. Msgr. James Kaczmarek will offer the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery, following mass.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Ronald "Ron" Edward Wagner online at

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.

( Posted on Little Rock website 8/17/2021 )

Walts, Roger

(1943 - March 9, 2021)

PARRISH, FLA.- Roger Walts Passed away in Parrish, Fla. on March 9, 2021 at the age of 78 in his sleep.

Born in Shelbyville, Ind., he was an avid basketball player and even played for his ships team while aboard the USS Little Rock during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He would return to Indiana to attend college at Purdue.

He went on to marry and moved to Saratoga Springs where he would raise his two children Andrew and Melissa. He was active in the local Jaycee's where he regularly helped with the building of the haunted houses put on by the Jaycee's. He coached soccer and softball and was well know around Saratoga as a General Contractor who worked on many of the revitalization projects in the early 80's and 90's. He moved to Ocala Florida in the early 90's and golfed nearly every day. He recently moved to Parrish Florida to live out the remainder of his time near his son.

Roger was predeceased by his sister, Julia, and brother, Richard, and is survived by his son, Andrew, daughter-in-law, Penny, and daughter, Melissa, son-in-law, Michael and their son and his grandson, Anthony. Service will be held in April at the Sarasota National Cemetery where he will be interned with full military honors in the Sarasota National Cemetery in Florida. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Ocala Sheriff's Youth Ranch

( Posted on Little Rock website 4/13/2021 )

Wellman, Clyde W.

(April 15, 1939 - June 21, 2021)

CLYDE W. WELLMAN, SR., 82, passed away unexpectedly in his home in Belmont on June 21, 2021. He was born April 15, 1939, son of Otto and Charlotte Wellman.

After graduating from Crosby High School in Belfast in 1958, he joined the Navy where he served for 20 years and retired as a Machinist Mate, Master Chief Petty Officer (E9). He and his family returned to Maine where they purchased a small farm in Belmont.

He loved working the farm and sharing the vegetables from his big gardens with his family and friends. He worked for the Town of Belmont for 20 years holding various titles such as Administrative Assistant, Deputy Treasurer, Animal Control Officer, Road Commissioner as well as being a member of the Town's Volunteer Fire Department.

Clyde is survived by his wife of 63 years, Verlesta (Hills) Wellman; sons, Clyde Jr and his wife Anita, Ronald and his wife Holly, granddaughter Maranda and her husband Noah LaForge and his sister Joyce Sweetman and brother Leroy Wellman.

He was predeceased by his parents, his daughters Cheryl and Teresa, a son Michael and brothers Otto, Jr and Paul and a sister Lucille Nickerson.

Graveside services with military honors will be held August 7th at 2 p.m. at Hills Cemetery in Lincolnville. A Celebration of Life will be held directly after the service at Belmont Community Center at 613 Back Belmont Road, Belmont. Memories and condolences may be shared at

( Posted on Little Rock website 8/31/2021 )

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