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Sophie Vasilas

Sophie Vasilas, a Manhasset resident for 47 years, passed away on October 1, 2014 at the age of 90.
Sophie, a graduate of Hunter College in Manhattan, was a former elementary school teacher in Queens, a founding member of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Flushing, New York and Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Roslyn, New York with her husband Dr. Anthony Vasilas. She was Philoptochos President at both churches.
Sophie was a founding member of the Hellenic Women’s Club of North Shore and an auxiliary member of the Beekman Downtown Hospital in Manhattan where her husband Anthony was director of Radiology. She enjoyed singing in the church choir, travel, interior design and sewing. Sophie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend.
She is survived by her beloved husband Dr. Anthony Vasilas, her children Peter Vasilas and his wife Sharon, Paula Roussos and her husband Sakis, and Constance Parsons and her husband Ramon, eleven grandchildren and her brothers Demetrios Pappas and Nicholas Pappas and his wife Alexandra, and her sister-in-law Elpis Chandras.
A Memorial Service will take place on Nov. 2 at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Port Washington, N.Y. during the regular church service.
Donations in her memory can be made to the Orkestai Farm, a non¬profit organic farm started by Sophie’s granddaughter Alethea, serving individuals of all abilities at P.O. Box 1464, Bayville, NY 11709 or online at www.Orkestaifarm.org or to the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, 100 Fairway Drive, Port Washington, New York, 11050.

Ann Cataldo

ObitCataldo_103114AAnn Cataldo was the beloved wife of Joseph, cherished mother of Karen (Gerald) and Val (Ken), and dear “Nani” to Lauren, Jen, and Dan. Ann was kind and giving, and cared deeply about her friends and family. Her energy and spirit preceded her everywhere she went. She put people at ease and her presence uplifted everyone around her. She carried herself with elegance, and nobody had better taste or style.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 or at www.stjudes.org.

John F. McHale Sr.

ObitMcHale_103114A 5/21/21 – 10/23/14 – beloved son of the late Catherine and William McHale, loving husband of the late Virginia (nee Conley), brother to the late William, Catherine Caden, Thomas and Gerard.   Father of the late John (Janet), Kevin (June), Robert (Peggy), Brian McHale, Jane Cotter (Jerry) and Mary Ellen Gotimer (Michael).  [Read more...]

Sophie Vasilas

Sophie Vasilas, a Manhasset resident for 47 years, passed away on Oct. 1 at the age of 90.
Sophie, a graduate of Hunter College in Manhattan, was a former elementary school teacher in Queens, a founding member of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Flushing, New York and Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Roslyn, New York with her husband Dr. Anthony Vasilas. She was Philoptochos President at both churches.
Sophie was a founding member of the Hellenic Women’s Club of North Shore and an auxiliary member of the Beekman Downtown Hospital in Manhattan where her husband Anthony was director of Radiology. She enjoyed singing in the church choir, travel, interior design and sewing. Sophie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend.
She is survived by her beloved husband Dr. Anthony Vasilas, her children Peter Vasilas and his wife Sharon, Paula Roussos and her husband Sakis, and Constance Parsons and her husband Ramon, eleven grandchildren and her brothers Demetrios Pappas and Nicholas Pappas and his wife Alexandra, and her sister-in-law Elpis Chandras.
A Memorial Service will take place on Nov. 2 at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Port Washington during the regular church service.
Donations in her memory can be made to the Orkestai Farm, a nonprofit organic farm started by Sophie’s granddaughter Alethea, serving individuals of all abilities at P.O. Box 1464, Bayville, N.Y. 11709 or online at www.orkestaifarm.org or to the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, 100 Fairway Drive, Port Washington, N.Y. 11050.

James H. Fletcher

ObitFletcher_102414AJames H. Fletcher, of Williamsburg and Manhasset, N.Y., died quietly in his sleep on Oct. 9, 2014, at the age of 86.
He is survived by his wife, Lyn; four daughters, Sandra, Karen, Leslie and Cherri; and five granddaughters, Lauren, Kristen, Leanne, Sara and Joan.
Upon graduating from William & Mary College and Columbia Law School, he formed the Manhasset Law Firm and Molloy, Fletcher & Dunne. He was a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and a prominent leader in the community.
He will be missed dearly by his family and friends. A services was held on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at Patriots Colony in Williamsburg, Virgnia.

Charles F. Vachris

Manhasset resObitVachris_101714Aident Charles F. Vachris, PE passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. He suffered a heart attack while playing basketball, a sport he loved. He was 75.
Charlie was born February 19, 1939 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Anthony and Helen Vachris. A graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola, he attended Yale University where he graduated from the Engineering School with honors in 1961. Following his graduation from Yale, he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers while stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was honorably discharged from the service as a Captain. [Read more...]

Mary L. Sergi

Mary L. Sergi, 74, of Beaver Falls, Penn. passed away the morning of Oct. 6 at Good Samaritan Hospice at Heritage Valley. Born in Manhattan, N.Y. on Jan. 26, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Josephine Sabatino Ramirez.
In 1966, she married her beloved husband, Lawrence Sergi, and the two spent over 46 wonderful years together until he preceded her in death on April 9, 2013. Mary grew up in Washington Heights, N.Y. and eventually settled in Manhasset, N.Y. to raise her family. She retired as an administrative assistant for the Nassau County Police Department Detective Unit for the 6th Precinct.
Mary had a keen eye for fashion and had been employed at Macy’s Department Store where she won Salesperson of the Year in Manhasset. She belonged to St. Mary’s Church in Manhasset.
Known as a wonderful cook and hostess, Mary loved to entertain. She also loved music, art, dancing, and traveling.
Mary is survived by her children, Christine Gillow and husband Jeff of Castle Pines, Colorado and Andrea Piccione and husband Tom Jr. of Chippewa Township, Penn.; grandchildren Thomas Michael Piccione III and Christopher Lawrence Piccione; sister-in-law Beatrice Ramirez; and niece Leonora of Staten Island, N.Y.
In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her brother, Michael Ramirez. A memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Charles Resurrection Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers and honoring Mary’s love of elderly dogs, memorial contributions may be made to GreyMuzzle.org. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory 941 S Mill St New Castle Penn. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.decarbofuneralhome.com.

William George Gross III

William George Gross  lll, age 60   of Manhasset, died October 3, 2014 after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife Carol, and two beautiful children Brian (18) and Katie (15) whom he loved so dearly and was so proud of.

He is also survived by two sisters: Jane Miller of Clinton, N..Y and Diane Kingsley of Mashpee, Mass. as well as in-laws, nieces and nephews.

A brief service is planned at the Congregational Church 1845 Northern Blvd. in Manhasset on Monday, October 13 At 4 p.m.. Reception to follow.

Michael Caswell Adams

ObitAdams_101014AMichael Caswell Adams, 81, of Jupiter, Fla, passed away Sunday, Oct. 5. He was born in Manhattan, N.Y., on April 23, 1933, and attended Portsmouth Abbey School and Cornell University.

His wife of 50 years, Mary Lioba, predeceased him in 2009. Mike spent a long career in liquor sales. He gave freely of his time to his family, friends, and community, including many years in civic service. On Long Island, he was Commodore of Port Washington Yacht Club and served as Commissioner of the Manhasset Park District.

In 2004, he moved to Florida, where he served as President of Tequesta Country Club, volunteered at the Jupiter Medical Center, and was President of the Jupiter Harbor property owners association. [Read more...]

Attilio Casella

Attilio Casella, age 80, of Port Washington, died on September 20, 2014. He is survived by his wife Jean, his children Peter (Gina), Tom (Virgie), Debra Rybecky (Phil) and Michael (Fabiana), thirteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, his siblings Michael and Phyllis, and many nieces and nephews. Attilio was predeceased by his brother Mariano. Funeral arrangements were handled by Austin F. Knowles, Inc. Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church. The entombment followed at Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital www.stjude.org