ANDERSON - Phyllis Ann Morrison died peacefully at her home in Hauppauge, NY, on August 22, 2014. She was born in Washington, PA, to Mildred and Boone Morrison. She graduated from Grove City College in Pennsylvania with a degree in elementary education. On July 16, 1966, she married Charles L. Anderson and they celebrated 31 years together before his death in 1997. She was active in various roles in the First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown, the Smithtown Branch of AAUW, and numerous book clubs. She enjoyed reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her daughter Kristen and son-in-law Raymond Epp of Wading River, and son Brian and daughter-in-law Angi, currently stationed in Okinawa with the U.S. Marine Corps; grandchildren Matthew, Natalie, and Erik Epp, Charles and Samuel Anderson; sisters and brothers-in-law Nancy and David Samson and Curtis and Martha Kerns; sisters-in-law Kay Wisniewski and Rita and Joe Petroff; numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 26, from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. at Fives Funeral Home in Smithtown. A celebration of her life will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown on Wednesday, August 27, at 1 p.m. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown, AAUW Smithtown Branch Educational Fund, or Toys for Tots.
Jerry B. Singleton - True Renaissance man Captain Jerry Brian Singleton, USN (Ret), passed away Wednesday, August 13 at the age of 67, from sudden cardiac arrest. Jerry, born in St. Louis, Missouri, had recently retired to Star Valley Ranch, Wyoming with his wife of 45 years, Susan (nee Grimm).
Susan and Jerry both graduated from Smithtown High School in New York in 1965, but didn’t begin dating until meeting at college in Brockport, NY. While in high school, Jerry competed in football and track & field, and even set a pole-vaulting record that stood for many years. He also served as the Vice President of the student council and was a member of the all-state band every year, winning many state music competitions before joining the military.
Capt. Jerry “Hook” Singleton was a Naval Aviator who courageously served his country for 30 years, seeing combat operations in Vietnam, Grenada and Lebanon. Jerry was the Commanding Officer of VFA-131, an F/A-18 strike fighter squadron, when it was awarded the Estocin Award for the greatest professional reputation, aggressiveness, and performance of any strike fighter squadron in the US Navy. He was the 137th Naval Aviator in American history to achieve over 1000 carrier-arrested landings. Jerry also served as Lieutenant Commander officer in charge of the Navy’s Landing Signal Officer School at NAS Cecil Field, FL. Additionally, he held the position of Commander, Strike Fighter Wing U.S. pacific Fleet and subsequently functioned as Chief of Staff of Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
His career took him around the world and he once lived with Susan and their children in Belgium while serving at NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.
Captain Singleton’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (3), the Meritorious Service Medal (4), the Air Medal with combat ”V” (6), the Strike Flight Award (7), the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat ”V” (3), and various other individual, unit, and campaign awards.
During his military career, he earned a Master of Science in Business Management from Salve Regina University of Rhode Island, as well as a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College, from which he graduated with Distinction.
Following his distinguished naval service, Jerry began a second career in academia at the University of San Diego, where he developed, launched, and served as Founding Director of the Master of Science in Global Leadership program as well as the Director of Graduate Operations of the School of Business and Special Assistant to the Dean.
Jerry’s profuse and diverse talents included the arts. He attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music as an oboist, where his intention was to pursue a career in music. He did so later in his life, both as a performer and a composer. While in San Diego, he played oboe with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. He most recently played the oboe and English horn in the Jackson Hole Community Band, and Baritone, Tenor and Alto saxophone in the Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole Band.
His recent time in Star Valley Ranch, WY was the culmination of a life of professional excellence and inspirational leadership, and he filled his time there with love for his family, the joy of adventure, and his creative passions, which included woodcarving, fly fishing, skiing, wildlife photography, and composing his first symphony. He also enjoyed emailing his children bizarre news articles.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Singleton; his brother, Terry Singleton; his three children, Kelly (and Chris) Dalton, Katie (and Joe) Ciccarelli and Brian Singleton; his grandsons, William Brian Dalton and John Charles Dalton; and his mother-in-law, Mary Grimm. He was predeceased by his sisters Jo An Dallow and Linda Jasper.
Burial at Arlington National Cemetery is pending. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Jerry’s honor to a charity of your choice.
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NELSON, Emma Leigh age 7 of Smithtown, NY on August 11, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of Heath & Katherine. Cherished sister of Abigail & Jacob.Loving Granddaughter of Francine & Kenneth Ditata and Walter Henao and the late Gloria. She is survived by many other family members and friends. Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, Smithtown, NY. Cremation followed at Washington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers family requests donations to: Angela’s House P.O. Box 5052 Hauppauge, NY 11788. Or Share The Voice PO Box 5436 West Babylon, NY 11707. Arrangements entrusted to the professional care of Branch Funeral Home of Smithtown and Vigliante family. Online guest book at www.branchfh.com
TORTORA, Joseph of Lake Grove, NY on August 9, 2014 at the age of 76. Retired Electrician I.B.E.W Local # 25. Beloved husband of the late Diane. Loving father of Lisa (Ken), Buckheit, and Craig (Erica) Tortora. Cherished grandfather of Benjamin Tortora, Dakota Tortora & Nicholas Buckheit. Dear brother of Linda Hargreaves & Marie Mongelli, also survived by Marilyn Blum his loving companion.Funeral Mass was celebrated at Sts. Philip & James R.C, Church, St. James. Interment followed at St. Charles Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the professional care of Branch Funeral Home of Smithtown and Vigliante family. Online guest book at www.branchfh.com
DAMIANOS, Herodotus Age 82 of Saint James, NY passed peacefully on August 18, 2014. Beloved Husband of Barbara. Loving Father of Alexander (Shari) Damianos, Jason Damianos, Alethea (Kenneth) Damianos-Conroy, Eurydice Damianos & Pindar Damianos.Adored Grandfather of Phaedra, Iliana, Evan & Andrew. Reposing at Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place 551 Route 25A Miller Place, NY 11764. Memorial Visitation Monday & Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Private Interment. In lieu of flowers please donate to: Mather Hospital JTM Foundation, 75 North Country Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777, New York, Presbyterian Pulmonary Fibrosis, 1305 York Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10021 & Good Shepherd Hospice 245 Old Country Road, Melville, NY, 11747. or Charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to the professional care of Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place and Vigliante family. Online guest book at www.branchfh.com