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Death Notice - Paulette M Cortes

Cortes, Paulette M. age 45 of Smithtown, NY passed away on May 28, 2017. She was the beloved daughter of the late Paulette A. Gruss-Cortes and Michael Cortes and stepdaughter of Floris. Cherished sister of Melissa Cortes, Jessica Cortes, Danielle Jacobs (Kerry Hall) and step sister of Sharon Sharony, Ilene Rosmarin and Mitchell Rosmarin. Loving aunt of Matthew Jacobs. She is survived by many other family members and friends. Religious Service was celebrated at the funeral home. Interment followed at Washington Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the professional care of Branch Funeral Home of Smithtown and Vigliante family. Online guest book at www.branchfh.com



Death Notice - Marie Falasco

Falasco, Marie Age 96 of Coram, NY.  On May 26, 2017. Beloved wife of the late Anthony.  Cherished mother of Anthony (Kathleen) & Diane Blohm (James).  Dearest grandmother of Keith (Tara), Michael (Jennifer), Andrea (Erik), Brian (Maria), Michael (Ashley) & James (Kate). Maria raised 3 families during her lifetime and was loved by all.  Her legacy was one of always loving & caring for her family. She is also survived by her 11 adored great grandchildren. Marie’s final destination will be a beautiful reunion with her husband, Anthony…in heaven. Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Margaret of Scotland R.C. Church., Selden, NY. Entombment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the professional care of Branch Funeral Home of Smithtown and Vigliante family. Online guest book at www.branchfh.com



Obituary - Marie Andina


Marie Andina, a long-time resident of Zephyrhills, Riverview, and Valrico, Florida, passed away on Thursday, May 11 in Zephyrhills, FL.  She was born on Flag Day-June 14th, 1942 in Queens, NY. She was preceded in death by her father Albert Schneider in 1993, mother Anna Schneider in 1997, and daughter Kory Lee Andina in 2009. She grew up in Bellerose (Queens) and Deer Park, Long Island, graduating from Babylon High.

Marie studied art and illustration at SUNY-Farmingdale, NY.  She met Norman, her future husband while they worked at Airborne Instruments Labs in Farmingdale, NY.  A strong courtship followed by their marriage on March 14, 1965.  They enjoyed many trips on their Harley motorcycles in the New York/New England area.

Living in Hauppauge, NY for 24 years they raised their children, Karl, Lara, and Kory Lee.  Marie earned her teacher’s certificate from SUNY-Empire and worked as a teacher’s assistant for Special Needs students at the Hauppauge Middle School.  She was also a Substance Abuse Counselor and a trained Stephens Minister for Saint Andrews Lutheran Church in Smithtown. Marie was very active in the Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations.  As the Scout Master’s wife of Hauppauge’s Boy Scout Troop 343 and the 1985 National Scout Jamboree Troop 429, she became the Troop Mother of many Scouts.  She also earned her Wood Badge training beads in 1984.  She was the Editor of the Bretton Woods Elementary School PTA Bulletin in the 1980’s.  Her home was an open door for anyone who arrived and she became a second Mom to countless youths.

Following a change in her husband’s employment in 1989, the family moved to Valrico, Florida. She had a wonderful spirit that could light up a room. She devoted much of her time and energy to her family and loved ones and daughter Kory (who left  everyone too early at age 34). Marie had a life time love and passion for all sorts of crafts and paint media. Her skill and talent will be remembered. She also loved teaching or helping anyone who asked. Her abilities were varied and she would provide instructions in almost any craft from painting, sketching, knitting, crocheting and quilting. Hobby Lobby and Michaels were some of her best shopping locations and the Sunday ads were required reading. She enjoyed making lap robes and baby blankets and donating them to Hospice.  She was an active member of several art clubs and was the chairperson for the Craft committee at the Tropical Acres Estates in Zephyrhills.  

She is survived by her loving family—- Norman, her husband of 52 years, son Karl (Nancy) of California, daughter Lara (Anthony) of Long Island, Grandchildren, Zachary, Harrison, and Savanna of Long Island, step-grandchildren Sean (Katie) Smith and Shannon (Michael) Brandow of California.  Sister-in-laws Pat Shultz of Florida, and Kathy (William) Lane of Ohio, niece Linda (Jerry) Paradise of  Florida, nephew Brad (Amy) Cormier of Ohio.   She also has three great grandchildren (Keria, Sullivan and Ender) and 6 grandnieces and nephews. (Heather, Emma, Conner, Aidan, Jack and Kathleen)  

A celebration of life will be planned in New York during July and in Florida during October.

Memorial gifts may be made to Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 37439 Clinton Ave, Dade City, FL 33525


Obituary - Madeline "Muriel" Stephens


Muriel Stephens of Lake Wales passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 at Palm Terrace of Lakeland Nursing and Rehab.

She was born August 20, 1935 in New York, New York to the late Robert and Anna Bazoge; she has been a resident of Lake Wales for 30 years coming from Commack, Long Island, New York. She was a homemaker, formerly employed by United Cerebral Palsy (Commack) and enjoyed fishing, bingo and spending time with her family. She was very creative with her arts and crafts and known as the “Craft Lady”.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Roger Navas; second husband, George Stephens; and daughters, Theresa Navas and Karen Waters; and brothers, Robert Bazoge and Ronald Bazoge. Survivors include her daughter, Doreen Como and husband, Bob of Stuart; sons, Roger Navas of San Diego, CA and Ronald Navas of Lake Wales; sister, Debbie Cooley of North Olmsted, OH; sisters-in-law, Rose Bazoge and Anna Bazoge; thirteen grandchildren, Dawn Marie, Nicholas, Kimberly, Christopher, Robert, Michael, Brian, Matthew, Teresa, Tommy, Danny, Katieann and Christopher; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105).


Obituary - Audrey Marie Chiarella

Chiarella, Audrey Marie; on Wednesday, May 17, at the age of 92 in Tempe, AZ.  Formerly a long-time resident of Smithtown, NY.  She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph.  Cherished mother of Theresa Chiarella, Laura Reisinger (Bob), John Chiarella and Joseph Chiarella (Sandra).  Cherished Grandmother of Karin, Jeffrey(Christina), Kerry(Philip), John Michael, Daniel(Megan), and Andrea.  Cherished Great Grandmother of Hannah, Paul, RJ, Derek, and Jon’Nae.  Dear sister of Elema Burris and John L. Swimmer of OK.  During the years 1942-1943, at the age of 17, Audrey went to work for Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She learned how to rivet and after training was sent to the main plant where the B-24 Bombers were being assembled.  She worked the graveyard shift with a partner, and climbed up and crawled into the small cabin section of the plane, located behind the pilot and co-pilot, to install radio tables.  She also worked in the lower part of the nose section of the plane which housed the shell track and two gun turrets.  During the day, she went to Beautician School and later became a hair dresser.  Shortly after graduating from Beautician School, she met her husband Joe, an Army service man, on a blind date.  They married and moved to NY and had four children.  They were married for 48 years.  Audrey was proud to be a “Rosie” and to have been a part of history that honors these great women.  She was a member of the American Rosie the Riveter Association and attended conferences.  Audrey also volunteered at the Senior Center in Tempe as a Needlewielder sewing and crocheting items for donation to local hospitals and charities, and was a volunteer at two church organizations.  She was an active member of Tempe Republican Women. A Memorial Mass in her honor will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tempe, AZ on June 3, 2017 at 10 a.m.  Interment at a later date at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, NY.

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