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Donald White

Feb 27, 1939 - Dec 07, 2023

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New York, NY

Donald White, age 84, of New York, New York passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2023. A donald white for Donald will be held Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 2:00 PM.

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Kelly Morgan Simmers

Jul 07, 1983 - Feb 20, 2024

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New York City, NY

Kelly Morgan Simmers, 40, of New York City, NY passed away unexpectedly at her residence on February 20th, 2024. Kelly is survived by her parents Gary Wayne Simmers and Teresa Hawse Simmers of Rockingham, VA. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Kelly graduated from Broadway High School in 2001 and James Madison University in 2007 with a degree in English. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to either St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105, or to the Rockingham Harrisonburg SPCA, P.O. Box 103, Harrisonburg VA 22803. A private family service will be held at a later date.

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Gloria Fern Siegel

Jan 12, 1936 - Feb 25, 2024

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New York, NY

Gloria Fern Siegel died on February 25th at 88 years old after battling lung cancer for the past year. She is survived by the family she fiercely loved—her husband of 60 years, Alan Siegel, her daughter Stacey Siegel and husband Michael Bloom, and her grandchildren Ruby and Leo Bloom. She will be remembered for her unbridled generosity, sense of humor, creativity, integrity, business savvy, dedication to fashion, Broadway musicals, and love of NYC. Gloria grew up in Denver, Colorado and attended Colorado and Denver Universities where she was inspired by a Shakespeare Professor to think in the abstract and open her mind to fresh perspectives. After college, Gloria worked as a stewardess for Aer Lingus Airlines. She moved to NYC in 1959 and started working as Robert Evans’ assistant at Evan Picone, Little Foxes International (Fox Run), and Martin Goodman Theatrical Agency. After moving to NYC, Gloria studied creative writing at The New School for Social Research. When her husband began to build his firm, Siegel+Gale, Gloria joined him there in 1971, beginning a distinguished career that included marketing, naming, and writing assignments for a wide variety of global clients including Citicorp/Citibank, BP, Historic Hudson Valley, Hanes, Prudential, Komatsu-Zenoah, USX, Xerox, Kmart, American Express, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Johnson & Johnson, MasterCard, and Comcast, whose Xfinity name she helped create. Memorial services will be held at 11AM on Friday, March 1st at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel, 1076 Madison Avenue, New York,

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James John Schiavone

Jun 24, 1938 - Feb 24, 2024

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New York, NY

James John Schiavone, age 85, of New York, New York passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024. A james john schiavone for James will be held Sunday, March 3, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Gutterman and Musicant Jewish Funeral Directors, 402 Park Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Following the james john schiavone will be an interment from 2:45 PM to 3:15 PM at Cedar Park Cemetery, 735 Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652.

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Beverly Elaine McKenzie

Aug 20, 1950 - Feb 06, 2024

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New York City, NY

Beverly Elaine McKenzie was born August 20, 1950 in Clarendon, Jamaica W.I. AEer compleGng her studies at Ardenne High School and her nursing degree at The University of the West Indies, she moved to Toronto, Canada. From there she moved to New York City where she met and married Eric A. Young on August 7th, 1976. From this union were born two children, Sheryl and Eric, Jr. When she first moved to the United States, she was a devoted au pair before she was able to pursue her career as a nurse. At a Gme when the AIDS epidemic was at its height, she bravely chose to work in New York’s first State-designated AIDS unit at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital. She chose to do the necessary work that others feared when the majority of nurses decided to transfer out of that unit rather than work with AIDS paGents. With Beverly’s leadership, the unit delivered care with compassion and heart that allowed the paGents to cross-over in peace in an era when there were no effecGve medicaGons for AIDS. During her over 40 years at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt she rose to the posiGon of Assistant Head Nurse. Her colleagues describe her as tough but fair and quietly caring. She conGnued to work diligently despite developing a rare lung disease that required her to wear oxygen. AEer her reGrement, she received a lung transplant in 2019. Though the recovery was tough, she was tougher and persevered. Throughout Beverly’s life, she enjoyed mulGple pasGmes. She insGlled the love of exploring the world in her children from a very young age. During the school years, the family trips included Europe, Hawaii, Cancun and the Grand Canyon. In the later years, the family enjoyed wonderful adventures to Tanzania and Alaska. But her favorite place of all was Las Vegas. She loved the food, the lights, the shows, the excitement, the iHeart Music FesGval and of course the slot tournaments. She was an avid bowler who bowled in mulGple leagues. Her most recent sports love was tennis which she shared with her daughter. Not only was she a spectator but was also an amateur coach who could accurately pinpoint where Sheryl’s game needed improvement even though she had never picked up a racquet herself. She also had a love of music and had a good ear. She was a frequent concert goer and despite being on oxygen would groove to Uncle Charlie at the Essence FesGval and set the party off right with Bruno Mars. She also enjoyed the theater and Broadway plays. One of her favorite mocos was “Life is short, treat yourself” and that she did. While shopping for luxury was key for her, she never let a good deal, sale or coupon pass her by. As a person, you could count on her sense of humor to bring a smile to your face. She also used humor to deal with adversity. Her sassy one-liners will be missed. She was generous with her family and friends. If she ever saw someone in need, she helped them. She was thoughful and caring. She was a wonderful Mom who encouraged her children to do their best. She loved them fiercely and uncondiGonally. When she fell ill in 2023, she again demonstrated resilience and perseverance. She won her bacle against illness and gained permanent peace and comfort in the embrace of the Lord on February 6th, 2024. Her loss is deeply felt by all those who knew her. She is survived by her mother Ruby Bernard (nee Bartley), her brother Peter Bernard, her husband of 47 years Eric A. Young, her daughter Sheryl Young, MD, her son Eric A. Young, Jr. and a host of cousins, “adopted” children/grandchildren and friends. She is and will conGnue to be sorely missed.

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Rev. Charles J. Brunick, C.S.P.

May 26, 1943 - Feb 26, 2024

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New York City, NY

With sadness, we announce that our brother, Rev. Charles J. Brunick, C.S.P., entered eternal life this morning, February 26, 2024. He died at the Paulist Motherhouse in New York City after a struggle with cancer. He was 80 years old. Fr. Charlie had been a member of the Paulist community for 60 years and a priest for almost 54 years. During his priesthood, he was a parish pastor, campus minister, and staff member at Catholic Information Centers. Charles Joseph Brunick was born May 26, 1943, in Quincy, MA, one of five children of Vincent and Elizabeth Brunick. When he was in the sixth grade, his family moved to Camden, NJ, where he attended Catholic schools. As a young teen, he went to a vocations exhibit in Philadelphia where he picked up a Paulist brochure with the title “Are You a Missionary to Main Street?”. “The Paulist mission of doing convert work and instruction work, and helping people to understand the Catholic faith and find their place in it, was very attractive for me in my high school years and in the early years of the seminary,” he later said. In September, 1961, he began to study at St. Peter’s, the one-time Paulist junior seminary in Baltimore, MD. He entered the Paulist novitiate on September 6, 1963. He made his First Promise to the Paulist community on September 8, 1964, and his Final Promise on September 8, 1967. During these years, he studied at St. Paul’s College, our major seminary in Washington, D.C., which was then a degree-granting institution. The Paulist Fathers News from April 1970 covers the ordination of Fr. Charlie (far right). He was ordained a priest on March 7, 1970. Fr. Charlie was a campus minister for the first 15 years of his priesthood. From 1970 to 1974, he served at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX. There, he taught for-credit courses in the “Bible Chair” program. He served in Boston from 1974 to 1977 as director of the Newman Center at Boston University. In 1977, Fr. Charlie became pastor at St. John XXIII University Parish at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN, serving there through 1985. From 1986 to 1988, he was pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church in Layton, UT. Fr. Charlie entered preaching ministry and evangelization work in 1990 as an associate director of the Catholic Information Center in Grand Rapids, MI. That work took him to Chicago in 1993 where he spent the next 14 years as an associate pastor at Old St. Mary’s Church, while still being involved in evangelization work. In Chicago, Paulist Fr. Frank DeSiano recalled, Fr. Charlie “was instrumental in the extensive, nearly 15-year transition from our place on Van Buren Street to South Michigan Avenue.” “Many of the parishioners saw Charlie as the ‘continuity man,’ someone who represented the solid presence of the Paulists to them as they looked for a new site, struggled to raise money, and proudly built a new church,” said Fr. Frank. In 2007, Fr. Charlie moved to Portland, OR, where he served first at the Northwest Center for Evangelization and Reconciliation. In 2010, he became pastor at Portland’s St. Philip Neri Church. He entered senior ministry in 2016, living first at the Paulist Motherhouse in New York City. From 2018 to 2022, he lived at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew in Grand Rapids, MI. In July, 2023, he returned to the Motherhouse. In a 2022 oral history, Fr. Charlie said, “being a teacher and a preacher has been the most important part of my ministry.” “I like to see the excitement when people make connections in their lives,” he said. “I have always felt we don’t bring God or Jesus to people. They are already there. But, through our preaching and our teaching, we can help other people have those ‘aha’ moments and help them recognize God’s presence and God’s work in their lives.” Paulist Fr. Michael Evernden was in the seminary during some of the same years as Fr. Charlie, and they served together in Portland. He recalled that Fr. Charlie was willing to spend time with each person that he encountered. “Living with Charlie was like living at home — in prayer, at work, and just hanging out together — I was at home, we were at home. You can’t ask for more than that,” said Fr. Michael. In addition to his parents, Fr. Charlie was preceded in death by his brothers, Vincent and John Brunick; and his sister, Jane Kolongowski. Fr. Charlie is survived by his brother Paulists; his sister, Betty Ann Wells; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Thomas Muraco

Dec 11, 1949 - Feb 03, 2024

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New York City, NY

Thomas Muraco, renowned pianist, conductor and teacher, Dies at 74 Thomas Muraco “is simply one of the finest collaborative artists before the public today; his contributions were models of complete support and specific understanding—they were songs without words!” (Richard Dyer, Boston Globe) Maestro Muraco earned such accolades through a combination of technical virtuosity, tonal beauty, and a unique understanding of the underlying poetry of music. Sadly, he passed away February 3 after a brief illness at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC. Maestro Muraco’s career as a conductor began as an assistant to some of the best conductors of the 20th century including Leonard Bernstein, John Nelson and James Conlon. He led performances by companies in North America and Europe including Goldmark’s Merlin and Verdi’s Nabucco at Theater Bremen (where he was also the Studienleiter-Kapellmeister), Idomeneo at Opera McGill in Montreal, La Cenerentola at Opera San Jose, Lakme with IVAI in Tel Aviv and Tri-Cities Opera to name a few. Mr. Muraco has partnered with numerous distinguished musicians including Adele Addison, Martina Arroyo, Arlene Auger, Kathleen Battle, John Cheek, Phyllis Curtin, Roberta Peters, Benita Valente and Dolora Zajick. He performed on recital tours with tenor Ben Heppner at LaScala, Dortmund Konzerhaus, Opera National de Paris, Berlin Philharmonie and Barbicon Centre in London. Highlights of his career include appearances at the White House, the Library of Congress and festivals throughout the US, Europe and Asia. As a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music since 1993, Mr. Muraco trained pianists in the art of accompanying and coaching, as well as singers in all aspects of the art. He has taught masterclasses for pianists and singers emphasizing the relationship and music in all aspects of the