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Ernest Zafonte Jr

Nov 11, 1955 - Nov 12, 2023

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Valley Stream, NY

Ernest "Ernie" Zafonte, Jr. passed away on November 12, 2023, just one day after celebrating his 68th birthday. He passed peacefully surrounded by his loved ones. Ernie was born in Valley Stream NY to Ernest Sr. and Lucene Zafonte, on Veterans Day November 11, 1955. He graduated from Valley Stream Central High School in 1973. In 1974 he enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps where he earned the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant and served our country during the Gulf War (Desert Storm). After providing...Read More

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James Palese

Sep 01, 1953 - Feb 18, 2024

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Valley Stream, NY

James Palese, age 70, of Valley Stream, New York passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024. A graveside service for James will be held Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Elmwood Funeral Home, Cremation Service and Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Ave, Columbia, SC 29201.

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Lillian Marti

Jan 04, 1927 - Feb 12, 2024

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Valley Stream, NY

Lillian was born on January 4, 1927 in Manhattan, NY to Emma and Walter Marti. She grew up and lived in Freeport, NY for over 85 years. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susie and George Muhlbauer and daughter- in-law Diane Schwaner, wife of her late son Glen Schwaner. She was a loving grandmother of six and cherished great grandma of nine. Lillian loved to do all crafts, including sewing her own clothes and crocheting blankets for her children and grandchildren. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family who will miss her tremendously. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Association, or a charity of your choice.

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Samuel J Schwartz

Nov 06, 1925 - Feb 11, 2024

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Valley Stream, NY

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Andrea S Kochman

Oct 29, 1959 - Feb 09, 2024

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Valley Stream, NY

Andrea S Kochman, age 64, of Valley Stream, New York passed away on Friday, February 9, 2024. Andrea was born in Miami, FL.

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Margaret Bjelke

Dec 04, 1933 - Jan 28, 2024

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Valley Stream, NY

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Catherine Asta

Jan 01, 1924 - Jan 01, 2024

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Valley Stream, NY

Catherine Asta 1924 - 2024. Catherine was a devoted mother, grandmother & great-grandmother. She had 2 children with her late husband, Joseph Asta, Pat & Manny. Tom (AKA “the good egg”) & Kathy her son-in-law & daughter in law. She was blessed with 5 Grandchildren, Jimmie, Lisa, Joe, Tommy & Liz, and their spouses, Zodi, Fred, Sasha, Dana & Rory. Great grandchildren, Dylan, Brianna, Samantha, Derek, Brianna, Dominic & Hailey. Catherine was born in Pittston, PA, grew up in Brooklyn, and later bought her 1st home in Rosedale, Queens in 1964. She moved to Valley Stream in 1974. She was a widow for 57 years, working until she was 67 years old. She lived out her final years, residing at Monica Village in Valley Stream NY.

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Robert McKenna

Born : Jan 01, 1940

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Valley Stream, NY

Robert McKenna was born in Brooklyn, NY. Bob is survived by: his son Robert, grandson Liam, granddaughter Erin, his brother Dennis, and sisters Karen & Maureen. Bob worked at NY Telephone and later at Verizon. Bob was an avid bowler, youth soccer coach, and an active member of the Holy Name of Mary R.C. Church. Bob was a big Elvis Presley fan and had Elvis’ driver’s license. Bob enjoyed traveling to Switzerland, California, and especially Ireland with his wife, Muriel, who passed away in 2020. Bob visited his wife most everyday in the hospital for over a year until her death. Bob and Muriel were married for 55 years. Bob, also known as UB, is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dozens of others who remember his generosity, quirky sense of humor, and devotion to his wife Muriel. Donations can be made to the ASPCA and the North Shore Animal League.

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Joyce Agnes Ellis

Jan 19, 1925 - Jan 30, 2024

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Valley Stream, NY

Joyce Agnes (Telesford) Ellis January 19, 1925 – January 30, 2024 Back in 1925, the Jazz Age was in full swing and the first issue of The New Yorker magazine was published. Calvin Coolidge was President, and F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby. New York became the world's most populous city. Then, Joyce A. Telesford entered the world at Harlem Hospital in New York City, the eldest daughter of Fitton and Maggie Telesford’s five children. As a youngster, Joyce and part of her family moved to the Caribbean Island of Grenada. She excelled academically, as well as in athletics. Here they lived for several years before returning to New York where Joyce took classes and worked briefly for NYC. She then entered nursing school at Metropolitan Hospital School of Nursing on Welfare Island, today known as Roosevelt Island. Joyce completed her courses and graduated with her degree as a Registered Nurse (RN) in 1953. Shortly before her graduation from Nursing School, Joyce and some friends went on a boat ride where she met Charles (Charlie) Ellis. They got along well and were married in 1953. Mom and Dad were together for 59 years, before Dad passed away in July 2012. Joyce, who I would describe as having a quiet strength, continued to care for family, provide sage advice, and take care of business! To the very end, she was an endearing, positive force appreciated by all who experienced her presence. Mom passed on from this earthly existence on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, eleven days after her 99th Birthday. She was Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, and Friend to very many for a very long time. Joyce is survived by five children, Charles (Grace), Yvette, Philip, Robert (Lily), and Peter; eight grandchildren, Michael, Kristen (Jon), Nicholas, Jane, Claire, Eric (Keziah), Taylor, Noah; three great grandchildren, Valencia, Elijah, Dominic, plus one on the way! Mom, you are and always will be missed and loved !

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Omar Jean Claude Delmas

Jul 26, 1976 - Jan 26, 2024

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Valley Stream, NY

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Rodolfo Colón

Mar 16, 1937 - Jan 15, 2024

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Valley Stream, NY

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