Aug 28, 1926 - Dec 05, 2023
Jul 19, 1926 - Feb 25, 2024
With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Virginia Checkle, our loving and devoted mother and friend to all whose lives she touched on February 25, 2024. She passed peacefully at her home in Brooklyn, NY. She was 97 years old. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she met her husband Steve who was serving in the US Army during WW11. They were married shortly after the war and set up home in Park Slope where they lived for 75 years. Virginia was a professional seamstress, and her talent was reflected in wedding gowns & dresses she made for her daughters & friends. She loved to sew and we always said “she had hands of gold.” Virginia was the beloved mother of Joanne & Rino Degano, Rosemary & Salvatore Mulia and Stephanie & Matthew Howard. Second mother to Teresa Zentkovich (her beloved niece). She also was a proud grandmother of Robyn & Bryan Giard, Adam & Patricia Mulia and Veronica & Stefano Stoppani, and great grandmother of Isabella, Bruno, Felipe, Sammy & Penny along with many nieces & nephews. All of these she loved and touched deeply. Virginia treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Grandma. She had a welcoming personality and always made people around her laugh. She made friends everywhere she went, and her friends returned the love.
Apr 27, 1933 - Feb 26, 2024
Mary Scordato, a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, NY, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2024, at the age of 90. Born on April 27, 1933, to the late Vincent and Betty Yervasi, Mary's life was a testament to the love and dedication she had for her family, friends, and community.Mary grew up in Brooklyn, where she attended James Madison High School. After graduation, she pursued a career as a secretary at the Underwood Typewriter Company in Manhattan, where her precision and keen attention to detail were greatly valued. Mary later worked in Accounts Receivable for Royal Farms Inc., before devoting herself full-time to her most cherished role as a proud homemaker.In her personal life, Mary was the beloved wife of the late Robert Scordato, with whom she shared many years of joy and companionship. She was a devoted mother to her children, Celsina McMahon and her husband Peter, Robert Scordato and his wife Caridad, and Vincent Scordato. Mary's love extended to her brother, Rocco Yervasi, and she was a cherished grandmother to Deanna Mullins and her husband Kenneth, Peter McMahon, Samantha Egli and her husband Daniel and Vincent Scordato. She was also a beloved great grandmother to Natalie Mullins, Kenneth Mullins, and Regina Mullins.Mary's interests and hobbies were a reflection of her zest for life. She enjoyed the thrill of playing slot machines in Atlantic City, and in her later years, on her tablet. An avid reader, Mary was also curious and loved to keep up with the world by looking up information on Google, a pastime that kept her mind sharp and her conversations lively.To those who knew her, Mary was a source of unwavering support. She had an ability to listen and offer wisdom that was both comforting and empowering. As the matriarch of her family, she instilled values of resilience and love that will live on in the generations to come.Mary's life can be beautifully summarized by the words of poet Maya Angelou, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." This sentiment echoes the profound impact Mary had on those around her, leaving behind a legacy of warmth and cherished memories.As we say goodbye to Mary Scordato, we celebrate a life well-lived, full of laughter, love, and the joy of simple pleasures. She will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her and will be remembered with fondness and admiration. Mary's spirit will continue to guide us, and her memory will remain in our hearts forever.Mary Scordato's life was one of purpose and pleasure, of dedication to her family, and of the joys found in everyday moments. As we reflect on her 90 years, we are reminded of the beauty of a life that was lived with such grace and strength. May she rest in peace, knowing she was deeply loved and will be eternally cherished.
Jun 23, 1949 - Feb 22, 2024
Joseph Picha 74, Born June 23,1949 in Chicago, IL At Rest February 22, 2024 Son Of Miola (nee Kroupa) and Stanley Picha Jr. Beloved & Exemplary Father of Shelley (Sally) Picha. Cherished Grandfather to Sophie and Griffin. Caring Brother to Sandra (Late John) Toomey Loving Uncle to Christine Thiede and Great Uncle to Jack and Grant. Stepfather to Tina (Tony) Willette and Tom Willette and Significant Partner to Terri Son. Joseph “Big Joe” Picha was a man who exceeded the limits of life, always looking to live on the edge. He was a jack of all trades and could fix anything. He worked in all construction fields including carpentry, roofing, concrete and as a mechanic. He was known for his size and strength but will be remembered for his big heart, helping others, and his love of animals. “Forever remembered, Forever missed.” A private interment will take place later this summer and a Celebration of life is pending. Keep in touch for Further Details and updates later in spring.
Joseph (Joe) Licciardi
Died : Feb 03, 2024
Joseph (Joe) Licciardi passed away suddenly on Saturday, Feb. 3rd at home in the arms of his loving wife, Catherine Pino. A self-made man, Joe schooled himself in computer science and networks and started Pure Logic, an IT strategy and management company over 3 decades ago, which grew to great success with 2 partners, 7 employees, and an office in Chelsea, NYC. A generous soul, Joe was always ready to answer questions and offer advice about all things electronic, often helping his friends with their computers and phones. Joe left behind 2 daughters, Stephanie and Natalie that he loved very dearly. He was so proud of all their accomplishments and was a kind father to them, sending them emails about things they might be interested in and finding them his own personal gifts to show how much they meant to him. He and his wife Catherine had a long-term loving relationship of 35 years. They first met in high school. Unbeknownst to them at that time, they would become a model couple, with many friends old and new. Joe was handy and often surprised Catherine with things that he thought would make her life easier, such as hooks he made from hangers to hold the leash to the family’s beloved dog Salty, who Joe liked to call “DOG.” Joe loved being at his house on Long Island, riding on his mower, and growing things like basil for pizza. One of his hobbies had him building a pizza oven in the backyard, perfecting his dough recipe and toppings ratio. His pizzas were sheer perfection, and he loved to make them for his guests. Joe was a great host and loved having people over. An avid reader of the news and associated comments, Joe was interested in our world, and a great conversationalist. In fact, he has several comments of his own published online! An avid sports fan, Joe kept up with his favorite sports teams, regularly watching his beloved Rangers and rapidly texting his brother and best friend after every goal. A loyal person, he also was a long-suffering, but ever hopeful Mets fan. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary, Mother of Jesus Church at 2326 84th Street in Brooklyn at 9:30 AM Friday, Feb. 9th. Donations in his name are suggested to Coalition for the Homeless, as Joe often shared food and money to the homeless he encountered on the streets of his Greenwich Village neighborhood. A good man with a big heart, Joe will be missed by all who knew him. In addition to his wife and daughters, Joe is survived by his brother, Mike (Mig) Licciardi, and is preceded in death by his father and mother, Rosario (Sal) and Teresa Licciardi.
Joseph Albert Dorn
Mar 15, 1932 - Jan 24, 2022
Joseph Albert Dorn, beloved family member and friend, died in January 2022 at age 89. Known as Bert to his family and Joe to his friends and colleagues, he was born, raised, and lived most of his life in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, although his time in the Air Force and afterward took him across the United States and around the world. A quiet man with a dry sense of humor, Bert loved reading mysteries, watching Jeopardy, playing slots in Atlantic City, and John Wayne movies. Bert grew up as an unofficial member of his mother’s Girl Scout troop and was a reliable and enthusiastic purchaser of Girl Scout cookies over many decades. He liked to tinker with electronics and built both a working TV and VCR out of kits in the 1970s. Bert graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and enlisted as a volunteer in the Air Force during the Korean War. During his training on military technology, he would ask to take the final exam at the beginning of each segment and, once he passed it, he would relax until the class was over. While stationed in Biloxi, he often visited family friends in New Orleans and spent his leave playing cards with buddies at the kitchen table. His family also took epic road trips, before interstate highways existed, to visit him at various Air Force bases across the US before his deployment. When stationed on Guam, he and a friend appropriated an abandoned radio shack, obtained a giant drum of coffee and a coffee pot, and while off duty worked on inventing things, like how to attach a portable military phone to a jeep. He also learned that he didn’t care for coconut. After the Air Force and a stint at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, Bert moved back to Brooklyn. In 1961, he took a job as an engineer working on the computer network at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and spent the next three decades supporting NYU’s computer network system, from mainframe days through the launch of the Internet, until he retired in 1997. His nephew and nieces vividly remember him teaching them to use an early version of a modem to dial in to the computer network from his home back in the late 1970s and introducing them to the text-based game Dungeon (a/k/a Colossal Cave). He also bought their family an Atari in 1979, to everyone’s delight. Bert and his mother established a tradition of taking his nephew and nieces to Walt Disney World, without their parents, when each reached grade 3. When they got older, he generously hosted them and their friends in his Brooklyn home so they could take the RR subway into Manhattan for day trips. If they showed up at NYU at lunchtime, he would find time to treat them to lunch at his favorite Italian restaurant. He was an excellent cook who hosted decades of holiday meals in Brooklyn, and also enjoyed travel, whether to a cabin in the Adirondacks, a family reunion at Blackwater Falls, WV, a computer conference out West, or a coach tour of England. He was a night owl who told excellent stories. Throughout his life, Bert was a generous supporter of charities, a voracious reader, and a valued expert resource for his family and friends on home renovation projects. And for the past decade, he was an enthusiastic and regular Costco shopper with his sister Elsie. He is greatly missed. Bert was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Louise Dorn and his brother-in-law Victor Turqman. He is survived by his sister Elsie Dorn Turqman, his nephew and nieces, Eric, Margaret, Elizabeth, and Louisa (Edward), his great nephews, niece, and nibling: Jason (Laura), Alex (Erica), Zel, Ian, Fiona, and Luke, and his great-great niece Amelia. He also leaves behind his close friends and neighbors from his Brooklyn neighborhood and his extended family. In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to the children's charity of your choice. Memorial Visitation will be held on May 14, 2022 at the Valley Memorial Funeral Home 1012 Valley Rd., Gillette, NJ followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Wilfred's memory to: Tunnel to Towers Foundation Please forward acknowledgement to Since1886@clavinfuneralhome.com - - - - - - - - - - Visitation Thursday (2/29) 4 - 8 PM Clavin Funeral Home 7722 4th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11209 * COMPLIMENTARY VALET PARKING * Departing Prayer Friday (3/1) 10 AM Clavin Funeral Home 7722 4th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11209 Cemetery Resurrection Cemetery 361 Shar