Obituary, William James Nott

William James Nott (LCDR U.S.Navy Retired), 91, of Portsmouth RI, died Friday, April 10, 2015, surrounded by his loving family at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, MA.
Mr. Nott was born April 8, 1924 in Groton, CT.

He is the son of the late William Edward and the late Mildred (Harris) Nott.

He was married to Marie Christina (Santangelo ) Nott for 61 years.

William enlisted in the Navy after high school and served during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. During his time in the Navy, he worked his way up through ranks and eventually became a commissioned officer, also known as a “Mustang” and retired as a Lieutenant Commander. He served aboard the U.S.S Franklin (CV-13), of which he was very proud.
After retiring from the Navy, William went to work for Roger Williams University in the facilities management department, and became the director of that department for over twenty years.
He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother, and loved spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Christina (Santangelo) Nott, his four sons, Michael Nott and his wife Shanon of Portsmouth, RI, James Nott and his wife Linda of Portsmouth, RI, Paul Nott and his wife Kim of Savannah, GA, and Thomas Nott of Portsmouth, RI.and his daughter Patricia Maggiacomo and her husband Michael. He is also survived by his brothers, Donald Nott, Raymond Nott and Richard Nott, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his greatgranddaughter Jayla Hudson.

A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday April 16, 2015 from 6-8pm in the Connors Funeral Home 55 West Main Road in Portsmouth, RI, friends and family are invited to attend.

Burial with military honors will be on Friday April 17, 2015 at 10am in Portsmouth Cemetery, Bristol Ferry Road in Portsmouth.


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Obituary, Robert H. Frank, Sr

Robert H. Frank, Sr. of North Wales passed away Monday April 28, 2014 at the age of 93.

Born in Pottsville, PA he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Ernst) Frank and the loving husband of the late Florence M. Frank. Bob is survived by his beloved children Elaine V. Shirley ( the late Al) of Texas, Susie Papciak (Carl) of Quakertown, Judith Barit (Robert) of Willow Grove, Marjorie Pfeiffer (the late Tom) of Bethlehem and Robert Frank, Jr. (Jan) of Lewes, DE. Also surviving are ten loving grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Bob grew up in Pine Grove, PA and attended Pine Grove High School where he excelled in both football and basketball. Bob was very active in the Boy Scouts, and was proud of attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

Upon graduating from Penn State with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1942 he immediately entered the Navy to serve in WWII aboard the USS Franklin Aircraft Carrier. There he was assigned as flight deck Engineer. During his tenure in the Navy he achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant, and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic service in battle. Upon honorable discharge from the Navy he went to work for Baldwin Locomotive in Delaware County, PA. He went on to own his own business and later worked for the Barden Corp. where he retired as the VP of Sales and Marketing.

He was an active member of his community being the Past President of the Caster Garden Lions Club in Northeast Philadelphia and most recently enjoyed participating in the Neshaminy Falls Social Organization with his devoted companion Elle Fischer. His hobbies included golf, bowling, horse racing, boating and fishing. He was an avid gardener his whole life and rarely missed a Phillies, Eagles or Penn State football game on TV.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass 11AM , Monday, May 5, 2014 at Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church, 1325 Upper State Road, North Wales, PA where the family will receive friends at 10AM. Entombment will immediately follow at Whitemarsh Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army or the American Heart Assoc.

Obituary, Charles L. Finkenstedt

Charles L. Finkenstedt, 90, of Latonia, Kentucky passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015 at his home with his family. He served his country as a decorated WWII Navy Veteran and served on the USS Franklin Air Craft Carrier, a retired security guard with Pinkerton and Kroger’s and member of First Church of God, Latonia. Preceded in death by his wife Audrey Evans Finkenstedt and daughter Modine Davis. Survivors include 4 daughters Maxine Rouse of Ludlow, Carol (Maurice) Decker of Alexandria, Shirley (Paul) Bogle of Burlington and Charlene (Steve) Glacken of Latonia; also survived by many grandchildren, great and great great grandchildren. Visitation 9-11 AM and funeral 11 AM Friday, February 27, 2015 all at SWINDLER & CURRIN FUNERAL HOME, LATONIA. Interment Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials to American Heart Association , 240 Whittington Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222. For private online condolences and directions please go to – See more at:

Obituary, William Vitali Herman

William Vitali Herman WWII Navy radioman and oil company dispatcher who owned Elizabeth bakery William Vitali Herman, formerly of Elizabeth, N.J.; Linden, N.J., and Clark, N.J., passed away on Jan. 12, 2015, at his home in Irving, Texas. Visitation will be at The McCracken Funeral Home, 1550 Morris Ave., Union, N.J. 07083, on Monday, Jan. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m., with a Parastas at 3 p.m. Services will be at SS. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, Elizabeth, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 9 a.m., with entombment to follow at Graceland Memorial, Kenilworth, N.J. Born in Elizabeth, N.J., William was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1942 to 1946 on the U.S.S. PC 615, U.S.S. Franklin CV13 and the U.S.S Adirondack AGC 15 under the flag of Admiral Briscoe. He achieved the rank of radioman RM 2/C, receiving his training at Northwestern University. After the war, William graduated from Rider University with a B.S. degree and managed the Ritz, Regent and Elmora theaters. He worked for Con Weimar and Bond Transportation and retired from BP Oil in 1986 as a dispatcher. He and his wife, Anne Zavoda Herman, owned and operated the Vilan Bakery in the Elmora section of Elizabeth, N.J., for many years before moving to Clark, where they lived for more than 45 years. William was a member of the American Legion Clark Post and the Loyalty Lodge F&AM in Union and was past master of Orient Lodge in 1961. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church in Elizabeth, N.J., and St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Euless, Texas. William is survived by his beloved wife, Anne, of Irving, Texas; daughter, Karen Steffaro and her husband, Robert, also of Irving; son, William Herman and his wife, Nancy (Kushnerick); and two granddaughters, Alexandra and Julia of Rochester, Mich. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, 158 Stiles St., Elizabeth, N.J. 07208 or St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 303 Cullum Drive, Euless, Texas 76040.
Published in Star-Ledger on Jan. 18, 2015
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Obituary, Thomas Joseph Connelly

Tom, 89, formerly of Penn Hills, died Thursday evening, February 12, 2015. Son of Thomas Connelly and Bridie Lavelle of Clifden and Streamstown, Ireland; beloved husband of the late Kathleen (Ludwig) Connelly; beloved father of Lynda (Frank) Pastor, Terence (Deborah) Connelly, Gregory (Carol) Connelly, Kathleen Blattenberger and Sean (Laura) Connelly; brother of Mary Louise Sullivan and the late Patrick and George Connelly; grandfather of Shannon, Sean, Ryan, Darren, Meg and Cate. Tom was a retired foundry superintendent with U.S. Steel Corporation at the Edgar Thompson Works in Braddock. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1950 with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering. He was a Navy veteran serving aboard the U.S.S. Ben Franklin CV-13 during the Pacific campaign during World War II. On March 19, 1945, off the coast of Japan, a Japanese bomber managed to infiltrate the carrier’s airspace and dropped two 500 pound bombs severely damaging the vessel. Heroic efforts by the crew saved the ship while 739 shipmates perished . He was a member of the American Legion and the Oakmont Elks. Tom volunteered his time as a tax advisor especially aiding the elderly with their tax returns. He was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Verona. An avid Pittsburgh sports team fan, Tom loved the Pirates, Panthers, Steelers and Arnold Palmer. He loved Ireland especially his relatives and family home in Clifden, County Galway. Friends and relatives will be received at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC., 421 Allegheny Avenue, Oakmont on Monday, February 16, 2015, from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Verona on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at 10 a.m. Family suggests memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2015
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Obituary, Richard Allen Bloom

Richard Allen Bloom September 10, 1926 February 10, 2015 Richard Allen Bloom, 88, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday morning, February 10, 2015, at Greenhills Village, State College. He was born September 10, 1926, in Altoona a son of the late Paul and Ruth (Boyer) Bloom. He married his beloved wife of sixty-six years Norma Ruth Chamberlain in 1946, in Townsend, Md. Surviving are his two daughters, C. Ann Bloom and Sherry J. Bloom, both of State College; brother, Donald Bloom, of Dover, Del. Richard was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Sparks. Mr. Bloom attended the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, State College and formerly attended Altoona Bible Church, Altoona. He was a 1945 graduate of Altoona High School. Richard was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII attaining the rank of Seaman First Class. He was a survivor of the bombing by the Japanese of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Franklin “Big Ben” in March of 1945. He retired as an electrician from Conrail in June 1990, after 37 years service. After his retirement from the railroad, Richard was employed as an oxygen technician for Dick’s Homecare, Altoona with 15 years service. Friends will be received from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 13, 2015, at Myers-Somers Funeral Home, Inc., 501 Sixth Avenue, Altoona where a funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Stewart W. McClelland officiating. Interment will be made at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Funeral Home Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc 501 6Th Ave Altoona, PA 16602 (814) 942-7747

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Obituary, Irving L. Kidwell

Irving L. Kidwell passed away April 26, 2013, at the Mandrin House in Annapolis, MD.

Mr. Kidwell served in the Navy on the USS Franklin, CV 13, in World War II, where he was awarded an Honorable Discharge and Bronze Star Metal from the United States Navy. He served in the Lions Club, State Roads Commission and Chamber of Commerce. He was a Banker, Real Estate Broker and a General Contractor.

Mr. Kidwell is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ida May Kidwell; a son, Leroy W. Kidwell and wife Karen; three daughters, Susan K. Kidwell, Laura F. Strickland and her husband Manning, Catherine L. Kidwell and her husband Mark Puleo; a stepdaughter, Blanche Radich, a stepson, Charles Sellner and his wife, Barbara; and one brother, Dellburt Kidwell and his wife Beverly; 15 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Obituary, Andre J. Vincent

MANCHESTER – Andre J. Vincent, 89, died Jan. 4, 2015 at Concord Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born in Manchester on Aug. 10, 1925, the son of William and Germaine (Belanger) Vincent and had been a lifelong resident of Manchester.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Franklin, which was dive bombed by the Japanese during World War II.

Prior to his retirement he was the owner and operator of Andre’s Hair Salon in Milford for more than 50 years.

Family members include two sisters, Carmen McInnis and Simone P. Richard, one sister-in-law, Theresa Vincent, all of Manchester, six nieces, Carol Scott, Janice Bantis, Priscilla Vincent, Diane McInnis, Diane Nascimento, Denise Dunham, two nephews, Alfred “Buster” McInnis, Greg McInnis, several great nieces, great nephews and several cousins.

He was predeceased by one brother, Conrad Vincent.


services: Calling hours will be on Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m. at J. N. Boufford & Sons Funeral Home, 110 Bridge St., Manchester.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Raphael Church, 103 Walker St., Manchester. Committal prayers and Entombment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Brigham & Women’s Hospital to support pancreatic cancer research, 116 Huntington Ave., 3rd Floor, Boston MA. 02116.

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Obituary, George William Rayhill

George William Rayhill
Bill Rayhill passed away comfortably November 24th. His family was ever present, especially in the last few months visiting with him to share thoughts and memories of a life well-lived. Bill was born in Moravia, Iowa on January 17th 1921 and settled in San Francisco after World War II.
Ever modest, Bill took little credit for his achievements. Bill graduated from Cornell College of Mt. Vernon Iowa in 1941 at the age of 20. He entered the Navy Aircorp in World War II as a lieutenant. While serving as a dive bomber in the Pacific Theatre, he was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic action on the U.S.S. Franklin. Bill returned home to start a family and launched a successful 46 year career in the insurance industry.
In 1946, Bill married Helen Loraine Bidelman and had three children, Sally Anne Rayhill, William Charles Rayhill and Robert Edward Rayhill. Bill is survived by Sally Rayhill Dellanini and William Charles Rayhill. Bill and Helen shared 28 years together raising a family and growing the family insurance business. Their spare time was spent almost exclusively in their shared love of golf. They were both members of local golf clubs.
Bill honored his father who was a Methodist Minister by serving the Methodist Church for over 40 years. His service included membership on the Board of Directors of the California and Nevada Methodist Homes.
In 1975, Bill married Vivian Bushnell. They shared a thirty-three year marriage enjoying world travel, golf, the San Francisco 49’ers and the San Francisco Giants. With his marriage Bill became part of a large extended family, with many children calling him “Grandpa”. Bill was loved by Vivian’s children and their spouses; Lee and Karen Bushnell, Kathy and Howard Langfelder, Andrea Bushnell and Hany Abdel Gawad, Patricia and Bruce Schafer. Bill will be missed by his grandchildren Michael Langfelder, Elise Saporta, Carla Saporta Cheng and Tarik Abdel Gawad.
Bill was a very intelligent person who pursued knowledge and understanding to succeed in life. He was extremely responsible and disciplined in all his endeavors.
Services will be private. Donations may be made to any preferred charity.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 28, 2014
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Obituary, John F. McAvoy

JOHN F. McAVOY passed away on 12/16/2014 at age 91. He was born on 8/1/23 in Everett, MA. He was a long time resident of Riverside, CA. He passed away at home with his wife and family by his side. John and Helen were in their 70th year of marriage. John was a 52 year member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1638, having served in local and state offices. He was also a 50 year parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, serving in many capacities. John is survived by his loving wife, Helen Virginia Reaver McAvoy of Riverside, CA, daughters Virginia M. Blumenthal, Esq (Lathell) of Riverside, CA, and Lesley M. Baptiste, Ph. D (Prentice) of League City, TX. , sister Lois O’Connell of Everett, MA. Papa John had a special bond with his 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. John is predeceased by his parents John F McAvoy, Sr. and Jennie C. Gerrish, sisters Jeanette McAvoy and Mary Theresa Petersen. John was a proud veteran of WWII and Korean Conflict, having served in the Navy and Air Force for a total of 21 years, 6 months, 12 days. He survived action on the USS Franklin CV13 during WWII, where approximately 950 men were killed about 50 miles off Japan on 3/19/1945. Services will be held on Friday December 26 at 10 am at St Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Burial following mass at 12 noon, located at Riverside National Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Francis de Sales School, John and Helen McAvoy Technology Fund, 4205 Mulberry St., Riverside CA 92501. “Well done, Good and Faithful Servant!” PRESTON & SIMONS MORTUARY, Funeral Directors 951-683-7410 – See more at: