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 swindler-currinfh.com – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nky/obituary.aspx?n=charles-l-finkenstedt&pid=174251742&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.P2uqTiDv.dpuf
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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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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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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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.
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.
For more information and online guestbook please visit www.bouffordfuneralhome.com.
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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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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: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pe/obituary.aspx?n=john-f-mcavoy&pid=173546742&fhid=2332&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.Uwyid1aq.dpuf
Gerard T. Gillis
3/6/1926 – 11/15/2014
Gerard T. Gillis, 88 of Roseville, Calif., passed away on November 15, 2014 of natural causes. He was born on March 6, 1926 to Anthony and Lydia Gills, both deceased. He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Marie Gillis.
He first served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Franklin in World War II. He then joined the Army during the Korean Conflict. He later joined Army Special Forces, “The Green Berets” and did two tours in Vietnam. He retired from military service in 1971. He started his own pest control company and was a part of many organizations to include; Chamber of Commerce, PTA, Veterans of Foreign Wars and many church organizations most notably the Knights of Columbus where he held many positions.
He is survived by his wife Marie Gillis of Roseville, Calif., daughters Sandy Militello of Folsom, Calif., Raven and Mary Gillis both of Roseville, Calif., granddaughters Sarah Chang of San Jose, Calif., Danielle Gonsalves of Reno, Nev., and Anastasia Hoang of Citrus Heights, Calif., and great-grandson Tolby Hoang also of Citrus Heights, Calif.
Visitation is November 24, 2014 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., A Rosary from 7:00 to 7:30 pm at St. Clare’s Church in Roseville. Funeral Mass will be November 25, 2014 at 10:30 am at St. Clare’s Church. Burial at Calvary Catholic Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.
Funeral Services taken care of by Lambert Funeral Home in Roseville, Calif.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Nov. 21, 2014
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MARCH 30, 1925 – NOVEMBER 6, 2014
Berdel Edwin (Del) Winke, 89 years old, was born March 30, 1925 in San Diego, California to Dorothy Marie (Berdel) Winke and Edwin Holter Winke. He was preceded in death by both parents.
Berdel is survived by his wife of fifty years, Dorothy Candlish Winke and three daughters, Rena Cecelia Childs-Weatherford and her husband Keith Weatherford of Modesto, Kara Lynn-Marie Winke of Vancouver, WA and Laura Louise Morgan of Mukilteo, WA. Three grandchildren, Laura Lynn Childs and Paul Matthew Childs of Modesto and Jade Elise Morgan of Mukilteo, WA. Five great grandchildren, Willow Paige Sedore, Tristen Wade Scott, Eric Richard Scott, Raelyn Marie Scott and Joeb Matthew Childs, all of Modesto.
Berdel graduated from Hoover High School in San Diego in January of 1944 and immediately joined the Marine Corps. He served as gunner and mechanic with the Marine 3rd Air Wing in the South Pacific. He was stationed in Hawaii and aboard the air craft carriers USS Hancock and USS Franklin.
After discharge in 1946 he went to college for two years and then to work for Electrical Supplies Distributors in San Diego until 1964. He then worked with Bryant Electric as a manufactures representative, until moving to Modesto in 1966 to operate Winke’s Liquors in Ceres and Sav-On Liquors on Paradise Road in Modesto. In 1978 the family moved to Vancouver, WA. where Del worked for Consolidated Electrical Distributors of Portland, OR. Later he was the manager of the CED Vancouver store. After his retirement in 1990, he and Dorothy moved back to Modesto. Berdel had a mischievous sense of humor, a quick wit and a nickname for just about everyone. He treasured his friends and kept in touch with his high school chums till they passed. He called favored ex co-workers on their birthdays even after twenty five years of retirement. Del had the pleasure of attending his 70th high school reunion in September.
His interests included camping, hunting, fishing, bowling, soft ball and traveling. Berdel particularly enjoyed twice touring in Alaska and the Yukon and a three week stay in Washington D.C. visiting all the museums and the World War 11 Memorial. Several trips with a 5th Wheel trailer covered most of the states west of the Mississippi, he was especially fond of the red rock country of the Southwest.
Berdel was a former member of the Modesto Elks Lodge and SIRS.
As per his wishes, there will not be a funeral, a ‘celebration of life’ will be held at a later date.. Remembrances may be made to the American
or donor’s favorite charity.
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