Town Of Huntington Obituaries (Week Of September 14)

TOWN OF HUNTINGTON, New York, September 18

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Obituary listings for the Town of Huntington.

Patricia C. "Patsy" Grogan, of Northport, left, and Donna Marie Milazzo, of Melville.
Patricia C. “Patsy” Grogan, of Northport, left, and Donna Marie Milazzo, of Melville.

Patricia Grogan

Patricia C. “Patsy” Grogan, a resident of Northport, died on Sept. 2. She was 80.

Born in Southampton on May 19, 1934, she was a 1952 graduate of Oyster Bay’s St. Dominic High School.

Beloved wife of the late Robert, she was also predeceased by her siblings, Nick, Billy Jane Purcell and Carey.

Surviving her are her children, Jane and her husband Frank O’Donnell; Robert and his wife Peggy; Claire, Garrick and Gail. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Michael, Daniel Garrick, Anna O’Donnell and Christopher Quinn. She is remembered as a cherished aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were by Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home, with a burial taking place at Calverton National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to VNS-Hospice of Suffolk, 505 Main St., Northport, NY 11768 in her memory.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record (Thursday, September 18, 2014;  A15)


Mother Of Coach Passes Away, Teams Honors Her Memory

Donna Marie Milazzo, a native of Huntington and resident of Melville, died suddenly on Sept. 8. She was 54.

Born in Huntington in 1960, she married former Melville Fire Chief Jim Milazzo in 1983, and the couple had four children together.

Jim, who still serves as a member of the Melville Fire Department, referred to her as his “rock;” someone who enabled him to have the success he – and their children – have had in life.

“She was a homemaker, and the homemaker’s job is sometimes the toughest job,” Jim said. “[My children and I] were successful because of her… She was the rock behind the scenes to help us.”

On Friday, a funeral service was held for her and – in order to honor her memory – the Walt Whitman High School varsity football team came out to M. A. Connell Funeral Home in Huntington Station. Ralph Milazzo, one of her sons, is an assistant coach for the team.

“They all came out in their jerseys to pay their respects… It was a great boost for myself and my other children,” Jim said. “It just goes to show that my son has the respect of these young people… in this crazy world, where sometimes teenagers are not that respectful.”

The next day, the team defeated Central Islip 21-0 in the Wildcats’ first game of the season. Following the game, the boys gave the game-winning ball to Ralph; dedicating the effort “In Loving Memory of Donna Milazzo.”

“It meant so much to me; we always preach to the kids that we’re a family and this really proved it to me,” Ralph, the defensive coordinator for the team, said. “It meant the world to me.”

The Walt Whitman Football Team dedicated a game winning ball to the memory of Donna Marie Milazzo – mother of defensive coordinator Ralph Milazzo – on Saturday after she died suddenly Sept. 8.
The Walt Whitman Football Team dedicated a game winning ball to the memory of Donna Marie Milazzo – mother of defensive coordinator Ralph Milazzo – on Saturday after she died suddenly Sept. 8.

In addition to her husband and her son Ralph, Donna is survived by her parents, Ralph and Carolyn Giugliano; other children, Danielle, Dominick and Angelo; and mother-in-law, Lillian Milazzo. She was also a niece and cousin to many. She was predeceased by her brother, Michael Giugliano.

Arrangements were made by M. A. Connell Funeral Home and were followed by a burial on Saturday.

Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to Support Our Autism Rainbow (SOAR) P.O. Box 2688 Huntington Station, NY 11746; or to Hills vs. Autism 7 Tuxedo Drive Melville, NY 11747.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander (Thursday, September 18, 2014;  A23)

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