Town Of Huntington Obituaries (Week Of Mar. 22)

TOWN OF HUNTINGTON, New York, Mar. 26

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Obituary listings for the Town of Huntington.

Michael Rabasca

Michael J. Rabasca, a resident of Commack, died March 21. He was 86.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he went on to serve in the United States Army and later graduated from Fordham University. At the City University of New York, he then earned a graduate degree and soon began work as a teacher and librarian for the North Babylon School District; he was also a one-time president of the North Babylon Teachers Organization.

He was also involved in the Knights of Columbus, Anthony J. Foley Council, Christ the King Church lector, Respect Life Committee, Teams of Our Lady and Sons of Italy. In 1963, he attended the March on Washington and was active in the civil rights movement and Catholic Interrelational Council, and supported the United Farm Workers movement.

His family said he was passionate towards social justice and promoting the human dignity of all.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Iris; his children, Gina and her husband Jack Lanz, Patricia and her husband Joel Antonelli, Michael V. and his wife Karen, Mary and her husband Samuel Grove, Susan and her husband Mark Murphy, and Anne Rabasca; his cousins, June and her husband Joseph Heery, and Eileen Heery; his godchild, Karen Heery and her husband Todd Reynolds; his grandchildren, Joanna and her husband James Stevens, John and Rachel Lanz, Nicholas Antonelli, Alexandra Sarno, Grace, Gail, Helen Rabasca, Benjamin, Julia and Aidan Murphy; his brother, Louis and his wife Jennie; and his close nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements were made by Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home on Wednesday. A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Church in Commack. An interment with U.S. Army Military Honors will follow at the St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.

Memorial contributions in his name can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project and Life Center of Long Island.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015;  A19)


Catherine Mallon

Catherine A. Mallon, a resident of Eatons Neck, died March 20. She was 92.

Born in Woodhaven, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Daniel and the late Margaret (Waters) Keeley.

She is survived by her children, William J. Mallon, Jr. and his wife Georgette, and Catherine and her husband James Drolet; her grandchildren, Margaret and her husband Devin Murray, William Mallon and his wife Kristen, Joseph Mallon, Kevin Drolet, James Drolet, Matthew Drolet and Clint Drolet; her great-grandchild, Liam Murray; her niece, Winnie and her husband Bill Mack; and her great-nephew, Patrick Mack. She was predeceased by her husband, William J. Mallon, and her son Kevin P. Mallon.

Arrangements were made by Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home in Northport on Wednesday. A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Church in Northport. An interment will follow at the Long Island National Cemetery in Pinelawn.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015;  A19)


Ava Marie Kennedy

Ava Marie Kennedy, who lived in the Huntington Township, died March 13. She was 100.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the third daughter of Anthony Ottaman, a New York City fireman and early racing cyclist, and Julia Gavit Ottman.

In high school she played varsity basketball and acted. She then went on to Brown’s Business School and, soon afterwards, began working for the New York Telephone Company for several years.

Her family said from her early years, she loved pretty clothes, dancing, champagne and boys.

She is survived by her daughters, Judy Christmann (wife of the late George E. Christmann, Jr.) and Lynne Kennedy and her spouse, Joan Darrah; her sister Julie Pagan; her eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; great-great-granddaughter; six nieces; seven nephews and her friends at Huntington Terrace and on the North Fork of Long Island.

She was predeceased by her husband, William “Bill” A. Kennedy, whom she married in 1938; and her sisters Clarissa deBruin and Marjorie Daley.

A funeral Mass was held on March 17 at the St. Elizabeth’s Church in Melville with an interment that followed at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury.

 Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015;  A23)


Jack Canino

“Jack” Giacomo F. Canino, a resident of Huntington, died March 21. He was 87.

Born in Trapani, Italy, he was a proud Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a shipmate on the USS Salisbury Sound and USS Gainard. He was also a retired letter carrier of the Huntington Post Office.

He is survived by his children, Linda and her husband Ron Roybal, Anthony and his wife Rose, and John and his wife Jennifer; his grandchildren, Kimberly Crocco, Krystle Canino, Maria Canino, Jacqueline Canino and John Canino, Jr.; great-granddaughter Gabriella Crocco; and his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Catherine.

Arrangements were made by M.A. Connell Funeral Home in Huntington Station on Wednesday. A funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 9:45 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Huntington. An interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

 Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015;  A23)

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