Carol O’Connor of Bayville passed away on April 19. Born in 1939 in Glendale, Carol Crothers, as she was then known, attended Jamaica Vocational High School. She married John O’Connor in 1958. After the birth of their daughter, Kathleen, they moved to Bellmore. Years later, after John had passed, she worked for GEICO Insurance Company in Woodbury. After retirement, she moved to Bayville. Carol is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Fioretti, son-in-law, Thomas Fioretti and her granddaughter, Talia Fioretti, who was her sunshine and brought so much joy to her life.
Veronica Mary Zolek (Ronnie), 85, of Glen Cove, passed away in New Jersey, on May 18. Veronica cherished time she spent with her loving husband of 60 years, children and grandchildren. Veronica is pre-deceased by her husband, Stanley J. Zolek, Sr., their daughter, Veronica Zolek, and her six brothers and four sisters. Surviving are her brother, Stephen Stolarik of Mineola, loving daughter, Elizabeth Skrovanek (husband, Michael), loving son, Stanley Jr. (wife, Dawn), and grandchildren Natasha, Stanley, Skylar and Sebastian. All funeral arrangements are private. A public Catholic memorial will follow at later date. Visit Veronica’s memorial www.johnedayfuneralhome.com/tributes/Veronica-Zolek.
Walter E. Blum, award winning architect, died on April 12 in the home he designed and lived in for 68 years. He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Elleen, in 2004. Born on June 18, 1925, he landed on Utah Beach as part of the advance D-Day invasion team. He was wounded twice, was awarded the New York Conspicuous Service Medal and became a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur. In recognition of his reputation in, and contributions to, the architectural profession, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998 from the American Institute of Architects. Until his last moment he never lost his sense of humor or his love of ice cream. He is survived by his son Evan and daughter Leslie, his son-in-law Yves Roger and grandson, Nico Roger.
Walter Bingham, a 27 year Port Washington resident and co-founder of the annual Thanksgiving Day Five Mile run died on May 13 at age 89 in Duxbury, MA. He and his wife Betty, who survives him, raised four children in Port: David, Eric, Liza and Amy. For 33 years, Bingham was a writer and editor at Sports Illustrated. After retiring to Truro MA, he wrote a weekly sports column for the Cape Cod Times, until just weeks prior to his passing. While now dispersed, the Bingham family will always think of Port Washington as home.
Shirley Ann Stock Black died peacefully at her home on May 12 at age 94 of natural causes. Born April 14, 1926 in Detroit, MI. Inspiration and adored helpmate of the late Theodore Wesley Black for 62 years. Loving mother to Sandra, Sara, David and Frederick. Survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren in the U.S. and Australia. She loved her home state of Michigan, but treasured even more her adopted Village of Sea Cliff, where the family moved in 1964. Creating aesthetically pleasing surroundings within the house and in the garden was her joy; kindness and compassion, her creed.