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Alden Sonander
Alden Sonander
Faculty
Passed Dec 19, 2010
Alden Y. Sonander "Al" Jan. 22, 1926 - Dec. 19, 2010 Pleasanton, CA Born January 22, 1926 in rural Ohio to Adloe Willis Sonander and Arnold W. Sonander, Al, also known as "Tex," was the third of four children. Al graduated from High School in 1944 and Wittenberg College in 1948. In 1957, he graduated from Middlebury College Summer Language Schools, with a M.A. degree in Spanish Studies. Middlebury held many fond memories for Al, it is where he met Dorothy, the love of his life. Al taught high school Spanish for eight years in Ohio,and for thirty years on Long Island, New York, the final 25 years in Garden City at both the High School and Community College. Al will be remembered as a teacher who brought life lessons into his classroom. He connected with people, always quick with a kind word and his trademark "toothy grin". "Papa Tex", as his grandchildren knew him as, was always willing to lend an ear, providing sage advice when needed. In Al's younger days, he enjoyed enjoyed scouting, camping, hiking, bicycling, fresh water boating, mechanics and small aircraft flights. More recently, his daily highlight was his neighborhood walks, where he enjoyed talking to everyone he met. His interests included several types of history, biography, current events and informal Bible studies. Al expressed deep appreciation of the friendships, trust, counseling and support received during some difficult times in his life at John Knox Presbyterian Church, where he became a member in 1988. He is survived by his wife of fifty four years, Dorothy Sandbeck Sonander, by daughters Madeline Sonander Tifenbach (Darryl) and Barbara Sonander Dangerfield (Gary), and by a son, Alden Y. Sonander, Jr. (Karene). He is also survived by a sister, Doris Sonander Savely, his brothers Arnold W. Sonander, Jr, and John William Sonander predeceased him. Seven grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and two cousins are among his surviving family. At Al's request, in lieu of a memorial service there will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, January 22, 201 1- 4 p.m. at the Sonander home. Friends are invited to attend and share their favorite memories of Tex.

Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 11, 2011
Alicia Peterson Arter
Alicia Peterson Arter
Class of 1980
Passed Nov 06, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM - Alicia Ann Arter, 46, passed away November 6, 2008. She is survived by her children: Raven Lynn Arter, Sean Hight, and Aspen Hight. A Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10 at First Assembly of God Chapel in Winston-Salem. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Forsyth County Humane Society.

(Source: Winston-Salem Journal)
Anthony M. Lavorino
Anthony M. Lavorino
Faculty
Passed May 06, 2009
(no additional information)
Antoinette Turchiano
Antoinette Turchiano
Class of 1980
Passed Apr 05, 1982
Antoinette E. Turchiano on April 5, 1982. Beloved daughter of Richard and Anna. Sister of Richard and Michele. Granddaughter of Vincent and Anna Tufariello and Antoinette Turchiano.

A funeral mass was held at St. Joseph's Church in Garden City. Antoinette is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn

(Source: Newsday obit)
Bonnie Ardita
Bonnie Ardita
Class of 1970
Passed Feb 03, 2014
(no additional information)
Carl Russo
Carl Russo
Faculty
Passed Jun 27, 1996
Carl C. Russo, a Garden City High School teacher and Huntington Station resident, died Thursday at Huntington Hospital of cancer. He was 51.

Born in the Bronx in 1944, he grew up in Bayville, and graduated in 1962 from Locust Valley High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in education in 1968 from the former Emporia State College, now a university in Emporia, Kan.

In college, he met his future wife, whom he married in 1968 before graduation. Alice Russo is a special education teacher in the Wantagh School District.

Mr. Russo earned a master's degree in 1974 from Long Island University in Brookville. Courses that he taught had included architecture, wood and automobile shop and mechanical drawing. He had been at Garden City High School from 1968 until December, when his illness prevented him from working.

He was an active member of the Nassau Technology Association, serving as its president in the 1970s.

An avid fisherman, Mr. Russo had been a captain of the Tiderunner, a charter boat on Long Island Sound, since the late 1980s. He founded the Triple F Fishing Club in Huntington and the Huntington Captains' Association. He was a member of the Huntington Anglers Club and also founded the Garden City High School Anglers Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Jason, of Baltimore, and Todd and Christopher, both of Huntington Station; a sister, Marietta Munoz of Bayville, and a brother, Frank Russo of Sacramento, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Carl C. Russo Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 420, Huntington, NY 11743.

A funeral mass was said Monday at St. Hugh's Roman Catholic Church in Huntington Station, and burial was in Pinelawn Memorial Park.

(Source: Newsday 7/3/1996)
Carol Kirchgessner
Carol Kirchgessner
Class of 1970
(Passed date unknown)
(no additional information)
Cathleen A. Hart
Cathleen A. Hart
Class of 1984
Passed May 01, 2009
Cathleen A. Hart, 42, of Garden City, passed away surrounded by her family and friends after a 10 year battle with breast cancer.

Born January 13, 1967, in Woodbury New York, she was the daughter of the late Lorraine and Howard Hart.

Ms. Hart graduated from the Garden City Public Schools, class of 1984. She served in leadership positions in the High School, including class President. She enjoyed participating in the Garden City High School Band where she played the clarinet. The band trip to the Netherlands was one of the highlights of her high school career. She participated in the school’s exchange program in France and her experience camping with her French family in the south of France contributed to her lifelong love of travel abroad.

A 1989 graduate of Trinity College in Washington, D.C., she highly valued her friendship with many of her classmates, visiting with them at “mini-reunions” at the beach in Rehobeth, Maryland and on the ski slopes in Vermont.

She began her business career at Quick and Riley, eventually rising to the position of Vice President in the Marketing Department. Later, she served as Director of Marketing Strategy and Services for UBS Global Asset Management, Inc. While a long-time resident of Brooklyn Heights, she was on officer of the Junior League of Brooklyn.

Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32, she spoke to women’s groups and wrote magazine articles encouraging young women to become advocates for their own health and to become educated about breast cancer. Ms. Hart followed in her mother’s footsteps, and contributed her time and energy to charitable organizations committed to the research and development of advanced treatments of cancer, including the Garden City Unit of the American Cancer Society.

She is survived by five brothers and sisters - Susan, Janine, Christopher, Patricia, and Gene. She is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews, whom she loved and spoiled - Katherine, Elizabeth, Caroline, Christopher, Courtney, Lindsey, Allison, Michelle, William, Anne, Thomas, Ashley and Richard.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to The 7 of Harts Charitable Trust, c/o Patricia Nessler, 131 Weyford Terrace, Garden City, New York, 11530.
Charlie Morrongiello
Charlie Morrongiello
Faculty
Passed Apr 10, 2009
Charles Morrongiello, beloved and legendary Garden City High School art teacher, passed away on April 10th due to complications from diabetes.

A lifetime resident of Long Island, Charlie graduated from Sewanhaka High School and received a Masters of Fine Arts from New York's prestigious Pratt Institute. In February of 1971, he joined Garden City's teaching staff. Throughout his 26-year tenure, Charlie used his passion for art and love of life to inspire thousands of students and challenged them to become aware of their surroundings, community and life. Through his vision, "Art" became a vital ingredient of the school's culture. Student art work became ever present in the hallways. He expanded his student's horizons with frequent field trips to New York's major museums, the mansions of Long Island as well as annual trips to Europe. His passion for design and Garden City's architecture included an annual bus tour of the village to study the doorways of homes and buildings, an event which bonded students with their community and gave them a personalize pride in their home town.

In February 1973, Charlie and his wife, Lydia who was the high school music teacher, were married in the Garden City Cathedral. The church was packed with students.

Besides teaching, Charlie maintained his own successful interior design company. Over the years, Charlie and Lydia acquired a significant collection of antique cars which they personally restored and showed in national concourses.

In 2002, Charlie was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Charlie fought the disease with his strong passion for life. In-spite of his serious illness, Charlie continued to mentor and share his life with his flock of former students. In October 2003, over 150 former students held a benefit in his honor. A scholarship in his name remains today at Garden City High School and is awarded annually.

A memorial mass was held at Our Holy Redeemer church in Freeport on April 16.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Lydia, and his twin brother, Donald

A memorial page entitled "I took art with Charlie Morrongiello and it was Devoon!" has been set up on Facebook.

(source: Garden City Mourns Beloved Teacher by William Keegan Jr., Garden City News)
Christopher Scott Dalton
Christopher Scott Dalton
Class of 1973
Passed Jan 05, 2015
Christopher Scott Dalton, age 59, died peacefully, after a long illness, on January 5, 2015 at his home in Prides Crossing, MA with his wife of 22 years, Susan Power Dalton, by his side and his son Jason E. Power of New York City.

Christopher grew up in Garden City, the youngest of three sons. He was devoted to his parents, George and Dell Dalton. His father, George E. Dalton, for decades personified the five Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes on Long Island where he was a comforting and familiar face throughout the community prior to his death in 2002. Christopher lived by his father's example placing faith, family and community at the center of his life.

When he was young and throughout his life, Christopher increasingly sought relaxation and refuge at the home he and his family owned on Shelter Island, NY until 2010.

After graduation from Garden City High School (1973) Christopher followed his big brother Matthew to Colorado College, in Boulder where he graduated in 1977. He attended Boston University's School of Law where he was Editor of the Law Review, graduating Magna Cum Laude at the top of his class in 1982.

That summer he accepted the position as Law Clerk to Justice Paul J. Liacos, Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Upon completing his clerkship he began his practice at Goodwin, Procter and Hoar of Boston, MA where he is still remembered as a valued friend and mentor.

During his years at Goodwin, Procter Christopher achieved special recognition for his work on the Harbor Point Development in Charlestown, MA, ensuring affordable housing and in 1990 from Friends of the Shattuck Shelter for his "enthusiasm and expertise" on behalf of the Charles Francis Spillane Lodging House providing shelter for the homeless.

In 1992, after his marriage to Susan Power, Christopher began work with the law firm of Craig and Macauley, P.C. of Boston, MA where he was a Partner upon his retirement in 2004 at the age of 49 after a diagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease.

Christopher's dedication to community service at home included the Vestry of St. John's Episcopal Church, Beverly Farms, as a Board Member and Treasurer for Glen Urquhart School, Beverly Farms, and through contributions supporting his wife's work with victims of abuse during her tenure as President of the Board of Directors for HAWC (Help for Abused Women and their Children) a non-profit in Salem, MA

He loved nature and enjoyed any outdoor activities, cross-country and downhill skiing, winter mountain hiking and snowshoeing, and achieved recognition for climbing all the "4000 footers" in New Hampshire (and a few in Maine). He, with a flock of like-minded friends, bicycled year round, including weekend "centuries", 100 mile rides up the coastline, drives to North Conway, NH to bicycle the Kangamangus Pass, and organized events like the Mt. Washington Climb and Pan Mass Challenge to benefit the Jimmy Fund.

Throughout the ten years after his diagnosis in 2004 Christopher was cared for in his home by his wife, Susan, where he retained the cheerful, good natured disposition he is remembered for. When he could no longer speak he still laughed and smiled, enjoyed music of all kinds, cheered for the home teams and was delighted by visits from friends and son, Jason, a consistent and comforting presence.

Christopher was blessed to have his childhood friend, Vincent Shanley of Darien, CT, Godfather to son Jason, ever present to the end, a true friend for life.

Beloved husband, he is survived by his wife Susan Power Dalton. Devoted father to Jason E. Power of New York City and Emily A. Dalton of Brighton, MA (2008).

Survived by his mother, Dell Dalton, his eldest brother and mentor of his youth, Matthew Dalton of Ferndale, WA as well as brother, Tim and sister, Martha.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 705 Hale Street, Beverly Farms, MA on Saturday, April 25th at 3:00pm, reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 or at www.alz.org where Christopher S. Dalton is listed so that names (but not the amounts) of those who contribute in his memory can be passed on to the family. All contributions are tax deductible and any amount is appreciated.
Daniel F. Sullivan, Iii
Daniel F. Sullivan, III
Class of 1962
Passed Oct 31, 2019
Danny,
You will be missed by everyone.
-The Class of 1962
Edmund Hogan
Edmund Hogan
Class of 1980
Passed Jul 24, 2013
A former captain with the US Coast Guard, Edmund Hogan died from heart failure. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on July 30, 2013.
Edward Wojnar
Edward Wojnar
Faculty
Passed Jan 28, 2001
CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Edward Wojnar, 79, of Cape Coral died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001 at his home. He was the husband of Isabelle Wojnar; they were married 53 years.
Born Feb. 24, 1921 in New Bedford, he was the son of the late Karol and Aniela (Borczyk) Wojnar.
He joined the Army in 1942 and served honorably for four years during World War II.
Following his discharge from active duty he served with the Army Reserve for 28 years and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Before his retirement in 1984 he taught at Garden City High School in Long Island, N.Y. for 22 years, following 16 years as a teacher in New Bedford.
While living in New Bedford he served as president of the New Bedford Teachers Association.
He moved to Cape Coral in 1984.
He was a member of the St. Andrew Catholic Church and past President of the Cape Coral Retired Officers Association.
He held memberships with the Eagles Aerie 3957, Elks Lodge 2656, Moose Lodge 2199, MOWW, and the Polish American World War Veterans Assoc.
He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 90, National Retired Officers Association, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8463.
Survivors include his widow; three sons, Edward K. Wojnar and Mark J. Wojnar, both of New Bedford and Peter Wojnar and his wife, Dr. Laurie Jacobs Wojnar, of Tarrytown, N.Y.; a daughter, Andrea Wojnar-Diagne and her husband, Moustapha, of Nairobi, Kenya; a daughter-in-law, Maria Wojnar of Rockville Centre, Long Island; and eight grandchildren, David, Nicholas, Katrina, Elizabeth, Julia, Benjamin, Ahmed, and Basia-Marie.
He was the father of the late Steven Wojnar, who died in 1998.
His Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Andrew Catholic Church, Cape Coral.
Entombment and military honors will immediately follow at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

(Source: South Coast Today)
Eileen Heffernan
Eileen Heffernan
Faculty
Passed Jul 06, 2005
HEFFERNAN-Elizabeth A. of Mineola on July 6, 2005 after a long illness. Beloved sister of Mary Jane and Jack Quinn (deceased), Thomas and Patricia Heffernan and Florence Martinez (deceased). Also survived by loving nieces and nephews and their families. Dear friend of Sister Kathleen Murphy and Sister Mary Brown, Sisters of the Order of St. Dominic, Amityville. Retired Guidance Counselor, Garden City High School. Reposing at Elmont Funeral Home, 1529 Hempstead Tpke, Elmont, NY Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial Monday, 10:30AM at St. Boniface R.C. Church. Interment private. The family requests donations be made to a favorite charity.
Published in Newsday on July 8, 2005 -
Elaine Ann Longua
Elaine Ann Longua
Class of 1963
Passed Oct 05, 2006
Elaine Ann Longua, of Unionville, passed away peacefully Thursday, (October 5, 2006) at Hartford Hospital. Born In Mineola, L.I., New York, September 5, 1943, daughter of the late John E. and Ethel J. Longua. Prior to retiring in 2005, Elaine was the Assistant Manager of the New Horizons Village in Unionville. She was a communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. She is survived by her two brothers, Thomas J. Longua of Westminster, CO, Lawrence J. Longua of Rockville Centre, L.I., NY; her sister, Nancy T. Henkel of Dallas, TX; six nephews, John Longua, Paul Longua, Fr. Thomas Longua FSSP, Timothy Longua, Edward Henkel, Christian Henkel; Maria Henkel Minter, and four nieces, Joan Philbin, Jeanne Longua, Maureen Bueltmann and Maria Dunigan.
Source: The Hartford Courant
Elizabeth C. Furlong
Elizabeth C. Furlong
Class of 2004
Passed Aug 23, 2008
Aug. 29--Last week, Elizabeth Furlong was preparing to begin her senior year at Temple University in Philadelphia. The Garden City native enjoyed dinner Friday night with her mother and two aunts. On a hotel couch she feel asleep in a room she shared with her relatives.

She never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead Saturday morning after being taken to a hospital. The 22-year-old woman was a 2004 graduate of Garden City High School and volunteered in the summer in Argentina and the Bahamas with a church group. Her mother, Garden City attorney Claire Furlong, said doctors still don't know what caused her daughter's death. Autopsy results are pending laboratory test results, said Jeff Moran, a spokesman for the medical examiner's office in Philadelphia. "We thought she was in a deep sleep," Claire Furlong said. "Our shock was to go to the hospital and be told that she didn't make it." After dining in Philadelphia's Old City district Friday night, Furlong, her mother and two aunts returned to their hotel on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. They watched the Olympics, "Will & Grace" and "Late Show with David Letterman." The last time anyone spoke with Furlong was about 1 a.m., her mother said. "We were chatting and having a great time," Claire Furlong said. About 8:40 a.m. one of Furlong's aunts tried to rouse her, but she wouldn't wake up. Claire Furlong said her daughter was still breathing when paramedics arrived to take her to a hospital. "I don't even know how we realized something was wrong," Claire Furlong said. "It was just a blur to me."

Claire Furlong said her daughter, who was known as Lizzie, was "on top of the world" Friday night. She talked about her work with Temple's alumni association during the summer and her plans for visiting friends over Thanksgiving. It was through Shelter Rock Church in Manhasset that Furlong went on missions to build houses, studying in Argentina one summer. "She was just a champion of the underdog," Claire Furlong said. "She would hate if anybody showed disrespect for those who were less fortunate." Other survivors include her father, Joseph, and three sisters, Katherine Furlong of Chicago, Jennifer Furlong and Claire "C.J." Furlong, both of Garden City. A funeral Mass is scheduled today at 10 a.m. at Church of St. Anne in Garden City. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens.

(Source: Newsday 8/29/2008)
Erin Heaney Murphy
Erin Heaney Murphy
Class of 1978
Passed Jun 21, 2015
Erin Heaney Murphy, age 55 of Garden City, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2015. She was born to Michael J. Heaney Jr. & the late Sheila Cashman Heaney on May 21, 1960.

Erin attended the Garden City High School as a part of the class of 1978. She was a lifelong member of the Garden City community & a third generation resident.
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Erin is survived by her two loving children, Michaela E. Murphy & Kellen J. Murphy; her three brothers Michael, Patrick, & Sean; as well as many adoring family & friends.

A memorial service will be held in her honor from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturday June 27, 2015 at Fairchild Sons Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers her children request memorial donations be made to either the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or the American Cancer Society, of which Erin served as the Garden City Chapter President previously."
Eugene "gene" Decker
Eugene "Gene" Decker
Faculty
Passed Feb 23, 2017
Dr. Gene Decker passed away Thursday, February 23, in Venice, Florida. Gene was 86 years old. He was born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania where he was raised by his parents Leo Decker and Nellie Shiner-Decker. He received a full wrestling scholarship to Scranton University and completed his graduate degree at St. John's University. He earned his Doctorate at the University of Sarasota. Gene was an inspiring, charismatic person who could fill a room with his zest for life and personable, honest interest in everyone he met. He was a teacher at Garden City High School for 30 + years, where he served as Head of the Science Department, coached wrestling and tennis. He also taught Biology at NCC and was the union treasurer for the Adjunct Faculty Association at Nassau Community College. In addition, he taught education classes at Dowling College. Gene was an active member of the Garden City Retired Teachers Association and a proud, honorary member of the Garden City Men's Association. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ursula Decker, his two daughters, Lynn Beran and Nancy Ekloff, son in law-Bjorn Ekloff, grandchildren Briana, Bryan, Bianca, Blaine, Brittany and Shane, his sister Miriam Chmiellewski and brother Jerry Decker. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: the Epilepsy Foundation in memory of Laurie Decker.
St. Charles Cemetery - Farmingdale, NY

Source: Fairchild Sons Funeral Home
Frederic C. Briller
Frederic C. Briller
Faculty
Passed Oct 12, 2015
Frederic C. Briller, age 76, passed away on October 12, 2015.

He was a long time soccer coach and 32 year math teacher at Garden City High School.

Mr. Briller was a parishioner of the Community Church of East Williston and a member of the Freeport Seagulls Adult Leagues and the United States Air Force Reserves.

He is survived by daughters; Karin Briller (André), and Jennifer Dazard (Renaud), brothers; Dr. Richard O. Briller, and David D. Briller, and his grandchildren; Alec and Julien Dazard.

Wake services were held at Fairchild Sons Funeral Home, Inc. of Garden City, NY. Interment was at Locust Valley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: the National Parkinson's Foundation.

(Source: Garden City News)
Frederick Pedersen
Frederick Pedersen
Class of 1957
Passed Jul 31, 2014
(no additional information)

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