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Obituaries January 29, 2009

Posted on 29 January 2009

Laura Thiele

Laura Thiele died on January 26 at the Westhampton Care Center in Westhampton after a long illness. She was 80 years old.

Mrs. Thiele was born on March 11, 1928 in Sag Harbor to John and Josephine Mysliborski. She was a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor. Mrs. Thiele graduated from Pierson High School in 1944. On October 1, 1950, she married Fred W. Thiele, Sr., also of Sag Harbor. She is survived by her two children, Fred Jr., the area state assemblyman, and Laurie Ann Garlock, of Lockport, N.Y.

Mrs. Thiele was devoted to her family and home community of Sag Harbor. She worked at the Bulova Watch Case Factory in Sag Harbor for more than two decades and later as the deli manager at Schiavoni’s Market. She was involved in many community activities.

Mrs. Thiele loved to spoil her grandchildren, and they were the focus of her attention in her later years. She was always interested in hearing of their latest exploits. She had four grandchildren, Eric Garlock of Albany, NY; Michael Thiele of Derry, NH; Jeffrey Thiele of Brooklyn, NY; and Josephine Thiele of Sag Harbor, currently a student at Colby College in Waterville, Me.

She often enjoyed playing Bingo at the local Catholic Church with her good friend Helen Labrozzi and, after retiring, liked to travel with her friends, many of whom she had known all her life. She enjoyed the beach, especially Long Beach. She loved music and dancing; Frank Sinatra was always her favorite.

Rooting for her sports teams was a passion for Mrs. Thiele. She was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She tried to never miss their games when they were on TV, sticking by the Pirates despite 15 consecutive losing seasons. The Steelers current run to the Super Bowl still brought a smile to her face as she fought her recent illness. A Terrible Towel was always at her bedside.

Mrs. Thiele was pre-deceased by her husband Fred, Sr. in 1982. She was also predeceased by her only sister, Alyce.

Visiting was held on Wednesday at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, January 29, at St. Andrews R.C. Church at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will follow at St. Andrews Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Sag Harbor Ambulance Corps, PO Box 2725, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.


Cortland Hoach Edwards II

Cortland Hoach Edwards II died at home in Tallahassee, Fla., on Friday, January 23, at age 76.

Born in Southampton, he was the son of Elizabeth Sands Edwards and Olin Miller Edwards of Sag Harbor. Mr. Edwards attended Pierson High School in Sag Harbor graduating in 1949. He then attended the University of North Carolina for one year before spending four years with the United States Air Force, He returned to the university and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1957. He continued his education during his working career, earning a Masters and Doctorate in Public Administration from Nova University in 1976 and 1977.

Mr. Edwards worked for the City of New York for over ten years and completed his career in public service working for the State of Florida, Department of Health and Human Resources. He retired in 1994.

Surviving are his wife CheChe Edwards and children from his first marriage to Peggy Ramsey, Clark and Erin, as well as two grandchildren. All are residents of Tallahassee, Fla. A sister, Almira Holland of Edenton, N.C., and two brothers, Olin Miller Edwards and Dale Aldrich Edwards of Sag Harbor, also survive.

Mr. Edwards was an avid reader and writer. For over 15 years he wrote, edited, printed and distributed a monthly family newsletter called the Edwards Gazette. In addition he published cook books and short stories. He spent hundreds of hours on family genealogy, researching and adding dates, times and places to the human stories of his relatives.

His greatest joy came from travels around the United States and Canada in his Ford recreational vehicle. He had purchased the used vehicle in 1994 and over the next ten years had traveled over 35,000 miles, gaining many new life experiences.

Beginning in 1995, he was a Red Cross Emergency Response Volunteer and through 2003 he participated in the many hurricanes, floods, forest fires and the 9/11 World Trade Center crisis. He traveled to over 50 locations to provide assistance and support to those in need.

In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be made to the Elizabeth S. Edwards Scholarship Fund, Sag Harbor School District, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.


Joseph A. Franco

Joseph A. Franco, Sr., 84, of Panama City Beach, Florida passed peacefully in his home on January 23, 2009. He was born in Queens, New York on January 21, 1925, to Vincenza and Anthony Franco.

Mr. Franco graduated from Forest Hills High School and attended New York University. He was a retired industrial arts teacher having taught at Bryant High School in Queens, New York. He was a United States Army veteran who served in World War II, and was a member of the K of C Council 584 in Sag Harbor.

Mr. Franco was a long time resident of Sag Harbor, New York until October 2003 when he and his wife, Florence, relocated to Panama City Beach. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Florence C. Franco; son Joseph A. Franco, Jr. and granddaughter Alexis; daughter Mary E. Franco; and son Anthony P. Franco and his wife, Joanne; granddaughter Emma, all of Panama City, Florida, and grandson Robert Edwards and his wife, Harmony of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; sister-in-law Rita Rando of Panama City Beach, Florida; niece Dr. Therese Rando and husband Anthony Viscione and their children Elizabeth-Ann and Thomas of Richmond, Rhode Island; niece Dr. Mary Elizabeth Mancini and husband David and daughters Laura and Carla of Dallas, Texas; nephew Thomas Rando and wife Susan and their children Thomas A. and Marielle of Powhatan, Virginia; and numerous cousins and relatives.

The family received friends on Monday at Wilson Funeral Home in Panama City. A funeral mass was held at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday, January 27, with Rev. Jerzy Zieba, CR, officiating. Entombment followed in the Forest Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum.

 The family requests, in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to Covenant Hospice,107 W. 19th Street, Panama City, Florida 32405 or St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 1008 Fortune Avenue, Panama City, Florida 32401.


Patrick B. McCann

Patrick B. McCann a resident of Sag Harbor for 13 years, died at his home here on Friday, January 23. He was 84 years old.

Born in New York City on May 8, 1924, he was the son of Patrick and Ellen (Clarke) McCann.

Mr. McCann had a career as a New York City inspector of elevators. A member of the American Legion, he was a veteran of the US Navy, serving from December 1942 to February 1945. He attended Bishop McLoughlin High School and Columbia University.

Mr. McCann was predeceased by his wife, the former Ellen Ford. He is survived by his children, Patrick J. McCann of Paris, France; Deirdre McCann and Michael McCann, both of Sag Harbor, and Liam McCann of East Hampton.

Remains were cremated. Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice, PO Box 1048, Westhampton , 11978.


James Bennett

James Bennett of East Hampton, formerly of Sag Harbor, died at Southampton Hospital on Tuesday, January 27. He was 74 years old.

Mr. Bennett was born in Sag Harbor on July 17, 1934, the son of Gordon and Pauline (Gray) Bennett. He served in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1976, and later worked for the East Hampton Town Police Department, overseeing traffic control officers, until his retirement.

A memorial service will be held at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton at a later date,as will funeral services at St. Andrew’s RC Church in Sag Harbor.




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