ARMIN A. BECK died on Thursday, May 15, at the age of 89. Pop was a complicated but simple guy. A country boy who met a city girl and married and then went on a journey that took them to America leaving all their family behind. He was stubborn as hell but that is what carried him through all these years. His World War II experiences at a young age always made him appreciate what he had because he knew so many men that did not make it home.
Mom and Pop raised us four children to work hard, follow the rules, be honest, be respectful, to be quietly proud that we were German but most importantly that family was first and foremost.
The devotion of a parent is like none other. Pop you will be terribly missed but we are happy that you and mom are dancing together again. Auf Wiedersehen-until we meet again.
He was beloved by his children and their spouses: Margaret & Barry Carmody, Herbert Beck & Donna Cassillo, Peter & Susie Beck and Rita & Michael Clay; his grandchildren: Heather, Christine, Matthew & Krystal Carmody, Danielle Beck and Billy, Matthew & Garrett Clay: his great grandchildren: Tyler, John & Colin; and his sister-in-law Gisela Mechtold. He is also survived by many nieces & nephews and their children near Dusseldorf & Strahlungen in Germany.
He was predeceased by his wife Ingeborg Beck, his sisters Olga & Lena and his parents Andreas & Dorothea Beck (née Pfisterer). He was the past President and a long standing member of Die Wuerzburgers club.
Before his retirement, Armin worked in several firms as a mechanist. He was a veteran of WWII and fought on the Russian front and in Italy.
Arrangements were under the direction of George Werst Funeral Home, 71-41 Cooper Ave., Glendale.
GERALD M. NOVAK of Middle Village died on Tuesday, May 20, at the age
of 79. He was the devoted father of Jennifer Novak, Jean Marie Matos,
Michele Gentile and Kevin, dear brother of Betty Devaney, Florence Kreamer,
Stevie Novak and Francis Felle and beloved grandfather of Wayne Cutter,
Amanda Leigh Matos and Michael John Gentile. He was a member of the
Catholic War Veterans, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. A
Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Margaret Church, Middle Village,
followed by interment at St. Michael’s Cemetery, East Elmhurst, under the
direction of Michaels Funeral Home, 79-22 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village.
KRISTAG PETRO of Ridgewood died on Wednesday, May 21, at the age of
72. A native of Korca, Albania, he was the beloved husband of Romana,
devoted father of Llambi Petro and Nick Petro and dear brother of Louisa
Turtuili. Services were offered at St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church,
Jamaica Estates, followed by interment at Cypress Hills Cemetery, under the
direction of Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Ave.,
JOSEPH ROMEO died on Wednesday, May 21, at the age of 89. He was the
husband of the late Ann, loving father of Anthony, father-in-law of Diane,
cherished grandfather of Donna Marie and Anthony and dear brother of Kay
Romeo-Harris and the late Anthony. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered
on Wednesday, May 28, at Our Lady of Hope Church, Middle Village,
followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, under the direction of
Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Ave., Maspeth.
JACQUELINE BECKER of Corona died on Tuesday, May 20, at the age of
67. A native of Brooklyn, she was the devoted mother of Thomas Dani,
Anthony Treglia, David Treglia and Barbara Treglia. She is also survived by
two grandchildren. Services were offered at Morton Funeral
Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Ave., Ridgewood, followed by
cremation at Fresh Pond Crematory, Middle Village.
RICHARD SCHWEIZER of Glendale died on Tuesday, May 13, at the age
of 80. A native of Germany, he was the beloved husband of Elfridge
Schweizer, devoted father of Catherine Kemp and Richard Schweizer and dear
brother of Robert, Annalise, Alois, Michael and Elizabeth. He is also survived
by three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A Mass of Christian Burial
was offered at Sacred Heart Church, Glendale, followed by cremation at Fresh
Pond Crematory, Middle Village, under the direction of George Werst Funeral
Home, 71-41 Cooper Ave., Glendale .+
SUSIE CELENTANO died on Sunday, May 18, at the age of 91. She was the
wife of the late Frank, loving mother of Frank and Joseph Celentano, motherin law of Karen and Maryann and cherished grandmother of Sarah, Laura,
Stephanie and Susan. She is also survived by numerous loving nieces,
nephews and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Tuesday, May
20, at Transfiguration Church, Maspeth, followed by entombment at St. John
Cemetery, Middle Village, under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-
27 Grand Ave., Maspeth.
CONCETTA MAZZUCCO died on Saturday, May 17, at the age of 96. She
was the wife of the late Joseph A. Mazzucco, loving mother of Marcella
Berger, Joanne Mazzucco and Joseph S. Mazzucco, mother-in-law of
Elizabeth and cherished grandmother of Jessica, Gabriella and Joseph M. A
Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Wednesday, May 21, at St. Mary’s
Church, Woodside, followed by interment at Bedell Cemetery, Fleischmanns,
under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Ave., Maspeth.
ANN T. GRIFFIN died on Tuesday, May 13, at the age of 70. She was the
beloved wife of Deacon Arthur J. Griffin, loving sister-in-law of Maureen,
John and Joan and dear sister of the late Alice and Jackie Quinn. She was the
long-time president of the NYC County Tyrone Society, a long-time member
of Queens Community Board 5 and COMET Civic Association and faithful
parishioner of St. Andrew’s Church, Sag Harbor, L.I., and Transfiguration
Church, Maspeth. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Monday, May 19,
at Transfiguration Church, followed by interment at St. Andrew’s Cemetery,
Sag Harbor, under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Ave.,