What’s to say about me? Well, I’m 79 years old, retired with my wife Marianne, and we were living in a condo in Central Florida. I was born in Manhattan (New York Hospital) but lived my childhood in Astoria, Queens. My wife lived one block away but we never met until I was about 21 years old. I enlisted in the US Navy in 1954 and served aboard 2 Aircraft Carriers, the Bennington and the Leyte (CVS32).
After 3 and a half years I was discharged and I worked in many different jobs. My favorite job was as a motorcycle courier for the local TV News Stations and U.P.I. I got paid to do something I loved, riding a Harley!
I met my wife through her cousin and we married and had 6 children; 2 were still-born. We now have 9 grandchildren! Most of them are living in New York and Pennsylvania.
In 1987 I was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Brooklyn and served in four parishes until 2002, when we relocated to Florida. Mainly because we couldn’t afford to live in NYC and for my wife’s health, she needed a home of her own. She had ‘end stage kidney failure’ and was expected to go on dialysis. Our daughter helped us buy the condo and answered my prayers that we could have our own home. Blessed be God forever!
Last March (2012) Marianne had a congested heart attack and almost died. The doctors at Florida Hospital saved her life! In May we relocated back North to be near our 8 grandchildren and are enjoying the cold weather
I no longer work a part-time job and it’s tough to pay for my wife’s medical expenses (the medications and doctor visits). I miss New York with all the excitement and places to go. And the beautiful churches! I also love the Old Latin Mass. My new parish is 5 minutes away from where we live and I’m able to get to daily Mass. I help out at the parish a little but my main job is taking care of my wife and her needs, which are plenty. I’m like a full-time nurse!!!
Marianne, my spouse of 52 years has gone to the Lord! On August 9th, 2013 after 3 weeks in the hospital, after suffering a stroke and a series of cardiac arrests, she was placed in a hospice for one day. We buried her on August 14, 2013, at Queen of Peace cemetery. Her long illness and suffering is over and now she is in peace. I’m sure Marianne is in heaven praying for us! She was a good Catholic woman, who did a lot for the unborn since the very beginning of the Pro-Life cause. She went to the March For Life every year, dragging our kids, and me along. She also went on bus trips to Albany, New York, to speak with our legislators about being pro-life and ending abortion. Marianne did many other “Good Works” for the Lord and helped many people in her charity. I miss her and will be so happy to join her in heaven when it’s my time!!! May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace+