Obituary, Daffy Russell

Daffy Russell, legendary lacrosse coach, dies at 91
By MARY P. FELTER, Community News Editor

Charles Mason “Daffy” Russell Jr., a lifelong resident of Annapolis affectionately known as the father of Anne Arundel County lacrosse, died yesterday at a local seniors home.
Mr. Russell, 91, started his more than 60-year involvement with lacrosse in 1929 by founding the Annapolis High School lacrosse program while a senior. In 1950, he co-founded the St. Mary’s High School lacrosse program with Ed Coughlin. During his 40-year lacrosse and football coaching career, Mr. Russell won more than 200 games and had just two losing seasons.
“Daffy fathered two sons, but he raised thousands of the them,” said Del. Michael Busch, D-Annapolis, and one of Mr. Russell’s football players.
“If you could count wealth in the number of people on whom you’ve had a positive effect, Daffy was a very rich man.”
As a player, Mr. Russell was a standout goalie who competed well into until his 40s.
Mr. Russell received a number of awards during his career, including the Annapolis Touchdown Club award for excellence in coaching and citizenship, the Hero’s Lacrosse award as the Outstanding Maryland High School Coach and the Governor’s Award for Distinguished Coaching and Service.
In the 1980s, he was inducted into the Maryland Athletic Director’s Hall of Fame and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Born Aug. 12, 1910, in Annapolis, he was a multi-sport athlete.
During World War II, he enlisted in the Navy and was aboard the USS Franklin off the coast of Japan in 1945 when the ship suffered major damage in a bombing attack. He earned nine battle stars and a Purple Heart.
After the war he worked at the Engineering Experimental Station and transferred to the Naval Academy where he worked as a civilian. He retired from the Civil Service in 1967.
He then became head lacrosse coach and assistant football coach at St. Mary’s, where he became athletic director and physical education teacher.
He retired in 1980, but continued to coach part-time, retiring in 1988.
He was married in 1934 to Vada Russell who died in 1999. His son, John, died in an automobile accident in 1967.
Mr. Russell was living at Atria at Manresa Assisted Living on the Broadneck Peninsula at the time of his death.
Surviving are one son, Rusty Russell of Harwood; one sister, Virginia Russell of Edgewater; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Charles M. Russell Gym at St. Mary’s High School, 109 Duke of Gloucester St. A Mass of Christian burial will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with burial to follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. Arrangements are by Taylor Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Annapolis High School Athletic Department and the St. Mary’s High School Athletic Association.——

Obituary, Arthur J. Robidoux

Arthur J. Robidoux, 81, of Buttonwoods Farm Road, died Friday, June 20, 2003, at his home. He was born in Southbridge, Mass., and had resided in Plaistow since 1948. He was a 1940 graduate of Charlton High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a machinist mate first class aboard the USS Franklin and the USS Albermarle.

Mr. Robidoux was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a rural carrier in the Plaistow post office and later was a bus driver for Timberlane Regional School District. He was an assistant baseball coach for the Plaistow Little League for many years and had served as the town’s building inspector. He was a member of Holy Angels Church in Plaistow and was a former member of the church choir. He was a member of C.V. 13, the Carl Davis Post of the American Legion of Plaistow, where he had served for several years as the service officer; a life member of the National Veteran of Foreign Wars; and the Holiday Ramblers RV Club of New Hampshire. He was an avid bowler and member of several area bowling leagues.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mildred B. (Lang) Robidoux; one son, Richard A. Robidoux and his companion, Cecilia Blake of Friendship, Maine; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Barbara A. Robidoux of Sante Fe., N.M., Louise F. and George Comeau of Plaistow, Deborah and Mario Pinheiro and Nancy M. and James “Phil” Murphy, all of Atkinson, nine grandchildren; two brothers, Armand Robidoux of Oviedo, Fla., and David Robidoux of Lakeside, Calif.; five sisters, Claire Sands of Meridian, Idaho, Mildred Silbaugh of Huron, Ohio, Muriel Horansky of Midlothian, Va., and Evelyn Burns and Dorothy Paul, both of Dudley, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday in Holy Angels Church, Plaistow. Burial was in Holy Angels Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, 25 Walker St., Concord, NH 03301 or to the American Lung Association, 9 Cedarwood Drive, Unit 12, Bedford, NH 03110.

Arrangements were by Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, Plaistow.

Obituary, Eugene O. Reed

Eugene O. Reed, 79

Anchorage resident Eugene O. Reed, 79, died April 21, 2005, in Lake Clark of natural causes.

At his request, no service is planned. His ashes will be scattered at his retirement home in Lake Clark.

Mr. Reed was born Feb. 6, 1926, in Dover, Idaho. He attended the University of Idaho where he received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture. He was a member of the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Franklin during World War II.

He moved to Anchorage in 1963. After his separation from the military, he worked for State Farm Insurance as an agency manager until retiring in 1989.

Mr. Reed is survived by his wife, Beth Reed; daughters, Connie Shaw and Raelene Helin; son, Jeff Reed; five granddaughters and two grandsons.

Memorial donations may be directed to Timber Pointe Outdoor Center, 20 Timber Pointe Lane, Hudson, IL 61748; or to Rett Syndrome, 9121 Piscataway Road, Clinton, MD 20735.

Family members and friends may leave memorial tributes at

Arrangements were provided by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes in Anchorage.

Obituary, Robert Quay

Robert Quay, a World War II veteran and an engineer who held patents, died on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Albany. He was 83.

Born in the town of Knox on May 24, 1923, he was the son of the late Daniel Webster Quay and Bertha Bradt Quay. He graduated from Berne-Knox Central School, valedictorian of the class of 1941. He earned a bachelor of electrical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy in June, 1952 and a master of science degree from Union College in Schenectady in June, 1963.

Mr. Quay was an Aviation Radioman First Class of the United States Navy – Bombing Squadron Thirteen, commissioned in November of 1943. He trained at N.A.S. Wildwood, N.J. until January, 1944 then transferred to N.A.A.S. Oceana, Va. His group was officially attached to U.S.S. Franklin in February of 1944 and sailed from Norfolk in March of that year. After an intensive training period in the Gulf of Paria, Trinidad, the ship returned to Norfolk, Va., in April of 1944.

On May 5, 1944, the ship left Norfolk for San Diego, Calif. and left there June 1, 1944 for Pearl Harbor. They continued to train in Purcene, Maui. The ship made a short stay at Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands and then departed for its first combat mission in June of 1944.

Enlisting in the Navy in June, 1942, Mr. Quay was in active duty from October of 1942 to January of 1946 and was discharged with the following awards: Good Conduct Medal; American Theatre; Asiatic-Pacific, three stars; Philippine Liberation, one star; Air Medal; and Victory Medal.

After graduating from RPI in 1952, he worked for the Bureau of Reclamation, Grand Coulee Dam project in Ephrata, Wash. In 1954, he started work at Schenectady General Electric, large Steam Turbine Division. He transferred to EML Division at Malta, N.Y. and retired as manager in 1986 with 33 years of service.

He received two patents while employed at GE. He was a licensed professional engineer in New York.

The then purchased a farm/ranch in San Jon. N.M. in 1991. After much restoration, he and his wife, Ruth, moved there in 1994 from Campbell Ave. in Schenectady.

In May of 2000, they returned to their present home at Weaver Road in Altamont.

Mr. Quay was a former member of Trinity Reformed Church in Rotterdam, serving as elder, deacon, and Sunday school superintendent.

He was interested and active in several veterans’ organizations. A dedicated and life member of the American Legion for 42 years, joining Post 1091. He held many offices in the post, county, district and became 1st Vice Commander of New York in 1989.

He was a life member of Veterans of Overseas Service of America. He presently was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Clovis, N.M.

He was a brother of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 2157 of Rotterdam, a district commander and Historian of Post 77 in Logan, N.M.

He was a current member of GE. Elfun Society; GE. Hall of History; Mensa of New York; National Rifleman’s Association, Whittington Center, Roswell, N.M.; Schenectady Voiture #759 40/8; Sanford World War II Vets; Tau Beta Pi-Electrical Engineering Society; and B-K-W Alumni Association.

Mr. Quay is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ruth Tubbs Quay; two sons, Jeffrey Quay of Texas, John Quay of Schenectady and companion, Denise Gentile; two grandsons, John Robert Quay of Schenectady and Michael Robert Quay of Texas, the son of Susan Quay who died in February of 2002.

He is also survived by one granddaughter, Renee Gentile, of Idaho; three brothers, Thaddeus Quay of Galway, N.Y., Donald Quay of Connecticut, and Richard Quay of Tennessee; two sisters, Helen Coulter and Rosemary Tubbs of Altamont; and one half sister, Bessie Dunleavy of Scotia.

In addition to his daughter, Susan, his brother James died before him in 1971.

A funeral service will be held Saturday at noon at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Calling hours are prior to the service from 10 am. to noon. Burial will be in Knox Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Altamont Free Library, Post Office Box 662, Altamont, NY 12009

Obituary, Silvestro Pirone

SILVESTRO PIRONE, 91, of WEST PATERSON died Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ.
Born in Avellino, Italy, he came to the United States in 1930 settling in Paterson before moving to West Paterson in 1965. Mr. Pirone was a retired dyer in the textile industry in Paterson for many years before his retirement.
He was an US Navy Veteran of World War II he was one of the few surviving crew members on the USS Franklin in the Pacific Campaign. He was also a Purple Heart recipient.
Mr. Pirone was a parishioner of Our Lady of Pompeii RC Church, Paterson.
He was predeceased by his wife, the former Angelina Del Conte, in 1992 and by his two brothers, Vincenzo and Mario Pirone and his two sisters, Virginia Branda and Benedetta Portanova.
Survivors include: his daughter, Linda Markert and her husband, Richard of Little Falls, NJ.
Funeral Services will be 8:45 am Friday from BIZUB-PARKER FUNERAL HOME, 47 Main St., Little Falls and 9:30 am at Our Lady of Pompeii RC Church, Caldwell Ave. and Dayton St., Paterson. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa. Visitation on Thursday from 3:00 pm -7:00 pm.

Obituary, Michael Pelinsky

Michael Pelinsky, 84, 503 W. Seventh St., died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at Fairview Manor.
He was born July 30, 1919, in Erie, son of the late John and Katryna Zalogha Pelinsky.
He retired from Kroger Co. and formerly owned and operated the Eighth Avenue Food Market. He was a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
He graduated from East High School.
Serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he served aboard the USS Franklin throughout the Pacific Theater. He was aboard the carrier when it was attacked 50 miles off the coast of Japan on March 19, 1945.
He was a member of the USS Franklin reunion committee. He also was a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian National Association.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lichacz Pelinsky, in 1990; and four brothers, Alex, Andy, Bill and Joe Pelinsky.
Survivors include a daughter, Nadia Heimbold and her husband, Joe, of Erie; a son, Michael Pelinsky and his wife, Judith C., of Erie; two grandchildren, Geoffrey and Cara Pelinsky; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., including a Panachida service at 8 p.m., at A. Brugger & Sons Funeral Home, Pine Avenue Branch, 845 E. 38th St. A prayer service will be held there Thursday at 9 a.m., followed by a requiem funeral service at 9:30 a.m., officiated by the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Ronald A. Hazuda.
Burial will be at St. Nicholas Cemetery.

Obituary, Robert S. “Bob” Pedersen

Pedersen, Robert S. “Bob” Age 83, of Burnsville formerly of Webster, MN, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, passed away 6/23/07. Preceded in death by sisters Ester Pechacek and Mary Ersfeld. Survived by wife of 62 years, Dorothy; children, Mari (Dick) Carlson, Pete (Sheila), Gary (Ruth), Ron (Luz), Debra (Tim) Burns, Jeff (Linda); 13 grandchildren, Annelise Carlson (Andy Barnes), Jennifer Carlson (Mike Saros), Mendy & Karla Pedersen, Megan Eveland (Dan), Sara Sagedahl (Adam), Stephanie & Jonathan Pedersen, T.J. Burns (Katrina), Katie Burns, Mary Jo Futhey (Jay), Jeffrey & Matthew Pedersen; great-granddaughters, Sydney & Meckinzy; brothers, Verner and Ernst Pedersen. Bob served with the US Navy on the aircraft carrier, USS Franklin, during WWII. He married the former Dorothy Anderson on July 11, 1945. He was a steward of the land, farming in Rice, Scott and Dakota Counties for over 43 years. Bob served as President of the Mid America Dairymen & on its Board of Directors for many years. Bob is remembered for his independent spirit, strong sense of purpose, ability to make friends and kind sense of humor. His indomitable spirit & deep humility continue to be an inspiration for all who knew, loved and now miss Bob. Memorial Service at 11:00A.M. on Saturday, 6/30/07 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419. 612-926-7651 Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery Friday 6/29/07 at 1:15 PM Assembly Area # 4. Memorials preferred to the Mount Olivet Church, Cathedral of the Pines Scholarship Fund. Cremation Society of Minnesota 612-825-2435

Obituary, Julius Payak

Julius Payak
Obituaries 11/02/07
PAYAK – Julius “Frank,” 83, Johnstown, died Oct. 30, 2007, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. Born May 5, 1924, in Llanfair, Pa. near Portage, son of Mary and Anthony Payak. Brother of John and Tony. Frank is survived by wife of 62 years, Pauline Thomas; and his daughter, Bobbie Hall, married to Mark Hall; and grandchildren, Michael and Jenna Hall. Julius “Frank” was awarded the Purple Heart for service as a U.S. Marine aboard the carrier USS Franklin in World War II. He was one of 710 volunteers who remained on the ship for its last voyage home after an attack in 1945. He was a Fourth Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He worked as a coal miner and a salesman for Stanley Home Products. Julius enjoyed his family and friends, golf, bridge, singing and talking to everyone. Member of Johnstown Retired Men’s Chorus. His love, dedication, outgoing manner and enthusiasm for life will be sadly missed. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 10 at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, the Very Rev. Paul E. Turnball. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 576 Vine St., Johnstown, Pa. 15901 or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by John Henderson Co. Funeral Home.

Obituary, Seldon Doclar Ohlsson

Seldon Doclar Ohlsson, passed away in Jefferson, Louisiana, on Saturday, June 23, 2007.
Survived by his wife, Sallye; sons: George and wife, Jan, and Roger and wife, Karen; daughter, Catharine O. Gracia and husband, Rogers; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Son of the late Evelyn and Henry Ohlsson.
A Navy veteran of WWII and retired Southern Pacific Railroad locomotive engineer. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service to he held at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp, 1600 N.Causeway Blvd., Metairie, LA on Monday, June 25, 2007, at 12:00 noon, with visitation at the funeral home on Monday from 10:00 AM until the service begins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the charity of your choice.
Published in The Times-Picayune from 6/24/2007 – 6/25/2007

Obituary, Rev. Eddie Nycum

Rev. Eddie Nycum, age 74, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 1998. Rev. Nycum was a graduate of Corpus Christi High School, a graduate of University of Corpus Christi, and a graduate of Southwestern Seminary Ft. Worth, Texas. He was a World War II Veteran. He served in the US Navy on the USS Franklin and was one of the few survivors in his group. He felt that God had taken care of him because he had a special task for him. Rev. Nycum was the Music Director for Trinity Baptist, Windsor Park Baptist, Lindale Baptist, and Calvary Baptist, and he also filled-in in many other churches here in Corpus Christi. He was the Choir and Drama Instructor at Driscoll Middle School and he was the Pastor at First Baptist Pawnee Church for 3 1/2 years.
Rev. Nycum is survived by his wife of 49 1/2 years, Melba Nycum of Corpus Christi, Texas; four sons, Warren (Carolyn) Nycum of Prairieville, Louisiana, and Gary (Janis) Nycum, Daryl (Pat) Nycum and Phil Nycum, all of Corpus Christi, Texas; seven grandchildren, Joshua, Daniel, Rebecca, Leah, and Andrew Nycum, and Billy Nelson, and Joy Brophy; two great-grandchildren, Garrett Nelson and Abigail Brophy; and a sister, Yvonne Nycum of Davis California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Natalie Nycum, and a daughter, Sharon Gayle Nycum.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, November 28, 1998 at Parkdale Baptist Church with interment to be held at Rose Hill Memorial Park.

If friends so desire, memorials in his name may be made to the Music Fund at Parkdale Baptist Church, 3875 S. Staples, Corpus Christi, Texas 78411 or to the Roloff Homes, Rt. 3 box 440, Corpus Christi, Texas 78415 or to a charity of one’s choice.