Walter Albert Schriefer
Commander Walter A. Schriefer, USN (Ret), of Virginia Beach, Virginia went to his eternal home on April 27, 2018. Walter was born July 22, 1925, in Chicago, son of Walter and Paula Schriefer. He lived life to glorify God! A sinner saved by grace.
He enlisted in the U. S. Navy V5/V12 program in 1943. He completed the "90-day wonder school,” followed by an appointment to the USNA. Upon graduation in 1949 he served briefly on the USS Wright (CVL-49) before reporting for flight training.
He was designated a naval aviator in April 1951 and he married Ellen Ruth Montgomery of Corpus Christi, Texas on December 16, 1951.
Tours of duty included Monterey; San Diego; Barbers Point; Midway; Lima, Peru; and Dam Neck, Final tour was XO of NAS Guantanamo Bay.
Following retirement, CDR Schriefer taught math at Booker T. Washington, Norfolk and at the engineering department at TCC, Virginia Beach until 1990.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years. They were blessed with 5 sons and 2 daughters; Martin, Ruth (deceased in 1958), Walter, Janet, Frederick, Herbert, William, twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild. Walter and Ruth enjoyed traveling the country to visit their children and many national parks.
Join us to celebrate Walt's life at Prince of Peace Lutheran 424 Kings Grant Rd, VB VA on Friday, May 11th at 6pm.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations made be made to St. Jude Children's @ STJUDE.ORG or Wycliffe Bible Translators @ WYCLIFFE.ORG . Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Condolences may be offered to the family at: www.hollomon-brown.com
Posted: 23 May 2018
Philip Howard Thom
Commander Philip H. Thom U.S. Navy (Ret.) passed away on July 28, 2018 at the age of 91.
Philip was born October 8, 1926 in Little Rock, AR. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949, receiving a BS degree and being commissioned ensign in the regular Navy.
In 1950, he received his Naval Aviator wings and served as a commissioned officer until his retirement in 1975. His assignments included staff under the Commander U.S. Forces in Europe as well as Operations Officer of U.S. Naval Air Station, Bermuda. In 1955 Philip was decorated with the French naval aviator award (Aeronautique Naval) for his role in qualifying the first French squadron aircraft carrier night landings. He also received two MS degrees and taught at both the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of New Mexico.
Philip will be remembered by his wife of 54 years, Geraldine, his son Roger (Susie) and his daughters from his 1st marriage to Emma Thurber, Cherie (Grover), Irene (Steve), Carol, Amy (Jack), by his brothers Sidney Thom of Little Rock, AR and Ron Thom of Steamboat Springs, CO. He will also be fondly remembered by his 10 grandchildren, Collin, Rhiannon, Hillary, Meredith, Seth, Steven, Alyssa, Sophie, Chloe and Maci as well as 5 great-grandchildren.
He was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Salt Lake City, UT.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm, on Saturday, August 18, at the First Congregational Church, 2150 Foothill Dr., SLC, with Pastor Marijke Rossi officiating.
There will be an open house in Philip Thom's memory at 3170 S. Kaibab Way, SLC from 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Saturday, August 18.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune Aug. 5, 2018 Posted: 7 Aug 2018
Halford Ernest Maninger
Halford E. Maninger, “Hal,” passed away peacefully August 9, 2018 at his home in Pacific Palisades at the age of 92, with his beloved family by his side. Hal was born January 11, 1926 in Pittsburg, Kansas. Following graduation from high school he spent one term at Kansas State Techer’s College before joining the Navy and spending 2 years at Notre Dame in the V-12 program. He received a congressional appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy, entering with the Class of 1949. Hal graduated with distinction, standing 88 amongst 789 graduates, receiving a BS degree and being commissioned ensign in the regular Navy.
Hal was assigned to USS Stickell (DD-888) in San Diego. After overhaul in Mare Island, Stickell joined DESDIV 11 November 1950 for operations with TF-77 in the Korean War. Stickell completed her deployment retuning to San Diego August 1951. Hal was aboard for another deployment to Korea, again returning to San Diego. He then served on USS Grouper (SS-214), a submarine based in New London, Connecticut, where he met his wife, Jean Moody, while giving her a tour of the base. They were married February 16, 1952.
After leaving the Navy in 1954, Hal joined the Northrop Corporation in 1956 as an engineer. He was promoted to the Corporate Long-Range Planning Group in 1957, then to Aircraft Division, Research & Technology and Marketing in 1963. In 1967 he became Head, Research and Technology, then Head, Advanced Aircraft, Research, Technology, and Marketing. The highlight of his career was helping win the contract to design and build the B-2 Stealth Bomber.
Hal is survived by his wife Jean; daughters Sally, Jill, and Linda: and son, John.
According to Hal's wishes, there will be no memorial. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Pacific Palisades Optimist Club.
Posted: 20 August 2018
Calvin Eugene Rakes
CDR Calvin E, Rakes, “Eugene,” USN (Ret) was born in Bentonville, Arkansas to Stewart and Mildred Rakes on August 30, 1925. He died in Eugene, Oregon on August 26, 2018. He was predeceased by his wife, Roberta.
Eugene served in the Pacific as a radioman in WWII. He received an appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy in 1945, entering with the Class of 1949. While there, Eugene talked of his goals of being an EDO (Engineering Duty Officer) and being a teacher. He graduated June 3, 1949 with a BS degree and being commissioned ensign in the regular Navy. Eugene later graduated from MIT with an MS degree in Naval Engineering.
After retirement, Eugene received a BA degree from Stanford University to prepare for a career as a high school mathematics teacher. Eugene became an educator in Valley ESL Christian High School.
He attained all the goals he had talked of as a midshipman.
Eugene was preceded in death by his parents Stewart and Mildred; his brother, John Carson Rakes; aa well as wife, Roberta. He is survived by his daughter, Carmen Stephens; his sister, Mary Louise Coberly; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Andreason's and Buell Chapel on September 5th at 1 PM.
Posted: 3 SEP 18
Alexander F. Bonacarti
Dr. Alexander F. Bonacarti of Pine Orchard, CT, and Englewood, NJ, died peacefully at home on September 6, 2018 with his family, his devoted caregivers, and his wife of 66 years, Patricia Elder Bonacarti, at his side. Dr. Bonacarti was born February 7, 1926 to Alexander F. Bonacarti, Sr., and Marjorie Scatuorchio Bonacarti. He attended La Salle Military Academy in Oakdale, NY, where he graduated first in his class in 1943. He went on to win an appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. With the end of WWII, he resigned from the USNA to follow a career in medicine.
He began his medical education at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY, and graduated in 1951, the same year that he married Patricia Elder. Dr. Bonacarti did his internship at Paterson General Hospital in New Jersey, his residency in general surgery at Newington VA Hospital in Newington, CT, and his residency in urological surgery at Yale Medical Center in New Haven, Connecticut.
In 1953 he joined in the U. S. Air Force as a flight surgeon. He and his young family were stationed in Alabama, Texas and Massachusetts. Dr. Bonacarti served from 1953-1955 and attained the rank of captain. He was proud to be asked by the jet pilots of the Military Air Transport Service to serve as their doctor.
Dr. Bonacarti started his medical practice as the first board certified urologist at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey. He was chief of urology from 1974 to 1984, and president of the Englewood Hospital medical staff from 1981 to 1983. He served the community of Englewood for 33 years.
In 1992 until he retired in Pine Orchard, CT, where he especially enjoyed playing golf at the Pine Orchard Country Club.
Dr. Bonacarti leaves behind six children, Dr. Emily Nolfo of Guilford, CT, Alexander Bonacarti III of Palisades Park, NJ, Lisa Callaway of Murrieta, CA, Ellen Bonacarti of Clarksburg, NJ, Alexandra Bonacarti of Brooklyn, NY, and Christopher P. Bonacarti of Hutchinson, KS; four grandchildren, Lauren Carson, Adam Callaway, Charlotte Callaway, and Mariella Nolfo; and a great-grandson, Lane Carson.
Dr. Bonacarti was predeceased by a son, Christopher James, and will be buried next to him at Madonna Cemetery in Fort Lee, NJ. Visiting hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Cecelia's Church in Englewood, NJ, followed by the funeral mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Upcoming Events Visitation Sep 12 10:00 AM 12:00 PM St Cecilia Church 55 West Demarest Avenue Englewood, NJ, US, 07631.
Obituarydata.com Posted: 20 September 2018
Sumner Lee Parker
Sumner, age 68, gently passed away in the presence of his wife on September 18, 2018. During the days before his passing, several family members were able to visit with him and say goodbye, including his beloved father. Sumner, a graduate of the USNA who served as a lieutenant during the Korean War.
Sumner was a proud 1972 graduate of Colgate University with a degree in History.
He enlisted in the USMC in 1973 rising in rank to captain. In 1978, he graduated from University of Pittsburgh Law School with his Juris doctorate and began his legal career with the Marine Corps as a judge advocate.
Following his honorable discharge from the USMC in 1986, he served briefly as an Allegheny County assistant district attorney and soon after began his 30-year career with the Allegheny County office of the public defender where over the years he passionately and vigilantly represented thousands of poor and indigent people until 2013. During the same period, he maintained a successful private criminal defense law practice. Sumner zealously believed in and supported the guarantees of the United States Constitution and ensured to the best of his ability every individual he represented received a fair trial. Throughout his tenure at the public defender's office, he generously volunteered his time to the newly graduated lawyers and was known to some of them as "Uncle Sumner." His dedication to his clients' well-being was shown by visiting them in jail on Thanksgiving and Christmas when he knew they would have no other holiday visitors. Many of his clients credit him with saving their lives.
Over his 40-year career as an attorney, he handled over 10,000 defendants' cases and was known throughout the legal community as tough, hard-working, brilliant, and charming with an engaging wit.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Jill Scott; and brother, Arthur Parker. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 15 years, Debra Holz; father, Sumner Parker (wife Frances Parker); daughter Tena Marguerite Parker; brothers Robert Parker and sister-in-law Margaret Parker, Scott Francis Ingalls and sister-in-law Cindy Cummings, Jack Scott and sister-in-law Lori Scott; sisters Kelly Hopper, Cola Parker, and Francie Parker; Uncle Major Jack Francis Ingalls III, U.S. Marine Corps; nieces Ivey, Madison, Hillary, Meredith, Lindsey, Ella, Lucy, Jaime; nephews Rob, Chris, Tim, Matt, Willy, Ian, Isaac, and John Ingalls Scott, II.
There will not be a public viewing or immediate service.
Posted: 20 September 2018
John Taylor Rigsbee
CAPT J. Taylor Rigsbee, U.S. Navy (Ret.), passed away quietly in Hilton Head, SC, on September 8, 2017. He was 90 years old. Taylor, as he was known, was born in Durham, NC, on February 7, 1927. The only child of John and Pauline Rigsbee, he was raised in Durham and participated in the Navy V-12 program at Duke University for a year, before receiving an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Graduating in 1949, Taylor began a long Navy career, primarily in the submarine fleet. An early member of the nuclear submarine program, he had assignments on both the east and west coasts, as well as in Hawaii and Guam. He served as commanding officer of the Nuclear Power School at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, USS Swordfish (SSN-579), the USS Proteus (AS-19), and Oceanographic Systems Pacific, located on Ford Island, Hawaii.
After over 30 years in the Navy, Taylor retired and began a second career as a proposal and project manager for several defense contractors in the Washington, DC, area. Several years after retirement, CAPT Rigsbee was honored by the Navy, based on his experience in command at sea, by being selected and trained as a "Convoy Commodore" making him eligible to be recalled to active duty to command merchant ship convoys in the event of a war or national emergency. Taylor and his wife Helen lived in the same house in Bethesda, Maryland, for 40 years, before moving to Hilton Head several years ago. He and Helen would be regularly seen walking their dogs in their neighborhood. They loved to travel, but were also happy just to be working and fixing things up around their home, as well as their summer house in the Northern Neck area of Virginia. Taylor loved sharing stories with people, and had a great, distinctive laugh that made him easy to locate at parties (and even in the background of a Bob Newhart recording). He and Helen also opened their home to a large number of international students visiting and studying in the DC area, and built relationships that lasted for many years afterwards. Taylor collected stamps and covers for much of his life, and had a great eye for antiques.
Taylor was preceded in death by his parents, John and Pauline, his first wife, Marion, daughter, Rebecca, and step-son, Bill. He is survived by his wife, Helen, sons, Peter and John, step-sons, Doug and David, and seven grandchildren. CAPT Rigsbee will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on October 29, 2018, after a service in the Old Post Chapel on Fort Myer, commencing at 1 p.m.
Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 24, 2018 Posted: 3 November 2018
Myron Dane Gerber
Myron D. Gerber (Age 91), of Bethesda, MD passed away at home on August 31, 2018. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Robert and Rose (Cohen) Gerber; brother, Sylvan Jordan Gerber; and wife, Elizabeth (Newald). Myron is survived by his five sons, Scott (Jan) Portland, OR; Rick (Maria) Clifton, VA; Gregory (Michele) Palm Springs, CA; Gary (Jennifer) Potomac, MD; Clifford (Marni) Portland, OR. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Samantha Tuten, Justin (Coleen), Logan, Jake, Taylor, Alix, Maks, Kaleb; a great-granddaughter, Mollie Tuten; and niece, Sherry Holladay.
Myron loved sports and was an accomplished athlete. His football career began, to local acclaim, at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA. He continued playing at Bullis Preparatory School, the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Florida. After graduating from U of F, Myron came back to the area to join the family business. He was eventually Chairman of the Board at the DrugFair retail drugstore chain. During this time, he also co-owned the Ski Haus ski shop in Bethesda, MD. After the DrugFair chain was sold, he went on to co-launch the SoftSpikes brand of non-metal golf cleats. Myron loved tennis and golf. He enjoyed playing locally and taking golf trips with friends. He was also an enthusiastic skier who loved being on the mountain with family and friends.
Myron was buried on September 5, 2018 in the King David Cemetery in Falls Church, VA. A celebratory gathering will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Please contact the family for details.
Posted: 3 November 2018
Mary "Sue" (Lowe) Jennison, widow of the Whitney Jennison, passed away peacefully at her home in the McLean Assisted Living facility, Simsbury, CT, on November 22, 2018. Sue was born in Lafayette, IN on November 9, 1925. She was the oldest of four siblings born to Harry and Maude Lowe. Sue attended Hood College, Frederick, MD, and later attended Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, where she received her nursing degree. It was during her college years, that she met the love of her life, Whitney Jennison, a midshipman at the Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.
Upon graduation, they married in June of 1949. Following a tour of duty, spanning both coasts and the Hawaiian Islands, they arrived in New London, CT. Planning to start a family, they eventually settled in North Canton, CT in 1953, purchasing a historic home ca. 1760, which they renovated. It was here that they raised their 5 children. Sue was employed by the Canton Public Schools as the head school nurse, a position she held for 22 years (1968-1990). During these years, she would spend summers on Nantucket Island, MA, with her children, in a cottage built by the family. Sue remained in her North Canton, CT home, following the passing of Whitney in 2004, eventually moving to McLean in 2013. Sue enjoyed gardening, knitting, cross-stitching samplers, playing bridge, and collecting antiques to fill her North Canton home. She was an avid reader, always with a long list of books to be read.
She was an active member of Canton Center Congregational Church. She participated in numerous community activities including, the Prime Timers, the Stich 'n Bitch group, the Madaket Ladies, a group of Nantucket Moms, known for their acronym MLBDLS (activities they regularly enjoyed together). She volunteered at the Canton Historical Museum and regularly participated in exercise classes at the Canton Senior Center.
Sue was predeceased by her two sisters, Barbara Lentz, and Donna Thompson. She is survived by her brother, Richard Lowe of Lakeview, AR. She is survived by her 5 children, Robert Jennison (wife Maryann), Richard Jennison, Thomas Jennison (wife Lucy), Anne LeMaitre (husband Dan), and Edward "Ted" Jennison (wife Jackie), as well as numerous grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
The family is extremely grateful to the McLean community for the excellent care and compassion they demonstrated during Sue's stay. Sue enjoyed the many activities that filled her days tremendously. "I just love it here", she would say. A private memorial celebration of Sue's life with burial in the North Canton Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family. To share memories or express condolences online, go to www.vincentfuneralhome.com.
The Hartford Courant on Dec. 2, 2018 Posted: 2 Jan 2019
Wilfred Harry Dearth
Wilfred Harry Dearth, 94, of Gig Harbor, died November 23, 2018. He was born June 16, 1924 in Lawrence, MA, the only child of Wilfred and Martha Hein Dearth. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1941 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August of that year. He served at Pearl Harbor following the attack by Japan in December 1941 and later on the USS Taurus, a provisions ship suppling Allied Forces in the South Pacific. Following the war, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy before transferring to Columbia University in New York City, where he graduated in 1950 with a degree in economics. It was at Columbia that he met Shirley Swayze of Tacoma, WA, whom he married in 1949. They lived in Tacoma until 1956 and then for the next 13 years in Portland, OR. He worked for approximately 20 years in steel industry sales.
In 1969, he and Shirley relocated to Gig Harbor, WA, where they founded and operated Mostly Books for 27 years, and later No Dearth of Books. Harry was a member of the Masons and was active in numerous local organizations, including the Downtown Gig Harbor Association, Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, Gig Harbor Lions Club, Gig Harbor Historical Society, and Olympic Peninsula Travel Association. He was also a member of the Orpheus Male Chorus of Tacoma and a choir member at St. John's Episcopal Church in Gig Harbor.
He is survived by his wife Shirley, Gig Harbor; daughters Karen (Jack) Merry, Gig Harbor, and Robin Holtz (Doug Petre), Kirkland, WA; son David (Kathy Dobler) Dearth, Gig Harbor; grandchildren Nick Jordan, Blaine, WA, Adrian Merry, Gig Harbor, Zachary Holtz, Santa Rosa, CA, Thomas Merry, North Bend, WA, Taylor Holtz, Seaside, CA, Luke Holtz, Seattle, Katie Dearth, Gig Harbor, and David Dearth, Gig Harbor; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Gig Harbor. Remembrances may be made to the Harbor History Museum or the Gig Harbor Lions Club Endowment Fund.
News Tribune (Tacoma) on Nov. 29, 2018 Posted: 30 Nov 2018
Mary Anne Riger
Mary Anne Stewart Riger passed away peacefully in Lancaster, PA, on November 19, 2018, surrounded by family at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Cass and Bob Jendzurski. Affectionately known to family and friends as Anne, she was born in Denver, CO, on May 30, 1928, and was the daughter of the late Hugh A. and Anora Akolt Stewart. Anne was the loving wife of the late LCDR Robert J. Riger, USN, a graduate of the US Naval Academy's Class of 1949. Anne's greatest joy and purpose in life was being a mother to her five children, Cass, Charlie, Betsy, John, and Hugh. Anne was blessed with 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Anne graduated St. Mary's Academy in Denver in 1946, and attended Loretto Heights College and University of Denver, where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta. An accomplished dog breeder, Anne established Folly Barn Farms Kennel in Gatesburg, PA, where she raised a national champion Saint Bernard. Anne was an expert seamstress and, as the owner and operator of Hollow Bottom Bears, produced beautiful handmade decorative vacuum cleaner covers that she sold across the country. Anne was a collector of teddy bears, Santa Clauses, and miniature dollhouses, and was an avid reader. Anne loved her country and was an outstanding citizen exemplifying the finest virtues of American life.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Richard's Catholic Church in Manheim, PA. Anne will be buried alongside her husband Robert at Gatesburg Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Anne's name may be made to Songs for Journey, 2437 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 or to Gamma Phi Beta at www.gammaphibeta.org.
To send an online condolence, please visit: SnyderFuneralHome.com
Denver Post on Nov. 23, 2018
Phyllis Longino, of Fayetteville, AR, passed away on November 9, 2018, at the age of 90. She was born in Salina, KS, but spent most of her youth in Texarkana, AR. She married Hugh E. Longino, her childhood sweetheart, in a ceremony at the United States Naval Academy, where Hugh had just graduated and commissioned as an ensign in the U. S. Navy.
She traveled the world and raised a family while accepting the responsibilities of a Naval Officer's wife. During this time she served as President of N.O.W. (Naval Officer's Wife Club) in San Diego, was a real-estate agent, owner of an Interior Design Consulting Company (which she continued after Hugh's retirement), and was active in P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization). Phyllis also took time to continue and excel in her love of artwork: painting, wood working and jewelry design.
Phyllis and Hugh moved to Fayetteville after Hugh's retirement. They lived in Fayetteville until 1985, when they purchased Hugh's childhood home and moved back to Texarkana. She lived in Texarkana and was able to celebrate almost 60 years of marriage with Hugh until his passing. She then moved back to Fayetteville to be closer to friends and family. Wherever Phyllis lived, she was actively involved with her family, her church and the community.
She is survived by her two sons and their respective families, which include five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh; her sister, Maurine; and her parents. A Celebration of Life service will be held in Texarkana at a later date.
Obituarydata.com Posted: 26 Nov 2018
Richard Stephen Wolford
Richard S. Wolford, Captain, USN (Ret.) (Age 92), “Dick,” of Alexandria, VA passed away on December 19, 2018. Treasured husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 63 years Helen Wolford; children Allison Niedbala (Tom), Laurie Wolford (Raymond Cline) and Richie Wolford (Maureen); grandchildren Emily and Stephen Wolford, Jake and Sam Cline, and Lucy Niedbala. He was predeceased by parents Stephen and Ethel Wolford and sister Ruth Lowry.
Born January 20, 1926 in Columbus, OH, Dick enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1944. He received a congressional appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy, entering September 8, 1945. He graduated with the Class of 1949 receiving a BS degree and being commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy.
Shipboard tours included duty aboard USS Fox (DD-234), USS Harwood (DD-872), USS Columbus (CA-74) and USS Constellation (CV-64). He was commanding officer of USS Robin (AMS-53), USS Perkins (DD-872) and USS Washtenaw County (MMS-2). Shore duty tours included U.S. Naval Postgraduate School; NROTC instructor; Polaris Missile Program; Boston Naval Shipyard; Destroyer Modernization Program, Naval Seas Systems Command. Following his retirement from the Navy April 33, 1974, he was a consulting engineer at several area defense firms.
He was admired for his wisdom, sharp wit and devotion to family. Richard enjoyed golf, traveling, working with his personal trainer, reading Louis Lamour books, and cooking.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 12 at Demaine's Funeral Home, 520 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be scheduled for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mt. Vernon Ladies Association, Attn: Development Office, PO Box 110, Mt. Vernon, VA 22121.
The Washington Post Posted: 8 Jan 2018
Donald Lister, 93, a longtime Roslyn Heights, NY resident, died January 7, 2019 of kidney failure. Born in Manhattan August 21, 1925, Don was 17 when he enlisted in the Navy in 1943. He served as a waist-gunner in a PBY until receiving a congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. He was transferred to the Naval Academy Preparatory School to prepare for the entrance exams, which he passed. Graduating with the Class of 1949, he received as BS degree and was commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy.
Don trained as a carrier pilot and was awarded his wings in 1951. He was assigned to the Navy’s Attack Squadron 55 and piloted single- seat AD-1 Skyraiders on 64 combat missions from USS Essex (CV-6) during the Korean War. One of his planes limped back to the carrier so riddled with anti-aircraft fire that Navy personnel pushed it overboard.
Don knew the prickly tension of aerial warfare. His first child was born while he flew combat missions as the Korean War raged.
“The day I went to give birth, I read in The New York Times that four planes from his squadron were shot down,” said his former wife, Ellen Lister, of Rockville Centre, whom he married in 1950 while in flight school. “I didn’t know whether he was ok or not. It was very scary.”
A 1952 mission involved flying cover for a rescue helicopter as it flew to the aid of a downed pilot some 50 miles north of what is now the border between the two Koreas. The mission earned Lister a recommendation for the Distinguished Flying Cross, which is awarded for "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight.”
“Although opposed by intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Lister repeatedly placed his own life in jeopardy while expediting the rescue of the stricken airmen,” read his medal citation. “By successfully carrying out daring and accurate attacks from low altitudes he assisted the helicopter in making a successful rescue of the downed pilot.”
Don later wrote of being puzzled after listening to a talk given aboard Essex by Admiral Joseph “Jocko” Clark. He quoted Clark as having said: “You men have had the privilege of meeting the enemy face to face.” Lister recalled he was able to appreciate Clark’s statement only after reading an account of coping with fear written by Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl.
“How wonderful it was that there was nothing he needed to fear any more except his God,” Don wrote of Frankl in papers provided by his family. “It was only then when I understood what Admiral Clark meant.”
Don also served as a flight instructor until he resigned his commission as a lieutenant May 27, 1955.
After working in the Garment District for his father’s women’s wear company, Don went into the real estate business in 1984, most recently as a broker in the Roslyn office of Prudential Douglas Elliman. He stopped working about two years ago.
He enjoyed golf, which he played even in winter at local courses, including Eisenhower and Bethpage parks. He remained active with Naval Academy alumni activities and served on the Executive Committee as a member-at large representing the New York/New England areas.
After his first marriage ended in an amicable divorce, he married Phyllis Schwartz in 2000.
Don is survived by his wife, Phyllis, and daughters Beth Ann Scrivano, of Freeport, and Amy Sue Axen, of upstate Lake George.
A funeral was held January 10, with Don being buried at Mt. Ararat Cemetery in Lindenhurst.
“He came alive when he talked about the Navy and his past,” Ellen Lister said. “He had a wonderful career.”
CDR Philip Vladessa, USNR (Ret), 93, of Seabrook Village, Tinton Falls, NJ passed away Monday January 21, 2019 at Jersey Shore Medical Center. He was born May 20, 1925 and raised in Brooklyn, New York.
Philip enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and was assigned to the submarine school in New London, CT. Then ordered to the U. S. Naval Academy Preparatory School, Bainbridge Naval Training Center, MD to com- pete for a Secretary of the Navy appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy. He was one of 200 Navy and USMC enlisted receiving appointments. Entering in 1945 and graduating with the Class of 1949, he received a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned ensign in the regular Navy.
Soon after graduation, Phillip reported a destroyer where he qualified as an Officer of the Deck (OOD) underway. He then attended Submarine School in New London, CT earning his dolphins. He served in submarines during the Korean war. He resigned his regular Navy commission as a LT(JG) in August 1954, opting to serve in the Naval Reserve. He retired as a CDR, USNR July 1, 1975.
Philip also worked for Texaco, New York, NY as a Lubrication Engineer for 30 years. He is formerly of Venice, Florida and has been a resident of Seabrook Village since 2012.
He is predeceased by his beloved wife Elsie Kalinovich Vladessa in 2015. Philip is survived by his four loving daughters; Karen Mahoney, Teresa (Terry) Caprio, Ellen Velazquez and Christine Augenbraun. He is also survived by his nine cherished grandchildren.
According to the family’s wishes, all services will be private. The family requests that donations in his memory be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-9959.