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Robert D. Grancio, 70, of Ridge, formerly of Brooklyn, passed peacefully on Feb. 19. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Vietnam War.

Robert was the beloved husband of Rita; loving father of Gina (Greg) Soden; cherished grandfather of Emma and Will; and dear brother of Peter (Donna).

Arrangements were entrusted to Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mark’s R.C. Church in Shoreham. Interment followed at Calverton National Cemetery.

An online guest book is available at www.branchfh.com.

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Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Joseph Louis Dionisi, 93, of Mountain Home, Ark., died on Feb. 28. His life was filled with love — for God, music, teaching, his country, his church and his growing family, whom he inspired through strength, integrity and Christian conviction.

Joe was born on Dec. 23, 1921, in Great Neck, to Andrew and Maria Dionisi. He joined the U.S. Air Force during World War II and served in communications, guiding military airplanes across the Atlantic Ocean. After leaving active duty, he continued to serve in the U.S. Air Force Reserves for many years before retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

After the war, Joe married Dorothy “Jane” Williamson and graduated from New York University with both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, and began a long career in music education. Joe and Jane lived in Stony Brook, where they raised four children and were devoted members of Stony Brook Community Church. He taught in the Port Jefferson school district for 30 years as director of music, band director and coordinator of musical festivals.

In 1978, Joe and Jane retired to Hendersonville, N.C., where he was active at Etowah United Methodist Church as lay speaker, editor of the local and district newsletters, president of the men’s group and director of a brass ensemble and chorale. They moved to Midway, Ark., 12 years ago and joined First United Methodist Church in Mountain Home, where he continued his love of learning through Bible studies.

Joe was preceded in death by Jane, his wife of 60 years, and his brother, Charles. He is survived by two sons, Joseph (Debbie) and Michael (Devon); two daughters, Donna Smith and Patti (Bob) Budolfson; 10 grandchildren, Leah, Meg, Kerri, Brendan, Matthew, Manny, Christian, Brad, Brett and Brent; and five great-grandchildren, Cooper, Sophia, Isabelle, Mason and Cameron.

Arrangements were entrusted to Roller Funeral Home. A memorial service was held at the First United Methodist Church in Mountain Home. Interment was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the music program or the building fund at First United Methodist Church, 605 West 6th Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653.

An online guest book is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Gloria H. Lauber, 67, of Smithtown, died on March 18.

She was a member of the Smithtown Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

She was the wife of the late Charles Jr.; beloved mother of Charles III, Sherry Lauber-Pannulla and Jeffrey; and the loving grandmother of two.

Arrangements were entrusted to Hawkins & Davis Funeral Home in Smithtown, where a funeral service was held. Entombment followed in Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale.

Her family requests donations in her name to Calvary Lutheran Church, 860 Townline Rd., Hauppauge, NY 11788 or the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center Fund Inc., P.O. Box 765, Smithtown, NY 11787. An online guest book is available at www.hawkinsanddavisfh.com.

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Karl R. Svanberg, 71, of Wainscott, formerly of Smithtown, died on Feb. 10. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Karl was the beloved father of Karl Jr. and Eric; loving brother of Lars; and dear grandfather of three.

Arrangements were entrusted to Hawkins & Davis Funeral Home in Smithtown, where a funeral service was held. Interment with full military honors followed in Calverton National Cemetery.

An online guest book is available at www.hawkinsanddavisfh.com.

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Beatrice A. Foray, 97, longtime resident of Smithtown, died on March 8.

She was the wife of the late Paul; beloved mother of Joan Svanberg and Eileen Foray; grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of four.

Arrangements were entrusted to Hawkins & Davis Funeral Home in Smithtown, where a funeral service was held. Interment followed in Washington Memorial Park in Mount Sinai.

An online guest book is available at www.hawkinsanddavisfh.com.

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Barbara Ann Koziuk, 57, of Lake Ronkonkoma, died on March 4. She was born on Dec. 30, 1957, in Rockville Centre, the daughter of John and Elsie Doyle.

Barbara was a bridal consultant at Bridal Suite. She enjoyed dancing, cooking and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children, Christina (Steven) Erland, Nicole (Kevin) Winn, and Martin Koziuk Jr.; granddaughter, Ava Winn; brother, Michael (Phyllis) Doyle; and many other family members and friends.

Services were held at St. Joseph R.C. Church in Ronkonkoma and interment followed in Lake Ronkonkoma Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Home of Setauket. An online guest book is available at www.bryantfh.com.

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Donald K. Turer, 48, of Port Jefferson Station, died Feb. 9. He was born June 7, 1966, in Port Jefferson, the son of Donald and Christine Turer.

He is survived by his mother, his brother, Peter, and many other family and friends.

Services were held at Bryant Funeral Home on Feb. 17. Interment followed at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Port Jefferson.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Home of Setauket. Please visit www.bryantfh.com to sign the online guestbook.

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Fay Lobianco, 82, of Port Jefferson Station, died on March 5. She was born on Aug. 14, 1932, in the Bronx, daughter of Anthony and Angie Martone.

Fay was a retired secretary at Einstein hospital in the Bronx. She enjoyed cooking — her specialties were rice balls and eggplant parmigiana.

She is survived by her daughters, Elaine (John) Fulfree and Michele, three grandchildren and many other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Anthony, and sister, Anna.

Arrangements were entrusted to Bryant Funeral Home of Setauket, where services were held. Committal services were private.

Her family requests contributions in her name to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

An online guest book is available at www.bryantfh.com.

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Ryan Joseph Zinna, of Port Jefferson Station, a beautiful and brave boy, left this world on Feb. 23 after a courageous battle with cancer. In his brief nine years, he touched many lives with his kindness and intrepid spirit. He will be remembered for his love of family and friends, his sense of adventure and his corny jokes.

Ryan was named an official member of the FDNY, and was a fan of the New York Islanders, New York Giants and New York Yankees. He was a master Lego builder and enjoyed video games, especially Minecraft, Skylanders and Mario Kart. He loved the outdoors, hiking, sports cars, animals and honesty.

Ryan was predeceased by his grandpa, Francis “Papa” Wood. He is survived by his parents, Darren and Sharon Zinna; younger brother, Kyle; dog, Sparky; grandparents, Richard and Karen Zinna and Grammy and “Papa Pete” McCormick; and aunts and uncles, Scott and Gina Zinna, Theresa and Lee Sherwood, Jean and Jim Cassidy, Francis J. Wood Jr., Jim and Lynda Wood, and Lorraine Wood. In addition, he is survived by his cousins, Meredith and Victoria Sherwood, Daniel, Shannon and Kelly Cassidy, Jessi Wood, Lea Brady, and Steven and Emily Zinna.

Arrangements were entrusted to Bryant Funeral Home in Setauket. Services were held at St. Gerard Majella Church and interment followed in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram.

If you would like to honor Ryan’s memory with a donation, his family requests contributions to healingforlife.us or www.makingheadway.org.

An online guest book is available at www.bryantfh.com.

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Jean Ciapi, 75, a longtime community resident, died on Feb. 13. She was born on Jan. 8, 1940, in Brooklyn, the daughter of William and Elizabeth.

Jean was a retired stockbroker, who loved cats and collected teapots.

She is survived by her children, Laura, Chris and Charlie; and many other family members and friends.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Home of Setauket, where services were held.

Interment followed in the Calverton National Cemetery.

An online guest book is available at www.bryantfh.com.