6 Dec 2014

Paul Goceljak, Sr., USS Elmore

Paul passed away at the age of 89.  Born in Slovakia, Paul moved to the US when he was an infant.  A proud veteran of WWII, Paul was honorably discharged from the US Navy in 1946.  He received the Liberty Medal for Liberation of the Philippines with two battle stars and a citation for rescuing crew members and towing the USS Barr that was damaged during battle.  In total, he received six battle stars.  Paul served about the DE-686 Eugene S. Elmore, destroyer escort from the time the ship was commissioned until the end of WWII.  Paul was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church, a member of the USS Block Island Assn., and the Tin Can Sailors.  He enjoyed crossword puzzles, history, football, and spending time with his grandchildren.  Paul is survived by his wife, Patricia A., daughter Mary and husband Donald, Paul Jr. and wife Sandra, four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 


28 Dec 2014

William R. Gladhill, Jr. , USS Barr

He died December 28, 2014 at the age of 88.  He resided of Hagerstown, MD. Bill served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII with the US Navy aboard the USS Barr.  He was a retired Correctional Officer, having served with the Maryland Dept. of Corrections.  Bill was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church.  Additionally, Bill was a member of Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion, the WD Byron Post 1936 VFW and Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks 378.  Survivors include his children:  Brenda and husband Leonard, and John and his wife Mary; a grandson and three granddaughters, a great-grandson and four great-granddaughters; and a great-great-grandson and great-great-granddaughter.  He’s also survived by his brother, Charles as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


19 Dec 2014

Bryant (Brad) W. Bradley, DE 578 USS Paine

Brad passed away December 19, 2014.  He resided in Wichita Falls, TX.  He entered Rice University the fall of 1940 to study chemical engineering and enrolled in the first Naval ROTC class. He graduated in February 1944, and was commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy.

Brad’s first assignment as a 21 year-old officer was aboard the USS Paine, DE 578, one of four destroyer escorts for the aircraft carrier, USS Block Island, CVE 21. After Brad was released from active duty he remained in the active Navy Reserve for 17 years, followed by 21 years in the inactive reserve.  He married Rice graduate Mary Dee Miller of Houston on June 18, 1946.  They were married for over 63 years until her death on September 10, 2009.

In 1947, Brad enrolled in the University of Texas Business School in Austin where he earned an MBA in January 1949.  At that time, he was employed by Shell Oil Company. In 1965, Brad was transferred to Shell’s Research laboratory in Houston, TX. He received an M.S. in Environmental Engineering degree from Rice University in 1972. He retired in 1982 from Shell’s Engineering Training Center after 34 years service with that company.

He and his wife, Dee, resided in Norman Oklahoma for five years where Brad did part time training and consulting work on an international level.  Dee was a hospital volunteer.  In 1987, they had a retirement home built in Lakeway, TX on Lake Travis.  In 1997, they moved to Wichita Falls to be near their grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Priscilla Bradley Brochert and by his wife, Mary Dee Bradley.  He’s survived by his three sons, Paul and wife Karyn, Dr. Patrick Bradley, and John and his wife, Leslie. Brad has three grandchildren.


8 Dec 2014

William K. “Bill” Messinger, TM 2/C, CVE 21/106

Bill Messinger of Berwick, PA, passed away on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.  He was 89,years old.  He was born March 25, 1925, in Northumberland, a son of the late Edward W. and Bertha May (Koons) Messinger. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1989, after 28 years of service. Bill was a member of Emmanuel Bible Chapel in Berwick. He was a very active volunteer for the Berwick Red Cross, the Bloodmobile and a dedicated member of the “Meals on Wheels” team. Bill also provided financial support for a number of needy residents of Berwick. He is survived by two sons, William E. and David D. Messinger; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine E. (Fry) Messinger, originally of Northumberland, on Oct. 21, 2007, ending a lifelong marriage of 63 years; one brother, Edward W. Messinger; and one grandson, William R. Messinger.  Sympathy cards may be sent to Bill Messinger, Jr., 28 Bicentennial Drive, Nashua, NH  03062.


19 Nov 2014

Ray S. Will  TM 3/C, CVE 106

Ray S. Will, 82, was called across the Jordan on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. He joins his parents, Lloyd and Eva (Smith), and his brother, Lloyd. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joanne (Hornberger); his brothers, Richard (Barbara) of Ephrata, PA, and Eugene (Joanne) of Reisterstown, MD; children Brian (C. J.), Doug (Kathy), Bradley (Cathy), Barry (Karen), and Jean Amison (Geoff); as well as 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Ray was born and raised in Ephrata, PA. He attended the Bergstrasse School, worked at Cloister Dairy, and graduated from Ephrata High School. He married Joanne Hornberger in September of 1952 at Hope Evangelical United Brethren in Ephrata. He served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War, before moving with his family to Jacksonville, FL. He then moved to Wakulla, FL where he was the assistant manager of the Wakulla Springs Lodge.

In 1977, he moved to Tallahassee, FL where he spent the remainder of his life. He owned and operated Ray Will Drywall for many years, and stuccoed the landmark swans at the Walt Disney World Swan resort. He enjoyed playing pranks and telling long stories—especially of his pranks. He spent his retirement years working as a security guard and surfing the Web for information about his favorite topic, health and wellness.

He was a member of Maranatha Baptist Church. A service of remembrance will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, November 28, at Gracepointe Baptist Church, North Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL.

11 Nov 2014


Ralph W. Olsen, AOM 2/C, CVE 21/106

Warren Olsen (Ole) at 97 years of age, has passed away on November 11th, Veterans Day, 2014.  He was born to O.S. (Harry) and Olive D. (Stanton) Olsen on July 18th of 1917 in Everett Washington. He was raised in Everett where he was educated, he worked on his uncle Newt’s farm in Marysville and then found employment at Everett Tent and Awning and later Puget Sound Tent and Duck in Seattle.  In January 1942, he joined the Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After training in aviation ordinance, he was assigned to the aircraft carrier, USS Block Island.  He found the love of his life, Anne Mary Kowal, at a Halloween dance on a visit to Vancouver, British Columbia.  They were married on March 13, 1943. Following the sinking of CVE21, the USS Block Island, he was re-assigned to the new CVE106 USS Block Island.

Upon his return home, he joined the Naval Reserve and went back to work in the tent and awning business eventually moving with his family, now with three sons, to Eugene where he founded Eugene Canvas Products, a company he operated until he retired. In his time off, Ralph took his family fishing and camping in the outdoor paradise that is Oregon.

He discovered the USS Block Island Association and attended some 30 - 34 of the reunions they staged annually The last BI Reunion that he attended was at Fargo, ND in 2012.

Besides his wife, Anne and sons Warren and Ken, he leaves behind two granddaughters Stacy and Heather and 5 much loved great grandchildren Marcus, Mckayla, and Nicholas Blanco and Hayden and Weston Floyd, as well as numerous nephews and nieces. You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.musgroves.com.


24 Oct 2014

Walter Joseph Booi, CEM, CVE 21/106

 died at his daughter’s home in Yakima, Washington, on October 24, 2014 at the age of 92. The longtime resident of Spenard, AK survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the USS Block Island carrier and found new ways to make long-distance communication work in Alaska. More importantly, he found ways to move beyond personal trauma to stay cheerful, help others in need and forgive the most detested enemy.

   Booi, the son of Charles and Mary (Hardebeck) Booi, was born in Yakima on June 3, 1922. On his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the Navy, in part so his mother would have one less mouth to feed. He was assigned to the cruiser USS New Orleans. The ship was docked under a giant crane in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, which provided some cover. At his station below decks in the gyro room, where he worked with communication and navigation equipment, Booi could feel the shock of explosions in the water near the ship. He recalled coming up on deck and looking at the destruction with shock, horror “and a burning hatred for the Japanese.”

   The New Orleans took part in the critical Battle of the Coral Sea in early May 1942. Joe was transferred to the USS Block Island, a carrier on duty in the Atlantic. On May 29, 1944, that ship was sunk by a German submarine. Booi recalled his thoughts as he tread water and depth charges went off on all sides of him. “Hallelujah! I’m gonna get 30 days survivors leave!” 

   His permanently oiled shorts were also tacked to the wall of the party room. “Mom never could get 'em clean,” he said. Those shorts are now in the archives of the Block Island Historical Society.  Following the sinking the crew was assigned to a new carrier, also named Block Island, which did duty in the Pacific. Booi took part in 10 battles during the war, including Midway, Guadalcanal and Okinawa. 

   After his discharge he went into the communications field and in 1957 moved to Anchorage, where he worked for the Alaska Communications System as a maintenance technician.  In 1964, he transferred to the Defense Communications Agency, where he was responsible for military communications with the White Alice sites.

   Though discharged after World War II, a part of his heart never really left the Navy. He regularly traveled to annual reunions to reconnect with his brothers-in-arms from the New Orleans and Block Island. His sizable library contained hundreds of books about the naval battles of World War II, many with observations and corrections penned into the margins by Booi and fellow veterans. He treated Veterans Day, which was also his wedding anniversary, as a major holiday. For many years, he made it a point to donate blood on Dec. 7, the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. 

   Booi was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brother Alfred and great-grandchild Jonathan Fasano. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Mary and Jerry Ring of Seattle; daughters and sons-in-law Joetta and Russell Smith and Marybelle and Jerry Weston, of South Carolina, and Judy and Mick Duncan and Rosie and Chuck Withrow of Yakima; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

(taken from “Obituary of Joe Booi, CEM, CVE 21/106”, Alaska Dispatch  – By Mike Dunham)


23 Sep 2014

William Clifford Tritt, Jr., RM, CVE 21/106

William, a native of Atlanta, passed away on September 23 (Peachtree City, GA) at the age of 92.  He is survived by his three children:  son, Ken (Cathedral City, CA); son, Galen (Bellingham, WA) and daughter, Karen Fox (Corona, CA), as well as 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  He survived the sinking of the CVE 21.  His work career after the war was centered at Colonial Stores Offices.  After his retirement in 1976, he and his wife Elizabeth moved to Fayetteville where he served as a deacon at Flat Creek Baptist Church, worked at Belks, and also became a volunteer at the newly built Piedmont-Fayette Hospital. He was preceded in death by his much loved wife of 64 years, Elizabeth Tritt.  Cards may be sent to his son, Galen Tritt:  2914 Victor Street, Bellingham, WA  98225

25 May 2014


Boyd Wharton Brendle, S 1/C, CVE 21/106

Boyd passed away on May 25, 2014 in Joshua Tree, California at the age of 93. He was born in Sacramento , California on January 26, 1923. His mother was Rhonda Dunlap and father was Boyd Brendle. He graduated from Ione High School (Jackson, Ca) Class of 1942. He enlisted into the Navy in October 1942. He was a proud member (Seaman first Class, Aviation) of the USS Block Island (CVE-21).  He received three stars, Victory Medal and Good conduct Medal. After his military service he became a Teamster Truck Driver for the Port of Los Angeles. He loved Bluegrass/Folk music; playing guitar and singing. His first wife Juanita Maxine Warren (Died 1980) played fiddle with him during his earlier years and he would play festivals across the country. His first son died at the age of six in 1972 and is buried in Chastain Chapel Cemetery, Tumbling Shoals, AR. After his retirement he would take any opportunity to play guitar with his close musician friends and almost never missed a chance to play. He is survived by his second wife Lilia and his extended family of two sons, one daughter, two grandsons, three granddaughters and two great-grand sons.


9 Apr 2014

A.J. “Buster” Lapeyrolerie, AOM, 1/C, CVE 21/106

He passed away on April 9, 2014, at St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, TX.   He was 92 years old.  Buster was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on December 2, 1921. He enjoyed gardening, spending time with his family, dancing, traveling, and his yearly U.S. Navy reunion. Following WWII Buster worked for DuPont SRW for 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arlie Joseph, Sr. and Aline Michel Lapeyrolerie, Aimee and Lefroy Falcon; sister, Neava Yentzen; brother, Stanford Lapeyrolerie; daughter-in-law, Sheri Fudge Lapeyrolerie; and grandsons, Brad Lapeyrolerie and James Lapeyrolerie.

He is survived by his wife Audrey; daughters, Ann Lieby, Amy King, Janice and husband Frank, and Jean; sons, Arlie and wife Karen, Brad and wife Brenda, Bill, and Paul and wife Lisa; sisters, Ula Perez, Mona Gaudin, and Ina Brownlow; eighteen grandchildren, and seventeen great grandchildren.

Cards may be sent to his widow, Audrey, at 1080 Turner Drive, Bridge City, TX  77611-2539.


7 Apr 2014

Irving A. “Irv “ Biron, GM, CVE 21/106

Resident of Oakland and a veteran of World War II, Irv passed away on April 7, 2014 at the age of 90. He was born in Oakland, January 7, 1924 to Mary and John Biron.Irv graduated from Roosevelt High School in January, 1942, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November. Attending annual reunions of both ships' men was one of Irv's greatest pleasures. He loved taking great photographs of all those involved. Following the war, Irv was a dedicated employee of Pabco, Emeryville, for 20 years, followed by 30 years of service at Sears Roebuck in Oakland.

In addition to his parents, Irv was preceded in death by his wife Mary (1991), son Kenneth (2003), brother 2nd Lt. Leo Biron, U.S. Army Air Corps (1945), sister-in-law Bernice Collins  (2007), nephew Marshall Collins (2008), and dear friend and companion Charis Hicks Crist (2005) of Phoenix.  Survived by a host of friends and relatives, including nephew Clifford Castagnola, niece Bernadine Castagnola Carpenter, and godson Robert Carpenter. 

A special thanks to the caring staff at Salem Lutheran Home – you made Irv's last year worthwhile. As he would say: "I had a ball!"

Cards may be sent to his nephew, Bob Carpenter, 1221 Wood Hollow Dr., Apt. 13303, Houston, TX  77057.


11 Dec 2013

Robert J. “Bob” Wood, GM 2/C, CVE 21/106

He died December 11, 2013 at the age of 88.  He grew up and was schooled in Lebanon, ME.  He enlisted in the U. S. Navy at age 17, eventually attaining the rank of Gunner's Mate Second Class.  Robert was credited with saving the life of a fellow sailor during the sinking of CVE 21, he stayed in touch with him for the remainder of their lives. After the war he married Marietta Stuart in 1946. Together, they shared 67 years and raised seven children. Robert worked at several places during his life, including the Goodall Mills in Sanford, Hubbard Shoe in East Rochester and Cyro Industries in Sanford, where he was employed for 25 years until retiring in 1987.  He was a member of the North Lebanon Second Baptist Church and the Little River Grange and coached Lebanon Little League for many years. Robert was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed growing vegetables in his garden.  Surviving are his wife, Marietta Wood, of Lebanon; seven children, Steven Wood and his wife, Brenda, of Bowie, Md., Cynthia Poore and her husband, Alan, of Lebanon, Sandra Pray and her husband, Gary, of Lebanon, Roberta Sullivan and her husband, Michael, of Cape Neddick, Russell Wood and his wife, Carol, of Lebanon, Bruce Wood and his wife, Laurie, of Lebanon, and Rebecca Wozmak and her husband, Albert, of Lebanon; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. – Cards may be sent to Mrs. Marietta Wood, 211 Little River Road, Lebanon, ME  04027-3418.


5 Mar 2014

Nicholas G. Tsuleff, S 1/C, CVE 106

He passed away on March 5th.  He was 89. Born into a family of Macedonian immigrants, he graduated from Central High School in 1943, served for nearly three years in the United States Navy during World War II and was employed by Fruehauf for 40 years.  He was an avid golfer and bowler, and loved watching IU basketball and Detroit Tigers baseball. He is survived by the love of his life Virginia, two proud sons and their wives, Scott & Jenny and Steven & Kara, and 5 grandchildren whom their Dedo adored so much. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Turpa and bothers Thomas and Peter.  Cards may be sent to Mrs Virginia Tsuleff, 9923 River Rapids Run, Ft. Wayne, IN  46845-8958.


8 Mar 2014

Harry R. Sharak, Radioman 3/c, CVE 21/106

He passed away at the age of 94 on March 8.  Following the war, Harry was a graduate of the RCA Electronics Institute in Manhattan.  He later served as a Radio Station Engineer and Announcer in Carbondale, PA and the Cherry Valley Network in DeRuyter, NY, retiring from General Electric in Syracuse following 29 years as an Electronics Technician.  Harry is survived by his wife of 73 years, Catherine, six children:  Carl (Herta), Madeline (David) Bodner, John, Paula, Gregory (Karen), Matthew (Josephine); daughter-in-law Marlene; five grandchildren.  Harry was predeceased by his son, Thomas, in 1994.  Cards may be sent to Catherine Sharak, c/o Carl, 116 Maywood Drive, Syracuse, NY  13205-2402.  Catherine still enjoys receiving email messages.

Fellow Radioman, Louis (Bud) Hellwig sent in the following about Harry:  “A few words about Harry....He was a very quiet refined person and loved to smoke a big meerschaum pipe. His home while in the navy was Elmira, N.Y. and from what he told me it was a glider's paradise and he loved to watch them soar.  We chatted many times and I highly admired him. Because of what he had told me of the gliders Verly (Bud’s wife) and I took rides in gliders while in Hawaii a few times and it was wonderful. My last flight I paid for a full hour and took the controls at 5,000 feet! I flew it for over 45 minutes and he landed it. One of my fondest memories...  thanks Harry! Louis Hellwig”


10 Sep 2013

Robert G. DeBerry, CVE 21/106

He passed away on September 10, 2013 at the age of 93.  No obituary available. 


23 Feb 2014

William B. Caldwell, Jr., S 1/C, CVE 21/106

He passed away on February 23, 2014.  In 2004, Bill sent us paperwork on his career: He retired 29 July 1983 with almost 31 years of combined military and civilian service.  Quoting from a letter from Department of Navy:  “Bill served with distinction in three branches of the Armed Services:  U.S. Navy (CVE 21/106, February 1944-April 1946; U.S. Air Force, December 1949-September 1953 and U.S. Army, October 1957-November 1971, Honorably discharged as a Sergeant First Class (E7).  In August 1972, you worked as a Nuclear Engineering Technician at the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion & Repair, USN, Newport News, VA.  In this position, you were assigned as a member of the Joint Test Group (JTG) and Joint Refueling Group (JRG) on reactor plants of the various surface ships and submarines built and overhauled at Newport News.  You were responsible for reviewing the test documents and data necessary to ensure that these reactor plants were safe & built in accordance with approved plans and specifications.  During your career, you have made significant contributions to the Navy and this command’s naval shipbuilding history.  Your contributions have been recognized as indicated by Letter of Commendation, July 1975; Letters of Appreciation, September 1975, June 1977 and November 1977, and a Quality Increase in June 1981.”

   In 1982, he received the Navy Unit Commendation Citation from the Secretary of the Navy (delivery of Atlanta and Carl Vinson on 26 February 1982 marked a first in naval history; that is, two nuclear ships were delivered in one day.  “Well done and congratulations on this significant achievement.”

  Bill also received an Army Commendation Medal for nine years of work at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research on their research reactor.

   Navy Medals:  American; Victory World War II; European African and one star; Asiatic Pacific and two stars; Philippine Liberation.

  Bill was married to Mary Constance (Connie) following his retirement from the military in 1971.  Connie passed away in March of 2013.

  Bill is survived by his nephew, Lindsay Abee,    6665 Pharr Mill Rd., Harrisburg, NC 28075  and, his niece, Mrs. Theresa Holbrook at 321 Alfandre Street, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.


5 Feb 2014

Williamson Albert "Bill" Byrd, Jr., Seaman, CVE 21/106

He died suddenly on February 5, 2014.  He is survived by his wife, Julia Bowen Byrd; his daughters, Barbara B. Helms (Roland) of Charlotte and Terry B. Williams (Mitchell) of Laurinburg; his brothers, Buddy Byrd of Columbia, SC, Jerry Byrd of Charleston, SC, Bobby Byrd of Florence, SC, and B. T. Byrd of Laurinburg; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. After leaving the US Navy he began a career in the propane distribution business.  Bill loved being with people and especially his family. He always had a garden and when possible enjoyed fishing. Cards may be sent to Mrs. Julia Byrd, 11581 Hooper Drive, Laurinburg, NC  28352-7745


19 Feb 2014

Associate member Jim Griffiths, whose father, Fred Griffiths, was ACI with VC-55 on the USS Block Island’s last voyage, has an exhibition of 40 of his military paintings at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Preble Hall, Annapolis Maryland.  The exhibit runs from March 15th through June 15th, 2014, and is titled "U.S. Navy Ships of War, 1898-1991".  Jim will have on display paintings depicting ships from the Spanish-American War up to the first Iraqi war.  Three paintings of the Block Island(CVE-21) will be included in the show.  Better known for his paintings of 19th century clipper ships, this exhibit at Preble Hall showcases Jim's great interest and passion for these steel navy vessels.  Many of these military paintings have never been seen in public display as they were done strictly for Jim's enjoyment, and when finished, were stored in his studio.  This is the first time all of these works can be viewed together.



3 Dec 2013

Robert L. Smith, USS Elmore

Robert passed away on December 3, 2013 at the age of 87.  He’s survived by daughters Sandra Blevins and Brenda Baldwin (Bruce) and grandchildren Robert Kuczinski, Jr., Donna DiCerbo, Dawn Nadler, David Kuczinski, Rachel Baldwin, Heather Thrope, Bruce I. Baldwin and Michelle Smith; 20 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.  Cards may be sent to daughters Sandra and Brenda at 7516 Clearlake Lane, Middle River, MD  21220-2364.


1 Jan 2014

Dale O. Overmeyer, DE 575 USS Ahrens

He passed away January 1, 2014 at the age of 89 in Washington, DC.   For years, he was a faithful BI Reunion attendee until ill health prevailed (Dale also attended Destroyer Escort Sailors Assn. reunions).  He is survived by his two sons, Dale Jr. (Melissa) and John (Helen), and six grandchildren.  His wife died in 1998.  Dale entered the Navy in 1943.  After the war, he earned a BS in Geology from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS and then an MS in Geology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.  Following two years of working in oil fields of west Texas & New Mexico, Dale moved to Venezuela to work with the Mene Grande Oil Co. (Gulf Oil).  It was there he met & married Lenora Williams of Romney, WV.  All three of their children were born in Venezuela (daughter, Cecilia, died in 2010).  During his 28-year career with Gulf, Dale served as head of the company’s geology departments in Venezuela, Nigeria, Angola and England before being promoted to head of international exploration for the company & moving his family back to the US.  Following retirement in 1982, he lived in Romney, WV until 2010.  Cards may be sent to Dale Overmyer, Jr., Overmyer Architects, 3213 “P” Street, NW, Washington, DC  20007.


9 Jan 2014

Hector G. Vernetti, Parachute Rigger 1/C, CVE 21/106

He passed away on January 9 at the age of 91.   Hector was born on May 13, 1922 in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico. He was raised in Globe, AZ and a World War II Navy Veteran.  After the war, he moved to the valley in 1948. Hector worked for the Arizona Highway Department and retired after 30 years. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed his summer home in Flagstaff, Az. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eleanor Ann Vernetti (Kleiv) then Emma Vernetti (Osman). He is survived by his Son Gilbert Vernetti, Daughter Carol Ann Smith, Stepson Lou Osman, Step Daughters Caroline Lo Strocco, Pauline Anderson (Melvin). 17 Grand Children, and 16 great Grand Children. Cards may be sent to Gilbert Vernetti, 4414 W. Vernon,  Phoenix, AZ  85035-2313.