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Schechter, Carl Donald - Other Towns  
Donald Schechter Alpharetta, GA Brooklyn, NY 6/20/1933 to 5/4/2015 Carl Donald 'Donny' Schechter passed peacefully on May 4, 2015 in Alpha retta, GA, with his family by his side. He was 81. Donny was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the son of Harry and Tillie Schechter, and grew up in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, NY, where he graduated from New Utrecht High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and saw combat in the Korean War aboard the USS Saipan (CVL-48) aircraft carrier. Donny married Rita ("Ricky") Schechter (nee Friedland) in 1959 and they settled in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, where they raised three boys who were well-known in and around the PS 206 schoolyard, which was the center of activity for their slice of the neighborhood. Donny drove a delivery truck for the NY Daily News for more than 40 years; he would leave for work about 10 p.m. each night, and his return home in the middle of the next day was eagerly awaited by the Beach Chair Yentas on Ocean Ave., who were hoping for free newspapers. He rarely disappointed them. He was a proud member of the Newspaper and Mail Deliverers Union, joining his father, Harry Schechter, who was number one in seniority on the union list (and who presided over the poker games). He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ricky, who died in 2003 following her long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He died one day after what would have been their 56th wedding anniversary. Donny is survived by his three sons, Andrew (Stacey) Schechter of Alpharetta, GA; Joel (LeeAnn) Schechter of Naples, FL; and Eric (Laura) Schechter of Verona, NJ; eight grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. He is also survived by his three brothers, Lenny, Barry and Jeffrey Schechter. Donny loved bagels, bialys, Leon's onion rolls, Nathan's hot dogs, chow mein, Klondike Bars, licorice, the NY Yankees, the NY Football Giants, the NY Knicks (until they were 'ruined by Isiah Thomas') and, above all, a good parking space. He was well-known throughout Sheepshead Bay for his declaration that 'Soup is the best part of the meal.' He was lesser known for making the best egg cream in the City. Arrangements are being handled by Arlington Funeral Home in Sandy Springs, GA. Donations in Donny's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association ( www.alz.org ) or the charity of one's choice.
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Published in Naples Daily News on May 7, 2015
Schoonmaker III, Samuel V. - Naples  
Samuel V. Schoonmaker III Naples, FL Samuel V. Schoonmaker III, of Darien, CT, passed away on April 23, 2015 in Naples, FL. He was 79 years old. Sam was born in Newburgh, NY, the son of Samuel Jr. and Catherine W. Schoonmaker. A distinguished student, athlete and lawyer, Sam will be remembered most for his sociability, sense of humor, generosity, and warmth. Sam graduated from Lawrenceville in 1954. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale in 1958. He was captain of the varsity tennis team, which he led to a 10-1 record. He was also a member of the varsity squash team, which finished first in the Ivy League and nationally, and sang in the Yale Glee Club. Sam went on to compete internationally in tennis, including once at Wimbeldon, seven times in the U.S. Open ( known then as 'Forest Hills') and four times in the U.S. FatherSon Championships. In 2008 he was inducted into the New England Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI. After graduating from Yale Law School in 1961, Sam started his career as a general litigator at Cummings & Lockwood in Stamford, CT. He took a two year sabbatical from law following the death of his father to serve as President of Schoonmaker Department Stores in the Hudson Valley. Once back with Cummings & Lockwood, Sam was promoted to partner and later to managing partner. In 1996 he founded Schoonmaker & George in Greenwich, and remained with the firm past his 50th anniversary as a member of the Connecticut bar. A distinguished family lawyer, Sam prided himself on providing his clients zealous representation. He was respected widely in the legal community for his combination of boldness, integrity, empathy, keen intellect, and common sense. Sam was the first chair of the Connecticut Bar Association's Family Law Section, chair of the American Bar Association's Family Law Section, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is best known in legal cicles for the legislative initiative known as 'No Fault Divorce,' which replaced the several 100 year old fault-based system. In 2014, the Connecticut Law Tribune awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award. Whether in law, athletics, politics or community service, Sam always committed his time and talents to the benefit of all. His greatest passion in life, however, was his family, and he enjoyed regaling them with stories from his youth, watching and coaching their sports, and cheering on the Yankees and the Rangers together. Sam was a longtime member of Naples Bath & Tennis Club where he lived for 25 years. He also belonged to Kensington Golf & Country Club, Wee Burn Country Club in Connecticut, Yale Club of Southwest Florida and the Yale Club of New York Cuity. Sam passed peacefully, surrounded by his beloved wife, Carolyn of 49 years; and their two sons, Sam (Andrea) of Connecticut and Eric (Anne) of Wisconsin. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Hill (John) of Connecticut; three grandchildren. Janse, Ella, and Frederick; and numerous extended family members. A memorial service will be held at Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Huguenot Historical Society, 88 Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY 12561; Naples Community Hospital, Avow Hospice or Yale.
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Published in Naples Daily News on May 3, 2015
Smith, Harold - Naples  
Harold 'Bus' Smith Naples, FL Harold 'Bus' Smith, 90, of Naples, FL, passed away in his sleep May 3, 2015 at his home. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Yvonne; son, Tommy Smith (Darlene) of Naples, FL; daughter, Jeanne Peters of Delta, OH; grandchildren, Jody Smith of Greensboro, NC; Jeff Smith (Ronna) of Naples, FL, Nicholas Peters (Shelby) of Delta, OH, Nathan Peters of Goshen, IN; great-grandsons, Cooper and Cutter Smith of Naples, FL. Formerly of Delta, OH, Harold worked in management and accounting and was a WW II Air Force veteran. Honoring his wishes, a private burial service will be held at a later date in Delta, OH.
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Published in Naples Daily News on May 6, 2015
Stumbo, Donna - Naples  
Donna Lee Stumbo Naples, FL Donna Lee Stumbo, 66, a longtime resident of Naples, died on April 30th, 2015 after a brief illness. Born in Trenton, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Katherine Mary (nee Schmidt) Dzingleski. For 26 years, Donna was the night clerk at Del's 24Hour Store. Her loyalty, care, and dedication to her customers was remarkable. She also had worked as a clerk for the City of Naples in the Water Department. She will be dearly missed by her husband, Gary Wayne; son, Gary, Jr. (Kim); brothers and sister, Joe (Irene) Dzingleski, Bobby (Jacquelyn) Dzingleski, and Rhenee (Rick) Hopkins; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ron and Ann Stumbo; nieces and nephews, Kelly, Jennie, and James Dzingleski, Michael Dzingleski, Robin Howell, David Stumbo, and Kimberly Colburn; her extended family from three generations, and many friends, some who were family. She was like a daughter and a sister to Mr. Del Ackerman. The family will receive visitors on Sunday (TOMORROW), May 3rd from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Fuller Funeral Home, 4735 Tamiami Trail East. The funeral service will be at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Donna's memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.fullernaples.com .
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Published in Naples Daily News on May 2, 2015
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