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Donald J. Gundacker, direct descendant of early settlers; Samuel Cucciniello, honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor

STATEN ISLAND, NY — In honor of those who have passed away, here is a compilation of obituaries on SILive. View viewing times and guestbooks here.

Donald J. Gundacker, 87, of Fort Wadsworth.

Donald J. Gundacker, 87, of Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, died at his home on April 28, 2024. Born in Staten Island on February 28, 1937, to Peter J. and Catherine Gundacker, through his paternal grandmother, Donald is a direct descendant of Hendrick Sleight and his wife, Catherine Winant, daughter of Peter Winant, who settled on Staten Island in the 1690s. He married Margaret Madden in 1965 and they raised five children in their family home. Donald retired from the NYC Dept. in 1989. of Sanitation and enjoyed fishing, crabbing and gardening. He was heavily involved in local sports and was a member of the Fort Wadsworth Pelican Athletic Club. Donald leaves behind a loving family, including his wife, children and grandchildren. Read the full obituary on SILive.

Samuel Cucciniello, 81, formerly of Staten Island, died April 27, 2024 in Jackson, NJ. Born on Staten Island, he served as an Army sergeant in the Vietnam War and was honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Sam had a four-decade career at Merrill Lynch and enjoyed classic car shows, golfing and gardening. After fifty years of marriage, he is survived by his wife Jill, a son, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. Read the full obituary on SILive.

Robert Burns, 36, of Brick, New Jersey, passed away on April 20, 2024 at MSKCC in New York City. Born on December 17, 1987 in Staten Island, Robert was a dedicated truck driver with a passion for motorcycling, fishing and photography. He cherished his time growing hemp and engaging in youthful pursuits such as skateboarding and paintball. Remembered for his curious nature and gentle soul, Robert is survived by his parents, Jeff and Lauren; sister, Jessica; grandmothers Virginia and Gladys; best friend, Leland, and his beloved “fur babies,” Lola and Winston. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date. Read the full obituary on SILive.

Janet McLaughlin Marchese, 85, passed away suddenly of natural causes on April 29, 2024, at her home in Sunnyside, Staten Island. A lifelong Staten Islander, Janet attended PS 45 and Curtis High School and remained in her West Brighton neighborhood for over sixty years. Janet devoted many years of service to Dr. Jitendra Patel at HIP on Clove Road before retiring to enjoy activities such as watching tennis and visiting casinos. Known for her love of animals, especially her Bichon Frize, Figaro, her affinity for all things Irish, and her enduring friendships, especially with Lillian McIsaac, her best friend of 80 years, she will be fondly remembered. Janet is survived by her sister-in-law, Barbara McLaughlin, nieces, great-nephews, cousins ​​who were like sisters to her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of New York. Read the full obituary on SILive.


Joseph Louis Nizza, 82, known for his motto “Never Give Up,” passed away at the age of 82, leaving behind a loving legacy of family memories highlighted by his enduring love for his wife, Rose Anne, his children, grandchildren, and step-grandchildren . Joe was a gentle giant, extremely intelligent yet modest, and he held himself to high moral standards. A proud former District Plant Manager for the New York City Department of Education, Joe’s passions ranged from sailing to creating stained glass art. He was deeply committed to a life based on generosity and high moral standards, influenced by the traditions of his family. He will be greatly missed. Read the full obituary on SILive.

Dorothy Cubas, 97, also known as Ursula Loretta Priscilla Solomon, was known for her devotion to Bethel Community Church and enjoyed a long career as an Option Margin Clerk at Merrill Lynch. Dorothy had hobbies that she loved, such as crocheting and knitting, and making items for family and friends. Dorothy lived on Staten Island all her life and died surrounded by a legacy of family who cherished her. She was an avid traveler and had a special fondness for St. Martin, which demonstrated a zest for life through her extensive involvement in the community and the church. Read the full obituary on SILive.

Michael Mattia, 65, a respected physical therapist and community leader from Brooklyn, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at his vacation home in Myrtle Beach, SC. Survived by his wife Regina, children and many grandchildren, Michael founded Mattia Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation and was known for his dedication to advancing physical therapy. He was an adjunct professor at the College of Staten Island and director of the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Kingsborough Community College. He was also inducted into Kingsborough Community College’s Wall of Fame and received a Certificate of Appreciation from the late Mayor David Dinkins. In his spare time, Michael cherished moments with Regina, their children and grandchildren. They attended Mass every Sunday at the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Child. He adored his grandchildren, whether at the pool, at the beach or cheering on at their events. Michael enjoyed fishing, golfing with his sons, listening to the Beatles and attending concerts. His life was marked by service, as reflected in his leadership roles and the honor he brought to his community through his professional and personal life. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. Read the full obituary on SILive.

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