Spier, Rosa b. November 7, 1891 d. July 8, 1967 Harpist. Rosa Spier was born to a poor Jewish family. She was very interested in music, so her family saved enough money to send her to study the harp with Henri Viotta at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She was so talented, that at the age of 13 she debuted on a concert stage. After studying with Viotta, she then moved on to take lessons from Otto Muller, the solo harpist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Following her studies with Muller, she was employed by The Hague...[Read More] (Bio by: Daddys♥Girl) Begraafplaats & Crematorium Westerveld, Driehuis, Velsen Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Grady, Ernest 'Sandy' b. August 14, 1927 d. April 14, 2015 Sports and Political Journalist. For more than forty-years (1957 until 2000), he covered boxing and the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles with the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Bulletin. His writing style has been compared to legendary sports columnist Red Smith. Additionally, he displayed versatility as he covered the American political landscape for many years. Following serve with the United States Navy during the closing months of World War II, he enrolled at the University of...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Land Cemetery, Little River, Alexander County, North Carolina, USA
Johnston, Gen. George Jameson b. October 24, 1868 d. May 23, 1949 Australian Army Major General. A veteran of the 2nd Boer War and World War I, he rose in rank to become Commander, 3rd Division, Australian Military Forces. The son of a furniture store owner, his military career began in 1887 at the age of 19 when he enlisted in the Australian Militia as a gunner in the Victorian Field Artillery. In 1889 he was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant and promoted to the rank of captain two years later. In 1899 he volunteered to serve in the 2nd Boer War in South Africa...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Brighton Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Bangerter, Norman Howard b. January 4, 1933 d. April 14, 2015 Governor of Utah. A member of the Republican Party, he served as the 13th Governor of the State of Utah from 1985 until 1993. He served with the United States Navy during the Korean War and upon his return home, he enrolled at Brigham Young University and later the University of Utah. He made a name for himself in the construction industry and launched his career in the political arena, when he was elected to and served in the Utah State Legislature from 1974 until 1984. During his tenure as...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) South Jordan Cemetery, South Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Tucci, Cardinal. Roberto b. April 19, 1921 d. April 14, 2015 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Neapolitan born Roberto Tucci was baptised in the Church of England having a British Anglican mother. Accepting somewhat reluctantly his decision to convert to Catholicism, bearing in mind that it was better for him to present himself as such in pre-Second World War Italy, she did however object to his idea of joining the Society of Jesus, fearing he was still too you to decide. Running away twice from home and brought back by the carabinieri through his father's...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: Sacello dei Gesuiti.
Sledge, Percy b. November 25, 1941 d. April 14, 2015 American R&B and Soul Singer. Born Percy Tyrone Sledge, he is best known for the song "When a Man Loves a Woman", a No. 1 pop and soul hit in 1966. It was awarded a million-selling, Gold-certified disc from the RIAA. Having previously worked as a hospital nurse in the early 1960s, he achieved his strongest success in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a series of emotional soul songs. In later years, Percy received the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Career Achievement Award. He was inducted...[Read More] Heavenly Gates Cemetery, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Reeds, Mark b. January 24, 1960 d. April 14, 2015 Professional Hockey Player. For eight seasons (1981 to 1989), he played at the right-wing position in the National Hockey League with the St. Louis Blues and Hartford Whalers. Signed by St. Louis during the 5th round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, he was promoted to the National Hockey League during the 1981-1982 season. During the 1984-1985 season, he produced a career-high 30 assists as he played in all 80 regular season games. In 320 career regular season contests, he compiled 45 goals, with...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Calabrese, Gerald 'Gerry' b. February 4, 1925 d. April 13, 2015 Political Figure, Professional Basketball Player. For two seasons (1951 to 1952), he played at the point-guard position in the National Basketball Association with the Syracuse Nationals. From 1959 until his death, he served as Mayor of Cliffside Park, New Jersey and has the distinction of holding that capacity longer than any other mayor in the State of New Jersey's history. He made his initial mark as an athlete at Cliffside Park High School and led his basketball team to a State Championship...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Madonna Cemetery, Fort Lee, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
McCormack, Keith b. October 19, 1940 d. April 10, 2015 Musician, Songwriter. He will be best remembered for co-penning the single "Sugar Shack" (1962), which reached number one on the Billboard Charts for "Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs" in 1963. Raised in Plainview, Texas, he was influenced at an early age by the sound of the electric guitar, as well as performers Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. McCormack (playing rhythm guitar) co-formed the instrumental music ensemble "String-A-Longs" while in high school and in 1961, they scored a number three...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Cremated remains retained by family.
Grass, Günter Wilhelm b. October 16, 1927 d. April 13, 2015 Author and Nobel Prize Recipient. He was one of Germany's most significant post-war authors. Born in what was then the German city of Danzig to a humble grocer, he saw the horrors of World War II as a member of the Hitler Youth and later joined the Waffen-SS, a Nazi special forces unit. Only decades later could he openly address these experiences. He eventually become the "moral authority" for Germany. After spending time in Paris where he wrote "The Tin Drum" which created a big uproar in the...[Read More] (Bio by: Fred Beisser) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Bare, Richard Leland b. August 12, 1913 d. March 28, 2015 Director. He was a director, producer, and screenwriter of television shows and short films. He directed The Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man". He directed most episodes of the 1960s-1970s CBS television series Green Acres. Bare began his career in the 1940s at Warner Bros., where he was contracted to write and direct a collection of short films about character Joe McDoakes, with titles such as “So You Want to Be a Detective” and “So You’re Going to Be a Father.” (Bio by: David Qualls) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Nathan, Vivian b. October 26, 1916 d. April 3, 2015 Actress. Born Vivian Firko, (some sources state she was born in New York City and her year of birth is 1921), she chose to pursue a career as a performer and was the winner of the John Golden auditions for new talent. This led to her Broadway debut in the production "Montserrat" (1949) which she followed with her origination of the part of 'Violetta' in Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo" (1951). In 1953, she was cast in the stage production "Camino Real" (also a work of Tennessee Williams)...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Washington Memorial Park, Mount Sinai, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Godley, Sir. Alexander John b. February 4, 1867 d. March 6, 1957 British Army General. A veteran of the 2nd Boer War and World War I, he rose in rank to become commander of the 1st and 2nd Australian and New Zealand (ANZAC) Corps, the British 22nd Corps and the British Southern Command. Born the oldest son of a British Army officer of Irish heritage, his father died when he was 13 years old. After receiving his education at Haileybury College in Hertfordshire, England and in 1885 he enrolled at the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, Berkshire, England. The...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Mutscheller, Jim b. March 31, 1930 d. April 10, 2015 Professional Football Player. For eight seasons (1954 to 1961), he played at the offensive end and defensive end positions in the National Football League with the Baltimore Colts. Born James Francis Mutscheller, he attended Beaver Halls High School in Pennsylvania and played collegiate football at the University of Notre Dame. While with the Fighting Irish, he experienced a National Championship in 1949. Selected by the Dallas Texans during the 12th round of the 1952 NFL Draft, the start of...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Graves, Ray b. December 31, 1918 d. April 9, 2015 Hall of Fame College Football Coach, Professional Football Player. As head coach of the University of Florida Gators' football program (1960 to 1969), he devised what was known as the "Monster Defense", as he guided his teams to four Bowl Game titles. Born Samuel Ray Graves, he played collegiate football at the University of Tennessee (at the center position) and contributed to the Volunteers' appearance in the Sugar Bowl in 1941. Selected by the Philadelphia Eagles during the 9th round of the...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Irish Cemetery, Tazewell, Claiborne County, Tennessee, USA
Castro, Raúl Héctor b. June 12, 1916 d. April 10, 2015 American Politician. Raúl Héctor Castro served in both elected and non-elected public offices, including United States Ambassador to El Salvador (1964-68), Bolivia (1968-69), and Argentina (1977-80), and the 14th Governor of Arizona (1975–77). He was the first Mexican American to be elected governor of Arizona. (Bio by: David Peltier) Sedona Community Cemetery, Sedona, Coconino County, Arizona, USA
Companeez, Nina b. August 26, 1937 d. April 9, 2015 Motion Picture Director and Screenwriter. She will be best remembered for her collaborations with director Michel Deville. Notably the film "The Bear and the Doll" (1970) which starred Brigitte Bardot. Born Nina Helene Kompaneitzeff into a Jewish family, her father was noted French screenwriter Jacques Companeez. She followed her father's path into the French Cinema and penned her first script "Tonight or Never" (1961). By the end of the decade, she had almost a dozen films to her credit which...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Doig, Ivan b. June 27, 1939 d. April 9, 2015 American Novelist. He was born in White Sulphur Springs, Montana to a family of homesteaders and ranch hands. After the death of his mother Berneta, on his sixth birthday, he was raised by his father Charles "Charlie" Doig and his grandmother Elizabeth "Bessie" Ringer. After several stints on ranches, they moved to Dupuyer, Montana in the north to herd sheep close to the Rocky Mountain Front. After his graduation from Valier High School, Doig attended Northwestern University, where he received...[Read More] Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Smith, J.D. b. July 19, 1932 d. April 1, 2015 Professional Football Player. For eleven seasons (1956 to 1966), he played at the fullback, halfback and defensive back positions in the National Football League with the Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys. He attended Sterling High School in South Carolina and played collegiate football at North Carolina A&T State University. Following service with the United States Army during the Korean War, he was selected by the Bears during the 15th round of the 1955 NFL Draft. He...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Cremated, Ashes scattered, Cremated remains scattered at Kezar Stadium field in San Francisco where he played the majority of his professional football career.
Hochman, Stan b. 1928 d. April 9, 2015 Sports Journalist, Author. He was perhaps one of the most knowledgeable and beloved writers who covered the Philadelphia sports landscape for more than fifty-years with the Philadelphia Daily News (from 1959 until his death). Born in Brooklyn, New York, he earned a Masters Degree in Education from New York University and following service with the United States Army, he launched his career in the newspaper industry in Georgia and later Texas and California, prior to settling in Philadelphia...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Har Nebo Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA