During these very trying times we at Donohue Cecere Funeral Home want to assure you that we have taken every precaution to provide a safe environment for you and your loved ones. Our location is cleaned and sanitized daily and we continue to follow best practices for social distancing and safety.
In accordance with Executive Order 202.17 (which requires any individual over age two, and able to medically tolerate a face-covering, be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place) we are required to follow this mandate or risk being shut down; therefore, all individuals entering our funeral home will be asked to wear a face mask or cloth face covering.
As of the latest update we are able to offer limited visitation periods in the funeral home for family and friends up to 35 people per session. Please be mindful when visiting during these sessions to limit the amount of time spent at the funeral home. This will give the opportunity for other family and friends to visit.
George Rottkamp passed away in his home on Tuesday, May 04, 2021. He was an active 93 years young and a lifetime resident of Carle Place. The third born child of seven; born in the family farmhouse on Cherry Lane, George grew up farming the fields in Carle Place which is now occupied by Cherry Lane Elementary School, the Middle School and the High School.
George went to Corpus Christi Elementary School and then on to Westbury High School where he became an outstanding runner on the track team. It was there that he met the love of his life, Ann, and knew right away that she was the girl he was going to marry!
When he was 18, he joined the Carle Place Fire Department. He was an active fireman until a few years ago when he became a veteran member. He recently celebrated 76 years with the fire department and is admired and respected by department members as a man of great integrity.
George began roller skating competitively in the late 40’s at the Mineola Skating Rink. He competed in many local and national competitions. In October 1950, George and Ann married. Just before Christmas that year, he entered the Army and was stationed in Fort Eustis, Virginia, where he learned the sheet metal trade which proved to be his life career.
When George was discharged, he and Ann moved back to Carle Place, and in 1953, they started their family and moved into the home where they would spend the rest of their lives. He loved his family and was very proud of each and every one of them. George always kept a positive attitude and taught his children the meaning of family and standing by each other through good times and bad.
George served as a Eucharistic minister at Our Lady of Hope Church for the past 14 years. He also brought Holy Communion to patients at St. Francis Hospital. He was a very faithful man and a role model to all who knew him. He was a kind, patient, hardworking and gentle man. He truly exemplified what it means to be a great and loving husband, dad, grandfather and great grandfather.
George’s legacy lives on in his most precious accomplishments, his family.
Rottkamp, George J., Jr. lifetime resident of Carle Place, NY on May 4, 2021. Beloved husband of the late Ann P. Rottkamp. Loving father of Betty Ann Margan (Wayne), George J., III (Alda), Debbie Schneider and David P. (Diane). Cherished Grandpa of 15 and Papa Bud of 11. Dear brother in law of Frances Bergdorf and Rachel Rottkamp.
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