Everett William Molinari
Everett William Molinari, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died July 9.
Molinari was born in Rockaway Beach and also spent time living in Five Towns, New York. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Molinari was a longtime participant in the Navy League COGAP Artist Program, providing paintings to U.S. bases both domestic and overseas. He also taught art at The Salmagundi Art Club NYC, the oldest art club in the country and Sun and Surf Club, Atlantic Beach, New York, both for more than 25 years. Molinari worked as an art instructor at Nassau Community College in the Department of Cultural Development for 10 years. He worked for two years on murals at the U.S. Capital House of Representatives where his work was noted in the U.S. Congressional Record and featured in the August 30, 1978 edition of The Wave. He belonged to many art associations that included the Rockaway Artist Alliance and National Society of Mural Painters, past president. He was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Eucharistic Minister for many years at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea and Lector at St. Joachim, Cedarhurst, New York.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen (Morin) of 60 years; daughters, Susan Desibio, Patricia Costa (Thomas) and Marianne Hodgins (Vincent); grandchildren, Kathryn and Matthew Costa, Vincent and Charles Hodgins.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Rockaway Beach. A funeral mass took place at St. Francis de Sales Church, Belle Harbor. Interment followed at St. Mary Star of the Sea, Lawrence, New York.