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Claude R. Boyd - Caratozzolo Funeral Home

1785 Deer Park Ave, Deer Park, NY

OBITUARY

Donald F. Hnis

September 24, 1939June 10, 2020
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Hnis, Donald F. of West Hempstead on June 10, 2020. Beloved husband of Carole (nee Dawyot). Loving father of Laurie D’Arienzo (Peter), Cynthia Gilbert (Timothy) and Donald Hnis. Cherished brother of Richard & Patricia Hnis (Saratoga, NY) and Ken & Deborah Hnis (Cape Cod, MA). Proud grandfather of Michael D’Arienzo & Nicole Tarone, Gregory D’Arienzo, Timothy Gilbert, Julia Hnis, Carlye Gilbert, Sophia D’Arienzo & Lily Gilbert. Adored son of the late Rudolph & Henrietta Hnis. Also survived by many fond nieces and nephews. Don was born in Queens, NY. Don graduated from Garden City High School and Hofstra University on Long Island. A proud U.S. veteran who served as a tank instructor in Fort Knox, KY, Don went on to a long and prosperous career as a Vice President at Banker’s Trust and NatWest. Don and his extended family enjoyed the endless days of summer at the family bungalow in Sound Beach and cabanas closer to home at Point Lookout. Don was extremely proud of his Czechoslovakian heritage and enjoyed around-the-world cruises visiting countless countries with his loving wife. Don fought a long and hard fight against cancer, his determination that kept him going was his love for his family. Visitation under social distancing protocol will be on Friday, June 12 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Claude R. Boyd-Caratozzolo Funeral Home, 1785 Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park, NY 11729. Religious service will begin at 8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, June 13 at St. Catherine of Sienna R.C. Church, 33 New Hyde Park Road, Franklin Square at 11:30 AM. Interment to follow at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury. Please visit the guestbook at www.boyd-caratozzolofuneralhome.com Donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society or the Wounded Warrior Fund.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 12, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, June 13, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, June 13, 2020

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Michael Hanrahan

June 14, 2020

My thoughts and prayers to Carole and all of the family upon the passing of Don. Many wonderful memories from the days at Nat West and later at Republic. Don was truly a great “Credit Man” , firm in his principles but always open to discussion.
Will miss his emails and smile as I pass the Sound Beach home.

Cathy and Bill Quinn

June 12, 2020

Laurie, Peter and family-Our condolences during this challenging time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cathy and Bill Quinn

Ed Hayden

June 11, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Hnis Family. Don and I worked together at Bankers Trust Company where he was both a mentor and a dear friend.

Stephanie Ehl

June 11, 2020

Since Cindy is my oldest friend...I've had the pleasure of having Mr. Hnis in my life for at least 50 years! When I think of Mr. Hnis, I think first of his smile and then of his inviting eyes. Spending endless hours, especially as a child and teen in the Hnis household filled my life with love, laughter and genuine kindness and compassion. Whether we were chatting at the kitchen table, getting a ride to the movies or sitting in the backyard with Max, Mr. Hnis always made me feel as if my time in that moment was of the most importance to him. Over the years Mr. Hnis and my Dad became besties and that was a true friendship of depth. When my father passed, nearly 13 years ago, Mr. Hnis and I cried, multiple times together. He made sure to always tell me that my Dad was proud of me and how much he missed my Dad. We never left a visit without exchanging hugs and "I love yous."

To all of the family...believe your father, brother, grandfather and husband is at peace and no longer struggling with pain. I am certain he's missing you all tremendously because he truly stood for love, kindness, fun and always family first! Anyone who knew him was truly blessed! Love you all!

DON FARRELL

June 11, 2020

I worked with Don at Bankers Trust (1960-1999) both in middle market lending and then the Private Bank. My first memory is Don being my roommate at one of the off-site conferences for one or two nights. He was a great down to earth guy-great sense of humor-real patriot-and a good lending officer. I will miss Don & his emails over the years after we both retired.

Deepest condolences to the family,

Don Farrell

Franklin & Marilyn Verbsky

June 11, 2020

Hello Richard:

Sorry to hear about your brother's passing. Growing up with you, your bothers, and your parents and grandparents bring back many great memories.

I will send the obit to Marilyn who is living in Ocala Florida.

We both send our condolences to you and your family

Franklin & Marilyn Verbsky

Todd Gilbert

June 11, 2020

A great father, husband grand father and man. So glad I got to know him over the years. I will miss hearing him say “counselor” every time we met.

He left a mark and will be missed by all of us who were blessed to call him a friend!




LAURA GILL

June 11, 2020

Dear Mrs. Hnis, Laurie & Peter, Cindy & Tim, Don, Grandchildren and Family,

We were So Very, Very Sorry to Hear about Mr. Hnis, I have Many Fond Memories of Your Dad Growing up and Spending Time at Your house Laurie, he use to refer to us as the Blonde and the Brunette Lol, going to Sound Beach, Rath Park etc.. He was a Handsome, Funny and Kind Man. We will keep You All in Our Thoughts and Prayers. Love, Laura & Chip and Family and Rita & Tony Manolio and Family XOXO

Karen McCambridge

June 11, 2020

Mrs. Hnis, Cindy, Laurie, Donald and family my heartfelt condolences on your husband, father and grandfather's passing.
I feel blessed to have grown up across from the bungalow and enjoyed time there and the beach all those many years ago and a few in the recent past. A lot of family fun, laughs and relaxation and swimming at the beach are wonderful memories and are a treasure! You are all in our thoughts and prayers as you celebrate a life well lived! Love The Andersen and McCambridge families.

Michelle Balzano

June 10, 2020

Laurie my condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father. I will keep you in my prayers.


Michelle Balzano

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