A banker and an attorney, both natives of Maspeth who are active in community organizations, have been selected as the grand marshal’s for the May 25 Memorial Day Parade.
They are Karen Burke of Maspeth Federal Savings bank, the parade’s sponsor, and Len Masone of the Masone, White, Penkava & Cristofari law firm.
Burke was born and raised in Maspeth, and attended St. Adalbert’s Elementary School in Elmhurst while her high school years were spent at Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village.
After graduating from high school, Burke started her banking career in 1983 at Maspeth Federal as a teller before being promoted to the Credit Department, where she worked until 1993 when she left to raise her second child. In 1995 she returned part-time, working in the Mortgage Origination Department until 2002, when she was offered a full-time job as secretary to Thomas Rudzewick, executive vice president and chief lending officer in the department. In 2010, she was promoted to assistant vice president.
Burke has been involved with the parade’s planners, the United Veterans & Fraternal Organizations of Maspeth, since 2002 and is the group’s corresponding secretary. She also works on the bank’s free summer concerts for the community and “Smile on Maspeth Day.”
Burke and her husband, Dave, were married in 1986 and started their family in Middle Village. They have two children, Justin and Stephanie, both of whom graduated from the Martin Luther School, where their mother also does volunteer work.
Masone also was born and raised in Maspeth. He was educated at Archbishop Molloy High School and Villanova University, and earned his law degree from St. John’s University, where he graduated with honors and was associate editor of the Law Review. He has practiced law in Maspeth for 40 years with the firm of Masone, White, Penkava & Cristofari.
He is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and Queens County Bar Association, where he mentors newly admitted attorneys. He is also a member and past president of the Blackstone Lawyers Club of Ridgewood.
Masone is president of the Maspeth Kiwanis Foundation and a past president of the Maspeth Kiwanis Club. As chairman of the Maspeth Kiwanis Scholarship Committee for 34 years, he has overseen the distribution of nearly a half-million dollars in scholarship money to area high school seniors.
He has also served on the Board of Maspeth Town Hall for over 30 years, including nine as president, during which time the building was completely renovated. And he has been a member of the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank and Loan Association Board of Directors for over four decades.
Masone and his wife of more than 40 years, Elizabeth, or Betty, have three daughters, Carol, Lisa and Michelle, all of whom work with him at the law office.
Parade day events begin with the massing of the colors at 12:15 p.m. at Walter A. Garlinge Memorial Park, located at 72nd Street and Grand Avenue. The parade starts at 1 p.m. It runs down Grand to Maspeth Avenue, turns onto 61st Street and then 56th Drive, continues along Perry Avenue and then 57th Avenue, and goes back up Grand to 69th Lane.The memorial service that follows will start at 2 p.m.