Family members of Michael Bastardi, 81, and his son Guy, gather at the Bastardi's Yonkers home July 27, 2009.

Family members of Michael Bastardi, 81, and his son Guy, gather at the Bastardi's Yonkers home July 27, 2009. (

Family and friends remembered a father and son Saturday, the victims of that horrific crash on the Taconic Parkway in Westchester County.

Michael Bastardi, 81, and son, Guy, 49, were among the eight people killed when Diane Schuler of West Babylon, Long Island, drove the wrong way on the parkway July 26 and crashed into an SUV carrying the Bastardis and family friend Daniel Longo, 74 -- all from Yonkers.

The funeral mass for the Bastardis was Saturday at the St. John The Baptist Roman Catholic Church; Longo's funeral is set for Monday at the same church.

Loved ones described the Bastardis as well-respected -- especially in the auto parts business. Michael Bastardi, an Army veteran who served during the Korean Conflict -- was the longtime manager of the B&B Auto Parts store in the Bronx; Guy Bastardi managed the Bridge Auto Parts store.

The family thanked emergency workers who rushed to the scene, and told reporters they were also grieving for the children killed.

Diane Schuler, of Long Island, was driving the wrong way on the Taconic Sunday when she crashed into the SUV, also killing herself, her daughter and three nieces. The only crash survivor was Schuler's son, Brian, 5, who has since been nicknamed "the miracle child."

Schuler, her nieces Emma, 9, Alison, 7, and Kate, 5, and her daughter, Erin, 2, were laid to rest at Our Lady of Victory Church in Floral Park Friday.

Ignoring dozens of honking cars, Schuler drove the wrong way for 1.7 miles before slamming her minivan head-on into the men's SUV. The mystery of how she ended up there deepened this week when detectives discovered her cellphone on the roadside. Schuler had called her brother to say she was ill but did not stop driving.

An autopsy revealed no medical explanation. Cops say they do not believe the West Babylon mom committed suicide. More tests, including toxicology reports, are expected in the coming weeks, but police believe the best clues may come from the crash's lone survivor, Schuler's 5-year-old son.

The family was driving home from a camping trip.

Meanwhile, officials will check signs at entrance and exit ramps on the Taconic State Parkway beginning next week. Westchester County officials say they will be checking to make sure the signs clearly show the direction of traffic.