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70 Years And Counting

On Sunday, Dec. 5 1943, Floral Park couple Irving, 92, and Lynne Kasarsky, 89, exchanged their marriage vows. Now, 70 years later, they often reflect on their long journey together.

Irving recalls the day he met Lynne like it was yesterday.

“I was around 20 years old, and I went to my friend’s party,” he said. “During the party, I sat down and looked across the room. That was the first time I saw her, and I thought, she isn’t a bad-looking girl. After the second glance, I was hooked. I knew she was for me.”

After they locked eyes at the party, Irving asked a friend for her number.

“I nervously called her up, but she told me she already had a date,” he laughed. “A while after, she called me and asked if I would like to go on a picnic the next day. I gratefully said yes.”

Lynne recalled the picnic as a beautiful spring day.

“The picnic really sealed the deal, and I believe we both felt the same,” she smiled.

Irving had volunteered to be a communications officer in World War II, but that was before meeting the girl of his dreams. After only five dates, he was called to serve.

Throughout his training in Illinois and Texas to become a radio operator on a B17, the couple wrote letters to each other.

“Lynne and I tried our hardest to correspond,” Irving said.

“We couldn’t just call each other up, so I wrote letters often,” said Lynne. “While I waited for Irving to return safely, I finished up school at Queens College, and I worked.”

Irving’s stars aligned when he got called to Valley Forge, PA, and discovered Lynne was nearby visiting her family.

“I got a hitch to her family’s house,” he said. “When I arrived, with great trepidation, I went to her father, and I nervously asked for her hand in marriage. I was absolutely scared out of my wits.”

Five months after they were married at Brooklyn’s East Midwood Jewish Center Irving shipped off to Italy.

A tumor in his throat cut his overseas duty short, and he returned home for good. Irving worked in a fur shop with his father in Brooklyn, while Lynne had a range of jobs. The couple had a daughter who is now 65, and a son who is now 62. (They also have one grandchild.)

Over the years, they traveled to England, France, Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy. They are exploring cruises for this spring.

“We are very fortunate that we managed each other very well, and that we understand each other to a large extent,” said Lynne. “Others aren’t this fortunate.”

Both agreed that the key to their 70-year relationship is to never stay angry.

“Never go to bed angry,” said Irving. “You will always have differences with your partner. It’s better to come to terms and not stay angry.”

“We had tragedies in our lives, we have had major changes, we moved several times, we have been through literally everything together,” said Lynne. “If you truly love each other, then you will always be there for one another no matter what.”

News

Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Krista Longobardi and Meaghan Smith, both students at Floral Park Memorial High School, for individually earning their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Organization. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.

Longobardi’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Pick Your Pet, teaches children ages 5-12 the benefits of owning a pet. She was able to educate her community on the adoption process, the best pet for your household, and how adoption can save an animal’s life. Longobardi’s love of animals made it easy to spread knowledge on this topic. She improved her communication and public speaking skills as a result of her project since she spoke in front of her community leaders and peers.

Saint Mary’s High School will host the 22nd Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Plandome Country Club. Following the golf outing, a dinner reception will take place where Tom Raleigh, of Floral Park, will be honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

Raleigh has deep connections to St. Mary’s High School and the Manhasset community. Four of Raleigh’s five children went to St. Mary’s: Tom, Jr. ’88, Brian, ’91, Katie ’93, Kevin ’95. Raleigh has been a loyal St. Mary’s advocate both as a past parent and former coach.  


Calendar

Town of Hempstead Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 2

Floral Park Senior Citizens’ Picnic

Tuesday, September 2

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees To Meet

Tuesday, September 2



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