Robert D. Smith, a longtime resident of Westbury, died in Oyster Bay, passed away on Feb. 15, 2002. He was born June 12, 1920, and raised in Bayside. Bob served with the Coast Guard during WWII and continued in the Active Reserves, retiring as Lieutenant Commander. Following his graduation from Columbia University he worked in sales for National Cash Register Corporation, then spent the majority of his professional career as a certified life underwriter for Johnson and Higgins in NYC. His wife, Frances, passed away in 1990.
The Smiths lived in Westbury from 1951 until 1993 where they raised four children, Mark of Sea Cliff, Leslie (Sass) Levine of Syosset, Dan of Madison, WI, and Sarah (Wasner) of Setauket. They also enjoyed their 12 grandchildren. Bob led a very full life outside the demands of his professional career. He delighted audiences in his many leading roles with the Westbury Community Players, spent years as a teacher for Literacy Volunteers, opened his home to many foreign students through the AFS (of which Fran was once president) and was also active in the Boy Scouts and Little League.
Following his retirement and Fran's passing, Bob moved to Oyster Bay and performed volunteer work for a number of organizations. He spent several years as a guide at Old Bethpage Village, then at Sagamore Hill where he developed his own degree of local fame for his educational "porch talks." He also drove for Oyster Bay's Double Day Senior Center, providing transportation to doctor's offices and medical facilities for those with physical limitations. He took pride in his contribution to the restoration of Christeen, which is docked in Oyster Bay and when not otherwise engaged, he kept the geese well fed in Oyster Bay Park. Bob very recently moved to Setauket and was just beginning to explore new volunteer opportunities there.
His remains will be placed in Calverton Cemetery next to Fran's, who also had an impressive WWII military record of her own as a pilot with the WASPs. Funeral arrangements will be private.
Mitrophan Znosko, Bishop of the Boston Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, Boston, MA, of Sea Cliff, died on Feb. 15, 2002. Husband of the late Alexandra. Father of Anna Shohov of Sea Cliff and Vera Ganson of Westwood, MA. Grandfather of Tatiana, Elisabeth and Serge Shohov, Victor, Nicholas and George Ganson. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral services at St. Seraphim Russian Orthodox Church, Sea Cliff. Interment Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY. Contributions can be made to Charity Fund in memory of Bishop Mitrophan, St. Seraphim Russian Orthodox Parish, 131 A Carpenter Ave., Sea Cliff, NY 11579.
Clara Bennett, of Glenwood Landing, died on Feb. 18, 2002. Wife of the late John Andrew Bennett. Mother of Barbara Mestan (Bill), Blanche "Roey" Hall (Artie) and Joan Roesner (Al). Grandmother of Arthur Hall III (Michele), Wendy Marriott (Joe), Alfred Roesner (Julie), John Hall (Susan), Charles Roesner (Crystal) and Gretchen Richardson (Keith). Great-grandmother of Elizabeth, Alison, Victoria, Joey, Aaron, Abigail, Thomas and Nikolas. Sister of Dorothy Lamberson. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral service at the funeral home. Interment East Hillside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Hospice Care Network of LI or Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Glen Head.
Lena Sanschagrin, of Lattingtown, died on Feb. 18, 2002. Mother of Kathleen D. Griffin (Douglas), Grover A., Michele A. Hines-Peterman (Layne) and Dennis J. (Valerie). Sister of Yolanda Valley (Walter). Grandmother of 16. Great-grandmother of eight. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass celebrated at St. Paul the Apostle RC Church. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery.
Louis A. Alchermes, DPM, died on Feb. 19, 2002. Husband of the late Janet McCrea Alchermes. Father of Linda VanOosterHout (Thomas), Stephen (Darilyn), Brian (Christina) and Janie Reilly (Joseph). Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of three. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass celebrated at St. Patrick's RC Church.
Anne Fodera Rosengarten, of Glen Cove, died on Feb. 20, 2002. Wife of Alan. Mother of Adam. Daughter of Anne and the late John Fodera and daugther-in-law of Annette Rosengarten. Sister of Anthony, Carla, Gerard, John and Christine. Sister-in-law of Susan, Janet, Estelle, Richard and Harry. Aunt of Julie, Alicia, Miriam, Elliott, Patrick and Dylan. Also survived by many relatives and friends. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at St. Boniface Church. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Queens Child Guidance, 60-02 Queens Blvd., Woodside, NY 11377.
Marian LaMarca (nee Minicozzi), 84, of Glen Cove, formerly of Oyster Bay, died on Feb. 21, 2002. Wife of Louis. Mother of Anthony (Florence), Lawrence (Rosemary) and Louis (Christine). Grandmother of Richard, Christine, Suzanne, Eileen, Lawrence, Daniel, Shaune, Stephen and the late David. Great-grandmother of six. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Rocco RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Mary Varrichio, of Glen Head, died on Feb. 21, 2002. Wife of the late Clement. Also survived by her sisters-in-law of Mary Della Ratta, Bessie Zolla and Susan Izzo and brothers-in-law Bill Varrichio (Janet) and Emil Varrichio (Clare). Aunt of many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Marcus L. Bianconi Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Hyacinth RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.