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Obituary: Kathleen Springer

Stewart Manor resident Kathleen Springer, a beloved teacher at Hillside Grade School in New Hyde Park for 39 years (previously Kathleen Alexander) who grew up in neighboring Garden City, died on Friday, Aug. 8 after a 6-year valiant and tireless battle against ovarian cancer. She is predeceased by her parents, George Thomas Springer and Mary Gloria Logan Springer, and her older brother, George Thomas Jr. She is survived by William (Pamela) Springer and their children, Alexandra and Christopher of Rye, NY, Ken Springer and his children, Michael (Stephanie Loftus), Kenneth (Jennifer Logan), Thomas Springer, all of Ridgewood, NJ and William (Forest Kettler) of Washington D.C., Marianne (Joseph Judge) and their children Kathleen, all of Virginia Beach, and Mary, of Arlington, Virginia, Carole and her daughters, Lauren and Annadora of Arlington, MA, Jeanine of Floral Park, and Patrick (Sunny) Springer and their children, Hana, Logan, and Patrick of Ridgewood, NJ. Loving grand aunt to August, Eleanor, Paloma, and Lucille Springer of Ridgewood and dozens of cousins. She was well loved and had many friends including her close friend, Lyn Beck of Franklin Square who was one of her primary caretakers.

Kathy was the oldest of seven children and cared for her brothers and sisters and their children with never-ending energy and love. Helping others was her primary mission in life and she would always make time to help neighbors, friends, family, and even complete strangers. She was very generous and loved bringing a smile to someone’s face or help a person in need. Throughout her six year battle with cancer, she never complained about the disease or her pain – instead commenting that she was thankful that the cancer caused her to slow down, smell the flowers and spend more time with her family and friends whom she loved so deeply. She was a proud member of St. Anne’s Parish for most of her life and was religious education teacher for many years. She was an active member of many social ministries at St. Anne’s, brought Communion to homebound parishioners, and was on call to help others in need.

A funeral Mass was held on Aug. 16 at St. Anne’s Church in Garden City. The family was cared for by Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Floral Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to: the St. Anne’s Social Ministry Fund or foundationforwomenscancer.org

News

School spirit was at an all-time high when community members joined students, administrators, faculty and staff for Sewanhaka High School’s annual homecoming parade and game.

 

The festivities kicked off with a Pep Rally on Sept. 19 on the school’s athletic field and continued on Sept. 20 with a parade that featured colorful banners and beautifully constructed floats based on this year’s “countries” theme. 

The Sewanhaka Central High School District selected Brentwood-based Park East Construction as its bond construction management firm last week. The group will oversee the $86.6 million in improvements coming to the district. Park East will analyze school architect Wiedersum Associates’ plans before applying for New York State Education Department approval.

 

“They are going to make sure the [firms that win district contracts] do the work right,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “They’re going to make sure [the engineer’s] drawings are right before they are sent up to New York State. [Park East] reports directly to the architect and the Board of Education to make sure what we say we’re going to do is done well.”


Sports

The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13. 

 

“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team—we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.

Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season. 

 

Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central. 

 

“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - October 1

Silver Sneaker Fitness - October 2

Live Music - October 3


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