Marie C., Lafrenz, 93, surrounded by family, passed away quietly, early Sunday morning, Jan. 14, 2007 at University Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Lafrenz, a 67-year resident of Manhasset had moved to East Side Manor in Fayetteville, NY eight months ago to be closer to family members.
Born Marie Christman in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn in 1913, Marie lost both her parents at a young age and was raised by her grandmother. She ran the Brooklyn-based Christman Real Estate for 20 years while at the same time beginning her career as a journalist. Lafrenz got her start with the Brooklyn Times Union which later became the Brooklyn Eagle. Lafrenz would go on to write for Newsday, the New York Herald Tribune, Long Island Press and the Daily News as well as many equestrian publications. From 1970-76 she was editor of American Horseman magazine.
A legend in the equestrian world, Lafrenz has served as few others have. She was the first woman to win the Brooklyn Indoor Steeplechase in 1937 and then began her career as a pioneer sports journalist carrying her typewriter to shows. In 1963, she was awarded the Martini & Rossi Sports Writer and Sportscaster Award, one of the first woman to ever to receive the honor. Other awards would follow. In 1996 the Professional Horseman's Association of America awarded Lafrenz the Frank Hawkins Lifetime Achievement Award. The late Sallie Wheeler had the honor of presenting to Lafrenz the National Horse Show's Lifetime Achievement Award in the early 1990s.
Marie is survived by two sons, Lawrence Lafrenz of Zionsville, PA, Victor Lafrenz (Jill) of Manlius, NY; five grandchildren, Andrew, Clayton (Colleen), Christine, Elizabeth (Mike), Julianne; and one great-granddaughter, Nora Donovan Lafrenz.
Arrangements were made by Whitting Funeral Home, 300 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head. The funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Congregational Church of Manhasset, Manhasset. Interment was at All Faiths Cemetery, Middle Village, NY. Contributions may be made to the Long Island Professional Horseman's Association.
Harry LeRoy Baugher passed away peacefully on Jan. 18, after a two-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 58 years old. Baugher lived most of his life in Manhasset. As a young boy, he attended the Plandome Road School then graduated from Manhasset Junior High and High School in 1966. He then went on to receive a B.S from The University of Texas at Austin. He worked at his family's business, W.S. Wilson, in Port Washington, since 1970. Baugher was an avid athlete with a special love of lacrosse. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather whose passions included years of dedicated service on the lacrosse fields coaching the youth of Manhasset and he played an active role in the establishment and continued success of the Manhasset Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He was inducted in to the Hall of Fame in 1995 both for his accomplishments as a player and coach, and proponent of the game of lacrosse. Baugher is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Sullivan), his high school sweetheart and wife of 36 years. He is also survived by their three children: Whitney and her husband Mark Godfrey; Spencer and Kyle; and two grandsons, Owen and Tyler Godfrey. Baugher is also survived by his mother, Phebe H. Baugher, of Plandome, and five brothers and two sisters: Hugh (Baltimore, MD); Jeff (Manhasset); Ralph (New York City); Scott (Old Greenwich, CT); and Kirk (Port Washington); Laurie Stuek and Lisa Eppley (both of Darien, CT), as well as 19 nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father W. Harry Baugher. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to Hospice Care Network (832-7100) or to The Police Athletic League (573-5332).