William James Thompson, Jr., 78, passed away peacefully on Sept. 27, 2010 surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer.
Son of the late William J. and Kitty Grace Thompson of Pittsburgh, PA. Formerly of Manhasset, he was preceded in death in 2003 by his loving wife of 45 years, former Broadway and Columbia Records singing star Eileen Rodgers Thompson. They retired to their Lake Norman home in Cornelius, NC in 1998.
He is survived by his son, William J. Thompson III of Charlotte, daughter-in-law Maribeth, granddaughters Emily Lynn and Jenna Eileen and grandson William J. Thompson IV; son Mark Thompson of Manhasset, daughter-in-law Rachel, and grandsons Luke William and Christopher James; Sister Claire and husband Albert Zuckerman of New York City and Key West, FL. He is also survived by his loving and devoted companion and best friend, Dr. Carol G. Lewis.
Bill grew up in Pittsburgh and spent much of his childhood on the long since melted ice of Duquesne Gardens, longtime home of the Pittsburgh Hornets of the American Hockey League, where his father managed the concessions. Bill could skate like the wind at the age of 6, and in full Hornets uniform, with the number 3/4 on his jersey, skated with the team prior to all home games. He grew from mascot to stickboy and clubhouse attendant, and by the time he graduated from Central Catholic High School, was practicing regularly with the Hornets, while playing with the Pittsburgh Amateur team in the Northeastern League. Upon graduation from Central, with many college hockey offers on the table, he accepted a full scholarship to Division 1 Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO.
Mary E. Taylor, 84, passed away Sept. 27, 2010. She was born Nov. 25, 1925 in NYC to the late Thomas F. Egan and Margaret M. Bender Egan. She graduated from the Dominican Academy in 1943 and the School of Business at Columbia University in 1947.
Mary married Edward A. Taylor in 1948 and lived in Plandome, NY for 40 years where she was involved with the School Community Association (SCA), a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, and a member of North Hempstead Country Club where she enjoyed golf and tennis.
John Paul Monahan, Jr., former resident of Manhasset from 1959 to 1973 and recently a resident of New Canaan, CT passed away at Stamford Hospital on Sept. 25, 2010. Born on Nov. 26, 1922 in Portland, OR, he was the son of the late John Paul Sr. and Jennie McDonald Monahan. He was 87.
John attended Wilson Teacher’s College in Washington, DC before being inducted into the US Army in 1942, then completed a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Ohio University in Athens, OH on the GI Bill, then attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC for graduate work in Political Science. He was inducted into the U.S. Army and served in the 5th Army, 34th Division, Company K, during World War II from 1942-1945 in North Africa and Italy. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart for this service.
Katherine Ellen Bluhm passed away on Sept. 29, 2010. She was a resident of Manhasset and Glen Head. Katherine was the beloved daughter of Ken and Nancy and loving sister of Michael, Tommy and Maggie. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation was at the Fairchild Funeral Chapel, 1570 Northern Blvd., Manhasset. A funeral Mass was held Monday, Oct. 4 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Manhasset. Interment will follow at Nassau Knolls Cemetery, Port Washington.
Meta Calise died peacefully on Sept. 2, 2010 in Houston, Texas at the age of 97. Born in Brooklyn, she excelled as a teacher at the West School in Long Beach and the Greenvale School in Old Brookville.
A longtime resident of Plandome and Munsey Park, she will be remembered for her tireless community involvement as head of the SCA at Manhasset High School and as president of the Manhasset chapter of the United Nations Association, which she joined soon after it was founded. Her gregarious nature led her to organizing tours of the UN where she met such luminaries as Eleanor Roosevelt.
Carol Kraft, Sept. 14, 2010. Carol lived life to the fullest extent. She was a caring and thoughtful sister to brothers, Bob and Ed, and aunt to nephew John. Carol loved to travel and shared many great experiences with her friend Ruth. Carol dedicated her life to teaching and worked for many years in the Great Neck School District. She was a guidance counselor at Great Neck High School South when she retired. After retirement she dedicated many years to the Great Neck Retired Teachers Association. Memorial visitation Sept. 25 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Fairchild Funeral Chapel, 1570 Northern Blvd., Manhasset. Donations may be made to the United Methodist Church, 35 Middle Neck Rd., Port Washington, NY 11050.
Nancy Cronyn Knox of Darien, CT passed away on Aug. 12, 2010 after a brief illness. She was 91. Nancy was born in Flushing, Queens on June 6, 1919, the daughter of Chita (Kraft) and Thoreau Cronyn. She grew up in Plandome and attended Manhasset public schools. She attended Mt. Holyoke College and took classes at the New York School of Interior Design. During WWII, she worked for the Maxon Company in New York City, making hand tools in a “Rosie the Riveter” role.
Nancy married Cornelius V.S. Knox, Jr. on May 15, 1943 at the family home in Plandome, NY. They went to Fort Bragg prior to Cornelius’ tour of duty overseas. After he left for the war in Europe, Nancy returned to Long Island to live with her mother and raise Wendy, their first child.
Once Cornelius returned home, subsequent moves occurred in rhythm with their growing family, all of which Nancy handled with grace and good organization. They moved first to Princeton, NJ, where Cornelius completed his college degree, and where their daughter Holly was born. Next came Levittown, NY, and the arrival of their son Scott, followed by a few years in South Salem before Cornelius’ business sent the family to Birmingham, Michigan, where daughter Nancy was born. Four years later, Cornelius’ job took him back to New York City and the family resettled in Darien, where they lived for nearly 50 years.
Harriet Davies of Newton, MA passed away on Aug. 22, 2010 in Boston. Harriet resided in the Boston area until 1968 when she moved to Mill Spring Road in Manhasset with her late husband David and son Bennett. Harriet remained a resident of Manhasset for the next 35 years and loved every moment of being a New Yorker.
After the death of her husband in 1970, Harriet went to work for many years at B. Altman’s until it closed. Harriet made many lifelong friends in Manhasset and enjoyed its many social activities and drives to the Sound and nearby beaches. In 2003 Harriet moved back to Boston to be close to her son and family and continued her Manhasset friendships over the phone. Harriet leaves her son Bennett Davies (late Sandra) of Lexington, MA and grandsons Alex and Jonathan of Boston. Additionally, Harriet is survived by her sister-in-law Irene Raysman of Valley Stream and her children Dorothy Dorman and Richard Raysman, also of New York.
Peggy was born in Alabama but grew up in southern Virginia. Just before the Second World War, she moved to Richmond, VA where she joined the Navy (WAVES). She received her Navy training at Hunter College in New York City before being transferred to the Dahlgren Naval Proving Grounds in Virginia.
After serving in the Navy, she was honorably discharged and came to Manhasset to visit a cousin that she grew up with. While in Manhasset, she met and married her husband Arthur (Ward) H. Wright, in 1946. She volunteered at both North Shore Hospital and Hospice Care Network for many years.
They had four children: Terry McCormack of New Orleans; Jeffrey Wright and daughter-in-law Joyce, of Manhaset; and Holly Melichar of Manhasset. Her second son, Lee Arthur, died in 1993 in Virginia Beach, VA. She leaves five grandchildren, Daniel and Matthew Wright and Andrew, Alaina and Allison Melichar. Peggy is also survived by two sisters,Thelma Alverson of Danville, VA and Jean Franklin of Richmond, VA.
Church services will be held Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Church, 1355 Northern Blvd, Manhasset, NY.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Christ Church Building Fund, 1355 Northern Blvd, Manhasset, NY 11030.
Edith C. Kern died on July 18 at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. She lived in the Beacon Hill area of Port Washington for 37 years and also lived for a time in Manhasset. She had just celebrated her 95th birthday.
She was born Edith Nasella on July 16, 1915 in Philadelphia where she grew up as one of 16 children. She survived them all; her last sibling having passed away 23 years ago. It was a close family, but money was scarce especially during the Depression and she would recall having to walk many miles to school because she did not have a nickel for the streetcar. A fan of the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team, she was able to go to the games because the Athletics’ owner, Connie Mack, gave free tickets to students. One of her most vivid memories of that period was when she met the legendary Athletics’ pitcher Lefty Grove and his teammate pitcher George Earnshaw.
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