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Obituary: Margaret Oswald, 98

Margaret M. Oswald, 98, of Oxford, MI died peacefully at home on Nov. 21. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward, her eldest son Robert, daughter-in law Carole and son-in-law Bill Bellairs. Oswald is survived by her children: Susan Bellairs of Oxford and Paul (Kathie) Oswald of Shohola, PA.

Oswald, the daughter of the late Augustine and Margaret Ziminski; was a 30-year Mineola resident and very active in Corpus Christi Church. She was born on March 14, 1915 in Hempstead.

Oswald was also preceded in death by her sisters; Catherine Moore, Mary Goodwin, Helen Sammons and brother William Ziminski.  She is survived by brother Paul Ziminski of Scottsdale, AZ and sister Jane (Griesel) Lemoine of Fort Pierce, FL.

She was called “Gram” or “Grammy” by her grandchildren: Pam, Aimee, Lori, Karrie and Jamie, and by her great-grandchildren; Zach, Alyssa, Tobey, Dustin, Megan, Brady, Logan and Parker.

Oswald, called Kiddie by friends and family, led a wonderfully full and independent life. She was part of the first graduating class at Hofstra University in 1939.  She took pride in being a professional Girl Scout and a camp counselor.  She was also a dedicated teacher at St. Joseph’s School in Garden City.

 

In her spare time, Oswald loved to sew and was an excellent seamstress and quilter. She was also known for her love of baking by family and friends.  The family counted on her to organize and plan special celebrations and events which included all the cooking and baking.

 

Oswald was constantly on the move, busy doing things her way and always including a little quote or saying to keep you laughing. After the death of Edward, her husband of 46 years, she moved to Southampton where she was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish and became a secular Franciscan, spreading simple kindness where she could. In 1997 Margaret moved to Oxford where she spent the remaining 16 years near her family.

 

The family is requesting that any donations be made to the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse located at 775 West Drahner Road, Oxford, MI where Oswald loved to attend mass every Sunday morning.


News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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